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How Do Soft Tissue Fillers Work?

Beautiful Young Woman with Clean Fresh Skin touch own faceWrinkles and lines on the face can make you appear older than you are. Though there are a number of reasons these lines appear, the good news is that there are minimally invasive options to treat them. If you’re looking to regain a younger-looking face or rejuvenate your skin, Dr. Conrad has multiple dermal filler options for you to consider.

What Are Dermal Fillers?

A dermal filler is an injectable solution used to correct wrinkles, lines, or creases. This treatment can restore facial contours in places where a lack of fat has caused a sunken or flat look, such as your cheeks. Some fillers can even be used to add volume to your lips.

Filler Options

Dr. Conrad’s office offers multiple filler options, each targeting different areas of the face. Prior to your procedure, you will consult with a Certified Nurse Injector to review your treatment goals. She will evaluate your face and skin to determine which filler (or fillers) would be most appropriate for you.

Lip Enhancement

Dr. Conrad uses Restylane-L® and JUVÉDERM® XC dermal filler for lip enhancement procedures. These options are composed of a synthetic form of the hyaluronic acid that occurs naturally in our bodies. Hyaluronic acid keeps skin hydrated, giving a youthful look. Lidocaine can be used during your treatment to keep you comfortable.

Line and Wrinkle Reduction

Restylane-L®, Restylane® Lyft, JUVÉDERM® XC, and RADIESSE® are used to reduce wrinkles, lines, and creases in your face. The filler is injected below the targeted area. It fills the space, expanding and plumping the skin to smooth out wrinkles and creases.

Restoring Facial Volume

Sculptra® Aesthetic is designed to restore lost facial volume. With lost volume comes flat cheeks and more pronounced wrinkles. This injectable treatment stimulates collagen production in your face to help restore fullness to your cheeks and in turn, remove wrinkles. This treatment typically requires two to three injections with long-lasting results.

What Can You Expect?

The actual treatment session is very quick, though this depends on how many treatment sites and how many different fillers you are receiving. You may experience some swelling or bruising, but this should pass quickly. Although dermal fillers do not require any downtime, you may want to take it easy for a few days. Fillers are temporary treatments with results lasting anywhere from six months to two years. Dr. Conrad will provide you with more specific information regarding the longevity of results.

To schedule a consultation with Dr. Conrad regarding soft tissue fillers, please contact our office at 316-681-2227.

Eye bags before and after cosmetic treatmentDroopy, sagging eyelids can give you a sleepy, worn appearance. Even after a full night’s rest or a relaxing vacation, you may still look like you’ve just pulled an all-nighter. Blepharoplasty can brighten and refresh your appearance so that you don’t look fatigued all the time. This surgery for your eyelids can rejuvenate your whole face and give you a more awake and youthful look.

What Is Blepharoplasty?

Blepharoplasty is a plastic surgery procedure that addresses aging, sagging tissue in the eyelids. It can be performed to rejuvenate either the upper or lower eyelids or both together. Also called an eyelid lift or eyelid surgery, blepharoplasty removes redundant eyelid skin and repositions or removes fat to correct bags, puffiness, wrinkles, and drooping in the eye area.

What Can Blepharoplasty Correct?

Blepharoplasty can rejuvenate the eyes to improve a perpetually tired, angry, or sad appearance. Specifically, eyelid surgery can correct the following:

  • Droopy upper eyelids
  • Upper eyelid hooding that impairs vision
  • Puffy upper eyelids
  • Bags under the eyes
  • Grooves under the eyes
  • Drooping lower eyelids
  • Loose skin around the eyes
  • Fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes

What Is It Like to Undergo Blepharoplasty?

After administering either general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation, your surgeon will begin the procedure. Depending on whether you undergo an upper blepharoplasty, lower blepharoplasty, or both, incisions will be inconspicuously placed in the natural creases of the upper eyelids, below the lower lash line, or inside the lower eyelids. Your surgeon will remove excess skin and reposition or remove fat deposits to rejuvenate your eyes. After one to three hours, the procedure will end, and you will return home. After a short recovery of five to seven days, you should be able to return to work. As your swelling subsides, you will see a noticeable improvement in how refreshed and youthful you look. The results of blepharoplasty will not only brighten your eyes but will revitalize your entire face.

