Facelifts Today: Better Techniques, Better Results

In the past, facelift surgery was seen as being highly effective—but not exactly subtle. In addition to creating visible incision scars along the hairline, historic facelift surgery often produced a dramatically “lifted” look. That patient’s brow-line would appear to be swept upwards and his or her eyes would often have a telltale slant. In short, thirty years ago, you knew when someone had undergone a facelift; even if he or she looked younger as a result, he or she also looked different. Fortunately, times have changed. Just like many medical operations that were once invasive surgeries can now be performed via “keyhole” methods and other modern techniques, facelift surgery has been refined substantially over the last decade.

Introducing Today’s Facelift

Facelifts in 2017 are performed using highly advanced, specialized techniques. As a result, facelifts today produce a more subtle look that promises to be virtually invisible to anyone who did not see the patient prior to his or her surgery. In this sense, facelift surgery is now one of the best-kept anti-aging secrets. Few people realize just how effective it has become, and even fewer people suspect miraculously young-looking individuals of having a facelift.

The advanced techniques mentioned above take two main forms: The subcutaneous musculoaponeurotic system facelift (SMAS) and the deep plane facelift.

Rather than making use of lengthy incisions, the SMAS facelift relies on the careful placement of sutures in the patient’s connective tissues. These sutures tighten the connective tissues that support the muscles of the mid-face area and neck, providing a subtle but effective lift that counteracts the effects of gravity.

During a deep plane facelift, on the other hand, the surgeon will make incisions in order to reach the underside of the muscles that support the face and neck. Doing so allows the surgeon to “re-drape” the skin over the muscles, rather than simply pulling it back and stretching it. This method is extremely good at keeping the patient’s facial proportions intact while also producing a profound increase in skin tightness. Deep plane facelifts look so “natural” that patients who have them are usually thought to possess extremely good genetics—few would believe they’ve had plastic surgery. The results of this kind of facelift are also very long-lasting.

What about Non-Surgical Alternatives?

With the range of nonsurgical facelift alternatives on the market today (such as Juvéderm® and other fillers, and BOTOX®), some people wonder why the facelift remains in use at all. There are a few reasons: First and foremost, nonsurgical alternatives don’t work for everyone. Because many of these treatments use the body’s natural healing response (that is, they stimulate the production of collagen and elastin), their results tend to vary from person to person. Likewise, nonsurgical treatments cannot yet produce the same very profound results that surgical procedures do. This is especially true where skin tightening is concerned. Patients over the age of 50 who have significant drooping in multiple areas of their face and neck will not benefit substantially from nonsurgical alternatives. Moreover, many older patients need specialized procedures incorporated into their facelifts, such as adding an eyelid lift to improve vision clarity.

Finally, there is the matter of longevity. Nonsurgical anti-aging treatments typically wear off within about three to six months. Patients must therefore continually budget for top-up injections, and ultimately it becomes more practical and convenient for them to simply have surgery. The results of a facelift are often apparent for an amazing ten to fifteen years after surgery.

Nonsurgical procedures can, however, enhance the anti-aging effects of facelift surgery. Using fillers to restore lost volume in the cheeks and lips, for example, can round out a facelift beautifully. Likewise, skin resurfacing treatments (like laser, and chemical peels) can remove age spots and other imperfections in the skin that are not targeted by surgery. Ultimately, attacking the signs of aging from multiple angles is usually the most thorough and pleasing strategy.

Facelifts: The Gold Standard in Anti-Aging Procedures

With all of the above information taken into account, it’s unsurprising that the facelift is experiencing something of a renaissance in the USA. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, there was a 28 percent increase in facelifts performed between 1997 and 2015. If you’re interested in combating the visible effects of aging, facelift surgery is clearly well worth considering.

Give Mom the Gift of Beauty and Rejuvenation This May

All moms undeniably love Mother’s Day but one day for all we do seems a bit underwhelming, right? Honor the mom (or moms!) in your life by spoiling them all month long! Forget Mother’s Day—this is Mother’s Month.

