February 22, 2024

Winter Skincare Tips for Post-Surgery Recovery

By: Dr. Christopher Killingsworth

There are many reasons why winter is a great time to schedule plastic surgery. Cooler temperatures mean you’re more likely to be covered up, and calendars tend to clear after the holidays, giving you a clear schedule for rest and recovery.  

To help your body along with the healing process, here are a few things you can do to promote skincare recovery after plastic surgery this winter. 

Continue to Hydrate 

We tend to notice thirst more in the warmer weather when we’re sweating a lot, but it’s critical to stay hydrated when the temperature drops, too. This is especially true if you’ve recently had surgery. Many procedures require you to abstain from drinking water for a short period of time beforehand, and water is often withheld immediately after general anesthesia procedures to reduce the risk of nausea. While these measures can help you avoid unpleasant side effects, you’ll want to replenish hydration as soon as you can to kickstart the healing process.  

Your body also needs ample fluids for tissue repair, so continue to drink lots of water as you recover. As a reminder, most adults need between 70 and 100 ounces of water per day to stay well hydrated. 

Care for Incisions 

Different types of procedures will call for different aftercare at the surgical sites. If you’ve had liposuction, for instance, you may have small drains inserted to remove excess healing fluid your body naturally produces after the procedure.  

Astra Plastic Surgery will provide detailed aftercare instructions that you can refer back to regardless of the procedure you undergo, but in general, the golden rule following any type of surgery is to keep your incisions clean. Since you’ll likely be bundled up in the winter, be mindful to avoid any clothing that could shed or snag, and continue applying clean bandages as directed to prevent fibers from entering your incisions. 

Cozy Up with Compression 

Pressure garments may not be your favored fashion piece this winter, but they play an important role in skincare after plastic surgery procedures like tummy tucks and liposuction.  

These garments can promote circulation, prevent fluid buildup, and enhance contouring to achieve desirable results. They’re meant to feel snug, and you may find that your movement is restricted a bit while wearing them, but remember that you’ll need to take it easy during the recovery period anyhow. Again, Astra will give you detailed instructions for wear, but don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions as you heal.   

Scale Back on Skincare 

Winter is typically the time of year when your skin care regimen might need a bit of an upgrade, especially since cold temperatures and dry weather can take their toll on sensitive facial skin. But if you’ve had a face lift or any other facial procedure, now isn’t the time to load up on products or treatments. Less is more when it comes to your recovery, so focus your energy solely on incision care and rest. Before long, the swelling and bruising will diminish to reveal the beautiful results of your procedure — which will far surpass the results any cream or serum could achieve!  

Schedule Your Plastic Surgery Procedures With Astra Plastic Surgery 

If you’re considering plastic surgery this winter, allow Astra Plastic Surgery to help achieve your goals. From body sculpting to facial rejuvenation, our surgeons can transform your look so you feel your best by spring. Discuss your vision during a free consult, which you can request using our online form or by calling (678) 990-3551.  

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February 15, 2024

The Best Cosmetic Procedures for Valentines Day

By: Astra Plastic Surgery

Valentine’s Day has historically celebrated romantic relationships, but recently, we’ve come to see it as a way to celebrate all types of love. From galentines to bromances, any variety of adoration count. In fact, we’d argue that the best way to enjoy this season is to start by showing yourself some extra love. 

No need to wait for Cupid’s arrow — here are some self-care procedures you can pursue all on your own.

Perfect Your Pout

Soft, full lips are perfect for a Valentine’s kiss, but they look great in selfies, too. No matter your relationship status, adding volume to your lips can create a more youthful look and help you feel more confident. Our non-invasive lip fillers involve a simple in-office injectable for increasing volume and definition. The results are customizable, so you’ll have full control over your kisser.  

Fight Aging with Fillers

As we age, our face begins to lose collagen and elastin in areas like our cheeks and jawline. We also lose volume and definition around the lower part of our face. If you’re experiencing unwanted sagging or frown lines, treat yourself to Juvéderm®. An FDA-approved injectable, Juvéderm® is a powerhouse filler that restores volume to targeted spots like deep wrinkles and folds around the nose and mouth, as well as sagging jawlines. 

