3 Low Downtime Cosmetic Treatments to Get You Back In The Summer Sun Fast

Customers who are considering cosmetic treatment are frequently concerned with recovery time, especially in the summer when parties and outdoor activities beckon. Of the 17.7 million cosmetic procedures conducted last year in the U.S., almost 90% were minimally invasive treatments with low to no downtime.  

Understandably, the importance of returning to one’s routine and enjoying the summer sun as soon as possible after any treatment is of paramount importance.   

Today, dermatologists perform dozens of cosmetic treatments that require little to no recovery time. Following are three low downtime spa services offered at Plastic Surgery Services of Fredericksburg, which will ensure you look radiant in the summer sun in no time at all.  

Chemical Peels

When conducted by a board-certified professional, chemical peels are exceptionally safe procedures that use chemical solutions to exfoliate damaged outer layers of facial skin. Chosen by almost 1.5 million Americans last year, chemical peels remove damaged layers of facial skin to reveal underlying healthy, smooth skin cells.  Chemical peels can be done at superficial, medium, and deep intensities, each intensity addressing deeper, more stubborn skin issues.  

Wrinkles, fine lines, sun damage, acne scars, hyperpigmentation, melasma, and uneven skin tone can all be addressed using chemical peels. This procedure provides instant rejuvenation with no downtime. 

Light chemical peels involve the application of a chemical solution such as salicylic acid using a cotton ball or gauze. The outer layers of skin will start to whiten, and once completed, the chemical solution will be neutralized and removed. All evidence of the peel is removed before you leave. 

Light chemical peels, such as the AHA Peel or Obagi Radiance Peel offered at Plastic Surgery Services of Fredericksburg, are generally completed within 30 minutes, and allow you to walk straight out of the clinic and resume your day. 

BOTOX®

Likely the most well-known cosmetic treatment and opted for by 7.5 million U.S. citizens in 2018, BOTOX® is truly one of the safest, fastest and most affordable options available to anyone looking for a restored youthful appearance. A non-surgical treatment that requires zero recovery time, a BOTOX® reveals its effects within days.

BOTOX® works by reducing muscle contractions responsible for creating furrowed brows and wrinkles. Using a tiny needle, a small quantity of the BOTOX® substance is injected into the treatment area, resulting in the relaxation of the muscles in that vicinity.

Frequently used to treat anti-aging, BOTOX® treatments allow customers at Plastic Surgery of Fredericksburg to leave our clinic immediately after the procedure and resume their regular routines.  

Dermal Fillers

An increasingly popular cosmetic treatment, dermal fillers, when conducted by board-certified professionals, are a safe and highly effective method of restoring fullness and vitality to your face. 

The doctors at Plastic Surgery Services of Fredericksburg apply dermal fillers to many areas, including the mid-cheek, smile lines, lips, tear trough, marionette lines, or elsewhere. These injections fill out sunken areas of the face and lift the skin to create a more youthful setting. 

If done correctly using proper injection technique, friends and family won’t even recognize you’ve had a specific procedure. Because patients walk in and out of our clinic with minimal interruption to their day, they don’t need to arrange pick up or drop-offs, a convenience that keeps friends and family on a “need-to-know” basis. 

At Plastic Surgery Services of Fredericksburg, we use a revolutionary injection technique which minimizes any swelling or bruising associated with dermal filling. Contact us to find out more about our DermaSculpt Microcannula dermal filling procedure

Need Answers to Your Specific Issues?

Cosmetic treatments are often associated with long rehabilitation periods and costly in-house stays. While this is true for some more drastic treatments, the procedures outlined above are minimally invasive, highly effective methods for restoring your youth, vitality, and confidence with little to no downtime.

If time is of the essence, contact us at Plastic Surgery Services of Fredericksburg to discuss the best options for you. Calling our experienced staff at 540-371-7730 with your questions will help you understand all of our options, or you can fill in our online form. We look forward to your visit!

