Skin care treatments administered by a board certified plastic surgeon are used for advanced correction of fine lines and wrinkles, discoloration, uneven texture, and skin laxity. Advanced skin care treatments will provide patients with softer, smoother, and more even-toned skin.
For More Even, Beautiful, And Refined Skin
We have all heard the repeated reminder, "our skin is the largest organ in the body." This is true, our skin is an organ, and it is the most visible indicator of our health. For example, people who are ill can display signs of color change in the skin, and people with rashes tend to be having a poor reaction to something. Our skin communicates our health and history to the world. Perhaps this is why we associate youth with fresh, bright, even, and soft skin.
There are several types of treatments used for bringing the skin back to its optimum state. The variances include the products or machinery used, the intensity of the treatment, the downtime after the treatment, and the results garnered by the treatment.
Treatments administered by a dermatologist or board certified plastic surgeon are more effective and longer lasting than treatments administered by an esthetician or alternative type of skin care professional.
If you are interested in some kind of skin rejuvenation, Appearance Center board certified dermatologists and plastic surgeons can help. They will listen to your concerns, your cosmetic goals, and your lifestyle habits to determine the best treatment course with the most appropriate downtime and results. You will love your freshly rejuvenated skin.
CO2 Fractional Laser Treatments, IPL, and KTP TREATMENTS
For even skin tone and softer texture
There are several treatments that we, as patients, lump into the category of "laser." In reality, not every treatment option used to point light or beams at the skin for correction uses laser technology. IPL, for example, is not a laser.
What the technologies in this category have in common, however, is there ability to "pick up" and purge certain characteristics or physical attributes in the skin. In the same manner that a person knows whether to use a push broom or rake, your board certified surgeon will know exactly what mechanism to use to bring your personal skin into its optimal state.
In general, patients who receive the following treatments can expect the following results:
CO2 Fractional Laser Treatment
On a higher setting, CO2 fractional laser will offer a complete resurfacing of the skin. Reducing or eliminating the appearance of fine lines, moderate to severe wrinkles, and brown spots or discoloration. CO2 fractional laser will also help tighten and tone the skin, helping the skin to rejuvenate itself by creating new, healthy skin cells, for an overall even texture and smooth appearance. CO2 fractional laser can also be administered on very light settings for a less invasive jump start to cellular turn over for more beautiful and even skin.
IPL Treatment is sometimes referred to as IPL Photofacial. This treatment uses light technology to "pick up" tones of brown and red in the skin, such as freckles, age spots, and sun damage. The skin subsequently purges these tones, pushing them out as they flake off to leave an even, more luminous look behind.
KTP Laser Treatment
KTP laser treatment is best used for eliminating small areas of visible capillaries or blood vessels. This technology targets these fine areas of red in the skin, reducing their appearance and leaving behind the skin's natural tones.
Microneedling, Infini, and PRP Treatment
Microneedling, Infini, and PRP treatments provide physicians with a way in which to penetrate the skin methodically in order to stimulate the body's naturally regenerative healing process. The capabilities of these types of treatments include cellular regeneration, skin renewal, reduction of fine lines and wrinkles, and stimulated hair growth on the scalp.
In general, patients who receive the following treatments can expect the following results:
Microneedling is performed with a handheld device containing a tip with several very tiny needles, similar to a tattoo device. Unlike getting a tattoo, microneedling does not hurt. Patients are numbed with cream and physicians work the device over the skin in a circular motion. This creates very tiny, invisible wounds in the skin. The body's natural response to healing creates beautifully refreshed skin, smaller pores, and a reduction of fine lines and wrinkles. Micorneedling by a board certified physician will penetrate the skin to a deeper level than with a medical esthetician, yielding more prominent results.
Infini is microneedling with radio frequency. This technology allows physicians to obtain even more defined results for improved skin texture and tone. The use of radio frequency stimulates the skin to produce collagen in specific areas, creating beautifully customized results.
Platelet Rich Plasma Treatment is used as an additive treatment to Appearance Center rejuvenation methods. PRP treatment can be combined with fillers, microneedling, and laser treatments to enhance the body's reaction and rejuvenation capabilities.
During PRP treatment, the patient's blood is drawn, the blood is spun in a centrifuge, and the red blood cells are separated from the blood plasma. The plasma is used on the skin, or injected into the skin, to help stimulate the rejuvenation process.
Physician Administered Chemical Peels And Microdermabrasion
Chemical peels and microdermabrasion are used to remove the outter most layers of skin. The skin then naturally regenerates, healing itself, and leaving behind softer, more even skin.
Physician Administered Chemical Peels
Physician administered peels will be stronger and more effective than chemical peels purchased in a store or administered by an esthetician. These peels are medically administered to create a controlled chemical burn on the skin. Similar to when a reptile peels, as the old, damaged skin peels from our face and neck, new, glowing, and beautiful skin is revealed. Physician administered chemical peels help with the reduction of fine lines and wrinkles, the appearance of brown spots and sun damage, and help with skin tightening to a limited degree.
Microdermabrasion generally works best for skin requiring focused treatments, such as seen in facial scarring from chickenpox, acne, or skin cancer. During microdermabrasion, a hand-held electronic tool, affixed with a diamond or wire brush tip, removes damaged or scarred layers of skin to allow for the growth of new skin. The outcome of dermabrasion is dramatic as well as long-lasting.
FAQs About Skin Treatments
For some skin tones, skin rejuvenation techniques will be limited less abrasive methods. Typically, treatments like microneedling, infini, and PRP are great for all skin types. In order to tell if you are a candidate for a skin treatments, schedule a consultation with an Appearance Center surgeon. We will help you determine the best treatment course for beautifully refreshed skin.
KTP treatment is used more frequently for the correction of visible capillaries in the face. If the skin has larger portions of red tones, KTP is not the best option, but IPL may be an option. It is best to consult with one of our board certified surgeons to determine your best treatment options.
Skin treatments range drastically from one to another. Some skin treatments, like a very intense CO2 treatment, will actually require sedation and a driver. You will probably need to rest after a treatment like this, and healing will take 10 - 14 days. Other treatments are in office procedures, and take a day or so to be at their peak, before they start to gradually get better in appearance. In most cases, your skin will be red, peeling, and perhaps scabbing during recovery, so you will want to choose a time that you can be selective with your daily activities. Your surgeon will explain information about the details of your recovery in more detail before you commit to scheduling.
Our most popular seasons for skin treatments are during the winter, spring, and fall, when the sun is not at its peak. However, skin treatments can be done at any time, providing the patient is confident in their ability to avoid direct contact with sunlight. The skin is fairly sensitive after a skin treatment, and may be susceptible to increased damage. Additionally, results will not last as long if patients go into the sun after treatment. For more specific questions about your optimal time for a skin treatment, consult with one of our board certified surgeons.
Read About Our Skin Treatment Specialists
Michelle Aszterbaum, MD - Double Board Certified American Board of Medical Examiners, American Board of Dermatology
Jeffrey Joseph, MD - Board Certified in Ophthalmology with Additional Subspecialty Training in Plastic Surgery of the Eyelids
Steven Daines, MD - Double Board Certified in ENT Surgery and Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Simon Madorksy, MD - Double Board Certified in ENT Surgery and Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
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