AugustNewsletter - 5 Things You Should Know about Fillers and Sunscreen and the Environment

 

5 Things to Know About Fillers

Injections like Botox and fillers are touted as an effective “quick-fix” with some impressive results achievable if done right.

But there are some important things you should know when you are considering filler treatment.

There’s a lot to consider before diving-in for wrinkle reduction or “Brotox” (yes, it’s a thing), so we’re going to explore the pointy-end so you can make an informed decision…
How Long Do Dermal Fillers Last? Up To 3 Years, But…
It all depends on the type of dermal filler you choose.

According to recent statistics ( https://www.aad.org/public/diseases/cosmetic-treatments/fillers#faqs ) , this is how long the most common types of fillers last:
- Juvederm – up to 12 months
- Voluma – up to 24 months
- Restylane – up to 9 months
- Radiesse – up to 24 months
- Fat Transfer – 1-3 years with some permanence

With so many options, how do you choose?
The good news is that you don’t have to.  The appropriate choice of filler depends, to a large degree, upon your anatomy and the area being treated.

For example, when we want to restore volume lost in the aging process we often use either Voluma or fat transfer to restore facial contours with outstanding control due to the thickness of the product and its placement within the skin.

If we are looking to enhance the lips we often choose a softer, more delicate product like Volbella.

The family of Allergan fillers now offers Vycross technology which cross links hyaluronic acid molecules to dramatically improve the longevity of the product.  Results can now last up to two years.

Although each patient is unique, certain types of fillers are generally used in specific areas:

Juvederm – folds and creases around the mouth

Voluma – midface contour restoration

Volbella – superficial lines and wrinkles or delicate areas
What is the best filler?
There are a myriad of options available in the market today so it is easy to be confused about which product is really the best.  At Facial Aesthetic Concepts we only use the Juvederm family of fillers, manufactured by Allergan, and the Restylane family of fillers, manufactured by Merz Aesthetics.  We have found that they offer the best mix of safety, patient satisfaction, and longevity.
What should I avoid?
Longevity is one of the cornerstones of what patients want.  They don’t want to have to continue getting injections in order to maintain their youthful contours.  This has led to the development of some ‘permanent’ and ‘semi-permanent’ fillers.  We at FAC are opposed to using any permanent fillers.

The body is constantly changing and despite our use of products to reverse the signs of aging Father Time marches on.  When permanent products are used they do not allow for adjustment that may be necessary as aging continues to change the anatomy and facial structure.
How much filler do I need? Will I look ‘weird’?
Each patient is different in what they need.  It is important to have a comprehensive assessment with the medical provider that will be performing your treatment, not a sales consultant.

At FAC, our assessments include a review of photographs of you in younger years to compare your facial contours and identify the changes that have occurred in the aging process.

One of the most common concerns with filler treatment, particularly multiple syringes is if it will look natural or 'overdone'.  Experienced providers will use 2-5 syringes on patients and achieve a very natural and more youthful look.  That may seem like a lot to inject but keep in mind that each 1cc syringe is approximately 1/5 of one teaspoon of liquid.  That amount is very small so the best possible outcome will usually require more than one syringe.  When performed well this results in a natural, rested appearance that restores years without anyone knowing.

Remember:  Everyone will notice, but no one will know.

unscreen is important in preventing & protecting against the harmful ultraviolet rays, UVB & UVA. UVB rays penetrate shallowly into the skin contributing to sunburns. UVA rays penetrate more deeply and will cause premature aging, and both UVA & UVB ray contribute to causing skin cancer. Sunscreens that protect against both UVA & UVB are called Broad Spectrum sunscreens. Fun Fact, SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor & lets you know how much UVB protection a product provides against sunburn.

There are two categories of sunscreens on the market: Physical & Chemical. Physical (mineral based) sunscreens contain zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, and when applied to the skin they deflect, or block, harmful UV rays. Chemical sunscreens contain organic (carbon based) compounds like oxybenzone, octinoxate, octisalate & avobenzone. They work by changing UV rays into heat, then releasing that heat from the skin, essentially filtering out specific UV rays. Now it is important to note that’s all of these ingredients are approved by the FDA and are deemed safe for use.

How can you tell if you are using a banned or environmentally friendly sunscreen? Look at the back of your sunscreen bottle at the active ingredients listing; if the listing contains oxybenzone and octinoxate then it is not environmentally friendly & should left at home on your next trip to the beach. Don’t worry; there is an array of environmentally friendly sunblocks available out there in a variety of shades, SPF and finishes, and we offer many at Facial Aesthetic Concepts.

Remember, sunscreen is important! It keeps you healthy & looking young!!

 


July Newsletter - 3 Tools for Clear Skin and PRP Hair Restoration

 

My Journey To Clear Skin
By Nadia Bahash

I have struggled with oily skin and acne breakouts for as long as I can remember. Both internal and external factors affect the way our skin behaves. I don’t have the cleanest diet (kind of addicted to sugar ), I suffer from hormonal imbalances, and just have overall oily skin. It has left me with large pores, cystic acne, little to big pustules (white heads). You name a type of pimple, and I’ve had it. Lucky for me, I had a cousin growing up who is an esthetician, (Nikki Bahash) and she was able to help me control my breakouts from a young age, which has in turn prevented scarring.

One of the main factors in helping to prevent breakouts is exfoliation. I am the exfoliation queen. I believe in all types of exfoliation, scrubs, enzymes, peels, etc. I would say the most rewarding exfoliation for pustule like acne (white heads) or cystic would be chemical exfoliation. This comes in many different forms, from retinoids, glycolics, salicylics, lactic and many more.

Chemical exfoliants tend to be the best option for breakouts because they help to keep our pores clean, and they also increase our cell turn over rate which increases cellular production (new, healthier cells are created). They also don’t tear away at the pimple like a scrub would, which helps prevent scarring and the spread of bacteria. People with oily skin tend to love to exfoliate because it leaves the skin feeling new, fresh, and removes excess oil.

One common misconception with oily, acneic skin is because of the amount of oil, we don’t need to moisturize. This so wrong and for so many reasons. Because those of us with oily skin tend to exfoliate more, we are drying out our oil glands, and stripping our skin of its natural moisture layer. It’s very important to rehydrate the skin with a moisturizer after exfoliation. Overly dry skin can clog pores and produce breakouts, and it actually increases our oil production because our bodies are trying to compensate for the oil we just removed, creating much oilier skin, hence causing more breakouts.

Besides exfoliation and moisturizers, I recently started using a new product that has really been a game changer for me. While I can usually keep my breakouts under control, at the beginning of this year I under went some hormonal changes and a great amount of stress that really threw my skin for a loop. My breakouts were so bad, I struggled coming into work because I was embarrassed at how bad my own skin looked. I had some of Skin Medica’s TNS Recovery Complex at home and thought I’d give it a shot. While this product is mostly advertised as anti-aging and is great at reducing fine lines and wrinkles, I thought it wouldn’t hurt to try. Within six days my skin looked at least 10x better. How does this happen? TNS consists of a growth factor that improves the overall health of our skin and increases cellular production (collagen production). Think of our skin like a garden, and TNS being miracle grow. It produces and abundance of cells that tend to be healthier, resulting in an improvement in the overall appearance of the skin. My acne was clearing up, redness reduced, and my overall texture felt better. Call me crazy, but I even feel like my skin is less oily now. My boyfriend thought my skin looked so great, he actually started using the product too… talk about a miracle.

