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I Got Lip Fillers for the First Time

There was nothing wrong with my lips. They weren’t very thin. But nothing like Kylie Jenner’s either.

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There was nothing wrong with my lips. They weren’t very thin. But nothing like Kylie Jenner’s either. The only way I’d get lip filler is if I got an offer I couldn’t refuse.

And Dr. Melissa Doft, as well respected a plastic surgeon as there is in New York, did just that.

Free. The procedure was free. Hashtag unashamed. Here’s how it went.

Dr. Doft practices out of the Upper East Side. I asked her not to do anything too extreme. I was already satisfied with the general shape of my lips.

She told me she would be injecting a hyaluronic acid filler called Restylane Silk. You can pick up face moisturizers rich with hyaluronic acid at any department store.

What could be wrong with getting some of that into my lips?

I wasn’t worried, as long as it didn’t hurt…

Dr. Doft applied a topical numbing goo. I didn’t even feel the fine needle she pricked my lips with. Then she dispersed the filler with a syringe.

The process is going on beneath the skin so there’s no way to completely numb that part so there was discomfort. But if I can take it, anybody can.

Most of the filler was used on my upper lip—as is typical, considering our bottom lips are generally already plumper than our top ones.

In all, the injection took no longer than 10 minutes. The swelling, though, lasted a bit longer.

Dr. Doft explained the kind of slight swelling I was experiencing was normal and how it wouldn’t last longer than three days. All my swelling was gone after 48 hours.

For the next three weeks, I would often forget even had the procedure. That is until laid on some lipstick and could really notice a wonderful lift to my lips.

Now another three months have passed, and the plump effect has faded slightly. Three month enhancement for 800 dollars? It’s noticeable. But you be the judge.

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5 Non-Invasive Plastic Surgery Options That Are More Popular Than Ever

While there are many options, plastic surgeons and patients are especially excited about these five treatments. 

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Many patients want to combat signs of aging and are turning to non-invasive cosmetic procedures over facelifts and rhinoplasties.

These technologically-advanced treatments can provide excellent results without the risks, cost, and downtime of surgery.

While there are many options, plastic surgeons and patients are especially excited about these five treatments.

1. Selfie Sculpting

For patients seeking the perfect selfie, fillers and fat transfers can be used to add facial structure and definition.

Injectables help contour cheeks, lift brows, and refresh eyes to look and feel camera-ready at all times.

Selfie Sculpting treatments take approximately 15 minutes and can be costly depending on the type and amount of fillers being injected.

Patients can expect to pay between $4,000-$6,000 for this procedure.

2. Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty

Experienced injectors are now performing non-surgical rhinoplasties with fillers. This procedure can straighten the nasal bridge and reshape nostrils.

Additionally, physicians are able to correct volume loss in the base of the nose and improve projection of the nasal tip. This particular adjustment has been named the Tip Flip.

A non-surgical nose job can range from $2,000-$4,000.

3. Injectable Facial Rejuvenation

Injectable Facial Rejuvenation harvests the patient’s own fat so it can be injected into the face.

Top plastic surgeons are using this cutting-edge fat grating technique to repair and stimulate soft tissue growth and regenerate blood supply.

Cost is around $6,000.

4. Miradry

Miradry is a non-invasive device that uses microwave energy to reduce underarm sweating and odor by up to 90%. Patients typically require 1-2 treatments, which cost $2,000/session.

5. InMode FaceTite

InMode FaceTite is powered by Radiofrequency Assisted Lipolysis for rejuvenation of the face and neck. Some physicians describe the treatment as liposuction and fat-transfer to the lower face.

The procedure can range from $3,000 – $10,000 depending on the treatment area.

To learn more about the newest and most advanced cosmetic procedures, contact a trusted medical professional in your area.

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Everything You Need to Know About Liquid Dermatology

Continue reading to learn all about the benefits of liquid rhinoplasty and what patients can expect should they decide to undergo treatment.

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Everything You Need to Know About Liquid Dermatology

The popularity of non-invasive procedures continues to rise, as more women and men want surgery-like results without associated risks and recovery.

According to RealSelf, non-surgical rhinoplasty is one of the most in-demand of these types of treatments. In fact, liquid rhinoplasty ranks in the top 15% of all procedures queried on RealSelf’s site and interest in this procedure continues to grow every year.

