Cheek Augmentation: The Long-term Benefits

Rounded and well-defined cheeks have been a sign of beauty and youth for centuries. As we grow older, our faces become thinner and lose fat, which means our cheeks sag and can appear to be sunken in.

In the long-term, cheek augmentation can help you look younger and keep your cheeks perky and round. Find out more about the long-term benefits of cheek augmentation and how our practice can help you.

How Can Cheek Augmentation Help Me?

There are many long-term benefits of cheek augmentation, but many of those benefits depend on which type of cheek augmentation you choose.

The option with the best long-term benefits is the bellafill procedure. This process injects a filler into your cheek to give you that plumper, fuller look you’ve always wanted. Cheek augmentation procedures with bellafills can be done in the office, which makes them less invasive and less of a hassle for you. If you’re getting a facelift already, then this procedure can be done without making any additional incisions during the facelift.

In most cases, this procedure lasts longer than most types of cheek augmentation. Most bellafills will last in your cheeks for about five years.

Cheek implants also create fuller cheeks that are more permanent. These silicone implants can add volume and create this fantastic lifting effect on your cheeks. They also slow down bone aging in your cheeks.

Who Should Get Cheek Augmentation?

Typically, we see patients with one or more of the following conditions:

– Flat cheeks or those lacking in definition
– Hollow in the temples or cheeks
– Lines and wrinkles on the cheeks
– Under-eye bags

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Cheek augmentation can give you long-lasting rounded cheeks. For more information on this procedure, contact Douglas M. Stevens at the Facial Plastic & Laser Center in Fort Myers at 239-481-9292 and schedule a consultation

Do I Need Browplasty?

As you grow older, you may notice the appearance of what we call “worry lines.” These are deep creases that cover the forehead and often portray emotions we aren’t feeling, such as worry.

The forehead is a major point of expression, so if you want to convey just the right message, learn more about browplasty and how our offices can help you.

What Is Browplasty?

Browplasty is just a fancy word for a forehead or brow lift. This surgical procedure looks to lift or elevate a dropping brow. Both men and women can benefit from this surgery, and it can help them look younger and feel better about their appearances.

There are several different types of browplasty procedures, but the basic technique is the same across the board. Your surgeon will make small incisions to loosen up the patient’s skin in order to get to the underlying muscles, fat pads and tissues. Depending on the patient’s needs, the underlying tissue and excess skin will either be tightened or removed. The surgeon will then smooth the remaining skin to eliminate any wrinkles.

What Are some of the Benefits?

Browplasty can give you the brows you’ve always wanted and the ones you need. For some people, a dropping brow can obstruct their vision. They may find it hard to see, which makes it harder to drive, watch movies or participate in their favorite activities.

A dropping brow is also a sign of age. Having a browplasty procedure can make a huge difference in a patient’s appearance. Patients not only look younger, but their younger look also makes them feel younger and more comfortable in their own skin.

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Browplasty can get rid of worry lines and help you see better. For more information, contact Douglas M. Stevens M.D. at the Facial Plastic & Laser Center in Fort Myers at 239-481-9292 and schedule a consultation today.

What Recovery is Involved With a Facelift?

Facelifts make the face look youthful and vibrant once more, but it is important to remember that this is a surgical procedure. This means that there will be some recovery time where you will need to get plenty of rest and take care of your bandages.

Before you schedule a facelift, read more about the recovery time and what you can expect after a facelift.

Rest, but not bed rest

During the first few days after your surgery, you will see bruising and swelling on your face. This is completely normal, and it should peak by the third or fourth day. You may also feel fatigued and nauseous, but that’s probably from the medication more than the surgery.

You should feel good enough to get up and move around your house within a day or two after the surgery. It’s important to get the blood in your body flowing to improve circulation, so do some light housework or other low-key activities to get yourself moving.

You can continue to take any medications your doctor prescribed, and you should adhere to the care regimen your doctor gave you. Doing so will lead to a successful and speedy recovery. By the second and third weeks, you should see tremendous progress in your brushing and swelling.

How long does facelift recovery take?

To see the full results of your facelift, you will be waiting for about a year. This will give your body time to readjust and heal. Every procedure, however, is different so discuss your options with your surgeon before the surgery.

In the short term, recovery from the surgery takes only a few weeks. As noted, you should be on your feet again by the next day or two after surgery. From there, it’ll take another three to four weeks to see the swelling and bruising subside.

