Neck Lift Surgery: When to Get it and What It Involves

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Unfortunately, aging gets to us all, with signs of our passing years cropping up in different places for all of us. Stubborn fat, wrinkly skin, and sagging in all the wrong places may have you longing for the days of your once-youthful appearance. Fortunately, the current state of medicine allows for some truly magical solutions to just such problems. If you are interested in removing fat, there are several body procedures tailored for all shapes and sizes, if you wish to alter your facial appearance there are a multitude of unique surgeries to fit every individual’s needs. More specifically, within facial cosmetic surgery, there are multiple levels of aesthetic and functional procedures to help restore and rejuvenate your features and skin.

What is Cosmetic Neck Surgery?

The goal of a neck lift procedure (lower rhytidectomy) is to revitalize aging skin around the neck and jawline. Though the term “neck lift” implies strictly a tightening process, the surgery has the ability to shape and sculpt different areas of the neck, even with the potential to be combined with other facial cosmetic procedures.

The skin around our face and neck can be affected by several circumstances, including:

• Heredity factors
• Stress
• Rapid weight loss
• Sun Exposure
• Smoking
• Alcohol consumption
• Gravity
• Other environmental contaminants

These contributors along with just our body’s natural aging process, causes less than desirable changes to occur to our face and neck. Excess neck skin, fat deposits under or around the neck, and irregular contours beneath the jawline can all make us a little less confident than we should be and a little more self-conscious than we have to be. There are a variety of neck lift surgery options available.

Submental

As we age, the muscles in our neck begin to fall and drag the skin down with it. Over time, this is what causes bands to appear around the anterior of the neck. Because these muscles are so important to the structure and smoothness of our neck, they are re-purposed rather than removed. A supportive sling is created by isolating and relocating the platysmal muscles to help reinforce the neck.

Bidirectional Lift

This procedure targets the center and lower potions of the neck. Muscle underneath the chin is isolated and turned upward to reinforce and suspend drooping areas of muscle and fat. The result is a more well-defined jawline and better-contoured neck. The bidirectional lift is known as one of the longer lasting neck lift surgeries available.

Submental Liposuction

Liposuction is a great way to reduce fat around the neck for a smoother and tighter contour. Keep in mind, this is best suited for younger patients with enough skin elasticity around excess fat. Without this flexibility, a submental liposuction can have negative effects on the appearance of the shape of the neck.

Candidacy

If you are in good general health and are free of any existing conditions that could impair the healing process, you are most likely a good candidate for a neck lift surgery. As with any cosmetic procedure, it is always helpful to consult with a qualified cosmetic surgeon to get a clear idea of what you want done and to maintain healthy and realistic expectations for your results.

Dr. Binder’s cosmetic surgery in Beverly Hills is often considered the best option for solutions regarding facial cosmetic surgery. Our office is dedicated to establishing proper communication with prospective patients. Contact us today to schedule a consultation for your neck lift surgery in our Beverly Hills office.

Rhinoplasty Prep: A Few Tips

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Rhinoplasty Prep: How to Prepare For Your Rhinoplasty

Undergoing any type of surgery is always a daunting and stressful process. Carefully preparing for your rhinoplasty surgery will build confidence in yourself and your surgeon, and ensure that your recovery yields the best possible results.

Be sure to select a board-certified surgeon who makes you feel comfortable, and has outstanding reviews with a track record of achieving impressive results with past patients.

Here are a few more tips to consider prior to having your rhinoplasty surgery…

Rhinoplasty Preparation: Your Consultation

The most important thing to do before scheduling your rhinoplasty is to meet with your surgeon. A personal consultation allows you to learn whether rhinoplasty will work for you, and how well the surgeon fits your desires.

During your appointment, you should expect to discuss your medical history, undergo a physical exam, and talk about your goals and expectations for rhinoplasty. You may also have photographs taken of your nose at various angles so that your doctor can assess your results.

Be sure to learn what to expect on the day of your procedure. Which staff will you interact with? When should you arrive and expect to leave? What medications will you receive, and what sort of side effects could you experience? Take time to discuss any questions or concerns you have with the surgeon in detail.

