Fall is a great time to take inventory of your skin and invest in a cosmetic procedure or treatment that will freshen up your look. Now that those long summer days are gone, you may notice some premature signs of aging such as deepening wrinkles around your mouth or lower face. If you are self-conscious about frown lines or flattening cheeks, injectable fillers could be just what you need to reverse some of those signs of aging. The most commonly used facial filler at Revalla Plastic Surgery and Medical Aesthetics contains hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally-occurring substance in the body that diminishes as we age. As an injectable gel, filler can act like an inflatable cushion that supports features which may have lost volume over time. It also helps hydrate the surface of the skin to help keep it looking supple and refreshed. Continue reading “5 Ways Facial Fillers Can Rejuvenate Your Look this Fall” »
One of the common effects of aging is excess fat accumulating below the jaw line. For many people, it is almost impossible to lose neck fat with diet and exercise, and you may be feeling very self-conscious about that double chin. Liposuction performed around the neck can enhance your facial contours and create a more youthful and defined appearance. It is a very targeted and effective procedure for anyone who wants more jaw definition and a well-contoured look. Continue reading “Maintain a Youthful Look with Neck Liposuction” »
Last month, we talked about the benefits of aging prevention and refining your body’s contours in your thirties. For part two of our series on the best cosmetic procedures and treatments to help you age gracefully, we will be focusing on those fantastic forties. Continue reading “Aging Gracefully, Part II” »
Study reports a high percentage of success and patient satisfaction with endoscopic brow liftHere’s news that should raise some eyebrows: Most patients undergoing an endoscopic brow lift are pleased with the results and would recommend the procedure, according to a recently published study in JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery. The telephone survey, which examined satisfaction, recovery and outcomes, involved 57 patients who had undergone either a brow lift alone or concurrently with a facelift. Also known as a forehead lift, a brow lift can provide a more alert and youthful appearance, improving frown lines and furrows. It can also help minimize creases across the forehead or high on the bridge of the nose as well as correcting low or sagging brows. In some cases, brow lifts have also reduced or even helped eliminate migraine headaches. Researchers found that 93 percent of patients reported the procedure as successful and 96 percent would recommend it. Nearly three-fourths of those surveyed stated that they had been told looked younger and less tired and that the procedure helped bolster their self-confidence. Along with a quick recovery of about a week– return to normal activities after more than two weeks was mostly reported by those who also underwent a facelift – scars and swelling were minimal, as were complications such as numbness. And 50 percent of the patients who reported headaches prior to surgery experienced a reduction in their frequency and intensity. Such surveys not only enhance research but assist consumers in making informed decisions. Additionally “relying on patient-reported information helps us to better understand the surgical experience and to improve preoperative counseling,” the authors write. Photo by Walt Stoneburner
Ethnic plastic surgery is hardly new. In the early part of the 20th century, European Jews opted for smaller, straighter noses and Irish Americans for flattened ears, all in the interest of looking more “American.” Today, almost the opposite is true – while people of all ethnicities choose plastic surgery, many want to reshape themselves to their original culture’s trends and tastes. In fact, more than 3.2 million cosmetic plastic surgery procedures, some 25 percent of all surgeries, were performed on ethnic patients in 2010, an increase of 243 percent since 2000. With advances in and overall acceptance of plastic surgery, ethnic patients are increasingly asking for and receiving the types of procedures that will enhance, rather than completely alter, their skin types and facial features. For instance, while typical Asian eyelid surgery is geared towards a wider, fuller eye, patients also want it to look natural and maintain the “almond” shape. The same concept applies Indian American rhinoplasties; patients are heavily influenced by the look of actors in the popular and colorfully ethnic Bollywood musicals. “Most patients with more of a hump and a larger nose want it more refined and less noticeable,” says Dr. Anureet Bajaj. While traditionally, few Indian Americans sought plastic surgery, preferring to focus more on inner beauty, Bollywood’s attractive Indian stars have had an impact on mainly women (and even some men). And with a rapidly growing Indian American population that now exceeds 2.5 million, plastic surgery is even more in demand, especially rhinoplasties. There were a quarter of a million nose surgeries in 2011 alone. Recent studies have shown that special care needs to taken for Indian Americans to meet their desired appearance. “You don’t want to lose your ethnicity,” adds Dr. Bajaj. A one-size-fits-all, tiny upturned nose “would not look good.” Flickr Photo: Indian Woman on Rabanito’s photostream on Flickr
report on The Wall Street Journal’s MarketWatch details the potential of Botox Cosmetic and the brow lift and facelift procedures to treat migraines. These procedures are often used to treat facial wrinkles of varying severity. This information was released in the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Journal, and announced the incredible success rate for migraine cure among the forehead lift patients involved as 92%. These patients received a standard forehead lift with a focus on the removal of muscle or nerve tissue that could lead to migraines.
