Monthly Archives: July 2018

Surgical or Non-surgical Face Tightening

Combating the noticeable signs of aging is a top priority for many men and women. Wrinkles, fine lines, and skin laxity all begin to appear over time, sometimes even among those who have always practiced the most diligent skincare routines. Aging, genetics, sun exposure, and other environmental factors lead to the deterioration of skin quality, and these changes can bring with them a host of insecurities and decreased levels of confidence. Cosmetic surgery has long been an option to addressing the visible signs of aging; however, in recent years, non-surgical procedures, such as Ultherapy®, have been gaining popularity for their ability to provide stunning results without the need for surgery. Although both surgical and non-surgical options exist for addressing wrinkles and fine lines on the face and neck, it can be difficult to determine which procedure may be ideal for you. Here is a closer look at facelift surgery and Ultherapy®.

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What Can a Facelift Accomplish?

Both facelift surgery and neck lift surgery address laxity along the mid and lower face as well as the neck. This laxity can include jowls, sagging facial skin, drooping cheeks, and vertical banding on the neck. This is a surgical procedure where incisions are placed along the hairline, down the temples, and behind the ears. When a neck lift is combined with a traditional facelift, an additional incision is made beneath the chin to trim away excess skin and fat and tighten the underlying muscle structure to restore a youthful quality to your appearance.

What Is Ultherapy®?

Ultherapy® is a non-surgical option that uses focused ultrasound energy to tighten skin and improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on the face, neck, and chest. This procedure gently heats the underlying skin tissue so that it contracts while stimulating collagen production. The result is the improvement of fine lines and wrinkles, which in turn leads to a more youthful and confidence-enhancing appearance.

Which Is Right for Me?

When comparing these two procedures, there are pros and cons to both. A facelift is an invasive surgery that comes with anesthesia, a recovery period of a few weeks, and the presence of scars (even though they are discreetly placed). Ultherapy®, however, is non-surgical and non-invasive. There is no pain or downtime associated with this procedure, and there are no risks of anesthesia or surgical complications.

While this may seem like a vote for Ultherapy®, it’s important to keep in mind that Ultherapy® is designed to treat minor sagging of the face, neck, and chest; it cannot reach the same depth or level of correction as facelift surgery. If you are a person who is experiencing significant facial laxity, jowls, or deep banding on the neck, then Ultherapy® may not be able to provide you with the results you desire. While most patients only require one Ultherapy® session, repeated touch-ups are recommended once a year; with facelift and neck lift surgery, though, the results typically last for several years.

You will be able to fully determine which procedure is ideal for your amount of facial aging and skin laxity during a consultation with Dr. Mesbahi. Many younger patients may find that they can begin with Ultherapy® to postpone the need or desire for the more invasive surgery, and for patients with significant facial aging, then undergoing facelift surgery may be the best bet.

For more information on either of these procedures or to set up a consultation, contact Dr. Mesbahi today by calling 703-287-8277.

Does Pregnancy Affect Breast Reduction?

Many women discover that their overly large breasts cause physical and emotional insecurities, low self-esteem, constant back and neck pain, and the inability to find clothing that fits. Breast reduction is an option for women whose breasts are negatively impacting their quality of life. Breast reduction removes excess skin, fat, and tissue from the breasts, which leaves the patient with a well-balanced and aesthetically pleasing physique. Although large breasts may not become bothersome to a woman until after she’s already had her children, other women struggle with the size and side effects of their large breasts from a young age, and they may desire breast reduction before pregnancy. While every woman’s body will respond differently to pregnancy, there is a chance that getting pregnant will negatively impact the quality of results achieved from breast reduction surgery.

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Should You Wait?

Most doctors generally recommend that women postpone any breast surgery (whether it is a breast reduction, augmentation, or lift) until after they have finished having children. This is because pregnancy will affect the breasts more than any other life event. Once a woman’s body begins producing milk during pregnancy, her breasts will grow, regardless of whether or not she’s had prior surgery. The amount that the breasts enlarge varies from woman to woman. Some women experience hardly any growth, while others can see an enlargement of two to three cup sizes. And while breasts will stop growing and generally return to their original size after milk production has finished, the shape of the breasts might be permanently altered: excess skin may be present, breasts may deflate and sag, and noticeable breast asymmetry may develop. These changes can occur in any woman, including those who have already put the time, effort, and money into a breast reduction. Breast reduction surgery will not affect your pregnancy, and you will more than likely still be able to breastfeed after a reduction procedure; however, pregnancy can alter your results, and a further reduction, lift, or augmentation may be desired to erase the breast changes that pregnancy brings.

How Will It Affect Your Life?

This being said, waiting for breast reduction surgery until after pregnancy is a recommendation, not a requirement. Women choose to undergo breast reduction surgery because of the embarrassment they feel, the discomfort they suffer through, and the inability for them to participate in the activities they love. Breast reduction surgery has some of the highest patient satisfaction rates of any other cosmetic surgery because it is a procedure that can restore and enhance a woman’s quality of life. This happiness shouldn’t have to be postponed just because a woman is afraid of what pregnancy will do to her breasts. A vast majority of women are still happy with their results even after childbirth, as it is very unlikely that your breasts will revert to their pre-surgery size or shape. It is recommended, however, that women wait at least three months after they’ve had a breast reduction to get pregnant, as it is best to ensure that all healing and recovery from the surgery has completed.

If you are interested in learning more about breast reduction surgery, contact Dr. Alex Mesbahi today by calling 703-287-8277.