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Do I need fillers, facelift or facial implants?

04Have you ever wished you could enhance certain parts of your face without surgery?

The good news is that you have multiple options.  If you are not quite ready for a facelift or facial implants; a less invasive procedure might be a good start.

Facial Fillers
Fullness in the cheeks is a highly desired feature for women of all ages.  Through our body’s natural aging process, we lose volume from our upper cheeks. Injectable fillers such as Juvederm, Restylane, Perlane, Belotero, Radiesse, and Sculptra are effective in immediately restoring that volume, and are becoming increasingly popular due to their minimal downtime, and immediate results.  These procedures are performed as outpatient procedures, right here in our office, to fill out any area of the face that needs a little lift, or plumping up.

Not to be confused with facial fillers; Botox,  Dysport, and Xeomin are different types of FDA-approved botulinum toxins which are used to relax the muscles responsible for ‘active’ wrinkles.  An example of a common ‘active’ wrinkle is what is known as the ’11’ between your eyebrows.  We call this an ‘active’ line because it is caused by over-activity of the underlying muscles that you use to frown.  In contrast, facial fillers are effective in treating ‘static’ lines which are not due to activity of underlying musculature.  An example of ‘static’ lines are the naso-labial folds, which run from the outsides of your nostrils, to the corners of your mouth.

When you visit our office we can show you examples of amazing results of restoring youthfulness without the need for a facelift or implants.  The combination of toxins and fillers can shave years off of your appearance both quickly, and inexpensively.

The effects of facial fillers varies by the type of filler used.  Some have a duration of just a few months, while other ‘long lasting’ fillers may last up to two years.  Some of these fillers have even been reported to stimulate new collagen growth; such as Radiesse and Sculptra.  This stimulation of collagen rebuilds the face’s natural support structure, and creates longer lasting effects. The wonderful thing about these products that carry what we call a ‘bio-stimulatory effect’ is that they recruit the help of your body’s own natural materials to rejuvenate your face.

Facial fillers are not meant to correct sagging skin along the neck, brow or jaw line. These cosmetic issues may require surgical procedures (although only a visit to see us can help you be sure).

Facial Implants
If you are seeking a more long lasting solution to your facial features, facial implants are a popular option.  In contrast to the injectables that we discussed earlier, which plump up the soft tissues of the face; facial implants go right to the source and give support to what you already have. Facial Plastic Surgeons insert these facial implants at the bone level to enhance your natural bone tissue, supporting the soft tissue above. Because of this, the results of facial implants are much more predictable.

One common method for inserting these implants used by Facial Plastic Surgeons is to make small incisions in discreet areas of the mouth, so the implants can slide into place. Although the procedure is long lasting, it is reversible if results are not optimal for you.

Conclusion
When you make the decision between injectable facial fillers and facial implants, it is important to consider the long-term effects of your choice. If you want a long lasting change, facial implants are probably your best choice. However, you may just want a temporary, or more subtle fix.  In this case, the use of facial fillers; with or without botilunum toxins, can produce amazing results.

If you’re considering a cheek or other facial enhancement, please take a look at our WOW Cheeks procedure in this video and call us for a consultation: (212) 380-1541

How oils will make your skin look better, immediately

Your skin needs proper cleaning, hydration and targeted care for it to always look its best. You will notice an improvement in the look and feel of your skin over time when you use the right combination of products; however, you can also make your skin look instantly better by using natural oils.
To receive the most beneficial effects of the oils you can apply it directly to the skin and at full strength. Oils can give the skin the extra hydration it needs to help smooth out fine lines and wrinkles as well as allowing it to soak up rich emollients.

Argan, coconut, Jojoba and extra virgin olive oil are all types of good quality oils that can make a drastic improvement in the feel and appearance of your skin almost instantly after application. You will notice a more taunt and smooth look to your skin once the oil has soaked in and your skin absorbs all of the nutrients found in that oil. Pure extra virgin olive oil has been used throughout various cultures for centuries for moisturizing skin naturally, as the results reveal a healthy glow and supple texture.

Though many people may think that pure oil will only make skin look shiny and greasy, good quality oil can improve the skin overall. To see and feel the benefits of any oil, use sparingly by applying to the skin with a cotton ball. The right oils can give your skin a much needed boost of nutrients resulting in a radiance that gives you a healthy, renewed and refreshed appearance.




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3 tips for eating to look younger

Wrinkles may look cute on baby elephants and puppies, but as a woman living in a world that thrives on youth, those fine lines and wrinkles are anything but cute.

Fortunately, in addition to a personalized skin care regimen as prescribed by your dermatology provider or skincare expert, a diet rich in citrus fruits, tomatoes, and whole wheat produce smoother looking skin and an overall younger looking appearance in those who tolerate these foods well.

Losing ellasticity like an over-used rubber band?

As women age, collagen (a protein that gives skin its natural elastin) production slows down causing skin sagging and wrinkling. Unfortunately, this slow down happens as early as age 20! An easy way to prevent this, in addition to speaking with your skincare expert, is to eat regular servings of citrus fruits. All citrus is loaded with vitamin C which, in addition to immune system boosting powers, also increases collagen production.

