Skin Care for Your Twenties, Thirties, and Forties

The Best Skin Care for Your Twenties, Thirties, and Forties

Skincare is incredibly important, no matter what your age. Developing a great skincare routine early on will set you up for success as the years start to tick by. Each generation needs different products according to their skin’s need, but far too often we see clients using the same products they did when they were teenagers. Below we’ve listed everything you need to know to keep your skin healthy and fresh at any age!

For your Twenties

What you should focus on: In your twenties, you should spend time developing a skincare routine that will keep you hydrated and protect you from skin damage. Try to increase your water intake. Water is the body’s best detoxifier and getting into a habit of drinking plenty of it will mean your skin will look healthy and fresh no matter your age. Also, you’ll want to invest in sunscreen for your face. This habit is one you want to start now to protect you from premature wrinkles and sunspots.

What you should avoid: The worst thing you can do in your twenties is making a habit of sleeping in your makeup. Most twenty-year-olds are in school or working their first career job and regardless of how late or tired, a good cleansing habit will keep your skin free from bacteria. Fortunately, in your twenties, your skin is still producing higher levels of collagen which means you don’t need to focus too heavily on anti-aging creams. Just keep the skin hydrated with plenty of water and moisturizer.

For Your Thirties

What you should focus on: trying to reduce anxiety and stress because they wreak havoc on the skin. A lot of women in their thirties are accelerating their careers, getting married, or having kids. All of which can prove to be very stressful. Choose anti-aging products with multiple ingredients like antioxidants and retinoid to help with cell development. Hyaluronic acid is found naturally in the body and gives skin plumpness. When shopping for facial products, make sure it’s listed in the ingredients as well.

What you should avoid: If possible try to allow yourself as much time for sleep. It will not only keep your skin looking fresh but keep the dark circles at bay. You can also start using AHA products that have natural acids in them to help reduce fine lines, wrinkles and increase cell production. It’s a form of exfoliation, and it does fantastic things for your skin. It also makes it easier for your skin to absorb all the amazing anti-aging products by dissolving the dead skin that is sitting on your face.

For Your Forties

What you should focus on: Your collagen levels fluctuate a lot in your forties which means you should invest in a perfect retinoid cream to combat any fine lines or wrinkles. You’ll also want to focus on heavier moisturizers. For most people, our skin dries as we age and becomes sensitive. These issues can lead to red, inflamed skin and a deep, heavy facial cream locks in moisture. Look for one that has ceramides or fatty acids in the ingredients.

What you should avoid: If your skin has become super dry, you can skip the morning face wash if it was a part of your routine. Dry skin looks dull and clogs pores. Additionally, it enhances the appearance of wrinkles which is not something we want. You’ll also want to stop ignoring problem areas. If sunspots or deep wrinkles just don’t dissipate no matter what you do, there are skin laser treatments and injectables that can remove age spots and plump out skin.

If you are ready to talk about a treatment plan for younger, healthier looking skin, call 615-329-900 today! One of our expert members of staff can walk you through the best options available to achieve the results you want! Don’t delay, and book your appointment today!

Biggest Beauty Trends for 2018

Biggest Beauty Trends for 2018

The new year is here, bringing with it fresh beauty trends. 2018 is all about celebrating what you were born with and enhancing what you already have. The focus is shifting to a more natural look in makeup, hair, and cosmetic trends. Below we’ve compiled a list of the top beauty trends people will be requesting and using in 2018.

Natural Makeup

Forget heavy, caked on foundations and powders; celebrities are now minimizing the amount of makeup they apply and focusing instead on their natural features. This means ditching the heavy use of highlighters on the cheeks, nose, and under the eyebrow. The idea is to enhance your natural beauty. You’ll see this look a lot on the red carpet, especially at this year’s Oscars.

The Longer, the Better

Lobs and Bobs will take a back seat because Rapunzel hair is the new length for 2018. The 90’s are back with luscious locks falling to a hip-grazing length and a middle part. If you decided to chop it all off last year, you don’t have to wait years for it to grow out, just invest in some quality hair extensions.

Products The Multi-Task

In 2017, the Korean 10-step beauty routine was a huge hit. It was great for keeping your skin looking healthy and bright, but also an excellent way to pamper yourself. However, in 2018 products will focus on being multitaskers that will promise to fix more than one issue in a single application. They should balance out skin tone, hydrate, and smooth texture.

Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation continues to be one of the most popular cosmetic procedures, but it looks a little different in 2018. Requests to look like Pamela Andersons or Dolly Parton has tapered off and now, most women prefer the healthy size of Taylor Swift or Jennifer Lawrence. The idea is having enough to work with, without looking like you’ve had any surgery done. Small and perky is the most requested size.

Blondes Have More Fun

The biggest hair color trend for 2018 is all about blondes, but just not the way you think. Instead of applying root to tip, leave the roots dark and style with a tasseled wave for the ultimate look. You’ll also want to skip the bleach because it’s all about a warm, rich tone that compliments your natural glow.

A New Red Lip

A red lip never goes out of style, and this year it’s going to get a new update. You can now sport red lipstick in glitter and metallic. These fresh finishes give lips extra dimension and glamour. Shades vary from deep rich raspberry to a bright cherry which means regardless of your undertones, you can find a shade that works for you.

Face Oil

Coconut and argan oil are fantastic for your face, but 2018 will introduce us to the moringa oil. It mimics the oil your skin naturally produces making it easy to apply to any skin type. It’s lightweight, so it nourishes deeply and works well on dry skin. This oil is also following the multitasking trend by working as an excellent moisturizer for the face, body, and hands.

Acid Peels

Acids peels had a moment in the early 2000’s, and they are making a comeback in two ways. There are gentle at home grades you can apply every day with retinol cream, and then there are the advanced versions you can get done in a Medspa. For example, Vitamin C peel works wonders for treating uneven skin tone, acne, scarring, fine lines, and wrinkles. The Vitamin C Peel sloughs off dead skin leaving you fresh and radiant. This also allows for you skin to better absorb that multitasking product you are using on your face. 

To book your facial peel or to schedule a consultation call 615-329-3900 today!

5 Ways to Refresh Your Skin This Winter

5 Ways to Refresh Your Skin This Winter

It’s hard to believe, but it’s that time of year again. The holidays are among us which means loads of time spent with family and friends celebrating and in this digital age you can expect lots of photos! It’s easy to forget about your skincare routine between all the planning and gift shopping, so we’ve put together five ways to refresh your skin just in time for those holiday memories!

Deep condition

The winter months bring about the colder weather which lacks moisture and harsh winds only make your skin worse. Protecting yourself from dryness will eliminate red, flaky skin. We highly recommend swapping out your lotion for a cream moisturizer. While most brands will offer both options, the most significant difference between the two is the water content. Lotions have a higher volume of water that leads to dry skin in the winter. Swapping out your current option with cream provides your skin with a protective layer against dehydration. We love Cerave creams; they are the number one dermatologist recommended facial moisturizer and come in a variety of thicknesses for all skin types.

Medical Peel

Medical peels are a great way to restore skin elasticity and brighten the face which is exactly what you want when it comes to holiday photos. There are a few medical peels that provide amazing results that are perfect for this time of year:

Phyto-Pumpkin Peel – This enzyme peel helps glycolic-sensitive skin. It contains Vitamin A and Beta Carotene, ideal for adding a healthy glow to the surface. Because of the gentle exfoliation, this peel works on all skin types, especially those prone to rosacea.

VI Peel® – The VI Peel® contains a synergistic blend of ingredients suitable for all skin types. This peel works at the cellular level to tackle skin problems such as fine lines, wrinkles, and shrinking enlarged pores. With the help of many acids and vitamins, it’s efficient at reducing hyperpigmentation and acne.

Illuminize Peel – Known as the “Liquid Microdermabrasion,” this light peel contains Phytic, Mandelic, Malic, and Salicylic Acids, along with Resorcinol, to rejuvenate the skin. Because it is a lighter treatment, it works well for teens or those who have never had a medical peel.

Drink Plenty of Water

It’s hard to hear, but we highly suggest putting down that Pumpkin Spiced Latte and picking up a glass of water. It’s easy to believe that you need to drink more water in the summer rather than winter due to the humidity, but the lack of moisture during these colder months causes unnecessary dehydration. Your skin is your largest organ but is usually the last to receive nutrients. It should be noted that there is a difference between dry and dehydrated skin. Dry skin is a condition you’re born with, and you know it pertains to you because other areas of your body (hands, feet, scalp) are also dry. Dehydrated skin appears when your water intake is low. Either way, your entire body will benefit from an increase of water, by flushing out toxins and plumping up your skin.

