Is Natural Lip Augmentation Possible in Indianapolis, IN?

When patients come in for a consultation for facial rejuvenation, one of their top concerns is that they want the results to look natural. This is especially important with the lips. Many patients have seen stars or media personalities who have taken their lip injections to the extreme, and this is what most patients think about when they consider a lip enhancement.

The reality at Hamilton Facial Plastic Surgery, however, is vastly different from what people see in Hollywood. Most of Dr. Hamilton’s patients want a very subtle enhancement that looks natural. Creating an aesthetically pleasing, slightly fuller lip is possible for most of Dr. Hamilton’s patients. For a small percentage, the lip structure does limit what can be achieved. But for the majority of patients, the choice of how they want their lips to look is an extremely personal decision.

During a consultation, Dr. Hamilton will discuss a patient’s goals and his or her lip anatomy with them. Injections are typically done with a hyaluronic acid filler (such as Juvederm®or Restylane®) that is naturally found in the body and is very well tolerated. If a patient is concerned about a filler being overdone, it is possible to under treat the lips and then re-examine the results in a few weeks. For patients who desire a fuller, more dramatic lip augmentation, it is possible to achieve such a result.

The best part of lip augmentation is that the fillers are reversible. If a patient is unsatisfied with his or her results, Dr. Hamilton can inject a small amount of reversal agent to undo the fillers.

If you are considering lip injections, but are concerned about them looking natural, consult with Dr. Hamilton or one of our experienced nurse injectors to explore your options for natural lip augmentation.

What is a Liquid Facelift and How Can it Help Me Improve My Appearance?

Liquid Facelift in Indianapolis, INScience, as well as the reflection in the mirror show us that facial changes take place over the years. Rearrangements of underlying structures have been occurring behind the scenes while we sleep and engage in our daily activities. Scientists and physicians have proven that there is significant facial bone, fat and collagen depletion during the aging process. This volume loss is resulted by sagging facial skin, hallows under the eyes, folds from the nose to the corner of the mouth, a turned down mouth, lines that extend from the corner of the mouth to the chin that look like a marionette puppet, decreased chin projection, and a loss of jaw-line definition. This skeletal rearrangement may also produce a narrow temple and falling cheeks (changes to the midface).

Hamilton Facial Plastic Surgery provides many options to minimize, contour and soften the symptoms of facial aging.

Have you heard of the “liquid facelift”? This term is exactly that. No surgery, no scalpels, no sutures, no significant down time. At Hamilton Facial Plastic Surgery, we can inject a multitude of fillers that have lasting results up to 2 years. This lifting contouring procedure is done in the office, utilizing a topical numbing agent, and procedure time is approximately 1-1.5 hours.

Juvederm Voluma and Restylane Lyft are injected along the cheek bone to enhance facial projection and provide a to lift lower face. The tear trough (hollow/dark circles under the eye) can be injected with Restylane L, Juvederm Vollure or Juvederm Volbella camouflaging the aging face. Juvederm Ultra, Ultra Plus, Restylane Refyne/Defyne and Juvederm Vollure are other hyaluronic acids that can be injected around the nose, lips, jaw line, temporal region and mouth to provide volume to these depleted structures providing a “lift”.As you have probably learned in other blog topics, some products last longer than others. Keep in mind that there may be a need for an up keep visit prior to the 2-year period.

If you are nervous even about the “liquid face lift”, you do not have to have all injections in one setting. We suggest spreading out your facial correction over 1-2 visits preferably 2 weeks apart. This will allow us to place a base in the first visit and then reevaluate and do fine corrections at another visit. Most clients can achieve a well noticed correction in two visits.

This procedure is not for everyone, but it may help to delay surgical correction of the face and eyes, as well as rejuvenate the facial structures for up to 2 years. To find out if this is for you, contact us today and schedule your consultation, we can develop an individualized treatment plan based on your desires and expectations.

How To Minimize Bruising

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One of the most common questions I get is how to minimize bruising with injections, especially the dermal fillers. While it is almost impossible to completely prevent bruising, there are a few things that can be done.

Avoiding anything that might thin the blood beforehand is probably most important. This includes obvious things like aspirin and NSAID containing products such as ibuprofen, Advil® and Aleve®. Even more concerning are Coumadin® and Plavix. In addition, many supplements such as fish oil, ginseng and ginkgo biloba can affect bruising. Feel free to contact the office for a full list of potentially blood thinning medications.

Dermal Fillers and Injectables in Indianapolis, INThere are a variety of supplements out there that are reported to help minimize or prevent bruising. Probably the best known is Arnica Montana. While I am not a big believer in the oral dose having much affect, I do think the topical products, and in particular OcuMend gel pads can make a significant difference. These pads, as I discussed in a previous blog, are applied immediately after the injection and provide high dose arnica to the injected areas. This provides 50x the dose of what would be achieved orally.

There are several things we as injectors may do as well. Sometimes ice applied immediately before the injection not only helps to minimize discomfort, but the cold shrinks blood vessels making injury less likely. Also, pressure applied immediately after the injection can prevent oozing from any punctured vessels or capillaries. Lastly, in some instances I think cannulas can provide a real advantage over needles when injecting fillers. These blunt tip instruments are less likely to puncture vessels and in some situations may be safer.

We have learned a lot since the new age of injectable fillers began around a decade ago. While we often cannot prevent bruising, using these tools we can minimize it as well as downtime. Please let myself or your nurse injector know if you have concerns about bruising or further questions.