Give the Gift of Beautiful Skin

Have you ever noticed what virtually all supermodels have in common? That’s right—it’s flawless skin. Even if you have perfect facial features and a stunning figure, having obvious blemishes, wrinkles, or an overall dull look to your skin can sorely detract from your natural beauty. That’s why here at Plastic Surgery Services of Fredericksburg, we believe in giving the gift of beautiful skin. Whether your loved one is male or female, young or old, traditional or a fan of avant-garde style, he or she will truly appreciate receiving one of the procedures below as a gift.

The Top 3 Skin Rejuvenation Procedures

  1. The Obagi System

The Obagi system is famous for producing the “Blue Peel,” a highly effective form of chemical peel. Chemical peels are used to remove the uppermost layer of the skin in a gentle yet thorough way. In doing so, they can erase a wide array of different skin imperfections, such as fine lines, sun spots, small scars, enlarged pores, and areas of uneven pigmentation. Likewise, they’re useful in treating areas of dark pigmentation that have arisen due to pregnancy, birth control use, or other factors.

Chemical peels are also excellent collagen stimulators: When they remove the first layer of the dermis, the body goes into “healing mode” and tells the skin to produce new collagen and elastin in order to regenerate skin cells. As a result, the new layer of skin that forms is firmer, brighter, and more even in tone and texture than the one that preceded it.

The Obagi system differs from other chemical peels in the fact that it is capable of treating the aforementioned cosmetic problems on a deeper level—without causing the same amount of peeling, redness, or swelling as a conventional deep chemical peel. Because Obagi peels penetrate more deeply into the supportive second layer of the dermis, they’re adept at treating skin laxity as well as superficial blemishes.

The Obagi system takes measures to help your skin heal more effectively, too. First and foremost, it comes with a specially-formulated professional-grade sunscreen that will keep your skin safe from sun damage after the peeling solution has been applied. (Sun damage is the only major risk associated with chemical peel treatments.) Unlike conventional sunscreen, Obagi system sunscreen will not cause irritation; on the contrary, it’s been designed to soothe and nourish healing skin.

Note that different Obagi formulations are available to treat a range of different skin types (and problems): There’s an Obagi system that specifically targets acne, for example, and there’s a nourishing Obagi anti-aging formula that’s been developed for use on sensitive skin.

  1. BOTOX®

BOTOX® is an excellent “beginner” cosmetic procedure. It’s extremely adept at treating and preventing dynamic wrinkles, it requires just one brief appointment and no surgery is involved. Contrary to myth, BOTOX® does not “freeze” a person’s face, nor is it strongly associated with any other serious adverse reactions.

Because BOTOX® can help prevent wrinkles as well as minimize existing lines, most cosmetic surgeons recommend this procedure for anyone over the age of 30. Starting BOTOX® early relaxes the muscles in common problem areas (such as on the forehead and around the eyes), reducing the amount of stress placed on the skin by muscle contractions. This means it will take much longer for wrinkles to form “imprints” in the skin.

  1. Dermal Fillers

Dermal fillers aren’t just for lip enhancement anymore. Today, these versatile substances are being used to fill in wrinkles, add volume to the cheeks, erase old acne scars, and even correct imperfections on the nose.  Like BOTOX®, dermal fillers are both safe and temporary; if you have dermal fillers injected, you can expect them to last between 9 to 12 months.

Dermal fillers, BOTOX®, and the Obagi system form a set of what we call “complementary procedures.” This, in brief, means that the results of these treatments coalesce to produce a cohesively smooth, lifted, and revitalized look. Obagi enhances the overall appearance of the skin, dermal fillers fill in deep-set hollows and wrinkles, and BOTOX® eliminates dynamic wrinkles.

Giving the Gift of Better Skin

With all of the skin-enhancing procedures available today, giving the gift of beautiful skin is easier than ever before… And the best part? All the procedures listed above are non-surgical, meaning that the patient doesn’t need to take any time out to have them.

Modern cosmetic medicine is safe, largely side effect free, convenient, and affordable—making it the perfect gift for just about anyone. So, what are you waiting for? Let someone you care about in on the best-kept skincare secret there is: Cosmetic medicine.

