No pressure, but choosing the right surgeon for a facial plastic procedure may very well be a decision you live with for years, if not the rest of your life! So, it’s not an understatement to say that choosing a qualified provider is crucial to being happy with your outcome. A successful procedure can dramatically impact your life by making you feel more confident in your appearance. On the other hand, a procedure performed by an unqualified surgeon can have a poor outcome that leads to additional surgical costs, more investment of your time and your unhappiness. Employ these tips to find a facial plastic surgeon who is qualified, experienced and sure to get you the results you desire and deserve!
Check to make sure your surgeon is board certified
One would hope that the medical board of the state you live in would ensure that the physicians you are seeking a procedure from are actually qualified to perform the procedures they advertise. Unfortunately, this is wishful thinking. In fact, the United States government does NOT require that a surgeon be specifically trained in the procedures they offer. This stipulation is especially prominent in the world of cosmetic medicine, or “cash based” medicine that is not billed under insurance.
*Did you know? Both Drs. Tolan and Griffin of Midwest Facial Plastic are BOTH Double Board Certified in Otolaryngology (ENT – Ears, Nose, Throat) and Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery?
Research, Ask and Confirm that your surgeon is experienced in the specific procedure(s) you are interested in
The skills required from surgery to surgery vary greatly. Inserting a saline implant for a breast augmentation is very different that artfully sculpting and repositioning the cartilage during a rhinoplasty, or “nose job.” Check your physician’s website for their list of services and before & after photo gallery. Ask for patient referrals during your consultation. Directly ask your physician how many of these surgical procedures they have performed and for how long. Ask them to outline their training to perform them. Surgeons who are legitimate will have no issues with you asking these questions. Be cautious of providers that grow impatient with you and your questions.
Look at the “Style” of your Surgeon’s Work
Just as you have a personal preference of what is balanced, beautiful and attractive, so will your surgeon. It is common for providers to gain recognition for having a certain “style,” or way of performing your procedure. Look at your surgeon’s before & after gallery on their website and ask to see pictures during your consultation to ensure that you and your surgeon are on the same “aesthetic wavelength.” Be sure to look for patients in photos who are close to your age and have a comparable facial structure to you. In addition, look for consistency in your surgeon’s results from picture to picture.
Ask yourself how your Surgeon and His/Her staff make you feel?
It is incredibly important that you feel 100% comfortable with not only your surgeon, but his/her support staff. A surgical procedure is a big deal! Between prep, surgery and recovery time, you will be spending a fair amount of time with this team and it’s important to trust and resonate with them. Your surgeon should invoke trust, care and competence. You will be sharing your entire medical history with this person, so feeling at ease is crucial to the success of your procedure. Their staff should be warm, friendly and informative. If you have to question whether or not you like your surgeon and his/her team, it is most likely, not a good fit.
Take a look at what your surgeon’s operating facility is like
Ask your surgeon where they perform their surgeries. If possible, take a tour of the surgical suite and ask for the facility’s level of accreditation. Who will be your anesthesiology team? What are their credentials and background? The more you know and see, the more comfortable and empowered you will feel about your decision.
Trust your first impression – Customer Service Counts!
What is your first impression when walking through your surgeon’s clinic doors? Is the appearance of the facility clean, warm and inviting? Is the staff engaging, friendly and helpful? Does the environment put you at ease? Does the staff provide you with print materials and resources about your procedure? Is pricing clearly laid out and transparent? When you contact the facility by phone or email, does the staff reply promptly? All of these elements lay the foundation for a reliable and sound practice. If these integral pieces are not in place, buyer beware. Trust your intuition.
Facial plastic surgery can be one of the biggest decisions you can make in your life to improve your appearance and enhance your self-confidence. A great surgeon will not only deliver successful results, but make you feel safe, understood and cared for throughout your entire journey.
Are you interested in learning more about a facial plastic procedure such as rhinoplasty, facelift or blepharoplasty? Call 651-632-9700 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Christopher Tolan or Dr. Garrett Griffin.
Lengthen, thicken, condition, and enhance your way to gorgeous, natural lashes with
Latisse® and RevitaLash®!
Tired of lackluster lashes? Want to make your eyes more noticeable? Gorgeous, full lashes can add dramatic dimension and beauty to your eye area, but many of us struggle to realize our lashes full potential. Synthetic and natural eyelash extensions have become a booming industry, but for those who want a more natural approach, or who experience sensitivity from extensions, other options are now available that deliver incredible results that last!
Just as our skin ages, so do our lashes. Lash count and growth cycles can decrease as we age, leaving gaps along the lash line that leave eyes less defined and prominent. Lashes can also become dry, brittle, and incapable of growing to their full length and density. Here are two options available from Face Cosmetic Skincare that can restore youthful, long and full lashes in a matter of weeks!
Latisse® by Allergan
FDA-approved Latisse® is a prescription treatment for hypotrichosis (inadequate or not enough lashes) to grow eyelashes longer, fuller and darker. It is applied nightly to your lash line with disposable applicators, much like liquid eyeliner. The active ingredient in Latisse®, bimatoprost ophthalmic solution, works by increasing the length of the growth cycle of your lashes over time. As the weeks go by, you’ll first begin to see changes in length. Gradually, you’ll notice increased thickness and darkness in your lashes as well. Many patients are happy with their results at 8 weeks, but results continue up to 16 weeks, your recommended treatment time. Your physician and Face Cosmetic Skincare Licensed Aesthetician will discuss continued use of Latisse® to keep your lashes gorgeous all year round!
RevitaLash® is the most effective lash growth product available on today's market without a prescription! RevitaLash® Advanced Eyelash Conditioner delivers long, thick, healthy lashes without the risk of pigmentation along the lash line. In addition to using a powerful prostaglandin as an ingredient to stimulates eyelash growth, RevitaLash® also contains natural botanicals that protect against breakage and brittleness. In turn, this improves flexibility, moisture, and shine for more dramatic-looking eyelashes.
