Non-Surgical Treatments

NonSurgical Treatments That Promote Youthful Skin

Cosmetic treatments used to be much more hardlined when it came to choices. Someone wanting to look a little younger or to correct an aspect of their appearance could either have plastic surgery or not. Today, cosmetic treatment choices are virtually endless, and the vast majority of them don’t involve surgery. With the holidays nearing, now is a great time to explore some of our favorite nonsurgical beauty treatments

Plasma Pen

We are so excited to offer Plasma Pen treatment in our Cincinnati office. This nonsurgical, noninvasive procedure works by instigating a healing process without harming the skin. Using a special device, our provider safely disrupts the uppermost layers of the skin, where damage is most prominent. Simultaneously, the device delivers deeper fibroblast therapy to the dermis, where collagen and elastin are made. The effects of precise plasma energy triggers prolonged collagen production and a remodeling process that smooths wrinkles, fine lines, and firms sagging skin. 

Neuromodulators

Wrinkle reduction is not a cookie-cutter type of treatment. Injectable neuromodulators like BOTOX stand front and center as powerful age-correctors. This type of injectable works on the superficial muscles that pull on the skin when we make facial expressions. BOTOX blocks the nerve signals that are necessary for the muscle to contract, thereby allowing the skin to lie smoothly, as it used to do when the face was at rest. 

Dermal Fillers

Dermal fillers represent a category of injectables that are just as powerful as neuromodulators even with an entirely different mechanism of action. Unlike neuromodulators, dermal fillers are useful in the soft tissue just beneath the skin. Here, these products increase volume so that lines and wrinkles are plumped to the surface. Some dermal fillers add denser volume in areas that require structure, such as the cheeks and jawline. Some are softer and used to fill out thin or deflated lips with natural looking, natural feeling shape. 

Infusion Peel

Even if you are one who prefers to avoid cosmetic enhancements and injectable wrinkle-reduction, your aging skin can use a boost to keep it healthy and radiant. Our Infusion Peel could be a gratifying gift to give yourself this holiday season. This treatment is a combination of microdermabrasion and infusion that first sloughs off dead and damaged skin cells and then delivers powerful nutrients tailed to your unique needs. Some of the concerns that can be addressed with the Infusion Peel include hyperpigmentation, oxidative stress and sun damage, rough texture, and more. 

Beauty doesn’t have to be an involved process. To restore and rejuvenate your appearance, contact our Cincinnati office at 513.985.0850.

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. 

Crepey Skin? We’ve Got Solutions!

Crepey Skin Crepe paper is a necessity for that birthday party or other social gathering. Its wrinkled, thin appearance is something of a novelty when this paper is used for decoration. However, the crepey appearance that can occur on the skin is not novel whatsoever. It’s frustrating. Historically, crepey skin has been a challenge. Plastic surgery could improve the problem but not prevent a recurrence. Today, we have much more knowledge about what causes the problem. More importantly, we have more tools to help slow the thinning of the skin and also to correct crepey skin. In many cases, we can do this without plastic surgery.

Why We Get Crepey Skin

We often think of collagen as the protein for the skin (and hair and nails). However, that is just one of several. Collagen is the protein that supports suppleness and firmness. The skin also has to have some give to it; some stretch. This is sustained with elastin, which is also produced in the dermis. Finally, the skin is plumped with water molecules. These are naturally held in place with hyaluronic acid (the ingredient in many dermal fillers). All of these substances are depleted with age; not only because of age but as a result of sun exposure, nutrition, dehydration, and other factors.

Preventing and Treating Crepey Skin

It isn’t enough to wait for the skin to become crepey then treat it. We suggest implementing various strategies that will prevent the accelerated loss of collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid. Then, as needed, treatments can be performed to enhance the production of these chemicals. Prevention is as simple as good sun protection every day, even when it’s cloudy. Additionally, it is necessary to identify which products your skin needs. Professional and chemical-grade products affect cellular behavior and are more powerful than what you will find at the store. However, any serum and moisturizer are better than nothing. When you can, consult with a professional about your skincare needs.

If you are already noticing changes in the firmness and elasticity of your skin, contact our Cincinnati office. Skin tightening can be achieved nonsurgically in many cases. We are pleased to offer Plasma Pen treatments to rejuvenate areas in which the skin has become thin and loose. Additional options for supporting firm, resilient skin include microneedling, chemical peels, and laser treatments.

We can help you address crepey skin. Call 513.985.0850 to schedule your visit with Dr. Krummen.

Are You Ready to Refresh Your Face? You Have Options!

