December 2020

Are Fillers the Refresher Your Face Needs?

This has been an interesting year, to say the least. Its events have invited us to look at ourselves more closely in a few different ways. In addition to revisiting our values, many people have spent the better part of 2020 also seeing their faces more frequently. The technology that has allowed people to work remotely has also shown us where we may benefit from a beauty boost. Some outlets have reported a marked increase in the number of facelift consultations that have taken place in the last several months. Additionally, we’re seeing more patients for injectables. Here, we discuss how the aging process affects the face and how fillers may be the ideal solution.

There is More to the Aging Face than Wrinkles

Wrinkles are an inevitable part of life. So are various other changes that come shortly thereafter. Sometime during a person’s 40’s or 50s, they begin to notice that their face seems to be changing shape. This originates with the breakdown of fatty tissue in the cheek region. This breakdown may begin with the cheeks but it doesn’t end there. The fat that degrades in the mid-face eventually finds its way to the jawline, where it settles as jowls. These changes come courtesy of a marked decrease in collagen and elastin that make up the skin’s foundation. The decrease also affects the lips, causing a thinning of the vermillion, the fleshy part of the lips.

A Facial Refresher with Fillers

As we have learned the factors that contribute to facial aging, we’ve become experts at creating ways to counteract them. Fillers are a prime example. Dermal fillers are products that add volume to the skin. When injected beneath a crease or wrinkle, a filler brings tissue to a smooth surface. When introduced to various areas of the face, a filler can restore fullness and contour as needed for youthful beauty. Some of the common areas include:

  • Under the eyes. Fillers are commonly used beneath the eyes to resolve circles and bags. The skin around the eyes is delicate and thin, so has less volume to begin with. When the fullness of the face has degraded, the eyes may look dark or hollow. Conversely, they may develop bags. These issues can be eradicated with a few injections into the crease where the cheek meets the lower eyelid.
  • The lips. For some time, the lips were an afterthought. Ever since Kylie Jenner made voluptuous lips the “it” thing, this part of the face became one to enhance. In fact, specific fillers have been developed solely for this area.

Everyone ages in their own unique way. One of the great things about injectables is that treatments can be customized to address each changing face. To schedule your dermal filler consultation at our Cincinnati office, call 513.985.0850.

Can Plastic Surgery Help with Menopausal Weight Gain?

The symptoms of menopause are relatively well-known. At least some of them are. People typically associate this life passage with frustrating side effects like mood swings, insomnia, and low sex drive. Well, there are several other concerns to add to the list. Abdominal weight gain is one we will discuss here.

Why Women Gain Weight During Menopause

Even amidst the hot flashes and heart palpitations and bad mood, women who are in the process of menstrual changes often cannot help but notice that they’re gaining a little extra width around the midsection. Abdominal weight gain often occurs regardless of a woman’s activity levels and calorie intake. Sometimes, there is no change on the scale, and yet there is a change in shape. While the abdomen is a common hot spot for fat accumulation, this problem may also affect the hips, thighs, and buttocks.

As you may have guessed, the accumulation of abdominal fat is related to hormones. Even before a woman reaches menopause, her hormones are fluctuating. Estrogen may rise and fall more intensely than it has since adolescence. Estrogen fluctuations can lead to the unequal distribution of subcutaneous fat. In addition to hormones, a woman’s shape may also be affected by naturally-declining metabolism. Again, this is related to hormones. Metabolism dictates how well the body burns fat. When it declines, the body is less effective at burning calories as fuel. Without calorie reduction or a sharp increase in physical activity, a woman can expect to gain weight during her perimenopause years.

Losing Weight During Perimenopause

Whether you are experiencing perimenopause or have transitioned past menopause, there are several reasons to manage abdominal fat. Doing so reduces the risk of deep visceral fat forming around internal organs. Subcutaneous fat, the kind that can be eliminated with liposuction, is less medically concerning but more cosmetically concerning. Subcutaneous fat can stick out when you wear a loose dress or blouse. It can hang over jeans as a muffin top and can generally make you feel less confident in your appearance. Fortunately, there are options for maintaining your ideal weight and shape as you age.

Diet and exercise are optimal habits regardless of whether or not you choose a procedure like liposuction to help you attain a cosmetic goal. What you eat and how much you move (even how you move) affects muscle mass and future metabolism. Experts suggest that women should engage not only in cardiovascular exercise but also in strength training. Lifting light weights or doing yoga supports strong muscles and healthy bones.

While liposuction is not intended for weight loss or management, it is a popular procedure among women who want to redesign their midsection by eliminating stubborn abdominal fat. Are you ready to see a slimmer you? Contact our Cincinnati office at 513.985.0850 to schedule your consultation.

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