That Look in Your Eyes

eyesMany people are concerned about the aesthetic look of their eyes. Everything from wrinkles, dark circles, puffiness to eyelashes and brow shape are examined. The improvements patients desire depend most on what they want to achieve.

Crow’s feet or wrinkles around the eyes caused by lines of expression can be treated with a neuromodulator such as Dysport, Botox or Xeomin.  They work by relaxing the muscles that, over time, have caused the lines of expression to become more noticeable.

Dark circles are often hereditary and can also depend on your skin type. For some patients a good skin program with topical creams and excellent sun protection can make improvements.

Hollowness under the eyes can be caused by loss of youthful volume.  This can be caused not only by  heredity and aging but also by environmental factors, stress or other lifestyle influences. This condition may be helped with injectable fillers such as Belotero, Restylane or Juvederm.  These products contain hyaluronic acid, a product naturally found in the body.  Often the circles under the eyes can appear to cast a shadow better known as under eye circles.  By using a small amount of injectable filler in that area, this shadow appears to improve. This can be done in the office with minimal downtime.

Eyelid surgery ( Blepharoplasty) may be the best choice for some, especially if there is excess skin on the upper eyelids. This is considered to be an upper lid blepharoplasty. The lower eyelids can also be treated surgically if there is excess skin, thick muscle, and excess fat. This is called a lower lid blepharoplasty and can be done at the same time as the upper lids if needed.

Currently products that can be used to help with eyelash enhancement are very popular. Latisse is a prescription product for the purpose of growing eyelashes. This must be used under Doctor Supervision. There are also some over the counter products for eyelash enhancement. The success of any of these products depends on patient compliance and the cause of the problem. Last but not least, the use of talented eye makeup techniques can, for some, be the most conservative and best option.

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Restylane Injections

shutterstock_110295563The Restylane group of products consists of Restylane, Restylane-L, Perlane, and Perlane-L. These can be applied to add plumpness to the skin, thus minimizing facial creases and lines. Each of these products is a transparent salve formulation of hyaluronic acid that is purposely devised to perform like your body’s naturally generated hyaluronic acid. Restylane and Restylane-L might correspondingly be applied for lip augmentation in patients over 21.

The amount injected is usually determined by your physician depending on the desired results and the patient’s initial evaluation.

By intermixing lidocaine with Restylane, Restylane-L can aid in lessening pain throughout and following treatment.

72% of patients experienced considerably less discomfort throughout treatment with Restylane-L vs. Restylane. Patients likewise continued to feel less soreness for up to one hour following treatment.

Following treatment, patients may experience inflammation, redness, discomfort, bruising, or sensitivity.

Similar to Restylane, Perlane is a transparent salve formulation of hyaluronic acid. Perlane also has the same mild side effects of Restylane. What causes Perlane to be unlike Restylane is the typical dimensions of the product. It is a superior selection for more acute facial lines that would benefit from a deeper placement of the filler.

In three medical findings, 63%, 71%, and 75% of patients upheld enhancement for six months following their initial Perlane treatment.

If you desire a more young-looking look, but are worried about the likely pain from treatment, you can attain striking outcomes and a more relaxed occurrence by blending lidocaine with Perlane. Perlane-L aids in decreasing pain throughout and following treatment. 95% of patients described considerably less discomfort throughout treatment with Perlane-L. Patients continued to encounter less pain for up to one hour following treatment.

Dr Hricko will be able to aid you in making the best option for treatment.

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Why Get Botox Injections

shutterstock_91048439 If you are looking for a way to look younger without going under the knife, then you may want to consider getting Botox. Botox is a type of injection that is made from the botulium toxin A. It helps reduce the signs of aging. There are several benefits that you can reap from getting Botox. Below are some of those benefits:

Fast Results
The full results will be seen within a few days. The amount of time that the results last can vary, but they can potentially last anywhere from two to four months depending on the severity of the lines.

Very Safe
Botox is less risky than many other cosmetic procedures. The most common side effects include things such as redness, bruising and swelling in the injection site.

Virtually Painless
Botox is not a painful procedure, but some patients may experience some brief discomfort. You will receive anesthesia cream or a cold pack prior to this procedure, and that will help minimize pain.

Quick To Perform
Many people refer to Botox as a lunchtime procedure. It only takes about 10 minutes to perform. Therefore, you really can come in, get this procedure performed and go right back to your job.

Fast Recovery Time

You will be able to resume your normal activities because downtime is not necessary. However, you will need to avoid performing strenuous activities for at least 24 hours after you get Botox. You should also avoid massaging the treated area because that can cause the Botox to migrate to another area of your body.

