The modern cosmetic surgery field is one of constant innovation. One could argue, however, that there’s sometimes too much innovation in the field, causing patients to become confused not only about what’s available, but also about what’s the best fit for their particular desired outcomes. It’s in that spirit that Dr. Berkowitz at Accents Cosmetic Surgery made the following video, listing some of his favorite procedures available today. So it’s in the spirit of the New Year that we look forward to Top Five Cosmetic Procedures of 2015.

Bellafill in Michigan at Accents

The dermal filler previously known as Artefill, Bellafill is one of the longest lasting dermal fillers on the market. Effectively permanent, a Bellafill treatment can last for years, where most dermal fillers make you re-apply between six and twelve months. Anointed with a new name for 2015, Bellafill is poised to do big and great things in the coming year.

Dermal fillers are effective for fighting wrinkles because many of those wrinkles are formed by a lack of volume in your tissues. Essentially, over time, your skin loses elasticity—its bounce-back quality. Because it can’t bounce back, the surface area of your skin tends to increase, leading to a higher surface-area to volume ratio than when you were younger. We tend to illustrate this concept using worn out rubber bands (the elasticity of your tissue) and an empty water balloon (wrinkled and limp). Dermal fillers, in general, work by adding more volume and bring your surface area to volume ratio back into alignment—essentially, filling up the balloon again.

Most dermal fillers use compounds easily found in, and absorbed by your body. But that makes the results of those fillers rather fleeting. Bellafill uses microspheres that, while composed natural substances, are not readily absorbed into your body. This means that the natural-looking, beautiful results of Bellafill last for up to five to ten years, far longer than most other dermal fillers. This means that those fine lines and deep wrinkles that have been pestering you can be diminished in a couple of quick injections that then can last for nearly a decade.

Because it lasts for such a long period of time, and isn’t easily reversible, you want to make sure that you see a reliable and skilled Bellafill practitioner. Dr. Berkowitz is a nationally recognized provider of Bellafill in Michigan and is certified by Suneva—Bellafill’s manufacturer—as a Bellafill trainer. In other words, he’s so good that he trains other doctors how to inject Bellafill. That’s a skilled hand you can trust when it comes to eliminating your own wrinkles.

A Mini Facelift in Michigan with the Accents Lift

A facelift can be a relatively big commitment, as it may involve major surgery. For patients with mild signs of aging, a surgical facelift may simply be too powerful for their particular needs. In fact, there are many patients at Accents Cosmetic Surgery who steer away from surgical procedures for a wide variety of reasons. On the other side of the coin, there are so many options out there for “nonsurgical” facelift procedures that it’s difficult for the average consumer to know what works and what doesn’t. Dr. Berkowitz has made that easy by creating a unique combination of procedures to give patients who are looking for a “mini” facelift the transformation they’re looking for.

The Accents Lift is a thoughtful combination of two procedures to give the face an overall more youthful look. First, Dr. Berkowitz will use the Cynosure SmartLipo system to make three tiny incisions along the back of the jawline and remove unwanted fat from that area. The SmartLipo system accomplishes this task largely using heat, which also stimulates collagen production and encourages the skin to tighten around the jawline.

As the second phase of this procedure, Dr. Berkowitz will use the Mixto Fractional CO2 Laser system to help smooth out some of those more minor wrinkles in the face. The Mixto Fractional CO2 Laser is among the most advanced and reliable when it comes to laser-based wrinkle treatments, but it still may take anywhere between three and fix sessions for you to see optimum results.

In either case, the Accents Lift is designed to give you great results combating moderate to mild signs of aging and make sure your recovery time is quite limited. In fact, you should be able to return to normal activity very shortly after your Accents Lift procedure. So if you’re looking for a mini facelift in Michigan, the Accents Lift is a great option.

Among the Best Laser Eyelid Surgery in Michigan

The human brain is remarkable when it comes to recognizing the face, so it’s no surprise that the face is, thus, one of those places where we first notice the signs of aging. The eyes are, perhaps, the most susceptible to an “aged” look. The same forces that cause the surface area of the facial tissues to increase can sometimes focus their efforts on the eyes and over time, there can be a significant build up of skin around the eyes. In addition to making you look tired, sad, angry, and, perhaps, older, this excess tissue can also interfere with your vision.

