Five Surprising Ways People Use Injectable Fillers

Injectable fillers are well known for plumping areas of the face that have lost volume. The lips, cheeks and smile lines are the most common, but that’s not all they’re used for. Here are some surprising ways that non-surgical injectables can help create a younger and healthier look.

Chin Augmentation

Woman smiling with her hand on her neckAlthough a chin augmentation can involve an invasive surgery, for some, similar results can be achieved in a much simpler way. With the use of dermal fillers, volume can be added in certain areas and a natural looking augmentation to the chin can be achieved. Just a small change can have a significant effect on the shape of the entire face.

Acne Scars

Severe cases of acne can often leave behind small, indented scars. For those who are frustrated with these scars, dermal fillers can restore the sunken areas, bringing them to the same level as the surrounding skin, and drastically reducing the appearance of the scarring.

Hand Rejuvenation

It’s not uncommon to see the first signs of aging in the hands, yet it is most often the area of the body we forget to treat. Loose skin, volume loss, or visible veins can all be alleviated with a calcium-based gel filler.

Foot Fillers

Although foot fillers can be used for cosmetic reasons, they can also be used to relieve soreness. Working similarly to gel insoles padding a shoe, these dermal fillers can cushion the balls of the feet, which bears the brunt of a body’s weight during walking or running.

Hollow Temples

Having hollow temples from aging is a commonly overlooked feature when it comes to facial rejuvenation. It can result in bones protruding more, creating an aged or unhealthy look. However, a small amount of dermal filler can restore volume to this area for a natural and healthy appearance, and can last as long as two years.

Dermal fillers aren’t just for the lips and cheeks. These small, unknown adjustments can take years off of any appearance.

 

Benefits of Retinol in Your Daily Skincare Routine

In the quest for a healthy, youthful appearance, we’ve all experimented with many different combinations and compounds in our skin care routine. While some can prove to be ineffective or even harmful, there are a few key ingredients that have been scientifically shown to improve the tone and texture of skin. Retinol is one of the most researched compounds in dermatology and can be an extremely beneficial part of any skincare regimen. Woman touching skin that she treats with retinol that she gets from William Franckle, MD, FACS

What is Retinol?

Retinol is a type of Vitamin A, a necessary nutrient for all humans that’s responsible for a whole host of molecular functions in the body. Unlike many compounds found in skin care products, retinol’s small molecular structure allows it to penetrate through the epidermis (the outermost layer of skin). This allows retinol to reach the dermis (the living tissue beneath the epidermis, aka your true skin) where it can impart long-lasting benefits.

How Does it Help the Skin?

Retinol can improve the look of your skin on the surface by penetrating deep down into the skin and stimulating fibroblasts. Fibroblasts are cells in the human body that are responsible for the synthesis of collagen, the essential protein that holds tissue together. As we age, collagen production slows and enzymes begin to break down our existing collagen, causing wrinkles to appear. Retinol triggers increased collagen production and has been shown to suppress the enzymes responsible for collagen breakdown. This helps prevent wrinkles and improve skin’s elasticity. Retinol also has exfoliating properties that can unclog pores to combat acne. This exfoliating property can help to even skin tone by reducing surface discoloration. Continued use of retinol can act as a mild skin resurfacing treatment revealing newly created collagen and a tighter, toned appearance.

Where Can Retinol Be Purchased?

Retinol is readily available in many over the counter products found at drugstores or from online retailers. For some, these non-prescription creams are sufficient. For others, the low amount of active retinol allowed in over the counter products (less than 0.5%) is just not enough. For those not satisfied with over the counter retinol creams, there are prescription options available. Prescription products often contain higher concentrations of retinol. The Brightenx Retinol treatment from ZO Skin Health offers two options, 0.5% and 1.0%, allowing Dr. Franckle to customize to the patient’s skin needs. Those of us with sensitive skin or new to retinol treatments may find it best to start at 0.5%, as retinol is a very powerful ingredient and when not used correctly can cause irritation.

The key to retinol is to stick with the application, as it can take up to 3 months to see the full effects. With such a powerhouse, anti-aging ingredient, It is wise to consult with a medical professional, like Dr. Frankle, when considering a retinol skin care treatment.

Special thanks to Micha Love for the image.

 

What You Need to Know About Breast Lift Scars

 

Breast lifts require incisions and because of that reason, there will always be some type of scarring. That is how the body heals and while we can help reduce the appearance of the scar, we cannot prevent one all together. The prominence of breast lift scars is impacted by incision type, the recovery process, and the time post operative.

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The type of incision used for your breast lift will impact the type of scarring. The type of incision that is utilized for a particular breast lift depends on the shape and size of the breasts, the position of the areoles, the skin’s elasticity, the amount of excess skin, and the degree of sagging. As a result, incisions can range from those around the areola that are relatively minimal and tend to blend quickly with surrounding skin, to horizontal incisions that are narrow and thin, to vertical incision patterns that are relatively wide. Incisions around the areolas involve small scars that are around the nipple, while incisions that are done vertically and horizontally or a combination of both will leave more visible scars. During your consultation, you will be able to go over your expectations for surgery, the type of incisions that will be utilized, and the sort of breast lift scars you can expect.

Proper Recovery and Scarring

It is important to follow all of the prescribed recovery instructions in order to heal properly after your breast lift surgery. Dressings and support bras are usually worn to protect the incision sites and reduce swelling. Movement and heavy lifting should be minimized during the first few weeks of recovery. This reduction in activity allows the incisions to heal more quickly and promotes overall wound healing. Following all recovery recommendations will reduce your chances of complications that can magnify breast lift scars.

Do Scars Fade Over Time?

While breast lift scars are permanent and most noticeable after surgery, they do tend to fade and become less pronounced over time. The degree of fading depends on a number of factors such as genetics, skin coloring, type of incision, wound healing experience, and overall patient health.

 

4 Simple Lifestyle Changes That Make You Look Younger

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Some signs of aging are genetic, but others can be combated by making simple lifestyle changes. Modifying the amount of sleep you get, your skincare routine, and even how you care for your teeth can help you look younger naturally.

Get Enough Sleep

Tired, sagging eyes with bags or dark circles can add years to your appearance. Protect your youthful look by getting enough rest. Sleep helps in more ways than one; getting a fully restorative 8 hours each night will improve your overall health and boost your energy levels, resulting in a more lively and dynamic appearance.

Take Care of Your Teeth

Young teeth look even, white, and healthy. Avoid foods that can stain your teeth, and make sure to brush and floss regularly. Clean, healthy teeth can go a long way to making you look younger, and good dental health is an important part of an overall wellness strategy.

Wear Sunscreen

Applying sunscreen every day can help combat both life-threatening skin cancer and the fine lines and wrinkles caused by sun damage. Make a broad spectrum sunblock with 30SPF part of your daily grooming routine to protect your skin from wrinkles and dark spots. Your age shows on more than your face, so treat all surfaces of your body that will be exposed to the sun, including your hands.

Modify Your Daily Skincare Routine

Aging skin needs different care and different products to stay healthy and looking youthful. If you’ve been using the same routine and products since you were in your teens, it is probably time for a change. Add an exfoliating product to your routine to slough away aged cells and reveal the more youthful skin below, and treat your skin to an anti-oxidant packed moisturizer to maintain a more youthful look.

These simple adjustments to your daily routine can make a big impact on your appearance overtime. If you are concerned with deeper wrinkles on your face, combining these steps with a Botox and/or Injectable Filler treatment plan may get you the results you are hoping for. Visit the office for a free consultation with Dr. Franckle to develop a treatment plan just for you.

 

 

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!