Recent Posts by Ross A. Clevens, MD, FACS

Which Lip Lift Procedure Fits You? Lip Lift Techniques Explained

Many patients long for fuller or more youthful appearing lips. Over the years, I have found that these concerns may be divided into two groups: those who seek improvement in the appearance of the aging lip and those who seek a more voluptuous or fuller lip. Many patients want both: a more youthful shape to their lips and a fuller lip. 

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Teen Rhinoplasty: At What Age Can You Get a Nose Job?

I am often asked by patients, “How young may I have a rhinoplasty?” Like so many questions, there is a short answer and a long answer. Before we get to the ‘short’ answer, let’s take a deep dive and explore the ‘long’ answer. 

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Facial Cosmetic Surgery: Benefits of Having More Than One Procedure at the Same Time

Many of the patients that we see for facial cosmetic surgery opt to have more than one procedure done at once—and there are many benefits to taking that approach. We’ve noticed that when patients move forward with only part of their recommended treatment plan, they’re sometimes not fully satisfied. Dr. Clevens, our specialist in facial plastic surgery, often compares getting one procedure done at a time to painting only half a room in your house. The job would be left unfinished and you would be far from satisfied with the results, right?

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Fact or Fiction: Debunking 6 Common Myths of Plastic Surgery

Living in a society with technology at your fingertips, you have the ability to constantly see people living their best lives and browse pictures of your younger or more fit self. These continuous reminders may have you wondering about different ways you can improve yourself. Or perhaps you know exactly what you want to change, but aren’t sure the best way to move forward and make your dreams become a reality.

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How Do You Know If You Need a Facelift?

Facelifts have been the gold standard in facial rejuvenation for many years. With well-performed facelifts helping people look up to 10-15 years younger, it’s no surprise they remain one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures for both men and women alike. In fact, 123,685 facelifts were performed in 2019 alone.

A facelift, also known as a rhytidectomy, significantly reduces visible signs of aging in the face, correcting deep wrinkles, folds, jowls, and laxity to restore a firmer, tighter, more youthful appearance. If you’re like most people considering the procedure, you’re probably wondering, “How do you know if you need a facelift, and do I need one?”

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Hair Loss in Women: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments

Losing your hair can be extremely nerve-wracking, whether you notice patches of thinning hair when you look in the mirror or see more lost hair on your brush or in the shower. But if you’re experiencing it, you’re not alone.

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The Best Cosmetic Procedures to Have in Your 50s

Those of us in our fabulous 50s are looking and feeling better than ever before. Of course, our 50s are also a time when new signs of aging start to reveal themselves. The good news is, there are surgical and nonsurgical cosmetic procedures that combat problem areas and help you look and feel your best in your 50s and beyond!

Let’s explore some of the common issues people face in their 50s, as well as the surgical and nonsurgical options to address those areas of concern.

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Expert Answers to Your Common Facelift Questions

When you love the way you look, your self-confidence soars. You feel strong, healthy, and capable of anything. 

 Aging is inevitable. Over time you may have noticed that your skin begins to loosen, crows feet appear, fine forehead lines become creases, and your jawline softens into jowls. Beneath the chin, another chin, or vertical folds appear at the front of the neck.

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Scars and Plastic Surgery: The 101 on How to Minimize Scars

You’ve been considering a cosmetic procedure that would no doubt be a life-changing and transformative experience. And although you’re excited to move forward, there are a few areas of concern holding you back—one of which is the potential for scarring.

Scars are naturally a concern for many patients considering plastic surgery. However, you may be surprised to discover the multitude of ways that scarring can be minimized or prevented after a cosmetic procedure. Fortunately, in the hands of an experienced specialist, scars can be reduced until they are barely perceptible, or even invisible. 

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A Comparison: Medical-Grade vs. Over-the-Counter Skincare Products

Of course you want to look and feel your best—and your skincare routine plays a significant role in making that happen. What you choose to put on your skin on a daily basis is a major factor in keeping it healthy, happy, and youthful for years to come.

But with so many skincare products on the market—both medical-grade and over-the-counter (OTC) options available—it can be really difficult to narrow down your choices. The global skincare industry continues to grow rapidly, with an increasing number of breakthrough products hitting the shelves (and pharmacies) each year.

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