Facial aging may be inevitable but it is not something that many people like to live with. Our appearance doesn’t just indicate our age, it also contributes to how we are perceived. The signs of aging don’t just make us look older, they could make us look less friendly and happy overall. Historically, facial aging has been addressed with skin creams or surgery. Both offer unique benefits. However, they aren’t the only options anymore. Here, we discuss how you might discern whether your best path is through injectables or facial rejuvenation surgery.

Results: How Fast Do You Want Them?

This is an easy question for most people to answer. If you’ve decided you want to restore a more youthful, friendly, happy nuance to your face, you want it now. The desire for a quick turnaround is the primary reason that so many people lean towards injectable facial rejuvenation. There is a lot that can be accomplished with injectable fillers and wrinkle reducers. All in all, the various improvements that can be achieved may make the face look 5 to 10 years younger. Those improvements include:

  • Lifting the eyebrows
  • Smoothing creases around the eyes and on the forehead
  • Smoothing undereye bags
  • Adding volume to contour and lift the cheeks, which also lifts the lower face
  • Restoring a smooth, angular jawline
  • Eliminating creases around the nose and mouth
  • Rejuvenating thin or deflated lips

There are obvious benefits to injectable treatment versus surgery. Patients do not need downtime, though they may experience some swelling and redness. The results of some treatments are immediate, while others become visible over a week. On the other hand, the results of injectable treatments last no more than 2 years, some lasting only a few months.

Results: How Long Do You Want Them to Last?

A surgical facelift may not immediately plump the cheeks and smooth the jawline. A facelift will not lift the eyebrows or smooth undereye bags (those improvements require a brow lift or blepharoplasty). However, a facelift is the gold standard of long-lasting, natural-looking facial rejuvenation. The reason this is so is that the facelift procedure lifts the musculature that gives the face shape. Then, when the skin is lifted and trimmed, it lies naturally rejuvenated across its repositioned foundation. It can take a few weeks to see the outcome of a facelift. However, results last many years.

Together, we can get you refreshed and ready to shine. Call 513.985.0850 to schedule your consultation in our Cincinnati office.

Yes, It’s Still a Good Time to Focus on Yourself!

Stress is a fact of life. If this fact was not clear before the first few months of 2020, it certainly is now. While it has become apparent that there is no way to eliminate the stressors of being human, we can also focus on other facts; facts like we have a great deal of control over our responses to what happens in life. Stress in and of itself is not doom-and-gloom. It just is. And it is something we can get through with a fair amount of grace. Here, we discuss how focusing on yourself is an integral aspect of managing life’s more stressful times.

Relaxation is Not a Luxury

“Sometimes the most productive thing you can do is relax.” ~ Mark Black

The very idea of relaxing can create a disturbance for many of us. We’ve learned to observe relaxation as something we have to earn. We relax when we go on vacation, which we earn by working 40 hours a week for more for several months. We relax on the weekends after those long hours at work, but only if the essential household chores are done. You get the picture. To relax is to luxuriate in a well-earned reward. If we look at this quote by Mark Black, the first heart-transplant recipient to complete a marathon, we can begin to develop a new perspective; one that depicts relaxation as a matter of health.

In fact, studies have shown that, when we relax, our blood flows more efficiently through the body. Our muscles relax and our nervous system slows down enough to stop pumping out so much cortisol. In this state, we become better decision-makers, more positive thinkers, and better protected from illness.

Self-Care Includes a Strong Gratitude Practice

In times of stress, it can be difficult to grasp onto something to feel grateful for. With a strong gratitude practice, this becomes easier. A little deep breathing can create space for the mind to find the little things that bring joy. We can be grateful for the rising sun, a little rain or sunshine, or the feel of cool grass beneath our feet. There is no “right” way to practice gratitude, but there is a need to do it. Why? Because studies show that people who do this sleep better, experience more positive emotions, feel more energized, and have stronger immune systems, even in times of stress.

We’re Here for You

It’s been a bit of a year so far, no one can deny that. In times of stress, though, it is possible to also experience relaxation, gratitude, and other positive states. In our Cincinnati office, we offer the simple pleasures of beauty to help you focus on you and the joy that comes from feeling your best. To schedule an appointment with us for injectables, microneedling, or other beauty treatments, call 513.985.0850.

Quick Fixes to Bring Your Eyes Back to Life

The eyes get a lot of attention, so when signs of aging dull their energetic value, we notice. Most of us are more critical of our own appearance than we are of others. However, that doesn’t mean we should write off tired-looking eyes as no big deal. It’s a very big deal when the eyes look tired, sad, or angry. The eyes portray how we feel. We want them to be accurate. In our Cincinnati office, patients can explore several ways in which to address specific problems that affect the eye area.

