One cannot argue the fact that aesthetic medicine has evolved by leaps and bounds in the past two decades alone. Before the development of injectables and energy-therapies like radiofrequency, the way to treat lines and wrinkles, sagging skin, and other signs of aging was through surgery. For the sheer fact that the surgical facelift has been around so long, we have all had the opportunity to see this technique go too far.
Some of our favorite celebrities look very different from their norm due to surgical lifting. These cases are few and far between, and yet they are what get our attention – and what creates apprehension about facelift surgery. When we couple exaggerated examples of bad plastic surgery with the immediate availability of injectable treatments, we may easily form the opinion that the facelift is outdated and unnecessary. Here, we want to explore the validity of this theory.
There are so many injectables on the market today that we can correct a much wider range of concerns than was possible twenty years ago. Botox can smooth those frown lines and crow’s feet, and can even lift the sagging brow. Where Botox leaves off, we’ve got dermal fillers to pick up the slack. Products like Juvederm Voluma have become the go-to for facial contouring, from the jowls to the cheeks and even to the nose. Why wouldn’t this be enough for every person?
The surgical facelift may be necessary for some situations. This procedure moves tissue into a position that reinstates the youthful contours of the face. In so doing, the surgical facelift achieves longer lasting and more noticeable results. Through refined technique, the facelift of today is much gentler, much more subtle and natural-looking, than those that may have been common just a decade ago. This procedure intends to lift tissue and skin in a conservative manner that complements the bone structure of the face.
Ultimately, our job is to meet your needs and preferences. Beautiful rejuvenating results can be attained with facelift surgery and, in many cases, with injectables or radiofrequency. The final decision is all yours to make; we’re here to provide you with the details you need to feel confident in that decision.
To learn more about surgical and non-surgical facial rejuvenation, call our Pottsville or Hazleton office.
As summer approaches, many people start to sweat. Not because of the rising temperature, but because of their concerns related to unwanted fat and dreaded cellulite. You don’t have to sweat it out this summer. With the development of various non-surgical body contouring devices, it is more possible than ever to get the body you want well in advance of Bikini Season.
Velashape is a non-surgical body contouring treatment that is unique in its ability to reduce the appearance of cellulite. Many energy-based body treatments have been developed in recent years, but most are limited to the improvement in body circumference and the overall tightness of the skin. Cellulite is its unique beast, related neither solely to fat nor to laxity in the skin. Cellulite is a subdermal problem that occurs when fat (not excess fat, just normal fat) presses against the connective tissue just beneath the surface.
Benefits of Velashape include:
Summer is quickly approaching, but we’re here to help you get a head start on your preparation. Contact our Pottsville or Hazleton office for a personal consultation to discuss your ideal body and how to achieve it.
Patients who visit the offices of plastic surgeons around the world tend to have complaints that revolve around one of two glaring problems: facial aging and fat. Of course, there are other beneficial procedures commonly performed in our accredited facilities, such as breast augmentation and tummy tucks. For today, though, we want to focus on the various reasons why liposuction has maintained a solid position in the Top 5 most popular cosmetic surgery procedures year after year.
Liposuction has been recognized as an efficient fat-reducing surgery for many years. The advent of non-surgical body contouring treatments such as Liposonix (based on high-intensity ultrasound) has been good but hasn’t knocked surgical liposuction off its pedestal. Every patient to chooses liposuction for fat-reduction has personal reasons. We want to list a few of them here.
Ultimately, the long-term results that come from liposuction can facilitate lasting confidence and satisfaction with your body. Learn more about this procedure by calling our Pottsville or Hazleton office.
One of the concerns that have historically been difficult to address has been excessive fatty tissue in the submental region. This is also known as the double-chin. What is interesting about this particular cosmetic problem is that there have been solutions available for many years. It has only been recently, with the development of Kybella, that we have begun to talk more about the pressing issue of submental fullness and how a double-chin can affect a person’s sense of well-being. Of course, we now know that a few treatment sessions of injections with Kybella can wipe out a double-chin. But there are also advantages to surgery for double-chin correction. We want to talk about them here.
When we mention surgery for a double-chin, it is the neck lift that may first come to mind. In reality, liposuction may be what is recommended. Liposuction is the procedure of manual fat extraction using tumescent fluid and gentle suction through a tiny cannula, or tube. Submental liposuction is often performed in an outpatient surgery center using local anesthesia. General anesthesia may be used if adjunct procedures, such as neck or facelift surgery, will also be performed.