Cosmetic Procedures Provide Dramatic Benefits to Appearance and Migraine PainThe forehead lift is quickly becoming a popular alternative to the traditional and historically popular facelift procedure. A few facts about the forehead lift, also known as the brow lift:
- 28,200 people received a forehead lift in 2011, according to the ASAPS
- Ideal patient age for the procedure is 40-60, though it may be useful for those beyond that range in either direction
- Generally more affordable than facelifts, with a shorter recovery time
American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) report, Americans are getting chin surgery at a rate that is growing faster than any other surgical procedure. In 2011, there were over 20,000 chin augmentations performed in the United States. This is a 70% increase over the number of surgeries performed in 2010. Lip augmentation and cheek implants showed the next largest increases with 49% and 47% growth, respectively. The dramatic increases in these procedures may also reflect the increase in video calling, as these facial procedures would give highly visible results from screen angles used in these programs.
Video Calling Such as Facetime Believed to be the Cause of Chin Surgery PopularityThe increase was noted to be fairly consistent across gender and age demographics, with all recorded groups experiencing growth ranging from 66-77%. The procedure is slightly more popular with men, and increases in popularity as patients age. The dramatic increase in the procedure over the past few years has been attributed in many sources to the rise in video conferencing in work and personal communication. Particularly in handheld video calling, such as Facetime, the image produced through the angle of the device often accents any chin dissatisfactions patients may have. According to Dr. Malcolm Z. Roth, president of the ASPS, “The chin and jawline are among the first areas to show signs of aging. We also know that as more people see themselves on video chat technology, they may notice that their jawline is not as sharp as they want it to be. Chin implants can make a dramatic difference.” Double chins, turkey wattles and excess skin and fat deposits are often addressed through chin augmentation procedures, which may incorporate liposuction in order to produce the desired effect. According to Dr. Darrick Antell, a New York City surgeon who has performed chin surgeries on a number of CEOs, “We know that CEOs tend to be tall, attractive, good-looking people. We now know that these people also tend to have a stronger chin. As a result, people subconsciously associate a stronger chin with more authority, self-confidence and trustworthiness.”
For Optimal Facial Rejuvenation, Plastic Surgeons Should Consider What’s Going on Under the Skin What makes us look older? Wrinkles and sagging result not just from changes in the skin, but also from age-related changes in the underlying facial bones, according to a report in the January issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). The researchers, led by Robert Shaw, Jr., MD, at the University of Rochester Medical Center, analyzed computed tomography scans of the facial bones in young (age 20 to 40), middle-aged (41 to 64), and older (65 and up) age groups. All scans were performed for medical reasons-not for planning plastic surgery. Aging Linked to Changes in Eye Sockets, Jaw Bones, and More Detailed measurements in three-dimensional reconstructions of the CT scans showed some important differences in the facial bone structure (or facial skeleton) between age groups. “The facial skeleton experiences morphologic change and an overall decrease in volume with increasing age,” Dr. Shaw and colleagues write. One prominent change was an increase in the area of the “orbital aperture” – that is, the eye sockets. In both men and women, the eye sockets became wider and longer with age. Aging also affected the bones of the middle part of the face, including reductions in the glabellar (brow), pyriform (nose), and maxillary (upper jaw) angles. The length and height of the mandible (lower jaw) decreased with age as well. Although these changes occurred in both sexes, many occurred earlier in women – between young and middle age. In men, most of the changes occurred between middle age and old age. Plastic surgeons are experts at dealing with changes in the skin and underlying soft tissues that contribute to an aged appearance of the face. However, as the new study demonstrates, they must also understand the contribution of changes in the underlying facial bones. “The bony components of the face are important for overall facial three-dimensional contour as they provide the framework on which the soft-tissue envelope drapes,” Dr. Shaw and coauthors write. For example, the enlarging eye socket and decreasing brow angle could contribute to frown lines on the forehead, “crow’s feet” at the corners of the eyes, and drooping of the lower eyelid. By using materials and techniques for skeletal augmentation, plastic surgeons can improve the outcomes of facial rejuvenation, Dr. Shaw and colleagues believe. They discuss the “aesthetic implications” of changes in the facial bone structure, and outline some strategies plastic surgeons can follow to optimize the final results for patients who desire a more youthful appearance.