Problem: Crow’s feet

The Solution: Botox®

Crow’s feet are the tiny lines that develop at the outer corners of the eye. We get them when we laugh or squint, though, when we’re young, we don’t see them when the face is at rest. Botox corrects crow’s feet (and frown lines to boot!) very quickly. After injections, the botulinum ingredient in this medication binds to neuroreceptors in the muscle. This prevents strong movements that cause wrinkles.

Problem: Under Eye Hollows

The Solution: Dermal Fillers

The area around the eyes changes with age. Not only on the superficial plane but all the way down to the bone. The changes that take place can lead to volume loss under the eyes, which often causes hollowing and shadows that look like dark circles. To address this problem takes skill and great care. An experienced provider can select the right dermal filler to restore volume to the dermis so the eyes look fresh and more youthful. In addition to correcting hollowness, dermal fillers are also an excellent solution for minor undereye bags.

Problem: Puffiness

The Solution: Eyelid Surgery

Depending on the severity of undereye bags or a desire for permanent results, some people choose to undergo eyelid rejuvenation surgery. Blepharoplasty is the procedure in which the upper or lower eyelids can be carefully sculpted so tissue is smoother and younger-looking. A board-certified plastic surgeon has the specific training to reposition or remove fatty tissue from the eyelids and trim excess skin to achieve naturally-youthful looking eyes.

The holidays may be right around the corner, but there’s still time to make sure your eyes reflect the real you. To learn more about our eyelid rejuvenation treatments, call 513.985.0850.

There’s Still Time to Up Your Wedding Game

Plastic Surgery Procedures Cincinnati OH If you have one or more weddings to attend this summer, you have reason to want to look your best. Weddings are a time of uninhibited celebration. Whether you’re standing beside your best man, your best friend, or are sitting in a sea of well-wishers, you can’t be uninhibited in your celebration if you’re concerned with some aspect of your appearance. We get it. And we can help you address the issues you may have thought were beyond help before the Big Day. Here are a few of the concerns we can address when you visit our Cincinnati office.

Focusing on the Eyes

The tissue around the eyes changes as underlying support diminishes.  A pre-wedding refresher can prevent lines from being what you notice most in all those photos of yourself from the special event. With just a few weeks to spare, it is possible to permanently revitalize the eye area with blepharoplasty on the upper or lower eyelids. Blepharoplasty repositions fatty tissue and trims loose skin to smooth away undereye bags or drooping upper eyelids. With a recovery time of only about 2 weeks, blepharoplasty is a great option for anyone who wants to look amazing for a wedding and long after.

The eyes can be rejuvenated without surgery, too. With only days to spare, a special guest or even a guest of honor can address undereye bags, furrowed brows, worry lines, crow’s feet and droopy eyebrows without concern of lingering side effects. This can be achieved with injectables like Botox and dermal fillers, both of which can reach peak effects in 5 to 7 days.

A Better Body in No Time

A summertime wedding is an excellent opportunity to dress to impress. Often, stubborn weight makes it difficult to choose that special outfit we’d love to wear for an event. You may have spent the last several months eating well and working out to the best of your ability and still be staring at a few extra pockets of fat here and there. It’s not too late to schedule liposuction to resolve this issue before the Big Day. Often, liposuction can be performed using local anesthesia only. Downtime after treatment is needed to help swelling and bruising disappear, but this usually does not extend beyond 2 weeks.

Get wedding ready with us! Call our Cincinnati office at 513.985.0850 to explore our menu of services.

Here’s How to Put a Smile on Dad’s Face

When we talk about beauty, we tend to think about the fairer of the bunch. For the past several years, statistics have continually shown us that to think of beauty only as it pertains to women is limiting. The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery is one of several organizations whose data demonstrates a steady increase in the number of men seeking cosmetic treatment. If the man in your life has been expressing concerns related to his appearance, your Cincinnati plastic surgeon may be the best resource of this year’s Father’s Day gift.

Dr. Krummen has established her practice around meeting the varying needs of her patients. With this as the end-goal, she has implemented both surgical and nonsurgical procedures into our comprehensive menu of services. A few that may be of interest to the man in  your life include:

  • Laser hair removal. For years, the rogue and wild hair growth that occurs in the average middle-aged man has been an easy resource for comedic humor. On a personal level, a man may feel self-conscious with his appearance when hair grows where it shouldn’t. If Dad could use some de-fuzzing, consider laser hair removal as a unique gift idea. A series of treatments can permanently decrease hair growth in any area of the body.
  • Wrinkle-reduction injections. Botox has become so popular among men that the treatment became known as Brotox for a time. Being that Botox injections take less than an hour and achieve results that last 3 to 6 months, this treatment is an excellent gift for the Dad with a permanent, non-intentional frown. For the deep creases that form around the nose and mouth, dermal fillers are recommended.
  • On the light side, Dad can get an easy, pampering boost from one of several skin-smoothing and brightening facial treatments. From microneedling to fractional laser resurfacing, our team performs techniques developed to remove the dead and damaged skin cells that make one’s complexion dull and rough.

