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Category: Facial Rejuvenation

Eyelid Surgery for a More Youthful Appearance

One of the natural consequences of aging is a loss of skin elasticity, which causes the skin to sag. Sagging skin can occur anywhere on the body, even on the eyelids. Sagging upper eyelids and bags under the eyes may cause you to look more aged than you feel. If this is the case, eyelid surgery with facial plastic surgeon Dr. Daniel Rousso can restore a more youthful appearance to your face.

Blepharoplasty Before and After PhotosWhen to Consider Eyelid Surgery

There are a few reasons why you may consider eyelid surgery. Eyelid surgery may be right for you if you have upper eyelid skin that is sagging and they appear to be resting on the upper eyelid lash line. This condition can sometimes interfere with your vision. You may also want to consider lower eyelid surgery if you have fat pads that are bulging and creating a puffy appearance. These conditions are most often the result of aging and/or genetic factors that can be corrected with eyelid surgery.

What Eyelid Surgery Can Correct

Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, can offer patients both cosmetic and functional benefits. The upper/lower blepharoplasty procedure is performed under IV monitored sedation in their accredited operating suites and takes about one hour. Patients will experience some blurred vision after the procedure, which will diminish as they recover. Recovery takes about five to seven days. This procedure will result in a more refreshed and youthful appearance.

Additional Procedures

Eyelid surgery can restore a more youthful appearance on its own, but other cosmetic procedures can enhance the results. If desired, blepharoplasty can be combined with other cosmetic procedures for overall facial rejuvenation. While eyelid surgery improves the appearance of the eyes, it cannot improve sagging eyebrows, eliminate wrinkles, or fill in dark circles. To treat issues such as these, Dr. Rousso can perform eyelid surgery in conjunction with facelift surgery, brow lift surgery, rhinoplasty, facial implants, and skin resurfacing.   

Other non-invasive procedures like BOTOX® Cosmetic and other neuromodulators as well as a host of facial fillers are performed at the Rousso Facial Plastic Surgery Clinic.

Eyelid surgery with board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Daniel Rousso can give you a more attractive and youthful appearance. To schedule your consultation today, call us at (205) 930-9595 or toll-free at (877) 932-0400, or fill out our online contact form.

The Differences Between Facial Fillers

Quick, non-surgical facial treatments are becoming increasingly popular as a way to counteract signs of aging. Many people opt for non-invasive treatments because they provide subtle, natural-looking results with little to no downtime. Facial fillers are the leading choice for erasing signs of aging. However, not every filler is created the same, and each is designed to target different facial areas or problems. It is important to discuss your concerns with the doctor prior to selecting a filler.

Facial Filler Comparison Chart

Difference in Facial Fillers

*All facial fillers offered by Dr. Rousso are created from substances that occur naturally in the body, which minimizes the risk of an allergic reaction. However, some fillers have additives to help control pain or increase the ease of application, which may cause an allergic reaction. Patients who suffer from allergic reactions to lidocaine should not undergo Restylane® Silk treatments. It is important for patients to discuss possible allergies to medications and other substances with Dr. Rousso.

Recovery and Results

All facial fillers may result in some mild side effects, including bruising, redness, and swelling at the injection site. These side effects are very temporary and subside after a few hours.

Facial fillers are selected based on the site to be treated and on which will offer the most optimal result. The number of treatments required to achieve a patient’s desired cosmetic goal will differ, as will the longevity of the results, based on the selected filler. One can expect that most fillers will need to be repeated at 6 to 12 months.

Sculptra® Aesthetic and JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® are primarily facial and cheek volumizers. JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® provides immediate results after treatment and can last up to two years. After treatment with Sculptra® Aesthetic, you will feel and see improvement, but the optimal results generally take longer to develop because Sculptra® is designed to rebuild your collagen over time. You can expect the results from Sculptra® to last for up to three years.
If you desire the natural, non-surgical results of facial fillers, schedule your consultation with Dr. Rousso today. Contact our office at (205) 930-9595, or fill out our online contact form here for more information.

Ultherapy®: A Non-Invasive Technology to Subtly Tighten Skin

Aging is inevitable! We all would like to appear “forever young,” but we know the clock keeps ticking so we look for alternatives that will slow the aging process to help us look and feel our best.

Many will choose to turn back the aging process more quickly with surgery while others will seek a non-surgical alternative.  The choice depends solely on the individual and what their cosmetic goals are.

Ultherapy® offers a non-invasive approach to improving the elasticity of your skin. Results are individual, and improvement will differ based on a number of factors. One is the age you first have an Ultherapy® treatment. Another is the amount of facial and neck laxity you have prior to treatment, as well as the thickness of your skin. If your skin lacks enough elasticity due to heaviness, then Ultherapy® may not be your best option for the improvement you are seeking. Age does not have to be a factor; it is more about the amount of skin laxity.  

