Increase the longevity of your results AND pocketbook with the “Get Holiday Ready” (Liquid Facelift) Package!
If you are looking for an effective, yet non-surgical approach to facial rejuvenation, the so-called “Liquid Facelift” may be your answer. Using a combination of dermal fillers, and in some cases, neurotoxins like Botox; this comprehensive and balanced approach to restoring facial volume can literally have you leaving your physician’s office looking 10 years younger in under an hour. What most patients don’t realize is that scheduling their quarterly injectable appointments this way and receiving multiple syringes of product at once, may not only heighten their results, but also save them hundreds, if not thousands of dollars in the long run!
In a world in which we see “Real Housewives” with over-filled cheeks or lips on a daily basis, the average patient can quickly learn to appreciate that there is a balance to beauty. Excessive use of filler in one area of the face can minimize, if not stamp out, a beautiful understated feature in another panel of the face. In addition, if filler is consistently administered to only one area of the face, that area can eventually appear ‘heavy’ or draw the face downwards, leading to an unflattering and unbalanced aesthetic. The proper use of dermal fillers should balance and compliment the natural beauty of the face, not caricaturize it or hide beautiful subtle features that make you YOU.
“I first went to Dr. Tolan at Midwest Facial Plastic Surgery seeking Juvederm for the lines that run from the corners of my nose to the corners of my mouth, my nasolabial folds I guess they’re called” shares Wendy, a current Liquid Facelift patient. “Dr. Tolan acknowledged that I needed filler in this area, but also shared with me how having Voluma along my cheekbones would lift the middle of my face, further diminish the appearance of those lines, and increase the length of my results,” Wendy continues. “It was a no brainer for me,” she jokes, “do more now to get better results and save so I don’t need to do as much later and pay more” she laughs!
“Many of our injectable patients come into their appointments thinking that one syringe of filler will address every concern they have,” says Dr. Tolan, co-directing physician and owner of Midwest Facial Plastic Surgery. “I spend a great deal of time educating them on how different fillers are indicated for, and work differently in, various parts of the face, and when performed together can have truly transformative results that LAST” he continues.
The visible signs of an aging face are not singular. They are multi-dimensional and can have a domino effect. For example, the loss of fat pads under our cheeks can lead to the flattening of our cheeks and cheekbones. The excess skin that lies atop now pulls downwards and increases the appearance of the lines that run from the corners of our nose to our lips. In turn, the corners of our lips droop downwards and lose their definition. Because the entire mid face has now fallen, this causes weight, or "jowling" of our jawline.
We can see how visiting your doctor and asking for one syringe of Juvederm to restore volume to the corners of your mouth, will do absolutely nothing for the rest of the face. Some would say it is like treating the symptom and not the cause. Your aging is unique to you, so the methods you take to restore youthfulness should be as well!
“I take a complimentary approach to balancing a face with dermal fillers,” continues Dr. Tolan. “Starting with a product like Voluma in the cheeks and along the cheekbones can trigger immediate lift to the mid face which patients love,” he shares. “As an added benefit, it may also diminish the look of under eye hallowing and the look of nasolabial folds,” he says. “As a result, patients now need less filler in these folds, so we can use the remaining Juvederm to restore structure and balance to the lip area and marionette lines that run from the corners of the mouth to the chin,” he continues excitedly. “Or, we may use that product to give a little brow lift or smooth the jawline,” Dr. Tolan finishes.
Using more dermal filler initially seems to equate to using less in the future. It’s important to understand that 5 syringes of filler is equal to 1 teaspoon, and a good rule of thumb is to plan for one syringe of filler for each decade of your age (so if you’re 50 years old, you can estimate that you’ll need at least 5 syringes of filler to get to full correction.) When multiple dermal fillers are used at one sitting to address the multiple factors of aging, the fillers complement one another. In turn, the patient gets far better results than doing one syringe each visit. Framing your treatments with this approach can also save a patients hundreds of dollars a year, if not thousands, as each filler is increasing the longevity of the other’s results.
“We strongly recommend that our patients look at the big picture when scheduling their injectable appointments and we take the time to really explain where the aging on their face is truly stemming from,” informs Dr. Tolan. “This is why we encourage the Liquid Facelift,” he continues, “it gives our patients better and more immediate results, and saves them money in the long run,” he smiles.
