Blog – Page Array – CENTER https://www.facialplasticsbh.com Tue, 04 Aug 2020 16:33:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3.4 Laser Skin Resurfacing: What You Need to Know https://www.facialplasticsbh.com/blog/laser-skin-resurfacing-what-you-need-to-know/ https://www.facialplasticsbh.com/blog/laser-skin-resurfacing-what-you-need-to-know/#respond Tue, 04 Aug 2020 16:33:05 +0000 https://www.facialplasticsbh.com/?p=6120 Laser skin resurfacing is a facial rejuvenation treatment that involves the use of beams of light to revitalize damaged skin. The procedure uses targeted beams to remove the outer level of skin on the face and neck, stimulate the growth of collagen, a protein that can help improve skin elasticity, and make the skin smoother and firmer.

Read the infographic below to learn more about what to expect from laser skin resurfacing treatment.

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Can Cheek Enhancements Make You Look Younger? https://www.facialplasticsbh.com/blog/can-cheek-enhancements-make-you-look-younger/ https://www.facialplasticsbh.com/blog/can-cheek-enhancements-make-you-look-younger/#respond Mon, 06 Jul 2020 20:12:55 +0000 https://www.facialplasticsbh.com/?p=6007 Cheek enhancement treatments are available to help people lift their cheeks or add volume to them. At the CENTER for Advanced Facial Plastic Surgery in Los Angeles, Dr. Babak Azizzadeh offers a wide range of procedures to enhance the cheeks, including surgical and non-surgical treatments. In doing so, Dr. Azizzadeh helps patients undergo cheek treatments to help revitalize their facial appearance.

Dr. Azizzadeh recognizes that cheek enhancement can be challenging, regardless of the patient. But, Dr. Azizzadeh performs a patient evaluation to determine if a patient can benefit from a cheek improvement procedure. He also uses this evaluation to find out which cheek treatment is the best option for his patient and crafts a treatment plan accordingly.

 

What Cheek Enhancement Treatment Options Are Available?

Popular cheek enhancement treatments include:

1. Cheek Enhancement Surgery

Dr. Azizzadeh performs a mid-facelift that addresses sagging lower eyelids and cheeks. In fact, the mid-facelift procedure is often ideal for patients who want to lift the cheeks without altering the appearance of their neck and chin.

To perform a mid facelift, Dr. Azizzadeh makes small incisions around the ear in the same way he would during a traditional facelift surgery. He then shifts the muscles surrounding the cheeks and nose upward. Additionally, Dr. Azizzadeh performs multi-level fat grafting to restore lost facial volume.

A mid facelift can usually be completed in about 60 to 90 minutes, and the initial recovery period after surgery lasts about one week. To date, Dr. Azizzadeh has performed many mid-facelift procedures to treat sagging cheeks and helped his patients achieve a more youthful facial appearance.

2. Non-Surgical Cheek Enhancement

Dr. Azizzadeh offers Juvederm cheek enhancement, which involves the use of Juvederm dermal filler injections to temporarily improve the facial appearance.

Juvederm dermal fillers are gel-like injectables used to restore facial volume and correct facial lines, wrinkles, and other visible signs of aging. When used for cheek enhancement, Juvederm is injected into the cheeks with a fine needle.

A Juvederm cheek enhancement procedure can be completed in minutes, and it may cause short-term side effects like mild swelling and bruising. Meanwhile, most patients notice results of Juvederm injections within 24 hours of treatment, and these results may last six months or longer.

3. Cheek Thread Lift

A cheek thread lift involves the use of temporary sutures to lift the cheeks. With a thread lift, sagging skin in the cheeks is suspended via stitches, which may help tighten the facial skin. Also, a cheek thread lift may be used to stimulate the production of collagen, which supports healthy skin.

Cheek thread lift procedures are sometimes performed in lieu of facelift surgery. A thread lift may also be performed at the same time as other facial rejuvenation procedures.

4. Cheek Implants

Cheek augmentation involves the insertion of implants into the cheeks. With this procedure, cheek implants help the cheeks look fuller.

There are three cheek implant shapes:

  • Malar: Malar cheek implants are placed directly on the patient’s cheekbones.
  • Submalar: Submalar cheek implants are used to correct sunken cheeks.
  • Combined: A combined treatment involves malar and submalar cheek implants to enhance cheek fullness.

Cheek implant surgery can be performed on its own or in combination with a rhinoplasty, facelift, and other facial rejuvenation treatments. Furthermore, cheek augmentation patients can usually resume their normal activities within one week of surgery.

 

How to Decide Which Cheek Enhancement Procedure Is Right for You

Cheek enhancement procedures are readily available, and it is important to evaluate all available options closely. To do so, it helps to consider the following questions:

1. Do Cheek Fillers Make You Look Younger?

Cheek fillers and other facial rejuvenation treatments may help patients appear younger, due to the fact that they can restore lost cheek volume and lift the cheeks. However, any cheek enhancement procedure must be performed by an expert facial plastic surgeon.

Dr. Azizzadeh is globally recognized for his expertise with cheek enhancement procedures and other facial rejuvenation treatments. He understands each patient has different facial rejuvenation goals, so he learns about them and develops a treatment plan designed to deliver the optimal results.

Also, Dr. Azizzadeh partners with his patient throughout a facial revitalization treatment. Dr. Azizzadeh administers treatment and monitors his patient’s progress, ensuring the patient can benefit from a revitalized facial appearance.

2. Cheek Implants vs. Fillers: Which Option Will Help Me Rejuvenate My Facial Appearance?

The right cheek enhancement treatment varies based on the patient. Therefore, Dr. Azizzadeh thoroughly evaluates a patient before he recommends a procedure to revitalize the cheeks.

An evaluation gives Dr. Azizzadeh the opportunity to review a patient’s medical history and facial features. It also allows the patient to ask questions about cheek implants, fillers, and similar treatments.

Following an evaluation, Dr. Azizzadeh shares his facial rejuvenation treatment recommendation with his patient. Dr. Azizzadeh may recommend cheek implants, fillers, or other treatments, as well as other facial rejuvenation procedures. Then, if the patient decides to undergo a cheek enhancement treatment, Dr. Azizzadeh does his part to safely perform the procedure and deliver the best results.

3. Are There Risks Associated with Cheek Enhancement?

Patients may be ineligible for certain cheek enhancement procedures due to past or current medical conditions. In these cases, Dr. Azizzadeh offers alternative treatment options.

Dr. Azizzadeh only performs a facial rejuvenation procedure if he believes the treatment can benefit a patient and won’t put their health and wellbeing in danger. He also tracks his patient’s progress in the days, weeks, and months after treatment and can address any complications during the recovery period.

4. Where Should I Go for Cheek Enhancement Treatment?

For those who are exploring cheek enhancement options, Dr. Azizzadeh is available to help. As a dual board-certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon with many years of industry experience, Dr. Azizzadeh possesses the skills necessary to safely conduct a facial rejuvenation procedure to lift the cheeks.

Dr. Azizzadeh can meet with a patient to discuss facial rejuvenation treatment options to elevate the cheeks and ensure they complement the eyes, nose, and other facial features. Plus, Dr. Azizzadeh can explain all stages of facial rejuvenation procedure, so a patient knows exactly what to expect throughout treatment.

