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Thinking about a little nip/tuck?

From lipo to lip fillers, all your questions answered by plastic surgeon Dr. Jeffrey Ridha, owner of Sanctuary Medical Spa & Laser Center in Saratoga Springs

The chemical peels I get during my facial don't involve any "recover" time, but a friend just had one and her skin was red and peeling for almost a week. Why is that?

There are three types of chemical peels, based on their depth of penetration: superficial, medium and deep. Superficial peels like alpha- and beta-hydroxy peels are mild and may result in little or no peeling, which is most likely what you received. Medium and deeper peels result in more skin sloughing, which can require several days to recover from. 

When is liposuction a better choice than non-invasive fat-reduction techniques? 

Non-invasive fat-reduction technologies (CoolSculpt, SculpSure, UltraShape, Vanquish, Zerona) are one of the most popular and fastest-growing areas of aesthetic medicine. The results are subtle compared to liposuction or excisional techniques. The ideal candidate is a patient who is in good shape, has good skin quality and has specific problem areas of excess fat under the skin. Liposuction is far more effective, although it does require surgery, so it often requires  downtime to recover and see results.    

It seems like everyone is getting filler in their lips. How long does it last and are there any side effects? 

Most of the fillers I use for lips are made of Hyaluronic acid gels (Juvederm, Restylane products). They are soft and pliable, providing a natural-appearing enhancement of the lips. The duration varies. Even fillers that are listed to last up to a year may require reinjection within six months. Lip fillers, when injected properly, should not cause any significant or harmful long-term effects.  

Dr. Jeffrey Ridha, Sanctuary Medical Spa & Laser Center, 72 Railroad Place, Saratoga Springs. (518) 306-5466, drridha.com.

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