The Benefits of Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty is one of the most transformative elective surgery procedures in the world! It can boost a patient’s self-esteem and allow them to focus on the facial features they love. If you are wondering what this procedure can do for your life, we’ve outlined some of our favorites rhinoplasty benefits below:

  • Provides flattering facial contours.
  • Corrects any bumps or lumps.
  • Refines the tip of the nose.
  • Changes the width of the nostrils.
  • Produces a balanced nasal profile.
  • Corrects any breathing obstructions.

Schedule your consultation to learn more about rhinoplasty and the benefits it can provide you.

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Why Belly Fat is Hard to Lose and How to Do It

What’s the most frustrating part of dieting? For many of us, it’s not changing our eating habits or sweating through gym routines. Instead, it’s the disheartening realization that even when we reach a healthy weight, we retain two or more inches of belly fat. Indeed, even some individuals who are otherwise very slim have a small “pot belly.”

The good news? While belly fat can be very hard to lose, getting rid of it isn’t impossible. If you know the right techniques and are willing to consider alternatives to conventional fat loss methods (such as cosmetic medicine), getting rid of belly fat can be downright painless. Here’s what you need to know:

Understanding—and Conquering—Stubborn Belly Fat

Before trying to banish belly fat, it’s useful to know why belly fat is especially stubborn. The causes of diet-resistant fat deposits on the stomach vary from person to person, and may include one or more of the following factors:

  • Age. As we get older, our fat becomes more “centralized.” That is to say, it moves away from the extremities (like the hands, feet, and face) and collects around the abdomen. As such, even if you don’t actually gain extra weight over the years, you can develop a noticeable belly. Making matters worse, we lose muscle mass as we age. This means that the belly fat we have is poorly supported. Without strong abdominal muscles in place to help “compress” the stomach, the abdomen tends to protrude, making fat deposits even more noticeable.
  • Diet. Even if you’re eating a calorie-controlled diet, eating the wrong kinds of foods can encourage your body to retain belly fat. Foods that cause insulin levels to spike, i.e., refined carbohydrates and sugary foods and drinks, are associated with an increase in “visceral fat.” This is an especially dense form of abdominal fat that clusters close to the organs. Not only is it hard to lose visceral fat, having a higher percentage of this type of fat has been linked to an increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, and certain cancers.
  • Genetic and hormonal factors. Bodily composition varies from person to person, and some people are simply more genetically prone to storing fat around the midsection. This is particularly common in people whose ancestors lived at high latitudes, as storing fat around the midsection helps the body to retain heat. Likewise, as you probably already know if you’re female, feminine hormones like estrogen tend to aid in fat storage. This, too, used to serve a vital purpose: It gave women extra fat deposits to draw on while carrying and nursing their babies, which could be life-saving in times of famine. Today, however, it makes battling the bulge particularly challenging for women.

Now that you know what causes stubborn belly fat, you can figure out what to do about it. If the problem is diet—that is, you’ve been eating less but still consuming a lot of sweet or processed foods—then the solution may be as simple as changing what you eat. Try sticking to foods that stabilize insulin levels, such as vegetables, whole grains, lean meats, nuts, legumes, and fruit (in moderation; fruit can be high in natural sugars).

If the problem is age, genetics, or hormones, you’re facing a bit more of an uphill battle. Dieting down to a very low body fat percentage isn’t recommended, so you’re left with two options: You can either step up your exercise routine and focus on the abdomen, or you can consider cosmetic medicine.

In general, cosmetic body sculpting procedures like liposuction and CoolSculpting offer the best and most convenient solution to diet-resistant belly fat. While targeted exercises can slightly alter the appearance of belly fat (by toning and compressing the abdomen), it’s actually impossible to “spot reduce” fat via exercise. When the body burns fat, fat cells all over the body shrink at an even rate. They don’t burn off faster in a given area just because you’re moving the muscles there. When you have CoolSculpting or liposuction, on the other hand, the fat cells in targeted areas are permanently destroyed. These procedures therefore can be said to truly get rid of unwanted belly fat, leaving the patient with a smooth, flat stomach. In fact, it’s a myth that procedures like liposuction are intended for use on heavily overweight patients. The ideal body sculpting candidate is actually someone who is a healthy weight but still requires a bit of “fine tuning” in some areas. If that last sentences describes you, body sculpting may be your best bet for getting the body of your dreams.