Face Fillers

If you want to plump up your skin and reverse signs of aging, face fillers are a great option. There are two kinds to choose from:

Injectables: Injectables is a blanket term for a procedure that transfers product directly into the skin and muscle tissue via a syringe to help reduce the signs of aging. Botox and Fillers both use this method and obtain favorable results, but they each perform in entirely different ways. We’ll discuss the differences below so you can choose which one is right for you.

Fillers: Fillers differ from Botox because they are injected into the contours of your face, not to paralyze, but to add volume or plump specific areas.

Some fillers are made with hyaluronic acid which fills in wrinkles. Hyaluronic acid is a substance your body naturally produces to keep skin plump and hydrated. Since it already occurs in the body, these fillers are less likely to cause an allergic reaction. The filler itself has a gel-like consistency that is injected into the skin to smooth fine lines.

Are you ready to tackle the holidays with your best glow forward? Contact Marvel Cosmetic Surgery by calling 615-329-900 to book one of these amazing treatments today!

10 Gift Suggestions from Marvel Cosmetic Surgery

10 Gift Suggestions from Marvel Cosmetic Surgery

The holiday season is here, and that means Christmas shopping is in full swing. If you are looking for a unique way to show that special someone just how much you appreciate them, why not treat them to special treatment from Marvel Cosmetic Surgery. They can pamper themselves with one of our Medspa services or enhance their figure with one of our surgical treatments. We offer a variety of options, but we’ve compiled a list of some of our most popular treatments!

#1 Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion is a popular skin rejuvenation treatment that reduces dead skin cells and stimulates new cell growth. It is often used to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, sun damage, large pores and other skin imperfections.

#2 IPL Facial Rejuvenation

Intense Pulsed Light, or IPL, improves the appearance skin on the face and body with little-to-no downtime. By treating broken capillaries and age spots (sun-induced freckles), IPL creates smoother looking skin through a process called photo-rejuvenation. IPL reduces redness and brown spots on the face, neck, hands, chest, arms, and legs.

#3 SkinPen

SkinPen uses fine “microneedles” to create microscopic channels in the skin. These channels allow products to penetrate into the deeper layers of the skin, resulting in better treatment outcomes. The treatment takes about 15-30 minutes and can be used on any part of the body. As the skin repairs itself, new collagen and elastin production is triggered, creating healthier skin. Results are noticeable after only one treatment. Improvement continues with a series of treatments.

#4 CO2 Laser Treatment

At Marvel Cosmetic Surgery, we achieve a quality of care and surgical results by incorporating the latest techniques and procedures in our practice. As advocates of minimally invasive procedures, we are proud to announce the addition of the Phoenix 15 CO2 Laser. Read on to discover the benefits. It can help with:

  • Skin Resurfacing
  • Hand Rejuvenation
  • Feminine Rejuvenation

With multiple uses, your gift can be customized to the needs of your special someone!

#5 Botox/Fillers

Treat your loved one to youthful skin with Botox or Fillers. Injectables and dermal fillers lessen the effects of aging skin by restoring volume to hollowed areas and restore the contours and smoothness of the face. These non-surgical treatments work in various ways to provide fullness and lift to problem areas by smoothing out wrinkles, plumping flat lips and correcting hollowed skin areas.

#6 Fat Transfer

Noninvasive fat transfers add volume to the skin in the face and hands, giving you a more rested, youthful appearance. Using your body’s own unwanted fat, the procedure can reduce crow’s feet, laugh lines and ridges that appear as a regular part of aging. Along with improving the skin’s appearance and reversing the signs of aging, fat transfers can also repair and reconstruct skin that’s been damaged by trauma or surgery.

#7 SlimLipo

Give the gift of firmer skin with a SlimLipo treatment. SlimLipo™ is a liposuction technique that uses laser wavelengths to dissolve fat. With a few tiny incisions, this laser gently “melts” fat for quick and permanent results. Like other laser treatments, the improvements are multifaceted. Since the lasers stimulate skin cells into producing collagen and elastin, you can also tighten up the skin, so you aren’t left with any sagging or wrinkles.

#8 Lip Augmentation

Make every day a moment under the mistletoe with lip augmentation. Lip augmentation is a cosmetic procedure that adds volume and fullness to the lips. The most common method is the use of injectable fillers. However, there are a variety of ways including fat transfers and surgical lip implants to achieve a plump pout.

