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Injectable Fillers for Hand Rejuvenation

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Injectable fillers have long been popular for hand rejuvenation, and now Restylane has FDA approval for use in the hands.

Your hands can say a lot about you, including your age. As we get older, our skin gets thinner and we lose collagen and elastin. This change makes the tendons and veins in our hands visible, and gives our hands an aged appearance.

But the same injectable fillers that are used to give our faces a fuller appearance can also be used in the hands.

The Food and Drug Administration recently approved the use of the hyaluronic acid injectable gel Restylane for the hands. Radiesse is another dermal filler approved for hand rejuvenation.

Huffington Post published an article about fillers for hand rejuvenation, and you can read more about it here. If you have questions about hand rejuvenation, contact us through our website, or call us at 912-351-5050.

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Trading the Quick Fix for More Long-Lasting Results

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mirror-woman.jpgIf you're looking to smooth away wrinkles, sculpt your waistline, or trim your thighs, you have plenty of options - both surgical and non-surgical.

For years, the non-surgical "quick fix" was gaining popularity, but as this article in Allure reveals, doctors are now seeing a marked shift. More patients are demanding long-lasting results, and opting for traditional plastic surgery.

Facial rejuvenation is a good example. Non-surgical procedures like Botox injections can be great for temporarily wiping away facial lines. But inevitably those wrinkles will return and more Botox will be needed. We're finding that some patients would rather have a facelift, even though the upfront costs are higher and they'll have to plan for some recovery time. But these patients prefer a long-lasting fix, rather than repeated costly trips to office for more and more Botox.

For more insight into the non-surgical vs surgical debate, check out the article in Allure. If you'd like to discuss your options with one of our six surgeons, make an appointment today for a consultation.


Belly Button Repair

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We're talking belly buttons, and even if you used to have an innie, there are several reasons your belly button may have changed.

Weight loss, pregnancy, an umbilical hernia, and even some laparoscopic surgeries can lead to a stretched out navel with an undefined shape, surrounded by loose skin.

If your belly button is keeping you from sporting a bikini or crop top this summer, we can help.

One option is a tummy tuck. For many women, as pregnancy stretches their bellies, the muscles of the abdomen must flatten and separate to make room. This can lead to an umbilical hernia. With a tummy tuck, your surgeon can reposition and reshape the belly button, while also removing loose skin and tightening the abdominal muscles.

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See More Tummy Tuck Before and After Photos

If you don't need a tummy tuck but just want to fix an "outie," you might be a good candidate for umbilicoplasty. This surgical procedure addresses only the skin surrounding the belly button, and can sometimes be done through the belly button with no scar.

If you just need a little bit of tightening around your belly button, you might consider fractional laser resurfacing. This non-surgical procedure uses a laser to stimulate new collagen production and can tighten the skin.

If you're not sure which procedure is best for you, make a consultation with one of our physicians. We can go over all the options, and have you back in a bikini this summer.


BBL Treatments Reduce Signs of Aging Skin

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A new study by two physicians in California confirms what we've seen in our own patients - broad band light (BBL) treatments really can reduce and even delay the signs of aging skin.

Here at The Skin Institute, we use Forever Young BBL™ from Sciton. This treatment sends light energy deep into the skin to boost your body's natural ability to fight aging. BBL treatments can be done on any area of the body, but the most common areas are the face, neck, back of the hands, chest and shoulders.

BBL treatments can be repeated as often as every month, though you and your doctor will decide what's best for you. In the California study, doctors found that people who received regular treatments during a 5-11 year period saw a reduction in aging signs.

According to this article on The Aesthetic Channel, "In post-treatment photos of patients' skin five to 11 years after their initial BBL treatment, the authors found that while patients aged an average of nine years during the study, skin aging in the treatment area was evaluated as not aging."

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We have more BBL Before-and-After photos on our website and more information about the Forever Young BBL™ from Sciton. If you'd like to schedule a consultation to see if BBL treatment may be right for you, contact us today!


Protect Yourself from Counterfeit Fillers

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iStock-627196908.jpgYou've decided you're ready to try a wrinkle relaxer like Botox & Dysport, or a dermal filler like Juvederm, Radiesse, or Restylane. Your next step is choosing a doctor - but did you know, you also need to make sure the product you're receiving is legit?

Unfortunately, we're hearing stories about counterfeit injectables being sold and used in the United States. These imitation products can be a safety concern for patients - not to mention an ethical issue if your doctor is marketing them as the real deal. At Savannah Plastic Surgery, we only sell brand-name fillers, and what we advertise is what you get.

Allure magazine recently published an article with 5 tips for protecting yourself from counterfeit fillers. Click here to read the full article; we paraphrase the 5 tips here:

1. Be sure your treatment is done by a board-certified professional.

We've said it before but we'll say it again - board-certification is important! Physicians must gain specialized skills and knowledge to receive board certification, and misconduct can result in a loss of certification. If your doctor is board-certified, that's a good sign that he or she takes the job - and your health - very seriously.