Give Dad the beauty boost he deserves. Contact our Cincinnati office to learn more about our spa-like services.

All about Removing Lip Fillers

Fillers The interest in lip enhancement has increased exponentially in the past few years as the trend of va-va-va-voom has been fueled by high-profile celebrity-selfies. Like all things that are once hot, though, a cooling-off period inevitably follows. The influence of Kylie Jenner and her notoriously famous lips is a prime example. When the reality star removed her lip fillers, we witnessed almost as much uproar as when she first got them. The response also included questions from many people wondering “can lip filler be removed?” The answer is yes, maybe.

The Caveat You Need to Know

Today, various products are used to enhance the lips. Many people choose to temporarily increase lip fullness with dermal fillers. Common products used include base ingredients like:

  • Hyaluronic acid
  • Calcium hydroxylapatite (CaHA)
  • Poly-L-lactic acid

In our Cincinnati office, we offer Juvéderm and Belotero hyaluronic acid fillers as well as Radiesse, a CaHA filler. It is beneficial to have as many choices as we do today because every person’s individual needs are unique and it would not be possible to meet them all with just one type of product. Hyaluronic acid fillers are a synthetic version of the same acid that occurs organically in the body. Hyaluronic acid assists in joint and eye lubrication as well as the moisture retention in the skin.

The natural tendencies of hyaluronic acid dermal fillers make them ideal for many parts of the face. In addition to looking and feeling very natural, hyaluronic acid fillers can also be dissolved. In fact, hyaluronic acid fillers are the only type of filler that can be reversed if a patient desired. Other fillers, including Radiesse, can only degrade over time.

How Lip Fillers are Removed

Hyaluronic acid dermal fillers aren’t literally removed from the lips or any other area; they are dissolved. This is possible by injecting an enzyme called Hyaluronidase. This is also an enzyme that is found naturally in the body. Its role is to metabolize hyaluronic acid. When injected in the same area as a hyaluronic acid filler, the enzyme breaks down the particles of hyaluronic acid, which releases the water molecules that have accumulated in the lips to add fullness.

Should You Have Lip Fillers Removed?

If you’re unhappy with the results of lip filler treatment, you may obtain injections of Hyaluronidase to reverse the effects of your initial procedure. However, it is important to know that this enzyme dissolves natural hyaluronic acid along with the synthetic version. This means that the lips may appear thinner than they were before dermal fillers. This usually resolves itself over time, but can present frustration in the interim.

It is beneficial to receive cosmetic enhancement, even dermal fillers, from a board-certified medical professional. Doing so can help you get results you love the first time around.

Learn more about removing lip fillers by calling our Cincinnati office at 513.985.0850.

Could Cosmetic Treatment be the Key to a Happier New Year?

Facial Rejuvenation Cincinnati, OH For many years now, the question regarding cosmetic improvement and overall happiness has been well-studied. While the only claim that can be made about the various surgical and non-surgical treatments frequently sought today is that they can correct cosmetic concerns, there is mounting evidence that a positive change in appearance can and often does provoke positive emotional change, as well.

In one European study of more than 1,500 patients, some who had undergone elective cosmetic surgery and some who had not, the patients who underwent various procedures self-reported positive psychological and social effects. These patients used terms like “less anxious,” “more attractive,” “whole,” and “healthier” to describe their general feelings after cosmetic surgery.

The European study confirmed findings that had been revealed in a previous study out of Cornell University. In this 2008 study, 95% of participants who had undergone breast lift surgery stated a sensation of improved well-being after their procedure. Patients who had undergone facial cosmetic treatments reported feeling more satisfied with their appearance and less anxious in general. Observation of 105 patients who had undergone various surgical procedures to improve appearance found that the majority of them reported massive improvement in the quality of life, including better relationships and social success, six months after surgery.

Cause and Effect

Numerous studies have indicated that facial expression is the basis for much of human interaction. Just by observing a person’s face, we develop a perception of their character and personality. Research in which images revealing specific facial characteristics were observed confirmed that most people perceive heavy eyelids, drooping brows, and downturned corners of the mouth as unfriendly or angry.  Regardless of the natural cause for these characteristics, facial aging, the effect is that people may be less likely to approach someone who appears angry, tired, and generally unapproachable.

We often assume that facial rejuvenation procedures such as blepharoplasty, brow lift surgery, and even injectable treatments are all about looking younger. Not so. When you visit our Cincinnati office, we can also help you bring more friendliness to your face.

Contact us to learn more about surgical and non-surgical facial rejuvenation at 513.985.0850.

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