 

Schedule a Cheek Enhancement Treatment Consultation with Dr. Azizzadeh

Dr. Azizzadeh is available to provide insights into cheek enhancement treatment options. To learn more or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Azizzadeh, please contact us online or call us today at 310-657-2203.

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Chin Implant vs. Filler: Which Is Better? https://www.facialplasticsbh.com/blog/chin-implant-vs-chin-filler/ https://www.facialplasticsbh.com/blog/chin-implant-vs-chin-filler/#respond Mon, 06 Jul 2020 20:00:50 +0000 https://www.facialplasticsbh.com/?p=6004 Chin implants and fillers can enhance the jawline and improve the facial appearance. However, chin implants may be better choices than chin fillers for some patients or vice versa. There may even be instances in which patients benefit from chin implant or filler treatments performed in combination with other facial rejuvenation procedures.  

Dr. Babak Azizzadeh of the CENTER for Advanced Facial Plastic Surgery is committed to educating patients about facial rejuvenation treatments. To help patients determine if a chin implant or filler can be used to revitalize their facial appearance, Dr. Azizzadeh provides insights into both treatments.

 

What Is a Chin Implant?

A chin implant is used during chin augmentation, a surgical procedure that involves the insertion of a small implant in front of a patient’s chin bone. The implant increases the length of the patient’s jawline, resulting in a more refined and sculpted facial appearance.

Ultimately, the goal of chin augmentation is to ensure that the chin complements the cheeks, eyes, nose, and other facial features. If the chin looks proportional to the rest of the face after chin augmentation surgery, a patient can enjoy a symmetrical facial appearance.

Benefits of a Chin Implant

There are many reasons why patients may pursue chin implant surgery, such as:

  • Weak Chin: Patients dealing with a receding or under-projected chin can undergo a chin augmentation to correct a weak chin and improve the length of the jawline.
  • Double Chin: A chin implant can be used to help reduce the appearance of a double chin that looks disproportionate to the rest of a patient’s face.
  • Poor Neck Definition: Chin implant surgery can improve both the definition of the neck and jawline.

The benefits of a chin implant can be significant, but a patient should only undergo chin augmentation surgery after consulting with Dr. Azizzadeh. That way, Dr. Azizzadeh can prepare his patient for all aspects of chin implant surgery.

Chin Implant Surgery Process

A chin augmentation is typically performed as an outpatient procedure under general or local anesthesia. During treatment, Dr. Azizzadeh makes a small incision under a patient’s chin or inside their mouth. Next, Dr. Azizzadeh makes space for the chin implant and inserts it around the chin bone.

There may also be instances where Dr. Azizzadeh performs chin implant surgery in combination with a nose job. In these instances, Dr. Azizzadeh reshapes or resizes the nose at the same time he inserts an implant into a patient’s chin.

On average, a chin implant surgery takes about one hour to complete. Additional time is required if chin augmentation surgery is performed in conjunction with a rhinoplasty or any other facial rejuvenation treatment.

Chin Implant Recovery Time

Patients may experience bruising and swelling following chin implant surgery, but these symptoms usually disappear on their own shortly after treatment.

Most patients can often resume their regular activities within one week of a chin augmentation procedure. But, patients may need to sleep face up with the head elevated and follow other post-surgery instructions for a few weeks after a chin augmentation to minimize the risk of complications.  

Chin Implant Risks

There are risks associated with chin implant surgery, and these include:

  • Infection
  • Internal bleeding
  • Poor scarring

Dr. Azizzadeh prepares a chin implant surgery plan and carefully administers treatment. Additionally, Dr. Azizzadeh won’t recommend chin augmentation surgery if he believes the procedure will endanger a patient. In this scenario, Dr. Azizzadeh may instead recommend a chin filler.

 

What Is a Chin Filler?

A chin filler offers a non-surgical alternative to a chin augmentation. It involves the use of an injectable filler to temporarily improve the appearance of the chin and jawline.

Benefits of a Chin Filler

A chin filler does not require a patient to go under the knife. Conversely, Dr. Azizzadeh injects a chin filler into the treatment area, and the procedure takes about 30 to 60 minutes complete.

Chin Filler Recovery Time

There is no downtime after a chin filler procedure as well. Upon completion, a chin filler patient may notice immediate improvements in their facial appearance, with treatment results lasting up to two years.

Chin Filler Risks

Risks associated with chin fillers include:

  • Asymmetrical facial appearance
  • Skin damage
  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Under- or over-treatment

Dr. Azizzadeh explains the risks associated with a facial rejuvenation treatment during an initial consultation. He also takes time to respond to a patient’s facial rejuvenation treatment concerns and questions. With his in-depth approach to facial rejuvenation procedures, Dr. Azizzadeh helps his patient make the best decision based on their treatment goals.  

 

Chin Filler or Implant: Which Option Is Right for You?

When it comes to chin filler and implant treatments, it helps to consult with Dr. Azizzadeh. Then, Dr. Azizzadeh can evaluate a patient and offer a personalized treatment recommendation. Dr. Azizzadeh can also provide comprehensive insights into the advantages and disadvantages of chin fillers and chin implants.

Chin fillers are popular choices for patients who want to quickly improve the appearance of the chin and jawline. They may also be more affordable than chin augmentation surgery. Yet, chin fillers deliver temporary results, so periodic follow-up treatments may be required.

Comparatively, chin implant surgery provides long-term results, and it has been shown to be safe and effective for patients who want to achieve a balanced facial appearance. On the other hand, chin augmentation can be risky, particularly when it is performed by an inexperienced facial plastic surgeon.

 

The Bottom Line on a Chin Filler vs. a Chin Implant

Regardless of whether patients choose chin fillers or implants, Dr. Azizzadeh helps his patients safely correct visible signs of aging in the face. Dr. Azizzadeh learns about his patients and finds out why they are considering facial rejuvenation treatments. He then offers a custom treatment plan for each patient and executes this plan to perfection. The result: a patient can undergo a procedure to bolster their facial appearance and achieve their desired results.

Dr. Azizzadeh is available to discuss chin fillers and implants and help his patients evaluate both facial rejuvenation treatment options. To learn more or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Azizzadeh, please contact us online or call us today at 310-657-2203.

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Vertical vs. Traditional Facelift: What Is the Difference? https://www.facialplasticsbh.com/blog/difference-between-vertical-and-traditional-facelift/ https://www.facialplasticsbh.com/blog/difference-between-vertical-and-traditional-facelift/#respond Mon, 06 Jul 2020 19:29:42 +0000 https://www.facialplasticsbh.com/?p=5999 Facelift surgery is a top choice to rejuvenate the eyes, cheeks, chin, and other facial features. Yet, deciding which type of facelift procedure to undergo can be difficult.

For those who are considering facelift surgery, multiple options are available, including vertical and traditional treatments. To determine which type of facelift is the best option to help a patient correct visible signs of aging in the face, let’s take an in-depth look at both types of facelift surgery.

 

What Is a Vertical Facelift?

A vertical facelift treats sagging facial skin in the lower face. In doing so, the procedure helps patients address hanging skin on the jaw or chin and make the skin on the lower face appear tighter, firmer, and more youthful.

Benefits of a Vertical Facelift

During a vertical facelift, a facial plastic surgeon makes small incisions that extend from behind a patient’s ear to the back of the hairline. This provides the surgeon with seamless access to the treatment area. At the same time, the vertical facelift technique helps the surgeon minimize the appearance of scars after facelift surgery.

