Turn Back The Hands Of Time

Effects of facial aging reversed nonsurgically with natural-looking results.

Alison Sekerel knows her way around numbers. She puts that aptitude to good use as a bookkeeper for a company that manages properties in Palm Beach. She also keeps the books for three restaurants owned by her and her husband.

“I wanted something very natural, and Cigdem gave me exactly what I wanted.” – Alison

“I wanted something very natural, and Cigdem gave me exactly what I wanted.” – Alison

“One of the restaurants is on a golf course that we run with the city of Palm Beach Gardens,” Alison relates. “The other two are ours outright. They’re Mediterranean bistro-style cafes that have their own bakeries. Their menus offer a bit of everything.”

Alison and her husband are veteran restaurateurs. Alison’s husband studied restaurant management in college, and the couple have been involved with the industry throughout their relationship. It’s an industry that has presented several challenges.

“Running restaurants can be pretty difficult,” Alison contends. “It requires a lot of your time, and it’s one of the toughest businesses to sustain for long periods. There are many ups and downs. And the employees are very transient.”

Recently, the rigors of the restaurant business and natural changes related to aging recently caused Alison, 55, to become displeased with her appearance. She resolved to revitalize her face but wasn’t ready to undergo a full surgical face-lift. She set out to find a provider that could accommodate her goals.

“Aging is hard,” she maintains. “When I turned 55, I noticed that a lot of the fine lines and wrinkles in my face were becoming more prominent and that my face was sagging. I wanted to feel better about myself when I looked in the mirror, so I decided to get some sprucing up.

“I’m not opposed to getting a face-lift, but now just isn’t the time, and because I’d received BOTOX® Cosmetic injections some years ago, I wanted to get them again. After I found GaliDerm Aesthetics & Plastic Surgery, I decided that since the practice is close to where I live, I may as well visit them. That’s how I met Cigdem.”

Cigdem Gali, MSPA, PA-C, is a physician assistant specializing in aesthetic medicine at GaliDerm Aesthetics & Plastic Surgery in Royal Palm Beach. During Alison’s consultation appointment, Cigdem offered recommendations for rejuvenating Alison’s face without surgery.

“Alison initially came to us in February 2021,” Cigdem recalls. “She wanted a bit of facial rejuvenation, essentially a refresh. We started her off with a neuromodulator and some fillers and talked about other procedures to further rejuvenate her face. We recommended a series of nonsurgical treatments that can provide phenomenal results and really turn back the hands of time.”

“Cigdem was very welcoming,” Alison remembers. “She makes you feel attractive regardless of what you’re going to the practice to have done. She points out your positives; for example, she’ll say, You have beautiful skin. When you ask her what she recommends for your concern, she’s very honest.”

Rejuvenation Plan

Cigdem’s rejuvenation plan for Alison’s face included Morpheus8 treatments. Morpheus8 combines advanced radio-frequency technology with microneedling to remodel the skin on its deeper levels. It revitalizes the underlying scaffolding of the skin by triggering the production of collagen and elastin, the primary building blocks of skin.

“Morpheus8 treatments are given every four to six weeks,” Cigdem discloses. “In the meantime, we inject the neuromodulator JEUVEAU® every three months. JEUVEAU – also called NEWTOX – is the newest neuromodulator on the market. It kicks in faster than BOTOX Cosmetic.”

Once the Morpheus8 treatments tightened the skin on Alison’s face, she was ready for the next step in her rejuvenation plan. Cigdem volumized Alison’s face using fillers.

“It was time then to take her tightened, volumized skin and give it a nice lift,” Cigdem observes. “For that, we used minimally invasive nonsurgical threads, or MINT™.  We utilized a combination of threads on Alison: smooth threads to further stimulate collagen production and barbed threads for their lifting effect.

“Alison now looks phenomenal. And she’s going to be looking even better over the next three months. The threads gave her an instant lift and stimulated collagen production. That collagen building continues for approximately 12 weeks following the treatment. That’s when Alison will achieve her peak results.”

“Refreshed and Glowy”

Alison began her treatment at GaliDerm Aesthetics & Plastic Surgery in February and finished in June. The results were visible immediately.

“There was a noticeable difference in certain areas right away,” Alison confirms. “With the JEUVEAU, there’s a difference as soon as it’s injected. The lines and wrinkles on my face diminished immensely, and there’s been a big change in the crow’s feet around my eyes.” 

Alison’s treatment at GaliDerm Aesthetics & Plastic Surgery included cheek and lip fillers.

“When I first went to GaliDerm Aesthetics & Plastic Surgery, Cigdem asked me if I was interested in making my lips a little fuller,” Alison remembers. “She explained that as people get older, their lips tend to get thin, so I agreed to have the filler placed in my lips. I’ve never done that before, but I’m glad I did it now. It’s been a huge change.”

That change looks natural, and Alison is happy about that as well.

“My friends noticed the changes and told me that I looked refreshed and well rested,” she relates. “That’s a nice compliment because I feel like I look very natural. I don’t look hugely different. I look refreshed and glowy, which makes me happy.

“I wanted something very natural, and Cigdem gave me exactly what I wanted. The changes are very subtle and very gradual, but they’ve made a big difference. I don’t have huge lips, huge cheeks or really high eyebrows like some people have.

“I absolutely recommend GaliDerm Aesthetics & Plastic Surgery. Everyone who works there is sweet, fun and accommodating. They are a wonderful team.”

© FHCN article by Patti DiPanfilo. Photo by Jordan Pysz. Before and after images courtesy of GaliDerm Aesthetics & Plastic Surgery. js
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