non surgical procedures for the faceAs people age, they experience fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin. While this may be unpleasant, it’s unavoidable. However, you can take measures to reduce these unwanted features. While many people are wary of plastic surgery options, there are non surgical procedures for the face that work just as well as many invasive surgical procedures. In fact, non surgical skin tightening recently went from 9th to 7th among the most popular procedures in the non surgical category. It also secured 5th place for most popular procedures among men. To help you get a better idea of your non surgical options, this article is going to look at a few common non surgical facial procedures.

Botox: Botox is one of the most common non surgical procedures performed today. These injections can help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles between eyebrows, around the eyes, and on the forehead. Results from these producers can last for a few months at a time and have no serious side effects.

Fat Transfer: This procedure involves taking fat from other parts of the body and strategically injecting it into the face for a fuller, more youthful appearance. Overall, this procedure addresses any sunken areas of the face. One benefit of this procedure is that there is a reduced risk of rejections since the procedure uses the person’s own fat for the injections.

Dermal Fillers: Dermal fillers like Juvederm, Restylane, and Sculptra can effectively restore the volume in a face. They are used to fill lines and spaces that have resulted from a loss of volume. These fillers are typically used on the lower parts of a face. There are a few common injectable fillers that may be used:

  • Permanent Fillers
  • Semi-Permanent Fillers
  • Hyaluronic Acid-Based Fillers
  • Collagen-Based Fillers

Microneedling: This procedure involves inserting very fine, short needles into the skin. Microneedling not only rejuvenates the skin, but also stimulates dormant hair follicles. This process provides both immediate and semi-long term results and works well with other skin treatments. However, it should be properly done by a professional to avoid damage.

Chemical Peel: To improve the appearance of skin on the face or neck, a chemical peel can be done. During this process, a chemical solution is applied directly to the skin. This solution acts as an exfoliant and causes the skin to peel off. After the old skin is peeled off, the new skin is smoother and softer. This procedure is often used to treat acne scars, sagging or wrinkled skin, hyperpigmentation, and sun damage.

As you can see, there are multiple non surgical procedures for the face. It’s important to research any procedure you’re interested in to ensure it will be able to effectively address the issue you want to take care of.

If you’re looking for a way to have smoother, tighter skin without having to go through a surgical procedure, consider one of the minimally invasive methods mentioned in this article. When considering non surgical procedures for the face, it’s important to remember that the best option for you will depend on your personal wants and goals.

Nose Job No-No’s: Beating Rhinoplasty Stigma

Posted by Allison Embry on January 17, 2018
Category: Blog

Rhinoplasty recoveryOne of the most important parts of human health is positive self-image. In fact, in 2015 there were 15.9 million minimally-invasive surgeries done in the United States, a 2% growth from 2014. Cosmetic surgery, unfortunately, has a stigma attached to it.

Facelift, breast lifts, rhinoplasty (nose job), liposuction, the plastic surgery list goes on. While it’s certainly our goal to dispel all myths and stigmas around plastic surgery, today the focus is right down the nose.

Rhinoplasty is a popular procedure both cosmetically and functionally. Yet, it’s often misunderstood, and adding to that misunderstanding, we have Hollywood, Dr. 90210Nip Tuck, and the like. While all of that is dramatized, it doesn’t help in demystifying the procedure. Let’s look at some nose job myths that will shed a little light on the truth of the subject.

Not Any Plastic Surgeon

As with any medical practice, specialization must be paid attention to. The same goes for plastic surgery. Plastic surgeons who specialize in facial cosmetic surgery are the ones who should be doing rhinoplasty. Do your research and meet doctors before committing to the procedure.

Your Nose Is Still Your Nose

Lots of patients are under the impression that rhinoplasty works miracles, as if they can pick their new nose out of a catalog. While practices have advanced, it’s essential to realize that your nose is still your nose and that any change will be using your nose as a foundation from which to work. Improving appearance and function together is the practice of a good plastic surgeon.

It’s Not Always Surgical

Rhinoplasty, while used to reshape the nose and correct nasal issues, doesn’t always have to be surgical. In fact, more and more patients are electing for non-surgical rhinoplasty procedures using fillers. These procedures are minimally invasive, and can help correct any small aesthetic issues a patient may be having.

Post-Surgery Problems

Rhinoplasty recovery is quite innocuous. Of course, with any surgical procedure there will be a mild amount of discomfort, but nothing beyond some slight bruising, swelling, and nasal congestion. Most patients find their rhinoplasty recovery takes about two weeks, with little detracting from their lives other than a decrease in strenuous activities. There are always exceptions and complications, so be in contact with your surgeon if anything doesn’t feel right.

If you’re planning a cosmetic surgery, don’t buy into the stigma. Your appearance and self-image are important to having a happy, fulfilled life. Talk to a specialist about your plans today.

breast augmentationAesthetic plastic surgery is the process of reconstructing parts of the body for cosmetic purposes. In today’s society, plastic surgery is fairly common among men and women of all ages. In fact, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), American patients spent over $13.5 billion between surgical and nonsurgical aesthetic procedures in a single calendar year for the first time on record. Even though plastic surgery is regularly performed, there are still some misconceptions about certain procedures, especially breast augmentation surgery. So if you’re considering undergoing breast augmentation surgery, you should be aware of the myths discussed in this article and the actual truths behind them.

Myth #1: Breast implants can cause autoimmune diseases
While there are some reports of patients claiming to have developed health issues as a result of their breast implants, scientific studies have proved these claims to be inaccurate. These studied have looked at hundreds of women with implants and found no association between breast augmentation surgery and autoimmune diseases. Additionally, there is no increased risk of a patient getting breast cancer after surgery. Due to the fact that all implants currently available have been approved by the FDA, there is minimal health risk associated with implants.

