Archive for August, 2011:

Facial Volume Creates Youthful Appearance

Patients often believe that tightening and lifting the skin with a facelift is the only way to recreate a more youthful appearance for the face. If you look at pictures of yourself when you were in your 20′s, the most apparent thing you will most likely notice is that your face was fuller when you were younger. Through the aging process our faces tend to lose volume as the fat breaks down. If you had a rounder, chubbier face in your 20′s, you may be very happy with more evident cheekbones and loss of some of the facial fat as your face matures. For many women and men, however, loss of fat in the face leaves cheeks too hollow and facial bones overly prominent with cheek wrinkling more evident.

In my practice, the MACS lift is the gold standard for patients desiring a beautiful, natural facelift with results that don’t appear overly tightened while offering minimal downtime. Often with this procedure we will add Radiesse as a facial filler to the hollow areas of the face which have lost volume over time, or to the nasal labial folds (marionette lines) that extend from the nose to the mouth. When patients have Body-Jet liposuction, the undamaged fat cells may be used as a long-lasting, all natural filler for the face.

For those not ready for a facelift, or those who have had a facelift but want to enhance their result, Ultherapy, the non-surgical, ultrasonic device for lifting and tightening the skin by stimulating collagen, is a nice alternative. Ultherapy, combined with facial fillers, may provide the subtle lift and tightening some patients seek along with providing some added volume for a more youthful appearance. The overall condition of the skin tone and elasticity may be a strong determinant as to how well the skin will respond to this non-invasive treatment.

Archive for August, 2011:

Facial Volume Creates Youthful Appearance

Using fat grafting to fill out depressions below the eyes is not only popular, but can have long lasting benefits.

A recently published study published in the Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery asked, “How long does fat grafting last?” when injected near the eyes. The results were largely positive for many patients.

The effects of the treatment are generally known to last longer than injectable fillers, which are cheaper, but must be redone yearly. Fat grafting involves using liposuction to remove fat from a donor site, like the thighs, purifying the fat and reinjecting it into depressions in the face.

So, How Long Does Fat Grafting Last?

According to the results of the study, the majority of patients who received fat grafting in the lower eyelids saw the results lasting up to three years. Over the course of four years, the study tracked nearly one hundred patients aged 35 to 71 who had chosen the treatment. Comparing photos taken every few months, the team rated the improvement seen in the photos as the patients aged.

Though the results were about in line with with the study team says they expected, they did not compare the fat grafting results with those of injectable fillers like Juvederm. Still, as a more long term option for filling facial depressions and wrinkles, fat grafting is common and growing in popularity.

Patients who are elderly, who smoke, or those who exercise heavily may not see the effects of fat grafting quite a long as others. Additionally, for any inconsistencies in the appearance of the injected fat, some patients may choose to undergo touch-up procedures to fine-tune the effect or to make it last longer.

Archive for August, 2011:

Facial Volume Creates Youthful Appearance

Excessive lines on your neck may be caused by craning your neck to look at your phone, in what some are calling “Blackberry neck,” according to The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.

The constant downward gaze caused by smartphone use may be causing some individuals to experience more lines and creases on their neck than would appear naturally. Even if your face maintains its youthful volume, signs of aging on the neck can give you away.

Unfortunately, there’s not an app for that, but facial and neck treatments may help curb the effects of too much texting. One aesthetician in Manhattan developed the “Blackberry facial,” which included cleansing, peels, hydration treatments and additional light, oxygen and lymphatic components to reduce neck wrinkles.

While you may not need to undergo such an intense, multi-step facial to correct signs of aging in your neck, whether from texting or age, many non-surgical options are available.

As a one step process, chemical peels can be applied to the face and neck to reduce neck wrinkles. These treatments work to remove dull, aged surface skin cells, allowing fresh, clean skin to be revealed. Chemical peels can also clear up uneven skin tone and other superficial skin issues.

Laser skin resurfacing treatments work in a way similar to chemical peels in that they allow new skin cells to surface. This light-based treatment removes surface skin cells, layer by layer, revealing smoother, more beautiful skin below. This can reduce neck wrinkles and smooth the appearance of your lower face.

For continued benefits of your non-surgical treatment for aging on the neck, a reliable at-home skin care regimen is important. Your plastic surgeon offers professional-grade skin care options, which work not only to repair skin damage and keep your skin looking supple, but can also protect your skin daily.

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