My strict product regimen provided my skin what it needed to clear up acne and blemishes, here are the products I used and how I used them to clear up my skin.

In the morning, I wake up with a nice a cleanse. For my oily skin, I really enjoy the Benev Salicylic Cleanser or Epionce Lytic gel cleaner (I go back and forth between the two). I pat dry my face and immediately apply my TNS Recovery Complex. It’s important to let each product soak into your skin before you apply the next. I usually wait about 30 sec- 1 min. Next is my day time exfoliator. My favorite for the past few years has been the Lytic TX by Epionce. It is a retexturizing lotion that contains azealic and salicylic acid. I like it during the day because it allows me to get some exfoliation in the morning, without over drying my skin for the day. Next is moisturizer, which my go- to is usually SkinMedica’s HA5. This is a hyaluronic acid based moisturizer which is great for oily skin. Hyaluronic acid is a water- binding molecule rather than oil binding, so it keeps your face from feeling too oily throughout the day. I finish my morning routine with Alastin’s Hydratint spf, that is chemical free sunscreen and has a little tint to it. At night time I do the same thing, but I incorporate the Clarisonic Smart Profile into my cleanse, which helps remove all my oil and makeup build up throughout the day and ensures a deep cleanse. Just like the morning, I follow my cleanse with TNS Recovery Complex, and for my nightly exfoliator I use Skin Medica’s Retinol Complex 0.5 instead of the Lytic TX. Since our skin tends to rejuvenate and restore while we sleep, I do finish my nightly routine with a heavier moisturizer than I use during the day. My favorite is our Vita Soothe serum, it leaves my skin hydrated in the morning without developing too much oil throughout the night.

Why Dracula never went bald…The hair growing power of blood
Your blood has powerful regenerative properties.  Platelets found within whole blood have long been known to play an important role in the body’s response to trauma. Not only do they help stop bleeding and repair damaged blood vessels, but they also release a number of growth factors which recruit our body’s stem cells to optimize wound healing. We have developed a way to isolate and concentrate platelets in plasma from our blood. When these concentrated cells are injected or applied to damaged tissue, wound healing is accelerated due to the abundance of growth factors available to restore collagen and elastin fibers. You may have heard the term ‘vampire facelift’ or the 'Dracula lift'.  These procedures use concentrated platelets from your blood injected into the skin to stimulate your body to regenerate healthy new cells.

What you may not have heard about is the way we can use Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) to stimulate hair follicles to regrow hair.  A variety of environmental and physiological factors can impact a hair follicles ability to grow hair.  After a follicle has been inactivated, it remains dormant and causes thinning or balding in the area of the inactive follicles.

In many cases an inactive follicle may still be able to grow hair but require stimulation in order to ‘reactivate’.  At FAC we are using PRP injections to stimulate hair regrowth.  PRP is a non-surgical treatment that releases the growth factors within platelets to stimulate cellular activity This treatment can be used anywhere a patient would like to stimulate hair regrowth.

When combining PRP, pharmaceutical, and other non-surgical therapies, we are able to regrow hair in over 30% of patients.

For individuals with more dramatic hair loss or those that don’t respond to non-surgical therapy we recommend hair restoration with the NeoGraft system using the advanced FUE method.  This involves removing individual follicular units from the back of the head to transplant to areas of thinning or balding.

Unlike with the traditional strip grafting method, the Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) technique leaves no scar and has minimal downtime.

At FAC our goal is to provide our patients with the best possible outcome and experience in all we do.  In order to minimize downtime and enhance the success of our Hair Restoration treatments we combine them with Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBO).  Hyperbaric treatments help to stimulate bloodflow and preserve the health of the newly grafted hair for a significantly improved result.

Our consultations are an educational process to help you understand the latest options available for achieving full, natural hair.

 


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5 ways to Make Summer Social Pics The Envy of Your Friends, Without Downtime

The best season of the year is rapidly approaching and we all love sharing our pics with our friends and family, the beach days, vacations, sunshine and daydreams. Now is the time to start preparing for bathing suits and beautiful memories.  If you want a little help looking dynamite for pics that will make you the envy of your friends, then check out the special selection of treatments that can create a big improvement without surgery or downtime.  There are options to help get you ready for your summer sun bathing that have no downtime.

CoolSculpting is the most popular non-surgical body contouring treatment in the country.  This treatment has the highest level of patient satisfaction of any treatment we offer.  We are in the top 150 practices in the country with Allergan and we have four CoolSculpting units to ‘dual sculpt’ our patients and decrease treatment times making body contouring even more convenient.  We have 5 different styles of applicators allowing us to customize our treatments for reaching stubborn areas of fat and sculpting each patient’s curves.  With no downtime and outstanding results today to start contouring you body.  Call and schedule a consultation to learn more.

Pellefirm and Thermage use radio frequency energy to tighten the skin of the body and face.  Remarkable results can be seen with just one treatment.  Tighter skin of the tummy, thighs, arms, and face is possible with no downtime.  Crepey loose skin can be smoothed by stimulating collagen production and tightening your skin naturally.

Thermage Eyes is a unique treatment that specifically focuses on the skin of the Upper Eyelids.  The treatment uses a shallow depth heating with radio frequency energy to tighten sagging eyelid skin

Botox and Fillers are the most common treatments that produce a remarkable result with little to no downtime.  Whether its frown lines, smile lines or just general wrinkles, Botox and fillers smooth the signs of 'maturity' and keep you looking great.  Did you know that FAC uses more Botox and filler than anyone in Orange County?  Our team is highly experienced and will give you the 'look you want'.

 

Thick, Soft and Silky...We're Talking About Hair

Hair loss is the part of the aging process women and men fear the most. By the age of 40, nearly 50% of men have some evidence of hair loss. While there are a variety of causes of hair loss, androgenic alopecia represents the majority of the causes of hair loss. Androgenic alopecia is a hereditary condition which can be from the mother or father. When this gene for hair loss is present, androgens (testosterone, dihydrotestosterone) interact with hair follicles and result in shedding.

Most people associate hair loss with male pattern baldness, but hair loss is much more prevalent than you may think in women also.  More than 21 million women in the US suffer from Female Pattern Hair Loss.  Hair loss occurs to not only the scalp but also the eyebrows, legs, arms, and many areas of the body.  Unfortunately, not all areas of hair loss are desirable.  Hair loss of the face and head can impact an individual’s self-image dramatically.

There has been ongoing research in the field that has advanced the treatment of hereditary hair loss. Fortunately, everyone has areas on their scalp which are genetically resistant to the effects of hormonal hair loss.  Surgery enables the transfer of individual follicles from resistant areas to balding areas of the scalp. When those hairs are transferred to balding areas, they continue to grow because they retain their genetic code.

Follicular unit transplantation (FUT) has revolutionized the treatment of hair restoration.Instead of transferring plugs of hair, individual hair follicles can be transplanted for a more natural result.  FUT can be performed utilizing the “strip method” or follicular unit extraction (FUE). The “strip method” involves removal of a strip of hair from the posterior scalp which is converted into individual hair follicles prior to transplantation. FUE is a process in which the individual hair follicles are harvested from the scalp and transferred individually. The advantages of FUE over the “Strip method” include: no linear scar on the back of the scalp, minimal downtime, and the ability for patients to wear their hair short. Following transplantation most patient experience a process of shedding and regrowth, with most patients noticing new growth at 3 months. However, the final result typically takes 6 months to a 1 year for the full result to be appreciated.

