Improve Your Face & Skin

It's exciting! Because today you've got a ever-expanding universe of surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures to enhance your face and skin.

Whether you have a few lines and wrinkles you'd like to smooth away or think it's time for something more extensive like rhinoplasty or a facelift, you should be as informed as possible. Don't be afraid to ask questions, and the more you know about each procedure the better equipped you'll be when you start looking for a qualified cosmetic surgeon.

Some of the non-invasive cosmetic procedures for the face and skin involve lasers and ultrasound treatments. These are usually done without anesthesia and require no down time. With Fraxel Laser treatment, thermal heat is delivered via laser to targeted skin areas. This promotes natural healing and production of new collagen. It's great for fine lines and wrinkles, age spots and acne scars.

Exilis is another wrinkle treatment that uses radio frequency waves to heat the layers of skin and collagen below the surface, triggering new growth and smoothing out lines and wrinkles.

Intense Pulse Light or IPL is used to treat sun damage, age spots, broken blood vessels, spider veins and Rosacea. It works by using photorejuvenation. Broad spectrum light is focused on target areas and absorbed by the damaged veins or melanin. The light damages the problem cells, then the body's natural healing process flushes them out and new cells are produced.

Thermage is used to treat sagging skin on the face or body. The treatments use radiofrequency to heat deep skin layers while keeping the surface layer cool. This method allows collagen in the top layer of skin to tighten and encourages new collagen production in the deeper layers. Bags under the eyes, lines and wrinkles around the mouth, eyes, neck and even on the body can benefit from Thermage treatments.

Ultherapy also uses targeted ultrasound heat to promote new collagen production and tighten existing collagen and skin, resulting in a firmer skin tone and fewer wrinkles.

Fillers are another non-surgical wrinkle and line treatment option. Juvederm injections are composed of some of the same substances found in hyaluronic acid, which is found in the body. It works with existing collagen to smooth out lines and wrinkles.

Radiesse is another injectible filler used for wrinkle and line treatment. It's composed of biocompatible substances (calcium hydroxyl apatite and carboxymethycellulose) and the positive results can last up to two years.

Restylane is also an injectible filler made from natural hyaluronic acid, which is biodegradable. This filler binds with water molecules in your tissue and helps smooth out wrinkles and lines around the mouth and nose. It's also used to fill in sunken areas of the face under the eyes or cheeks and even for lip augmentation.

Biocompatible Sculptra is the synthetic form of natural Poly-L-lactic acid. Sculptra injections are used to treat smile lines and other wrinkles on the face. It works by causing the skin to thicken, which helps to eliminate wrinkles and lines. Results are often seen for two years after the injections.  

Botox injections are one of the most popular wrinkle treatments. The injections work by blocking the facial muscles from releasing a chemical that causes them to contract and wrinkle the skin.

Dysport is a lot like Botox and is made from the same substance. It's used to treat deeper lines and wrinkles.

Chemical peels aren't surgical, but are a little more involved than lasers or fillers. There are three types of chemical peels; light, medium and deep. The light peels are for minimal wrinkles or age spots while the deep peels are for treatment of deep lines, scars or dark age or sun spots. Light peels can be done in your dermatologist's office usually without anesthesia but deep peels will need to be performed in a hospital under anesthesia. Your dermatologist can determine which is best for you.

Face lift surgery is the most well-known surgical treatment for men and women who have more wrinkles and signs of aging than can be treated successfully with other non-invasive methods. It's generally recommended for those over age 40 and in good health. There are different types of face lifts, ranging from mini face lifts, threadlifts, SMAS, endoscopic, mid face lifts and traditional full face lifts. Your individual level of wrinkles and lines will determine which type is best for you.
Regular rhinoplasty (nose-reshaping) and Asian rhinoplasty is the procedure of changing the shape of the nose either by shortening or lengthening, making less wide or straightening the slope or tip of the nose. Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure that will require anesthesia and recovery time.

Eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) or Asian eyelid surgery is used to improve the look of the patient's eyes. Regular eyelid surgery is used to help eliminate puffy or baggy circles under the eyes while the Asian form eliminates and extra fold in the upper eyelid and creates a smoother crease.

A chin implant can be used to give your face a more balanced look. It's often performed on men who want to have a stronger profile.

Lip augmentation is used to plump up thin lips and give a fuller appearance. This can help balance out your facial features. Fillers can be natural or synthetic injections or even tiny implants.

Hair, both the removal of and addition to, is another common cosmetic procedure. Laser hair removal can be used on any area of the face or body. The best results are seen on medium to dark hair but lighter hair can be treated as well.

Hair transplants are used to supplement the patient's existing volume. Types of hair transplants include follicular unit strip surgery where a donor strip from one part of your scalp is transplanted to the thinning area. Follicular unit extraction is where single hair strands or groups of strands are transplanted from one area to another. Scalp reduction or hair flap surgery is very involved and requires having a balloon inserted under the scalp to stretch the skin, then surgery to cut the balding section out and pull the section with hair over to cover it.

Latisse is a solution available by prescription that encourages eyelash growth. You can apply it yourself. The results are often dramatic, with over a 100% increase in volume. It only lasts as long as you keep up the treatments though.

If you have a tattoo that just doesn't fit your lifestyle anymore, you may want to consider laser tattoo removal. This process involves using laser light to break up the ink below the skin surface then letting the body naturally flush out the particles. Since dark ink absorbs more light, those types of tattoos respond better than tattoos with lighter colors.

As you can see, there are plenty of options available to enhance your facial appearance and improve skin tone. Find a qualified cosmetic surgeon or dermatologist, do your research, ask questions and get started on your new, younger-looking you!