It wasn’t that long ago when the options to improve your facial appearance were quite limited: doctors could basically treat wrinkles and scarring, using procedures that required a long recovery period. Facelifts entailed the use of general anesthesia, carried significant risks and were typically available only to wealthy celebrities. Dermabrasion to treat wrinkles and scarring was a surgical invasive procedure that required a local anesthetic and left skin red and raw for weeks.
In 2012, dermatologists can ensure your skin is Looking great by treating wrinkles, tightening skin, removing scars and correcting pigmentation problems using a variety of treatments. There are, in fact, so many treatments available that it can be confusing to sort through them. Below is an introduction to the various treatments now available for facial skin correction and rejuvenation.
Skin tightening is used when the face has loose or sagging skin due to aging, weight loss, or sun damage.
Thermage CPT (Comfort Pulse Technology)
Thermage CPT uses radio frequency energy to simultaneously heat and cool the skin. This energy heats the collagen in the deeper layers of the skin while simultaneously protecting the top layers of the skin with a cooling spray. The heating action causes the collagen in the deeper layers of the skin to tighten immediately, and it stimulates new collagen production.
Thermage CPT requires visits over time, and the final result can be seen after about four months of treatment.
Ultherapy by Ulthera
Ultherapy uses ultrasound technology to do the same thing as Thermage: tighten collagen and grow new collagen. It works just like a laser but it is able to penetrate deeper into the skin tissue, beyond the surface.
Wrinkle removal has become affordable, quick and virtually painless with a new generation of injectable volumizers and fillers for the face that last anywhere from one to five years.
Volumizers like Sculptra and Artefill are designed to add volume to the entire face. They replace the lost collagen and provide structure to the face. Sculptra and Artefill both stimulate the body to produce its own collagen; Artefill also adds bovine collagen to replace volume loss. Recent research has shown that Sculptra can last up to two years, while Artefill can last over five years. The early surgical facelifts lasted between five and ten years—this is definitely more bang for your buck!
Dermal fillers are typically used to treat the wrinkles in the lower part of the face and to target specific areas. Juvederm and Restylane are two of the most popular dermal fillers and are both made of hyaluronic acid, a natural sugar present in the skin. After injection, the results are immediate and last approximately one year.
Volumizers and fillers can be combined for a “non-surgical facelift”, and when a dermal filler like Juvederm is used with Botox the entire procedure is known as a Softlift—a treatment that provides a soft and natural result without any downtime.
There are now treatments for scar removal and pigmentation problems including uneven pigmentation, shallow acne scars, and blotchy skin. Chemical peels can treat these problems as well as reduce freckles and remove melasma on the face.
Skin Peels include laser resurfacing of the skin and microdermabrasion to exfoliate the outer-most layer of dead skin cells.
There are so many ways you can improve your skin’s health and appearance without breaking the bank or taking unnecessary risks with your health. Only a qualified dermatologist can determine which treatment(s) are right for you, depending on your preferences and goals.
If you live in the Surrey, British Columbia area Beautiful Canadian Laser and Skincare Clinic is the place to go; if you’d like to learn more, please contact us.