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Facial Injectables During A Facelift: 3 Things to Know

Facial Injectables
It can seem tempting to try to do more than one procedure at a time when it comes to cosmetic surgery. And often, that approach makes sense: Some patients, for example, opt to have breast augmentation and a breast lift or a tummy tuck during breast augmentation.

One common question from patients is whether it’s possible to have facial injections during a facelift. But before we dive into the answer, let’s first take a minute to clearly define the purpose of each of these procedures.

Facelifts

A facelift gives individuals a more youthful appearance by tightening sagging skin and smoothing lines and wrinkles. During a facelift, your surgeon will make several small incisions around your ear. Then, your surgeon will very carefully remove excess skin and slowly pull the skin up around your jawline and to your ears. This helps smooth the neck, add volume to your cheeks, and get rid of lines around the mouth and eyes.

Facial injectables

Facial injectables, on the other hand, are anti-aging treatments that target the fine lines and wrinkles that appear as you age. These botulinum toxin injections reduce the appearance of certain facial wrinkles – including crows’ feet, laugh lines and many others. Botox® is the most well-known brand of botulinum toxin.

Other popular injections include:

  • Dermal fillers that inject collagen into the skin to smooth wrinkles
  • Hyaluronic acid fillers to improve the fullness of lips
  • Kybella to help minimize the appearance of a double-chin

Generally, these injectables and fillers are temporary – lasting anywhere from three to six months, depending on the procedure and target area.

Can I have facial injectables with my facelift?

Now, let’s answer the question: Is it possible to get a facial injection during my facelift? After all, you may be eager to have two procedures done at once for many different reasons, including:

  • Cost savings
  • Fewer office visits
  • Less anxiety
  • Less time under anesthesia (though many injectables do not require general anesthesia)

Ultimately, the decision comes down to two factors: 1) what you’re comfortable with and 2) your target areas. Here are three questions to consider when making your decision.

1. What are your goals?

Before you make any treatment choices, there should be a very open and honest conversation with your cosmetic surgeon about your goals. He or she will likely encourage you to consider:

  • Any specific events where you’re hoping to unveil your “after” appearance
  • Whether you want to spread your procedures out to ensure you get exactly the look you want
  • Your desired appearance

You and your surgeon will navigate these questions together and zero in on your exact goals before creating your personal treatment plan.

2. What areas of the face are you targeting?

Many times, whether or not you can have facial injections during a facelift comes down to the areas you’re targeting. If you want fuller lips, in addition to smoother and tighter skin, then your surgeon can likely do an injection in the lips.

However, if you’re hoping to remove crow’s feet or lines from a furrowed brow with Botox, it may be best to wait until after recovery is complete. This gives your face the time it needs to heal and for you and your surgeon to assess the final results and address any additional areas that remain.

3. What am I comfortable with?

Maybe you don’t want the added discomfort of another trip to the doctor’s office. Or, maybe you don’t want to do another procedure when you’re already under general anesthesia. Sometimes, anxiety can be a driving force in what – and why – people decide for their treatments.

Emory Aesthetic Center

The expert cosmetic surgeons at Emory Aesthetic Center are experienced in performing facelifts. Our team also performs a wide range of minimally invasive procedures with little downtime. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and speak to a cosmetic surgeon about the approach that’s right for you.

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About Dr. Sethna

Anita Sethna, MD, FACS, is double board-certified in Head and Neck Surgery and Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery since 2010. She is also an Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery at Emory University School of Medicine where she has taught since 2011. Dr. Sethna is the recipient of the AOA Research Award, and she is an accomplished expert in her primary areas of interest: rhinoplasty and injectables.

Facelift or Injectables: Which is Right for Me?

facelift or injectablesIn the not-so-distant past, invasive surgery was really the only option for fighting the signs of aging. Thankfully, today we have more options for treating patients than ever before. New therapies and treatment options, such as injectables, offer solutions for those not quite ready for (or not quite ready to commit to) traditional cosmetic surgery.

When you’re ready to consult with a cosmetic surgeon, having a better understanding of your options will help you ask better questions — and ultimately help you be better equipped to make the best decision for you.

