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Dermal Fillers vs. Facelift procedure: which is more cost effective?

While the demand for facelifts has been dropping in recent years, the use of dermal fillers has made huge strides, and continues to rise rapidly. The lower cost of fillers is one of several contributing factors to the increasing demand. Although dermal fillers cost less initially, are they really more cost effective when compared to a facelift procedure.

Dermal Fillers vs Facelift procedure
If you are not yet ready for surgery, dermal fillers are an appealing alternative, because the results are subtle and natural looking. Fillers are a great fix for a number of aging issues. They can fill in fine lines, wrinkles, and depressions, plump lips, augment the cheeks, and smooth creases.

A facelift is a surgical procedure that eliminates facial wrinkles and creases, and tightens the skin. It is particularly effective for people with significant loose, sagging facial skin.

Which is more cost effective?
Contrary to what many people assume, dermal fillers may not be more cost effective than a facelift procedure. Let’s consider the facts. A facelift can cost anywhere from $7,000-$15,000, and it typically lasts for 10 years or more.

Facial rejuvenation with dermal fillers can cost in the region of $2000, but this could be more, depending on the combination of fillers used. The effects of the dermal fillers can last from a few months to 1 year, but again it depends on the fillers used.

Although with facial fillers you pay less at one time, you will require repeated treatments over a 10 year period. Therefore in the long run, the pricing may not come out to be all that different.

Are you interested in facial rejuvenation? Contact Illuminate Plastic Surgery to learn more about dermal fillers.Call 650-433-8621 today, to set up an appointment with Dr. David Boudreault.

Do Clear + Brilliant laser treatments hurt?

Do you need to renew and refresh your skin? The Clear + Brilliant laser is a breakthrough skin enhancement treatment that gives you glowing skin with minimal downtime. The laser uses fractional technology to resurface the skin, and restore its radiance. But do Clear + Brilliant laser treatments hurt.

Clear + Brilliant Laser treatment?
Clear + Brilliant is a gentle, non-ablative skin rejuvenation treatment, which is also an excellent option for reducing the signs of aging. The laser reduces brown spots and other blemishes, tightens pores, evens skin tone, and boosts the overall texture of the skin. Treatment time ranges from 20-30 minutes, and it takes about 3 treatments to achieve ultimate results with Clear + Brilliant.

How does it work?
The Clear + Brilliant laser emits wavelengths of energy that are easily absorbed by the water in the skin. The laser is equipped with Intelligent Optical Tracking™ System (IOTS), which creates anarray of microscopic treatment zones in the skin.

These tiny injury points are surrounded by untouched areas that promote faster healing. The laser action also boosts collagen production, which is the foundation for clearer, firmer skin.

Do Clear + Brilliant treatments hurt?
Clear + Brilliant laser treatments are generally very comfortable, as the laser is specially enhanced for patient comfort. Numbing cream is applied prior to the start of treatment, and this helps to eliminate any discomfort that may be produced by the laser during the procedure. Some patients feel only mild pricks that are not painful.

If you are looking to refresh your appearance, consider Clear + Brilliant laser treatment. Clients in Knoxville, Tennessee can contact Gallaher Plastic Surgery & Spa MD, Powell, TN for more information. Call 865-671-3888 today to schedule a consultation. We also have offices in Powell, and Crossville, TN.

How is a male face lift different?

Facelift surgery has traditionally been associated with women, but the male facelift is definitely on the rise. In their quest to look younger for as long as possible, more men are undergoing a facelift to rejuvenate their appearance, and boost their confidence. But just how is a male facelift different.

The male facelift
Male plastic surgery is now much more acceptable than it once was. That, coupled with increased affordability, and the competitiveness in the workplace, has made the facelift a very attractive option for many males.

A facelift is typically done to address aspects of aging on the face and neck. This involves tightening the skin and muscle, and restoring facial volume.The male facelift must be expertly done so that it highlights the rugged, masculine features, and does not feminize the face.

