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How long is recovery from a facelift?

How long is recovery from a facelift?

Have you thought about getting a facelift, but you’re concerned about recovery?   That’s understandable.  People considering facelift surgery generally want to know when they will be able to return to normal activities, so one of the first questions they ask is – How long is recovery from a facelift.

Benefits of a facelift

A facelift reduces visible signs of aging and gives the face a refreshed, youthful appearance.  It addresses laxity in the cheek area, nasolabial folds, marionette lines, jowls, and loose skin on the upper neck.

How long is recovery from a facelift?

It typically takes about 2 weeks to recover from a facelift, but this may vary depending on the type of facelift done, and the patient’s general health.  However, patients are always advised to follow the post-op instructions of their plastic surgeon closely, so that they heal properly and without complications. 

Most patients are able to return to work and resume normal activities, about 10-14 days after a facelift.

What to expect after facelift surgery?

Patients should get as much rest as possible immediately after surgery.  It’s therefore best to have a family member or friend available to help out at home, at least for the first 24 hours.   Most patients feel well enough to move around after a day or two.  

There is typically some swelling and bruising for about 2 weeks after facelift surgery.   Patients may also experience mild pain and discomfort, but pain medication will help to alleviate these effects.

The results of a facelift can be seen about 3 weeks after surgery, but it may take 3-6 months to see the final results.

Would you like to learn more about facelift surgery?  Search our directory to find a practice in your area.

If you are in the Las Vegas, NV area, Stile Aesthetics is our featured practice.

You can reach them at drstile.com or by calling 702-243-9555.

What is the difference between botox and xeomin?

What is the difference between botox and xeomin?

Botox is the original and most well-known wrinkle relaxer on the market, but there is an alternative known as xeomin that works exactly like botox, and is just as effective.   However, the products are not identical.  So what is the difference between botox and xeomin? 

Botox and Xeomin

Botox and xeomin are injectable neurotoxins that consist of botulinum toxin A, which is a toxin that is produced by the Clostridium botulinum bacteria.  Both products are FDA approved for treating dynamic wrinkles (frown lines, forehead lines, and crow’s feet), which are formed by repetitive muscle movement.   

Botox and xeomin work by temporarily blocking signals from the nerves that cause the facial muscles to contract.   When the facial muscles are relaxed, the related wrinkles soften and become less visible.  Patient results may vary, but the effects of botox and xeomin generally last 3-6 months.

What is the Difference between Botox and Xeomin?

Whereas botox is formulated with protective proteins, xeomin has no additives.  The presence of the protective proteins in botox can prompt the immune system to produce antibodies that could make some people resistant to the effects of botox.  Since xeomin only contains botulinum toxin A, there is less likelihood that patients will develop a resistance to it.  

Also, because botox contains additives, it must be refrigerated before use, but xeomin does not need to be refrigerated.

Botox and xeomin also have different timelines for onset of action.  Botox starts to take effect about 2 days after treatment, but xeomin can take up to 4 days to show results (learn more).

Are you interested in smoothing lines and wrinkles with botox or xeomin?  Search our directory to find a practice in your area.

If you are in the Kansas City, Leawood, or Overland Park, MO areas, Premier Vein & Body by Schwartz is our featured practice. 

You can reach them at www.premierveinandbody.com, or by calling (913) 303-8587.

Top 5 Methods for Fine Line and Wrinkle Reduction

Top 5 Methods for Fine Line and Wrinkle Reduction

Are you ready to smooth away those fine lines and wrinkles?  Getting rid of these telltale signs of aging can make you look years younger, but with so many treatments on the market, you may be wondering which method would be right for you. 

Top 5 Methods for Fine Line and Wrinkle Reduction

  1. Injectable fillers

Botox and dermal fillers are often used in combination to reduce fine lines and wrinkles.  Botox minimizes dynamic wrinkles in the upper third of the face i.e. forehead lines, frown lines, and crow’s feet, whereas dermal fillers are used to soften the appearance of wrinkles around the nose and mouth.

  • Facelift

Facelift surgery tightens sagging skin, and in the process improves fine lines and wrinkles. When the face is lifted back into a higher position, it reduces nasolabial folds and marionette lines around the nose and mouth. 

  • Brow lift

A brow lift or forehead lift elevates the brow, and is therefore ideal for minimizing forehead lines and frown lines.

  • Skin resurfacing treatments

There are variety of non-invasive skin resurfacing treatments on the market that can reduce fine lines and wrinkles.  ThermiSmooth is one of the most effective options.  ThermiSmooth uses radiofrequency energy to tighten and tone the skin, and diminish fine lines and wrinkles.

  • Microneedling

Microneedling is a skin resurfacing treatment that stimulates collagen and generates new skin cells.  This process firms and tightens the skin, and makes fine lines and wrinkles less visible.   

