Laser Treatments to Enhance Facial Plastic Surgery Results

Here’s a truth: cosmetic plastic surgery is long lasting, but it won’t last forever on its own. We all continue to age every day and even after facial plastic surgery, breast enhancement, and body contouring procedures, changes are still going to occur to the body as the skin naturally reacts to the same type of environmental factors that affected them from the start (think sagging skin, wrinkles, weight gain/loss, sun damage, etc.). The good news is there are nonsurgical ways to help slow down these inherent signs of aging and improve your results before, during, and after undergoing a specific surgical treatment. With advancements in technology and a higher demand for nonsurgical options among skincare and plastic surgery patients, laser treatments continue to surge in popularity, especially for those who wish to enhance their facial plastic surgery results.

laser-resurfacing-plastic-surgeon-atlanta-gaIn addition to this month’s featured Mommy Makeover Special (combine tummy tuck + any cosmetic breast procedure and receive $500 OFF), we’re featuring fractionated CO2 laser resurfacing specials at our Laser Lights Cosmetic Laser Center for both our skincare and plastic surgery patients. As a member of the American Society for Laser Medicine & Surgery (ASLMS), we are committed to providing safe and effective laser treatments to patients of varying ages, skin tones, and type. When performed by a provider with extensive training (the same diligence spent choosing a board-certified plastic surgeon should be applied to choosing your laser specialist – safety first, right?) CO2 treatments have many great benefits:

  • Can reduce the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, skin laxity, melasma (dark spots on the skin), sun damage, acne scarring, and more.
  • Safe to use on several areas of the face, including the neck, chest, and hands.
  • Emits beams of laser light into the deeper layers of the tissue to stimulate collagen production and encourage the sloughing of damaged skin.
  • Unlike previous CO2 technology, our lasers don’t remove entire layers of skin, but instead the smallest fraction of the top layer of skin (meaning it leaves the surrounding tissue unharmed).
  • Allows skin to recover much faster.

Whether you opt for a facial procedure like rhinoplasty, eyelid lift, or a facelift, laser resurfacing treatments have the ability to refresh the skin, giving it a natural and more youthful look. By choosing to pair nonsurgical laser treatments with your facial plastic surgery results, you’re able to slow down progressive signs of aging and prolong the youthfulness your plastic surgery results have produced for many years to come.

If you’re interested in learning more about fractionated CO2 laser resurfacing treatments, our monthly plastic surgery specials, or would like to schedule a complimentary plastic surgery consultation for any of the Southern Plastic Surgery procedures we perform, give us a call at 770-622-9100! Be sure to also follow me, Dr. David Whiteman, on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for more plastic surgery specials, news, and updates.

Grammy Makeover for Arm & Hand Rejuvenation

True or false: signs of aging mainly affect the face.  If you answered false – congratulations, you know your signs of getting older!  As gravity and a combination of weight changes (increase and decrease), genetics and natural aging start to take shape, we often overlook other key areas of the body that can make a person look older than they really are.  In this edition of our Grammy makeover series I want to focus on two additional procedures to help get your pre-Grammy body back: the arms and the hands.

Arm Sculpting

The term bat wing is a ‘lovely little nickname’ to describe the nature of sagging skin that accumulates and droops downward on the arms.  When we experience significant changes in weight, skin that is stretched cannot be retightened no matter how many reps of curls, bench pressing or body sculpting you do.  Collagen also inherently breaks down as we get older, adding to that sagging appearance that occurs to the arms.  Regardless of how localized fat and excess skin accumulates, the solution remains the same: arm lift, or bracioplasty as we say in the medical world.  Depending on the extent of your lax skin and remaining tissue, there are several incision techniques I utilize to help hide any visible scarring beneath the arm.  The actual arm lift procedure consists of removing loose skin, addressing that stubborn fat and smoothing over the remaining skin to restore a more proportionally-toned look to the arms.  Arm lift results should look as natural as possible but the work shouldn’t stop there!  With just about any cosmetic procedure, plastic surgery results can be maintained with proper diet and exercise regimens to reduce the chance of reversing results you’re already happy with.  Grammy makeover patients already have their hands full with keeping up with the grans – why add worrying about your results to your laundry list of priorities?

