I have stubborn dark hairs around my lip and chin. I’ve tried electrolysis, waxing and even tweezing every single day! Does anything really work?
Now that you are more familiar with the CoolSculpting procedure and how it works, you may be asking yourself – is this right for me? CoolSculpting is an excellent alternative to body contouring plastic surgery.
Here is some helpful information to help you determine if CoolSculpting is the right body contouring procedure for you.
Part 1 in a 3-part series about the rise of CoolSculpting.
The LA Times recently featured a fascinating look at how the latest technologies are causing a steep rise in the number of men who choose to get noninvasive cosmetic procedures: With cosmetic treatments, more men enlist in battle of the bulges.
“A slew of nonsurgical body contouring treatments promising to zap inches on your lunch hour has taken off recently, ushering a flood of new patients — many of them men — into doctors’ offices.”
The article talks to doctors about a handful of different technologies currently in use – as well as one that’s FDA-approved but doesn’t come out till later this year – and then gives summaries of how each one works. Importantly, it also ranks them according to how effective the plastic surgeons interviewed found them.
At the top of the list? CoolSculpting. Yes, the nifty technology that freezes and kills fat cells in the targeted area – offered right here in Dr. Daniel’s Eugene office – is far and away one of the most effective noninvasive treatments according to plastic surgeons who use it:
“Still, at least one treatment is consistently delivering measurable results, doctors say — from 1 to 3 inches per application — with few adverse effects and no downtime. Others are on the way to lure the two-thirds of Americans…who won’t consider elective surgery.”
The article also includes a nice breakdown of how the process works:
“A vacuum-type head sucks in an area of fat from the abdomen or flanks and exposes the underlying fat to extremely cold temperatures for one hour while protecting the upper layer of skin . . . This process, called cryolipolysis, destroys about 25% of the fat cells in the area . . . These damaged cells are then flushed out of the body over the course of one to two months.”
To read more about the procedure and get your questions answered, click over to our CoolSculpting FAQ page, or click below to schedule a consultation.
Face lifts to treat the Signs of Aging
A face lift is often touted as an excellent option for facial rejuvenation as there are many alternatives to the surgical procedures as well as non-surgical alternatives too. If you want to look younger, this is an appealing proposition. Ready to learn more?
With the increased interest women are having in pursuing a breast augmentation, there are several important aspects to discuss with your board certified plastic surgeon before moving on with surgery. It is not as simple as just dropping in a couple of implants and calling it a day, you have several different choices available to you! After all, it is your body so you should be able to customize it the way that you want. One thing to consider about breast implants is: should the implants be placed over or under the pectoral muscle? On Top of the Muscle Subglandular placement is the more common of the two different methods. With subglandular placement, the breast implant is placed beneath the breast tissue and over the pectoral muscle. The Advantages: When the implant is placed above the muscle, there will be less trauma to the breast tissue which will result in a shorter and more comfortable recovery period. This placement also allows for larger implants and in some situations, a slight lift may even be achieved when the implant sits above the muscle. The Disadvantages: Some may feel that the results are slightly less natural because when the implant is placed closer to the skin’s surface, the look and feel of the implant may be a little more noticeable. Silicone gel implants are often used in this placement because they provide a more natural look and feel and are less likely to cause rippling or folding. Under the Muscle Submuscular placement, when the implant is placed under the tissue and the pectoral muscle, has been gaining popularity because of its natural looking results. The Advantages: With the breast implant more covered than in subglandular placement, the breasts appear more natural and are less vulnerable to rippling or folding of the implant. The Disadvantages: Recovery time will typically take longer as you will have to allow time for your muscle tissue to heal as well. Also, larger implants may not be effective with this placement. Making a Decision So will it be over or under? The choice is really up to you. Breast augmentations have been the most popular cosmetic surgery procedure in the United State and are known for their high satisfaction rating. If you feel like you can benefit from getting breast implants, talk to your board certified plastic surgeon about how you can achieve the results that you desire.
Orange County, California seems to believe so. An Orange County clinic has been providing their patients with a new treatment called HypnoYoung™, which claims to be the non-surgical, non-invasive and more affordable alternative to the facelift. How so? Through hypnosis of course! The treatment claims to achieve the same results that you can get from a facelift, by using hypnotherapy to enhance muscle memory of the facial muscles for a “firmer, more youthful appearance.” Hmm, it may be the skeptic in me talking, but something sounds a little too good to be true. After all, if it was that easy, wouldn’t everyone be doing it? So what’s the catch? The company that provides the service, Welliant Services, states that the treatment may not be suitable for those younger than 35. They also go on to point out that during the first three months, you should plan on a treatment once a week and then once a month after that in order to maintain the results. So is it really as effective as a professional facelift? Now, here in America we are known for trying some…well…different things to look younger. However, I’m going to have to stick with tradition on this one and go with the proven track-record of the facelift. Interested in learning more about Facelifts? Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and board-certified lead surgeon, Lee Daniel, have been providing patients with real, lasting results for years and years. Our highly trained staff has the skills and experience you look for when dealing with any cosmetic surgery procedure. If you are ready to look years younger, Aesthetic Plastic Surgery is the place to go for your perfect facelift.