#9 Mini Tummy Tuck

Give the gift of an enhanced silhouette with a mini tummy tuck. A mini tummy tuck is a surgical procedure that flattens the look of the belly, but with less invasive techniques than a standard tummy tuck. It renders a shorter scar, and primarily focuses on excess skin and abdominal wall laxity below the belly button.

#10 Mommy Makeover

Our Mommy Makeover is the complete package of services you can put together to address any problem areas that are a concern. The overall results help reduce the effects of childbearing on your body. Depending on what areas you’d like to address, we will help you narrow down what combinations will work best for you. One of the great things about a Mommy Makeover is that it is completely customizable and tailored to the needs of your giftee.

Maintaining Your Results After Liposuction

Maintaining Your Results After Liposuction

Liposuction is an excellent way to reduce stubborn fat. With many advancements in technology, there now are many ways to achieve fantastic results! But fat cells are something the body continues to produce, so if you don’t maintain a healthy lifestyle after liposuction, you could sabotage your results. Fortunately, there are some easy ways to maintain your new figure! Read on to learn more about ways to maintain your liposuction results.

Eat Healthy Carbs

There is too much material floating around shaming carbohydrates. Yes, excessive intake of pasta, bread, and sweet cakes aren’t good for your health, but that doesn’t mean skipping out on carbs altogether. What your body needs is a balance of healthy carbs to give you energy. Focus on nutrient-dense foods that are high in fiber. Slow releasing, they keep you satisfied longer helping to reduce the desire to snack on unhealthy foods because they are convenient. If you are looking for ways to add healthy carbs to your diet, you can start by swapping white pasta and bread for whole grain. Barely, peas, acorn squash, and beans are fantastic options for adding healthy carbs into your meals.

Exercise Often

Admittedly, we too wish there was a way around it, but there isn’t. If you want to maintain your new figure, you’re going to have to exercise. You don’t need to take up marathon training or lifting heavy weights if that’s not what you’re in to, but finding a way to increase your heart rate for at least thirty minutes a day is optimal to maintain your results. Your exercise could be in the form of walking outside or on a treadmill, running, yoga, dancing, or CrossFit. Ideally, you’ll want to pick something that interests you because it’s something you because you are ultimately looking for a lifestyle change rather than a quick fix!

Increase Water Intake

Water consumption is incredibly beneficial for the body and for keeping your lipo results! By drinking several glasses a day, you are providing your body with the necessary tools to flush out toxins. If too many toxins start to store, you are looking at an increase in fat cell production. Water is also an excellent and organic way to satiate hunger. We aren’t trying to say skip meals, but we often confuse hunger pains for thirst and omit drinking liquids altogether. Ideally, if you are beginning to feel “hungry” but you know you’ve had a good sized meal within the last one to two hours, try drinking water to see if it relieves the symptoms before indulging in a snack.

Don’t Skip Meals

Speaking of not skipping meals, eating is critical to keep your liposuction results long after you’ve had your procedure. When you don’t eat breakfast, skip lunch, or go to bed without dinner, you are putting your body under unnecessary stress. The first thing that happens is your blood sugar takes a dive. The organic and natural sugars found in fruits and veggies are precisely what the body needs for energy. By removing these options from your diet, your metabolism starts to slow down because your primal brain thinks you are going through a famine and will store fat for survival. The first place the body will store fat is around the midsection to protect vital organs, and if you’ve recently had liposuction, it’s more than likely this is the area where you had it removed.

If you are ready to see how liposuction can give you the curves you’ve always wanted, call us at 615-329-3900 or contact us to book your consultation today!

How to Combat Collagen Loss

How to Combat Collagen Loss

Collagen and its loss is often talked about in terms of age. True, it’s a sign that the body is getting older and the reproduction is slowing down, however, external factors like pollution and exposure to the sun are also damaging. It’s never too early or late to boost collagen production and we’ve put together some of our best tips to do so!

How Collagen Works

Before we dive too far into the how-to, let’s take a quick look at what collagen does for you. From birth, your body produces collagen, which is a protein found in bones, skin, tendons, blood vessels, and the digestive system. It is always in a state of creation and destruction, but as you age, the production part slows down dramatically. For joints and tendons, collagen works like glue to help keep them supple and preventing injury. For the skin, it works to help regenerate cells and give the skin elasticity. When the skin’s collagen begins to destruct quickly, you are left with sagging and wrinkles.