You don’t have to undergo surgery to receive age-fighting results, either — these dermal fillers are a non-invasive alternative to restoring youthfulness with minimal downtime.

Smooth Things Over

Wrinkles and fine lines are a natural part of aging, but that doesn’t mean we all welcome them with open arms. If these troubles are keeping you from smiling back when you look in the mirror, join the bands of people who have embraced Botox®. These injections have risen sharply in popularity over the last couple decades, and it’s no surprise why. The Botulinum toxin within them treats wrinkles in common trouble zones (think the forehead and eye area) by strategically blocking the signal from your nerves to your muscles. The result: smoother, more youthful looking skin without the scalpel.

Sculpt Away Trouble Spots

If you’ve been showing your body self-love through nourishment and movement but still struggle to get stubborn trouble spots to budge, send excess fat packing with CoolSculpting®. Whether you’re not quite feeling the love about your love handles, or you want to break up with belly fat, this non-invasive procedure offers a powerful alternative to liposuction and other surgical procedures. 

CoolSculpting® works by freezing fat cells to reduce buildup in localized areas, resulting in a leaner appearance without the need for needles, anesthesia, or downtime. Your body simply absorbs the frozen cells, revealing a leaner physique within several weeks.

Schedule Your Cosmetic Procedure Today

No matter how you choose to celebrate Valentine’s Day, cosmetic procedures are a great way to prioritize self-care this season. Our board-certified plastic surgeons and industry-leading injectorsare ready to learn more about your goals. Find out more about our wide range of options during a free consult. You can request an appointment using our online form or by calling (678) 990-3551. 

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February 08, 2024

Astra Plastic Surgery Wins Cosmetic Surgery Category in Best of Forsyth 2024

By: Astra Plastic Surgery

Cosmetic surgery practice honored in 10th annual Forsyth County News contest

Astra Plastic Surgery, an acclaimed metro Atlanta-based cosmetic and reconstructive surgery practice, recently won the Cosmetic Surgery category in the 10th annual Best of Forsyth contest presented by Forsyth County News. Astra Plastic Surgery physicians consistently receive accolades that honor physicians within the healthcare landscape.

“It is an honor to be recognized by our community,” says Dr. Christopher Killingsworth. “We strive to provide high-quality care so that our patients don’t have to go far to receive innovative cosmetic treatment. This acknowledgment reinforces our dedication to providing exceptional and accessible services.”

Astra Plastic Surgery offers a variety of cosmetic surgery procedures with three locations in Georgia and an ambulatory surgery center slated to open in Alpharetta in March. Physicians at Astra Plastic Surgery are esteemed experts in the field of cosmetic surgery, incorporating cutting-edge technology and advanced techniques into their practice.

The Best of Forsyth is an annual voting contest presented by the Forsyth County News that allows residents to choose their favorite local businesses in more than 300 different categories.

To schedule an appointment, call 678-208-6008 or visit AstraPlasticSurgery.com.

Astra Plastic Surgery was established in 2012, recognizing the need for both cosmetic and reconstructive surgery in the North Atlanta area. Our locally acclaimed staff provides exceptional results with compassion and integrity. With three locations in Georgia, we are dedicated to addressing all your cosmetic concerns and helping you achieve your aesthetic goals using innovative techniques.

Interviews are available upon request.

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February 07, 2024

Astra Plastic Surgery Welcomes Dr Pallavi Kumbla

By: Astra Plastic Surgery

Acclaimed cosmetic and reconstructive surgeon now practicing at Alpharetta and Cumming locations

Astra Plastic Surgery, an acclaimed North Georgia-based cosmetic and reconstructive surgery practice, is welcoming Dr. Pallavi Kumbla to its staff of seasoned physicians and surgeons at its Alpharetta and Cumming locations. With the practice’s dedication to excellence, patients can choose Astra Plastic Surgery and its strong roster of providers with confidence.

