Is a Non-Surgical Nose Job Worth It?

Is a Non-Surgical Nose Job Worth It?

If you had a choice, would you pick a procedure that required days and days of downtime or one that let you get back to your everyday life almost immediately? Would you prefer a procedure that gave you long-lasting, nearly permanent results or one offering only temporary benefits? These are the kinds of questions you’ll need to consider when choosing the type of rhinoplasty procedure that’s right for you. 

Deciding between a traditional, surgical rhinoplasty or a non-surgical, "liquid" nose job can be challenging. For some people, the benefits of a surgical procedure outweigh the lifestyle and schedule adjustments the procedure demands. For others, a non-surgical treatment's benefits outweigh the drawbacks.

If you are contemplating a nose job of any type, it's worthwhile to learn more about the non-surgical option, how it compares to surgery, and if it's the right pick for your needs.

What Is a Non-Surgical Nose Job?

Non-surgical rhinoplasty uses injectable dermal fillers to correct cosmetic issues or concerns with a person's nose. The fillers used are the same as those a surgeon might use to fill lines and wrinkles or add volume to the face for rejuvenation purposes. The procedure can change certain aspects of the nose's shape and alter its size in some ways. 

Since a liquid rhinoplasty affects only the exterior of the nose, it won't change the nasal structure. If you are considering rhinoplasty to correct functional problems with your nose, such as difficulty breathing, a non-surgical procedure will most likely not be a good option and you may need surgery.  

When it comes to changing the size and shape of the nose, liquid rhinoplasty is somewhat limited in what it can do. It can fill in depressed areas on the nose or help to make bumps less prominent. If the nose is on the small side, liquid rhinoplasty can help to augment it. However, some complex cosmetic concerns simply cannot be addressed with non-surgical techniques. 

What Are the Benefits of Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty?

For many people, the biggest benefit of a non-surgical nose job is that it involves a much smaller time commitment. LIke many treatments with fillers, the entire process usually takes less than an hour or even less than 30 minutes to perform. 

Once the injections are over, recovery is usually quick. You don't have to take days and days off from work, nor do you need to make major changes to your habits and schedule. Your surgeon will let you know when it's OK to go back to work. In some cases, it might be as soon as the next day. They'll also let you know what you can do to improve your comfort right after the injections and what activities you might want to avoid temporarily.

What Are the Risks of Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty?

Like any cosmetic procedure, non-surgical rhinoplasty does carry some risks. You can reduce the risk of complications after a liquid rhinoplasty by working with a surgeon who has experience in nasal procedures and expertise in working with fillers.

If the person performing the injections doesn't place the filler in exactly the right spot, there is a chance that the substance will interfere with blood flow, possibly causing long-lasting damage to the skin. Fortunately, when the procedure is performed by a trained surgeon, the risk of misplaced injections is very rare.

Although a liquid rhinoplasty won't disrupt your life as much as surgery, it is worth noting that temporary bruising and swelling around the nose are possible side effects. Your surgeon might recommend using ice to keep the swelling down. If bruising is severe, you might be able to cover it with makeup until it fades.

How Does a Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty Compare to Surgery?

The process of non-surgical rhinoplasty is considerably different from the surgical process. During a surgical rhinoplasty, your surgeon will usually give you general anesthesia, so that you'll be fully asleep. During liquid rhinoplasty, you might be given a topical anesthetic to make the treatment more comfortable, but usually only if you request it. 

Incisions are a necessary part of rhinoplasty surgery. Depending on the type of procedure, the incision might be made just underneath your nostrils, on the outside of the nose, or all of the incisions might be made on the interior of your nose. No incisions are necessary during liquid rhinoplasty.

Finally, the results you get from surgical and non-surgical rhinoplasty are considerably different. The changes a surgeon makes to your nose during surgical rhinoplasty are permanent. Although your nose might change slightly as you get older, the results will never wear off.

The results you get from a liquid rhinoplasty are temporary. Depending on how quickly your body metabolizes the fillers used, you can expect results to last for less than a year. If you're not happy with your results, your surgeon might be able to reverse the procedure early by injecting an enzyme that will dissolve the fillers. 

Learn More About Rhinoplasty from a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon

Dr. Haitham Masri and Dr. Fatina Masri each have more than two decades of experience performing plastic surgery and non-surgical procedures. They offer both surgical rhinoplasty and dermal fillers and can help you decide which type of nose reshaping procedure is best for you. To schedule your free patient consultation at Masri Clinic for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery in Dearborn or Birmingham, MI, call (866) 487-3223 today.

