Facial contouring is a term that is used to describe procedures that change part of your face (in shape and size). While changes with face contouring are often subtle, they can also be quite dramatic depending on the specific patient and his or her need.
At Eterna Cosmetic Surgery, many of Dr. Hernandez’s patients do not want to dramatically change their appearances, but to enhance them so that people focus on how great they look instead of the changes that have been made.
Facial contouring procedures offered by Eterna Cosmetic Surgery include:
Nasal Contouring / Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty
Our noses are prominently featured on our faces, so any bumps, crookedness or sagging can make us self conscious. While surgery has traditionally been one of the most common ways to fix these issues, advancements have made it possible to correct these issues without surgery.
Non-surgery rhinoplasty is a surgery-free option that uses fillers to contour the nose and achieve your desired look. At Eterna Cosmetic Surgery, we use high-quality products like Juvéderm Voluma® and sometimes botulinum toxin to restore a more symmetric look to your nose.
Using controlled and precise injections, Eterna Cosmetic Surgery can make the nose look more proportional and smaller in the facial frame.
Injections are also a non-surgical option for patients who wish to correct a droopy tip of the nose (caused by an overactive depressor septi muscle). BOTOX® can be injected in between the nostrils on the under-surface of the nose to release this muscle and create a more upturned nose.
These options; however, cannot make a bridge smaller or create a gentle, feminine curve in the bridge that many women desire. While this creates a straighter nose it does not make it smaller. In those instances, surgical rhinoplasty is likely your best option.
Results from nasal contouring last up to two (2) years, and the procedure can be performed at that interval to maintain results.
Every facial expression we make eventually adds up to the formation of dynamic lines and wrinkles on our faces. Crow’s feet and frown lines are two of the most common problems we faced from repeated facial expressions.
Botox is one of the most popular and effective ways for men and women to stave off the early effects of aging. Botox, or botulinum toxin, injections relax the facial muscles and soften wrinkle-causing facial expressions.
When you are a patient of Eterna Cosmetic Surgery, Dr. Hernandez will meet with you to discuss your frustrations and goals. She’ll examine your skin carefully and create a custom game plan to address your concerns. Her experienced and artistic approach to injectable botulinum toxin treatments allows Dr. Hernandez to provide patients with the younger look they want without appearing overdone or unnatural.
Results from Botox typically from three to nine months. Once the lines and wrinkles begin to reappear, Dr. Hernandez can perform maintenance treatments to help you feel confident and happy with your look throughout life.
There are typically no restrictions in activity following Botox treatment. Minor bruising or soreness may occur but typically fades within 24 to 48 hours.
Most patients begin noticing results within the first week after treatment and see continued improvement in the first few weeks.
Injectable fillers help restore a youthful look by filling and smoothing away wrinkles or signs of aging. Fillers are used to restore volume and reshape youthful contours of the face.
Dr. Hernandez and Eterna Cosmetic Surgery offer the following fillers in San Antonio:
Juvéderm® Ultra and Ultra Plus
Formulated with naturally occurring hyaluronic acid, Juvéderm can help to improve the appearance of parentheses (nasolabial folds) that develop around the corners of the nose and mouth.
Like Juvéderm Ultra and Ultra Plus, Voluma is formulated using hyaluronic acid. Voluma is a volumizing filler that is often used to restore lost volume to the cheeks. This achieves a natural-looking fullness and can even provide a subtle lift.
Dr. Hernandez takes a unique approach to each patient and will discuss your specific goals and frustrations during your consultation. From there, she can craft a custom combination of fillers to provide you with your desired results.
With an extensive history of delivering exceptional results to patients, Dr. Hernandez takes an artistic and scientific approach to help you reach your goals. She helps patients achieving striking results that include a smoother, more youthful appearance.
Fillers are an excellent solution for thinning lips that does not require surgery. It is important to choose a trusted provider like Dr. Hernandez to help you reach your goals and desired appearance.
Depending on the specific fillers used, results may last anywhere from three months to two years. Regular consultations with Dr. Hernandez can ensure your results are maintained and refreshed to help you continuously achieve your desired look.
Moderate to severe acne scars can make you highly self-conscious, years after you suffered from acne! Luckily, acne scars can be treated without surgery.
Creams and makeup aren’t actual treatments for your acne scars. And although many patients try and use them for years, they don’t actually get any results. In fact, in many instances makeup can worsen the appearance of acne scars!
BellaFill is an injectable filler solution that adds volume to wrinkles and scars and can significantly smooth out your skin. This safe and effective treatment produces almost instant results, allowing you to feel confident and no longer feel the need to cover your face.
BellaFill is different from other fillers, as it is designed to create long-lasting improvements that last up to 5 years. Results are seen almost instantly.
Microblading is a cosmetic tattooing procedure that fills in thin eyebrow areas to make them look fuller.
During microblading, an esthetician uses a microblade tool to apply color pigments that look like real hairs. The color effect will fade over time, so touch-ups may be necessary to maintain the desired look.
While microblading offers defined and natural-looking eyebrows, the process typically takes some time to perfect.
Unlike a traditional tattoo, which is permanent, the coloring from microblading may last for up to 3 years. This is because microblading uses different tools and a smaller amount of pigment.
Microneedling and PRP
Microneedling is also known as collagen induction therapy. Collagen is a structural protein that keeps your skin looking firm, smooth, and young. As we get older, our body produces less collagen, affecting our appearance.
Microneedling is performed using a device called a SkinPen. The tip of the SkinPen contains 14 tiny needles to puncture the skin and stimulate the deepest layers of your skin to create more collagen and elastin. Don’t worry - a numbing cream is applied before the procedure to eliminate pain (some patients may feel very mild discomfort in some areas).
Microneedling improves fine lines, wrinkles, rough texture, large pores, sun damage spots, and acne scars.
Platelet-rich plasma, or PRP, has been used to activate the healing of the body in traditional surgeries for many years. In cosmetic procedures, PRP involves removing some of the patient’s blood, then stimulating the blood to increase the production of additional platelets.
When the PRP is reintroduced into the patient’s body, the platelets go to work, leading to increased production of collagen, elastin, and other appearance-promoting elements.
It’s important to share a warning at this point, as we meet many patients who have tried home microneedling devices. These devices are best used by trained experts like Dr. Hernandez. When improperly used, these devices can cause infections or scarring that can be very serious.
Here at Eterna Cosmetic Surgery, we only use sterile treatments and devices that are FDA approved, and operated by consummate professionals with significant training.
Because PRP is rich in growth factors and nutrients that skin cells thrive on, patients often notice better results more quickly than with microneedling alone. Individually, microneedling and PRP are effective. Together, they are especially transformative.
Patients who are considering microneedling often get very fast results. Patients meet with Dr. Hernandez or a member of the Eterna Cosmetic Surgery team to discuss specifically how microneedling with PRP can make an impact.
Redness will begin to diminish within hours of treatment and is often difficult to notice at all within 24 hours.