Is there an ideal age for breast augmentation?

Many women in their 20’s, 30’s, and 40’s struggle with feelings of low self-esteem, and they often turn to cosmetic procedures like breast augmentation, to make them feel more comfortable with their body. But is there an ideal age for breast augmentation, or can it be done at any age.

Breast augmentation
Breast augmentation is a surgical procedure that is done to make the breasts larger, and typically involves the use of saline or silicone gel implants. The FDA has approved silicone breast implants for use in women 22 years and older, while saline implants can be used by women 18 years and older.

Is there an ideal age for breast augmentation?
There is no ideal age for breast augmentation, but there are several variables doctors consider when determining a patient’s suitability. However, most breast augmentation patients are between the ages of 20 and 35.

When assessing patients for breast augmentation, doctors look at their emotional maturity rather than focusing on age, as patients need to be mature enough to understand all thatsurgery involves. They also need to have realistic expectations about surgery.

In addition, patients considering breast augmentation should have fully developed breasts. For most women this happens by the age of 18, but others have to wait until their early 20’s. If breast augmentation is performed on a woman with breasts that are not fully developed, it can cause the breasts to stretch and sag as they grow.

If you are considering breast augmentation surgery, your plastic surgeon will evaluate your unique situation, and then determine if you are a good candidate.

Clients in Powell, Tennessee, can contact Gallaher Plastic Surgery& Spa MD for more information. We also have offices in Knoxville, and Crossville, TN. Call 865-671-3888 today for a consultation.

Are chemical peels safe for sensitive skin?

If your skin is looking lackluster, a chemical peel is a great way to restore its natural glow. However, people with sensitive skin are often wary of chemical peels, because of the possibility of irritation, and there’s nothing wrong with that approach. But if you do have sensitive skin its best to visit an experienced dermatologist and ask this important question – Are chemical peels safe for sensitive skin?

Understanding chemical peels
Chemical peels are effective skin rejuvenation treatments, as they loosen surface debris, and get rid of dead skin cells. Removing those cells, bring vibrant new cells to the surface.

However, they are different types of chemical peels that vary based on the depth of penetration, as well as the concentration of the solutions used. Peels may be light, medium, or deep, and can be high-strength or low-strength, depending on the skin condition, and skin type.

Chemical Peels for sensitive skin
There are certain types of chemical peels that are suitable for delicate, sensitive skin. If you have sensitive skin, doctors generally recommended light, gentle peels that consist of less irritating substances such as lactic acid (derived from milk), or citric acid.

People with sensitive skin are generally advised to avoid deep chemical peels, as they may not be well tolerated, and could trigger a reaction.

Do you have sensitive skin, and would like to have a chemical peel done? Be sure to consult with a board-certified dermatologist.

Clients in the Chicago area can contact Skin Care Center for a consultation. We will make certain to select the right peel for your skin type.

Call 773-296-3636to set up an appointment with our Chicago office. We also have offices in Lake Forest (847-234-6121), and Glenview (847-901-0252), IL. Call today for a consultation.

Do laser hair removal treatments hurt?

Laser hair removal technology continues to evolve, and there are now more efficient devices that are not only safer, but also less painful. So do laser hair removal treatments still hurt, or do these advanced lasers make the procedure less painful.

How Laser hair removal works
The lasers target the pigment in the hair follicle. They emit an intense beam of light that penetrates down to the root of the follicle, and destroys it, so that there is no regrowth.

At Medicetics Skin Clinic in London & Cirencester,we use the Ellman Cheveux II Diode laser for hair removal. The Cheveux II is equipped with smooth flow 10P technology, which makes hair removal safe, easy, and very effective. It can be used on all skin types, and on all areas of the body.

It typically takes about 6-8 treatments to treat each area, since hair grows in phases, which means the laser will not affect all the hair at the same time.

Do laser hair removal treatments hurt?
Patients will feel some discomfort as the laser zaps the skin, but this is off-set by the built-in cooling system that most lasers have. The cooling system is designed to minimize the discomfort, and also protect the outer layer of the skin from the heat.

Most patients say that laser hair removal feels a lot like a rubber band being snapped against the skin, so it is really not too painful.

The Cheveux II that we use at Medicetics Skin Clinic has a sapphire glass cooling system that increases patient comfort.

Contact Medicetics Skin Clinic for more information about laser hair removal. Call +44 (0) 207 402 2033 to book an appointment in London, and +44 (0) 330 660 0833 for the Cirencester office.

How much does a rhinoplasty typically cost?

Some people consider the nose the defining facial feature, so if it’s not in harmony with their other features of the face they decide to get a nose job or rhinoplasty to fix it. Nose surgery is one of the top plastic surgeries done in the US each year, so people are curious to find out – ‘How much does a rhinoplasty typically cost.’

Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure performed to reshape the nose. Many people undergo nose surgery for cosmetic reasons, but it is sometimes done for functional reasons, such as to correct an injury or breathing disorder.

How much does a rhinoplasty cost?
The cost of a rhinoplasty depends on several factors including geographic location, and the complexity of the work that needs to be done. For example tip work won’t cost the same as removing a bony hump.