Bone Broth

Bone broth or “stock,” is a process in which tendons, ligaments, bones, and cartilage are heated in water for a period eventually releasing healing compounds like collagen, glycine, glutamine and many others. By incorporating bone broth into your diet, you are providing your body with extra collagen that it doesn’t have to produce and improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin.

Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic Acid(HA) is a clear substance your body produces naturally to help with lubrication of the skin and joints. You also might recognize the name from expensive face creams and washes. Many dermatologists love to recommend Hyaluronic Acid because it improves the look and texture of your skin. When your skin has moisture, fine lines and wrinkles are less noticeable. You can incorporate HA into your routine through the use of injectables, creams, serums, lotions, and supplements.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is used in every part of the collagen production process making it vital for boosting collagen production. It’s able to help maintain current collagen in your skin by protecting it from free radicals. The great news about supplementing with Vitamin C is it’s water soluble, meaning your body will remove what it doesn’t need so you can safely add this nutrient to your beauty routine.

Fish Oil

Omega-3 is a substance that is not produced naturally by the body, which means we have to supplement or incorporate Omega-3 rich foods like fish oil into our diets. There are numerous benefits to upping your intake such as:

  • Decreasing inflammation
  • Healthier Hair
  • Better moods
  • Healthier Heart
  • Improved brain function

Regarding healthy skin, fish oil nourishes the skin with fats and provides vitamins to keep the skin smooth and elastic. This helps to reduce wrinkles, fine lines, and prevent skin from sagging.

Sunscreen and Face Wash

One of the best ways to protect your skin from external damage is by applying sunscreen daily. Collagen isn’t just lost in the aging process, free radicals from pollution and routine exposure to the sun will deplete collagen you already have in addition to slowing the process of new collagen forming. It’s important to practice a healthy skin care routine with a face wash that draws out impurities without drying the skin. Wearing sunscreen gives the additional protection from further damage to production. When buying sunscreen look for 15SPF – 30SPF, because anything lower or higher won’t be helpful.

10 Tips for Better Breast Health

10 Tips for Better Breast Health

For Breast Cancer Awareness month, we want to focus on various ways to improve breast health. Below are our top tips to ensure you are taking care of your breasts all year round.

1. Perform self-breast exams

A self-breast exam is a simple step-by-step approach to check the health of your breast’s tissue. Though easy, this is often neglected by both men and women to screen for cancer. By lifting your right arm over your head, use the left hand to massage the breast gently feeling for any lumps and bumps. Every person’s normal is different, but on average the tissue should feel like lumpy oatmeal. If anything, larger is detected, seek out a medical professional for a second opinion. They can also help you identify what should feel healthy for you.

2. Wear a bra that fits

Most women don’t wear the correct bra size. Wearing the right bra size will reduce pressure around the rib cage from the bra’s underwire. It will also reduce the pressure on the surrounding muscles and tissue, which can cause them to stretch or sometimes snap.

Your sports bra should also provide the best support it can for any exercise you do. This is essential in maintaining your breast’s overall health. The weight of the breasts moving while running, walking, or lifting is significant. To reduce sagging breast tissue, make sure you are wearing a highly supportive sports bra when participating in any running or HIIT exercise.

3. Maintain a healthy weight

Speaking of exercise, maintaining a healthy weight is crucial for the overall health of the body. Physical activity gets the blood moving and increases the flow of the Lymphatic system.  By doing this, the body flushes unnecessary toxins that could cause cysts. Fortunately, you don’t have to start taking up running or other high-intensity training to reap the benefits. Daily walks and yoga get the heart rate up enough to see benefits.

4. Stop smoking

Smoking is bad for all over health and is often seen as the root cause for many health related issues.

5. Sleep well

A good night’s sleep is important to reduce stress. Most people don’t think about stress and health, but it is very damaging to the body. Make sure to remove your bra before bedtime and allow your breasts time to rest too. 

6. Reduce fat intake

A diet rich in fruits and vegetables provide the body with nourishing nutrients for optimal health.

7. Supplement with vitamins

Vitamin D is well known for its contribution to great breast health. You can also take Omega 3 and Turmeric to increase health naturally.

