Dr. Jennifer Walden: Reviewing her Best Cosmetic Procedures
Cosmetic procedures continue to be some of the most commonly sought after medical treatments for both men and women. Recent statistics indicate that 2.8 million American adults between the ages of 30 and 39 had at least one cosmetic procedure completed in 2016. Of those 2.8 million procedures, 256,000 were more invasive surgical treatments. Adults between the ages of 40 to 54 make up the bulk of American adults opting for the anti-aging procedures. In fact, 7.6 million cosmetic procedures were performed during 2016 within this age group. Over 560,000 of those treatments were more invasive surgical treatment options.
What can we discern from these statistics? Many adults are looking for ways to slow down the signs of aging or to treat existing age related symptoms they are already experiencing. Whether you opt for a minimally invasive in-office treatment such as laser resurfacing or a surgical treatment such as a facelift, there are a wide variety of options available for those who want to turn back the hands of time. The paragraphs below will touch on some of the most common cosmetic procedures being utilized today.
While there are a variety of different injectable cosmetic options, Botox remains the number one treatment option within this category. This really should come as no surprise since Botox is highly effective and comes without pesky side effects or major down time required for healing.
Botox serves many purposes, both for the treatment of existing wrinkles and the prevention of new ones. How does it work? To put it very simply, Botox acts to weaken or temporarily paralyze the facial nerves that create muscle contractions with the face and neck. This helps to reduce the lines and wrinkles associated with facial expressions, such as frown lines and forehead wrinkles.
Botox injections can also prevent the formation of new wrinkles for up to six months following treatment. Within three to four days of getting the injections, you will begin to see a reduction in existing lines and wrinkles. Results from a single treatment can last anywhere from three to six months, depending on the patient and the severity of the wrinkles being treated. Botox treatments are completed with minimal to no discomfort and with no recovery time to have to deal with. You can be back to work the same day that you receive your injections.
Laser resurfacing of the skin on the face and neck continues to be a popular treatment option because it can help with so many different age related complaints. There are both light and deep laser resurfacing options available, depending on the specific needs of the patient in question.
Light laser resurfacing uses a broadband light aimed at problem areas of the face, neck, and upper chest. This light targets areas of hyperpigmentation, scarring, discoloration, poor skin texture, and fine wrinkles.
Deep laser resurfacing is a little more invasive and is many times completed at the same time as a facelift or other surgical procedure. Deep laser treatments can successfully target deeper facial wrinkles, such as those around the mouth and on the forehead. Recovery from deep laser therapy is experienced within a couple of weeks, but it can vary slightly depending on the patient.
Laser resurfacing feels similar to a rubber band being snapped lightly against the skin. It requires no anesthesia, so you don’t have to worry about possible negative effects or reactions to anesthetic ingredients. Laser resurfacing is popular in part because it is a quick in and out office procedure that can dramatically improve the look of the skin.
We have all seen how time and gravity affect the condition of our skin. As we age, our skin loses that youthful elasticity and firmness that it once had. Most women complain that as they age, they experience loose skin around their jaw line and neck, leading to a sallow and old appearance. Facelift surgical procedures were designed to counteract these age-related issues.
Facelift procedures can tighten facial muscles, remove fat around the face and neck, trim away loose skin, and return the face to a fresh and youthful appearance. It’s not uncommon for patients to appear ten to fifteen years younger following this procedure, which can provide a huge boost of confidence to those dealing with severe signs of aging.
Rhinoplasty, otherwise known as a nose job, continues to be one of the most common cosmetic surgeries in existence. Rhinoplasty is performed to reshape the nose to be a more appropriate shape and size to fit in with the rest of the facial features. At times, a patient may also have an unsightly bump on their nose. These bumps can frequently come about from facial trauma or accidents suffered as a child. Rhinoplasty can remove this bump by shaving away some of the existing bone in that area. Rhinoplasty is also useful for those with breathing problems that result from a deviated septum or other nasal defects.
Dr. Jennifer Walden
Dr. Jennifer Walden is a board certified plastic surgeon serving the Austin, Texas and surrounding areas. Jennifer is a member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and several other prestigious plastic surgery related boards.
Jennifer Walden has been a widely proclaimed spokesperson for ASAPS in a variety of media outlets and has also earned awards and recognition for her role as one of the most widely acclaimed plastic surgeons in Texas. Jennifer was also accepted into an invitation only society designed to recognize the highest caliber of medical professionals within the field of plastic surgery.
Today, Jennifer Walden runs her own successful plastic surgery clinic in Autin, Texas. In this setting, she and her skilled team of medical professionals strive to provide the best cosmetic surgery experience possible for all patients. Jennifer Walden received her undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin and her Medical Doctorate from the University of Texas Medical Branch. She completed her internship at the Plastic Surgery Associates in Miami, where her love for plastic surgery and all it entails continued to blossom. She continues to lend her expertise to this growing field by helping provide the most state-of-the-art anti-aging procedures for women and men of all age groups.
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