Are you thinking about getting face lift surgery (rhytidectomy)? Not everyone who wants to look younger needs a rhytidectomy to see results. For many patients, non-surgical treatments with a skilled dermatologic surgeon can provide anti-aging results. They can even delay the need for surgical interventions.
Postpone a Rhytidectomy (Facelift) With Non-Surgical Anti-Aging Treatments
Starting as young as possible, great skin care, sun protection, and professional treatments in a dermatologic surgeon’s office can help you prevent or postpone the need for facial plastic surgery. However, if you’re at the point where you’re thinking about a rhytidectomy, there are still options that can help you achieve a more youthful look.
BOTOX & Dermal Fillers
Cosmetic injectables help reduce visible aging in a variety of ways going beyond the smoothing of crow’s feet or lip enhancement. In the hands of a skilled dermatologic surgeon, injectables like Botox and dermal fillers can also correct facial volume loss and sagging.
- Correcting Sagging Jowls: We can lift and tighten jowls to smooth your jawline using Botox and facial fillers. Botox injections can be used to tighten the jawline muscles. Facial fillers injected into the cheek area can also lift the loose, sagging skin while also restoring lost facial volume. We often use Juvederm Voluma and Restylane Lyft for this job, but the appropriate filler varies from patient to patient. Sculptra is also a popular injectable to correct facial sagging, as it rebuilds collagen beneath the skin. This provides greater support for the skin. Many patients combine Sculptra with a hyaluronic acid filler like Juvederm or Restylane for even greater results.
- Eye Rejuvenation: If you have under-eye bags/dark circles or brows that droop, you may have considered an blepharoplasty (eye lift) or a brow lift as part of your rhytidectomy. However, injectables like Restylane under the eyes and Botox into the brow area can restore a more youthful, alert appearance. If you’re just noticing these signs, microneedling can also help for prevention and to reverse aging progression.
Microneedling and Laser Skin Rejuvenation
Whether or not you choose cosmetic injectables, you may also consider a series of laser or microneedling treatments to assist with facial rejuvenation and anti-aging. Microneedling and laser skin resurfacing treatments help in a variety of ways.
- Boosting Natural Collagen and Elastin Production: Collagen provides volume and support beneath the skin while elastin improves skin elasticity. Both also increase skin healing to reduce the signs of aging.
- Reducing Surface-Area Imperfections: Fine lines, wrinkles, sun damage, uneven skin tone and texture, and even scars make us look older. Microneedling and laser skin treatments help reduce the appearance of these surface imperfections.
While these treatments don’t provide dramatic results for patients who have more advanced signs of aging, they can be used to supplement other treatments and as a preventative measure.
Kybella and CoolSculpting’s CoolMini
Your face may be smooth and youthful, but what about your neck and chin? While Botox can tighten neck muscles for a smoother look, it does nothing for double chin fat. Liposuction can reduce submental fullness, but if you want to avoid surgery, both Kybella and CoolSculping are FDA-approved for double chin reduction.
- Kybella is an injectable treatment that melts fat beneath the chin. It was the first FDA-approved non-surgical treatment for submental fullness.
- CoolMini was developed as a specialized double chin applicator using CoolSculpting, the #1 non-surgical fat reduction procedure. With the CoolMini applicator, CoolSculpting double chin reduction was FDA-approved and works well to reduce submental fullness.
Non-Surgical Treatments to Improve Results Following Rhytidectomy
Many patients won’t see their desired results without a rhytidectomy. However, if you have facial plastic surgery, you can still benefit from non-surgical cosmetic enhancements and skin treatments.
While a rhytidectomy can tighten loose skin, it does not restore lost facial volume. Therefore, many patients still benefit from dermal filler treatments. Laser skin treatments are also incredibly popular following a rhytidectomy, as the surgery does not address skin care to correct sun damage and scars. Botox and Botox alternatives like Dysport and Xeomin are also popular with patients following facelift surgery for fine lines and maintenance.
Postpone a Rhytidectomy at the Laser and Skin Surgery Center of Indiana
Considering surgical or non-surgical procedures for facial anti-aging? Come see us at the Laser and Skin Surgery Center of Indiana (LASSI) in Indianapolis for a non-surgical consultation first. Find out if non-surgical treatments are right for your facial anti-aging needs and goals. Our own Dr. C. William Hanke is a board-certified dermatologic surgeon with decades of experience in facial rejuvenation and has even led clinical trials for BOTOX, Kybella, and various laser treatments. Dr. Hanke can help you postpone the need for a rhytidectomy with a personalized treatment plan for your needs and goals. Contact us today for a consultation.