Instead of transferring plugs of hair, individual hair follicles can be transplanted for a more natural result.

Even though hair restoration techniques are more advanced than ever, achieving the most natural outcome requires an experienced surgeon who understands the way hair grows in order to best position the follicle.  Several nonsurgical treatments, such as topical or oral medications, work by preventing the hair follicle from shedding, and are important for maintenance of residual hair follicles and preventing further loss.

Platelet-rich-plasma (PRP) has been shown to reactivate dormant hair follicles to reenter the growth phase and promote hair growth. Platelets contain growth factors that stimulate regeneration within the skin which triggers the reactivation of follicles. This process involves concentrating the platelets within whole blood and injecting them into the affected area.

With the growing variety of effective treatment options it is important to talk with an experienced surgeon to determine the best treatment for you.

How Do You Get Rid Of Wrinkles Facial Aesthetic Concepts

How Do You Get Rid Of Wrinkles: The Ultimate Guide To Removing Facial Lines

How do you get rid of wrinkles for good? What's the secret?Even though everybody knows that wrinkles are a normal sign of aging, we’d still prefer if they didn’t exist.

But how do you get rid of wrinkles in the easiest and most effective way possible?

This guide provides the answers…

How To Get Rid Of Wrinkles On Your Face Fast

Use anti-wrinkle creams! Yes, science says that anti-wrinkle topical treatments are your best bet at removing facial wrinkles in a quick manner. Data shows that OTC (over the counter) topical creams can reduce coarse wrinkles around the eyes by 50% and fine wrinkles around the mouth by more than 50%, in just a matter of minutes!

The same research points out that the anti-wrinkle effects of topical creams become even more pronounced as time passes by. Improvements at the three-month mark were as follows:

  • 50% reduction in coarse wrinkles around the eyes (as opposed to ~30% for initial application).
  • Almost 40% reduction in fine wrinkles in the skin surrounding the eyes (20% for initial application).
  • Over 30% less coarse wrinkles around the mouth (against less than 20% for minutes after the first application).
  • Close to 55% decrease in fine wrinkles close to the mouth (versus slightly more than 20% for initial use).

And when it comes to anti-wrinkle creams, it should be noted that they are not classified as drugs, hence their OTC status - they can be acquired without a prescription. Most of them consist of epidermal growth factors (proteins that increase cellular growth and regeneration), and antioxidants peptides (amino acid compounds) that boost collagen production.

What Anti-Wrinkle Ingredients Work Best?

Some of the most popular and effective ingredients that you can find in anti-wrinkle topical creams are:

  • Retinol (or Vitamin A1) - This powerful antioxidant is the base of many topical creams. Retinol has been proven to improve appearance by decreasing the visible fine wrinkles that appear with age and apparently it can also help with ulcers.
  • Coenzyme Q10 - This is a coenzyme that’s naturally synthesized in our bodies. It provides incredible oxidative protection that’s been shown to impact both aging and photoaging (chronic sun exposure). Its antioxidant properties also mean that it can prevent oxidative damage to your DNA.
  • Peptides - These are molecules made of amino acids. Studies suggest that applying Collagen-like peptides on the skin can greatly decrease the overall surface of the wrinkles.
  • Vitamin C - A water-soluble vitamin known for its antioxidant capabilities, Vitamin C can also effectively stimulate collagen synthesis. Scientific evidence shows that topical use of Vit. C could be used as a potent skin rejuvenation therapy that battles the signs of aging.

Apart from topical treatments, other methods for fighting wrinkles exist, including popular medical options such as Botox, Sculptra, Juvederm and Radiesse.

How to get rid of wrinkles faster than topical methods? There’s an innovative wrinkle reduction system called Pelleve that offers unparalleled results and the great thing about it is that it can be combined with any of the popular anti-wrinkle procedures mentioned above to boost results!

How To Get Rid Of Wrinkles Around Your Mouth

Wrinkles close to the mouth are known as smokers’ lines (a.k.a. lipstick lines), and they can form naturally over time as the skin starts losing its elasticity due to a decline in collagen production. The reason for that decline could range from normal aging processes to excessive UV exposure.

Here’s how to deal with them.

Home Remedies

  • Aloe Vera Gel - This plant is jam-packed with Vitamin E (potent antioxidant) and it’s also a great moisturizer. How to use it:
    • Apply some Aloe Vera gel directly to the wrinkles
    • Let it absorb for 30 minutes
    • Rinse with water
  • Pineapple Juice - Thanks to its bromelain (a protein-digesting enzyme complex) content, pineapples help to reduce wrinkles around the mouth. Here’s how to use it:
    • Apply some pineapple juice to the wrinkled area
    • Leave it for 20 minutes
    • Rinse with water
  • Coconut Oil - This oil penetrates the skin deeply and it acts as a highly-effective moisturizer. How to apply it:
    • Gently rub the oil around your mouth
    • Let it absorb for around 20 minutes
    • Wash off with water
  • Vitamin E Oil - Vitamin E is a very potent antioxidant that can be used to fight wrinkles around mouth. Here’s how to use it:
    • Apply one teaspoon (or extract 2 or 3 capsules of Vit. E) to the skin
    • Massage for several seconds
    • Let it stay for approximately 20 minutes
    • Rinse with water

Medical Treatments

  • Fillers - Dermal fillers are injected directly into the skin, reducing wrinkles and giving a smoother look. Some of the most popular fillers are Restylane, Juvederm, HylaForm and Pevelle. Most of them can be used for wrinkles around the mouth, but it’s better to consult a board certified surgeon if you’re interested in dermal fillers.
  • Laser Skin Resurfacing - This is a laser treatment that deals with wrinkles and skin irregularities. Laser skin resurfacing can be used to great effect for getting rid of deep wrinkles around the mouth, but it’s advised to consult with a board certified plastic surgeon first.
  • Retinoid treatments - Retinoids are vitamers of Vitamin A skin creams. These chemical compounds have found their way into many topical creams. Retinoids have been proven to reduce wrinkles, improve skin texture and help with hyperpigmentation. It should be noted that Retinoid products require a prescription.
  • Retinol-based products - Retinol (or simply Vitamin A) is very effective at dealing with fine wrinkles, while also providing adequate protection against the formation of ulcers. Note that Retinol products are OTC (over the counter) and you don’t need a prescription for them.

How To Get Rid Of Wrinkles Under Eyes

Wrinkles close to your eyes can form as part of the normal aging process (although sun exposure accelerates that) and because the skin in that area is particularly thin, wrinkles may appear even sooner.

How do you get rid of wrinkles, fine lines, and crows feet?