Summer is coming and chances are good that you have a beach trip or a few pool parties planned. After spending the past few months hibernating under layers and layers of clothing, your body might be feeling a little bit shy about being shown off at the beach or poolside. 

While lots of well-intentioned people say that all you need to have a beach body is a body that's at the beach, there might be a few things you want to improve about your body before you show it off to the world. Whether you've got a tattoo that you regret or you’re struggling to get rid of those remaining “problem areas,” there are a few cosmetic procedures that can help you get the body you're proud to show off at the beach.

Laser Tattoo Removal

Raise your hand if you've got a tattoo you regret. Keep your hand up if that tattoo is on any area of the body that's only really visible when you're in a swimsuit. Whether you have a late-1990s-era "tramp stamp" on your lower back or a tattoo on the abdomen or upper thigh, you might be wishing that your skin was bare again.

In the past, tattoo removal left a lot to be desired. It took a long time, it hurt a lot, and it wasn't capable of getting rid of certain ink colors. Luckily, the cutting-edge PiQo4 laser is a considerable improvement on the lasers of the past.

PiQo4 is effective on nine of the most commonly-used tattoo inks. Because of the design of the laser, it can effectively break up even the most stubborn of inks. The laser also covers a larger area of the skin at once, so you usually need fewer treatment sessions. The treatment process itself also takes less time compared to older methods.

If you have a tattoo that you'd like to get rid of before a beach trip, how much time should you allow for treatment? How many laser treatments you’ll need depends on the size of your tattoo and a few other factors. Many people need three to four treatments, spaced about four weeks apart. Even though your tattoo isn't likely to fade away completely after the first treatment, you will see some improvement right away.

BodyTite

You've been dieting and exercising and have seen a noticeable improvement in the way your clothes fit. You've also noticed the number on the scale decreasing. 

Despite your efforts, though, you might still have some areas of stubborn fat or you might notice that you have some sagging skin in areas where you lose a lot of fat. While diet and exercise might not always help when it comes to losing unwanted fat or tightening sagging skin, non-surgical cosmetic treatments can. 

One of those treatments is BodyTite, a type of radiofrequency-assisted liposuction that helps to get rid of unwanted fat from areas such as the abdomen, thighs, and hips. During a BodyTite procedure, the surgeon makes several small incisions in the treatment area and uses a small cannula to suction away excess fat. The surgeon will also use radiofrequency energy to heat up the cannula and to help improve the coagulation and drainage of fat from the body. 

BodyTite is a surgical procedure and does require some rest and downtime afterward. You might feel ready to go back to work a few days after your procedure, but will most likely want to avoid anything that's physically taxing or strenuous for up to three weeks after BodyTite.

How long should you wait after BodyTite before you schedule a beach trip? While results will be visible right away, it can take a few months before final results appear. If you have BodyTite at the beginning of summer, you might want to wait until near the end of the season to show off your new beach body.

Spider Vein Removal

If you're the type of person who hasn’t worn shorts, let alone a swimsuit, in years because of embarrassing leg veins, let this be the summer when you finally feel free to bare your legs.

Spider veins and varicose veins can make you feel self-conscious about how your legs look. But you don't have to live with them permanently. Several treatments are available to help reduce the appearance of these unsightly veins.

One treatment option is sclerotherapy, which is often combined with laser treatment to remove problem veins and improve the look of your legs. During sclerotherapy, a surgeon injects spider veins and small varicose veins with a chemical solution. The solution causes the veins to collapse and fade away.  Laser treatment also destroys problem veins, causing them to fade from view over time.

You might need several treatments of sclerotherapy or laser therapy to get rid of your problem veins for good. Your surgeon can help you decide when it's best to schedule treatment so that your legs are ready in time for a beach trip.

A Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon Can Help You Get Ready for the Beach

Dr. Haitham Masri and Dr. Fatina Masri each have more than two decades of experience performing plastic surgery and non-surgical procedures. They offer BodyTite, PiQo4 laser tattoo removal, and spider vein treatment options to help patients get ready for their summer activities. To schedule your free patient consultation at Masri Clinic for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery in Dearborn or Birmingham, MI, call (866) 487-3223 today.

Summer is on its way and the temperatures are starting to climb. Across the US, people are breaking out their shorts and skirts and tucking their opaque tights away for the season.

But maybe not you. You might have been bothered by the appearance of veins on your legs for a while now and usually spend the summer sweltering in long pants and jeans. There's good news, though. Problem veins, such as spider veins, are often pretty easy to treat. If you'd like to get rid of your spider veins before summer rolls in, here’s what you can do.

What Are Spider Veins?

Spider veins are small, damaged veins that often develop in the legs. They can also appear on the face. They get their name because they resemble blue/red spider webs just under the surface of the skin.

For the most part, spider veins don't cause any physical symptoms and aren't considered a medical problem. If they occur along with varicose veins, which are larger and usually bulge underneath the skin, there is a chance that they can contribute to issues such as discomfort and feelings of fatigue.

If your spider veins aren't causing your physical discomfort and are purely a cosmetic concern, you do have the option of removing them with a simple treatment.

What Can You Do At Home About Spider Veins?

There are a few self-care measures you can take at home to cope with spider veins. It's important to understand that at-home treatments won't get rid of visible veins. Instead, self-care treatments are meant to keep the veins from spreading or getting worse.

One thing to try is to improve the blood flow to your legs. Spider veins often develop because blood pools in the veins and isn't able to flow as it should. Elevating your legs, such as by sitting with your feet propped up, can help to keep the veins from getting worse. You can also try wearing compression stockings, which put pressure on the legs and push the blood upward toward your heart.

Sun exposure can make spider veins worse, so it's always a good idea to use sunscreen on your legs when they are exposed, as well as on your face.

What Treatments Are Available for Spider Veins?

If you're interested in getting rid of your existing spider veins, you'll have to see a doctor for treatment. Generally, two treatment options are available for spider veins. The treatments work by destroying the veins so that they collapse and ultimately disappear.

One of the most common treatments for spider veins is sclerotherapy. During sclerotherapy, a plastic surgeon will inject the problem veins with a chemical solution. The solution causes the veins to close and seal off. After a few weeks, they fade away.

Sclerotherapy is usually recommended for spider veins and smaller varicose veins. It's often not particularly effective on bigger veins, which usually require surgery to remove.

Laser treatments can also help to eliminate spider veins and smaller varicose veins. During treatment, a plastic surgeon directs a laser beam at the area with the problem veins. The energy from the laser causes the vein to heat up and collapse so that it eventually disappears.

Depending on how many visible veins you have and your preferences, you might decide to combine laser and sclerotherapy treatments to get the best results.

Both treatments have limited, if any downtime, and are non-invasive, so you can jump back into your daily life immediately. Some people find that they need a series of treatments to completely get rid of their spider veins. Your plastic surgeon is also likely to recommend that you wear compression stockings after each type of treatment to speed up the healing process and improve results.

Will Treating Spider Veins Keep Them From Coming Back?

Treating your spider veins with either sclerotherapy or a laser (or both treatments) will permanently destroy the treated veins. But there is a chance that new spider veins will develop in time.

If that happens, you can always choose to treat the new veins with the same options. You can also work with your plastic surgeon to develop a self-care plan that's intended to keep new veins from developing. For example, your surgeon might recommend exercising or strength training to develop the muscles in the legs and improve blood flow. If you are overweight, your surgeon might recommend losing weight to prevent the development of additional problem veins.

Learn More About Your Spider Vein Treatment Options from a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon

Dr. Haitham Masri and Dr. Fatina Masri each have more than two decades of experience performing plastic surgery and non-surgical procedures. They offer both laser treatments and sclerotherapy and can help you decide which one is the best option for you. To schedule your free patient consultation at Masri Clinic for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery in Dearborn or Birmingham, MI, call (866) 487-3223 today.

If someone were to ask you how you feel about your nose, what would you say? The truth is, many people are unhappy with the way their noses look or function. That's why one of the most popular plastic surgeries in the world is rhinoplasty. Also known as a “nose job,” this procedure reshapes the nose to improve its appearance and to enhance facial balance and harmony.  

Your nose has a place of prominence on your face -- it's right in the center and is often the first feature people notice when they look at you. It also plays an important role in helping you breathe, taste and smell.

Rhinoplasty can not only fix the appearance of your nose but also how it functions. But before you decide that rhinoplasty is the surgery for you, it helps to understand what makes someone a good candidate for the procedure.

If you're contemplating nose surgery, here are a few questions to ask yourself to determine if you're a good candidate.

How's Your Health?

Since rhinoplasty is usually an elective procedure, it's essential that anyone considering the surgery be in good overall health. Take a few minutes and reflect on your health. Do you have any conditions that aren't being treated or that aren't managed well?

Having chronic conditions, such as diabetes, won't necessarily mean that rhinoplasty isn't right for you. However, it is important that any conditions you have are under control before you schedule the surgery.

Your lifestyle habits can also influence whether or not rhinoplasty is right for you. If you're a smoker, your surgeon will typically require that you quit before the surgery. Smoking can increase your risk of bleeding from surgery. It also interferes with healing afterward.

Your diet and exercise habits can also play a role in determining whether or not you're a good fit for rhinoplasty. If you're in good physical shape and eating a healthy diet, you'll be a better match for rhinoplasty than someone who eats a lot of junk food and who never exercises.

If your health isn't where it should be, don't worry. You can take steps to improve it, by eating better, exercising, giving up smoking or talking to your doctor about any medical concerns. Once you’re in a better place, health-wise, you can move forward with the surgery.

How Old Are You?

Age is just a number, except when it comes to rhinoplasty. How old you are can determine whether or not your body is physically ready for the surgery.

Reputable surgeons wait to perform rhinoplasty until after a person's nose is fully grown. Although nose maturity can vary from person to person, it doesn’t typically occur until at least age 16. If you're under 16, your surgeon will most likely recommend holding off on surgery until your nose has had time to finish growing.

What Do You Want from Rhinoplasty?

When considering any type of plastic surgery, it's a good idea to ask yourself why you want a particular procedure. Think about what you want from rhinoplasty. Are you hoping to make your nose smaller or larger? Do you struggle to get a full breath in through your nose and want to breathe a bit easier?

Knowing what you hope to get from the surgery can help your surgeon understand your reasons for wanting rhinoplasty. It can also help them understand if your expectations and hopes are in line with reality. Rhinoplasty can change how your nose looks and how it functions, but it won't change who you are.

Do You Have Time for Rhinoplasty?

We have to be honest: rhinoplasty is a big commitment. You need to schedule at least one consultation with your surgeon before the procedure. Then you need to schedule the procedure itself. Finally, you need to take some time to recover and rest afterward.

Depending on your situation, the initial recovery after rhinoplasty can last anywhere from one to two weeks. After that, you'll be able to get back to work, school and other daily commitments. But you'll want to avoid activities such as exercise and swimming for at least another couple of weeks.

In some cases, being a good candidate for rhinoplasty means getting the timing right. Summer can be the ideal time to schedule a consultation and surgery, as many people have time off from school or work. Before you book your consultation, take a look at your calendar to make sure you have room in your life for the surgery and the recovery time it requires.

Schedule Your Facial Surgery Consultation Today

Dr. Haitham Masri and Dr. Fatina Masri each have more than two decades of experience performing plastic surgery and non-surgical procedures. They can talk to you about rhinoplasty and help you determine whether or not the surgery is right for you. To schedule your free patient consultation at Masri Clinic for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery, call (866) 487-3223 today.

As you get older, you can expect your skin to lose its elasticity and to begin to sag over time. How quickly your skin ages depends on a variety of factors, including your genes, lifestyle habits, and sun exposure.

No matter how old you are when they first occur, seeing those first visible signs of aging or of skin laxity can be upsetting. You might wonder what you can do to turn back the hands of time or at least to look a bit more youthful.

For decades, the go-to procedure for people who wanted smoother, tighter skin was a facelift. Although surgical facelifts are effective, they do have some drawbacks, such as requiring a lengthy recovery period.

These days, there are more minimally-invasive options available than ever before for fighting the signs of aging and for rejuvenating the skin. A non-surgical facelift can help to tighten skin by stimulating the production of collagen, which improves skin's texture and elasticity.

Should you go the surgical route or non-surgical route if you're looking to rejuvenate your appearance? Understanding the differences between the two options will help you decide which one is right for you.

What Happens During a Facelift?

Before beginning facelift surgery, the surgeon will give the patient an anesthetic. Depending on the complexity of the procedure, they'll either provide IV sedation or general anesthesia.

With general anesthesia, the patient is completely under and won't be able to hear, see or remember anything that went on during their facelift. Their breathing will also be monitored and controlled.

Once the anesthesia is working, the surgeon will make incisions at several locations, usually by the ears and hairline. After making the incisions, they will reposition the tissues of the face, including the skin and underlying muscle and fascia to create a smoother, tighter look. The surgeon might then remove excess skin and fat before closing the incisions.

What Happens During a Non-Surgical Facelift?

During a non-surgical facelift, or "Minimally Invasive Nonsurgical Thread" (MINT) facelift, the surgeon uses a barbed suture material to lift the patient's skin. The sutures also create tiny injuries in the skin, which stimulate the production of collagen and help to make skin firmer and tighter.

The sutures are absorbable and will continue to increase the production of collagen for as long as they remain in place, usually for at least a year.

How Is Recovery Time Different?

There is a substantial difference between the recovery time for a MINT lift and the recovery time needed for a traditional facelift. Many people need at least a week or two to rest up and recover after facelift surgery. After the first two weeks, they often need a bit more time before they feel fully 100% again.