Many patients who experience darkening along the lash line or irritation with Latisse® choose RevitaLash® as their lash enhancement product of choice. In fact, you can use both Latisse & RevitaLash® together to maximize your results. Face Cosmetic Skincare also carries RevitaBrow® to increase the fullness of your brows! Your physician and licensed aesthetician will assist you in decided which product is best for you and your lashes!
“I love being able to offer my patients options when it comes to enhancing their lashes,” says Cyndi, a Licensed Aesthetician with Face Cosmetic Skincare. “Many of them have experienced sensitivity with the glue and adhesives associated with eyelash extensions, or found the maintenance too taxing and cost prohibitive,” she continues, “Topically applied products like Latisse® and RevitaLash® are easy, economical AND effective!”
Excited about enhancing your lashes with Latisse® or RevitaLash®? Schedule a consultation with a Face Cosmetic Skincare Licensed Aesthetician to find the right match for you! Make sure you are signed up for Brilliant Distinctions to earn reward points with each Latisse® purchase!
Join today for your 2018 skincare resolutions!
Let’s be honest, not all of us are born with beautiful, flawless skin. Great skin takes effort and diligent stewardship—especially if you’re battling a condition like acne or, when you start to see the first signs of aging. Yet, for many of us, embarking on a “I Want Healthier Skin in 2018” resolution can seem overwhelming. Where do you start? How do you make sure you’re not overpaying for skincare products that won’t work? What if a certain treatment isn’t right for you and another would be better? The obstacles can be intimidating. That’s why many clinics that cater to skin are beginning to offer their patients membership programs to not only take the guesswork out of attaining your best skin possible, but help you save money while doing it!
The MRewards Membership at Face Cosmetic Skincare at Midwest Facial Plastic Surgery was created to take the effort out of achieving your skincare goals, and has literally transformed the skin of hundreds of our patients. We believe that each patient deserves to love the way they look. Here’s how we make sure they do!
You Get a Personal Skincare Concierge
“Don’t laugh, but I’ve had patients call me Coach before,” laughs Amie, a Licensed Aesthetician at Face Cosmetic Skincare. “In reality, there are a lot of similarities! I literally coach my patients on how to choose the right services and products for their skin and how to properly care for it,” she smiles. “I see my patients almost every month, if not more frequently, and can monitor their progress on the strategy we devise. This allows me to fine tune and tweak anything we need to get them better results!”
Once a patient has signed up for the MRewards Membership at Face Cosmetic Skincare, a whole new degree of customized care unfolds. You are immediately partnered with a Licensed Aesthetician who helps identify your skin type and condition and works with you to map out treatments and products that will most effectively meet your goals. It’s much like having a Personal Skin Concierge, who has your best interests at heart, who consistently monitors your progress to make sure you’re getting results!
It Takes the Guesswork Out of Selecting the Right Products for YOU
“It’s a normal day at the office when a patient brings in bags of skincare products they’ve purchased from a drugstore or department store, and they want to know why they aren’t getting results,” shares Cyndi, also a Licensed Aesthetician at Face Cosmetic Skincare. “Most patients have spent HUNDREDS of dollars on products that aren’t even right for their skin type or condition and are actually bad for their skin!”
The difference between purchasing a skincare product based on a celebrity endorsement, versus a product recommended to you by a Licensed Aesthetician who has performed a proper skin analysis on you, is immense. With the MRewards Membership, not only are you partnered with a skin therapist who will lay out an entire annual product prescription, you’ll also save on the products they recommend with membership discounts!
You Get a PERSONALIZED Skincare Treatment Strategy
“I have patients I work with who are MRewards members who simply maintain their skin with monthly HydraFacial MD® treatments and the product regimen we agreed on, and then, I have patients who do several series of peels, laser treatments, Botox & Filler throughout the year,” explains Sara, another Licensed Aesthetician with Face Cosmetic Skincare. “I cater to my patients’ goals, lifestyles and budgets! Some patients want simple maintenance while others want a complete transformation that includes several treatment therapies and injectables,” she continues, “the MRewards Membership allows me to customize their treatment plans to match who they are and save them hundreds of dollars on the services and treatments I recommend!”
When you sign up for a MRewards Membership, you and your partnered Aesthetician will discuss your skincare goals at length. Their job is to get you from point A to B with your skin in the most effective way possible. That may include simple facials and chemical peels, or it may require laser treatments, injectables or even recommendations for surgical procedures. Regardless of which treatment path you take, they will be with you ever step of the way monitoring your progress and make any changes needed.
It Saves You Money, Time & Effort
One of the obstacles that holds some of us back from achieving our best skin possible is that we feel too busy. Many of us are simply tired of pursuing things that don’t work and prove to be a waste of our valuable time. Having a Licensed Aesthetician who has professional insight into your skin and its behavior, will make recommendations that deliver results, saving you time, effort and money.
What kind of discounts do our patients get with their MRewards Membership? For starters, there are two ways you can choose to sign up!
PLAN A: Bank $1,190 in your personal MRewards Account up front and receive $50 in Face Cosmetic Skincare Products instantly to get you on the Fast Track!
PLAN B: Simply put $299 down now and pay $99/ month.
Once you have established which membership is right for you, you’re entitled to these discounts throughout the year!
- 40% OFF all Aesthetic Skincare Services including laser treatments, chemical peels, HydraFacial MD®, SkinPen® and Facial Treatments
- $3 OFF each unit of Botox
- $100 OFF each syringe of Dermal Filler ($50 OFF Volbella)
- 15% OFF all Physician Dispensed Skincare Products and Lash/Brow Enhancement Products
Consistent Care = Remarkable Results & a 24/7 Glow
Just like a new fitness routine, if you don’t use it, you lose it! Most of us start out with great skincare habits at the beginning of the year, but as the year progresses, we lose time, motivation and interest. Our Licensed Aestheticians make sure this doesn’t’ happen with our MReward members by checking in with you monthly, offering motivation and support! In addition, skin that is cared for on a consistent and regular basis with treatments that exfoliate, hydrate and keep key conditions under control, stays looking beautiful 24/7!