Home Remedies

  • Cucumber Puree - Putting cucumber puree on the skin around your eyes can deal with existing wrinkles and fending off the formation of new ones. Here’s how it works:
    • Take one fourth of a cucumber and blend it
    • Apply the blended cucumber to the skin beneath your eyes
    • Leave it for around 15 mins.
    • Rinse with water
  • Egg White Mask - Eggs are loaded with valuable proteins and collagen, which can improve your skin’s elasticity, while also tightening it and reducing visible wrinkles. How to apply the mask:
    • Take two egg whites
    • Whisk them together for 15-20 seconds
    • Rub the egg whites on the skin under your eyes
    • Let it absorb for 15 mins.
    • Rinse with warm water
    • Pat with a towel
  • Avocados - They are full of two great antioxidants - Vit. C and Vit. E and on top of that, avocados have monounsaturated fatty acids that can help by moisturizing and hydrating the skin. Here’s what to do:
    • Cut 2 small pieces of avocado
    • Press into the skin under your eyes and hold for 15 mins.
    • Remove the slices and rinse with water

Medical Treatments

  • Fillers - Restylane and Belotero (injectable dermal fillers) are generally used for smoothing the area under the eyes. Both are based on hyaluronic acid and both of them require a prescription.
  • Laser Treatment - Laser treatments can help by eliminating fine lines and wrinkles. Fraxel and CO2 are two lasers that specifically target the area under the eyes.
  • Retinol Creams - Retinol (Vitamin A) can be found in many topical creams and it can be used to decrease the puffiness and dark circles under the eyes.

How To Get Rid Of Wrinkles On The Forehead

Forehead wrinkles or frown lines can be caused by UV exposure and of course - aging. How do you get rid of wrinkles like these?

Home Remedies

  • Almond Oil - Naturally loaded with Vitamin A (a potent antioxidant), Almond oil can help to rejuvenate your skin by moisturizing and hydrating it. How to apply it:
    • Use a few drops of this oil on the forehead skin
    • Gently massage the skin for several minutes
    • Let it absorb into the skin (no need to wash it)
  • Jojoba Oil - It has plenty of Vitamin E and B vitamins, Jojoba oil can adequately moisturize the skin, therefore helping with wrinkles. Here’s how to use it:
    • Apply several drops of Jojoba oil to the forehead skin
    • Massage for around 1-2 mins.
    • Let it absorb for ~20 mins.
    • Wash off with water
  • Castor Oil - This oil is extracted from the exotic Castor beans (native to Africa and India) and apart from its vitamin and mineral content (including Vit. E and Omega 6 fatty acids), castor oil is a humectant: a substances that retains water - a moisturizer. How to apply it:
    • Before bed, apply 1 or 2 drops of the oil on the forehead area
    • Use a tapping motion to help it absorb into the skin
    • Don’t rinse it, just leave it on during the night

Medical Treatments

  • Fillers - Dermal fillers such as Juvederm and Restylane are adequate choices when it comes to getting rid of forehead wrinkles. These dermal fillers are made of Hyaluronic acid - a potent skin hydratant.
  • Laser treatments - Fractional laser treatments can be used for eliminating wrinkles on the forehead and CO2 is a viable option, although you should consult a certified plastic surgeon first.
  • Retinol - Retinol-based products might help to minimize fine lines on the forehead.

How To Get Rid Of Wrinkles On Hands

Our hands are constantly exposed to various external conditions (such as sun exposure) that can have a negative impact on the condition of the skin. Aging only makes it worse and logically wrinkles start to appear on your hands, so how do you get rid of wrinkles in such a well-used area?

Home Remedies

  • Lemon With Milk - Lemons contain a plethora of vitamins including Vit. C, E, A and B6. Milk on the other hand helps to maintain liquid in the skin as it’s a decent moisturizer. Here’s how it works:
    • Take half a lemon and mix it with two teaspoons of milk
    • Apply the mixture to your hands
    • Let it stay for around 15 mins.
    • Rinse with warm water
  • Soaking Hands In Tomatoes - They are packed with lycopene (a red carotenoid pigment) that can protect your skin from the sun, while also having antioxidant properties that can deal with wrinkles. How to do it:
    • Get a tomato juice and pour it into a bowl
    • Soak your hands in the juice for 15-20 mins.
    • Wash off
  • Bananas - Every banana contains lots of valuable vitamins and minerals (like Zinc and Magnesium), including potent antioxidants such as Vit. E and Vit. A. How do you get rid of wrinkles using bananas?
    • Get half a banana
    • Mash it to paste
    • Apply the banana pulp to your hands and massage them for several mins.
    • Wait for it to dry completely
    • Wash off with water

Medical Treatments

  • Fillers - Volumizing fillers such as Radiesse can be used to great effect when it comes to eliminating the wrinkles and fine lines on hands, especially if the skin is very thin.
  • Fat Transfer - Also known as fat grafting or fat injection, this method means that unwanted fat (such as belly fat) is taken from your body and transferred to another area (you hands) that needs to be smoother and with more volume.
  • Topical Creams - Creams that contain chemical compounds such as retinoids, hydroquinones and glycolid acids can help with hyperpigmentation, melasma and freckles, and they can be applied to the skin on the your hands.
  • Intense Pulsed Light - IPL or photofacial treatments are a viable option if you’re looking to remove any age spots on your hands. This method utilizes a high-intensity light that targets the dark spots.
  • Chemical Peel - This technique uses an acid solution that gets rid of the damaged outer layers of your skin. Some of the tiny wrinkles and even hyperpigmentation will be eliminated with the skin that gets peeled off.

But How Do You Get Rid Of Wrinkles On Your Face, All At Once?

That’s what a full facelift is for!

A facelift can add volume and firmness, while also getting rid of wrinkles, creases and folds.

We take pride in offering the latest and most cutting-edge methods (both surgical and non-surgical) for eliminating wrinkles, so that you can enjoy a more youthful appearance. The question of how do you get rid of wrinkles will be a thing of the past.

If you’d like to know more, simply call us at 888-744-1828 and our friendly team of professionals will help you to get the results that you’re looking for.


What are the best Types Of Dermal Fillers?

The Types Of Dermal Fillers: A Definitive Guide To Injectable Treatments

Dermal Fillers Definitive Guide

Given the world’s fascination and obsession with eternal youth and agelessness, both men and women from all corners of the globe are opting for all types of dermal fillers - injectables that can erase signs of aging.

Fine lines, wrinkles, depressions, troughs, and any other flaws can be reduced or even eliminated almost instantly. So what types of dermal fillers are out there, and how far-reaching is our obsession?

How Popular Are Dermal Fillers In The U.S?

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, by the year 2016, 15.4 million injectable procedures were performed in the USA alone.

In response to the widespread demand, a wide range of chemicals injectables also called minimally invasive cosmetic procedures are now available that you can choose from.

How Do Dermal Fillers Work?

When it comes to dermal fillers, there’s Botox, then there’s the rest:

Botox: Botox can prevent lines and wrinkles from appearing by freezing your facial tissues in place. It only works on sections of your face that are smooth when at rest and only show signs of aging with movement. If the lines and wrinkles appear even without your displaying facial expressions, the treatment may not work.

The Rest: According to the chemical makeup of the various types of dermal fillers, your dermatologist will recommend a specific compound for your face or lips. Injectable fillers work to replace the depleted levels of collagen and elastin in your skin, and may even stimulate their rejuvenation.

How Long Do Dermal Fillers Last?

In most cases, dermal fillers last from 4 months to a year, after which you will likely need touch-ups to maintain your look. More on that in our other blog post on dermal fillers.

In general, several factors can affect the results:

  • Type of filler and its chemical composition.
  • Volume of the filler used.
  • Expertise and experience of the dermatologist performing the treatment on you.

Dermal Fillers Before & After

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The Top Types of Dermal Fillers - Explained

Hyaluronic Acid (HA) Dermal Fillers

Hyaluronic acid fillers are comparatively safe to use since the compound is similar to the one that your body produces naturally. In addition to giving your skin a smooth appearance, HA also works to lubricate your joints.

