Category: Face

April 13, 2017, By: Jacky Gale, Face

Cosmetic Injectables: Fact or Fiction?

woman cosmetic injectable dermal fillerThe popularity of cosmetic injectables has skyrocketed over the years, but unfortunately, plenty of misconceptions linger. Your best source of reliable and credible information about cosmetic injectables is a plastic surgeon. In New York City, individuals who are curious about cosmetic injectables visit Dr. B. Aviva Preminger, who is renowned for her technical skills and artistry.

Fiction: Botox causes “face freeze”

Perhaps one of the most prevalent myths about Botox is that it causes the face to freeze in one position, eliminating facial expressions and certain movements. It’s true that this can be an unpleasant side effect, caused by a less-than-skilled practitioner. Fortunately, there is an easy solution: Visit a board-certified plastic surgeon to receive your cosmetic injectables. A skilled plastic surgeon can administer just the right amount of Botox in precisely the right areas to relax wrinkles and refresh your appearance, without interfering with your facial expressions.

Fact: It is possible to reduce a double chin without surgery

Did you know that liposuction isn’t the only option for dealing with a double chin? Talk to a plastic surgeon about Kybella, which was approved by the FDA in 2015 for the treatment of submental fullness, also known as a double chin. Your plastic surgeon can inject this synthetic form of deoxycholic acid, which is a substance naturally produced by the body. The injected solution breaks down fat cells.

Fiction: Lip enhancements look unnatural

Pouty lips are all the rage, but sometimes, they can look a bit unnatural. This can occur when a dermatologist injects too much of the filler into the top lip and not enough in the bottom lip. It’s natural for the bottom lip to look plumper than the top, and a skilled plastic surgeon understands this. Plastic surgeons who have an intuitive grasp of the face’s natural proportions can inject just the right amount of filler to enhance the beauty of the lips, without going overboard.

Fact: Botox and dermal fillers work differently

Botox and dermal fillers are both cosmetic injectables, but Botox is not a dermal filler. Botox works by affecting the way in which wrinkles appear. It relaxes the underlying muscles to prevent the appearance of wrinkles. In contrast, dermal fillers add volume underneath the skin. This plumps up depressed areas.

Fiction: Dermal fillers are a “one size fits all” solution

There are actually many dermal fillers to choose from. Even if you know a friend who has had one type of filler, this type won’t necessarily be right for you. Your plastic surgeon will examine your face carefully and discuss your cosmetic goals at length to determine which type of dermal filler is best suited to your needs. Juvederm, Radiesse, Belotero, and Voluma are some of the most commonly used fillers.

To get the answers to your questions and concerns about cosmetic injectables, you can turn to Dr. B. Aviva Preminger in New York City. Dr. Preminger is a board-certified plastic surgeon, widely recognized as a leading expert in her field. In addition to Botox, Kybella, and dermal fillers, Dr. Preminger performs reconstructive and cosmetic enhancement surgeries to give her patients the self-confidence they deserve. Call today to request a confidential consultation in NYC.

Additional “cosmetic injectables” resources

  1. Juvederm, Why does volume loss matter? https://www.juvederm.com/volume-loss
  2. Botox Cosmetic, https://www.botoxcosmetic.com/
April 3, 2017, By: Jenn Fusion, Face

FDA Approves New Juvederm Vollure XC Filler

Americans looking to turn back the clock to a more youthful appearance have yet another tool in their arsenal as of this month. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a new hyaluronic acid dermal filler manufactured by Allergan. Juvederm Vollure XC has been approved in Europe since 2013 (under the name Juvederm Volift), but will now be available to Americans over 21. NYC plastic surgeon Dr. B. Aviva Preminger, MD says there are some very exciting benefits with the new dermal filler.

What is Juvederm Vollure XC?

The new dermal filler is approved for “the correction of moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, such as nasolabial folds.” Clinical trials found that 59 percent of patients had significant improvements in smile lines around the mouth for up to 18 months. Satisfaction rates were good – with 82 percent of patients pleased with their results at six months, and 68 percent still satisfied at eight.

Juvederm Vollure XC benefits

What makes this particular product so exciting is that it requires fewer injection sessions and lasts up to 18 months. Vycross technology is used to link high and low molecular weight hyaluronic acid together through cross-linking to form a more connected gel. The product is substantial enough to fill depressions, but is soft enough to move naturally with facial expressions.

