Category: Face

Brow Lift or BOTOX? Understanding Your Options for Rejuvenating the Upper Face

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No matter how much joie de vivre you possess, a furrowed brow and drooping eyelids can make you appear tired, unhappy, angry, or simply give you a worn-out look. Since the eyelids and brow are closely related, both areas are often simultaneously affected as skin laxity sets in and tissues in the upper face begin to droop downward. Fortunately, both surgical and non-surgical techniques can be used to help turn […]

Can BOTOX Treat Depression? A New Study Suggests Yes

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We call injectable botulinum neurotoxin “BOTOX,” just like we call tissues “Kleenex.” But there are a variety of botulinum neurotoxin formulas that are used to treat wrinkles, chronic headaches, and excessive sweating, among other conditions. And we have new reason to believe this family of injectable neurotoxins may have antidepressant effects. Here in our Asheville plastic surgery office, I offer patients both BOTOX® and Dysport®—onabotulinumtoxinA and abobotulinumtoxinA, respectively. When injected, […]

Is Age Discrimination Motivating More People to Have Plastic Surgery?

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Well over 200,000 Americans had some type of facial plastic surgery last year; more than 3 million underwent a non-surgical aesthetic treatment, such as Botox, fillers, or laser resurfacing. It seems safe to assume that a large percentage of these men and women chose to have a procedure to help them look a few years younger, or at least to help them maintain a more youthful appearance into the future. […]

Can Rhinoplasty Make You More Instantly Likeable? A New Study Examines the Impact of Nose Surgery on First Impressions

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While people choose to have cosmetic surgery for many reasons, most simply want to feel more confident in their own skin. What others will think is rarely the main motivation. That said, many of our Asheville cosmetic surgery patients have reported more positive social interactions after certain procedures, and there is new research to back up this anecdotal evidence. Can getting a new nose help you make a better first […]

Want Beautiful Skin? Revisit the Basics, Starting With Learning How to Properly Wash Your Face

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It’s fair to say most people who care about their skin’s appearance understand the importance of daily cleansing and skincare, but according to Self, many of us use outdated habits and could improve even the simplest aspects of our routines. Here are a few areas where Self wants to challenge your assumptions, plus ideas for how to master the basics. Wash your face before bed and again in the morning […]

How Much Time You’ll Need to Take Off Work When You Have Plastic Surgery

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One thing I love about being a plastic surgeon is that every patient has different needs and goals, and every case is different. But if there is one question nearly all of my patients ask at their consultation, it’s this: how long is the recovery? In fact, I’d be surprised if a patient didn’t ask. Every plastic surgery procedure requires some time out of your regular work and activity schedule […]

7 Facts About Cosmetic Injectables

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With just shy of 10 million treatments performed last year alone according to the American Society of Plastic Surgery (ASPS), it may seem like everyone around you is in the know about cosmetic injectables: BOTOX, Dysport, and fillers such as Juvederm, Restylane and Radiesse. Injectable treatments are the most popular cosmetic procedures in the U.S. for good reason—they offer a quick, cost-effective and zero-downtime option to smooth wrinkles and plump […]

How Your Skin Changes as You Age

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When we think of aging skin, three things likely come to mind: wrinkles, wrinkles and more wrinkles! But the skin is a complex organ that endures significant wear and tear over the course of our lives. Sun exposure, air pollution, stress, nutrition, and hormonal fluctuations—not to mention your daily skincare habits—all influence how your skin looks at any given age. Oprah.com recently published an article outlining how your skin ages, […]

What One Author Wishes She’d Known Before Her Rhinoplasty

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If you’ve been thinking about getting a new nose, chances are you’ve spent some time Googling your way through mounds of information on rhinoplasty surgery and recovery. While looking at before and after photos and FAQs are a great way to learn, it’s also helpful to hear first-hand accounts from patients who’ve undergone a nose job themselves—and we’ve found a fantastic example. In this article from Refinery 29, author Jacqueline […]

Not Your Mama’s Facelift: How Plastic Surgery Has Improved Over the Years

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Cosmetic medical procedures are at an all-time high. Over 17 million procedures were performed in 2016—that’s a whopping 180% increase since 2000, and averages to a procedure for 1 in every 20 Americans, just in the last year. Given this surge in popularity, it’s likely that at least a few people you know have had work done. But if you haven’t noticed, don’t be surprised: cosmetic enhancements are much harder […]