Along with limited scarring, a vertical facelift offers a safe, effective treatment to help enhance facial appearance, particularly when it is performed by an expert facial plastic surgeon. A vertical facelift also ensures a patient can enjoy a balanced, natural-looking facial appearance for years after treatment.

Disadvantages of a Vertical Facelift

The primary disadvantage of a vertical facelift is that the procedure focuses on the lower portion of the face. Thus, if a patient is exploring ways to enhance the appearance of the eyes, cheeks, forehead, and other areas in the middle and upper portions of the face, a traditional facelift may be a superior option.

 

What Is a Traditional Facelift?

Whereas the facial skin is pulled vertically during a vertical facelift, a traditional facelift involves pulling the skin sideways. As such, a traditional facelift may be used to treat wrinkles, frown lines, and other signs of aging across the face.

Benefits of a Traditional Facelift

A traditional facelift benefits patients who want to bolster their overall facial appearance. The treatment is used to rejuvenate facial contours and restore facial symmetry. It also helps repair loose facial skin and tighten the facial muscles.

Disadvantages of a Traditional Facelift

There are risks associated with vertical and traditional facelifts alike. Potential facelift surgery complications include:

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Facial nerve injury
  • Skin discoloration and/or irregularities
  • Poor results

When it comes to facelift surgery, working with an expert facial plastic surgeon is key. Because, if patients meet with a facial plastic surgeon who knows the ins and outs of vertical and traditional facelifts, they can gain the insights they need to make an informed decision regarding treatment. 

 

Vertical or Traditional Facelift: Questions to Consider

Before undergoing a facelift or any cosmetic procedure, meet with a facial plastic surgeon who possesses in-depth industry expertise. That way, a patient can receive a full evaluation to determine which facial rejuvenation treatment can deliver the desired results. The evaluation also enables a patient to receive answers to a wide range of facelift questions, such as:

1. In Addition to a Vertical Facelift, Are There Other Alternatives to a Traditional Facelift?

There is no shortage of facial rejuvenation procedures available, including:

  • Mid Facelift: Also referred to as a cheek lift, a mid-facelift is used to enhance the lower eyelids and cheeks.
  • Rhinoplasty: A nose job reshapes the nose or restores its function.
  • Botox: Botox offers a non-surgical facial rejuvenation treatment that prevents excess facial muscle movement that otherwise contributes to fine lines, wrinkles, and furrows.

The ideal facial rejuvenation treatment varies based on a patient and their facial appearance. But, if patients evaluate a variety of treatment options, they can determine if one or more procedures are necessary to revitalize their facial appearance.

2. How Much Is a Vertical Facelift vs. a Traditional Facelift?

The cost of a vertical or traditional facelift or any other facial rejuvenation treatment depends on the facial plastic surgeon performing the procedure and other factors. Fortunately, the surgeon discusses the cost of treatment before a procedure is completed. This allows the patient to determine if a cosmetic procedure falls in line with their budget.

A facial plastic surgeon may offer financing options to help a patient cover the cost of a cosmetic procedure as well. With financing, a patient can get funds upfront to pay for their procedure, then make incremental payments over a set period of time to fulfill their financial obligation.

3. Is a Vertical or Traditional Facelift Safe?

Facelift surgery is only performed if a facial plastic surgeon deems the treatment is safe for a patient. If the surgeon believes a facelift will put a patient’s health and wellbeing at risk, alternative treatment options can be explored.

4. When Will I See the Results of a Facelift?

The initial results of a vertical or traditional facelift usually become visible within about three months of treatment. Healing continues up to six months following facelift surgery, and the length of time required to experience the full results of treatment varies. 

5. Which Is the Right Choice for Me: a Vertical or Traditional Facelift?

To decide whether to undergo a vertical or traditional facelift, a patient must first consider their facial rejuvenation treatment goals closely. Then, the patient can meet with a facial plastic surgeon to determine if facelift surgery can be used to achieve these goals.

 

Why Do Patients Choose Dr. Azizzadeh for Facelift Surgery?

Dr. Babak Azizzadeh of the CENTER for Facial Plastic Surgery in Los Angeles is world-renowned for his facelift surgery work. He has performed both vertical and traditional facelift procedures and can educate patients about them. As a result, Dr. Azizzadeh can help patients weigh the pros and cons of facelift surgery and other facial rejuvenation procedures and determine which treatment option can deliver the best treatment results.  

Patients who want to discuss facelift surgery and other facial rejuvenation treatments can meet with Dr. Azizzadeh. To schedule a free consultation with Dr. Azizzadeh, please contact us online or call us today at 310-657-2203. 

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Microneedling at Home: Is It Safe? https://www.facialplasticsbh.com/blog/is-microneedling-at-home-safe/ https://www.facialplasticsbh.com/blog/is-microneedling-at-home-safe/#respond Mon, 06 Jul 2020 19:12:57 +0000 https://www.facialplasticsbh.com/?p=5994 Microneedling, also referred to as collagen induction therapy, is a facial rejuvenation procedure used to treat facial lines, wrinkles, and other visible signs of aging. The procedure also helps stimulate collagen and elastin production, leading to a revitalized facial appearance.

For those who are considering microneedling, multiple options are available, including at-home treatment. Questions persist about the safety of microneedling at home, and they must be considered before the treatment is performed. 

Ultimately, to achieve the best results from collagen induction therapy, it is paramount to partner with an expert facial plastic surgeon. To understand why this is the case, let’s consider microneedling at home and the dangers associated with it.

 

What Is At-Home Microneedling?

With at-home microneedling, people can rejuvenate the facial appearance without help from a facial plastic surgeon. In fact, there are many reasons why people choose at-home microneedling in lieu of working with a facial plastic surgeon, including:

1. Convenience

Typically, a facial plastic surgeon performs an evaluation to determine if a patient qualifies for microneedling or other facial rejuvenation treatments. The surgeon then offers a custom treatment plan to ensure the patient can safely achieve their desired facial rejuvenation treatment results.

On the other hand, microneedling kits are readily available, and they include instructions that explain how to perform the treatment. As such, anyone can purchase a microneedling kit and complete the facial rejuvenation treatment on their own.

2. Affordability

Since microneedling is considered a cosmetic treatment, the procedure is not covered by insurance. Thus, people who want to undergo microneedling performed by a facial plastic surgeon will need to pay for the procedure out of pocket. Additionally, patients who undergo collagen induction therapy may require multiple treatment sessions, which can increase its overall cost.

Comparatively, the only cost associated with at-home microneedling involves the purchase of a microneedling kit. In some instances, people may purchase facial serums they can use in combination with at-home microneedling, too.

3. Efficiency

A facial plastic surgeon may request several follow-up appointments after an initial microneedling session. The surgeon uses these appointments to evaluate their patient and determine if additional sessions are required. Also, the surgeon may recommend laser skin resurfacing or other facial rejuvenation treatments if microneedling did not deliver the patient’s desired results.

At-home microneedling can be performed quickly and has no downtime. It is minimally invasive, and people can resume their everyday activities after their procedure. Plus, people may start to notice their facial skin is firmer and brighter immediately following treatment.  

The reasons why people microneedle at home are clear. Yet, in order to optimize the results of at-home microneedling, the treatment must be performed correctly.