No Special Preparation Needed
Unlike many other cosmetic procedures, you do not need to do anything special to prepare for Botox. However, you will be advised to stop using certain medications and herbal supplements. Some meds and supplements can increase the risk of bleeding and bruising.

Less Expensive Than Other Cosmetic Procedures
The cost of Botox can vary, but it is considered an affordable alternative to many other cosmetic treatments. The location, physician, depths of the wrinkles and number of units needed are some of the factors that affect the cost of Botox.

Dysport
Treat your moderate to severe frown lines using Dysport. Dysport is another prescription treatment option to temporarily improve the appearance of moderate to severe frown lines. The price is the same as Botox. Contact our office today to see if Dysport is right for you.

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What Are The Most Common Reasons For Rhinoplasty?

rhinoplastyRhinoplasty, or more commonly referred to as a nose job, refines the shape of the nose to compliment your individual facial features and enhance the natural contours of your face. Rhinoplasty is one of the most common plastic surgery procedures in the United States.

What are the most common reasons patients have a rhinoplasty procedure?

Balance
We are attracted to balance. There are even studies that show that babies are more attracted to people whose facial figures are symmetrical (the left side of the face is identical, or close to the same as the right side). The same goes for adults. We find those with symmetrical features to be more attractive. Even if the nose is just slightly off center it makes a difference in the symmetry of the face. A crooked bridge or uneven nostrils can easily be changed.

Shape
The overall shape of the nose is one of the biggest reasons people come to our practice. A nose can be too big, small, pointy, wide, or too narrow, or any combination of the above. Some patients hate the size of their nostrils or even the distance between the tip of the nose and their upper lip. A bump, lump or hump is always a concern to nasal surgery patients and one of the biggest reasons they choose to have a rhinoplasty.

Size
The size of the nose should be in balance with the rest of the facial features. Sometimes it takes only a subtle change to make a huge difference.

View our rhinoplasty before and after photo gallery here.

If you would like more information or have concerns about your nose, contact us for a consultation by calling 800-999-1639.

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Aging Skin Prevention: How to Keep Your Skin Looking Young and Beautiful

Skin CareAging skin results from exposure to chemicals that are in our environment, the sun’s UV rays, and even our diet and exercise regimen. Genetics and hormone levels may also play a part in signs of aging. The end result of such factors may appear as imperfections on our face, including:

  • Fine Lines, wrinkles or skin folds
  • Hyper-pigmented Age Spots which appear as pink, red or brown spots
  • Sagging or lax skin
  • Enlarged fat pads
  • Broken Capillaries which may appear as tiny reddened spider veins
  • Skin condition such as normal, oily, dry, rough or sensitive
  • White and black heads which may be elevated above the skin
  • Blotchy skin which may appear with white, pink or reddened patches
  • Acne scars
  • Aged color such as dullness

So, how do we contend with preventing the signs of aging? Anti-aging
skincare begins with a traditional daily skin regimen. Anti-aging skincare
regimens change over time. Greater precautions to prevent the acceleration
of aging must become part of the anti-aging regimen in time. The following
tips present an overview for the types of anti-aging techniques you can
utilize to enjoy the benefits of anti-aging:

  • Cleansing every time you have a rigorous activity, three to five
    times a day.
  • Exfoliating up to three times per week, depending upon the condition of your skin
  • Toning after cleansing your face for make up
  • Moisturizing to contain the natural hydration that is in your skin
  • Sunscreen to prevent excess sun exposure
  • Make up remover that is gentle for your skin
  • Night cream to help contain natural moisture in your skin
  • Eye cream to better protect the eyes and prevent the appearance of fine lines
  • Anti-oxidant therapy to remove free radical damage from your skin

At First Signs of Aging

  • Medical grade skincare products may be purchased at plastic surgeons and dermatologists offices
  • Micro-dermabrasion may be performed on a regular basis at some plastic surgeons and dermatologists offices to accelerate the exfoliation process

At Second Signs of Aging

  • Medical grade skincare
  • Chemical peels may be an alternative to micro-dermabrasion which proves an advanced form of exfoliation to also improve fine lines and skin quality
  • Injectibles help prevent advanced signs of aging from appearing on the face

At the Final Signs of Aging

  • Medical grade skincare
  • Chemical Peels and/or laser skin resurfacing may be most appropriate
    for the final signs of aging
  • Injectibles may be maintained to improve fine lines, wrinkles and
    skin folds

sunscreen-sale One extremely important part of keeping your skin looking healthy and young is by using a good quality sunscreen everyday. During the month of July, all of our sunscreens are 20% off! Please visit our online store or contact us for more information! We also offer a number of non-surgical treatments specifically for your skin. If you would like to schedule a consultation, please call us at 800-999-1639.