“My MRewards Member patients are my most satisfied patients because their skin is continuously in great condition throughout the year,” shares Amie. “They enjoy setting goals together and meeting them. They understand that they are making an investment that will keep their skin looking healthy, youthful and radiant for years to come!”
Ready to partner with one of our Licensed Aestheticians, reach your 2018 skincare goals AND save while doing it? Sign up for MRewards at your next visit to Face Cosmetic Skincare!
Restore a more lifted, youthful face and take 10 years off your perceived age with a Surgical Facelift.
For most of us, a New Year signifies a fresh start. In turn, January sees thousands of us flock to our local gyms to get a jumpstart on resolutions and set a foundation for healthy habits and goals for the months to come. But this year, hundreds of men and women may take their resolutions elsewhere: their facial plastic surgeon’s office. What are they seeking? A resolve to look as young as they feel and to put their best face forward towards brand-new year!
“Many of the patients I consult with for surgical facelift procedures are already in great shape and consider themselves fit and healthy,” explains Dr. Garrett Griffin, Double-Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon from Midwest Facial Plastic Surgery. “Their goal is literally to LOOK as great as they feel,” he continues. “When you surgically correct an area of the face with advanced aging, such as a sagging jawline or fallen cheeks, you’re not just eradicating the visible signs of age – you’re giving an overall more youthful and healthy look to your entire appearance!”
As we age, several factors contribute to our skin and face looking older. Years of environmental damage and strong facial expressions can cause deep lines in the skin. Natural bone and fat loss can lead to a gaunt appearance and excessive sagging of tissue due to lack of support. Our skin loses its plump volume and becomes less resilient. The general shape of our face goes from being an uplifted heart-shape to being more like an inverted triangle with heaviness and drooping along the jawline. In turn, we can appear much older than we feel. A surgical facelift can effectively address all of these concerns.
Known as a rhytidectomy, a surgical facelift is designed to improve the overall shape and youthfulness of your face while respecting your natural features and character. One of the benefits of a surgical facelift is that there are several different kinds, which allows your physician to customize their approach to meet your individual needs. However, facelifts can generally be broken down into three types: SMAS lifts, deep plane lifts, and short-scar lifts. You and your physician will discuss at length which approach is best for you, your skin, and your expectations.
Regardless of which type of facelift is indicated for you, the primary goal of a rhytidectomy is to improve jowling and loose skin in the lower face and neck. A full facelift always includes a neck lift. This ensures that there is an overall rejuvenation to your appearance and not a noticeable break at the neckline. That being said, there are additional procedures that can be performed that are more targeted to the neck in the event that your main concern lies below the jawline.
When is the right time for your facelift? Studies show that younger patients note higher satisfactions rates with their procedure. This is partly because our skin-quality is better in our 50’s compared to our 70’s. Skin is more resilient and heals more quickly as well. Many of our facelift patients choose to have surgery in their 50’s, because they want to enjoy the benefits of looking younger for many years to come!
Not all patients require a full facelift. In these cases, a “mini” lift may be more appropriate. This procedure is designed to recreate the youthful and refreshed look of the cheek and midface, with minimal downtime. Again, you and your physician will discuss which option is best for you. This may include discussing non-surgical additions like injectables like Juvederm®, and/or Voluma®, or fat grafting techniques to achieve your desired outcome.
“I truly see surgery and many of the procedures we offer as a means to help our patients live their lives to their fullest potential,” shares Dr. Christopher Tolan, also a Double-Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon at Midwest Facial Plastic Surgery. “Seeing a more youthful, healthy and radiant YOU smiling back in the mirror can make a dramatic impact on your life,” he smiles. “Even so, I always stress to my patients that protecting their surgical investment with a clean and healthy lifestyle full of exercises, positive relationships and laughter, will extend their results for decades to come!”
Ready to take a fresh look at yourself? Resolving to look as young as you feel in 2018? Schedule a Surgical Facelift Consultation with Dr. Tolan or Dr. Griffin by calling Midwest Facial Plastics at (651) 632-9700.
Walk into any Target nowadays and you’ll see that the skincare, haircare and cosmetics departments now span across 8 aisles or more. Scroll through your Facebook feed and you’re bound to see countless ads and before and after pictures of multi-level marketing skincare lines. Page through your favorite fashion magazine and see the latest celebrity touting the benefits of yet another skin cream. Wherever we go, it seems we are bombarded by beauty and skincare options, and for many of us, we feel overwhelmed and under informed! And now, added to the lineup, is a new designation of skincare labeled “Physician-Dispensed,” offered only through your doctor’s office. What makes this skincare different? Is it better, or more effective than what we can pick up at the drugstore or department store? And if so, why?
There’s no getting around it, Beauty is BIG Business! In fact, analysts at Goldman Sachs estimate that the global beauty industry is growing at 7% each year, more than TWICE the rate of the developed world’s GDP. Skincare products alone contributed over $24 billion in sales in 2016. With all of these options, and their aggressive marketing campaigns, how can the average consumer identify what options are truly effective? Let’s take a closer look at what makes Physician-Dispensed skincare different!
What ARE Physician-Grade or Dispensed Skincare Lines?
Although the term, “Physician-Dispensed Skincare,” is not officially recognized by the FDA, it generally refers to products (available almost exclusively through your physician’s office) that trigger biological actions on the skin below the stratum corneum. A “Cosmetic,” by definition, is a product that does NOT alter the skin’s structure or function. Many physicians whose practices or specialties involve skin health, choose to dispense these cosmeceuticals, or have them specially compounded, to offer heightened results to their patients and to enhance their results with other treatments, such as surgery or Botox®. These lines often combine pharmaceuticals, like Tretinoin, which are regulated by the FDA.
