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18Jul/14Off

Lip Augmentation :: What Are Your Options?

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Every women, at any age, yearns to emit sex appeal. There are certain features that enhance that persona - breasts, butt and eyes, but big lips can give off a sexy vibe as well. Lip augmentation is a cosmetic procedure done to give you fuller, plumper lips. This is a popular procedure that has been increasing in demand since the millennium. Since then, the American Society of Plastic Surgery (ASPS) has reported a 35% increase in the US for lip augmentation procedures. With the advancement of non-surgical treatments, there are several different options to enhance your lips, including collagen, fat transfer and dermal fillers.

Collagen used to be the most common filler used to enhance lips, however the options that are available now are much safer and the effects last longer. Not only that, but before injecting collagen, it is recommended to get an allergy test because the material is extracted from bovine hides. Collagen injections can last anywhere from 4 weeks to 3 months because it is absorbed by the body. In 2013, there were 60,565 collagen procedures done in the US, which is 11% lower than in 2012.

Fat transfer usually involves a fat extraction from your own thighs or abdomen and injected into your lips. There are no risks of allergy with fat injections, however, if you gain weight your lips may enlarge since fat cells will get bigger. It is also possible for fat transfers to provide permanent results. In 2013, there were 66,223 fat injection procedures done, which is 5% higher than the previous year.

Hyaluronic acid (HA) dermal fillers like Restylane or Juvederm are the most commonly used injectables for lip augmentation. HA is a naturally occurring protein that is commonly found in bones. The benefits of using HA fillers are:

  • Practitioners have better control over how much lip volume is added
  • Any lumping or bumps created by moving your lips can be dissolved easily
  • There may be less bruising
  • Minimal risk of allergic reactions because HA is similar to a substance found in the body
  • Last up to six months, sometimes longer

In 2013, there were 1,675,601 HA dermal filler injections done, which is 18% increase from 2012.

Before deciding on a method for lip augmentation, talk to a dermatologist or visit your local MediSpa to get more information about what option is best for you.

 

7May/14Off

Ageless Beauty

Cosmetic procedures continue to gain popularity, specifically with minimally invasive procedures.  The industry leaders at Skin Spa of Newnan Dermatology, in Peachtree City,  have created an infographic to show the different types of effective minimally invasive cosmetic procedures that have proven to preserve youth.  The infographic includes popular injectables and dermal fillers, like Botox and Juvederm, as well as, popular laser treatments like Coolsculpting and laser hair removal.

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30Apr/14Off

Secrets to Look 10 Years Younger

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At some point in their lives, everyone wishes that they could turn back the clock. Today, men and women are making strides to staying active and healthy years beyond retirement. Here are some excellent daily tips that can keep you feeling healthy and happy.

Sleep:  Get enough rest, your whole body functions best when you give it enough rest. Everything from digestion and metabolism to skin health and wrinkle prevention.

Water:  Drink plenty of water, the optimal amount is 80 oz glasses a day, but 64 oz per day is recommended.

Relax:  Make time for yourself, take anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes out of your day to take a bath, meditate or read for pleasure.

Exercise:  Stay active, getting your heart pumping for 30 minutes a day has an incredible effect on your mood.

Love Yourself:  Create positive affirmations like, “I like myself” and “I am a worthwhile person” in the mirror, out loud. Inner happiness starts with approval of yourself.

With the average life expectancy on the rise, the anti-aging argument has become much more compelling. As people are living longer and more active lives, the need to look as young as you feel has increased tremendously. According the the annual ASPS report, anti aging cosmetic procedures have increased by 104% since the millenium, totalling 15.1 million cosmetic procedures in 2013. The most popular of the anti aging procedures are the minimally invasive procedures, such as injectables and laser skin treatments.

Injectables have become popular mainly for these 6 benefits:

  1. Treatment is fast and easy
  2. Each treatment is painless
  3. No downtime for recovery
  4. Results can last from 4 months to 1 year
  5. Effectively reduce dynamic and static wrinkles/ fine lines by filling creases or relaxing muscles that cause wrinkles
  6. Volumizer injectables can plump and lift cheeks and lips

 

Laser skin rejuvenation treatments are in high demand for these 6 reasons:

  1. No downtime for recovery
  2. Minimal pain (like a light sunburn)
  3. Softer, Smoother and younger looking skin
  4. Significant improvement in deep wrinkles, lines and folds
  5. Evening skin tone
  6. Improving texture and discoloration of scars

Each of these treatments are suited to address certain problem areas and skin types and it is important to discuss your goals and expectation with a dermatologist or aesthetician before getting these procedures done.

