Oh, the joy of aging! What they don’t tell you is that when you get older your chin grows longer. It even has a name; ‘witches chin.’ It also has the effect of adding delightful jowls which make anyone look much older than their years.
Known for his ‘natural look,’ Dr. Schwartz is a Double-Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, the go-to plastic surgeon in Los Angeles, and beyond for face, breast and body procedures. With over 23 years of experience and 17 years of private practice, he teaches his innovative techniques at the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. He’s someone I’d trust my face to.
But first, some questions.
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How much have ZOOM meetings during the pandemic accelerated plastic surgery requests? (We look like a tired cat on our ZOOM calls.)
I think the last two years on Zoom have had two effects. Patients are spending a lot more time looking at themselves and seeing areas of concern they would like addressed. Secondly, Zoom has made consultation more accessible to patients with time or travel constraints.
Can Ultra therapy take the place of a traditional facelift? (Ultherapy is an FDA-approved, non-invasive procedure that can lift your chin, eyebrows, neck, and even your chest. )
The short answer is no. Maybe 20-25% improvement, but often not that much. Today in my practice we use Morpheus 8, which is radio frequency micro needling instead. It is a more effective, newer technology.
For women who are, let’s say, a little older, and don’t want to go the facelift route, what do you usually recommend as a first step to make them appear younger? (Yes, we’re asking for ourselves here.)
Facial appearance always starts with good skincare, botulinum toxin, and fillers if needed. When a patient starts to maximize their benefits with this, they can look unnatural. At that point, it’s going to be some type of surgical or laser intervention. It’s not for everyone, but when it’s time, I just let them know so they can make their best choice. I would rather they look natural than do too much trying to avoid surgery.
When I explained my dismay over my pointy chin and jowly appearance he recommended a combination of fillers and botox and put me in the capable hands of Kristy, the Aesthetic Nurse Practioner. She used a combo of different fillers including the newest kid on the block — Restylane Defyne — a hyaluronic acid dermal filler and like a sculptor redesigned my chin and jawline.
My actual BEFORE and AFTER photos are below, and it even looks better now, two weeks out. To say I was thrilled would be an understatement (as horrifying as it is to see yourself without makeup under a bright, unforgiving light.)
Everyone at the practice, such as April, the Practice Manager, and my new favorite person, Kristy, are warm and welcoming (and it’s not just because I’m press. Check out some of the comments on their Facebook page from patients.) Also, Dr. Schwartz inspires confidence and doesn’t push any procedures.
Check out their website for more information, though he is in such demand he’s booked solid for the next 6 months.
And I no longer look like I’m trying out for a role in ‘Wicked.’