8. Indulge in chocolate

We prefer the raw cacao, which is packed full of nutrients that are great for the body and breast health. Understandably, cacao can be quite bitter, so we recommend choosing at least 60% dark chocolate.

9. Reduce alcohol consumption

Alcohol is considered a macronutrient, which means it only supplies energy to the body. Some studies have shown women who drink alcohol are 1.5 times more likely to develop breast cancer.

10. Never skip your annual screening

Included with every pap-smear is a breast exam. Neither should be forgotten or avoided if you want to take your health seriously!

Call 615-329-3900 or contact us to set up your initial consultation.

Breast Reconstruction Surgery After a Mastectomy

Breast Reconstruction Surgery After a Mastectomy

For woman who have undergone a mastectomy, breast reconstruction surgery is a great option to restore the shape or rebuild the breast altogether. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, let’s take a closer look at all the options available.

Breast implants and a mastectomy:

First, we should mention that anyone having reconstructive breast surgery does not need to worry about time limitations. Whether as part of treatment for cancer or as a preventative measure, reconstructive surgery can happen at any stage during the mastectomy or after. Even several years after.

Below we list several options to consider based on your personal taste and budget.

Implant types to consider for breast reconstruction:

Implants come in two shapes: round and teardrop. Each shape gives a different look, so it is important to choose what looks best on your figure.

Round:

Round is quite an attractive shape, and the implant looks like a flat disc. What’s great about the round implant is the variety of options available to achieve different projections (the distance from the chest wall in profile). Round implants are optimal for overall volume, filling out the top of the breast, and getting better cleavage. Because of their symmetry, you won’t have to worry about implant rotation. However, some may feel the result might look more artificial.

Teardrop:

The second option is the teardrop shape, which closely mimics the natural shape of the breast. This option, though it holds less filler at the top, actually delivers the most projection, as the bulk of its volume sits at the bottom of the implant. Teardrop implants can also be pricier than the round. The texturized implants reduce the risk of movement or rotation and therefore cost a bit more. This is something to consider if your budget plays a factor in your final decision. However, if you want to go larger with less risk of looking “done,” the teardrop shape is for you.

How to choose a cup size:

Because everyone’s shape is different, individual cup sizes will look different on each body. It’s best when researching to focus on the overall look rather than the actual cup. For some leaner frames, a DD might be too big and in the end not have enough breast tissue to accommodate such a jump in scale. A larger framed woman, however, who wants the same DD might find that this cup size doesn’t yield the desired projection and might find a more generous cup works better. In reality, size is relative, and it’s best to discuss with your doctor what your visions are so they can help you achieve the most suitable option for you.

Saline and silicone implants? Pros and Cons:

Silicone Implants

Pros:

  • Natural look
  • Natural feel
  • Low rate of ripping/wrinkling
  • Lighter than saline
  • Maintains perkier shape

Cons:

  • Longer scar because implants inserted are pre-filled
  • Higher price point
  • Might incur late capsular contracture
  • MRI required need to detect rupture

Saline Implants

Pros:

  • Lower rate of revision surgery
  • Capsular contracture is low
  • Shorter scar
  • Lower cost
  • Now need for MRI if leakage occurs

Cons:

  • Can sometimes look too round
  • Feel unnatural and stiff
  • Higher rate of downward displacement
  • Heavier than silicon

To learn more about options, call 615-329-3900 to speak to one of our expert members of staff and schedule a consultation.

Best Procedures to Reduce the Signs of Aging

Best Procedures to Reduce the Signs of Aging

 

Reduce Signs of Aging

The easiest way is to start drinking plenty of water and make sure to apply sun screen and moisturizer daily. However, even with meticulous care, frown lines and wrinkles will happen. Because September is National Healthy Aging Month, we want to share with you the best procedures to reduce the signs of aging.

Botox

Botox is widely known for its use to reduce the signs of aging. With a few quick injections, deep lines between brows, crow’s feet, and laugh lines are all reduced in appearance.

Botox works by using Botulinum toxins, which are injected directly into the facial muscle to restrict muscle movement. Deeply etched lines in the face, often created by intense concentration or constant furrowing, will smooth out with regular use. Regular Botox treatments mean preventing new creases from forming while smoothing out the appearance of what you already have.

Injectables

Fillers differ from Botox because they are injected into the contours of your face, not to paralyze, but to add volume or plump specific areas.

