1. The doctor’s summer refresher course


    Sam RizkIf you have been thinking about, little personal touch up.  

    Board-certified facial plastic surgeon Sam Rizk (www.drsamrizk.com) is known for giving patients a natural look. He says summer vacation — when the kids are away or you have a few weeks off from work — can be the perfect time for a little facial freshening.
     
    Here Dr. Rizk’s suggestions for what can be accomplished in a few short weeks:

    The 30s
    For this group, summer is the best time to focus on freshening up the eyes, the "windows to the soul." Botox and laser resurfacing can reduce the appearance of crow’s feet and other wrinkles.

    According to The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS), Botox is the second most popular aesthetic procedure, second only to rhinoplasty (a nose job), in women aged 22 to 34.

    Women in their 30s may also feel self conscious about drooping and puffy upper and lower eyelids. To remedy this, Dr. Rizk recommends blepharoplasty, an advanced scar-less technique using an incision inside the lower eyelid. This procedure is usually performed in an office with local anesthesia in less than 45 minutes.  Blepharoplasty can also be done on the upper eyelids.

    The 40s

    This is the time when women begin to notice sagging around the jaw line. During this decade, a neck lift could be just the ticket to a fresher, more youthful appearance.

    As we age, muscles become loose and drop underneath the skin. Dr. Rizk’s surgical approach to a neck lift addresses the deeper tissue by going under the muscle and sliding it backwards into its original youthful position. This technique results in less bruising and swelling. Scars heal better and quicker because there is no tension on superficial layers of the skin. This lift results in a natural, softer look that creates definition along the jaw line and neck, not tightness.

    The 50s

    By the time a woman reaches her 50s, a facelift is the second most popular procedure, following the brow lift according to the AAFPRS. Dr. Rizk recommends a customized approach to any face lift in order to achieve a long lasting, natural result and rapid recovery.

    As we age, gravity, sun-exposure, genetic factors, smoking, pollution, and life stresses all combine to loosen and sag our facial tissues. These aging changes may deepen the folds between the nose and mouth (nasolabial fold) and result in jowl formation and loss of definition around the jaw line. A facelift must address the muscle layer, fat and skin in order to look natural and achieve longevity. As with the neck lift, in a facelift Dr. Rizk works with the deeper tissues resulting in a more natural look, better healing and quicker recovery time.

     
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