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A Facial Refresher Without Surgery

A Facial Refresher Without Surgery

The signs of aging create concern for many adults. As tissue loses firmness and resiliency, lines on the forehead and around the eyes, nose, and mouth worsen. In time, the changes in facial structure need to be addressed in more profound ways. Historically, the way to restore a more youthful appearance has been to undergo facelift surgery. When we hear the term facelift, it is surgery that comes to mind for most people. Today, we have another non-surgical option to consider. For patients of our Highlands, NC office, that option is Today’s Liquid Lift™.

What Is A Liquid Facelift?

A liquid facelift is a nonsurgical, minimally-invasive procedure for revitalizing the face. Treatment involves the strategic use of fillers to correct volume loss, one of the most common signs of aging. The Liquid Facelift has been around for many years now and has been refined by experienced physicians like Dr. Buchanan. Where the many Liquid Facelifts typically includes fillers only, our technique incorporates Botox and fat injections as needed to achieve optimal results.

Dr. Buchanan developed Today’s Liquid Lift in response to seeing many patients encounter re-aging after an initial facelift. Many of the patients who visit a plastic surgeon have no dramatic signs of aging on the neck to address but have a desire to restore more youthful contours to the face. Surgery may not be the ideal solution to achieve this objective. This is especially true since many of the surgical methods used by many physicians actually further thin the face.

Today’s Liquid Lift addresses the signs of aging that result from natural deflation in subcutaneous tissue. As volume is lost in the mid face, cheek or under the eyes, the now loose skin and tissue descend downward. They are stopped by ligaments attached deep resulting in a depression under the ligament and fullness above it. This creates under eye bags, depressions in the cheek with loss of the youthful cheek curve, and nasolabial and marionette folds around the nose and mouth. In the past, nasolabial folds were treated as an individual problem. Filling these creases with fillers may soften their appearance but it does nothing for the original problem. By neglecting the deflated tissue in the malar and cheek areas, there is a potential to increase the squareness of the face and actually worsen the appearance of aging.

A youthful face is triangular. There is more width near the top of the face, transitioning into a narrow jawline and chin. Today’s Liquid Lift restores volume in the malar area (the mid-face). In so doing, this technique naturally elevates the tissue that has begun to droop. Filing over the malar bone below the orbital rim also refreshes the face by smoothing the transition of skin between the upper cheek and the lower eyelid. This technique camouflages puffiness without the risk of swelling in the tear trough area.

Experience the Benefits of a Liquid Facelift

A Liquid Facelift is advantageous for several reasons. It is nonsurgical, convenient, incurs no downtime, and achieves good results. Today’s Liquid Lift offers all of these benefits and more thanks to refined techniques.

Learn more about nonsurgical facial rejuvenation. Call (828) 526-3783 to schedule your consultation.

Radiesse® Vs Juvederm Voluma®, What’s the Difference?


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Let’s face it: unless you’re a teenager trying to pass for 21, no matter how old you are, you want to look younger. Because aging gracefully is now more attainable than ever, there are a variety of surgical and non-invasive treatments that we offer patients here at the Center for Plastic Surgery. Whether you’re in your twenties or significantly older, fillers are one of the most popular noninvasive procedures that we use to help soften fine lines and wrinkles and add more volume to the face and lips.

Two similar injectables that we have offered here at our office to add volume to the cheeks, under-eye, pre-jowl, and nose are Radiesse and Juvederm Voluma. Although both of these injectables are fillers designed for the same problem, they are different. These differences have caused us to prefer one over the other. Let’s take a closer look.

Radiesse®

Radiesse has been used for cosmetic purposes since 2005 and was the first soft tissue filler that was heavy enough to elevate the deep tissue and help with volume loss under the eye, in the cheeks, and in the pre-jowl area. Made from calcium hydroxylapatite— a naturally occurring compound in the body used in cleft palate repair in children for many years— Radiesse works on two levels. When it is initially injected, it works to automatically add more volume to the area but it also works to encourage your body’s natural production of collagen— which helps make the results last longer than other fillers before it. The average longevity is 18 months. Its biggest drawback is its lack of reversibility.

Juvederm Voluma®

Here at our office, we offer a variety of  Juvederm fillers used for different purposes, but we are going to focus on Juvederm Voluma. Voluma hasn’t been around for as long as Radiesse but took off when it was released in 2014 because of its safety and longevity. Made from hyaluronic acid, also a naturally occurring substance but reversible, Voluma works the same as Radiesse by filling deep spaces to help add more volume. It, too, unlike any other filler other than Radiesse, is heavy enough to support the tissues. It lasts a minimum of 2 years and we have seen it last well beyond 3 years. Because the price per month of longevity is less than Radiesse and, because of its reversibility making it safer, it is now our preferred filler for volume replacement. We combine it with the other Juvederm products to give you the best results for whatever problem you have that fillers can correct.

If you want to learn more about fillers, schedule a consultation at our Highlands office today by calling us at (828) 526-3783.

Fillers for Smoothing Rather than Plumping

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Celebrities like Kylie Jenner have made plumping up virtually every part of the face not only covetable but sexy as well. However, while a lot of women— young and old— have sought out the help of fillers like Juvederm and Restylane to help add volume to their cheeks and lips, fillers are gaining more and more popularity for a different reason: to smooth out the face or return it to normal contours. To help you understand why this benefit is gaining more traction, we have created a brief guide. Read on to learn more.

It Looks More Natural

Eating a diet full of natural ingredients and using all-natural makeup and skin care is a trend that isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Now, more than ever, people want to know exactly what they’re putting in and on their body, and what it’s doing to them. Along those same lines, people are starting to like the idea of looking more natural. And, knowing what normal or natural is, when we at the Center For Plastic Surgery use a filler to smooth the skin or facial contour, it gives our patients a more subtle, and natural look overall— leaving you looking far from plastic. The older you are, the more likely you are to need to fill areas where soft tissue has been lost or gravity has made it look that way. In these cases, “plumping” is merely returning an area to its “normal” or natural, youthful contour.

It Is Good for All Age Groups

When it comes to fillers, there isn’t a designated age that we encourage our patients to start getting them. However, because even individuals in their 20’s start to lose some elasticity in their skin or have congenital depressions, fillers for smoothness are ideal for people of all ages. Whether you’re in your 20’s, 30’s, 40’s, 50’s, 60’s, and beyond, having smooth skin and rounded contours is always on trend.

The Juvéderm family of fillers (Ultra, Volbella, Vollure and Voluma) are some of the most popular fillers world wide. Additionally, they are our choice because of their compositions that provide the proper selection for what is needed anywhere in the skin or face and they last longer than anything similar. Derived from hyaluronic acid, a substance naturally occurring in the body, these fillers are a safe and natural a way to plump and smooth your skin and face. To learn more about these fillers or to schedule a consultation, contact the Center For Plastic Surgery today!

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