Let’s face it, we aren’t getting any younger. You can preserve your youth with the latest technology and cosmetic treatments. Many consider cost and downtime to be concerns to taking advantage of what science has to offer us. It’s natural to feel this way, but you shouldn’t prevent your self from looking into your options. We recommend you start with little to no-downtime options to ease into things. Keeping things simple will help you save time and money. Once you have selected your treatments, it is very helpful to know you have many options available that allow you to stick to a budget.
CareCredit® is a healthcare credit card specifically used to finance a wide variety of healthcare procedures. Using it, you can avoid paying interest on your cosmetic treatments so long as you pay off the balance within your chosen time period, which can be anywhere between 6 and 24 months. CareCredit® also offers fixed-rate plans varying in length from 24 to 60 months for those who wish to pay for their procedure over a longer period of time. Many of these plans can be used for every aspect of your health and can even be used to cover veterinary costs for your pet. The application process is easy. It can be started online.
CareCredit® is very popular at Imagelift®, and we have many patients that were completely unaware of these easy to use and sensible options. We never want your dreams to be deferred because of financing. If you’re interested in a cosmetic procedure but aren’t sure about your finances, just visit our office for a consultation. We’re more than happy to help!
For more information on cosmetic procedures or CareCredit®, call our office at 877-346-2435 or visit our website at www.Imagelift.com.
While the United States may be considered a juggernaut when it comes to cosmetic plastic surgery, there are a number of countries around the world that aren’t far behind the U.S. when it comes to the number of cosmetic procedures performed annually.
According to the most recent global statistics from the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, there were 3.3 million procedures performed in the U.S. in 2010, followed by 2.2 million procedures in Brazil in 2010. China, Japan and India round out the top five with roughly 1.2 million procedures performed in each country. Mexico comes in sixth with roughly 900,000 procedures, and Italy in seventh with just over 800,000 procedures. South Korea performed 770,000 procedures in 2010. France and Colombia complete the top ten with roughly 500,000 procedures in each country.
However, when measured in terms of procedures per capita, the U.S. actually falls behind a number of top ten countries, namely South Korea, Brazil, Italy and Colombia. The remaining top ten rank very close behind the U.S.
While the U.S. may be a leader in breakthrough surgical procedures and techniques, plastic surgery can certainly be considered a mainstay in nearly all cultural environments around the world.
Plastic surgery on the eyelid, known as blepharoplasty, was one of the most common surgical procedures in 2011, according to the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery’s annual poll. So – what is eyelid surgery all about and what problems does it fix?
As you age, your eyelids stretch and the muscles surrounding them grow weak. As a result, excess fat tends to bulge around your eyelids, accompanied by sagging eyebrows, drooping upper lids and the dreaded under-eye bags. Perhaps one of the most frustrating aspects about aging, sagging eyes can have the unfortunate side effect of making you look tired all of the time.
Blepharoplasty is a relatively simple procedure performed in an outpatient setting with local anesthesia. Numbing medication injected into the area allows the procedure to be completed without the patient feeling what is happening.
For work on the upper lids, a tiny incision is made along the natural fold and excess skin, and in some cases removal of the muscle and fat as well. The incision is then closed with tiny stitches. For the lower lids, an incision is made just below the bottom lashes or inside the lower lid and your surgeon removes or redistributes excess fat, muscle and sagging skin, followed by a few tiny stitches to close the incision.
Recovery is predictable, with patients resuming light or moderate activity within 1 to 4 days. While swelling and bruising is likely to last up to a week, pain following this procedure is usually minimal. This surgery can provide a wonderful result with very little downtime!
What’s in a name? Not much, according to a recent survey conducted by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
Based on results from across the United States, 70 percent of plastic surgery patients in 2011 requested procedures by describing the area of concern rather than asking for a specific product or procedure by name. For example, rather than requesting a blepharoplasty, a patient might express concern over the excess skin sagging underneath their eyes.
With the experience of thousands of patient consultations, one-on-one with the doctor, we have found the following formula works best:
- Patient describes their goals
- Physician offers recommendations based on the medical history and examination
- The patient considers the options and prioritizes the recommendations
- The physician approves a final plan for the patient to follow through with
This open-minded attitude allows plastic surgeons to discuss a number of different options with their patients to help find the best fit in terms of expected results and time commitment. And it’s the best way to ensure that you are getting what you want – not what someone else thinks you need! There are usually several different options to address each patient’s individual needs, so make sure that your doctor is presenting you with more than one suggestion for accomplishing your goals!
While many people associate liposuction with the lower body such as the hips, thighs or stomach, liposuction is actually a common and effective treatment for the face as well.