Rhinoplasty: Medications

Two weeks before and after your procedure, you should avoid alcohol and medications that can increase bleeding, like aspirin or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, and others).

Only take medications approved or prescribed by your surgeon. During this time, you should refrain from smoking, which slows healing and may increase the chance of infection. You may also want to consider taking supplements containing iron and vitamins C and E, which promote healing.

Rhinoplasty: Recovery Time

Plan for about two weeks off of work to recover. If you’re having an outpatient procedure, you should also arrange to have someone drive you home following surgery. You may also want someone to stay with you for a day or two after your rhinoplasty to assist you, as anesthesia often leads to impaired judgment, memory lapses, and slowed reaction time.

Make sure your surgeon knows about any other prescriptions you take, and have any medications your surgeon prescribes filled before surgery to avoid running out while impaired. Stock up on soft foods to make eating more convenient, assemble supplies needed for cold compresses, and make sure any important chores are completed beforehand.

Rhinoplasty: The Night Before

Do not eat or drink past midnight the night before your surgery. Try your best to get a good night’s sleep. In the morning, thoroughly wash your face and make sure that you are not wearing any cosmetics, including nail polish.

Most importantly, follow any directions your surgeon has given you.

Schedule a Consultation With Dr. Binder

If you’re considering a rhinoplasty procedure, the right surgeon is imperative in ensuring that your experience is a pleasant one that achieves the results you want. Schedule a consultation today with Dr. Binder, who takes the time to relieve his patients’ concerns to make them feel comfortable and confident. For this and all of your plastic surgery questions, contact the experts at Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery.

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Rhinoplasty Surgery for Better Breathing

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Rhinoplasty Surgery Has Many Benefits

Rhinoplasty surgery is a widely sought after cosmetic procedure because of its beauty benefits, but it is also hugely popular for its numerous medical benefits. In particular, rhinoplasties serve as an effective treatment for correcting breathing problems, such as those caused by a deviated septum. These procedures are referred to as functional rhinoplasties, and may or may not involve altering the appearance of the nose based on the patient’s needs and desires.

The right surgeon will be able to address patients’ desires for both aesthetic form and physical function. When selecting your surgeon, read reviews and refer to patient photos to ensure that his or her results will satisfy your desires.

Good Candidates for Functional Rhinoplasty Surgery

Candidates for functional rhinoplasty generally have some sort of airway obstruction. Symptoms indicating such an obstruction can include: chronic nasal congestion, dry mouth, reduced sense of smell, nosebleed, sleep problems, or recurring sinus issues, including infections and headaches. Obstructions can eventually result in insomnia, hypertension, obstructive sleep apnea, and heart disease if left unaddressed.

Mild Cases

There are three specific surgeries that fall into the category of functional rhinoplasty used to correct mild nasal blockages:

1. Nasal Septoplasty

Nasal septoplasty is used to correct a deviated septum, which is when the wall between the nasal passages is in some way misshapen, blocking one or both air passages. Septoplasty straightens this wall, and is usually just a simple 15-30 minute procedure with a quick recovery.

2. Turbinate Reduction

The most common cause of nasal obstruction is enlarged turbinates, which are the mucous membrane-covered bones which extend the length of the nasal cavity. Occasionally, one of these turbinates will develop an air pocket leading to obstruction. Due to the role turbinates play in filtering oxygen and keeping it moist, only a part of the turbinate tissue will be removed. Like septoplasty, turbinate reduction is generally a simple procedure with a quick recovery, though there is a slightly increased chance of bleeding for a few weeks until the membranes have completely recovered.

3. Nasal Polyp Removal

Nasal polyps are benign growths that can block nasal passages. Removal is generally simple, but polyps will often develop again. The chance of this happening can be decreased with comprehensive allergy treatment, especially for fungal allergies.

Severe Cases

More severe cases—such as those involving twisted, collapsed, or pinched noses—cannot be improved simply through internal modifications. In these cases, more significant external revisions are needed to clear obstruction.

