The holidays are here and you're probably drowning in a sea of party invitations and other festive events. In an Instagram and social media-fueled world, there's a good chance that at least one picture of you at a holiday event is going to show up online. You want to look as refreshed and rejuvenated as possible going into the New Year so that you don't have to chase after people asking them to "untag" you in a picture.
Since the holidays can be action-packed and hectic, you don't have the time to set aside for surgery and the recovery needed afterward. Luckily, there are several short and sweet procedures available that will refresh your look for the holidays, no lengthy recovery period needed. Here are just a few of the great options available.
As you get older, your skin doesn't "refresh" itself as it once did. Dead skin cells can linger on the surface, giving your complexion a dull, tired look. One way to remove the dead, old cells is with microdermabrasion.
Microdermabrasion is a non-surgical treatment that takes less than an hour and doesn't require any recovery time. Many people jump right back into their regular activities immediately afterward. During the procedure, a plastic surgeon gently sprays aluminum oxide crystals across the skin. The crystals helps to exfoliate the surface of the skin, removing the old cells and allowing new ones to take their place.
Although the treatment doesn't require any downtime, some people do notice that their skin is slightly flushed for a few hours afterward. The redness usually fades away quickly.
You're likely to see results right after a single treatment with microdermabrasion. However, you're likely to get the best results if you schedule multiple sessions spaced a few weeks apart.
Whether made from hyaluronic acid or calcium hydroxyapatite, injectable fillers can help to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles in the face. They can also add volume to the cheeks and lips. Usually, the results from fillers last for anywhere from a few months to a couple of years. Your results depend on the type of filler you choose, where it's injected and your body's metabolism.
Results from fillers usually appear immediately after the injection. There's little to no downtime required, although some people do have bruising or redness at the injection site.
While fillers take care of wrinkles caused by the effects of gravity and volume loss, Botox temporarily resolves lines created by repeated facial movements. It's the ideal treatment for frown lines, forehead lines, or crow's feet.
Unlike fillers, Botox does need some time before it starts to work. This usually takes a few days to up to a week. With this in mind, it's a good idea to schedule Botox at least a week or so before a big event for the holidays. The results from the injections typically last for three months.
MINT, in this case, stands for "minimally invasive non-surgical thread." A MINT lift is a type of thread lift, but don't let that scare you. The MINT lift isn't the same as thread lifts of the past.
The MINT lift is an FDA-approved procedure that uses dissolvable barbed sutures to lift the structures of the face and to encourage the production of collagen. The sutures take about a year to dissolve. During that time, the body produces more and more collagen, helping to create a more lifted and younger look.
Recovery after a MINT lift is short. You might have some bruising and swelling and may need to take a day or two off from work. Some patients feel well enough to return to all of their usual activities right after the treatment.
It's worth noting that the MINT lift is typically recommended to people who are just beginning to show signs of aging, such as sagging skin. If you have a considerable amount of skin laxity, you might be better off scheduling a facelift or another surgical procedure after the holidays are over.
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 choose the non-invasive procedure that will help you achieve your goals for the holidays. To schedule your free patient consultation at Masri Clinic for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery, call (866) 487-3223 today.
Getting wrinkles and lines is almost always part of the aging process. Years of sun exposure, smoking, facial movements and general changes in your body can lead to facial wrinkles. Fortunately, you don't have to look in the mirror and see your lines every day. Injectable fillers can help to minimize wrinkles temporarily, without the need for surgery.
There's more to fillers than initially meets the eye. There are several to choose from, and the choices can get a little overwhelming. Different fillers contain different ingredients. Additionally, they often treat different types of wrinkles or signs of facial aging.
An injectable filler can help to reduce the appearance of certain lines and wrinkles. Typically, injectable fillers treat static wrinkles. Those are wrinkles that form as a result of volume loss or the breakdown of collagen and elastin in the skin.
Fillers can do more than just treat wrinkles, though. Some people decide to get injections to restore volume loss in their face, particularly in the cheek area.
Another popular use for fillers is to add natural-looking volume to the lips. Here's what you need to know about the most popular fillers available on the market today.
One of the primary ways that fillers differ from each other is in terms of their ingredients. One of the most popular active ingredients in today's fillers is hyaluronic acid.
Your body produces hyaluronic acid naturally. When you're young, you tend to have a lot of it. It's what makes the skin of babies and toddlers so plump, soft, and smooth. But as you get older, production of hyaluronic acid drops off, making skin look thinner and making wrinkles more visible.
Despite its name, hyaluronic acid isn't actually an acid. Instead, it's a type of sugar. When it's used in an injection, it can either be a thin, clear, smooth gel or a thick, viscous gel. Thicker versions of hyaluronic acid, such as Juvederm Voluma, are used to add volume to the cheeks. The thicker gel tends to provide longer lasting results. For example, results from an injection of Voluma can last for up to two years. Thinner versions of the filler, such as Juvederm, can be used to fill in laugh lines and other wrinkles near the mouth and nose, and last from 4-12 months on average.
