Azul Cosmetic Surgery and Medical Spa

Fort Myers Office

13470 Parker Commons Boulevard #101
Fort Myers, FL 33912
(239) 415-7576

Monday–Friday: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Bonita Springs Office

23451 Walden Center Drive #400
Bonita Springs, FL 34134
(239) 415-7576

Tuesday–Friday: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Naples Office

1009 Crosspointe Drive #1
Naples, FL 34110
(239) 415-7576

Monday–Friday: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Fifty-Plus Beauty Trends to Embrace in 2016

Side view portrait of beautiful businesswoman using laptop in the living room at home

Side view portrait of beautiful businesswoman using laptop in the living room at home

After years of prioritizing family, career, and everyone else around you, middle age is a time to refocus on yourself. It’s time to do something for YOU, something that will boost your mind, body, and spirit so you can take on the next part of your life. Dr. Patrick Flaharty is a board-certified oculoplastic surgeon who specializes in facial surgeries and treatments. Even if you’re not looking for a surgical procedure right now, Dr. Flaharty and his team at Azul offer plenty of minimally invasive options for unmasking that more youthful you.

Your face is the thing people first notice about you. If you want to minimize those lines and wrinkles, plump up your lips, or just achieve a firmer, smoother look, Azul offers a range of dermal fillers that can give you all of this with little to no downtime.

As you age, your skin loses collagen and elastin, which results in those fine lines and wrinkles you usually begin to notice in your forties. Other factors can also contribute to visible signs of facial aging: genetics, sun exposure, irregular sleep, lifestyle habits, and (of course) stress.

Injectable fillers have been a mainstay of antiaging treatments for the past forty years, and are still the second most popular minimally invasive aesthetic procedure performed in the U.S. each year. Most treatments sessions last thirty minutes or less, and the results can last anywhere from six months to (believe it or not) forever.

Not all injectable fillers are the same, though. Let’s examine the treatment options to find out which may be right for your needs.

Short term: Azul offers a range of dermal filler treatments, such as JUVÉDERM and Restylane, which contain hyaluronic acid (a naturally occurring substance in the body that binds with collagen and elastin). These can produce results lasting up to six months before they are naturally reabsorbed into your body.

Moderate: Sculptra is a longer-lasting filler that actually stimulates new growth of your own collagen. Results can last as long as twenty-five months.

Permanent: Dr. Flaharty uses Bellafill, the only permanent, FDA-approved injectable filler for facial treatments. As with other fillers, the results are immediate; you can return to your regular daily activities right away. Unlike other fillers, though, Bellafill never dissolves, reabsorbs, or migrates. Those fine lines and wrinkles are gone forever!

The size of the needle used for these procedures varies with the thickness of the filler. The thicker the filler, the longer results last. Bruising occurs in only 1-10% of cases, and this usually resolves quickly on its own. 99% of patients require no anesthesia for treatments of the forehead, brows, and cheeks. Lip procedures almost always require the use of a local or topical anesthetic. Dr. Flaharty generally prefers to “underfill” on the first treatment, so he can have an accurate idea of how your body reacts. After that, you can schedule regular procedures with Azul’s friendly office staff. Contact the Azul team today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Flaharty and start looking forward to having a firmer, more youthful face that reflects your inner energy and attitude.

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