In contrast, many people can go back to their regular activities pretty quickly after a MINT lift. Patients might want to take it easy for the first week or so after the procedure, but some people get back to the daily grind almost immediately.

How Do Results Differ?

Another key difference between a surgical facelift and a non-surgical facelift is the type of results you can expect. Usually, a surgical facelift provides long-lasting results. Patients can look up to a decade younger and continue to look more youthful for years to come.

The results from a MINT lift usually aren't as dramatic as the results from a facelift and don't last as long. For that reason, a MINT lift is usually recommended for people who are just beginning to notice some signs of aging and sagging. If you have considerable skin laxity, you're more likely to be more satisfied with the results you get from facelift surgery.

Schedule Your Facelift Consultation Today

Dr. Haitham Masri and Dr. Fatina Masri each have more than two decades of experience performing plastic surgery and non-surgical procedures. They can help you choose between a surgical or non-surgical facelift based your concerns and your goals. To schedule your free patient consultation at Masri Clinic for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery, call (866) 487-3223 today.

When you were a teenager, did you look in the mirror and see nothing but pimples and zits? Did you long for adulthood so that your acne would finally clear up and you'd have beautiful skin at long last?

Next thing you know, you are 25, 30, maybe even 35 and your acne is still there, causing trouble. Although people often think of pimples and acne as a teen problem, the reality is that this common skin issue can affect adults as well.

Treating acne can also be difficult, as there are many different types and they don't always respond to the same treatment.

Although you might feel like giving up and resigning yourself to hiding away in your bedroom until your pimples clear up, there are other ways to cope. In-office treatments performed by a plastic surgeon might help you get clearer skin more quickly.

Consider this your crash course in Acne 101. You'll learn what causes this all-too-common skin problem, what types of acne are out there, and most importantly, what you can do to get your acne under control.

What Causes Acne?

If you're dealing with acne, there are usually four things to blame. Acne forms when bacteria mixes with excess oil produced by the skin. The excess oil combines with dead skin cells and clogs the hair follicles in the skin, leading to the tell-tale red bumps and pimples.

Acne can be made worse by a few different factors. For example, some acne is hormonal, meaning that increased levels of androgen hormones end up triggering excess oil production. Hormones are one of the reasons why so many teenagers end up with pimples. Hormones can also explain why women can see more breakouts when they are on certain types of birth control or are pregnant.

Other factors that can contribute to acne or make it worse include certain types of medications, some foods, and high levels of stress. Although you aren't likely to break out after eating greasy foods, there might be a link between a diet that's high in simple carbohydrates or dairy products and acne breakouts.

What Are the Different Types of Acne?

Not all acne is created equally. Each type of acne looks slightly different from the others and often needs a slightly different type of treatment.

For example, whiteheads form when your follicles are clogged by dirt, skin cells and oil. The clogged follicle is closed and looks like a small white bump.

Blackheads are similar to whiteheads. The key difference between the two is that blackheads are open, so that the oil/skin cells/dirt inside of them oxides, turning the pimple black.

If a pimple becomes irritated or inflamed, it usually turns red and becomes known as a papule. If the pimple is filled with pus, it's called a pustule.

Acne that reaches deep into the skin is called nodular acne. It's often much bigger than your run-of-the-mill whitehead or papule and can be more challenging to treat. Nodules can also be pretty painful.

Cystic acne is the most severe type of acne. It's made up of large, deep lesions that are filled with pus.

How Can You Treat Acne?

Often, treatment for acne starts at home. You might begin by using an over-the-counter facial cleanser that contains an ingredient such as salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide. If you're not seeing results from over-the-counter products, you might want to enlist the help of a doctor.

Depending on the type of acne you are dealing with, a doctor might prescribe a topical treatment that contains an ingredient such as Retin-A. They might also prescribe an oral antibiotic to help control the bacteria in your skin.

In some cases, an exfoliating treatment might be the best course of action. One option is Blue Light Therapy. This combines an LED light with the application of aminolevulinic acid (ALA), also known as Photodynamic Therapy.

Blue Light Therapy helps to kill bacteria on the skin. When combined with ALA it stimulates the production of new healthier skin cells, so that skin looks smooth and pimples are reduced.

Another option for treating acne is to use a chemical peel to exfoliate the skin. Often, a mild peel, such as an MCA peel, is ideal for people with acne.

Schedule Your Acne Consultation Today

Dr. Haitham Masri and Dr. Fatina Masri each have more than two decades of experience performing plastic surgery and non-surgical procedures. They can assess your acne and help you choose the treatment that's best for you. To schedule your free patient consultation at Masri Clinic for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery, call (866) 487-3223 today.

