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Skin Purging: Everything you need to Know by Dr. Blake Raggio, Board-Certified Facial PlasticSurgeon

Published on June 2024 Skin Purging: Everything you need to Know by Dr. Blake Raggio, Board-Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon Skin Purging: Everything you need to Know by Dr. Blake Raggio, Board-Certified Facial Plastic SurgeonSkin purging is a phenomenon often encountered in professional skincare and facial rejuvenation treatments. As a board-certified facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Blake Raggio frequently educates his patients in the Birmingham-Hoover Metropolitan area and surrounding regions, such as Huntsville, Auburn, and Montgomery, about this temporary but normal skin reaction. Skin purging occurs when new skincare products or treatments accelerate skin exfoliation and regeneration, leading to a transient increase […]

Otoplasty: Expert Insights from Dr. Blake Raggio on Cosmetic Ear Surgery

Published on June 2024 Otoplasty: Expert Insights from Dr. Blake Raggio on Cosmetic Ear Surgery Otoplasty: Expert Insights from Dr. Blake Raggio on Cosmetic Ear Surgery Otoplasty, also known as ear pinning, ear reshaping, or cosmetic ear surgery, is a popular procedure that alters the ears’ shape, position, or size. This surgery can effectively address concerns such as protruding ears, overly large ears, or ears that have been deformed due to injury or congenital conditions. Essentially, the primary goal of otoplasty is to create a more balanced and natural appearance, enhancing aesthetics and self-confidence. Common Reasons for Otoplasty Protruding Ears (prominauris): Ears that […]

UNLOCK THE SECRETS OF PRF INJECTIONS: THE ULTIMATE FACE REJUVENATION SOLUTION

Published on May 2024 Unlock the Secrets of PRF Injections: The Ultimate Face Rejuvenation Solution Discover the transformative power of Platelet-Rich Fibrin (PRF) Injections, the groundbreaking treatment taking the world of cosmetic enhancement by storm. PRF injections are the latest innovation in leveraging the body’s natural healing mechanisms to revitalize and enrich your skin, offering a more radiant and youthful appearance. Expert Insights on PRF Injections: Dr. Blake Raggio: Distinguished Facial Plastic Surgeon with double-board certification, based in Birmingham, AL. Revolutionize Your Beauty Regimen with PRF Injections: PRF injections are a novel cosmetic procedure that uses a patient’s own blood to enhance the […]

The Eyes Have It: Blepharoplasty FAQS

Published on July 2023 The Eyes Have It: Blepharoplasty FAQS In last month’s article, Beauty and the Brows, we discussed the options available for brow rejuvenation. This month, we will explore the topic of upper eyelid surgery by answering some frequently asked questions about blepharoplasty (eyelid lift), a simple and low-risk in-office procedure with minimal downtime but impactful results. As they say, “The eyes are the window to the soul.” So why not make them look their best? What happens to the eyelids as we age? In short: loss of collagen and elastin in the eyelid skin. (Fun Fact: upper eyelid skin […]

Beauty and the Brows

Published on June 2023 Beauty and the Brows In recent articles I discussed the increasing popularity of Botox and Filler in non- surgical facial rejuvenation. Herein, I’ll discuss the topic of surgical eyebrow rejuvenation by answering some frequently asked questions regarding how to best treat this often-overlooked area of the upper face. What happens to the brows as we age? In short, the ideal brow aesthetic describes a brow that rests just at or above the bony orbital rim (i.e. forehead bone). With age, the brows descend or become ptotic (droopy) due to a combination of factors, namely the weakening of various retaining […]

Cosmetic Surgery Amongst Baby Boomers

Published on November 2023 Cosmetic Surgery Amongst Baby Boomers Cosmetic Surgery Trends-In General Self-improvement takes its shape in many forms, whether dieting, exercising, meditating, reading, or picking up a new hobby. With that said, one self-improvement element has become more mainstream over the last two decades-Cosmetic Plastic Surgery. Whether it be due to a culture where appearance seemingly drives societal norms (e.g., Hollywood, social media) or where “selfies” and virtual meetings (e.g., Zoom) have become more commonplace, one thing is for sure, that is Cosmetic Procedures have become increasingly popular over the last several years, especially for baby boomers. According to The Aesthetic […]

The Anatomy of Facial Aging-What’s Happening to My Face?

Published on January 2024 The Anatomy of Facial Aging-What’s Happening to My Face? Recently, we discussed why more and more Baby Boomers are undergoing cosmetic procedures to reverse the signs of aging. This month, we’ll discuss the “Anatomy of Facial Aging” to better elucidate the causes of those bothersome changes one may experience as you age. The Certainties of Aging The aging process involves the complex interplay of several key elements including diet, exercise, sleep, genetics, environmental factors (sun exposure, wind damage), and tobacco use, to name a few. Despite our best attempts to alter these variables, the certainty remains – aging will […]

A Guide to In-Office Plastic Surgery

Published on December 2023 A Guide to In-Office Plastic Surgery As discussed previously, Plastic Surgery continues to grow in popularity amongst Baby Boomers. To that effect, plastic surgeons are also seeing a rise in cosmetic procedures being performed in-office, which offers a variety of benefits as compared to performing such procedures in a hospital or surgery center setting. Here, we will outline some of those advantages and review the latest trend in Plastic Surgery: the rise of in-office cosmetic procedures. Why are In-Office Procedures so popular? In-office procedures offer several distinct advantages compared to the hospital or surgery center setting: First, and perhaps […]

Dr. Raggio’s Beautification Timeline

Published on January 2024 Dr. Raggio’s Beautification Timeline Recently, we’ve discussed the various surgical and non-surgical options available to reverse the signs of facial aging. Yet, the question remains: When is the best time to undergo such treatments? With the Holiday Season fast approaching, that question becomes all too relevant. That said, I’ll answer that elusive question by presenting a “beautification timeline” with multiple treatment options, ranging from professional-grade skincare to plastic surgery, to help you put your best face forward for your next big event. Starting now: Skincare The basis for any facial rejuvenation plan starts with using high-quality, professional-grade skincare. […]

The Necklift

Published on January 2024 The Anatomy of Facial Aging-What’s Happening to My Face? In last month’s article, I discussed the ins and outs of the “Facelift,” a popular cosmetic procedure used to reverse the signs of aging in the mid-face. This month I will discuss the nuances of a “Necklift,” a similarly powerful procedure used to rejuvenate the neck and jawline. What is a “neck lift”? The term “neck lift” describes a surgical procedure used to correct age-related neck changes. In a successful Necklift, redundant skin is excised, lax muscles are tightened, and excess neck fat is debulked. More experienced surgeons may […]
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