Facial Rejuvenation: The Key to Your Youth

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Feeling self-conscious about the signs of aging is more than an inconvenience. Poor self-esteem can cause you to withdraw from friends and miss opportunities; it can also diminish your energy and dampen your youthful, vital spirit. Solving this issue, rather than trying to ignore it, can empower you socially, emotionally, and professionally.

As the stigma surrounding cosmetic medicine lessens, researchers are discovering that both plastic surgery and non-invasive facial rejuvenation have significant mood-boosting benefits. According to a study published in Clinical Psychological Science, those who elect to have cosmetic surgery typically have higher self-esteem, suffer from less anxiety, and even report feeling healthier overall as they get older (when compared to people who don’t undergo any aesthetic procedures). This study also revealed that those who have cosmetic surgery almost always have a better body image: Having just one area of the face or body modified seems to improve how people view themselves as a whole.

Though this research shouldn’t be taken to mean that plastic surgery is right for everyone, it does indicate that looking younger is a valid and vital part of feeling younger. If you’re mentally and physically healthy and have an interest in facial rejuvenation, it’s worthwhile to book a consultation and explore your options.

What is Facial Rejuvenation?

Facial rejuvenation can take the form of facelift surgery or it can be conducted solely via noninvasive treatments like facial peels and injectables. Many patients choose to combine both surgical and nonsurgical procedures to achieve comprehensive results, but this isn’t always necessary. A good surgeon will personalize your treatment plan to reflect your aesthetic needs, your schedule, and your budget. Some of the most popular facial rejuvenation procedures are outlined below:

Facelift Surgery

Facelift surgery is the most effective option for patients who have visible jowls, hanging neck skin, or other signs of advanced skin laxity. Modern facelift methods don’t stretch or pull the skin tight; instead, your surgeon will carefully lift the muscles and connective tissues that support your face, restoring your features to a more youthful position. Then, if necessary, he or she will remove any excess skin. These advanced techniques create graceful, natural results that remain visible for ten or more years.

Fractora Laser Skin Resurfacing

During Fractora laser skin resurfacing, a precisely calibrated medical laser is used to dissolve damaged skin cells and stimulate the production of skin-firming collagen. This treatment is a great way to get rid of the signs of cumulative UV damage (i.e., age spots, diffuse fine lines, and areas of leathery or “crepey” looking skin). It can also smooth out pitted scars and eliminate vascular abnormalities, like broken capillaries and spider veins.

Injectables

Injectable fillers, like Juvéderm® and Restylane®, can safely restore facial volume that’s been lost over time. Fillers are often employed after facelift surgery to “fill in” any remaining facial hollows or creases. They can also be used to occupy loose skin and elevate the facial features of patients who don’t want surgery.

Non-surgical patients are often advised to combine fillers with a neuromodulator (like BOTOX® or Dysport) for more dramatic results. BOTOX® targets dynamic wrinkles on the upper face (e.g., crow’s feet and frown lines), whereas fillers primarily target sagging and volume loss on the lower face.

Though the treatments above form the backbone of most facial rejuvenation plans, they’re just a small part of what we offer at the Ritacca Laser Center. To learn more about the many ways our experts can help you look (and feel) your best, contact us to arrange a personal consultation.

Red Flags You Shouldn’t Ignore Before Getting BOTOX® or Fillers

When used correctly, BOTOX® and dermal fillers (like Juvéderm® and Restylane®) are some of the safest compounds in medicine. Unfortunately, poor federal oversight has allowed a number of unqualified practitioners to capitalize on the popularity of these injectable treatments. As a result, people have reported complications ranging from unsightly cosmetic issues (like the dreaded “frozen” look) to painful medical problems, such as nerve damage. In rare cases, patients have even been hospitalized after being injected with unregulated knockoff compounds. Before you have any kind of cosmetic injection, you should therefore familiarize yourself with the “red flags” that may indicate an injector is poorly trained.

3 Warning Signs You Shouldn’t Ignore when Choosing an Injector

  1. Your injector seems willing to work anywhere.

While the idea of having your BOTOX® or filler injector show up at your house, workplace, or hotel room seems very convenient, it’s a clear sign that hygiene isn’t your injector’s top priority. Many people who offer to make BOTOX® or filler “house calls” lack any specific training and don’t have an office of their own—because they aren’t medical professionals at all. This is roughly the equivalent of letting a random stranger give you cosmetic injections, so it’s incredibly risky. Cosmetic injections should only be administered in a sterile clinical setting (like a plastic surgeon’s office), never in a private residence, non-medical spa, or salon.

  1. Your injector isn’t a board-certified plastic surgeon or registered nurse with specific training.

Even if you know that you should never let a hairdresser or manicurist give you BOTOX® injections, it’s still possible to choose an under-qualified practitioner. Today, many doctors and nurses offer in-office cosmetic injections, and patients feel safe with this option because they know they’re working with medical professionals. However, while it’s true that doctors and nurses know how to administer medical injections, they often lack the specific training needed to create aesthetically pleasing BOTOX® and filler results.

Injecting too much BOTOX® or filler, or injecting these compounds in the wrong areas, can result in a stiff, unpleasant look. Injectors therefore need to develop an in-depth knowledge of facial anatomy and cosmetic injection techniques before they can properly administer these treatments. Because doctors and nurses don’t get this kind of training at medical school, there’s no guarantee you’ll get the results you want when you visit them. For best results, you should always see a board-certified plastic surgeon (or a registered nurse working alongside one) for aesthetic injections.