The number of treatments is another factor. One treatment may be enough for some patients while others may require two, three, or more treatments to achieve the optimal result they are wanting. Since Ultherapy® treatment results continue to work over time the initial improvement felt right after treatment will be that of slight redness and a feeling of tightness. These effects will subside after a few hours. One Ultherapy® treatment will continue to give results by stimulating the growth of new collagen.

Ultherapy® uses low levels of focused heat targeted beneath the skin to achieve a positive effect while leaving the surface of your skin undisturbed. It takes about an hour to treat an entire face under some topical anesthetic cream. Improvement can be seen as few as 90 days and will continue to improve over the next year.

Ultherapy® requires no downtime. It is FDA-approved, and clinical trials have demonstrated the safety of Ultherapy® treatment.

So, Ultherapy® can be of benefit to many seeking an early approach to staving off the inevitable aging process or just because they prefer a non-surgical approach to aging. It’s your choice!

Ultherapy Non Invasive Technology to Subtly Tighten Skin

To learn more about Ultherapy® or to schedule a consultation, please contact the Rousso Facial Plastic Surgery Clinic by calling (205) 930-9595 or filling out our online contact form.

Plasma Skin Resurfacing For Smooth, Youthful Skin

When most people think of skin resurfacing, they may imagine a harsh procedure, like the old CO2 laser of years past that required a much longer period of recovery than the newer lasers preferred by physicians today.

Portrait® plasma skin resurfacing is an FDA-cleared device that offers breakthrough plasma energy technology. It is not a laser, radio-frequency device, or light-based treatment. Rather, plasma is a highly energized gas, which produces heat that works both on and below the surface of the skin to modify the skin’s architecture by removing bad elastin and generating new collagen.

This plasma-containing energy consists of pulses of nitrogen-based plasma directed out of the hand piece and onto the skin. This energy produces a heating action that works at the skin’s surface to remove old sun-damaged skin and promote collagen growth.

Results are seen within seven days and can last indefinitely. Plasma skin resurfacing will restore your facial skin to feel smooth while giving you a more youthful appearance.

Plasma skin resurfacing is effective in reducing the look of:

  • Deep wrinklesBefore and after photo of an actual plasma skin resurfacing patient
  • Fine lines
  • Sun-damaged skin
  • Blotchiness
  • Brown spots
  • Acne scars
  • Benign skin lesions / actinic keratoses

Benefits of Plasma Skin Resurfacing

  • Patients naturally regenerate their own healthier skin following treatment
  • Treatment is comparable to laser resurfacing
  • Quicker recovery
  • Dramatic improvements
  • Long-lasting, proven results

Candidates

The ideal candidates for plasma skin resurfacing are those wanting to repair photo damage, improve the appearance of age spots and hyperpigmentation, remove pre-cancerous lesions, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, tighten the skin, and improve the overall texture of the skin.

If you would like to rejuvenate your appearance with plasma skin resurfacing or any other procedure, please contact Rousso Facial Plastic Surgery Clinic by calling (205) 930-9595 or toll-free (877) 932-0400. For your convenience, you may also fill out our online contact form.

FACEing the New Year

Young beautiful woman with clean, naturally looking skinAs the 2014 New Year ushers in, many, if not all, of us make New Year’s resolutions. We make plans to lose the extra pounds absorbed during the holidays, some plan to spend more time with family, and some think about possibly changing jobs. Of interest this year is that the last of the Baby Boom generation are turning 50. There are 10,000 baby boomers turning 50 each day this year. Many of this generation have embraced looking younger since they view age differently than the previous generations. They feel younger and want to look as young as they feel. These Baby Boomers are more apt to research and seek ways to help them look as good as they feel. For these individuals and others, the time may be right to make some rejuvenating changes. If this is you, then read on as we arm you with some information about some of our minimally invasive procedures offered at the Rousso Facial Plastic Surgery Clinic & Aesthetic Medical Spa.

BOTOX® Cosmetic

BOTOX® Cosmetic is a prescription medication that is injected into the muscles to improve the look of moderate to severe frown lines between the brows, crow’s feet around the eyes, and wrinkles across the forehead. BOTOX® Cosmetic results will be noticeable in 4 or 5 days and typically last up to 4 months

We also have Dysport® and XEOMIN® which, like BOTOX® Cosmetic, treat the same problems with similar results.

Dermal Fillers

Fillers also treat facial wrinkling.  While many are composed of substances that are naturally found in the body, all of the fillers that we use are approved by the FDA and administered using a very fine needle.

These fillers will smooth out wrinkles, improve the deep folds from your nose to the corners of your mouth, and increase facial volume lost to aging.   Sculptra can be used to plump up the cheeks and for facial contouring, which will continue to work at the collagen level to help rebuild what is lost through aging.  All of these products typically last from 6 months to one year.

