6 Skin Treatments that Reduce Acne Scarring

Many times, even after successful treatments for Acne, scarring remains. These scars may become less noticeable over time, but in some cases, they may become more noticeable as your skin ages and you lose fat in your face. Here are 5 possible skin treatments to consider that may reduce acne scarring. Continue reading “6 Skin Treatments that Reduce Acne Scarring”

How Do Dermal Fillers Work?

As an alternative to botox treatments — and sometimes in conjunction with them — your facial surgeon may suggest the use of dermal fillers—injectable soft tissue strategically placed under the skin to smooth out wrinkles and restore a fuller look to the face. But how do dermal fillers work, and how do they differ from the use of botox? Continue reading “How Do Dermal Fillers Work?”

Dos and Don’ts for Your First Botox Appointment

If you’ve never had a Botox injection before, you may wonder what to expect. The procedure is fairly simple and doesn’t take a lot of time, and you can usually get on with your day within 30 minutes after showing up for your appointment. That said, there are some things you should know and plan for. Here are some common-sense do’s and don’ts to be aware of for your first Botox appointment. Continue reading “Dos and Don’ts for Your First Botox Appointment”

What is Hypotrichosis of the Eyelashes?

The word “hypotrichosis” refers to a condition where there is not enough hair on certain parts of the body, like the head or face. For our purposes, hypotrichosis of the eyelashes simply means the patient has an inadequate amount of eyelashes on his/her eyelids.

While many people consider rich, full lashes to be a sign of beauty, the truth is hypotrichosis of the eyelashes is more than just a cosmetic issue. Our eyelashes serve as a barrier to help protect our eyes against irritants like dust, sand, wind, bright sunshine and perspiration. Insufficient eyelashes can lead to more irritation in the eyes, and sometimes injury. Continue reading “What is Hypotrichosis of the Eyelashes?”

What is Preventative Botox and Does It Really Work?

Botox treatments have been used for many years as a way to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fight the effects of aging.

When people begin receiving botox injections before those wrinkles occur, we refer to this as preventative botox. The underlying concept behind preventative botox is to stop wrinkles before they start forming.

When Botox first came onto the market, skin care professionals and cosmetic surgeons used to see people coming in for botox injections beginning in their 30s and 40s, which is the age that wrinkles typically start to become noticeable in most people. Nowadays, we’re seeing a downward trend where people are requesting botox treatments as soon as their early 20s. Continue reading “What is Preventative Botox and Does It Really Work?”

What to Expect When Undergoing Preprosthetic Surgery for Dentures

If you are getting ready for partial or full dentures, you may first need some minor preprosthetic surgery. This procedure ensures that your dentures fit comfortably and safely. Because dentures sit on the ridge of your jaw line, it’s important to make it the right size and shape and smooth.

Woman visit dentist orthodontic surgery

This procedure typically occurs several weeks before your dentures are made in order to allow time for proper healing. You may need to undergo one or more of the following procedures.

    1. Bone reshaping (Alveoplasty)

      After teeth have been removed, the bone ridge may be uneven or sharp. To ensure the maximum comfort fit for your dentures, the dental surgeon may reshape this bone.

    2. Removal of excess bone (Tori/Exostosis)

      Excess areas of bone may be small or large. Once again, these will be evened out.

    3. Excess gum tissue removal (Epulis)

      If dentures do not fit properly, they can sometimes cause an extra fold of tissue in the cheeks, lips or gums. Because this extra tissue will not allow the correct and comfortable fitting of dentures, it must be removed.

What should I expect after the procedure?

You may experience slight pain after the surgery. If this is the case, you will be prescribed pain killers for use when the anesthetic has worn off. You will also be given a course of antibiotics to ensure you do not develop an infection. You may notice some mild swelling for the first two or three days. The stitches in your gums will dissolve within a couple of weeks. When you’ve finally recovered, your dentures can now be fitted.

Riverside Oral & Facial Surgery has a team of experts committed to providing you with the best cosmetic surgery in northwest Georgia. Contact us today if you would like to find out more about dentures, we will be only too happy to address your questions and concerns.

3 Visual Imperfections That Can Be Corrected With a Neck Lift

Cosmetic Surgeon Examining Senior Female Client In OfficeThe search for the legendary fountain of youth may have begun centuries ago, but the search continues even to this day. While you may not be able to live forever, there are ways you can turn back time using cosmetic procedures. One of these is a neck lift.

A neck lift, also known as a lower Rhytidectomy, can improve a number of visual imperfections of the neck and jawline, such as:

  • Removal of too much fat and tightening of skin under the chin
  • Tightening of loose neck skin
  • Evening the necks contours

How a Neck Lift Works

A neck lift is performed on an outpatient basis. It generally takes between two and three hours. You will be given local anesthesia combined with a sedative, though a general anesthetic is recommended.

The extent of the surgery itself will depend upon your esthetic goals. You may only require a simple liposuction procedure to remove excess fat from your neck, or you may achieve your desired results through more extensive surgery involving tightening and re-structuring. Often, neck lift surgery is also combined with face lift, eye lift and eyebrow lift procedures.

Our team of experts at Riverside Oral & Facial Surgery is committed to providing you with the best cosmetic surgery in northwest Georgia. If you would like to find out more about neck lifts, we will be only too happy to address your questions and concerns.

What Are My Options for Reducing the Appearance of Scars?

The process of aesthetic laser correction procedure of scars and stretchs on the body in the medical clinic.