The cost of rhinoplasty ranges from $5,000 – $6,000, and revision rhinoplasty is likely to cost more.

When looking at the cost of rhinoplasty, it is important to remember that plastic surgeons rank rhinoplasty as one of the most difficult cosmetic operations to perform.

Rhinoplasty is one of those surgeries that requires not just skill, but artistic sensibilities, along with a scientific understanding of the ear, nose, and throat.

For this reason, you should never let cost be the deciding factor when getting a nose job. Instead, you should confirm the surgeon’s expertise, and view before and after photos of previous rhinoplasty patients.

A well-done nose job will appear natural and won’t look ‘done,’ so be sure to choose an experienced and skilled plastic surgeon for the operation.

Clients in Houston, Texas can contact Dr. Bryan Correa, of Correa Plastic Surgery, The Woodlands, for more about rhinoplasty surgery. Call 281-419-9119 today for a consultation.

Are PRP treatments safe?

Within the last few years platelet rich plasma (PRP) therapy has become an in-demand skin rejuvenation treatment. The regenerative properties of PRP make it a very effective anti-aging cosmetic treatment. It can reduce wrinkles, fine lines, and scars, and also stimulate collagen. The benefits are clear, but are PRP treatments safe?

What is PRP?
PRP is a treatment that uses your own blood platelets to rejuvenate the skin, and improve your complexion. The platelets are rich in growth factors that help to initiate skin repair, by stimulating the production of collagen, elastin, andnew cells.

PRP treatment can be used on various parts of the body, but is commonly applied to the face and neck. PRP will enrich the tone and texture of your skin. Results can be seen about 3 weeks after treatment, and improvements will continue for several months.

How does it work?
A small amount of blood is extracted from the patient, and it is then passed through a centrifuge allowing the platelet rich plasma to separate from the red and white cells. The PRP is then injected into the targeted area of the skin.

Are PRP treatments safe?
PRP treatments are generally quite safe, since the platelets are derived from your own blood. There is therefore little likelihood of an allergic reaction. However, PRP therapy is not recommended for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.

PRP with Microneedling
PRP skin rejuvenation treatment is available at Wisconsin Vein Center and MediSpa, Pewaukee, WI. We use PRP with microneedling to restore the youthful glow to the skin. Microneedling therapy enhances the absorption of the platelets, resulting in improved outcomes.

Are you interested in PRP skin rejuvenation treatment? Contact Wisconsin Vein Center & MediSpa. Call 262-746-9088 today, to set up a PRP Microneedling consultation with Dr. Deborah Manjoney.

Are MiraDry results permanent?

If you suffer from excessive underarm sweating that is causing you embarrassment at work or social functions, you’ll be glad to know that miraDry offers relief. miraDryis a novel, non-invasive alternative that promises long lasting results to the problem of underarm sweating, but are miraDry results permanent.

Why do you sweat so much?
Everybody sweats. It’s a normal function that the body uses to cool off in response to rising temperatures, but why do some people sweat so much. Doctors aren’t quite sure, but they believe it is could be due to medical problems, as well as the increased sensitivity of the sweat glands.

What is MiraDry?
MiraDry is a FDA cleared non-invasive treatment for sweaty armpits.

How does it work?
The underarm is first numbed, and then the device is applied to the skin. The miraDry handpiece delivers electromagnetic energy (microwave energy) to the armpit, and it heats and destroys the sweat and odor glands.

The treatment is virtually painless, but patients will feel a slight pull, as the glands and skin are drawn towards the device during treatment. The procedure takes about 1 hour to complete.

There may be some swelling and numbness after treatment, but this usually clears within a few days. Downtime is minimal, and most people are able to return to work immediately after treatment. Most people notice an immediate reduction in sweat after one treatment, others may require 2 treatments spaced about 3 months apart.

Are the results permanent?
Since miraDry destroys the sweat and odor glands and the glands are not able to grow back, the results of treatment are usually permanent. However, the results may not be the same for everyone.

miraDry treatment for excessive underarm sweating is available for patients in the greater metro Atlanta area at Skin Cancer Specialists, P.C.& Aesthetic Center. Call today for a consultation.

What is the downtime for a laser facelift?

Facial rejuvenation has traditionally required surgery, but lasers can now be used to perform a minimally invasive facelift that yields similar results. For people who desire to renew their appearance but don’t want to go under the knife, this procedure is an excellent alternative. But what is the recovery like, and what is the downtime for a laser facelift.

Aging Skin
The skin loses elasticity over time, owing to a decline in the production of vital proteins such as collagen and elastin, which the skin needs to keep it firm and tight. As a result, wrinkles and fine lines start to appear, and the jawlines and jowls begin to droop. A laser facelift can soften wrinkles, and lift and tone loose skin.

The laser facelift
The laser facelift is a minimally invasive procedure that uses laser energy to tone the lower face and neck.

