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How Do Soft Tissue Fillers Work?

Posted on: February 6th, 2018 by Mathew Conrad

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.

Wake Up Your Droopy Eyes With Blepharoplasty

Posted on: January 18th, 2018 by Mathew Conrad

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.

Can I Get a Tummy Tuck if I’ve Never Been Pregnant?

Posted on: December 22nd, 2017 by Mathew Conrad

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.

Facial Skin Rejuvenation With Laser DOT Therapy

Posted on: November 9th, 2017 by Mathew Conrad

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.

Would a Breast Reduction Help Me?

Posted on: October 30th, 2017 by Mathew Conrad

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.

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