Designed to Deliver REAL Results
“I explain to my patients that the key difference between drugstore, department store and multi-level marketing skincare and what we retail at our clinic is the quality and strength of the ingredients and how they are formulated together,” explains Sara, a Licensed Aesthetician with Face Cosmetic Skincare, the skin clinic of Midwest Facial Plastic Surgery. “Physician Dispensed product lines are able to formulate with stronger concentrations of ingredients and enhance the way they are delivered into the skin,” she continues, “this translates into better and faster results for our patients. Plus! Patients get to partner with a Licensed Aesthetician like me, who will follow their progress every step of the way!”
An example of stronger, more effective ingredients being used in Physician-Grade Skincare are peptides and Vitamin C. The concentration and delivery of peptides is crucial for them to have any impact on the appearance of the skin. A clinical amount (which varies by peptide) is required to encourage such responses as increased fibroblast activity or collagen synthesis. Many of the skincare lines you see advertised will say they include popular peptides, yet the amount in the product is so miniscule that it will have virtually no impact on the skin. It’s important to look at ingredient lists and see where the ingredients you are paying for a placed. The further down the list it is, the less concentrated that ingredient is.
Vitamin C is available in multiple forms. Tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate is the most stable, non-acidic and effective of all forms but it is very expensive. It is almost exclusively found in Physician-Dispensed skincare lines for this reason. But, ANY skincare line can say that they have Vitamin C included in their products, even if the formulation of that Vitamin C has absolutely no clinical results on human skin.
Physician Dispensed Products Can Penetrate More Deeply into Your Skin
One of the biggest challenges in skincare is getting key ingredients to go deeper into skin so their impact is more profound. Due to research and development, Physician-Grade Cosmeceuticals are far more likely to do this than OTC products. Most Physician lines are created and formulated by physicians, scientists and skin professionals who have researched ingredients for years and put them into action in their own practices. They are custom formulated to have ingredients that actually reach their intended targets, such as the basal layer, to encourage actual change. Most drugstore and department store lines simply sit at the surface of your skin and provide hydration and absolutely no change in the quality, appearance, or health of your skin.
Profits Go Back into RESEARCH, NOT to Celebrity Endorsement Deals
A celebrity can get paid MILLIONS to endorse a department store line and be featured in its ads. In many cases, this celebrity does not even use the product on a regular basis. Meanwhile, the profits from the sales of most Physician-Dispensed lines go directly back into research and development. Many of these lines spend millions in clinical research and trials to ensure that the product is not only safe and efficacious, but that it delivers real and tangible results in the skin.
In addition, Physician Dispensed skincare lines are evaluated through countless studies to determine their “proof of concept,” or in layman’s terms…THEY DO WHAT THEY SAY THEY DO! Although most drugstore and department store skincare products are studied for overall safety and to make sure they aren’t too irrigating for skin, very little is spent on research to determine that they actually work.
The Bottle Doesn’t Deliver Results. What’s INSIDE of it Does!
Yes, we all like nice and attractive things, but a crystal or gold-encrusted lid on your more recent skincare purchase is NOT going to improve your skin! So, why pay extra for crazy, superfluous packaging? Prestige skincare lines know that you have MANY options when making your way through the cosmetics department. As a result, they spend millions packaging their products in eye-catching container colors, shapes, sizes and embellishments that will attract your attention. In many cases, the cost of container design and production FAR exceeds the cost of quality ingredients of what is actually inside the container. In turn, Physician-Dispensed skincare is oftentimes a far better value than department store products because your investment is in the ingredients, NOT the packaging!
A FREE Skincare Concierge is Included in the Price of your Physician Dispensed Skincare
“I take my partnership with my patients very seriously,” says Cyndi, also a Licensed Aesthetician with Face Cosmetic Skincare. “I listen to my patients concerns and perform a thorough skin analysis before I recommend any skincare to them,” she continues, “this allows me to customize their homecare regimen to ensure the best results and educate them about their skin and my recommendations.”
In addition to having the knowledgeable guidance of a Licensed Skincare Professional recommending your products, Physician-Dispensed products may offer far more versatility to matching your lifestyle. Unlike their OTC counterparts, these products may come in a variety of strengths, formulations and concentration to match all different skin types and conditions. They may also be developed to care for your skin while undergoing treatments with your dermatologist or facial plastic surgeon such as laser, chemical peels and/or Botox. Traditional drugstore and department store products just can’t afford to offer that level of customization or education.
“I check in with my patients on a regular basis and monitor their progress; if we aren’t seeing the results we want, or if they are experiencing symptoms like dryness, or flaking, we work together to adjust their regimen. It’s a true partnership that you’ll never find from a drugstore or cosmetics counter,” advises Cyndi.
The average consumer throws about hundreds of dollars on skincare products each year that have absolutely no medical or scientific backing. Hundreds of thousands of us are left frustrated and disappointed in products that don’t deliver the results promoted on TV or in Facebook Ads. Knowing the difference between Physician-Dispensed Skincare and OTC Skincare can have a dramatic impact on our skincare regimen’s effectiveness AND our pocketbooks!
Want to get started on a skincare regimen that actually works? Schedule a complimentary consultation with a Face Cosmetic Skincare Licensed Aesthetician! Call (651) 632-9700 today!
It seems as though 2017 was the year of the LIPS. Between Kylie Jenner’s overexposed pout, to at-home suction devices causing capillary damage to teens across the nation, to new techniques in permanent lip cosmetics, one thing is certain - Americans are obsessed with their lips! According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), 27,000 lip procedures took place last year in the United States. That translates to a lip enhancement being performed with dermal filler every 20 minutes, a new record for this procedure. Overall, the request for non-surgical lip augmentation has increased 43% since 2000. With more dermal fillers coming to the market every month, let’s take a look at how you can get “Mistletoe Ready” this holiday season with lip enhancement!
