Face Enhancement in Lexington, Kentucky

 
 

Restylane / Juvederm

 
Restylane and Juvederm are exciting new fillers that are composed of hyaluronic acid (HA), a natural substance that already exists in the human body, and are used to provide volume and fullness to the skin. These crystal clear gels are NASHA products; non-animal stabilized hyaluronic acids. NASHA is biodegradable and fully biocompatible with its human counterpart. Both agents are FDA approved.

Restylane and Juvederm can restore skin fullness to correct moderate to severe wrinkles and folds, such as the lines from your nose to the corners of the mouth (nasolabial folds). These fillers may last up to six months. Recently the areas treated have included the lips and the eyelid cheek junction (tear troughs). The longevity of the product in these areas is likely greater than six months and may last one year. The stabilization of the chemical makeup of these fillers helps maintain the cosmetic effect until the material is nearly gone.
 
Juvederm Treatment — Cosmetic Enhancement Procedures in Lexington, KY
 
As with any procedure or injection in plastic surgery, risks and complications could occur. Slight risk of allergy or reaction is possible, though not likely. Skin testing is NOT required. Transient redness and swelling may occur. We will not inject in those pregnant, under 18 or lactating. Sunbathing and tanning are not advised.

Typical treatments are scheduled two or three times a year. We recommend avoiding aspirin products, vitamin E and herbal products one week prior to injection. Patients on any blood thinners or plavix/ coumadin must inform the doctor. Excessive bruising might result if these tips are ignored. Cold sore patients should discuss condition with the doctor.
 

Botox Treatments

As you age, you have the opportunity to deepen relationships and better appreciate life's precious moments. But that's not to say that growing older is always easy. Fortunately, you have control over your life and your body. If you are unhappy with the visual signs of aging, it's time to take advantage of the available treatments. At Body Spectrum Plastic Surgery, we want our clients to feel confident in their skin. That's why we like our Botox treatment. Whether you struggle with “crow's feet” or furrows in your forehead, Botox is a great non-surgical solution. With our help, you can reduce the following signs of aging:
 
  • Frown lines between the eyebrows
  • Creases around the eyes
 
  • Furrows in the forehead
  • Facial wrinkles
 

Treatment Procedure

The facial muscles underneath the skin are a contributing factor to wrinkles. A small injection of Botox into the offending area helps relax your muscles and thereby smoothes the skin. Once we've injected the Botox, we apply ice to the skin to reduce swelling. You can expect results to last anywhere between three and six months.

Recovery Process

Some of the most frequent concerns we hear are related to the recovery process. Most patients are able to return to normal activities immediately. For those who follow the post-procedure guidelines, a short recovery period is easier to obtain. We recommend that patients avoid doing any of the following activities for four hours after the injections:
 
  • Laying down
  • Applying cosmetics
 
  • Engaging in heavy physical exercise
  • Massaging or rubbing the injected area towards the eyeball
 
 

Ear Surgery

Surgery of the ear, also known as otoplasty, is a procedure that helps reduce protrusion of the ear away from the head. Most often, ear surgery is performed on children between the ages of four to fourteen. Ears that “stick out” are often the source of teasing and ridicule in young children. This teasing can have a devastating effect on the child's psyche.

Otoplasty is not limited to children and may also be performed on older patients. Cosmetic procedures are available for those individuals with large ears and for those with congenital (birth) irregularities that detract from their appearance. Additionally, an individual's ears may exhibit abnormal traits due to their genetic make-up or an accidental injury, such as losing an ear or part of an ear. Otoplasty is used successfully for each of these situations. Regardless of the procedure, patients have been pleased with the long-lasting improvements to their appearance offered by ear surgery.

Reasons for Considering Ear Surgery

 
  • Bring proportion to the face if the ears "stick out" too much.
  • Correct folded ear tips (lop ear)
  • Reshape long or offset earlobes
 
  • Enhance very small ears or other congenital defects
  • Remedy an accidental injury, including the loss of an ear.
 

