Should I get a browlift with my blepharoplasty?

Should I get a browlift with my blepharoplasty?

Have you noticed that your eyelids are looking very droopy lately, and making you look older than you are? Blepharoplasty is a good fix for saggy skin around the eyes, but there are times when a browlift may also be necessary. Before making a decision it’s important to consider all the facts, because it can be difficult to tell if you should get a browlift with your blepharoplasty.

Why is a browlift done?

A brow lift or forehead lift is a surgical procedure that is done to address forehead creases and wrinkles, and lift sagging brows. This is achieved by raising the level of the eyebrows, so as to lift droopy brows.

How it’s done

A browlift is performed on an outpatient basis under general or local anesthesia, and takes about 2 hours. Surgery may be done using the traditional approach, or with the help of an endoscope (endoscopic brow lift).

The endoscopic brow lift is a more accurate procedure as the endoscope allows the surgeon to clearly see the underlying muscles and tissues. Smaller incisions are required for the endoscopic browlift, which means scars are smaller and can therefore be easily concealed.

During a browlift the surgeon will adjust the underlying muscle and tissue, and elevate the brow.

Why is blepharoplasty done?

Blepharoplasty, also known as an eyelid lift, is done to improve the appearance of the eyelids. An upper eyelid lift corrects droopy or sagging upper lids, and a lower eyelid lift addresses undereye bags and wrinkles beneath the eyes. Blepharoplasty not only makes the eyes more attractive, it also improves vision in cases where the upper eyelids hang so low that they interfere with vision.

How it’s done

Upper blepharoplasty is an outpatient procedure that removes excess skin and sometimes fatty deposits from the upper eyelids. It is usually done under local anesthesia. The incisions are made in the natural crease of the eyelids, so scars are virtually indiscernible. Surgery takes about 1 hour. There is generally some bruising and swelling after the operation, but recovery time is minimal.

The incision for lower blepharoplasty is made just below the lash line of the lower lid. The surgeon will reposition or remove the fat to get rid of puffiness and bags under the eyes, and tighten the skin if required.

Should I get a browlift with my blepharoplasty?

Whether you should get a browlift with your eyelid lift, will depend on the specific cause of your sagging eyelids.

If you have sagging eyelids as a result of excess skin in the upper eyelids, but your brows have not shifted down from their natural position, blepharoplasty may be all you need to refresh the appearance of your eyelids.

However, there are instances in which sagging upper eyelids may be the result of droopy brows. Since the position of the brows affects the eyelids, a browlift may be needed to rejuvenate the eyelids.

The brows often descend from their natural position over time, and this may be due to gravity or the downward pull of the facial muscles. If you have heavy brows along with excess eyelid skin, your plastic surgeon may recommend getting a brow lift with blepharoplasty. This will make the upper face look balanced, and ensure optimal facial rejuvenation.

If you have heavy brows and choose to have blepharoplasty alone, you’re not likely to get the rejuvenated outcome you desire. The brows and eyes are controlled by different muscles so correcting only the eyelids without addressing problems with the eyebrows, will give the face an unbalanced look. The procedures complement each other, so doing them together will create a balanced rejuvenation.

Would like to rejuvenate the area around the eyes, but you’re not sure if you need an eyelid lift, browlift, or both? It’s advisable to consult with a board certified plastic surgeon for an evaluation. The plastic surgeon will review the dynamics of your forehead and upper eyelids, and determine if you need to have both procedures done.

If you are in the Bala Cynwyd, PA area, contact Dr. Anthony Farole of the Facial Cosmetic Surgical Center for more information.

Call (610) 679-8374 today to set up a consultation.

What are the benefits of PRP?

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is a revolutionary technology that has been used for many years in treating wounds, and helping athletes overcome injuries. However, the technology has now become very popular in several cosmetic procedures. But how exactly does it work and what are the benefits of PRP.

What is PRP?

PRP is a concentrate of platelet rich plasma, which has traditionally been used in sports medicine and orthopedics to treat soft tissue injuries of the muscles and ligaments. Platelets are tiny cells in the blood that form a clot to help repair the damage whenever there is an injury. They contain special growth factors that have healing properties.

In recent years, PRP has been used extensively for facial rejuvenation along with other cosmetic procedures such as hair restoration.

How PRP works

In order to prepare the PRP, a small amount of blood is drawn from the arm of the patient, much like when blood is taken for a normal blood test. The blood is then spun in a centrifuge to separate the platelet-rich-plasma from the other blood constituents. The concentrated serum contains a lot more platelets than normal and that’s why PRP is so effective when used for therapy.

PRP is a regenerative technology that initiates the growth of blood vessels and tissue, so it promotes healing and improves skin quality.

PRP for facial rejuvenation

When used for facial rejuvenation, PRP promotes youthful skin and treats skin concerns such as fine lines, wrinkles, scars, enlarged pores, poor skin texture, and skin laxity.

