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What better way to bring in the New Year than rewarding your skin with facial rejuvenation treatments?
Brevard Plastic Surgery & Skin Treatment Center in Palm Bay, FL, is excited to offer our holiday promotion: buy two syringes of RADIESSE® for $1,000 and get the third syringe free.
RADIESSE® is an injectable filler that can correct facial imperfections like fine lines, wrinkles, and acne spots. A hyper-diluted form of RADIESSE® is used for body contouring on areas like the buttocks, knees, arms, and neck.
This offer runs until Feb. 29, 2020.
Why Do I Need RADIESSE®?
It can be discouraging to look in the mirror and see the common signs of aging like fine lines, wrinkles, age spots, and acne scars.
RADIESSE® can not only correct the signs of facial aging, but a hyper diluted form of RADIESSE® can be used for body contouring.
Hyper-diluted RADIESSE® can be used to lessen the appearance of buttock dimples and cellulite, wrinkles just above the knees, lines near the cleavage, and concentric neck lines.
This injectable modulator is a safe and effective way to revamp your look right in time for the new decade.
What Is Radiesse® Made Of?
Radiesse® is made of tiny calcium hydroxyapatite (CaHa) gel microspheres suspended in a water-based gel.
CaHa is composed of ions phosphate and calcium, which occur naturally in the human body and is a collagen stimulator. The CaHa microspheres naturally deteriorate to calcium and phosphate ions, which are metabolized by the body’s natural processes.
You will see immediate wrinkle clearing results when the RADIESSE® is injected. When the gel is absorbed, fibroblasts appear, and the process of neocollagenesis begins.
What Is Neocollagenesis?
Neocollagenesis is the process of making more collagen. Collagen and elastin are often called “the building blocks of our skin” because that is exactly what their role is for our skin.
Collagen and elastin are proteins that promote strong, healthy skin and elasticity. Without these two proteins functioning properly, our skin begins to sag and wrinkle, and other signs of aging become more apparent.
Producing more collagen and elastin can only help our skin become stronger and healthier.
What Is Hyper-diluted RADIESSE®?
RADIESSE® is used to plump wrinkled or folded areas of the skin, mostly on the face.
Hyper-diluted RADIESSE® allows the product to be more easily spread on the skin, making it a body contouring treatment rather than only for facial purposes.
As a biostimulatory agent for face and body rejuvenation, this type of RADIESSE® can effectively stimulate the production of collagen.
It can be injected superficially for facial rejuvenation and the treatment of larger areas on the body.
Hyper-diluted RADIESSE® provides general skin tightening with natural and discrete volume gain.
Hyper-diluted RADIESSE® can target different areas of the body and can target the:
- Buttocks––Cellulite, dimples, indentations, divots, and sagging skin
- Cleavage––Lines in the decollate
- Knees––Wrinkles above the knees
- Arms––Lost skin elasticity and firmness in the upper arms
- Neck––Horizontal necklines, fine wrinkles, and sagging skin
If you are interested in hyper-diluted RADIESSE® for the body or RADIESSE® for the face, do not miss out on our promotion running until Feb. 29, 2020.
What Does Science Say About Hyper-diluted RADIESSE®?
A team of 10 experts in the fields of dermatology and plastic surgery developed a guide for the use of hyper-diluted RADIESSE® as a biostimulatory agent for face and body rejuvenation.
With extensive dermal filler experience, the team provides and supports guidance for the use of hyper-diluted RADIESSE® in the face, neck, décolletage, buttocks, thighs, arms, abdomen, knees, and elbows.
Located in Sao Paulo, Brazil, they described injection techniques, information on insertion points, dosages, and volumes for both needle and cannula injections, as well as the number of required treatment sessions and intervals between them.
What Are Other Facial Rejuvenation Options?
It is important to care for your skin both at home and at treatments at a professional treatment center.
Dr. Guy is committed to helping you discover which injectable treatment is right for you.
She performs all the injections at her Palm Bay, FL, facility and will discuss which dermal filler would best suit your skin texture and desires.
Along with RADIESSE®, Botox®, Dysport®, and Xeomin® are a form of purified botulinum toxin type A, which is FDA-approved.
BOTOX® Cosmetic is a neuromodulator that is used to reduce fine lines and wrinkles by temporarily paralyzing the underlying muscles.
