Are you looking for a lift but not quite willing to go under the knife? Juvederm has just released the first FDA approved filler to not only smooth lines and wrinkles, but add volume to the cheek area.
As we age, we lose collagen. This results in a lack of volume and a “sagging” look to the skin. Lack of volume is one of the key indicators of age. Many opt for a face lift to remove excess skin and diminish the look of an aging face, however, some may feel that this is too extreme.
Juvederm Voluma XC is a hyaluronic acid based injectable gel that adds volume and a lift to the face, specifically the cheek area. The results can last for up to 2 years and the side effects are minimal and can include swelling, tenderness, and slight bruising. Another benefit of Voluma is that the downtime after your procedure is minimal. You will see results right away and resume normal activities in just 24 hours. Contact our office to learn more about this exciting new option.
The Vecchione Plastic Surgery website got a facelift (pun intended). We like to keep current as plastic surgery is a constantly evolving industry. We revamped our website so that it may better assist you in answering your questions, supplying you with important information, and help you to make an informed decision when it comes to you, your health, and your appearance.
Vecchione Plastic Surgery is very excited and inspired as Plastic Surgery The Meeting draws to an end. San Diego proudly hosted this five day conference put on by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
Dr. Vecchione attended this conference covering both cosmetic and reconstructive topics including the future of plastic surgery, hot topics in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, myths and controversy in plastic surgery, surgical volunteerism, and open forums.
This is a wonderful way for surgeons to get together and discuss their craft. The conference also offered live demonstrations involving emerging techniques. To learn more about Plastic Surgery The Meeting please visit their website.
If the eyes are the windows to the soul… how old is yours? It’s no secret that the first signs of aging are so often seen around the eyes. The skin around the eyes is extremely thin and delicate. It becomes even thinner and less plump as we age due to a loss of subcutaneous fat tissue and collagen. As it is in so many cases, the best medicine is prevention… proper nutrition, a healthy lifestyle, and giving that area a little extra TLC, however, sometimes there is just no fighting the hands of time, or a pesky little thing called gravity.
There are a number of very effective treatments for the eye area, depending on your particular concern and the extent of the problem.
If dryness, dark circles, and thinning of the skin around the eyes is your main concern, regular use of an eye cream may prove beneficial. We loveSkinMedica’s TNS Eye Repair. It contains growth factors that help to hydrate the skin and increase firmness. It also helps reduce the appearance of dark cirles. It’s no wonder it was voted the best luxury eye cream by ABC News in 2012.
Are crow’s feet your issue? Botox may be a nice option for you. Botox can minimize the muscle contractions that cause the skin around the eyes to bunch up and thus crow’s feet to form. Botox is a wonderful preventive measure that you can take in the fight against wrinkles and expression lines around the eyes and elsewhere. Want to brush up on your Botox knowledge? Check out our previous post on the benefits of Botox.
If droopiness, puffiness, loose or sagging skin around the eye area is your issue an eyelid lift, or blepharoplasty, may be something to consider. An upper blepharoplasty (upper lids only), lower blepharoplasty (lower lids only), or quad blepharoplasty (both upper and lower lids) are wonderful options depending on the area of concern. Visit our website to see incredible pre and post-procedure photos. To learn more abut this procedure please visit the American Society of Plastic Surgeons’ website. This contains up to date, accurate, and reliable information.
Many of you have probably heard of Arnica Montana, in fact, it is one of the most popular homeopathic remedies throughout the world… but what exactly is it? Arnica Montana is a perennial that grows throughout northern and central Europe as well as Siberia. It is more commonly known as the mountain daisy. St. Hildergard, a 12th century nun, once wrote about the healing properties of this little plant. It has been growing in popularity since the 16th century. Arnica can now be found in almost every health food store as well as many people’s medicine cabinets.
Why is Arnica so popular? It is a natural pain reliever, soothes aches and pains such as sore muscles, relieves stiffness, and reduces bruising. Arnica can be taken internally or used as an ointment. Though Arnica is toxic at full strength, it is completely safe when diluted homeopathically. We recommend Arnica Montana to our patients to relieve post-procedure pain, bruising, and swelling. In fact, Arnica can be taken before elective procedures and injections as a preventive measure.