Would you like to learn more about these wrinkle reduction treatments?  Search our directory to find a practice in your area.

If you are in the Naperville Area & Western Suburbs of Chicago, The John Bull Center for Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Medispa is our featured practice.

You can reach them at www.dupageplastics.com, or by calling (630) 280-3913.

How much can liposuction cost

How much can liposuction cost

If you’re thinking about getting liposuction, cost is a critical consideration, because the procedure is not usually covered by health insurance.  It’s therefore essential to get an accurate cost estimate from a board certified plastic surgeon that specializes in body contouring surgery.

How much can liposuction cost

According to 2018 statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons the  average cost of liposuction is $3,518.  However, the actual cost can be a lot higher, because variables such as surgeon’s fees, anesthesia fees, and facility fees are not factored in.   

Factors that can impact the cost of liposuction

  1. Surgeon fees:  A surgeon that has more experience and greater expertise, is likely to charge more for liposuction than a less experienced surgeon.
  2. Liposuction technique:  When liposuction is performed using advanced technology, it typically costs more than surgery done using traditional liposuction techniques.  
  3. Areas being treated: Costs will be higher when liposuction is being done on larger areas that require more time, such as the abdomen or thighs. Liposuction will also be more expensive if multiple areas are being treated.
  4. Location: Liposuction generally costs more in large cities like New York and California that have a higher cost of living, than it does in smaller towns.  
  5. Facility: Liposuction performed at the surgeon’s office or surgical center, is usually less expensive than surgery performed at a hospital. 

When considering liposuction it’s never advisable to make a decision on price alone, the experience and reputation of the surgeon should be the most important consideration.

Would you like more information on liposuction costs?  Search our directory to find a practice in your area.

If you are in the Naperville Area & Western Suburbs of Chicago, The John Bull Center for Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Medispa is our featured practice.

You can reach them at www.dupageplastics.com or by calling (630) 280-3913.

What type of breast implant is right for me?

What type of breast implant is right for me?

If you’ve decided to have breast augmentation and found a board certified plastic surgeon you’re comfortable with, there are still some important decisions you have to make about surgery.  Specifically, you have to determine what type of breast implant would be right for you.

Types of breast implants

There are two main types of breast implants – saline and silicone implants.  Saline implants contain sterile salt water, and silicone implants contain silicone gel.  Breast implants are also available in different shapes and sizes.  Round implants and tear drop shaped implants are the most common shapes. 

What type of breast implant is right for me?

Selecting the breast implant that’s right for you is essential, because it can make all the difference to the final outcome of your breast enhancement surgery.

The ideal breast implant for you will depend on the look you want, and your specific body type.   

If prefer more natural looking breast augmentation results, tear drop shaped implants may be the right option for you, because they closely mimic the contour and shape of the natural breasts.   However, if you would like your breasts to be fuller at the top, round implants would be the better choice.

The most appropriate breast implant size for you will depend on your body type, and chest measurements.   If you have a small frame it’s not a good idea to choose overly large breast implants, unless you want to achieve an ultra-enhanced look.  Ideally, the breast implants you opt for should be proportionate to the shape and size of your body.

Would you like to learn more about breast implants

If you are in the Newport Beach or the greater Orange County, CA areas, contact board certified plastic surgeon Tenley K. Lawton M.D. for a consultation.

You can reach Dr. Lawton at www.lawtonmd.com, or by calling (949) 835-4597.

Lip Augmentation: What are my options?

Lip Augmentation: What are my options?

Are you thinking of having lip augmentation but unsure about your options?   There are several treatments available for achieving fuller, more luscious lips, including dermal fillers, fat grafting, and lip implants.  

Why lip augmentation?

Lips become thinner with age and lip augmentation increases the fullness of the lips, and gives them a more youthful appearance. The lips are one of the most outstanding facial features and that’s why fuller, shapelier lips enhance facial beauty.

Lip augmentation options

  • Dermal Fillers

Hyaluronic acid fillers such as Juvederm and Restylane are the fillers most often used to plump the lips.  The fillers are injected into specific parts of the lips, to add volume and definition.   Dermal fillers are a temporary lip enhancement treatment as they typically last 1 year.

  • Fat grafting

Lip augmentation fat grafting is a process in which fat is removed from one part of the body (such as the abdomen or hips), and transferred to the lips, after being purified.  The fat grafts are injected into the lips, to achieve the desired fullness and definition.  Since fat grafting uses the patient’s own tissue, there is little risk of an infection or allergic reaction.   The results of fat grafting can last up to 5 years.

  • Lip implants

Lip augmentation with implants is a procedure in which implants made of soft silicone or dermal tissue, are used to add volume to the lips.  The implants are inserted into the lips through small incisions made in the corners of the mouth.  Lip implants are a long-lasting option for lip enhancement.