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Get Your Best Summer Body with Liposuction

In this age of innovative nonsurgical fat removal procedures, it can be easy to forget the unique advantages of liposuction… And this is a shame, because if you’re looking to sculpt the perfect summer body, liposuction may well be the best tool to use. Before you pass over this tried, tested, and true fat removal procedure, take a moment to consider its many benefits:

The Top 6 Advantages of Having Liposuction

1. Liposuction is extremely versatile.

Most nonsurgical fat removal procedures use an applicator tool that “sucks in” the flesh that’s being treated. This means that these treatments are not usually suitable for use on very small or inflexible areas, like the hands, ankles, or feet. Additionally, patients who have very dense fat may not respond well to nonsurgical treatments as the applicator device won’t be able to pull in enough tissue to be truly effective. Liposuction, on the other hand, can be used virtually anywhere on the body (thanks to the availability of ultra-thin cannulas), and on any patient.

2. Liposuction produces quick results.

While nonsurgical fat removal can be very effective, it takes a while to work its magic. Most patients have to wait at least two to three months to really see the results of these procedures. Furthermore, it’s not uncommon for nonsurgical fat removal procedures to require more than one treatment session, sometimes spaced weeks apart. In other words, if you’re looking to get the perfect body by June, you have to start in the middle of winter. Liposuction, on the other hand, is virtually instantaneous. Once the patient leaves the plastic surgeon’s office, his or her unwanted fat is gone—permanently. All he or she has to do is wait a week or two for any residual swelling to subside, and it will be time to pull out the shorts and swimwear.

3. Liposuction is more affordable than most people realize.

Usually, surgical procedures are a fair bit more expensive than their nonsurgical counterparts as they’re more difficult to administer. Fortunately, this isn’t the case with liposuction. Because it’s such a straightforward and relatively quick operation, it only costs $2000-3000 on average. This is about the same as the average total cost of having CoolSculpting. Patients are therefore free to choose between liposuction and alternative options based on which choice fits their preferences the best; cost isn’t an obstacle either way.

4. Recovering from liposuction is easier than you think

Recovery from liposuction takes about one week, and it isn’t usually particularly painful. Patients will generally be given prescription painkillers and compression garments in order to help keep soreness and swelling to an absolute minimum.

It’s important to be aware that pain-sensitive individuals usually experience some degree of post-procedure pain after having nonsurgical fat reduction, too, so avoiding surgery isn’t a surefire way to avoid pain. Once again, you should choose the procedure that fits your needs best; if you experience pain, your surgeon will intervene to help you manage it effectively. When it comes to providing aftercare, board certified plastic surgeons are generally extremely thorough.

5. Having liposuction can actually improve your health.

Most people don’t associate plastic surgery with health benefits, but they should. A number of cosmetic procedures have medical uses as well, and liposuction is no exception. According to a study published by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons in 2011, having abdominal liposuction can reduce a patient’s level of blood triglycerides by an astonishing 43%. This is extremely significant because high circulating levels of triglycerides are strongly associated with cardiovascular disease. In short, getting that summer body you’ve always dreamed of might actually save your life.

As the list above shows, there are many reasons why liposuction remains one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures in America. If you’re tired of dealing with distracting bulges, don’t ignore this quick, safe, and amazingly effective body sculpting procedure. It just might be exactly what you’re looking for.

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Plastic Surgery Services of Fredericksburg is Now Performing DermaSculpt!

As the field of cosmetic medicine advances, the lines between surgical procedures and noninvasive treatments are becoming increasingly blurred. Today, injectable compounds (such as neuromodulators and dermal fillers) can cause profound positive changes in a person’s appearance, and all without the pain or downtime associated with surgery. At the same time, however, dermal filler injections have been associated with some mild but unpleasant side effects, such as bruising, swelling, and soreness around the injection site. DermaSculpt promises to change all of that.

