Monthly Archives: December 2014
Last week I covered some areas of the face that show the signs of aging and are the least common to be addressed with cosmetic procedures. Fillers can be used on these areas, such as the earlobes, temples and chin, to give subtle yet significant rejuvenation for the entire face.
Fillers can also be used on some other areas that are moderately known, yet not widely realized that rejuvenating them can really help restore a youthful look to the entire face. The area that I’ll be covering this week is in the mid face: the melolabial folds (laugh lines). This is a very noticeable area of the face that can really benefit from fillers in many cases.
Over time, lines begin to develop at the edges of the nostrils and stretch down toward the mouth and below. These medium-to-deep facial creases are known as nasolabial folds, melolabial folds, mesolabial folds, laugh lines, smile lines or marionette lines. All of these terms have come to be interchangeable and this has sometimes caused confusion among my patients, but rest assured they are referring to the same area of the face. If not corrected, these lines can give a drastically aged appearance to the mid and lower face.
Causes of Melolabial Folds
The mesolabial folds are connected to deeper mid face tissues. They are some of the first visible signs of aging in the mid face as a result of the cheeks descending over time. Gravity along with the following causes help to create these creases:
- facial volume loss
- less elastic skin
- sun exposure
Lessen Those Laugh Lines with Fillers
Fortunately there is a solution for these laugh lines that may not require a face lift or other surgical procedure. Often, facial fillers can decrease the appearance of these folds with results lasting close to a year. Hyaluronic acid fillers like JUVEDERM and RESTYLANE plump up the area by attracting water. These are great for the milder creases.
Liquid Face Lift for Melolabial Lines
Depending on your unique situation, it may be better to treat these marionette lines by restoring volume loss in the cheeks to provide a mini face lift. Here’s why a liquid face lift with JUVEDERM VOLUMA XC can lessen those marionette lines:
- It contains the thickest, smooth flowing hyaluronic acid gel available today, which makes it ideal for midface rejuvenation.
- It is the first and only FDA approved filler for cheek augmentation, with results lasting up to 2 years.
- Restoring volume to the cheeks provides a gentle lift to the midface, which can also tighten the skin around the mouth and nose to minimize the appearance of laugh lines.
Now you know that with the help of fillers, you can laugh and be expressive without those melolabial lines to age your face. You can even give the gift of a smile without lasting lines. A gift certificate would make a great surprise for Christmas or Hanukkah.
For more information on how fillers can restore volume and youthfulness to your mid face, as well as how to give this as a gift to others, visit www.DrCovey.com
Dr. Alexander Covey
Everyone knows about using fillers to rejuvenate the lips, cheeks and creases around the mouth. These are very prominent and important areas to keep a youthful appearance, but fillers for more subtle places can make a big difference in your face, too. A little filler in some of the inconspicuous places, such as the earlobes, temples and chin can make a subtle change that can improve your overall appearance. This blog will touch on some of those less common places that fillers can be used to rejuvenate your face.
Earlobes are definitely not the first body part that comes to mind when most people are thinking of ways to restore their youthful appearance, but earlobes show the signs of aging just like the face and neck. Gravity and many years of wearing heavier earrings are the main aggravators of earlobe aging. It is important not to forget these little pieces of cartilage when getting treatments for your face. Thin, droopy, and even wrinkly earlobes look out of place when the face is smooth, full, and firm.
Fortunately earlobe support can be added with plumping from injectable fillers such as Restylane, Juvederm, Perlane or Radiesse. Fillers can also help a stretched out earring hole appear smaller. With immediate results and no recovery time, you can enjoy your earrings and this subtle youthful enhancement right away.
The area on the outside of each eye between the top of the cheekbone and the brow bone is the region called the temple. The hollowing of the temples due to volume loss can contribute to a tired, weary appearance of the face and eyes. This is definitely one of those areas where a filler makes a subtle yet significant difference in highlighting the eyes and eliminating shadows for a rejuvenated face. Radiesse, Juvederm, Perlane and Restylane can all be options depending on your face, desired immediacy and duration of results you seek.
A well defined chin helps give the face its shape, adds balance to the other facial features, and helps define the jawline and neck. A liquid chin augmentation with the fillers like Juvederm, Perlane, Restylane and Radiesse, is an excellent way to optimize the contour that the chin adds to the face. It can also correct an underprojected chin that you were born with or that has lost volume with age.
This is a subtle change, but can visibly enhance the youthfulness of your overall appearance. In many cases, this procedure provides the added benefit of a slightly more tightened look to the neck.
Sometimes it doesn’t take a drastic change to restore a youthful appearance to the face and it’s nice when people notice an improvement, but can’t put their finger on what was done. If you’ve had other treatments and still feel like you need a little something more, come in for a consultation so we can decide if one of these subtle changes can make all the difference for you. For more information on how fillers can restore volume, smoothness, and contour to your earlobes, temples and chin, as well as the other major areas, visit www.DrCovey.com
Dr. Alexander Covey
Radiant Skin with DermaFrac
Have you heard of the innovative new treatment that can lighten pigmentation, treat acne, reduce wrinkles, and increase skin hydration? It’s not a laser or chemical peel. It’s DermaFrac, one of the newest anti aging treatments we’re offering at East End Laser Care.
Three in One
I love DermaFrac because it includes 3 treatments in one 30 minute procedure to help your skin recover its youthful radiance. It covers a lot of bases via the different modalities and can really get some great results with all the serums that can be tailored to individual needs. The methods are:
- MicroChanneling with Serum Infusion
- LED Therapy
This pain free, no downtime procedure infuses serums directly where it counts using an innovative method. The serums are injected via MicroChanneling, also called MicroNeedling. But compared to other MicroChanneling systems DermaFracis the best. It uses the latest technology to precisely calibrate the needle penetration, and has unprecedented infusion capability with Vacuum Assisted Simultaneous Serum Infusion. Here are the serum options:
- Anti aging serum contains a super cocktail of 5 peptides to stimulate collagen production.
- Lightening solution uses natural kojic acid to suppress the pigmentation process.
- Hydrating serum has a HylaSponge System with a multi faceted approach to rehydrate skin naturally, including vitamin A and teas.
- Acne serum has hyaluronic acid to loosen dead skin cells and unclog pores.
Even the LED therapy can be tailored to the specific needs of your skin. For example a yellow light is used to boost collagen, red if you have erythema or redness of skin, and blue light is used to treat acne.
How Does It Work?
A handpiece, that contains the serum cartridge and MicroNeedle roller tip cap, is gently moved across the skin. The skin is lightly pulled into contact with the tiny needles by a vacuum, while the injections microexfoliate and deposit the selected serum. This is a painless process with no bleeding because the depth of the needles have been carefully calibrated to make their way into the skin just above the capillaries and nerve endings. These tiny penetrations stimulate the body’s healing process to create collagen and they are also micro pathways for the serums to enter below the epidermis into dermal layer of the skin.
What Can DermaFrac Do for You?
DermaFrac is a great treatment option for busy people that don’t want any recovery time, but want quick, painless results. It is a MicroChanneling system that requires no down time, and is very affordable.
DermaFrac is a wonderful solution for a variety of skin concerns:
- Lightens sun spots, skin discoloration, and uneven skin tone
- Improves active and cystic acne in adults and teenagers
- Reduces fine lines and mild wrinkles
- Increases skin hydration and smoothness
- May be an option to treat scars depending on several factors
For a quick and painless skin rejuvenating treatment to give you that holiday glow, come visit East End Laser Care to get your DermaFrac treatment today. Look for more information on DermaFrac coming to my website soon www.DrCovey.com.