Another advantage of Juvederm Vollure XC is that this formula produces very minimal swelling, which means shorter recovery time. Side effects like swelling, bruising, tenderness, lumps, redness, pain, discoloration, and itching were generally very mild and resolved within a week.

Like other Juvederm products, Vollure XC includes Lidocaine as a numbing agent to ensure patient comfort.

Juvederm Vollure XC alternatives

Juvederm Vollure XC is an exciting product, but it’s not the only way to create a natural, youthful countenance, says Dr. Preminger. The Juvederm Vycross collection includes Voluma (for the upper face), Volbella (for the lips), and Vollure XC (for the mouth and mid-face around the cheeks.) Some doctors report using Vollure XC to lift the brow and forehead areas as well.

“Dermal fillers vary based on longevity and thickness, so I offer a full suite of different products that can be customized based on a patient’s condition and desires,” says Dr. Preminger.  For example, Radiesse and Perlane are thicker fillers that can be injected deeper into fatty tissues to fill severe wrinkles and to shape the cheeks, chin, and jawline.

Dr. Preminger is also trained in administering alternative fillers like Radiesse and Belotero, as well as Botox — which effectively treats wrinkles in a completely different way. For patients desiring a more dramatic transformation, she can perform a full suite of surgical procedures, including facelifts, brow lifts, and eye lifts.

Juvederm in NYC

Dr. B. Aviva Preminger has been working with Juvederm XC and Juvederm Voluma for many years. The ivy-league-educated, board-certified plastic surgeon offers the most up-to-date anti-aging products, administered in a safe environment, with skilled hands. Call today to request your confidential appointment.

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- Resources
  1. Allergan – JUVÉDERM VOLLURE™ XC Approved by U.S. FDA for Correction of Facial Wrinkles and Folds in Adults over the Age of 21, https://www.allergan.com/news/news/thomson-reuters/juv-derm-vollure-xc-approved-by-u-s-fda-for-correc
  2. Allure – The Juvéderm Vollure XC Filler Has Just Been Approved by the FDA, http://www.allure.com/story/juvederm-vollure-xc-filler-laugh-lines
  3. Cosmetic Surgery Times – HA Fillers Volift and Vobella, http://cosmeticsurgerytimes.modernmedicine.com/cosmetic-surgery-times/news/ha-fillers-volift-and-vobella
  4. The Skiny – Juvederm Volift For Smile Lines, http://theskiny.com/juvederm-volift-for-smile-lines/
  5. Real Self – Juvederm vs. Radiesse, https://www.realself.com/question/benefites-and-side-effects-radiesse-vs-juvederm
February 10, 2017, By: Jenn Fusion, Face

Does Kybella Live Up To The Hype?

kybella-bna-panelThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Kybella for non-surgical treatment of double chins in April 2015. Since its debut on the market, Kybella has been called “a game-changer,” a “miracle drug,” and a “double-chin killer.” Khloe Kardashian has agreed to be the “face of Kybella” in the new “Chin Up” marketing campaign. Currently, 175 independent reviewers have given Kybella an 83% “Worth It” rating.

Manufacturer Allergan reported net revenues from Kybella sales of $12.7 million in the second quarter of 2016, with representatives anticipating it will one day rival the $2 billion they haul in from another wildly successful product they sell – Botox. “We own the face,” said Philippe Schaison, president of Allergan’s U.S. medical business, referring to their “liquid facelift” combination of Botox, Kybella, and dermal fillers. He said of Kybella specifically: “It’s a disruptive technology. It’s working great, and there’s nothing like it.”

Can you really get rid of your double chin without surgery?

Kybella uses deoxycholic acid to break down fat cells, which are naturally disposed of by the body. The injections are indicated for isolated submental fat deposits without skin excess. The ideal patient is relatively young, with small pockets of fat. Plastic surgery remains the only way to remove loose, lax, excess skin. If you are overweight or have a good amount of excess fat and volume in areas other than just the “double chin”, then your success with Kybella may be limited.

What studies prove the efficacy of Kybella?

The FDA approved Kybella for double chin treatment based on evidence from two clinical trials at 70 sites in the U.S. and Canada that enrolled a total of 1,022 adults with “moderate to severe amounts of submental fat located beneath the chin or lower jaw.” Kybella appeared to work equally well among men and women. The majority of the patients were between the ages of 19-65 and were predominantly white, so differences in response could not be determined.

