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Less Lip, Please

Like fashion, there are trends in our practice, too. For a time years ago, people wanted the puffiest lip possible, and many of them got what they wanted, even if the results were unnatural and overdone. These days, subtlety is everything, and the lips are a case in point.

 

Many of you, when you come to my office, are concerned that your treatments will be obvious. One of the biggest giveaways is the lip that is too full for the face.

 

My guiding principle has always been “less is more.” Much more. When it comes to restoring lips to their youthful state, this approach is essential. My method has three parts: Define, shape and add volume.

 

Lips tend to thin out and lose fat as we get older. To give them the appearance that they once had, or to plump lips that are naturally thin, I use dermal fillers in small specific ways to create subtle changes that provide maximum visual impact. The secret is balance. If any part of the lips is too fat or too thin, your entire face will look strange.

 

First, I define the edge between the top lip and the skin above it, beneath your nose. Then, to reshape and plump the upper lip, I make tiny injections in key spots. The upper lip should have variation across the lower border and a bow across the top.

 

For the lower lip, which typically has a uniform shape all the way across and a little extra volume in the middle, I look at all the angles. From the side, the lip shouldn’t extend out too far or appear puffy. From the front, there should be a touch of extra height.

 

A variety of lip injection options are available to you, and the results should last from several months to a year, depending on the type of filler that we use. We like to use the hyaluronic acid fillers Restylane, Restylane RefyneRestylane SilkBelotero Balance,Volbella and Juvederm.

 

The injections take only a few minutes, and you should be able to go back to your normal activities right after the procedure. 

 

If you’d like to talk with us about your lips, or any other concerns, call our office today for a complimentary consultation.

 

See you soon.

 

Smile Big: A New Solution for Deep Lines

We’re happy to offer the second of Restylane’s new generation of dermal fillers for your mouth area–Restylane Defyne. Specifically formulated to allow for natural movement and flexibility, both fillers minimize the lines in the lower half of your face without affecting your ability to smile, frown or even pucker up.

 

Many of you worry that while fillers help restore a youthful appearance, they will leave you looking stiff. With the products that we choose to use, and with our careful less-is-more approach to cosmetic treatments, you can rely on changes that are subtle and natural.

 

Last week, we talked about the first new filler, Restylane Refyne, which helps to soften moderate “laugh lines,” the wrinkles that run from the sides of your nose toward the corners of your mouth (nasolabial folds) and the lines that extend from the corner of your mouth toward your chin (marionette lines) which can age your overall appearance.

 

For deeper, more pronounced folds and wrinkles, we offer Restylane Defyne,

 

Like Restylane Refyne, it is made with a special technology that offers maximum flexibility and movement. But it provides more support, which is needed to help correct deep facial wrinkles and folds. The hyaluronic acid-based product is natural, safe and effective. Introduced in Europe eight years ago, it has a proven safety profile in more than one million treatments worldwide. And, your natural-looking results may last for up to 12 months.

 

Restylane Defyne could be a smart treatment for you. Be sure to call our office to schedule a complimentary consultation, and we’ll talk about your options.

 

See you soon.

 

Smile Big: The Latest Fillers for your Mouth Area

We’re proud to offer a duo of next-generation dermal fillers aimed at keeping the lower half of your face happy and beautiful. Two of the latest developments in the Restylane collection of dermal fillers, the products are specifically formulated to minimize the lines in the lower half of your face.

 

The first filler, Restylane Refyne, helps to soften these lines, restoring a youthful look to your face and maintaining your natural movement and expression, whether smiling, frowning or puckering up. Commonly called “laugh lines,” the wrinkles that run from the sides of your nose toward the corners of your mouth (nasolabial folds) and the lines that extend from the corner of your mouth toward your chin (marionette lines) can age your overall appearance.

 

Used for the treatment of moderate facial wrinkles and folds, Restylane Refyne is made with a special technology that offers maximum flexibility and subtle support to the mouth area. Your skin will move just as it always does. The hyaluronic acid-based product is natural, safe and effective. Introduced in Europe eight years ago, it has a proven safety profile in more than one million treatments worldwide. And, your natural-looking results may last for up to 12 months.