What is DermaSculpt?

DermaSculpt provides a revolutionary new way for cosmetic professionals to safely and accurately inject dermal fillers. Rather than using a stiff, sharp needle to perform injections, the DermaSculpt system makes use of a flexible, blunt cannula. This cannula is less invasive than a conventional needle and does very little damage to the tissues it comes in contact with.

How Does DermaSculpt Reduce Patient Discomfort?

When a conventional needle punctures the skin, it invariably goes straight down below the dermis. Along the way, it usually punctures one or more blood vessels. When these blood vessels are punctured, the patient will sometimes experience a sudden “pinch” of pain. Moreover, even if the patient does not experience any pain (owing to the effects of local anesthetic), these damaged blood vessels cause blood to pool near the surface of the skin. This results in the formation of visible bruises around the patient’s injection sites. Other complications, like swelling and bleeding, sometimes also occur.

A flexible DermaSculpt cannula, on the other hand, has the option of traveling around the blood vessels located beneath the skin rather than puncturing straight through them. Furthermore, its blunt tip prevents it from slicing through any veins or capillaries it does encounter. As such, local anesthetic is not required when dermal fillers are injected via a DermaSculpt cannula, and patients will not experience any pain, bruising, or swelling.

Thanks to DermaSculpt, we’re getting closer than ever to truly risk-free and pain-free cosmetic medicine. That’s why here at Plastic Surgery Services of Fredericksburg, we’re pleased to offer DermaSculpt to all our dermal filler patients. If you’re interested in learning more about how DermaSculpt can help you enjoy a completely comfortable injection experience, feel free to contact us.

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Unhappy with Your Rhinoplasty? Revision Rhinoplasty Explained

In an ideal world, every surgery would turn out exactly as expected. Unfortunately, when it comes to rhinoplasty, a number of variables exist that are beyond even the most skilled surgeon’s control. Most notably, the way scar tissue contracts can differ substantially from person to person, and this can make it difficult to predict the results of rhinoplasty with 100 percent accuracy. Fortunately, if you’re not happy with your rhinoplasty (or you develop breathing problems after having a rhinoplasty), you can have what is known as a “revision rhinoplasty.” During this procedure, structural and/or cosmetic issues created by your prior rhinoplasty will be corrected. Here’s what you need to know before you book a consultation:

5 Things to Consider Before Having a Revision Rhinoplasty

1. You will need to let your initial rhinoplasty heal completely before having revision surgery.

Before you decide to have revision rhinoplasty surgery, you should be aware that it takes a long time for the results of rhinoplasty surgery to “settle.” It can take up to one full year for your nose cartilage to completely heal, and before that occurs, your rhinoplasty may not look as good as you hoped it would. Waiting until your nose surgery has healed will help you determine whether or not you actually need revision surgery.

Furthermore, operating on the nose too soon after rhinoplasty can cause damage to the delicate structural tissues within the nose. You must wait until your nose is strong enough to handle a second round of surgery before proceeding with a revision rhinoplasty.

2. You should choose the most experienced and skilled surgeon you can find when having this procedure.

Revision rhinoplasty is much more complicated than initial rhinoplasty surgery. Revision rhinoplasties often need to be performed as “open” surgeries. This means that the surgeon will need to make additional incisions around the nose and lift some of the nasal tissue in order to make the desired alterations. As such, finding a highly skilled surgeon who is deeply familiar with advanced surgical techniques is of paramount importance. Take the time to verify your chosen surgeon’s credentials and make sure he or she has performed successful revision rhinoplasties in the past.

3. You’ll probably need to take more time off work in order to recover from revision rhinoplasty surgery.

Many patients feel better about one week after having revision rhinoplasty surgery. However, the initial stages of recovery from this procedure sometimes last as long as two weeks because of the more invasive nature of this operation. It’s therefore a good idea to err on the side of caution and plan to take at least two weeks off work.

4. There’s a limit to how many revision rhinoplasties you can have.

The tissue of the nose gets progressively more fragile with each subsequent rhinoplasty operation, so you won’t be able to have a succession of revisions until you are 100 percent satisfied with the appearance of your nose. It usually is not possible to have more than two revision rhinoplasties without risking serious damage to the nose.

