Moles (nevi) are harmless skin growths that usually appear around birth or early in childhood and adolescence. Any changes in shape or color could signal precancerous cells or skin cancer such as melanomas.
Non-surgical facelifts or liquid facelifts are an ideal way to minimize signs of aging without surgery and an extended recovery period. This treatment combines prescription facial injections with facial and lip fillers to achieve an instantly rejuvenated, balanced appearance in order to restore proportionality of the face.
Surgical and non-surgical facelifts are available to help you achieve your desired facial aesthetic.
What is a mole?
Moles are common skin growths composed of clusters of pigment-forming cells called melanocytes that produce melanin pigment, giving our skin its color. Moles come in all sizes, shapes and colors. While they’re generally harmless, any changes or new moles should be examined by a physician as soon as they appear.
An irregular mole that changes shape, color or texture could be an early telltale sign of cancer. Early diagnosis and mole removal in Calgary can increase your odds of successful treatment while stopping disease spread elsewhere in your body.
Moles may be removed surgically with or without stitches, or cosmetically by excision with or without sutures, as well as laser, cryotherapy and electrocautery treatments. Facial Plastic Surgeon Kristina Zakhary can offer advice about which method would best meet their individual needs and goals in Calgary.
What is a facelift?
Facelift surgery is a cosmetic process designed to rejuvenate the lower two-thirds of your face and neck by tightening deep facial tissues and repositioning and reshaping underlying fat deposits, leading to slimmer, firmer results for both face and neck areas.
This procedure may be combined with other surgical treatments to address more extensive signs of aging, such as eyelid lifts or chin implants, for maximum efficacy. It works best in men and women who possess healthy skin that possesses some elasticity as well as solid bone structure.
Under general anesthetic in our office or hospital, depending on your preference. Recovery takes between one to four days as swelling and bruising subside. Black or blue non-dissolvable stitches will be used to close incisions which should fade over time. You will also be provided with specific instructions and recommendations from your surgeon regarding healing so as to minimize complications – for instance avoiding alcohol, smoking and certain medications which might interfere with healing processes.
What is a soft lift?
Non-surgical face lifts are non-invasive rejuvenation treatments that use injectables to decrease wrinkles and restore fullness in one session, targeting areas such as forehead, eyes, cheeks, mouth, chin and jawline to create a refreshed appearance and enhance features for a more balanced and natural look.
This cosmetic procedure offers an effective alternative to surgery by combining BOTOX Cosmetic and dermal fillers for optimal results. Less invasive than surgery and with no downtime necessary, some patients may experience minor bruising or redness at injection sites.
Hyaluronic acid-based dermal fillers used in this type of treatment reduce lines and wrinkles while plumping thin or sagging areas of the face, such as around the jowl area where excess fat needs to be reduced while simultaneously outlining jawlines and creating an elegant jawline definition. They’re especially useful in this application when treating excess jowl fat with results lasting up to one year! And that’s the beauty of it all – looking natural yet fresh for up to 12 months!
What is a scar revision?
Scar revision seeks to minimize the appearance of scars by making them blend in seamlessly with surrounding skin tone and texture. This can be accomplished surgically or non-invasively; non-surgical options such as steroid injections can flatten raised scars (hypertrophic and keloid scars) while Intense Pulsed Light, commonly known as IPL or Intense Pulsed Light treatments can reduce redness or dark discolorations on certain scars.
Surgical techniques such as skin grafts and flaps may help change the size or location of a scar, narrow a wide one, decrease thickness, or lift an indented or depressed scar. Tissue substitutes may also help increase flexibility where contractures have restricted movement.
Before having surgical scar revision, it is crucial to consume a diet rich in proteins and vitamins such as A, C and E – these will promote protein synthesis and wound healing. In addition, smoking negatively impacts wound healing while herbal supplements or medications that increase bleeding should be discontinued immediately.