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Monarch’s Fall 5 Faves: 2021 Edition

Our Aestheticians have highlighted the benefits of their fall favorites!

ENDYMED – uses the latest radio frequency technology to provide safe and effective skin rejuvenation. This revolutionary non-surgical treatment gives natural, long-lasting results by stimulating collagen growth and tightening of the skin. ENDYMED treatments can be combined to target precise areas of the face as well as larger parts of the body to address sagging skin, fine lines and wrinkles, scars, skin texture and tone, cellulite and more.

VI Peel – is a skin-resurfacing chemical peel that stimulates collagen and increases cellular turnover to reveal smoother and more radiant skin.

HydrodropsThis innovative hydrator with cutting edge Isoplentix technology, provides Vitamin B3, Abyssinian Oil, and Hibiscus oil in their purest forms and leaves skin looking smoother, more radiant, and feeling hydrated all day.

Skinceuticals Anti-aging KitThis three-product regimen with best-in-class technologies diminishes skin’s visible signs of accumulated damage while reducing wrinkles and revealing luminous skin.

Omni Retinol Body Spray – This light body oil is an advanced retinol combined with essential oils to help lessen visibility of lines and wrinkles, while correcting signs of damage caused by sun, time, and everyday exposure to pollutants. 

Where are we located?

Proudly serving the Greater Kansas City area, our Aestheticians provide services at our two main locations in Leawood, Kansas, and North Kansas City, Missouri.

More Questions?

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Reverse Aging with Volume: How Injectable Dermal Fillers Make Your Face Look Younger Without Plastic Surgery

You feel young and greet the world with plenty of energy – but too often, your reflection shows someone who looks much older than you feel. If that sounds familiar, or if you just have certain imperfections in your facial features you would like to fix without surgery, injectable soft tissue fillers (a.k.a. dermal fillers) may be a great option for you.

We spoke with our team of Monarch Nurse Injectors to find out what patients want to know when exploring dermal filler options. We’ve assembled their Q&As below. To learn more about what injectable dermal fillers can do for you personally, schedule your complimentary consultation with one of our Nurse Injectors today.

What is an injectable dermal filler, and how can it reduce the appearance of aging and imperfections?

The signs of aging on the face are natural – collagen, elastin, subcutaneous fat and other natural support layers in the skin break down as we get older. We all age differently due to genetics and lifestyle factors, but the natural losses of volume, elasticity, and hydration lead to ever-deepening wrinkles, lines, folds around the forehead, eyes, cheeks, mouth and chin. These subcutaneous break downs lead to crow’s feet, forehead creases, frown lines, laugh lines, marionette lines and more.

Fortunately, injectable dermal fillers offer safe, effective, minimally invasive options to reduce the appearance of aging on your face. Some dermal fillers hydrate the skin with hyaluronic acid (a natural lubricant). Others add fullness and volume to areas like lips and cheeks to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, or destroy fat cells to provide contouring and reduce double chins.

What are my options for injectables at Monarch?

At the Skin Rejuvenation Center of Monarch Plastic Surgery, we provide a wide range of injectables to enhance or restore facial contours and help you look and feel younger. The table below provides a quick overview – for additional details about each product, visit our Injectable Dermal Fillers page here.

How much do injectables/dermal fillers cost?

Prices vary depending on the injectables/dermal fillers used. We offer high-quality care, products, and services at competitive pricing because our goal is the same as yours: natural-looking results at affordable prices. If you are new to our practice, we encourage you to schedule a free consultation with our nurse injectors. We’ll talk about your appearance goals and create personalized treatment recommendations with pricing information included.

How quickly will I see results, and how long will they last?

Results times also vary depending on your treatment plan and choice of injectable/filler. Some injectables give immediate results, while others minimize the appearance of wrinkles or folds over time. Several of our injectable products are proven to last for up to one year, 18 months and even two years with optimal treatment.

Tell me about your qualifications as a Monarch Nurse Injector.

We’re glad you asked! It is so important to choose healthcare providers you trust to deliver the care you need and the results you want. At Monarch Plastic Surgery, our Nurse Injectors are all highly rated registered nurses with extensive experience in injectable treatments and a passion for excellence in patient care. Meet our team by clicking on the names and hear from some of our patients below:

“I have gotten Botox and Juvederm lip from Ashley at Monarch Plastic Surgery and I can’t say enough good things about her! She is patient and explains everything, keeps it all pain free, and won’t let you spend money on extras if she doesn’t think you need it. I can’t recommend her highly enough! I’ll be back in 6 months!”