The two treatments aren’t interchangeable When discussing issues of wrinkles and slowing the signs of aging, we often recommend asking your surgeon about the possible benefits of injectables like Botox or facial fillers. While it’s true that both are treatments designed to fight wrinkles, they’re not the same, and they each fight wrinkles in specialized ways. How Botox Fights Wrinkles Botox is like Kleenex – it’s the brand most associated with the product, but not all of that product on the market is part of that brand. The key ingredient in Botox, botulinum, is a neurotoxin that is available under other brands, like Dysport and Xeomin. But no matter what brand you go with, they all attack wrinkles the same way – by treating active, or newer, wrinkles. Facial muscles can play a big part in facial wrinkles, and Botox and its cousins paralyze those muscles in order to achieve subtle changes that reduce the wrinkles, but still allow you to emote and use your muscles. How Fillers Fight Wrinkles Fillers, meanwhile (such as Juvederm or Restylane), are more adapted to combat “firmly established” wrinkles – wrinkles with seniority. They can also be used to enhance or alter the appearance of soft tissues, such as adding volume to lips and cheeks. So, which one’s for you? The best person to tell you that is your surgeon. They’ll be able to tell the difference between old and new wrinkles, and which treatment they feel will yield the best results for you. Book a consultation with your surgeon now, and one way or another, you can safely say “so-long” to your facial folds.
I hate my double chin! Is there anything that I can do to get rid of it that does not require anesthesia or major surgery?
The classic “double chin” usually relates to some fatty fullness and/or skin laxity under the chin and into the upper neck. Sometimes this also includes the dreaded “jowls.”
In my office under just local anesthesia, a new technique combines liposuction with Thermage to remove the fatty tissue and tighten the skin. I feel Thermage is the gold standard for non-surgical skin tightening and when combined with liposuction can give amazing results with only social downtime. Call the office now for this Special through August.
The Latest Options for Fuller Lips
Paying lip service means insincerely expressing agreement, allegiance or respect. Don’t confuse this with lip augmentation, as we sincerely believe it can treat your thin or flat lips.
Injectable fillers are the most common option for lip augmentation. The best fillers for lips include Juvederm and Restylane, in addition to fat transfer using your own tissue. If you want a lip enhancement with immediate results and no downtime, fillers are probably right for you.
Injectable fillers plump up the lips and give you a full and youthful look, which is an excellent enhancement for women whose lips have gotten thinner with age. We inject the filler into the lips, taking extra care to maintain their natural lines and borders. By using a numbing cream, dental block, or filler that contains lidocaine, we can make the procedure very tolerable. The results typically last 6-12 months.
Lip Implants, made with Goretex and other materials, are an alternative option that can provide more permanent results. They are placed within the lips through a small surgical incision inside the mouth.
Before and After Lip Augmentation
Lip enhancement shapes and restores volume to the cupid’s bow, inner lip, and outer mouth, while correcting pesky lipstick lines. Contact us for more details!
Unanimously voted as a treatment option for cheek augmentation Allergan, Inc., the makers of popular cosmetic products like Botox and Juvederm, could wind up with the first and only hyaluronic dermal filler on the market that the FDA unanimously recommends for cheek augmentation and rejuvenating age-related loss of facial volume. Recently, the Food and Drug Administration’s General and Plastic Surgery Devices Panel of the Medical Devices Advisory Committee recently voted unanimously in favor of recommending Allergan’s facial filler Juvederm Voluma™ XC as a treatment to restore cheek volume, and that the benefits of the procedure far outweigh the potential risks. This doesn’t mean the product is officially approved by the FDA…not yet, anyway. The findings of the committee aren’t binding in any way, but the FDA considers their opinion when deciding whether or not to approve a new drug or treatment. If it is approved, it will be the only treatment on the U.S. market for cheek augmentation with such a robust amount of approval from the FDA. If approved, Allergan plans to launch Juvederm Voluma™ XC in the later part of this year. As we get older, sub-dermal tissue in the face can lose its volume, causing a sunken, tired appearance. Injectable fillers like the hyaluronic acid-based Juvederm can fill in these empty spaces, revitalizing the face and bringing back a youthful fullness. If you’re curious about dermal fillers, contact your plastic surgeon to book a consultation.