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Refresh Your Eyes for Spring

Friday, March 15, 2019

Eyelid Rejuvenation, Denver. COWe are entering the time of year in which we witness the physical renewal of the natural world. In the spring, everything is fresh and new and vibrant. If, when you look in the mirror, you see someone who looks tired, sad, or angry, you may feel out of sorts. Tired-looking eyes are a major problem. You can’t hide them and when a good night’s sleep doesn’t do the trick, the appearance of bags, dark circles, and other eyelid-related problems become all-but-impossible to ignore. Here, we suggest a few ways to add some freshness to your face through eyelid rejuvenation.

Identifying the Problem is Just the First Step

It takes about a split-second to identify the problem that may be making your eyes look tired. Without hesitation, you may recognize that it’s hefty undereye bags that are dragging your appearance down. Or, it may be that the tissue just above your lash line has disappeared beneath the sagging skin of the upper eyelid. Maybe your concern is that your face looks angry due to a perpetual frown, or that the outer edges of your eyebrows has become droopy and sad. Making note of the concern is one thing, the next question is “how bad is it?”

The eyes are one of the first areas of the face to show signs of aging. Observing the severity of the problem allows you to recognize the true value of the various treatments you may consider. For example, if the tissue on your upper eyelid is hiding the lower part of the lid, a little Botox may not be sufficient for noticeable rejuvenation.

Treatments for Younger-Looking Eyes

The choice to treat aging eyes is very personal. We view our job as the role of informant. When you visit our Denver office, you can expect a thorough evaluation of your skin and discussion regarding your desired outcome. Using the details obtained, we can then provide the information you need on each potential treatment. To restore a youthful appearance to the eyes, patients consider:

  • This injectable wrinkle-reducer can soften crow’s feet and gently lift the brow or eliminate frown lines. Results last about 3 months.
  • Dermal fillers. Undereye bags can be beautifully disguised for up to 12 months with injections into the uppermost part of the cheek.
  • Surgical eyelid rejuvenation offers the longest lasting results because there is no drug to wear off. The effects of blepharoplasty on the upper or lower eyelid are only changed with age.

Jump into spring with a beautifully refreshed face. Call our Denver office at 303.399.7662 to learn more about eyelid rejuvenation.

Surgery, Botox, and Your Brows

Friday, February 15, 2019

Browlift, Denver. CO
We all know that aging causes us to get lines and creases around our eyes and mouth. However, the more dramatic effects of aging involve the way in which the entire shape of the face can change over time. In youth, facial structure is wider at the top and narrow at the bottom, like a V. With age, this general shape turns upside down, with more “weight” and width falling at the jawline. This inversion also drags the upper face downward.

Tissue changes in the face affect the eyebrows and eyes by pulling the brows down below the bony ridge on which they should sit. When the brows droop below the orbital rim, the upper eyelids appear heavy. Depending on the angle of the eyebrow droop, the eyes may appear generally tired or they may give the impression that a person is angry or sad. Fortunately, these concerns can be corrected. The question is, what is the best approach for your needs?

The Botox Brow Lift

The development of cosmetic injectables has changed the way we address aging. Many more people will consider Botox injections than will discuss a surgical brow lift with any degree of serious consideration. Botox is the original injectable and one that remains popular for its ability to reduce frown lines and restore some degree of height to the aging brow.

Advantages of a Botox brow lift include:

  • Convenient in-office treatment takes less than 20 minutes
  • No downtime and minimal, temporary side effects like redness and swelling
  • Affordable treatment achieves results that last approximately 4 months
  • Treatment is tailored to lift the brow into natural, beautiful contours

The Surgical Brow Lift

A brow lift may also be referred to as a forehead lift. The surgical procedure is more in-depth, obviously than a few injections. Our brow lift procedure involves a coronal incision made behind the hair line where the minor resulting scar will be completely hidden. Through the incision, the tissue on the forehead is released from the downward pull of gravity and excess tissue is removed. Throughout the procedure, the upper orbital rim (bony ridge above the eye) is observed as the guide for proper brow position.

