In your 20s, skin is generally free of the signs of aging. Start a medically supervised treatment plan now to protect your skin from the harmful effects of sun and environment.
Proper cleansing, moisturizing, and use of a broad-spectrum sunscreen daily will help ward off early wrinkles and enlarged pores. Mild peels and topical treatments may help control acne.
Botox® injections can prevent lines and filler agents such as Radiesse®, Restylane®, Juvéderm®, and Juvéderm Ultra Plus® can be used to fill out smile lines and augment lips.
For unfavorable size and shape of body features, surgery may be in order. Rhinoplasty, otoplasty and other aesthetic procedures can often be performed.
Decreased firmness and skin elasticity are a natural part of aging. Introducing anti-oxidants into your skincare routine can help prevent sun damage that leads to lines and age spots. Also, alpha hydroxy acids in conjunction with retinoids and topical antioxidants can restore a youthful appearance to the skin.
Non-invasive laser procedures may improve fine lines, brown spots, and broken blood vessels. Botox® injections can diminish laugh lines and create a smoother forehead. Fillers like Radiesse®, Restylane®, Juvéderm®, and Juvéderm Ultra Plus® can be used to fill smile lines and augment lips.
For those in their 40s, damage caused by sun exposure become apparent. More aggressive skincare can help combat the visible signs of aging. A combination of topical solutions like tretinoin (Retin-A), AHAs, and BHAs, along with microdermabrasion brings the best results.
There are many procedures available to smooth and tighten skin. Photofacials, chemical peels, and topical treatments are effective in decreasing the signs of aging as well as minimizing pore size. Fillers like Radiesse®, Restylane®, Juvéderm® and Juvéderm Ultra Plus® can help restore volume in the mid-face and fill smile lines. For upper face and forehead lines, Botox® injections may be in order.
For those who choose the surgical route, face, brow, eye and neck lifts are very popular procedures.
By age fifty, regular skin examinations by a certified aesthetician or plastic surgeon are essential.
Maintaining natural moisture is more difficult. Peels and light therapy in combination with ultra-hydrating home care can help maintain the balance. Laser resurfacing combined with fillers to restore volume can provide an impressive rejuvenation.
In all likelihood, more extensive facial rejuvenation and resurfacing procedures will be necessary at this stage. Depending on your appearance goals, comprehensive surgery can reverse signs of aging in the face, brow, mid-face, and neck areas. A facelift or brow lift in conjunction with laser resurfacing can yield dramatic results. The payoff for more invasive surgery is a natural, more supple look that is virtually undetectable.
NEW MOTHER MAKEOVER
Pregnancy and the AfterEffects
Having a child is one of life's most precious moments. However, sometimes that new bundle of joy brings along some changes in the female body. With every pregnancy there is stretching and a certain amount of distortion that takes place in the abdomen and breast. While very few are able to naturally re-achieve the body they had before pregnancy, the remaining majority of us may need a little help... and that's why we are here.
When it comes to the abdomen, it can be pretty obvious on how these changes can occur. It is known that the uterus is typically the size of an average orange, and during pregnancy the baby grows inside the uterus, stretching it, as well as the abdominal wall. As the term progresses the baby continues to grow and stretch the wall of the abdomen. As this occurs, two vertically oriented muscles (Rectus muscles, which make up the "Six Pack") begin to pull apart, and eventually separate. When this happens, surgery becomes the only option to bring them back together, and since there is no longer muscle in the midline of your abdomen, exercise becomes less of an option.
When it comes to stretching, the muscle wall is not alone. The skin also expands and stretches as the baby grows. This may be apparent near the navel, where stretch marks commonly develop. Once the pregnancy is complete and the baby is delivered, the skin tends to collapse, which may leave loose, dangling skin. And due to underlying stretched muscle, a bulge often appears in the lower abdomen.
As the child grows during the pregnancy, the breasts grow dramatically as well. Even after delivery, the breasts continue to grow and stretch due to hormones and breast feeding. Once breast feeding is no longer necessary, the breasts tend to revert to their normal sizes, however there is a possibility of stretch marks and loose skin.
Although not all cases are exactly the same, every pregnancy has stretching and transformation of the body. Sometimes it may take a second or third child to cause the lasting marks, but thanks to the New Mother Makeover, we've devised a combination of treatments which will assist you in re-attaining your desired body.
Working our way from the top, there are several options for the breast, and it all depends on the complexity of the drooping and the loss of tissue, or perhaps it is the simple desire to replace lost fullness or firmness. Mild droopiness can be improved with breast implants, without a breast lift. If the nipple is not too low, and the breast tissue is not too soft, and the patient is willing to accept a slight increase in breast size, this option is a good choice. Final results may take several months to be reached with breast augmentation, especially if there is some drooping before the procedure.
Another option available is Mastopexy, known commonly as a breast lift. This can be done without the use of breast implants. Breast lifts bring the nipples back up, usually along with the tightening of the skin under the breasts. Please keep in mind, that breast lift alone will not correct the loss of fullness in the breast, particularly the upper breast which occurs after pregnancy. Therefore many choose to do both breast implants (size depending on desired result) and breast lift. This combination allows the recovery of fullness in the upper portion of the breast. Alternatively, the removal of droopy breast, added with breast augmentation can allow the breast to have a more desired shape without being enlarged. Click here for Breast Enhancement page.
When it comes to the abdomen, the most common procedure involved is an Abdominoplasty or a Mini-Abdominoplasty. This surgery allows us to tighten the abdominal muscle from the rib cage to the pubic bone. This also includes the tightening of the lower and upper abdomen. "Mini" is similar, but focuses mainly on the skin and muscle from the belly button down. Both of these procedures result in a slight scar that runs along the lower abdomen, which can be discreetly hidden within the swimsuit line.
If the abdomen has some excess fat, Liposuction is a great surgical way to remove excess fat though tiny openings. This is a good way to remove fat in the upper abdomen when performing a Mini-Abdominoplasty. Click here for Abdominoplasty page.
Removal of Fat (Liposuction)
Both abdominal and breast surgery play a significant role in the New Mother Makeover, but it’s liposuction that allows us to reduce and minimize localized collections of fat. Liposuction is the permanent removal of this type of fat. Although this can be done safely with a Mini-Abdominoplasty, it is not generally combined with a full Abdominoplasty. This procedure focuses on areas such as the hips, thighs, and knees. Other options include the lifting of the arm and/or the thighs. Click here for Liposuction page.
These procedures can be done individually or in combination with each other. We are happy to tailor a procedure right for you. With the advancement of anesthesia, monitoring, and medicines, longer procedures are now safer then ever before.
Having a child is a big step, but it doesn't have to be a big step back for your body, with all the effects it can have on you. The New Mother Makeover is a great way to raise your confidence, as you begin to raise
that new child. To find out more about what Plastic Surgery can do for you, call Dr. Maggi 512-345-3223
or set up a consultation.