There is no denying it has been a turbulent year. Many of us have faced (and are still facing) challenges unlike ever before. While certain things feel very different, the reality is that a lot of things are still the same. The sun is still rising. The days are getting longer. The temperature is warming up. The fireflies are making their return. So yes, things have been cancelled (vacations, weddings… the list goes on), but at the end of the day, summer isn’t cancelled. As we all learn to embrace a new normal, we hope you can still find ways to enjoy this time of year. Maybe instead of flying to an exotic beach you’re driving to one much closer, or using a pool right here at home! Whatever your plans might be, they still matter! We hope that if you still want to look and feel your best, no matter what you’re up to, you know we are here to help. Our office is open for business and ready to assist you in any of your aesthetic goals. Curious to explore some options? Here are some procedures that are great to consider during the summer months.
EYELID, FOREHEAD AND EYEBROW SURGERIES
It will rarely ever feel convenient to block a few weeks out of your schedule to recover from a surgical procedure, but this summer could be an ideal opportunity to take advantage of the extra time away from the office! Most places of business are more flexible than they have been in the past with allowing employees to work remotely and or/have flexible schedules, so before we return to the hustle and bustle of normality, why not use this summer to recover in a shaded hammock in your backyard or escape the heat with some AC and a good book indoors? Here are a few surgical options to consider:
Dr. Biesman is a specialist in oculofacial plastic surgery, which means he regularly performs surgery of the eyelids, eyebrows and upper face for rejuvenation and reconstruction. Whether your eyes look tired, aged or simply don’t look as bright as you would like, Dr. Biesman can help you visibly improve their appearance. Eyelid rejuvenation surgery typically only takes a little over an hour and is typically associated with an easy recovery but does involve some down time. Most patients who work in an office take about a week off for eyelid surgery. However, in our new reality, lately many of our patients are doing Zoom calls wearing sunglasses just a few days after surgery!
Sagging eyebrows can contribute to the appearance of heavy eyelids. In fact, patients will often come to Dr. Biesman inquiring about eyelid surgery and are surprised to learn that they can only accomplish their desired outcomes if their treatment plan includes eyebrow lifting as well. When performing forehead and eyebrow lifting, Dr. Biesman makes small incisions hidden behind the hairline allowing him to reposition the eyebrows in a subtle and natural way without visible scarring. Bruising and swelling will vary among patients for this procedure, so it’s good to allow for a couple weeks of down time to recover.
Many patients have already communicated a desire to shed some of the unwanted fat they accumulated during quarantine (or really, just any stubborn fat). CoolSculpting® is a great way to reduce those unwanted, stubborn bulges of the abdomen, flanks, back, inner and outer thighs, arms, under the chin and other areas. This completely noninvasive, safe and effective way to eliminate unwanted body fat is perfect for candidates who are within 20-30 pounds of their ideal body weight. In fact, Dr. Biesman has served as an advisor to the company that developed the CoolSculpting® technology for many years and is still a member of the company’s Medical Advisory Board, so he knows what he is doing in this department. As is the case with any medical procedure, knowledge and experience are required to achieve the best outcomes safely. Results following CoolSculpting® are typically seen three months after treatment, so the sooner you book your consultation, the sooner you’ll see results!
ULTHERAPY® AND THERMAGE®
Before and After Thermage
This time of year, many patients are often concerned about receiving skin treatments due to their increased sun exposure (understandably so, because usually the two don’t play nicely together). With that said, we offer some treatments like Ultherapy® and Thermage® that can be done any time of year with little to no downtime.
Ultherapy® is a completely noninvasive treatment that delivers heat to the skin using focused ultrasound to produce tightening and lift sagging skin. This treatment exerts its effects deep beneath the skin’s surface and is the only treatment FDA approved for noninvasive lifting of the skin. Ultherapy® may be used on the upper face to lift the eyebrows, on the lower face and neck to contour and smooth lax skin and on the chest while improving skin quality. These treatments are easily performed in the office and have minimal to no associated downtime so you can get right back to your normal plans immediately following treatment.
Thermage® is a noninvasive, skin-tightening treatment that can be used on the face, neck, eyelids or body. It uses electrical energy to carefully heat the skin in a way that causes collagen to contract and stimulates the production of new collagen, resulting in a tighter, firmer appearance. While you might be slightly pink immediately following the procedure, patients can still resume normal activities immediately.
Whether you’re looking to proceed with a more significant procedure like surgery, or simply give your skin a refresh, we have ample options available to you. Not sure which is right for you? Contact our office to book a consultation with Dr. Biesman to identify your best options.