What is a Facelift?

Facelifts offer unparalleled results. They can correct volume loss, remove sagging skin and eliminate wrinkles — resulting in a dramatically refreshed, rejuvenated and youthful appearance.

It’s a common misconception that the term “facelift” refers to one specific procedure. Really, it’s a combination of surgeries designed to target your specific problem areas. This makes them fully customizable to your unique needs. Some examples are:

  • The classic facelift includes a lower face and a neck lift. It works to tighten the lower two-thirds of your face, including removing sagging skin from your jawline (jowls), as well as your neck.
  • The mini-facelift is a less invasive version of the classic facelift (it requires shorter incisions). This technique is best if you have less advanced signs of aging, including mild skin sagging on your lower face and jawline.
  • The mid-facelift concentrates on your cheeks and lower eyelid area. This procedure targets deep nasolabial folds (the lines running between your mouth and nose), sagging cheeks and hollowed undereyes.

In addition to the facelifts listed above, there’s also opportunity for lip lifts, chin liposuction, upper eyelid surgery and more. The sky’s the limit when it comes to what cosmetic surgery can do for you.

What are Injectables?

Injectables offer a nonsurgical way to temporarily address signs of aging. There are two categories of injectables. One relaxes the muscles that can cause wrinkles and the other restores volume.

Botox®

Botulinum toxin injections (Botox is the most common brand) are used to treat dynamic wrinkles and lines that appear when you make certain facial expressions, like smiling or squinting. The injection takes just a few minutes and there’s no downtime. It takes about a week to see the full results and it lasts for three to four months.

Botox injections are commonly used to treat:

  • Chin dimples
  • “Crow’s feet” (the small wrinkles that develop next to your eyes when smiling)
  • Downward turned corners of the mouth
  • Forehead lines
  • Muscle (platysma) bands on the neck
  • “The elevens” (the two vertical lines that appear in the middle of your eyebrows)

Dermal Fillers

Dermal fillers “plump up” targeted areas to improve deep wrinkles and volume loss in your face. There are different types of dermal fillers, but the most commonly used are made of hyaluronic acids (HAs). Fillers can reshape your face and “lift” the tissues, improve facial symmetry and highlight facial contours. Results usually last from six months to a year.

Fillers are commonly used to:

  • Fill in tear troughs (undereye)
  • Hide dark circles
  • Plump the upper cheeks
  • Reshape the lips or jawline

How Do I Know What’s Right for Me?

It’s important to work with a skilled cosmetic surgeon to determine which options are right for you. Honest and open discussion about your goals is critical to ensuring you get the results you want. Many factors will play a role in determining your treatment plan, including your age, specific problem areas and budget.

If you’re under 40, or have only mild signs of aging, injectables may be a good option for you. If you have more advanced aging symptoms, a facelift will give you more dramatic results.

In terms of cost-effectiveness, it depends on when you’re beginning treatments, what you’re trying to treat and how significant your problem areas are. Getting an injection, for example, is far less expensive than having surgery. While facelifts, on the other hand, yield results lasting far longer (up to 10 years as opposed to injectables that last a few months). So, if you add up the ongoing cost of injectables over the years and compare that to the one-time cost of surgery, you may find that surgery is the more cost-effective option in the long run.

Emory Aesthetic Center

The skilled cosmetic surgeons at Emory Aesthetic Center are available to consult with you to determine what procedure will give you the results you want. Our experts are highly skilled in the full array of cosmetic injectable and facelift procedures. Schedule your complimentary consultation today.

About Dr. Nahai

Dr. Foad NahaiFoad Nahai, M.D., F.A.C.S., Maurice J. Jurkiewicz chair in Plastic Surgery and Professor of Surgery at the Emory University School of Medicine, has taught for over forty years. He is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery where he served as a director of the board for six years.

Not only do Dr. Nahai’s patients, but also his peers, benefit from his incomparable wealth of experience. His contributions to the field of plastic surgery make him a highly sought-after presenter, both domestically and internationally. He has developed and implemented many procedures, some of which he has been invited to demonstrate live.