Tummy Tuck Before and After PhotosWomen who have never had children of their own are not immune to the effects of aging and weight gain. A troublesome tummy does not have to endure pregnancy to accumulate stubborn fat, develop excess skin, and lose abdominal muscle tone. Even if you have never been pregnant, you could be a candidate for tummy tuck surgery. In fact, men can also be excellent candidates for tummy tuck surgery.

Candidates for Tummy Tuck Surgery

It is true that likely candidates for tummy tuck surgery are women who have been pregnant, especially women who have been pregnant multiple times or have given birth to twins, triplets, etc. But any woman or man with stubborn fat deposits, weak abdominal wall muscles, excess skin, and stretch marks in the abdominal area could be a candidate for this procedure. Candidates may include people who have excess skin and loose stomach muscles due to weight loss as well as individuals who have accumulated stubborn fat and sagging skin due to aging. If you have struggled to reach your goals of a toned, firm, and flat abdomen through diet and exercise, schedule a consultation for tummy tuck surgery. For physically healthy adult candidates from all walks of life, a tummy tuck can eliminate the excess tissue and tighten the stomach muscles to restore a youthful, attractive midsection.

Tummy Tuck Options

Depending on your circumstances, either a full or mini tummy tuck could be best for you. A full traditional tummy tuck is more often performed on women who have been pregnant but may also be recommended for men or women who have lost a significant amount of weight. This technique can correct excessive amounts of skin and fat accompanied by loosened abdominal muscles. It addresses problems in the upper and lower abdomen and can dramatically improve abdominal contour. A mini tummy tuck addresses contour issues in the lower abdomen only by removing excess skin and fat tissue. This technique may be more appropriate for individuals who have lost a minor or moderate amount of weight or who have experienced significant skin laxity due to aging. Whichever technique is recommended to you, you can look forward to an attractively flat, tight abdomen and satisfying results.

Close up of beautiful woman with perfect skinThe destructive effects of aging can leave the face with fine lines, wrinkles, and brown spots. These symptoms of skin damage can be accelerated by exposure to the sun and environmental elements, sometimes leading to a prematurely aged appearance. Laser Dermal Optical Thermolysis (DOT) therapy can erase these early signs of aging by rejuvenating the skin and restoring a youthful, natural complexion.

What Is Laser DOT Therapy?

Laser DOT therapy uses a SmartXide DOT laser for facial skin rejuvenation. After a topical anesthesia is applied to the treatment area, the laser is moved across the skin. The DOT treatment damages small areas of tissue and stimulates collagen production in those areas without affecting the surrounding skin. This causes a reaction in which the damaged outer skin eventually peels off, revealing healthier, smoother, and more youthful skin. Laser DOT therapy treatments take less than one hour to complete and have minimal downtime or discomfort. Each treatment is customized to the patient’s needs, and many patients need only a single treatment to achieve their desired results.

The Rejuvenating Abilities of Laser DOT Therapy

Laser DOT therapy has powerful rejuvenating abilities that counteract the effects of aging. Men and women may be candidates if they have visible signs of aging or skin damage such as fine lines, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, brown spots, freckles, redness, and acne scars. Laser DOT therapy can effectively treat all of these conditions and may be safely used to refresh the skin of the face as well as the neck and hands. With this treatment, patients can successfully gain a smooth, bright, and rejuvenated complexion.

breduc-02a ConradWhile some tween girls want to grow breasts more than anything, some adolescent and adult women just wish their breasts would shrink. Large, heavy breasts can lead to physical, emotional, and social problems of all kinds. If you experience any of the following problems associated with having excessively large breasts, a breast reduction with Dr. Conrad can give you the smaller bustline you desire.

