By Jana Soeldner Danger
City & Shore Magazine
As surgical and nonsurgical techniques for rejuvenating the face and body continue to improve, spring may be a good time for a renewal of your own. Each type of procedure, however, has its pros and cons.
Surgery produces immediate and permanent results, but it usually requires downtime for recovery and leaves scars. Some nonsurgical techniques may require several treatments, results may take weeks or months, and they may not be as dramatic as those delivered by surgery. But there is usually no downtime or scarring.
Here are some of the options:
For a firmer chin line. A medication called Kybella may be able to eliminate your double chin, says Dr. Anthony Dardano, a plastic surgeon in Boca Raton. The drug is injected under the chin, where it breaks down fat over the course of several weeks, producing a firmer, more defined profile.
Goodbye, cellulite. A new, minimally invasive procedure can dramatically improve the appearance of cellulite, those pesky dimples on thighs, hips and buttocks caused by bands of fiber that run through subcutaneous fat, says Dr. Jacob Steiger, a plastic surgeon in Boca Raton. The Cellfina System uses a small, needle-sized device to cut through the fibers and release tension, allowing skin to bounce back and smooth out.
A more natural breast lift. A newer procedure for lifting sagging breasts involves shifting the glandular portion of the breast upward to the top instead of using an implant, says Dr. Yoav Barnavon, a plastic surgeon in Hollywood. The transferred portion stays connected to the body and blood supply, creating a new breast mound that behaves, looks and feels more like a natural one.
Younger looking hands. A filler called Radiesse can make hands look years younger, says Dr. Jordana Herschthal, a dermatologist with offices in Fort Lauderdale and Boca Raton. As a person ages, skin on the backs of hands thins and becomes crepey, making bones and veins more prominent. The filler is injected in a single 10-minute session, plumping up skin and restoring a more youthful appearance.
Laser fat removal. Can’t get rid of troublesome fat on stomach or thighs? A new technique uses laser heat to disrupt the membranes in the fat cells so the body gradually eliminates them, says Dr. Lisa Learn, a plastic surgeon in Fort Lauderdale. The procedure is an alternative to liposuction or freezing.
Fat transfers. Sometimes fat just isn’t in the right places. Transferring some of it can create a more shapely rear, says Dr. Barnavon. Fat is extracted from a different area of the body, and then injected into the buttocks. Because the fat is natural body tissue, results tend to be long-lasting and may even be permanent. The technique can also be effective for the face and breast.
Tightening with ultrasound. Ultherapy uses ultrasound to tighten skin on the face, neck and décolletage without surgery, Dr. Herschthal says. The procedure treats the deep dermis layer of skin and stimulates collagen growth.
Up in arms. Hate the wings and wrinkles on your upper arms? Brachioplasty, or an arm lift, can make sleeveless blouses an option again, Dr. Dardano says. The doctor makes an incision on the inside of the arm in approximately the same location as the seam of a shirtsleeve and tightens the skin. The procedure may be coupled with liposuction.