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Did You Get a Facelift? No, I Got Something Better

A “liquid facelift” could be your key to appear a younger and glowing you, without the surgery! The semi-permanent injectable procedure creates a soft and effortless look by enhancing and polishing the facial features. To learn more, please read our infographic below.

To schedule a consultation, please contact us at 858-247-2933.

Everything You Need to Know About Hyaluronic Acid

Almost everyone is looking for that magic skincare ingredient that will hydrate, treat common skin conditions, and slow down the effects of aging. There have been plenty of ‘miracle ingredients’ that have been touted in the media over the years, all working to various degrees. One of the newest that has been proven to have real results is hyaluronic acid, also known as HA. Never heard of HA? Here’s what you need to know about this powerful substance and how it can help you fight the aging process.

What is Hyaluronic Acid?

A carbohydrate molecule, hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance in the body with 50% of it found in the skin. The purpose of HA is to hydrate and lubricate joints as well as connective and skin tissue. It works like a magnet to attract hydration and helps your cells retain as much moisture as possible. In fact, just one gram of this acid can hold up to six liters of water! When you have enough HA, your skin appears hydrated and healthy. However, as the body ages, it naturally loses HA, which can lead to a loss of volume, brightness, and suppleness in the skin.

Is Hyaluronic Acid Safe?

Because it is naturally occurring in the body, hyaluronic acid is very safe to incorporate into your skincare regimen. Though it is referred to as an ‘acid’, this does not mean it will burn or damage the skin in any way. In fact, it’s milder than other acids that are routinely used in facial treatments such as chemical peels. HA is approved by the FDA and when applied topically or injected into the skin, it is treated as a natural substance by the body.

What Skincare Conditions Can Hyaluronic Acid Treat?

Hyaluronic Acid is one of those superstars that works wonders for any skin types. Its amazing hydrating properties can decrease the look of fine lines and wrinkles as well as stimulate the production of collagen and elastin, which results in tighter, more youthful looking skin. It can also treat oily or acne-prone skin, and acts as an antioxidant to fight free radicals and other damaging agents and slow down the appearance of age-related damage such as uneven skin tone, sun spots, and loss of firmness. HA also has soothing properties that can reduce symptoms of rosacea and eczema and aids in the body’s natural healing process, helping the skin recover from damage like sunburn and other traumas.

How You Can Incorporate It into Your Skincare Regimen

There are a number of ways you can benefit from the many positive properties of HA. Buying high-quality skincare products from a dermatologist or plastic surgeon will ensure you get the highest level of HA in a product that is easily absorbed and utilized by your skin. Though some less expensive products may say they have HA, they may not have them in high enough doses to make much of an impact on your skin.

You can also harness the power of Hyaluronic Acid by getting HA-based dermal fillers such as Juvéderm® and Restylane®. These substances can be injected into your skin by a professional plastic surgeon or dermatologist to smooth out lines and wrinkles and restore volume to skin that is showing signs of aging. As a dermal filler, HA not only plumps the skin, but it continues to attract more moisture, which hydrates and renews the skin.

Where Can I Get Hyaluronic Acid?

It’s important to talk to a knowledgeable plastic surgeon such as Dr. Sayed before incorporating HA into your skincare regimen. Though using less expensive HA skincare products will not harm you, you will not see the results that come from the professional recommendation and use of HA in high-quality products or in injectables such as Juvéderm® and Restylane®. Dr. Sayed is a double board certified plastic surgeon who has been practicing cosmetic and reconstructive surgery for over 13 years. He has extensive knowledge about how to use HA-based products and procedures to create the best results for your unique skincare needs. He has convenient offices in southern California and is known throughout the country as an expert in his field.

If you’re ready to harness the power of HA and experience its hydrating and anti-aging properties, schedule a consultation with Dr. Sayed today.

Just in Time for the Holidays: Last Minute Non-Surgical Treatments

Getting ready to see family and friends in the coming weeks? With the holidays just around the corner, many of our patients are getting ready to invest hours cleaning their homes and preparing a feast for incoming visitors. In addition to putting care into your home, be sure to practice self-care this holiday season. Non-surgical solutions like dermal fillers, Botox®, skin rejuvenation, and even laser treatments can all refresh your appearance in a crunch. Best of all, treatments are tailored to your specific needs.

Thinning Lips or Sunken Cheeks?

Shrinking lip size and sunken cheeks are common signs of aging that start slowly but quickly become noticeable and detract from your overall appearance. Luckily, dermal fillers come in many formulas and applications, making it a go-to procedure for many patients who want to improve their looks without spending too much time in the treatment chair.

When receiving dermal fillers, the consultation becomes the most important part of the procedure. During this initial visit, we’ll evaluate which of the many available injection options will best address your concerns. At Dr. Sayed’s office, options available include:

  • Juvéderm® Volbella: Ideal for adding volume to lips and filling in fine lines near the mouth and around the eyes
  • Juvéderm® Vollure: Perfect for treating nasolabial folds, this solution is a great option that smooths skin while allowing for natural facial expression and movement.
  • Juvéderm® Voluma: This form of Juvéderm® relies on a thicker, more stable formula to add much-needed volume to hollowed cheeks.

Fine Lines and Wrinkles

When we think of the aging process, the development of fine lines and deepening of wrinkles are often the first symptoms that come to mind. Non-surgical treatments like Botox® and Dysport® are great first steps patients can take to help put the breaks on the aging process before it has a chance to worsen.

Derived from the botulinum toxin, both Botox® and Dysport® target and temporarily freeze the muscles responsible for wrinkle and crease development. However, the differences in formula do offer different experiences for different patients. While Botox® injections affect the area where the product is injected, Dysport® may diffuse from the injection site to the surrounding areas. During your pre-treatment consultation, our plastic surgeon will evaluate these differences and help you determine which injection best suits your needs.

Refresh Your Entire Appearance

Looking for a more comprehensive solution to enhancing and revitalizing your appearance? In recent years, liquid facelifts have become a popular treatment year-round. This multi-faceted solution leverages a combination of dermal fillers, neuromodulators (Botox® and Dysport®) as well as laser rejuvenation treatments to help restore our patients’ youthful appearance. As the entire procedure is developed from a combination of non-surgical treatments, liquid facelifts require almost no downtime and can be easily scheduled between family visits and holiday travel.

Regain Your Appearance Today!

Between hosting family and visiting friends, be sure to schedule some time for yourself over the next few months. At Dr. Sayed’s offices in San Diego and Newport Beach, our goal is to help patients look and feel as great as possible. To learn more about quick and effective non-surgical treatments, call our plastic surgeon today and schedule your consultation!