Dr. Kumbla specializes in advanced cosmetic and reconstructive procedures involving the breast and body. She studied under renowned breast surgical oncologists and plastic and reconstructive surgeons who specialize in the treatment of complex reconstructive trauma patients. Dr. Kumbla trained alongside several prominent plastic and reconstructive surgeons performing complex craniofacial, hand, microsurgery, and aesthetic surgery, learning the comprehensive spectrum of plastic and reconstructive surgery. During fellowship training, she focused on the latest non-surgical and surgical aesthetic techniques under the mentorship of some of the leading aesthetic plastic surgeons in the country. As a result, Dr. Kumbla is able to share her immense knowledge and skill with Astra Plastic Surgery patients.

“Our mission at Astra Plastic Surgery is to provide excellent care and a commitment to advancing the art and science of plastic and reconstructive surgery,” says Dr. Christopher Killingsworth, founder and managing partner of Astra Plastic Surgery. “With the addition of Dr. Kumbla, we’re continuing to meet that goal in a big way.”

In addition to providing exceptional care to her patients and performing the latest surgical techniques, Dr. Kumbla has continued to advance her field by co-authoring breast reconstruction chapters in prestigious surgical textbooks. These include “Fischer’s Mastery of Surgery” and “Bland and Copeland’s The Breast: Comprehensive Management of Benign and Malignant Diseases.”

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Kumbla at either the Alpharetta or Cumming locations of Astra Plastic Surgery, call 678-208-6008 or visit AstraPlasticSurgery.com.

Astra Plastic Surgery was established in 2012, recognizing the need for both cosmetic and reconstructive surgery in the North Atlanta area. Our locally acclaimed staff provides exceptional results with compassion and integrity. With three locations in Georgia, we are dedicated to addressing all your cosmetic concerns and helping you achieve your aesthetic goals using innovative techniques.

Interviews are available upon request.

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January 31, 2024

When Is the Best Time of Year to Get Plastic Surgery

By: Astra Plastic Surgery

We all tend to feel our best when we’re also looking our best. Which means plastic surgery and aesthetic treatments can be a form of self-care — and it’s always a good time to show yourself some TLC. But there are certain times of year that may be better suited for one procedure over another. If you’ve been considering a cosmetic change, here are some tips to help you pinpoint the best time to schedule your makeover.

The Best Times of Year for Plastic Surgery

Choosing the optimal season or time of year to have plastic surgery can significantly impact the recovery process and overall experience. In the following list, we outline the best times of the year for different types of plastic surgery, taking into account factors such as weather conditions, post-operative care, and personal comfort. Whether you’re planning a breast augmentation, tummy tuck, liposuction, or facelift, understanding the ideal timing for your chosen procedure can contribute to a smoother and more satisfying outcome. Here are the best times to get plastic surgery:

1. Well Before Major Events

Want to look your best before a wedding, reunion, or other special gathering? We don’t blame you! But since many cosmetic procedures require at least some amount of healing time, you’ll want to make sure you’re giving yourself plenty of space to recover before any special occasions.

Recovery Timelines for Plastic Surgery Procedures

Timelines are different for each type of procedure, but in general, here are some to bear in mind:

  • Breast augmentation: You can work from a desk at home 3-4 days after your procedure. Most breast augmentation patients return to work at a desk in an office after 1 week. After your breast augmentation you should wait for 4-6 weeks before engaging in exercise, vigorous activity, and swimming (to avoid submerging the incisions).
  • Tummy tuck: Recovery times vary, but many patients take up to a month off work. You can begin working remotely at a desk from home 1 week after the procedure. Some patients can resume working at a desk in an office 2 weeks after a tummy tuck. After your tummy tuck, you should wait 4-6 weeks before participating in exercise, vigorous activity, and swimming.
  • Liposuction: Generally, recovery is easier due to small incisions. After liposuction, patients typically go back to working at a desk in an office 2-3 days later. Light aerobic exercise is allowed after 3 weeks after lipsocution. However, patients should wait for 4-6 weeks before engaging in vigorous exercise and swimming.
  • Facelift: Patients can work remotely 1 week after a facelift. Typically, you can resume working in an office after 2 weeks of recovery, but you may need to wear makeup to cover incisions. We suggest waiting for 4-6 weeks before participating in exercise.

Of course, there are many other cosmetic procedures, all of which will have various healing times. And while injectables and other in-office treatments don’t require surgery, they may still lead to temporary bruising and swelling. We’ll go over the healing process during your consult so you can plan accordingly.