 

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Choosing a Cosmetic Surgery Center

View of Emory Aesthetic Center Building EntranceWhy Choose Emory Aesthetic Center? If you’ve been thinking about cosmetic surgery, you probably have a lot of questions like “Why choose Emory Aesthetic Center.” “How do I find the right doctor for me?” “How do I know it will be safe?” “What kind of procedure do I need?” Then, like most people, you’ll likely turn to the internet for answers. But is the information accurate? Who and what can you believe?

Emory Healthcare: A Name You Can Trust

Emory Healthcare is the region’s most comprehensive academic healthcare system. It’s home to highly-regarded doctors who conduct innovative research and are ranked among the top for patient care. But is Emory the right place for cosmetic surgery? Absolutely. With an aesthetic center dedicated solely to surgical and nonsurgical cosmetic procedures, how could you go wrong?

Specialized Cosmetic Surgery Team

Cosmetic surgery is what we do. When you choose Emory Aesthetic Center you get a cosmetic surgery team filled with innovators in the field. Many of our expert surgeons teach nationally and internationally and have served as leaders in regional, national and international societies. Collectively, our team has also published hundreds of contributions in journals and books about how to perform cosmetic procedures — safely.

In addition to top-notch surgeons, our entire staff — including anesthesiologists, nurse anesthetists, nurses, technicians and more — works together to provide the best care in a center that meets the highest standards of credentialing.

Wide-Array of Surgical and Nonsurgical Cosmetic Procedures

How can you know if the procedure being recommended is the best choice for you? There’s a saying, “If the only tool you have is a hammer, the whole world looks like a nail.” That’s the problem with going to a center that has limited offerings. You will only be offered the choices they are able to provide.

Body contouring is an excellent example of why it’s important to go to a center that can offer a variety of procedures. Let’s say you want to improve the look of your abdominal area. There are several surgical and nonsurgical options for different situations:

  • Coolsculpting® can reduce small amounts of localized fat deposits, without surgery.
  • Liposuction may be needed if there is a higher percentage of fat to be removed.
  • Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) is needed to remove significant excess skin from the tummy.
  • A body lift may be needed to tighten and firm the abdomen, thighs, and buttocks of a patient who has lost a significant amount of weight.
  • Or a combination of the procedures above may be required to give the best results.

At Emory Aesthetic Center, we’re continually studying, teaching and publishing about cosmetic procedures, so we’re always on top of the newest developments. We offer the entire spectrum of surgical and nonsurgical cosmetic procedures, including cosmetic surgery, skin care, facial rejuvenation and body contouring. Our familiarity with the full-variety of techniques available enables us to guide you toward the procedure that fits you best.

Luxurious Atmosphere

At Emory Aesthetic Center, you’ll get the best of both worlds — clinical excellence and a luxurious experience. You won’t feel like you’re in a hospital. Our center is quiet and elegant and stands remote from the main campus. Our entire staff is focused on ensuring you have a great experience. Whether you’re here for a skin treatment in our Spa or surgical treatment in the operating room, we’re ready to give you the experience of a lifetime.

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Do I Need a Brow Lift, Eyelid Surgery or Both?

brow lift blogIt’s been said that eyes are the windows to the soul. But do you feel like your eyes are representing what’s really inside you? If you look in the mirror and see droopy skin, dark circles or wrinkles around your eyes, maybe it’s time for a refresh. Read on to learn more about brow lift and eyelid surgery.

Why do my eyes look older than I feel?

Your eyes get a lot of attention. They’re usually the first thing people notice about you, and they help bring beauty and expression to your face. Unfortunately, they are also often the first place we show signs of aging.

Think about how the skin around your eyes crinkles when you’re smiling or furrows when you’re concentrating. Over time, your skin loses its elasticity and those crinkles become wrinkles. The loss of skin elasticity can also lead to droopiness that makes you look tired.

To make matters worse, the skin around your eyes typically becomes thinner as you age, which causes things like dark circles and puffiness.

How can I rejuvenate my eyes?

The good news is that you don’t have to accept it. There are relatively minor cosmetic procedures that can help you rejuvenate your eye area and leave you looking naturally beautiful and refreshed.

