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Micro needling is here

Maybe you’ve heard about micro needling on a TV show or read about it in a magazine and wondered what the fuss is all about.   Well, here’s a little information about what it is and why we are so excited to add it to our list of services.

What is micro needling?

Micro needling, also known as collagen induction therapy, is performed using a device – we use Rejuvapen – with 9 adjustable surgical-grade stainless steel needles to create thousands of micro channels in the skin.  This process stimulates the skin’s natural response to healing thereby promoting the production of collagen and elastin (which means healthier, younger-looking skin).

What is micro needling for?

It may sound too good to be true, but micro needling works for aging-skin issues such as fine lines, wrinkles, pore size, sun damage and hyperpigmentation.  It can be used to treat the face, the hands and the decollete.  It’s also great for acne scars, surgical scars and stretch marks.  And because, unlike lasers, micro needling doesn’t produce heat, it works on all skin types.

What is the downtime?

After the procedure- which usually takes 30 minutes to one hour – your skin will look as if you have a sunburn and your skin will be dry and feel tight.  We recommend that you take the rest of the day off and stay out of the sun.  The next day, most of the redness will have subsided – although some patients stay a little pink for a couple of days – and you can pretty much go back to your daily activities – just make sure you wear the sunscreen that comes in your post procedure packet.

How many treatments are required?

The number of micro needling treatments varies from patient to patient.  Many people notice that their skin looks better almost immediately.  And although one treatment is beneficial, multiple treatments (3 to 6) are recommended depending on the issues you want to address.

Needless to say, we are delighted to share this service with our patients.  If you have questions or would like to schedule a consultation to learn more about what micro needling can do for you, please call our office.

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Fifty is the new Fabulous…

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Did you know that Americans between the ages 35-50 made up 45 percent of cosmetic procedures – surgical and non-surgical – performed in 2014?  And it’s no wonder.  Youth is touted everywhere we look. And even those celebs who’ve reached the half-century milestone – Sandra Bullock, Cindy Crawford, and Halle Berry to name a few – look better than ever.

Aging can be difficult for people – women and men alike.  Many of our patients at Parker Plastic Surgery who fall into this age group are currently opting for more non-invasive procedures like Voluma and Juvederm to add volume that’s been lost to aging.  Chemical peels and Botox are also popular options.  And when patients do opt for surgery, it’s most often eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty.  And they are always amazed at how much younger and refreshed they look afterwards.

Our professional society, The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), sends us links to various stories that relate to plastic surgery.  In today’s email, one of the articles was about putting your best face forward at 50 years old.  To read the article, click here.

Skin Cancer Awareness Month

Although Skin Cancer Awareness Month is coming to a close, the summer is just beginning, and that means many of us will be spending more time out in the sun.

The skin cancer rate in the U.S. has increased dramatically over the years, and according to the U.S. Surgeon General, it has become “a major public health problem.”  Skin cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer, but it is largely preventable.  Limiting exposure to the sun is a no-brainer, but making sure you use sunscreen correctly is key.  We ran across this article in Real Simple magazine about how the proper use of sunscreen can decrease your risk of getting skin cancer.

It’s a good idea to regularly examine your skin and become familiar with moles and freckles and watch them for changes.  And if you do notice that something looks different, make an appointment to see your dermatologist or plastic surgeon to have the suspicious place examined and removed if necessary.  So go and enjoy the beach or the lake or the pool, but be sure to take care of your skin.

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CAN you believe our a-MAY-zing specials?

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During the month of May, we are proud to be collecting for the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia – a network working to feed the ill, needy, seniors and children of northeast Georgia. When we did our “Give Thanks and Give Back” special in November, we were told that there were a lot of food drives around the holidays but that it dropped off afterwards.  So we decided that for our a-MAY-zing special this year, we would collect for them again.  Just bring in canned goods or other nonperishable food items, and you can save on Botox, Juvederm and Voluma.

Simply bring in the following items to take advantage of our a-MAY-zing specials.

  • 10+ cans/nonperishables = Botox for $10/unit (min 20 units)
  • 20+ cans/nonperishables = $100 off Juvederm treatment*
  • 20+ cans/nonperishables = $100 off Voluma treatment*

*$100 off total treatment, not per syringe
Not valid with any other offer.

**We have been advised by the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia that proteins are important but often not donated, so canned beans and meats are always appreciated.

For more information or to schedule your appointment, call our office at 706.543.0404.

Tax Refunds for Plastic Surgery?

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April 15th (or April 18th this year) has come and gone, and hopefully any tax-related stress is behind you.  Did you get a refund (or have you already received it)?  If so, lucky you.  Now the big question is, “what are you going to do with it?”.

A recent article from Forbes magazine, discusses what average Americans will be using their refunds for – savings accounts, debt reduction and, yes, even plastic surgery.

The average refund comes in at just under $3000.00, so major cosmetic surgeries won’t be fully paid for (our breast augmentation surgery costs $5600.00), but the extra cash can certainly help. And if surgery isn’t what you had in mind, there are always non-invasive treatments like Botox, Juvederm, Voluma, Kybella and chemical peels.

Many of our patients see spring as a good time to do something for themselves.  The weather begins to warm, the layers of clothing start to come off, and swimsuit season is just around the corner.  So if you’ve been wondering about plastic surgery, and if you’re getting a little bit of cash back from Uncle Sam, it’s a perfect time to schedule that consultation.

