Next to facial plastic surgery, nothing makes as big a difference in my patient’s facial appearance as injectables.

What are injectables? They come in three categories: (1) Muscle Relaxers, like Botox®; (2) Wrinkle Fillers, such as Juvéderm, Volbella, Vollure and Voluma; and (3) Kybella, which melts fat to eliminate a double chin.

What are they made of, what do they do, and how long do they last? I’m glad you asked! I present to you: Injectables 101.

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southwest michigan healthcare tips 2018Most of us approach the New Year with a list of resolutions. We want to feel better, maybe make more money, go on a better vacation this year, etc. Truth is, the bottom line to achieving any of these resolutions rests in how we feel on a day-to-day basis, right? It stands to reason that if you lack energy, feel depressed or anxious, it’s hard to make positive changes. I’m offering a list of Health Tips that might move you in the right direction. And remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day. You have 365 days to cultivate a happier, healthier 2018. Give yourself the gift of forward movement on a daily basis, just a small step each day, and you’ll find that by this time next year, you’ll feel happier and will be healthier than you are today!

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Is Inner Thigh Liposuction Effective?

Inner thigh liposuctionLiposuction to remove excess fat on the inner thighs is an excellent solution for patients who wish to have a space between the thighs, both for appearance and to eliminate rubbing of the thighs, which can be uncomfortable. My Southwest Michigan patients undergoing inner thigh liposuction often decide to also treat the inner knee area to ensure that the results are well proportioned and natural looking, although this is optional and something we’d discuss during your private consultation.

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Santa Man Boobs

Sensitive medical documentation has been leaked, perhaps by Santa’s own personal physician, Dr. Nick Kringle, that the jolly old elf—Santa himself—suffers from gynecomastia—AKA moobs, manboobs, and other less-than-complimentary terms.

Perhaps it’s time to have a frank discussion about gynecomastia, as we suspect the leak is true! Santa is known to be fond of cookies and milk, leading to obesity (sorry, but it’s true), so we’re pretty certain he has gynecomastia, as most obese men have it. Although we aren’t sure Santa would be interested in eliminating his man-boobs or—the more proper description—enlarged breast tissue, we do know that lots of men in Michigan suffer the embarrassment of gynecomastia. Since there’s only one Santa, we can safely assume that the other men with enlarged breasts (A) aren’t Santa and (B) might like to know what can be done to safely and effectively treat this concern.

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What is Dermaplaning?

Dermaplaning utilizes a sterile surgical scalpel to gently scrape off the top layer of dull, dead skin cells. Sounds scary, right? But don’t worry; I’ve been doing this for quite some time, so you’ll be in safe hands!

Who Is A Good Candidate for Dermaplaning?

Healthy individuals who want brighter, softer skin are good candidates for dermaplaning. It’s an excellent treatment for those with drier skin and those with lots of “peach fuzz” on the face. It’s not recommended for those with severe cystic acne or active and open pustules (white heads)—wait for it to clear up prior to trying out this treatment. It’s also a favorite of my pregnant and nursing clients who want facial exfoliation without the harsh chemicals that can pass the blood/skin barrier and potentially harm their babies.

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What’s a Turkey Neck?

It’s that sagging skin in the front of the neck and under the chin that looks like a turkey wattle—hence the name.

What Causes a Turkey Neck?


Turkey Neck
Normal aging, genetics and weight loss can hasten the onset of excess skin where fat used to be. As we age, our skin becomes less elastic, contributing to this sagging. Further, bands in the neck called the platysma bands—a group of thin muscles in the neck—become more visible as we age.

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Southwest Michigan Laser Hair RemovalFor most women, the task of shaving on a daily or every-other-day schedule is a real hassle! Knicks, cuts, flaking, not to mention the tender skin that’s exposed to the harsh, dry winter air. Ouch!  What’s a girl to do?

Laser it!

Laser hair removal is the latest trend for both men and women who want the ultimate in luxurious skin. No more stubble, just smooth skin, and you can have it in about six treatments!

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month October 2017October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Although I don’t perform breast reconstruction surgery, it’s important to my staff and I that you are up to date on the facts about breast cancer, so that you can enjoy a long life in good health!

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surgical facelift michigan

If you have jowls, a turkey neck and/or notice that your face appears “flat,” because your cheeks have dropped with time, a surgical facelift may be just right for you. Different from the Lunchtime Facelift described elsewhere in another blog, a surgical facelift lasts longer because the facial muscles are actually lifted and tightened into a more youthful position and excess sagging skin is removed. While Botox® and dermal fillers are powerful anti-aging tools, they do not lift the muscles beneath the skin as in a surgical facelift.

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portage mi liquid facelift

If you’re ready for facial rejuvenation, but (A) aren’t ready for a surgical facelift; (B) aren’t medically cleared for a surgical facelift; (C) don’t have time to recover from a surgical facelift or (D) want a more budget-friendly option, come in and see me about a Liquid Facelift, also called a Lunchtime Facelift, to rejuvenate your appearance in rapid fashion with a recovery time of only a few hours!

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