2. Before (Or After) the Holidays

The holidays are hectic enough, and since you’ll probably be gathering with loved ones and attending events through the season, it’s best to save this time of year for other forms of self-care. Injectables, CoolSculpting®, and other noninvasive procedures often require less healing time, and these may be scheduled more easily during the holidays, but save more time-consuming procedures for later. After the hustle and bustle is behind you, there’s no better way to hit reset for the new year than so you can feel your best.

3. During Downtime

From annual vacations to professional commitments and busy birthday months, you already know which calendar pages fill up quickest for you. Aside from the holidays, you’ll want to schedule your procedure well outside these other busy windows. Not only will you give your body sufficient time and space for recovery, but you’ll also avoid having to attend events with post-procedure bruising or swelling.

4. When It Works Best for You & Your Procedure

The winter months of January and February are often hailed as the best time of year for plastic surgery, and in many situations, that may certainly be the case. After all, you’ve probably just seen all your loved ones for the holidays, you’ll have several weeks (or months) of wearing extra layers to cover up any wounds or swelling, and it’s well enough before bathing suit season. Tummy tucks, liposuction, and breast augmentation are often done during cooler weather, when it’s easier to cover up and allow scars time to fade.

But there are also compelling arguments for scheduling procedures other times of year, too. If you travel during the winter or love skiing, for instance, you might find that spring or even summer are better-suited for your procedure. Late summer and early fall are also mostly free of major holidays, so the calendar tends to open up these times of year.

Schedule a Free Consultation for Plastic Surgery

Looking to get a cosmetic procedure on the calendar for 2024? Our cosmetic surgeons will discuss exactly what to expect so you know the right time to schedule. Find out more during a free consult: call 679.990.3551 or request an appointment online.

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January 25, 2024

Kybella vs Coolsculpting for Double Chin Treatment

By: Astra Plastic Surgery

Fat accumulation beneath the chin is common. Besides your weight, factors like age, genetics, and even your posture can all play a role in your likelihood of developing this cosmetic frustration — which has been not-so-cutely dubbed the infamous “double chin.” Fortunately, there are two highly effective solutions that can target the excess fat beneath your chin for a slimmer, more youthful look: Kybella® and Coolsculpting®.

Kybella® for Double Chin Treatment

Kybella® is an injectable medication that dissolves fat in your body. This cosmetic treatment has become popular for its effectiveness and minimal downtime, because Kybella® is quick, minimally invasive, and carries little risk for scarring or other complications.

The Kybella® process is simple and straightforward. Your provider will start by marking and preparing the injection site. You’ll then receive the necessary injections, which can take 15 to 20 minutes to administer, depending on how many you need. A single treatment can consist of up to 50 injections, spaced one centimeter apart. Though this may sound like a lot, the discomfort is minimal, though you may experience some numbness, bruising, and swelling as you heal. But you should be able to return to normal activities shortly after receiving the injections.

After several weeks of receiving your first treatment, the targeted fat will be fully dissolved and absorbed by your body, leading to a more defined chin area. Most patients can benefit from more than one session, though the exact number will depend on your specific goals and anatomy.

CoolSculpting® for Double Chin Treatment

Whereas Kybella® uses a medication to prompt your body into metabolizing and absorbing fat cells, CoolSculpting® works by freezing them so they shrivel away. The process, known as cryolipolysis, works by applying cool energy to the fat cells using a special instrument designed for this purpose. A conducting gel is applied to your skin first, then the CoolSculpting® device is moved along the area to be treated under your chin for a session lasting 30 to 60 minutes.

Like Kybella®, CoolSculpting® is a nonsurgical way to achieve your desired results for a more defined jawline, but it does also require some time before results become visible. Most patients start to notice changes within six to eight weeks, as the body continues to flush out the frozen fat cells. Full results tend to appear within 14 to 16 weeks.

Kybella® vs. CoolSculpting® for Double Chin Treatment: Which Is Better?

Both Kybella® and CoolSculpting® have their merits, and if your goal is to eliminate stubborn chin fat, you can’t go wrong with either option. You can take comfort in the fact that each procedure is FDA-approved and will require minimal downtime, meaning there shouldn’t be any significant disruption in your routine.