So, what is liquid dermatology and is right for you?

Continue reading to learn all about the benefits of liquid rhinoplasty and what patients can expect should they decide to undergo treatment.

What Is Liquid Dermatology?

Liquid dermatology is used to describe non-invasive injectable treatments such as dermal fillers and neurotoxins.

These procedures can correct asymmetries, enhance facial contours, restore volume, diminish wrinkles and folds, and rejuvenate skin without incisions, anesthesia, or downtime.

What Are the Benefits of a Liquid Rhinoplasty?

A liquid rhinoplasty is often referred to as a non-surgical nose job. During this procedure, a board-certified plastic surgeon numbs the nose with ice or a topical anesthetic and then skillfully injects a dermal filler, such as Restylane or Juvederm, into problem areas. He or she will then shape the nose in order to achieve desired outcomes and improve facial harmony.

Not only is this procedure completely non-invasive, a liquid rhinoplasty is performed in the comfort of your doctor’s office in 15-20 minutes and is virtually painless. It can also address a wide variety of nasal concerns including bridge irregularities, a dorsal hump, a droopy tip, and a crooked nose.

Additionally, liquid rhinoplasty results are dramatic and immediate and can often be reversed in the event of a vascular complication or unsatisfactory outcomes.

Who Is a Good Candidate for a Non-Surgical Nose Job?

Many women and men seek liquid rhinoplasty because they’d like their noses to look smaller and more refined, but are unwilling or unable to undergo surgery and associated recovery.

This procedure is also an excellent option for a patient that has already had a traditional rhinoplasty and would like a non-surgical revision.

Why Is It So Important to Seek an Experienced Plastic Surgeon?

A skilled and experienced plastic surgeon, who is also board-certified, is essential to achieving optimal outcomes with a liquid rhinoplasty.

In fact, a surgeon’s credentials not only increase the likelihood that you will be pleased with your results, but also ensure that he or she is properly trained to handle any complications, such as vascular compromise.

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Can 2019 Be the Year of the Eco-Friendly Filler?

Injectable treatments, such as dermal fillers and Botox, are among the most popular cosmetic procedures for both women and men.

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Injectable treatments, such as dermal fillers and Botox, are among the most popular cosmetic procedures for both women and men.

Over the past several years, this demand has been met with increased product options and treatment versatility.

Now, a new activated silk dermal filler is positioned to enter the aesthetic market as an all-natural and biodegradable injectable treatment.

So, will 2019 be the year of the eco-friendly filler?  Here’s what you need to know.

What Is Activated Silk Dermal Filler?

Manufactured by Silk Medical Aesthetics Inc., this silk-based filler is all-natural, biodegradable, and designed to be injected into the skin to treat facial wrinkles, volume loss, acne scars, and aging hands.

While FDA-approved dermal fillers like Juvederm and Restylane are comprised of a hyaluronic acid gel, a silk dermal filler contains pure silk from the thread of silkworm cocoons.

This material is then suspended in liquid to make it readily injectable.

What Are the Proposed Benefits of This Eco-Friendly Filler?

This eco-friendly filler boasts that its entire manufacturing process is all-natural, without any chemical preservatives.

Additionally, Silk Medical Aesthetics founder Greg Altman reports that one of the filler’s main advantages is its ability to integrate into the skin’s collagen network and provide results that look and feel very natural.

Plus, the product is intended to provide more precision in its application and better control of associated swelling.

Finally, silk dermal filler’s biocompatibility may also be able to limit redness and inflammation following injection.

How Would It Differ from Current Filler Products?

Hyaluronic acid fillers are frequently used to enhance facial contours, add volume and fullness, plump and shape lips, lift skin, and fill wrinkles and folds.

Because hyaluronic acid is a substance that’s naturally found in the skin, they are extremely safe with virtually no chance of allergic reaction.

While silk activated dermal filler is all-natural, aesthetic experts note that it is possible for patients to be allergic to natural substances, such as silk sutures. However, they are cautiously optimistic that the composition of the filler will be different and less likely to induce a reaction.

Plus, this eco-friendly filler may last three-to-24 months (compared to six-to-12 months for the average HA filler), but additional data is needed to determine its longevity.

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