In facial liposuction, fat cells are removed under the chin and jawline, which results in a much younger and thinner-looking appearance. At IMAGELIFT®, liposuction is used in conjunction with all of our lifting procedures to help achieve a stronger jaw line and improved profile appearance. These results are incredibly effective and provide long lasting improvements.
How does it work?
Performed under local anesthesia, small incisions are made within the natural folds under the chin and jawline. Using a thin tube known as a cannula, your plastic surgeon breaks up the fat in your chin and jowls and suctions it out through the incisions. At the end of the procedure, minor sutures are used to close the incisions. Healing for this procedure is quick and most patients are back to their normal daily activities very quickly.
Perhaps the most important element of a youthful-looking appearance is volume. As we age, we lose volume in our faces in particular, as our bones and muscle thin and our skin thins and sags.
Injectable fillers have gained tremendous popularity as a way to regain lost volume. Facial fillers can be administered quickly and generally involve little to no downtime. Fillers have become longer lasting and can even stimulate your body to produce its own natural collagen again.
If you’re considering facial fillers, please read below to learn more:
- They cost less. Because fillers are much less invasive than a surgical procedure and generally take less time to administer, the cost of these treatments also tends to be lower. Based on a personal consultation with your plastic surgeon, you may wish to combine a filler treatment with other treatments to obtain the results that are best for you.
- They can last for years. Facial fillers have improved in recent years and have become much longer lasting. Sculptra is a popular choice as it builds your body’s own collage and lasts for years. Research has shown that results last up to 26 months, though many patients feel their results have lasted longer.
- There are different types. Fillers are made up of a number of different substances. Examples include hyaluronic acid which is a natural substance found in your body. Calcium hydroxylapatite is a mineral-like compound found naturally in human bones. Polylactic acid is a synthetic material, which when injected, stimulates the body’s own production of collagen and is known to work particularly well in the lower half of the face. Fillers work in different ways and its essential to consult your cosmetic surgeon to determine what will work best for you, based on desired results.
- They’re quick. Generally speaking, there is little to no downtime with facial fillers. You may experience swelling or a bit of bruising, which should fade within a few days, but most patients are able to resume their daily activities in a matter of hours or days. Some fillers produce immediate results while some take a few weeks for the best results to appear.
- They promise results. Facial fillers are a proven treatment for the face and are commonly used to plump thin lips, enhance shallow contours, soften facial creases, remove wrinkles and improve the appearance of recessed scars. There is no doubt that facial fillers work. It’s most often just a matter of how much you need, and which facial artist is performing your volume enhancement.
While men can be tricky to buy for when it comes to Valentine’s Day, the perfect gift may not be what you’d first expect. According to last year’s spending trends, facial enhancements and plastic surgery are on the rise for both women and men. It appears that couples are striving to look as good as they feel – together.
In the American Society of Plastic Surgeons’ 2010 report, Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Demographic Trends, American men accounted for 1.1 million of the country’s cosmetic procedures, up two per cent from the previous year. Traditional stigmas of plastic surgery being reserved for the fairer sex are being replaced by the increasing desire for males to sport the same youthful glow as their female counterparts.
While male pedicures and facials have become accepted as common practice in today’s society, we’re now witnessing the same shift in thinking when it comes to facial enhancements and plastic surgery for males.
A growing number of men are regularly benefiting from treatments such as Botox®, Dysport®, Radiesse®, Sculptra®, and laser treatments, as well as face-lifts like the Image Lift Experience, to enhance and restore their looks.
In the hands of a board certified facial plastic surgeon, couples can help reverse the effects of aging. Looking your best often leads to feeling your best, a gift for your loved one that is certain to last much longer than a dozen roses!
Many of our patients admit to being overlooked, dismissed, or even made to feel inferior by younger, more tech-savvy generations, based on the way they look. At Image Lift®, we fight against the effects of “ageism” with age-appropriate rejuvenating treatments. When it comes to facial aging, you can expect sagging, loss of elasticity, and volume loss (cheek hollowing), but you certainly don’t have to live with it!
The Image Lift Experience™ is designed for those seeking a younger looking appearance without the high costs, risk of general anesthesia and heavy time commitment associated with old-fashioned face-lifts. At Image Lift, we live to help our patients regain the confidence and power they deserve!
Image Lift procedures by board certified facial plastic surgeons have helped thousands of people look younger who never thought that they could.
At Image Lift®, we believe knowledge is power
. One of our goals is for each patient to complete their Image Lift® consultation with assurance and excitement about what’s to come.
When considering any cosmetic procedure, always do your homework. Conduct research on your plastic surgeon and his or her practice. When meeting with your surgeon, make sure to bring a list of questions and be prepared to take notes about your desired procedure. Lastly, it’s essential that the surgeon’s bedside manner is the right fit for your needs and that he or she is board certified.