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Non-Surgical Cosmetic Procedures – What they can do for you

Posted on 16. Aug, 2016 by in Chemical Peel, Cosmetic Treatments, Esthetics, Skin Care, Various

co2(7)Non-Surgical Cosmetic Procedures – what they can do for you
Non-surgical cosmetic procedures and treatments are part of a $20 billion global industry and are projected to rise to over $27 billion by the year 2019.
There are three categories that comprise these non-surgical procedures and treatments – injectable products that include neuromodulator toxins, dermal fillers and volumizers; energy and light based procedures such as lasers and radio frequency devices and active skin care treatments and products.
Each individual has personal reasons for electing to do a procedure or treatment that will help correct a variety of issues, whether it is premature aging from sun damage, scarring from acne or intrinsic aging that presents in the form of wrinkles, fine lines and sagging skin. We are now fortunate that we have an arsenal of ways to choose from to look and feel our best.
One of the most popular procedure that is requested is for Botox. Allergan reports that Botox injections have increased by 700% since the year 2000. Neuromodulator toxins such as Botox and Xeomin from Merz Aesthetics are used to smooth out wrinkles that are caused by the overuse of facial expressions. Examples of expression lines are the lines in between the brows, sometimes referred to as the “11’s” or “angry lines” and crow’s feet, lines around the eyes and forehead wrinkles. There are off label uses as well for Botox and Xeomin. It can be used in the lower face around the chin for droopy mouth and above the lip to help with “smokers” lines. There is no downtime with toxin injections and they last anywhere from 3-4 months.
There are a wide variety of fillers that will help to fill creases and wrinkles. Juvederm and Restylane are two of the most popular ones on the market. Both are hyaluronic acid (HA), which is a natural lubricating substance found in our bodies, that pulls 1000 times it weights in water to the areas creating a plumper skin. Smile lines or the folds on the side of the nose and the “marionette” lines that run from the mouth downward are two areas that are easy to correct with HA fillers. HA fillers are used around the lips with nice results. These fillers typical last anywhere from 6 months to 12 months depending upon your body’s chemistry. Some people with a higher metabolism may have filler that dissipates quicker than others. There can be a little “social” downtime associated with the injections such as swelling and bruising at the injection site.
Volumizers are another group of dermal injectable that are used to bring back volume to the face due to aging or weight loss. These injectables last longer, up to two years, and are used in deeper folds and wrinkles and can also be used to provide a subtle lift to the lower face. Radiesse is a smooth gel filled with tiny calcium microspheres. There is immediate correction of folds and sagginess when Radiesse is first injected but it also stimulates your body’s own natural collagen. Sculptra is another facial injectable that brings back the structure of your face naturally. Sculptra works gradually to replace lost collagen and is done in 2-3 sessions over a eight-week period between appointments. Voluma injectable instantly adds volume in the cheek area that is natural and subtle. Voluma also contains hyaluronic acid but can last up to two years.
Wrinkles and lines are not the only complaint we see as we age. Sun damage and the natural aging process can show up in the form of hyperpigmentation (brown spots), rough texture, enlarged pores and red blotchiness. Bouts with acne can leave pitting and scarring that can be difficult to hide. This is where the lasers and engery based procedures come in. CO2 fractionated laser is a procedure that resurfaces the skin to rid it of all signs of aging and/or scars. CO2 produces tiny injuries deep within the skin as it takes off the first few layers of the outer epidermis. By creating these injuries, the body will produce new collagen and create a smoother skin. This is an in office procedure that requires about 7 days downtime that will result in refreshed and rejuvenated skin. Most people will go on a homecare regiment of retin a and hydroquinone to maintain the results of CO2. It is ideal for acne scars, heavy hyperpigmentation and fine lines. Ematrix, bi polar radio frequency, is used to tighten sagging skin and promote a smoother surface. It is not a true laser, but is laser like, and uses heat energy to change the cellular matrix and stimulate the collagen deep in the dermis. When doing treatments that stimulate collagen, three treatments are required four weeks apart. There may be 2-3 days of redness and swelling but recovery is shortened after each treatment. It is the perfect procedure for people who do not have the extended downtime to devote.
A cosmetic consult is always the best way to determine what procedures will correct individual issues and result in the best outcome. There are many complimentary ways that work together to correct and enhance ourselves. By using a mix of injectables, resurfacing and prescription homecare you can achieve optimum desired results.

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