How it works
Tiny incisions are made through which the fiber optic is introduced into the skin. The laser energy creates a tightening effect on the deep fascia and skin layer below the surface, and also melts the fat.You will notice some instant results, but final results won’t be seen until at least 3 months.

What is the downtime of the laser facelift?
There is no downtime after the laser facelift, so patients are able to safely return to work or resume regular activities. The procedure is quick, safe, and very comfortable.

Laser Facelift – Guilford, CT
The laser facelift is available in Guilford, Connecticut at the Langdon Center for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery. Here at the Langdon Center, we use the cutting-edge Precision TX laser to perform the laser facelift. The Precision TX is specially designed to contour small areas.

Call 844-551-9880 today, to schedule a consultation with board certified cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Robert Langdon.

How Long Does the Coolsculpting Procedure Last and How Many Treatments Are Needed?

You can’t always exercise away that extra bodyfat, but you can freeze it away with CoolSculptingfat reduction treatment. If you need to get rid of those annoying love handles, or that bothersome muffin top,CoolSculpting may be a great option for you. But how long does the CoolSculpting procedure last, and how many treatments are needed.

What is CoolSculpting?
CoolSculpting is a revolutionary technology that uses controlled cooling to get rid of stubborn fat. The non-surgical procedure freezes and destroys the fat cells below the surface of the skin. It does this without affecting the surrounding tissues.  CoolSculpting is FDA cleared to treat fat on the belly, back, arms, thighs, below the bra, and under the chin.

How long does the procedure last?
The time the CoolSculpting procedure lasts depends on the number of areas being treated, as well as the number of machines being used. It typically takes one hour to treat a single area, such as the abdomen.

How many treatments are needed?
The number of treatments required will depend on the preferredcircumferential reduction. However, most patients achieve their desired results after 2 treatment sessions.

What to expect
There is generally some bruising and swelling after the procedure, but this usually resolves within a few days. There is no downtime after CoolSculpting, so you can return to normal activities immediately. You can expect to see fat reduction of 20-25% in one treatment.

If you are ready to eliminate that stubborn body fat with CoolSculpting, contact the Langdon Center for Laser & Cosmetic Surgery, Guilford, CT to find out more. Call844-551-9880 today, to set up a consultation with Dr. Robert Langdon.

Do you have to have a certain skin type to have a chemical peel?

If your skin is dull and dry, or if you suffer from acne scarring or sun damage, a chemical peel can dramatically improve the appearance of your skin, and leave it looking healthier and younger.  But do you have to have a certain skin type to have a chemical peel, or can it work for anyone?

Chemical peels
A chemical peel is a skin rejuvenation procedure in which a chemical solution is applied to the skin, to exfoliate the outer layers. The solution is allowed to sit for a few minutes, and the old skin will eventually peel away, leaving fresh, new skin in its place.

Chemical peels are available in varying strengths,superficial, medium, and deep. The best peel for you will depend on the condition of your skin, and your specific skin concerns.

What can they treat?
Chemical peels can treat a range of skin conditions including acne scarring, sun damage, and wrinkles and fine lines.

Can chemical peels benefit all skin types?
Almost all skin types can benefit from a chemical peel, including sensitive skin. However, it is always advisable to consult with a dermatologist to find out if a chemical peel is right for you.

The dermatologist will conduct a thorough examination of your skin, and also ask you questions about your skin history, to find out if you’ve had poor skin healing or other troubling issues in the past. That evaluation will determine if a chemical peel treatment would be appropriate for you.

If you’d like to learn more about chemical peels, contact us here at Skin Cancer Specialists, serving the greater metro Atlanta area. Call us today for a consultation.

What is the most effective treatment for vascular lesions on the face?

Do you have vascular lesions that you’d like to remove?  You’ll be happy to know that treatment options for vascular lesions have greatly improved in recent years, but they don’t all work the same. Laser and light are the most commonly used modalities,but what is the most effective treatment for vascular lesions on the face, is it laser or light therapy.

What are vascular lesions?
Vascular lesions are blood vessels that have become enlarged, or form as a result of the accumulation of a large number of blood vessels beneath the skin. They may occur in various shapes, sizes, and forms. Common vascular lesions of the face include telangiectasia (spider veins), hemangiomas, and port wine stains.

Treating vascular lesions
Vascular lesions are popularly treated using laser or intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy. At Illuminate Plastic Surgery, Palo Alto, CA, we use advanced IPL systems to treat vascular lesions on the face.

IPL systems emit a broad wavelength of polychromatic light, so they deliver several wavelengths of color. The systems often use filters to refine the energy output, and improve the penetration of the light.

IPL is very effective as it works by selectively targeting chromophores (cells with color) in the vascular lesions. The light energy is easily absorbed, and it heats and coagulates the target.  The treatment is generally very tolerable, and the results are comparable to those achieved with most laser systems.

Smaller spots will disappear with one treatment, but larger spots and veins will require additional treatments.

Contact Illuminate Plastic Surgery, Palo Alto, CA, to find out more about IPL treatment for vascular lesions. Call 650-433-8621 today, and set up a consultation with Dr. David Boudreault.