The best way to make sure that you will be satisfied with the results of your surgery is to choose a skilled surgeon and develop realistic expectations. It’s important to realize that while rhinoplasty surgery can make your nose much more photogenic and proportional, it cannot give you a nose that is completely different to the one you were born with. Plastic surgeons cannot, for example, make a very large hooked nose into a tiny button nose. They must work with the structural tissues that are already in place while making changes to the shape of your nose.

5. You will need to budget for the additional cost of this surgery.

The complex nature of revision rhinoplasty surgery adds substantially to its price tag. As such, you will probably need to research what kind of financing options are offered by your chosen plastic surgery practice before proceeding with this operation. (Note that we can arrange financing through Care Credit in order to help you afford complicated surgeries like revision rhinoplasty.) You may also be eligible for assistance from your insurance company if you are having trouble breathing due to your initial rhinoplasty.

Having revision rhinoplasty surgery can improve the functionality and appearance of your nose, but only if you choose your surgeon carefully. Selecting a surgeon with decades of experience, such as PSSF’s board-certified surgeons, is strongly advised when considering this type of procedure.

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Top Reasons for Breast Augmentation

While adding volume to your breast size might seem like the only reason for a breast augmentation, there are many more reasons women choose to enhance their breasts.  In fact, breast augmentation can help achieve a lot more than increasing your cup size. Here are the top three reasons patients opt for breast augmentation:

  • To give yourself a self-confidence boost.
  • To restore symmetry to your breasts.
  • To reverse the effects of pregnancy.

Ready to enjoy all these benefits of breast augmentation? You’ll need to start with a consultation first! Schedule your consultation with Plastic Surgery Services of Fredericksburg, here.

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Types of Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty is one of the most versatile facial surgeries in use today. In addition to being capable of meeting diverse aesthetic objectives, this procedure can correct a number of different functional problems with the nose. Some of the most popular forms of rhinoplasty are discussed below:

Functional Rhinoplasty

Functional rhinoplasty is used to correct structural problems with the nose, though it is usually possible to combine cosmetic alterations with this type of procedure. Functional rhinoplasty is often necessary when a patient has breathing problems as a result of a congenital abnormality, such as a deviated septum or an unusually flat nasal bridge. By altering the nasal passageways, a surgeon can help the patient achieve better air flow through the nose, thereby allowing him or her to breathe more easily. This has a range of secondary benefits for the patient; it can, for example, cure sleep apnea and make it much easier for the patient to exercise. Functional rhinoplasty can also be used to remove nasal polyps (growths that sometimes form within the nasal passages and interfere with breathing).

Cosmetic Rhinoplasty

Cosmetic rhinoplasty is a type of nose surgery that is performed with the specific intention of altering the appearance, rather than the functionality, of the patient’s nose. There are several “sub types” of cosmetic rhinoplasty that serve different aesthetic goals:

  • The reduction rhinoplasty. As the name suggests, reduction rhinoplasties are used to reduce the overall size of the patient’s nose. When a person has a nose where either the bridge or the tip is too prominent (or both of these features are too prominent), he or she can choose to have these features reduced in size via rhinoplasty surgery. Reduction rhinoplasty is also used to correct an overly “bulbous” nasal tip by making it thinner and more refined. These alterations will ensure that the patient’s nose no longer distracts observers from his or her other features. They also help the patient to look better in photographs (as camera lenses tend to accentuate the nose). This is why reduction rhinoplasties are popular with those in the entertainment industry.
  • The augmentation rhinoplasty. While most people think of rhinoplasty surgery as being used exclusively for the purpose of nose size reduction, this operation can actually be used to make the nose larger as well. When a person has a broad face and a narrow nose, for example, rhinoplasty can be used to build up the bridge of the nose so that it’s more proportional with the rest of the face.
  • The ethnic rhinoplasty. The ethnic rhinoplasty is a type of rhinoplasty procedure that is optimized for a particular ethnicity, e.g., African-American, Asian, Hispanic, Caucasian, or Middle Eastern. It’s important to make sure your rhinoplasty surgeon takes your ethnicity into account because people from different ethnic groups have very different nasal structures. People of African-American descent, for example, have thick, strong nasal skin and cartilage, whereas people of European descent have thin, delicate nasal skin and cartilage. These differing tissue compositions pose unique challenges for rhinoplasty surgeons. As such, it’s strongly recommended that you make sure the surgeon you choose has prior experience performing rhinoplasty surgery on people of your ethnicity.