BOTOX® Cosmetic is FDA-approved to treat wrinkles such as crow’s feet around the eyes and frown lines between the brows.
BOTOX® is also known to alleviate chronic migraine headaches. The FDA approved BOTOX® to treat chronic migraines in 2010.
Dysport® is a type of botulinum toxin type A injection and is known to be a fast-acting wrinkle treatment like BOTOX® Cosmetic. It works to block the nerve impulses, temporarily relaxing the muscles so the wrinkles can smooth out.
Dysport® can help treat glabella wrinkles or the area between the brows. Like BOTOX® Cosmetic, you can expect to see the results of Dysport® almost immediately.
The right injectable filler will be decided during your consultation with Dr. Guy, where she will address your facial anatomy and the extent of treatment required.
Xeomin® is a type of botulinum toxin type A that, once injected into muscles, can improve the look of moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows for several months.
How Can Laser Treatments Benefit My Skin?
Facial laser resurfacing can provide your skin with the extra boost it needs to appear more youthful and vibrant.
In addition to injectable treatments, laser resurfacing treatments can improve sun-damaged skin and skin texture by removing damaged layers of the skin. This is another important skincare technique that can aid your skin in developing strong, healthy habits.
You may be the right candidate for laser skin resurfacing if you have:
- Age spots
- Acne scars
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Sagging skin
- Discoloration of the skin
Learn More About RADIESSE®
You can reach out to Brevard Plastic Surgery & Skin Treatment Center in Palm Bay, Florida, for more information about our RADIESSE® holiday promotion by calling (321) 727-1600 or by filling out this contact form.
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Modern beauty standards encourage us to embrace ourselves for who we are in ways we’ve never been able to before.
That means that we are able to look for new ways to improve our appearance so that we can look and feel better.
For millions of patients, BOTOX® Cosmetic offers a path to self-improvement by rejuvenating their look while avoiding costly, invasive surgery.
What Is BOTOX® Cosmetic?
In the wild, toxins are typically used as a defense mechanism by a variety of species to cause harm.
But years of research have harnessed that power into what we now know as BOTOX® Cosmetic and similar non-surgical treatments.
What makes them so effective is the use of a neurotoxin called botulinum toxin type A. This toxin blocks signals from nerves to muscles, preventing them from contracting.
Products like BOTOX® Cosmetic harness that toxin and work almost as a type of muscle relaxer, softening wrinkles throughout the face.
The Go-to Beauty Product of Today
The benefits BOTOX® Cosmetic provides are designed to create both immediate and long-term improvements to the skin.
While the immediate effects are not permanent, getting repeat BOTOX® Cosmetic treatments means your muscles are less prone to contracting.
Fewer wrinkles form and existing wrinkles start to look smoother. Skin grows firmer and tighter over time.
What Does BOTOX® Cosmetic Treat?
- Lines between the eyes (glabellar lines)
- Fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes (crows feet)
- Lines on the forehead and upper brow
- Facial creases
- Frown lines
Can BOTOX® Cosmetic and Fillers Work Together?
Injectable fillers are rapidly growing in prominence.
Fillers are designed to do what their name implies: fill and plump areas in need of volume.
BOTOX® Cosmetic can be used together with fillers to enhance facial features without the need for surgery.
What Fillers Can I Use?
Fillers you can use with BOTOX® Cosmetic include:
- Hyaluronic acid fillers (Restylane®, Juvèderm®, Perlane®, Belotero®, and others)
- Calcium hydroxyapatite fillers (Radiesse®)
- Collagen stimulators (Sculptra®)
- Fat cells (via fat transfer)
Some fillers are better for deep injection, creating volume in much-needed hollow areas, while others do their work by stimulating the skin’s own regrowth response.
Facial Laser Resurfacing and Chemical Peels
Non-surgical treatments are rising in popularity as we enter a new decade.
Their convenience, minimal downtime, and effective results make them a beauty powerhouse in the making.
There’s a wide range of options now available for people who want to rejuvenate aging skin or remove acne scars or dark spots.
Dr. Guy offers several such services at her new Palm Bay, FL, office, all aimed at giving her patients the radiant, youthful look they desire.
What Is Facial Laser Resurfacing?
Scientists extracted the first laser beam from a ruby rod back in 1960. The new technology swiftly advanced to include use in various capacities, including medical.