Head Off the Signs of Aging with a Mini Facelift

Who do you see when you look in the mirror? Do you look young and vibrant or are you starting to see the signs of aging? You don’t have to wait for advanced facial aging to do something about it. Fight back against Father Time with a mini-facelift. A less invasive procedure early on can save some patients from needing a full facelift later. Ask us about our mini-facelift by calling 540-371-7730.

What Is a Mini-Facelift?

A mini-facelift is a surgical procedure to help reverse common signs of aging. This treatment is highly customized to your problem areas. If you have jowls, we’ll focus on those. If you need treatment in the mid-facial area, we’ll target that. This treatment is designed around your specific problem areas and needs. It is less invasive than a full facelift and often requires a much shorter recovery period. Some people call it the “weekend facelift”.

How Is a Mini-Facelift Different than a Traditional Facelift?

A mini-facelift is a modified form of the traditional facelift. It is sometimes referred to as an “S-Lift” because the incisions are shorter and smaller. We typically place incisions behind the ears or in the hairline behind the temples. With a mini-facelift muscles are tightened but not cut. The surgery takes about 2.5 hours to complete. Recovery is much shorter—typically 5-7 days.

What Is a Good Age for a Mini-Facelift?

Our mini-facelift patients are typically in their late 40s and 50s. The key to a successful treatment is to come in before the signs of aging are advanced. If you have one or two problem areas or general aging, come discuss your options. Although age can help you determine if the time might be right for a mini-facelift, the more important factor is your appearance. During your consultation we can help you determine if you’re ready for surgery and if a mini-facelift or a traditional facelift would be the most appropriate.

If you aren’t quite ready for a mini-facelift, we can recommend injectable products (like BOTOX® and dermal fillers) and laser treatments to address your areas of concern. Our free consultations are one of the best ways to determine your ideal course of action.

Could you benefit from a mini-facelift? Call today and schedule your consultation.

Look Great on New Year’s Eve—Last Minute Cosmetic Enhancement

What’s on your list of resolutions for the coming New Year? If you’re hoping to improve your appearance in 2016, you can get a jump-start by coming into Plastic Surgery Services of Fredericksburg. Best of all, with these quick and easy cosmetic treatments, you’ll get to enjoy the gorgeous results at your New Year’s Eve party. Start the year looking your best!

Last-Minute Cosmetic Fixes—Which One Will You Choose?

We’re down to the wire for aesthetic improvement in 2015 but, if you hurry in, you’ve still got a bit of time. These cosmetic treatments are perfect for a last-minute fix. They require no downtime, have minimal side effects, and offer instant (or close to it) results. Which of these treatments will you try?

  • BOTOX®Got crow’s feet? Smooth them away in just a few days. BOTOX® treatments can temporarily relax muscles that cause certain types of wrinkles, allowing the skin to relax and these wrinkles to fade. Treatment takes just a few minutes with no downtime, but results can take a couple of days to appear. If you want fewer crow’s feet in time for your New Year’s party, you’ll need to hurry in!
  • Dermal Fillers- Restore a younger looking appearance in minutes with dermal fillers. These injectable fillers can smooth out lines and wrinkles, augment the lips without surgery, fill in acne scars, fade dark undereye circles, and so much more. Many fillers offer instant results with no downtime. You may experience a bit of bruising or swelling, but this can be covered with makeup for parties.
  • A Facial- Don’t you need a little YOU time after the chaos of the holidays? Relax and rejuvenate with a customized facial at our Medical Spa. We offer a wide array of facials and facial boosters including: Anti-Aging Facial, Hydrating Facial, Men’s Facial, Sensitive Skin Facial, Eye Treatment, Lip Treatment, and much more. A facial is an excellent way to boost circulation to your skin, shed dead skin cells, and reinvigorate your appearance. Best of all, a facial feels amazing! This is the perfect way to say goodbye to 2015 and usher in a brand new year.

Essential Tips for Last-Minute Treatments

Time is running short for a rejuvenated appearance before the New Year. These tips will help to ensure you get the results you need from your last-minute treatments.

