We crave human interaction. After months of seclusion, we want to visit our loved ones, our neighbors, and even complete strangers. Community is an essential component of who we are: social animals.
And we are ready to roar once it is safe to do so.
You are ready to spend some face time with the world, but what do you want them all to see? These arduous times have given you a chance to reflect, and now it’s time to act on your instincts. What are your best features? What could use some focused attention? Those endless hours staring at your reflection in the Zoom mirror galvanized your resolve to live your best life and put your best face forward. Here is a checklist of how to achieve your cosmetic dreams…
GO BOLD WITH BOTOX
Let’s face it: the pandemic has made us all emotional. Whether you cried through the isolation or consoled yourself with streaming movies and TV to put a smile on your face, every gesture elicits a facial response.
When the fine muscles along your upper facial region contract, they pull at the skin. Over time, these contractions etch indelible lines on the face. Botox Cosmetic eases the tension and disrupts the activity of persistent facial muscles.
Even when muscular contractions are involuntary, they trigger a release of chemicals at the neuromuscular junction. Botox counteracts the flow of acetylcholine at this junction to allow serenity to triumph. You are empowered to dictate your own facial expressions, free from the strain and stress of furled, knotted musculature. After all, haven’t we had enough stress for one year?
Speaking of stress relief, Botox has also proven amazingly effective at treating migraines. By targeting the nerve clusters responsible for the pain associated with migraines, Botox ushers in a new dawn of relaxation, from a cellular level on up. Relief is just what the doctor ordered, especially in these uncertain times.
Sheltering in place has given you the opportunity to study your facial features. Perhaps you even gave yourself an “instant facelift” by pulling back your skin with your fingers and vamping in the mirror. Don’t worry; we all do it.
But sometimes, facial sagging and deflation originate deep within the skin. As our bodies mature, they produce less elastin and collagen, the building blocks of healthy skin. Gaps begin to emerge below the surface. When skin hangs away from its underlying soft tissue and muscles, it looks puckered, like an empty balloon.
Dermal fillers, as the name implies, fill the gaps that time left behind. Most facial serums are formulated using hyaluronic acid (HA), a compound that occurs naturally in the human body. HA cradles moisture, giving skin a hydrated glow as it plumps the depleted areas below the surface. As dermal fillers go to work, they add volume and smooth the wrinkles above.
For a more robust, structural filler, consider the benefits of calcium hydroxylapatite (CaHA). Radiesse, for example, employs CaHA gel bolstered with calcium microspheres. These microscopic injectables prop up the skin, giving support to such areas as the nasolabial folds that form parentheses along the sides of the mouth and nose. Fillers can also erase the marionette lines that extend downward from the corners of the mouth to the chin. Don’t be a puppet to your “laugh lines” – fill them up!
LIPOSUCTION TO THE RESCUE
Quarantine has encouraged some of us to ignore our diets. Let’s not dwell on the past (three months), but instead, look to the future. Diet and exercise are the best way to tone and trim your “problem areas,” although some stubborn fat deposits can prove to be impossible to shed.
Tumescent liposuction offers a surgical solution to unwanted fat. By bathing a bulky protrusion with tumescent liquid, your surgeon can soften it and numb it, simultaneously compressing the blood vessels to prepare them for surgery. Once the fat deposit is sufficiently loosened from its moorings, a thin vacuum tube called a cannula extracts unwanted cells using gentle reverse pressure.
Liposuction is not designed as a weight-loss procedure. Sorry to let you down, but that “quarantine fifteen” pounds can’t be eradicated completely. Instead, tumescent liposuction skillfully contours certain areas to remove stubborn fat cells that diet and exercise ignore.
If you are ready to step out into the world again, don’t allow your “problem areas” to hold you back. Consider a liposuction strategy as your coming out party!
FIRST STOP: DR. BINDER
Staying at home has worn out its welcome. You want to mingle again! But you also want to respect the safety and health of others. We couldn’t agree more.
Here at our Beverly Hills clinic, we are ensuring our patients’ wellbeing by instituting strict cleaning and distancing protocols. Our guests are required to wear masks in common spaces, and every surface is sanitized thoroughly. We don’t want your reintroduction to the world to cause you any worry!
Dr. Binder is all about preparation. You have worked hard to achieve your signature good looks, so the doctor and his staff are dedicated to meeting you more than halfway. We are ready to welcome you back to the office as well as ushering you back to your younger, vibrant self.
Whether you desire the soothing calm of a Botox makeover, the firm volume of a facial filler, or the comprehensive contouring of tumescent liposuction, Dr. Binder can help. Contact our offices near the heart of Los Angeles and prepare to say “hello again” to a world that wants to smile right back at you.