 

How to Microneedle at Home

To microneedle at home, the skin must first be prepared accordingly. A microneedle roller is also required, and the skin must be cleansed to remove any germs across the treatment area. Next, the roller can be used across different sections of the face; the roller should be used for approximately 15 seconds in each section, and it can be moved in all directions on the face.

People may experience minor discomfort after an at-home microneedling treatment. They may also apply moisturizers and other face serums to help maximize the results of microneedling.

After an at-home microneedling treatment, it is crucial to clean the microneedling roller. To do so, sanitizer should be applied to the microneedles; the microneedles must be fully sanitized, sterilized, and air-dried before they can be used safely once again.  

 

Does At-Home Microneedling Work?

Microneedling at home results vary, but those who perform the procedure correctly may notice instant improvements in their facial appearance.

At-home microneedling can enhance skin tone and texture and minimize the appearance of acne scars and hyperpigmentation. It can also treat loose facial skin, brown spots, and other skin issues.  

The effectiveness of at-home microneedling depends on how frequently treatment sessions are performed as well. Furthermore, if at-home microneedling is not performed properly, patients are unlikely to achieve the full results of treatment — and could inadvertently put their health in danger.

 

Is Microneedling at Home Safe?

Anyone can microneedle at home, but the risks associated with doing so can be significant. Risks associated with at-home microneedling include:

1. Infection

Microneedling results in microscopic facial skin wounds to drive collagen production that helps improve the facial appearance. At the same time, these wounds make people increasingly prone to infection, particularly for those who do not clean the face prior to treatment.

2. Skin Damage

A facial plastic surgeon understands the proper technique to use during microneedling. Meanwhile, people who perform microneedling at home likely lack facial plastic surgery skills and experience, and they may unknowingly press down on the facial skin too hard during treatment. When this occurs, people can irritate the facial skin and cause skin damage.

3. Medical Complications

Many people qualify for microneedling performed by facial plastic surgery or at home. Conversely, certain individuals may be poor candidates for microneedling due to current or past medical conditions. For example, microneedling is not recommended for pregnant women, due to the fact that the procedure requires the body to use nutrients that support an unborn child’s growth and development. Microneedling is also not recommended for people who are dealing with cardiac abnormalities, collagen vascular diseases, or other severe medical conditions.

Understanding how safe is microneedling at home can be difficult, and it is crucial to take precautions to limit risk during treatment. Otherwise, people put themselves in danger of immediate and long-term health complications following a microneedling procedure.

 

Questions to Ask About Microneedling at Home

There are many factors to evaluate before choosing to microneedle at home. To help determine if microneedling at home is the best choice, here are three questions to consider:

1. Can Microneedling at Home Help Improve My Facial Appearance?

Microneedling at home offers no guarantees, even for those who purchase a comprehensive microneedling kit. The procedure may be beneficial, but there is no telling if the treatment will deliver the optimal results until it is completed.

2. Is It Safe to Microneedle at Home?

Microneedling at home may seem simple, but there are many risks associated with treatment. But, when microneedling is performed by a facial plastic surgeon, a patient can receive extensive care and support. The surgeon devotes time and resources to develop a personalized microneedling treatment plan for their patient, thereby limiting the risk of complications.

3. Which Option Is Better: to Hire a Facial Plastic Surgery for Microneedling, or to Perform the Procedure at Home?

When it comes to microneedling, it is always better to proceed with caution. By working with a facial plastic surgeon, anyone can receive insights into microneedling and other facial rejuvenation treatments and take steps to revitalize their facial appearance.

 

Explore Microneedling Treatment Options

Dr. Babak Azizzadeh of the CENTER for Advanced Facial Plastic Surgery in Beverly Hills is globally recognized for his expertise with facial plastic and reconstructive surgery and head and neck surgery. He can teach patients about microneedling and other facial rejuvenation procedures and help them determine the best course of action to improve their facial appearance. To learn more or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Azizzadeh, please contact us online or call us today at 310-657-2203.

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What Are the Advantages of a Non-Surgical Facelift? https://www.facialplasticsbh.com/blog/what-are-the-advantages-of-a-non-surgical-facelift/ https://www.facialplasticsbh.com/blog/what-are-the-advantages-of-a-non-surgical-facelift/#respond Mon, 22 Jun 2020 21:21:31 +0000 https://www.facialplasticsbh.com/?p=5753 Two types of facelifts are available: surgical and non-surgical. Although facelift surgery is commonly used to help patients improve the appearance of the face and neck, a non-surgical facelift is sometimes a superior option. To understand why this may be the case, let’s take a look at non-surgical facelifts and their benefits.

What Is a Non-Surgical Facelift?

Surgical and non-surgical facelifts are designed for the same purpose: to revitalize the facial appearance. Whereas a surgical facelift requires a patient to go under the knife, a non-surgical facelift does not. As such, patients who simultaneously want to avoid surgery and enhance their facial appearance may pursue a non-surgical facelift.

Many non-surgical facelift options are available, including:

  1. Botox

Botox is the number one non-surgical cosmetic procedure in the United States, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. It is an injectable prescription used to temporarily smooth fine lines and wrinkles that form due to excessive muscle movements in the face.

A Botox treatment can be performed in just minutes, and patients won’t have to worry about downtime after their procedure. Also, a Botox treatment can deliver results that last four months or longer.

  1. Facial Fillers

Facial fillers are injectable treatments for different areas of the face. They can be used to correct severe facial lines and wrinkles, treat nasolabial folds, and address other visible signs of aging in the face.   

Patients who are considering facial fillers will find no shortage of options at their disposal. Each dermal filler treatment must be tailored to a patient to deliver maximum results.

  1. Laser Skin Resurfacing

Laser skin resurfacing involves the use of DOT Deka laser treatments to rejuvenate the face and neck skin. It allows a patient to resurface the face and neck skin to correct scars and other blemishes.

A laser skin resurfacing treatment program offers a great option for patients who want to minimize the appearance of sun-damaged skin, skin texture and tone issues, and melasma (pigmentation disorder that causes brown or grey patches on the skin). Laser skin resurfacing can also be performed in combination with Botox and other non-surgical facial rejuvenation procedures.

What Are the Benefits of a Non-Surgical Facelift?

There are many reasons why patients choose non-surgical facelift options over facelift surgery, such as:

  1. Fast Treatment

In many instances, a non-surgical facelift procedure can be performed in minutes. Comparatively, facelift surgery can require two hours or longer.

  1. Short Recovery Time

The results of a non-surgical facelift usually become fully transparent within about seven to 10 days. Yet, with a facelift surgery, it may take a year before a patient achieves the full results.  

  1. Less Pain

Patient discomfort is minimal both during and after a non-surgical facelift. On the other hand, a patient may require general anesthesia before a facelift surgery to reduce pain. A patient may also experience bruising, swelling, and other painful side effects and require pain medication in the first few days after facelift surgery.   

  1. Few Risks

There are risks associated with surgical and non-surgical facelifts. However, non-surgical facelifts do not require anesthesia, which helps lower the risk of complications.

  1. Minimal Aftercare

Little to no aftercare is required after a non-surgical facelift. In fact, non-surgical facelift patients can often resume their everyday activities immediately following their procedure.

  1. Cost

Non-surgical facelift procedures tend to be more affordable than facelift surgery. They require patients to pay per treatment, in lieu of a one-time, upfront cost for a surgical facelift. 

  1. Proven Results

To date, non-surgical facelifts have helped many men and women around the world achieve a balanced, natural-looking facial appearance.

