What Does A Mini Facelift Address?

Woman smiling and facing the camera in a sleeveless top after a mini faceliftSigns of aging are most visible on the face.  Especially along the jawline, skin can begin to sag as early as your 40s, depending on genetics and other factors. For many people, a mini-facelift, a simpler  version of the full face-neck lift,  is very effective for restoring a natural-looking, youthful appearance.  As an experienced cosmetic  dermatologist and aesthetic surgeon, I look forward to helping you decide if a mini facelift is right for your goals. Continue reading What Does A Mini Facelift Address?

Mini-Facelift or Dermal Fillers: Which Do I Need?

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Time and gravity can take a toll on your face, leaving you with wrinkles, creases and sagging skin. Facial aging is a concern for many of Dr. Diwan’s patients, but how they choose to address it varies. While some patients prefer a mini-facelift, others find that dermal fillers are the better option. At The Laser & Skin Surgery Center, we strive to provide you with both surgical and non-surgical solutions so you can choose a treatment option that best meets your needs.
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Rejuvenate Dull, Damaged Skin with Microneedling

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Is the aging process showing on your skin? Have frustrating stretch marks? Or is it relief from acne scarring that you’re seeking? If any or all of these strike a nerve, consider microneedling. It can revitalize your skin without the need for surgery or a lot of recovery time. Also known as collagen induction therapy, microneedling is an excellent alternative for those who might prefer to avoid laser treatments or chemical peels.

What Happens to Aging Skin?

Over time your body’s ability to generate essential elements of healthy-looking skin, collagen and elastin, diminishes. Collagen stimulation by microneedling helps to revitalize the skin and improve its appearance.

What Does Microneedling Help?

Regular microneedling treatments at the Laser & Skin Surgery Center can work wonders to restore and rejuvenate many common skin conditions, including:
  • Wrinkles and fine lines
  • Enlarged pores
  • Hyperpigmentation and sun spots
  • Acne, surgical, or post-traumatic scars
  • Dull, or uneven tone and texture
  • Stretch marks

Are Microneedling Treatments Painful?

Microneedling is typically well-tolerated by our patients. An anesthetic cream is applied to the skin before starting the procedure for maximal comfort.

What Can I Expect After Microneedling Treatments?

Mild redness and swelling are expected after microneedling, and usually subside within a couple of days. Make-up can be applied after 24 hours. After a series of treatments the skin is healthier and more vibrant. The skin’s tone and texture is improved and feels tighter. It’s important to keep the skin protected from the sun by always applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen and wearing a wide-brimmed hat.

Revitalize Your Skin with Microneedling Treatments in Westlake, OH

Microneedling is a safe and effective way to rejuvenate aging or damaged skin. It is safe for fair as well as dark skin types. If you’d like to learn more about this or any other skin treatment in the Cleveland area with Dr. Diwan, please contact us to schedule your initial consultation at the Laser & Skin Surgery Center today.

Help! I Have Under Eye Circles

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A common concern for many of our patients, dark circles under the eyes are a frequent topic of discussion during consultations with Dr. Diwan. Luckily for you, at The Laser & Skin Surgery Center, we have a number of ways we can refresh your eyes and eliminate the “tired” look, rejuvenating your whole face!

Under eye circles can be caused by a number of factors, including  volume loss, increased pigmentation, and thinning skin.

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Study Says: Botox Can Rejuvenate Your Skin

Diwan, Botox - ImageAt the Laser and Skin Surgery Center, Botox is one of our most popular treatments. Botox is best known for its ability to lessen the appearance of pesky facial wrinkles. But what if Botox can do more to revitalize the skin than simply relax fine lines and stubborn wrinkles? A new study points to just this—skin rejuvenation.

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Chin Augmentation

There are many men and women who are uncomfortable or shy about the appearance of a small or receded chin. This can often cause other areas of the face to appear larger, leading to an overall imbalance throughout the facial features. A chin that is small or tends to recede back toward the neck can be corrected with a chin augmentation procedure by Dr. Renuka Diwan.

How is a chin augmentation performed?

Prior to your chin augmentation surgery, you will have a private consultation with Dr. Diwan. She will carefully observe the current structure of your face and how your chin relates to other facial features. Dr. Diwan will listen carefully to your goals and will work with you to determine the best procedure plan for achieving your desired outcome. A specially designed chin implant will be created for your unique circumstances. This implant will be constructed using a hard silicone material that resembles the look and feel of your natural facial structure. Your surgery will be performed under local anesthesia. To begin, Dr. Diwan will make an incision through which the implant can be put into place. Depending on what was discussed during your consultation, she may make the incision either beneath your chin, or on the inside of your mouth. Your implant is then placed within a pocket that Dr. Diwan creates beneath the skin to hold it in the correct position. Your incisions are then closed and any necessary dressings are placed.

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These photos are from a specific patient. Results may vary. Schedule a personalized consultation with our doctor to learn more.

How long is chin augmentation recovery?

The typical recovery period after a chin augmentation is 3-4 days. You will notice some bruising and swelling at first, but this will continue to fade over the next few days. Keeping your head elevated can help to speed up the recovery time.

When will I notice the final results of my chin augmentation?

It will take some time for any bruising and swelling to completely fade, but you will notice the results of your surgery immediately. Any scarring from your incisions should fade over time and will be out of sight due to their locations. Once your face is fully healed, you will notice an improved balance throughout your overall facial appearance.

