Mini Procedures Just in Time for the Holidays

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.

Microdermabrasion

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.

Injectable Fillers

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.

Botox

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 Lift

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.

Book Your Non-Invasive Treatment Before the New Year 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 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.

 

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.

Botox

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.

Dermal Fillers

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.

Microdermabrasion

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.

Sclerotherapy

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.

Schedule a Quick, Non-Surgical Procedure 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 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.

 

Using Microdermabrasion to Treat Chronic AcneChronic acne feels like an uphill battle, and it may seem like there is no end in sight. Many people try all kinds of products and medications in the hope that the acne will disappear like magic and will never come back. The bad news is that when it comes to chronic acne, clearing up the issue is a bit more complicated than a topical, over-the-counter product. Many frustrated young people and adults end up turning to Accutane, a powerful acne medication that can clear up the problem, but also carries some significant risks. The good news? It’s not the only option for treating chronic acne—treatments with a qualified plastic surgeon can sometimes be extremely effective as well.

You Have Options

There are several powerful facial treatments that can help with the treatment of active acne. Popular options include:

Blue Light Therapy

This FDA approved treatment is fairly new, but is now considered a gold standard in mild to moderate acne treatment. Blue Light works by killing the bacteria that cause acne. A blue LED is used to destroy the offending bacteria inside the pimples, and can even be used to help control cystic acne, the most stubborn, painful, and embarrassing type of breakout. Blue light therapy can be even more effective when used with treatments like aminolevulunic acid (ALA). Several minimally invasive treatments will be needed, spaced twice a week. The number of treatments needed will depend on the severity of the problem and whether Blue Light was combined with ALA. If used with ALA, there will be some significant facial redness for a few days after treatments, and each session will be spaced farther apart.

Microdermabrasion

A gentle treatment, microdermabrasion uses aluminum oxide crystals to brush away dead and damaged skin. This treatment improves overall condition of the skin, and should be repeated at intervals of 1-2 weeks until desired results are achieved. Microdermabrasion can promote healthier skin and help prevent breakouts.

Which Treatment is Right For You?

There are several different types of acne, and unless you’re an expert on the subject, it can be tough to tell which one you’re dealing with. A dermatologist or board certified plastic surgeon should be able to determine what type of acne you’re struggling with and recommend a treatment plan, which may include facial treatments, medication and/or changes to diet.

Got Acne Scars?

Unfortunately, acne often leaves its mark long after active breakouts are no more. Cystic acne in particular often leaves pitted acne scarring that can be damaging to confidence and self-esteem. Though acne scars can be difficult to treat, there are some ways to help reduce the appearance of acne scarring. Treatments include:

CO2 Laser Treatment

A powerful resurfacing procedure, laser treatments help the skin to peel off old skin and form fresh, healthy skin, with fewer noticeable acne scars. A fairly invasive procedure performed under sedation or general anesthesia, the recovery time for CO2 laser treatments typically lasts a few weeks, with residual redness taking longer to fade.

Dermabrasion

Dermabrasion is an in-depth technique that essentially “sands” down the skin to make pits from acne scars less noticeable, as they will blend in with the rest of the skin more closely. An abrasive rotary tool is used to perform this procedure, which does result in a fairly intensive recovery process. Patients should expect to spend a few weeks in recovery, and must keep the skin protected from the sun for at least 6 months following the procedure to prevent brown pigment from forming.

While effective acne scar treatment usually involves a fairly invasive procedure, it doesn’t hurt to ask your provider about other procedures that might be able to help improve acne scarring.

Talk to a Knowledgeable Provider

If you’re ready to tackle your acne once and for all, then it’s time to seek out an expert. Our team of board certified plastic surgeons offer extensive expertise in the treatment of acne and acne scarring, and will be happy to help you design a treatment plan that works for you. If you would like to schedule a free consultation with our experts, call Masri Clinic for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery at (866-487-3223) for an appointment in Birmingham, or Dearborn, MI.

The Difference Between Dermabrasion and MicrodermabrasionWhen it comes to the skin, there are so many factors that go into how it looks and feels. Dull skin, signs of aging, and other problems are extremely common, but you don’t have to live with them. There are many different treatments available for improving the appearance of the skin and for looking younger. Because there are so many options for anti-aging, it can be overwhelming for prospective patients to choose the procedure that is right for them. Dermabrasion and microdermabrasion, for instance, sound very similar. But how much do these two procedures really have in common?

Different Purposes

One of the first differences between the two procedures is that they have different goals and purposes. Dermabrasion is a type of facial “sanding” and resurfacing technique for facial skin irregularities, and is best for difficult issues such as scarring and pitting from acne. Shallower scars respond better to treatment than deeper problems.

Microdermabrasion on the other hand, is used for more superficial skin refreshment to help achieve more youthful, vibrant skin. It is also known as the “California Peel” and it is used to sweep away dull and damaged skin cells. It is not used to treat specific skin problems in most cases, but is often used as a supplemental treatment or for those who want a brighter complexion overall.

Invasive vs. Non-Invasive

Dermabrasion and microdermabrasion are also very different in the level of invasiveness and downtime they require. Dermabrasion requires either general anesthetic or local anesthetic and freezing sprays in order to keep the patient comfortable, while microdermabrasion is a completely non-invasive procedure that only involves slight redness following treatment.

The dermabrasion procedure involves the use of a rotary tool to actually thin the skin. This results in an intense recovery time, with the face becoming red, swollen, and oozing for a time. Patients are usually able to return to normal activities in about two weeks, but the face will have residual redness for about six months following treatment.

Microdermabrasion is performed using gentle aluminum oxide crystals to brush away dull surface skin. The treatments are brief and involve no downtime.

Standalone and Supplemental

Dermabrasion is generally used in cases of scarring and is a standalone procedure with a very specific purpose. Microdermabrasion, on the other hand, can be a great skin prep option, and a supplement to a number of other effective treatments, depending on the patient’s goals. Microdermabrasion can be repeated every week or two weeks, and most patients benefit from a series of two to twelve treatments, depending on the situation. Only the patient and doctor can decide on an appropriate treatment plan.

Totally Different

As you can see, the two procedures have almost nothing in common, and are not appropriate for every patient. Because there are so many options available, it is best to discuss your goals with a qualified facial plastic surgeon and get a personalized recommendation for the treatment that is likely to work best for your needs.

If you need assistance in the Birmingham or Dearborn, MI areas, come to Masri Clinic for Laser and Cosmetic surgery and speak with our board certified plastic surgeons. Our staff has decades of experience and offer a wide range of effective skin treatments designed to treat almost any issue. Call 866-487-3223 today to schedule your complimentary consultation.

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