2. Ask to see the product box - you can ask your physician to show you the box your injectable comes in.

3. Be wary of super low pricing.

We do offer discounts on fillers from time to time, but if you see a price somewhere that's too good to be true, that could be a red flag that the product may not be authentic.

4. Pay attention to any side effects.

You should always talk to your doctor about any possible side effects before receiving injectables. If there is unusual pain during treatment, or persistent redness and swelling after treatment, you may need to investigate the authenticity of the treatment you received. Any medical emergencies should be treated right away.

5. Ask for help.

If you're concerned that your side effects are abnormal, you should talk with the medical professional who treated you. If his or her answers are unsatisfactory, it may be time to get help from another doctor.


Thread Lift Vs. Face Lift

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chin and face copy.jpgYou may have heard of a procedure gaining popularity as a non-surgical alternative to the face lift - it's called a "thread lift." In a thread lift, threads are sewn into a patient's facial skin, and then pulled to tighten the skin for a lifted, younger appearance. Patients are under local anesthetic, and downtime is minimal.

It sounds like a good plan at first, but the threads dissolve and results usually only last 6 months. So 180 days after your procedure, you're back to where you were before, and out of pocket a significant amount of money.

That's one reason we don't perform thread lifts at Savannah Plastic Surgery - we want you to be happy with your results in the long term. A face lift is cosmetic surgery, and patients are put under general anesthesia and need around 2 weeks to recover. But the results are long lasting. No one can completely stop time - your face will continue to age and you may want to repeat the procedure one or more times-perhaps five or ten years down the line. But in another sense, the effects of even one face lift are lasting; years later, you'll continue to look better than if you'd never had a face lift at all.

You can read more about the thread lift vs face lift debate here: https://www.allure.com/story/thread-lift-plastic-surgery-procedure

If you are looking for facial rejuvenation but aren't ready for a full face lift, you may also consider the FreshLook Lift. The FreshLook Lift is a less invasive facelift performed by our plastic surgeons as an outpatient with local anesthesia and mild sedation. This allows the patient to return home and resume daily activities sooner. The "down time" is reduced to a few days.

Or, if you just need a "quick fix," fillers and injectables like Botox, Dysport, Restylane and Juvederm are also viable alternatives to surgery.

If you have questions about which facial rejuvenation procedure is right for you, we'd love to bring you into the office for a consultation with one of our surgeons. Contact us today!


Younger Clients Use Botox for Wrinkle Prevention

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Botox has long been used to treat wrinkles, but increasingly Botox is used for prevention too. It's not your mother's remedy anymore - we're seeing an increase in younger patients requesting Botox to stop wrinkles before they form.

During our growing years, collagen production makes our skin thicken. But once we enter our 20s, that process stops. Eventually, as your skin begins to lose thickness, wrinkles form and deepen.

wrinkles-600.jpgBotox injections relax those muscles where wrinkles occur, and help to smooth out the lines. And if you begin Botox injections before your wrinkles are prominent, it's possible you can prevent deeper wrinkles from forming. That's good news for millennials looking to slow the affects of aging on their skin, and to avoid or delay a more invasive procedure like a face lift.

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, a majority of Botox users are 40-54 years old. But the number of younger Botox patients is on the rise, and people in their 20s accounted for 18% of Botox treatments in 2015 in the U.S. Overall, the number of Botox injections increased by 4% from 2015-2016, with more than 7 million injections given last year.

Some people use Botox by itself for wrinkle prevention; others will use Botox in conjunction with other minimally invasive skin treatments.

Curious about Botox, and whether it might be right for you? You can read more about Botox on our website, and then contact our office to set up a consultation.


Preventive Botox

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Botox has long been touted as a way to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, but did you know it can also keep wrinkles from ever forming in the first place? 

That's why we've begun to see younger people coming in for Botox and Dysport treatments, before their wrinkles are pronounced. It's called preventive Botox, and is used to keep the wrinkles from happening, rather than trying to reverse them after the fact.

Botox is only one tool in your toolbox for maintaining youthful skin. Wearing high-quality sunscreen and a daily skin cleaning regimen are also key. But if you notice the beginning of frown lines and creases, Botox may help them disappear before they can form deep, lasting wrinkles.

Get in touch if you'd like to learn more about Botox and Dysport, and whether or not they're right for you.

CoolSculpting Receives New FDA Clearance for Back and Under Buttocks

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We've seen great results for our CoolSculpting patients, and we're excited to add new treatment areas! With this additional FDA clearance, we are able to treat the abdomen, flanks (love handles), thighs, bra bulge, back and under buttocks (banana roll).

Coolsculpting uses controlled cooling to eliminate stubborn fat. Once the fat cells are gone, they are gone for good. This is a great alternative to liposuction if you're looking to remove fat from areas resistant to diet and exercise, without surgery or downtime.

Coolsculpting was first FDA cleared for the love handles in 2010, and there have been over 3 million treatments performed worldwide in more than 70 countries. Coolsculpting is proven, safe and effective.

