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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.

Injectables and Laser Treatments Newnan

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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5Feb/14Off

Differences between Dermal Fillers and BOTOX

If you are considering injectables for your anti aging solution, chances are that you have wondered about the differences between BOTOX and dermal fillers. The biggest difference between the two is that BOTOX is a muscle relaxer and products like Juvaderm and Collagen are fillers.

BOTOX is more for dynamic wrinkles or creases caused by movement, like frowning or squinting. Bototulinum toxin, which is in BOTOX, temporarily impairs the nerve functioning of the muscle, so the relaxed muscle is unable to produce the movement that results in the wrinkle.

Dermal Fillers are best for wrinkles or creases when your face is relaxed, also known as static wrinkles. These static wrinkles form over time as the skin loses its elasticity. Dermal fillers help to reduce these type of wrinkles by adding volume to plump up the tissue, providing a natural, more youthful look. There are also fillers like Radiesse and Sculptra that jump start your bodies natural production of collagen, which delivers longer lasting results.

Both of these two solutions have different products that yield different results, depending on your goals. In addition to BOTOX, there is another product called DYSPORT which works very similar to BOTOX, however DYSPORT can spread a little further and may show results slightly faster.

Similarly, dermal fillers also have several different product options, such as, Juvederm, Restylane, Scuptra and Radiesse. Juvederm or Juvederm Plus is the “next generation” smooth gel filler that has become very popular due to the ease of insertion and minimal discomfort. Juvederm Plus is a little thicker than Juvederm, which works better on deep folds and creases. Restylane is also made of a substance called hyaluronic acid (HA), which is naturally found in our body, but similar to collagen, we also lose HA as our age matures. Restylane allows physicians to subtly “sculpt” your face to restore fullness. Sculptra is a collagen replacing dermal filler that is injected a bit deeper. This is a great option for those who have lost excessive fat in their face, filling out hallowed temples and for shallow wrinkles. Radiesse is similar to Sculptra in that it is also a collagen replacer that also stimulates your bodies natural production of collagen. This calcium-based dermal filler is thicker than most fillers and is especially good at adding volume to deeper wrinkles and folds.

Since everyone’s body is different, it would be wise to consult a physician at your local Medical Spa to get more information on the best solution for your goals.

31Jan/14Off

Cosmetic/Medical Dermatology

I have severe acne and new wrinkles, where should I go?

In this day and age, there are more cosmetic procedures available to you than there has been ever before. If you have ever been concerned about your appearance and sought out on remedying your imperfections, discovering the best treatment for you can certainly be an uphill battle. This is because there are many many services offered by either certified medical or cosmetic dermatologists, or people that pretend to be so.

Your first step in seeking treatment for dermatological imperfections is to search locally. Search yelp and discover the local places that treat your issue. Next, you want to vet that location through their website. Ensure their physicians are board certified cosmetic or medical dermatologists. For example, this cosmetic dermatologist in Manhattan Beach lists her Board Certified status right on the home page of the website as well as within her bio. You can also take the step to ensure your dermatologist has Board Certified standing by searching for them in directories such as The American Society of Dermatological Surgery (www.asds.com). Also take some time to ensure past patients were satisfied with their results through the testimonials/reviews or the photo gallery.

Do I need a medical dermatologist or a cosmetic dermatologist?

This depends on what your concerns are with your skin. Medical dermatologists diagnose, treat, and prevent diseases that affect the skin, hair and nail, for example, skin cancer. While a cosmetic dermatologists treats the skin, hair, or nails using a treatment that is meant to improve the patient’s appearance rather than treat a disease. For example, a cosmetic dermatologist can treat wrinkles or acne while a medical dermatologist can treat skin disease and also acne. Many times, Cosmetic dermatologists are also medical dermatologist and sometimes even surgical dermatologists. This just means that they have the skills and experience to treat all of your dermatological needs.

Does this mean a cosmetic dermatologist can perform surgery?

