For many years, if patients wanted to combat the noticeable signs of aging, they were left with only one option: surgery. And while procedures like the facelift, brow lift, and eyelid lift all provide stunning results that are guaranteed to leave you looking and feeling younger, they come with some negative aspects. Surgical procedures are invasive, there are risks involved, and they are more expensive than their non-surgical counterparts.

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Everyone desires to keep their skin and facial structure looking youthful and refreshed, but not everyone is ready to undergo surgery. Whether it is fear of the knife, fear of looking as though work has been done, or the inability to take the one to two weeks of recovery time, surgery isn’t for everyone. Fortunately, advancements in non-surgical cosmetic procedures have created many treatments that provide similar results as surgery but without the incisions, scars, or downtime.

Injectable Treatments

Injectable treatments are among the fastest growing cosmetic procedures performed today. These injections address the signs of aging to rejuvenate your appearance. Here at Face Center LA, we are happy to provide our patients with several options for injectable facial treatments.

  • BOTOX® Cosmetic is the most widely known injectable treatment on the market. Made from botulinum toxin, BOTOX® Cosmetic eliminates crow’s feet, frown lines, forehead lines, and brow furrows by relaxing the muscles that cause the wrinkles.
  • RADIESSE® volumizing filler uses crystals that are injected beneath the skin to lessen the appearance of sagging, wrinkling, and folding on the face. It can also treat mild to severe cases of facial aging. RADIESSE® stimulates collagen production in the chin and cheeks, giving you more youthful, glowing, and natural-looking results.
  • Restylane® is a hyaluronic acid injectable that can be used to reduce the appearance of laugh, lipstick, and marionette lines. It can also plump lips regardless of whether the lips are naturally thin or have thinned over time.
  • JUVÉDERM® is another hyaluronic acid injectable that addresses fine lines, wrinkles, and places on the face that have lost volume, such as around the mouth, cheeks, and lips.

Non-invasive

These injectable treatments are non-invasive options for combating the signs of facial aging. There is no general anesthesia needed or a recovery period, nor are there long incisions or scarring. You may experience bruising, redness, and swelling in the initial days after the procedure, but this is minor and will not prevent you from going to work or participating in the activities you love.

Instant Results

With surgery, you have to wait weeks if not months to see your results. The results of facial injections, however, are noticeable immediately following the procedure or as soon as the swelling and redness subside. While these injectable treatments are not permanent, they can be long-lasting, ranging from a couple of months to one or two years, and the procedure can be repeated as necessary. Facial injections are a perfect introduction to cosmetic procedures, whether you are looking to combat the signs of aging or trying out fuller and more luscious lips.

Facial Rejuvenation

Injections, such as BOTOX® Cosmetic and facial fillers, are not your only option for non-surgical facial rejuvenation. Microneedling treats fine lines and wrinkles as well as scars, stretch marks, and skin texture irregularities by creating micro-wounds that increase blood flow. Additionally, our collection of signature facials may be all that is needed to restore your glowing and youthful complexion.

If you are interested in learning more about non-surgical facial rejuvenation, the staff at Face Center LA is here to help. Call us today at (310) 857-2088 to set up a consultation.

The answer to this question—and any question involving whether or not to undergo plastic surgery—will always be profoundly subjective and deeply personal. Any doctor with your best interest in mind will tell you that the motivation for having a facelift should be innate; it should aim to address your own self-confidence issues, refrain from being influenced by other commentator’s criticisms, and involve realistic expectations regarding the outcome of the procedure.

With that being said, flaccid or furrowed skin tissue often affects self-esteem in a severely detrimental way. Facial structures that were once paragons of beauty are affected by time; despite even the best efforts, signs of aging eventually catch up to all of us.

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What Can a Facelift Provide Me?

During their inception, facelift procedures (also referred to as a rhytidectomy) provided the smoothing of skin at the expense of a windblown appearance. With modern technology and technique development, the windblown look is in the past. Patients can enjoy a rejuvenated appearance without any of the drawbacks. Wrinkles, drooping skin, and facial sagging are all addressed through facelift surgery.

Why Should I Choose Face Center LA?

