As time passes our skin shows the natural, inevitable signs of aging – wrinkles, sagging, sun damage. But you can counteract those effects with several non-surgical cosmetic procedures available at our practice, including BOTOX® and injectable fillers such as collagen and Juvéderm® to smooth lines and wrinkles and raise sunken areas; chemical peels to reduce blemishes and scarring and produce fresh, glowing skin; and Fraxel® laser to help resurface the superficial layers of the skin.
Fraxel is a CO2 laser technology that can help reverse the visible effects of aging, naturally helping you look as young as you feel. This technology treats microscopic areas of skin allowing for precision resurfacing and a much faster healing process than other treatments (i.e. chemical peels and Dermabrasion).
Conditions that may be treated with Fraxel are:
Actinic Keratosis (AK)
Actinic Keratosis (AK) is a common pre-cancerous skin condition that affects almost 10 million Americans each year. These lesions typically appear as a scaly or crusty growth on the face and exposed to sunlight. People who have fair complexions are more prone to AKs than are people with darker skin.
Although Actinic Keratosis is considered a pre-cancerous condition, it is very treatable with different therapies. Fraxel technology is very effective at treating AKs and has the additional benefit of rejuvenating the skin allowing for a more youthful appearance.
Melasma - which is most common in women and affects about 45 million people worldwide - appears as irregular patches of brown skin on the forehead, cheeks, upper lip and nose. Like most other pigmented lesions, Melasma is not dangerous, but does affect appearance causing many women to resort to makeup to hide the uneven skin tone. Melasma is most common during hormonal fluctuations associated with pregnancy, oral contraceptives or hormone replacement therapy.
Age / Sunspots
Age spots are due more to sun exposure than aging (remember all of those summers spent at the beach?). These spots - also called sunspots, brown spots or liver spots - are flat, uneven dark patches on the face, neck, chest, hands and arms and other areas that are regularly exposed to the sun. Though usually harmless, these blotchy brownish patches can make you look older than you really are.
In the sun, your body reacts by producing a pigment called melanin to protect your skin from ultraviolet rays. If you spend a lot of time in the sun, your skin may overreact by producing too much melanin. That increased pigmentation can result in age spots, which fall into a broad medical category called "pigmented lesions."
As you age, your skin's collagen and elastin simply break down faster than your body can rebuild them. The slowed remodeling of these skin-tightening proteins causes your skin to thin, droop and lose elasticity - which often leads to winkles, furrows and fine lines. People with fine lines and wrinkles are great candidates for Fraxel resurfacing, seeing tightening of the skin and more even tone.
Dermal fillers (i.e. Juvéderm®, Restylane®, etc.) are injected under the skin to "plump up," contour and smooth wrinkles, lines and hollow areas in the face and augment the lips or cheeks for a younger, fuller appearance.
BOTOX® Cosmetic is a prescription medicine that is injected into muscles and used to improve the look of moderate-to-severe frown lines between the brows in people 18 to 65 years of age for a short period of time (temporary).
BOTOX® Cosmetic is administered as a simple, nonsurgical treatment that is injected directly into the muscles between the brows. It works by blocking nerve impulses to the injected muscles. This reduces muscle activity that causes moderate to severe lines to form between the brows.
LATISSE® is a prescription treatment for hypotrichosis (inadequate or not enough lashes) to grow eyelashes longer, fuller, darker.