Revision Rhinoplasty

Revision rhinoplasty refers to rhinoplasty surgery that is conducted in order to correct the unfavorable results of a previous nose operation. Revision rhinoplasty may be used to achieve either functional or cosmetic goals. For example, if the patient has had a reduction rhinoplasty and ended up with a nose that is too small for his or her tastes, revision rhinoplasty can be used to make the nose slightly larger. Likewise, if a patient has had a cosmetic rhinoplasty and experienced complications (such as impaired breathing), revision rhinoplasty can restore the functionality of the nose.

Post-Traumatic Rhinoplasty

Post-traumatic rhinoplasty is used to rebuild the noses of patients who have been severely injured. If a patient has had his or her nose badly broken in an automobile accident, for example, he or she can turn to post-traumatic rhinoplasty in order to have both the appearance and functionality of his or her nose repaired. Note that if you have been in a bad accident and need to have your nose repaired, it’s perfectly acceptable to ask your surgeon to make your nose more attractive than it was before, if you wish to. In this way, you can make the best of a bad situation and hopefully emerge from your accident with improved confidence.

If you have any further questions about rhinoplasty surgery or wish to book a consultation, feel free to contact us for more information.

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Top Reasons Women Opt for Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation is one of the most popular cosmetic surgical procedures in the United States. It’s popular because more and more women are seeking the breasts they’ve always wanted – or the breasts they had at one time and may have lost. Below are the top reasons women opt for breast augmentation:

Increase Breast Size

Many women just don’t like the size of their breasts and are looking for a change. With breast augmentation becoming a routine, effective procedure that provides natural-looking results, more women are choosing implants.

Additionally, its availability makes it all the more attractive, especially with the increased improvements over the years and the many options that are now available to women.

Correct Asymmetry

Asymmetric breasts are a common aesthetic disorder for women—and a key reason breast augmentation is popular. Not only does asymmetry negatively affect the self-confidence of many women, but it makes shopping for clothes a nightmare.

Breast augmentation for asymmetric breasts uses two breast implants, each a different size to create balance and harmony at the bustline and make shopping for bras and other garments much easier.

Alter the Effects of Childbearing

There are few events in a woman’s life that are more beautiful than pregnancy and giving birth. Unfortunately, childbearing and breastfeeding does not bode well for the breasts. Pregnancy causes a fluctuation of breast size from smaller, to larger, and then smaller again. This rollercoaster ride of breast size causes a loss of breast volume, elasticity, and firmness.

The good news is you can solve these problems with breast surgery. Breast implants can restore volume and firmness and help you regain youthful breasts, which can often look better than before motherhood.

Many mothers also choose to add a lift to elevate sagging breasts and reposition their nipples.

Alter the Effects of Weight Fluctuation

Pregnancy isn’t the only thing that can wreak havoc on a woman’s breast. Gaining significant weight and then losing it can have a negative effect on the bust as well; when women have a significant weight loss of 30 pounds or more, their breasts tend to react much like breasts after pregnancy.

It’s easy to understand why women who lost weight with diet and exercise would want to follow up with breast surgery.

Restore Breasts after a Mastectomy

Unfortunately, too many women suffer from the effects of breast cancer and a mastectomy. Although a clean bill of health being the most important result, once that is attained, breast reconstruction and restoration becomes a priority.

Breast implants are critical for restoring a woman’s breast appearance and her sense of femininity. Many women with a high risk of breast cancer decide to proactively undergo a mastectomy and subsequent reconstruction procedure, often with both procedures done concurrently.