“No, you will not look like that one woman on Real Housewives or the New York City “Cat Lady,” says Dr. Garrett Griffin, Facial Plastic Surgeon with Midwest Facial Plastic Surgery. “The ideal results of a lip enhancement are subtle and natural, NOT a shape or size that makes you look like a caricature of yourself or someone else,” he explains. “Thanks to Allergan, we currently offer several dermal fillers that are appropriate for the lips to the extent that your injector can customize your treatment to your exact goals. For example, I may redefine a disappearing lip border with Juvederm Ultra XC®, but boost the volume in the body of the lip with Volbella XC®. Our approach is truly customized to give our patients the most natural results that fit their goal for the appearance of their lips,” he finishes.
As Dr. Griffin mentions, there are a host of new dermal fillers that sprung to the market in 2017. The day and age of one filler being used across the board for lips regardless of the age, lip structure and goals of the patient are GONE. The versatility and special attributes of each of these fillers allows your injector to truly customize your treatment to be as subtle or dramatic as you desire. Let’s take a closer look!
How do Lip Injections work?
Dermal fillers used in lip enhancements are comprised of a gel-like substance called Hyaluronic Acid. This compound is naturally occurring in the skin and attracts 1,000 times it weight in water to itself, hence, plumping the tissue. When injected correctly, this results in smooth, full and defined lips.
For patient comfort, Hyaluronic Acid fillers may also contain numbing lidocaine, making the procedure more comfortable. “As much as possible, I prefer to use a blunt tip cannula for my lip enhancements as opposed to a sharp needle to further my patient’s comfort,” says Dr. Griffin. “Instead of having to poke the tender lip tissue multiple times, the blunt, flexible cannula is threaded through the lip and used to inject the product. This results in much less trauma, swelling, and bruising for the patient,” he concludes.
What are the most popular dermal fillers for Lip Enhancement?
“Although there are several brands that offer dermal fillers for lips, our practice has found that the Allergan family of dermal fillers is best for our patients. These fillers are consistent, predictable, versatile and offer the ability for your injector to truly customize your treatment,” shares Dr. Griffin.
VOLBELLA XC® – The New Kid on the Block & 2017 Winner of the Allure Magazine Breakthroughs in Beauty Award
Released in 2017, Volbella XC® quickly earned a reputation as a great dermal filler to start with for first time lip enhancers. It is pillow soft and light, leading to subtle results that gently boost lip volume and redefine the border of the lip. It can even be used in those pesky little vertical lines (Smoker’s Lines) that extend from your lips and cause your lipstick to bleed and feather. Results last up to one year.
“I love having Volbella XC® in our family of fillers for lips,” says Dr. Griffin. “It is my go to filler for first time lip enhancement patients who are a little nervous about the outcome being too dramatic,” he continues, “results are so soft and natural and provide a simple boost to volume and definition.”
Juvederm Ultra Plus XC® – The “Gold Standard”
Long considered the “go to” product for patients who truly want fuller lips and to plump lips that are thin due to genetics or aging, Juvederm Ultra Plus XC® is the gold standard of many practices.
“Juvederm Ultra Plus XC® provides more fullness and structural support than Volbella XC®. It can be used in the actual body of the lip to enhance greater fullness, but I also use it within the border of the lips to restore definition; something we commonly lose with the aging process,” shares Dr. Griffin.
Like Volbella XC®, the results of Juvederm Ultra Plus XC® can last up to one year. In some cases, these products are used together. Juvederm Ultra Plus XC® is used to redefine the lip border and Volbella XC® is used in the body of the lip to boost fullness. Both products contain lidocaine to comfortably numb the lips during your treatment and enhance comfort.
“The preference of each patient for the appearance of her or his lips is very unique. I work with my patients to decide what shape and amount of fullness will look the most natural for their face, but also achieve their goals. I can’t stress enough the importance of seeking an injector who is properly qualified, experienced and who truly listens,” concludes Dr. Griffin.
Want to get YOUR Lips “Mistletoe Ready” with Volbella XC® or Juvederm Ultra Plus XC®? Schedule with one of our Facial Plastic Surgeons by calling (651) 632-9700!
We’ve all seen and heard the headlines, right? “Roll Your Way to Beautiful Skin!” “Perfect Skin from a Pen!” Microneedling Collagen Induction Therapy is an increasingly popular treatment both in your physician’s office AND for home use. With benefits that range from smoothing fine lines to softening the appearance of acne scars, it’s no wonder why countless companies are racing to launch their own devices. But, what is the difference between a Microneedling treatment you receive at your Physician’s practice by a licensed provider versus a device you purchase for home use from your friend who is selling the latest Multi-Level Marketing option? As it turns out, the difference is substantial and can impact the safety and health of your skin.
The Science Behind Microneedling Collagen Induction Therapy
Whether you’re “Penning” or “Rolling,” the principal behind how Microneedling works is the same. Tiny needles create small, micro injuries to the surface of the skin. This, in turn, stimulates your skin’s natural wound healing process which encourages collagen synthesis. Collagen is the component of our skin that gives it a youthful fullness, smoothness, spring and bounce. As a result, we see improvement of fine lines, wrinkles, surface scarring and enlarged pores over time due to your skin naturally healing itself.
SkinPen® Microneedling by Bellus Medical
SkinPen® is a Microneedling treatment which is only offered through your Physician’s Office, or at an establishment that is under medical directorship. It is classified as Medical Device by the FDA. Most often performed by a Licensed Aesthetician with advanced training in skin and Microneedling technique, a SkinPen® treatment begins with topical numbing of the skin. Because the small, sterile, surgical-grade stainless steel needles which are used in SkinPen® are longer than what you can legally purchase for home use, this numbing is required to keep you comfortable during your treatment.