Insurance Coverage

Unlike rhinoplasties performed solely for aesthetic purposes, functional rhinoplasties are typically covered by insurance. If a patient is considering rhinoplasty for both aesthetic and functional reasons, insurance will cover both revisions if addressed in the same procedure. Furthermore, addressing both issues at once reduces downtime when compared to multiple, separate surgeries. This also allows the surgeon to design a more comprehensive solution, taking both beauty and function into account.

Schedule a Consultation with Dr. Binder

If you suffer from impaired breathing, schedule a consultation with Dr. Binder today to determine if a functional rhinoplasty is right for you. Dr. Binder has a stellar record of patient satisfaction, and our caring staff are always happy to address any related questions or concerns.

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Chemical Peels Turn Back the Clock

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Chemical Peels Fight Skin Damage

As we age, so does our skin. It’s not all bad, mind you. If you applied sun block religiously growing up and stuck to a healthy diet, you’re in better shape than most.  Unfortunately, most will realize the effects of daily exposure to the sun. You may not have believed it when you were celebrating your 21st birthday soaking up the rays, poolside in Las Vegas, but you better believe it now: Skin damage caused by the sun is cumulative.

Maturity makes us stronger in so many ways, but that isn’t the case with our skin. Our face and neck is particularly vulnerable to scars, acne, wrinkles, or other pigmentation changes. To resolve these age-related issues, most people resort to spending a considerable amount on skincare products with high (lofty) claims and unsatisfactory results.

When it comes to facial chemical peels, however, the results are guaranteed.

What Is a Chemical Peel?

Chemical peels, also known as chem-exfoliation or derma peels, are used to improve the appearance of the skin on the face, neck, or hands. A chemical solution is applied to exfoliate dead cells from the skin, encouraging new, regenerated skin to surface. As a result, the new skin is visibly smoother and less wrinkled.

Chemical peels commonly fall into one of three categories: light, medium, or deep.

* Light peels, also known as superficial or lunchtime peels, use alpha-hydroxy acid or another mild acid to penetrate only the outermost layer of skin. This gently exfoliates the skin while improving the appearance of mild skin discoloration and rough patches.

* Medium peels use glycolic or trichloroacetic acid to penetrate the outer and middle layers of skin to remove damaged skin cells. The treatment is specifically used to improve age spots, fine lines and wrinkles, freckles, and moderate skin discoloration. It can also be used to smooth rough skin and treat precancerous skin growths.

* Deep peels use trichloroacetic acid or phenol to penetrate the middle layer of the skin to remove damaged skin cells. This treatment is used to remove moderate lines, age spots, freckles, and shallow scars. This will result in the most visible improvement in your skin’s appearance, and can only be used on the face and performed only once.

The Chemical Peel Procedure

A chemical peel can be done in a doctor’s office or in a surgery center, and is usually an outpatient procedure. During the procedure, the professional will first clean your skin thoroughly.

Then he or she will apply one or more chemical solutions—such as glycolic acid, trichloroacetic acid, salicylic acid, or lactic acid—to small areas of your skin. During this process, controlled exfoliation is performed, allowing fresh skin to surface.

This may result in a burning sensation that lasts about five to ten minutes, followed by a stinging sensation. To ease this discomfort, a cool compression may be applied. For deep peels, pain medication may be needed during or after the treatment.

How Do I Prepare for a Chemical Peel Procedure?

Pre-treatment instructions will be provided by your skincare professional or plastic surgeon. Prior to your scheduled appointment, you will need to disclose your medical history. Information you may be asked to provide include:

* Prescribed medications for severe acne, such as Isotretinoin
* History of medications including antibiotics, acne medicine, etc
* History and frequency of cold sores
* History of herbs, vitamins, and minerals you take

On the day of your procedure, come prepared with a clean face free of makeup or skincare products.

What are the Risks and Benefits?