The blood is drawn and prepared to create the concentrated PRP serum that is then injected into the targeted areas of the face. PRP revitalizes the skin cells and may also encourage collagen production. The additional collagen in the skin helps to restore volume in areas of the face that appear hollow or sunken.

Most of the PRP is absorbed within 24 hours, so there is no downtime after treatment. Consequently, patients are able to resume normal activities immediately. Patients usually see results about 3-4 weeks after treatment, but optimal results may take up to 6 weeks.

PRP Therapy for hair loss

PRP hair regeneration is an outpatient procedure that is done under local anesthesia. The PRP is prepared as normal, and a fine needle is used to inject the platelets into the thinning or balding areas of the scalp. When PRP is injected into the scalp it regenerates the hair follicles, and stimulates hair growth.

It typically requires a series of 3 PRP treatments to achieve optimal hair growth. Results become evident about 3 months after treatment.

Benefits of PRP

  • Minimally Invasive: Both PRP facial rejuvenation and PRP for hair loss are minimally invasive treatments that require only a few injections.
  • PRP is a safe procedure. There is no risk of an allergic reaction or contamination with PRP, because the treatment is done using nothing more than the patient’s own blood. Therefore, the body does not respond negatively to the introduction of the platelets below the skin.
  • Minimal side-effects. There may be some facial redness and bruising at the injection site after PRP facial rejuvenation, but these symptoms resolve within a few hours. After PRP hair loss treatment patients may experience some soreness and redness, but this typically only lasts for a day or two.
  • Completely Natural: PRP is a completely natural treatment that contains no synthetic substances, so the rejuvenation process is also natural. This makes it ideal for people concerned about injecting chemicals or other foreign substances into their body.
  • Long lasting results: The results of PRP can last for several years, but follow up treatments may be needed.
  • Short recovery: The recovery after PRP is minimal, and patients are generally able to return to their usual activities after treatment. However, patients that undergo PRP for hair loss normally go back to work the following day.
  • Minimal pain: PRP is a relatively comfortable treatment that is well tolerated by most patients.

Would you like to learn more about PRP?

Contact Sthetix based in Liverpool, Merseyside UK for more information. Sthetix also serves Chester and Ormskirk.

Call 0151 317 9251 today to set up a consultation.

Does a Rhinoplasty Hurt?

Does a Rhinoplasty Hurt?

Are you interested in rhinoplasty, but worried that it might be painful? That’s understandable, because a nose job sounds as if it should hurt, and it’s a concern shared by many people contemplating the procedure. That’s why plastic surgeons are frequently asked – Does a rhinoplasty hurt?

What is rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure that is done to reshape or resize the nose, or to correct a functional issue such as a breathing problem. The incisions for surgery are typically made inside the nose (closed rhinoplasty), but there are times when an additional incision is made across the columella (open rhinoplasty). The columella is the tissue between the nostrils.

Does rhinoplasty hurt?
Rhinoplasty is done under general anesthesia, so patients won’t feel any pain during the procedure. While they will feel some discomfort in the days immediately after surgery, rhinoplasty really doesn’t hurt. There is normally some swelling and bruising, but this varies depending on the exact procedure. There will also be some heaviness and pressure in the nasal area.

Patients are advised to use cold compresses, and keep their head elevated as much as possible, to minimize any pain and discomfort. Most of the tell-tale signs of the procedure are gone within a week.

If you’d like to have nose surgery, don’t let fear hold you back from getting the nose you’ve always wanted. Be sure to discuss any concerns you may have about pain and discomfort with your plastic surgeon ahead of time, so that you are comfortable going into the operation.

Are you ready to learn more about rhinoplasty? Search our directory to find a practice in your area.

If you are in the Raleigh, NC area, Stein Plastic Surgery is our featured practice.

You can reach them at www.facialdoc.com, or by calling 919.261.7099.

Which type of chemical peel is right for me?

Would you like to brighten your complexion and rejuvenate your aging skin? A chemical peel may be the solution for you, because it renews and refreshes the skin. There are a variety of chemical peels available,so understandably, one of the most common questions patients ask their doctor about the procedure is – Which type of chemical peel is right for me?

About chemical peels
Chemical peels revitalize the skin and improve skin tone and texture. There are different types of chemical peels – mild, medium, and deep – and they penetrateto varying depths.

It typically requires a series of treatments to achieve the best results with a chemical peel. Chemical peels can be used to treat a variety of skin concerns including fine lines, wrinkles, melasma, rough skin, skin discoloration, and age spots.

Which type of chemical peel is right for you?
The chemical peel that’s right for you will depend on a variety of factors including your skin tone, and the specific skin concerns you need addressed.

