Advances in Non-Invasive Plastic Surgery Technology

Many reasons exist for choosing plastic surgery, all as varied as the patients we treat. One thing that remains consistent from patient to patient, is the desire to remain looking ‘natural’ after the treatment or procedure. While surgery is still a major component of our practice, advancements in cosmetic technology have made non-invasive corrections a viable option. It does so with far less recovery time (sometimes none) from a more extensive surgical procedure.

Botox and Dysport

BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport®‎ can reduce the signs of aging by smoothing out the skin’s surface, freeing it of mild to moderate frown lines, crow’s feet, and wrinkles between the eyebrows. All it takes is ten minutes to rejuvenate and the treatment lasts, on average, three to six months. It works so quickly it can be done in between business meetings or on one’s lunch break. With a few injections, strategically placed around the face by Dr. Franckle, the tightening of the facial muscles is released and wrinkles can appear softened.

Injectable Fillers

Losing volume around our face is a natural part of the aging process. Deep set wrinkles, hollowed cheeks and thinning lips are signs of aging that Botox and Dysport cannot treat. Those types of issues are better handled with an injectable, dermal filler. At our office, Dr. Franckle relies on Juvederm. This FDA approved injectable gel, when used strategically around the face where wrinkles form, can restore a natural, youthful looking appearance, all within a 30 minute visit to the office. There is no downtime associated with a dermal filler like Juvederm. Some patients do experience some redness or bruising around the injection area. In both instances, topical makeup can usually do the trick to cover it up. 

Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal, using the Sciton ClearScan Laser is plastic surgery technology that has grown in popularity double fold over the last 10 years. Using laser technology is a much more effective hair removal process than shaving, waxing, or plucking. Common areas treated with laser hair removal include the face, the back, the underarm, along the bikini line, and on the arms and legs. In the end, laser hair removal is the most cost effective option as it lasts longer than traditional methods of hair removal.  There is no recovery time needed for this form of hair removal, and it is virtually painless.

Keeping Our Office Current

Offering non-invasive (or less invasive) cosmetic technology keeps us at the forefront of excellent plastic surgery care. All of these advances in technology assist Dr. Franckle in providing our patients with a beautiful, natural looking results. If you are interested in learning more, we recommend scheduling a free consultation with us to discuss your options. 

 

What Cosmetic Surgery Can Tell You About America

The numbers are in from the American Society of Plastic Surgery and it looks like we are making our way out of the recession, one surgery at a time. If your neighbor’s face is looking a bit more symmetrical than it used to; he or she could have been one of the 243,000 people that had a rhinoplasty (nose reshaping) in 2011. Breast augmentations are still leading the way with over 300 thousand procedures performed in 2011.

What do these numbers really mean? If you compare the statistics of 2011 with those from 2000, trends in health, beauty and finances become very apparent.

 

Weight gain and extreme weight loss has increased:  Weight Loss procedures are up – 3,000% up in fact.  Procedures to remove excess skin after a significant weight loss (100 pounds or more) include lower body lifts (up 3,579%); upper arm lifts (up 4,337%) and buttock lifts (up 235%).

Patients are looking for a less expensive, quicker treatment: Aside from the increase in surgical procedures, the minimally-invasive non-surgical treatments are showing even more growth. Total minimally-invasive procedures are up 123% with Botulinum Toxins (Botox and Dysport) being the top seller with over 5.6 million patients treating their wrinkles.

We’re taking our skincare more seriously: Laser skin resurfacing procedures to treat hyperpigmentation from sun exposure, rosacea, acne scars and fine lines have increased from 2000 to 2011 over 170%.

What will the numbers have to tell us in 2020?

 

I Want to Look Great for Valentine’s Day!

Raise your hand if you wait until the last minute to take care of tasks. Yep, we are guilty too. With the internet, overnight shipping and instant gratification at every corner, the idea of planning ahead really has lost its appeal.

There are still a few things in life that we need to plan ahead of time.  Prepping for a surgery, for example, can take months including the recovery time.  So what about this coming Valentine’s Day? Do you still have time for a quick treatment or two?  It is probably too late to schedule surgery now and be recovered in time for the romantic holiday, but facial injections or laser treatments are still a great idea. Here are your options:

Botox/Dysport: Relax the wrinkles between your eyebrows, on your forehead and around those pesky crow’s feet. On average your results will take 4-5 days to appear and will last 3-4 months. But don’t wait until the last minute, come see us by February 7th.

Juvederm, Restylane: Erase those smile lines and give a sexy plump to your lips at least 2 weeks before the big day. Your final result will be evident within 5-7 days of treatment and will last 6-9 months. We can stretch this one to February 2nd.