Interested in scheduling a Liquid Facelift with Dr. Tolan or Dr. Griffin of Midwest Facial Plastic Surgery? Call 651.632.9700
We’re offering incredible savings on our Liquid Facelift through the end January 2017, because we want our patients to achieve the best results possible – for the best value.
Save $3,500 on our “Get Holiday Ready” - Liquid Facelift package.
- 4 syringes of Voluma
- 2 syringes of Juvederm
- 1 syringe of Volbella
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How prepping your skin can lead to faster healing times and enhanced surgical results
“Our patients are often surprised to hear me say that a facelift procedure is not the end all, be all,” shares Dr. Griffin candidly. “The health and condition that the skin is in BEFORE the procedure can dramatically impact the quality and end results of a surgical facelift,” he adds. “At Midwest Facial Plastics, we want our patients to have the absolute best outcome possible. This is why we have all of our cosmetic surgery patients partner with our licensed aestheticians to create a “Prepping Protocol” to maximize skin health, condition and strength before our surgical procedures,” Dr. Griffin continues. “We see so much value in this approach, that we include a pre and post-operative skincare kit with all of our cosmetic surgery patients.”
To understand the benefit of starting with skin that is “prepped” we need to first understand what healthy skin looks like and how it functions.
Skin that is in great condition possesses the following characteristics:
- Fullness, bounce and spring due to a healthy collagen and elastin matrix
- Soft, pliable and hydrated due to adequate moisture balance and absence of TEWL (trans epidermal water loss)
- Clear and even tone. Absence of both brown discoloration (sun damage/dark spots) and red (broken blood vessels/telangiectasia)
- Resilient and quick to heal due to optimized desquamation cycle (your natural exfoliation or cellular turn over)
“By having all of these attributes attained in the skin BEFORE a surgical procedure we find that patients not only have a better result, they heal faster, the results last longer and patient satisfaction is far higher,” shares Dr. Griffin. “Imagine trying to lift and stretch a material like sand paper. It’s thin, dry, rough and may tear easily. Although this example is extreme, it becomes the difference for surgeons working with skin that is in ideal health and condition during surgery, to working with compromised skin. It is well worth the investment to pre-condition the skin as part of your pre-op protocol,” he advises.
Now that we see the value, how does a patient go about ‘prepping their skin’ for surgery and what treatments or products are advisable?
“When one of our physicians first refers a patient to me to pre-condition their skin before surgery, I go through a full skin analysis to truly customize what their strategy should be,” shares Sara Manulikow, Lead Licensed Aesthetician with FACE by Midwest Facial Plastic Surgery. “In an ideal world, we are prepping at least 3 months out from their procedure so that there is ample time for the skin to respond to products and treatments,” she continues.
Common treatments and products to get the skin in shape for surgery:
- RADIANT - our retinol, the gold standard in thickening skin, normalizing cellular turnover, and increasing resiliency
- IPL/Photofacial - to remove any dark spots and to treat any diffused redness, small blood vessels and telangiectasia
- A series of Fresh-Faced Chemical Peels to regulate cellular turn over, remove dark spots, normalize moisture retention
- NOURISH – our signature hyaluronic acid, which binds water hydration to the skin, to treat dehydration
- RESTORE - If needed, this ceramide-rich emollient hydrates oil-dry skin and keep it soft and pliable
- ALPHAEON EPIDERMAL SERUM - which contain epidermal growth factors to turn on the ‘youth switch’ in skin cells and get them behaving like younger cells, firming the skin and leading to faster healing times
- SHEER ARMOR or SUN SHIELD - sunscreens infused with antioxidants to combat free radical damage and skin inflammation and prevent hyperpigmentation
“As you can see, there are lots of options. We carefully design programs that are unique to our patients, their present ‘skin state,’ and their future surgical procedures. You’re unique! Your treatment plan should be too” exclaims Sara.
The success of a facelift procedure has many moving parts. The beginning overall health of the patient plays a crucial role as well, in terms of their lifestyle choices and exercise and diet. All in all, the healthier YOU and your SKIN are before a surgical procedure, the better the healing and outcome.
“We know that a surgical procedure like a facelift is an investment for our patients, which is why we want them to protect that investment by taking care of their skin both before and after their procedure. We take this partnership in health very seriously, as the satisfaction of our patients is paramount in our clinic,” concludes Dr. Griffin.
