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Just like the skin on the rest of our body, the earlobes change over time with aging and exposure to the sun. As collagen and elasticity decrease, the earlobes can become elongated and thin, with fine wrinkling on the surface. This can make it difficult to wear certain types of earrings such as small pearls or stones, which can fall downward due to lack of structural support around the post of the earring. The piercing hole may also become weak and stretched out or prone to tearing. Some scientists have even suggested you can tell the relative age of someone by the length of their earlobes.
In our cosmetic culture, earlobe rejuvenation is not uncommon and there are several options. If your earlobes are of a generally good size and shape but your earrings are starting to droop, a good option is to use an injectable filler such as Restylane or Juvederm to plump them up and add support. This can be done on your lunch hour, and you can continue to wear earrings immediately after the procedure.
If your earlobes are overly elongated, you can have them surgically shortened with a simple outpatient procedure. This is normally done under local anesthesia with sutures left in place for about a week. Earlobes with excessive wrinkling can be improved with either fractional or ablative skin resurfacing. The good news is, you don’t ever have to retire your favorite pair of earrings.
5 MINUTE NOSE JOB
Crooked nose?A small dent that bothers you?An unwanted hump on the bridge of your nose?
All these can be corrected with simple injections of a dermal filler. Radiesse, a thick paste consistency filler, has proved to be the ideal substance to correct many of the minor deformities that exist either genetically or as a result of an accident or surgical procedure.
Today’s Rhinoplasty (“5 Minute Nose Job”) is typically performed for appearance improvement and often the corrections desired are fairly subtle. Surgical correction of nose misalignment, indentations or imbalance is expensive, very uncomfortable and many times takes up to a year before the final results are seen.
HOW DOES A NON-SURGICAL RHINOPLASTY WORK?
We are able to make these corrections, which last up to 2 years, by injecting Radiesse and then molding it to create the appearance of a straighter nose, to lessen an obvious hump on the bridge of the nose, to fill small indentations and to balance a nose that is visually thicker on one side than the other.
WHY USE RADIESSE FOR MY “NOSE JOB”?
Radiesse, used also for filling nasolabial folds and marionette lines, consists of smooth particles of calcium that, after injection, form a scaffold that is slowly filled with your own collagen. Studies show it lasts for a year to 18 months, although the spheres may last as long as five years before breaking down. The consistency of Radiesse works very well in the spongy areas that make up the nose. You can almost think of it as a clay that fills in depressions to change the look of the nose. Small corrections make a very visible difference.
IS RADIESSE SAFE?
The component of Radiesse calcium hydroxylapatite (CaHA) microspheres, has been used over the years in for vocal cord insufficiency, tissue marking and for oral defects.
CAN INJECTIONS OF RADIESSE CORRECT A DROOPING NOSE?
Drooping nose tips can often be altered to a more “up-tilted” position by using specifically placed Botox injections. Also, the bunny lines that some women experience when smiling can be treated by Botox.
POST-SURGICAL SCARS FROM SKIN CANCER REMOVAL
Radiesse is also an effective corrective filler for rebuilding lost tissue following skin cancer surgery on the nose.
Cost: due to very small amount of filler used the cost is minimal.
Frequently the focus of cosmetic improvement is the face. Yet, one of the most age-telling body features is our hands. As we age, our hands lose firmness and plumpness and begin to look bony and fragile…
Hands are one of the first parts of the body to show signs of aging because they receive so much exposure. Sunlight, the elements and the natural aging process all contribute to the development of darkened spots, precancerous growths and a loss of fatty tissue.
Combating the aging hand syndrome takes more than hand cream (though that simple step does make a difference). The latest technology has given us a set of procedures that will have similar effects as those we have been able to accomplish for the face. Complete Hand Rejuvenation is a combination process which includes dermal filler Radiesse. Patients whose hands are pigmented with sun or “age” spots are treated with the laser or IPL (photorejuvenation) to remove brown spots.
Radiesse Dermal Filler is a solution to replacing the cushioning lost as hands age. The procedure has become popular across the country and the globe.
Radiesse injections immediately re-plump and replenish volume to the back of the hands to provide a supple and youthful appearance instantly. Placed beneath the skin, Radiesse raises the skin level so that tendons, joints and veins lose their prominence. This treatment provides instant and durable long lasting results.
Because Radiesse provides a scaffolding for collagen-building, the body’s own collagen interweaving into this structure keeps the skin feeling softly natural and smooth.
The average patient requires 1 syringe per hand. Large hands or those with significant fat loss may require 1.5 per hand. Procedure is quick and essentially painless.
OTHER OPTIONS TO “DE-AGE YOUR HANDS”
There are a number of treatment options available to help make hands look younger. Retin-A® and glycolic acid derivatives can be applied to the hands topically. This process causes “age” spots to fade and tissue appears less transparent.
Laser treatments can remove 90-95% of age spots most effectively.
Chemical peels and microdermabrasion are other options.
Unsightly veins on the hands may be treated with lasers or by conventional sclerotherapy.
Combination of these treatments can be used to reverse of the effect of aging.