By the 1990s, doctors were figuring out ways to use these powerful beams of light for cosmetic rejuvenating benefits to great success, becoming what we know as laser resurfacing today.
Laser treatments can be specialized and put to use for various cosmetic means, including hair removal, pigment correction, and even vascular treatments.
What Can Laser Resurfacing Do for Skin?
The light beams used in lasers penetrate the surface of the skin from within to remove damage.
As the skin heals, it starts up a natural regenerative process that includes collagen production, the compound that creates youthful-looking skin.
Wrinkles begin to smooth, dark sunspots fade, and acne or other aggravating conditions are mitigated as laser resurfacing does its work.
Laser resurfacing can be used for:
- Fine lines or wrinkles around the eyes, forehead or mouth
- Scars from acne or other skin conditions
- Aged or sun-damaged skin
- Liver spots
Laser resurfacing is a remarkably convenient way to improve how the skin looks. Treatment sessions can last from a few minutes to two hours, depending on the area treated.
Discomfort from treatments is typically minimal, but some numbing cream may be used if needed.
There will more than likely be some peeling and itching as the newly treated skin heals, along with other side effects like redness or some swelling. It’s important to protect treated skin as it heals.
The skin should be fully healed and looking brighter, radiant, and smoother within a few days to a few weeks, depending on the depth of treatment.
What Are Chemical Peels?
There’s a 90s revival going on as we enter the new decade, with trends like choker necklaces and lip gloss coming back in a fierce new way.
Chemical peels, a favorite treatment of this era, are also emerging as a fresh new way to treat and improve skin.
Using a mixture of chemical solutions that range in degrees of concentration, chemical peels pack a rejuvenating punch that clears and smooths skin irregularities for beautiful radiance.
There’s a variety of chemical peel services Dr. Guy offers, including deeper chemical peels that require longer healing times. Whatever the choice, a chemical peel can be a great way to regenerate skin.
What Can Chemical Peels Do For Skin?
Chemical peels use specialized acids that essentially slough off the damaged outer layers of skin to improve and smooth texture.
They are powerful tools against acne, removing scars, and killing off the bacteria that cause breakouts in the first place.
Chemical peels can:
- Reduce hyperpigmentation
- Improve acne and acne scars
- Smooth fine lines and wrinkles
- Remove brown spots
- Improve rough or scaly skin
- Brighten and improve skin tone and texture
A chemical peel ranges in intensity, from light peels used to remove light signs of damage to peels that penetrate the deepest layers of skin.
Depending on this level, patients can experience a recovery that’s minimal or one that involves a slightly longer healing process.
Skin after a chemical peel will be irritated, swollen, and extremely sensitive. It also might peel and itch as it heals and a new layer of improved skin appears.
With most chemical peels, the treated skin is fully healed within a few days after treatment. A deeper chemical peel may require more time to fully heal from.
Lasers, Peels, and Other Non-surgical Treatments
One of the advantages non-surgical treatments have over more invasive methods is incredible versatility.
Many can be combined together or done one right after the other for the ultimate in rejuvenation.
For example, Dr. Guy and her team of aestheticians can combine chemical peels with other facial treatments to get patients the best improvement.
Laser resurfacing can be done in conjunction with other minimally invasive treatments, like BOTOX® Cosmetic or injectable fillers.
Dr. Guy can help determine what treatments are right for you and can safely be combined for maximum effectiveness.
Interested In Learning More?
Dr. Guy sees patients for BOTOX® Cosmetic in her Melbourne, Florida, office, and will soon be seeing patients in her new Palm Bay office.
Many of us have enjoyed the benefits of injectable dermal fillers, like Restylane®, JUVÉDERM®, and RADIESSE®, that fill in those pesky lines on the face—like the “11” creases in the middle of the forehead or the “parentheses” lines that run from the nose to the side of the mouth. However, the use of fillers has been extending to non-traditional areas of the face. When performed strategically by an experienced injector, filers can provide fantastic results. Conversely, when they are injected poorly, the results are less than satisfactory and sometimes even bizarre.
The “duck lip” is showing up all too often, and it ruins the beautiful, natural cupid’s bow contour of the upper lip. Additionally, the cheeks are sometimes filled so much that they no longer look like a cute, rosy apple but more like a grapefruit (or even a cantaloupe!). And, the worst use of fillers now is the overfilling of the so-called “tear trough” (the dark circles or recesses under the eyes), which starts to make the recipient look more like a wretch who cried all night rather than a well-rested young woman. Unfortunately, these anomalies are becoming more frequent, and not just in Hollywood. They may be coming to (or already in) a town near you.
