A Closer Look at Kybella for the Double Chin
Kybella® is an incredible injectable approach to reducing the appearance of the double chin. Cleared by the FDA in 2015 for use in addressing unwanted submental fullness, Kybella provides fast and easy treatments without much in the way of downtime. Now you can achieve surgical-level results without having to miss out on any of the fun this holiday season. Continue reading “A Closer Look at Kybella for the Double Chin” »
Injectable Treatments to Get You Ready for Wedding Season
Wedding season is almost here. Whether you are the bride, mother of the bride, a bridesmaid, or a wedding guest—you will want to look your best. A growing number of our patients are seeking out non-surgical treatments to enhance and enliven their look. At Will Surgical Arts, we can help you put your best face forward. Offering a number of injectable treatments, Dr. Will can help you achieve a youthful radiance this nuptial season.
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3 SURGERY-FREE PROCEDURES TO GET YOU READY FOR THE HOLIDAYS
With everything that we have to do during the holidays – from running around for presents for the kids to preparing the Thanksgiving turkey – it may seem like there is not enough time to refresh your appearance before putting yourself out in front of friends and family at the next big holiday party. With just a few weeks until the holidays begin, a non-surgical procedure is a great way to achieve the look you want without missing out on any of the festivities
Here are three surgery-free facial procedures to consider this holiday season.
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A FACE LIFT IN TIME FOR THE HOLIDAYS
There are just a couple months until Thanksgiving kicks off the holiday season, so you probably don’t want to spend this time recovering from a more invasive surgery to achieve a youthful, holiday look. No, leave the knives behind and learn how you can rejuvenate your appearance with a liquid face lift.
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HOW BOTOX IS BEING USED AS A TEMPORARY ALTERNATIVE TO FACIAL SURGERY
Facial surgery has been extremely popular for men and women between the ages of 40 and 65 as a way to address the various signs of aging. A nonsurgical alternative, Botox procedure, has been popular with those who are not yet ready to pursue a surgical solution. Botox can now address more of these signs of aging with its new FDA approved use: treating crow’s feet.
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WHY FACIAL SURGERY IS GAINING POPULARITY IN THE WORKPLACE
Competing in a Youth-Driven Economy
Take a quick look around the office. In many cases, companies are favoring youth more than ever before when it comes to who they choose to hire. It is this shift in the average age of employees that is prompting more men and women to seek the help of facial surgery procedures like the face lift.
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Juvederm May Be Approved For Cheek Augmentation
Dermal fillers like Juvederm have long been used by plastic surgeons to restore volume to sunken or hollow cheeks. Despite this, dermal fillers have yet to receive FDA-approval for cheek augmentation.
But this might soon change.
Earlier this month, the FDA’s General and Plastic Surgery Devices Panel of the Medical Devices Advisory Committee unanimously agreed that Juvederm is both a safe and effective treatment for volume deficient areas in the mid face.
Allergan’s (the maker of Juvederm) Executive VP of Research and Development and Chief Scientific Officer, Dr. Scott Whitcup, had this to say about the pending FDA-approval:
“Allergan is committed to working with the FDA as they continue their review of our PMA for Juvederm Voluma XC, with the goal of providing consumers with the first treatment option that has been specifically developed to help restore cheek volume that has been lost over time.”
Though the advisory’s recommendation isn’t binding, it will certainly hold weight when the FDA makes its final decision. If approved, Juvederm will be the first of its kind for cheek augmentation. Allergan hopes to launch Juvederm Voluma XC by the end of this year.
Other Uses for Juvederm
In addition to cheek augmentation, Juvederm is a versatile anti-aging treatment that can be used to:
- Reduce lines and grooves between the eyes (also known as frown lines)
- Soften marionette lines (wrinkles between the corners of the mouth and the sides of the chin)
- Augment the lips or fill in deep vertical lip wrinkles
- Add volume to the backs of aging hands to make veins less prominent
The results of Juvederm typically last between four and six months. Repeat treatments will be necessary to maintain results. If you’re considering Juvederm, it’s best to schedule a consultation with a qualified plastic surgeon.
Martha Stewart Reveals Top Beauty Tricks
Famous worldwide for impeccable taste and a keen eye for detail, Martha Stewart takes a similar approach to her daily beauty routine.