Should You Choose a Non-Surgical or Surgical Facelift?

There is a lot to like about non-surgical facelifts, but it is important to note there are many reasons why patients may prefer surgical facelifts over non-surgical ones.

A non-surgical facelift delivers temporary results, and a patient requires periodic treatments to correct facial flaws. Meanwhile, facelift surgery results can last 10 years or longer.

Along with the length of treatment results, cost is also a key consideration when deciding between a non-surgical and surgical facelift.

The cost of a single non-surgical facelift procedure may be lower than that of a facelift surgery. Conversely, facelift surgery requires one upfront charge, while a patient is required to cover the cost of each non-surgical facelift treatment.   

Is a Non-Surgical Facelift in Beverly Hills Right for You?

For people who are considering a non-surgical facelift for jowls or other face or neck flaws, many facial plastic surgeons are available in Beverly Hills. But, not every facial plastic surgeon can perform a non-surgical facelift with the accuracy and precision necessary to deliver the best results.

Dr. Babak Azizzadeh of the CENTER for Advanced Facial Plastic Surgery is a leading provider of non-surgical facelifts in Los Angeles. He is globally recognized for his facial plastic and reconstructive surgery and head and neck surgery expertise and applies his skills to his everyday work. With his comprehensive approach to facelifts, Dr. Azizzadeh ensures each patient can explore different treatment options and undergo a safe, effective procedure to accomplish their facial rejuvenation goals.

To determine if a patient can benefit from a surgical or non-surgical facelift, Dr. Azizzadeh first performs an evaluation. He analyzes the patient’s facial appearance, reviews their medical history, and finds out why the patient is pursuing a facial rejuvenation treatment. Once Dr. Azizzadeh learns about the patient, he crafts a facelift treatment plan.

Each treatment plan is customized to a patient, and it may include one or more facial rejuvenation procedures. Dr. Azizzadeh explains the plan to his patient, and he responds to the patient’s treatment concerns and questions. This ensures the patient knows exactly what to expect before a non-surgical facelift plan is executed.

Dr. Azizzadeh monitors his patient’s status during the course of a non-surgical facelift program, too. He wants his patient to achieve the full benefits of a non-surgical facelift and looks for any opportunities to optimize the treatment program. As a result, at the end of a non-surgical facelift treatment, the patient can enjoy a beautiful facial appearance.

Schedule a Non-Surgical Facelift Treatment Consultation with Dr. Azizzadeh

Dr. Azizzadeh is available to meet with a patient to discuss non-surgical facelift options. To learn more or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Azizzadeh, please contact us online or call us today at 310-657-2203.  

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How Effective Is Botox for Crow’s Feet? https://www.facialplasticsbh.com/blog/how-effective-is-botox-for-crows-feet/ https://www.facialplasticsbh.com/blog/how-effective-is-botox-for-crows-feet/#respond Mon, 22 Jun 2020 21:18:37 +0000 https://www.facialplasticsbh.com/?p=5749 Botox is a non-surgical facial rejuvenation treatment that can be used to correct crow’s feet. For those who are considering crow’s feet Botox injections, it helps to meet with Dr. Babak Azizzadeh of the CENTER for Advanced Facial Plastic Surgery in Los Angeles. 

Dr. Azizzadeh is world-renowned for his facial plastic and reconstructive surgery and head and neck surgery expertise. He understands the intricacies of crow’s feet Botox injections, and he can offer a personalized treatment plan to a patient. In doing so, Dr. Azizzadeh helps his patient use Botox to effectively address crow’s feet and other visible signs of aging in the face.

How Does Botox Work on Crow’s Feet?

Crow’s feet Botox injections reduce excess muscle movements in the face, including movements of the orbicularis oculi muscle.

The orbicularis oculi muscle is a flat, broad muscle that closes the eyelids. When people laugh, squint, or smile, the orbicularis oculi muscle contracts, leading to perpendicular pull lines around the eyes. The result: crow’s feet develop, and they can be difficult to treat.

Botox can be used to treat crow’s feet, depending on the patient. By consulting with Dr. Azizzadeh, a patient can undergo a full evaluation to determine if Botox or other facial rejuvenation treatments can be used to address crow’s feet.

Which Is Better: Crow’s Feet Botox or Fillers?

In addition to Botox, several facial fillers can be used to treat crow’s feet. These facial fillers include:

  • Juvederm: Consists of a group of gel-like injectables that have a high concentration of hyaluronic acid, a substance produced by the body that helps moisturize the skin.
  • Restylane: Smooths away crow’s feet, along with facial wrinkles and folds.
  • Sculptra: Stimulates the growth of collagen, a protein that helps improve skin elasticity and firmness.

Dr. Azizzadeh can help a patient decide between Botox or dermal fillers for crow’s feet. He offers a custom treatment recommendation based on the patient and the severity of their crow’s feet. Dr. Azizzadeh also determines precisely where Botox should be injected into a patient’s face, how much Botox should be used to address crow’s feet, and how frequently patients should receive treatments.

How Many Crow’s Feet Botox Injection Sites Are There?

To alleviate crow’s feet, three Botox injections are used on each side of a patient’s face. The first injection is placed approximately 1.5 cm to 2 cm from the corner of the eye, where the lower and upper eyelids connect (lateral canthus). Meanwhile, the second and third injections vary depending on the patient.

Dr. Azizzadeh thoroughly evaluates a patient’s facial appearance before he performs Botox for crow’s feet. This allows Dr. Azizzadeh to understand where to inject Botox into a patient’s face. That way, Dr. Azizzadeh minimizes the risk of Botox complications and helps the patient achieve the full results of treatment.

How Many Units of Botox Are Needed to Treat Crow’s Feet?

On average, patients require 16 to 24 units of Botox to treat crow’s feet. For women, four to 20 units of Botox may be required. Comparatively, for men, 10 to 30 units of Botox may be necessary.

Dr. Azizzadeh has a simple goal with Botox for crow’s feet: to ensure his patient achieves a balanced, natural-looking facial appearance. To accomplish this goal, Dr. Azizzadeh does everything possible to determine the optimal amount of Botox for a patient before treatment. With this approach, Dr. Azizzadeh can perform a safe, effective Botox treatment that helps his patient correct crow’s feet and maintain a beautiful, harmonious facial appearance.  

How Long Does Botox Take to Work on Crow’s Feet?

A Botox for crow’s feet procedure only requires about 30 minutes. After the procedure is finished, a patient can return home, go to work, and resume their normal activities.

Side effects of Botox for crow’s feet are minimal. Botox patients may experience slight tingling or soreness after they receive Botox injections, but these side effects usually disappear within a few days of treatment.

The full results of Botox typically become visible within three to seven days of injections. Dr. Azizzadeh remains available to respond to his patients’ concerns and questions after a Botox treatment, so they can receive assistance in the days following their procedure.

How Long Do the Results of Botox for Crow’s Feet Last?

The results of Botox for crow’s feet generally last three to four months. However, patients may report Botox treatment results that last up to six months.

Along with performing an initial Botox treatment, Dr. Azizzadeh can schedule follow-up appointments with his patient. These appointments allow the patient to receive Botox injections at regular intervals and maximize the results of treatment.

Does Botox for Crow’s Feet Deliver Treatment Results That Look Natural?