A chemical peel is one of the least invasive ways to improve the appearance of your skin. Benefits include the correction of:

* Acne or acne scars
* Age or liver spots
* Fine lines and wrinkles
* Freckles
* Uneven skin pigmentation
* Rough skin and patches
* Sun damage

A chemical peel will not treat the following:
* Deep facial lines
* Loose or sagging skin
* Pore size
* Deep scars

A chemical peel is not recommended for individuals with infections, active skin disease, cut or broken skin, sunburn, or active herpes simplex 1 sores. Poor candidates also include patients who are:

* Nursing or pregnant
* Have used Retin-A, Renova, prescription skincare products or products that contain ascorbic acid, and/or bleaching or skin-lightening agents in the last 48 hours
* Have taken Accutane in the last six months
* Have psoriasis, eczema, dermatitis, or rosacea

Risks may include:

* Temporary or permanent change in skin color, particularly for women on birth control pills
* Reactivation of cold sores
* Scarring

Chemical Peel Recovery – What Should I Expect?

Depending on the chemical peel, post operational care and recovery instructions may vary.
Prepare to expect the following:

* Light peels require 1-7 days to heal. Post-treatment, the skin will initially be red and may flake. Lotion or cream should be applied until the skin heals, followed by daily use of sunscreen. Makeup can be worn the next day.

* Medium peels require 7-14 days to heal. Post-treatment, the skin will initially be red and swollen, and may worsen within the first 48 hours. Eyelids may swell shut, and blisters may form and break. Aftercare will require skin to be soaked daily for specific periods of time, followed by ointment application.

Antiviral medication is also taken for 10-14 days, and mild lotion or cream may be applied. Makeup may be worn after five to seven days, and sun exposure needs to remain minimal until healing is complete. Lastly, a follow-up appointment will be necessary to monitor progress.

* Deep peels require 14-21 days to heal. Post-treatment, the skin will be bandaged. Aftercare will require the skin to be soaked 4-6 times daily, followed by ointment application for the first 14 days.

Afterwards, a thick moisturizer is needed for the next 14 days. Anti-viral medication is also taken for the first 10-14 days, and mild lotion or cream may be applied. Makeup may be worn after 14 days, but avoid all sun exposure for 3-6 months. Lastly, several follow-up appointments will be necessary to monitor progress.

Schedule a Consultation for a Chemical Peel

Don’t let imperfections and the signs of aging dampen your confidence. A chemical peel can restore youth and radiance to your complexion, leaving you feeling beautiful and rejuvenated. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Binder today to determine which chemical peel is best suited for your skin.

For this and all related skincare questions, contact Dr. Binder and his staff today.

Thinking About Getting Botox? Here’s What You Should Know

botox beautiful girlWhen we take a look back throughout history, it’s clear to see that efforts to revitalize the skin and fight the signs of age are nothing new. Over the centuries, different methods and techniques have be used with this very goal in mind. More recently, Botox Cosmetic has stepped into the spotlight as an immensely popular and innovative wrinkle-fighting treatment. Ever since it got the go-ahead by the FDA in 2002, it has become all the rage, being used by celebrities, superstars, and men and women alike.

Splashed over the media are a few “frozen face” cases that have given Botox a bit of a bum rap. However, it continues to squash the stereotype through its ability to safely and effectively produce great results. If Botox treatments have been on your mind lately, here’s some important info that you should know:

What is Botox & What Can it be Used For?

Botox (Botulinum Toxin A) is a purified protein that can be used to reduce the appearance of pesky frown lines, crow’s feet, forehead lines, and more. How does it do this? Well, unlike injectable fillers that fill in unwanted lines and creases, Botox works to temporarily block nerve signals and muscle activity that brings about dynamic wrinkles (wrinkles caused by facial expressions). When these wrinkles relax, this produces a smoothening and softening effect and results in more youthful looking skin. But even beyond such aesthetic applications, Botox is used in the medical world for various purposes such as treating migraine headaches, incontinence, and excessive sweating.

Who Makes a Good Candidate?

Ultimately, your doctor will help determine if it’s right for you, but if you are in good health and have moderate to severe facial lines, your candidacy for Botox is off to a great start. On the other hand, these factors do not characterize an ideal candidate:

  • If you are currently pregnant or breastfeeding
  • If you have a nerve or muscle disorder
  • If you are allergic to the ingredients in Botox

Do the Injections Hurt?

