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Are You Dreaming of More Attractive Skin? Let’s Talk Microneedling!

Regardless of your age and overall cosmetic goals, it’s nice to have soft, glowing skin. You may accept the changes that age causes, such as lines and wrinkles, and have no plans to correct these changes with plastic surgery. However, there are ways that you can keep your skin more resilient and youthful. One of the ways we help our patients do this is through microneedling. This service is available in our Pottsville office and can do wonders for the skin. Here, we discuss what you need to know.

What is Microneedling?

Microneedling is a minimally-invasive form of skin rejuvenation. It can be performed on any part of the body that needs tissue regeneration. The most common treatment area is the face. We call microneedling minimally-invasive because the technique does create what are called “micro-injuries” in the upper layers of the skin. This is achieved using an automated device that quickly “stamps” the skin with several tiny needles at once.

The purpose of microneedling is to make tiny channels in the skin that the body will then want to heal. The channels close very quickly. However, the body is stimulated to create more collagen and elastin in the area that has been treated. Collagen is the protein that heals wounds, scars, and discoloration. Collagen also provides a firm foundation for the skin. Elastin is what gives the skin bounce. It helps the skin bounce back when stretched. Together, these are powerful chemicals that support resilient, youthful skin.

Benefits of Microneedling

Microneedling is beneficial for several reasons, including:

  • Treatment is customized to the individual and can be adjusted for different parts of the face or body. Needles may penetrate about 0.5mm in some areas and as deeply as 4.0 mm in others.
  • The automated microneedling device creates uniform, vertical channels that recover quickly with few side effects.
  • No downtime is needed to recover from microneedling.
  • This treatment is suitable for a wide variety of skin types and tones.
  • Topical anesthetic applied before the procedure makes it very comfortable.

You deserve to have skin that looks and feels healthy. For more information or to schedule your microneedling treatment, call our Pottsville office at 570.622.2900.

Do You Know the Various Things Eyelid Surgery Can Do?

Robert M. Kimmel, MD, FACS | Blepharoplasty

For years, it has been said that the eyes are the windows to the soul. What this really means is that we tend to perceive a person’s character based on the appearance of their eyes. If the eyes are heavy and hooded, the face may look tired or angry. If this is not truly how you feel, then your eyes aren’t true windows to your soul at all. To bring your truest self to light, you may have to address the age-related changes that have affected your eyes. We can do that with blepharoplasty.

Blepharoplasty is the cosmetic procedure that rejuvenates the eyes by correcting undesirable changes in the eyelids and superficial tissue. This surgery does what Botox and fillers alone cannot. It achieves permanent improvements with minimal downtime. Here are a few of the ways blepharoplasty can restore a more youthful look.

  • Lift drooping eyelids. The upper eyelids, in particular, can start to look very heavy and droopy with age. Drooping eyelids can create secondary problems on the forehead because we naturally lift our eyebrows when we feel the heaviness of the upper lids. Blepharoplasty carefully trims excess skin to recreate a smooth appearance.
  • Restore the eyelid crease. When upper eyelid skin thins out and becomes very weak and saggy, the natural crease in the lid disappears beneath the fold of tissue. The disappearance of the crease makes it difficult to highlight the eyes with makeup. It can also impede the ability to meticulously apply mascara. Tightening up the upper eyelid restores the crease and, along with it, the ability to wear makeup as desired.
  • Improve peripheral vision. Some people, when upper eyelid sagging becomes severe, lose a degree of their side-vision. This can happen when the muscles that lift the upper eyelids also weaken to a point where they can no longer lift sagging skin. In this instance, blepharoplasty also has functional value.
  • Eliminate puffiness. At the same time that the skin is thinning, the ligaments that hold fat pads in place are weakening. These two age-related changes often result in puffiness beneath the eyes. To correct this, blepharoplasty may rearrange fatty tissue before trimming excess skin to better hold fat pads.
  • Decrease tear trough grooves. At the upper cheek just below the lower eyelid are what we call tear troughs. These are curved lines that may spread from the inner eye to the outer eye. Tear trough lines may worsen as the ligament below the eyes weakens. By repositioning fat and addressing this ligament, a plastic surgeon can smooth the transition between the eyes and the upper cheek.