Submental liposuction involves the introduction of tumescent fluid into the fatty tissue under the chin. This fluid is delivered through a discreet incision at the natural crease of the chin. Tumescent fluid not only helps to break up fat cells, but it also contains numbing medication to facilitate comfort, as well as ingredients to minimize bleeding and post-surgery bruising. Through the same small incision, fat cells are extracted. Following incision closure, a compression garment may be applied to support tissue healing and minimize swelling.
Liposuction isn’t always enough to achieve the best possible outcome for the person with a double-chin. In some instances, we also need to look at how to address loose and sagging skin. Removing fat can make this problem appear worse, so we may suggest tissue tightening with the neck lift technique. This procedure usually involves general anesthesia. Incisions are made behind the ears and at the crease of the chin, where they can be hidden. Through these incisions, a tissue is repositioned and excised as needed to achieve a younger-looking neck and chin.
A double-chin isn’t something you have to live with. We offer both surgical and non-surgical treatment options to patients of our offices near Philadelphia, Reading, and Allentown, and surrounding area. Contact an office near you for more information.
To undergo cosmetic surgery means that you have decided to permanently alter a part of your face or body for the better. People do this because they want to feel better about their appearance; they want the way they look to reflect the way they feel. This is the ultimate goal. It is interesting, then, that a large percentage of individuals who set foot into a cosmetic surgery office do so with a certain idea in mind. Here is what that can look like . . .
Unwanted fat sends millions of people to their cosmetic surgeon each year. We live in a society that admires the slim physique, and liposuction is a great way to get there. Because liposuction is so popular, there is a tendency for people to come into the office with the basic request of “just remove that fat.” In some cases, it isn’t that simple. One of the areas that present frustration is the midsection. Abdominal liposuction is only advantageous when the skin and muscle tone has not been disturbed by weight gain or pregnancy. If laxity has developed, removing excess fat cells may make that problem appear worse. We need to remember the ultimate goal. If that is to flatten the belly, liposuction may need the assistance of abdominoplasty.
Neck lift procedures are being performed with greater frequency these days, and are especially popular for men who want to eliminate the look of a “turkey neck.” Neck lifts are performed to reduce horizontal bands, to lift sagging, thin tissue, and to reduce the appearance of a double chin (sometimes along with neck liposuction). What surprises many patients hears that a neck lift cannot remove the jowls that have developed along their jawline. Where there are jowls, there is a need for a facelift.
Cosmetic consultations start at the end – with the outcome you wish to attain. From the end-point, we can pave the path that gets you where you want to be. For more information on our surgical and non-surgical treatments, call our Pottsville or Hazleton office.
We all want to feel good when we get dressed in the morning, and also when we get undressed. To maintain the body, we are told to eat well and stay active. Indulging is something to do only occasionally, if at all. This, they say, will give us the body we want. Have you taken all the right steps only to discover that there are certain fatty deposits that just don’t want to leave you alone? You’re not alone. More importantly, you’re not stuck. Let’s talk about the value of Liposonix®, an innovative fat-reduction treatment available in our Pottsville and Hazleton offices.
This non-surgical body contouring procedure harnesses the power of ultrasound energy. We are familiar with the safety of ultrasound in the area of diagnostic medicine, and are now witnessing its efficacy in the area of aesthetic medicine. What happens when high-intensity focused ultrasound hits fat cells after penetrating the skin is heat transfer. This heating of unwanted cells slightly damages them so the body can then metabolize them naturally.
The clear advantage to Liposonix is that fat is disrupted and eliminated without the associated risks of surgery. There is no need for anesthesia because energy is delivered from the outside of the body. This also means there are no incisions, and there are no scars. Treatment appointments may take up to 90 minutes depending on the area we are treating. After each session, however, patients are able to immediately resume their normal activities. These are significant benefits that make up for any “delay” in noticeable results.
Because Liposonix relies on the natural processing of fat, it can take several weeks to notice a reduction in the circumference of the treatment area. If we were to look at surgical liposuction, though, we would still notice a lapse between treatment and final results due to the natural swelling and bruising that occur after surgery.
Every body is different and innovative technologies allow us the opportunity to customize fat-reduction based on particular needs and preferences. Get the care that your body needs in our practices near Philadelphia.
Don’t you just love technology and how much as have advanced in this area? Who listens to CDs anymore? Most of us download digital files directly to our devices when we want to hear our favorite music. And cosmetic surgery? This is an area in which growth has remained consistent. However, there are more people who are taking a stand against aging earlier in life. This way, the need for surgical lifts may be postponed by several years.
We are a cosmetic surgery practice, yes; and we are also interested in helping the men and women who visit our Hazelton and Pottsville offices maximize their skin with numerous treatment options. One that we are excited to be using at this time is CooLifting, a four-minute treatment that makes a significant impact on the skin.