General Procedure

Ear surgery is commonly performed under general anesthesia for children. For Adults, it's preformed under local anesthesia. The standard otoplasty procedure brings the ears closer to the head. Otoplasty begins with an incision hidden in the crease behind the ear. This incision allows the cartilage located behind the ears to be reshaped in order to position them closer to the head. The procedure takes approximately one to two hours, depending upon the extent of surgery. There are various surgical techniques involved in correcting irregularities other than protruding ears. These techniques can be discussed with your physician during the initial consultation.

Recovery Process

After surgery, large bandages are wrapped around the head. This method secures the ear in place and assists with the healing process. The bandages are usually removed within a week. They are replaced with smaller dressings. Generally, the post-operative instructions will call for plenty of rest and limited movement to speed up the healing process, reducing recovery time. Patients sometimes report minor pain associated with surgery. While complications are rare, patients can minimize problems by carefully following the recovery instructions.
 

Eyelid Surgery

Do you have excess skin or wrinkles around your eyelids? Maybe your eyes always look tired and puffy because of your family history. Perhaps you simply have dark circles under your eyes. No matter the problem, you might be wondering how to feel young, beautiful, and confident again. Contact Body Spectrum Plastic Surgery when you want to revive your confidence. We'll perform eyelid surgery to make your eyes and eyelids look smooth, supple, and young.

Learn more about the Procedure

During eyelid surgery (called blepharoplasty), we'll take the following steps:
 
  • Our surgeon will make tiny incisions in natural contours around the eyes, and there won't be any visible scarring.
  • Our surgeon will then start with the upper eyelids, tightening loose skin and removing fatty tissues.
 
  • The lower eyelids are next. Our surgeon may use laser technology or Botox injections to smooth the skin.
 
This procedure takes between one and three hours. It is performed as outpatient surgery. If you need additional cosmetic procedures like a face lift or nose surgery, the process takes longer. Your anesthesia professional will keep you comfortable and safe during the process.

Recovery

To make the most of the recovery, try to get plenty of rest. Don't do anything that requires physical exertion, including going to work. Remember to follow any and all instructions your surgeon gives you as well.
 

Facelift

A Facelift, also called a Rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure designed to smooth and firm the skin. This provides a fresh, youthful appearance. Throughout one's life, the sun's radiation, stress, gravity, and other factors cause the skin to sag and fit more loosely. Areas of the face and neck, in particular around the jaw line, are especially prone to the aging process. Though these changes are gradual, wrinkles and other signs of aging can make individuals “feel older” than they really are.

Surgery for a facelift involves the contraction and realignment of facial and neck skin, and in some instances the removal of excess fat deposits. A facelift is often performed in combination with other facial cosmetic procedures and can be performed any time signs of aging begin to appear. However, patients are generally in their forties or older when they elect to undergo this procedure.

Reasons for Considering a Facelift

 
  • Sagging skin, muscles, and fat in the face and neck
  • Excess skin and fat on the neck.
 
  • Sagging jaw line
  • Crease lines along the nose, mouth, and chin
 

General Procedure

The standard procedure for a facelift commonly involves making small incisions just inside the hairline, following the contour in front of the ear, and continuing under the earlobe to the backside of the ear and to the lower scalp. Tissue and fat deposits are separated, the skin is stretched and tightened, and any excess skin is removed. If the neck line requires attention, an additional incision is made under the chin and the same procedure is again followed. Minuscule stitches are used to close the incisions and to reduce any chance of scarring. Metal clips or staples may also be utilized at the hairline.

A face lift may take several hours or longer depending on whether other cosmetic procedures are completed at the same time. Sometimes other procedures may be performed in separate appointments. There are several different facelift techniques that can be employed. Patients can discuss with their physician which method is best for them when they come in for their consultation

Recovery

First, the face is fitted with bandages in order to decrease the recovery time and to reduce swelling. Post-operative instructions usually call for plenty of rest and limited movement in order to speed up the healing and recovery process. The stitches (or clips, and sometimes staples) are removed within a week, normally. Some minor pain is associated with the surgery. While complications are rare, patients can minimize the potential for problems by carefully following the directions given after the procedure.