Is Non-Surgical the New Surgical?

If you’ve been watching the aesthetic industry over the last couple years, you may have noticed a major push for non-surgical solutions for common cosmetic concerns. The cause of this is two-fold – patients are getting younger and technology is getting better. Younger patients are wary of having surgery and are often not looking to make a commitment to anything permanent. As for technology, just like other medical procedures as it improves surgeries and treatments become less invasive with a lower associated risk. Keep reading to learn more about the non-surgical trends you’ll be seeing everywhere in 2018.

Using Treatments Preventatively

While the use of neuro-modulators, fillers and collagen stimulators is nothing new, the application and the age group using it definitely is. Now that plastic surgery and aesthetic treatments have become more mainstream, prospective patients are more informed than they were 5-10 years ago. With this new informed audience, they now understand that getting started early is far more effective than waiting until the lines and wrinkles have set in. Keeping this in mind, it’s no surprise that patients in their 20’s are trying Botox® to curb frown lines and crow’s feet.

Non-Surgical Contouring Treatments

While non-surgical fat removal had a huge year in 2017, we don’t see the demand for this slowing down anytime soon. Treatments like Kybella™ will only increase in popularity for melting fat around the jawline. With the right amount of treatments recommended for each patient, Kybella yields result similar to detailed liposuction for excess fat under the chin and neck for most patients. Unlike other injectable treatments, Kybella’s results are permanent. We’re excited to see what’s to come with fat eliminating injectables like Kybella, and the possible treatment areas beyond the chin.

A Focus on Results, Not Brands

Recently, we are seeing a change in how patients approach consultations. Patients are coming in with a specific aesthetic goal in mind rather than simply requesting a branded treatment. This new kind of treatment demand is calling for providers to get more creative. The most successful providers are responding to this demand by creating comprehensive treatment plans that often combine a few non-surgical treatments to achieve a specific look. Patients looking for smoother, brighter skin may combine Botox and laser treatments to improve texture and lines.

If you’re looking for a highly-trained plastic surgeon who understands the value of comprehensive treatment, look no further than Dr. Jason Cooper in Jupiter, Florida for all of your aesthetic needs.

How Long Do Injectables Last?

Injectables have taken the world by storm, the aesthetics world that is. Any early to moderate signs of aging previously required a surgical facelift to help reduce the appearance of these lines and wrinkles, but injectables are changing that approach. As we age, the skin around the eyes, nose, mouth, in the forehead and every area in the face, are affected by gravity and sun damage. The skin loses its strength and pliability as it starts to droop and sag, wrinkling and losing volume in certain areas; aging weakens the collagen and elastin fibers that were once vibrant and continually regenerating.

So Many Nonsurgical Options!

The sooner we catch these signs of aging as they start, the longer we can avoid facial plastic surgery to reverse the effects. Anti-aging injectable treatments are minimally invasive and can accomplish the reduction of these telltale signs before they become noticeable. At our practice, we bring our patients trending treatments that are proven to improve their quality of life and maximize their time. When any client comes in with specific concerns about wrinkles and degeneration in the skin, we recommend a series of facial injections that can slow or reverse these concerns. Since there are many options out there, we’ve narrowed it down a bit so that you can explore your choice of injectables.

What are these injectables and what do they treat?

Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin

These three injectables are a lifesaver for men and women that want to reduce their frown lines in the forehead area. No matter what you do, repetition of facial expressions such as concentration and concern can cause the glabellar muscle between the eyebrows to cause creases to form in the skin. The only way to reduce the visibility of these lines is the stop the muscle from contracting, and to allow the skin in this area to smooth over and relax a bit.

Botox is one of the most widely known anti-aging injectables for this issue and works by injection straight into this muscle to paralyze it for a 3-4 month period that is reversible. Botox also works on crow’s feet and the muscle responsible for them around the eyes with three injections in this area.

Dysport and Xeomin are new to the market but target the same muscle. Their chemical structure is much the same, except Xeomin lacks an extra protein that’s present in Botox. These all work to target glabellar lines. Each injection will depend on the physician and patient preference, but essentially five injections of either are done at five points in the brows. Dysport may feel more natural than Botox and Xeomin, but can also depend on your skin and severity of wrinkles. These injections last from 3-4 months on average.

Restylane, Voluma, Juvederm

For our clients that don’t feel comfortable with direct muscle injections to reduce wrinkles, we offer another set of injectables that works to fill the space between muscles and the skin. The reason wrinkles form in these areas is that contraction of the muscles weakens the skin and leaves a space between the layers, wrinkling of the skin happens. The injections are solutions that add volume to this space and smooth out wrinkles while invigorating collagen and elastin fibers for regrowth during their active period. These injections can also help to maintain hydrating throughout the skin.