These nonsurgical procedures also tend to have a much lower price point than traditional surgeries. Kybella® and CoolSculpting® vary in price based on individual factors, but are generally comparable in cost.

While results from more invasive procedures such as face lifts, neck lifts, and liposuction may appear more quickly, they also require general anesthesia and may leave you bruised and swollen for 10 to 14 days.

So, is Kybella® or CoolSculpting® best for you? In many cases, it comes down to a matter of preference. Some patients with needle aversions naturally gravitate towards CoolSculpting®, which also has a slight reduction in swelling since no injections are required. Kybella®, however, allows treatment to be customized, as injections are given precisely where they’re needed, compared to the standard application used in CoolSculpting®.

Schedule a Kybella® or CoolSculpting® Consultation with Astra Plastic Surgery Today

Wondering whether Kybella® or CoolSculpting® will be best for your needs? Allow one of our board-certified cosmetic professionals to walk you through your options. Request a free consult online or by calling 679.990.3551.

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January 10, 2024

Two physicians from Astra Plastic Surgery recognized among Atlantas Top Doctors in Modern Luxury Medicine Doctors magazine

By: Astra Plastic Surgery

Drs. Christopher Killingsworth and Stephanie Farber receive peer-driven honor

Two physicians from Astra Plastic Surgery are recognized as Top Doctors in the January issue of Modern Luxury Medicine + Doctors magazine. Drs. Christopher Killingsworth and Stephanie Farber appear on the list, which annually honors notable physicians among the area’s healthcare landscape. 

“It’s an honor to be featured on this year’s Top Doctors list along with Dr. Farber,” says Dr. Christopher Killingsworth, founder and managing partner of Astra Plastic Surgery. “At Astra, we commit ourselves to excellence and dedication to our patients. We take pride in having top tier physicians on our team, and this accolade is a testament to the exceptional quality of care the practice provides.”

Modern Luxury Medicine + Doctors magazine uses a database of top doctors compiled by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., an established healthcare research company based in New York. Each physician included is chosen through peer nomination, research, and a stringent vetting process. The publications feature 1,732 Top Doctors and 51 Rising Stars representing the following counties: Bartow, Bibb, Cherokee, Clarke, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, Dawson, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Floyd, Forsyth, Fulton, Greene, Gwinnett, Hall, Henry, Newton, Oconee, Paulding, Pickens, Rockdale, and Spalding.

To schedule an appointment, call 678-208-6008 or visit AstraPlasticSurgery.com.

Dr. Stephanie Farber is a board-certified plastic surgeon. A graduate of Duke University, Dr. Farber earned a degree in chemistry. She received her medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Farber completed training in aesthetic surgery with a focus on oculoplastic surgery, cosmetic breast surgery, abdominoplasty, and facial rejuvenation. Dr. Farber is a member of the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), Women Plastic Surgeons (WPS), and Young Plastic Surgeons (YPS). She practices at the Atlanta and Alpharetta locations.

Dr. Christopher Killingsworth is a board-certified plastic surgeon and founder and managing partner of Astra Plastic Surgery. A graduate of the University of Florida, Dr. Killingsworth earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia. He completed residency training in general surgery with a focus on breast and cancer surgery, vascular surgery, and minimally invasive techniques at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the Southeastern Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons (SESPRS), the Georgia Society of Plastic Surgeons (GSPS), the Georgia Society of the American College of Surgeons (GSACS), and Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS). He practices at the Cumming and Alpharetta locations.

Astra Plastic Surgery was established in 2012, recognizing the need for both cosmetic and reconstructive surgery in the North Atlanta area. Our locally acclaimed staff provides exceptional results with compassion and integrity. With three locations in Georgia, we are dedicated to addressing all your cosmetic concerns and helping you achieve your aesthetic goals using innovative techniques.

Interviews are available upon request.

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November 13, 2023

Spread the Joy of Confidence This Holiday Season with the Gift of Cosmetic Treatments

By: Astra Plastic Surgery

With the holidays quickly approaching, it’s time to look for the perfect gift for your loved ones. Gift your friends and family with the thoughtful present of cosmetic treatments. It can be a great way for your loved one to unwind and indulge in some self-care!