A good facelift can revitalize your look, but it does take time to recover after the surgery. If you want to know more, contact Douglas M. Stevens M.D. at the Facial Plastic & Laser Center in Fort Myers at 239-481-9292 and schedule a consultation today

Top Myths About Rhinoplasty

There are a lot of myths circulating about what rhinoplasty is and isn’t and who gets the surgery. Some people write off the surgery as being completely about vanity, but what they don’t know may change their whole perspective on rhinoplasty. I’m here to clarify all those myths for you so you can make an informed decision about your body.

Here are the top myths about rhinoplasty.

It’s only popular with women.

According to the most recent statistics, this isn’t true. The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery released data in 2015 that showed that procedures on men rose 43 percent over the last five years. The data shows that while men only accounted for 9.7 percent of all cosmetic procedures performed 2014, but they made up 22.4 percent of all rhinoplasty procedures performed that same year.

Rhinoplasty can benefit both men and women. A skilled plastic surgeon can address your concerns with your nose and find a solution that will make you feel happy about your appearance.

Rhinoplasty is all about vanity.

This is an important myth to debunk because rhinoplasty is about more than just fixing a part of your body you don’t like. In a study published by the Journal of Otolaryngology in 2007 titled “Change in Health Status after Rhinoplasty,” researchers found that the overall health status of patients who had rhinoplasty surgery improved after the surgery.

There could be a number of reasons for this. After the surgery, some patients feel inspired to take better care of their bodies. In other instances, they feel less stress and anxiety about their appearance, so they feel better about themselves.

If you’re considering rhinoplasty, don’t feel like you can’t ask questions. Call Douglas M. Stevens M.D. at the Facial Plastic & Laser Center in Fort Myers at 239-481-9292 and schedule a consultation today.

Facelifts: Involved and Invasive or Fast and Effective?

youthful faceFacelifts: the procedure that has been around for hundreds of years yet still remains a question in the minds of patients. Luckily, that’s what we are here for. At Douglas M. Stevens, M.D. we reassure patients every single day about the facelift procedure itself, its history, and how it has moved from an inpatient procedure to now one that can be performed in-office.

Why Receive a Facelift?

You might first be wondering why a facelift would be needed? What does it address? Well, most commonly it addresses soft tissue areas within the face and neck that have started to sag due to age and gravity. This can manifest in wrinkles, sagging jowls, and even cheeks that aren’t as perky as they once were. These effects of gravity and aging on the tissues of the face don’t have to permanent. A facelift addresses not only the skin but the actual facial muscles and fat pads that change with time.

How The Facelift Procedure is Performed

To lift the cheek area, minimize hanging jowls, distinguish the jaw line, and tighten the neck, a facelift is the most powerful technique.  The incisions are around the ears utilizing natural creases and the hairline to hide the thin line.  Typically, the healing is such that the procedure leaves no tell tale sign – even with the hair worn back.

Downtime and Recovery From a Facelift

To recover from such a surgery isn’t as tedious and burdensome as one might believe. Instead, most patients are able to recover within one to two weeks.  Most of our patients are going back to the movies and dinner out at 10-14 days.  The  recovery is fast, and it often shocks patients who have preconceived notions about facelift surgery recovery.


If you’re considering a facelift, look no further than Douglas M. Stevens, M.D. He takes pride is his attention to detail with facelifts resulting in a youthful, natural result.   Call our team to get your questions answered and reserve your complimentary consultation: (888) 970-5131.

Suneva Medical’s Bella Diamond Certificate: What This Means for Your Aesthetic Care

iStock_000019907862_ExtraSmallThe Fort Myers community recognizes the expertise at Douglas M. Stevens, M.D. There is no question. However, our team here at Douglas M. Stevens, M.D. sometimes wonder if our reach is beyond the area. A recent publication proves that to be true.

Douglas M. Stevens, M.D. has been awarded a rare status: he is one of Suneva Medical’s Bella Diamond’s top providers in the United States and Canada. This speaks volumes toward nationwide recognition for our business and our reputation.

The Suneva Medical’s Bella Diamond Status

Gaining this prestigious position within the Suneva Medical community is no small feat. Instead, it means that Douglas M. Stevens, M.D. has risen to the top 1% of providers providing Bellafill® in the medical aesthetics field. Day in and day out, Dr. Stevens has risen to the top through his dedication to his patients and continued knowledge base of facial fillers.