 

Restylane Refyne could be a smart treatment for you. Be sure to call our office to schedule a complimentary consultation, and we’ll talk about your options.

 

Next week, you’ll hear about Restylane Defyne, the new filler that helps to correct deeper lines and wrinkles.

 

See you soon.

Tracking Changes In Your Skin

It seems that summer just began and now, Labor Day is a few weeks away. The time goes quickly, and while you may not feel any older, your skin has another story to tell. Aging plays tricks on the delicate composition of your skin. The best way to ward off the signs of stress is to know what is ahead and take as many precautions as possible.

 

Here is what you can expect:

 

In Your 20s and 30s: Get ready. Hormonal changes can happen during this time, causing adult acne. We can treat it, though, with our Pulsed Dye Laser. Also, you may notice the first signs of wrinkles and pigmentation. Botox and Dysport will help minimize lines, keeping them from setting and deepening. Fraxel DUAL and IPL will help reduce discoloration, brown spots and freckling.

 

In Your 40s: Your skin may look dull and rough, and age spots may appear since the skin can’t repair itself as quickly or as completely as it use to. You may notice that your skin is beginning to lose its youthful glow as skin cell shedding begins to slow down. But, we can brighten and smooth out your skin with Fraxel DUAL and Fraxel Repair laser treatments. Your skin tone will look even, and wrinkles and pores will diminish. During this time, wrinkles may be deeper than they were before. Dermal fillers such as Restylane, Restylane Defyne, Restylane Lyft, Restylane Refyne, Restylane Silk, Voluma, Juvederm, Belotero and Radiesse, and neurotoxins, such as Botox and Dysport, are effective in reducing the appearance of these lines and folds.

 

In Your 50s and 60s: You may notice that subtle lines have turned into deep wrinkles and previously taut skin has begun to sag. Declining collagen and elastin levels cause your skin to become thinner and more fragile and the underlying skin structure to be less supported. Lasers such as Fraxel Repair and Fraxel Dual can work wonders to resurface skin and stimulate collagen production, which will help lift up and plump your skin, nonsurgically. They will also help to lighten any discoloration caused by sun exposure or simple aging. Loose and sagging skin can be tightened with radiofrequency treatments like Infini and Exilis Ultra 360.

 

At all times of your life, remember to do what you can to preserve your skin’s natural beauty. Wear plenty of sunscreen (and not only in the summer), avoid the sun as much as possible, steer clear of smoking and cleanse and moisturize often.

 

If you’d like to hear how we can help you look your most youthful best, call our office for a complimentary consultation.

 

See you soon.

 

Finding the Filler That Fits Your Face

Though we’ve been using dermal fillers for some time now, how we used them is always changing. For me, nothing is routine, because you are not routine. Each of you comes in to see me with not only a unique face, but also your own personal needs, desires and goals.

 

With all of these factors as a guide, I select the proper fillers to use in the proper places. In the end, your results will be optimal for you, not for the patient who walked in before you. This is why your treatments will help you to look naturally refreshed, youthful and more like you. A better version of yourself, we like to say.

 

To address your specific concerns, we use injectable fillers at different levels of the skin. Some fillers target fine lines. Some provide volume, and others add structure. Here is a basic guide to the best fillers currently available and some of the ways that we use them.

 

Belotero Balance addresses both deep wrinkles and superficial lines. Made from all-natural hyaluronic acid (HA), Belotero Balance can plump up your lips and discreetly smooth out laugh lines, upper lip lines, crow’s feet and marionette lines.

 

Juvederm is a gel filler that helps reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles in the nasolabial folds, the deep grooves or lines that extend from the corners of the nose down along the mouth. It is available in two forms – Ultra and Ultra Plus. Juvederm is the most advanced HA formula available today.

 

Juvederm Volbella is specifically developed to boost lip volume and soften the appearance of lines around the mouth, commonly referred to as “lipstick lines” or “smokers’ lines”. Volbella can even be used to replace lost contours in the lip area, giving your face a more youthful appearance overall.

