There it is: Your first wrinkle. Or maybe it’s your twentieth. Either way, you don’t just want to get rid of it, you want to stop the whole cascade of aging that the wrinkle signifies.
Despite healthy living — not smoking, eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, avoiding the sun — your skin is gradually getting thinner and more prone to damage. But because you’re health conscious and busy, you don’t want an invasive plastic surgery procedure that requires a lengthy recovery time. You want to help your skin regain resiliency, strength, and firmness without undergoing the knife.
Julio Garcia, MD, an expert Las Vegas cosmetic plastic surgeon who also trained as an artist, knows firsthand that plastic surgery is a major commitment that takes careful consideration and planning. And he knows that not everyone wants it or is even ready for it.
In addition to offering the latest and most natural versions of plastic surgery rejuvenation techniques such SMAS facelifts, his office provides a wide variety of effective noninvasive anti-aging treatments. Whether you’ve just begun to notice the signs of aging and want prejuvenation treatments to keep your skin looking young and firm, or you need to move the clock backwards, Dr. Garcia and his team can help. The array of options you can choose from is one reason why las vegas cosmetic surgery is the best. http://www.lvcosmeticsurgery.com
Injectables Transform Your Face
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, noninvasive cosmetic rejuvenation procedures continued to grow in popularity in 2017. The two most popular noninvasive prejuvenating and anti-aging treatments last year were Botox(R) and injectable fillers, such as Sculptra Aesthetic(TM), Voluma(R), and Juvederm(R).
Botox is growing in popularity among millennials who want to erase that first wrinkle or even prevent wrinkles from occurring in the first place. By looking at your older family members, you can get a pretty good idea of where you might start to develop trouble spots — whether it’s between the brows (frown lines) or around the eyes (crow’s feet). A little Botox in those areas can prevent your muscles from pressing your skin into creases when you express yourself, so you don’t develop a permanent scowl or squint lines.
Dermal fillers either work by using hyaluronic acid gel to fill in fine lines, wrinkles, and folds (Juvederm, Restylane(R)) or by stimulating the production of your body’s own collagen (Sculptra, Radiesse) to build up your skin. Another popular filler option is fat grafting, in which excess fat from another area of your body is exracted and purified, and then re-injected into an area of volume loss.
Depending on your needs, Dr. Garcia may select from a range of fillers to:
- Build up your cheekbones to create a mini facelift
- Fill in volume loss in your temples
- Replenish volume lost to aging in your midface
- Smooth out fine lines around the mouth and under the eyes
- Plump out deep creases, such as marionette lines and nasolabial folds
Another injectable treatment that can turn back the clock and make your lower face look sleek, smooth, and younger is Kybella(R). Dr. Garcia injects Kybella — a synthetic form of deoxycholic acid (the acid your body uses to digest fat) — under your chin to melt off unattractive, aging fat deposits. Kybella also has slight skin tightening capabilities. As you remove your double chin over a course of five to eight treatments, your skin contracts, creating a firmer and more youthful jawline.
While any of the injectables create amazing improvements on their own, Dr. Garcia uses them in combination to fulfill another new noninvasive cosmetic trend: The liquid facelift. Simply by administering a series of well-selected injectable therapies, he creates lift and volume in your face, improves your chin and throat area, and smooths out wrinkles and furrows.
Unlike a surgical facelift, which can last for 10 years or more, a liquid facelift needs periodic touch-ups as the injectables fade with time. Dr. Garcia’s team schedules your maintenance treatments depending on which injectables you receive. Botox needs to be touched up every three to four months, while Sculptra can last for up to two years.
Chemical Peels Give You New Skin
As you age, your skin cells don’t renew themselves as often as they did when you were young and growing. Instead, older, dead skin cells remain on the surface of your skin, dulling your previous youthful glow.
One of the easiest ways to increase skin cell turnover and reveal fresh, new skin underneath the dingy outer layers is by getting regular chemical peels. Peels use acids of varying strengths to slough off the top layer of your skin. Dr. Garcia’s aesthetic team recommends the best strength for your needs and lifestyle. Choices include:
TCA/Retinol Peel — to remove hyperpigmented lesions and stimulate collagen
Modified Jessner’s Peel — for oily, sun-damaged skin
Salicylic acid — ideal for oily skin with active acne or breakouts
Glycolic acid with stem cells — stimulates skin cell turnover and fights signs of aging
Lactic acid — gentle enough for sensitive skin, lightens dark spots and helps skin retain moisture
After a strong chemical peel, your face turns red and eventually peels as if you’ve been sunburned. Dark spots and age spots turn a crusty brown and flake off. Within two weeks, though, the outer layer has sloughed off and your fresh, vital, new, healthy skin shines through.
When Dr. Garcia’s aesthetician administers a lighter peel, you may not actually have any peeling at all. Light peels have no downtime or recovery. They’re often called “lunchtime peels” because they can be done during your lunch hour and you can immediately return to all normal activities, including using makeup.
You probably need a series of up to six peels to get the results you want. Deep chemical peels only have to be repeated every year or two to maintain your skin’s healthy glow. Lighter peels can be done more frequently. Many women and men opt for light monthly peels as part of their self-care regimen.
Rejuvenate Your Skin Inside and Out
Laser resurfacing and toning is probably the most dramatic way to improve the texture, color, and firmness of your skin. Laser treatments can be combined with other rejuvenation methods, including liquid facelifts and even surgical facelifts.
Lasers work by creating tiny wounds deep in the surface of your skin that prompt your body to send in its building team. By producing fresh stores of the building blocks collagen and elastin, your skin begins to remodel itself, becoming stronger, thicker, and more flexible.
Lasers also can be ablative, which means they remove the top layer of your skin, instantly erasing fine lines and brown spots. Your skin looks and feels fresher, firmer, and tighter. You can rejuvenate your face, neck, decolletage, and any other are of your body that looks wrinkled or droopy.
If you’re already in a moderate to severe stage of aging, Dr. Garcia recommends laser toning and resurfacing before a liquid facelift or other noninvasive therapies. He also finds that a laser treatment during a facelift aids in the healing process, especially when combined with platelet-rich plasma therapy.
Ready for more?
At some point, a liquid face lift and skin toning treatments aren’t enough to give you the long-lasting and dramatic improvement you crave. If you’re ready for a surgical rejuvenation that can turn back the clock by eight to 10 years for a decade or more, Dr. Garcia can explain why Las Vegas cosmetic surgery is the best.
After your facelift, brow lift or eyelid surgery, Dr. Garcia may recommend regular noninvasive treatments to keep your skin in optimal shape. Regular laser toning and spot treatments with fillers or Botox extend the life and benefits of your cosmetic surgery.
Ready for a lift? Whether you’re interested in a noninvasive or surgical approach, give Dr. Garcia a call for your consultation today.