CooLifting is a fascinating facial that promotes gorgeous skin with a blend of botanicals, hyaluronic acid, and a quick spritz of carbon dioxide. Essentially, this is like a miniature version of the cryotherapy that has become such a hot trend lately. The carboxy spray that is passed over the skin affects positive regeneration at the cellular level by increasing microcirculation. This increase prompts the accelerated production of collagen and elastin. The application of hyaluronic acid and botanicals adds luminosity and hydration that is vital to healthy aging.
Non-surgical, Non-invasive tissue tightening is convenient and pain-free. We are proud to support our patient’s preferences for this type of treatment without inhibiting the results they can enjoy. Learn more about the innovative technology behind CooLifting by scheduling your visit with us. More importantly, schedule your treatment so you can experience all the benefits of a cryofacial for yourself!
Motherhood is an exciting – albeit busy – endeavor. Raising children is a never-ending, amazing task, and only one aspect of the totality of being a mother. Women are also maintaining their relationships, professional success, and trying to throw in a bit of self-care wherever they can. Often, it is that self-care that gets the short end of the stick.
On one hand of mothering, there is the sheer joy of the love within the family. On the other hand, there are the cosmetic concerns a woman may struggle with as a result of biological changes.
Most women have heard of the Mommy Makeover, a series of surgeries that restore curves to the right places. A Mommy Makeover is a customized treatment protocol that may involve surgical and non-surgical therapies such as:
You can have a Mom Bod that you love. Learn more about our body contouring treatments by contacting our Pottsville or Hazleton office.
Great skin. We may not look at our beauty concerns and say that they are related to our skin, but most of them are. The signs of aging, such as the formation of jowls or the flattening of the cheeks, are all related to how the skin ages. Primarily, it is the loss of collagen and fatty tissue in the face that leads to many of the concerns men and women express as they get older. This is why our knowledge and attainment of professional skin-boosting treatments is integral to younger looking skin now, a year from now, and ten years from now.
In our cosmetic surgery practices, patients from Philadelphia and surrounding areas can benefit from personal care and non-surgical treatments that boost the appearance of the skin. Some to consider before the busy holiday season includes:
Professional spa treatments aren’t just relaxing; they are intended to slow the aging process on the skin, so you look radiant years from now. Learn more about available treatments by speaking to a member of our staff.
One of the aspects of patient care that has made aesthetic medicine so wildly popular today is the availability of non-surgical cosmetic treatments. Men and women of all ages are able to obtain customized therapies that are aimed at specific goals or concerns, many of them without any downtime whatsoever. Because anti-aging is not a game for the aged, there is always benefit to learning about leading cosmetic treatments. Here, we look at a few non-surgical facial and body treatments that we offer to help our patients feel their best.
Learn more about the treatment options available today. Contact our Hazleton or Pottsville office for assistance.
It is usually during the months of Spring when we start to hear that little voice in our head grumbles about the upcoming bikini season. It seems only natural that we would feel the urge to slough off extra pounds as the weather warms up and heavy clothing starts to shed, layer by layer. There may never be a bad time to think about weight management, fitness, and body contours. However, to wait until the last minute could be more stressful than acting now, in the heart of Winter, to perfect your shape.
There are a few key reasons why we encourage patients to think about their aesthetic goals now, during months when the body is rarely “on display.”
Not everyone is interested in whittling their middle with liposuction or other cosmetic surgery. Many people today prefer non-surgical methods of fat-reduction. We offer Liposonix® and Velashape for gradual slimming and cellulite reduction. There are clear benefits to non-surgical body contouring. However, these techniques take time to work – up to three months. For this reason, the “off-season” is a great season to schedule your consultation and treatment for a great bikini body.
Call our Pottsville or Hazleton office for assistance with your cosmetic needs.
Liposuction is not a new procedure. It’s been performed for decades with enormous success and is continually a leader in the pack of cosmetic procedures. Because we hear about liposuction so often, it’s easy to think we know the important details. From our standpoint, what many people believe about liposuction is off the mark.
Where it is easy to go wrong is in perceiving liposuction as a fat-reducing procedure. It is, in fact, a surgical technique that removes fat cells that are sticking around where they are not wanted. So, by very nature, liposuction is a fat-reducing procedure, right? And because of this, more people than you may imagine associate liposuction with weight reduction. This could lead to disappointment or, worse, to bypassing a body-sculpting procedure that could give you a body you love.
To know if liposuction is right for you, you need to know what this procedure is really for:
Liposuction is a cosmetic procedure that we perform often and with success. To learn more about treatment options for better contours, call our Pottsville or Hazelton office.