When dermatologists inject the HA filler in the lines and wrinkles, it adds volume and contouring to the facial tissue to clear the signs of aging. These types of dermal fillers are especially effective for sections of the skin that are too thin like, for instance, the "parentheses" around the mouth and nose.

Hyaluronic Acid is one of the most popular of injectables because it is known to stimulate the production of natural collagen.

This factor makes HA more effective especially since the compound acts like a sponge to absorb fluid and shows smoother skin.

You can expect that the effects of HA fillers may last from 6 to 12 months. Certain brands like Voluma XC may continue to show results for up to two years. And, if for some reason, you’re not too happy with the treatment, your dermatologist can reverse it with the help of hyaluronidase.

The main brand names for Hyaluronic Acid injectables are:

  • Juvéderm Ultra XC (also contains lidocaine to minimize discomfort, is effective as one of the types of fillers for lips
  • Juvederm Voluma XC/ Juvederm XC/ Juvederm Volbella XC
  • Perlane or Perlane-L
  • Restylane-Lift/ Restylane Silk / Restylane / Restylane-L (also effective for the lips)/ Restylane Refyne/ Restylane Defyne
  • Belotero Balance
  • HylaForm
  • Prevelle Silk
  • Captique
  • Esthélis
  • Elevess
  • Puragen

Synthetic Dermal Fillers

In response to the rising demand for injectables, you’re now likely to find various types of synthetic fillers that promise to remove the signs of aging.

Each of these fillers uses a different chemical and works in unique ways to give your skin a youthful appearance. Given that these fillers are synthetic in nature, you may want to be prepared for the possibility of side effects.

Further, if you aren’t quite happy with the results, you may need to get surgical help to reverse the procedure.

1. Calcium Hydroxylapatite - Available as Radiesse

The calcium hydroxylapatite filler was first developed for use in the facial reconstruction and dental fields. Marketed under the name Radiesse, the product is created biosynthetically though it mimics a compound that your body produces naturally. It has a rare possibility of causing any allergic reactions or side effects and works by promoting the growth of new collagen. Once inserted into the skin, the Radiesse compound stays in place and is unlikely to shift to a different location. As for how long the injectable lasts, you can expect to see the effects for up to 12 months after the treatment.

2. Polylactic Acid - Available as Sculptra

Like Radiesse, Sculptra is one of the types of dermal fillers that stimulate the development of new collagen in the skin. The main element in the filler is polylactic acid (PLLA) and you may need to come in for multiple sessions timed four to six weeks apart. Given that the compound is biodegradable, you’ll need regular touch-ups for the effects to last. Your dermatologist will determine the number of sessions you need depending on the extent of the lines and wrinkles that are visible.

3. Polyalkylimide - Available as Aquamid

Unlike Radiesse and Sculptra, Aquamid induces collagen to build naturally around itself. After a time the natural collagen completely surrounds the injected gel. The Aquamid compound is semi-permanent and biocompatible which means that it is unlikely to react with human tissue. And, interestingly, it is radio transparent and you can safely get X-rays after getting the treatment. Polyalkylimide has longer-lasting effects than most other types of dermal fillers

4. Polymethyl-methacrylate microspheres (PMMA) - Available as Bellafill

Bellafill was first developed for the surgical field and used to support implants. Should you opt to get this treatment, you can expect semi-permanent results with the dermatologist asking you to come in for touch-ups at regular intervals. Each new injectable is inserted below the previous treatment to maintain the positive results. Bellafill is one of the well-known names of fillers for the face.

Collagen Dermal Fillers

Collagen is the natural layer under your skin that keeps it smooth and free of signs of aging.

Given that collagen and elastin erosion caused lines and wrinkles to develop, doctors originally created collagen from bovine sources so it was almost similar to the human compound.

The main downside of this treatment option was that you would need to get an allergy test before signing up for the procedure. Further, in a months’ time, the collagen would break down in the skin and the treatment effects didn’t last very long.

Scientists have now developed a synthetic form of collagen fillers that work like the compound produced in your body, but last longer.

Some common names of collagen fillers for the face are:

  • Evolence
  • Fibrel
  • Zyplast
  • Cosmoderm
  • Zyderm

Autologous Dermal Fillers

As the name suggests, autologous injectables are created from the tissues of each individual patient. For this reason, these types of dermal fillers rarely have any allergic or adverse reactions and are typically safe to use. Doctors may harvest fat or blood, and then, refine or process it as needed and inject it back into the targeted areas of your face.

Here are the most common options:

1. Fat Injectables/ Microlipoinjection

Should you choose to sign up for this anti-aging treatment, you can expect that the entire process will take around 30 to 90 minutes. After applying a local anaesthetic on your belly, buttocks, or thighs, the doctor harvests fat cells using a thin needle.

Later, doctors process and purify the cells. On your next session, the fat cells are carefully placed into the hollows of your cheeks, under the eyes, into the lips, or into the forehead.

Although these types of dermal fillers are safe and effective, they are semi-permanent in nature. That’s because, over time, your body absorbs the fat cells. And, you may have to go in for follow-up treatments at short intervals.

2. Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) / Vampire Facelifts

Platelet Rich Plasma facelifts use certain elements derived from your blood to create an injectable compound that can help reverse the signs of aging. The effects of these fillers remain from 12 to 18 months and in the initial stages, you may need to take 2 to 4 sessions spaced at 4 to 6 week intervals. The entire treatment takes around 60 minutes from the harvesting of a small volume of your blood from the forearm to the actual facial injections.

In place of injecting the serum, doctors may also choose to use microneedling for more effective results. PRP works by repairing the worn out layer of collagen and elastin to rejuvenate so that it starts to produce new cells. You can expect to see results starting at 4 weeks after the first session.

3. Placental Stem Cells

Placental and the umbilical cord contain the most potent of stem cells. Scientists are experimenting with using these cells as an innovative type of dermal filler. Stem cells convert into the kind of cells present in surrounding tissue. When injected into the layer of collagen, they could induce it to rejuvenate.

To date, there are different kinds of stem cell treatments available. Here are some of them:

  • MZ Skin that uses cells derived from the placenta of sheep.
  • Novo Solutions MD that uses umbilical cord cells harvested from humans which are purified before injecting.
  • Stem cells taken from the amniotic tissue of discarded placenta and umbilical cords.
  • Stem cells created from plant sources that mimic placenta.

Injectable Antibody Technology

The Antibody Technology is a state-of-the-art solution for your signs of aging. This solution works on the premise that your body’s immune system kicks into action to prevent illnesses by producing antibodies. These cells work by targeting bacteria, viruses, unknown proteins, toxins, and any other pathogens. Doctors extract antibodies from sources like the egg yolk of the ostrich that is known to have the most robust immune system in the natural world.

When the antibodies are injected into the problem areas of your face, they work to neutralize ceramidase, a kind of enzyme that prevents the production of natural ceramides in your skin. Ceramides are responsible for regulating the moisture levels in the skin and when they work well, they can keep the skin hydrated and free of lines and wrinkles. The one company that offers these fillers is Adsorb Beauty, a Japanese skin care company.

There Are So Many Types of Dermal Fillers. Let Us Help You Decide...

There are many novel and effective anti-aging injectables coming onto the market daily. It’s information overload for the typical reader!