Generally speaking, most patients experience minimal discomfort or pain during the injections, as very small needles are used during treatment. It’s common for a momentary light pinching sensation to be felt, and if you are concerned about this part of the process, your administrator may apply a topical anesthesia or ice to numb the area.

How Long Does Botox Last?

After approximately 3 to 6 months, the facial muscle activity will resume and additional treatments will be necessary in order to maintain optimal the appearance of reduced wrinkles. On the same note, repeated treatments have been known to extend how long the results last.

Where to Go For Treatments

Being so popular, Botox can be found in all sorts of places. From salons, to parties, to even the dentist’s office, it seems like Botox is everywhere and ripe and ready for the administering. While that may sound fun and convenient, it’s important to go to a board-certified plastic surgeon or a qualified physician to ensure that the treatment is safely and appropriately performed.

How to Schedule an Appointment

Rest assured that aiming to keep wrinkles at bay with Botox, really should involve the help of a skilled professional. Dr. William Binder has extensively worked with Botox, including groundbreaking work with its use for migraines. Throughout his research and experience, he has developed a refined technique that has allowed patients to achieve excellent results. To schedule your appointment, contact our Beverly Hills office or call us at (310) 858-6749 today.

How to Fix a Crooked Nose: Rhinoplasty

Woman-Holds-Her-NoseA crooked nose can cause considerable insecurity. Fortunately, rhinoplasty can renew confidence in your facial appearance. If a crooked nose is something you desire to correct, here are a few things to consider before making your final decision on rhinoplasty surgery:

Potential Difficulties

A rhinoplasty procedure designed to correct a crooked nose is actually very complex for a number of reasons. First, the deviated cartilage and bone which cause the appearance of crookedness tend to drift back to their undesired positions, even after surgery. Second, plastic surgeons often struggle when operating on patients with asymmetrical faces, which make it difficult to locate the midline plane where the nose should be repositioned.

The Procedure

In short, the goal of this procedure is to straighten the nasal structure through repositioning the septum and nasal bones. Septal deviation must be addressed, or else the nose will be continually pushed out of position. If the caudal septum is off center, it will have to be rebuilt it in the midline; then, the surgeon will address deviations in the nasal bones.

Deviated Nasal Bones

If trauma has forced the nasal bones out of position, the bones must be treated immediately. Otherwise, the bones will heal in their crooked position. Resetting the bones will take about six weeks. After this, the bone fractures can be addressed. By making osteotomies—or bone cuts— with a chisel, the crooked bones may be reset to their proper positions.

Other Causes of a Crooked Nose

Internal and external valve collapse are other common causes of a crooked nose. Patients who have noticed a pinch in their nose that creates asymmetric shadowing likely have this condition. These conditions will create the appearance of a crooked nose, even if the rest of the nose is properly aligned. This is treated with a spreader graft, which will expand the internal nasal valves that have collapsed.

For more information about crooked nose rhinoplasty and other cosmetic procedures, schedule a consultation with Dr. Binder today.

Broad Nasal Tip Rhinoplasty: What You Need to Know

Portrait-Of-A-Beautiful-Young-61158956-727x409A larger nose—a broad nasal tip, specifically—is a common source of insecurity. With your surgeon’s approval, nasal tip rhinoplasty would be an excellent step towards achieving a more refined facial structure. This procedure focuses specifically on the nasal tip, which is the most protrusive part of the face. While it may sound like a minor adjustment, a more refined nasal tip works wonders for transforming your facial appearance.

The Results

A tip refinement procedure will be catered to the needs of the patient and the recommendations of the surgeon. The procedure can either make the nasal tip appear more pronounced, or reduce the tip considerably. It all depends on your facial structure. Consult a trusted plastic surgeon to discuss your personal options.

The Procedure

The procedure typically lasts from one to two hours, or longer if extensive alterations are required. After sedation, the plastic surgeon will examine the internal nasal structure using a 3D, high definition camera. Cartilage under the nose is then exposed so that structural alterations can be made.

