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Thread Lifting: A Lunch Time Facelift?

There’s a new (or newish) option for lifting and tightening sagging facial skin without going under the knife. Late last year, the FDA approved a new variation of a once-popular procedure, called a thread lift, making the use of temporary, absorbable sutures a viable option for those who want to achieve similar results of a traditional facelift without the surgery or downtime.

The original thread lift came out in the late ’90s and was performed up until the mid 2000s. The procedure fell out of favor about 10 years ago, but two recent options utilizing new technology, Nova Threads and the Silhouette Instalift, are bringing the thread lift back into the spotlight. While the sudden resurgence of the thread lift (sometimes referred to as a “lunchtime lift”) may be perplexing for some, doctors who are performing this noninvasive procedure say that the newer technology and the fact that it can be done in an hour are two big reasons that procedure is coming back into popularity as a facelift alternative.

How Does a Thread Lift Work?
A thread lift is exactly what it sounds like.  The sutures are inserted into the skin and can instantly tighten and lift problem areas with volume loss like the cheeks, jowls, lips and neck, while stimulating the body to build collagen in the area where the sutures are placed. Attached to the fine threads are tiny cones, small umbrella like attachments that lift and tighten from underneath the skin while simultaneously causing inflammation, which helps to stimulate collagen growth over time.

 

Another challenge was that the skin could only be pulled in one direction. “This made the results appear two-dimensional,” says Chicago plastic surgeon Julius Few, MD.  “The new threads are fully absorbable, making it an absorbable suture lift, not a thread lift. They can also be lifted in two directions, which results in a more three-dimensional look. The old procedure required overpulling of the skin to get a good result, making the downtime several days and not too different from what is now called a mini-facelift.”

Thread Lift vs. Fillers
So, how does the new and improved thread lift hold up against the popular “liquid facelift?” A thread lift procedure takes as little time as a treatment using a combination of fillers (about an hour) and recovery time is just one or two days. Results will vary, but can last anywhere from 18 months to a few years and additional threads can be used at a later time to maintain results. Because the cones continue to stimulate collagen, the results continue to improve over time. But, thread lifts won’t be replacing dermal fillers anytime soon. According to Dr. Few, to achieve optimal results its best to combine procedures. “Used alone, results can last up to 18 months,” says Dr. Few. “But we often use the absorbable suture lift in combination with fillers, lasers and other nonsurgical facial treatments to create a ‘stackable treatment,’” he says. “The results are expected to last several years when combined with other treatments and wear off gradually.”

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Refyne & Defyne With Restylane

Introducing the Latest in the Ever-Growing Family of Restylane…

This past weekend I left my beautiful West Plam Beach for Dallas. I spent my time at the Galderma Headquarters getting to know the newest members of the Restylane family; Restylane Refyne® and Restylane Defyne®. While the Restylane family has been proven to be a fabulous dermal filler for decades, the addition of these products will not go unnoticed. Similar but with different crosslinking these two new gels are cohesive and extremely elastic, allowing for a continued smoothness even upon extreme facial animation. Think of a structure supported by a smooth but strong rubber band that stretches nicely but maintains it smoothness completely. Then it pulls back to its original soft form while obliterating lines and wrinkles. Its unique crosslinking leaves the product soft, smooth, and undetectable.
As we move along in life we lose the fine layers of fat directly beneath the skin. This fat covers a multitude of sins and makes the skin and face look flawless. As it dissipates the skin lies closer to the underlying muscles responsible for movement. That muscle begins to adhere to the skin making it resemble the muscle underneath, which is not terribly pretty. Restylane Refyne® or Defyne® can mimic the wonderful fat we used to have, once again making us look flawless!