To learn more about Arnica Montana, including vendors in your area, visit Boiron’s website.
The decision to enhance one’s breasts for either cosmetic or reconstructive purposes is an important one. Women have many options when it comes to breast augmentation including, size, shape, and material. There are pros and cons to both saline and silicone breast implants. It is important for the patient to be well educatedon the difference between the two because ultimately the choice is hers.
Both types of implants are composed of an outer silicone shell. Saline implants are filled with sterile salt water while silicone implants are filled with a silicone gel. Saline implants are inserted into the patient empty and then filled, thus minimizing the size of the incision. Silicone implants are inserted pre-filled, therefore the incision must be larger.
Many women feel that silicone implants more closely mimic real breast tissue in their look and feel; however, saline implants have made many strides since they were first introduced and are often the implant of choice.
The possibility of implant rupture must be taken into consideration as well. If a saline implant were to rupture it would be quite obvious. The breast would deflate over a period of a day or two and the saline solution would be absorbed by the body without any negative implications to the patient’s health. The silicone shell may then be surgically removed or replaced by a new implant.
A silicone implant rupture may go undetected for quite some time. This is known as a “silent” rupture. In the event of a silicone rupture the silicone most often gets trapped in the capsule. The capsule is a pocket within the breast which has formed around the implant itself. There may not be any apparent change to the breast in the event of a rupture; however, over time the breast may change shape. If a rupture is to occur, the implant and free silicone should be surgically removed. A silicone implant rupture can be detected by an MRI, which is recommended every two years for patients with silicone implants.
The patient’s body type, size of their natural breasts, size of their desired breasts, age, and many other factors will play a role in this decision. Listen to your doctor as they weigh the pros and cons of implant types, size, and shape. Together you will be able to select an implant that will be the perfect fit. Here at Vecchione Plastic Surgery we offer Natrelle Breast Implants. Natrelle offers over 100 shapes and sizes for you to choose from. Visit their website to learn more about your options.
Botox was once viewed as an extravagant and somewhat controversial procedure undergone only by the rich and famous, but it seems the tides have turned. Over time researchers have discovered that Botox has many more benefits than originally believed. Botox is comprised of a purified form of botulinum toxin A. This toxin works by blocking the chemical signals that cause muscles to contract, therefor relaxing and somewhat paralyzing the muscles at the site of injection.
This has proven to be incredibly effective in wrinkle reduction and prevention, especially when it comes to “dynamic” wrinkles. Dynamic wrinkles are those that appear while moving your face or making certain expressions, think frown lines, laugh lines, etc. When these muscles are weakened, so is the ability to make that specific expression and therefor that specific wrinkle. When administered by a seasoned professional Botox can diminish the appearance of wrinkles without making the patient look stiff or frozen which are the most common negative perceptions associated with Botox. Botox is also a popular treatment for the eyebrow area. Botox can help to liftthe brows giving the patient a more youthful appearance.
Furthermore, Botox is no longer solely used for anti-aging and cosmetic purposes. It has also proven quite affective for the treatment of migraines. When injected into the forehead, neck, and shoulders Botox can help to release tension, this relieves strain on the nervous system, thus reducing the frequency of migraines. In addition, Botox has become a popular treatment option for hyperhidrosis. Hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating, can be both embarrassing and uncomfortable. Botox reduces the amount of sweat secreted from the glands near the injection site. As more research is conducted we discover more ways that Botox can be used to treat a variety of concerns. Contact us today to find out more about what Botox can do for you.
To learn more about Botox, its safety, and side effects please visit their official site.
We are nearing our 40th anniversary here at Vecchione Plastic Surgery and felt it was the perfect time to launch a blog and connect with our patients in a whole new way. Not only will we provide you with information regarding both invasive and non-invasive procedures offered by our practice; we also aim to be a top resource for your general health and wellness concerns. Please check back often as we will be keeping you up to date on what is going on in our practice, the plastic surgery industry, and the world of health and beauty. We are here to answer your questions as we feel that patient education is one of the keys to success! We look forward to connecting with all of you!
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