Another dreaded side effect of aging? Cellulite naturally redistributes to various parts such as underneath our chin, adjacent to our neckline. This are is commonly one of the first few areas where signs of aging start to appear.
Skin starts to erode by losing its much needed elasticity and the result? Sagging skin in the neck region. Neck liposuction can help effectively combat this and give you a youthful neckline you can choose to accessorize as you please to play it up and be your most attractive self.
Neck lipo effectively zones in and targets plus then sculpts the area through tiny incisions that leave no remembrance of themselves in the form of scars, etc. It tightens the overlying area and gives you a toned, sculpted neck with the sagging gone.
During your preliminary consultation with Dr. Kwak, please feel free to discuss (and we highly recommend this) your concerns, realistic expectations and thoughts because an open communication will facilitate a more satisfactory experience. After a in-depth, thorough examination, Dr. Kwak will make his recommendations based heavily on your lifestyle, concerns and such. In some cases, a facelift/necklift can be recommended by Dr. Kwak to achieve optimal results and for you to look like your most fabulous and youthful self.
Its a same day procedure. Dr. Kwak recommends using general anesthesia though sometimes, local may be used. Post the successful surgery, a pressure dressing is applied which is easily removed the next day.
After a week, most patients can get back to work. Swelling settles within 2-4 weeks.
SUITABILITY: Any man or woman of middle aged to elderly age group which starts showing sagging in the neck region due to pesky localized fat deposits (which the laser in the lipo targets) or loose skin. Many prefer this procedure to the facelift because they then don't have to go through a full on major surgery and can have an at part result. Its significantly less invasive than a facelift and results in less post-surgery swelling and bruising.
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After a point, we can no longer avoid the cropping up of those pesky wrinkles. You want to look more youthful and less tired but you're apprehensive about surgery. Well, you now have another effective option! Ultherapy is a non-invasive, non-surgical ultrasound procedure to take care of those wrinkles and that droopiness.
Its a quick 30-60 minute treatment for your face and neck and is essentially a lunchtime procedure. Its fast, efficient and highly effective.
The procedure is as follows: A smooth applicator that's carefully placed on your skin produces an onscreen image that helps Dr. Kwak quantitatively understand where the energy needs to be directed and at which tissue areas. Its then used to project low levels of focused heat below the skin, leaving the surface undisturbed. The skin's response stimulates the effective growth of new collagen. Gradual tightening and firming is clearly visible, eventually leading to a natural lift in skin.
The fact that Ultherapy treats not only treats the skin but also targets and deals with the underlying foundational support tissues in precise and highly accurate manner, ensures satisfying and long term results.
As usual, we want to provide you with all the possible resources you might need to research and make an informed decision. Make sure to download an Ultherapy patient guide, watch Ultherapy videos and read about what to expect after the procedure. Also do check out Dr. Kwak's answers to Ultherapy FAQs on RealSelf.com here. For images of before and after shots, click here.
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Ageing is an inevitable part of life and in this process, our facial and neck region undergoes some predictable changes. The most prominent of which are sagging of the skin around the eyes, neck and such and the development of those pesky wrinkles. This may cause self esteem to lower and facelifts - a successful cosmetic surgery procedure that essentially removes excess facial skin by tightening the underlying tissues and redrapes the skin on the problem areas. It addresses the changes by consistently improving and tightening the sagging neckline and jawline to achieve a more youthful appearance and lead you to look more energized, fresh and young.
Its important to be fully open about your expectations with your surgeon. Communication is vital - talk about the possible side effects, what you realistically hope to achieve after the procedure, etc. As for the age when this sort of procedure is appropriate - it varies depending on a variety of factors, ranging from personal preference and esteem to even race. For example, caucasians typically tend to age faster because their skin is thinner.
Make sure your expectations are realistic. Its important to use the procedure to achieve subtle and tasteful changes for a more elegant and graceful appearance. It maintains an air of naturalness and effortlessness.
You can undergo the procedure while having other facial rejuvenation procedures done. One of the major considerations are the mark it leaves behind your hairline where the incision is made. Dr Kwak is one of the rare few doctors who has mastered the inconspicuous facelift incision so both men and women are able to wear their hair short (for men) and back (for women) without worrying about any visible signs of surgery.
