Facial Rejuvenation or Facelift: Which Is Best for You?

beautiful young womanIf you’re experiencing signs of aging, you have several surgical and nonsurgical options for looking younger, but which one is right for you? While facelifts remain one of the most commonly known ways to look younger, a wide range of noninvasive facial rejuvenation treatments can also provide men and women with excellent results. Is there one choice that’s better?

Facial Rejuvenation without Surgery

Facial rejuvenation comes in many forms:

  • Regularly scheduled facials and chemicals peels can help maintain a healthy glow and may be enough for many patients.
  • BOTOX® Cosmetic is becoming increasingly common among relatively young men and women for preventing fine lines and wrinkles, and erases existing fine lines in my older patients.
  • Injectable fillers can fill deep wrinkles as well as restoring lost fullness in the lips, cheeks, brow and chin.

Is It Time for a Facelift?

For men and women who notice more significantly drooping skin around the cheeks, chin, jowls and neck, as well as a loss of volume in the cheeks, a facelift offers a more comprehensive solution. By gently lifting and tightening your facial tissue before smoothing the skin over improved contours, a facelift can take years off of your face for long-term benefits.

Ultimately, the choice between facial rejuvenation or a facelift relies on your personal appearance concerns and issues you’d like addressed. An experienced facial rejuvenation surgeon can develop a customized treatment plan that focuses on nonsurgical treatments, facial cosmetic surgery or a combination of both for the best results.

Are Gummy Bear Implants Better for Breast Reconstruction?

Woman in red.As the newest generation of silicone gel breast implants, gummy bear implants offer several advantages for cosmetic breast augmentation as well as for reconstructive breast surgery. Although no single approach is best for every patient, I do find that there are a few factors of gummy bear implants that can particularly benefit my breast reconstruction patients.

Anatomical Shape

Gummy bear implants are well-known for their teardrop shape that mimics the natural breast, with more volume towards the bottom and a gentle slope at the top of the implant. Women with only one breast to reconstruct may find that the gummy bear implant is closer to their existing breast shape, allowing for more reasonably symmetrical results. Women can also choose to have implants in both breasts in order to enhance their figure further.

Natural Texture

The highly cohesive silicone gel filling of gummy bear implants feels very similar in texture to natural breast tissue, which makes the ideal breast implant for use in patients after undergoing mastectomy. Breast reconstruction patients often have little to no existing soft tissue in the breast area and may be concerned about attaining results that feel natural. With gummy bear implants, masking the implant underneath the extra coverage of natural breast tissue isn’t as necessary for a natural-looking final outcome.

A Customized Approach

A variety of results are possible with gummy bear implants, and a skilled breast reconstruction specialist should work closely with each individual patient to develop a plan that best meets her needs. I customize my approach for every patient in order to choose the best implant—gummy bear or not—for their goals, as well as the right balance of volume, height, width and projection.

The Top 3 Nonsurgical Wrinkle-Reducers

portrait of indian smiling businesswomanWith today’s med spa advances, you don’t need to go under the knife to enjoy beautifully smooth skin. Here are four non-surgical skincare options I recommend to help my patients enhance their overall appearance and reduce the look of wrinkles. These procedures are effective and fully customizable to meet your individual complexion needs.

1. BOTOX® Cosmetic

As the most popular non-surgical cosmetic treatment offered at my practice, BOTOX® can be an excellent solution for treating wrinkles on the face. This injectable treatment is a neurotoxin that naturally weakens the specific facial muscles that form wrinkles and creases. BOTOX® is ideal for treating dynamic wrinkles, such as crow’s feet and frown lines between the eyebrows.

2. Injectable Fillers

I offer my patients an extensive menu of the latest injectable fillers, such as JUVÉDERM®, BELOTERO®, Restylane®, Perlane® and RADIESSE®. These fillers can improve the appearance of deep wrinkles like laugh lines. For skin that has lost volume and firmness due to aging, dermal fillers can be an excellent way to give you a younger, more refreshed look.

3. Chemical Peels

A combination of the natural aging process and environmental factors such as sun exposure can cause your skin to appear rough and uneven. Chemical peels remove the topmost layers of dead and damaged cells to revealed a smoother complexion underneath. Peels can also treat fine lines, lighten age spots, improve the appearance of acne and acne scars and create an overall more balanced complexion.