A New Year, A New You
What is your new year’s resolution? A new diet, more exercise, maybe a new job, or even a vacation long overdue? Or is this the year you finally fix the one body issue that concerns you most, from abdominal changes after pregnancy to stubborn frown lines that make you look like your mother—when she’s angry.
Based on the practice of ESANA surgeons Drs. Pan and Davila, the most popular procedures slow aging, bring back a more youthful look, or help women to get back the bodies they remember before having children. The top four complaints?
- I see my mother’s face when I look in the mirror!
As we age, lines between the brows, bracketing the mouth, and along the forehead become permanent, and many people look in the mirror and see the aging or tired face of their mother or an older relative, rather than the face they remember. A regular series of injectables like Botox or hyaluronic acid-based fillers like Restylane and Juvederm can remove the deep permanent wrinkles that are such a common sign of an aging face.
Fillers can also plump up cheeks that have lost volume. With age, we naturally lose bone mass in the face, the cheekbones actually recede and get smaller, while the medial fat pad thins and moves down, tugged by gravity’s relentless toll. Just a few injections can bring back the plump cheeks of youth,.
To lift, tighten, and tone loose skin around the jaw line and neck in a non-invasive way, ultrasound technology—or Ultherapy is another favorite. And for the dreaded fat pockets under the chin and jaw line, ESANA has been offering FDA-approved Kybella, a fat dissolving injectable, since 2015.
Make 2017 the year you see your own face in the mirror, not your mother’s!
- I had a baby—where did my body go?
For many women having children after the age of 20, it is almost impossible to address abdominal changes with exercise. In addition, after breast feeding, breasts often permanently become thin and lose firmness. As a result, the “mommy makeover” is a popular choice. A tummy tuck with liposuction can help flatten the stomach, while breast surgery can bring back a natural looking fullness to the breast.
Make 2017 the year you get your body back and regain lost confidence and vitality.
- What about the fat I can’t exercise away!
Even if you’re in good shape, you may diet and exercise and still have stubborn pockets of fat that seem impossible to reduce. As a result, your clothes may not fit properly, or you avoid being seen in a bathing suit—or anything form fitting. A popular noninvasive choice for the abdomen, flank, and thighs is CoolSculpting, where unwanted fat cells are gently cooled and eliminated over a period of months.
The more invasive but quicker option, liposuction (or lipoplasty) is a perennial favorite. Liposuction can be used to reduce the appearance of unsightly bulges on the abdomen, buttocks, thighs, knees, calves, upper arms, face, neck, and other body areas.
Make 2017 the year you reduce unattractive love handles, the persistent muffin top, or embarrassing neck flab and feel comfortable in your clothes again.
- My skin is dull and dry—what happened to the glow?
There are numerous options to bring a youthful glow back to dull, lifeless skin. A popular start is to nourish the skin with creams and serums (like the ESANA Essential Signature Line) that have a high content of antioxidants, from vitamins E and C to green tea, resveratrol, and retinol.
Many patients also integrate regular peels and facials to slough off old, dead cells, soften wrinkles and frown lines, and expose fresher, more beautiful skin. Regular facials and peels can improve skin over time and significantly lessen the effects of sun damage, wrinkling, and scarring. For trouble spots, procedures like Rejuvapen (or micro-needling) for scarring and burns or laser treatments like Lumenis® IPL Photorejuvenation for both pigment and vascular skin imperfections are popular solutions.
Make 2017 the year to develop a long-term skin plan with your plastic surgeon to keep your skin healthy and radiant over time.
As you contemplate your new year’s resolutions, make 2017 the year you finally fix the one aspect of your body that holds you back from a more confident, more vibrant, youthful you. Happy New Year!