The remaining steps are then determined by your personal preferences. Fat tissue may be removed or repositioned, creating more definition. Implants may be placed to fortify cartilage and reorient the nasal tip. Grafts may also be used to improve tip projection. When the surgeon has finished, the incisions will sealed with dissolvable sutures.

Recovery

Fortunately, the mucus lining heals quickly, reducing the risk of scarring. Moreover, since every incision is made internally, any scarring that does occur will not be visible.

Following the postoperative regimen prescribed by your surgeon is crucial to achieving the results you desire. Avoid contact sports or other forms of strenuous exercise, which may stress the nose and cause inflammation. Nasal canals should be kept clean to prevent infection. Purchase a nasal kit that will irrigate your nose and sinuses. If you experience pain or discomfort, your doctor can recommend pain-relievers that are safe to use. Contact your doctor immediately if you experience symptoms such as excessive bleeding or intense pain.

Risks

Rhinoplasties carry the same risks as any surgical procedure. Infection may occur, but antibiotics and regular cleansing of the nasal passages reduce the risk dramatically. In rare cases, patients have experienced adverse reactions to anesthesia. Make certain that you are medically cleared for the procedure before deciding on surgery.

If a broad tip rhinoplasty sounds right for you, schedule a consultation with Dr. Binder today to discuss your personal desires and options.

The Steps You Need To Take Before Your Neck Lift Surgery

Beauty-closeup-profile-portraiA neck lift is a major operation that will require extensive cooperation from you, the patient. This might mean making certain lifestyle changes that will help ensure a smooth operation and optimal recovery. Make sure to listen to your surgeon’s instructions carefully, and follow these steps for additional guidance:

Medication

During your consultation, your surgeon will tell you which medications to avoid before your surgery. Certain medications, and even vitamins, will thin your blood and increase the risk of bleeding. Be sure to ask your surgeon about any concerns you might have about the medications or supplements you are taking.

Smoking

Smokers must be prepared to cease smoking for two weeks before the surgery and two weeks after. This means a complete break from cigarettes. Smoking even once during this period can complicate recovery.

Diet

Patients must monitor their diet as well. Make an honest and thorough assessment of your diet, as proper nutrition is necessary for the healing process. Patients accustomed to a low-calorie diet will need to be especially aware about eating properly.

Clothing

Loose, comfortable clothing which can be removed without overhead pulling should be worn on the day of the surgery. For most women, a button-down blouse will likely be the best option. Proper clothing is for your own comfort following the surgery.

Recovery

Most patients can expect at least a week-long recovery period. Plan your time-off in advance with this in mind. Recovery periods vary from person to person, so make sure that you are clear on how long your doctor expects your recovery to take.

Home Recovery Area

Patients undergoing a platysmaplasty, cervicoplasty, or certain other procedures will need to have a home recovery area prepared prior to surgery.

For your personal home recovery area, have the following readily available:

-Ice packs
-Gauze and towels
-A thermometer
-A supply of comfortable, loose clothing (preferably button-down shirts or blouses that do not require overhead pulling)
-Petroleum jelly and antibacterial ointment for incision sites
-A phone always within arm’s reach
-A supply of pillows, which can be used to keep your head in a comfortable position
Someone who can attend to you for at least 24 hours following the surgery

If you envision a neck lift in your near future, schedule a consultation with Dr. Binder today to review your personal needs and detailed instructions to follow before and after your surgery.

A More Youthful You: Cheek Implants & Cheek Augmentation Options

igh-key-monochrome-portrait-oGlowing cheeks are among the essential indicators of youth, vitality, and facial radiance.
The unfortunate truth is that cheeks lose their luster over time, becoming flat, saggy, and hollow. While some are gifted with naturally high cheekbones, others turn to a variety of cheek augmentation procedures to mitigate the effects of aging. Of these options, cheek implants are perhaps the most well-known. However, there are other options available to you as well.

Here is a look at the variety of cheek augmentation procedures available, as well as the factors to consider before undergoing surgery.

