Skin - Non-Invasive Procedures
Dermabrasion helps to smooth out irregularities on the skin by gently abrading the skin’s top layers. The procedure is most commonly done to remove sun-damaged skin and to remove or lessen the appearance of scars and dark spots on the skin.
Temporary side effects can include itching, tingling, burning, swelling and redness. Lightening of the treated skin, sensitivity to the sun and loss of the ability to make pigment (tan) can also occur. Risks involved with the procedure can include abnormal color changes, whiteheads, infection, scarring, skin flare-up, allergies, fever blisters and cold sores.
Chemical peels improve the appearance of the skin and is typically performed on the face, neck or hands. The treatment restores youthful skin by eliminating the topmost layer of skin, which is often damaged by weather and other external factors. The new, regenerated skin is usually smoother and less wrinkled than the old skin.
Botox® Cosmetic is a popular non-surgical injection that temporarily reduces or eliminates frown lines, crow’s feet, laugh lines and forehead creases. The Botox® Cosmetic procedure temporarily paralyzes the muscles that cause wrinkles while giving the skin a more smooth and rejuvenated appearance. This simple treatment must be repeated every 3 to 4 months.
The Thermage® procedure is a revolutionary non-surgical technique that tightens aging skin with no incisions. Thermage® employs a patented capacitive radiofrequency (CRF) technology called ThermaCool™, which has been clinically proven to tighten and gently lift skin to smooth out wrinkles and renew facial contours. The incision-free procedure is fast, easy and requires no downtime from regular activities. Unlike lasers, the procedure can be performed on patients of all skin types. The ThermaCool™ device has been cleared by the FDA for the non-invasive treatment of facial wrinkles.
The ThermaCool™ device uses a special treatment tip called ThermaTip™ that delivers a controlled amount of CRF energy. With each touch of the skin, the ThermaTip™ evenly heats a large amount of collagen in the deeper layers of the skin and its underlying tissue while simultaneously protecting the outer layer of the skin with cooling. Immediately following the Thermage® procedure, skin should feel lighter, smoother and more youthful with additional tightening over time.
Fat Injections (Autologen)
There are various fillers that infiltrate the market, several of which have become very popular. Despite the availability of these fillers, our clinic prefers fat transplantation as the filler of choice. Your own body fat is removed, usually from the thighs or buttocks, and is transferred to another area of the body. The fat can be used to fill in grooves and wrinkles in the under eye area, crow’s feet, cheeks, lips and nasolabial folds (the lines between the nose and the corners of the mouth).
Juvéderm® (Hyaluronic Acid)
Juvéderm® is an injectable gel that is considered the “next-generation” dermal filler. Juvéderm® helps to add volume and hydration to the skin while smoothing away facial wrinkles and folds. It is also the first FDA approved hyaluronic acid filler that is proven to be safe and effective for persons of color. Juvéderm® provides long-lasting results for up to nine months.
Restylane® (Hyaluronic Acid)
Restylane® is a cosmetic filler that restores volume and fullness to the skin to correct moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds. Restylane® is made from an acid that occurs naturally in the human body. It is best used for cheeks, under eye area, lips and nasolabial folds (the lines between the nose and the corners of the mouth). The effects of Restylane® generally last for approximately six months.
Sculptra® (Poly-L Lactic Acid)
Scupltra® is approved by the FDA for the restoration and correction of the signs of facial fat loss in people with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Sculptra® is a biodegradable substance used in dissolvable stitches. Sculptra® is best used for frown lines, cheeks and nasolabial folds. The effects of Sculptra® generally last for up to 2 years.
The Erbium-YAG laser has been effectively used to reduce fine wrinkles around
the eyelid and the face. The laser can also be used to remove small marks, lesions and smooth out scars. With the Erbium-YAG laser, the risk of hyperpigmentation is much less.
Skin cancer is more common among patients who have a history of heavy sun exposure. Patients with fair skin and lighter hair are at higher risk for skin cancer.
There are three different types of skin cancer; basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma. Basal cell carcinoma is the most common type of skin cancer and is also easily treated. Basal cell carcinomas usually appear early on as small ulcerating lesions. These cancers generally do not spread to other parts of the body. Treatment of basal cell carcinoma usually includes removing the cancer from the skin and stitching with a fine closure. This will result in the smallest scar possible.
Squamous cell carcinoma is a more serious type of skin cancer but can be easily treated when identified promptly. Unlike basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma can spread to other parts of the body. Squamous cell tumors appear as thick and rough ulcerating lesions when they develop and usually appear on sun-exposed areas of the body. Treatment for squamous cell carcinoma is similar to that of basal cell carcinoma and is highly successful with early detection.
Melanoma is the most serious form of skin cancer. The first sign of melanoma is a lesion on the skin that resembles a mole or a change in the size, shape or color of an existing mole. Any suspicious lesion with an irregular shape and color should be closely monitored. It is important that melanoma be detected as early as possible. Surgery to remove the melanoma is standard treatment for this disease.