The role of exfoliation in the pursuit of vibrant, beautiful and healthy skin!
Winter is coming to the Midwest and you may have already seen the change of season manifest itself in your skin. The hydrated and bronzed days of summer are over and are quickly being replaced with dull, dehydrated and lackluster skin. Regardless of the season, there are plenty of ways to boost vibrancy and hydration with exfoliation!
The natural desquamation cycle, or the amount of time it takes a newborn skin cell to reach the skin’s surface and flake off, slows down as we age. Have you ever noticed how children’s’ skinned knees heal so quickly? That’s because their cellular renewal cycle is as short as 7 days before 9 years! It’s a different story when we get into our 20’s, 30’s and beyond. A normal adult cycle lasts about 3-4 weeks. This rate can expand to 6 to 8 weeks in our 60’s! If no measures are taken to expedite this cycle, we can be left with cell buildup, which can appear as dull, lifeless and sallow skin. The solution? Exfoliation! And luckily, there is a method that will prove to be perfect for your skin, budget and lifestyle!
There are two forms of exfoliation, physical and chemical. Physical exfoliation involves methods that physically remove dead skin cells, think scrubs, microdermabrasion, some laser treatments, or even your Clarisonic! Chemical exfoliants tend to be more versatile and utilize different acid compounds to encourage a chemical response in skin to allow for the detachment of dead skin cells over time. This may be as simple as the glycolic acid found in your cleanser or serum, or as advanced as a customized chemical peel at a medical spa that will cause your skin to shed or flake within 3 days and unveil smooth and soft skin!
Are there benefits of one method over another? Yes! Physical exfoliants like scrubs and microdermabrasion are fantastic ‘pick me ups’ for normal healthy skin. They immediately brighten the skin, allow makeup to set flawlessly and enhance the absorption of any subsequent products. But, due to friction, possible abrasiveness, and the increase in circulation they may cause, they are not suited for sensitive or redness prone skin.
Chemical exfoliants, on the other hand, can literally be matched to the specific needs of your skin! For example, if you are battling acne, you may choose a serum or chemical peel which includes salicylic acid, which loves targeting oil and can clean out the dead skin cells within a pore that cause acne. If your problem is dark pigmentation, you may partner with a licensed aesthetician to be treated with a chemical peel that includes acids such as glycolic, lactic, TCA, or even phytic acids. These acids love to target damaged pigment cells and do a wonderful job at progressively evening out skin tone!
When pursuing professional exfoliation techniques such as laser peels or chemical peels, it is important to plan your social schedule accordingly and to partner with a qualified provider. Most chemical peels, and certainly laser resurfacing, cause the skin to shed, or slough, for anywhere from 3 days to 2 weeks depending on the strength of the treatment.
The licensed aestheticians at FACE Cosmetic Skincare of Midwest Facial Plastics have all received advanced trainings in all methods of exfoliation and can help build the perfect strategy for you to Shed the Dead! Call us to schedule your appointment 651.632.9700.
Utilizing intense pulsed light therapy for your most even skin tone yet!
Dull…muddy…uneven. Are these words that you think of when you look at your skin in the mirror? Maybe it’s especially noticeable now that your sun-kissed summer bronze has faded and small dark spots seem to be appearing everywhere, or perhaps this has been a constant struggle regardless of the season. The appearance of dark spots and patches on the skin can dramatically age the appearance of the face, neck, chest, arms, shoulders and hands. Some studies show that the appearance of even skin tone is a higher visual marker of youthful skin and age than even lack of wrinkles! So, how do we banish these dark spots and get even? Let’s shine some “light” on that topic!
When lasers first began to be used in the aesthetic industry, experts noticed that different wavelengths of light, when absorbed in the skin, were attracted to different targets, or chromophores. Certain wavelengths were attracted to the hemoglobin in blood, and could be used to ablate the skin. Other wavelengths were attracted to the pigment in a hair follicle, and therefore, could be used for laser hair reduction. An entirely different wavelength of light was attracted to the melanin, or pigment cells of skin, leading to one of the most effective and popular skin treatments in the industry! The “Photofacial”!
Whether under the name of IPL (intense pulsed light), BBL (broad band light), or AFT (Advanced Fluorescent Technology), a Photofacial harnesses the power of light to dramatically improve the tone of skin. It can literally lift off years from your appearance by targeting dark spots and diffused redness on the skin.
