Facial Plastic Surgery

Monday, April 14, 2014 @ 04:04 PM
Dr. Benjamin Stong

Almost everyone has hair in at least one place that they wish they didn’t. Perhaps its a lady who is embarrassed about her facial hair. Or, maybe it’s a man who is self conscious about the excessive hair on his back. Or, perhaps it’s where natural hair should be…but you simply wish it wasn’t there. Laser hair removal is the medical procedure that uses a laser (an intense, pulsating beam of light) to remove unwanted hair. The laser beam passes through the skin to individual hair follicles, and this damages the follicle to inhibit further hair growth.

Kalos Facial Plastic Surgery LLC is proud to offer laser hair removal for men and women who wish to remove problematic or unwanted hair. Dr. Stong stands behind the laser hair removal procedures at Kalos to help you say goodbye to shaving, painful waxing, and electrolysis. All skin types and all hair colors are able to be treated at Kalos because of our advanced laser hair removal system. Our treatments are available year round. No longer do you have to schedule all of your appointments during the winter in order to see results for summer. With Cutera, the most advanced laser technology available for hair removal, Dr. Stong can achieve outstanding, long lasting results safely and effectively.

If you are finally ready to lose your unwanted hair for good, call Kalos Facial Plastic Surgery LLC for your laser hair removal. In just three to six treatments, you can have the desired results to have you looking and feeling your best. Call today to set up an appointment.

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014 @ 10:04 AM
Dr. Benjamin Stong

Gravity brings everything down and unfortunately our faces are no exception to this rule. As people age, the cheeks begin to flatten and droop. This process can actually begin its process as early as the 20s, but most people begin to notice tell-tale signs in their 30s. But, hey, the 30s aren’t old age! Unfortunately, gravity does not discriminate by age, ethnicity, or skin color. One of the best ways to correct droopy cheeks is through a cheek lift, sometimes referred to as a mid-face lift. A cheek lift reinstates fullness to the cheeks, softens deep lines from the corners of the nose to the corners of the mouth, and raises the outer part of the eyebrow. Most people gain a well-rested and youthful appearance through this procedure, and it is a popular choice among patients who have facial plastic surgery.

While cheek filling injections are a common choice for some women who are looking for a less expensive option, the outcomes of a cheek lift surgery are much more permanent than those provided by injections. Each cheek lift surgery is an individual process because everyone has a different facial structure, different skin elasticity, and different goals in mind. Most people who request a cheek lift surgery (or who are guided to this choice by a well experienced surgeon) feel that their faces look tired and sad. In men especially, this can give them the “grumpy old man” expression.

If you are interested in learning more about how a cheek lift surgery can bring back your youthful appearance, contact Kalos Facial Plastic Surgery LLC today. Dr. Benjamin C. Stong is a dual board surgeon who promises the highest level of services to those who wish to enhance their facial appearance.

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014 @ 05:04 PM
Dr. Benjamin Stong

Unlike BOTOX injections, Sculptra Aesthetic is not a quick-fix with immediate results. Sculptra Aesthetic is a long lasting facial injectable that gives subtle results over time. This new type of facial injectable is made from poly-L-lactic acid and it helps to replace lost collagen. The description of Sculptra Aesthetic is that it is a subtle anti-age option.

BOTOX injections are seen as an overnight correction. A person goes in for injections, gets “pumped up,” and immediately wrinkles are filled in. Sculptra Aesthetic does not work that way. With an average of three injection sessions over a few months, a person can have younger looking skin that can last for more than two years! Sculptra Aesthetic replaces lost collagen in the deep dermis layer of the skin. Because the deep tissue layer is reinforced with a collagen replacement, the skin’s foundation is restored and it gradually restores the look of fullness to wrinkles and skin folds. With this collagen replacement, the facial skin looks more youthful for a much longer period of time.

Dr. Stong offers Sculptra Aesthetic to help people gradually achieve a youthful appearance. With his vast experience and specific facial expertise, Dr. Stong has helped many patients feel more confident about their facial appearance. Because Sculptra Aesthetic is a gradual transformation, there is a natural beauty that unfolds as this anti-age injection works. If you are looking for a way to bring back your own natural, youthful appearance contact Kalos Facial Plastic, Reconstructive, & Laser Surgery practice today. Your own youthful glow can be restored, and it can last.

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014 @ 10:03 AM
Dr. Benjamin Stong

Moles come in different shapes and sizes and colors, but they are often dark and can appear anywhere on a person’s skin. Moles are known as skin irregularities. Some people have moles at birth, while others develop moles throughout their lifetimes. For some, moles are no more than a passing thought. For others, moles are bothersome – especially those found on the face or décolleté. While moles are not cancerous, they can lead to dangerous health risks if they become infected. Mole removal is a cosmetic surgery procedure that is best left to the skin and beauty professionals.

Many people automatically assume that they must visit a dermatologist to have moles removed, but that is not the case. In fact, for those with undesirable moles on the face, a plastic surgeon is the best choice. Dr. Stong at Kalos Facial Plastic Surgery LLC is a dual board surgeon who has achieved the highest level of specialization in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive surgery. His expertise is what is needed when a person wishes to have a mole (or multiple moles) removed from the face. Dr. Stong specializes in using techniques that minimize scarring and require less downtime.