Made with hyaluronic acid fillers smooth out wrinkles. Hyaluronic acid is a substance your body naturally produces to keep skin plump and hydrated. Since it already occurs in the body, these fillers are less likely to cause an allergic reaction. The filler itself has a gel-like consistency that is injected into the skin to smooth fine lines. These particular fillers can last from 6 to 12 months before being absorbed. Brands such as Juvederm, Juvederm Voluma, and Restylane are all options for those who are interested in the Hyaluronic Acid option.

Fat Transfers

Noninvasive fat transfers – or micro-lipo injection – add volume to the skin in the face and hands, giving you a more rested, youthful appearance. By using your body’s unwanted fat, the procedure reduces crow’s feet, laugh lines and ridges that appear as a normal part of aging. Along with improving the skin’s appearance and reversing the signs of aging, fat transfers can also repair and reconstruct skin damaged by trauma or surgery.

Vitamin C Peel

Vitamin C is one of the best-known defenses against free radicals. This peel is an option for anyone who suffers from acne because it deeply cleanses the pores and provides an anti-bacterial action to prevent acne from reappearing. The acid found in Vitamin C also works as a bleaching agent, which can help restore imbalanced skin tone and help fade blemishes.

Vitalize Peel

The Vitalize Peel uses a combination of AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acids and Beta Hydroxy Acids), along with Retinol, to give a more corrective exfoliation for the skin. Our most popular facial treatment and suitable for melasma, sun damage, acne, post hyper-inflammatory acne, fine lines and all-over tone and texture of skin. For best results, you should consider a series of three visits.

CO2 Laser

CO2 laser is the latest technology for skin resurfacing. It’s designed to help remove wrinkles around the eyes, forehead, and cheeks. The laser works by gently vaporizing the outer layer of sun-damaged or acne scarring to reveal smooth, fresh new skin underneath. Similarly, the laser works to phase out fine lines and wrinkles. The procedure gives your physician control over the application. Recovery time lasts about two weeks and works best for lighter skin tones.

If you would like to see what Dr. Marvel and his team can do for you, call 615-329-3900 to book a consultation today!

Butt Augmentation 101: Everything You Need to Know

Butt Augmentation

 

Buttock augmentation is one of the fastest growing surgeries and one of our most recommended operations in 2017. With so many different options available to achieve the curves you want, we’ve put together a guide to everything you need to know about Butt Augmentation.

The Operation

There are several different options for butt augmentation depending on the needs of the patient. The most common request in our Nashville office are patients who want implants or a fat transfer.

The butt implant procedure begins with a vertical incision in the upper part of the gluteal fold. From here, the implants can be inserted and shaped. The size and shape of the implants are determined during your initial consultation.

Another contouring option is using fat tissue from your body and injecting it into your buttocks. This procedure begins with fat aspiration from an area of your body, which is filtrated and injected into the buttocks to create a rounder shape.

Expect Some Change in Shape

The results after having implants will be immediate, but if you choose to have fat transfers, it can take 6 – 12 months for the grafts to settle. Usually, 60% – 80% of the fat survives after a transfer, but that percentage could change with weight fluctuation. If you gain weight that percentage will increase, however with weight loss you could lose some volume in the buttocks. If you are currently trying to lose weight, it may be advisable to wait until you’ve achieved your goal.

The Healing Time for Implants is Longer Than Fat Transfers

Since the implant procedure is more involved surgically than having fat transferred, recovery time from implants will take longer. Sitting will be almost nonexistent for up to 3 weeks since you won’t be able to put much if any pressure on the buttocks. You can sleep face down or on your side, but you’ll need to limit the amount you are on your back. This is both for placement and comfort. Exercise will be nonexistent for 6 – 8 weeks, as your body needs to recover from the surgery.

Am I a Good Candidate for Butt Augmentation?

If you have always yearned for an hourglass figure, you may be a good candidate for buttock augmentation. This procedure can successfully give you the rounder, firmer backside that you’ve been coveting. Those with stretch marks, cellulite, and loose, hanging skin, also benefit from this type of procedure.

Because this kind of procedure is considered major surgery, a consultation with Dr. Marvel is required to discuss the desired results and prepare you for pre and post operation.

If you are ready to see a curvier silhouette, call (615) 329-3900 to book a consultation today!