Would you like to know which lip augmentation option would be right for you?  Search our directory to find a practice in your area.

If you are in the Greenbrae or Walnut Creek, CA areas, contact board certified plastic surgeon Robert Aycock, MD, for a consultation.

You can reach Dr. Aycock at www.aycockmd.com, or by calling (925) 854-4174 (Walnut Creek) or (415) 903-8463 (Greenbrae).

Is microneedling painful?

Is microneedling painful?

Are you trying to get rid of acne scars, wrinkles, or sun damage?  You can refresh your skin with microneedling.  Microneedling is a collagen-stimulating therapeutic technique that uses tiny needles to create microscopic wounds in the skin.  It is therefore not surprising that people considering the procedure usually ask – Is microneedling painful. 

How microneedling works

The microneedling device is equipped with tiny needles that cause microscopic injuries in the top layer of the skin.  These micro-injuries activate the body’s natural wound healing response, resulting in the formation of new collagen and elastin that improve skin strength and elasticity.  

Is microneedling painful?

Patients may experience some discomfort when the needles penetrate the skin during microneedling, but it is usually well-tolerated.  However, there are factors that can increase the level of discomfort during treatment, such as the length of the needles. 

The needles used for microneedling can range in length from .25mm to 1.5mm.  When microneedling is done with the shorter .25mm needles, the procedure is essentially painless.  However, when the longer 1.5mm needles are used the treatment is more uncomfortable, as they go further down into the skin (learn more). 

There are a variety of instruments available for performing microneedling, and they don’t have the same number of needles.  Studies have shown that microneedling devices that have more needles are generally more painful than those with fewer needles.

Numbing cream is usually applied to the targeted area before microneedling begins, to help minimize any pain felt during the procedure.

Would you like to learn more about pain during microneedling?  Search our directory to find a practice in your area.

If you are in the greater Melbourne and Palm Bay, FL areas, Refinery Med Spa, Melbourne, FL, is our featured practice. 

You can reach them at www.refinerymedspa.com, or by calling (321) 222-0436.

What are the benefits of PRP with my microneedling?

What are the benefits of PRP with my microneedling?

Would you like to have glowing, beautiful, youthful skin?  Microneedling is the answer.  Microneedling is a popular skin treatment that treats a range of skin conditions, and increases collagen in the skin.  However, many skin care professionals are now choosing to combine PRP with microneedling.  But what are the benefits of PRP with microneedling.

Microneedling skin treatment

Microneedling (collagen induction therapy), is a minimally invasive skin rejuvenation treatment that improves skin tone and texture.  Microneedling stimulates the production of collagen, which is an important protein that keeps the skin firm and youthful. 

During microneedling, a special device with fine needles is used to create micro-injuries in the outer layer of the skin.  These micro-channels trigger the skin’s natural repair process, resulting in the formation of new collagen and elastin.  Microneedling treats skin issues such as fine lines, uneven texture, and acne scars, and increases the thickness of the skin.

PRP facial rejuvenation

PRP is prepared by drawing a sample of the patient’s blood.  The blood is placed in a centrifuge and spun until the platelets are isolated.   The PRP solution is then injected into the specific areas of concern on the face.

What are the benefits of PRP with my microneedling?

Combining PRP with microneedling enhances aesthetic outcomes, as the platelets contain growth factors that play a significant role in the body’s healing processes.  When combined with microneedling, the growth factors in PRP enhance the regenerative benefits of microneedling. 

PRP also increases collagen, so incorporating the two procedures has anti-aging benefits, as it boosts the skin’s natural repair process. Treatment leaves the skin smoother, softer, and more youthful.

Would you like to learn more about PRP with microneedling?  Search our directory to find a practice in your area.

If you are in the greater Southwest Missouri area, Derma-Tech Medical Spa, Joplin, MO is our featured practice.

You can reach them at www.derma-tech.com, or by calling (417) 206-4884.

What is the best system for fat reduction?

What is the best system for fat reduction?

Do you have pockets of fat that you can’t seem to get rid of?  Nowadays, it’s possible to kill those fat cells without going under the knife, because there are several non-surgical fat reduction treatments on the market.  But what is the best system for fat reduction.

What is the best system for fat reduction?

When it comes to fat reduction systems, there is no option that is right for every patient, but CoolSculpting is certainly one of the most popular systems on the market (learn more).

What is CoolSculpting?

CoolSculpting is a non-invasive body contouring treatment that reduces fat using fat freezing technology known as cryolipolysis.  The fat cells that are frozen and destroyed during CoolSculpting are naturally metabolized by the body over the course of several months.  Results can be seen about 1-3 months after treatment.

CoolSculpting is the ideal treatment for reducing pockets of stubborn fat in areas such as the abdomen, flanks, inner and outer thighs, upper arms, and submental area (below the chin).