Our professional dermatologists are there to make sense of it all. Call us on 888-744-1828 and one of our friendly staff can guide you through the selection process!


How Long Do Dermal Fillers Last?

How Long Do Dermal Fillers Last? Learn What To Expect From Your Anti-Wrinkle Injections

How Long Do Dermal Fillers Last? What can you expect from treatment?

Injections like Botox are touted as an effective “quick-fix” with some impressive results achievable if done right.

But how long do dermal fillers last? How much do they cost? What are the side effects?

There’s a lot to consider before diving-in for wrinkle reduction or “Brotox” (yes, it’s a thing), so we’re going to explore the pointy-end so you can make an informed decision…

How Long Do Dermal Fillers Last? Up To 3 Years, But...

It all depends on the type of dermal filler you choose.

According to recent statistics, this is how long the most common types of fillers last:

  • Collagen - around 2-3 months
  • Hyaluronic Acid - roughly 4-12 months
  • Calcium Hydroxylapatite - approximately from 6 months to 1 year
  • Poly-L-lactic Acid - approx. 1-3 years
  • Autologous (using fat from your own body) - around 1-3 years
  • Polymethylmethacrylate - permanent.

But if you’re wondering: “How long do dermal fillers last under eyes and how long will they last on mine?” Then that’s a question you’ll need to ask a professional dermatologist.

Dermal Filler Types

Everyone Knows Botox, But What Are The Other Types Of Dermal Fillers?

Fillers are categorized based on their active ingredient. Each has a specific function and, in some cases, can only be used on certain areas of your body...

1. Hyaluronic Acid Fillers - Some of the more well-known brand names are:

  • Belotero Balance
  • Elevess
  • HylaForm
  • Juvederm - XC, Voluma XC, Ultra XC, Volbella XC
  • Prevelle
  • Captique
  • Restylane - L, Lift, Silk, Refyne, Defyne
  • Puragen

2. Collagen Fillers - Some of the more well-known brand names are:

  • Fibrel
  • Zyplast
  • Cosmoderm
  • Evolence
  • Zyderm

3. Synthetic Fillers - Some of the more well-known brand names are:

4. Autologous Fillers (a.k.a. fat transfer or fat grafting) - These fillers literally consist of fat taken from your body.

What Are The Most Popular Injectables For Facelifts?

Recent studies have found that certain injections are more favorable among filler experts - especially those in Asia.

When it comes to improving the appearance of midface and forehead, the preferred fillers are:

  • Filler rhinoplasty and nasolabial folds - Radiesse
  • Dark circles - Esthelis Basic
  • Forehead augmentation - Juvederm Voluma

Dermal Filler Side effects

Are There Any Face Fillers Side Effects?

Although generally safe to use, dermal fillers injections may still result in certain unwanted reactions. According to scientific research, the common complications associated with face fillers can be classified by the time of onset:

1. Early onset side effects (potentially experienced in days-weeks following)

  • Reaction at the injection site
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Itching
  • Pain
  • Infections
  • Inflammation
  • Solid nodules
  • Allergic reaction
  • Lumps
  • Embolism
  • Tissue necrosis

2. Delayed onset side effects (potentially appearing in weeks-years following)

  • Scarring
  • Asymmetry
  • Nodules
  • Granulomatous inflammation
  • Implanted filler migration

So how to stay side-effect free? When the injections are administered by a qualified professional, the chance of adverse reactions is slim to none.

Dermal Filler Cost

How Much Do Dermal Fillers Cost?

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons highlights the following average prices (per syringe), taken from their 2016 annual statistics:

  • Hyaluronic Acid (Juvederm, Elevess, Belotero, Restylane etc.) - $644
  • Calcium Hydroxylapatite (Radiesse) - $687
  • Polylactic acid (Sculptra) - $773
  • Polymethyl-Methacrylate Microspheres or PMMA (Bellafill) - $859
  • Autologous (fat transfer) - $1,930

This data represents the average price for certain dermal filler treatments, while the average cost of a facelift in the US is slightly more than 7k, or $7,048 to be precise.

As a general rule of thumb, the cost of the procedure will depend on a few different factors, including:

  • The level of expertise of your plastic surgeon
  • The type of dermal filler that’s used
  • The amount of filler needed (most patients require more than 1 procedure to achieve the desired effect).

Recent Dermal Fillers Before And After Images

How long do dermal fillers last? These happy patients have been enjoying long-lasting results for treatment to their face:

Dermal Filler Before and After Jowels and Chin

Dermal Filler Before and After Nasal Fold and Wrinkles

Ready To Try Them For Yourself?

We know just how much you value your appearance and that’s why we offer various options when it comes to fillers, including top picks such as the Juvederm and Juvederm Voluma XC.

Now you have the chance to achieve that youthful and attractive look, without going under the knife.

Don’t hesitate to gives us a call at 888-744-1828 and our friendly team of professionals will help you find the ideal filler procedure to suit your needs.


Face Surgery Before And After Process and Results

Face Surgery Before And After: The Entire Facelift Surgery Process Explained (With Results)

Facelift Surgery Before and After Process Explained

The web is dotted with face surgery before and after photos, but what really happens “under the knife”?

For the average, albeit slightly nervous, facelift patient, what can be expected during a facelift procedure, and what results await you after recovery?

In this article, we’ll look at the entire face surgery before and after process from start to finish (including some before and after shots of real patients) so you can be confident of achieving the youthful appearance that you’ve always deserved...

Step By Step Explanation Of The Entire Facial Surgery Process

While the whole process is pretty straightforward, there are still certain steps that need to be taken to achieve the desired effect and they are:

1. Assess Your Goals With A Professional Consultation

Before the actual facial surgery procedure, you’d be able to consult with a surgeon. To ensure great results, look for a double-board certified surgeon who is specialized in facial plastic surgery.

And depending on whether you’re dealing with wrinkles, fine lines, lack of volume, crooked nose, double chin etc., your surgeon might recommend certain procedures such as:

2. Discussing Anesthesia Options With Your Surgeon

Before the actual face surgery takes place, the surgeon will present you with 2 main options when it comes to anesthesia:

  1. General (deep sleep)
  2. Local (only affects the target area)

Research shows that the main risk associated with general anesthesia is awareness, while local anesthesia might provoke only minor reactions, such as patients clenching their fists or moaning.

Nonetheless, anesthesia is incredibly safe.

3. Surgical Procedure And The Incision

Depending on the type of lift you’re after the location and length of the incision will vary. If you’re having eyelid surgery or a neck lift, then tiny extra incisions could be made, respectively near the eyelids and below your chin.

Although most incisions are made somewhere near your ear due to the aesthetic nature of the procedure - incisions are placed in a way that makes the post-procedure scars less visible.

4. Lift And Tighten The Skin On Your Face

This is when your surgeon will lift and tighten the layers of muscle and connective tissue in order to achieve the desired result.

During this process, the doctor will remove any extra fat tissue to further enhance the cosmetic effect of the procedure.

After the surgeon is done with the lifting and tightening, he’ll then redrape the skin over the tissue that’s been lifted and he’ll also get rid of the any redundant skin to further improve your looks.

5. Closing The Incisions

After the surgical procedure finishes, the surgeon will then close the incisions he made. Doctors use three common methods:

  1. Absorbable sutures - These offer convenience as they dissolve on their own in a week or two.
  2. Nonabsorbable sutures - This type of sutures don’t get absorbed by the body and require a physician to remove them. They consist of either a particular kind of silk or synthetic materials such as nylon polyester and polypropylene.
  3. Skin glue - Used mostly for small wounds, the advantage to this way of closing the incisions is that it’s a fast and pain-free method for healing wounds.