Facial plastic surgery can make some truly amazing changes. It can minimize signs of aging. It can change the shape or size of certain features, such as the nose or chin. Because there are so many different options, it's important to choose your procedure carefully, based on your goals. If you're considering facial surgery, the first question to ask yourself is fairly simple, but not always easy: which surgery is right for you?

Knowing what you want from the procedure, what your specific concerns are and how much time you have to devote to surgical recovery will help you choose the facial surgery that will best help you reach your aesthetic goals.

What Are Your Concerns?

One of the first things to consider when you're deciding on plastic surgery is your particular concerns. For example, some facial procedures are designed to minimize the signs of aging by tightening the skin and underlying tissues. Others, such as rhinoplasty, are designed to permanently change the size or shape of a feature (in this case, the nose). Rhinoplasty and some other plastic surgeries, such as blepharoplasty, can also improve the function of some facial features.

For example, rhinoplasty might help to improve your ability to breathe and an eyelid lift can help to improve your vision if your eyelids droop and hang down too low over your eyes.

It's worth understanding that different facial procedures are designed to tackle aging in different areas. A facelift, for example, is meant to improve signs of aging on the lower part of the face. A forehead lift will help to minimize signs of aging in the brow.

What Are Your Goals?

Another factor worth considering when you're choosing a facial procedure is what you hope to get from the surgery. Are you looking for long-term results or do you want something less invasive and less permanent? If your goal is to rejuvenate your entire face, it might be in your best interest to choose a series of surgeries, such as combining a facelift and a forehead lift or a forehead lift and an eyelid lift. If you're only seeing the beginnings of aging, however, a single surgery might be more appropriate.

Is Surgery the Best Option?

Surgery isn't the only choice available if you're looking to reduce visible signs of aging. Many effective non-surgical treatment options are available to treat problems like lines and wrinkles. In some cases, these non-surgical options might be a better fit for you than surgery. For example, if you're only dealing with a few small lines and minor volume loss, a filler might be more appropriate than a facelift.

When weighing the pros and cons of surgery vs. minimally-invasive treatments, it helps to think about your schedule and commitments. Facial surgery often requires some preparation and days to weeks of recovery afterward. Before the surgery, you might need to make changes to your habits or adjust the medications you take. After surgery, you'll most likely need to take time off from work and might have to avoid some activities for several weeks.

For many patients, however, the recovery and preparation time required for surgery is worth it. Surgery provides long-lasting results and more dramatic anti-aging when compared to non-surgical alternatives. But for others, it's a better option to choose a less invasive procedure that doesn't require nearly as much as in the way of commitment.

Ask Your Plastic Surgeon

If you're still not sure which facial plastic surgery is right for you, your plastic surgeon can be a good resource. They're the experts, and they'll be happy to guide you as you make your decision. They can explain the differences between each procedure and go over what you can expect. They can also review your specific concerns and offer you their professional opinion.

To help you get an even better understanding of what to expect from a particular surgery, a plastic surgeon can show you before and after photos from previous patients and might even put you in touch with former patients so you can hear firsthand what it's like to have the surgery you're considering.

Schedule Your Facial Surgery Consultation Today

Dr. Haitham Masri and Dr. Fatina Masri each have more than two decades of experience performing plastic surgery and non-surgical procedures. They can help you choose the facial plastic surgery that will address your concerns and help you achieve your goals. To schedule your free patient consultation at Masri Clinic for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery, call (866) 487-3223 today.

In recent years, non-surgical cosmetic treatments have become more accessible and extremely popular. Compared to surgical procedures, which usually require a lengthy recovery process, treatments such as facial fillers provide instant results with pretty much no downtime.

While the increased availability and versatility of dermal fillers means that there are more options to choose from than ever, there's also a dark side to their popularity. Fake fillers, or counterfeit products, are on the rise. If you're considering injectable fillers such as Juvederm, it's important to make sure you're getting the real deal. Here's what you need to know to protect yourself from fakes.

What Are the Risks of Fake Fillers?

Why should you be concerned about fake fillers in the first place? Because counterfeit fillers carry unpredictable risks. If you don't know what's in the syringe, you can't predict how it will affect you.

One risk of counterfeit fillers is that you're not going to get the results you want. The fake filler may or may not be dangerous, but it's definitely not worth your hard-earned cash. If a person injects you with a saline solution, for example, it's not going to provide the same results as a hyaluronic acid filler. You might notice some additional volume in the treatment area, but it will fade much faster than a legitimate filler.

In some cases, the substances used in counterfeit fillers are downright harmful. There are many horror stories out there of people being injected with silicone and suffering deformities or even life-threatening injuries as a result.

