Facial Surgery FAQ

Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon Serving Las Vegas, Henderson, Summerlin, and Nearby Nevada

How Does Kybella Work?

Kybella is an injectable treatment that has been approved by the FDA for the correction of excess fat beneath the chin. Submental fullness, aka a double-chin, can be a frustrating problem that doesn't improve with diet and healthy lifestyle habits. Treating the area with Kybella is relatively quick and convenient. The process requires several injections across the upper neck. To make you comfortable, your provider will apply a topical anesthetic before commencing with injections. When inserted into the space around the targeted fat cells, the active ingredient in Kybella, deoxycholic acid, disrupts the membrane of each fat cell. The cells then gradually release lipids that are safely and effectively metabolized by the body. A few treatment sessions may be necessary to achieve the best results. After examining your submental area, your provider can discuss how many treatments you may need. 

Is a Facelift Right for Me?

If you are troubled by jowls, nasolabial folds, loose skin under your chin, and a generally aged appearance, you may be a great candidate for a facelift. This treatment focuses on the lower region of the face to lift and contour the jawline, uppermost part of the neck, and also the area around the nose and mouth. People often make the mistake of believing that they should be a certain age before getting a facelift. This is an outdated way of thinking. Many of the best facelifts are performed on middle-aged adults who are still in their fifties. At that time, the body may still be producing enough elastin and collagen to better support long-term results. If you're wondering about the benefits of a facelift, contact us to schedule a consultation with Dr. Miller. During your appointment, you can learn the ins and outs of this procedure and discuss what a facelift may do for you.

What Effects Does Microneedling Have?

Microneedling is a popular nonsurgical treatment that is performed to postpone or correct the signs of aging and sun damage. It is also advantageous for people with scars. The effects of microneeding include softer, brighter, firmer, and smoother skin. These stem from the collagen proliferation that is stimulated during a microneedling session. Your body does not produce a consistent amount of collagen or elastin throughout your lifetime. Early in adulthood, production slows, resulting in a mottled complexion, poor scar healing, and fine lines and wrinkles. Collagen and elastin in the "magic" ingredients your body makes to regenerate healthy new tissue, including new skin cells. 

Can My Eyelid Surgery be a Medical Necessity?

Most blepharoplasty procedures are considered cosmetic in nature. However, there are some indications for medically-necessary eyelid surgery. Primarily, an insurance company will want proof the vision is being adversely affected by excess skin falling down over the lash line. To receive medical clearance, you may need to provide your insurance company with documentation such as a consultation and examination by a board-certified ophthalmologist or plastic surgeon. For the most up-to-date criteria for pre-authorization, it is best to contact your insurance company directly.

What Type of Lasers are Used in Laser Resurfacing?

Laser technology is continually changing and advancing, which means an office may periodically revise its laser devices. In general, laser skin resurfacing is performed with either a CO2 or Erbium laser. Treatment may be ablative or non-ablative and may treat only a fraction of the skin, called fractional laser resurfacing. Because there is a variety of lasers to choose from, there is more opportunity for you to find the perfect laser resurfacing process for your skin type, needs, and preferences in terms of downtime and speed of tissue remodeling. 

We would be happy to answer your questions about our latest laser resurfacing treatments! Contact us today to speak with a friendly member of our staff. 

Who is a Candidate for IPL Photorejuvenation?

IPL photorejuvenation treatments are different than laser rejuvenation. The IPL technology targets the deeper layers of your skin while leaving the uppermost layer virtually untouched. Nearly any adult with light to medium skin tone can be a good candidate for IPL photorejuvenation. Some of the common complaints that we can address with this treatment include sun damage, dark spots, fine lines, facial redness, large pores, and shallow scars. When you consult with a trained professional for skin rejuvenation procedures, they will evaluate your concerns and also may measure your skin type on the Fitzpatrick Scale to determine the most ideal approach to achieve optimal results.