And when the skin heals, most likely you won’t be able to tell where the incisions are, because by utilizing the natural contours of your face and your hairline, your plastic surgeon is able to effectively hide any remaining scars.

And If You Were Wondering What The Average Facelift Recovery Time To Expect Is...

The average recovery period for a facelift procedure ranges from 1 to 2 weeks. This varies slightly from person to person.

Generally speaking, minimally-invasive facelift procedures tend to have short recovery times, while conventional facelifts have just slightly longer ones, although a conventional facelift yield more lasting results.

Curious To See Some Relevant Face Surgery Before And After Photos?

Now that you know what to expect from a facial surgery procedure, it’s time to show you some amazing before and after images, highlighting the incredible results of face surgery done by professional and experienced plastic surgeons in modern aesthetic medical centers:

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Looking at these amazing face surgery before and after results might explain why the total amount of surgical procedures increased by 8% in 2016 and more than 10 million people from around the world went under the knife that year, with 7% of the total number being face and body procedures.

To Get Perfect Results, Make Sure Your Plastic Surgeon Has This Important Qualification

Your surgeon should not only be double-board certified with specialization in facial surgery, but he should be able to give relevant advice about which procedure would best fit your needs and the best way to approach it.

And don’t underestimate the place where the actual procedure will take place in, either. Picking a modern and reputable center for aesthetic medicine is perhaps just as important as choosing the right plastic surgeon.

After all, this is your beautiful skin we are talking about!

Ready To Have Your Very Own Face Surgery Before And After Transformation?

Thankfully, we’ve done the hard work for you so that you can skip the steps about spending countless of hours looking for the right surgeon or aesthetic medical center and go straight for your new, more visually attractive look.

Feel free to contact our friendly team of professionals by calling 888-744-1828 and we’ll discuss your face surgery goals.


We Compared The Cost Of A Facelift Worldwide

We Compared The Cost Of A Facelift Worldwide. The Results Will Surprise You

How much does a facelift really cost

What is the cost of a facelift (or rhytidectomy)?

If you’ve thought that getting a surgical procedure done in a foreign country to save money, then these results may come as a surprise.

That’s because there’s a plethora of misconceptions when it comes to the average cost of a facelift. So in this post we’re going to look at how much you can expect to hand over for a mini, or a macro, facelift...

What Is The Average Cost Of A Facelift?

The average cost of a facelift in the US is $7,048, based on a 2016 report by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

The same annual report offers even more intriguing data related to rhytidectomy:

  • The national average price for a full facelift is $7,122
  • The mini facelift cost is $5,092 on average
  • The total expenditure is $924,035,088 for facelift, $691,617,420 for the full variant and $173,107,632 for mini

Just a quick glance at these numbers is enough to conclude that a facelift procedure (including full and mini facelift) in American would cost around $5,000 to $7,000 on average.

Facelift Cost Canada

What’s The Cost Of A Facelift In Canada?

$6,000 - $12,000. Even though these costs may seem quite similar to the US prices, you should keep in mind that this is only the price for the actual procedure - there could be extra costs such as:

  • Additional physician (surgeon) fees
  • Transfer fees (airport to hotel, hotel to medical center etc.)
  • Accommodation fees

All of these additional costs add up and eventually, they may lead to a much heftier price tag.

Facelift Cost in Thailand

How Much Does A Facelift Cost In Thailand? It Has To Be Cheaper, Right?

In some cases, yes. In others, no. Here’s the average prices for a facelift in the national hospital located in Phuket:

  • Mini facelift - $4169 (USD)
  • Face and neck lift - $6734 (USD)
  • Forehead lift - $3527 (USD)
  • Forehead, face and neck lift - $2565 (USD)
  • Upper or lower eye lift - $897 (USD)

These prices are only slightly lower than the average facelift price for the US. Not only that, but you need to take into account the supplementary costs that are an inevitable part of traveling to a foreign destination (transport, accommodation etc.).

Facelift cost in Europe

How About The Facelift Cost In European Countries?

In these European countries, the price of a facelift procedure starts from:

  • Lithuana - $3207
  • Czech Republic - $3330
  • Denmark - $7401
  • Finland - $5180
  • Germany - $8388
  • Norway - $8388
  • Slovenia - $7648
  • UK - $8018

This data highlights the estimated average prices for a facelift within Europe. Once again - prices may vary and one should consider any additional fees that may apply and eventually increase the overall price tag for the procedure.

What About Facelift Before And After Pictures - Does It Really Make You Look Younger?

Absolutely. Here are a few brilliant examples of facelift procedures done by our top Orange County plastic surgeons:

Facelift Before and After Chin eyebrows Facelift Before and After Front Face Facelift Before and After Cheeks and Jowels

Ask Yourself What’s More Important: The Cost of a Facelift, Or Restored Confidence?

How much do you value your looks?

Achieve a younger look again by getting rid of your sagging and wrinkled skin with a surgical facelift OR non-surgical facelift.

Contact our friendly team of professionals by calling 888-744-1828 and find out how a simple procedure can be tailored to you to achieve beautiful results.


The 5 Best Home Remedies For Wrinkles

The 5 Best Home Remedies For Wrinkles, Proven By Science To Actually Work

Although the process of aging is completely normal, it still comes with some unwanted effects such as the development of wrinkles and fine lines.

But with the help of these natural remedies for wrinkles and sagging skin (backed by science), age would be just a number.

Curious to learn the best home remedies for wrinkles that can remove wrinkles on the face naturally?

Read on...

How To Remove Wrinkles Naturally At Home

The best home remedies for wrinkles on your forehead (or any area of your face) are coconut oil, argan oil, jojoba oil, olive oil, and evening primrose oil.

Let’s look at each one, and their benefits according to science.

Coconut Oil home remedies for wrinkles

1. Coconut Oil

Coconut oil has been shown to greatly improve skin hydration levels, boost lipid levels of surface skin, and increase pepsin-soluble collagen, demonstrating a strengthening of the collagen molecules which repairs and protects your skin.

And the science backs it up...

A study conducted by researchers from the Department of Dermatology from the Makati Medical Center found that this oil greatly improves skin hydration and boosts the lipid levels of skin’s surface. Researchers also found that there are no side effects associated with the use of coconut oil - no considerable change in skin pH or TEWL (transepidermal water loss) levels were observed.

Another study by the Skin Pharmacology and Physiology Journal examined the impact that coconut oil has on skin components, its wound-healing capabilities and its antioxidant status. They concluded that topical coconut oil increases pepsin-soluble collagen, demonstrating improved collagen cross-linking.

Argan Oil home remedies for wrinkles

2. Argan Oil

Argan oil is an excellent home remedy for wrinkles as it is loaded with essential vitamins like A and E, fatty acids and antioxidants that enhance the biological elasticity of the skin, reduce wrinkles, and moisturize your skin.

Here’s what science has to say…

In 2015, the journal of Clinical Interventions in Aging examined the effects of both dietary consumption and topical application of argan oil on skin elasticity. They concluded that this kind of oil not only improves gross, net and the biological elasticity of the skin, but it also has potent anti-aging properties.