Ring in the New Year with These Popular Cosmetic Treatments
Our Most Popular Cosmetic Treatments Help You Look Amazing for NYE
Many people wait until a new year arrives to make lifestyle changes, but you don’t have to wait for the holiday to start your resolutions. You still have time to look great before the ball drops with today’s popular cosmetic treatments.
Look Amazing in Your Cocktail Dress: CoolSculpting Non-Surgical Body Contouring
CoolSculpting is a popular cosmetic treatment that freezes away unwanted fat. While the procedure is not a weight loss solution for obesity, it will tone your physique. To be a good candidate for CoolSculpting, you need to have visible bulges on specific areas of your body – ones you’d like to unload.
Treatment Areas: The FDA has approved CoolSculpting for double chins, abdomens, thighs, and flanks. The treatment option is also effective for the fat bulges along your back and below your buttocks.
Downtime: With CoolSculpting, you’re unlikely to experience downtime. In fact, you can return to work the day of the procedure.
Results: You should start to see changes in your body as quickly as three weeks following your treatment. After about two months, you’ll see the procedure’s most dramatic results. For four to six months after a CoolSculpting procedure, your body will continue to flush out the treated fat cells.
Take a Better Selfie: Kybella and CoolMini Double Chin Reduction
Treatment Areas: Kybella and CoolMini are treatment options for the area below your chin to reduce submental fullness. While Kybella is currently being tested body fat elsewhere on the body, it is only FDA-cleared for double chin reduction. CoolMini is simply a special CoolSculpting applicator specifically suited for the double chin.
Kybella Downtime and Results: With Kybella, you will likely experience bruising, swelling and numbness, so you may need to take some time to heal. Most people see visible results with two to four treatments of Kybella, but you can have as many as six treatment sessions. The results of Kybella are permanent once you reach the look that you desire. It can take up to 12 weeks to see the final results of the treatment.
CoolMini Downtime and Results: Because a CoolMini treatment is nonsurgical, you won’t experience downtime following the procedure. Patients begin to see results in just one to two visits, however, more treatments may be necessary depending on the patient.
Banish Lines and Wrinkles: Botox, Dysport and Xeomin
If fine lines and wrinkles are making you feel less than celebratory this year, consider popular cosmetic treatments like Botox, Dysport or Xeomin. These products are injectable neuromodulators. They are formulated to modify the nerve impulses of your facial muscles. This decreases the look of wrinkles.
Treatment Areas: Botulinum toxin is FDA-approved for treatment of lines and wrinkles across the forehead, between the eyebrows (called the 11s), and crow’s feet. It’s also FDA-approved for the treatment of hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating).
Downtime: You’ll experience minimal downtime with cosmetic wrinkle relaxers. Swelling from injections typically subside within a couple of days.
Results: The results from Botox should be noticeable within 2-3 days, with full results appearing within 2-3 weeks. You will need to follow up on the treatment every four to six months.
Countdown to the New Year’s Kiss: Lip Enhancement with Restylane Silk and Juvederm Volbella
Restylane Silk and Juvederm Volbella are hyaluronic acid fillers formulated specifically for lip enhancement. The fillers are thinner than other HA fillers, giving patients a smoother, softer, natural-looking result.
Treatment Areas: Both Restylane Silk and Juvederm Volbella are formulated to treat thin lips, lip asymmetry, and lines around the lips.
Downtime: Patients report experiencing swelling and tenderness at the injection site. Dr. Hanke uses advanced cannula techniques which are painless. Results are usually always excellent. These side effects are mild and typically last for one or two days. We recommend patients avoid makeup for 12 hours following treatment, and sun/saunas for about two weeks.
Results: After the injection, you should see results immediately. According to the manufacturer, 59 percent of those who have the treatment continue to see an improvement after six months with Restylane Silk, and up to a year with Juvederm Volbella.
Laser Skin Treatments
While a laser skin treatment can be used to treat birthmarks and acne, the procedure also evens out skin tone, diminishes the signs of sun damage and reduces wrinkles.
Treatment Areas: Lasers can be used almost anywhere on the body, but patients typically have treatments on the face, neck, and hands.
Downtime: You can expect downtime in the form of pinkness that ranges from one to seven days, depending on the laser.
