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Loss of Volume in Your Face: Fillers 101

As we age, the skin looses collagen and elastin fibers. Fillers, especially hyaluronic acid ones, possess a plethora of beauty enhancing capabilities—they can lift, augment, and plump deficient areas for a more streamlined and defined visage.How they work: Dermal fillers containing hyaluronic acid, are designed to soften and correct fine lines and wrinkles in the face by adding volume and restoring hydration. Hyaluronic acid is a chain of sugars produced naturally in the body and its purpose is to aid skin hydration by binding to water. As you age, your natural production of HA slows down, your skin becomes a bit drier, and you begin to see signs of decreased collagen production and skin elasticity.Treatment areas: Fillers are most commonly used for:Nasolabial folds and wrinkles Volumize,...

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Treating Fine Lines, Wrinkles and More: Neurotoxins 101

When neurotoxins are administered correctly, they are exceptional for the treatment of wrinkles and reducing the signs of aging.How they work:  By temporarily blocking nerve receptors to facial muscles, neurotoxins soften the look of existing lines and wrinkles while also preventing others from forming.Treatment Areas:  The most common treatment areas are the crow's feet, a saggy brow line, forehead wrinkles and frown lines.  However, it can also be used to treat:Gummy smiles Excessive sweating Scar healing Contouring and neck bands Cleavage wrinkles Slimming the jawline Teeth clenching and grinding, TMJWhat to expect: Neurotoxins are injected directly into the targeted muscle using a fine needle. Most people describe the treatment as ‘slightly uncomfortable’ but it is over in no time! You may have a small...

BIA-ALCL Safety Advisory

Below is an update from The American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.  As always, if you have any questions concerning your existing implants, please call our office.       Dear Colleagues:For nearly a decade, The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons have been working collaboratively to keep plastic surgeons informed of the latest information on breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL). Through our research foundations, journals, educational activities, joint communications and the PROFILE registry, we strive to increase awareness of BIA-ALCL across our specialty and throughout the house of medicine. Though BIA-ALCL is uncommon, recognizing the symptoms and treatment protocols of this lymphoma is vital to maintaining the safety of our patients and...

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4 Things to Consider When Researching a Plastic Surgeon 

In November, I wrote about what is involved in a “Mommy Makeover” and who the ideal candidate is for this increasingly popular procedure.  But doing your research, and finding the right plastic surgeon, is equally important to ensure the best possible results. Below is a list of recommendations I have compiled for you to consider as you research your options:Find a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon who is also a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). Each area of plastic surgery requires different skills so choose a surgeon who has experience in the procedure you are considering. Once you have narrowed down your list of potential surgeons, make sure it is someone...

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The Mommy Makeover

Move over mommies!The mommy makeover is not just for mommies. The mommy makeover is my personal favorite procedure to perform in plastic surgery.  So what is it exactly?  tighter abdominal muscles +  liposculpted tummy + fuller, more youthful-looking breasts = mommy makeover. Who else is getting the mommy makeover? Bariatric patients after massive weight loss (to remove the excess sagging skin)Women after twins or tripletsWomen with diastasis recti (separation of the abdomen muscle)Women who have had multiple abdominal surgeries which can cause sagging skin and an uneven lumpy appearance.  The truth is, mommy makeover candidates include anyone who wants the physical transformation provided by combining a tummy tuck, liposuction, and cosmetic breast surgery.  Breast surgery can be an augmentation (smaller or bigger) with or without a breast lift.Who is...