  • Work with a Skilled Provider- With last-minute improvement, you don’t have time for mistakes. Make sure you choose a skilled and experienced provider for all of your cosmetic treatments. At Plastic Surgery Services of Fredericksburg, all of our injectors are highly skilled and trained. We are well known for our natural-looking results.
  • Hurry In- You’ve still got time, but not a lot. If you want to enjoy the benefits of these last-minute treatments before your New Year’s Eve parties, you’ll need to call today and book your appointment.

Happy New Year from all of us at Plastic Surgery Services of Fredericksburg!

Voluma XC: Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is Juvéderm® Voluma XC?

JUVÉDERM VOLUMA™ XC is made from a modified form of hyaluronic acid which is a natural sugar that occurs within our bodies.

2. What is Juvéderm® Voluma XC indicated for?

JUVÉDERM VOLUMA™ XC is the first and only FDA-approved non-surgical option to instantly correct age-related volume loss in the cheek area. It is a gel that gently lifts the skin and restores lost volume.

3. How is Juvéderm® Voluma XC actually used in treatment?

Voluma is injected into the cheek. It provides long term volume in the cheek area and gives the appearance of a more youthful, smoother skin surface.

4. What makes Juvéderm® Voluma XC different from other dermal fillers?

Juvéderm® Voluma was specially designed to fill and lift the cheeks. It uses a new advanced technology from Allergan which is called Vycross that creates a smooth-consistency gel that flows easily into the skin and provides a smooth, natural look and feel.

5. How long does Juvéderm® Voluma last?

It can provide fullness for up to two years with optimal treatment.

6. Why use Juvéderm® Voluma XC and not a wrinkle filler?

Not every wrinkle filler is right for every wrinkle. Juverderm Voluma xc was specially designed to fill and lift the cheek area.

7. What does the XC after Juvéderm® Voluma XC mean?

XC means there is a small amount of lidocaine mixed in which helps to numb the area during the treatment process.

8. Are the injections painful?

There is minimal discomfort during the treatment process.

9. Is allergy testing needed?

No, since the product occurs naturally in the body allergy testing is not needed.

10. How young can you be treated?

Juvéderm® Voluma XC is FDA approved for adults over the age of 21.

11. Does it matter if I am 30, 40, 50 or older for treating or for the results I will see?

No, speaking practically there are not age limits for you to have a nice result with Juverderm Voluma XC. It’s actual FDA approval is for 21 years and over.

12. Can all skin types be treated?

Yes, it is good for all skin types.

13. Can men be treated?

Yes, however it is a different technique especially for cheeks because what is optimal for a man differs from a women.

14. How long does treatment take?

The actual injection only takes 15 or 20 minutes, but more time may be needed if more than one syringe is required.

15. Does Juvéderm® Voluma require any special techniques or training?

Yes, injecting Voluma requires special training and an understanding of such aesthetics as facial harmony and bone structure.

16. Can you combine Juvéderm® Voluma XC with other facial anti-aging treatments?

Yes, and in some cases it may give you a better result . For example, use of BOTOX® will reduce fine lines and wrinkles.

17. Does it matter when you combine these treatments?

At times more than one type of treatment is needed. For example Juverderm Voluma XC restores volume and lift to the cheek area. Fine lines from facial expressions respond well to BOTOX® and makes a good combination woth Juverderm Voluma XC.

18. When can I return to work and resume my social life?

Juvéderm® Voluma XC results are immediate, so generally you may return to work or social activities right after the procedure. Sometimes side effects occur –like bruising, and mild swelling may happen by the next day, so you do need to consider this in your planning. Consult with your physician and discuss your return to work with them.

19. What are the common side effects of Juvéderm® Voluma XC?

Mild tenderness, swelling, and firmness, at the injection site. These side
effects were usually moderate in severity, and do not require treatment.

20. What can be done to prevent bruising?

Avoid aspirin and aspirin like products (NSAID’s) the week prior to treatment.

21. What if I don’t like the results – can Juvéderm® Voluma XC be removed?

Yes all hyaluronic acid fillers can be ‘removed’ using a synthetic form of an enzyme that occurs naturally in our bodies called hyaluronidase.