 

Juvederm Voluma XC is the first and only FDA-approved filler that instantly adds natural-looking volume to the cheeks. Derived from a naturally occurring complex sugar, It also works well to minimize crow’s feet, frown lines, worry lines, deep furrows and folds that appear around the eyes, nose, upper lip and mouth. Studies have shown that results may last as long as two years after treatment. Voluma XC has been available in Europe since 2005 and is used in 72 countries nationwide.

 

Radiesse is a safe, effective long-lasting treatment for unwanted defects in the face and hands.  On the face, Radiesse helps to minimize smile lines, augment cheeks and restore lost volume. In the hands, it can diminish the appearance of veins and tendons and also plump up sagging skin.

 

Restylane is successful in minimizing severe wrinkles and folds, including nasolabial and lip wrinkles. It is available in many additional formulations: Restylane Defyne is made with a special technology that offers maximum flexibility and support to the treated area and helps soften more severe lines and folds on the face. Restylane Refyne is specifically formulated to minimize the lines in the lower half of the face while maintaining natural movement and facial expressions. Restylane Lyft is a nonsurgical age eraser for deep lines, wrinkles and folds, and restores volume to deflated areas of the face. Restylane Silk consists of extra small and smooth particles that help restore contour, fullness and smoothness to your lip and mouth area, giving your face a younger and fresher appearance.

 

So, whatever your goal is, we can tailor a treatment plan just for you. Please call our office and schedule a complimentary consultation today.

 

See you soon.

 

Men Worry About How They Look, Too

When people talk about body image, we assume that they are referring to women. But lately, men seem to be more concerned about being muscular and thin than they have been in the past.

 

A recent study by Chapman University researchers revealed that men agonize about their bodies nearly as much as women do. The report, which was published in the March 2016  journal of Psychology of Men and Masculinity, surveyed about 116,000 men between age 18 and 65 and about as many women. The findings showed that:

 

  • About 25 percent of the men were dissatisfied with their appearance, compared to about 28.5 percent of women.
  • More than half of the men had gone on diets in the past year, and nearly 42 percent were unhappy with their weight.
  • About 37 percent did not like the condition of their muscle tone.
  • About 69 percent felt judged on their looks and felt pressure from magazines and television to have a slimmer and more muscular body.

 

If you are male and concerned about your body shape, you have most likely dieted and spent many hours in the gym. Sometimes, these tactics are not enough for certain trouble spots or for men of certain ages. In our offices, one of the most popular procedures for men is SmartLipo Triplex, particularly for the neck, abdomen and breast area. SmartLipo Triplex is a minimally invasive method for removing unwanted fat and sculpting areas of the body that you’d like to change. An FDA-approved laser treatment that virtually melts fat cells and suctions them away, SmartLipo provided dramatic high-definition results after only one treatment.

 

We also find that Kybella is effective for reducing the double chin, a common male problem that often resists diet and exercise. This new procedure slims and contours the area below and around your chin and neck, without surgery.

 

We know that your self-image is not derived solely from your weight and muscle mass. You may also be concerned about the effects on your face of aging, sun damage and stress, all of which can negatively impact how you feel about yourself at home and at work. Many male patients come see us for Botox, particularly for their foreheads and crow’s feet, and for dermal fillers that minimize the folds around their noses and corners of their mouths. Some of these fillers include Belotero, Juvederm, Restylane Defyne, Restylane Refyne, Restylane Lyft, Restylane Silk and Radiesse. Also, to decrease wrinkles and sagging on the face and around the eyes, many men come to us for Fraxel DUAL and Fraxel Repair Laser Treatments.

 

So, if you are not entirely happy with how you look, you are not alone; there are plenty of men just like you. Don’t hesitate to call our office for a complimentary consultation. We’ll try to help you look and feel your best.

 

See you soon.

