2015 is finally here! Like most people, you probably have New Year’s resolutions that you’re attempting to accomplish. Perhaps you want to eat healthier and lose weight, or maybe you want to improve your youth both inside and out. If you’ve noticed those fine lines on your forehead have worsened into wrinkles or that you seem to have developed a hollow appearance in certain areas of your face, undergoing cosmetic treatment could be a solution for you.
At his state-of-the-art practice, Dr. Neal Handel offers a wide range of FDA-approved injectables that can effectively eliminate the signs of aging and restore a noticeably more youthful appearance to your face.
As the most popular injectable in the world, BOTOX® has been around for almost three decades. Using a very fine needle, BOTOX® is directly injected into the face to temporarily paralyze the underlying muscles. The result is immediately smoother skin that provides a much more youthful appearance over the coming months.
BOTOX® is effective in treating:
- Wrinkles on the forehead
- Creases between the brows
- Crow’s feet
Injectable fillers are made of substances that naturally occur in the body, and they diminish wrinkles by adding volume to the skin. At our Santa Barbara practice, we offer JUVÉDERM®, Restylane®, and RADIESSE® injectable fillers.
Fillers are effective in treating:
- Wrinkles under the eyes
- Smile lines
- Loss of fat in the cheeks
- Thin lips
- Loss of definition along the jawline
As the central feature of the face, the nose can have a big impact on a person’s overall appearance. While a balanced nose generally goes unnoticed because it blends well with the rest of the facial features, a disproportionate nose can detract from facial harmony and negatively affect one’s appearance.
Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure for improving the size, shape, and function of the nose. This highly complex procedure can significantly improve the nose, but it can also be unpredictable and requires downtime to recover afterward. Fortunately for those who want fast results without the strains of surgery, recent products and techniques have been developed that allow for corrections to be made to the nose without any surgery or downtime at all.
Soft tissue “fillers” such as JUVÉDERM® and RADIESSE® are used to add volume to the skin to smooth out bumps, indentations, or concavities in the nose. These fillers are carefully and strategically injected beneath the skin with a fine needle to enhance the fullness and improve the contours of the nose.
Fillers can improve the following nasal features:
- A drooping tip
- Bumps or concavities on the bridge
- Indented scars
- Other depressions
However, it is important for patients to realize that fillers cannot decrease the overall size of the nose.
See Your Results Before the Procedure
Patients who are interested in nonsurgical nose reshaping can have Dr. Handel perform a “test demonstration” to see what their results will look like. He injects a saltwater solution into the areas where the filler would be placed, and this demonstrates the improvement to the contours of the nose that can be achieved. The body will naturally absorb the solution within a few hours, and patients can decide whether they want to have the more permanent filler procedure performed.
Although plastic surgery is an industry dominated by female patients, the number of males undergoing cosmetic procedures has dramatically increased over the years. According to statistics from The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), there was a 273 percent increase in the number of men who underwent cosmetic procedures between 1997 and 2013. This increase can be attributed to a variety of things, from the growing value placed on looking younger and being in better shape to the developments for the safety and efficiency of plastic surgery.
The following were the most popular surgical and non-surgical procedures among men in 2013 (ASAPS statistics):
- Botulinum toxin injectables: BOTOX®, Dysport®, XEOMIN® (384,672)
- Hyaluronic acid injectables: JUVÉDERM®, Perlane®, Restylane®, BELOTERO BALANCE® (133,173)
- Hair removal: laser or pulsed light (128,292)
- Photorejuvenation: intense pulsed light or IPL (43,427)
- Chemical peels (31,398)
A Healthy and Youthful Appearance
Liposuction was the most popular surgical procedure, with eyelid surgery and nose surgery almost tied at a close second having approximately half the number of procedures. This shows the increasing desire for a slender figure and youthful, balanced facial features, even among men. The most popular non-surgical procedures reinforce the desire for a youthful face, as all of them besides hair removal are designed to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, and dark spots associated with aging. Although hyaluronic acid injectables and botulinum toxin injectables both treat signs of aging in the face, BOTOX® is the most known injectable and treats the eye and forehead areas, which are areas where men commonly develop early signs of aging.
Plastic surgery is definitely not just for women, and increasing numbers of men are learning about the many benefits these procedures can offer, including increased self-esteem and confidence. If you are interested in any cosmetic procedure, please call (310)203-0511 or fill out our online contact form for more information. Dr. Neal Handel is ABPS Board Certified in Plastic Surgery, is a member of prestigious plastic surgery societies, and has over 38 years of experience in plastic surgery.