Skin Rejuvenation: Even out skin tone; erase light acne scars and brown spots; improve your skin’s texture and reduce the appearance of fine lines with a laser treatment. Our laser treatments (in order to get great results) do require a bit of downtime (3-4 days), but if you’re willing to commit you’re going to be very happy with your results. See us by February 2nd to be ready for your valentine.

 

Dr. Franckle sees patients on Tuesday afternoons and all day Thursdays.

Only a couple days left before Valentine’s Day – be ready with an appointment!

 

Get Rid of Wrinkles AND Your Migraine??

We would venture to bet that anyone who suffers from migraines is willing to explore just about any treatment to obtain relief from the pain.  The symptoms of migraine (pain, photosensitivity, and nausea) are keeping 30 million Americans miserable for up to a day or even more.  Medication is still considered the only effective solution to conquer these debilitating symptoms, but a plastic surgery procedure has recently been publicized as a revolutionary way to treat migraines.  How?   Supporters are claiming that the glabellar muscles (muscles between the eyebrows) and related nerves which are surgically removed during a browlift are removing a trigger point which can cause migraines.

It has followed that the non-surgical procedures using the botulinum toxins such as Botox Cosmetic, Dysport, and Xeomin, have also made similar claims in being effective in the treatment of migraines.  These popular treatments work to block those same nerves resulting in paralysis of the glabellar muscles.  It was only a matter of time before some doctors starting connecting the two.

All of these claims came about by circumstance; patients receiving a browlift or botulinum toxin treatment that had previously suffered from migraines were claiming that their migraines were cured.  These patients turned to their doctors for answers as to why this happened.  Thus, the connection was made. So far, however, these claims have not stood the test of extensive medical analysis.

So where is allthis buzz coming from? NewBeauty.com performed their own study with 49 migraine sufferers.  The patients underwent a Botox Cosmetic treatment followed by a brow lift procedure and found that 57% had their headache symptoms completely eliminated.

That study may have encouraging numbers but this is not in-depth research!  It would be wonderful if botulinum toxin treatment is eventually proven to be an effective treatment for migraine sufferers.   It is a simple, safe, non-surgical treatment and would likely be well-tolerated by migraine patients.  Until then, it is considered experimental and will not likely be covered by insurance.   My opinion is to watch and wait.  This is currently under investigation by many reputable scientific groups.  Until then, we may just have to call the patients in NewBeauty’s study lucky.

 

NewBeauty.com Article: http://www.newbeauty.com/dailybeauty/entry.aspx?id=2468

 

Injectable Throwdown: Sculptra vs Juvederm

Sculptra vs Juvederm - Premier Plastic Surgery Arts

Who remembers the compare and contrast exercises from grade school?  You know – Venn Diagrams, Graphic Organizers, Comparison Trees, weighing the pros and cons. You may have dreaded them back then, but they can be an excellent method in weighing your options and determining what is best for you.  Here we are putting those tactics to use when comparing two injectable fillers offered at our practice.

Juvederm Ultra has been a favorite among our patients for years now while Sculptra Aesthetic is a new addition. Sculptra is an innovative product and very different from other injectables on the market.  Because of that we thought the best way to explain it is to compare with something many patients already know – Juvederm Ultra.

What is it?

Sculptra: Poly-L-lactic acid; A synthetic material naturally absorbed into the body that works to replace lost collagen
Juvederm Ultra: Hyaluronic acid; a naturally occurring, hydrating substance in your skin to correct lost structure and volume.

How quickly does it work?*

Juvederm Ultra Frequent QuestionsSculptra: Results emerge gradually over several months

Juvederm Ultra: Results will be noticeable immediately

How long will it last?*

Sculptra: Results typically last up to 2 years
Juvederm Ultra: Results lasting 6-9 months

Where would you use it?

Sculptra is a great option to use in the cheeks were volume has decreased with age
Juvederm can be used to fill in creases around the mouth and to plump lips.

Is more than one treatment necessary?*

Sculptra: On average, patients will need three injection sessions over the course of a few months for a full treatment.
Juvederm Ultra: Patients will only need one injection session at a time

What is the cost per treatment?

Sculptra Aesthetic Frequent QuestionsSculptra is sold in vials, each vial is priced at $750. Some patients may require more than one vial per session.
Juvederm is sold in syringes with each costing $750. Again more than one syringe may be necessary based on the patient.

Each injectable has its pros and cons.  Sculptra will require more time and money up front, but it lasts for 2 years. Juvederm is less of a commitment at first but you will need to revisit the office in 6-9 months.

Both products are priced equally but …. to welcome Sculptra to the office we are having a special event in which we are offering 20% OFF your total treatment and up to a $150 rebate for our first 10 patients to book an appointment ($50 rebate per vial, up to 3 vials  rebates per patient).

Dr. Franckle Plastic Surgeon in Voorhees NJ