Why Choose CoolSculpting

CoolSculpting is a safe, effective treatment that is FDA cleared and generally has a high rate of patient satisfaction.   In clinical studies carried out close to 90% of patients reported seeing visible improvement in the areas treated with CoolSculpting, consequently, 82% of them said that they would recommend it to others. 

CoolSculpting is based on proven science, and it does exactly what it promises to do.  Most patients experience 20-25% fat reduction in the treatment area. 

Would you like to learn more about CoolSculpting?  Search our directory to find a CoolSculpting provider in your area.

If you are in the Orange County, CA area, Total Dermatology, Irvine, CA, is our featured practice.

You can reach them at www.totaldermatology.com,  or by calling (949) 407-8684.

Which Juvederm injection is best for me?

Which Juvederm injection is best for me?

If you’ve finally decided to use dermal fillers and have settled on Juvederm, you’ve made a great choice, because Juvederm is considered a top dermal filler.  But since there are different fillers in the Juvederm family, you may be wondering which Juvederm injection is best for you. 

What is Juvederm?

Juvederm is a popular collection of dermal fillers used to rejuvenate and refresh the face.  Juvederm fillers smooth facial wrinkles and folds, replace lost volume, and plump thin lips. The collection includes Juvederm Plus XC, Juvederm Voluma XC, Juvederm Vollure XC, and Juvederm Volbella XC.   Allergan is the company behind the Juvederm fillers.

Juvederm fillers are all derived from hyaluronic acid (HA), which is a naturally occurring sugar molecule in the body that helps to keep the skin soft and moisturized. The supply of HA diminishes over time with age, and fine lines and wrinkles develop as a result. 

HA naturally binds to water molecules, so when it is injected below the skin it attracts water and this hydrates the skin, making it plumper and firmer.  HA also increases the production of collagen and this has long term rejuvenation benefits for the skin. 

Which Juvederm injection is best for you?

The Juvederm injection that’s best for you will depend on the specific concern you need addressing. 

If wrinkles, fine lines and folds are your primary concern, Juvederm has several formulations to soften these lines including the following:

Juvederm Plus XC

Smiling is good for you, but those nasolabial folds at the corner of the mouth commonly called ‘smile lines’ or ‘laugh lines,’ are not so welcome.   Nasolabial folds appear whenever you smile, but unfortunately, they tend to hang around when you’re older because of the diminished elasticity of the skin.  

That’s where Juvederm Plus XC comes in.  Juvederm Plus XC is an injectable gel that adds volume below the skin, to fill out moderate to severe wrinkles around the nose and mouth.   The results can last up to 1 year.

Juvederm Vollure XC

Juvederm Vollure XC is another solution for reducing the appearance of moderate to severe wrinkles and folds around the nose and mouth.  Juvederm Vollure is a soft filler that is easy to mold, and lasts for a long time, up to 18 months in many cases.

What makes Juvederm Vollure different from Juvederm Plus is the proprietary Vycross technology by Allergan.  Vycross Technology blends hyaluronic acid of different molecular weights to create a gel formula that is smoother, and looks and feels natural. The formulation also includes lidocaine (a local anesthetic), which helps minimize discomfort.

Wrinkles aren’t the only sign of aging; perhaps even more evident on the face is the problem of volume loss.  This is apparent in the cheeks, around the mouth, and the lips.  Juvederm fillers can also fix these issues. 

Juvederm Voluma

If you have flat cheeks and sagging skin Juvederm Voluma is the ideal solution.  The skin loses collagen support over time, causing the underlying muscles to weaken, and that’s why the cheeks appear flatter.

Juvederm Voluma is specially designed to lift the cheeks and restore facial contours.  It is the only injectable filler that is FDA cleared to correct age-related volume loss in the cheeks.  Voluma is a thick gel formula that is injected deep into the cheek area and adds volume below the surface to create well-defined cheeks.   The results of Juvederm Voluma can last up to 2 years.

Juvederm Volbella XC

If you would like fuller, plumper lips, Juvederm Volbella is the filler for you.  Volbella increases lip volume and also fills in vertical lip lines, which are commonly called “smoker’s lines.”  Despite the nickname, these lines are not usually caused by smoking but are instead the result of repetitive lip movements.  Juvederm Volbella treats these pesky wrinkles and leaves the lips fuller and more attractive.

Juvederm Voluma and Volbella are also made using Vycross technology.

Juvederm fillers are generally very safe, but some patients may have temporary side-effects such as tenderness, bruising, and swelling, at the injection sites. 


If you are in the San Francisco and Walnut Creek, CA areas, contact board certified plastic surgeon Andrew Barnett, MD for a consultation.

You can reach Dr. Barnett at www.drbarnett.com, or by calling (415) 943-0749.

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