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Facelift & Neck Lift

Sagging of the skin on the face is primarily a result of a loss of elasticity and the effects of gravity pulling down on the facial tissues over time. A facelift helps to correct this facial sagging by lifting the tissues upward. Over time, many different versions of the facelift have been developed in an effort to provide better and longer lasting results, albeit with more complications and more prolonged recovery.  Due to unnatural results and complications, the more invasive techniques are now a less popular option. For patients wanting natural looking results, safer surgery, and quicker recovery, newer techniques such as the mini lift are available with Dr. Renuka Diwan.

How is a Mini Facelift or Neck Lift Performed?

This type of facelift can be performed for healthy patients without the risks of general anesthesia (using local anesthetic) by Dr. Diwan in our office with excellent results. A neck lift can also be performed either in combination with or without a mini facelift, for patients who are interested in correcting sagging of the skin around the neck area. Dr. Diwan will explain the details of your facelift procedure prior to your surgery. This will involve the tightening of your facial skin and lifting of the underlying facial tissue. Only the mid to lower region of the face will be addressed with this procedure. Patients looking to also correct signs of aging around their eyes or brow may benefit from combining their facelift surgery with eyelid surgery or a brow lift.

How Long is a Mini Facelift Recovery?

The mini facelift procedure with Dr. Diwan is completed in less time and with quicker recovery than the traditional facelift. Patients are able to return to work in one week. We counsel our patients thoroughly on how to maintain their more youthful appearance for many years to come. 2016-12-14-12_56_29-facelift_mini-facelift-before-after-gallery_-patient-1 These photos are from a specific patient. Results may vary. Schedule a personalized consultation with our doctor to learn more.
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When will I notice the final results of my Mini Facelift or Neck Lift?

You should notice an immediate improvement in your appearance with significant results occurring gradually over the next few month or two. The mini facelift is an excellent alternative to the traditional facelift, and it has received extremely positive feedback from patients. Achieving results that look completely natural and do not require a significant recovery period is a great benefit for men and women who simply wish to improve some of the signs of aging that make them feel less like themselves.

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Eyelid Surgery

The eyes play a prominent role in facial expression and aesthetics. It is the eyes that often show the effects of time, age, and gravity before other parts of the face. The skin of the eyelids—being the thinnest of the body—may get wrinkled earlier. Aside from just wrinkling, the eyelid skin also becomes lax with the excess skin forming a fold on the upper eyelids or under the eyes. “Bags” form above and under the eyes and bulges appear, altering the natural, youthful contours of your eyes. Descent of the forehead can occur simultaneously causing crowding of the eyes. Dr. Diwan can perform a customized eyelid surgery procedure to restore your youthful appearance and improve the signs of aging.

How is eyelid surgery performed?

The excess skin, wrinkles, bags, or lowered brows make the eyes and face appear tired and older. Rejuvenation of the eyes can be achieved through cosmetic surgery treatments that address these problems, and help restore a more vibrant appearance. Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) is a surgical procedure that is designed to treat excess skin and bags around the eyes. Wrinkling of the skin can be treated using a combination of laser treatments and Botox®. Dr. Diwan may also recommend a brow lift, which restores the eyebrows to their original position by lifting the skin of the forehead and brow area. Depending on the patient’s needs, one or a combination of the above procedures may be needed to achieve optimal results. Dr. Diwan will recommend the best treatment plan for you based on your condition and desired outcome. Blepharoplasty and brow lift operations can be safely performed in-office.

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How long is eyelid surgery recovery?

After your eyelid surgery procedure, Dr. Diwan will provide you with detailed care instructions to help you through the healing process. The typical recovery period for upper eyelid surgery is about one week; and two to four weeks for lower eyelid surgery.

When will I notice the final results of my eyelid surgery?

Continued improvement occurs over a few weeks before a final result is reached. This may vary based on the specific methods used for your eyelid surgery with Dr. Diwan. For a thorough evaluation of the problems that need correction, as well as the selection and discussion of appropriate treatments and planning, a consultation with Dr. Diwan is necessary.

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Earlobe Repair

The tiny holes pierced in the earlobe for earrings can become elongated over time.  Factors such as the weight of heavy earrings worn daily; the pulling of  dangling earrings when they are caught on sweaters, hair brushes, or fingers; and the loss of elasticity of aging earlobe skin all work together to slowly pull on the small holes,  turning them into long slits or tears in your earlobes.  If you feel self-conscious or embarrassed by the look of your ears, and ill-fitting earrings, Dr. Diwan can reconstruct the earlobes to a  normal appearance.

How is earlobe repair performed?

Depending on the severity of your unique situation, the slits in your ears can extend all the way down  the earlobe, causing it to split and no longer be able to hold an earring. The split earlobe is a deformity that can be corrected in the office with a local anesthetic (numbing injection). After numbing the area, the edges of the split or long earlobe hole are removed and the fresh edges are sewn together. If desired,  the repaired earlobe is re-pierced in six weeks.  It is important to wear smaller, lighter earrings to prevent the same problem from recurring.

How long is earlobe repair recovery?

After reconstruction of the earlobe, there is some swelling and, possibly, bruising of the earlobes. Some minor pain or discomfort may occur immediately after surgery, but you should be able to resume your normal routine almost immediately. However, we do recommend avoiding higher levels of physical activity and avoid unnecessary contact with your ears for the first few days. Dr. Diwan will provide you with more detailed care instructions following your own personal earlobe repair procedure. Sutures are removed a week after the repair.

When will I notice the final results of my earlobe repair surgery?

You will notice an immediate improvement in the look of your earlobes once your surgery is complete. There may be some bruising and swelling for the first week as the skin heals. Most patients will enjoy the final results of their earlobe surgery within a few weeks. The earlobes can be re-pierced 6 weeks later.

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