Face Center LA utilizes a method referred to as the SMAS (superficial musculoaponeurotic system) technique that provides numerous benefits to the patient. Rather than pulling only the top layer of tissue—standard for traditional facelifts—SMAS technique elevates three layers of skin, avoiding the overly tightened appearance on some facelift patients.

SMAS also deviates from the antiquated pull method of traditional facelift surgery. Initially, traditional facelifts pulled the skin horizontally, which is another culprit of the stretched-too-thin appearance; SMAS method facelifts pull the skin vertically, directly opposing the natural sag caused by gravity.

Do You Have the Time for the Recovery?

For most patients, the healing process will take anywhere between one and three weeks, depending on the severity of your surgery, your body’s capacity to heal, and your commitment to the best healing practices. Here are five ways to ensure a better recovery.

Note: the title says for breast augmentation surgery, but these practices are applicable to any type of recovery process.

It is typical to experience some bruising and swelling during the healing process, and it is best to avoid any sports or activities that could stress or strain your wounds.

If you are interested in learning more about facelift surgery, or if you would like to set up a consultation, contact Face Center LA today by calling 310-857-2088.

Traditionally, laser hair removal has only worked for women of lighter complexions and thinner hair strands. While the technology to serve women of color has been available commercially for a few years, it was not until recently that the procedure began to rise in popularity among women of darker skin tones and thicker hair follicles.

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At Face Center LA, we use Alma Laser technology to ensure we are able to accommodate and treat women and men of any complexion and hair type. Instead of using home remedies that may be damaging your skin, or having to manually remove your hair multiple times a week with a razor or hair removal cream, you may want to consider utilizing laser hair removal to permanently relieve the labor of hair maintenance.

How Does It Work?

The specialists at Face Center LA utilize the innovative technology within Alma Lasers’ Super Hair Removal™ (SHR™) method. The 810 Diode and 755 Alexandrite wavelengths are the most effective options for hair removal, and SHR™ emits both of these frequencies from a single device.

The wavelengths penetrate deep within the skin to deteriorate the integrity of the hair follicle. While this may sound hazardous to the skin, the unique wavelengths actually bypass the epidermis (top layer of the skin) to get down to the hair follicles. This makes the method safe and effective for any skin color, and despite the wave intensity, the procedure is virtually painless. Over the course of six-, nine-, and 12-month intervals, clinical trials have shown a permanent decrease in hair growth using this method.

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Am I a Candidate?

Anyone who is tired of hair maintenance—regardless of ethnicity, skin tone, or hair thickness— is a candidate for laser hair removal at Face Center LA. Laser hair removal can be done anywhere, but common areas of treatment include the legs, armpits, upper lips, chins, and bikini lines.

During your consultation, one of our specialists will meet with you to discuss your goals and the final appearance you would like to achieve. They will factor in all the qualities of your anatomy and provide a regimen they believe to be best suited for your particular needs.

If you would like to schedule a consultation, or if you would like to get more information on whether laser hair removal will be effective for your skin tone and hair thickness, feel free to give our office a call at 310-857-2088.

For many women, pulling the trigger on undergoing breast augmentation is a big decision that likely had a long consideration period, and the last thing any woman wants to do is jeopardize the results of her procedure. In order to ensure that you receive the best possible results after you’ve healed from your breast augmentation surgery, we have put together a list of 5 strategies you can follow during your recovery.

1. Plan Ahead

The first few days of recovery are typically the worst in regards to pain and discomfort. We have found that patients who take a little extra time to set up their resting area before surgery have the easiest time during their recovery process. Remote controls, cell phones, chargers, snacks, drinks, and medications are all items you can place strategically close to your recovery station prior to the surgery to save yourself the hassle of needing to leave bed while you’re healing.

It is extremely important to ensure you have a reliable means of being transported home after surgery. You will likely still be experiencing some of the effects of the anesthesia or other medication by the time you are discharged, and you will be required to have someone present with you who can drive to ensure you get home safely. Give this person as much notice as possible, because if you wait and are not able to lock someone down last minute, there is a strong possibility you will not be allowed to undergo surgery.