 

I Never Thought I Would Do This

Thank you all for attending our Spring Beauty Seminar this past weekend. I was happy to see so many of you there and am hoping that you learned all that you could about the latest cosmetic treatments that we offer. I look forward to seeing you in our offices in the coming weeks, particularly as the temperatures climb. I like to call spring “The Beauty Season,” since so many of you want to look your best as you spend more time outdoors.

 

For those of you who are considering our nonsurgical cosmetic procedures for the first time, I understand that the idea of it may get in your way. Mainly, you may not want anyone to know that you’ve been in for treatment.

 

So, here are a few first-time procedures that no one will know that you’ve had (and that you will forget that you’ve had by the time you’ve left our office). With no incisions, anesthesia or downtime, your treatment will be our little secret, if you want it to be. All that will be obvious is your rested and youthful look.

 

Botox: Worry lines, frown lines, laugh or smile lines, crow’s feet …these are all “dynamic” wrinkles caused from years of living and using facial muscles to show expression. The more emotion we show, the deeper the wrinkles and lines can be. Botox injections can safely and effectively soften lines and reduce wrinkles. Botox is also known as “cosmetic denervation” – a nonsurgical cosmetic procedure that many patients have come to depend on to show results in a few days. The procedure takes under ten minutes, too.

 

Dermal fillers: Juvederm, Radiesse, Restylane (Defyne, Refyne, Silk and Lyft) and Voluma are a few of the FDA-approved treatments that restore fullness and contour that has diminished with age. These treatments are quick and easy, and show immediate results in all areas of the face, including cheeks, mouth, chin, nose and lips, as well as the hands.

 

Microdermabrasion: Microdermabrasion is simple, convenient and popular among patients showing early signs of aging, sun exposure and other facial imperfections. It not only exfoliates the skin’s surface, but also promotes new cell growth in the basal, or deepest layer of the skin. It also cleans the pores and stimulates collagen networking to further improve the skin’s texture. After the treatment, your skin will have a new fresh-looking glow.

 

Intense Pulsed Light: If your facial skin has lost its youthful glow, Intense Pulsed Light Rejuvenation can help to restore a vibrant appearance. The procedure delivers broadband light through the skin, helping to decrease redness, pigmentation, lines and pore size, and improve the overall texture and tone of your skin. IPL can be used on the face, neck, chest, hands and legs. Also known as a “photofacial,” the noninvasive treatment treats imperfections including birthmarks, spider veins, rosacea, fine wrinkles, sun and age spots, vascular lesions and acne and acne scarring.

 

For new and return patients, please call our office to schedule a complimentary consultation.

 

See you soon.

 

Less Lip, Please

Like fashion, there are trends in our practice, too. For a time years ago, people wanted the puffiest lip possible, and many of them got what they wanted, even if the results were unnatural and overdone. These days, subtlety is everything, and the lips are a case in point.

 

Many of you, when you come to my office, are concerned that your treatments will be obvious. One of the biggest giveaways is the lip that is too full for the face.

 

My guiding principle has always been “less is more.” Much more. When it comes to restoring lips to their youthful state, this approach is essential. My method has three parts: Define, shape and add volume.

 

Lips tend to thin out and lose fat as we get older. To give them the appearance that they once had, or to plump lips that are naturally thin, I use dermal fillers in small specific ways to create subtle changes that provide maximum visual impact. The secret is balance. If any part of the lips is too fat or too thin, your entire face will look strange.

 

First, I define the edge between the top lip and the skin above it, beneath your nose. Then, to reshape and plump the upper lip, I make tiny injections in key spots. The upper lip should have variation across the lower border and a bow across the top.

 

For the lower lip, which typically has a uniform shape all the way across and a little extra volume in the middle, I look at all the angles. From the side, the lip shouldn’t extend out too far or appear puffy. From the front, there should be a touch of extra height.

 

A variety of lip injection options are available to you, and the results should last from several months to a year, depending on the type of filler that we use. We like to use the hyaluronic acid fillers Restylane, Restylane Refyne, Restylane Silk, Belotero Balance,Volbella and Juvederm.

 

The injections take only a few minutes, and you should be able to go back to your normal activities right after the procedure. 

 

If you’d like to talk with us about your lips, or any other concerns, call our office today for a complimentary consultation.