●    Restylane®

●    Perlane®

●    JUVÉDERM Ultra / Ultra Plus

●    BELOTERO BALANCE®

●    Sculptra® Aesthetic

Maybe you would like to improve the appearance of dull skin and restore that radiant look that your face once projected. We also have many forms of skin resurfacing treatments to noticeably improve the appearance of your face.

Micro Laser Peel

Known as an intra-epidermal laser peel, this treatment removes the outermost layer of the skin to improve imperfections on the face like pigmentation, mild wrinkles, and light scarring. If you are looking for something stronger than microdermabrasion, a Micro Laser Peel may be just what you’re looking for. This heals in about 3-4 days.

Plasma Skin Resurfacing

Plasma Skin Resurfacing stimulates the production of collagen to regenerate newer healthy skin cells. Plasma skin resurfacing consists of pulses of nitrogen-based plasma to the skin via a hand piece device. This plasma-containing energy is directed out of the hand piece and onto the skin. The energy produces a heating action that works at the skin’s surface to remove old sun-damaged skin and promote collagen growth.

Results are usually seen within 7 days and can last indefinitely. You can expect Plasma Skin Resurfacing to remove sun damage and discoloration, improve wrinkles, and restore your facial skin to feel smoother and give you a more youthful appearance.

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Treatment

Intense Pulse Light (IPL) uses specific wavelengths of light to target various skin problems, including acne rosacea, broken capillaries (facial blood vessels), freckles, and brown spots. You can expect to have 3 to 5 treatments 4 to 6 weeks apart for the optimal outcome.

Ultherapy®

Ultherapy® is the newest FDA approved nonsurgical treatment for the face and neck that uses ultrasound waves for lifting, tightening, and toning your skin with a single treatment. An applicator is placed on top of the skin to heat the tissue below the surface, which gradually and naturally creates new collagen. Ultherapy® improves your skin from the inside out without disrupting the surface of your skin. Patients will feel some toning and firming immediately following treatment, but the full lifting and tightening effect will build gradually over time and continue to improve for up to six months. There is no downtime with Ultherapy®, and patients can return to their normal routine immediately.

Dermapen®

Dermapen® is a new, revolutionary breakthrough for beautiful skin. Dermapen® is a class 1 FDA-approved fractional micro-needling device that works to tighten, lift, and rejuvenate the skin. It is effective in reducing the fine lines around your eyes and the facial wrinkles you notice when you look in the mirror. Dermapen® also works to diminish acne and surgical scars. Dermapen® fractional micro-needling uses tiny needles to pierce the skin in a controlled and precise pattern. Dermapen® is safe on any type of skin, has a short treatment time, little discomfort, and virtually no down time.

Start your new year off right and contact our Alabama practice today. Whether you wish to add a youthful glow to your face or attain complete facial rejuvenation, we can help. Dr. Daniel Rousso is board certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and he has years of experience performing many different surgical and non-surgical procedures for facial rejuvenation. To schedule your consultation with Dr. Rousso, please call (205) 930-9595 or Toll Free (877) 932-0400, or you can fill out our online contact form. We look forward to helping you Look and Feel Your Best in 2014!

What Is Plasma Resurfacing?

Plasma skin resurfacing is an FDA-approved procedure that uses thermal energy to reveal youthful, rejuvenated facial skin. It differs from previous treatments because, rather than removing the surface layer of the skin, it stimulates a natural rejuvenation process below the top layer to improve skin tone and texture.

Woman with spotty skin and deep pores on left side and healed, brighter skin on the right side, a white line divides her face vertically in half

Plasma resurfacing treats the following signs of aging in the face:

  • Moderate to deep wrinkles

  • Fine lines

  • Sagging skin

  • Rough patches

  • Poor skin tone

  • Sun spots

  • Actinic keratoses

  • Other skin lesions

How Plasma Resurfacing Works

Plasma (thermal) energy is delivered deep into the skin without disturbing the skin’s surface during this 20 minute procedure. This creates ideal conditions in the lower layers of the skin and stimulates natural growth and rejuvenation factors, such as collagen. As new skin begins to develop, old cells on the surface of the skin will begin to shed to make room for the healthy ones.

Since this is a non-ablative procedure, the skin heals rapidly. Patients are able to return to normal activities and wear makeup seven days following treatment, at which time they can enjoy their revitalized appearance. The plasma energy beneath the surface of the skin continues to work over time, so continued improvement to the skin is often seen up to a year after treatment.

Dr. Rousso is committed to providing the most professional care possible and is an expert in the field of facial rejuvenation procedures. If you have any questions about plasma skin resurfacing or would like more information, please schedule a consultation or email Dr. Rousso. Please call Rousso Facial Plastic Surgery Clinic in Birmingham, AL at 205-930-9595 (toll free at 877-932-0400) or fill out our online contact form today.