22. How often can I be injected?

Juvéderm® Voluma is a long-lasting filler so typically you would not need to be treated again for a long time…up to two years or more. You may need a re-injection a few weeks after your initial injection if you need more volume or more lift. It is better to be conservative and touch-up if needed.

23. How much does it cost?

The price of Juvéderm® Voluma varies according to the needs of each patient. The number of syringes needed to achieve the desired results varies from one person to another. People who have had similar procedures completed in the past may have differing needs from people who are having this type of treatment for the first time. If you get VOLUMA regularly, make sure you sign up for Allergan’s Brilliant Distinctions program. By participating in this program you get points for each treatment which you can then deposit and redeem for discounts on future treatments and products from Allergan. For all of the details, please check out www.brilliantdistinctionsprogram.com.

Cosmetic Enhancement for Men- What Are My Options?

Men… Plastic surgery isn’t just for the ladies. You too can enhance your looks, boost your confidence, and maintain the competitive edge in your career through cosmetic enhancement. Take the first step today and learn more about your options. Then, once you see how plastic surgery can benefit you, contact us and schedule a consultation. How will you benefit from male plastic surgery?

Popular Surgical Options for Male Patients

What cosmetic surgical procedures are most popular for male patients? Take a look below:

  • Liposuction– As you get older, it gets harder to keep that stubborn fat off of your waistline. Men naturally store fat across the abdomen and liposuction can help that fat go away. This procedure removes fat deposits using a special suction tube. The surgery takes 1-2 hours and often yields great results, especially if you still have good skin elasticity. If you aren’t getting the fat loss results you’d like from the gym, come try liposuction.
  • Male Breast Reduction– Gynecomastia is a condition where excess breast tissue develops in male patients. Many men find this highly embarrassing. We can remove this excess tissue through liposuction, helping you to restore your confidence and your masculine figure.
  • Blepharoplasty– Do you look tired all of the time, even when you’re well rested? You might benefit from eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty). This procedure corrects drooping upper eyelids and can eliminate those puffy bags under the eyes. Look younger and rejuvenated!
  • Post Bariatric Surgery– For patients that have lost a large amount of weight, post bariatric surgery can be a solution to that excess hanging skin. Post-bariatric surgery can tighten up your body, helping you to really appreciate those weight loss results.

Non-Surgical Options

Surgery isn’t the only way for men to enhance their looks. Many of our male patients opt for non-surgical and minimally invasive options.

  • Dermal Fillers– When used properly dermal fillers can enliven and rejuvenate the face by filling in pits and wrinkles, adding volume, and restoring facial contours. Dermal fillers are temporary, but application takes just minutes with results that last for months (and in some cases years).
  • BOTOX®– Say goodbye to those crow’s feet, worry lines, and forehead wrinkles with BOTOX®. This injectable treatment is one of our most popular amongst both male and female patients. It temporarily halts nerve impulses to overactive facial muscles for a relaxed, natural look.
  • Fraxel Laser– Smooth, brighten, and rejuvenate your skin with cosmetic laser treatments. The Fraxel laser is a skin resurfacing treatment that is well known for its ability to transform the skin. If you have wrinkles, or age spots, ask us about the Fraxel laser.
  • Men’s Facial– We also have facials designed just for our male patients in our medical spa.

Call us today at 540-371-7730 and schedule your appointment. Man or woman, we’ve got something for everyone at Plastic Surgery Services of Fredericksburg.

Red Carpet Watch: What Cosmetic Procedures Did You See?

One of our favorite parts of the Academy Awards is watching gorgeous celebrities and looking for beauty inspiration. The stars are certainly gorgeous, but most of them didn’t get there all on their own. Let’s take a quick look at some of the procedures we may have seen on the red carpet this year.

Breast Augmentation

If you aren’t naturally blessed with the cup size of your dreams, breast augmentation is the solution. Many celebrities, including Kaley Cuoco and Denise Richards, openly admit to having breast implants. To look great in those strapless gowns (especially after having children), breast implants are often a must.