Methods of Cheek Augmentation

There are three different methods of cheek augmentation, each with their own unique benefits: fat grafting, cheek implants, and fillers.

Fat Grafting

The most popular option for cheek augmentation, fat grafting involves removing fat from the hips and transferring it to the cheeks. This procedure is a long-term solution for full, plump cheeks. The only downside is that fat grafting requires an additional procedure, similar to liposuction, in order to transfer the fat.

Since the fat comes from your own body, the fat is guaranteed to be accepted by your body without any complications. Most of the fat will be retained by your body permanently, rejuvenating the skin and producing a natural, youthful look.

Cheek Implants

Cheek implants are another solution for long-lasting full cheeks. This procedure is best suited for people who desire more volume, as opposed to the subtle boost that fat grafting provides. Implants add definition to areas where the bone structure has become less prominent, while slowing the apparent effects of bone aging.

However, keep in mind that cheek implants tend to look less natural than the effects of fat grafting.

Fillers and Injectables

There is a wide variety of fillers and injectables available, with each producing their own unique effects. However, these fillers do not always last a long time, making them a great solution for people who only desire temporary results. Educate yourself thoroughly on the specific details of the filler you select.

Am I a Good Candidate?

Cheek augmentation will be most effective for people with the following conditions:

-Flat, deflated-looking cheeks
-Cheeks lacking definition
-Hollow cheeks or temples
-Under-eye bags, lines, or wrinkles on the cheeks

Additional Factors to Consider

Patients undergoing fat grafting will be sedated as the fat is transferred directly to the cheeks. There will be swelling for 10 days following the operation.
Implants can make a striking difference as early 20 to 30 years of age.
Fillers may cause bruising or swelling, and require up to 10 days of recovery time. Most fillers will last from six months to a year.

If fuller, radiant cheeks are something you desire, schedule a consultation with Dr. Binder today to determine which procedure is best suited to your personal beauty goals.

Classic vs. Endoscopic Brow Lift: Which is Right For You?

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Classic vs. Endoscopic Brow Lifts: Which One Is Right For You?

If you have sagging or heavy brows, a brow lift would work wonders for you. A brow lift procedure comes in two types: the endoscopic lift, and the classic (coronal) lift. Although the endoscopic lift is a favorite for a number of reasons, the coronal lift has its unique advantages as well.

The Endoscopic Lift

The endoscopic lift is named after the procedure’s essential tool: the endoscope. This minimally invasive technique holds a number of advantages over the coronal lift, which was once the industry standard.

In any brow lift, the objective is to lift the skin surrounding the brow after it has begun to sag from muscle constriction around the eyes. With the endoscopic brow lift, small incisions about an inch-long are made in the scalp above the hairline. Then an endoscope (with a camera and light) is used to assist the surgeon in making the incisions, which will separate the skin from the muscles and adjust it to create the appearance of a lift. The forehead is then secured with metal posts, which are removed ten days later.

The procedure is quick, lasting about an hour and a half. Patients can expect to resume normal activities in ten days, and to recover completely in about three weeks. Overall, the procedure produces similar results to the classic lift, with less scarring.

The Classic Lift

The classic lift earned its title from its history of being the industry standard of brow lift surgeries. It involves a much longer incision, extending from ear to ear. This incision may also be made mid-scalp, following the skull to appear less conspicuous. This procedure removes a strip of skin, allowing the surgeon to lift and smooth the remaining skin.

A minority of coronal lift patients may experience alopecia: circular bald patches which usually resolve after a few months. There is also the small chance of swelling, which has been nearly eliminated.

There is also substantial postoperative pain, and even numbness around the incision. This soon leads to itchiness, which may last for six months.

How They Compare

Some surgeons doubt that the endoscopic method will produce long-lasting results. This is due to the fact that the skin is merely shifted upwards and not removed, leaving a chance that the skin may resettle over time. The endoscopic lift also shifts the hairline upwards, thus making the classic lift a better option for people with thin tissue or a receding hairline.

When deciding which brow lift procedure is right for you, schedule a consultation with Dr. Binder today with any surgical questions or concerns.

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