Subtle Transformations: A Plastic Surgeon’s Guide to an Effortless Enhancement

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We all aspire to enhance our appearance subtly, leaving friends and family curious about the secret behind our newfound radiance. Pittsburgh, PA plastic surgeon Jeffrey Antimarino, MD of Bellissimo Plastic Surgery & Medi Spa says the latest aesthetic solutions can give you a beautiful new look without revealing the hand of cosmetic intervention. These are his top treatments for making subtle improvements without signaling you’ve had something “done.”

Neurotoxins and Fillers for a Youthful Glow

When aiming for a refreshed and rejuvenated look with minimal downtime, Dr. Antimarino recommends the use of neurotoxins and fillers.

“When you want something with minimal downtime, neurotoxins and fillers are the go-to options,” says Dr. Antimarino. “While you may experience a few days of bruising, starting treatment early ensures a refreshed look that lasts.”

Practice director Ella Antimarino, RN emphasizes the discreet nature of injectable touch-ups throughout the year. “Many times, women are asked about what has changed with their hair or makeup routine when their true secret is regular visits to one of our injectors.”

Laser Resurfacing for a Skin Reset

To give your skin a reset, Dr. Antimarino says a laser treatment will tackle multiple concerns at once. “As we age, we often see sun damage, variegated skin colors and changes in skin texture,” explains Dr. Antimarino. “While a personalized skin-care routine is crucial, we also offer excellent laser options with minimal downtime.”

The Helix Laser by DEKA stands out, as Dr. Antimarino details, “This CO2 laser, combined with a nonablative, fractional laser at 1570 wavelengths, resurfaces the skin and treats skin texture, fine lines, mild skin tightening and addresses sun damage. The downtime is typically three days to a week, leaving your skin smooth and ready for any occasion.”

Before Helix laser treatment
After Helix laser treatment

Discreet Procedures for a Noticeable Change

For those seeking a more noticeable transformation, Dr. Antimarino suggests discreet surgical procedures. “If you’re looking for something that no one can tell you’ve had done, eyelid surgery heals well,” Dr. Antimarino explains. “The scars are generally well-hidden.”

To recontour your profile and jawline for a sleeker look, Dr. Antimarino recommends LipoAI for chin sculpting. “We do a lot of liposuction of the chin area with a device called LipoAI,” Dr. Antimarino explains. “This is a version of laser liposuction that has a single, two-millimeter incision underneath the chin. It can be done with just oral pain medication and can be done in roughly an hour. But there is very little bruising and very little swelling.”

You can be back to work in only a few days and back to exercising in one to two weeks.

“That treatment is very rejuvenating for the face because it sculpts the lower face to give you a more acute look to your jaw, which makes your face look thinner,” Dr. Antimarino says. “The result is that you look like you’ve lost weight, with a younger appearance. It’s a top procedure for me and I love to do it.”

The Best Treatment for a Quick Refresh

In need of a glow on the go? Dr. Antimarino suggests the CHROME laser’s NaturaPeel for a quick refresh. “If you only have a few days, the CHROME laser’s NaturaPeel is a great choice,” says Dr. Antimarino. “This laser-activated mask infuses nutrients and vitamins into the skin, providing an amazing glow with effects lasting several weeks. Many people even find they don’t need makeup after this treatment, leaving friends and family curious about the radiant transformation.”

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