Minimally Invasive Skin Rejuvenation
Underlying Problem Requiring Minimally Invasive Skin Rejuvenation:
Minimally invasive skin rejuvenation temporarily diminishes the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and discoloration of the skin as a result of aging. Procedures are performed in the doctor’s office with little or no recovery time using only a mild topical anesthetic. These treatments offer few side effects and are typically sufficient to correct the signs of aging when they are still considered to be mild to moderate.
Minimally invasive skin rejuvenation procedures include the following treatments, all of which propose little risk to the patient:
- BOTOX® (botulinum toxin)
- Dermal fillers such as Restylane®, Radiesse®, or Juvederm® (Hyaluronic Acid Gel)
- Skin Resurfacing (Laser/Photofacial, Microdermabrasion, Chemical Peel)
- Radiofrequency Collagen Renewal (Thermage)
BOTOX Cosmetic works by paralyzing the muscles that cause frown lines that have developed over time. BOTOX is administered through small injections directly to the facial muscles. Treatments should be repeated every four months to maintain the desired effects.
Most dermal fillers contain hyaluronic acid (HA), a substance that is naturally occurring in the human body. Bovine collagen is still available, but is rarely used since results quickly fade. Certain types of defects, such as deep folds and furrows, depressed scars or the areas of subcutaneous fat loss are only treatable with fillers while small defects, such as fine lines or mild-to-moderate wrinkles should be treated by topical agents before treatments like fillers or lasers are considered. Results last about six months.
Skin resurfacing is the removal of the dead outermost surface (papillary dermis) of the skin. Resurfacing is often used as an adjunct to facial surgery and can be accomplished through a variety of methods including microdermabrasion, laser peels
, and chemical peels. The longevity of the results are varied depending on the treatment chosen.
Radiofrequency (RF) collagen renewal (Thermage) uses radio frequencies to heat up the collagen in the deep layers of the skin. The body’s response to the degradation of collagen is to rebuild it, thus, smoothing the appearance of wrinkles. This procedure can be performed on the entire body and results are varied with regard to the longevity of its effects but typically last 18 months.
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