—Jennifer von Ende

“Knowledgeable Team: 42 units Botox. Loved my results! My next appointment is tomorrow. I look forward to being a better version of myself! The staff is friendly and welcoming. My injections were painless. Kirsten was very knowledgeable and made sure to take the time to explain everything to me.”

—Anonymous online review

Where are you located?

Proudly serving the Greater Kansas City area, our Nurse Injectors offer injectables at our two main locations in Leawood, Kansas, and North Kansas City, Missouri.

More Questions?

Call us for pricing and other details:

Goodbye Sun Damage, Hello Glowing Skin – Learn How With Dr. Killion!

Thanks to Dr. Killion, one of Monarch’s plastic surgeons, for sharing some tips about how to bring back a bright glow to your skin! ✨ In her presentation, she walks you through how the sun’s rays actually damage your skin and what you can try to rejuvenate it if your skin has been dulled from years of sun exposure!

Get tips to glowing skin by downloading the presentation:

Photoaging & How to Counteract The Damage

What Sun Exposure Can Do To Your Skin 

First, let’s explain what photoaging is — According to the Dermatology Association, “Photoaging is premature aging of the skin caused by repeated exposure to ultraviolet radiation (UV), primarily from the sun but also from artificial UV sources. Photoaging differs from chronological aging; the damaging effects of UV rays – from the sun or artificial tanning sources – alter normal skin structures.”

UV radiation we receive from the sun’s rays is the cause of photoaging, aka skin damage. Photoaged skin cells will have few cell layers, smaller cells, clusters of large melanocytes and hyperkeratosis. Melanocytes are what cause hyperpigmentation spots, or dark spots, on your skin while hyperkeratosis is responsible for dulling your once-glowing skin.

Vitamin A — A Key Player In Helping Your Skin 

One of the main ways to counteract the aging of your skin from sun exposure is vitamin A! It is a great option for a skincare topical treatment. If you’re looking for products that contain vitamin A, but you can’t find anything that says “vitamin A” specifically, skincare treatments also refer to it as retinol or tretinoin, so try searching for those names.

Vitamin A controls all the different phrases of our skin cells’ life spans, including growth, differentiation and maturation. When your skin is exposed to sun rays the ultraviolet radiation starts to strip vitamin A away.

When you add tretinoin in your skincare routine it can help to revise photoaging damage by 50-80%! What to learn more?

Tretinoin helps to increase the epidermal thickness (Type 1 collagen) and granular cell layers, which both help to decrease fine lines. It also decreases hyperpigmentation, which helps to get rid of dark spots. Last but not least, it compacts the stratum corneum (the outer layer of your skin), which will help brighten your complexion and give you glowing skin!

When To Use Retinoids?

The best time to get your skin routine refined? Quarantine! This is a great time to try out different serums while also letting your skin have time to become used to different products that will help it in the long run.  

When you first start using retinoids your skin will become irritated, but the reason behind this is very interesting. When you put retinoids on babies’ skin nothing will happen – this is because they do not have sun damage. But, when adults start using a retinoid, their skin often has a noticeable reaction. The greater your reaction, the more sun damage your skin has endured, which means you actually need a retinoid in your skin routine more.

If you have more questions about photoaging and what products would be ideal for you, visit our Instagram page and click the email button to contact our plastic surgeons. Don’t have an Instagram account? No worries! You can pop onto our Facebook page and send us a direct message with all your questions!

What’s A Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon VS. Cosmetic Surgeon?

If you’re considering a plastic surgery procedure ✨, it’s important to do your homework first — research doctors, procedures, read reviews and more. One question you should ask is whether or not the doctor is a cosmetic surgeon or board certified. At Monarch, all of our surgeons are board-certified. In this blog, we will walk you through the differences between a cosmetic surgeon versus a board-certified surgeon, and why it’s important to know the difference!

Cosmetic Surgeon 

“Cosmetic surgeon” sounds exactly what a plastic surgeon would call themselves, right? Well, actually, out of the two, they have had less specialty training within the field of plastic surgery. Cosmetic surgeons are still technically doctors but they never completed a residency in the plastic surgery realm.

So What Exactly Does This Mean  

Cosmetic surgeons attended medical school, but plastic surgery was not the area of specialty they pursued after earning their degree. They can still call themselves plastic or cosmetic surgeons because states do not have laws that dictate which surgeries a doctor can perform or regulate how they advertise themselves. Therefore, any licensed doctor can legally call themselves a cosmetic surgeon, regardless of their training or education.