Advantages of a surgical brow lift include:

  • Permanent results that naturally change with the aging process
  • Smoother, tighter skin from the eyes up to the hairline
  • Elimination of frown lines and sad or tired-looking eyes
  • Smoother, tighter appearing upper eyelids
  • Can be combined with eyelid rejuvenation for more dramatic results

You’re a phone call away from better-looking eyes. Learn more about your brow lift options in a consultation in our Denver office. Call 303.399.7662.

Want to Finally Experience Success? Get Help for Those Beauty Resolutions!

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Skin Care Procedures, Denver, CO

Resolutions that revolve around looking and feeling better seem easy. They are definitely easy to make because it’s no secret we humans like to feel good about our appearance. Achieving success may also seem simple because there are multiple ways to go about improving cosmetic concerns. What we don’t account for when resolving to bring out our natural beauty is how time works against us. If one of your goals is to reduce the signs of aging, your body and the environment are conspiring to age your skin and superficial tissue. This is why so many beauty resolutions fail when they don’t involve teamwork.

Teamwork can Make Your Beauty Dream Work

Two (or more) heads are better than one anytime a problem needs to be tackled. The reason it pays to get help for beauty resolutions is that a trained professional can look at a problem and discern what is behind it or, in this case, beneath it. For example, it may seem obvious that lines and creases are aging the face. However, your doctor will look at lines and creases and understand why they have occurred. In some instances, the issue is muscle contractions. In others, it is the depletion of collagen and fatty tissue that leads to lines and wrinkles. Knowing the cause, your provider can implement the appropriate strategy to achieve optimal results.

How We Can Help You Reach Success

Ultimately, we can help you reach success by listening. During a consultation in our Denver office, you can expect us to take great interest in your concerns, your desired outcome, and even your reasoning behind wanting a cosmetic improvement. From a place of clear understanding, Dr. Berschof develops a treatment plan to suit your needs and preferences.

Many of the treatments we perform do not involve surgery and the downtime that comes with it. If your goal this year is to feel and look like a younger version of yourself, it may be possible to turn back the clock using only a few injections of dermal fillers, Botox, or both. Youthful skin also relates to ongoing care, which we can provide with microdermabrasion treatments that maximize your daily skin care program.

Surgery such as liposuction, abdominoplasty, a facelift, or other rejuvenating procedures does incur downtime. However, the initial recovery from most cosmetic procedures is no more than two weeks. After that point, only residual swelling and mild bruising may remain. On the other side of recovery, patients get to enjoy years of beautiful results.

Reach your intended target this year. Get help by calling our Denver office at 303.399.7662.

Why Wintertime is a Great Time for Peeling

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Chemical Peel Denver, COAll summer long, we hear about the value of quality sunscreen and protective habits. We listen to suggestions like “wear a hat, or your face might peel!” Studies have proven that one or more bad burns in childhood can significantly increase a person’s risk for skin cancer as an adult. This detail could lead us to have a limited connotation of peeling. When it’s related to a sunburn, peeling is terrible. When it’s the result of controlled treatment, peeling can be oh, so good for the overall health of your skin. Here, we want to point out one of the biggest reasons you may want to call our Denver office this winter to schedule a chemical peel and consult for medical grade skincare.

Why we NEED to Peel

The skin has a cyclical growth pattern that includes the crucial phase of sloughing. Naturally, the uppermost layer of dead skin cells and other debris should fall off. In most cases, it doesn’t. Numerous studies have pointed out that this top layer of skin cells hangs around, preventing new cells from being revealed. When this layer does not slough off, the complexion becomes dull and, worse, the skin cannot absorb nutrients properly.

Peeling is a method of exfoliation that achieves better results than can be attained even with an exfoliating facial scrub. Our chemical peel spa service provides patients with the opportunity to sit back and relax while our experienced team applies a customized solution to affect just the right depth of tissue. A chemical peel need not be aggressive to reach its objective of refreshing the skin. Many of our peels are so gentle that no side effects occur at all; patients can go right back to their normal activities.

The benefits of a chemical peel include immediate softness and a more radiant glow. The extended advantage of a peel is that you can combine this treatment with an expert skin care consultation to discover which ingredients your skin needs the most. By beginning with a chemical peel, you prepare your skin for maximum absorbing power. By following up with medical grade skin care, you ensure that the ingredients your skin is absorbing will nourish and renew, even slow the aging process.

