Skin Rejuvenation Programs
Sometimes wrinkles or deeper skin lines require a substance to fill and replace lost tissue. The deeper layers of the skin are composed of collagen and hyaluronic acid which help give it its shape and contour. Environmental damage as well as intrinsic aging factors allow degradation of these substances thereby causing the skin to wrinkle and sag. Various FDA approved fillers can be utilized to fix these defects and give the skin a more youthful appearance. Our center is continually researching newer and better filler materials. These fillers will be added to our practice as they become FDA approved. A consultation with one of our board certified dermatologists will allow you to discuss your concerns and formulate a personalized program to fit your skin type and needs.
Injectable Botox® is used to smooth lines such as frown lines, crows feet and forehead wrinkles, by relaxing the muscles of facial expression. Botox® has been utilized by the medical community for many years, primarily to relax eye and other muscle spasms. It is now FDA approved for cosmetic use to smooth out muscles of facial expression in the glabellar area. All our dermatologists are experienced Botox® injectors.
Fractional Laser Treatment for Wrinkles and Acne Scars
Fractionated laser treatments produce thousands of microscopic columns of laser energy on the treated area of skin. These zones, which are very small but deep, are separated by areas of intact skin that the laser leaves untouched. This fractional treatment allows the skin that remains intact to heal the treated skin. The body’s natural healing process creates new healthier skin to replace the older, damaged skin. By design, each treatment targets between 20-25 % of the skin’s surface. Therefore, depending on the patient’s skin, an effective treatment regimen requires a minimum of four treatments spaced four weeks apart. Treatments are non-ablative and down time is minimal. Because of their gentleness, these treatments may be done in different body areas that were impossible to treat with ablative lasers. Areas such as the neck, chest and hands can be effectively treated. Optimal improvement is usually noted three to six months after the last treatment, although most patients notice a gradual but progressive improvement after just the first treatment. For more information regarding our lasers, please see the section on Laser and Intense Pulsed Light Therapy.
IPL photofacials combat the effects of environmentally damaged skin in a gentle, non-ablative manner. IPL photofacials are designed to gently deliver precise amounts of light to the surface of the skin. The light energy not only targets superficial age spots and broken blood vessels of the skin, but also stimulates collagen production in the deeper layers. Treatments usually take less than one hour and can be done on the face, neck, and chest or on any skin area that is sun or environmentally damaged. The only thing patients notice when they leave the office is mild redness of the treated area. After several photofacials, the skin will appear less red and will have a more even texture and tone.
Facial Peels & Antipigmentation Treatments
As people age, the skin becomes sun and environmentally damaged and dark spots, uneven pigmentation and abnormal cells appear. Facial peels create an even, controlled shedding of these damaged cells leaving the skin with more even texture and color. Therapeutic peels such as glycolic acid, salicylic acid or TCA may be employed depending on the environmental damage of the skin. Peels may also be utilized in combination with other modalities such as hydrafacials, microdermabrasion or photofacials to achieve even more powerful results. Specialized antipigment peels may be recommended to treat difficult or persistent pigmentation or melasma. During the consultation, a complimentary VISIA skin analysis will be performed which will allow our staff to optimize your therapy.
Microdermabrasion and HydraFacial Treatments
Not all microdermabrasion therapies are equal. Equipment that is not physician strength such as those employed in some cosmetic spas employ very weak suction and do not have the power to abrade the skin appropriately. Others utilize inferior crystals that are not even in diameter and over abrade the skin. Our center utilizes two different types of microdermabrasion equipment; one that utilizes crystals and one that utilizes liquids . Our esthetician will determine which one is right for your skin type after consulting with you.