Once your skin is numbed, your Licensed Aesthetician will move the pen over your skin in a series of passes while paying special attention to key areas which need improvement. During treatment, much consideration is given to the absolute sanitation of the implements and treatment room to ensure the safety of your skin. No needles are EVER reused and treatment begins with a new, sterile pack.
The small needles gently vibrate over your skin at a rate of 6,000-8,000 rpm as they create the small injuries which invoke collagen synthesis. As your skin heals in the subsequent days after your treatment, and as you repeat the process, an overall improvement in skin smoothness, volume, pigment and lift will result.
At Home Dermal Roller Treatments
Microneedling devices used at home are oftentimes called “Derma or Dermal Rollers” due to their round, drum-like shape that is covered in small needles. These are devised to be rolled over the skin 2-3 times per week and are advertised to open the “channels” of the skin to allow better product absorption. Like SkinPen®, these device manufactures claim an improved appearance of skin over time.
Dermal Rollers are intended to be used at home, at your own risk, and without the guidance of a trained or licensed professional. Unlike SkinPen® in which the needles are disposable and a sterile pack is opened for each treatment, in Derma Rolling, the same device is used over and over again on the skin.
Key Differences Between SkinPen® Microneedling and At Home Dermal Rollers
During a SkinPen® treatment, your Licensed Aesthetician can control the depth of needle penetration along with the rate of penetration. For example, she may use a deeper setting and more passes over an area that has a chicken pox mark or enlarged pores. This versatility translates into faster results with more structural improvement to the skin. With Dermal Rolling, your only option is to pass over an area such as this with more rolling which can cause dramatic skin irritation and even scarring.
SkinPen® is performed by a licensed professional who will have a solid understanding of how to create a sanitary environment to perform the treatment to avoid the risk of injury and infection. She will also know appropriate treatment parameters for your skin type/condition and will customize your Microneedling to safely achieve the results you’re looking for.
Unlike Dermal Roller needles which, due to the round shape of the roller, enter your skin at an angle, SkinPen® needles enter the skin vertically. Because of their slanted angle, Dermal Rollers can cause extreme irritation to the skin and even run the risk of truly tearing and scarring your skin. In many cases, this will create a larger open channel to the skin than intended and can lead to escalated irritation from subsequent products applied and even infection.
What does the FDA say about At Home Dermal Rollers?
The FDA has not approved ALL Microneedle Rollers for at home use. In fact, many of the rollers produced outside of the US are on the FDA’s Import Alert Red List because the length of the needles technically classifies the roller as a “Medical Device.” As with many things, this does not necessarily mean that the FDA considers Derma Rollers unsafe, but just not appropriate for at home use.
One of the most popular and readily accessible Derma Rollers on the market is manufactured by Rodan and Fields. Intended to be retailed through a Multi-Level Marketing Platform, the AMP MD Derma Roller is sold by company consultants and no licensing in skincare or aesthetics is required.
In 2012, Rodan and Fields suspended the sales of this device while the FDA investigated whether or not it needed to be classified as a “medical device,” and therefore, have its sale regulated. Due to the minimal depth of the needles used on the device, the Rodan and Fields skin roller passed the FDA.
A key concern of the FDA is the difficulty in creating a sterile/sanitary environment for at home use. If a roller is not properly cleaned before it’s next use, you may be introducing harmful bacteria to open channels in your skin and injury and infection may ensue.
Curious about Microneedling? Want to discuss SkinPen® to improve the appearance of your skin? Schedule your complimentary consultation with one of our Licensed Aestheticians by calling (651) 632-9700!
The Duel of the “Double Chin”
Just a few short years ago, your options were incredibly limited to improve the appearance of your neckline. In fact, a Surgical Neck Lift and/or liposuction were among the only procedures available to reduce the appearance of a “double chin.” But suddenly, in 2015, a new treatment called Kybella® entered the market, promising to dissolve excess fat in the chin area, all without the need for surgery. Lasers that claimed to destroy chin fat with high heat or freezing temperatures soon followed. Although these advancements in neck rejuvenation are exciting, the increased number of options can leave patients feeling confused. Now, more than ever, it is important to consult with a board-certified facial plastic surgeon to decide if a surgical or non-surgical option is most beneficial to YOUR neckline.
According to the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, submental fullness (double chin), is a concern of nearly 68% of all Americans. With origins that are sometimes genetic and other times due to weight gain or aging skin, a double chin is a combination of excess subcutaneous fat and a certain amount of lax skin. Together, these components give the appearance of a fold, or extra chin, at a patient’s neckline.
Although the appearance of a double chin can improve with weight loss efforts, many patients who are close to their ideal weight can still experience submental fullness. In fact, a double chin is oftentimes resistant to exercise and overall weight loss and can be highly frustrating. Many patients choose to disguise the appearance with turtlenecks or scarves and for many, a double chin can severely impact their confidence in their appearance.
“It always makes me sad to hear a patient discuss how vulnerable the appearance of their chin or neck area has made them feel,” shares Dr. Christopher Tolan, Facial Plastic Surgeon with Midwest Facial Plastic Surgery. “The appearance of their double chin oftentimes makes them shy away from taking pictures with their families, avoid dating, and even impacts what clothes they choose to wear,” he continues. “Our goal is to educate patients to know that there are multiple treatments options available to them and that together we can come up with a solution that will get them great results and fit their lifestyle!”
Approved by the FDA in 2015, Kybella® (deoxycholic acid) is manufactured by Allergan, the company which created Botox®. At that time, it was the first, non-surgical treatment for dissolving excess fat under the chin and improving the contour of the jawline. When injected into targeted fat areas behind the chin, Kybella® causes the rapid destruction and absorption of fat cells while also preventing future fat accumulation. After treatment, the fat is cleared from the area by the body’s natural metabolic process. When injected properly, Kybella® targets only fat cells; all other cells and tissue remain unaffected. Treatment can require up to six different sessions, spaced about a month apart depending on the initial amount of fat under the chin. Downtime is minimal with a slight tenderness, bruising and swelling for up to 2 weeks.