  1. The price looks too good to be true.

BOTOX® and dermal filler injections are some of the most affordable cosmetic treatments available. Still, it’s wise to be wary when an injector offers rates far below the average cost of treatment in your area.

Medical professionals have to charge the rates they do because maintaining a clinic and employing trained staff costs money. Ergo, if someone is offering you a bargain on injections, it’s usually a sign that they aren’t properly qualified. More dangerous still, they may be using completely unregulated knockoff compounds, which are often very toxic. If you encounter one of these compounds, your medical bills will end up costing you far more than authentic BOTOX® or filler injections ever would.

The low cost and excellent safety profile of BOTOX®, Juvéderm®, and Restylane® have combined to make injectable treatments extremely popular. Still, we should never let this fool us into thinking cosmetic injections are anything other than a medical procedure. Having a safe, satisfying injection experience means working with trained experts in a clinical setting—like the Ritacca Laser Center. For more information on BOTOX® or dermal fillers, contact our team to arrange a personal consultation.

 

 

 

Get Ready for the Holidays with Injectables

Looking for a little pre-Christmas pick-me-up? Worried about facing old friends at an upcoming New Year’s Eve party? Just ready for a change? If you are, then injectables might be the perfect thing to add to your holiday shopping list. These innovative compounds can do a lot to enhance your look—and all without the inconveniences posed by surgery.

How Can Injectables Improve Your Appearance?

Injectable treatments are used to meet a wide array of different cosmetic goals. They can minimize the signs of aging, such as wrinkles and hollows under the eyes and cheeks, and they can correct acne scars. They can also be used to improve the shape of your facial features. For example, many people get fillers injected into their lips in order to make them fuller and rounder. Some of the most popular injectable treatments include:

  • BOTOX®: A purified protein derived from botulinum, BOTOX® is singularly effective at relaxing the muscles of the face. By doing so, it can effectively reduce the appearance of “dynamic” wrinkles (wrinkles created by the expansion and contraction of the facial muscles). BOTOX® is most frequently applied to the forehead and the area between the brows, where dynamic wrinkles often make their earliest appearance. BOTOX® is used in a preventative manner, too. Younger people (those between the ages of 25-30) are increasingly turning to BOTOX® before wrinkles appear. Research shows that relaxing the muscles prior to the formation of wrinkles may delay their appearance by reducing the amount of stress put on the skin.

 

  • Juvéderm®: Juvéderm® is an injectable gel that contains a synthesized form of hyaluronic acid, a compound that is naturally produced by the human body. When Juvéderm® is injected into the skin, it bonds with the water molecules there and prompts the body to start producing more collagen. Juvéderm® therefore both adds volume directly (i.e., the gel fills in wrinkles and hollows) and improves the skin’s overall condition.

 

  • Restylane®: Like Juvéderm®, Restylane® is made from synthetic hyaluronic acid. Restylane® differs from Juvéderm® in its composition, however. Restylane® diffuses into surrounding tissues less readily, meaning that it is more well-suited to applications where feature shaping is necessary. For this reason, Restylane® is a popular option for adding volume to the lips and filling in small areas, such as the lower eyelid.

 

  • Sculptra®: This dermal filler is composed of poly-L-lactic acid, also known as PLLA. Sculptra® is unique because, in addition to providing an instant volume boost, the PLLA actually stimulates collagen production in the skin. This allows for a gradual rejuvenation effect that can last for years.

 

  • Allofill: This unique filler uses ready-to-use fat grafts to help restore volume and fullness in the face. Since fat moves and feels like natural tissue (because it is natural tissue), patients can look forward to some of the most long-lasting, natural-looking rejuvenation possible.

Why Injectables are the Perfect Choice for the Holidays

No matter how you celebrate, the holidays are probably a busy time for you. (Unless you’re planning to jet off to a secluded island with a private getaway, of course—in which case, we envy you!) As such, you don’t necessarily have time for surgery and the recovery period in order to give yourself the gift of better confidence… But you still want to look your very best as you navigate your way through various gatherings. Nonsurgical solutions like injectable fillers and BOTOX® present a perfect compromise for people in this situation: None of the injectables discussed in this guide require any “down time.” Because they don’t require the making of any incisions or the use of general anesthetic, you won’t have to take time off work in order to rest and heal. In fact, injectable treatments are often called “lunchtime procedures” because you can literally have them administered during lunch hour and return to work immediately afterwards. You won’t have to worry about scarring or significant swelling, either.

Injectable treatments are also highly affordable (as compared to more invasive procedures, like facelift surgery). Therefore, they won’t take a huge chunk out of your holiday budget or spoil your vacation plans.

The only caveat to be aware of when it comes to injectable treatments is the fact that results are not always immediate. The full effect of dermal fillers is usually observed several weeks after they are injected. (Some volume will be seen immediately thanks to the thickness of the filler’s gel, but it takes the body time to generate fresh collagen.) Even BOTOX® takes about seven days to kick in! If you want to reap the full rewards of your chosen injectable treatment (or treatments) by December, you should therefore act now. Book a consultation with us and start your journey to better skin health today.