Yes, IF that cosmetic dermatologist is also a surgical dermatologist. As mentioned, many dermatologists practice not only medical dermatology but cosmetic dermatology, surgical dermatology, as well as medical dermatology. Some examples of treatments dermatologists perform that fall into cosmetic dermatology are surgery to diminish acne scars, injecting dermal fillers such as Juvederm Voluma or injectables such as Botox to give the aging face a more youthful appearance. Another example would be laser surgery such as the Intese Pulsed Light (IPL) Photofacial to diminish or remove small veins, age spots, tattoos or wrinkles.

What examples fall under medical dermatology?

Medical dermatology is the diagnosis, treatment, or prevention of diseases that affect the skin. Diseases such as acne, lumps or growths, moles, rosacea, skin cancer, uneven pigmentation, or melasma are some examples that medical dermatologist can treat.

26Nov/13Off

Men and Cosmetic Surgery – Infographic

The number of male patients undergoing cosmetic procedures has been growing exponentially. Every year more and more  men of all ages and all walks of life are requesting plastic surgery for cosmetic reasons. Minimally-invasive cosmetic procedures and facial rejuvenation procedures fueled the growth. Check out this Infographic provided by a cosmetic surgeon in Beverly Hills specializing in minimally invasive cosmetic procedures to learn more about the most popular cosmetic procedures among male patients.

Men and Cosmetic Procedures

23Oct/13Off

Non-Surgical Revolution

We’ve all heard about plastic surgery, you go under the knife and come out with a different nose, face, arm, legs or breasts! Though traditional plastic surgery comes at a costly price, not only do you pay out of pocket but you also pay in pain and time out of work so sometimes having plastic surgery can be a little more difficult than we would actually like it to be. So what are our other options? Not necessarily knew to the cosmetic world but also not as popular are Non-Surgical cosmetic treatments. Non-surgical treatments have become ever so popular in the United States as well as internationally because of the convenience these non-surgical treatments offer.

Injectables and Dermal Fillers

Non-surgical treatments can include anything from injectables/dermal fillers, to laser treatments, and even body contouring which is why they are gaining popularity rapidly. These types of non-surgical treatments claim to have little-to-no downtime, or time away from the office or being active, little-to-no pain, non-invasive (no knives!) and for the most part, cost significantly less than traditional plastic surgery.

Non-surgical procedures such as injectables and dermal fillers like Botox, Dysport, Radiesse, Restylane, Juvederm, and Sculptra improve the appearance of aging on your face. Botox and dysport are very simple treatments that can temporarily smooth and reduce the appearance of deep folds, wrinkles, crow’s feet and frown lines. Botox is also FDA approved to help improve excessive sweating and severe migraines. Dermal fillers such as Restylane, Juvederm and Radiesse work to restore volume and fullness to the skin and to correct moderate to severe wrinkles and folds. These dermal fillers have become increasing popular because of their safety, the dramatic and immediate effects, and they have the ability to last up to a year. Sculptra is another injectable that is known for replacing lost collagen in the face. This protein is responsible for skin strength and elasticity and can also help improve sagging skin.

Laser Treatments

Other popular non-surgical treatments include laser treatments that work to treat many different areas of the body from the face down to your legs. Skin tightening therapy with the Sciton BBL laser technology offered at this dermatology practice in Torrance, CA  uses a combination of cooling and pulsed light treatment to create a rise in temperature used to activate the collagen in your skin. Results can be seen immediately after treatment with a series of treatments ever 2-4 weeks while the skin continues to improve over the next six months. Other types of laser treatments include laser acne treatment, laser hair removal, and even spider vein treatments that traditional plastic surgery cannot repair.

15Oct/13Off

Anti-aging Non-Surgical Cosmetic Procedures at Any Age

As we age, our bodies change and so do the expectations about how we look. Whether the focus is on rejuvenating the skin or restoring definition to the face, you can be beautiful at any age with the help of non-surgical cosmetic procedures. begging from the teenagers years, this Infographic offers suggestions on what types of non-surgical and non-invasive procedures would be beneficial to your skin.

 

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