Cosmetic Surgery

Editorial StaffMay 3, 2022
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Learn about the cutting-edge cosmetic procedures offered at the Valley’s premier plastic surgery clinics.

Cosmetic Procedures Guide

“When you look good, you feel good,” former football cornerback and current coach Deion Sanders said. “And when you feel good, you play good.”

Sanders must have been on to something – he sustained a successful NFL career for 14 seasons and then went on to play in the MLB as an outfielder for nine. During this time, he managed to obtain two Super Bowl titles and a World Series win – all while looking the part.

But sports stars aren’t the only ones who have noticed the relationship between looking good and feeling good. Psychologists and scientists have studied the connection, finding that there are links to attractiveness and longevity and that health and beauty can boost your mood and confidence.

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When you look good, you feel good. It’s science. Self-care routines – exercise, skincare and healthy sleeping and eating habits – are at the crux of this crucial connection.  And while some people may be averse to going under the knife for the sake of simply feeling good, cosmetic surgery can be a key component to reimagining your image and living your ideal life. Popular non-invasive and non-surgical procedures are popping up at plastic surgery clinics across the Valley, so you can be on your way to looking and feeling your best without the downtime – and down payment – of traditional surgery.

In this special advertising section, we outline several non-surgical cosmetic procedures available at Valley clinics including Desert Plastic Surgery (desertplasticsurgery.com), Forma Plastic Surgery (formaplasticsurgery.com) and the office of Dr. Jennifer Boll (drboll.com).

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Neurotoxin Injections

When you squint, frown or furrow your brows, the surrounding skin tends to crease and fold. As a person ages, that skin loses some of its elasticity and these repeated facial contractions can cause permanent lines. Botulinum toxin type A – the active ingredient in injection treatments like Xeomin, Jeuveau and Dysport – is used to reduce these persistent lines, making the skin look smooth and youthful.

Dermal Fillers

Patients who aren’t quite ready for the commitment of a surgical procedure are the perfect candidates for dermal fillers, many of which use hyaluronic acid that imitates natural compounds found in the body that produce collagen. Once injected, these fillers help hydrate and replenish the skin for a healthy, radiant appearance. Taking just under one hour to complete and requiring minimal downtime, dermal fillers also allow patients to return to their daily activities much sooner than surgery.

Botox

Botulinum toxin, better known as Botox, is a muscle relaxer that stops the muscle contractions that cause forehead wrinkles, brow creases and crow’s feet. It’s an ideal alternative to surgical treatments that slow or stop the noticeable progression of aging. This treatment can also be used to lift the tip of the nose, soften the angle of the jaw, reduce neck banding and lift the upper lip.

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Microneedling

Tiny needles stimulate collagen and elastin, which reverse sun damage, improve hyperpigmentation and reduce the appearance of acne scars, stretch marks and fine lines. Including PRP (platelet-rich plasma) in your microneedling treatment further nourishes and smoothes your complexion.

Dermaplaning

Also referred to as microplanning or blading, this simple, non-invasive procedure removes “peach fuzz” and dead skin cells from the face using a thin exfoliating blade or scalpel. One treatment can leave the skin looking smooth and radiant and reduces acne scars and “pockmarks,” dull, dry and sun-damaged skin and fine wrinkles.

Chemical Peels

In this treatment, a chemical solution such as glycolic acid, trichloroacetic acid, salicylic acid, lactic acid or carbolic acid is applied to the skin, causing it to blister and peel off, similar to a sunburn. The chemical peel creates a “controlled wound,” allowing a new layer of skin to develop. It is most frequently done on the face, neck and hands and reduces fine lines, treats wrinkles caused by sun damage or aging, heals mild scars, treats acne, reduces dark spots and freckles, and improves the overall look and feel of the skin.

KYBELLA

This popular nonsurgical procedure focuses on fat cells under the jawline to define the patient’s profile and decrease the appearance of a double chin. KYBELLA uses synthetic deoxycholic acid, a naturally occurring molecule in the body that breaks down fat. When injected beneath the chin, it essentially destroys fat cells to reduce fullness.

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