Crow’s feet Botox injections should enhance a patient’s facial appearance. But, when a Botox procedure is performed by an inexperienced facial plastic surgeon, the risk of overtreatment or undertreatment can be significant.

Dr. Azizzadeh understands what it takes to help his patients bolster their facial appearance. He learns about a patient and reviews their crow’s feet, frown lines, forehead creases, and other signs of aging they want to correct. Dr. Azizzadeh then creates a treatment plan designed to help the patient improve their facial appearance — without signs that any facial rejuvenation procedure was performed.

Ultimately, a successful Botox treatment helps a patient achieve a facial appearance in which all facial features complement one another. The treatment does not result in an unnatural facial appearance; instead, it helps a patient treat crow’s feet and other facial flaws, accentuate their facial features, and look their best.

How Much Is Botox for Crow’s Feet?

The cost of Botox varies based on the number of units required for treatment and other factors. Dr. Azizzadeh explains the cost of Botox for crow’s feet prior to treatment.

Is Botox for Crow’s Feet Right for You?

Botox is one of several non-surgical treatment options available to correct crow’s feet. A Botox procedure is fast, simple, and effective, and it does not require a patient to go under the knife. As such, Botox may be a great option for people who want to quickly and safely treat crow’s feet, facial lines and wrinkles, and other signs of aging.

Dr. Azizzadeh can educate patients about Botox for crow’s feet and determine if they are good candidates for treatment. To learn more or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Azizzadeh, please contact us online or call us today at 310-657-2203.

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How Often Should I Get a Botox Touch Up https://www.facialplasticsbh.com/blog/how-often-should-i-get-a-botox-touch-up/ https://www.facialplasticsbh.com/blog/how-often-should-i-get-a-botox-touch-up/#respond Mon, 22 Jun 2020 20:28:57 +0000 https://www.facialplasticsbh.com/?p=5913 Botox tops the list of non-surgical cosmetic procedures performed in the United States. The treatment is used to reduce the appearance of crow’s feet, frown lines, and other visible signs of aging in the face. Plus, a Botox treatment only requires minutes, and there is no downtime after the procedure.

For those who are considering Botox or other non-surgical facial rejuvenation treatments, a meeting with Dr. Babak Azizzadeh of the CENTER for Advanced Facial Plastic Surgery in Los Angeles is key. This meeting allows Dr. Azizzadeh to perform a full evaluation to determine if a patient qualifies for Botox and other cosmetic procedures. It also gives Dr. Azizzadeh an opportunity to educate the patient about Botox — and Botox touch ups.

What Is a Touch Up for Botox?

A touch up for Botox is sometimes required in the days after a Botox procedure. The results of a Botox treatment generally become visible within 24 to 36 hours, with the full effect of the injectable becoming transparent within one to two weeks. But, if Botox does not deliver its intended results shortly after treatment, a touch up may be necessary.

There are several reasons why a Botox touch up is performed. If Botox is injected into the forehead, lips, eyes, neck, or jawline and does not enhance the facial appearance, additional injections may be required for a patient to accomplish their treatment goals. Or, if certain muscles in the face are unaffected by Botox, touch up injections to specific areas of the face can help the patient achieve a balanced, natural-looking facial appearance.

How Long Does Botox Last?

A Botox treatment typically delivers results that last three to four months. In some cases, the results of Botox last up to six months. Yet, in other instances, Botox wears off sooner than expected. In these instances, a touch up for Botox may be performed, or more frequent Botox treatments may be required.

Botox Touch Up After Two Weeks: What You Need to Know

Patients who undergo a Botox treatment should expect to see the full results of treatment after 14 days. However, if a patient notices minimal changes or no changes in their facial appearance within two weeks of treatment, a Botox touch up can be performed.

Patients who do not see their desired results within two weeks of a Botox treatment should notify Dr. Azizzadeh. At this point, Dr. Azizzadeh can assess the patient and determine if a touch up for Botox can be used to improve facial appearance.

Dr. Azizzadeh personalizes a Botox touch up to his patient. Thus, each Botox touch up treatment is different, and the patient may receive a touch up for Botox that involves injections into one or more areas of the face.

Following a touch up for Botox, patient results are monitored. If the patient’s facial appearance does not improve, further touch ups for Botox or other facial rejuvenation treatments may be required.

Botox Touch Up After Two Months: What You Need to Know

A Botox touch up may be necessary approximately two months after treatment, due to the fact that the injectable’s effects have worn off.

The effects of Botox will disappear faster than expected due to several factors. If a patient’s Botox dosage is insufficient, their Botox treatment is unlikely to last as long as anticipated. Furthermore, if Botox is performed by an inexperienced facial plastic surgeon, it may be difficult for the patient to achieve long-lasting results.

Botox’s timeline varies based on the patient, the amount of Botox administered, and other factors. Meanwhile, there are many signs that the effects of Botox are wearing off, such as:

  • Facial lines and wrinkles reappear
  • Skin is no longer smooth
  • Patient looks older than their actual age

Dr. Azizzadeh can evaluate a Botox patient at any time following their first treatment. If a patient finds their Botox results start to fade at two months after treatment, he can perform a touch up. Dr. Azizzadeh can also tailor a Botox treatment program’s schedule to his patient. That way, the patient can receive the right amount of Botox at different intervals and maximize their treatment results.

What Is the Cost of a Botox Touch Up?

The cost of a Botox touch up varies based on the amount of Botox required and other factors. Dr. Azizzadeh discusses the cost of a touch up for Botox before he provides treatment.

How to Make Botox Last Longer

Dr. Azizzadeh offers tips to help patients prolong the results of Botox injections. These tips include:

1. Apply a Topical Cream to the Treatment Area

Botox may be used in combination with a topical cream to rejuvenate the facial appearance. A topical cream can contain vitamin C and other powerful ingredients that promote skin health. As a result, the cream may help a patient simultaneously revitalize their skin and get the best results from Botox injections.

2. Limit Sun Exposure

Direct sunlight drives blood circulation and causes blood vessels to disperse, limiting the effectiveness of Botox. Therefore, patients should wear a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen that provides both UV A and B protection after treatment.

3. Avoid Strenuous Exercise

Strenuous exercise can cause Botox to metabolize more quickly. It can also lead to increased facial muscle contractions that hamper the performance of Botox injections. As such, patients should avoid long periods of exercise, so they can extend the results of Botox.

4. Maintain a Healthy Diet

Processed foods and sugary sweets can impact a Botox patient’s physical health and skin. These foods should be avoided; instead, they can be replaced with nutrient-rich alternatives that promote physical wellbeing and skin hydration.

5. Alleviate Stress

Stress can accelerate the natural aging process, as well as speed up Botox’s lifespan. To alleviate stress, Botox patients can practice mindfulness activities like yoga or journaling.

Do I Need a Botox Touch Up?

Dr. Azizzadeh can meet with a patient to determine if a Botox touch up can be beneficial. The consultation allows Dr. Azizzadeh to explore the results of a patient’s previous Botox injections. If Dr. Azizzadeh determines a touch up for Botox is ideal, he can perform the treatment. Dr. Azizzadeh can also develop a custom Botox treatment plan for his patient.

For patients who are considering a Botox touch up, Dr. Azizzadeh is available to discuss treatment options. To learn more or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Azizzadeh, please contact us online or call us today at 310-657-2203.