 

See you soon.

 

 

Sparkle This Holiday Season

This week, as the holidays approach, you might want to think about a last-minute touch-up that will have you looking and feeling your most beautiful.

 

Dermal fillers and other wrinkle-reducing treatments, including Botox and Dysport, are speedy ways to give your appearance a subtle refresh. Safe and effective, these treatments smooth skin and add an indefinable sparkle to your overall appearance.

 

Also, now is an optimal time for scheduling procedures that are good to take care of during the winter. SmartLipo and Fraxel are just two that yield results that improve over time.

 

Meanwhile, we wish you and your families a beautiful holiday and a safe, peaceful and happy new year. My staff and I hope that you enjoy this time with the special people in your lives.

 

See you soon, and all best,

 

Dr. Covey

Pre-Holiday Quick Fixes

Now that it’s December, many of you are thinking about the upcoming holidays and the events that typically come with them. There’s no better moment for looking your best. The good news….there is still time for many quick in-and-out treatments that will make all the difference in your appearance. Instantly, you’ll look fresh and rested, and you’ll feel invigorated, too…just the right recipe for the holiday season.

 

Here are a few suggestions for the upcoming weeks…

 

Thermage CPT: A nonsurgical mini-facelift that will tighten skin and boost collagen production. Whether it’s your eyelids, under-eye areas, abdomen, arms, legs and even your sagging buttocks, Thermage can make dramatic improvements.

 

Exilis Ultra 360: This laser treatment tightens, firms and tones loose and sagging skin and reshapes and melts stubborn fatty deposits anywhere on your face and body. Popular areas treated with Exilis include the face, jowls, neck, chest, back, “love handles,” “bra fat,” abdomen, thighs, hips, buttocks and knees.

 

Dermal Fillers: Restore your facial volume with dermal fillers such as Voluma, Radiesse and our entire line of Restylane treatments, including Restylane Refyne and Restylane Defyne. These will minimize hollowness or lines that have formed with age. The procedures take just minutes, and the results are longlasting. For plumping your lips, you can try a variety of hyaluronic acid fillers, including Juvederm and Restylane.

And of course, there is Botox and Dysport, which are highly effective at smoothing out forehead wrinkles and crow’s feet. Finally, for smile lines, marionette lines or nasolabial folds (lines that stretch from the outer edge of the nostrils to the outer tip of the lips), Juvederm, Restylane or Radiesse are quick fixes that provide noticeable results instantly.

 

All of these treatments are nonsurgical, requiring no anesthesia or downtime. You can be back in full swing immediately, looking younger and feeling that way, too.

 

See you soon.

Smile Big: A New Solution for Deep Lines

We’re happy to introduce the second of Restylane’s new generation of dermal fillers for your mouth area–Restylane Defyne. Specifically formulated to allow for natural movement and flexibility, both fillers minimize the lines in the lower half of your face without affecting your ability to smile, frown or even pucker up.

 

Many of you worry that while fillers help restore a youthful appearance, they will leave you looking stiff. With the products that we choose to use, and with our careful less-is-more approach to cosmetic treatments, you can rely on changes that are subtle and natural.

 

Last week, we talked about the first new filler, Restylane Refyne, which helps to soften moderate “laugh lines,” the wrinkles that run from the sides of your nose toward the corners of your mouth (nasolabial folds) and the lines that extend from the corner of your mouth toward your chin (marionette lines) which can age your overall appearance.

 

For deeper, more pronounced folds and wrinkles, we offer Restylane Defyne,

 

Like Restylane Refyne, it is made with a special technology that offers maximum flexibility and movement. But it provides more support, which is needed to help correct deep facial wrinkles and folds. The hyaluronic acid-based product is natural, safe and effective. Introduced in Europe six years ago, it has a proven safety profile in more than one million treatments worldwide. And, your natural-looking results may last for up to 12 months.

 

Restylane Defyne could be a smart treatment for you. Be sure to call our office to schedule a complimentary consultation, and we’ll talk about your options.

 

See you soon.

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