Sun worship left you looking like an old piece of leather?

You say “tomato,” and we shout, “lycopene!”, the strong antioxidant that acts as a powerful and natural sunscreen. The good news is that it’s easy to add extra tomatoes into your diet. Thick tomato sauces on pastas and pizzas in addition to raw tomato on salads and sandwiches add a quick and easy lycopene kick to your everyday meals. Eating more tomatoes has reduced skin inflammation and sunspots, creating an overall healthier and younger looking appearance in women just like you.

Ditch white for whole wheat and whole grain!

Citrus and tomatoes all add something to the skin, but it’s what whole wheat doesn’t do that makes it useful. Rather than being absorbed into the body quickly like white foods, whole wheat takes longer to digest. This means, unlike white food, whole wheat doesn’t turn into a burst of sugar, which created glycation and stiffens collagen. Once this happens, fine lines begin to appear like little sugar warning systems. Switch to whole wheat and/or whole grain pastas, rices, and bread to reduce the risk of aging before your time.

If you treat your body well, it will treat you well right back. If you’re noticing fine lines and wrinkles in your skin at a young age, look at your diet and see what you should add in and cut out to maintain a more youthful appearance.








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The Skin Care Benefits Of Argan Oil

Argan oil is oil made from the nuts of the argan tree. The argan tree only grows well in Morocco and the surrounding areas. Argan oil has amazing anti-aging and restorative properties. It also helps with skin issues like acne, wrinkles, dull and dry skin, eczema and even psoriasis.

Moroccan women have used this rare oil (also known as “Liquid Gold”) for hundreds of years. Argan oil is a veritable powerhouse of healthy vitamins and nutrients. It is packed with phytoserols and vitamin E (twice as much as olive oil). Its vitamin E content diminishes scars and reduces the appearance of age spots. Argan oil is loaded with essential fatty acids, phenols and sterols, which keep skin healthy and young looking.

The list goes on. Argan oil has a ton of carotene rich vitamin A. Vitamin A is essential to combating fine lines and wrinkles. It speeds up the cell turnover process, which gives skin its healthy, clear, vibrant appearance.

To use argan oil, just rub it into the skin. It will absorb quickly and produce immediate visible results. The results aren’t just visual, argan oil has well-documented anti-inflammatory benefits. If you suffer from skin disorders like chicken pox, arthritis and acne, argan oil will heals old scars and prevent new breakouts. It’s also a powerful anti-oxidant that will protects your skin against harmful free-radicals and the sun’s UV rays.

Worried about exploiting the Morroccans? No problem. Argan oil producers are part of a fair trade cooperative, which guarantees the oil is 100 percent organic and free of fertilizers, pesticides or other harmful chemicals.





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Skin care through (your) ages

Skin is the body’s largest organ and the first thing people notice. Upholding healthy and beautiful skin requires the right skin care regimens, even for a 20-year-old. Here are tips for every decade to help one preserve a gorgeous complexion well into the retirement years.

In one’s twenties, skin is still elastic and firm. Products to fight wrinkles are not necessary. The most important skin care routine is the regular use of sunblock to prevent premature aging and to minimize the risk of skin cancer later in life.

As one approaches thirty, fine lines may appear as skin becomes thinner and drier. Sunscreen is still important in this decade as well as proper moisture control. A moisturizer with sunblock is highly recommended.

After one’s fortieth birthday, lines may get deeper and begin appearing on the forehead and around the mouth. Here is where the use of sunscreen for the previous two decades will pay off as any sun damage becomes more apparent. Look for products that contain elastin to replace what is lost as menopause approaches. Serums can also help with sensitivity as skin becomes thinner and drier.

Past fifty and beyond, skin care needs become more specialized. Some people will have issues with lines and wrinkles while others will struggle with pigmentation. Products containing collagen and elastin can minimize the appearance of wrinkles while estrogen creams aid with helping the body make its own even as estrogen levels continue to fall after menopause. As with every other decade, a good sunscreen is still the most important product to protect delicate skin from sun damage.

It is easier to age gracefully when one still has great skin. Knowing how to care for one’s skin through the years will keep it healthy and beautiful decade after decade.







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How Do Chemical Peels Work?

Chemical peels are used to reduce the appearance of acne scars, pigmentation, lines, and wrinkles. Chemical peels are generally applied to your face, neck, and chest. A chemical peel is true to its name; it really does peel away the top layer of your skin (and many blemishes that reside therein).

Your skin has a natural exfoliating tendency. This means that healthy, normal skin will flake off old skin cells, and begin to expose new, healthy cells beneath. When you apply a chemical peel, you distress the outer layer of skin and speed up natural exfoliation.

As you remove your chemical peel, your aged skin cells slough off. When this is complete (which may take several days) you’ll expose your new, healthy skin cells that were underneath the old cells. These cells heal quickly and expose a younger, healthier skin to the outer world. Your skin will appear smoother, healthier, and younger to the outside observer.

There are many chemical peels available to you. Please consult your dermatological provider (or your beauty consultant) to see which product is right for your age, lifestyle, and skin type.





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