Restylane, Juvederm, and Voluma target nasolabial folds, the lines that come down from the nose and glide to the corners of your mouth, as well as lifts and contours the cheeks. Restylane and Juvederm however also work to provide lip injections and produce volume in the lips that will accentuate the face. These injections last longer than the above muscle injections, usually 6-12 months.

At our practice, we often recommend a combination of both muscle injections and volumizing injectables to enhance the restoration of the whole face. If you’re interested in learning more about our injectables, call to schedule your consultation today at 561.406.6574.

Kybella vs. Neck Lift

What’s the Difference?

Aging can change everything about your body, from the way you feel to the way your skin looks and how it performs daily functions. The problem with aging is that it tends to show in wrinkles, sun spots and sagging skin. No one wants to show their age, so we try everything we can to make sure that it never shows. The area that seems to reveal our age the most is the neck and jawline.

We’ve all seen men and women with sagging skin and wrinkles that hang from their necks, and it’s difficult to conceal since there’s not much you can do with over the counter beauty products. In fact, skin simply loses its ability to maintain elasticity and to remain bright, glowing and fresh as we inevitably get older. So, what can you do to be sure this lax skin in your neck doesn’t get that far? Many of our clients ask the same thing, and we offer them two options, a surgical neck lift and nonsurgical injections with Kybella.

So what is a neck lift?

The neck lift is a surgical procedure that our practice offers patients to correct underlying muscle, remove excess skin in the neck in order to lift and tighten. Occasionally fat in this area will be repositioned and suctioned out if any excess remains to offer contours of the neck and define the jawline. This procedure is done under local anesthetic, requiring incisions to be made starting behind the ears and around the hairline. Incisions made during the neck lift procedure are done within the natural folds of skin to minimize any scarring from developing.

Neck lift procedures are invasive and need to be done with care. Only skilled plastic surgeons with delicate hands perform this surgery and at our practice, we only offer these procedures done the best in their field. This procedure isn’t for everyone as only those with severe sagging should consider this method. For those that have mild wrinkling and sagging, there are noninvasive options that don’t require the few weeks of recovery time that neck lift does.

 

Why should I consider Kybella injections?

If you’re thinking about a nonsurgical treatment to help contour and reduce a small amount of neck fat, Kybella injections are the best option for you. Kybella is FDA­ approved to help smooth over necklines and offer a slight lift and tighten to the areas that start to show the most. Kybella’s active ingredient is deoxycholic acid, which is naturally produced in the body and recognizable by our tissues. This active ingredient helps to degrade fat cells in the neck and jawline to reduce the amount of excess fat over time. Reducing the fat can help get rid of the problem with loosening skin.

The best part about Kybella is that it can be done during your lunch hour; you can be out of your treatment fairly quickly after a series of injections, depending on how much contouring in the neck you need. Your physician will let you know what to expect during your consultation for Kybella. We like to give our clients options that can prevent the need for invasive surgery unless they require it, or the issue is severe. The beautiful thing about Kybella is that we can tackle early signs of aging before they become terribly noticeable without any incisions, anesthesia or recovery. This procedure requires just a few injections, and the serum will do its magic. We take care of our clients, offering them the best and most comfortable cosmetic options.

If you’ve noticed these signs of aging creeping into your skin around the neck and jawline, please contact us at (561) ­406-­6574. Ask about our Kybella injections and your options for neck lift.

Can pregnant or lactating women receive a Vitalize Peel®?

SkinMedica® peels should not be administered to pregnant or lactating women. While there are no adequate and well-controlled studies of chemical peels in pregnant or breastfeeding women, it is not recommended any elective procedure, including Botox Cosmetic, chemical peels, and injectable fillers, be done if you are pregnant or about to become pregnant, or breastfeeding.

Patients should wait at least 4 months after your last treatment before trying to become pregnant. If you have further questions, speak to your Ob/Gyn about your concerns.

Alternative options for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding including professional skin care products such as EltaMD and Neocutis. Jason Cooper Plastic Surgery offers both of these options. Continuing to feel your best while pregnant can be a big deal for some women, we’re happy to be able to be a source for women here in South Florida to continue their beauty regimen while pregnant. Please call our offices and we can schedule a consultation with Dr. Cooper to find the best treatments for you!

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