The results demonstrated that patients receiving up to six treatments of Kybella showed significant reductions in submental fat compared to patients receiving placebos. Nearly 70% of subjects responded to Kybella based on a composite of physician and patient measurements. Patients reported improvements in self-esteem and happiness following treatment with Kybella.

Are there any side effects?

Rare side effects identified during the clinical trials included nerve injury causing uneven smile or facial muscle weakness, and difficulty swallowing. More common side effects included: swelling, bruising, pain, numbness, redness, and areas of hardness in the treatment area. Most adverse side effects resolve on their own within two to four days.

Is Kybella better than liposuction?

Most plastic surgeons will tell you that Kybella is not necessarily better at removing fat than liposuction… but it is considerably less invasive. Patients like that there are no incisions necessary with Kybella injections. This decreases the risk of infection, adverse bleeding, and adverse reaction to anesthesia. There is also less downtime. On the downside, up to 50 injections can be administered in one Kybella treatment session. Most patients require 2-4 treatments, spaced a month apart, to get the results they desire.

Is Kybella worth it?

Kybella is not the first blockbuster drug to debut with so much hype. Other fat removal systems — Liposonix (ultrasound), Vanquish (radiofrequency), Cellulaze (laser), and CoolSculpting (cryo)—have all started out with high approval ratings that waned over the years. On the other hand, treatments like Botox and liposuction continue to enjoy great market success.

According to prominent Manhattan plastic surgeon Dr. Aviva Preminger, “Personally, I have seen great results in my practice, as I select my patients judiciously and spend appropriate time in consultation discussing what is or isn’t possible. I’m always happy to show patients what they might look like following treatment with computer imaging software, as well as “before” and “after” photographs of actual results.”

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February 9, 2017, By: Sarah Klein, Face

How Does Age Perception Impact Facial Plastic Surgery?

woman happy with kybella results

A recent study shows that some plastic surgeons have the ability to accurately estimate a patient’s age by analyzing only a photograph. The study is noted for addressing “an issue that is important to facial plastic surgeons and reveals how the results of rejuvenation procedures can be assessed.”

Plastic surgery study prompted by lack of scientific tools

The JAMA Network wanted to take a close look at how facial plastic surgeons evaluate patients to determine possible aesthetic improvements. Subjective elements such as beauty, degree of rejuvenation and perceived age were considered. These are critical components in determining what kind of cosmetic procedures will be recommended to a patient.

This study provides a more scientifically rigorous overview of how plastic surgeons view patients and treatment. While there are numerous treatment options that have proven to be safe, reliable and effective, there remains a question of how individual perception effects ultimate results when it comes to cosmetic procedures.

Results of the plastic surgery study

A group of facial plastic surgeons (7 in total participated in the study) were given 70 photographs of actual patients and were required to write down the perceived age of each patient. Researchers discovered that the average estimates from any 3 plastic surgeons were within 10 months of the given subject’s chronological age. Finding a consistent correlation between the age estimates of a plastic surgeon and a patient’s actual age will provide a firm statistical foundation for future scientific research into plastic surgery outcomes, including patient satisfaction rates.

Finding the right facial plastic surgeon

Plastic surgery is an art as much as a science, and patients want to choose a surgeon with a aesthetic eye who gets artistic, natural-looking results.

On Manhattan’s famed Park Avenue, there is a boutique practice focused on just these kinds of results, matching an expert plastic surgeon’s visions to patient expectations. NYC plastic surgeon Dr. B. Aviva Preminger fulfills this common vision through attention to detail, clear communication and the highest level of expertise. Please call today to schedule a private one-on-one consultation.

Facial plastic surgery research

  1. Science Daily, Can facial plastic surgeons correctly estimate age from a photograph? https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/11/161117151258.htm
  2. JAMA, Validation of a Method for Estimation of Facial Age by Plastic Surgeons, http://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamafacialplasticsurgery/article-abstract/2581161
January 17, 2017, By: Ava Lawson, Face

Facials vs. Peels – Which is Right for You?

Beauty face of woman applying cosmetic cream on faceYearning for a luminous, glowing complexion? The dry winter months are especially harsh on our delicate skin, exacerbating the appearance of fine lines, acne scars, pigment irregularities and sun damage. Fortunately, there are skin care treatments that restore a youthful appearance by exfoliating dead cells, cleaning out pores, hydrating and nourishing.

In the world of skin rejuvenation, two of the most popular – and pampering — treatments are facials and chemical peels – both of which are available in the NYC aesthetic plastic surgery office of Dr. B. Aviva Preminger.