Problems Caused by Oversized Breasts

A woman with oversized breasts may experience numerous problems because of them. These include:

  • Physical Pain: Back aches, neck aches, headaches, and shoulder pain can all occur because of the excess weight pulling downward on the chest.
  • Unwanted Attention: Disproportionately large breasts can attract staring eyes and lead to unwanted attention. Some women choose to avoid certain activities, locations, or individuals to limit emotional triggers.
  • Emotional Problems: Anxiety, low self-confidence, and poor self-image can all result from having excessively large breasts.
  • A Disproportionate Figure: Oversized breasts create an unbalanced body shape, which can cause clothing limitations, poor social perceptions, and low self-image.
  • Premature Sagging: Gravity and the excess weight of large breasts can cause premature breast sagging that ages the appearance.
  • Skin Irritation: Some women with large breasts experience rubbing and chafing underneath the breasts or against tight bra straps.
  • Activity Limitations: The weight of oversized breasts can limit physical activities by making exercise difficult, awkward, slow, uncomfortable, or painful.
  • Clothing Limitations: Some women with excessively large breasts have difficulty shopping for clothing because most clothing items do not fit properly, require tailoring, or fit but do not match their style preferences.

What Breast Reduction Surgery Could Do for You

If you have large breasts and experience any of these problems, especially on a daily basis, breast reduction surgery can help you. A breast reduction would reduce the size of your breasts and alleviate these problems to improve your quality of life. During the procedure, the surgeon removes excess fat, skin, and breast tissue, then reshapes and repositions the remaining breast tissue to create a smaller, shapelier, and more proportionate bustline. After a few weeks, you will be able to return to normal activities with a renewed appreciation for your improved, rebalanced figure. Improving the size of your breasts through breast reduction surgery can ease all of the above symptoms and can help you develop a greater sense of self-confidence and well-being in your daily life.

The two most popular procedures for breast enhancement are breast augmentation and breast lift surgery. Each technique enhances the breasts in a particular way, and women may be candidates for one or the other or even sometimes both. The following describes the type of candidate that is best for each surgical approach. Both of these breast enhancement procedures can provide you with more attractive, firm, and shapely breasts.

Best Candidates for Breast Implants

Breast implants are used to enhance breast size, shape, fullness, and projection. Women who wish their breasts were larger are primary candidates for breast augmentation. If you are a candidate for breast augmentation, your breasts may be underdeveloped or naturally small, especially in proportion to the rest of your body. One breast may be noticeably larger than the other, or your breasts may lack the attractive roundness you desire. You may also feel self-conscious or insecure about the appearance of your breasts. Some common candidates include women whose breasts have lost volume or firmness due to pregnancy, breastfeeding, or weight loss. Breast augmentation is not designed for women whose breasts are sagging.

Best Candidates for a Breast Lift

Breast lift surgery is performed to rejuvenate sagging and misshapen breasts. Women who have suffered the effects of gravity, aging, weight fluctuations, pregnancy, breastfeeding, or genetics and whose breasts are sagging and shapeless are the leading candidates for breast lift surgery. If you are a candidate for a breast lift, your breasts may be elongated or pendulous with stretched skin, enlarged areolas, and nipples that fall below the breast crease. Candidates may be of any age but are often a little older because sagging is usually the result of factors that occur over time. Breast lift surgery can correct breast shape and firmness but is not designed to augment the size or volume of the breasts.

breastlift-01a ConradBest Candidates for a Breast Augmentation With Lift

Some women may identify as candidates for both breast augmentation and breast lift surgery. If this is the case for you, these two procedures can be combined into a breast augmentation with lift. This approach can improve breast size and perkiness at the same time and during a single procedure. You may be a candidate for a breast augmentation with lift if you wish to improve the size, fullness, shape, projection, firmness, and position of your breasts.

If you have excess skin, stubborn fat, or loose abdominal muscles, a tummy tuck can help you achieve a flat and firm abdomen. Based on your unique needs, you may benefit from either a full or a mini tummy tuck. The decision between a full versus mini tummy tuck is personal, and each is best for a certain type of client.

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The Full Tummy Tuck

A full tummy tuck corrects the appearance of the upper and lower abdomen. To correct excess skin, persistent fat, and stretched or weakened abdominal muscles, the surgeon places incisions below the lower abdomen and around the navel. Through the incisions, excess fat deposits and sagging skin are removed from the abdomen. The abdominal muscles are tightened, and the skin is pulled taut to create a firmer, better-defined abdominal contour.

  • Best For: A full tummy tuck is best for patients who have problems in their upper and lower abdomen. The best candidates have excess skin and fat and often have a perpetual belly pooch due to distended stomach muscles. Common candidates include women who have had multiple pregnancies and individuals who have undergone moderate to major weight loss.