Dr. Stong has vast experience in facial mole removal and facial plastic surgery. His expertise and skill allow patients to leave his office knowing that they can feel confident about the appearance of their face. If you have a mole that is causing you to feel self-conscious and/or uncomfortable, call and schedule an appointment with Dr. Benjamin C. Stong at Kalos Facial Plastic Surgery LLC.

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Monday, March 17, 2014 @ 09:03 AM
Dr. Benjamin Stong

Rhinoplasty is a cosmetic surgical procedure that is used to reshape a person’s nose. The surgery can make the nose smaller or larger; change the profile angle in relation to the upper lip; alter the tip of the nose or the bridge of the nose; or correct bumps or other defects. Rhinoplasty remains one of the most common surgeries for women under 35 years of age.

During rhinoplasty surgery, a plastic surgeon will make incisions inside the nose in order to gain access to the bones and cartilage that support the nose. These incisions are made inside the nose so that they are not visible after surgery. Depending on the desired outcome, cartilage or bone may be removed or tissue may be added to reshape a person’s nose. After the plastic surgeon has reshaped the bone and cartilage, the skin and tissue will be replaced over the new structure of the nose.

Rhinoplasty may be done using general or local anesthesia, and it is typically done as an outpatient surgery. Patients will be required to wear bandages around the nose for about a week. The face will feel puffy and bruising is typical around the nose and eye area for several days. Pain medicine will help relieve any discomfort, and it will generally take 10-14 days for pain to subside.

Rhinoplasty is considered to be a permanent surgery and should only be performed on a fully developed nose. The surgery can produce minor or significant changes to a person’s appearance, and it is important to discuss your goals of surgery thoroughly with your plastic surgeon. Your plastic surgeon should be a trusted and reputable surgeon who is able to help you determine what expectations are realistic in order to ensure that you get the results you want.

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Monday, March 17, 2014 @ 09:03 AM
Dr. Benjamin Stong

It may come as no surprise to learn that many people visit a plastic surgeon in order to look better. But what about learning that many people visit a plastic surgeon in order to look like someone else? Does Michael Jackson come to mind?

41 year old Deborah Davenport recently revealed that she spend upwards of $15,000 in order to have her face resemble her lifelong idol, Kate Winslet. Deborah claims to have been unhappy with the appearance of her nose, cheeks, forehead, and her drawn face. She reports that multiple people commented on how she looked like Cameron Diaz. Apparently that was the last straw.

Deborah says that she lusted after the roundness of Kate Winslet’s face that gave her a much more youthful and naturally beautiful appearance. So Deborah went the route of multiple plastic surgeries in order to achieve the “natural” beauty of her favorite celebrity. Interesting.

According to many plastic surgeons, there is a blooming trend for people wanting to look like someone else. Dr. Stong with Kalos Facial Plastic Surgery understands people’s desires to look more attractive, however, he does not promote multiple surgeries in order for people to look like someone else. Many times, multiple procedures end up with negative results. A person’s body, especially the face, can only handle so much. Dr. Stong believes that it is much more beneficial to enhance one’s personal beauty than to try to recreate that of someone else.

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Thursday, March 13, 2014 @ 08:03 AM
Dr. Benjamin Stong

Otoplasty is the technical term for the surgical correction of defects or deformities of the ears.  The ears may have defects or deformities present that are genetic or congenital, or from suffering trauma.  When performing otoplasty surgery, it is the surgeon’s primary goal to create a more attractive, balanced, and natural appearance while maintaining the functionality of the anatomy of the ear.  Otoplasty is one of the most conventional plastic surgery procedures performed to correct a developmental abnormalityThere are several methods in performing otoplasty surgery.  While many people associate otoplasty with mere “ear pinning” with repositioning with sutures, other methods can be used to correct defects of the ears.

When performing surgery on the “pinna” or external ear, the procedure can be complex in nature due to the complex nature of the structure of the external ear.  In the case of “prominent” or protruding ears that project more than 25 degrees away from the head, different surgical methods can be used for correction.  Different parts of the external ear may protrude more than others (i.e. commonly, the earlobes, “concha” or bowl shaped structure of the external ear, and the scapha or “furrow” of the external ear that separates the helix from the antihelix).  Other parts of the external ear may protrude, or multiple structures can protrude together, making otoplasty surgery a desirable option for the patient.

We see many patients annually for otoplasty surgery.  Patients with defects or deformities of the ear can suffer psychological effects from teasing or tormenting of peers.  Many times, patients who seek otoplasty surgery are younger than 14 years of age.  At age four, the ears are nearly full grown, so surgery may be performed with an effective, long-lasting outcome after this age.  Adults also have otoplasty surgery performed for various conditions, including protruding ears, prominent ear deformities, or lop ear deformities.  No matter the age or concern of the patient, otoplasty can be a life changing procedure.  Patients who undergo otoplasty surgery report that they are extremely pleased with their appearance following the procedure.  Patients do not need to hide their ears any longer following surgery, and experience restored confidence.