Brow lift
Horizontal lines on your forehead, the vertical lines between your eyebrows, and drooping skin over your eyelids are signs that your eyebrows are sagging. They can make you look as though you’re upset, which is certainly not the way you want to present yourself to the world. If this is a concern to you, it may be time to consider an eyebrow lift.

A brow lift (sometimes called a forehead lift) removes excess skin on your forehead and repositions your brows to give a smoother, brighter appearance. It’s performed with tiny incisions hidden in your hairline.

Eyelid surgery
If your eyelids look droopy and heavy or if you notice dark circles and puffiness around your eyes, eyelid surgery may be your answer.

Eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) is a common procedure to treat the excess skin, puffiness and dark circles that contribute to that “tired look.”

During eyelid surgery, your surgeon removes excess skin and fat from your eyelids and tightens the tissues. Lower blepharoplasty is primarily used to address under-eye bags and pockets of fat beneath the eye, while upper blepharoplasty is used to correct drooping upper eyelids that affect expression and possibly even your vision.

A combination of cosmetic eye procedures
Sometimes, a combination of procedures is needed to accomplish the best results. For instance, if your eyelids are sunken or hollow, fat grafting or hyaluronic acid fillers can be added to your eyelids for a more rejuvenated look.

Some people find they have both drooping brows and excess skin on their eyelids, so they choose to have a combination of both a brow lift and eyelid surgery.

How long does it take to recover from brow lift and eyelid surgery?

Whether you’re considering a brow lift or eyelid surgery, you can rest easy knowing that both procedures can be performed as outpatient surgeries under local anesthesia and sedation or general anesthesia—which means an easier recovery for you. Bruising and swelling is expected for a few days after these procedures. You can use ice and anti-inflammatories to help with any swelling and discomfort.

In some cases, you may also have stitches that will need to be removed one to two weeks after your surgery.

It takes at least two weeks to completely recover. So, make sure you schedule your procedure at least three weeks before any event you plan on attending where you want to look your best.

Emory Aesthetic Center

Schedule a complimentary consultation with an expert cosmetic surgeon at the Emory Aesthetic Center. We can help you determine which procedure(s) is right for you and provide you with beautiful and natural results that fit your unique needs.

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Enhancing Your Lips: Lip Fillers or Lip Augmentation

lip-augmentation-imageYour lips are as unique as your face. Lip shape and volume play an important role in overall facial aesthetics. Today, full, sensual lips are considered the aesthetic ideal, hence the popularity of lip augmentation procedures. But even if you have naturally full lips now, they will change as you age – making it a concern for most women at some point in their lives.

When we’re young, our lips are full, edges are crisp and only the tiniest lines are evident when we smile or frown. As we age, our lips tend to get thinner, the edges soften and permanent vertical lines are set.

Lip augmentation (aka, lip enhancement) procedures are very popular and are designed to highlight original lip features or to improve the shape, the volume and the hydration of the lips. The vertical lines that appear on the skin around the lips can also be erased without changing the lip volume.

Injectable dermal fillers for lip augmentation

Hyaluronic acid fillers and fat are the most commonly used products to enhance the lips and surrounding skin. These products are injected with precision and the results look very natural — providing instant volume and contour to lips that lasts for several months. Because the effects are temporary, lip fillers are often used for special occasions — such as weddings or other important life events — or for experimenting with a new look.

Specific brands of hyaluronic fillers have specific uses in lip enhancement. Some lip fillers will bring more volume to your lips, enhancing them for a sensual youthful appearance. Other lip fillers have a softer affect, improving your lips’ shape and easing dryness with less volume.

Your aesthetic surgeon must select the correct lip filler to achieve your goals and to prevent lumps and irregularities. Our surgeons offer years of experience in lip enhancement and will advise you on the specific product that best suits your goals.

If you and your surgeon decide an injectable filler is right for you, the procedure will be done in your surgeon’s office. You’ll be given local anesthesia in the form of an anesthetic cream or shot to numb your lips and the surrounding soft tissues. The lip filler will be injected just under your skin with needles or blunt cannulas, and usually, takes 30 minutes.

Swelling and minor bruising are common after lip injections. Icing the areas help speed up the recovery and help improve any further discomfort. Your results are immediate and typically last about 6 months.