Choosing the Right Doctor and the Right Filler
A Practiced Practitioner
Don’t get me wrong, fillers are great! They can effectively rejuvenate these areas as well as many other areas of the face and hands, when needed. If the filler substance will fulfill the aesthetic goals and look natural, then I’m for it. But, all sorts of “practitioners” are offering fillers and BOTOX® Cosmetic nowadays. Specials abound on every billboard, mall window, and blast email. But, as I like to say, caveat emptor—buyer beware! Experience can really make a difference in the quality of treatment you receive, and practitioner experience should be a deciding factor when you choose who will be performing your filler procedure. There is such a thing as a practiced hand and an aesthetic eye, not to mention knowledge of the “golden proportions” of the face. For example, the lower lip is normally larger than the upper lip. There are some normal variations to this, of course, but not as many as I have seen lately.
Fillers are not all alike. Some are thicker or more cross-linked, which are better suited for deep volume filling, such as for the cheeks. Others are finer, softer, and more appropriate for fine lines or lip contours. Only a doctor well-versed in these finer points of fillers will know which is best for your specific needs, so please, choose your “practitioner” wisely.
A Filler to Fulfill Your Needs
Several new fillers have arrived on the scene that have varying “thicknesses.” You have probably heard of JUVÉDERM®, Restylane®, Sculptra® Aesthetic, and RADIESSE®. Now, there are several new fillers for your vocabulary: BELOTERO BALANCE®, additions to the Restylane® family of fillers (Silk, Defyne™, Refyne™, and Lyft™), as well as additions to the JUVÉDERM family of fillers (VOLLURE™ XC, VOLUMA® XC, and VOLBELLA® XC). This is all the more reason you need to choose an experienced injector! Which ones are good for lip plumping and filling those fine vertical lines above the lip and around the mouth? I would use BELOTERO or Restylane® Silk. I really like the way they plump the lip smoothly without creating a huge, unattractive blob. These products also do a nice job of filling fine lines superficially without producing the Tyndall effect: a bluish hue under the surface of the skin that looks like some eerie, latent abscess. Which filler should be used for bigger cheeks? For nasolabial folds? For re-contouring the jawline? (Jawline contouring is a fabulous procedure that can provide awesome results. I would use RADIESSE® for this.) So, get someone who knows!
Questions to Ask When Choosing Your Doctor
When you’re looking for a doctor to administer your filler treatments, it’s important to be thorough in your questioning. It’s always better to shop around and find another physician if you feel in any way uncomfortable or unsure. Don’t feel pressured to say yes to the first doctor you visit. Here are some questions that might be helpful to ask them:
Do you have before and after pictures I can look at?
It’s important to review the work of any doctor before you trust them with your face. Seeing before and after photos of other patients not only helps you see what you should expect, but it also gives you an idea of the skill level of the physician you are interested in.
How long can I expect my results to last?
Although it depends on the area being treated and the type of filler used, most results will last from four months to two years. It’s important that you be aware of how long your results will last so you can decide if you are willing to commit to having more treatments later on down the line if you want to maintain your results.
Are there complications or risks involved in the procedure? How are these handled?
While there are not many risks associated with dermal filler treatments, you should know what to be keeping an eye out for and what warrants a call or visit to your doctor. In general, you should be aware of the symptoms of an allergic reaction (pain and swelling that does not dissipate after a few days) and other poor reactions to the filler injections, such as asymmetry, excessive bruising, or lumps under the skin. You MUST call your doctor IMMEDIATELY if you have severe pain with skin blanching. Thankfully, this is rare.
Questions like these will help you be sure you know what you’re getting yourself into and that your doctor knows what they’re doing!
Trust Us With Your Face!
If you’d like to rejuvenate your appearance with non-surgical fillers, come in and give it a try. I promise it will not be the “extreme makeover” Hollywood look! And I promise I didn’t learn my injection techniques from some weekend course on fillers. Do yourself a favor and see a real plastic surgeon for these procedures. We know about facial proportions, how to wield a needle, and how to use sound, surgical judgment.