Serving the men and women of areas in and around Philadelphia, Allentown, and several other communities bring us a great deal of joy. One of our top priorities is to meet expectations and preferences. To achieve this, we have selected some non-surgical anti-aging treatments to complement our cosmetic surgery services. One such treatment is the Triniti™ light and laser skin rejuvenation platform.
Triniti™ is a multidimensional treatment that utilizes three powerful modalities: radiofrequency, intense pulsed-light, and laser. By combining the three, it becomes possible to treat a wider range of concerns, including skin laxity, wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation or sun damage.
Triniti™ treatment is conducted in an office visit lasting approximately one hour. After cleansing the skin and applying topical gel to assist in the fluid movement of the handpiece, we begin treating discoloration and UV damage with the RF FotoFacial aspect of the process. Refirme skin tightening follows, reaching deeper beneath the surface to promote collagen reformation for firmer, younger-looking skin. Finally, Infrared fractional laser treatment is performed to continue the stimulation of collagen remodeling. Triniti™ treatment is not uncomfortable for most patients. Slight warmth and pinching or “zapping” may be experienced.
One of the numerous beneficial aspects of Triniti™ is that the recovery period after each of the three necessary treatments is relatively uneventful. Normal activities can be resumed immediately, with an eye for sun protection. Broad spectrum sunscreen should be used every day, and tanning of any kind (tanning beds included) should be avoided for at least 4 weeks after the series of treatments have been completed. If the skin is exposed to ultraviolet light through sunshine or tanning lamps, there is a risk of permanent darkening. Furthermore, ultraviolet light breaks down collagen, so inevitably minimizes the long-term results from treatment.
Over the first several days after Triniti™ treatment, areas of darkened skin may appear. Minor peeling or flaking may also be noticed. These are both temporary and indicate the turnover of skin cells to reveal healthier, more youthful skin.
Learn more about our non-surgical beauty treatments by calling our Hazelton or Pottsville office.
Cellulite is a huge problem for women, yet it is a condition that we don’t understand quite as well as we’d like. As many studies have been conducted on this cosmetic topic, findings provide minimal insight. The good news is that we are moving in the right direction when it comes to helping women overcome the problem of cellulite. Some of the details that have been extracted from the research include:
Women in the Allentown, Harrisburg, and Philadelphia areas (to name a few) can find help with cellulite at Keystone Surgery Centers in Pottsville and Hazleton. Velashape multi-dimensional treatment deep-heats fat cells and connective tissue while also stimulating collagen and elastin production with gentle suction. Clinical studies indicate this precise combination of vacuum, radio frequency, and infrared light can significantly improve the texture and structure of the skin.
Contact us to learn more about Velashape and how it can help you love your look.
We’ve been living through quite a time of evolution that has touched every corner of the beauty industry. Women today are not using the Pond’s cold cream their mothers used; they are coating their skin with all sorts of substances, from retinoid creams to snail mucin. Aging is a rather simple problem these days, no doubt. However, the plethora of non-surgical treatments should not be taken as an indication that surgical lifting is outdated.
When it comes to wrinkle reduction and facial “lifting,” most people lean toward the power of injectables. Botox and other neuromodulators are, in fact, really good at smoothing out the upper face, and may even be appropriate for lifting the brow that has dropped. Soft tissue fillers such as Juvederm and Restylane may be used for everything from under eye bags to marionette lines to nose reshaping. We offer all of these treatments and more. They work. But not always.
Here’s why injectables shouldn’t always be viewed as an alternative to a surgical lift:
To layer filler over filler over filler, even though these products get absorbed over time, can lead to an obviously filled look. We’ve seen this play out time and time again in recent history. Actress Courtney Cox is a prime example of overdoing it, and is now outspoken about her A Ha moment and subsequent dissolution of dermal fillers. The whole point of anti-aging is to do so as naturally as possible. Sometimes, a subtle surgical lift and fat transfer is the best way to maintain natural, youthful beauty.
One of the primary reasons that injectables are popular among adults of all ages (and stages of aging) is that each treatment is affordable. Of course, we cannot argue that, for many people, it is more appealing to pay outright for a rejuvenating treatment than to finance a surgical facelift. However, it is important to look at how often those treatments are being performed. Sometimes, the most cost-effective approach is to tighten and lift the skin with surgery, and to restore fullness with fat injections.
Fall is a great time for facial rejuvenation because we are right in between social seasons. Learn more about facelift or brow lift surgery, eyelid surgery, and injectables when you call our Hazleton or Pottsville office.