Any kind of injury to the skin can cause a scar. If it’s just minor scarring or somewhere unnoticeable, it’s not generally a problem. However, if you have a large scar and it’s somewhere very obvious — such as your face — this can understandably make you feel self-conscious and have serious effects on your self-esteem. If this is the case, there’s no need to worry. There are procedures that can reduce the size of your scar and make it barely visible.

Scar Revision/Dermabrasion

Frequently, scars are at the same level at the surrounding skin, which makes them easy to disguise with make-up. But sometimes, they may be raised or shallower than the surrounding skin which leaves a shadow and makes them difficult to hide. A scar may also be more noticeable if its texture is uneven or shiny.

Scar revision is a very individual procedure and you will need to consult with a cosmetic surgeon to discuss your options. One of them may be scar revision or dermabrasion. This generally entails:

  • Excision, or the removal of the scar to make it tighter and smaller with redirected scar lines
  • Topical treatments, such as OBAGI/Retin-A
  • Injectable treatments, such as Voluma, JuveDerm, Radiesse, and steroids
  • Dermabrasion, (Sanding the scar) a procedure that evens out the top layer of skin to reduce imperfections

Whether you have a scar from an injury or from acne, the before and after results of these treatments are quite astonishing. You’re bound to regain your confidence and self-esteem in no time.

If you have some scar tissue you’d like to minimize, contact Riverside Oral & Facial Surgery. Our team of experts is committed to providing you with the best cosmetic surgery in northwest Georgia. We will be only too happy to address your questions and concerns.

3 Effective Cosmetic Products That Help Reduce Wrinkles

Looking for a cosmetic product that will help reduce wrinkles? Here are three options to consider.

woman looking in mirror at wrinkles

  1. Botox

    Botox injections cause selective muscles at the injection site to become de-sensitized and prevent them from contracting. A muscle contracts when it receives a message from a nerve. In order for the nerve to communicate with muscle tissue it sends a signal via a chemical called acetylcholine, which in turn causes a series of chemical actions that make the muscle contract. Botox works by blocking the muscle’s acetylcholine receptors which essentially leaves the muscle paralyzed without causing any damage to either the nerve or the muscle. Effects usually take place within 48 hours of having an injection. It is not reversible. The actual effects of the injection become noticeable within 2 to 4 days. Over the subsequent 4-6 months the muscle will gradually develop new receptor sites for acetylcholine to attach to and will be able to contract again.

  2. Juvederm

    Juvederm is a cosmetic filler that is used to remove lines and wrinkles around your mouth and lips, along the sides of your nose, and other areas of the face.  It’s made from hyaluronic acid and is inserted with a very fine needle. Juvederm treatment can last up to twelve months.  It looks completely natural. Because it contains lidocaine, the injections are very comfortable. Unlike some cosmetic treatments, the effects of Juvederm are immediate.

  3. Radiesse

    Restylane is a facial filler derived from Hydroxyapatite Crystals, a naturally occurring substance Bone. It is injected into the skin usually at the deep skin layers against the bone and is primarily used to fill in voids in the face. It does this by filling in and smoothing out unwanted areas of fat loss in the face. It can also be used to enhance features, such as the cheek/chin/side of nose, by adding more volume. Follow-up treatments can be repeated once a year.

If you would like to find out more about reducing wrinkles, contact Riverside Oral & Facial Surgery. Our team of experts is committed to providing you with the best cosmetic surgery in northwest Georgia. We will be only too happy to address your questions and concerns.

Postoperative Management of Wisdom Tooth Surgery

Doctor Detailing Surgery Maintenance RoutineWhile getting your wisdom teeth pulled is no leisurely walk in the park, it’s the post-op experience and aftercare that really sparks fear. Thankfully, the vast majority of side effects are only temporary, which means most patients start to feel like themselves again within just a few days. Here’s a look at what you should watch out for in the days immediately following this surgical procedure:

  1. Pain and swelling

    One of the most notorious effects of wisdom tooth extraction are the swollen, chipmunk-like cheeks it produces in the days following the procedure. To help with swelling in the first 72 hours, apply an ice pack to your cheek in 30 minute intervals. Pain usually accompanies the swelling, which is why your doctor will likely prescribe a painkiller or suggest an over-the-counter pain reliever.

  2. Bleeding and infection

    The worst case scenario of getting your wisdom teeth pulled is, of course, the risk of infection. While the risk for infection is rare, patients with compromised immune systems may be prescribed antibiotics before and after the procedure as a preemptive measure. That’s why proper post-op wound care is key. It’s not uncommon for bleeding to carry on for 24 hours. To stem bleeding, have sterile cotton gauze pads on hand to place over the wound and prop your head up with pillows. Some patients require stitches. If this is the case for you, remember to leave them alone until they dissolve or your doctor removes them.

  3. Numbness

    Immediately following the surgery, the most common effect patients will experience is numbness from the local anesthetic that was used during the procedure. If you still feel numbness the day after the procedure, this is likely the result of inflamed nerves in the jaw. The sensation will typically go away on its own, but consult with your doctor if it lasts for more than a few weeks.

  4. Dry socket

    One of the most uncomfortable complications of wisdom teeth removal is dry socket (alveolar osteitis). This occurs post-surgery when the protective blood clot that forms in the tooth socket is dislodged or damaged. This leaves the nerves and bone exposed, which can be extremely painful. Avoid smoking or using a straw postoperatively to prevent a dry socket. Also birth control pills can make the risk of a dry socket higher.