Surgical Neck Lift
Sometimes dissatisfaction with the appearance of the neck/chin area can be more related to loose skin and lax neck muscles than to excess fat, think “Turkey Neck.” This is where a Surgical Neck Lift is most beneficial. During surgery, small incisions are strategically placed under the chin and/or behind the ears. Next, your physician will separate neck muscles from skin and tighten them to a more youthful positioning with sutures. Finally, neck skin is re-draped and any excess is carefully trimmed away. Typical recovery from a Surgical Neck Lift procedure is 10 to 14 days, with a return to strenuous activity at 4 to 6 weeks.
Kybella® injections and a Surgical Neck Lift are very different procedures in both mechanism and results. Where Kybella® is a fantastic option for patients who truly just want to reduce the volume of fat under their chins, it does very little for skin tightening of loose tissue. This is where the Surgical Neck Lift shines, as it can not only remove fat, but also reposition muscle and tighten excess skin for true rejuvenation.
When it all comes down to it, you and your physician will discuss if you simply need volume reduction, in which case Kybella® may be an effective option, or if you need true correction in not only volume, but in tightening sagging skin. In this case, a Surgical Neck Lift may be a better option for optimal outcomes.
Regardless of what procedure your physician recommends, the results of BOTH procedures seem to be worth it! Kybella® currently has a 95% “WORTH IT” rating on RealSelf by thousands of patients. In turn, Surgical Neck Lift gets a 94% “WORTH IT” rating by patients seeking full rejuvenation of their necklines!
Ready to ditch YOUR double chin? Call (651) 632-9700 to discuss Kybella® and/or Surgical Neck Lift with one of our Double Board-Certified Facial Plastic Surgeons!
It’s true, the last year in cosmetic medicine seems to have been all about lips and youthful cheekbones, but a new trend is emerging and it’s shifting the focus south of our faces. Your Neck is the “neck’s thing” that both skincare product companies and non-surgical treatment advances seem to be focusing on, and for good reason! Your neck shows your age faster than other parts of your face and body. So, as we embark upon the Thanksgiving Holiday, let’s take a look at one treatment that is quickly becoming a rising star in saying “Goodbye Gobbler” and “Hello Neckline!”
As one of the most commonly neglected areas of skin on your body, your neck shows advanced signs of aging, sun damage, wrinkling and sensitivity more quickly than other areas. Neck skin is thinner than our facial skin, and is more prone to damage, dryness, deep lines and loss of elasticity. As a result, many women first notice changes in their late thirties in the form of a less defined jawline, or deeper lines and texture changes. More significant changes such as severe sagging, coloration changes and deep neck bands tend to surface in our 50’s.
“Prevention is the name of the game when it comes to maintaining a youthful neckline,” advises Cyndi, a Licensed Aestheticians with Face Cosmetic Skincare. “I encourage my clients to treat their entire neckline with as much love and attention as they give their faces, including extending their skincare products all the way down to their chest area,” she continues. “Sun protection, skincare products with growth factors and peptides and SkinPen® Micro-Needling are my go-to weapons when treating the neck concerns of my clients!”
Unlike the popular Kybella®, or other fat reduction treatments available to reduce the appearance of a double chin, SkinPen® directly addresses the texture and firmness of the delicate skin of the neck. Micro-Needling works by creating hundreds of microscopic channels into the dermis to stimulate your skin’s natural production of new collagen and elastin. These are the components of your skin that keep it smooth, tight, firm and youthful!
“I’ve had incredible neckline results with clients who are consistent with SkinPen®,” shares Cyndi. “It’s important to realize that a series of treatments is needed for significant improvement and that results may take up to 6 months to fully realize,” she continues. “But, I love it when clients share that they finally feel comfortable wearing a V-neck shirt again, or showing off their favorite necklaces!” She goes on, “SkinPen® is just part of it though, clients need a solid skincare routine that they perform at home to protect their investment and see continued improvement!”
Key Benefits of SkinPen® Micro-Needling
- Reduces the signs of aging on face, neck, chest, hands and more
- Improves the appearance of acne scarring
- Softens the appearance of stretch marks
- Minimally invasive treatment with minimal downtime
- Noticeable results with one treatment
- Safe for all skin colors and skin types
- Versatile and effective on all body parts
- Reduction in the appearance of pores
“Many of my clients are initially nervous that small needles are involved, but after I show them the actual SkinPen® they see how tiny they are,” smiles Cyndi. “In addition, we apply a topical anesthetic to the skin prior to the procedure and most clients only notice a light tickling sensation during the treatment,” she continues. “Downtime depends on the individual client, but slight redness and swelling is normal for up to 48 hours, but makeup can be worn the morning after your treatment.”
Although clients may notice healthier, smoother looking skin along their neckline immediately, the natural repair process that SkinPen® stimulates continues for several weeks and final results are seen months later. For more extensively damaged skin, multiple treatments will be recommended and results may take up to 6 months to be fully visible. These treatments are generally spaced 4 weeks apart.
“For clients who have been embarrassed about the appearance of their neck and have been covering it with scarves and turtlenecks for years, the results of SkinPen® Micro-Needling can be absolutely transformational,” says Cyndi. “It is definitely one of those treatments that requires so little time and investment, for a truly large impact!”
Want to discuss improving the appearance of your neckline with a Face Cosmetic Skincare Licensed Aesthetician? Call (651) 632-9700 to schedule a complimentary consultation. Ask about our MRewards program to enjoy deep discounts on Micro-Needling all year round!