Collagen is another type of filler option. Like hyaluronic acid, your body naturally produces collagen, a type of protein. Production drops as you get older, causing the skin to sag and age. Although it's not as popular these days, collagen can be used to add volume to the lips or to fill in certain lines on the face.
Bellafill is an example of a collagen filler. It also includes PMMA microspheres, which help to extend the life of your results by encouraging the production of collagen in the body even after the initial injection wears off. Bellafill can help to treat the nasolabial folds or acne scars. When used to fill in the nasolabial folds, it can provide results for up to five years.
One more filler option is Radiesse, which contains calcium hydroxylapatite, a type of mineral. Since the main ingredient in Radiesse is a mineral, the filler is heavier than most other options. It's usually used to treat deeper lines and creases on the face. Like Bellafill, Radiesse provides immediate lift and volume in the area where it's injected. It also stimulates collagen production, so that results usually last even after the initial injection has worn off.
You might have noticed that Botox, one of the most popular injectables, wasn't included above. That's because although it is an type of injection, it's not a type of filler. Botox works on dynamic wrinkles, which are created as a result of repeated facial movements. Instead of "filling in" lines and wrinkles, it temporarily prevents you from making the movements associated with them.
When a trained and experienced injector performs the treatment, the results are subtle. You won't look like you have a "frozen" face, but the treatment will smooth out stubborn lines.
Depending on your specific needs, you might be able to combine Botox with fillers or you might be able to combine different types of filler injections with each other.
At the Masri Clinic for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery, Dr. Haitham Masri and Dr. Fatina Masri each have more than two decades of experience performing plastic surgery and non-surgical procedures. Masri Clinic offers a variety of injectables, including fillers and Botox, to patients at practice locations in Birmingham and Dearborn, Michigan. To schedule a consultation with the Masri Clinic and learn more about your filler options, call (866) 487-3223.
You like the idea of turning back the clock when it comes to your appearance, but you don't like the idea of spending a week or two recovering after a facial plastic surgery. The idea of spending a few hours in a procedure doesn't appeal to you either.
Luckily, there are several non-surgical procedures that provide results quickly, but don't take very long to perform at all. You won't get the same results from these non-surgical options as you would from surgery, but they might be ideal for you at this stage in your life.
Plenty of people consider Botox when they think about non-surgical procedures to fight the earliest signs of aging. That could be because Botox is well-known enough to be a household name, but it also has to do with the overall convenience of the treatment.
Typically, it can take as little as 10 minutes for a plastic surgeon to administer a Botox injection. Depending on the situation, you could be in and out of the practice within 30 minutes, making Botox a treatment you can schedule over your lunch break.
Although the procedure itself is pretty quick, it's worth pointing out that the results can take a few days to become visible. Botox works by preventing certain nerves from signaling certain muscles. Those muscles are responsible for the movements that lead to the development of frown lines and crow's feet.
It usually takes a few days for the skin in the area to relax enough that the lines are no longer visible. After that, results can last for about three months. If you're happy with the treatment, you can schedule a repeat every few months to maintain the results.
Like Botox, dermal fillers, such as Juvederm, take just a few minutes to perform. There are a few key differences between the two types of injections, though. For one thing, the results from a Juvederm treatment are visible right away. The injectable works by adding volume to certain lines and wrinkles, so you can see how it's working immediately.
The other big difference between the two injectables is the type of wrinkles they treat. Botox works on the lines created by movements. Juvederm and other fillers work on wrinkles that have formed as a result of collagen and volume loss.
While injections help to correct lines and wrinkles, microdermabrasion is a quick, non-surgical procedure that helps to improve a range of other skin concerns, from dull, uneven texture to acne marks.
Microdermabrasion is in many ways the kinder, gentler sibling of dermabrasion. Dermabrasion is a type of surgery that involves removing layers of skin to help correct irregularities. The treatment is very deep and often requires the use of anesthesia to ensure a patient is comfortable. After dermabrasion, recovery can take a few weeks.
Meanwhile, microdermabrasion has no recovery time and doesn't require anesthesia. It's an in-office procedure and many people after able to go home and go about their regular day immediately afterward.
The trade-off between dermabrasion and microdermabrasion is that you get considerably more dramatic results from dermabrasion. But if you're just looking to give your skin a boost and don't have the time to dedicate to recovery, microdermabrasion can be the better pick.
If you have unsightly spider veins or varicose veins, sclerotherapy is often the recommended treatment. It's considerably less invasive than vein surgery and provides good results when the veins aren't too large. Sclerotherapy also doesn't take very long, since all it is is a series of injections into the problem veins. Many people are able to go back to their regular life right after the treatment.
One thing worth knowing about sclerotherapy is that you might need second or even third treatment to get the results you want. Even so, it's still a pretty quick and simple procedure that can vastly improve the appearance of and the way you feel about your legs.
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 facial and body procedures that will have you in and out of the office in no time. They can help you decide on the treatment option that will best meet your goals and reduce the signs of aging. To schedule your free patient consultation at The Masri Clinic for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery, call (866) 487-3223 today.