Results: You may need from one to four sessions to see noticeable results from a laser treatment. It can take up to four months for the procedure’s final results to appear.
Other Popular Cosmetic Treatments to Look Refreshed for the Ball Drop
Chemical peels are exactly as the name describes. A chemical formulation is applied to the skin to gently and gradually peel away the top layer of skin, revealing healthier, more youthful skin. Peels are great for patients with acne, blotchy red and brown spots, fine lines, and wrinkles.
Treatment Areas: Chemical peels are most often applied to the face, neck, decolletage, and backs of the hands.
Downtime and Results: Gentle peels generally don’t require downtime, but you may experience redness or swelling. Chemical peels will cause your skin to actually peel, so give your face enough time to heal if you have an event coming up. A light peel will last for a month or two, while deeper peels affect your appearance for a longer amount of time.
Facials are relaxing professional treatments that cleanse, moisturize, and massage the face, neck, and decolletage. Each facial uses different products specific for your skin type and anti-aging needs.
Treatment Areas: Facials, as the name suggests, are most often applied to the face. However, the best facials also include the neck and decolletage. Back facials are also available for patients who are prone to breakouts or dry skin.
Downtime and Results: You will not experience downtime from a facial. If you need blemish extractions, then it will take a few days for you to see the full results as your skin will need to heal. Many patients have a facial about once a month.
Microneedling is a non-surgical treatment that stimulates collagen production. Also called Collagen Induction Therapy, a series of treatments will reduce the appearance of scars, lines, wrinkles, and even stretch marks.
Treatment Areas: Collagen induction therapy is mostly applied to the face. However, some patients have benefitted from treatments elsewhere on the body to treat scars and stretch marks, such as the belly and thighs.
Downtime and Results: There’s little downtime with microneedling. You may experience redness for as long as five days. Full results are seen over time after a series of monthly treatments.
Schedule Your Pre-New Year’s Consultation at the LASSI
To enhance your look for the new year, or to get a head start on your new year’s resolutions to look and feel better, schedule a consultation in our Indianapolis dermatology practice. We offer popular cosmetic treatments that range from facials to Botox and fillers. Our wide range of services makes it convenient for you to get the look that you’ve always wanted. Contact us for a consultation today.
Mohs Surgery Recovery: Minimizing the Appearance of Scars After Surgery
When you are recovering from a skin cancer treatment and have received the relieving news that your cancer is gone, you may focus on the scars commonly visible after surgery. This is particularly true for patients who had cancer removed from the facial area. Fortunately, there are things you can do to reduce the visibility surgical scars. After your Mohs surgery recovery, our skin care team can help you diminish the appearance of scars with different treatments, including our new Microneedling treatment and our tried and true laser skin resurfacing device.
What is Mohs Surgery?
Mohs surgery is specifically designed for the treatment of skin cancer. The treatment was developed in the 1930s by Dr. Frederick Mohs, and has become increasingly popular in the past decade. Mohs surgery is the single most effective method for removing the two most common forms of skin cancer: basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. Mohs surgery has the ability to remove nearly all cancer cells, while maintaining the integrity of the surrounding healthy tissue. Cure rates with this type of surgery are very high, at 98 percent or greater.
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How Does Mohs Surgery Differ From More Traditional Surgical Techniques?
Mohs micrographic surgery differs from traditional excisional surgery because it is performed all at one site. A dermatologic surgeon trained in Mohs micrographic surgery gives you a local anesthetic before removing a thin layer of skin from the affected area. The skin is then examined microscopically by the Mohs surgeon using frozen sections at the on-site lab. If cancer cells still remain, you are called back into the operating room and another thin layer is removed. The process is repeated until the edges of the final tissue sample are cancer-free. At this point, the dermatologist will suture the wound. In some cases, a skin graft may be necessary.
Laser Skin Resurfacing: Laser Away Scars and Regrow Healthy Skin Tissue
Laser skin resurfacing is performed using an ablative laser. Ablative lasers vaporize the skin on the surface of the body and are an effective method for removing the topmost layer, leaving room for healthy new skin to grow. The CO2 laser can be focused to a very thin beam for scalpel-thin cuts. It can also be used in a more diffused mode to vaporize a greater amount of soft tissue. This process is commonly used to treat a wide variety of skin conditions, including acne scars, extensive sun damage and surgical scars.