Myth #2: Breast implants need to replaced after 10 years
Breast implants are prosthetic devices and are not expected to last a lifetime. But this doesn’t mean all implants need to be replaced after 10 years of use. However, there are reasons breast implants may need to be replaced. The most common need for implant replacement is due to leakage and capsular contracture. These issues may arise at any point after the implant procedure. While it is true that the longer an implant is in place, the higher the chances are of an issue, there is no data indicating they need to be replaced after 10 years.

Myth #3: Any cosmetic or plastic surgeon can perform breast augmentation surgery
When choosing a surgeon, patients need to remember that only board-certified plastic surgeons with years of training have the proper knowledge and experience to perform breast lifts or breast augmentation surgery. Additionally, it’s important to remember that your surgeon isn’t just placing implants. They also have to perform a detailed preoperative assessment, a discussion about wants and possible outcomes, and have a follow-up of patients postoperatively to address any issues or concerns.

Breast augmentation surgery can be a great way to improve confidence and boost self-esteem in patients. However, plastic surgery should be carefully considered and researched. Separating fact from fiction is an essential step for people who are considering breast augmentation surgery so they are satisfied with their results.

rhinoplasty procedureRhinoplasty is one of the most common plastic surgery procedures. In fact, in 2015 the top three plastic surgery trends were people requesting natural-looking rhinoplasty results (74%), a combination of surgical and non-surgical procedures (72%), and eyelid procedures that make the patient look less tired (71%). Here, we’ve crafted a beginner’s guide to rhinoplasty that covers all the basics associated with the procedure.

What is Rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty is a nose job plastic surgery which improves the shape, size, and symmetry of a person’s nose. The overall goal of the procedure is chosen by each individual patient, giving each person a personalized reshaping or enhancement. By reshaping the bone, cartilage, and skin, a rhinoplasty can:

  • Straighten a crooked nose
  • Smooth a bump in the bridge of the nose
  • Reduce or refine the size of the nasal tip
  • Reduce or enlarge the size of the nose
  • Restore symmetry to the nose
  • Correct breathing problems

With the help of an experienced plastic surgeon, the patient can undergo a life-changing procedure which will enhance their overall facial aesthetics and give them confidence in their new nose.

Types of Rhinoplasty
While each individual rhinoplasty procedure is personalized to fit the desires of the patient, there are three common types of rhinoplasty procedures.

Tiplasty: This procedure involves reshaping rather than making incisions. Like the name suggests, tiplasty entails reshaping the nasal tip only. Because of that, the other nasal structures remain unaffected.

Open Rhinoplasty: This approach is done by making a small incision under the nasal tip between the nostrils. Doing this gives the plastic surgeon complete access to the nasal structures. This allows the surgeon to complete more extensive reshaping as well as ensures the scars are as well-hidden as possible.

Closed Rhinoplasty: This method is commonly used to make minor adjustments to the nasal structure. Because incisions are made inside the nostril, this procedure may not be fitting for more extensive procedures. However, one major benefit of this approach is that there is no visible scarring after the surgery.

Who is a Good Candidate for Rhinoplasty?
In order to be a good candidate for rhinoplasty, the nose must be fully developed. This means the youngest age is typically 14 for girls and 16 for boys. However, a plastic surgeon will take extra care in determining if such a young patient is ready for this type of procedure. With that in mind, for patients of any age or gender, it’s important to have realistic expectations for this procedure. Patients need to remember that a rhinoplasty procedure can only improve their existing nose, it cannot give them a whole new nose.

To find out more information about rhinoplasty and if this procedure is right from you, contact a qualified plastic

surgeon. An experienced surgeon will be able to provide information on what is possible with your nose and what steps to take to get your dream nose.

liposuctionAccording to the annual plastic surgery procedural statistics, there were a record 15.9 million surgical and minimally-invasive cosmetic procedures performed in the U.S. in 2015. In total, it marked a 2% increase from the same data in 2014. Of course, some of that data remained the same. For instance, liposuction remained one of the most popular cosmetic procedures among patients.

As popular as liposuction is, it’s not without certain risks. Similarly to tummy tucks, rhinoplasty, and other cosmetic procedures, proper recovery to minimize risk is essential. Here are a few tips that we’ve compiled to ensure your post-liposuction routine provides as speedy a recovery as possible.

Pay Attention to Dressings
Compression garments are essential for reshaping the body post-liposuction. They help reduce the risk of loosening the skin and assist your body in creating the desired contours. You don’t want to have the garment be too tight, however, or it might cause numbness or infection. It’s also essential to keep the incision-site clean and dry. In addition, you should avoid using hot and cold packs, topical antibiotics, and any scented lotions on the wound, as they might slow the healing process.

Walk Around If Possible
While rest might be the best thing for healing in the first couple of days, you want to walk around periodically to prevent blood clots from forming. This can also help stimulate blood flow and ensure steady drainage from your incision site. Getting active for just a few minutes a day can help reduce your risk. In addition, increased activity as you recover is a good idea and can help speed the recovery process. That being said, you should always consult with a doctor before starting any strenuous exercise routines.

Stay Hydrated
You want to keep yourself hydrated during recovery to maximize the healing process and reduce swelling. Drink six to eight glasses of water per day, avoid caffeinated beverages, and definitely avoid alcohol. It can inhibit your body’s ability to defend itself and leave it vulnerable to infections.

These are just a few ways that you can speed your post-procedure recovery up. If you have any questions or want to know more, contact us or speak to your surgeon.