Fillers aren't the only injectables that can be faked. Sometimes, products like Botox are also counterfeit. Fake Botox injections can cause a range of issues including infection, tissue death in the injection area, and allergic reactions.

What Are Red Flags for Fake Fillers?

Fortunately, fake fillers are often easy to spot. It's also easy to tell if someone is a legitimate medical professional. One red flag to look out for is the location of the provider. Do they have an established practice or medical office or are they offering injections in a hotel room or from their residence?

The price can also be another sign that a filler isn't genuine. It's a good idea to do some research from the manufacturer of the filler to learn more about the typical cost of a specific filler treatment. If you see a price or deal that's substantially lower than the typical cost, that can be a sign that it's not what it claims to be.

Packaging is another red flag to look out for. You can ask to see the package the filler came in, which can help you verify its authenticity. It's also worth noting that some counterfeit products have gotten pretty good at replicating the real packaging, so a box that looks legitimate isn't the only factor to consider.

Sometimes, it can be difficult to know if you've gotten a fake until after the treatment is complete. If you notice anything off after the injection, such as redness at the site that won't go away or weird bumps under your skin, it's a good idea to schedule an appointment with a doctor to see what's going on.

How Can You Avoid Fake Fillers?

One of the best things you can do to avoid fake fillers is to see a licensed, board-certified medical provider for your injections. Some filler and injectable manufacturers have a list of authorized providers on their websites. That list can be your first step towards finding a qualified injector.

It's also a good idea to schedule a consultation with the provider you're considering before you agree to the treatment. Ask them about their experience performing injections, as provider experience goes a long way when it comes to the overall success of a dermal filler treatment. You might also want to talk to past patients or look at before and after photos to get an idea of the typical results patients can expect.

Get in Touch With a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Today

Dr. Haitham Masri and Dr. Fatina Masri each have more than two decades of experience performing plastic surgery and non-surgical procedures. They offer a range of effective facial and body procedures including dermal fillers. They can help you choose the filler that's right for you and provide additional guidance on avoiding counterfeits. To schedule your free patient consultation at Masri Clinic for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery in Dearborn or Birmingham, MI, call (866) 487-3223 today.

Every winter, you dread stepping on the scale because you know the number is going to be just a bit (or a lot) higher than you'd like. Or, you notice that the clothes that fit well in the spring and summer tend to be a bit snug during the winter.

Lots of people gain a few pounds during the winter, and it can seem as if the deck is stacked against you when it comes to keeping the unwanted weight off. Although fighting weight gain when it's dark and cold outside might seem like a losing battle, there are things you can do to keep the scale balanced and to ensure that your clothing fits you comfortably all year around.

Is Winter Weight Gain Inevitable?

One persistent myth about weight gain in the winter is that there's no way around it. The combination of cold, early sunsets and general lethargy seems to designed to make you gain weight.

In reality, though, putting on the pounds during the coldest months of the year isn't unavoidable. It might seem as if your body's natural response to chilly temperatures would be to gain some fat for insulation, but the truth is that cold temperatures are more likely to damage or destroy fat cells rather than cause them to increase.

If your goal is to maintain your weight or even drop a few pounds during the winter, that's good news.

Why Do People Gain Weight in Winter?

Why do people typically put on weight in the winter? It's often due to a combination of factors. For starters, the holiday season takes place at the beginning of winter. During this time, people often eat more high-calorie foods than they usually do. Additionally, more alcohol tends to be consumed in the weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year's than at other times of the year.

The cold temperatures outside and the threat of snow and other dangerous winter weather can throw a wrench into a person's exercise routines. It's also more difficult to motivate yourself to go for a run or to hit the gym when the sun sets before 5 pm.

A few other factors can also contribute to weight gain during the winter. Daylight saving time ends sometime in early November, and the one-hour shift tends to throw people's sleeping patterns for a loop. When your sleep is disrupted, it's common to feel hungrier more often. The limited amount of sunlight during the winter months can mean that people don't get the Vitamin D they need, which can interfere with fat storage.

How to Avoid Winter Weight Gain

So what can you do to keep the excess weight away in the winter? There are a few ways to fight back against the bulge. If your workout routine has been disrupted by the cold, early sunsets or snow, it can be worth starting a new, indoor-based routine. You don't have to spend a lot of money or even join a gym at all. For example, you can start a floor based routine using Pilates exercises or aerobics. If you do want to purchase equipment, you can invest in a stationary bike or elliptical and set it up in an area where you'll use it.

It can also be worthwhile to carefully examine the foods you eat during the winter. Comfort foods like macaroni and cheese might feel warm and cozy, but also tend to pack a lot of calories. Try substituting healthier options or lower-calorie options. For example, a hearty vegetable soup can be just as comforting as mac and cheese but has fewer calories and more nutrients.