Book a consultation now with Dr. Edward Kwak, one of Manhattan's premier facial plastic surgeons - he will do a thorough examination during which time you will also be asked to freely voice your facial appearance concerns and so on. Additionally, you will be asked to quantitatively state your medical history and medications. You will get to see various examples and reccomendations. He may also recommend other facial rejuvenation procedures that complement a facelift to achieve optimal results wherever suitable.
If you have any other questions, we're always happy to answer! Leave a comment, tweet at us or simply post on our Facebook page!
Botox is probably the most common form of non-invasive cosmetic procedure you've all heard of. Nobody likes looking aged or have those pesky wrinkles & lines show in such an abundantly clear fashion.
Maybe you don't have a problem with wrinkles, in which case - more power to you! But if you do and they make you feel worse about yourself, getting a quick Botox procedure done is effective and will make a real change towards making you look more youthful.
Caucasians' skin generally tends to age faster and Asians much slower. Why? Because as Dr. Kwak stresses, patients of Scandinavian descent who have thin & fair skin age faster than their Asian or African American counterparts who have thicker skin. Genetics also, predictably, plays an overriding role. More often than not, environmental factors have a bearing on what your skin ultimately looks like for example extent of sun exposure or stimulants like smoking. So slather on that sunscreen, you may not notice a different at 20 but you will at 45! It may seem inconvenient and annoying but its definitely going to serve you well in the long run. Smoking in general is a harmful activity and it similarly contributes in an overwhelmingly negative fashion to your skin.
A common misconception is that only women get the procedure which is completely wrong. More and more men, not just male celebrities, are undergoing the procedure just because even men want to look like their most youthful self!
Wrinkles are most commonly visible ("dynamic wrinkles") in the areas of your face that have prominent and prolonged facial activity as for example - around the eyes, between brows, on the forehead, etc.
Here's what you need to know: Botox is essentially a trade name for botulinum toxin A. What it does is it blocks or weakens the signals that would typically make your muscles contract. Its a purified protein produced by the Clostridium botulinum bacterium. Its safe because its non - invasive/ non - surgical that temporarily reduces moderate to severe frown lines. So what Dr. Kwak would do is inject a few tiny doses of BOTOX® into the muscles that directly cause these cumbersome lines. So why would you want to inject a botulinum toxin injected into your face? Because, simply put, if an area of your body can't move, it can't wrinkle.
No recovery time required and estimated time? A quick 10 minutes. Results vary and can last upto 4 months.
We do want to clear up that in some cases there may be side effects: The most common side effects include headache, respiratory infection, flu syndrome, temporary eyelid droop, and nausea.
Its also one of the most affordable facial cosmetic procedures which is of course, always a plus point. For a detailed and remarkably in-depth FAQ on Botox, please see Dr Kwak's page on it here. On how Dr. Kwak, New York's premier facial plastic surgeon can assist you in skin treatments, click here.
Next up: we're going to be doing a post on celebrities who've had the procedure! Watch this space.
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In Hollywood, it’s becoming fashionable to embrace the natural look and bash plastic surgery. It has become a regular event to hear celebrities deny in public that they have had cosmetic surgery and assert that they never will. Smiling into the camera, popular stars say they believe in growing old gracefully and vow to embrace their wrinkles when they begin to age. They look straight at their fans and primly state that they “have not had and would never have plastic surgery.” But like many things in tinsel town, things aren’t always as they seem. Those supposedly heart-felt vows are more often fantasy than fact.
Betty White and Nicole Kidman are just two of the growing list of celebrities who have admitted living a lie. While publically decrying the “unnaturalness” of facial plastic surgery, many celebrities have been secretly indulging themselves in a nip here and a tuck there topped off with a few shots of Botox. Despite their very public protestations, Hollywood stars and other celebrities frequently use facial plastic surgery to hide the signs of aging. They undergo both surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures to maintain their youthful beauty and rejuvenate their careers. Increasingly this two-faced behavior is coming under attack.
Facial plastic surgeons, celebrity watchers and bloggers are taking celebrities to task for creating false expectations about aging and beauty. Like it or not, celebrities are role models. While there’s nothing wrong with having plastic surgery and preferring to keep it secret, celebrities do their fans a disservice when they deceive them. How much better it would be if celebrities were honest and shared with their fans their secret for growing old gracefully -- facial plastic surgery.