The most effective way to remove or reduce the appearance of wrinkles and sagging of the face caused by advanced age. In a traditional face-lift, the skin is partially elevated off the face so that the underlying tissues can be tightened, the excess skin excised, and the remaining skin can be repositioned smoothly over the face. Improvement is especially seen along the jawline and in the neck.
Reshapes the nose by partially removing or reshaping the cartilage and bony structures. Rhinoplasty is done to change the appearance of the nose, improve breathing and nasal function, or to achieve a combination of both.
The surgical procedure to correct large protruding ears, and is usually done by resculpturing and remodeling the cartilaginous framework. Usually permanent internal non-resorbable sutures are used to maintain the correction.
The first area of the face to exhibit signs of aging is the area around the eyes. Under-eye bags and sagging upper eyelids that come with advancing age, can be corrected through cosmetic eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty. This relatively minor procedure can refresh the appearance of the face and leave it looking years younger, brighter and fresher. Blepharoplasty removes excess skin, fat, and muscle tissue from the eyelids to correct the drooping and puffiness. Surgery may be done on the upper and lower lids.
Frequently combined with rhinoplasty surgeries to create a more balanced and aesthetic profile in men and women with small “undershot” chins. A permanent Silastic® prosthesis is inserted through a small incision inside the lower lip or under the chin.
Can be done non-surgically with injectable materials such as Radiesse® and Juvederm® and will maintain a correction for upwards of a year. Cheekbone implants on the other hand are surgically placed thru incisions in the mouth, are made of Silastic®, and will last forever.
Can be done as a non-surgical cosmetic procedure using synthetic or biological injectable products (soft-tissue fillers) to safely, but temporarily, enhance or augment the lips.
Available to permanently enlarge the lips and are placed thru small incisions at the corners of the mouth. These are made of Silastic® elastomer and feel like gummy bears. Like all surgical implants, they become a “natural” part of your body image.
Uses a laser light to heat, damage, or destroy the upper layers of the skin. This can tighten the skin and cause new skin to grow. It is typically used to remove or improve the appearance of wrinkles, brown spots, rosacea, shallow scars (from acne, surgery, or trauma), and sometimes, the appearance of small veins. Tattoos are removed with lasers that breaks down the colored iron pigments into microscopic fragments which are then removed by your immune system.
Neurotoxic proteins that weakens the muscles of the face to reduce wrinkles. The effect is temporary, lasting about 3 to 4 months. Pregnant women and those with auto-immune diseases are not candidates for these products.
Reduces the appearance of bald spots or alopecia by moving hair from one part of the head to another.
Plastic surgical terms for breast-implant procedures done to increase the size, shape, and firmness of a women’s breasts. Breast implants (prostheses) can also play a part in post–mastectomy breast reconstruction.
Plastic surgical procedure for reducing the size of abnormally large and pendulous breasts. The indications for breast reduction surgery are three-fold: physical, aesthetic, and psychological. Breast reduction removes excess breast tissue and skin to reshape and lift the breast. Women may seek breast reduction to change their appearance, reduce back pain, and reduce limitations of activities caused by large breasts.
Refers to the resuspension of sagging droopy breasts on the chest wall. In this procedure the “skin brassiere” is reduced, to elevate the nipple-areolar complex and to reshape the breast that has “bottomed out”. Sometimes it is combined with augmentation for restoring or increasing breast volume.
Uses suction, ultrasound, or lasers to remove stubborn fat that has not gone away with weight loss, dieting and exercise. For women, this can be on the outer or inner thighs, neck, upper arms, belly, knees, and hips. For men, this can be on the waist, belly, neck, breasts, or back.
Remove excess skin and fat from the abdominal area and tighten the abdominal musculature. After a major weight loss or several pregnancies leave behind extra folds of skin, this surgery restores a flatter, smoother abdominal contour. As with liposuction, the purpose of a tummy tuck is to reshape the area rather than to reduce body weight.
Meant to minimize scars, whether they be from traumatic wounds or from surgical procedures, so that they are more consistent with the surrounding skin tone and texture. Scar revisions improve or reduce the appearance of scars. They also restore normal function to areas that are contracted by scar tissue, such as after deep 3rd degree burns.
Reduces or removes the appearance of small varicose veins and spider veins especially on the lower extremities. In sclerotherapy, an irritating chemical is injected into the offending vein to damage and scar the inner lining of the vein, which then causes it to close down (sclerose) and disappear.
Uses laser light to heat, damage, and destroy the uppermost layers of the skin. This will tighten the skin and cause new epithelium to regenerate from the preserved depths of the pores and hair follicles. Resurfacing is typically done to remove or improve the appearance of wrinkles, brown spots, shallow scars (from acne, surgery, or trauma), and sometimes, the appearance of small veins. Tattoos can also be lightened and removed with lasers that break down the colored iron pigments into microscopic fragments, which are then removed by the immune system.
The use of a fine wire brush or a diamond wheel with rough edges to remove the upper layers of the skin, allowing new skin to grow. It may be used to treat acne scars and wrinkles around the mouth, especially across the subnasal area.
Uses a finer technique with small crystals to remove just the most superficial upper layers of the skin.
Refers to the excision, or removal by cryodestruction (freezing) of abnormal moles and birthmarks on the face and body. Suspicious lesions are excised and sent to the pathology lab for an accurate tissue diagnosis, if any malignancy is suspected. Fatty tumors and cysts in or below the skin are typically excised as well.
Permanently reduces unwanted hair from the face and body. In laser hair removal, laser light treatments are used to heat and destroy the hair follicles. This reduces the number and density of facial and body hair. Progressive improvement is usually noted after each procedure. In electrolysis, a small electrical current is applied thru a fine needle to each individual hair root, to heat and destroy the follicle. These procedures are extremely uncomfortable and time consuming and are therefore pretty much obsolete.
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