If you’re over 30, you’ve probably discovered that maintaining a radiant, healthy complexion takes more than just a good cleanser and sun screen. Periodic facials and the occasional peel should be a mainstay in your skin care regimen. With regular treatments every 6-12 weeks, you’ll notice fewer acne breakouts, a smoother texture, and brighter skin that looks ageless.

Chemical peels and clinical facials can be used in conjunction with microdermabrasion to reverse the effects of aging and sun damage.

Benefits of facials

Facials are one of the most effective treatments for keeping skin moisturized, cleansed and exfoliated. Using anti-oxidant rich serums and natural fruit enzymes, facials can help re-balance the skin and re-hydrate from the inside out.

At Preminger Plastic Surgery, our specially formulated facials are an indulgent, relaxing way to nourish and refresh stressed out skin, helping to:

  • Improve skin texture
  • Remove acne-causing bacteria
  • Extract blackheads
  • Rebalance skin tone
  • Stimulate cell regeneration
  • Minimize the appearance of fine lines
  • Restore the skin’s natural protective barrier
  • Refresh lackluster or dull skin

Chemical peels

Chemical peels use natural acids to exfoliate or strip away the damaged surface layer of skin. Depending on the concentration and type of acid used, recovery times can range from 20 minutes to 10 days, as the dead cells peel away, revealing fresh, dewy skin underneath. Most people note a slight to moderate tingling sensation during the treatment, which is often used to:

  • Reduce the appearance of fine lines
  • Address sun damage, freckles and sun spots
  • Help diminish the appearance of acne scars
  • Improve texture
  • Correct hyperpigmentation or dark patches

Some of our most requested chemical peels at Preminger Plastic Surgery include:

  • Mandelic Acid Peel for sensitive skin prone to redness
  • Anti-aging TCA Peel for a youthful glow
  • Eye & Lip Peel to correct smoker’s lines and crow’s feet

Generally speaking, chemical peels are better for more advanced skin problems or signs of aging, as facials tackle more superficial issues. When used together, both skin treatments promise lovely, younger-looking skin.

Which facial skin treatment is right for you?

Only an experienced plastic surgeon or dermatologist can determine which treatment is right for your skin type. People with darker complexions, acne-prone or extremely sensitive skin are at risk for developing inflammation, hyperpigmentation, blotchy discoloration and broken capillaries with aggressive or inappropriate treatments.

Preminger Plastic Surgery is proud to offer a variety of deep cleansing facials and chemical peels suited for all skin types and colors. Call 212.706.1900 to request a private appointment today!

September 15, 2016, By: Ava Lawson, Face

Eyes are the Window to the Soul

Adult woman with beautiful faceYou are probably familiar with the old adage “the eyes are the window to the soul.”  It is said that the eyes convey a person’s intentions, emotions and inner spirit to others, but they can also communicate a lifetime of sun worship, heavy smoking and even drinking. Because the eyes are one of your first features to show signs of aging, they convey a good deal about your lifestyle choices – both good and bad. The skin around the eyes is incredibly delicate and even more prone to wrinkling than other facial areas. As we age, the fragile skin on the upper and lower lids begins to lose elasticity, giving one a perpetually tired appearance.

In truth, puffy or tired looking eyes is a common complaint among middle-aged men and women, who often turn to plastic surgery to restore a more youthful-looking appearance.  Even the most skilled of make-up artists can do little to camouflage loose crêpey skin on the upper lids and prominent under-eye bags.  Fortunately, there are new techniques in eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, that provide beautiful, lasting results for patients who want to wake up looking “bright eyed.” 

Upper and lower blepharoplasty

Excess skin (and occasionally fat) in the upper eye lids gives a heavy, aged appearance. If friends or co-workers are constantly asking if you’re sick or haven’t been sleeping well, it may be time to have a closer look at eye rejuvenation. Most of the time, an upper eyelid surgery is purely cosmetic, but in more severe cases, this extra skin can actually impede vision.

Individuals who are bothered by puffy bags under the eyes, or loose skin, may be candidates for a lower blepharoplasty. Surgical techniques may include a transconjunctival approach, in which a tiny incision is placed inside the lower eyelid to remove fatty deposits that create the look of under-eye bags or puffiness.

Alternatively, those who are bothered by extra sagging skin below the eye would fare better with a transcutaneous lower eyelid surgery, where incisions are placed on the outside of the lower eyelid. The majority of patients who undergo lower eyelid surgery opt for general anesthesia, though local anesthesia with sedation is also offered.

