Filling Hollow Eyes Part 2: What are the risks?

In 2011, I wrote a blog about Filling Your Eye Hollows with dermal filler; my experience and the risks.

I thought it was time to update this post, since so many of my readers have sent me questions  over the years.

I first had Juvederm injected in my eye hollows causing lumps, bumps, swelling and much bruising. The Juvederm was dissolved with Filling Eye HollowsWydaise and replaced with Restylane which worked beautifully.  The Restylane lasted  around 12 months in my tear trough area.   Note that the duration of fillers will differ from one patient to the next.

Filling Hollow Eyes- What’s new?

JUVÉDERM VOLUMA™ XC

Since the FDA approval this year of  Allergan’s  JUVÉDERM VOLUMA™ XC  there is shift  in the philosophy among some dermatologists and plastic surgeons about how to treat the tear trough area.

Volumna is the latest FDA approved filler product in the family of HYALURONIC ACID. What’s new and exciting about this filler is that is it lasts up to 24 months  it can be dissolved if necessary.  Volumna gives you instant volume to the cheek area, therefore in some cases eliminating the need to fill the eye hollows. By injecting Volumna is the upper cheek area, the doctor can place it close to the bony orbital rim that is usually volume depleted in hollow eyes. This is great option because it lasts for up  to 24 months and not only are you plumping and lifting your cheeks, but it may eliminate the hollow area under eyes as well.

Volumna costs more than a one syringe of Juvederm, however over the long-term it ends being less expensive due to its longevity. A syringe of Volumna costs on an average of $1,000 per syringe as compared to $625 for one syringe of Juvederm or Restylane.

Restylane is still used for filling the tear troughs and works better for this area than Juvederm Ultra- not to be confused with Volumna. (more…)

The Truth About Aging: One Woman’s Confessions

I recently published an article on About.com Senior Living about how I feel about aging.

Here is an excerpt.

My Love/Hate Relationship With Aging

Aging Gracefully

By Michele Garber

The Big Six Oh!

Last year when I turned 60 I really didn’t feel any different because in my mind 60 was just a number. But I did ponder what turning 60 meant and whether or not I should feel different than when I’d turned 50.  I recognize I’m entering a new stage of life, but I’ve yet to get my arms around what that actually means.  Is 60 the new 40?  Will 80 be the new 60?  Or, is 60 just 60?  I don’t really know with any clarity.

To read the entire article click here.

If you have thoughts about aging, I’d love to hear to hear from you.Michele Garber

Latest UpDate: Hot Trends in Beauty

The Latest In Hot Beauty Trends

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I’ve been meaning to write this post after I had the pleasure of attending  the  American Academy of Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) meeting in San Francisco several weeks a ago.

I attended many interesting  lectures, sampled products, had a skin tightening treatment and brought home a bag of skincare products to try. Here are my highlights from the meeting:

The Most Talked About Procedures

By far the most buzz was about  Zeltiq’s CoolsculptingA non-surgical F.D.A. approved body contouring treatment that freezes your fat. Patent’s before and after pictures were quite impressive. In fact some surgeons are saying they are getting better results than with traditional liposuction. As with any treatment, patient selection is important. This is one treatment, I’m anxious to try.  You can listen to my interview with Dr. Grant Stevens on NipTuck Coach Radio to learn more about this procedure.

Along with Body Contouring Brazilian Butt Lifts (BBL) was another hot topic. Curvy bodies are in; thin and lanky bodies are out. Women across different cultures are seeking a big tush. In some parts of the world the bigger the better.  As trends come and go. I’ll be keeping a close eye on BBLs. (more…)

Shopping for Plastic Surgery : Buyer Beware

Yet another tragic needless plastic surgery death has been reported.  A 28year-old New York woman, Beverly Brignoni, died  from a  massive pulmonary embolism while getting a tummy tuck and liposuction in the Dominican Republic.

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Medical Tourism is on the  rise, as American woman seek low-cost plastic surgery and go abroad for these services.  Prices can be from 50 -90 percent  less than plastic surgery prices in the U.S., tempting many consumers.

People are flocking to Brazil, Poland, Mexico, India, China, Dominican Republic, Thailand  and even South Africa where they can go on Medical Safaris. Some countries are offering “extreme makovers”.

Safety, Recovery and Post-op care are major issues.

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