Family functions, work events, and parties with friends during the holidays can be fun, but these festivities can take their toll on us both physically and mentally. We all want to look our best for the events we attend, and many people consider cosmetic procedures to give them that rested, youthful glow. Two popular solutions that can rejuvenate your face before the holidays are facelift surgery and injectable fillers. However, how do you know which is best for you? And when should you have your procedure or treatment done? There are many factors to consider when making your decision, and Dr. Guy is here to guide you throughout the process and answer any questions you may have.
When planning a facial rejuvenation procedure, some factors you should consider are:
- The specific concerns you’d like to address (e.g., wrinkles, sagging, etc.)
- The invasiveness of the procedure (which often affects how long the recovery period is)
- Any limitations you may have during recovery
- How long your results will last
A personal consultation with Dr. Guy can help you find the treatment that will best fit your schedule and your specific concerns.
Injectable fillers (such as Restylane®, JUVÉDERM®, RADIESSE®, and Sculptra® Aesthetic) are temporary solutions to fine lines, wrinkles, and hollows in the face. These treatments are minimally invasive, and results can last anywhere from 2 to 18 months depending on what kind of filler is used. Your recovery time will be fairly short; you can return to your regular activities immediately but should avoid strenuous exercise for 24 to 48 hours. Due to mild swelling and bruising that may develop, you might want to schedule your treatment 7 to 10 days before an event to give yourself time to be completely healed and ready for your close-up!
If you are short on time and are looking for a quick fix, this type of treatment might be the right choice for you. However, fillers can only provide so much rejuvenation; at some point, a facelift will be the better choice to address more severe signs of aging.
If you have facial aging that requires a more in-depth approach, such as deep wrinkles around the mouth and sagging cheeks or jowls, Dr. Guy may recommend facelift surgery. There are several techniques available (such as a traditional facelift, mini facelift, or short-scar facelift), but recovery from any of these surgical procedures will be significantly longer than recovery from a non-surgical treatment. Results will become visible over several weeks, but complete recovery from facelift surgery can take up to 6 months. Because of this, it’s best to plan this surgery at least 6 months before an event to give yourself plenty of time to heal so you can show off your full results with confidence. Luckily, facelift results can last up to 10 years (depending on the type of lift done), so you shouldn’t have to worry about having anything redone for next year.
When some people think of facelift surgery, they might picture the over-stretched look that poorly done facelift procedures can present. While facelifts in the past may have not produced the most natural aesthetic, we now have a much better understanding of the underlying structures of the face and how the aging process works, which allows us to correct it with natural, beautiful results.
As your face starts to show more signs of aging, you may start thinking about ways to slow down the process and keep yourself looking as young as you feel on the inside.
The rate at which your face ages depends on several factors, including:
- Your genetics
- Your lifestyle choices (such as your diet and whether or not you smoke)
- The amount of sun exposure you have had over your lifetime
So, what is the best age to get a facelift? When should you start considering one? While this is a very personal decision, there are a few guidelines you can follow.
Things to Consider
Most people who are interested in a facelift may think that they are too young, but the truth is that it is much more effective to turn the clock back 10 years when you are in your 40s or 50s than to wait until you are in your 60s.
Having a facelift done when you are in your 40s has several advantages:
- Your skin is in a better condition in your 40s than when you are older, and so your recovery from a facelift will be easier.
- You will also experience less bruising, and the incisions used are usually smaller.
- Your results may not last as long if you wait until you are in your 60s due to the loss of skin elasticity.
- Some doctors may recommend another facelift around 10 years after your initial procedure, but you may not feel you need one; it’s up to you.
- You will always look younger than if you had never had a facelift done in the first place.
In reality, the main thing you should take into account when deciding to get a facelift is what you see in the mirror and not necessarily what your age is. Dr. Guy can help you determine whether or not you might be ready for a facelift based on your unique anatomy and needs, but if you are interested in having cosmetic surgery to help you look your best, it’s always best to start planning sooner rather than later.
Choosing the Procedure for You
The decision between fillers and facelift surgery (as well as the type of facelift surgery) depends on multiple factors, including the extent of correction needed. Dr. Guy offers several options for both facelift procedures and fillers, and she can help guide you to the decision that will help you look your best. With her attention to detail, she tailors each procedure to the individual to refresh and rejuvenate your appearance.
If you are interested in finding out about your options for facial rejuvenation, contact our office at (321) 727-1600 to schedule a consultation today!