A tummy tuck—known as an abdominoplasty—and a panniculectomy are two similar procedures that often confuse patients. Both do have medical and cosmetic benefits in many situations and are even performed together in many circumstances. Let’s look at the question, “What is the difference between a tummy tuck and panniculectomy?” A panniculectomy removes the “pannus” which is a flap of skin that usually extends over the abdomen, genital area, and sometimes even the thighs following massive weight loss or childbirth. Obviously, this much extra skin can cause various problems and should be removed. A tummy tuck, however, focuses more on tightening the abdominal muscles and removing extra skin from the abdomen. Sometimes, if there is enough skin, this skin removal may technically be a panniculectomy. However, many tummy tuck patients will not have a full pannus. To learn more and find out if you are a candidate for a tummy tuck, call us at 425-775-3561. You can also reach out online via chat, contact form, or Price Simulator.
Buccal fat removal is one of the plastic surgeries growing in popularity exponentially. With a slim, defined face in fashion, many celebrities and personalities are getting cheek fat removal surgery to maintain a slim-looking face. However, what other benefits does the procedure have? Specifically, does buccal fat removal reduce the nasolabial folds?” In some patients, descending cheek fat can contribute to the deepening and formation of the nasolabial folds. Therefore, in these patients, removing some or all of the small buccal fat pad can help reduce the appearance of the nasolabial folds. It is important to note though, that in some patients, removing the buccal fat pad could actually worsen the nasolabial folds. Ultimately, it is best to consult with a qualified plastic surgeon to determine the ideal treatment for your nasolabial folds. This could include smile line filler, a midface lift, buccal fat removal, or various other procedures. To learn more and schedule a consultation, call us at 425-775-3561. You can also reach out online via chat, contact form, or Price Simulator.
Dermal fillers are one of the safest cosmetic procedures currently available. However, like any medication or treatment, many patients wonder if there are long term effects of regularly Juvederm use. Let’s take a look at the question, “Are there risks of long term Juvederm use?” Generally, most adverse effects or complications of fillers appear within a few weeks of the injections—often much sooner. They are also almost always treatable and leave no permanent effects. The only real long term effects of Juvederm come down to those who scar, have a long lasting inflammatory response, or filler fatigue. Scarring after injections of any kind is rare. However, if done improperly, injured following the injection, or a complication occurs, scarring can happen. There are treatments that can help reduce scarring. This is uncommon. Though, even less common is a long term inflammatory response. If you regularly use fillers, this is unlikely to happen, but in people new to fillers (or a particular filler) inflammatory responses or allergic reactions can last weeks. While most resolve much sooner, it is a rare possibility. The more common long term effect is known as filler fatigue. When you keep up with your filler, sometimes the natural aging process can be shocking when letting filler dissolve out completely. This can be exacerbated by overfilling. To learn more and schedule a consultation, call us at 425-775-3561. You can also reach out online via chat, contact form, or Price Simulator.
Restylane is one of the most popular manufacturers of hyaluronic acid fillers. They make a variety of fillers to address nearly all filler areas. Their newest filler, Restylane Contour, was created exclusively for cheek augmentation. Let’s look at some of the benefits and risks of injecting Restylane in the cheeks. First, there are several benefits of Restylane cheek filler. It can enhance the facial contours, make the face look slimmer, and even provide a more youthful appearance. Obviously, based on the individual patient’s anatomy and goals, there are other personalized benefits of cheek filler. It can also address wrinkles and provide a more “lifted” look to the midface. With Restylane Contour, the filler is the perfect consistency and texture to feel and look natural. All injections come with some basic risks, though they are fairly minimal. With cheek fillers, the risks of other injections such as infection and nerve damage also apply. Filler risks like lumps, nodules, migration, and occlusion of a blood vessel are also present. However, if you are a good candidate and see a qualified provider, the overall risk is fairly low. Your provider can also take steps to minimize risks such as using a cannula and hyaluronic acid fillers over semi-permanent fillers. To learn more and schedule a consultation with an injector, call us at 425-775-3561. You can also reach out online via chat, contact form, or Price Simulator.