Fat transfer for lip augmentation

Fat is also used as a natural filler and can be injected into the lips. Small amounts of fat can be taken from your hips, stomach or thighs in a separate procedure. Once it’s purified, it can then be used as a lip filler to improve the volume and shape of your lips, and smooth mouth lines. Several recent studies have shown that injected fat has added benefits – as it improves skin quality and texture.

During the first few months after injection, the lips will absorb some of the fat cells, so the results are somewhat unpredictable. However, the volume that remains is permanent.

In many cases, two procedures are required. The fat is first harvested from your body and purified for the implant process. Then, the fat transfer is performed in a second procedure. (Some surgeons choose to combine both steps in one appointment).

Both procedures will be in the surgeon’s office under local anesthesia. The fat harvesting takes only a few minutes. The fat transfer usually takes 45-60 minutes. As with any other lip filler, it’s common for bruising and swelling to occur.

Is it time for lip augmentation?

If your face doesn’t match the youthful energy you feel, it may be time to talk with a doctor about lip augmentation. Contact the Emory Aesthetic Center to schedule a complimentary consultation with one our expert cosmetic surgeons.

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Types of Dermal Fillers – Benefits and Risks

Dermal FillersThe world of facial injectable treatments can be overwhelming with all the options seen in print and TV ads. New injectable materials seem to come out almost weekly. Here is a run-down of the dermal fillers we most often use, where we use them, and some common side effects.

Hyaluronic Acid (HA)

The most frequently used dermal fillers are made of a material called hyaluronic acid (HA). Hyaluronic acid is a chemical structure found in our bodies — so most individuals tolerate the filler well, without side effects. The chemical structure of the molecule can be processed in different ways, giving us the ability to manipulate the thickness, the amount of volume and the longevity of the effects on your skin.

This versatility is important because, depending on your particular area of concern, you may desire one benefit of the treatment over another. For example, you may desire additional volume and want the treatment to last a long time, but not need fine lines to be treated. On the other hand, you may desire smoker’s lines around the mouth to be improved, but not want a lot of volume or swelling in the mouth area.

Hyaluronic acid fillers come packaged in a variety of forms: Juvederm, Volbella, Juvederm Ultra Plus and Voluma, Restylane, Restylane Silk, Restylane Refyne/Defyne, Lyft and Belotero. Your facial cosmetic surgeon will recommend the use of particular kinds of HA fillers based on the treatment area, as well as your desired outcome, preference, and experience.

Side Effects of HA

Hyaluronic acid is a water-loving (hydrophilic) product, which means one expected side effect is swelling. The degree of swelling experienced after HA treatment varies. You’ll most likely experience swelling on the first day after injections, with a drastic reduction after that.

Follow these tips to help reduce swelling during the first day and night after facial injections:

  • Keep your hands off the area injected
  • Keep your head elevated while resting and sleeping
  • Limit alcohol and salt intake
  • Use cold compresses on the affected area

Rarely, patients are hypersensitive to this product and can exhibit an allergic response. If you experience any significant swelling, itching or redness at the injected areas, you should contact your surgeon. The biggest benefit to HA fillers is that with another enzyme injection, they can be dissolved, making this filler reversible.

Other Types of Dermal Fillers

Although HA fillers are the most common, other fillers may be useful for specific treatment areas:

Artefill

Permanent fillers, such as Artefill, can be helpful for areas with deep folds and are unlikely to change dramatically over time, such as the lines from the nose to the mouth (called nasolabial folds). The downside to permanent fillers is that if there is a reaction or a less than desirable result, the process is not reversible.

Radiesse

Radiesse is a temporary thickener made of a material called calcium hydroxyapatite. It’s longer lasting than HA fillers, and not dissolvable.  Your plastic surgeon may recommend Radiesse for deeper injection areas such as the lines from nose to mouth (nasolabial folds), cheeks and deep temple injections. One risk of using Radiesse is possible injection into a blood vessel, which can affect blood supply to a specific area of skin, causing serious complications. In some cases, Radiesse injection made too close to the skin can cause lumpiness under the skin. When used correctly, however, this filler can be very beneficial for reducing deep folds and providing volume.

