Fortunately, advances in skin and dental care and refined techniques in the field of plastic surgery have allowed many to attain their own ideal of beauty, often in a minimally invasive way.
The following pages show some of the hottest trends in minimally invasive options in Stark County.
FACE | DR. JOHN THOTTAM
Dr. John Thottam, a Jackson Township plastic surgeon, said one of the options he performs are mini face-lifts. He said the mini face-lift is a procedure ideal for those in their 30s or 40s who want to remove minor sagging or drooping around the cheeks, jowls and neck area.
“Some of the early signs of aging appear there, with excess fat and skin,” he explained.
Sometimes called the weekend face-lift, the procedure has less cost, pain and recovery time than a full face-lift.
Another treatment option for those who want to erase wrinkles without surgery is an injectable, such as Botox. Thottam said that when Botox is injected into the face, it relaxes the muscles and allows wrinkles to fade.
This is different from fillers such as Juvederm or Restylane, which are injectables made of hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance in your skin that helps add volume and hydration.
“Generally, this product will last six months to a year,” Thottam said. “The body will gradually absorb it, and the injection will need repeated.”
The risks of injectables are minimal, with some patients experiencing swelling or bruising, but Thottam said 80 percent to 90 percent of patients immediately can go back to their normal activity.
TEETH | DR. ANDREW WOJTKOWSKI
Attaining a movie star smile is possible, and in some cases quite easy, with a trip to the dentist. According to Dr. Andrew Wojtkowski, dental program director of Mercy Medical Center’s dental clinic, many noninvasive or minimally invasive procedures are available to help you get the smile you’ve always wanted.
Veneers, thin custom-made shells designed to cover the front of teeth, are a popular way to fix slightly crooked, spaced or discolored teeth.
Wojtkowski said that direct-placement veneers, such as Lumineers, are much like getting fake fingernails placed over your own.
“These are less of an investment,” he said, adding that they are ideal for discolored teeth or to fix a small chip, and require a minimal amount of preparation and discomfort.
The dentist makes an imprint or mold of the patient’s teeth on a first visit. The veneers are glued on in a second visit.
Longer-lasting, higher-end veneers require shaving of the tooth enamel, and patients often require an anesthetic.
Dental veneers can be made from porcelain or from resin composite materials, depending on how much the patient wishes to spend.
Average cost of direct placement veneers is $635 per tooth. Laminate veneers run about $700 per tooth on average. Porcelain veneers, which last the longest, average about $1,000 per tooth.
EYES | DR. JAMIE ZUCKER
According to Dr. Jamie L. Zucker, an ophthalmologist who specializes in oculoplastic surgery at Canton Ophthalmology Associates in Canton, the problem can be eliminated with very little downtime.
Blepharoplasty, also known as an eyelift, is a type of laser surgery that removes excess skin and fat in the upper eyelids and excess fat in the lower lids.
“Some are done for cosmetic reasons, some medical,” Zucker said.
He explained that severe cases can impair vision. Patients can head back to work in as little as a day or two, Zucker said, noting that they will have bruised eyes and swelling for two to three weeks.
Also, with stitches involved, care for the skin is necessary in the first week following surgery.
“This is not a lunchtime thing,” he said. “(Procedures like Botox) are a lunchtime thing, because they don’t last that long.”
He also can use a resurfacing laser to eliminate wrinkles and age spots. This too, is considered a surgery and requires time to heal and extra care of swollen, red skin around the eyes.
Ophthalmologists who perform this type of service spend years studying with a plastic surgeon. They also perform surgeries that reconstruct the eyes following injury or cancer.
BODY | DR. STEVEN CARP
Fractional laser resurfacing is a method of skin rejuvenation introduced in 2003. It is different from other laser resurfacing methods in that it treats only a fraction of the skin, leaving the surrounding areas alone.
Dr. Steven Carp, of Carp Cosmetic Surgery Center in Green, said it is a great alternative to a chemical peel if the patient can’t spare time to recover.
“It’s not a peeling,” he explained. “It’s a punch. It’s actually tiny holes in the skin that creates a response to regenerate better collagen. This translates to better skin.”
A story in a cosmetic surgery magazine compared the treatment to pixel retouching of a digital photograph.
Fractional resurfacing treats wrinkles, acne scars, sun damage and age spots.
“It’s a nice intermediate option for the people who don’t have bad skin,” Carp said.
Depending on the system and the condition of the skin, Carp said, patients will require two to four treatments over a few months for the best results.
Prices can vary from $1,500 to $3,000 depending on the number of treatments and how deep they need to go.
Carp also offers many types of injectables, from Botox to Radiesse. As with anything, he explained, the more expensive the filler, the longer it lasts.
Radiesse, which can treat marionette lines and add volume to the cheeks, can last up to two years. The lessexpensive Botox lasts a much shorter time, Carp said.
Carp urges patients — no matter which option they want — to have all cosmetic work done in a clinical setting with a qualified plastic surgeon.
SKIN | DR. NICHOLAS SHEROCK JR. AND KIM LEE
But, as we age, says Kim Lee, the spa supervisor at The Spa at Atrium, the cell turnover in our skin slows down.
“In other words, you wear your skin longer,” she said, adding that diminished capillary function in the face makes skin appear paler and thinner. “It loses its defense against stress and doesn’t heal as fast,” Lee said.
A number of procedures to exfoliate and stimulate the skin are available and can help reverse these signs of aging.
As part of its Physician Managed Medi Spa Services, Atrium offers noninvasive treatments such as the glycolic peel, which is designed to hydrate dry skin, even out skin texture, exfoliate and reduce fine lines.
A light peel allows moisturizing products to penetrate deeper. Another problem we face, said Lee, is hair growing where we don’t want it and not growing where we want it.
Hormonal changes may cause an increase of dark hair on the upper lip and face. Waxing or laser hair removal will eliminate that problem.
“The opposite is true for eyelashes and eyebrows,” she said. “We’ve had huge success with Latisse.”
Latisse solution is a prescription treatment. It’s used to grow eyelashes, making them longer, thicker and darker.
“It absolutely works,” said Lee.