Suneva Medical aims to recognize practitioners that use these fillers in innovative ways that rejuvenate and renew patients’ looks. Aesthetic and dermatological development is what Suneva aims for, and so, this status recognition from them is a pretty big deal.

Douglas M. Stevens, M.D. – Expertise with Bellafill®

In using Bellafill® within his practice, Dr. Stevens gives patients options. They can now elect for a non-surgical and minimally-invasive approach to regain a youthful look. This filler – the only five year FDA-approved facial filler – gives men and women the freedom to get back to life as normal, ensuring that nothing can hold them back: not age nor recovery from surgery.

Dr. Stevens and the whole team at Douglas M. Stevens, M.D. Facial Plastic and Laser Center aim for excellence. Our expertise shines through in the patient care we provide. Amongst all of the chaos that comes with living in busy Fort Myers, we know that we can help our patients regain their best self. And now, all of the Suneva Medical community knows that too!

Contact our team at (888) 970-5131 for Bellafill®: Suneva Medical’s premier rejuvenation filler. We’ve reached Diamond status, and you can do the same with us.


Skin Rejuvenation Series: Bellafill®

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In continuing our facial rejuvenation series, which aims to inform readers of cosmetic rejuvenation procedures, we revisit a method that finds popularity amongst all of our patients. That cosmetic technique is Bellafill®. This technology, a non-surgical method, works to combat the loss of volume in the face that can contribute to loss of the softness and fullness associated with youth and beauty. Loss of volume contributes to the downward descent of the face in addition to the effects of gravity. Restoring the fullness can lift the structures of the face – this is the non surgical so call “Liquid Lift” of which our readers may have heard.

Common Issues of Aging That Need Rejuvenation

In terms of talking rejuvenation of the face, it’s best to discuss what happens over time. Essentially, knowing what you’re combating and addressing will help you to understand the power and appropriateness of the procedure under consideration. Over time the facial volume – skin, subcutaneous tissue and even the bone – all thin and loose volume allowing for sagging and loss of support to the skin.

The areas commonly addressed with Bellafill are:

  • Sagging cheeks
  • Hollow cheeks
  • Hollowness in the temple region with a harshness to the bony rim of the eye socket
  • Dull, wrinkled unsupported skin
  • Show of the bony lower orbital rim with lengthening of the lower eyelid
  • Jowls and deep lines from the corner of the mouth (prejowl atrophy)

How Bellafill® Addresses These Areas

Bellafill® is unique in its ability to stimulate your own body to produce collagen in response to the injection. It provides a soft, very natural looking volumization that can restore the youthful softness and fullness to the face in the temple, midface (cheeks), under the eyes and in the prejowl region. It is the only filler that is FDA approved for five years duration. Extensive studies verify its safety as well as our own three years of experience.

Dr. Stevens is a top 1% injector of Bellafill in the nation and is a certified Bellafill® instructor.

To restore the youthful softness and volume and get a non surgical lift for your face contact Douglas M. Stevens, M.D. for Bellafill rejuvenation! (888) 970-5131


The Three D’s of Aging

Aging womanIn educating patients and blog readers, we have developed a method of categorizing the processes of facial aging allowing for a more comprehensible way to discuss the many ways to address these issues. We call this, “Three D’s of Aging.”

What Are The Three D’s of Aging?

Put simply, the three D’s of aging are the three ways that your face – skin, underlying fat, muscle and even bone – age over time.

As you age you will experience:

DESCENT – gravity always wins the tug of war between your facial structures and the center of the earth. Procedures such as browlifts and facelifts address this issue.

DEFLATION – Put simply, this is the loss of volume in your face. The loss of volume includes thinning of the skin, subcutaneous tissue and even the bone. Volumization with various fillers can restore the softness and fullness of youthful beauty. The newest filler, Bellafill®, is an FDA approved five year duration filler. Dr. Stevens is a nationwide to 1% injector and instructor in the use of Bellafill®. We have seen wonderful results with its use of the past three years.

DEGRADATION – Finally, the third D of aging is that of degradation of the skin, which is primarily caused by overexposure to sun rays. residents can be extremely susceptible to aging of the skin because of our wonderful outdoor lifestyle here in the sunshine state. We have a variety of lasers, light source therapy, skin care or facials performed by our wonderful aesthetician, Paula, to correct this D.