The process can take anywhere from a couple minutes to an hour depending on the size of the area to be treated. Because of the ablative nature of the procedure, an anesthetic or numbing agent will be required. The laser skin resurfacing technique stimulates the production of new collagen in the skin to complete the healing process. This is useful in Mohs surgery recovery, reducing the appearance of residual surgical scars once the cancer has been completely removed.
Microneedling: How This Celebrity Beauty Craze Helps Mohs Surgery Recovery
Microneedling, or collagen induction therapy and percutaneous induction, is a minimally invasive procedure and effective skin rejuvenator that helps stimulate the production of healing collagen. The procedure uses a device containing many fine needles that are applied across the skin to create a controlled micro-injury. This injury triggers the body to produce collagen and elastin. The result of microneedling is improved skin texture and increased firmness. Microneedling is also an effective treatment for scars and stretch marks, and the depth of the treatment can be controlled by your provider to ensure the best results.
Before treatment, you will receive a topical anesthetic cream on your face. You will hardly feel anything when your skin care specialist applies the microneedling device. Multiple treatments are often required to achieve the desired final result. You may also benefit from maintenance treatments every six to 12 months. Because it can be performed on all skin types and colors, microneedling is occasionally preferred over laser treatments that can cause pigmentation issues in some darker skin tones.
Microneedling requires no downtime following the first treatment. Initial redness may occur, but this usually dissipates by the next day. For Mohs surgery recovery scars, however, you should expect to receive more than one treatment. Repeat treatments are spaced four to six weeks apart to give your body a chance to rebuild healthy skin cells.
Start Your Scar Treatments to Help With Mohs Surgery Recovery in Indianapolis
Dr. C.William Hanke is an expert in Mohs surgery, skin cancer treatments and scar revision. As a board-certified dermatologic surgeon and past president of the American College of Mohs Surgery, Dr. Hanke has contributed research and innovation to the field of Mohs micrographic surgery. Furthermore, Dr. Hanke’s skill as a general and cosmetic dermatologist provides patients with advanced skin care through lasers and other technologies to reduce the appearance of scars.
Schedule a consultation today with Dr. Hanke and our team of skin care experts and find out which treatments for scar reduction are right for you.
At some point in our lives, we will wish we could turn back the hands of time to get that younger-looking skin. However, while there has been no Fountain of Youth discovered just yet that doesn’t mean that there are more realistic options available to you that could give you the results you crave. Find out about the different cosmetic procedures we offer at the Laser and Skin Surgery Center of Indiana in Indianapolis and what they could do to boost your appearance and confidence.
Which Popular Cosmetic Procedure is Right for Me?
Laser Skin Resurfacing
DOT Therapy CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing is a popular cosmetic procedure if you are suffering from blotchiness, wrinkles and a loss of elasticity in your skin due to sun damage. This resurfacing technique uses a fractionated carbon dioxide laser to treat the skin. By creating micro-tears in your skin, it causes your body to produce a natural healing process and causes new collagen to form. This treatment is performed awake under topical anesthesia. The face and neck can be treated in as little as 15 minutes.
Intense Pulsed Light, IPL PhotoFacial
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) is a popular cosmetic procedure if you are suffering from years of sun damage that has caused hyperpigmentation and redness. IPL light treatment could give you back a more youthful appearance. What makes this treatment ideal is that there is no recovery period so you can undergo treatment and continue with your daily activities. IPL is usually performed in three to five sessions at 3-week intervals. The results are gradual over the multiple sessions.
Laser Hair Reduction
Do you have unsightly or unwanted hair? Are you tired of plucking or waxing all the time? Then say goodbye to all these daily or weekly rituals and find out how painless laser hair removal treatment can reduce the appearance of dark, thick hair. This laser has been FDA-approved to reduce hair and to destroy hair follicles so the hair won’t grow back. Multiple treatments are usually performed over the course of several weeks to make sure we target enough of the unwanted hairs.
If you are looking for a fast, almost painless way to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes, mouth and chin, then hyaluronic acid fillers like Restylane and Juvederm could give you younger results in only a few days. A series of tiny injections are given into certain areas of the face. The treatments only takes a few minutes. Patients can come in for maintenance treatments every year or so as needed.
Get Started with a Popular Cosmetic Procedure in Indianapolis
Interested in any of our popular cosmetic procedures? If so, the next step is to find out which treatment aligns best with your goals and needs. Let’s sit down and talk. Contact us for a consultation and find out if a popular cosmetic procedure from this list is right for you.