November 2, 2010
Get a New Face on Your Lunch Break
Swing Low No More
Your cheeks and lower jaw are sagging like a turkey’s wattle, but a surgical jowl lift — with its associated pain and swelling — is not an attractive option, either. During a non-surgical jowl lift (about $800), a Radiesse (calcium hydroxylapatite) filler is injected into the space in front of the jowl, restoring the jaw’s youthful contour, explains Dr. Alexander Rivkin, founder of Westside Aesthetics, a non-surgical cosmetic practice located in Los Angeles.
“This method doesn’t require general anesthesia and relies instead on powerful numbing topical creams,” he says. Patients can see the results as the virtually painless procedure occurs (usually in less than 30 minutes). “Most can go back to work immediately.” The results typically last one-and-a-half to two years.?
From Old Cheek to New Cheek
The loss of perky cheeks is one of the first signs of aging. “Only injectable fillers can re-volumize the face to a youthful appearance,” explains Rivkin. “Your own cells grow around the injection ‘scaffolding’ and don’t move from the area.” Hello, apple cheeks! Though there’s a small risk of bruising and mild swelling, there’s no significant recovery time with non-surgical cheek enhancement (from $800 to $1,600); most people can return to work immediately.