Injectables to fill in tear trough area

Some patients may not be good candidates for blepharoplasty, or would rather test the waters with a less invasive procedure. Patients who have dark hollows under the eyes may benefit from injectable fillers, such as Restylane or Juvederm. Unlike the effects of surgery, dermal fillers are temporary and carry a lower risk of complications.

It’s important to note that while dermal fillers add volume, they do nothing to help skin laxity. For this reason, patients with sagging, wrinkled skin and puffy under eye bags are best served with traditional blepharoplasty.

Eyelid surgery in New York City

Do your eyes constantly make you look tired, frustrated, sad or older than you really are? NYC plastic surgeon Dr. B. Aviva Preminger understands these aesthetic concerns and is proud to offer her patients a host of rejuvenating procedures to restore a more youthful appearance to the eyes.

To learn more about eyelid surgery in Manhattan with Dr. Preminger, please call our office today to schedule a private consultation. 212-706-1900

June 16, 2016, By: Jacky Gale, Face

Achieving Lip Fullness with Juvederm

lip augmentationAn exciting new product will soon be joining the Juvederm family. Juvederm Volbella XC has just received FDA approval and is expected to be available to patients as early as October 2016.

Juvederm is already well known for its suite of dermal fillers for the temporary correction of lines and wrinkles of the face. Now, the makers of Juvederm, Allergan, can corner a share of the market in lip augmentation and enhancement.

Juvederm Volbella XC

Juvederm Volbella XC has been approved by the FDA to increase the fullness of the lips and to correct perioral rhytids or perioral lines in patients who are at least 21 years of age. Perioral rhytids are a common problem among smokers, former smokers, and individuals who are older than 50 years. Perioral rhytids are wrinkles that develop around the mouth and are especially evident when a person purses her lips. Juvederm Volbella XC can minimize the appearance of these troublesome lip lines and boost lip fullness for about one year before follow-up treatments are needed.

Bill Meury, who is Allergan’s Chief Commercial Officer, hailed the FDA’s decision to approve the product, stating that, “The FDA approval of JUVÉDERM VOLBELLA® XC further demonstrates Allergan’s commitment to developing advanced products and technologies that allow healthcare providers to better address evolving patient needs. Additionally, this approval brings to market a product unlike anything that is currently available in the United States.”

Clinical trials of Juvederm Volbella XC

In announcing the approval of this latest dermal filler, Allergan pointed to several clinical studies that the company said establishes the product’s safety and effectiveness. The U.S. pivotal study included 168 study participants who were treated with the new dermal filler. The scientists used a four point scale to evaluate how effective the product was in smoothing out the lines around the mouth. A five point scale was used to evaluate how well Juvederm Volbella XC was able to plump up the lips of the study participants. According to Allergan, two thirds of the study participants demonstrated improvement in both categories through one year after the treatment.

Patient safety is another important consideration when the FDA decides whether to approve a new product for use. According to Allergan, the side effects seen in the clinical trial were similar to those that arose in a control group. These side effects included redness, itching, firmness, swelling, and bruising at the injection site. These issues were temporary and went away on their own. The reported side effects are comparable to the potential side effects associated with other dermal fillers and injectable cosmetic products.

Lip enhancement in New York City

Juvederm is one of the many cosmetic enhancements available at the NYC plastic surgery office of Dr. B. Aviva Preminger, a board-certified plastic surgeon who has been widely acclaimed for her dedication to healthcare excellence.

During your one-on-one consultation with Dr. Preminger, she will listen carefully to your unique aesthetic concerns before recommending treatment options that are right for you. In addition to the family of Juvederm products, Dr. Preminger is pleased to offer Radiesse, Belotero, autologous fat transfer, and lip injections to her discerning patients.

Call 212-706-1900 today to request your confidential appointment.

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  1. Yahoo! Finance, Allergan Gets FDA Approval For JUVÉDERM VOLBELLA For Use In Lips And Perioral Rhytids, http://finance.yahoo.com/news/allergan-gets-fda-approval-juv-135446478.html
  2. Medscape, Rejuvenation of the Lip with Injectables, http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/559079_3
May 25, 2016, By: Ava Lawson, Face

Bethenny Frankel Admits to Having Botox Jaw Reduction

beautiful young woman with clean skin isolated on white background and copyspaceA square jawline is an admirable feature for most guys, but women tend to prefer a softer, more feminine contour. In the past, plastic surgery was the only way to effectively address this issue, but times have changed and Botox has proven to be an excellent solution. When injected into key muscles, Botox relaxes enlarged masseter muscles, giving a rounder, more heart-shaped jawline that is favored by most women.

