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Maintaining Results After A Cosmetic Procedure

Published on February 6, 2020

The following are tips to maintaining results after a cosmetic procedure:

  • Keep up a healthy diet and regular exercise – Body contouring such as liposuction can be a life changing procedure. It can quite literally make some people’s dreams come true. While you may be incredibly pleased with what you see in the mirror after body contouring or other cosmetic procedures, you must know that things won’t stay the same forever without a little effort on your part. In order to keep your body in the shape it is after a cosmetic procedure, you need to make sure you keep up a healthy diet and continue to regularly exercise. Not only is it important to keep your weight down so as to now undo the cosmetic procedure, you don’t want you skin to stretch as well. You will love the way you look if you continue to maintain your overall health.
  • Skin practices – Scarring is a natural part of the surgical recovery process, but it should go away with time. Make sure to follow all instructions provided, including limiting exercise or staying bedridden. Stay out of the sun, keep the area clean, and use all required creams and ointments. Updating your existing skin routine according to what your doctor recommends post-procedure is vital.
  • Healthy habits – If you smoke, drink, take vitamins, supplements, or any medication, let your doctor know. These are important to your recovery and they may even impact how your surgeon approaches your procedure. Once you see how great you look and feel after your cosmetic procedure, you may even want to avoid some of these unhealthy habits in order to maintain what you have.

Frequently Asked Questions on Botox and Fillers

How Long Will It Take For Me To See Botox Results?

Results are usually noticeable about 3 to 7 days after treatment, with full results in place within 2 weeks.

Is Botox Safe?

Botox has an excellent safety record. Over 1.5 million neurotoxin (Botox, Dysport & Xeomin) treatments are performed annually in the U.S., and serious side effects are exceedingly rare. The active ingredient in these products, botulinum toxin Type A is made and tested using extremely stringent methods to ensure safe dosage for patients.

Where Can Injectable Fillers Be Used?

In general, fillers are used to add or replace volume to features, typically in the face or hands. More specifically, replacing volume with fillers can help improve a number of common age-related concerns. For example, we can use fillers to enhance the following areas:

  • Lower face: smooth creases around the nose, mouth, and jawline (nasolabial folds, marionette lines, etc.)
  • Lips: smooth vertical lines, enhance volume, improve symmetry
  • Cheeks: restore a fuller, more youthful appearance
  • Under the eyes: smooth depressed tear troughs
  • Temples: restore fullness to soften features
  • Hands: minimize veins and tendons

What Are Injectable Fillers Made Of?

This depends on the product. All of the fillers from Juvéderm and Restylane are made from hyaluronic acid (HA), which is a carbohydrate that naturally exists in your body and helps keep skin healthy and elastic. Different HA fillers (i.e., Voluma, Restylane Lyft, Restylane Silk, etc.) are formulated with different particle sizes and structures to achieve a specific gel consistency. Thicker fillers work great for volumizing larger areas, such as the cheeks, while thinner fillers are designed for filling finer lines. One potential plus of HA fillers is that the effects are reversible using injections of an enzyme called hyaluronidase.
Did you know? The effects of fillers tend to wear off more quickly in areas that move frequently, such as the lips.

How Long Do Fillers Last?

This depends on the product, the area of injection, and the patient. Juvéderm and Restylane products can last anywhere from 6 months to 2 years. The effects of fillers tend to wear off more quickly in areas that move frequently, such as the lips. Also everyone metabolizes fillers at a slightly different rate, so some people will notice the effects last longer while others will need follow-up treatments more frequently to maintain the results.

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