Just about everybody notices that their upper lip seems to be getting longer as part of the aging process.
At the same time, the volume of the lip is decreasing, and often the red part of the lip seems to be disappearing in to the mouth.
There is a neat procedure which can help to improve this look. It is called a “lip lift”, and is just what it sounds like.
Through an incision under the nose, the white part of the lip is reduced, which pulls the lip upwards and reveals more of the upper teeth. The recovery involves a few days of swelling and bruising. Stitches are removed at 5-7 days. The results: a younger looking upper lip and nicer smile with a bit more of the upper teeth seen.
It can be added to the facelift procedure or be done by itself.
A minilift is a facelift but minus some of the scarier risks of a more traditional facelift (or even of a “deep-plane” facelift).
That is because the skin that is being “lifted and shifted” occurs over a smaller area of the face. Most of the true “lifting” in a facelift really happens at the level of the muscle and supporting muscle fascia, not the skin. In the minilift, that deeper “SMAS” layer is tightened with sutures rather than extensively undermined, avoiding a great deal of the risks of nerve damage and possible scarring that are more prevalent in the more extensive facelift procedures.
Another benefit of less “undermining” is that the skin recovers quicker due to the fact that it remains attached to the lymphatics and veins. This helps to minimize swelling post-op and speeds recovery.
Patients are pleased with the very natural look they achieve, with less risk of the “pulled look” they are dreading.
As for when are you ready for it? Well, I have done this procedure on fairly young patients (40s) who want to look fresher, and plenty of older patients, who are hoping for a shorter procedure and a more natural look. Because of its brevity, it can also be done on much older patients (even early 80s) that are healthy and can be medically cleared by their doctor.
The next step is an evaluation, to see what is needed to help you meet your aesthetic goals.
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Your skin will look healthy and glowing. It is extremely efficient in reducing pore size by clearing congested pores, and is great for acne-prone skin. Many people opt for upkeeping their skin regimen with a monthly treatment. (Men love it also!)
Q: What is EMSCULPT NEO and what can it do for me?
A. The desire to improve our body contours has been around probably since Adam and Eve ate that apple. There were a lot of crazy devices for improving weight and posture long before we ever had liposuction, most of which did not help much. Fast forward to today. We still have liposuction, which is really the gold standard for fat removal and even fat repositioning. But now are able to also improve muscle strength at the same time as the reduction of body fat.
Enter EMSCULPT NEO. A special combination of HIFEM energy plus RF (radiofrequency) energy improves both muscle strength of, for example, of the abdomen, along with loss of 30% of the fat in the area, resulting in a slimmer waist, better clothing fit, better muscle strength and definition. THE BEST PART: It all happens in 4 30-minute in-office painless sessions! The result is the equivalent of 20,000 crunches in one 30-miniute session.
EMSCULPT NEO also works wonders on the arms (biceps and triceps), the legs (all four muscle compartments), and the calves.
Many clients have opted to continue to improve their body shape and muscle tone with the purchase of a maintenance package.
First silicone and then collagen-based, fillers have been around since the 1940s! But it was the introduction of Hyaluronic Acid-based dermal fillers that brought about a revolution in the non-surgical treatment of facial lines, volume depletion, and other aging changes.
Restylane was the first HA filler, approved by the FDA in the U.S. in 2003. The available products have greatly expanded since then, both in the US and in Europe. There are now fillers designed specifically for the cheeks, the lips, fine lines, scars, the angle of the jaw and chin, the nasolabial creases, and scars to mention a few. Techniques for injection, including the introduction of blunt-tipped cannulas and topical anesthetics have greatly improved the patient experience.
These fillers are excellent at tweaking your look to create a bit more youth in your appearance, and can help improve your looks without having to undergo more extensive procedures.
Hi folks, and Happy New Year to you all!
I hope you have been making resolutions to improve your health for the new year.
Here are a few great suggestions:
– Start a new hobby.
– Learn a new language.
– Start a new workout.
– Be diligent about sunscreen.
– Try a new skin care regimen – ZO SkinHealth or Pellevé treatment.
– Tighten that tummy with EMSCULPT Neo.
Hope to see you in the new year for that new start!!
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There are different ways to do lip fillers that can be done, each with different results. Mostly I have people who want to look like themselves, but with a fresher, more youthful look. This can easily be achieved with 1cc of hyaluronic acid. I have a number of different options for this filler and my choice will vary with the patient. Some patients want to have emphasis of different parts of the lips, either for symmetry purposes or to emphasize different parts of the lips. Generally, if more than 1cc is needed to achieve what the patient is looking for, I may break the treatment into more than one session. After the treatment is done, there may be a period when there is some bruising. Swelling is also expected for a day or two.
This question is so individual! The answer will vary with age, weight, and anatomy of the patient. If there is great skin elasticity (like in younger patients), the answer may be as easy as an in-office liposuction procedure. Another option might be Kybella, which is usually done in a series of injections, and is nonsurgical. For those patients with less skin elasticity, the problem is usually not just extra fat but also extra skin. That brings up the possible need for a surgical procedure like a minifacelift, which incorporates both removal of fat along with tightening of the excess skin in order to get a smooth result.
Sykes Beauty Blog: What should I do about my breast implants that I have had for more than 15 years?
A lot of patients have been coming in lately with a dilemma – they had breast implants placed 25 years or so ago – they know that the implants are aging, and they want to know their options.
Basically, it comes down to what is right for each patient.
Yes, older implants probably should be replaced, because their life-span is not unlimited. At some point, the implant shell is going to be weak enough to cause a leak to develop. This may result in a change in shape of the implant, or in the case of saline implants, the implant will completely flatten over time.
For many, the passing years have meant an additional 20 or 30 pounds of weight gain, and they may now have a lot more breast tissue than when the implants were first put in. In that case, they may opt for removal of the implants and reshaping and lifting the natural breast. Then they will no longer have to worry about their aging implants.
Sometimes, removal and replacement of the implants can be done, and it can be a very simple procedure if there is not a lot of drooping of the breasts.
However, if there is a lot of breast droop (ptosis), then they may need to have both new implants placed and a simultaneous breast lift.
The first step for any of the above would be to get an updated mammogram or MRI of the breasts to assess the status of the implants.