October Newsletter 2021

The nights are a bit cooler and the days a bit shorter. Fall is upon us and for many it is a time to become a bit more contemplative as the year winds down. For me, fall means attending the Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery annual Fall Meeting. Aside from learning about the latest research, technologies and techniques presented by my colleagues from around the country, it is typically a time for me to teach as well as learn, to rekindle old friendships and get the inside scoop on a variety of topics. Unfortunately, this is the second year it has been held virtually, so the social aspects of the conference were absent. Nonetheless, the meeting has been intellectually stimulating. There are a number of exciting developments that will translate into new opportunities for my patients in the future. Staying current is not only important for patient care, but it keeps things fresh and interesting for me as a clinician who has been practicing for 25 + years.
Switching gears, we recently held our Fall Beauty Event with the educational aspects being held virtually and the mini-consults by my physician assistant, Kelly Houmand, PA-C and me conducted in the office. I was overwhelmed by the turnout. To be entered into the drawing to win one of the many giveaways including two $5,000 Injecta-Lift™ prizes, we asked that viewers either like, share or comment on the live social media platforms that we were hosting. We had more than 800 entries! I want to thank my wonderful staff for organizing the event; there is no “I” in Dream Team. I also want to especially thank all of you for participating. Without your support we could not do what we love to do.
As things slowly return to normal, many of you are attending weddings, reunions, birthday parties, etc. I touched upon this fact in my last newsletter, but the trend is becoming even more evident. Given the realities of getting on my schedule as well as bruising, swelling and healing from many of the things that I do, I wanted to give you a timeline to keep in mind when planning for your important upcoming events.
For Injecta-Lift™, non-surgical facial rejuvenation and reshaping using deeply placed hyaluronic acid fillers, it takes anywhere from 2 weeks to 2 months for you to look your best, with fair-skinned, light-eyed and blond or red-haired individuals who are older often taking the longest to be party ready. For those who are needing CO2 laser resurfacing for sun damaged skin in the form of lines, wrinkles and unwanted pigment, I think this treatment is as close to a magic wand as exists in aesthetic medicine; however, you need to plan appropriately. Everyone needs to plan 10 days immediately after the procedure to lay low and do frequent medicated soaks followed by a protective ointment. For those with brown hair and brown eyes it often takes 3-4 months for all of the pinkness in your treated skin to resolve, blonde with blue eyes can take 6 months and those with red hair and blue eyes can take 9 months or longer for all of the skin pinkness to resolve. These are just guidelines, but it is important to plan ahead if you want this treatment. For surgical procedures such as a browlift, eyelid rejuvenation (blepharoplasty), lower face and neck rejuvenation (facelifts, direct neck lifts) and nasal reshaping (rhinoplasty), it takes at least 6 months of healing to look great and up to a year for final healing with the exception of rhinoplasty, which can take up to 18 months.
Lastly, I want to share that my son Daniel and his fiancée Joanna will be getting married this Sunday, and both my wife Valerie and I have been “getting ready” by “doing a few things.” Starting about 6 months ago my wife had Profound RF to non-surgically improve her neck contour along with 2 treatments of injectable collagen stimulation and PRP, the “Trifecta Neck Rejuvenation.” About 2 months ago, we both had the Injecta-Lift™ procedure, and yes, I injected myself. About 3 weeks ago we had Botox and Aquagold done by our aestheticians to improve skin texture and Valerie had BBL on her face, neck, chest, arms and legs (we are both children of the 60’s and 70’s when tanning was common) and this week we will be getting an oxygen facial to plump our skin to make us look “red-carpet ready.” Keep in mind that this is not our normal level of self-care, but it’s our son’s wedding and well, you know, we know a guy.
Stay healthy and get your COVID and Flu vaccines.
Seth A. Yellin, MD, FACS
Founder & Director, Marietta Facial Plastic Surgery, Laser & Aesthetics Center