The Loveliest Liquid Face Lift

The thought of receiving face-lift results without a scalpel is certainly compelling. Depending upon the patient, a variety of products can be used to provide face-lift results in 30 minutes or less!
This patient received lifting in the cheek area (cheeks should “lift” rather than protrude) with Juvéderm Voluma®. Voluma® is a hyaluronic acid that has a unique ability to lift and also resist degradation by skin and pressure to maintain a lift of your natural skin and volume. Dysport® is a neurotoxin (similar to BOTOX) that will soften the lines of the frown and crow’s feet. Juvéderm Ultra is a finer hyaluronic acid that will gently plump the lips without making them appear like a trout pout. Finally, the marionette lines (lines heading toward the chin on either side of the mouth) were plumped and softened by Restylane Lyft®, a robust hyaluronic acid that gently removes the furrows and creases. The goal of the Liquid Face Lift is to be “Fresh and Rested”, not “Plumped and Pouty”.

How to Keep up With the Flying Time

Have you ever thought about something that you think you just did maybe two to three weeks ago and then find out that it was several months ago? In my case I will see a patient on my schedule and think “wow, I just saw them” and when I check the chart it turns out that it was over 6 months ago! What’s happening?
We are bombarded moment by moment by local events, information, schedules, family, and ever frightening world events. How we even manage to complete a day without disaster sometimes seems amazing.
Keeping Balanced
One of the most important things to do is to plan some non-negotiable time for reflection, meditation, Bible reading, or whatever grounds you. Without this time your day is reactionary rather than planned. Walking alone is a wonderful means to clear your head and prepare yourself for the upcoming assaults of the day. Making lists (and remembering to look at them) can also help to keep a sense of organization going, which can be calming throughout the day.
Because time is flying by so fast, we often forget about ourselves. In my world, I remind my patients to make sure that they stay on their skin care and have enough of the product on hand to not have to worry about running out. Since I only recommend evidence-based skin care, the products my patients use are actually keeping their skin not only beautiful but healthy. Apply it and forget it. In addition, keeping on a schedule to receive the little maintenance treatments such as BOTOX helps to prevent that feeling we get when we look in the mirror as if for the first time and say “what the heck happened?!”  Also remember, you’re not alone. The time is flying by for everyone. You can even ask your kids!

The Virgin Version – Be Fearless At Any Age

VIRGIN VARIETIES
Not all virgins are young. There are many people (women and men) who begin to get annoyed with certain aspects of their appearance at any age. I have had some virgins in their 70s. One morning they just get up and think “wow, what happened?!?” Some mornings I think that myself. It’s like we are fine with how we look and suddenly the light is switched on.
Many of these virgins have avoided non-surgical cosmetic treatments out of fear: fear of pain; fear of looking like a ghoul; fear of looking like a drag queen; fear of needles near the face; fear of the unknown. Sometimes it is only after that enlightening moment when they actually see what has happened to their appearance that they can overcome the fear.
It is part of my expertise to help keep the fear away. A relaxed consult with all questions answered often relieves the stress of what is still the unknown. Knowing that pain is a rarity in my practice is also very helpful. Seeing many before and after photos of possible procedures further alleviates anxiety. Finally, a specifically prescribed regimen just for them assuages the remaining tension, which is then followed by the excitement felt after treatment when they look in the mirror.
And another panicky patient has joyfully lost her (or his) virginity (and their fear).

Want The Perfect Pucker?

Recently, the entertainment and fashion industry have brought lips back to the forefront of fashion. From celebrities to Instagram models it seems that luscious lips are everywhere.  From bold lip colors to lip fillers, having full defined lips are all the rave whether you’re in West Palm Beach, NYC or across the globe.

Unfortunately, not everyone is blessed with a pair of naturally beautiful lips. Over time nature, the sun, the elements, smoking and the aging process take their toll and the corners of the mouth begin to droop. The V-shaped area of the upper lip known as Cupid’s Bow begins to flatten out and lose its youthful fullness. Vertical wrinkles or Smoker’s Lines begin to appear, causing your lipstick to bleed. That once sensual look is gone or greatly diminished.

Relax! All is not lost.  Between lip fillers and injectables and lip augmentation you can have the perfect pucker.  Soft tissue fillers like Restylane®  and Juvéderm™ can help to give you more full, defined and soft luscious lips.

Juvederm comes from the trusted line of Juvederm fillers. It is intended to restore lost facial volume in the cheeks and lips, without negatively impacting your ability to achieve natural facial expressions. Juvederm injections typically last 6-12 months. Many patients return every 6 months for maintenance injections, in order to keep their smooth results.