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5 Tips For Choosing The Right Plastic Surgeon

Deciding to have surgery and choosing the right surgeon to perform your procedure can be a very intimidating for some. You want to take every precaution you can to make sure you have the results you are looking for and at the same time you want a surgeon that will take care of you as if you are family.

Here are 5 tips for choosing the right plastic surgeon that should help you from becoming too overwhelmed:

1.  Make sure your plastic surgeon is Board Certified.
A Board Certified plastic surgeon is one who has graduated from an accredited medical school, has completed at least five years of additional training as a resident surgeon and has devoted at least two years residency entirely to plastic surgery. Your surgeon has also been required to pass comprehensive written and oral exams in order to become board certified.

2.  Choose a surgeon you feel comfortable asking questions and discussing your concerns with.
Most likely you will be scheduling a consultation with a plastic surgeon to talk about what your goals and expectations are. It is very important for you to connect with your surgeon so that you feel confident that you will be safe and well taken care of. Be sure that you feel confident talking to him/her about your concerns and you get all the answers to the questions you have before your surgery.

3.  View the surgeon’s before and after photo gallery.
During your consultation, and even before or after you meet with your surgeon, you should take a look at some of his/her work. By looking at before and after photos of other patients who have had similar procedures to what you will be having is a good way to get a an idea if you’ve chosen the right doctor. Many surgeons will have photo galleries on their website or in their office available for you to see by request. Choose a few of the photos you see and like the results and discuss them with your surgeon.

4.  Check patient reviews and testimonials for your prospective surgeon.
One of the best ways to get to know your surgeon is to read about other patient’s experiences. There are many different places you can do this including Google, Yelp, RealSelf and other online doctor review websites. Most likely, the doctor will also have testimonials on his/her website for you to review.

5.  See if your plastic surgeon has hospital privileges.
This is important because hospitals are very thorough in checking up on providers. Not only do they check the doctor’s background but they keep track of their practice to make sure they are doing what they are supposed to. If the surgeon doesn’t have hospital privileges, this can be a red flag.

The above is not an end all list, but it should get you started.

If you would like more information about Dr. George Hricko, a board certified plastic surgeon in Boston, MA, please feel free to give us a call at 800-999-1639. You can also visit his about page to learn more about his certifications, education history and philosophy.

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Summer Skin Cancer Prevention Tips

Summer Skin CareWell, the unofficial start of Summer has arrived with Memorial Day. Are you ready to spend most of your days outside? There are a lot of things to think about as the warm weather arrives: family vacations, swimsuits, beaches. What about being protected from the sun?

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States, but it’s also one of the most preventable, according to doctors at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City.
One in five Americans will develop skin cancer during his or her life, according to a medical center news release. The most common kind of skin cancer is basal cell carcinoma, which has a 99 percent cure rate when caught early. The most serious type of skin cancer is melanoma, which is the fastest rising type of cancer among men and the second fastest among women.

Experts offer these steps you can take to reduce your risk of skin cancer:

  • Get an annual dermatology checkup to monitor changes in skin appearance. Do self-checks every month to monitor your brown spots and freckles. If you have a lot of brown spots, discuss total body photography with a dermatologist so your doctor can keep photographic records of your moles and watch closely for any changes.
  • Wear sunscreen every day throughout the year, not just in summer. Apply it thoroughly to all exposed areas.
  • Never tan or sunbathe. Sun dissolves the collagen and elastin that keeps your skin healthy.

You should also follow the ‘ABCDEs’ and tell your doctor or dermatologist if your moles have:

  • Asymmetry, in which one half of the mole is unlike the other half.
  • Borders that are irregular, ragged, notched or poorly defined.
  • Color that varies from one area to another, with shades of tan, brown, black and sometimes white, pink, red or blue.
  • Diameters that are the size of a pencil eraser or larger.
  • Elevation, in which a mole or skin lesion is raised or has an uneven surface.
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Breast Augmentation With Lift: Two Birds With One Stone

Breast Augmentation with LiftMany women are interested in the breast augmentation-breast lift combination procedure following pregnancy and breast feeding. For many years, the common contention was that breast feeding is a contributor to breast sagging, volume loss and misshapen breasts. However, a recent study conducted by researchers at the University of Kentucky showed otherwise.

The study reviewed the medical records of women that underwent the breast augmentation or the breast lift procedure from 1998 to 2006. Of over 130 women, 93% had at least one pregnancy and 58% breast fed. The results of the study demonstrated that there was no difference in the degree of breast sagginess among women who breast fed and those who did not. However, the review of the records drew other conclusions about the factors that contribute to breast sagging. This includes factors that have been commonly known to contribute to breast changes and some of which that can change with lifestyle changes.