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014 @ 08:03 AM
Dr. Benjamin Stong

Working in a plastic surgeon’s office means I see patients all throughout the surgical process.  While I wish there was a way to prevent bruising, swelling and other effects that are a natural part of the healing process, patients will more than likely experience some degree of these normal conditions following surgery. I have found that camouflage makeup can be a huge help during the healing process for patients due to its ability to disguise bruising and scars.

Patients of course should wait to apply any products until surgical wounds are completely healed.  Once the skin has fully healed, patients can begin to use cosmetics to help hide the after effects of surgery.  I prefer to use makeup specifically designed for camouflaging purposes.  Because there is such a wide range of shades for different skin tones, patients should test out the makeup and ensure an exact match for the best coverage.  As well, most camouflage makeup will come with setting powder which is needed to set the foundation so it stays put throughout the day.  Tools are also important and a good foundation brush should be used so that the application is even and effective in concealing imperfections.

The ingredients of the camouflage makeup are also important.  Most makeup that is designed for camouflage purposes will be formulated with the right ingredients for the best coverage.  It is also very important to use sunscreen under makeup if the makeup does not contain SPF.  Exposure to sun will only slow healing time and can even make scaring more pronounced.  At our office, we recommend a silicone based scar gel to use on surgical scars that contains a sunscreen.  I have patients use this under any cosmetics for healing and protective purposes.

We have also found that patients are more accepting of the healing process following cosmetic surgery when they know cosmetics and healing products are part of their post-surgery regimen.  There will of course be downtime following surgery, but the amount of the time a patient spends at home out of the public eye can be reduced by using camouflage makeup and products meant for healing wounds.  If you are considering cosmetic or reconstructive surgery, know that there are several options to help reduce the amount of actual downtime following your procedure.  Consult with the experts at Kalos today to plan for your cosmetic or reconstructive surgery.

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Thursday, March 6, 2014 @ 08:03 AM
Dr. Benjamin Stong

Juvederm Voluma XC facial filler is finally available in the United States, and Kalos Facial Plastic Surgery was among the first offices in Atlanta to carry this revolutionary new product.  Voluma is indicated to treat volume loss in the mid face and cheeks, while addressing the “three dimensional” effects of aging.  One of the biggest advantages of Voluma to other facial fillers is its longevity, lasting up to two years in many cases.  Traditional hyaluronic acid fillers like Juvederm and Restylane only last about 6-9 months, so the invention of an effective, longer lasting product is of great value to patients and physicians alike.

Patients have already been extremely impressed by the effects of injections with Voluma, and the product is in extremely high demand.  We already know that Voluma can adequately address the 3-D effects of aging, and can restore volume loss to the cheek and mid face region, taking years off of a patient’s appearance without surgery.  From the effects we have observed in the mid face and cheek region, it leads the injector to believe that the product will be effective in treating the signs of aging in other areas of the face.  While the product has not been specifically indicated for other areas yet, we believe it is only a matter of time before clinical testing will be finalized and new indications for the product will be made.  Even when using Voluma for the indicated use of restoring volume to the mid face, other areas of the face that have experienced volume loss will be improved.

There are off-label uses for the product as well, and it may be a matter of time before the indicated uses of Voluma expand to incorporate these areas.  The off-label areas where the product can be used are the temporal (temple) region, nasolabial folds (“smile lines”), marionette lines (lines extending from the corners of the mouth to the chin), and the jawline.  Some experts are even discussing using the product on the backs of the hands.  The product has already been proven so effective, that if and when it becomes indicated for use in other areas, it will be nothing short of a breakthrough in the field of anti-aging medicine.

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014 @ 08:03 AM
Dr. Benjamin Stong

One of the most prominent ingredients in skin care to gain recent notoriety for anti-aging is the growth factor.  There are different types of growth factors, but human growth factors come from human cells, and work to communicate messages to cells.  When used in skin care, growth factors aid in wound healing, and help produce collagen.    Growth factors can expedite the healing process following aggressive treatments, like strong chemical peels, laser treatments, and surgery.  Studies have shown that they can be particularly helpful with anti aging as they work to produce collagen in the skin that is lost with the natural aging process.  Patients have observed a better quality of skin as the appearance of fine lines is lessened, and the overall texture and tone of the skin is improved.

Growth factors are present in many different skin care products and lines.  Concentrated serums containing growth factors can be used twice daily for full face anti aging results, and targeted eye creams containing growth factors are smaller in molecular weight are to be applied to the delicate eye area with smaller pores.  An effective skin care regimen will contain medical grade products, such as retinoids, antioxidants, and peptides, as well as growth factors.  All of these ingredients work differently in the skin to produce anti aging results, and will compliment each other when used in combination.

Normally, any skin type can tolerate and benefit from growth factors.  As they can be applied even following ablative laser treatments when the skin is in an extremely sensitive state, they can be used regularly on sensitive skin types.  To find out how to incorporate growth factors into your skin care regimen, it is important to consult with a licensed skin care professional for product recommendations and skin analysis to determine which products will be most beneficial and effective.

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