How is the male face lift different
The male face lift is considered different and more challenging for several reasons. We look at a few of them below.

The placement of the incisions is one of the major factors that sets apart the male face lift. Incisions are traditionally placed near the hairline in front of the ear. But this has to be carefully done, so that scars are not visible, as men generally don’t have hair there to camouflage the scars.

The male facelift must also be expertly done, in order to avoid an obvious beard shift. This refers to the displacement of the beard towards the ear, which can occur when the loose skin on the face is tightened. Beard shift can be avoided by precise placement of the incisons, in order to minimize any changes.

Are you interested in a male facelift? Contact Beaux Arts Institute of Plastic Surgery, Lanham, MD, to learn more. Call 301-880-7022 today and schedule an appointment with Dr. Nia Banks.

How is the CO2 Laser different from other lasers?

There are a host of lasers now being used for skin resurfacing, including the popular carbon dioxide or CO2 laser. Laser resurfacing technologies can all improve the tone and texture of the skin, as well as various types of scars. So how is the CO2 laser different from other lasers?

CO2 Lasers

When it comes to non-surgical skin rejuvenation treatments, the CO2 laser is considered one of the most advanced options. The CO2 laser is versatile enough to treat a variety of skin conditions including sun damage, wrinkles, brown spots, uneven skin tone, and acne scars.

There are also fractional CO2 lasers. Fractional CO2 lasers treat only a portion of the skin rather than the entire surface area, and they have fewer complications and less downtime.

Fractional CO2 lasers treat the skin in a segmented manner by creating microscopic holes, leaving the surrounding skin untreated.These lasers also stimulate collagen, to leave the skin plumper and firmer over time.

How is the CO2 laser different?

The traditional CO2 laser emits a continuous beam of intense light, rather than the ultra-short pulsed duration of many other lasers.

The CO2 laser currently has the longest wavelength of the cosmetic lasers now available, and this makes it very effective for treating deeper facial wrinkles, and severe textural skin problems. Lasers with shorter wavelengths are more suitable for treating finer wrinkles.

However, it is important to note that the field of CO2 laser technology is constantly evolving, and new generations of CO2 lasers are being developed.

CO2 fractional laser treatment is available in San Diego, at Nowak Aesthetics, Chula Vista, CA. Call (619) 651-9651 today, to set up a consultation with board certified dermatologist Dr. Eugene Nowak.

What exactly is a liquid facelift and how does it work?

The liquid facelift has become a popular option for people who want to look younger, but don’t want to go under the knife. It’s a low risk non-invasive method that can take years off your face, and restore your youthful appearance. The results look very natural, and the downtime is minimal.  But what exactly is a liquid facelift, and how does it work?

What is a liquid facelift?

A liquid facelift is the term given to the procedure that refreshes and rejuvenates the face, using injectable agents such as botox and dermal fillers. The technique reverses the signs of facial aging as it smooth out wrinkles, and restores lost facial volume.  The results of the liquid facelift are temporary, and it will therefore have to be repeated periodically.

How does it work?

Dynamic wrinkles, such as frown lines and crow’s feet are treated using botox. Botox relaxes the muscles, and the lack of muscle movement inhibits the formation of wrinkles. This gives the existing lines and creases a chance to soften and fill out.

Depression lines and hollow areas can be improved using different facial fillers. Hyaluronic fillers such as Juvederm and Restylane are particularly effective.

The effects of botox take a few days to show, but the results of dermal fillers can be seen immediately. If you don’t have a lot of skin laxity,  you should achieve good results with a liquid facelift.

If you’d like more information on what is a liquid facelift is and how it works, give Song Plastic Surgery in Irvine, CA a call at 949-701-4454, and book an appointment with  Dr. Kyle Song. Dr. Song performs liquid facelifts on a regular basis, and he can help you make the most suitable treatment choice for your aesthetic needs.