Fall is here! For many of us, it’s our favorite season due to nature’s gorgeous display of changing colors, the unpacking of cozy sweaters, and the ever popular, Pumpkin Spice EVERYTHING. But, fall is a transitional time of year for many of us as our skincare regimens that worked so well in the Summer, just don’t seem to cut it in regards to keeping us smooth, bright and hydrated in the Fall. Cooler temperatures and drier conditions can make us feel like we’re wearing a literal mask of dead skin cell buildup and leave us looking dull, dry and lackluster. It’s time to step up your exfoliation game and “Shed the Dead” with treatment options that unveil healthy, fresh and radiant skin!
What Is Exfoliation?
In “Skincare Speak,” exfoliation is anything you introduce to your skin, whether it be physical or chemical, which removes dead skin cells. Our skin actually has a natural process of exfoliation called, desquamation. This is the process of shedding old, dry, hardened skin cells so that fresh healthy ones can take their place! This process can be slowed down due to climate, skin condition, disease and the aging process.
Why Is Exfoliation Important?
Exfoliation is crucial for ALL skin types and conditions. It helps unclog pores and discourage blemishes in oily/acneic skin. It can increase circulation and gradually remove sun damage on more mature and hyperpigmented skin. By gently sloughing away the dead skin cells that may be irritating to a hair follicle, exfoliation can soothe sensitized inflamed skin and even prevent ingrown hairs! The benefits go beyond just wanting your skin to look amazing and glowing; your skin truly needs exfoliation to be healthy! It’s really just a matter of finding out which type, or method of exfoliation is right for YOU!
3 Treatments that are Exfoliation Superstars!
Having a Licensed Aesthetician prescribe a skincare regimen that is customized to your skin type and skin condition can be the key to consistently healthy and beautiful skin. A professional will be able to match your skin, and your goals for your skin, to the correct exfoliating products. Although gentle scrubs feel great and are fantastic options for some skin conditions, many Licensed Aestheticians favor chemical exfoliants which are left on the skin and can be customized to specific skin conditions. For example, products which contain derivatives of Vitamin A, such as retinols, are great options for aging skin as they not only regulate cell turnover, but encourage new collagen formation to fight wrinkles. Salicylic Acid is an effective exfoliant for oily and acneic skin as this ingredient is attracted to oil and can actually remove dead cell build up within a pore and prevent breakouts! Exfoliants such as glycolic acid are wonderful if you have more lethargic skin that needs a circulation boost.
As you can see, there are MANY options on the homecare front when it comes to exfoliation! A Licensed Aesthetician will help you navigate the options that are best for you and your skin!
Dermablading & Microdermabrasion
Dermablading and Microdermabrasion are two options which PHYSICALLY remove dead skin cells from the surface of your skin. Dermablading involves the use of a rounded, butter blade scalpel that is precisely drawn across the skin in short, gentle strokes. Not only does this method remove any dead skin cell build up, it also removes all of that peach fuzz, or vellus hair, on your skin’s surface. This makes dermablading a wonderful option for special events, as your makeup will set evenly and look flawless!
There are two forms of Microdermabrasion. One method blasts tiny, sand-like crystals at the skin while simultaneously vacuuming them up with a small hand piece. This is, in essence, like sandblasting the surface of the skin to knock off and whisk away any buildup. In an alternate method, a small hand piece with an encrusted diamond tip is dragged back and forth across the skin with vacuum suction to buff away dead cells. Microdermabrasion is a great option for those with more hearty, resilient skin types.
Unlike Dermablading and Microdermabrasion, Chemical Peels create a chemical reaction on the skin that causes cells to detach and slough off, or peel, over time. Many Licensed Aestheticians favor chemical peels because it allows them to customize the peel to your specific skin concern by choosing specific acids. They can even choose chemical peels that blend together multiple acids for multifaceted results! Chemical peels, when done on a regular basis, can also encourage new collagen growth over time and have benefits that extend far beyond just keeping you smooth and exfoliated!
Picture your skin like bricks and mortar. The bricks are dead skin cells and the mortar is tacky sebum, our skin’s oil, that keeps the bricks together. When a Licensed Aesthetician applies a chemical peel in office, the peel is attracted to the mortar and slips between the cracks of the bricks. After a few days, that mortar is dissolved and the bricks begin to lift away and shed. Most peeling begins 2 to 3 days after your treatment and can continue for up to 10 days.
HydraFacial MD® is truly the best of both worlds when it comes to exfoliation! It combines the PHYSICAL exfoliation properties of Microdermabrasion to knock off dead skin cells instantly, with a light chemical peel to brighten your skin for days after treatment! What makes HydraFacial MD® so unique is that is does this while infusing the skin with nutrient rich cleansers, exfoliating solutions, and solvents which saturate your skin with antioxidants and humectants.
Hydrafacial MD® is truly 4 treatments in ONE. It starts with an exfoliating cleanse of the skin with a hand piece that bathes the surface with deep cleansers and simultaneously sloughs off dead skin cells with a mildly abrasive tip which suctions away all debris. Next, a light chemical peel is applied evenly over the skin which is customized to your skin condition. If needed, gentle, suction assisted extractions are performed next to deeply detoxify your pores. Lastly, your skin is infused with a powerhouse cocktail serum of antioxidants, humectants and brighteners. You’ll look glowing, bright and smooth for days to come. Because of its multi-faceted benefits, many patients choose to maintain their skin on a monthly basis with HydraFacial MD® to keep their skin healthy and radiant all year around!
As you can see, there are many forms of exfoliation and key benefits to each. Partnering with a Licensed Aesthetician who can assist you in identifying your skin type and skin condition is key to getting your best results! She’ll also prescribe a seasonal approach to exfoliation which will ensure you look your best regardless of the season!
Ready to “Shed the Dead” and get your Holiday glow on? Schedule any of the services described above, or a consultation to get you started, with a Face Cosmetic Skincare Licensed Aesthetician by calling (651) 632-9700!