A trip to our medical spa can help your mom look and feel incredible. Call to learn more about your options.

Doesn’t Your Mom Deserve a Facial?

After years of wiping runny noses, drying tears, and cleaning up piles of toys, your mom deserves some “Me” time. Give her a customized, pampering facial in our MedSpa. We offer a wide range of facials, including:

  • Anti-Aging Facial with Ampoules
  • Hydrating Facial with Ampoules
  • Sensitive Skin Facial
  • Customized Facial

We also offer neck and bust masks, eye treatments, lip treatments, a body peel, a full body scrub, and more. Pamper your mom with us this May.

The Perfect Chemical Peel for Mom

Does your mom dream of smoother, younger looking skin? A chemical peel could help her dreams to come true. Our Master Esthetician, Priya, is highly experienced using several top chemical peels. She can help your mom choose the right peel for her skin. We offer the Obagi Radiance Peel, and a gentle AHA peel. The Physicians offer the Obagi Blue Peel, and a deeper Phenol peel.

Chemical peels slough off the outermost layers of skin. This boosts your body’s healing response and smoothes out uneven skin. This treatment can improve the appearance of sun damage, fight acne, smooth rough skin, fade lines and wrinkles, and more.

Soft Hands and Feet for Mom with Paraffin Wax

Silky soft hands and feet are a paraffin wax treatment away. As her hands are dipped into the relaxing warm wax, she’ll feel all her worries subside. This treatment will get Mom’s feet sandal-ready for summer!

Perfect Products for the Perfect Mom

This May, give your mom the gift of high quality skin care products. Using the right products at home can complement the aesthetic treatments you receive in our offices. We offer a wide range of top quality medical grade products and can help your mom to choose the best products for her skin type and concerns.

You’ve got a great mom; give her a great gift! A true win-win, we also have plenty of surgical and non-surgical rejuvenation specials through May.

Call 540-371-7730 today and book a treatment in our MedSpa or clinic.

Get Glowing Skin for Valentine’s Day—No Surgery Needed!

We don’t know where cupid’s arrow will strike this year, but we do know the secret to gorgeous, glowing skin. The big day is getting closer, but you still have time to perfect your skin. Call and schedule your treatments today. These beautifying options are all non-surgical with little to no downtime. Skip the roses and give yourself the gift of gorgeous skin instead.

Fraxel Laser

Hearts and chocolates aren’t enough this Valentine’s Day. What you really need is the Fraxel laser. It can shrink pores, improve skin tone, smooth wrinkles, boost collagen production, improve the appearance of acne scars, and much more. You’ll look and feel like you have new skin.

We typically recommend a series of treatments to start (often 3-5). You can get your first treatment now and finish up with the rest after Valentine’s Day (treatments are spaced every 4 to 6 weeks). Fraxel requires no downtime and has a very short recovery period. You’re going to love the treatment, and the results even more.

Chemical Peel

chemical peel is the solution to dull or uneven skin. We offer a variety of peels in differing strengths so you can achieve the results you want on your schedule. If you want to look great by Valentine’s Day, let us know so we can choose a peel that works quickly with no downtime (the AHA Peel and the Obagi Radiance Peel are both excellent options).

A chemical peel works by using an acidic solution to slough off dead skin cells and promote the body’s healing response. Deeper peels use a stronger acid to provide more dramatic results, but also require more post-treatment healing time.

Custom Facial

Relationships end, but not with your skin. It’s always there for you, through the good times and the bad. What gift will you give your skin for Valentine’s Day this year? We recommend a custom facial—a restorative and pampering way to give your skin a little extra TLC. We offer a variety of facial treatments and can customize any facial to your skin’s unique concerns.

Gorgeous, glowing skin awaits this Valentine’s Day. Call us today at 540-371-7730 and book your treatments.

Your Post-Holiday Skin Needs Serious Help—Time for a Facial!

