Month: August 2021

Want to Love Your Look Without Plastic Surgery? We’ve Got Options!

Plastic surgery is an effective tool in the anti-aging department. It can achieve dramatic results quickly, but does require anesthesia and a bit of downtime. Many adults want to feel more satisfied with their appearance as they age. They would like to see firmer, smoother skin and less drooping in various parts of the body. We get it. We also understand that, for some, the costs and recovery aspects of plastic surgery outweigh their desire to enhance their appearance. The good news is that, through ongoing innovations, there isn’t a “yes or no” choice to be made. The choice our patients have is “which nonsurgical treatment would give me the best results?” We’ll discuss our nonsurgical approaches to beauty here.

PDO Thread Lift

Several years ago, we began hearing about an exciting new procedure for lifting saggy skin, the thread lift. This non-surgical approach for age-related changes to facial structure was good in theory but that was about it. The concept needed some work, which it received over time. The PDO thread lift that is performed today works wonderfully with very few side effects and a proven history of outstanding results. The problem with the first-generation thread lift was that the threads either didn’t stay put or posed a risk to surrounding tissue. The filament that is inserted beneath the skin today is coned, not barbed. The cones along the length of thread add a structural foundation that stays in place while the body naturally rebuilds the collagen matrix  around the threads over time.  Results can last years. 

Plasma Pen Skin Tightening

One of the primary problems that results from aging is that the delicate skin on the face, particularly the eye area, and the neck, becomes thinner. Thin skin is wrinkled skin. Thin skin is weak and will sag or look crepey. The Plasma Pen has been designed to stimulate fibroblast activity to naturally turn back the hands of time. Fibroblasts are the cells in the dermis that produce chemicals like collagen and elastin. As we get older, it becomes necessary to consistently stimulate these cells. Otherwise, they don’t produce the substances that the skin needs to maintain resilience. 

Plasma Pen treatment can address nearly every part of the body. It is especially beneficial on the upper and lower eyelids, around the mouth where fine lines have formed, and on the neck and jawline. It can also be done to tighten loose skin on the arms and abdomen. 

There are numerous professional treatments that can help you address the signs of aging without surgery. In addition to the PDO Thread Lift and Plasma Pen treatments, we also perform the full spectrum of injectable treatments to restore structure and plumpness to the face and hands. 

Contact our Cincinnati office at 513.985.0850 to schedule your appointment today. 

Kiss Love Handles Goodbye with Liposuction

Stubborn pockets of fat are nothing new. Millions of adults have at least one area of the body that just seems to resist their sculpting and slimming efforts. There is no good place on the body to store unwanted fat. The most common areas that we see include the thighs, abdomen, and hips. In the hip area, unwanted fat is often called love handles, supposedly because they can be given an affectionate squeeze. We say “No squeezing, thank you. We’ll take sculpting instead.” If you second this option, you may be an excellent candidate for love handle liposuction. 

Due to fatty tissue holding on to a hard-to-sculpt area, love handles can be a chronic concern. This is an area in which that old adage about not spot-reducing fat may hold some truth. That is, until we consider the value of liposuction. This leading plastic surgery procedure is made for spot reduction. It has been performed millions of times on love handles, muffin-tops, saddle-bags, and much more. 

Liposuction for Love Handles: What to Expect

Liposuction is an outstanding treatment option for many contouring concerns because, as we mentioned, it was designed specifically for spot-reduction. Another advantage of this procedure, though, is that it is minimally-invasive and does not warrant a hospital stay. Patients are able to go home a few hours after their procedure, once anesthesia wears off. Furthermore, their incisions are so tiny that they usually have nothing more than a medical bandage and their compression garment in place to help the skin heal. 

To sculpt away love handles, Dr. Krummen makes one or more tiny incisions in the hip area. She inserts a cannula through the incision and into the layer of adipose fat. Here, she moves the cannula in a smooth back-and-forth motion. The motion disrupts and dislodges fat cells so they can be suctioned through the hollow tube. If only the love handles are treated, the procedure may only take 1 to 2 hours. 

Recovery from Love Handle Liposuction

In addition to being able to go home shortly after their procedure, liposuction patients also enjoy a relatively light and quick recovery period. While it is important to avoid situations in which the risk of infection is elevated, such as using a hot tub (until incisions have fully healed), patients are typically ready to go back to work within a week or so after their minor procedure. 

Liposuction does permanently remove fat cells from the problem area. However, patients must maintain a healthy lifestyle and optimal weight to prolong the shape achieved during the procedure. Since many of them are already engaged in weight-management habits, to continue to do so is easy. 

You don’t have to love your love handles. You can slim them away with liposuction. To schedule your consultation with Dr. Krummen, contact our Cincinnati office at 513.985.0850.

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