Restylane Silk is a hyaluronic acid (HA) based filler that is intended for plumping, filling and defining the lips. It can also be used to fill the wrinkles around the mouth, further improving the appearance of the lips.  It typically lasts up to 6 months. Most clients schedule maintenance injections twice yearly to keep their results.

At Anushka Spa we can answer all your questions about lip fillers and injectables at a complimentary consultation. Dr. Marting DNP, ARNP is also a certified national speaker and trainer for Allergan (makers of Juvéderm family and Botox) and Galderma (makers of Restylane, Restylane Lyft, Dysport, and Sculptra and Restylane silk).

Forever You-th: Radical Anti-Aging that is Scientific, Safe & Stunning

Celebrities have long been apt to the latest youth-restoring treatments. In fact, many of us turn to them to vicariously test out the claims of new anti-aging techniques. But lately, something has changed. The over-puffy, super stretched faces of old have been replaced with remarkably beautiful and enviable results.

Experts Notate Madonna's Exquisitely Youthful FeaturesStars like Madonna, Demi Moore and Michelle Phieffer, who have all “allegedly” used aesthetic treatments for years, are looking decidedly stunning. Perhaps even better than their natural, younger selves. These ladies, each of which are well into their 50’s now, have somehow escaped the over-plumped, stretched cat-face appearance (think Joan Rivers) that has made stars look undoubtedly “old” for years. And we’re curious to know what this new treatment is.

In the grand scheme of things, injectables have only been around in our popular culture since the early 2000’s, when women were illuminated by the wrinkle-eliminating powers of BOTOX. Since then, the aesthetic industry has experienced an abundant growth of products and treatments to reduce the signs of aging. It’s taken time to figure out the right combination of treatments to produce natural-looking and safe treatments, but it appears we’ve gotten there.

The result has been dubbed “The Liquid Face Lift”, performed in under 30 minutes with no cutting or downtime from the use of temporary, reversible fillers. And the truth is, the results are outstanding. Never have patients had the opportunity to not only look younger, but qualified experts in the field are remodeling the faces of their patients to be more aesthetically beautiful.

Injectable Diagram: Liquid FaceliftTo explain the science behind this procedure, also known as the “Y-Lift”, it’s important to understand how the face atrophies over time. Dr. Bonnie Marting, Medical Director at the famed Anushka Cosmedical Centre, explains the various age signs. “The face thins out in 3 distinct ways with age: collagen naturally dissipates under the skin, muscles atrophy and bone density diminishes. The result is a major loss of volume around the cheekbones, sagging of the jawline, hollows around the eyes and an overall submission to gravity”, explains Dr. Marting.

The liquid facelift first utilizes the power of Voluma, a hyaluronic acid, by placing it strategically under the cheekbones to, as she says, “lift my patients up when time and gravity has brought them down”. Dr. Marting combines Voluma’s power of lift with the collagen-building agents found in Sculptra, a poly-L-lactic acid. This product effectively rejuvenates a person’s face from the inside out, over time building fresh, healthy collagen in places it has been lost to age.

The art, however, is combining these hero serums with the properly trained practitioner, who understands the scientific nature of beauty. About 10 years ago, scientists uncovered a few formulas for beauty. One is known as the divine ratio, or Phi (1 to 1.618) because it is found in so many naturally occurring benchmarks of beauty. The right practitioner will notice this when, for example, filling in the upper and lower lip. The second is the theory of Y, which identifies that the face is at it’s most ideal when there is an 81° curve between the center of the chin and outer edge of the jawline (this is also referenced as a “heart shaped” face).

Dr. Marting explains that “The liquid facelift lasts between 15 months and 2 years for most patients”, which long enough to be worth the $2,000-$3,000 cost but short enough to dissipate if a patient wants to pursue other anti-aging treatments that the future of science may hold.

Getting back to our celebrity muses, it certainly gives us a lot of confidence to try out the latest cosmedical cures knowing the results are remarkable at turning back time, as well as being reversible. Let’s not forget that just a few years ago the only option was a very invasive, irreversible facelift that was recognizable to practically anyone. Also, anti-aging injectables give us the chance to start turning back the clock at a much younger age than ever before. I’m confident we’ve embarked on a new generation of women and men who will all benefit from this discovery of “preventative aging”.