More traditional blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) procedures use scalpels to carefully cut away the excess tissue from the eye. But scalpels can lead to scarring and bruising, not to mention a long recovery time. Laser Blepharoplasty is a much more efficient procedure. As you may have guessed, it uses a laser to eliminate the excess skin—the benefit of using a laser is that there’s no need to actually make incisions and the heat of the laser helps coagulate the blood as tissue is removed. This means that there is far less bruising after the operation, and patients can resume normal activities at a faster rate than is typically possible with traditional blepharoplasty.

In the end, laser eyelid surgery will give you better results a little more quickly—and improving the tissues around your eyes to look more youthful can give your entire face a more radiant and vibrant appearance. This makes it a great procedure for people that want to make a small but noticeable change in their appearance, and Dr. Berkowitz is among the premiere doctors for laser eyelid surgery in Michigan.

Get Botox in Sterling Heights at Accents!

Quite possibly the most popular cosmetic procedure of all time, Botox won’t be going anywhere in 2015. And if you’re looking for Botox in Sterling Heights, MI, Accents Cosmetic Surgery should be one of your first (and only) stops. While dermal fillers (discussed above) work by filling volume in your face, Botox Cosmetic works on an entirely different principle. Some of the wrinkles in your face are caused not by excess tissue, but by excess tension. Your face has no shortage of muscles, and sometimes they get “stuck” in a contracted position, leading to a permanent wrinkle.

A Botox injection is designed to relax these muscles and, therefore, diminish the associated wrinkle or group of wrinkles. If you’re worried about the emotionless, “numb face” that is often associated with Botox in the media, it’s important to keep in mind that a numb face is often caused by over-administration of Botox Cosmetic. In the care of Dr. Berkowitz—or any experienced cosmetic surgeon—this result should not occur. Rather, a good experience with Botox focuses only on wrinkles, which means that you’ll leave Accents Cosmetic Surgery sporting a more youthful new look.

As Botox can be accomplished in a matter of minutes, it has a well-earned reputation as a lunch-time procedure that yields instant gratification. It’s true, there may be some temporary redness or bruising, but in general, Botox is great for important events that are coming up quick. Results generally last between 4-6 months, so if you like what you see afterward, you’ll want to keep coming back for more.

Freeze Your Fat with Sterling Heights, MI, CoolSculpting Procedure

Almost everyone has made a New Year’s Resolution to lose weight at one point or another. Few of us ever keep those resolutions, of course—that’s why we keep making them. But the simple fact of the matter is that there are some pockets of fat on your body that are simply immune to diet and exercise. In some cases, liposuction is recommended to eliminate those pockets of fat. However, liposuction can be an intense surgical procedure with a long recovery period, depending on where and how it is performed.

If you’re looking for a nonsurgical way to get rid of that fat in Sterling Heights, MI, CoolSculpting is the answer for you. This fantastic new procedure uses cold and suction to eliminate subtle but noticeable pockets of fat on your body. The extreme cold causes fat cells to break down—but your skin and other tissues are more robust, so there’s almost no discomfort and there’s no down time involved for recovery. It does take a few months for the optimal results to become noticeable—so you can look forward to “losing weight” for months to come.

CoolSculpting is a painless and safe way to help you eliminate some of that unwanted fat. Whether you’re meeting your New Year’s Resolution or just want to be ready for the beach before summer, now is a great time to schedule your Sterling Heights, MI, Coolsculpting and get a Fat Freeze at Accents Cosmetic Surgery.

Everyone Has a Different Top Five

While these top five procedures at Accents Cosmetic Surgery are certainly among Dr. Berkowitz’s favorite, it’s important to keep in mind that every patient is different and everyone comes in for different, unique results. At Accents Cosmetic Surgery, we help you figure out what procedure will be best for your unique situation. The New Year is a time of renewal and rejuvenation, and we can’t wait to start on your transformation for 2015. It’s going to be a great year!

Contact us to get started right away.