The Mini Tummy Tuck

A mini tummy tuck corrects the appearance of the lower abdomen only. To eliminate excess skin and fat in the lower belly, the surgeon places a single horizontal incision below the lower abdomen. This incision is smaller than the incision required for a full tummy tuck. After removing fat and skin, the relaxed muscles of the lower abdomen are tightened. The remaining skin is contoured to improve the tone and firmness of the lower abdomen.

  • Best For: A mini tummy tuck is best for patients who have lax skin and excess fat isolated below the belly button. Candidates do not have the overly stretched abdominal muscles and upper abdominal issues that can be found in candidates for a full tummy tuck. Some candidates for a mini tummy tuck may have had one pregnancy or minor weight loss, but will still be generally fit with lax tissue in the lower abdomen. This technique provides more subtle results for patients with more subtle needs.

Portrait of funny, sweet, little, charismatic girl touching her long hair.When it comes to genetic traits, there are good ones and bad ones. Expectant parents may hope to pass on her blue eyes or his fast metabolism, but they may also hope to not pass on her allergies or his big ears. Unfortunately, big ears can be inherited, but their appearance can be surgically improved. Otoplasty can correct and normalize the appearance of the ears to improve facial balance and attractiveness.

Understanding Genetic Traits

Genetic traits are characteristics that are passed down from generation to generation. Every individual has a unique set of genes that determine everything about how the body looks and functions. All of your genes came from your biological parents, which is why family members tend to look alike. However, because there is incredible variation in genetic makeups, you and your siblings could still be quite different. Even if you have 10 siblings, you could be the only one to inherit your mother’s blue eyes. Genes also come in pairs, and if one is dominant, it will override the other. This is why brown eyes are more common than blue eyes— brown eyes are a dominant gene.

Every person will inherit genes from their parents that affect the shape, size, and prominence of their ears. It is not uncommon to see large, protruding ears passed down from parent to child. Prominent ears affect only one or two percent of the human population, which means that affected individuals may stick out in a crowd due to the unusual appearance and size of their ears.

Otoplasty for Large Ears

Otoplasty Patient of Dr. ConradLarge ears can offset facial balance, sometimes so profoundly that the ears are the first thing you notice about the person. Children, especially, are not always understanding of physical differences, which means that many children who inherit big ears might be teased, ridiculed, and bullied by their peers. As a result, these children may become self-conscious and develop psychological or emotional issues. Adults with large ears, even if they are well-adjusted, may find that the size of their ears affects their quality of life. Big ears can be off-putting to potential romantic partners and may also affect other social and work opportunities. By undergoing this procedure, it may aid in self-confidence in your work and personal life.

Otoplasty is a plastic surgery procedure that can be performed on children or adults to improve the appearance of the ears. Candidates as young as six or seven who have stable ear cartilage and realistic expectations can undergo a simple surgery to correct this genetic abnormality. In addition to ear size, otoplasty can also correct ear protrusion, deformities, and shape. The results of otoplasty are permanent and can profoundly improve the appearance of your ears.

Just because you inherited your parent’s big ears doesn’t mean you have to be stuck with them forever. Otoplasty can reduce ear size and improve facial balance to give you a more attractive and natural-looking appearance. Our board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Matthew Conrad would be pleased to perform your otoplasty procedure and help you achieve your aesthetic goals. To learn more about this procedure, call (316) 681-2227 or complete our online contact form today.

an older woman with a face half is liftedCosmetic surgery is all about timing. Defying time through anti-aging procedures and treatments is best accomplished when the treatments themselves are administered at the right time. The “right time” for you will be when you are ready. Here are a few ways to know whether you are ready for a facelift or alternative anti-aging treatments.

When You’re Ready for a Facelift

You might be ready for a facelift if you have a noticeably aging neck, sagging jowls, deep wrinkles, and displaced fat in your lower face and neck.

Aging Neck

A facelift corrects signs of aging on the neck. While treatments such as skin resurfacing can correct textural irregularities, more severe signs of aging require surgery. For example, if your neck has excess fat, sagging skin, wrinkles, and muscle bands, you could benefit from a facelift. Facelift surgery repositions the tissues of the neck to create a more slender, defined, and smooth neckline.

