What is most effective for treating vertical lines above the upper lip?

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Dr. Usha Rajagopal: Nowadays we have some excellent choices for treating the vertical lines around the lip area, both upper and lower lip. I usually recommend a combination of neurotransmitter. I generally like Botox. Most patients need anywhere between 2 and 6 units for the upper lip and, along with that you can do a thin filler like a Volbella or a Belotero. I personally feel like both give excellent results but Volbella tends to last a little bit longer, so my favorite duo combination for vertical lines is Botox with Volbella.

Voluma Non-Surgical Chin Augmentation

This beautiful patient came all the way from Los Angeles to get her chin treated by Dr. Usha Rajagopal. The goal for her treatment was to give her chin more projection from the side view and increase the height of her chin from the front view. The height will make her face appear longer and slimmer while the projection will balance out her profile. Voluma is a great product for chin filler injections. It's FDA-approved for the cheek, so when you are injecting it in areas other than the cheek, it's considered an "off-label use" of the product. However, it's still extremely safe for the chin area. All the hyaluronic acid fillers are great, but for patients who want a longer-term filler, Bellafill is a great option.

Usha Rajagopal, MD, in San Francisco Offers First-of-Its-Kind Non-Invasive Body-Sculpting Treatment Emsculpt®

Revolutionary New Technology Offers Dual Treatment to Address Abdominal Fat and Muscle Tone  

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – August 22, 2018– Usha Rajagopal, MD, Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon, introduces a groundbreaking new approach to sculpting the abdomen with Emsculpt –the first and only non-invasive body shaping procedure that simultaneously addresses both Muscle and Fat. Dr. Rajagopal’s center is the first in San Francisco to offer Emsculpt. Bringing an entirely new technology to the category, Emsculpt utilizes HIFEM® energy to induce powerful muscle contractions which builds muscles and burns fat. FDA-cleared for the improvement of abdominal tone and strengthening of the abdominal muscles, Emsculpt helps patients achieve next-level, contouring results.   

“The current approach to body shaping is through circumferential reduction; however, overall body contour is affected by muscle structure as well,” shared Dr. Rajagopal. “Emsculpt goes beyond waistline reduction to address abdominal contouring through muscle tone, so I’m thrilled to now offer this combination to my patients” added Dr. Rajagopal.

Muscles represent about 35% of the human body, but existing aesthetic treatments only address fat. Emsculpt introduces a first of its kind application of a unique magnetic field. HIFEM technology penetrates through skin to impact fat, as well as muscle tissues. Once penetrated, the energy induces 20,000 supramaximal muscle contractions that are accompanied by a rapid metabolic reaction in fat cells to not only strengthen and build muscle, but also reduce fat. This is the ONLY technology that builds muscle and burns fat simultaneously, all while leaving the surrounding tissues unaffected.

Tested in five unique abdominal clinical studies utilizing all four established methods of evaluation including MRI, CT, Ultrasound, and Histology, Emsculpt delivered consistent results in muscle gain and fat loss:

  • 19% reduction in subcutaneous abdominal fat
  • 16% increase in muscle mass
  • Average waist reduction of 4.4cm
  • 96% satisfaction with treatment results

For optimal results, Dr. Rajagopal recommends four 30-minute treatment sessions over the course of a two-week period. Best results will be seen after 3-months with continued improvement over a 6-month time period.

Dr. Rajagopal has been in practice for over 20 years in the San Francisco Bay Area and specializes in surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures of the face, body, and breast. She has treated thousands of patients with body shaping procedures utilizing Ultrasonic Liposuction, Power Assisted Liposuction, Smart Lipo, Coolsculpting, and now Emsculpt!

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Contact: Dr. Usha Rajagopal, MD
Telephone: (415) 392-3333
Email: info@sfcosmeticsurgery.com