The Changing Face of Facial Rejuvenation
Facelift surgeries have been commonly performed for decades. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, this procedure has consistently ranked in the top five of all cosmetic surgery procedures performed in the U.S. on a yearly basis (with the exception of one slow year in 2015). The fact that surgical lifting remains popular amidst the sea of non-surgical procedures says something about what is going on here. Let’s take a look at what that may be.
For the skin to look youthful and vibrant, it needs the nourishment of healthy collagen and elastin. As you know, these critical chemicals break down with UV exposure and naturally degrade with age. Without adequate amounts of collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid the fundamental building blocks of firm, supple skin is missing. Both surgical and non-surgical approaches have been developed to correct the results of these losses.
Nonsurgical Facial Rejuvenation
Many men and women are familiar with the various nonsurgical treatments available today. Injectables essentially lead the pack regarding facial rejuvenation, largely due to the convenience and affordability of treatment. Injectable facial rejuvenation may include Botox to smooth wrinkles on the upper part of the face. Dermal fillers are used to correct lines, creases, flattening cheeks, and even jowls. In addition to injectables, various technologies, such as radiofrequency, have become popular methods of restoring tightness and structure to aging skin.
Nonsurgical facial rejuvenation is convenient, but it may not be right for every person. If facial laxity is more noticeable and there is a desire for longer lasting results, surgical facial rejuvenation may be the most suitable path to a younger face.
Surgical Facial Rejuvenation
When we say facial rejuvenation, what you may initially imagine is the traditional facelift. Well, times have changed. The majority of surgical lifts that are performed today aren’t nearly as significant as a full lift. In our NYC office, patients may obtain their desired rejuvenation with more conservative surgical approaches like a mid-face lift, a mini-lift, or the Silhouette Instalift®. Modern facelifts are less invasive, and yet they are designed for maximum rejuvenation by addressing the particular problems faced by each patient (volume loss, etc.).
Your path to a younger face is unique to you. Let us walk you through the steps. Call (212) 472-2900 to schedule your consultation in our Park Avenue office.
Did you Know Liposuction Could Help These Trouble Spots?
Liposuction is one of the leading cosmetic procedures in the United States and also in countries that tend to be ahead of the game regarding innovation. That tells you something about the efficacy of this body-sculpting procedure. The popularity of liposuction has sustained even in light of nonsurgical fat-reducing treatments, and one of the reasons why is because liposuction can do more than these other techniques. Sure, there’s a bit of downtime, but liposuction can remove more fat, faster, and from more areas than any singular nonsurgical treatment. Here are a few trouble spots you may not have realized liposuction could help.
- The breasts. We will say that liposuction is not an alternative to full, surgical breast reduction. The intent of breast liposuction is to refine the shape of the breasts by strategically removing small areas of excess fatty tissue. Breast liposuction may also be go-to for many men who are interested in finding freedom from gynecomastia.
- The chin. Perhaps we should say the double-chin on this one. Liposuction isn’t performed on the chin, but on the submental region beneath the chin and at the uppermost part of the neck. Chin liposuction is a short procedure often performed with local anesthetic and light sedation. That is how expedient and gentle the technique is. When we remove fat through a tiny cannula, the chin becomes more refined, and the jawline appears more angular. This procedure is not used to treat jowls, and it may not be appropriate if the skin on the neck has also become loose and saggy.
- Bra fat. Joy Behar once said “I have back fat. So what? Who Cares?” Well, most women do care about this stubborn problem. Back fat makes bulges under or over the bra strap, and may also create bulges at the armpit area around the bra strap. As you may know, this is an incredibly difficult area to sculpt with exercise. Bra fat can be a thing of the past when we put liposuction on the job.
- The term “cankles” has no place in the English language. The actual problem that this word describes has no place on the human form; and yet, it exists. Some people are naturally inclined to hold fat at the ankle area. Odd, we know, but it happens. And when it does, it can be distressing. To refine that shape of the ankles with liposuction takes very little time, and achieves excellent results that may otherwise be elusive.
Learn more about liposuction and the problems this technique can treat. Call our NYC office at (212) 472-2900.
Leave the Treatment Planning to the Experts
February 15, 2018/0 Comments/in Plastic Surgery /by Dr. Z. Paul Lorenc
Most people who consider undergoing cosmetic surgery or even nonsurgical treatments understand that they are putting their appearance into the hands of highly trained experts. Still, research indicates that there is a prevalence of pre-treatment research that is done before a call is ever made to a cosmetic surgeon. Where does this research take place? Online, of course!
It is understandable that patients want to have an idea of what to expect long before they make their move toward cosmetic surgery. A high percentage of individuals polled report feeling intimidated by the whole process so, of course, they would want to have something in their arsenal of information before seeing a surgeon. The problem is, there is a problem with coming into the office with a preconceived notion about what you’re here for. Let’s look at an example of what commonly happens.
Face or Neck?
One of the requests often brought to plastic surgeons is for neck lift surgery. Lifting loose, sagging skin on the neck carries quite a few benefits. This procedure is excellent for men and women who have developed what we call “turkey neck,” the loose area of skin just under the chin and down the front of the neck. A neck lift can also reduce or remove horizontal bands, and it may be able to diminish the appearance of a double chin by tightening superficial tissue. What a neck lift can’t do, and what surprises many people, is correct jowls. Because jowls are situated not far behind the chin, there is an idea that lifting the neck skin will reduce these small pockets of tissue. Not so. What is needed to correct jowls is a face lift. It doesn’t have to be a full facelift, Dr. Lorenc uses varying techniques to reposition the structure of the mid face for overall improvement.
One of the most important aspects of what we do is getting to know our patients. To speak with us about your aesthetic goals, call (212) 472-2900. A friendly member of our staff is happy to schedule a visit for you in our NYC office.