14Mar/14Off

Difference Between Juvederm XC and Juvederm Voluma XC

juvederm voluma vs juvederm xcThe popularity of dermal fillers has been increasing steadily over the last few years. Last year, there was an 18% increase in the number of hyaluronic acid (HA) filler procedures done from over 1.9 million treatments in 2012 to over 2.2 million treatments in 2013. Juvederm is an HA dermal filler created by Allergan, the creators of Botox, that has gained a great deal of popularity among doctors and patients because it does not form clumps or bumps since it readily diffuses into the tissues. For doctors this is great because they do not have to mold and work the Juvederm fillers into the tissue to shape and contour the face. Allergan has released two products that have become quite popular, Juvederm XC and Juvederm Voluma XC. Since the release of several other products in the Juvederm product line, there has been some confusion with the difference between these various dermal fillers. Here are the major differences between these two fillers.

Juvederm XC

Juvederm XC, also referred to as Juvederm Ultra, is FDA approved to correct moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds around the mouth and nose. Juvederm combines its smooth-consistency, injectable gel with pain-reducing lidocaine for additional comfort during the treatment. Juvederm has gained its popularity because aside from resolving dynamic wrinkles, it can be used to lift and contour facial features. Juvederm has been reported to last up to one year after the initial treatment.

Juvederm Voluma XC

While majority of dermal fillers address wrinkles, that is not the only sign of aging. In fact, a key sign of aging is loss of fullness or volume in the face. As we age, facial fat loss, gravity and loss of the skins natural elasticity can also attribute to the appearance of old age.

Juvederm Voluma XC became popular quite quickly because it is the only FDA approved hyaluronic acid facial filler that will instantly restore age-related volume loss in the mid-face (the cheeks, cheekbones and around the chin). Juvederm Voluma has been reported to last up to 2 years, which is longer than any other dermal fillers.

If you are looking to switch dermal fillers or are going to start, its important to talk to a local physician or aesthetician about what the best solution is for your body.

5Mar/14Off

What is a Liquid Face Lift?

Cosmetic surgical procedures tend to have a certain connotation to the word. When thinking about having a cosmetic surgical procedure many patients tend to think about the risks, pain, recovery time, costs of surgery, or even how long to take off of work. Because of this, many people stray away from the requirements of a cosmetic surgery and instead choose non-surgical options that do not require as much as cosmetic surgeries do.

Non-surgical procedures like injectables were created, to provide immediate results for minor improvements with minimal risks, little to no downtime and, better yet, at a fraction of the cost. Introducing the Liquid Facelift. A liquid facelift involves a combination of dermal fillers and/or injectables injected into specific and targeted areas of the face to achieve similar results that of a cosmetic surgical facelift.

The major differences between a liquid facelift and a surgical facelift are:

  1. The results are not permanent, like any filler or freezer the results are temporary as the filler and freezer substances are absorbed by your body over time.

  2. In the short term, the costs are much less than a surgical facelift, however, due to the transient nature of injectables the costs can add up over time.

  3. A liquid facelift does not remove sagging skin in your neck area.

  4. The liquid facelift is great if you don’t have the down-time for the recovery of a surgical facelift. Liquid facelifts have no downtime.

  5. If  you are concerned about the pain, recovery, risks and cost of a surgical facelift, a Liquid Facelift is great alternative.

Another common question among patients is what treatments are used during a liquid facelift? A treatments used in a liquid facelift will determined by your skin care provider as each treatment depends on the individual. Most Liquid Lifts will include dermal fillers such as  Juvederm, Juvederm Voluma, Radiesse and Restylane used in conjunction with injections of botulinum toxin, like Botox and Dysport.

Botulinum toxins work by blocking nerve impulses to the injected muscles reducing muscle activity and thus smoothing out the area. Dermal fillers restore lost facial volume by filling in crevices, smoothing wrinkles and restoring facial contours.

Depending on the individual and the injectables used, the results can last up to 1-2 years as some injectables have a longer life than others. Although we can’t stop aging, we can certainly delay the effects with a liquid facelift. Consult your local physician, nurse or aesthetician to find out if a liquid facelift is the right solution for you.

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