Get your glow on this holiday season. Call Berschof Plastic Surgery to schedule your chemical peel.

Boob Greed is a Real Thing. Here’s How to Avoid It!

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Breast Augmentation Denver, COUndergoing breast augmentation surgery can be a life-changing experience for any woman. Through practical experience, many plastic surgeons come across a phenomenon that could aptly be referred to as “boob greed.” Here’s how boob greed often develops.

A patient takes her time speaking with her qualified plastic surgeon and chooses the breast implant type that she believes will suit her. Breast implant surgery is performed, and the outcome of surgery is what the surgeon and patient had expected. Within a matter of weeks or even days, the patient then begins to second-guess her choice of implant size and shape. This second-guessing, for some patients, becomes an obsession. A woman may find herself right back where she was before breast augmentation, in a situation where she notices other women’s breasts and perceives her own as somehow inadequate.  Ultimately, boob greed develops and the patient suffers in a continued state of dissatisfaction that neglects to see the beauty of her own surgical outcome.

One might smirk at the idea of boob greed as a real problem. For a woman who is consumed by the daily onslaught of images of other women’s large, full breasts, boob greed can be so overwhelming that it leads to secondary surgery to enlarge the breasts even more. Our priority is to help each one of our patients feel good about her own body, not to measure up to some ideal of what beautiful breasts look like. We take our time, and we suggest that patients do, too.

How to Make Breast Augmentation Work for You

  • Look at your lifestyle. A big part of satisfaction with breast implants is how the breasts fit into your daily life. Your breasts should fit well with your activity level, type of activities you engage in, your personal and professional image, and more. Taking a good, honest look at your lifestyle can help you make a wise decision about breast augmentation.
  • Dig deep into your personal preferences. It’s easy to settle for something that isn’t completely you. One way a woman may do this is by believing that she needs to get the most “bang for the buck.” If you prefer smaller breasts that don’t necessarily need the support of a bra, stick with that preference. Don’t believe that you must choose larger implants to get the most of your investment into surgery. Likewise, if your body frame and personal preferences support larger breast size, don’t settle for less, thinking that your profession or social circle may not approve of your physical change.
  • Ask for opinions, but don’t view them as gold. The only opinion about your breast augmentation that really matters is yours. Putting too much stock in other people’s ideas of what will or will not look good on you is a surefire way to end up feeling dissatisfied with the final outcome of your procedure.
  • Narrow your choices. If you’re varying between a wide range of breast sizes that appeal to you, remember to consider your own body and how you want to look. Narrow your choices down to two potential sizes that are close to one another. If you’re concerned about being smaller than you’d really like, choose the larger of the two.

It is our business to help women choose breast implants that suit their personality, personal image, lifestyle, and preferences. Schedule an in-person consultation in our Denver office at 303-399-7662.

Want a Slimmer Shape? Why Surgery May be What You Need!

Monday, October 15, 2018

Body Procedures Denver, CO

Many people express a desire for a slimmer, shapelier body. This is no secret because body contouring treatments are some of the leading procedures in aesthetic medicine. Body-shaping has been around for years in the form of liposuction surgery. More recently, a number of non-surgical protocols have been developed. You may have heard of at least a few of them. Currently, CoolSculpting is one of the most recognizable non-surgical body contouring treatments. But is it right for you? Here, we look at the primary differences between this non-surgical method and surgical liposuction.

Non-surgical Body Sculpting

Non-invasive fat reducing devices all work about the same, even if their general technology is different. For example, CoolSculpting freezes the liquid inside of fat cells while other devices use heat to “damage” fat cells. Whether through freezing temperatures or heat, the body observes targeted fat cells as unnecessary, and it eliminates them through the lymphatic system. This elimination process takes about three months for results to be at their peak.

Where CoolSculpting is concerned, the manufacturer states that fat reduction in the treatment area can reach up to 23%. However, what we must look at is the size of that treatment area. Also per manufacturer documentation, the amount of tissue that can be held by the CoolSculpting panels resembles a stick of butter. This is why CoolSculpting usually focuses on the lower abdomen. Envisioning the average stick of butter and observing that 23% reduction in fatty tissue, we now see that the reduction is not very substantial; it equates to a few ounces of fat.