Bethanny Frankel, who stars in The Real Housewives of New York, recently had Botox jaw reduction and is thrilled with the results. Frankel appeared at DailyMail.com’s 2016 Newfronts with a drastic new look, prompting speculations of a nip and tuck. She spilled her secret with the crowd, explaining that Botox helped her achieve a softer look around the jaw. Frankel added that her decision was not driven by vanity, but rather years of painful teeth grinding, which caused tension and the muscles to bulk up over the years.

Botox for a more feminine jawline

“About three years ago, my dermatologist said to me, why don’t we try injecting your jaw because it’s so tense,” Frankel explained. The star’s before and after photos are truly amazing, showing a major reduction in the width of her lower jaw.

Botox is considered a minimally-invasive lunch hour procedure as it entails no anesthesia, no downtime and is well-tolerated by the majority of patients. The entire treatment takes less than 25 minutes, and most people are back to work or their normal daily routine right away. The most common side effects of Botox injections include redness at the injection site, slight bruising and swelling – all of which subside very quickly. The only downside to Botox for a smaller jawline is that the results are not permanent. Patients will need to return for touch-ups every 4-6 months.

Botox revolutionizes facial contouring

In the past, men and women who were dissatisfied with a strong or square-shaped jaw had only one option: jaw reduction surgery. When performed by a skilled plastic surgeon, the operation could still yield inconsistent results and the recovery period was often lengthy. Botox, which is most commonly used around the brow and forehead to smooth out wrinkles and crow’s feet, has proven to be an excellent tool for facial reshaping in the right candidates.

In some patients, their chewing muscle (masseter) can become enlarged by tooth grinding and chewing forces, creating extra width. Botox functions by weakening this muscle, which causes it to shrink and taper down. After the jaw muscle has atrophied for some time, its physical bulk becomes less prominent, providing a softer, more feminine contour.

With repeated Botox treatments, the masseter muscle will continue to grow smaller and weaker, allowing patients to stretch their touch-ups over longer periods of time.

Botox for jaw reduction in NYC

Bruxism, or teeth clenching, affects thousands of people, some of which aren’t pleased with the secondary side effects of a wide-set jawline. Botox may alleviate the discomfort and aesthetic impacts of TMJ, when expertly administered.

To learn more about jawline contouring in New York with Dr. B. Aviva Preminger, please contact her Manhattan plastic surgery office by dialing 212-706-1900.

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  1. Yahoo Beauty, Bethenny Frankel Reveals Why Her Jawline Looks SO Different https://www.yahoo.com/beauty/bethenny-frankel-reveals-why-her-161500350.html
  2. TMJA, Is Botox Safe and Effective for TMD? http://www.tmj.org/site/page?pageId=296
May 12, 2016, By: Ava Lawson, Face

Selfie Boom Drives Demand for Lip Augmentation

model on white background having botox injectionThere’s no denying that we live in an era influenced by social media and the instant gratification of sharing selfies with the world. But are selfies — which may inadvertently show wrinkles or the beginnings of a sagging jaw line — driving a self-perceived need for plastic surgery? According to a survey conducted by the online community RealSelf, the answer is a resounding yes. And recent data from the American Society for Plastic Surgery (ASPS) backs this up.

The survey asked if social media had influenced RealSelf visitors to consider getting or have some type of cosmetic surgery. Nearly 16 percent answered “yes,” and a third of respondents answered, “somewhat, I knew I wanted a change, but photos on social media made me more aware.”

So what types of cosmetic enhancements are people requesting? 2015 statistics from the ASPS show that lip implants and augmentation have skyrocketed in recent years, making them one of the most popular facial procedures in the U.S.

Lip implant procedures in high demand

In 2015, both male and female patients requested a record number of lip implant procedures, according to ASPS data. Some 27,449 lip implants were performed across the nation last year, which is an increase of almost 50 percent since 2000.

“We live in the age of the selfie, and because we see images of ourselves almost constantly on social media, we’re much more aware of how our lips look,” says ASPS President, Dr. David H. Song. “The good thing about lip procedures is that you have several options. You can change the shape of your lips as subtly as you want.”