Why cosmetic treatments are the perfect gift

What better way to kick start the holidays than with a refreshed look and meeting your aesthetic goals? Cosmetic procedures can enhance self-esteem and boost confidence. And unlike many traditional gifts, cosmetic procedures can create a lasting or even a permanent effect. Here are a couple of ways you can gift the gift that keeps on giving:

Astra Plastic Surgery gift card

With a gift card you can give the gift of rejuvenation and relaxation to someone special this holiday season. Our experienced team provides a wide range of treatments, including:

  • Botox® and fillers
  • CoolSculpting®
  • Laser Skin Resurfacing
  • Fractionated CO2 Laser
  • Laser Hair Removal
  • Microneedling
  • PRP Facial
  • PRP Injections
  • PRP Hair Restoration
  • PDO Threads
  • Profound Skin Tightening
  • IPL Photofacial
  • Latisse

Pre-purchase treatments

If your partner, friend, or family member has hinted at a cosmetic procedure, consider scheduling a free consultation before gifting them with a pre-paid treatment. While surprises are fun, be mindful of the recipient’s preferences when gifting plastic surgery or a cosmetic treatment. Allowing them to help you plan the gift can make it all that more special and personalized!

Pamper your loved one and yourself with plastic surgery

Another great gift idea is scheduling an appointment for you and your loved one to get a cosmetic treatment done together. Not only could this be a bonding experience, but it could also take away the potential anxiety of having to get the cosmetic treatment done alone. Here are a few cosmetic treatments that would make a great gift to enjoy with a friend.

  • Botox®
  • Lip Fillers
  • PRP Facial
  • PRP Injections
  • Laser Skin Resurfacing
  • Fractionated CO2 Laser
  • Microneedling
  • IPL Photofacial

Skincare products

Astra Plastic Surgery provides an extensive selection of skin care products designed for all skin types, making them an ideal choice for anyone looking to enhance their skin care regimen. Our specialists can guide you through our selection of serums, gels, creams, scrubs, and cleansers to help you create a personalized gift for your loved one.

Schedule Your Loved Ones Cosmetic Treatment with Astra Plastic Surgery

At Astra Plastic Surgery, we provided a wide range of comprehensive cosmetic treatments and surgery procedures designed to restore youthfulness. To learn more about these holiday gifts, visit our website or by calling 679-990-3551.

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November 13, 2023

6 Surprising Uses For Botox

By: Astra Plastic Surgery

Botox, when skillfully injected, offers both cosmetic and medical benefits. By temporarily freezing facial muscles, it prevents the formation of age-related fine lines and wrinkles. The procedure itself is nearly painless and helps maintain a smooth and youthful appearance that can last up to six months.

How does Botox work?

The development of Botox dates back to the 1970s. Scientists first developed this injectable with the purpose of creating a substance that would weaken eye muscles in strabismus patients as an alternative to surgery. It was first introduced to the market in 1989 and has since become a popular aesthetic procedure. Today, over 4 million Americans receive Botox every year according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Botox® is considered one of the most popular nonsurgical cosmetic procedures. Beyond its wrinkle-reducing reputation, Botox has other surprising uses as well. Here are some other alternative uses for Botox:

Facial slimming

When the masseter muscles at the back of the jaw are overworked, they can grow and give the face a square shape. In the past, the most common way to slim the lower face was to make an appointment with a facial plastic surgeon and undergo a surgical fat removal procedure. Botox offers another alternative to achieve the same desired results.

Injectors can slim and contour the face by injecting Botox to the masseter muscles to help reduce their activity.

Nose lift

If you’re not looking for a drastic change, Botox offers a more subtle option to reshape your nose.

The injection of Botox into the depressor septi nasi muscles at the base of the nose causes the nose tip to rise slightly as the muscle relaxes. This gives the nose a more upturn look, creating a small dip in the nasal bridge.

Dimpled chin

The continuous contraction of chin muscles, referred to as the mentalis, can cause a wrinkled chin. To even out the appearance, Botox can smooth out that area, giving your chin a rejuvenated and flawless appearance.

Twitching eyelids

Ordinary eyelid twitches usually resolve naturally. However, uncontrolled and excessive eye twitching, known as blepharospasm, can become an issue. This condition arises when the brain’s control over eyelid muscles falters, sending an overload of signals. Botox provides a solution by blocking the nerve signals and bringing relief to the eyelid muscle spasms.