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What Is the Difference Between Laser Blepharoplasty and Traditional Blepharoplasty? https://www.facialplasticsbh.com/blog/what-is-the-difference-between-traditional-and-laser-blepharoplasty/ https://www.facialplasticsbh.com/blog/what-is-the-difference-between-traditional-and-laser-blepharoplasty/#respond Mon, 22 Jun 2020 19:31:38 +0000 https://www.facialplasticsbh.com/?p=5907 Blepharoplasty surgery, also referred to as an eyelid lift, is used to enhance the appearance of the eyes. Patients can undergo a blepharoplasty to remove excess skin from the upper eyelids or bags from the lower eyelids. They can also receive an eyelid lift to treat sagging upper eyelids that otherwise make it difficult to see.

Although blepharoplasty surgery is a top option for many patients, a laser eyelid lift offers a safe, effective alternative. Now, let’s look at the differences between laser and traditional blepharoplasties.

What Is a Laser Blepharoplasty?

Whereas a traditional blepharoplasty requires a facial plastic surgeon to use a scalpel, a laser eyelid lift involves a CO2 laser. As such, a laser blepharoplasty helps a surgeon make accurate, precise incisions and determine the exact amount of tissue to remove during treatment.

What Is the Cost of Laser Blepharoplasty?

Laser blepharoplasty cost varies based on where the procedure is performed, the surgeon providing the treatment, and other factors. The surgeon explains the cost of a laser blepharoplasty prior to treatment.

Do I Qualify for a Laser Eyelid Lift?

Laser blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure, and a patient must qualify for treatment. Issues that may disqualify a patient from a laser eyelid lift include any previously diagnosed medical conditions or health issues that jeopardize the patient’s health and well-being.

A patient must meet with a surgeon before a laser eyelid lift. The surgeon discusses laser blepharoplasty and performs an evaluation to determine their eligibility for treatment. If the surgeon decides the patient is a good candidate for laser eyelid lift surgery, a personalized treatment plan is created.

What Are the Risks Associated with Laser Blepharoplasty?

Laser blepharoplasty risks include:

  • Eye irritation
  • Bleeding
  • Skin discoloration
  • Eye muscle injuries
  • Blurred vision
  • Loss of eyesight
  • Difficulty opening and closing the eyes

Laser blepharoplasty is only recommended if the procedure is considered safe for a patient. If a surgeon believes a laser eyelid lift is too risky, alternative treatments to revitalize the eyes’ appearance can be explored.

What Happens During a Laser Blepharoplasty?

Prior to a laser blepharoplasty for the upper eyelid, a patient may receive general anesthetic. Then, a surgeon places a metal plate near the patient’s eyeball and uses a laser to make an incision into the eyelid. The surgeon next removes excess fat and skin in the eyelid and seals the wound.

Like a laser upper eyelid lift, a laser blepharoplasty for eye bags may be performed under general anesthetic. During a laser eyelid lift to correct eye bags, a surgeon removes the bags via a small incision on the inside of the lower eyelid. The laser may also be used to resurface and tighten lower eyelid skin.

Will I Need Laser Resurfacing After Blepharoplasty Surgery?

A laser skin resurfacing procedure is used to treat sun-damaged skin, acne scars, skin texture and tone issues, and facial lines and wrinkles. The treatment helps improve skin tone, texture, and pigmentation. It also revitalizes the skin.

Laser skin resurfacing can be performed after a laser or traditional blepharoplasty, but it is not required for every patient. Following a blepharoplasty, a surgeon tracks the results of treatment. If the surgeon believes a patient can benefit from laser resurfacing or any other facial rejuvenation procedure, the treatment can be performed accordingly.

What Should I Expect During Laser Blepharoplasty Recovery?

Some bruising and swelling can occur after a laser blepharoplasty, but these issues typically disappear on their own within a few days of treatment. Generally, no stitches are required during a laser blepharoplasty, and the procedure does not leave any visible scars.

Laser blepharoplasty patients can usually resume their normal activities within about one week of treatment. Most patients require time off from work or school to recover after a laser eyelid lift, with the initial recovery period lasting up to 10 days.

What Are the Results of Laser Blepharoplasty?

The results of laser blepharoplasty include more youthful and rejuvenated eyes and a balanced, natural-looking facial appearance. They are virtually identical to those associated with a traditional eyelid lift.

What Are the Advantages of Laser Blepharoplasty?

A laser blepharoplasty allows a patient to achieve results that replicate those of a traditional eyelid lift, without going under the knife. The procedure can be performed for medical or cosmetic reasons, and it helps patients correct a variety of upper and lower eyelid issues, such as:

  • Drooping lower eyelids
  • Under-eye bags
  • Fine wrinkles around the lower eyelids
  • Sagging upper eyelid skin
  • Excess fat in the eyelids

Along with the benefits mentioned above, a laser blepharoplasty causes less bruising and swelling after treatment in comparison to a traditional eyelid lift. A laser blepharoplasty also requires only about seven to 10 days of recovery time and delivers; comparatively, it takes about two to four weeks to recover from a traditional eyelid lift. Furthermore, a laser eyelid lift procedure does not cause scarring, while a traditional blepharoplasty leaves scars.  

Which Is Better: Laser or Traditional Blepharoplasty?

The goal of any blepharoplasty procedure is to help a patient bolster their facial appearance with little to no risk. In some instances, a laser blepharoplasty provides the best option to accomplish this goal. Or, in other cases, a patient benefits from a traditional blepharoplasty over a laser eyelid lift.

To decide between a laser or traditional blepharoplasty, a patient should consult with a surgeon. This allows the surgeon to learn about the patient, perform a comprehensive evaluation of the patient’s eyes and other facial features, and review their medical history. In addition, the surgeon can determine if the patient qualifies for a laser eyelid lift, a traditional blepharoplasty, or both. The surgeon can also decide if the patient can benefit from other facial revitalization treatments.

Where Can I Find CO2 Laser Blepharoplasty Near Me?

There are many facial plastic surgeons who perform laser blepharoplasty treatments in cities and towns nationwide, but it is important to select a surgeon with extensive eyelid lift expertise.

An expert surgeon understands the dangers associated with a laser blepharoplasty procedure. The surgeon carefully evaluates a patient and determines their eligibility for an eyelid lift and other facial rejuvenation procedures. Also, the surgeon devotes time to respond to the patient’s blepharoplasty treatment concerns and questions, so the patient feels good about the procedure. The surgeon requests follow-up appointments after a blepharoplasty to ensure the patient achieves their desired results as well.

Dr. Babak Azizzadeh is globally recognized for his facial plastic and reconstructive surgery expertise, and he performs laser blepharoplasty and other facial rejuvenation procedures at the CENTER for Advanced Facial Plastic Surgery in Los Angeles. To learn more or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Azizzadeh, please contact us online or call us today at 310-657-2203.

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Which Is a Better Treatment Option: Surgical or Non-Surgical Chin Augmentation? https://www.facialplasticsbh.com/blog/which-is-a-better-treatment-option-surgical-or-non-surgical-chin-augmentation/ https://www.facialplasticsbh.com/blog/which-is-a-better-treatment-option-surgical-or-non-surgical-chin-augmentation/#respond Thu, 18 Jun 2020 20:51:48 +0000 https://www.facialplasticsbh.com/?p=5809 Two types of chin augmentation procedures are available: surgical and non-surgical. Both types of chin augmentation procedures can help strengthen a weak chin, minimize the appearance of jowls or a double chin and correct other chin issues that otherwise impact a patient’s facial symmetry. Yet, there may be instances in which a patient may benefit from surgical chin augmentation over a non-surgical alternative and vice versa.