Sculptra

Sculptra is collagen-stimulator filler intended for patients who need to gradually increase volume in larger areas. Before injection, Sculptra is hydrated with water for 48 hours. It’s then injected in small doses throughout the tissues under the skin in the treatment area. You can expect it to take between three to six weeks to see full results. Benefits include a more natural-appearing result and gradual increase in volume rather than abrupt change. The downside is that results can take several months to become apparent.

Which Dermal Filler is Right for You?

A board-certified facial plastic surgeon with experience treating the face can help you determine the best derma filler treatment for your most bothersome areas. The best filler product will depend on the area of concern, the depth of the issue and the thickness of the material. The experienced cosmetic surgeons at Emory Aesthetic Center have years of experience with fillers and individual preferences based on those experiences. Feel free to ask questions, return for a second discussion or look at photos to help you make your decision. Ultimately, our goal is ensuring your best result.

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Get Your Face Holiday Ready

Nonsurgical facial procedures to get your face holiday ready. Emory Aesthetic Center can help you glow this holiday season.With the weather getting colder and the holidays approaching, this is a great time for facial procedures that will give your skin a special glow. There are several nonsurgical treatments that can leave you radiant and require little to no downtime.

Injectables (BOTOX®, Dysport®) – Botulinum toxin

Botulinum toxin is an injectable substance that helps smooth facial lines caused by normal movements of expression, like when you lift your brows, frown or smile.

What can I expect?

The short injection session gives results that last about four months. There is no real downtime, you can usually go back to your normal routine immediately following the injections. You’ll see full results in 5-10 days.

Dermal fillers

Dermal fillers are injectable products used to fill deep wrinkles or add volume to the face, including the cheeks, eyelids, lips, nose, chin, jawline and temporal area. They are popular non-surgical options to rejuvenate and reshape the face. Hyaluronic acid fillers (including Restylane®, Juvederm®, Voluma® and Belotero®) are most commonly used.

What can I expect?

The injection session takes about 30 minutes, depending on the areas being treated. You’ll see results immediately and you can resume your activities the same day. You might have mild swelling, redness or bruising for a few days following the procedure, but it can usually be covered with makeup.

Fractional laser resurfacing

Fractional laser resurfacing uses a gentle laser that penetrates beneath the top layers of skin to promote collagen production. It’s ideal to treat minor wrinkles, large pores, uneven skin pigmentation and poor skin tone. Although you can see results with just one session, you’ll see the best results if the procedure is repeated every 4-6 weeks.

What can I expect?

Fractional laser resurfacing takes about 45 minutes and requires a numbing cream or local anesthetic to reduce discomfort. You can expect some swelling and redness for about two days. Your skin tone will be darker (like a sun tan) for about three days. Sun protection is recommended after the procedure. In 5-7 weeks you’ll notice rejuvenated skin.

Photofacials/IPL therapy

Intense pulsed light (IPL) is used to treat redness, brown spots, spider veins and rosacea. It prompts the body to produce collagen and can reverse signs of sun damage like dull skin and fine wrinkles.

What can I expect?

You should refrain from sun exposure and tanning for at least 4-6 weeks before the treatment to avoid hyperpigmentation. During the procedure, your skin will be cooled to help prevent discomfort. Depending on the areas being treated, a session lasts 30-60 minutes. There may be mild swelling or redness for a few hours. You should limit your time in the sun and use sunscreen after the procedure.

Hydrafacial

Hydrafacial involves a multi-step treatment that cleanses, exfoliates and removes impurities and dead skin cells. It then infuses nutrients in the skin including antioxidants, peptides and hyaluronic acid. This medical facial treats environmental damage, reduces fine lines, firms the skin and increases skin hydration. A light chemical peel is included to improve skin texture without any post-procedure skin flakiness.

What can I expect?

A Hydrafacial session is very relaxing and lasts about 45 minutes. There’s no downtime and your skin immediately looks cleaner and more hydrated.