Sagging Jowls

A facelift can redefine the jawline and reverse sagging jowls. Non-surgical treatments such as dermal fillers can improve wrinkles and enhance facial volume, but they cannot address sagging jowls caused by skin laxity. The facelift procedure trims away excess skin and tightens the tissues to improve the definition of the jawline, neck, and lower face.

Deep Wrinkles in the Lower Face

A facelift can correct deep wrinkles that appear around the cheeks, nose, and mouth. Deep wrinkles in the lower face are caused by skin and tissue laxity. Facelift surgery tightens and lifts the skin of the lower face, eliminating wrinkles as a result.

Displaced Fat in the Face and Neck

A facelift can redistribute or remove displaced fat in the face and neck. When fat pockets begin to shift, they lead to areas of volume loss. Your temples and upper cheeks may develop hollows as the lower cheeks and jowls become puffy and saggy. The facelift procedure redistributes displaced fat and removes excess fat to improve facial definition.

When You’re Ready for Alternative Facial Rejuvenation Treatments

If you are not yet ready for facelift surgery or you don’t yet need surgery, there are alternative treatments for facial rejuvenation.

Moderate to Severe Wrinkles

Many moderate to severe facial wrinkles are not accompanied by pronounced skin laxity. If your skin tone is still relatively elastic, non-surgical treatments such as facial injectables and soft tissue fillers can eliminate facial wrinkles. A variety of treatments can accommodate different anti-aging needs for those who do not yet need facelift surgery.

Moderate Facial Volume Loss

A deflated facial appearance may or may not need surgical correction. If the volume loss is just beginning or is still mild to moderate, dermal fillers may provide enough of an improvement. It is not necessary to undergo surgery before your face has developed major volume loss.

Moderate Submental Fat

Excess submental fat, also known as a “double chin,” can be reduced non-surgically. CoolSculpting® and KYBELLA® injections can effectively eliminate stubborn fat that is resistant to diet and exercise.

If you would like to rejuvenate your face but aren’t sure whether to get a facelift or alternative facial rejuvenation treatments, contact us to schedule your personal consultation. During your consultation, Dr. Conrad or one of his three Certified Nurse Injectors will help you determine which anti-aging treatment(s) will be best for your individual needs. To book your appointment, please call (316) 681-2227 or complete our online contact form today.

When you were a teenager, did you ever go to the salon or the mall with your friends to get makeovers? Do you remember the excitement of seeing a “new you” in the mirror? Makeovers aren’t just for young girls who are exploring new kinds of makeup and hairstyles. Adult women who want to reclaim their youthful bodies can experience the same thrill and excitement by getting a Mommy Makeover, only in this case, the results are all-inclusive and permanent. A Mommy Makeover doesn’t just focus on one area in need of improvement, but rather it focuses on all your trouble areas on your entire body so that you can enhance your whole figure.

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The plight to obtain a flat and firm abdomen becomes increasingly elusive over time. Pregnancy, aging, weight fluctuations, and genetics can make it difficult to achieve a toned tummy with diet and exercise. A Mommy Makeover with a tummy tuck can treat stubborn belly fat, loose stomach skin, and weakened abdominal muscles to restore a firm and toned waistline. The results of this procedure can make you feel like a whole new woman with a more youthful and slender abdominal contour.

Trim Your Body

It may seem like the battle against stubborn fat is never-ending. Exercise, diet, and your best efforts may never get rid of the persistent fat on your abdomen, thighs, hips, and other areas. Part of the Mommy Makeover experience includes CoolSculpting® or liposuction, which targets these stubborn areas so that you can sculpt your body wherever you need it. Whether it’s your abdomen, upper arms, thighs, hips, calves, neck, or another area, you can trim away excess fat to achieve the toned and trim figure you desire.

Boost Your Breasts

Your breasts may be the area in need of the most help. From volume loss to tissue sagging, the breasts of a 30- or 40-year-old mom rarely look as perky and firm as the breasts of a 20-year-old woman. With your Mommy Makeover, you can get a breast lift and breast augmentation to boost your breasts. These two procedures can improve breast size, shape, firmness, and position so that your figure is more youthful and feminine.

Moms and other adult women who would like to improve their body shape can get a fabulous and permanent makeover with the Mommy Makeover. To find out more about this life-changing body contouring procedure, contact us to request your personal consultation. Call (316) 681-2227 or complete our online contact form to schedule your appointment now.

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