Chin augmentation can be beneficial, but patients must consider both surgical and non-surgical treatment options. If patients evaluate both options, they can make an informed decision regarding their facial rejuvenation treatment. These patients can also undergo their preferred form of chin augmentation — and reap the benefits of an enhanced facial appearance.

Now, let’s look at surgical and non-surgical chin augmentation procedures, how they are performed, and their benefits.

What Happens During a Surgical Chin Augmentation?

Submental liposuction, also referred to as chin liposuction or double chin surgery, is commonly used to remove fat from under the chin. The procedure is designed to reduce the appearance of a double chin, as well as improve facial appearance.

To determine if a patient is eligible for submental liposuction, surgical consultation is required. The consultation enables the patient to discuss their facial rejuvenation treatment goals with a facial plastic surgeon. It also allows the surgeon to determine if there are any preexisting medical conditions or other risks that could disqualify the patient from treatment.

A surgeon uses a consultation to examine a patient’s chin and neck and other facial features. Furthermore, the surgeon reviews the patient’s medical history and finds out why double chin surgery is being considered.

If a surgeon determines submental liposuction can be safely performed, the surgeon crafts a treatment plan. The surgeon explains all stages of a chin liposuction procedure and helps the patient prepare for treatment.

A surgeon may recommend a patient stop taking certain medications before chin liposuction. This occurs if the patient’s medications may disrupt their double chin surgery recovery timeline.

Before double chin surgery, a surgeon determines the precise locations in the chin where fat can be removed. The surgeon also rinses the patient’s skin and injects an anesthetic into it.

During a chin liposuction procedure, a small tube (cannula) is inserted into different areas of a patient’s chin. A surgeon then uses gentle suction to remove specific amounts of fat from each location. This helps the patient remove fat from beneath the chin, as well as achieve a smooth, even facial profile.

Patients can experience swelling and discomfort in the days after submental liposuction. The skin on the neck and chin can feel tight after surgery, and facial drains can be used to reduce blood and fluid build-up in the neck.

Following a double chin surgery, patients may require an antibiotic ointment to apply to surgical incisions. They should also avoid excess sunlight and take precautions to limit the amount of water on the face and chin for at least a few days after treatment.

Double chin surgery recovery time can vary based on the patient’s approach to the recovery process, the surgeon performing the procedure, and other factors.

Initial recovery from chin liposuction requires about one to two weeks. After this time, patients can return to work, school, and other everyday activities. Patients should also avoid strenuous exercise for up to six weeks following double chin surgery.

Patients may start to notice the results of a double chin surgery within about three months of treatment. Meanwhile, the full results usually become visible up to one year after surgery.

The risks associated with submental liposuction can be significant, and they include:

  • Undertreatment that results in minimal improvement of the facial appearance
  • Overtreatment that causes dimples and other skin irregularities
  • Seroma (fluid build-up beneath the skin)

Dr. Babak Azizzadeh of the CENTER for Advanced Facial Plastic Surgery in Los Angeles is globally recognized for his facial plastic and reconstructive surgery and head and neck surgery expertise. He has performed many submental liposuction procedures in his career, but his approach to surgery remains the same.

Submental liposuction should help a patient revitalize their facial appearance — without putting their health and safety at risk. So, Dr. Azizzadeh only recommends double chin surgery if he believes the procedure is both safe and effective.

Dr. Azizzadeh may recommend chin liposuction be performed in combination with a facelift, neck lift, and other facial rejuvenation procedures as well. Dr. Azizzadeh believes all facial features should appear in harmony with one another. Therefore, Dr. Azizzadeh may perform multiple procedures to help a patient achieve a balanced, natural-looking facial appearance.

What Happens During a Non-Surgical Chin Augmentation?

Along with submental liposuction, non-surgical facial rejuvenation treatments are available to help enhance the appearance of the chin and face. These treatments don’t require patients to go under the knife; instead, they may involve the use of Juvederm facial fillers.

Juvederm dermal fillers are gel-like injectables that help restore facial volume. Prior to a Juvederm procedure, a patient must meet with a surgeon to determine their eligibility for treatment.

Since each Juvederm procedure is tailored to a patient, the number of injections and the amount of Juvederm required varies. When injected into the skin, Juvederm can help patients enhance their facial symmetry and achieve a more youthful and vibrant facial appearance.

A Juvederm procedure involves applying a topical anesthetic to a patient’s lower dental block, followed by injecting the facial filler into the skin. The results of treatment are instant, and most patients see the full results of Juvederm the day after their procedure.

With Juvederm, results are temporary, and patients will need to undergo periodic injections. Juvederm patient results vary, but some patients report results that last 18 months or longer.

Side effects of Juvederm are generally less severe than those associated with chin augmentation surgery. Patients may experience skin tenderness and redness, along with minor bruising and swelling. These symptoms tend to subside on their own up to five days after treatment. There is no downtime after Juvederm injections, too.

How to Decide Between Surgical and Non-Surgical Chin Augmentation

When it comes to surgical and non-surgical chin augmentation, one procedure is not necessarily better than its counterpart. There are pros and cons with surgical and non-surgical chin augmentation procedures, and patients need to weigh their treatment options closely. That way, patients can determine if submental liposuction or Juvederm is the best course of action to bolster their facial appearance.

Submental liposuction may be a viable option for patients who want long-lasting results. A typical chin liposuction procedure delivers results that last seven to 10 years. Depending on how a patient cares for their health after double chin surgery, the results of treatment may last even longer. Plus, double chin surgery can be performed by Dr. Azizzadeh, a Harvard-trained and dual board-certified facial plastic, and reconstructive surgeon, to limit the risk of complications.

Juvederm may be a great choice for patients who want fast facial rejuvenation treatment results. Also, Juvederm injections may be more cost-effective in comparison to double chin surgery.

For those who are still uncertain about the best option for chin augmentation, Dr. Azizzadeh can help. Dr. Azizzadeh offers free consultations to patients who are considering chin augmentation and other facial rejuvenation treatments. Thus, by meeting with Dr. Azizzadeh, a patient can gain expert insights into different facial rejuvenation treatment options.

Which Type of Chin Augmentation Procedure Is Right for You?

Patients who are considering both surgical and non-surgical chin augmentation procedures should meet with Dr. Azizzadeh. In doing so, Dr. Azizzadeh can perform a full evaluation to determine which facial rejuvenation treatment options can help a patient achieve their desired results.

During an evaluation, Dr. Azizzadeh considers his patient’s health and facial rejuvenation treatment goals. Dr. Azizzadeh then works with his patient to develop a treatment plan that may include surgical or non-surgical chin augmentation and other facial rejuvenation procedures.

Dr. Azizzadeh’s unique experience allows him to help patients achieve exceptional chin augmentation treatment results. By choosing Dr. Azizzadeh for chin augmentation, a patient receives a personalized treatment plan to rejuvenate the facial appearance. The patient also gets comprehensive support throughout chin augmentation treatment, regardless of whether a surgical or non-surgical procedure is performed.

Patients who are considering surgical or non-surgical chin augmentation can discuss both treatment options with Dr. Azizzadeh. To learn more about chin augmentation or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Azizzadeh, please contact us online or call us today at 310-657-2203.

 

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