5 Ways to Look Refreshed This Summer

Summer is a great time to improve your look, as the warmer months are some of the busiest travel months of the year. Before you plan your summer vacation or family trip, consider one of these phenomenal treatments to rejuvenate your appearance.

Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion is a gentle, chemical-free exfoliation technique. This treatment removes the outermost layer of skin, which is mostly composed of dead skin cells. As a result, patients experience increased blood flow and increased collagen production. This is great for treating wrinkles, large pores, and creating a smooth, even complexion.

Microdermabrasion in Philadelphia, PA

Chemical Peels

Chemical peels provide a deep cleansing treatment for the skin. These come in varying strengths, allowing each patient to get the most out of

their treatment. Chemical peels can produce a healthy, radiant glow while removing dirt and oil build up on the face.

Injectables & Dermal Fillers

Injectables and dermal fillers are some of the most popular treatments because they create instant results and require no downtime. These treatments can diminish wrinkles and lines and even increase volume in the face. There are different products designed for different areas of the face, allowing patients to achieve the exact look they desire.

Skin Tightening

Skin tightening is a non-invasive procedure that can create dramatic results with the use of radiofrequency energy. This painless procedure increases collagen production in the skin, creating results that improve over time. With no downtime required, this can be a great solution for reducing wrinkles, dimples, and sagging skin.

Laser Resurfacing

Laser resurfacing uses heat energy to stimulate collagen production and repair the signs of aging in the skin. This is a versatile treatment that can be used nearly anywhere on the body, resulting in a steady improvement in skin tone and texture after treatment.

It’s Not Too Late to Improve Your Look

If you are looking for a way to reduce signs of aging, look younger, or just improve your overall appearance, contact Pollard Plastic Surgery to learn more about the treatments mentioned above. Pollard Plastic Surgery welcomes patients from Philadelphia and Bala Cynwyd, PA.

Most Popular Non-Surgical Procedures for Generation Xers

As a Gen Xer, you are in your 30s to 50s and may be starting to notice what aging can do to your body. Whether it’s wrinkles, loose skin, or stubborn pockets of fat, there are plenty of non-surgical options to help you maintain a youthful appearance for several more years. In fact, Gen Xers make up for about 40% of all plastic surgery procedures, both surgical and non-surgical. Here are the most popular procedures to help you stay one step ahead of the aging game.

Injectables & Dermal FillersInjectables and Fillers in Philadelphia, PA

Injectables and dermal fillers are some of the most popular anti-aging procedures, and it’s no question why. These treatments often provide instant results, smoothing wrinkles and adding volume to the skin. When performed by a qualified professional, these products can create stunningly natural-looking results. Another great benefit is that there is no downtime required for these treatments. You can expect to return to work the same day, with results already visible in most cases!

Microdermabrasion

If you’re looking for radiant skin in just one visit, consider microdermabrasion, a non-invasive, chemical-free exfoliation process. We use diamond tip microdermabrasion, which is safe for both the body and face, to remove the top layer of the epidermis. The diamond tip is used as a mechanical exfoliant, acting as a tiny pressure washer. In addition to removing the top layer of dead skin cells, the procedure results in increased blood flow, collagen production, and new skin cell development.

Chemical Peels

Chemical peels come in a great variety, offering varying levels of strengths. These treatments remove dead skin cells, reducing the appearance of discoloration and wrinkles along the way. After treatment, your skin is left with a smooth, healthy glow. These customizable treatments allow every patient to get the most out of their chemical peel.

Laser Resurfacing

The EndyMed™ laser resurfacing treatment not only gives you smoother, healthier-looking skin, but also improves the tone of your skin. It combines advanced energy-based technology with the precision of a computer-guided treatment to give you outstanding results. The energy from the system heats the layers of skin to stimulate collagen development and repair the signs of aging.

How Can I Try These Treatments?

If you are considering any of these treatments, contact Pollard Plastic Surgery. Pollard Plastic Surgery welcomes patients from the Philadelphia and Bala Cynwyd, PA areas.

Dermal Fillers and Botox® Cosmetic Enhancement This Holiday Season

Injectables and Fillers in Philadelphia, PA

As the holidays approach, men and women are in a time crunch. As the demands of overtime hours, gift shopping and wrapping, and other duties overwhelm you, it is easy to find yourself at the bottom of the totem pole – not only feeling exhausted, but seeing it in your reflection too. If you fantasize about a fresh, youthful appearance, look no further.

Dr. Emily Pollard to the rescue!

In your search for a provider who specializes in cosmetic treatments, rest assured that Dr. Emily Pollard is an award-winning, board-certified Philadelphia plastic surgeon. She is here to provide you with top-notch, professional service.

Fillers and Injectable Options

Dermal fillers, also known as wrinkle fillers, are soft tissue fillers that have been approved by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA). These products bring the skin to life, erasing wrinkles and other signs of aging – without the hassle and downtime of surgery.

As men and women strive to turn back the hand of time, facilities offering filler and injectable treatments are collectively growing.  As you come to a decision on your choice of provider, consider Dr. Pollard’s cosmetic expertise in the following areas:

BOTOX® Cosmetic

BOTOX® Cosmetic injections target the areas between your eyebrows, your forehead, and your eyes, relaxing the muscles that cause lines and wrinkles. If you have crow’s feet, lines around your mouth, or deep creases in your forehead, Dr. Pollard considers you a candidate for BOTOX® Cosmetic injections. This treatment, which last an hour, requires no surgery – or downtime. Enjoy immediate results for up to six months.