If you would like to improve the appearance of your rough, dry skin, and enhance skin tone and texture, a chemical peel that uses mild solutions may be all you need.

However, if you need to smooth deep wrinkles and get rid of sun damage, a deeper peel may be more appropriate. Deeper peels penetrate through to several layers of skin, and produce more dramatic results (click here).

Medium peels can correct superficial skin discoloration, and smooth fine wrinkles. Mild and medium peels are recommended for darker skin tones.

Are you ready to rejuvenate your skin with a chemical peel? Search our directory to find a practice in your area.

If you are in the Orange County, CA area, South Coast Plastic Surgery in Irvine is our featured practice.

You can reach them at www.socoplasticsurgery.com, or by calling 949-701-4454.

How much does ThermiTight Cost?

How much does ThermiTight Cost

Looking younger is not only about getting rid of facial wrinkles, it also has to do with tightening sagging skin on the body. ThermiTight is one of the most innovative procedures for treating sagging skin on the face and body. But how does it work, and how much does ThermiTight cost.

How ThermiTight works
ThermiTight is a minimally invasive procedure that uses radiofrequency (RF) energy to combat sagging skin on the face, as well as parts of the body that can benefit from tighter skin.

The RF energy is delivered below the surface of the skin via a small probe,which is inserted through tiny incisions. The laser creates a heating effect in the fat layer of the skin that causes it to contract. It alsomelts fat cells, and stimulates collagen production.

ThermiTight is virtually painless, and takes about 1 hour to complete. There is little or no downtime with ThermiTight. Some improvement can be seen immediately after treatment, but final results can take 3-4 months. Most patients only require one treatment to achieve the results they want.

How much does ThermiTight cost?
The cost of ThermiTight can range from $1,250-$5,000, but this will vary depending on the extent of the area being treated. The cost of the treatment may also differ by surgeon, as well as your geographic location. It’s therefore best to visit your plastic surgeon for a quotation, as they will be able to give you the final cost based on the treatment you desire (click here for more info).

Are you ready to tighten the skin on your face and body? Search our directory to find a practice in your area.

If you are in the Guilford, CT area, The Langdon Center for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery is our featured practice.

You can reach them at www.langdoncenter.com, or by calling (844) 551-9880.

What exactly is a non-surgical nose job?

Rhinoplasty (nose job) remains one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures, but the surgical option is not the first choice for everyone. Nowadays the non-surgical nose job is available to individuals who don’t want to go under the knife, and endure weeks of recovery. With a non-surgical nose job you can get the changes you are looking for in minutes. But what exactly is a non-surgical nose job and how does it work.

What exactly is a non-surgical nose job?
A non-surgical nose job is a minimally invasive procedure that uses dermal fillers to make the nose thinner, and more refined. The fillers can be used to increase symmetry, even out the shape of the nose, and adjust angles. It’s a good way to camouflage a bump on the nose. The most common dermal fillers used for a nose job include Juvederm, and Restylane.

How does it work?
The area is numbed ahead of time, and then the dermal fillers are injected into the specific areas of the nose where it is needed to create the desired contours.The entire procedure takes about 20 minutes, and there is no recovery time.

If you would like to improve the aesthetic appearance of your nose, but don’t want to deal with the potential risks and long recovery time of traditional rhinoplasty, a non-surgical nose job may be right for you. However, it’s important to understand that a non-surgical rhinoplasty is not a permanent solution, and may not be the best solution for you. Contact a board-certified plastic surgeon to discuss your options and your goals.

Dr. Bryan Correa is a board-certified plastic surgeon serving the Houston metro. He’s an expert an aesthetics, including rhinoplasty and dermal filers.  At Medicetics our clinicians can perform the procedure to achieve your preferred aesthetic outcome. Call today to book a consultation.

Am I a good candidate for a Brazilian butt lift?

butt lift

Larger, rounder buttocks are now considered a very desirous feature, and the Brazilian butt lift is a popular butt augmentation technique that is used to achieve that ideal. It’s a natural way to make your buttocks larger and shapelier.  However not everyone is a good candidate, so an important question to ask your plastic surgeon during the consultation is –Am I a good candidate for a Brazilian butt lift.

What is the Brazilian butt lift?
The Brazilian butt lift is a butt augmentation procedure that involves the transfer of subcutaneous fat to the buttocks. The fat is usually harvested from areas of the body that have excess fat, particularly the abdomen, flanks, hips, and thighs. Liposuction is used to extract the fat, and it is then processed before being injected into specific areas of the bottom, in order to achieveoptimal lift.

Are you a good candidate for a Brazilian butt lift?
There are several factors to be considered in determining your suitability for a Brazilian butt lift, these include the amount of fat you have available, and the quality of your skin.

Since the procedure uses your own fat to augment the buttocks, candidates for the procedure must have sufficient fat in the donor areas that can be used to augment the buttocks. The best candidates are generally 10-15lbs above their ideal body weight.