How does it work? During your treatment, your laser technician will thoroughly cleanse your skin and protect your eyes. An IPL cannot be performed on tan skin, as your tan will compete with the dark spots for the attention of the laser and may, subsequently, cause a burn. Next, a thin layer of a product like ultrasound gel will be placed on your skin to enhance the slip and glide of the laser hand piece. Your provider will then travel over your skin with a cool rectangular hand piece, stopping to pulse the light across sections of your skin in a grid pattern. This sensation feels like a small rubber band snap to most patients and is only mildly uncomfortable. Your provider will pay special attention to dark spots and vessels.
Immediately following your procedure you may feel slightly warm, similar to a sunburn. Mild swelling may be present, especially if your provider targeted any vessels during your treatment. You will also be photosensitive (sensitive to sunlight), and a physical sunscreen must be worn the days following your IPL.
The magic happens in the days that follow! You will slowly and steadily begin to notice a salt and pepper, or coffee ground appearance to the dark spots on your skin. The procedure may even ‘pull up’ pigment that hasn’t surfaced. This process can last up to 10 days and it is important not to pick at or scrub these areas. Once this pigment has sloughed off, you will notice a brighter and more even skin tone underneath!
Although some patients can get significant improvement from only one treatment, a series of at least 3 treatments is usually recommended spaced 3 to 4 weeks apart. Many patients opt for a series every fall after damage of summer sun exposure sets in.
Your provider will discuss other treatment options and products to compliment your results, such as the use of hydroquinone and Vitamin C serums.
Contact the licensed aestheticians at Face Cosmetic Skincare to discuss your customized skin strategy to get your most youthful, bright and even skin tone ever! Want to receive this treatment at a 40% discount? Ask about our MRewards membership program! 651.632.9700
“Lighten Up! You Don’t Have to Live with Dark Spots!”
by Amie Walden, Licensed Aesthetician & Laser Technician
For years, the focus of anti-aging treatments and creams has been on addressing wrinkles and fine lines, once considered the #1 sign of aging. Studies now show that most of us visually interpret “even skin coloration” as a true mark of a youthful complexion, far surpassing the presence of wrinkles. Therefore, the consumer has seen an explosion in the availability of products and procedures to lighten dark spots and restore clear skin. When making decisions about treatment, it is important for the consumer to understand the source of discoloration to treat it successfully.
Melasma is the scientific term for dark patches of discoloration on the skin. A combination of genetic propensity and hormone levels, Melasma most commonly manifests after direct sun exposure. Although men can experience Melasma, it is much more prevalent in the female population. Many women first encounter Melasma as a dark patch on their upper lip as a result of using oral contraceptives in the summer months without a SPF. Others experience what has come to be known as “the mask of pregnancy,” a dark patch of pigment that spans across the cheeks and nose during pregnancy. In these cases, the discoloration is a direct result of increased hormone levels that ‘turn on’ melanin in the skin, especially when exposed to the sun. Although it does not harm the skin, Melasma can have a detrimental impact on self-esteem.
As we cannot turn off the Melasma gene or hormone influence, the first step in treating the dark patches is to stop new formation by blocking its catalyst, sun exposure. This is as simple as wearing a hat in the summer and meeting with a licensed esthetician who can recommend a Physical SPF product, which suits your skin and lifestyle. Physical sunscreens reflect the sun’s rays, while Chemical Sunscreens scatter the rays and trap heat against the skin. As heat can also trigger Melasma, patients should avoid these blends of sunscreens.
Your next step is topically treating the existing pigment with Hydroquinone. Hydroquinone in concentrations of 2% and above has been clinically shown to not only stop the formation of new melanin, but also lighten the existing pigment. It can come in several formulations such as liquid, pads and creams, making it easy to find a product that matches your lifestyle and skin condition.
Although commonly called a ‘bleaching cream,’ Hydroquinone is nothing like what we may use at home in the laundry room! It does not ‘whiten’ the skin; it merely targets the rogue melanocytes (pigment cells), which are causing patches of undesirable pigment. The effectiveness of Hydroquinone can also be boosted with the use of Retin-A, which enhances it delivery into the skin. Many patients also work with their esthetician to design an in office treatment plan of chemical peels or other means of professional exfoliation.