Contact us for a complimentary consultation to see if CoolSculpting is right for you!

Treating Puffy or Drooping Skin Around the Eyes

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As we age, the skin around our eyes often changes, and sometimes in unwelcome ways. But there are treatments, both surgical and non-surgical, to help your eyes retain a more youthful appearance.

For some people, extra fat deposits in the lower eyelid cause what we call "bags" under the eyes, and give the eyes a puffy appearance. Puffiness can also occur in the upper eyelids, creating a tired look. A surgical procedure called blepharoplasty can be done to remove these fatty deposits around the eye. 

Blepharoplasty is also done to remove excess skin in the natural fold of the upper lids, and excess skin and wrinkles around the lower lids. Sometimes this loose skin can hang down from the upper eyelids and even partially obstruct your vision. 

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There are non-surgical options for treating other eye issues. If you have too little fat under the eye creating a droopy-eyed look, you may benefit from dermal fillers like Restylane, Juvéderm and Perlane. If you have dark circles under your eyes caused by natural skin pigment or leaking blood vessels, a laser treatment from The Skin Institute may be your best option. 

The sooner you begin to address the problem, generally the better your results. If you aren't happy with the skin around your eyes, contact us for a consultation.


Dermal Filler for Your Hands

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As we grow older, our hands often give away our age. They lose firmness and volume, leaving the bones and tendons more visible.

The US Food and Drug Administration has now approved use of the dermal filler Radiesse for hands. Radiesse has long been used as a dermal filler in faces, filling in wrinkles and plumping any areas that have become hollow. The same technique can be applied to the hands as well, adding volume and reducing the bony look, giving you more youthful hands.

This photograph is of one of our patients who used Radiesse to restore lost volume in her hands.

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If you'd like to see if you might be a good candidate for Radiesse, contact us today for a consultation

Lip Plumping: A Right and a Wrong Way

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A warning to anyone hoping for an at-home technique to get plump, pouty lips - please leave lip plumping to the experts. 

There's a new, self-destructive trend happening right now, inspired by the plump lips of reality TV star Kylie Jenner. People, many of them adolescent girls, are tying a do-it-yourself method with painful results. They'll hold a shot glass or small cup over their lips and inhale to create a great amount of suction. But rather than pretty and pouty lips, many of them are suffering from bruising and bleeding around the mouth.

We've seen some painful-looking pictures of this technique gone wrong, and you can see photos and read more about it at this news site.

Simply put, DIY lip plumping is a bad idea. For many women, something as simple as proper makeup application can give the appearance of full lips. The Skin Institute also sells a SkinMedica Lip Plumping system that stimulates circulation in the lips, safely enhancing fullness and color. For an even longer-lasting result, dermal fillers like Restylane can be used for fuller lips.

Here you can see the before-and-after photos of two of our patients who received Restylane for the lips and achieved an attractive, natural-looking result.

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Contact us if you have questions about options for lip plumping or any other cosmetic procedure. We'll help you find a safe and effective way to get the results you want!

Why a Plastic Surgery Practice is Ideal for CoolSculpting

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So you like the idea of reducing fat with no surgery or downtime - who wouldn't? CoolSculpting is a popular new cosmetic procedure that uses controlled, targeted cooling to remove fat cells from the abs, back and thighs. It's offered at plastic surgery practices and health & beauty centers. 

There are several reasons a plastic surgery practice is ideal for your CoolSculpting treatment.

First of all, what if CoolSculpting isn't right for you? The procedure is well-tolerated by most healthy people, but depending on your unique situation it may not give you the results you want. If you visit a health & beauty center that only offers CoolSculpting, that's what they're likely to recommend - even if it's not the best course of treatment. 

When you choose to have your CoolSculpting consultation at Savannah Plastic Surgery, you will get our honest opinion about the best route to achieve your best results. It may be CoolSculpting, but it may also be that liposuction, a tummy tuck, a Brazilian Butt Lift or other treatment is better. At a full-service plastic surgery practice, you have access to surgeons who can lay out all your options and help you choose the right treatment. 

Savannah Plastic Surgery is the only certified plastic surgery center in Savannah where you can receive a CoolSculpting treatment from staff with advanced training.

Check out our CoolSculpting page, and then contact us to set up a no-obligation consultation. CoolSculpting may be the perfect solution for you - but even if it's not, you know you're in good hands with us.

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About Savannah Plastic Surgery

We want to be your first choice when it comes to cosmetic surgery, skin care, and life enhancing services delivered by a team committed to compassion, education, and excellence.

Using a delicate balance of science and art, our physicians can customized every surgery to meet your personal needs and goals. Our surgeons: Dr. Scott Vann, Dr. Barbara Davies, Dr. Carl Pearl, Dr. Luke Curtsinger, and Dr. Matthew McLeod, recognize that no two people are alike. You are unique and we are, too.

We now offer complimentary consultations for cosmetic surgery. Contact us today to begin your body transformation.

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