KANSAS CITY – Blepharoplasty – or eyelid surgery – takes care of drooping upper lids and bags under the eyes. A forehead lift, also known as a brow lift or browplasty, is a cosmetic surgery procedure used to elevate drooping or prominent brows and to remove deep furrows. Both treatments address areas of the face that project fatigue, sternness or worry – even if a person is not feeling any of those things.
Lips portray negative things if marred by fine lines and wrinkles which can convey displeasure or aggravation. Many men and women in their middle years ask how to revitalize this area.
“While faithful use of moisturizer has its benefits, laser resurfacing really delivers in the deeper perioral zone,” says board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Brad Storm, a team member at Premier Plastic Surgery of Kansas City (PPSKC). “Whether the patient is a former smoker or a sun worshipper, localized skin resurfacing can give dramatic results.”
Deeper erbium laser treatments often are paired with Premiere Rejuvenation Skin Peels to achieve the best results. Some patients opt for additional augmentation with injectable fillers – such as JUVÉDERM® – or fat grafting, which diminish vertical lip lines and volumize the lips.
Laser therapy may entail ablative fractional erbium techniques or non-ablative delivery. An ablative laser uses controlled blasts of light energy to remove thin layers of skin. A non-ablative laser is used to stimulate collagen growth in the skin and to improve tone.
As with all plastic surgery and cosmetic intervention, the risks and benefits must be weighed.
Clients who have diabetes, a weak immune system or who have an autoimmune disease may not be the best candidates for skin resurfacing, says Dr. Storm. Those who have had facial radiation therapy, have a history of keloid scarring, or who have used a strong acne medication should opt for cosmetic alternatives to laser therapy.
To discuss laser skin resurfacing with Dr. Brad Storm or one of his experienced colleagues – Dr. John B. Moore or Dr. Federico Gonzalez – please call the office at (913) 782-0707 to set up an appointment. PPSKC’s hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday.