If you have visited a medical spa or other type of aesthetic service provider, you may be familiar with the term “microdermabrasion.” Microdermabrasion is a non-surgical treatment in facial rejuvenation. It relies on fine crystals and vacuum suction to painlessly remove the dead skin cells from the top superficial layer of skin, revealing a healthier, brighter and softer skin tone underneath. Microdermabrasion can be done on a periodic basis, much like a facial or chemical peel. … Continue reading
When it comes to non-surgical cosmetic procedures for the face, fillers and injectables top the list. While fillers and Botox are most commonly associated with women, men can also benefit. In fact, men can gain dramatic improvements from these non-invasive, no downtime facial injections. From correcting the signs of aging to defining the masculine features of the face, here’s what men can expect from dermal fillers and Botox. … Continue reading
Otoplasty is a type of cosmetic ear surgery that can involve reshaping or reducing the size of ears that are too large or prominent in relation to the surrounding facial features. Otoplasty is also one of the few types of plastic surgery that is more commonly performed on children or teens. However, adults may also want to correct their large or deformed ears too – and they certain can! Otoplasty can successfully be performed on both children and adults. … Continue reading
Unless you’ve discovered the “fountain of youth,” wrinkles are an inevitable part of your future. Whether you call them wrinkles, folds or creases, they are part of the skin’s natural aging process. While there are countless treatments to reverse the appearance of wrinkles or delay their onset, there is no way to avoid wrinkles altogether. However, understanding how and why they form can be extremely helpful in lessening their severity.
If wrinkles are an effect of the way our skin ages, why do we get more wrinkles on the face? To understand this, it is best to understand how wrinkles form in the first place. As you get older, your skin naturally thins out and becomes drier and less resilient. It is also less equipped to protect itself from outside damage. There are two major factors that influence wrinkles on the face: sun exposure and facial expressions. … Continue reading
Facial injectables have undoubtedly become the most popular option for patients who want to turn back the hands of time without the incisions, anesthesia and downtime of plastic surgery. With a series of strategically placed injections, you can smooth out wrinkles, restore lost volume and add definition to your profile. It’s commonly called a “liquid facelift.” However, there are numerous types of facial injectables to choose from, and each product should be used for certain needs.
The two main categories of injections are Botox and fillers. Here’s a recap of the differences, including when and where to use these products. … Continue reading
In today’s technology-infused society, you don’t have to look hard to find someone slumped over, chin to chest as they stare at their smartphone, tablet or other device. This is so commonplace that this posture has its own name – “tech neck.” While tech neck can certainly affect your shoulders, back and monthly phone bill, it can also contribute to the development of a double chin!
The cause and effect is fairly obvious. By staring down at your cellphone all day, you are allowing gravity to do its job and pull your skin downward. In fact, beyond a double chin, you may discover jowls, marionette lines and other unwanted signs of aging quicker than you expected. While fixing your posture and holding your head in a more neutral position can certainly prevent future threats to your appearance, you may need a solution to fix the damage that has already been done. … Continue reading
Acne is one of the most common skin conditions. While it primarily affects adolescents as they go through puberty, many adults struggle to find confident facial skin due to the scars that acne leaves behind. Scarring of any kind is a result of trauma to the skin. With acne, scars can develop when there is deep trauma to the skin where an acne lesion developed. This can be due to picking or other external factors that aggravated the skin further. Unfortunately, acne scars, which can appear like deep pits or depressions in the skin, don’t always improve with time, and they can greatly alter the overall texture of the skin. … Continue reading
Migraine is the third most prevalent illness in the world. In fact, nearly 1 in 4 U.S. households includes someone with migraine, according to the Migraine Research Foundation. These chronic daily headaches can be painful and highly disruptive to your daily life. Unfortunately, they can also be hard to treat for many patients. If your migraines have failed to respond to prescription medication, you may find your answer with a plastic surgeon. A plastic surgeon who administers Botox may be able to effectively reduce your migraine episodes.
You probably know Botox for its cosmetic benefits. However, Botox (or botulinum toxin) was approved by the FDA in 2010 to treat migraines. That’s right, the same injection that can reduce your Crow’s feet and frown lines may also be able to prevent your debilitating headaches. … Continue reading
Are you constantly seeking the perfect pout? The lips can promote beauty, portray sensuality and make a strong statement about the way you’re feeling. According to American Society of Plastic Surgeons, lip augmentation has been considered the second fastest growing facial procedure in the United States since 2000. This can largely be contributed to our selfie-obsessed generation, where women of all ages try to capture the most attractive lip look possible before they click their smartphone camera.
So what exactly does make lips look attractive or desirable? There are certain lip characteristics that have been shown to matter. In fact, in a February 2017 study, researchers from University of California, Irvine showed more than 400 participants side-by-side images of young Caucasian women’s lips and asked them to rank each photo based on attractiveness. The study evaluated the size of the lips, and more specifically, the upper to lower lip ratio. … Continue reading
We come in all different shapes and sizes. And while each face is unique, our ethnic background can often play a considerable role in certain features, tendencies and characteristics. When it comes to your nose, your ethnicity is especially influential. However, your Asian, African American or Hispanic descent may not produce the nasal characteristics you want. That’s why many patients turn to ethnic rhinoplasty for help. Dr. Ben Talei is a renowned rhinoplasty surgeon with specialized training in improving the noses of all ethnic backgrounds.
When it comes to Asian rhinoplasty, there are some commonalities among patient requests. The Asian nasal structure is typically flatter, broader and can even lack a distinctive bridge. Asians also typically have a more triangular shaped nose. For these reasons, Asian nose-reshaping often involves the following: … Continue reading