While the average person tends to think of laser hair removal as "zapping" the unwanted hairs with a laser beam, there is far more to it than meets the eye. In fact, the entire process is a medical procedure that should be performed by a medical professional who has the training and understands the risks involved with this particular procedure such as Dr. Sonny O.
Before Your Treatment
If you are planning to come into the office for laser hair removal, you will need to limit or stop any other form of hair removal in the area you plan to have laser removal done. This includes plucking, waxing, or electrolysis for approximately six full weeks. The reason for this is simple. These forms of hair removal not only remove the hairs but also temporarily remove the roots of the hairs. These are the same roots the laser hair removal treatment targets. If they are not present, then the laser has nothing to target and will be completely ineffective.
Stay Out of the Sun
No matter how much you enjoy going out in the sun, you need to avoid the sun as much as possible for the six weeks prior to your laser hair removal treatment as well as for the first six weeks after the treatment. Overexposure to the sun can actually render the laser hair removal treatment less effective. It can also lead to a number of complications after your treatment. At the same time, you should also avoid any form of tanning solution, spray, or the tanning booth for the same reasons.
Shave as Directed
One or two days before your appointment, you should shave the area to be treated. This will ensure that the hair follicles will still be visible, making it easier for the doctor to see what he is doing. However, you do not want the hairs to be too long as this can cause the treatment to be painful, something no one wants to deal with.
One of the first signs of aging on the face is the lines under the eyelids and around the mouth. This is the natural results of gravity, the aging process, and other influences, but it can make your face look older than you want and leave you not feeling your very best. A cheek lift, which is a specific type of face lift, is designed to reverse the effects of gravity and time, and bring your cheeks back to where they were when you were younger. A cheek lift can smooth out lines all over your face and bring more volume back to your cheeks restoring your self-image and helping to give you the youthful appearance you are after.
Cheek Lifts Provide Many Benefits
The cheek lift offers one of the most noticeable changes to your appearance of any of the facial cosmetic procedures. This is because, not only does this procedure lift your cheeks back to their original place, but it helps to smooth out skin that has had pressure on it from the sagging fatty tissues on your cheeks. This includes the area right under your eyes where bags and lines appear as you age. In addition, the cheek lift can also smooth out the lines radiating out from your nose and the lines and folds around your mouth that make your face look like you are constantly frowning. Dr. Sonny O may elect to perform other procedures at the same time to enhance the reduction of bags beneath the eyes giving you that youthful appearance you have been missing.
What’s Involved in a Cheek Lift
Cheek lifts are typically an outpatient procedure and are done under general anesthesia. Dr. Sonny O will make incisions above the hairline around the temple area. He will then lift the soft tissues from the bone structure and place it back where it should be, securing it with sutures. Other treatments may be used to further reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles that might still be present.
Once your cheek lift is complete, it is time for recovery. Swelling and bruising are a normal part of the healing process and may take up to 2 weeks to get better. At this time any residual discoloration can be hidden with makeup. Dr. Sonny O will ask you to refrain from strenuous activity during those two weeks as well as avoid exposure to the sun. Following the guidelines he gives you will ensure a speedy recovery and that your procedure will be as successful as possible.
An eye lift or blepharoplasty will reduce bagginess under the lower eyelids and any sagging skin in the upper eyelid. Age, gravity, and environmentally causes can all contribute to the loss of elasticity that is responsible for sagging skin on the upper and lower eyelids. While frequently this surgery is done for cosmetic reasons it can also be done to improve function. When the top eyelid starts to sag it not only disturbs the contour of the eye it can also impair vision.
The Eye Lift Process
Our eye lift procedures are directed specifically at reducing the hooded or droopy look to your eyes that makes you look as if you are tired all the time. The procedure is done with a local anesthetic and takes no more than 2 hours. For the upper eyelids Dr. Sonny O will make an incision that follows the natural contour of your eye and reduce the excess fat, skin, and muscle. For the lower eyelid, incisions are made either inside the eyelid or along the lash margin to ensure that the incision will not be visible. Same as with the upper eyelid, excess skin, muscle, and fat are reduced.
Recovering from Eye Lift Surgery
While you will be go home the same day, you will have stitches in both lids that will remain in place for about a week. Swelling and bruising is normal and usually fades after a week or two. Eye lifts may be done with one or more other procedures to ensure that lines, puffiness, and sagging skin completely disappear. Recovery time for an eye lift is fairly short when compared to other cosmetic surgeries, by 7 to 10 days you will be able to return to regular activity and 2 weeks after surgery the majority of the swelling and bruising should have faded.
With so many different types of fat removal treatments out there, it can be challenging trying to decide which of them is right for you. The best way to make the decision is to consider your time, your budget, and your desired results. Here we look at the good and bad points of liposuction, tummy tucks, and SculpSure, the latest form of fat removal being offered by cosmetic surgeons such as Dr. Sonny O and his staff.
Time is of the Essence
If you feel as though time is not on your side and you can't afford to be down for an extended recovery period, you need to consider the fact that liposuction and tummy tucks have extensive recovery timeframes. While they do offer more immediate results because they are invasive surgical procedures, it can take days, weeks, and in certain instances months to fully recover.
On the other hand, SculpSure is a completely non-invasive procedure with minimal side-effects and recovery times. You can go right back to your daily routine almost immediately following the treatment. However, optimum results take a little as little as 6 weeks but can take up to 12 weeks for optimum results.
Consider Your Budget
For most people looking into fat removal treatments, budget is usually a major concern as most treatments such as liposuction and tummy tucks can be quite expensive. However, since SculpSure is a non-invasive fat removal treatment using a simple piece of equipment, overall costs are significantly lower.
Finally, There Is Your Anatomy to Consider
Your current anatomy may be the most important consideration when choosing between the different forms of fat removal treatments. Bear in mind that none of these treatments are intended to be used for weight loss, they are only intended to help contour your body and to help you achieve the shape you desire. Each is used to contour small areas and in certain instances remove areas of leftover or hanging skin. If you already have large areas of loose skin following weight loss, you are likely to find neither SculpSure or liposuction to be very effective, the only option for this is a tummy tuck that removes the excess skin.
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