Once you are diagnosed with Melasma, you will always be susceptible to its formation in the future, no matter how much clarity you achieve with products or treatments. One long day in the sun without protection can bring back the pigment in one day. It is important to design a sophisticated home care regime with products that protect and treat your skin.
The licensed Aestheticians at FACE Cosmetic Skincare, are trained in an entire portfolio of products and treatments to assist you in your journey to your most clear and even skin ever!
If there is one concern cosmetic injectors hear over and over again from first time patients, it is a fear of looking like one of the many ‘overdone’ and ‘over-filled’ celebrities they see on TV and gossip magazines. “Trout Pout, Cat Lady, Real Housewives…these are all references that patients give me of what they DON’T want to look like when they come into our practice,” says Dr. Garrett Griffin. “Although I did my Facial Plastics Fellowship in Beverly Hills with Dr. Paul Nassif, I have immense respect for the more subtle and natural approach our Midwest patients want,” continues Dr. Griffin of Midwest Facial Plastics in Woodbury, MN.
We’ve all seen them and we all have one celebrity that pops into our minds when we think of overdone Botox or dermal fillers. The overzealous lip enhancement that leads to the unnatural, unbalanced “trout pout”. Followed by the over-inflated cheekbones that lend a puffy and almost cartoon-like appearance to the face. And, last but not least, the excessive use and placement of Botox that obliterates all expression and readable emotion. It is no wonder that the excessive approach taken by some celebrities instills fear and misunderstanding of cosmetic injectables.
“Hollywood helps us and hurts us as cosmetic injectors and plastic surgeons,” laments Dr. Griffin. “Many celebrities have amazingly natural work done that brings patients to our doors inquiring about services, but just as many celebrities take things too far, which can deter patient,” he continues. “Lip enhancement is one of the most misunderstood and abused of all non-surgical aesthetic procedures. If administered poorly, the results can be very noticeable and exaggerated and disappoint the patient,” shares Dr. Griffin.
This leads many of us on the other end of the needle wondering, what makes a bad lip job? Is it the product? The skill of the injector? How can the average patient ensure that they are scheduling with the right provider?
“In my experience, there are several factors that can make for an unnatural appearance in cosmetic injections; overzealous application of product, lack of understanding of facial anatomy and symmetry, ignoring the patient’s specific goals, and lack of experience and qualifications,” informs Dr. Griffin. “When there is a Groupon advertising cheap procedures, the patient needs to be even more proactive about seeking qualified providers because you literally get what you pay for,” he warns.
Loss of facial volume and elasticity are natural parts of the aging process. The lip muscles are extremely active in speaking and facial expression which over time can result in thin, deflated lips. The use of dermal fillers, such as Juvederm, restores the youthful fullness, border and structure of the lips. This simple restoration can take years off the appearance of a face.
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, thereby 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 less painful. “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.
“Your lips, your smile and your aesthetic preference are as unique as you,” states Dr. Griffin. “It’s important to align yourself with an injector who is qualified, experienced and who listens.”
Syringe Vs. Scalpel
The evolving role of cosmetic injectables in facial rejuvenation and restoration
By, Dr. Garrett Griffin, Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon
I recently had a patient tell me that a plastic surgeon advised them, “You can do so many things with filler these days that surgery isn’t necessary anymore.” While I agree that injectables have been an integral addition to the facial plastic surgeon’s armamentarium, I disagree that surgery no longer has a role in facial rejuvenation. To say so would be to wrongly assume that all people are alike. For this reason, it is important that patients be matched with a provider who will listen to their specific concerns and help them choose the most appropriate and effective solution.
What are the main classes of injectables and what can they do?
There are currently 3 main types of injectables on the market.
1. Neurotoxins: Neurotoxins are chemicals that prevent muscles from contracting and, in turn, soften the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Common brands include Botox, Dysport and Xeomin. These products are strategically injected with a very small needle, take about a week to take effect, and last about 3 months. Longer-lasting and topical formulations may become FDA-approved in the near future.
Beyond treating wrinkles, Neurotoxins can be utilized to prevent the face from forming deep lines in the forehead, crow’s feet and eyebrow region (glabella). Other off-label uses include softening a dimpled chin or clenching jaw, relaxing strained neckbands, reducing a ‘gummy smile’, and creating artful lift to desired areas.