Why Does This Matter to You?

When considering the three D’s, it is important to recognize that you – like most other residents – are subject to these forms of aging. No human is immune to gravity or sunlight. However, that doesn’t mean you have to accept degradation, deflation, and descent. Instead, you can select a cosmetic procedure – surgical or non-surgical – that addresses your D concerns.

If you’re worried about sagging skin, the drooping of jowls, or even your wrinkled forehead, look no further than Douglas M. Stevens, MD. His team of professionals understand the three D’s of aging and work everyday to help patients get past them. You don’t have to live with a look you’re not happy with. Instead, go with a look you feel embodies your true self. (888) 970-5131

Skin Rejuvenation Series: Light Source Therapy (IPL)

Douglas Stevens Light Source Therapy BlogWhen patients approach us about skin rejuvenation, there is a general curiosity of light source therapy. We often get questions regarding this type of procedure because it has been in the cosmetic therapies industry for quite some time, and many patients have seen it work for their friends and family.

At Douglas M. Stevens, MD we have adopted this technology and found it extremely positive. Because of this popularity, we decided to use this as our focus for this month’s skin rejuvenation series.

What is Light Source Therapy?

The main process of light source therapy involves the use of IPL. This acronym stands for Intense Pulsed Light. That is exactly what is sounds like: light is the source of the rejuvenation. Intense beams of light are directly applied to the skin area that needs the therapy. This process is absolutely non-invasive, and it doesn’t require you take a lot of time off of work to recover.

Additionally, this process is customizable. Depending on your needs as the patient, we can adjust the frequency and volume that is applied during the treatment. This translates directly to you getting a procedure that is tailored to you.

What Does IPL Address?

Consistently, the process of IPL targets sun damage, spider veins, unwanted skin blemishes, and many other unwanted tones or textures on the face. This is key for Fort Myers and surrounding area residents who are frequently subject to harsh sun damage.

Whatever your needs, let light source therapy address them. This proven method of rejuvenation is a long-standing rejuvenation technique on the market, and we stand behind its effects for our patients.

Adopt skin rejuvenation therapies into your routine, and you’ll begin seeing quickly how they can benefit you and your skin. Contact Douglas M. Stevens, M.D. and his team to help you regain the look you want: (888) 970-5131.

What is an Aesthetician?

laser treatmentIn our line of work, it is common for names and titles to get thrown around. Experience and titles definitely matter, but how much good do they do if the patient doesn’t know what they mean? Because of this fact, Douglas M. Stevens, M.D. and his team aim to keep patients and families completely informed. Before any procedure, we perform a consultation and thoroughly explain each person’s role in the process. Knowledge is power, and we firmly believe that.

In discussing various roles and figures in the cosmetic procedure industry, we wanted to spend this blog post discussing the work done by an aesthetician. An aesthetician aids in the non-surgical cosmetic procedures that bring rejuvenation to the patient’s skin and body.

Aestheticians: How They Work

When an aesthetician comes to you at a cosmetic procedure center, she or he brings the knowledge of accreditation and licensure to the process. The aesthetician’s job is to implement therapies that meet your specific needs, while having the technique and training to do so in a medically-acceptable practice. Ideally, the aesthetician has experience in all kinds of therapies and rejuvenation: pulse light therapy, microdermabrasion, and chemical peels to name a few.

The Difference Between an Aesthetician and a Cosmetic Surgeon

The key difference between an aesthetician and a cosmetic surgeon is within their titles. Both work on the aesthetics of the face and body, but a cosmetic surgeon can perform a surgery and an aesthetician cannot. The aesthetician really fills a need when a patient wants to achieve a youthful look, but is not interested in surgery nor downtime during recovery.

Aestheticians can perform:

  • Laser Facials
  • Fillers
  • Light Therapy

They cannot perform:

  • Face lift surgeries
  • Rhinoplasties
  • Blepharoplasties

The Right Person For Your Rejuvenation

Whenever you’re interested in a cosmetic procedure but are not sure which person to enlist for the job, it’s best to go to a facility that offers both professionals. Douglas M. Stevens, M.D. keeps aestheticians on staff for this exact purpose. That way, the client gets the best of both worlds.

Contact the Douglas M. Stevens, M.D. for the cosmetic procedure you envision for yourself; whatever that may be, we can help! (888) 970-5131