What You Can Do About Excess Fat

Even if you avoid putting on weight during the winter, you might still notice that you have areas of unwanted, isolated fat on your body. That fat might hang around no matter how much you exercise or how healthy your diet is. Fortunately, treatment options are available to help you eliminate areas of stubborn fat.

TruSculpt 3D is a non-surgical fat removal process that works by heating areas of unwanted fat. High temperatures (over 113 degrees) can damage and destroy fat cells so the body can flush them out. A TruSculpt treatment typically takes less than 60 minutes and many people schedule a series of treatment sessions to get optimal results.

Learn More About Getting Rid of Unwanted Fat Today

Dr. Haitham Masri and Dr. Fatina Masri each have more than two decades of experience performing plastic surgery and non-surgical procedures. They offer a range of effective facial and body procedures. They can help you fight winter weight gain and get rid of excess, unwanted fat. To schedule your free patient consultation at Masri Clinic for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery, call (866) 487-3223 today.

No matter how light or dark your skin tone is, it's likely that at some point during your life, you'll find yourself dealing with hyperpigmentation: AKA dark spots. Hyperpigmentation develops when the skin produces more melanin, or pigment, in one area than in others.

Although dark spots are often harmless, they can be a cause for concern in some cases. They can also make you feel self-conscious, depending on where they're located and how big they are. Here's your guide to demystifying dark spots, including what you can do to fade areas of hyperpigmentation or otherwise even out your skin tone.

Freckles

Freckles are one of the most common types of hyperpigmentation. They are usually tiny brown spots that appear on the skin, often in areas that get a lot of sun exposure, such as the face. Often, a combination of your genes and how much time you spend in the sun determines whether or not you end up with freckles. Many people with freckles notice that the tiny spots are lighter in the winter or when they don't spend much time outside and that the spots become more obvious when their sun exposure increases.

Some people are happy with their freckles and don't want to cover them up or erase them. Others are fine with the number of freckles they have but don't want more. It's often possible to prevent additional freckles from forming. Wearing sunscreen and minimizing sun exposure will both help. If you aren't happy with your freckles, a laser treatment or a chemical peel can help to fade them.

Sun/Age Spots

Sun spots or age spots have one thing in common with freckles: They are caused by sun exposure. But while someone's genes often determine whether or not a person has freckled skin, it's really only sun exposure that's responsible for sun or age spots. Also, as their name suggests, age or sun spots usually don't begin to appear on the skin until later in life, often after the age of 40. Sun or age spots often develop on areas of the skin that have had significant sun exposure, such as the face and the hands.

Age spots also tend to be larger than freckles, often have a scalier texture and can be a different color, usually anywhere from a light yellow-brown to a dark brown. If you notice sun or age spots on your skin, one way to treat them is with a laser resurfacing procedure. A laser treatment will cause the darker pigmentation to fade away, eventually restoring an even skin tone.

Moles

Like freckles, moles are a common type of dark spot on the skin. Some people have a few moles, while others can have hundreds of them. Many people are born with moles, but it is possible for them to appear on the skin later on.

While moles are usually harmless, there is a chance for them to evolve and change into melanoma, a type of skin cancer. For that reason, if you have moles, it's important to keep an eye on them and to work with a doctor to detect any changes.

Even if a mole isn't a cancer risk, you might want to have it removed for cosmetic reasons. A mole can be surgically removed from the skin. In some cases, laser treatments can help to reduce the appearance of moles or remove them entirely.

Melasma

While some dark spots develop as a result of sun exposure, others form because of hormones. Melasma, sometimes called the "mask of pregnancy," is an example of hormone-related hyperpigmentation. It can develop when a woman is pregnant or taking birth control pills. It usually fades after a woman gives birth or stops taking hormonal birth control.

Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation

In some cases, hyperpigmentation develops as a result of skin irritation or inflammation. One example of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation is dark spots that can develop after a pimple heals. Dark spots can also form in the area around a scab or scar. Treatments such as intense pulsed light (IPL) might help to fade any dark spots left behind after a scab, pimple or another mild skin injury.

Learn More About Your Hyperpigmentation Treatment Options Today

Dr. Haitham Masri and Dr. Fatina Masri each have more than two decades of experience performing plastic surgery and non-surgical skin procedures. They offer a range of effective facial and body procedures to suit different needs. They can help decide on the best course of action to take regarding any dark spots or hyperpigmentation on your skin. To schedule your free patient consultation at Masri Clinic for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery, call (866) 487-3223 today.

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