Neurotoxins are best used as a means to prevent aging starting in one’s 30s, but we commonly see patients in their 20s seeking the preventative nature of the treatment.
2. Dermal Filler: Fillers are products that, as the name suggests, restore lost volume to the face or other parts of the body, such as the hands. The most common type of dermal filler used today is called HA, or Hyaluronic Acid. Naturally occurring in the skin and joints, hyaluronic acid is a molecule that attracts and retains water. As a result of this behavior, it causes surrounding tissue to hydrate and appear more full, smooth, and in some cases, lifted.
Common hyaluronic acid brands include Juvederm, Voluma, Restylane and Belotero. The manipulation of the molecular structure of the HA is what differentiates these products. For example, Belotero was made to be very soft and fluid, but in my experience its longevity was lacking. Voluma, on the other hand, is comprised of a larger and interlinked molecular structure. This makes Voluma firmer, longer lasting and perfect for revolumizing the midface area (cheeks).
Like Neurotoxins, Dermal Fillers can be beneficial to preventative aging as well. They can biologically trick your skin into thinking it is younger than it is! Laboratory studies have shown that if your skin feels more full, it makes more collagen (the component of skin that gives volume), which in turn slows the aging process.
This patient was very thin and had severe facial volume loss. This made her look older than her age. After Dr. Garrett Griffin injected several syringes of Juvederm and Voluma into the temples and cheeks, she looks younger, more rested and more attractive.
Fillers can be used in almost any part of the face, but my preferred application is to keep the upper 1/3 of the face (temples, brows, cheeks, and tear trough region) really youth-full (pun intended). When the upper 1/3 of the face has good volume, it draws attention to the eyes. In addition, it literally holds the skin of the face up where it should be, preventing the saggy loose skin and jowling in the lower face that patients often complain about. This restorative effect may be why some plastic surgeons have turned away from surgical options in the mid- and upper face.
But, even fillers have their limits. At some point, one would need unnatural and excessive amounts of filler in the upper face to prevent lower facial aging and sagging. Part of why you see “plastic surgery disasters” or middle-aged celebrities with ridiculously overdone faces, is that they depend too much on fillers and don’t turn to surgery soon enough. In other words, if you use so much filler in an attempt to treat aging, it defeats the purpose and makes you look OLDER!
3. Kybella: Kybella is the newest addition to the injectable market. It is deoxycholic acid, which is a naturally occurring compound made in our gut to digest fat. Kybella is injected with a very small needle into the upper neck to treat excess sub mental fullness, or the dreaded “double-chin”. Most people will require at least 2 injection sessions spaced about 3 months apart, but will see improvement after the first injection. Both my patients and I have been very impressed with Kybella, not only for its fat reducing nature, but also for its ability to redefine the jawline. Kybella can often achieve equivalent results to liposuction and can even rival a formal necklift surgery in some patients.
However, as people reach their 50s and 60s, Kybella may not be the most effective choice. As we age, our skin becomes less elastic, meaning that it does not “tighten back down” to the underlying bone structure as well as it did in our youth. Because Kybella is indicated to reduce fat and bulk, it will do very little to tighten this excess skin. Therefore, necklift surgery may be more appropriate in these individuals.
So why do we still need surgery?
As we now see, injectables can be optimized to prevent and treat facial aging in most individuals with incredible results. But, as pointed out above, at some point, they can no longer achieve the desired effect. This is primarily because later in life, the skin becomes too lax and wrinkled to respond appropriately to the injectables. There are many non-invasive devices on the market to “tighten skin” but in my experience, none of these can achieve even half the results capable with surgery.
Once excess and loose skin is removed with a browlift, eyelid lift (blepharoplasty), facelift or necklift, then injectables – particularly filler – are able to work their magic again and even enhance and maintain the results of your surgical procedure. We simply can’t escape the fact that volume looks best when it is combined with tight skin.
At Midwest Facial Plastic Surgery, we are proud to offer a full and comprehensive range of both surgical and non-surgical facial rejuvenation options including Juvederm, Voluma, Botox, and Kybella. This versatility allows us to determine and customize the best type of treatment for each patient.
You are unlike anyone else, and deserve the individualized care you will receive at Midwest Facial Plastic Surgery.
Skin Type vs. Skin Condition
Learn the difference to get healthier skin while saving time and money!