Weight Fluctuations: Changes in weight increase the risk for breast sagging. Breast skin stretches with weight gain. Breast skin may not fully retract with weight loss. The result is breast sagginess.

Number of Pregnancies: Similar to weight fluctuations, repeat pregnancies may continually increase and reduce breast size. This can contribute to breast sagginess.

Cigarette Smoking: Cigarette smoking inhibits the delivery of oxygen to the body and breaks down elastin, a protein in the body that keeps skin tight, smooth and flexible.

Age: As women age, breasts change. The consistency of breast tissue and glandular fat may change. The condition of the skin may change. In addition, the body does not contain as much elastin. These combinations affect skin elasticity. Skin that is not elastic is prone to sagging.

In summation, the old adage that breast feeding is a reason for breast augmentation and breast lift no longer applies. This is true from the perspective of saggy breasts. This is also true from the prospective of misshapen breasts. By the same token, both breast augmentation and breast lift provide a high satisfaction level among women for the treatment of breast sagginess and misshapen breasts.

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Non-Surgical Procedures Are The Most Popular Cosmetic Surgery Treatments

Skin TreatmentsAccording to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), 14.6 million procedures were done in 2012, an increase of 5 percent from 2011. Leading this growth was the popular fillers such as Botox, and skin treatments like chemical peels and microdermabrasion.

“For the third consecutive year, the overall growth in cosmetic surgery continues to be driven by a significant rise in minimally invasive procedures, while surgical procedures remain relatively stable.” – ASPS

Botox treatments increased over eight percent last year to just over six million procedures, along with the skin-smoothing treatment microdermabrasion. Demand for fillers to smooth out wrinkles, laser hair removal treatments, and chemical peels have gained a lot of attention due to knew procedures and technologies being released.

Advanced Cosmetic Surgery is proud to offer many of the latest fillers such as Botox and Dysport, Belotero, Juvederm and Restylane, along with many skin treatments such as Gentle Waves and Cool Touch Lasers.

Overall, minimally invasive treatments are gaining popularity due to less recovery time, minimal pain if any, and beautiful results without breaking the bank. To schedule a consultation or to learn more about the non-surgical treatments that we offer, please give us a call at 800-999-1639.

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Breast Augmentation – Patient Reviews

We recently had the opportunity to ask two of our patients about their procedure and their overall experience with Dr. Hricko and our staff. We hope this helps you in your decision to have breast augmentation. We are here to answer any questions you may have.

Breast Augmentation with Lift – Patient Review

View this patient’s before and after photos

1. Describe how you feel about your appearance since your procedure?

I am happier than ever with my appearance both with and without clothes since my procedure. My breasts look better than they did even before I had my child. I feel like my body is more “balanced” now.

2. What advice would you give others considering the same kind of procedure you had?

I would advise someone considering the same procedure to be completely sure and comfortable with the surgeon they choose and I would also say to be ready to have the patience and to put in the effort for recovery. Recovery was difficult for the first few weeks especially, but I would do it again in a heartbeat!

3. How would you describe our practice to your best friend or family member?

I have and will continue to describe Dr. Hricko and his staff as professional, caring, and in my opinion some of the best in their field. I met with multiple surgeons before choosing Advanced Cosmetic Surgery for my lift/augmentation. From the moment I stepped into the office I felt comfortable and excited. Dr. Hricko was more thorough than other Dr.’s I had met with. He took more measurements, discussed more options, discussed the lift/a better was to do the lift with less scaring, he even had me look through magazines to help him get the clearest picture possible of what I was hoping to look like. Even though he said he “could not guarantee what my final results would look like”, he NAILED IT!! J The care I received before, during, and following my procedure has been top-notch. I myself am in the healthcare field and would recommend this practice 110%. Choosing a plastic surgeon and going through with a cosmetic procedure is a big-deal and I can confidently say I am very pleased and content with my decision in choosing Dr. Hricko for my lift/augmentation.

Breast Augmentation - Patient Review

View this patient’s before and after photos

1. Describe how you feel about your appearance since your procedure?

I feel sexy & confident with my new look . I also feel like my new breasts makes me feel & look younger. (That’s always a good thing)..

2. What advice would you give others considering the same kind of procedure you had?

To wear sizers to make sure you’re getting the size you’re looking for, and talk to your doctor about the shape you’d like to achieve.

3. How would you describe our practice to your best friend or family member?

I can honestly say everyone on the staff are very professional. They made me feel comfortable every step of the way. Very kind people who care. When they say no question is a dumb question , they meant it.

If you are interested in learning more about breast augmentation or breast augmentation with lift, or would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Hricko, please call us at 800-999-1639.

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