Breast Augmentation is #1

 

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The numbers are in, and for 2015, Breast Augmentation tops the list as the most performed cosmetic surgery in the United States. With a whopping 279,143 procedures performed, breast augmentation maintained its long-running number one spot ahead of liposuction (with 222,051 surgeries performed).  Rounding out the top five are 3) rhinoplasty or nose surgery, 4) blepharoplasty or eyelid surgery and 5) tummy tuck.

Breast augmentation uses breast implants (either saline or silicone gel) to enhance the size and shape of a woman’s breasts.  And it’s no wonder that it continues to be so popular.  Our patients who have undergone this procedure often say that they feel more self-confident and have an improved self-image.  A breast augmentation can help balance out a woman’s figure as well as increase the fullness and projection of the breasts – especially after volume loss as a result of pregnancy or weight loss.

If you’d like to learn more about breast augmentation, we invite you to schedule your free consultation and sizing appointment.  Give us a call at 706.543.0404 and ask to speak with Katie Garmon, our patient care coordinator.

 

Cheeks, Chin & Beautiful Skin

 

Cheeks, Chin & Beautiful Skin

Cheeks, Chin & Beautiful Skin

 

Join us on Tuesday, April 26th to learn more about Voluma (cheeks), Kybella (chin) and our SkinMedica Products (beautiful skin).

Wrinkles and lines aren’t the only signs of aging. Over time, the cheeks flatten, and the skin may begin to sag. This is caused by a natural loss of volume in the cheek area, or what the experts call age-related midface volume loss. JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® XC is designed to add volume beneath the skin’s surface to lift and contour the cheek area. It’s a great way to combat sagginess and give your face a “lift” without surgery.

KYBELLA is the nonsurgical solution to put an end that double chin – and it’s a great way to look fabulous in all those selfies.  The active ingredient in KYBELLA® is deoxycholic acid, a naturally-occurring molecule in the body that aids in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat.  When injected into the fat beneath your chin, KYBELLA® causes the destruction of fat cells. Once destroyed, those cells cannot store or accumulate fat. Most patients require two to three sessions for optimal results.

SkinMedica® professional skin care products are the result of almost two decades of research and clinical experience. SkinMedica scientists are continually working on new formulations and clinically testing our products to provide the next breakthrough in skin care. Our staff love these products – especially the new HA5 which provides immediate smoothing in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and supports the skin’s natural ability to replenish its own hyaluronic acid (HA) for overall skin health.

Appointments are available from 9:00 am until 1:00 pm, but space is limited so call us at 706.543.0404 to reserve your time.  All attendees will receive special pricing on Voluma, Kybella and our SkinMedica products.

a-MAY-zing specials are in full bloom

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Take advantage of these great specials going on during the month of May.

The Bud  $500  (reg $659 | $159 savings)

  • 20 units of Botox
  • 5 mL Latisse kit
  • 3 mL Latisse kit
  • $100 SkinMedica coupon*

The Bloom  $1050 (reg $1309 | $259 savings)

  • 20 units of Botox
  • 1 syringe of Juvederm
  • 5 mL Latisse kit
  • 3 mL Latisse kit
  • $200 SkinMedica coupon*

The Blossom  $2240  (reg $2959 | $719 savings)

  • 20 units of Botox
  • 2 syringes of Voluma
  • 1 syringe of Juvederm
  • 5 mL Latisse kit
  • 3 mL Latisse kit
  • $300 SkinMedica coupon

*all packages include a complimentary skincare consultation to help you choose the products that are right for you.

Call our office at 706.543.0404 to schedule your appointment.

good through 05.31.15 | not valid with any other offer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LOOKING GREAT at EVERY AGE

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As Dr. Parker turns 50, you and a friend are invited to discover the secrets of LOOKING GREAT at EVERY AGE.

Join us on Thursday, November 6th at Graduate Athens (formerly Foundry Park Inn)

  • 5:30 | Sign in
  • Light hors d’oeuvres & cash bar
  • 6:30 | Presentation by Dr. Parker
  • Birthday cake to follow

Enjoy sips, bites, & birthday cake as you get tips of the trade from our experts

  • Makeup demonstrations courtesy of MAC Makeup
  • Skincare consultations with Ashley Alderman of SkinMedica
  • Juvederm & Voluma Consultations
  • Special pricing on all products, injectables, and lunchtime peels
  • BOGO Latisse Kits
  • Exclusive Holiday Kits from SkinMedica and MAC
  • Be entered to win a TNS Essential Serum and Latisse Kit (a $490 value) with your $5 donation to AIDS Athens

RSVP for your drink voucher
706.543.0404
kgarmon@parkerplasticsurgery.com

How Important is Sunscreen?

sunscreen parker plastic surgeryLabor Day has come and gone, but just because summer is over, it doesn’t mean you should stop wearing your sunscreen.  This video has been receiving a lot of attention on the web, and we thought we would share it with our patients as a sort of public service announcement. Watch these people as they see their skin under an ultraviolet camera – with and without sunscreen. This powerful clip will make you want to slather on your sunscreen every single day if you don’t already.  And if you need SPF recommendations, we can help! 

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE VIDEO!