By Cyndi Ludemann, Licensed Aesthetician & Laser Technician
Have you ever looked at your skin mid-afternoon and thought, “How can I possibly have these dry, dull, flaky patches when my skin is so oily?” Or maybe you fall into the tribe of, “My skin is so dry and tight, why isn’t this new hydrating serum working?” Understanding the difference between a Skin Type and Skin Condition is the first step in saving you time and money in your skin care routine.
We are born with our Skin Type. If everyone on your mother’s side has beautiful soft balanced skin, but is prone to facial redness, guess what? Those genetics will most likely be in your skin’s story as well! Our environment and our behaviors create a Skin Condition. Skin Conditions include concerns such as; premature aging, sun damage/pigmentation, acne, and dehydration.
If you think this difference could be important when choosing products that are suited to your skin’s concerns; you are right! One of the most common mistakes is treating ‘dehydrated skin’ (skin condition) as if it is ‘dry skin’ (skin type). Understanding the difference can drastically alter the health of your skin, and steer you towards products and treatments best suited to it.
Dehydrated skin lacks water, can be present on ANY Skin Type, and presents itself as tight, dull, flaky skin. This condition needs to be exfoliated and balanced with products such as hyaluronic acid serums, which bind water to the skin. The most common mistake estheticians see is patients trying to treat their dehydrated skin with thick, rich, oil-based creams that are geared towards dry skin. Creams like this will do absolutely nothing to treat this condition, can in fact, exacerbate it, and are, therefore, a waste of your investment.
Dry skin tends to be more systemic. Your whole body is dry and tight, including your hands, scalp and feet. This is due to a genetic lack of sebum, or oil in the skin. Although dry skin can also be dehydrated, hyaluronic acid serums will do very little for this skin type, as it needs the nourishment and barrier reinforcement of oil and other emollient ingredients.
The estheticians at Midwest Face are trained to recognize skin types and skin conditions. They will customize a skincare strategy to not only unveil your healthiest skin possible, but also save you time and money! Call now to schedule a skin analysis and physician-grade skincare consultation to set up your individualized skin routine!
By Cyndi Ludemann, Licensed Aesthetician & Laser Technician
Do you ever feel like your face needs a pick me up? Does your skin look dull and tired? Or are you plagued by your fine lines, wrinkles and age spots?
Our new Fresh-Faced Signature Peel does more than just boost skin cell turnover! It's a great option for treatment of hyperpigmentation (sun spots, freckles and uneven skin tone), pore size, fine lines & wrinkles and overall skin texture.
This medical-grade peel layers a combination of 7 acids and all-trans retinol complex to break up the damaged skin cells and promote healthy skin cell growth. It includes antioxidants in each step to minimize irritation, soothe and calm the skin.
The steps of the peel are complete when you leave the office, so there is no need for concern about your afternoon activities- you can swim, shower or apply makeup as soon as you’d like! Additionally, you can use your retinol products right up to the day of the peel- so no extra planning is necessary. The results will speak for themselves!
We’d love for you to experience this transformational peel – call us to schedule your appointment: 651-632-9700
By Amie Walden, Licensed Aesthetician & Laser Technician
If eyes are the windows to the soul, than eyebrows are certainly the frames of the entire face! An expertly arched brow can create youthful lift while opening the eyes and giving them a refreshed look. But, a less than ideal brow shape can make features look unnecessarily heavy, or, on the opposite spectrum, unbalanced because of over tweezing.
With what seems like a literal arsenal of tools and devices available on the market to wax, tweeze, and thread your brows beautiful, it’s no wonder the average person is a bit overwhelmed by the process of getting her “ideal arch”. This is where the professionals come in! Having a licensed aesthetician do the initial shaping of your brow will ensure that your shaping is custom-tailored to your unique features and personal ‘brow aesthetic’.
Regardless of trends in fashion, an expertly arched brow will always look on-point when customized to your face shape and structure. But what if you feel as though your brows get lost on your face because of light coloration? The answer is the, oh so convenient, semi-permanent tinting. The right tint, matched to your individual coloring, can enhance the look of fullness and thickness of a brow and save you major time in your morning beauty routine!
Want to take it “a hair” further? Finish off your new look with lush dark lashes. Semi-permanent tinting can also be used on all colors of lashes and lasts for weeks! Kick the annoyance of running mascara to the curb. These services are the perfect solution for a low-maintenance summer at the beach or cabin!