Now that the holidays are over, you deserve a little YOU time. After weeks of entertaining, frenzied holiday shopping, and too much eggnog, your skin may be feeling slightly neglected. Come on in and get a facial. It’s relaxing and rejuvenating and your skin will love it! Call today and schedule yours.

How Can a Facial Benefit My Skin?

Facials aren’t just for pampering. They are a great way to improve your skin, too. Here are a few of the many benefits your skin can enjoy with the right facial:

  • Boost Circulation- Many facials include a gentle massage, which can boost circulation to your skin. This nourishes the cells, stimulates regeneration, and promotes healthy skin. And, yes, it feels lovely, too.
  • Remove Dead Skin Cells- Exfoliation is another facial essential that removes dead skin cells, oils, and product build-up. This can brighten the skin and remove impurities while revealing fresh, new skin. It also removes bacteria and prevents breakouts.
  • Fight Blemishes- Facials remove excess bacteria from the skin and are an excellent preventative measure when it comes to breakouts and blemishes. Extractions can remove any blemishes you already have while exfoliation can prevent many future breakouts. Facials are the key to smooth, blemish-free skin.
  • Smooth Skin- Facials can smooth rough skin for a smoother, softer complexion.
  • Improve Skin Tone- By removing dead, dull skin and revealing fresh, new skin, a facial can even out and improve skin tone. Discover your most beautiful skin.

I Have Problem Skin. Will a Facial Work for Me?

Whether you have sensitive skin, dry skin, rough skin, or any other skin problem, we’ve got a facial for you. Here are a few of the many facials and facial boosters we offer. Which one is right for you?

  • Customized Facial
  • Anti-Aging Facial with Ampoules
  • Hydrating Facial with Ampoules
  • Teen/Adult Acne Facial with Ampoules
  • Men’s Facial
  • Sensitive Skin Facial
  • Rosacea Facial
  • Neck and Bust Mask
  • Eye Treatment
  • Lip Treatment

If you’re not sure which treatment will work best for you, call us at 540-371-7730. We’re happy to help you find the right facial for your problem areas.

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!

Winter and Plastic Surgery: The Best Treatments to Get NOW!

Winter is an ideal time for plastic surgery. While you can achieve stunning results any time of the year, many patients find that the recovery is easier when the weather cools down. Take advantage of the winter weather and book your next cosmetic treatment with Plastic Surgery Services of Fredericksburg. You’ll love your results whether you opt for surgery in the winter or the summer. If you have surgery now, you will be ready for next summer and bathing suit season.

Which procedures are best in the winter? Let’s take a peek at a few of our top picks for winter.

Breast Augmentation

Be bikini ready by summer with breast augmentation this winter. If you want to increase your breast volume, breast augmentation is the surgery for you. This procedure pairs nicely with a breast lift if you need to correct any breast sagging.

Why is breast augmentation better in the winter? It takes time to achieve your final results and winter surgery gets you ready for the big reveal when summer hits.

Liposuction

If you want a hot summer body, winter is the time to think about lipo. Liposuction shapes and sculpts the body by removing stubborn, unwanted fat cells. This procedure is a great option for love handles, belly fat, saddlebags, double chins, etc.

Why should you consider winter liposuction? After treatment you’ll need to wear a compression garment for several weeks. The extra layer of clothes during the summer can be uncomfortable but, during the winter, you’re already bundled up. Expect some swelling, especially in the first weeks after surgery. You’ll be grateful for bulky clothing to help hide any swelling that does occur. Lipo now … gorgeous body later!

Facelift

Rediscover a younger looking you with a facelift. This procedure removes excess skin and fat and retightens facial muscles. One surgery can help you look up to 10 years younger.

Winter is a prime time for facelift surgery. A perk of a winter facelift? Hats and scarves are the perfect way to hide incisions and bruising as you heal.

If you’re thinking about plastic surgery, winter is a good time to take the plunge. Call 540-371-7730 today and schedule your appointment to take advantage of winter’s plastic surgery benefits.