Then, Researchers from the Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine organized a scientific review that highlighted the benefits of argan oil for the skin. Essentially, their findings give a scientific basis to claims suggesting it can remove wrinkles on the face naturally, and has skin-moisturizing powers.

Jojoba Oil home remedies for wrinkles

3. Jojoba Oil

As a natural remedy for wrinkles and sagging skin, Jojoba oil is a powerful anti-inflammatory and a healer which can help repair damaged collagen and skin cells - making your skin look younger.

This oil boasts an array of important minerals and vitamins such as B-complex and Vit. E and it also mimics the texture of sebum - the natural oil of your skin.

A concise review from the Iranian Department of Dermatology proposes that jojoba oil does possess anti-inflammatory effects and that it’s a potent weapon for fighting infections of the skin, skin aging - it may also help heal wounds faster.

Olive Oil home remedies for wrinkles

4. Olive Oil

Wondering how to remove face wrinkles fast? Olive oil doesn’t just make a great salad dressing, but has powerful anti-aging antioxidants and UV-blocking properties.

It’s the perfect preventative home remedy for wrinkles. Here’s why...

Scientific data collected and reviewed by the International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Medicine found that olive oil does indeed play a significant role in the anti-aging mechanism as well as providing adequate antioxidant protection.

The same scientific review points out that olive oil not only improves the skin condition, but it also helps to safeguard the skin from harmful UV light.

Evening Primrose Oil home remedies for wrinkles

5. Evening Primrose Oil

This is an essential oil that is packed with fatty acids (omega 6) - oils shown to improve the elasticity, moisture, and firmness of your skin.

A study courtesy of the International Journal of Cosmetic Science analyzed the effects of evening primrose oil and found that it improved the elasticity, moisture, firmness, TEWL (transepidermal water loss) and roughness of the skin, as well as providing potent resistance to skin fatigue and aging.

These Topical Home Remedies for Wrinkles Will Protect Your Skin, But How Can You Reverse Aging?

While prevention is better than a cure, sometimes our past mistakes simply can’t be reversed through natural treatments alone.

But there is hope!

We realize just how important the appearance of your skin is for your confidence and well being, so if you’d like to reduce the appearance of fine lines, crows feet, wrinkles, or even get rid of saggy skin on your face, then we have a Surgical Facelift option for you. Don’t want surgery? Try our state-of-the-art Microneedling procedure instead.

Life’s too short to look tired, so don’t waste anymore time! Get in touch with our friendly team of professionals by calling 888-744-1828 and find a custom anti-aging solution to suit your needs.

 

References:

A randomized double-blind controlled trial comparing extra virgin coconut oil with mineral oil as a moisturizer for mild to moderate xerosis
Effect of topical application of virgin coconut oil on skin components and antioxidant status during dermal wound healing in young rats
The effect of dietary and/or cosmetic argan oil on postmenopausal skin elasticity
Activation of MITF by Argan Oil Leads to the Inhibition of the Tyrosinase and Dopachrome Tautomerase Expressions in B16 Murine Melanoma Cells
Jojoba in dermatology: a succinct review
Therapeutics role of olive fruits/oil in the prevention of diseases via modulation of anti-oxidant, anti-tumour and genetic activity
Systemic evening primrose oil improves the biophysical skin parameters of healthy adults


What Is Rhinoplasty

What Is Rhinoplasty? The Nose Job Surgery That Can Reshape Your Life

What is rhinoplasty? Rhinoplasty (a.k.a. a nose job) is a rather uncomplicated surgical procedure meant to improve the structure and the shape of your nose. It’s also a virtually pain-free surgery because of the anesthetics that are used.

For the most part, the rationale behind opting for such procedure can be put into two main categories:

  1. To correct breathing issues due to nasal imperfections.
  2. To greatly improve the visual appearance of the nose.

However, in today’s post we’re going to take a closer look at nose reshaping done for purely cosmetic reasons.

What Is Rhinoplasty? The Meaning Is Simpler Than You Think

What is Rhinoplasty? It is a medical term for a type of plastic surgery that’s done on the nose or nasal area. The word ‘rhinoplasty’ itself is partly derived from Greek because ‘rhino’ that stands for nose, while the word ‘plasty’ that means to mold or shape.

Hence the popular term ‘nose job’ that most people use.

The Rhinoplasty Procedure Steps

There are six particular steps that usually accompany a rhinoplasty procedure:

  1. Administering anesthetics - When the surgery begins, you’ll be given either a local or general anesthetic. The former numbs your nasal region, while the latter puts you in a state of deep sleep. Your plastic surgeon will help you decide which option is better for you.
  2. Rhinoplasty incision - There are two methods here - open or closed. Open means that the plastic surgeon makes an incision right between your nostrils. The closed one is an incision that’s done inside your nose and is mainly used to make small adjustments form and structure of your nose.
  3. Readjusting and reshaping - This phase of the surgery focuses on achieving the desired form and shape of your nose. In cases when the nose has to be decreased in size, the surgeon might take out some of the extra cartilage or even bone tissue.
  4. Septum adjustments - If your nasal center is off or if it’s crooked, your doctor can straighten it and even decrease any bulges inside your nose so that you can breathe more easily.
  5. Sealing the incision - After the surgeon is done sculpting and reshaping your nose, he will pull tight the remaining tissue (and skin)  through redraping and then he will close the incisions. Alternatively, your doctor could add more incisions in your nostrils to revamp them even further.
  6. Check your new look - The rhinoplasty before and after comparison is perhaps the most thrilling stage of this procedure. Your doctor will tell you how to speed up the recovery process after the surgery and if you want to see some relevant before & after nose job photos - click here.

The Rhinoplasty Procedure Steps

What’s The expected Rhinoplasty Recovery Time?

Most people can expect to get back to work after around seven to ten days after the surgery and resuming sports activities can happen within 1 month.

Note that on average it takes anywhere from ten to fourteen days for most of the bruising and swelling to get better.

Are There Any Rhinoplasty Risks?

There are known rhinoplasty surgery risks that you can expect:

  • Scarring
  • Infection
  • Swelling
  • Numbness
  • Impaired breathing
  • Anesthesia-associated risks
  • Likelihood of previsional surgery

However, scientific data is conclusive that such risks associated with rhinoplasty can be lessened with the increasing expertise and experience of surgeons.

Non Surgical Rhinoplasty: Is It An Option?

According to researchers from the Canadian Journal of Plastic Surgery, hyaluronic acid injections are an effective method of non-surgical rhinoplasty for patients wanting to make minor changes to their nose.

Utilizing non-surgical rhinoplasty might be a viable option if you are looking for minimal revisions to the nose area.

Researchers from the Canadian Journal of Plastic Surgery examined hyaluronic acid as a method of non-surgical rhinoplasty. What they found is that this method could be considered by certain patients who intend to only make small changes to the shape and size of the nose, or those who are not keen on a surgical approach - whether it’s because of personal or medical reasons.

 

We at Facial Aesthetic Concepts know that and that’s why we are proud to offer you affordable cutting-edge rhinoplasty.

If you're still searching for answers to "what is rhinoplasty?", then have a look at our Rhinoplasty page (including Septoplasty and Tiplasty procedures) or simply call us at 888-744-1828 and schedule an appointment now!

 

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Risks and complications in rhinoplasty 
Hyaluronic acid used for the correction of nasal deviation in an 18-year-old Middle Eastern man