In the most recent issue of Allure Magazine, the 71 year old former model turned business woman revealed some of her most intimate beauty tricks, including the secret behind her blemish-free complexion:
“I rarely get blemishes now, but if perchance I’m starting to get one, I extract it with my old-fashion fingers, unless I’m getting a facial later that week. I don’t like metal on my face.”
“I’ve tried Botox…”
Martha also wasn’t afraid to admit she ops for the occasional Botox and Juvederm touch-up:
“I haven’t had facial surgery yet, but I did get Juvederm filler after my dog bashed my lip and split it open. I tried Botox. It works for certain things, like for skin under the chin, but I don’t want a taut jawline and a quizzical look.”
As for her more conventional beauty tricks, Martha says she cleanses her face with a hot, steamy cloth every night to loosen up her makeup. She also uses some of her expertly crafted DIY skills to formulate her very own beauty products:
“I’ve made all kinds of things. For instance, I love salt. So I use sea salt, grated lemon peel and sesame seed oil (but not hot sesame oil). That’s s a very good scrub. Sesame oil is the best oil for your skin. It has no smell and dries like a powder.”
Interested in learning more about Martha’s beauty routine? Check out her latest book Living the Good Life, a practical beauty guide for women over 40, which is due to hit store shelves late April.
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Surgical vs. Non-Surgical: The Right Procedure for You
With so many great options available, narrowing down the right cosmetic procedure for your needs and lifestyle can be a challenge. To make the process a little easier, we suggest first considering some of the pros and cons of surgical verses non-surgical cosmetic enhancement.
Generally speaking, most surgical options require a longer period of recovery than non-surgical. If you simply aren’t in a place to take several days off from work, then you’ll probably fare better with a non-surgical procedure that offers minimal recovery time (e.g., Botox injections, dermal fillers or laser skin resurfacing).
Longevity of Results
One of the biggest benefits of cosmetic surgery procedures is that they offer long-term (even somewhat permanent) results. Most patients may never have to go under the knife again – or only several years later to address new age-related changes to their face or body. When it comes to non-surgical procedures, most require regular upkeep (whether it be every few months or every few years) to maintain results long-term.
Type of Results
Are you hoping for a big unveiling of your new look, or would you like improvements to be a little more subtle? Most surgical procedures produce noticeable results, which will most likely be visible to friends, family members and co-workers. If that sounds like too much attention, you might want to consider a non-surgical option that produces gradual results instead.
With its widespread popularity, cosmetic enhancement has become more affordable over the past several years – but that doesn’t mean it’s cheap. In most cases, the more invasive a procedure is, the more expensive it will be. The total cost of cosmetic surgery will account for not only the surgeon fees, but also the anesthesia and surgical facility.
It’s important to keep in mind that most non-surgical procedures like Botox are less expensive upfront, but they may actually cost more in the long run as you continue with routine maintenance. It’s best to ask your cosmetic surgeon or dermatologist for advice if you aren’t sure which is best.
Watch Out for Botox Discount Scams this Christmas
The holidays are busy enough without having to search for the absolute perfect gift for your significant other. Out of sheer exhaustion, many of us just end up purchasing the first good deal to float across our computer screen.
While this isn’t necessarily a bad shopping tactic, these days you’ve got to be careful when purchasing deals online. Cheaper doesn’t necessarily mean better – especially when it comes to Botox.
Popular discount sites like Groupon and Living Social are known to offer Botox discounts this time of year, and the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) is speaking up. The FDA is asking consumers to avoid these online deals because so many unapproved Botox products from Europe and Canada have surfaced in med spas across the U.S.
According to the FDA, many of these non-approved products come diluted and often do not work well as the description might claim. Many patients who undergo injections with these unapproved products require a follow-up with a qualified cosmetic surgeon or dermatologist to fix their results.
How to Avoid Botox Discount Scams
Botox Cosmetic and its competitor Dysport are both FDA-approved for wrinkle reduction in the U.S. A good way to make sure you’re actually getting one of these products is to ask to see the box. Remember that with Botox, the word “Cosmetic” should always be included.
Not all Botox discounts are a bad idea. Another way to ensure you’re getting what you’re paying for is to always seek out a reputable cosmetic surgeon or dermatologist who operates in a licensed medical facility.
It’s also important to note that not everyone is a good candidate for these Botox discounts. Prior to any cosmetic injection, your cosmetic surgeon or dermatologist should give you a thorough consultation to make sure treatment is the right option for you.