Candidates for a Brazilian butt lift should also have good skin tone and elasticity.  You should also be healthy and have realistic expectations about surgery.

If you live in El Paso, TX, contact El Paso Cosmetic Surgery for more information on the Brazilian butt lift. Call 915-351-1116 today, to schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Sozer.

Can I undergo a labiaplasty if I haven’t had children yet?

Labiaplasty is on the rise, as more women seek to correct cosmetic or functional problems with their labia.However, some women contemplating labia surgery are curious about the possible impact the operation may have on their ability to go through natural childbirth. It’s therefore not surprising that one of the questions plastic surgeons are often asked about the procedure is – Can I undergo a labiaplasty if I haven’t had children yet.

Labiaplasty Surgery
Labiaplasty is a surgical procedure that adjusts the shape or size of the labia minora, or the inner lips of the vagina.

For some women, the labia minora may be longer than the labia majora, and the condition becomes a source of discomfort, pain, or irritation when some physical activities are being performed. Others choose to undergo the procedure because they think their labia minora projects more than it should.

Labiaplasty is an outpatient procedure that can be done under general or local anesthetic. The procedure typically takes 1-2 hours to complete. It involves the removal of some of the tissue of the labia minora, in order to reduce the size.

Patients are generally advised to take a week off to from work and usual activities, in order to rest after surgery.

Can I undergo a labiaplasty if I haven’t had children yet?
If you are planning to undergo labiaplasty there is no reason to wait until you’ve had children. The labia is very pliable and stretches easily, therefore surgery will not affect your ability to go through natural childbirth in any way.

Contact Correa Plastic Surgery, The Woodlands, TX, to learn more about labiaplasty. Call 281-419-9119 today, to schedule a consultation with Dr. Bryan Correa.

Cellfina Overview: Everything You Need to Know About the Cellulite Solution

Would you like to get rid of cellulite, and have your skin looking smooth and clear for the long term? Here at Laser Skin Care Center we offer a treatment known as Cellfina that does just that. In this quick Cellfina overview we tell you everything you need to know about this innovative cellulite solution.

What is Cellfina?
Cellfina is a minimally invasive FDA-approved medical procedure for cellulite. Unlike other cellulite solutions that tackle the skin condition from the outside, Cellfina is clinically proven to treat the root cause of cellulite.

How does it work?
To appreciate how Cellfina works, you first have to understand what cellulite is, and what causes it. Cellulitecomes about when the fat below the surface of the skin pushes up against the connective bands that are linked to the underlying tissue. As the bands pull down on the skin, dimpling occurs.

Cellfina treatment involves the use of a small device that is introduced below the surface of the skin, to break up the connective bands, and release the fat layer. The skin will then snap back into position, and smooth itself out.

How many treatments do I need?
It typically takes one Cellfina treatment to gain optimal results.

Are there any side-effects
Cellfina is a very safe procedure, but there are some mild side-effects such as swelling and bruising. These generally resolve within a few days.

When can I see results?
Results can usually be seen after about 3 days.

How long do the results last?
Cellfina results last up to 1 year.

Contact Laser Skin Care Center Dermatology Associates, Long Beach, CA to set up a Cellfina appointment. Call (562) 997-1144 today for your consultation.

Intense Pulsed Light for Rosacea – Will It Reduce Facial Redness?

Millions of men and women suffer from the chronic skin disease known as rosacea. Many of them find it frustrating dealing with the facial redness, because it often lingers, and won’t go away. Help for rosacea is available in the form of minimally invasive light therapies such as IPL photo rejuvenation. Intense pulsed light is often used for easing the symptoms of rosacea, but will it reduce facial redness.

Understanding rosacea
Rosacea is a skin condition that is characterized by facial redness that usually appears on the forehead, cheeks, nose, and chin. The redness is the result of the dilation of the small blood vessels in the face, which are located close to the surface of the skin.  Burning, stinging, and persistent flushing, are other recognizedsymptoms of rosacea.

Treatment
Since there is no cure for rosacea, treatment generally focuses on controlling the symptoms, in order to improve the appearance of the skin. For people who are unresponsive to conventional treatments like topical medication, IPL has proven to be a good alternative.

IPL for Rosacea
IPL is one of the most effective options for treating the redness on the skin that  typifies rosacea. IPL systems work by targeting the blood vessels in the skin. These blood vessels quickly become hot after absorbing the light energy. The intense heat eventually damages the vessels, and they are then eliminated by the body. After treatment there is a notable reduction in facial redness.

If you are suffering with rosacea, and would like to get relief from facial redness, contact Illuminate Plastic Surgery, Palo Alto, CA, and find out how IPL Photo rejuvenation can help. Call 650.433.8621 today to schedule a consultation with Dr. David Boudreault.