Injectables & Dermal Fillers
The effects of time, gravity, and sun exposure can leave areas of the face wrinkled, creased, or sunken in appearance. If you are concerned about these signs of aging, injectable fillers may help rejuvenate your appearance. McCormack Plastic Surgery offers a variety of non-surgical rejuvenation treatments which are the most popular procedures requested by our patients.
As a minimally invasive alternative to a facelift and other plastic surgery options, Reno and Carson City residents may be able to benefit from BOTOX® Therapy. A BOTOX® Cosmetic treatment is a fast, non-surgical procedure that smoothes deep, persistent facial lines with small injections that relax the muscles that are causing those lines without affecting adjacent healthy tissue. There is no recovery period – your results appear within days and can last for up to four months. Some patients express concern about not looking natural or losing their expression afterwards. Dr. McCormack works with each individual to specifically target problem areas without freezing the whole face. Rather than employ a “cookie cutter approach” Dr. McCormack’s philosophy is technique-sensitive. Her patients are often amazed by how dramatic the changes can be from such a minimally invasive procedure. Dr. McCormack will often use Botox® in conjunction with facial surgery to further augment your results. We frequently run specials and discounts for returning patients as a thank you for choosing us as your plastic surgery providers.
Injectable Dermal Fillers
Injectable gel dermal fillers can easily enhance your facial appearance yet leave you still looking like yourself. Dermal fillers work by filling in and smoothing out wrinkles and folds that such as the nasolabial folds (the parentheses along the side of your nose and mouth), the marionette lines, and other facial lines. There are several new techniques available today using fillers to lift the brow, lift the corners of the mouth, rejuvenate the hands, smooth scars, or even for the so called “liquid facelift”. At McCormack Plastic Surgery, we will work with you on an individual basis to develop a treatment strategy to target specific areas that bother you. Some of these options may include Juvéderm™, Restylane®, Perlane®, and Sculptra® Aesthetic.
Juvéderm™, Restylane®, and Perlane®
Juvéderm™, Restylane®, and Perlane®, are dermal fillers that consist of hyaluronic acid. In the human body natural hyaluronic acid provides volume and fullness to the skin, and these dermal fillers have been modified slightly to last longer than the body’s own. These products do not contain animal proteins. This limits any risk of animal-based disease transmission or allergic reaction and therefore no skin test is required prior to treatment.
Sculptra® Aesthetic is an injectable dermal filler made of poly-L-lactic acid that is used primarily to restore lost volume in the face associated with the natural aging process. Sculptra® Aesthetic works by gradually increasing the thickness of the skin resulting in the filling in and correction of facial wrinkles and folds. The effects of the treatment are noticed gradually over time, and many of our patients will receive a series of injections over the course of a few months to achieve optimal results. Clinical studies have shown that Sculptra® Aesthetic results can last up to two years which is significantly longer than other types of dermal fillers available today.
Combined Surgical and Non-Surgical Procedures
Our philosophy is to start with minimally invasive procedures to stave off larger surgery when applicable. Still, some patients require a full face lift or brow lift to obtain optimal results. Augmenting these surgeries with dermal fillers gives an even more dramatic result without having to aggressively tighten or remove skin. This minimizes the appearance of having had surgery or the classic “wind blown” effect that gives patients away. We believe strongly in the restoration of volume rather than merely tightening the face. As a wise mentor of Dr. McCormack’s once explained, “A young face is like a grape. With age, it becomes more like a raisin. Traditional facelifts may turn that raisin into a pea which still looks nothing like a grape. It looks more like a tightened raisin.” Along these lines, with age we are lose volume and it only makes sense to restore that volume when rejuvenating the face.