Facial peels

Facial peels, also known as chemical peels, are used to remove layers of damaged skin. It treats signs of skin aging caused by sun damage and other environmental conditions. Two to three days after application, the old skin will gradually flake and “peel” off to reveal more even and fresh skin. There are several kinds of chemical peels, including glycolic acid, salicylic acid, retinoid acid, TCA and modified Jessner’s peel.

What can I expect?

A chemical peel session typically lasts 30-45 minutes. If you get a superficial peel, you may have flakey skin for 2-3 days. If you get a medium peel, you may require 5-7 days of downtime as your skin recovers and sheds the superficial layer. Crusting and scabbing may occur; you’ll be instructed how to clean and moisturize your face. Limited sun exposure and sun protection is recommended after the procedure. Within a week you’ll see bright new skin.

Emory Aesthetic Center

The expert cosmetic surgeons and licensed aestheticians at Emory Aesthetic Center can help you choose the best facial procedures to address your goals. During your consultation, you will learn about different options and choose one based on your needs, lifestyle, and budget. Let us help you get holiday ready.

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Injectables: When’s the Right Time Start?

Emory Aesthetic Center helps you determine the proper time to start Botox© or fillers based on your age. Prevent and treat signs of aging with injectables.How young is ‘too young’ to start injectable treatments for your face? When are you ‘too old’ to benefit from injectables? The truth is, if you’re not happy with what you see in the mirror, it never hurts to talk to an expert about your options.

As for clear-cut parameters regarding age, they rarely exist. Whether you’re 25 or 85, cosmetic injectable and filler treatments can have excellent results. The key is to use the proper treatments at the proper time.

Preventing and treating fine lines with injectables

Botox© can be very helpful, even at an early age (late 20s up to mid-30s), to prevent and treat the finer lines that come with repeated contraction of facial muscles. These lines are often found between your eyebrows, on your forehead or around your mouth and eyes. If lines are present even when your facial muscles are at rest, it may be time to consider treatment.

With consistent Botox injections, deep lines fade into finer lines, and fine lines may disappear completely! With just a few injections, you’ll notice subtle lifting that makes you look bright and refreshed. Younger patients usually need injections two to three times a year. If you’re over 40, you’ll typically need four to five treatments a year to maintain results.

Adding lip fullness

Fillers can be used to add natural-looking fullness to your lips. If you’re in your 20s or 30s, you may just want plump lips to ‘up your style.’ Or, if your lips have thinned with age, this is an excellent opportunity to restore your youthful appearance.

You don’t have to be fearful of an ‘overdone’ look similar to those you’ve seen in the tabloids — adding a very small amount of definition and a ‘bee-stung’ appearance goes a long way toward giving you a more youthful look. The procedure is simple, requiring only a topical anesthetic, and results lasts 4 months or more.

Filling in hallowed under-eyes

Loosing volume under your eyes can result in ‘sunken in’ eyes and dark circles that leave you looking tired. You can experience this at any age, but it tends to happen as you get older. Dermal fillers are used to fill in the area under your eyes creating a brighter, more youthful appearance.

Adding facial fullness

If you’re in your mid 40s or older, you may benefit from added volume and lifting to your mid-face region. Fillers, are used to lift and subtlety reposition drooping cheeks to decrease the appearance of jowls and lines around your mouth.

The process of injecting these types of fillers also stimulates collagen production. This means with time, you can be left with slightly more collagen in your tissue than before you got the injections. If you continue to get them, you may even need less product, less often — an added benefit to your wallet.

Finding the right surgeon

Injectables can bring years of youthfulness back to your face with minimal downtime and maximum reward. Schedule a consultation with a facial plastic surgeon to talk about your options. Make sure you ask how many times your surgeon has performed these procedures, what kinds of risks or side effects are common and what can be done about any complications.

Emory Aesthetic Center

The highly-skilled team at Emory Aesthetic Center offers a broad range of nonsurgical and surgical options for facial rejuvenation.

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Your Age Defying Questions Answered: Secrets to Defying the Aging Process

facial-rejuvenation-emailAging is a part of life. And yes, your appearance will change as you get older. But that doesn’t have to be a bad thing. Aging gracefully is about allowing the best version of yourself to shine through, and there are countless facial rejuvenation tools and treatments to help you do just that.

