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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

Injectables and Laser make you look 10 years younger decatur

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.

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.

3Sep/13Off

ASAPS Trends: Non-Surgical Cosmetic Procedures

Every year the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery compiles statistics on the year’s before trends in cosmetic surgery. The statistics vary through the years but typically include “Plastic Surgery Timelines”, “Top 5 Surgical and Non-Surgical Cosmetic Procedures”, “Economic, Regional and Ethnic Information” and “Top 5 Cosmetic Surgeries for Women and Men”. These statistics are great for understanding the Plastic Surgery industry and even for consumers to know the most popular treatments offered in the industry. The following is a quick rundown of the top non-Surgical treatments in the plastic surgery industry and why they rank at the top of the list.

Since the ASAPS began the statistic of “Top 5 Non-Surgical and Surgical Cosmetic Procedures” in 2000 there have been three major contenders that have ranked the top three within the non-surgical category for at least 9 years. These top contenders include Botox, Hyaluronic acid (Dermal Fillers), and Laser hair removal known for their effectiveness and low cost. The last two places in the top 5 rankings usually change between different laser treatments, microdermabrasion, and chemical peels known also for their value and effectiveness. The 4th and 5th positions in the ranking can be determined by new trends within the industry in those years as laser technology has soared in the most recent years.

Botox and Hyaluronic Acid

Botox and Hyaluronic has continued to rise to the top of the ranks every year popular for its cosmetic uses particularly as the number one solution for wrinkles, crow’s feet, and other unsightly facial lines. Botox is a prescription medication while hyaluronic acid (dermal fillers) does not require a prescription. Hyaluronic acid as actually found naturally in the body which makes it a good choice as a dermal filler because of its compatibility with your body. Botox is also FDA approved for migraine headaches and excessive sweating but also used for other surprising uses not FDA approved such as Gummy Smile, Botox “boob job”, and hair rejuvenation.  Botox is ranked #1 and used widely for many different reasons because of its easy access, application, length of treatment benefits, and the effects of the treatment. Hyaluronic acid is found in naturally in the soft connective tissues and in the fluid surrounding your eyes. When this gel is injected it behaves like cushion or pillow to support your facial structure that might have lost volume and elasticity due to aging. Hyaluronic acid is also currently used to treat aching joints of those with arthritis to ease pain. Botox is supplied in almost every city, has an 82% improvement rate within a week, takes 30 minutes to apply, and lasts an average of 4 months. Dermal fillers are also immediately available in most cities. Hyaluronic acid comes in a few different forms unlike Botox such as Juvederm, Radiessse, Restylane, and Sculptra. The application is similar to Botox, taking only 30 minutes however the efficacy of the treatment can last from 9-24 months depending on the hyaluronic acid brand. The usability, accessibility, and ease of Botox and hyaluronic acid makes it easy to see why Botox and hyaluronic acid still ranks in the top 3 non-surgical treatments for the last decade.

Chemical Peels and Microdermabrasion

Chemical Peels and Microdermabrasion have also landed a few spots on the ASAPS Top 5 Non-Surgical Cosmetic Procedures over the last decade however their strength is not as great as that of Botox and hyaluronic acid. They are however still on the top 5 because of their ease of access and they are the least invasive procedures to improve the appearance of your skin. Chemical peels improve acne and acne scars, age and liver spots, fine lines and wrinkles, freckles, irregular skin pigmentation, rough skin and scaly patches, scars, and sun-damaged skin. Chemical peels use a gentle chemical solution to smooth skin while Microdermabrasion uses a minimally abrasive instrument to gently sand the skin to remove the thicker, uneven outer layer. Microdermabrasion is used to treat light scarring, discoloration, sun-damage, and to lessen the appearance of stretch marks.  Unlike chemical peels, the microdermabrasion technique also helps to thicken collagen, resulting in a younger complexion.  Both microdermabrasion and chemical peels work to make your skin look smoother, younger, and smooth by gently removing the damaged outer layers. Microdermabrasion application can last for about 30 minutes with very minimal discomfort while a chemical peels, depending on the strength can last from 10 minutes to 2 hours with some resulting temporary redness, hyperpigmentation and stinging.  Microdermabrasion and chemical peels are widely used and continue to rank on the top 5 lists because of their ease of access, no downtime and effective results.

Laser Treatments

Laser treatments have also been a staple of the ASAPS Top 5 Non-Surgical Cosmetic Treatment Statistics. More specifically, Laser hair removal has continuously ranked on the chart at the # 3 top ranked non-surgical procedures over the last few years. Other laser treatments such as the IPL treatment and laser skin resurfacing treatment have grazed the charts over the last few years as advanced laser technology begins to soar. Laser hair removal is an obvious choice for a top rank on the ASAPS statistics as men and women from young to old benefit from the treatment effects. Laser hair removal works by producing beams of highly concentrated light into hair follicles. The pigment in the follicles then absorbs this light destroying the hair. Laser hair removal is so common because of its precision, speed of treatment, and predictability. The laser can treat an area the size of a quarter every second while some areas can be treated in less than a minute and a larger area up to an hour. 90% of patients have permanent hair loss after an average of three to five sessions making laser hair removal more appealing than waxing, shaving, or tweezing. Laser skin resurfacing such as the Fraxel re:store Dual system has grazed the statistics with its presence here and there over the years however, time will tell as this laser has a 66% “worth-it” rating from Realself.com, a educational community of patients, dermatologists and cosmetic surgeons. The Fraxel laser skin resurfacing provides skin resurfacing with minimal downtime using wavelength technology used to address pigmentation, acne scars, photo-damage, and discoloration with fast recovery pain-free.  This laser skin resurfacing is similar to the benefits of a chemical peel or microdermabrasion with less redness and pain.

Well, there you have it, the most common treatments in the non-surgical cosmetic statistics by the ASAPS and why they make the charts. Only time will tell what will be on the charts next year but we have a very good feeling that Botox, hyaluronic acid, and laser hair removal will still rank top 3 on the statistics. With laser technology advancing, it’s very possible next year we will see a bigger trend in the laser non-surgical cosmetic industry.

 

15Apr/13Off

The Effects of Stress on The Aging Process

It's not exactly clear whether or not chronic stress can cause wrinkles and grey hair but it certainly does seem to be the case.  When you look at photos of presidents as they start their presidency versus the end of the term, the differences are amazing (and not in a good way).  In just four years President Obama looks like he's aged at least 8 years.  George W. Bush looked as if his 8 years in office aged him 16.

So what do you do if you have a high stress job, or just a stressful life for some reason?  Are you doomed to looking old and wrinkly because of your stress?  Not if you know a good doctor who knows how to wield weapons of anti aging like dermal fillers or even Botox Cosmetic.

Dermal Fillers and The Fight Against Aging

Juvederm is a dermal filler used the most and your doctor can use it to fill in those laugh lines, wrinkles and even those marionette lines around the mouth.  Juvederm can erase the visible signs of stress and aging by simply filling in those little tell tale signs.  Even if you don't have a stressful job (or life for that matter) you will undoubtedly still show the normal wear and tear on your face as you age.

Age Gracefully or Fight it With Your Doctor?

That's the question.  You've seen it done well either way, right?  You've seen some people who wear wrinkles and aging well.  Think Clint Eastwood, he looks rugged and still good with these visible signs of aging.  You've also seen the people fighting it too much as well.  Think Bruce Jenner or any of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, they look strange and it's obvious they've simply had too much Botox.

Find your balance with it...  find a good doctor who won't let you overdo it.  Keep some of the fine lines and smooth out only those that detract from your overall appearance.