Laser skin resurfacing utilizes laser light that is broken up into separate beams to treat a portion of the skin’s surface. The beams send microscopic columns of energy into the skin that destroy old tissue. The resulting healing process reveals fresh skin that looks and feels softer and smoother; this occurs because collagen production is stimulated. With laser skin resurfacing, only the specific areas treated are “wounded,” while the surrounding areas remain untouched.
IPL, also called photorejuvenation or photofacial, uses potent pulses of light to penetrate the epidermis. The surface result is a more even skin tone and smoother complexion, making this effective for rosacea, lesions, freckles, acne, spider veins, and pigmentation irregularities. Popular with women and men, IPL can correct discoloration from smoking or alcohol use, but may not be suitable for dark or deeply tanned skin.
While dermal fillers add volume beneath the skin, BOTOX® Cosmetic or Dysport Cosmetic addresses wrinkles and lines by relaxing and temporarily inhibiting tense facial muscles that cause creases and furrows. Subtle and natural-looking around the eyes, forehead, mouth, neck, and brows, BOTOX® Cosmetic or Dysport Cosmetic is administered as a series of tiny injections. We apply a powerful numbing cream (NumbMaster) first, making the process essentially very comfortable. Little or no downtime is involved, and patients see results in a few days, lasting 3 to 6 months. Both men and women pursue this temporary rejuvenation with great satisfaction.
Time takes its toll on the face, bringing lines, wrinkles, sags, and general laxity to our lips, cheeks, chins, and jaws. When collagen begins to breakdown, filler injections can help restore smoothness and, different from BOTOX® Cosmetic or Dysport Cosmetic, add volume for younger-looking skin. Before the injection, a topical anesthetic is applied to reduce the discomfort of a very fine needle, and mild swelling or redness may occur after, but you will then enjoy both subtle and natural results for up to six to twelve months.
Microdermabrasion, or a “skin polish”, vacuums fine crystals across the skin under pressure to provide superior exfoliation of areas affected by acne, dry or oily skin, sun damage, scars, discoloration, and more. As dead skin cells are removed and new cells are produced, your skin’s natural glow is restored. Safe and comfortable for all skin types, microdermabrasion may result in light redness, but has no downtime. Usually effective in four to six treatments, it may be noticeable after just one.
IPL can also aid in the destruction of hair follicles, permanently reducing hair growth in targeted regions, from the back to the bikini area. Concentrated beams of light harm the follicle, not the skin, perhaps resulting in mild discomfort for a day or two. A series of treatments is required, spaced at 4 to 8 week intervals, to account for cyclical hair growth, but most patients experience a 70% reduction each time, with hair also growing back finer and lighter. Laser removal is a newer technology with promise for those who weren’t good candidates in the past, so please inquire.
One of the lesser invasive ways to improve your skin’s appearance is a chemical peel. Whether addressing lines, wrinkles, age spots, sun damage, or mild scars, the chemical solution removes the damaged surface layers, stimulating the growth of smoother, younger-looking skin. A peel can be used on the face, neck, back, hands, décolleté, or around the lips. Though you may experience mild peeling and redness after a session, you can also resume normal activities immediately.
When firmness and stubborn fat removal is desired, TriPollar is enlisted to sculpt the body – your arm, abdomen, legs – or tighten the sagging skin and wrinkles in your face and neck. With the safe sensation of a warm massage, TriPollar uses radiofrequency to heat the fat and deep skin layers, which react by removing the fat and tightening the skin. While treatment time varies depending on how many and which areas are being addressed, six to eight weeks is recommended for optimal results. No recuperation time is needed after treatments.
LATISSE® is the only FDA-approved product on the market for patients who desire thicker, longer, and darker eyelashes. It has undergone rigorous tests and trials to ensure its safety and effectiveness. Prescribed by a doctor, this topical treatment is applied nightly to the base of upper lashes, and comes with daily applicators to reduce risk of eye infection. Results can be attained in 8-16 weeks, but patients must continue use of LATISSE® or lashes will return to their former condition.