Sculpting with Liposuction

Dr. Berschof performs tumescent liposuction on many different parts of the body. The tumescent technique can be conducted under general anesthesia or using a local anesthetic and IV sedation. The tumescent liquid that is introduced into the treatment area expands the surgical site, causing fat to spread out. It also numbs tissue and causes blood vessels to constrict so bleeding is kept to a minimum during surgery.

In addition to being versatile in the areas it can treat, liposuction is also more efficient than non-surgical fat reduction treatments. On average, a liposuction procedure can eliminate up to 2.5 liters of fat. This is a few dozen times the amount that can be reduced without surgery.

If you are interested in a slimmer, shapelier body, it is essential to assess your motivation for choosing a surgical or non-surgical procedure. We are happy to provide you with details about liposuction and what it can do for you. To schedule your visit, call our Denver office at 303-399-7662.

This is What a Facelift is Really Like

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Facelift Denver, CO

Facelifts have been performed for several decades and have helped millions of people feel better about their appearance. Last year alone, more than 96,000 full facelift procedures were performed in the United States. The procedure has been praised for its ability to remove approximately ten years of facial aging. On the flip side, facelift surgery has also gotten a bit of a bad rap as a too-aggressive procedure.

There are good reasons for the perception that facelift surgery is aggressive. It’s impossible to refute solid evidence, which is usually splattered across the internet or pages of magazines. You’ve probably seen enough bad celebrity facelifts to question the validity of this cosmetic procedure. The problem with this misperception about surgical facial rejuvenation is that it can keep you from the excellent outcome that is possible for you. Here, we discuss what a facelift is really like.

Really, a Facelift is:

•Able to achieve natural looking results. Dr. Bershof has performed numerous facelift procedures that have resulted in patients looking refreshed, like a younger version of themselves. Observe our Photo Gallery, and you will be happy to see that our facelift patients don’t look overly tight and stretched. This is because the goal is to restore natural facial contouring.

•Easy to recover from. Some people have the impression that facelifts are relatively complicated in the area of recovery. That’s not so. Most patients are back to work after a nice two-week break from the norm. During these weeks of recovery, bruising and swelling subside so significantly that no one can tell surgery has been performed. Pain is also very manageable after facelift surgery using prescription medication for a few days and then transitioning to over-the-counter pain relievers.

•NOT permanent. A facelift slows the aging process and makes you look younger than you would without having surgery. Over time, though, signs of aging will creep back onto the face. Some people choose to undergo a second lift several years after their first, while others enjoy the fact that they look younger even as age progresses.

Call our Denver office at 303-399-7662 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Bershof. In-depth discussion of your concerns and desired improvements is the best way to fully understand what a facelift can and cannot do for you.

Mom, You Don’t Need Your Old Body Back!

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Mommy Makeover Denver COMommy makeovers have become routine in modern cosmetic surgery. There are several benefits that a woman can gain when she collaborates with a plastic surgeon who is familiar with the series of procedures that may be involved in a full-body makeover. Often, we hear about a mommy makeover giving a woman back her pre-pregnancy body. At first glance, this can sound like precisely what you want. Looking more closely, you may realize that a mommy makeover can make you look better than you ever have.

Mom, your body has done something amazing. Let’s honor that and your magnificence by redesigning your shape to be all you want it to be. But first, we want to cover some important details.

Preparing Your Body

There is a bit of prep-work that may need to go into a mommy makeover long before the day of surgery. If you are thinking about cosmetic surgery to lift, tighten, and tone, it is beneficial to reach a weight at which you want to stay for the next several years. Ideally, your ideal weight will be maintained for three months before your makeover. This allows your skin ample time to retract on its own and for your body to regulate its metabolic rate so we don’t remove too much or too little fat during liposuction.

Preparing Your Mind

Let’s be honest; a mommy makeover is an intense experience. A single cosmetic procedure can create a bit of emotional turmoil. When we combine multiple procedures, especially ones that alter the appearance of the body so dramatically, it is natural for a woman’s emotions to take a bit of a rollercoaster ride. The first week after surgery, you may not leave your bed very often. You will need help getting to and from the bathroom and into the shower. Someone will need to take care of the kids and the house and the pets. This can be a lot to accept. When you look ahead to your surgery and your recovery, focus on the outcome and on the fact that your need for assistance is only temporary.

