In this video, Dr. Bill Johnson of Innovations Medical discusses the different resurfacing techniques, their indications, and the best possible combinations of procedures for different types of skin problems associated with aging.
Resurfacing, simply put, is a process of putting a new surface on the skin. In the past, laser resurfacing has been tagged as a brutal procedure, wherein the entire surface and upper layer of the skin are removed. It is associated with much pain and discomfort. Moreover, it often necessitates recovery period as long as six months.
However, about seven to eight years ago, a new technique, fractional resurfacing, emerged in the field of cosmetic and aesthetic medicine. In this technique, only a small area of the skin is removed, achieving the same great results in the old resurfacing technique. Because of the smaller area treated, fractional resurfacing has significantly less downtime, which is as short as a week. It is also a relatively painless procedure.
Today, fractional resurfacing is the procedure of choice for pigment issues, such as melasma, freckles, and age spots. It is also excellent in the reversal of aging by tightening and lifting the face and reduction of fine lines and wrinkles.
Melasma appears when a woman undergoes major hormonal changes in her body, such as pregnancy or maintaining on a birth control pill or other hormone/s. Melasma responds greatly after three to four sessions of laser resurfacing, However, it is important to remember that melasma has an innate behavior of recurring after one to two years. Hence, the patient will require repetitive treatment over a period of time.
Age spots, on the other hand, will usually take two to three treatments for complete eradication. However, laser resurfacing cannot address and reverse the root cause of age spots, which is the long-standing sun damage. Therefore, the probability of developing new age spots in the future remains.
Botox is one reliable option for addressing the crow’s feet in the lateral edges of the eyes. However, it is not recommended for wrinkle reduction in the corners of the mouth because of its side effect of muscle contraction, which may lead to saliva drooling.
The resurfacing technique that is most ideal for fine line and wrinkle reduction, especially around the corners of the mouth is the CO2 laser. CO2 lasers can be combined with procedures that restore lost volume in the lips. The doctor may inject a filler called Restylane to one’s lips or he/she can do fat transfer from other areas to one’s lips. Doctors and patients, alike, favor fat transfer more than fillers because it is relatively more inexpensive and provides longer results as long as a year.
Another procedure available in Innovations Medical is thermage. It is a procedure that allows better tightening and lifting the face. It addresses the lose skin by heating the collagen, which stimulates production of new collagen in the site being treated. Thermage does more wonders in terms of rejuvenation and bringing youthfulness back to one’s face when combined with the mentioned resurfacing techniques.
Lastly, Clear and Brilliant Laser is the latest in the world of modern laser resurfacing. It is great for people who underwent resurfacing before and now desires to maintain their youthful, glowing skin.
With all these different techniques and procedures discussed, it is of paramount importance to discuss with your doctor what procedure/s best suits your needs. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Bill Johnson and the Innovation Medicals Team today. Email us at email@example.com with any questions that you may have or if you want to know what special offers that Innovations Medical may have regarding fat transfer, liposuction and their other cosmetic procedures. Contact our Dallas branch at 214-420-7970.