Younger Hands in Less than an Hour!

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Want younger hands?

People often focus their attention on keeping the face looking young. But your hands can also give away your age. Treating sun damage to the hands is a great start, but what about if your hands are starting to look too thin, with prominent bones, tendons and veins? You may not know this, but filler can also be to achieve the look of younger hands! Radiesse is the first filler to obtain FDA approval for this use.

Radiesse is injected in the office. The entire procedure takes about 20-30 minutes. Numbing cream is placed on the hands before injection to help make the procedure more comfortable. And I think the results speak for themselves- check out the photos below and see what having younger hands can look like!

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younger hands

Mild swelling is normal for the first couple of days, and can last up to a couple weeks. Using ice packs and keeping your hands elevated can help the swelling resolve more quickly. But there is no downtime after the procedure. By the next day, you can work out, get your hands wet, and do all the activities you normally do. You may have some bruising after injection, which may take a week or two to completely fade. Your new, younger hands will last about a year before you need another treatment.

But what if you have both thinning hand and age spots? In this case, Radiesse is used to make the hands look fuller, then combined with laser treatments to fade age spots. These treatments can even be done in a single visit.

If you’re tired of your hands giving away your age, call us today to set up a treatment! (440) 974-8577. Or you can search the Radiesse Hands website to find a provider in your area.

 

 

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The best way to get a flat stomach after having a baby

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Get rid of saggy skin and have a flat stomach, permanently.

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Get your pre-baby body back and regain your self-confidence.

Having a baby changes your life, and your body. I know the feeling: you look in the mirror, turn sideways, and suck it in, but that loose skin and lower belly pooch won’t completely go away. Here’s the good news: you can get rid of that saggy skin and feel great in your jeans again!

Before I explain how to fix that saggy stomach, let’s explore what causes the sag:

  1. Skin stretches with pregnancy and weight gain. After the baby is born that excess skin will shrink up quite a bit, but often not all the way.
  2. Your rectus muscles (that form a 6-pack) stretch apart to accommodate the baby. Just like your skin, the muscles don’t necessarily bounce back to normal.

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    Before and after tummy tuck

 

To get that flat stomach back (and regain your self confidence!), you need to remove the extra skin and tighten the stretched muscles. And that means surgery.  No amount or combination of exercise will accomplish what a tummy tuck can.

 

And here’s the great news: the results are permanent! If you stay at a stable weight, your flat stomach (and increased confidence) will be around for a long, long time.

 

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What are those age spots on my arms and hands?

Do you ever look at your hands while driving and wonder when all those brown spots suddenly popped up?
Or realize you haven’t worn a v-neck sweater in years, because the age spots on your

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Actual patient of Dr. Greer after a series of laser treatments for age spots

chest will show?
Often called age spots or liver spots, these brown spots can actually be one of several things:
  1. Skin cancer. This is obviously the most serious. So if you have a new spot that suddenly popped up, or one that is painful, itchy, or changing color, it’s worth seeing your doctor to make sure everything is okay.
  2. Seborrheic keratosis. Known in the business as SKs (because really, who wants to say seborrheic several times a day?), these brown spots are usually raised and flaky. They can appear anywhere, but most commonly on the back, arms, and temples.
  3. Solar lentigoes. The name literally means “sun spots,” and these brown spots are caused by sun exposure over the years.
Now that we know what’s causing these annoying brown spots, how do we prevent them? As I mentioned above solar lentigoes are related to sun exposure. Wearing daily sunscreen can help prevent them. Unfortunately most of our sun exposure has happened long before we start to see these brown spots, so sunscreen can only help so much. SKs are not related to sun exposure. Some people just develop them with age, and they do seem to run in families. Unfortunately there is no way to prevent SKs.
The good news is that both SKs and solar lentigoes can be treated. SKs are usually cauterized or lasered off. Solar lentigoes are often treated with a combination of laser treatments to pull the pigment out of the skin and skin lighteners such as hydroquinone to prevent the pigmentation from coming back.
If you would like to get rid of your age spots, you’ll likely need a couple of treatments to remove what you currently have, then a touch up once a year to remove anything new. These treatments are done in the office, and have very little downtime. If you’d like to find out more, please call us for a FREE consultation.

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Choosing the Best Plastic Surgeon – 5 easy tips

How do you pick the best plastic surgeon for you?

Back when I was a kid, you didn’t have to worry about picking the best plastic surgeon, because you didn’t really gave a choice, as we only had one option in a 100 mile radius. Now I live in Cleveland, and last time I checked, there were over 50 plastic surgeons within only 50 miles.  Online reviews and sites like Angie’s List certainly give you some information.  Who your insurance covers will narrow things down as well.

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Below are my top 5 tips for choosing the best plastic surgeon, or really any type of surgeon.  Please notice that price is not anywhere on this list- I’ve found that unless you’re going someone who has really become famous for one particular type of procedure, Plastic Surgeons tend to price themselves pretty similarly within a given market.  And board certification is also not on this list- that is a complicated topic which I plan to write a dedicated post on later. But if you would like to find a board certified plastic surgeon in the meantime, you can search for one at the American Society for Plastic Surgery (ASPS) website.

Five tips to find the best plastic surgeon to fit your needs:

1) Make sure you feel comfortable with the doctor.  Sometimes your personalities don’t jive, or sometimes you just get a bad vibe.  A surgeon is someone you’re entrusting your health, and your physical appearance to, and it’s critical that you feel comfortable sharing your worries and concerns with this person. So a doctor could have fantastic technical skills and get great results, but she won’t be the best plastic surgeon for you if your personalities aren’t a good fit.

2) Ask how hard it is to get in touch with your doctor if you have a concern.  If you’re worried about something in the middle of the night after surgery, who do you call?  And more importantly, who will you end up talking to on the other end of the line?  It’s good to know if the doctor shares the duty of answering midnight calls with other physicians in his or her office, because you may end up talking to someone only vaguely familiar with your history and problems.

3) How often will the surgeon see you after your surgery or procedure, and for how long?  Will the frequency of visits leave you feeling well taken care of?

4) Does your surgeon have experience in the type of procedure you want?  Ask how many he or she has done, and don’t be shy about asking to see pictures.

5) Finally, does your surgeon explain things in a way you can understand?  Medicine can get very technical, and your ability to make good decisions about your health care is completely dependent on how well you understand what’s going on.  Some doctors are great at explaining things, others not so much.  The best plastic surgeon for you will be able to explain any complications or bumps in the road in language you can understand.

Do you have any tips for picking a great doctor?

 

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Turkey day is nearly upon us. And like many, I’ve been more reflective this week of the things I’m thankful for. But I have to ask: why do we only focus our energy looking for the positive one day a year? Did you know there are many benefits to being thankful each and every day?

I’ve been reading The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor, a Harvard psychologist who studies happiness. It turns out that happy people are more successful. This is in contrast to the conclusion many of us make, which is that successful people are more happy.

So why does happiness lead to success? People who are happier have an advantage when it comes to assessing new situations. They look for the good, and often see opportunities that are missed by the more pessimistic among us. Our brains get very good at spotting patterns. So if you always look for the worst in every situation, your brain will skip right over a possible advantage. But the good news is happiness can be learned. If you want to teach your brain to find good things, look for good things in your every day life. One recommendation the author makes is to name three things you are happy about (or grateful for) every day, no matter how small. Today I am grateful for:

  1. Coffee with heavy cream.
  2. My kids making each other laugh over breakfast.
  3. Getting to talk with my mom on the phone.

So why wait until Thursday? Start right now and leave me a message in the comments: What are you thankful for?

 

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