BOTOX®

You might not notice it (the natural looking results are a big reason this procedure is so popular), but that doesn’t mean it isn’t there. BOTOX® is one of the most popular cosmetic treatments on the red carpet. BOTOX® is a specialized toxin that helps facial muscles to relax letting the wrinkles they cause fade away. The results are stunningly natural looking and best of all, the procedure just takes a few minutes. This treatment is great for crow’s feet, forehead lines and lines between the brows. If you’re looking for an easy way to give yourself a red carpet makeover, come see us about BOTOX®.

Liposuction

Even with a careful diet and a high-priced personal trainer, celebrities still need liposuction. Some stubborn fat pockets are very resistant to diet and exercise, making it almost impossible to eliminate them on your own. Liposuction suctions this fat away permanently and reshapes body contours for those perfect curves. Hollywood stars might not admit it, but many have surely had liposuction.

Chemical Peels

How do you get your skin ready for the red carpet? With a chemical peel, of course. This treatment uses an acid solution to remove dead skin cells, revealing fresh, young skin underneath. A light chemical peel is the perfect solution to refresh and rejuvenate your skin before a big event.  A deeper peel is a better choice for removing stubborn hyperpigmentation and deep wrinkles.

Dermal Fillers

Celebrities know how to age gracefully. Many of our favorite stars still look sexy at 50, 60 and beyond. Can you believe that Brad Pitt is actually 51? Dermal fillers are a great way for celebrities to turn back the clock without the need for more extensive plastic surgery. Dermal fillers can plump up the lips, smooth wrinkles, lift sagging skin and reshape facial contours for a more rejuvenated look.

As you watched your favorite celebrities walk the red carpet this year, did you notice any of these cosmetic treatments? You may not have noticed, but we guarantee, they’re there.

Do You Have Questions about Injectables?

If you think that cosmetic enhancement always means cuts, stitches, and a painful recovery, you haven’t tried injectables. Whether you opt for a dermal filler like Restylane® or a “freezer” like BOTOX®, these treatments can rejuvenate and revitalize, transforming your look without the need for missed work or a long recovery period. If you look in the mirror and want a little pick me up, but aren’t ready to go under the knife, come on in and give injectables a try.

If you haven’t tried injectables for yourself yet, you probably have questions. Keep reading for answers to some of our top questions about injectable treatments.

What Is the Difference Between a Filler and a Freezer?

There are two primary types of injectables: dermal fillers and freezers. Although both treatments are injected into the face, they rejuvenate in dramatically different ways. Fillers, like Restylane® or Perlane®, restore lost volume, fill in wrinkles, and lift sagging skin. Freezers, like BOTOX®, work by temporarily stopping muscle impulses that pull skin and cause wrinkling. Find out which treatments will help you meet your beauty goals by talking with one of our board certified plastic surgeons.

Are Injectable Treatments Painful?

Many patients worry that injectable treatments will be painful. There may be some discomfort, but topical anesthetics can be used to numb the treatment area if you’re concerned about pain. Talk with us about your concerns and we can help you find solutions.

How Long Will the Results Last?

The results from dermal fillers and freezers are temporary, but rather long lasting. BOTOX® results are visible just a few days after treatment and can last for up to 6 months. Restylane® injections can last up to one year depending on the area injected. We also offer fat injections using your own fat which can last from a few months to indefinitely depending on the situation.

Are Injectables Safe?

Safety is a primary concern here at Plastic Surgery Services of Fredericksburg. The injectable treatments we offer have been used on millions of patients around the world and are FDA approved. BOTOX® is considered one of the safest, minimally invasive cosmetic treatments available and Restylane® is the world’s most used and most studied cosmetic filler.

Am I a Good Candidate for Injectables?

While injectable treatments are an ideal choice for many of our patients, we cannot give specific recommendations about what might be best for you without visiting with you in person. You may be a good candidate for dermal fillers if you have acne scars, wrinkles that you would like to diminish, hollow cheeks, thin lips, or dark under eye circles. BOTOX® is commonly used to treat lines between the brows and other facial wrinkles caused by overactive muscles. Talk with us about your specific needs and desires and we can help you find the right cosmetic treatment.