During our live chat on Tuesday, July 19th, Emory Aesthetic Center plastic surgeon, Dr. Felmont Eaves, answered all of your questions about helping to defy the aging process. Dr. Eaves discussed everything from skin care products to injectable treatments to cosmetic surgical options, such as Botox®, facelifts and eyelid lifts.

Below are just a few questions we were unable to respond to due to the large number of questions we received. For a full listing of questions and answers, please read our chat transcript. It is full of useful tips and answers that may be relevant to you. You may also visit emoryaesthetic.org for a full list of services and treatments offered by the Emory Aesthetic Center.

Question: How do I minimize dark circles beyond getting more sleep?

Dr. Eaves: There are two reasons that we may develop dark circles under the eyes. The first reason is that there is a dark tone to the skin itself. That is a difficult problem to treat, as currently we don’t have a great solution to dark circles. Sometimes bleaching creams containing hydroquinone can help, but that isn’t always successful. And chemical peels typically don’t work in this situation.

The other reason for dark circles, however, is the shadowing caused by bulging fat pads of the lower lids. Either surgery to remove or reposition the lower lid fat, or an injection of filler into the depressed area underneath the prominent fat – can soften or eliminate that shadow.

Question: What’s the best way to help with my lower face sagging without injecting a bunch of fillers?

Dr. Eaves: In the right patient, fillers can be great, but when the face truly begins sagging (not just deep folds by the mouth), then surgery is required to make truly significant changes. With a lower face lift (which typically includes tightening the neck as well) the jowls can be reduced, the cheek contours can be improved, and deeper folds/wrinkles around the mouth can be softened. It can provide dramatic, long lasting results, and recovery is generally relatively quick.

Question: How can you stop sagging eyelids?

Dr. Eaves: Sagging eyelids are generally treated with a blepharoplasty (an eyelid tuck and eyelid lift). Blepharoplasty can be used to treat the upper eyelids, the lower eyelids, or both, and are often combined with other areas of facial rejuvenation, such as a facelift, neck lift, and brow lift. Sometimes a sagging upper eyelid also has a component of malposition, where it isn’t just saggy skin. In those cases the lid can be repositioned while the blepharoplasty is being done.

Facial Rejuvenation – Secrets to Defying the Aging Process

facial-rejuvenation-emailAging is a part of life. And yes, your appearance will change as you get older. But that doesn’t have to be a bad thing. Aging gracefully is about allowing the best version of yourself to shine through, and there are countless facial rejuvenation tools and treatments to help you do just that. Join us for a live chat with Emory Aesthetic Center plastic surgeon, Dr. Felmont Eaves, on Tuesday, July 12, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. EST as he discusses solutions to help defy the aging process. From skin care to injectable treatments to cosmetic surgical options, Dr. Eaves will walk you through all of your options and answer any questions you may have. Register today.

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About Dr. Eaves

eaves-iii-felmontDr. Eaves recently returned to Atlanta, Georgia, to head the Emory Aesthetic Center as Medical Director, having previously completed his plastic surgery residency as well as a fellowship in endoscopic and minimally invasive plastic surgery at Emory University, The Emory Clinic, and associated hospitals. Before joining the Emory Aesthetic Center, Dr. Eaves was a partner in Charlotte Plastic Surgery for more than fifteen years and served as group president from 2010-2012.

His professional and institutional committee memberships and offices include an impressive list of national, international and local plastic surgery organizations, societies, boards, task forces, advisory councils, coalitions and foundations, including having served as President of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) from 2010-2011 and Trustee (2011-Present).

Dr. Eaves’ primary areas of academic inquiry have been in minimally-invasive and endoscopic aesthetic surgery, patient safety, system and process improvement in plastic surgery, evidence-based medicine applied to plastic surgery and recontouring surgery after massive weight loss. He has received several patents for new medical devices he developed, and has made major clinical service contributions to his field. Dr. Eaves has published more than 100 articles, book chapters and book reviews on plastic surgery in peer reviewed publications, as well as manuals, videos, computer programs and other teaching aids and has coauthored the first textbook on the topic of endoscopic plastic surgery.