For more information about “The Liquid Facelift” or the other treatments offered at the Anushka Cosmedical Centre, featured in London’s Tatler as “One of the top ten med spas in the World”, contact our client concierge at 561.820.0500.

Anushka’s Dr. Bonnie Marting Featured in Consultant: Delivering Exceptional Client Care & Outstanding Results.

This month, Anushka’s Dr. Bonnie Marting, DNP ARNP published a feature article in Consultant 360, a leading peer reviewed journal, about the Aesthetic Practice. Peer Reviewed journals in the medical community are revered for their high-level contributions from leading medical providers worldwide. Her article focuses on the rise in popularity of non-surgical medical procedures and anti-aging treatments that are increasing exponentially as more facilities and providers enter into the arena. Consultant 360 asked her to weigh in, as a leading provider in the industry, on how to deliver exceptional client care as well as outstanding results.

Injection-GirlDr. Marting points out many important details to consider and watch for when you are choosing an Aesthetic Practitioner. The first is to make sure your provider is spending enough time with you to understand your needs and desires. In this way, the provider can appropriately guide the client to discover what treatment will achieve the outcome they’re looking for as well as educate them to understand what proper treatments are right for them.

Your provider should also be asking you questions about your medical history, experience with other treatments and if you’ve had specific diseases. Many clients don’t understand that while it is not a “medical” appointment, often times your history can have an affect on what course of treatment is appropriate and safe for you.

Dr. Marting recommends taking some very useful before and after photos so you can view the results for yourself. Snap an image of your resting face, a big smile, a frown, and a quizzical look. Each of these will identify and demonstrate what areas should be of focus. A qualified professional will guide you through your unique prescription for facial perfection.

Dr. Marting educated us on everything you need to know about choosing the right provider to describing all of the modalities on the market to restore youth, including neuromodulators (to relax lines), Hyaluronic Acid (dermal fillers) and Poly-L-Lactic Acid (foundational structure recovery). To read her full article, visit http://www.consultant360.com/articles/honing-your-aesthetic-practice

Bonnie Marting, DNP, ARNP, has been in aesthetic practice for nearly 20 years, and has written manuals and programs for training medical professionals. She is a speaker and trainer for Galderma Aesthetic and Allergan Aesthetics, and has a busy practice in West Palm Beach, FL. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Marting, contact her medical concierge at 561.820.8055. For a full description of Dr. Marting’s services, visit http://anushkaspa.com/services/cosmedical/

 

The Benefits of Botox

The images that appear in peoples’ minds when they hear the word “botox” include everything from a wide-eyed super-smiling wax-like face to fresh, relaxed look that make people think the person can’t possibly have any worries at all. For those of you that think BOTOX will make you look like a clown, the following is a list of things that expert placement of BOTOX® Cosmetic can achieve.
Benefits of Botox:
• Smooth Lines Around the Nose
• Lift eyes
• Open narrow eyes wider
• Lift Jowls
• Erase Wrinkles
• Soften & tighten your neck
• Smooth chest lines
• Lose your “11’s”: Smooth a furrowed brow
• Stop excessive underarm, palm, or foot sweating
• Decrease acne

Performed by an expert, all of the above is achievable. What results is a relaxed, refreshed look that makes others think you are well rested.
For those of you who are convinced dermal fillers will create mountainous cheeks, platypus, duck, or trout pout lips, remember it’s not the product. Properly and expertly placed fillers can create:

• Lifted mouth corners
• Re-inflated, soft, natural Lips
• Elevated Cheeks
• Softened “Smile Lines”
• A smooth jawline without jowls
• Rejuvenated youthful hands
• Bright, fresh-looking, non-tired, non-hollowed eyes
• Smooth, non-creased skin

Relax and enjoy. There is nothing to fear when you’re in the right hands.  Have questions?  Contact us at Anushka Spa, Salon and Cosmedical Centre for a Free Private consultation with Dr. Bonnie Marting.

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