Juvederm®

Juvederm® is a specially formulated injectable filler that contains hyaluronic acid (HA), which is naturally present in your body. With time, your skin loses its HA. Hyaluronic acid hydrates the skin and allows it to retain a youthful volume. Dr. Pollard injects Juvederm® into the skin with a fine needle, targeting deep creases, wrinkles, and fine lines. The non-invasive treatment requires less than an hour of your time. After your session, you can immediately resume your work or recreational activities. Results can last up to a year.

Restylane®

Restylane® treats wrinkles and lines and is also used to enrich the volume of cheeks and lips, without surgery. Also containing hyaluronic acid, Dr. Pollard injects the affected area. As the skin becomes more hydrated, visual enhancements will appear right away and continue to improve in a matter of days. Your session will be complete within a few minutes, will not interrupt your daily activities, and you’ll be able to enjoy these benefits for up to six months.

Perlane®

Dr. Pollard recommends Perlane®, another product containing HA, for patients who desire fuller lips or cheeks, or a more youthful appearance. Comprised of larger particles, the gel substance is more effective on severe lines and deeper creases. The treatment is non-invasive, completed in less than an hour, and doesn’t interfere with your normal schedule. Results last up to six months.

Dysport®

Dysport® effectively relaxes line-forming muscles, reducing laugh and frown lines and wrinkles. This injection only takes a few minutes and does not interfere with your work or recreation time. Ultimate cases completely erase these creases in some patients. Enjoy immediate results and full enhancement within a week, and reap the benefits for up to six months.

Sculptra®

Sculptra® targets your body’s natural ability to produce collagen, which is essential for healthy skin. With age, collagen levels decrease, and leaving us with wrinkles, lines, and skin folds. Dr. Pollard also recommends Sculptra® to increase cheek volume. Sessions don’t even require an hour of your time. This non-surgical treatment is quick, and you can immediately resume your daily duties as normal.

Radiesse®

Radiesse® is another non-surgical solution to complement your body’s natural collagen in replenishing your skin’s health. This option treats severe wrinkles and deep creases. Almost magically, Radiesse® creates a supportive wall, accomplishing a two-fold result: 1) stimulating natural collagen production and 2) reducing severe lines and folds. Enjoy a short session and immediately return to your regular schedule without interruption. Radiesse® results in long-lasting enhancement, sometimes permanently.

Make an appointment today!

Dr. Emily Pollard is available to help you look and feel your best throughout the holiday season. Get a head-start on the New Year. Give yourself the gift of a new you!

Age Management With Minimally Invasive Dermal Fillers

The quickest and easiest way to healthier and younger looking skin are minimally invasive dermal fillers and neurotoxins – called liquid facelifts. A liquid facelift is a technique for injecting advanced dermal fillers, such as JUVEDERM®, Radiesse® and Restylane® to lift and contour facial features. A non-surgical liquid facelift can be done to accomplish any of the following:

  • Gentle lift of individual (or overall) facial features
  • Reduced wrinkles, creases, line or folds
  • Restoration of natural, curved facial contours
  • A more rested, energetic look

With treatments that take less than an hour and are performed right in-office, liquid facelifts require no downtime and can be seen in just a few days. Dr. Pollard offers:

A great and easy way to refresh and update your look, dermal fillers address a multitude of skin conditions and problem areas. Each filler – from Botox® to Radiesse® – is just a quick procedure to refresh your entire look, while giving subtle yet noticeable results. Dr. Pollard has a very natural hand. If you’re considering a liquid facelift, schedule a consultation with Dr. Pollard. She can help you decide what fillers are best for you.

 

Botox Myth Busters

What is Botox/Dysport?

  • Botox is a drug made from a neurotoxin called botulinum toxin. It is used medically to treat certain muscular conditions and cosmetically remove wrinkles.

How does Botox work?

  • Botox is injected into muscles, where it blocks nerve impulses to those tissues. The muscle activity that causes the frown lines is reduced, and a smoother look results.

Am I going to have that frozen look after receiving Botox?

  • After your injection you should look refreshed. Friends will notice ‘something different’, but they should not be able to tell you had something done.

Will Botox get rid of all my wrinkles?

  • Facial lines that exist when your face is totally relaxed are not very good candidates for Botox, they would need dermal filler. Botox works best on areas of a contracting muscle – between the eyes, forehead, and crows’ feet.

Will I see immediate results?

  • You will normally see improvement within a few days; maximum effect usually takes 10-14 days. At 2 weeks, whatever effect has occurred should be considered the maximum effect.

Is Botox Painful?

  • Any injection can hurt, although the needles used are very small and pain is usually minimal.  A cold pack can be applied before and after treatment to ease discomfort.

How often should I get Botox?

  • Most people see effects for 3 to 4 months, but several factors can affect that, and treatments can be adjusted.

Will I get bruised or swollen after treatment?

  • Most commonly, people will have redness at injection site; rarely some people may experience slight bruising or temporary uneven texture.

What happens if I think results should be more visible?

  • Every person and every muscle reacts differently.  Your injector may be conservative on the first treatment. If you would like a more dramatic look, you can receive additional injections at an additional cost.