Hand Rejuvenation

Sure you could have the face of a 35 year old but what do your hands say about your age?  Think about how often our hands are exposed to harsh environmental damage (sun damage specifically), which can contribute to speeding up the aging process.  As the collagen production slows down and the skin begins to weaken, wrinkles and veins become more prominent – making the hands appear almost skeletal.  FDA-approved Radiesse® for hand rejuvenation is the nonsurgical solution to re-plumping the delicate, thinning skin.  Cosmetic injectables have helped men and women fill prominent areas of the face (like the cheeks and lips) but Radiesse® is the first of its kind to get the stamp of approval for use specifically on the hands.  Hand rejuvenation treatments are relatively quick and don’t require downtime following treatment.  Once we identify key parts of the hand that could use a boost, I’ll administer Radiesse® injections and gently massage the solution into the hands.  The massaging part helps to smooth out bumps and make sure that we adequately cover the depressed portions on the back of the hand to make the veins and tendons appear less noticeably.  Radiesse® for hand rejuvenation results last generally 1-2 years, with touch ups encouraged to keep your results lasting longer.

When you break down all of the procedures Grammy makeover patients have to choose from, you may notice that the possibilities really are endless; it’s your procedure, your way!  So far we have covered the facial rejuvenation components of Grammy makeover and in our next part we will explore the various body and breast procedures that are also below the neck.  If you’re a Grammy who’s interested in exploring Grammy makeover opportunities, please don’t hesitate to contact Southern Plastic Surgery for your complimentary consultation.  Stay connected with me, double board certified plastic surgeon Dr. David Whiteman, on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ for more Grammy and mommy makeover news and updates.

Grammy Makeover Series: The Face

When we announced our brand new Grammy makeover procedure last month, there was so much we wanted to share (but there are far too many possibilities and we didn’t want to flood you with everything all at once)!  As a single, combination procedure made up of face, hand, arm, body and breast procedures, this “a-la-carte” type of tailored surgical plan helps restore a pre-child/grandchild body – so we thought we’d highlight each key part that makes a Grammy makeover so appealing to mature, female patients.  Since the face is often the first thing people notice about another person, let’s start with the surgical and nonsurgical features that can be included in your Grammy makeover facial plastic surgery plan.

When we consider facial plastic surgery, there are two ways that I can approach treatment.  As a double-board certified plastic surgeon with over 20 years specializing in facial procedures, I like to start by mapping out your surgical goals.  Are your eyelids hooded?  Has your chin accumulated pockets of fat creating a double chin?  Are the deep wrinkles of the forehead bothering you?  A facelift is often the first facial procedure that comes to mind when I talk to facial rejuvenation candidates.  A full facelift tightens loose facial skin and smoothes wrinkles mainly around the cheeks, neck and jowls (think lower half of the face) but sometimes that’s not necessarily enough, or for others needed at all, to achieve a younger look.  There are several facial procedures that focus on specific portions of the face to help provide overall rejuvenation.  The main facial plastic surgery procedures included in the Grammy makeover, beyond facelifts, are browlift, necklift and eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) – we’ll get more into the nonsurgical highlights a bit later:

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Now, to cover the other part that makes up the facial side of Grammy makeovers.  Cosmetic injectables are always topping the most popular nonsurgical facial rejuvenation procedure list.  They can do everything from temporarily relax facial muscles of the forehead (like Botox® or Dysport®), plump up the lips (Restylane® Silk) and even add volume to hollowed cheeks (with Juvéderm® as an example).  Now, we have added Kybella™ for fat reduction of the chin to our menu of cosmetic injectables.  Kybella™ is the newest, and only FDA-approved, treatment for the “double chin” that can add unwanted weight and age to a person’s face.  This cosmetic injectable uses the active ingredient deoxycholic acid, which is already naturally found in the body.   Once Kybella™ is injected in the fat below the chin, it breaks down and destroys the fat accumulating cells so they are no longer able to store fat.  Several treatments may be needed to get a younger-looking profile of the chin or they can be used post-facial rejuvenation surgery as a type of “touch-up.”

Facial plastic surgery results can last a very long time as long as you do your part to maintain (like wearing your SPF, avoiding smoking and making sure you’re eating and exercising right).  In order to do this, many Grammy makeover patients tailor a post-makeover maintenance plan to incorporate nonsurgical treatments like cosmetic injectables and laser skincare procedures to help them keep their face looking young.  We’re all going to continue aging and a lot of patients like to keep a consistent routine to push back the need for more surgery until a later time.  Just depends on your overall goals!

Next time on our Grammy makeover series we will talk about the arm and hand components, so be sure to check back regularly.  If you’re interested in learning more about Grammy makeovers, mommy makeovers, or any of the other cosmetic and reconstructive procedures we offer, we encourage you to contact Southern Plastic Surgery (SPS) at 770-622-9100 with any questions you may have.  Stay connected with the SPS and me, Dr. David Whiteman on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ for more.