Receive friendly care in our Denver office as you transform your body. Call 303-399-7662 to schedule your mommy makeover consultation.

What to Expect After Your Eyelid Lift

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Eyelid Lift Denver, COMore than 200,000 people have undergone blepharoplasty, or eyelid rejuvenation, each year for the past few years running. The popularity of the eyelid lift is not unfounded in the least. Men and women recognize that aging eyes don’t just make them appear older; heavy eyelids create an unfriendly and fatigued appearance. Blepharoplasty is a straightforward procedure that quickly refreshes the face by merely focusing on the eyes.

Patients who are considering blepharoplasty usually have questions about recovery. Here, we will explain what it is really like to recover from this cosmetic procedure.
Swelling and bruising are the most common side effects after eyelid rejuvenation surgery. Most patients expect this, along with some tenderness and soreness. The fortunate thing about post-surgical swelling and bruising is that these side effects typically only last a few days. Sleeping with the head elevated minimizes fluid accumulation in the surgical area and may decrease the severity of swelling as well as bruising. Cold compresses, applied for twenty-minute sessions, can also aid tissue healing with minimal swelling.

To manage the minor discomfort that follows surgery, patients are encouraged to take prescription pain medication as directed in their post-op instructions. After about a week, it may be possible to transition to over-the-counter medications to remain comfortable. Comfort and other side effects usually decrease quickly over a seven-day period. After this time, most patients can return to most of their normal activities without apparent signs of surgery. It is necessary to postpone more strenuous activities for several more weeks to avoid disrupting the healing process.

Patients are often interested to know how they can prevent scarring after blepharoplasty. In many cases, incisions are made on the inside of the eyelid where they will heal naturally without any assistance. External incisions on the eyelid are made in a discreet place such as the natural crease or the lash line. In these situations, slight redness may be noticed for the first few days after surgery. As tissue heals, the pinkness in scar tissue decreases.

Blepharoplasty recovery tends to follow a general process. However, the extent and duration of side effects will differ from one person to another. Learn more about the eyelid lift performed by Dr. Bershof and how it can help you look refreshed. Call our Denver office at 303-399-7662.

What to Expect After Your Eyelid Lift

Eyelid Lift Denver, CO

More than 200,000 people have undergone blepharoplasty, or eyelid rejuvenation, each year for the past few years running. The popularity of the eyelid lift is not unfounded in the least. Men and women recognize that aging eyes don’t just make them appear older; heavy eyelids can also create an unfriendly and fatigued appearance. Blepharoplasty is a straightforward procedure that quickly refreshes the face by merely focusing on the eyes.

Patients who are considering blepharoplasty often have questions about recovery. Here, we will explain what it is really like to recover from this cosmetic procedure.

Swelling and bruising are the most common side effects after eyelid rejuvenation surgery. Most patients expect this, along with some tenderness and soreness. The fortunate thing about post-surgical swelling and bruising is that these side effects typically only last a few days. Sleeping with the head elevated minimizes fluid accumulation in the surgical area and may decrease the severity of swelling as well as bruising. Cold compresses, applied for twenty-minute sessions, can also aid tissue healing with minimal swelling.

To manage the minor discomfort that follows surgery, patients are encouraged to take prescription pain medication as directed in their post-op instructions. After about a week, it may be possible to transition to over-the-counter medications to remain comfortable. Comfort and other side effects usually decrease quickly over a seven-day period. After this time, most patients can return to most of their normal activities without apparent signs of surgery. It is necessary to postpone more strenuous activities for several more weeks to avoid disrupting the healing process.

Patients are often interested to know how they can prevent scarring after blepharoplasty. In many cases, incisions are made on the inside of the eyelid where they will heal naturally without any assistance. External incisions on the eyelid are made in a discreet place such as the natural crease or the lash line. In these situations, slight redness may be noticed for the first few days after surgery. As tissue heals, the pinkness in scar tissue decreases.

Blepharoplasty recovery tends to follow a general process. However, the extent and duration of side effects will differ from one person to another. Learn more about the eyelid lift performed by Dr. Bershof and how it can help you look refreshed. Call our Denver office at 303-399-7662.