Improved Technology

Today’s implants have come a long way in offering natural-looking breasts to the patient. Gone are the days of limited choices for the size, shape, and type; now there is a wide selection and a variety of profiles, shapes, and sizes.

The advancements of breast implants and the variety they offer give your surgeon the flexibility to tailor the procedure to your unique body type and desired goals. And the more personalized your breast augmentation is, the more likely it is that your results will last as long as possible.

A Boost in Self-Esteem

Many women who were dissatisfied with their breasts experienced a boost in confidence and self-esteem after breast enhancement. One study showed that patients between 21 and 57 years of age developed a considerable increase in their self-esteem and confidence following surgery. Using the Rosenberg self-esteem scale, they cited these increases as ranging from 20.7 to 24.9.

Women Want to Look Younger

Let’s face it, we all want to look young – or at least younger than we presently appear. A woman’s breast profile and firmness are big determinates of how old a woman looks. With a firm, perky projection, a woman looks younger; likewise, shrinking and sagging breasts suggest advancing years.

Learn more about the benefits of breast augmentation and its life-changing results by contacting the Doctors of Plastic Surgery Services of Fredericksburg at (540) 371-7730 and scheduling a consultation.

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Implant Options: How to Ensure You Make the Best Choice

Selecting the right breast implants can be a nerve-wracking process. There are a number of variables to consider—such as the type of implant you want, what size you need, and where you want your implants placed—and all of these factor into achieving a pleasing outcome. If you’re not sure how to begin weighing all of your options, we can help; this simple guide to choosing the right breast implants covers all of the basics you’ll need to know before booking a consultation:

Choosing the Right Implant Size

One of the most common misconceptions about choosing breast implants is the idea that you can simply walk into a plastic surgeon’s office and request a cup size (e.g., “Make me a D cup.”) This approach is not advised because cup sizes are not standardized; they vary between different band sizes and even different underwear brands. What you should do is try on a set of “mock implants.”  Ask your plastic surgeon for a set of sample sizes.

Choosing an Implant Type

Today, patients over 22 years of age can choose to have either saline or silicone gel implants. Both options are safe, contrary to some of the early rumors about silicone implants that made their way into the media. Silicone implants are made from a type of medical-grade, durable silicone. Other types of silicone implants, like highly cohesive implants, are increasingly popular because if the implant ever ruptures, the filling sticks together rather than leaking into the body.

The only caveat to be aware of when choosing silicone implants is that implant ruptures can be harder to detect. Unlike saline implants, silicone gel implants do not obviously deflate after rupturing, so you will have to pay close attention to any minor changes in the shape of your implants. If you notice any small dents or lumps around one of your implants, make sure to book an MRI as quickly as possible.

Silicone implants are the preferred choice for most breast augmentation patients because they look and feel more like natural breast tissue. That being said, some people still prefer traditional saline implants because surgeons can adjust the filling during surgery before the pocket has been sewn up. They are also slightly less expensive and leave a much shorter scar. In the hands of a skilled surgeon, both saline and silicone implants can be made to look very natural, so you should choose the implant type that works best with your goals.

Choosing the Right Implant Placement

Breast implants can be placed either above the pectoral muscles or below them. When implants are placed under the muscle, the top of the implant is effectively hidden by muscle tissue. Some surgeons believe that placing implants under the muscle allows for more natural results, while others believe that placement can interfere with athletic activity. This creates a very natural “slope” to the breast and prevents the overly round look that’s associated with breast augmentation surgery.

However, not all patients are suitable candidates for under the muscle implant placement. Most notably, patients with very small chests who want to have large implants inserted usually require over the muscle placement. (This is necessary because they do not have enough natural breast tissue to accommodate under the muscle placement.) Fortunately, if you’re not able to have your implants inserted beneath your pectoral muscles, there are other options available. For many patients, over-the-muscle placement can still create natural results, but it’s crucial that they work with a skilled plastic surgeon with years of experience with breast augmentation.

If you still have questions about breast augmentation surgery after reviewing the information above, feel free to get in touch with us. We’ll be happy to explain your options in more depth or help you book a consultation with one of our board certified plastic surgeons.

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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.

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