Excessive sweating

Hyperhidrosis is a condition in which sweat glands become overactive. This can result in profuse sweating, unrelated to exercise, weather, or usual stimuli. People with hyperhidrosis commonly experience excessive sweating in areas such as the palms, armpits, soles of the feet, chest, head, and face. While it may not be a significant health risk, it can lead to uncomfortable or embarrassing situations.

When it comes to relieving hyperhidrosis, there are multiple options to consider. There are medications on the market that can interfere with the electrical signals the body uses to activate sweat glands. Another alternative for patients is thoracic sympathectomy, an endoscopic surgery that involves severing nerves connected to sweat production. However, Botox stands out as a compelling choice for individuals looking for a nonsurgical alternative with minimal effects. It can help control hyperhidrosis by muting overactive sweat glands. Once injected into the targeted areas, patients can see noticeable results within three to four days.

Lip flip

If you are looking for an alternative to dermal fillers to achieve a fuller lip, Botox could be a great option. A “lip flip” is a non-invasive procedure, where Botox is injected into the corners of your mouth and the edges of your lips. This helps relax the muscles around your upper lip, creating an upward tilt that gives your lips a fuller, more pronounced look.

Schedule Your Botox Appointment with Astra Plastic Surgery

Our skilled injectors at Astra Plastic Surgery can help you achieve your aesthetic goals. Whether it’s Botox or other cosmetic procedures, our esteemed experts are here to provide the guidance you need. If you find yourself searching for “Botox near me”, visit our website to schedule an appointment online or by calling 678-990-3551.

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October 10, 2023

Liposuction Vs Coolsculpting

By: Dr. Christopher Killingsworth

SURGICAL LIPOSUCTION VS. NON-INVASIVE LIPOSUCTION IN ATLANTA, GA

Liposuction is the gold standard for fat reduction treatments, helping patients eliminate stubborn fat in the stomach, thighs, hips and other areas of the body. Liposuction is often a great solution for patients who are near their ideal body weight but still have a few stubborn pounds that are resistant to diet and exercise. Patients who are considering liposuction have two options when it comes to the procedure: the traditional, surgical liposuction procedure and the non-surgical, non-invasive alternative called CoolSculpting®.

WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LIPOSUCTION AND COOLSCULPTING®?

Liposuction and CoolSculpting® are both effective treatments for eliminating unwanted body fat. The treatment techniques differ, however, as liposuction is a surgical procedure and CoolSculpting® is completely non-invasive. During liposuction, a small metal tube called a cannula is inserted into the body where unwanted fat is located. The cannula removes fat using a vacuum system to produce the desired results. CoolSculpting®, on the other hand, uses cooling energy to freeze and destroy fat cells from the skin’s surface. This process is painless and requires no anesthesia. Once the targeted fat cells are treated, the body will naturally eliminate the destroyed fat cells during the weeks following treatment.


HOW DOES RECOVERY DIFFER?

Due to the invasive nature of liposuction, patients may need to take time off of work and other activities for a few days after their treatment. The length of the recovery period can vary depending on the extent of treatment, but most patients are able to return to light activity about one week after their procedure. With CoolSculpting®, there is no downtime required. Patients may experience minor bruising or sensitivity in the treatment area, but are able to return to work and other normal activities immediately after their appointment.

WILL I NEED MULTIPLE TREATMENTS?

Liposuction produces instant results, as the targeted fat is completely removed during treatment. For this reason, one liposuction treatment is enough to produce optimal results. After CoolSculpting®, it can take a few weeks or months to notice the full results. The body gradually eliminates destroyed fat cells during this time, so patients will notice a continued improvement in results after their treatment. However, some patients may need a series of treatments to achieve optimal results.

WHICH TREATMENT IS RIGHT FOR ME?

If you are considering a body sculpting treatment, contact us today at Atlanta Aesthetics. We will be happy to help you schedule a consultation, during which time we will review your cosmetic goals in order to determine the treatment that is best for you. We welcome patients from Atlanta, Forsyth County and the neighboring areas of Georgia.

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