What is facial fat grafting?

Is the fat in your face slowly melting away, leaving your skin droopy and slack? Losing fat from the face can make you look far older than you are. While dermal fillers are a very popular option for restoring volume lost in the mid-face due to aging, facial fat grafting is also a great way to replenish supple, youthful volume to facial hollows.But what is facial fat grafting and how does it work.

What is facial fat grafting?
Facial fat grafting also known as fat transfer, is a minimally invasive procedure that restores facial contours using fat transplanted from other parts of the body. The fat used for fat grafting is typically taken from areas where you have excess body fat, such as the abdomen and flanks.

Fat transfer is an in-office procedure that is done under local anesthesia. Areas that respond well to facial fat grafting include the cheeks, chin, and upper eyelid hollows.

Facial fat grafting is an appealing option to traditional surgery, because it does not require any incisions. Downtime is minimal, but patients can expect to experience some swelling and bruising, which takes about 7-14 days to resolve.

How does it work?
The fat is first harvested from the donor area using a micro-cannula (small tube). The fat is then purified, in order to separate the cells and growth factors that are to be transferred. The fat is then injected into the hollow areas of the face.

If you’d like to restore youthful plumpness to your face, facial fat grafting can give you the lifted, smooth appearance you desire.

Facial fat grafting is available at Awaken Aesthetics located in Torrance, CA, serving the greater Los Angeles and Orange County areas.

Call us today at 310-791-2233 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Alex Liu.

Are vein therapy treatments painful?

Does laser vein therapy hurt?

Nobody likes to deal with unsightly veins on their face or legs, but the reality is that many people have them. But since they can be such a nuisance, people are often anxious to find ways to eliminate them quickly and effectively. Fortunately, there are several vein removal options available. But are these vein therapy treatments painful.

Sclerotherapy
Sclerotherapy is a traditional vein removal technique, and it remains a popular option for eliminating both spider veins and varicose veins. Sclerotherapy involves the injection of a sclerosing solution into the vein, causing it to collapse. The vein eventually disappears within the following weeks. Sclerotherapy is a simple and relatively inexpensive procedure.

Is Sclerotherapy painful?
The injection of the solution into the veins is sometimes painful, and there may be a burning sensation as the fluid enters the vein. There may also be minor discomfort after the procedure, but this can be alleviated with over-the-counter pain medicine.

Laser vein therapy
Laser vein therapy is a non-invasive procedure that uses laser energy to heat up and destroy abnormal veins. The heat collapses and seals the vein, and the vein is absorbed by the body over the following weeks.

Is laser treatment painful?
Laser vein treatment is not normally painful; most patients only experience minimal discomfort. However, not all lasers are safe for all skin types, so be sure to visit an experienced medical practitioner with the necessary experience, so that you can be sure to receive the safest treatment possible.

If you are interested in learning more about vein removal, contact Dr. Rudy Coscia at The Plastic Surgery Center, with offices in Granite Bay and Sacramento, CA.

Call us today at (916) 929-1833 to schedule a consultation, and find out which vein removal option would be most appropriate for you.

What is a non-invasive solution for skin tightening?

An increasing number of women, and men as well, wishing to tighten and rejuvenate their skin now want to achieve that goal without having to go in for surgery. Fortunately, there are now new skin tightening weapons on the market that are completely non-surgical.  But how do you know what is a really effective non-invasive solution for skin tightening.

Non-invasive skin tightening
Non-invasive skin tightening often involves the use of laser or radio frequency technology to heat and tighten the skin. These procedures are virtually painless, and require little or no recovery time. Non-surgical skin tightening is more effective for individuals with mild to moderate skin laxity.

SkinTyte
SkinTyte is a non-invasive skin tightening treatment that uses advanced infrared laser technology to firm the skin, and improve the signs of age. SkinTyte is safe for all skin types, and can be used to tone various parts of the body including the face, neck, arms, and abdomen.

How it works
The SkinTyte laser deep heats the soft tissue, which triggers the skin’s natural healing,and promotes collagen regeneration.Since collagen provides strength and firmness to the skin, collagen renewal helps to tighten things up.

SkinTyte is a comfortable procedure that requires no local anesthetic, and its sapphire contact cooling system enhances safety and patient comfort.

There is no downtime after treatment, so patients can resume their normal routine right away. There is also little risk of any complications.  It typically takes a series of 3-5 SkinTyte treatments to achieve optimal results.

SkinTyte in Newport Beach, CA
Contact the offices of double board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Katharine Nitta, to find out more about SkinTyte skin tightening solution. We would be happy to work out a treatment plan that fits your needs.

Call949-722-6644 today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Nitta.

Am I a good candidate for body contouring procedures?

Am I a good candidate for body contouring procedures

If you’ve been trying to get a slimmer, trimmer body, but keep on coming up short, you may want to consider body contouring. It’s the ideal solution for muffin tops, saddlebags, and similar trouble spots.  In addition to surgical fat removal, there are also a range of non-invasive fat-blasting innovations. But despite all the options you may be wondering – Am I a good candidate for body contouring procedures. Let’s find out.

Body Contouring Procedures
Body contouring procedures like liposuction, are designed to remove pockets of localized fat that diet and exercise are unable to shape.  Body contouring is great for those little areas like love handles, lower belly pooch, or bra fat that seem to stay there, no matter what you do.

Are you a good candidate for body contouring procedures?
If you are near your ideal weight, get regular exercise, and adhere to a nutritionally balanced diet, butstill have a few areas that you’re unable to shape;you may be a good candidate for body contouring. You should also be at a stable weight for at least one year.

Body contouring candidates should also be in good overall health. You should not haveany chronic health conditions such as heart disease or diabetes which could put you at risk, and hinder recovery.

It’s important to have realistic expectations about what can be achieved with body contouring. The procedure is not meant as a weight loss solution, and it will not  change your entire body shape, but it will tone problem areas.

Body contouring is available in the greater Houston area, at Correa Plastic Surgery, located in The Woodlands, TX.

Call us today at 281-419-9119 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Bryan Correa, and find out if you would be a good candidate for any of our body contouring procedures.