2. Manage Your Pain

We get it: being confined to one place during your recovery can cause all of those day-time television shows to blend together and make it easy to lose track of time and your sleeping habits. Unfortunately, when you don’t keep track of the hours, it is likely you will be putting yourself through unnecessary levels of pain or otherwise avoidable complications. It is important to take the medications you are prescribed at the times instructed. Setting periodic alarms on your phone or other smart device is an easy way to avoid missing a dosage.

It is common for patients to wake up in severe pain because they slept through a dosage. If you miss your pain medication, even by less than an hour, it will take some time for the medication to re-enter your system, which means that you will have to deal with that pain until the medication finally takes effect. If you are prescribed antibiotics, missing a dose could mean jeopardizing the entire regimen and putting yourself at risk for infection, which can be a very serious and dangerous complication.

3. Sleep

For most people, finding enough time to sleep is a rare luxury. We are surrounded by work, social, and other obligations that keep our bodies from ample amounts of rest. During the recovery period, take advantage of the opportunity to catch up on all the rest you have missed out on in the past week, month, or year leading up to the surgery. Not only is it a luxury you will rarely find yourself having, but it is also medically imperative that you limit your physical activities and provide your body with plenty of sleep to ensure a swift recovery.

4. Drink Water and Eat Healthily

Fitness girl with unhappy face and crying because of she does not like to eat vegetableRemember those snacks we mentioned earlier? While munching down on a family-sized bag of chips or slowly making your way through your favorite slow-churned gallon of ice cream might make you feel better emotionally and spiritually, it is in your best interest to swap out those sugary soft drinks and highly processed snacks for water and other nutritious options. The speed and quality of your recovery are solely determined by your body’s healing ability; providing it with the nutrients it needs to hone this process can have drastic effects on your final results.

5. Follow Your Aftercare Instructions

After every procedure, the doctor and nurses will go through the instructions you will need to follow in order to avoid infection and to ensure the optimal healing of scar tissue. Avoiding these instructions can cause permanent damage to the appearance and integrity of your operated area. In many cases, you may be asked to wear a specially designed supportive bra to prevent damage to the incision areas.

By following these 5 steps (yes, even step number 4), you will provide yourself with the most optimal healing results and bring yourself much closer to your ideal breast augmentation.

If you have any questions about the healing process or what constitutes a “healthy” snack, or if you would like to schedule a consultation for a breast augmentation, feel free to contact our office at 310-857-2088.

Close up photo collage of woman showing her skin body with arrowsFor many people, wrinkles, cellulite, and loose skin are an unfortunate, unwanted part of the aging process. Many men and women turn to plastic surgery to help alleviate some of these issues we all begin to face at some point in our lives, but there is another option that can offer results that rival even the most effective plastic surgery procedures. The best part: it is completely non-invasive and painless.

What Is JuVaShape™?

JuVaShape™ is a non-invasive procedure that utilizes state-of-the-art radiofrequency technology to combat the aging process. After massaging the skin at a frequency of 40.68 MHz, the body naturally excretes unwanted cellulite cells, creating instant and noticeable results in the most problematic areas in the face or throughout the body.

The nature of the procedure allows our doctors to pinpoint problem areas to focus on to ensure the most effective results per visit. Unlike plastic surgery, there is no recovery time or postoperative follow-up appointment required. Incisions, grafts, anesthesia, nips, or skin tucks have no place in this procedure. In fact, most people who undergo this treatment often liken their experience to a warm massage.

What Can JuVaShape™ Help With?

JuVaShape™ is one of the best options to treat any of the following:

  • Uneven skin texture
  • Wrinkles
  • Cellulite

JuVaShape™ is a versatile procedure that can be used for a variety of issues that many people traditionally turn to plastic surgery for. The concentrated thermal energy of the procedure loosens cellulite while simultaneously tightening the surrounding skin, resulting in a smoother, slimmer final appearance.

What Should I Expect After the Procedure?

After the procedure, you can expect immediate results throughout any massaged areas. Depending on the sensitivity of the treatment area, you may experience mild swelling or redness.

For more information or to schedule an appointment and determine the best JuVaShape™ program for your needs, call 310-857-2088.