We are in an era when people celebrate their unique looks, but many of us still have a feature we would like to correct. Others want to turn back time. If you are seeking a more youthful appearance or want to alter a feature that bothers you, you have many options.
How Facial Fillers Can Rejuvenate Your Appearance
Dermal (skin) fillers can help you achieve the look you want with long-lasting results. Juvéderm, Restylane, Radiesse, Belotero and others can work wonders in the hands of a skillful surgeon like Dr. Cornell McCullom. Dermal fillers can restore a youthful volume to a mature face and decrease furrow lines and smile lines. They can create a more symmetrical look, such as giving the illusion of more prominent cheekbones. Facial fillers can be used in the tear trough to plump up a hollow under-eye area, add youthful volume to the back of the hands, and subtly reshape the bridge of the nose without surgery.
Facial filler treatments take about 15 minutes to complete and the effects last about six months, depending on the strength of the filler and the area to which it is injected. Unlike surgery, downtime is minimal.
Fat Grafting for Smoother, Plumper Skin
Another alternative filler is fat harvested from your own body. The treatment, known as fat grafting, can correct a sunken appearance in the jaw, cheeks and under-eye area. The procedure involves collecting a small amount of fat from your body, purifying it, and strategically injecting it into the treatment area. Fat grafting tends to be a longer lasting option than other fillers and, because it comes from your own body, there is almost no chance of an adverse reaction.
The fat can also be combined with platelet-rich plasma (PRP) with stem cells to enhance the final results.
Achieve a Prettier Smile
Your smile is one of the first things people notice about you, and lips especially have become a focal point in our culture. There are many ways to help you achieve the perfect smile for your face.
A gum lift can reshape the gums so more of your teeth show when you smile. As a trained dentist and medical doctor, Dr. McCollum has the skill and experience to revitalize your mouth safely.
Cheiloplasty (KEE-lo-plasty) is a procedure that is used to reduce prominent lips. A minimally invasive surgical procedure done inside the lip, it is excellent for reducing the size of a lower lip that protrudes too much.
Botox, Xeomin and other botulinum toxin injectables temporarily reduce the appearance of frown lines between the brows, crow’s feet at the corners of the eyes, forehead furrows and other expression lines. They are neuromuscular blockers, which, in very tiny and safe amounts, temporarily deactivate specific muscles. They can help restore a youthful appearance or can be used proactively to prevent the formation of deep lines. The effect can last for months and there is almost no downtime for most people.
Dr. McCollum offers these and many more facial treatments from removal of skin tags, keloid scars and moles to chemical peels and Vampire (PRP) facial rejuvenation. Make an appointment for a consultation today with our Chicago IL Facial Aesthetics.