Board-Certified Surgeon 

Board-certified surgeons have completed a full-time residence that consists of working over 3,000 hours a year under the direct training and supervision of a more senior and fully-qualified plastic surgeon. During this time, they learn how to plan different procedures, perform surgery and then how to follow up with their patients. They have practiced and perfected procedures such as rhinoplasties, facelifts, breast augmentations, breast reconstructions, tummy tucks and accident reconstructions.

Our Practice 

At Monarch, all of our surgeons are board-certified and ready to help you with any of your plastic or reconstructive needs. It is important to us that you feel comfortable, safe and at ease when you decide you want a procedure, which is why we are only staffed with qualified, personable surgeons!

Call 913-663-3838 (Leawood) or  816-436-3262 (North KC), or schedule a consultation with one of our surgeons today!

Look Your Best with BOTOX and Dermal Fillers at Monarch Plastic Surgery

This year, look and feel your best in every photo and every “selfie” by rejuvenating your skin with dermal fillers or BOTOX. According to the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery, dermal fillers are increasing in popularity thanks to their cost-effective, speedy procedures and quick results.

Take a moment to learn more about some of the differences in these injectables, and we invite you to schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our expert nurse injectors to determine the best treatment for your skin.

BOTOX Injections

If your primary concern is forehead lines, either in-between or around the eyes, then BOTOX is certainly a treatment to consider. BOTOX injections soften wrinkles around the eyes and forehead by relaxing the muscles that contract in those places every day. The procedure is not only virtually painless but also speedy — injections usually take no more than 10 or 15 minutes. Because the procedure is nonsurgical, you can carry on with your day as usual and enjoy little to no downtime. And much like laser treatments, the more consistently you receive BOTOX treatments, the longer-lasting and more effective the injections will likely be. Your nurse injector will provide recommendations for follow-up treatments.

Dermal Fillers

The key to dermal fillers? Hyaluronic acid. Chances are you’ve heard of this water-loving molecule before — our skin naturally produces HA to regulate moisture levels, but thanks to factors like environmental toxins and aging, the level of this hydrating substance in our skin decreases over time. Applied topically, HA allows for intense hydration of the skin and as a result gives you healthy, supple and glowing skin. But because serums and creams only work on the surface of the skin, and skin degradation happens on a cellular level, they may not be enough to achieve the results you seek.

Juvéderm XC and Voluma XC are injectable gels that go deeper and add volume to smooth the skin while also reducing lines and folds. Juvéderm XC and Voluma XC are both hyaluronic acid fillers, and Voluma XC uses lidocaine, which helps increase your comfort during the procedure. Restylane is also a HA filler that can be used to treat those lines around your mouth (nasolabial folds) or to enhance and plump your lips.

There are plenty of options available to achieve your desired look at Monarch Plastic Surgery and Skin Rejuvenation Center. Call 913-663-3838 or click here to book a complimentary consultation for radiant skin you’ll be flaunting in every photo op this season!

Tips to Choose the Best Breast Implant Size for Your Body

Typically, women think of implant size based on bra size. But, implant size actually has nothing to do with bra size since those sizes vary from manufacturer to manufacturer. Just because you’re a 34B at Victoria’s Secret doesn’t mean you’ll fit perfectly in every 34B bra you find. Here are some tips to achieve the results you want from breast augmentation surgery.

Bring visuals.

Photos are a good way to show your plastic surgeon what you are looking for out of a breast augmentation. You can bring in photos or ask your surgeon to look through their before-and-after gallery. It’s important to note that results vary because every woman’s body is different and breast tissue amount varies woman to woman.

Communicate clearly with your surgeon.

Discuss your breast goals with your surgeon openly. You don’t want to wake up with chest size reminiscent of Kim Kardashian if you had a Kate Hudson look in mind. Be as specific as possible when discussing your breast augmentation goals so that your surgeon can determine whether or not they are realistic. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons has a great list of breast augmentations questions to ask your surgeon.

The Do’s and Don’ts of Breast Augmentation Surgery

Don’t- Select a implant size without visualizing what it will look like post-op. Dr. Keith Hodge, our board certified plastic surgeon, said this, “You want to choose an implant that fits your breast dimensions. The implant should not be wider than your natural breast. I would suggest trying on sizers with a sports bra so you can visualize your post-op appearance.”

Do- Your homework. Homework may seem like a thing of the past, but if you’re considering surgery, you’ll want to do some research. Find examples of breasts that are appealing to you. It’s also a good idea to research the plastic surgeons in your area.

Watch our very own Dr. Paul J. Leahy explain what to expect when you come in for a breast augmentation: If you’ve been considering a breast augmentation, the next step you can take is to schedule a consultation. Click here to request a time for a consult or call us at 913-663-3838 today.