There are several reasons to consider eyelid rejuvenation surgery in comparison to injectable treatments. To learn more about the value of blepharoplasty, schedule a consultation in our Pottsville or Hazleton office.

Let’s Get You Ready for the Ball

Do the holidays ever have you feeling a bit like Cinderella? You’ve slaved away all year to get your business off the ground or to prove yourself at work, and now is the season in which you can let your hair down a bit. We all tend to feel a little less stressed, a little more jovial, as the holidays approach. At the same time, the increase in social activity may create some self-consciousness. Those cosmetic concerns that we have not yet taken care of may be the star of the show in holiday photos. This doesn’t have to be. If you want to adore every surprise photo that is taken of you in the coming weeks, schedule a visit with us now. Here’s how your pre-holiday beauty boost can look.

Refreshing the Skin

The skin ages in unique ways, and it all has to do with the cells. Aging itself affects how cells behave. Environmental factors like sun exposure also affect cells, causing some to produce more melanin (pigment). Laser treatments can refresh the skin by targeting spots, blood vessels, and cells.

  • Laser skin rejuvenation using IPL (intense pulsed light) and radiofrequency can gradually break apart spots, decrease pore size, fade acne scars, and help the skin regenerate at a cellular level.
  • Sublative Skin Resurfacing involves radiofrequency application to permeate the dermis and provoke tissue regeneration.
  • Refirme radiofrequency treatment provokes tissue tightening through collagen contraction as well as the stimulation of new collagen.
  • Triniti skin rejuvenation combines all of these modalities in one visit to maximize results.

Reviving the Face

Injectable treatment may be the fastest and most convenient way to refresh the face before the holiday season kicks off. Although the results of injectables are not permanent, they are long-lasting. Patients appreciate that this approach to facial rejuvenation doesn’t come with any downtime. Consider how injectables like Botox and dermal fillers can help you reduce:

  • Frown lines
  • Worry lines on the forehead
  • Heavy or droopy eyebrows
  • Undereye bags
  • Dark circles under the eyes
  • Flattened cheekbones
  • Hollows under the cheekbones
  • Creases between the nose and mouth
  • Thin or deflated lips
  • Minor jowls
  • Neck bands

There are so many ways to refresh your look before the holidays, the only thing to do is get an appointment on the books. To do so, contact our Hazleton or Pottsville office.

Getting a Better Shape with Liposuction

Each year, several thousand people turn to liposuction to get a better shape. This procedure has been performed by plastic surgeons for many years. It has continually performed so well that it has been listed as a leading cosmetic procedure year after year. Still, there are common misconceptions about this body-contouring technique that keep some people in an area of dissatisfaction. Here, we want to discuss a few points about liposuction that can help you make the most informed decision about your potential treatment.

Liposuction and Weight Loss

One of the primary factors that leads to patient satisfaction is expectation. To this day, misconception about liposuction helping with weight loss are far too common. When a patient expects to see a drop on the scale after undergoing liposuction, they are bound to be disappointed. Liposuction is intended as a body-shaping procedure, not a weight loss tool. The technique that is used on a local area such as the thighs or abdomen reduces fatty tissue but not to such a degree that weight changes. This doesn’t mean there aren’t significant benefits to liposuction. To see them, you’ll need to look no further than the mirror.

Liposuction and Weight Management

Weight management is an important topic of discussion when planning liposuction. One should neither believe that liposuction will change the shape of their body forever or that fat will quickly return after liposuction. What needs to be expressed here is that weight management continues to be important after a body contouring procedure of any kind. Liposuction does remove fat cells forever. No new cells replace those that have been removed. On the other hand, where there are fat cells, there is a chance for increase. Fat cells enlarge in relation to diet and exercise habits. Knowing this, one is in the prime position to enjoy long-lasting results from their procedure.

Do you have questions about liposuction? Get accurate information straight from the source. Contact our Pottsville or Hazleton office to arrange a convenient consultation with Dr. Kimmel and our friendly, experienced staff.

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