For many patients who are toying with the idea of plastic surgery, the lips are an easy place to start. When plumped up with soft tissue fillers, thin lips can take on a sultry, sexy look – ala Kylie Jenner or Angelina Jolie.  Women who want a more permanent pout can opt for implants made of a soft, flexible silicone that comes in a variety of shapes and sizes. The entire procedure is quick and relatively painless, requiring just two stitches and little downtime.

Choosing the right plastic surgeon

As with any type of facial procedure, whether it’s non-invasive or surgical, choosing the right doctor is extremely important. Always look for a surgeon who is board certified in plastic surgery and has ample experience producing natural, subtle results. Going with a less experienced or qualified doctor can lead to disastrous outcomes, even with seemingly minor treatments like Botox or lip augmentation.

Dr. B. Aviva Preminger is renowned in NYC for her exceptional touch and artistic skill in the realm of facial rejuvenation.  Thanks to her extensive training and high patient satisfaction rates for dermal fillers and other injectables, she has been deemed an ExpertInjector – an honor bestowed on a select group of providers in her field.

While Dr. Preminger hopes to help all of her patients realize their full potential, she also cautions that plastic surgery isn’t the right choice for everyone.  If you’re considering lip augmentation or any other type of cosmetic enhancement and would like to meet with Dr. Preminger, please call 212.706.1900 to book a private consultation.

January 21, 2016, By: Whitney Taylor, Face

Best Treatments for Laugh Lines

skin check before plastic surgeryLaugh lines are the facial creases that appear around the eyes and mouth as a result of frequent smiling or laughing. Also known as nasolabial folds and crow’s feet, those creases and wrinkles can make you look older than you feel.

Fortunately, there are a number of options for treating laugh lines today, allowing you to choose the procedure that best meets your needs and desired results.

Explaining laugh lines

Laugh lines develop in the outer corners of the eyes due to squinting when you smile or laugh. Also known as crow’s feet, these lines first appear and then disappear as your facial expressions change. Gradually, these lines will become permanently etched into the face, which is when patients frequently look to cosmetic treatments to reduce their appearance.

Other laugh lines, known as nasolabial folds, extend from the corners of the nose to the corners of the mouth. They develop as a result of frequent smiling and, like crow’s feet, can eventually become a permanent fixture on your face. Nasolabial folds can also become quite deep, making them more challenging to treat than other types of facial wrinkles.

Non-surgical injectables

Both crow’s feet and nasolabial folds can be effectively reduced using injectable treatments. Botox injections are frequently recommended for crow’s feet, because they relax the muscles around the eye that lead to the formation of these wrinkles. Botox injections take just a few minutes to complete and require no downtime afterward. Results of Botox are evident soon after treatment and continue for 3-4 months.

Dermal fillers like Juvederm and Radiesse are generally the top choice in treating nasolabial folds. These injectables work underneath the skin’s surface, providing support to the underlying skin structure to smooth away facial creases from the inside out. Dermal fillers are another minimally-invasive “lunch hour” procedure, involve no downtime and typically last many months before a touch-up treatment is required.

Surgical treatments

Patients that are not good candidates for non-surgical treatments or are looking for more permanent solutions to their laugh lines can also consider surgical alternatives. Both facelifts and eyelid surgery can be used to firm and smooth the skin around the eyes, including loose skin that leads to the appearance of fine lines around the outer and lower portion of the eye.

Nasolabial folds can be effectively addressed with a mini facelift that concentrates on lifting and firming skin in the lower portion of the face. In addition to smoothing away nasolabial folds, this procedure will reduce the appearance of other facial wrinkles while restoring youthful definition to the jawline.

Both full facelifts and mini facelifts are performed using general anesthesia and require a recovery period afterward. Mini lifts are usually done on an outpatient basis and involve a recuperation period of a 7-10 days. Full facelifts may be performed as an outpatient procedure, although some patients may require an overnight in the hospital. Recovery from a full facelift usually takes 2-3 weeks. Results of both procedures can be quite dramatic and last up to 10 years for many patients.

Laugh line treatment in NYC

With many good choices in treating laugh lines, how do you know which is right for you? As a leading plastic surgeon in New York City, Dr. B. Aviva Preminger takes the time to talk to clients about specific concerns to determine the best plan for facial rejuvenation.

To schedule your personal consultation with Dr. Preminger, contact her Manhattan office today at 212.706.1900.

 

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