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Skin Rejuvenation Treatments

Exilis

Exilis ™Laser Treatment is an FDA-approved device that offers a non-surgical solution using radio frequency (RF) energy for fat reduction and tissue tightening anywhere on the body. The procedure uses safe radio waves to heat your skin and targeted fat cells. This thermal energy speeds up your metabolic activity of the fat cells causing them to shrink. At the same time it stimulates and strengthens the collagen network which improves skin laxity and texture.

Exilis is one of the first systems that promises actual circumferential reduction. By combining RF energy with cooling, we can treat all areas of the body where stubborn fatty deposits persist or tighter, firmer skin is desired. While the RF energy is heating the dermis, patients remain relaxed and comfortable as the system’s digital thermometer provides real-time monitoring and constant feedback as the skin’s temperature, thus ensuring a comfortable and safe treatment.

The most frequent areas treated with Exilis Therapy in men are the “love handles”, breasts, abdomen, face, jowels and neckline. In women they include face, jowls, neck, décolletage, arms, “bra fat”, thighs, hips, breast, buttock, stomach, and knees.

Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion is used as a light surface treatment that refreshes the skin and reduces fine lines. It is often used to reduce the appearance of crow’s feet, age spots and acne scars. It also has the added advantage of stimulating natural growth of new skin cells and collagen.

Procedure
Microdermabrasion is a non-surgical technique that is conducted in the physician’s office without anesthesia. A hand-held device containing tiny crystals is moved against the skin, causing a polishing effect. The treatment generally lasts 30 minutes to 1 hour. Patients return immediately to work. Generally, multiple treatments take place over a 2-to-3-week timespan in order to achieve the desired results. To maintain the effect, patients will likely need to undergo periodic re-treatment.

Recovery
Because microdermabrasion is a surface treatment, it has few to no side effects. Patients with sensitive skin may experience some pinkness or redness, which dissipates in days. Microdermabrasion can be used for patients with any skin tone and for individuals with sensitive skin. It is important to maintain good quality, ongoing skin care to retain the best results over time.

Fraxel Restore Laser Treatment

Life changes our skin, Fraxel Laser Treatments repair and restore it-without surgery and the downtime involved to allow for healing. Fraxel restore DUAL laser treatment is FDA approved to treat the following conditions:

  • Wrinkles around the eyes (periorbital wrinkles)
  • Acne scars
  • Surgical scars
  • Age spots/sun spots (pigmented lesions)
  • Melasma (irregular patches of brown spots on forehead , cheeks, upper lip lines and nose)
  • Actinic Keratoses (precancerous lesions)

Cosmeceuticals

For most people, the first course of action used to treat skin problems is over-the-counter topical creams and ointments. When these fail, the next level of treatment is cosmeceuticals: prescription ointments, creams, cleaners and lotions that can augment natural collagen, stimulate skin regeneration, and/or help retain skin elasticity. Generally, cosmeceuticals are used to reduce wrinkles and create the appearance of smoother, younger skin.

Tretinoin, known as Retin-A, is the most widely used cosmeceutical. A variety of products incorporate Retin-A in order to eliminate old surface skin layers with new. Retin-A is now added to some over-the-counter products as well. Continuous use of these products over 2 to 6 months is required to achieve visible results. In some cases, individuals may react negatively to Retin-A and experience itchiness, redness, scaliness or a burning sensation.

Photorejuvenation

Photorejuvenation offers a lighter treatment than laser resurfacing using a similar technique. Because the procedure stimulates natural collagen growth, it is suited for fine to moderate wrinkles.

Procedure
Photorejuvenation is a non-surgical procedure conducted in a physician’s office without anesthesia. A low energy light beam is emitted against the skin using either infrared or non-infrared lasers or other light sources. Depending on the area being covered, the procedure generally takes from 5 to 30 minutes.

Recovery
Patients return immediately to work following a photorejuvenation procedure. Some redness, blistering or discoloration may occur temporarily, but will abate within days.

Injections & Fillers

If you’re looking to minimize facial wrinkles, lines, or folds, you may want to consider Botox, Dysport, or Xeomim. Cape Cod Plastic Surgery in Hyannis, MA can help you appreciate your appearance and feel more confident. Learn more about our treatments!

Botox and Dysport are two purified neurotoxin (botulinumA toxin) that is used to treat facial skin wrinkles. They work by inhibiting the underlying muscles of the face that produce certain wrinkle lines or folds. They are especially useful for the wrinkles of the glabella (area between the eyebrows), and “crow’s feet” around the eyes and forehead. The effects of neurotoxins are temporary, lasting three to four months, the effects begin in 3-4 days. Repeat injections are required to maintain the continued improvement. Treatment consists of small injections into a particular muscle to eliminate its hyperactivity and thereby diminish the resultant wrinkle.

Juvedérm ® XC and Restylane are the only FDA-approved HA filler that can last up to one year with just one treatment. With long-lasting HA products you can treat those parentheses lines on the sides of your nose and mouth. You’ll get a smooth, natural look and feel that holds up over time so everyone will notice (but no one will know)!

You can experience HA injectable gels with a quick in-office procedure and minimal downtime. During treatment, your health care provider will insert the injectable under your skin to smooth out the moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds. You’ll see the difference instantly! Side effects are usually mild to moderate, lasting seven days or less. It should last 10-12 months.

Sculptra Aesthetic is an anti-aging treatment designed for long lasting facial volume replacement. It is a new type of facial injectable made from poly-L-lactic acid, which helps to replace lost collagen. It helps correct shallow to deep facial wrinkles and folds that appear with aging. The main ingredient is a biocompatible, biodegradable synthetic material that has been used by physicians for decades. As the collagen is replaced, it provides a foundation that gradually restores the look of fullness by correcting your shallow to deep facial wrinkles and folds. A full treatment of Sculptra Aesthetic, an average of three injection sessions over a few months, can last up to two years.

RADIESSE is a safe FDA-approved dermal filler that restores a natural, youthful look and lasts longer than the former leading filler. RADIESSE is a convenient treatment that fills and corrects lines around the nose and mouth, including nasolabial folds, marionette lines, and smile lines.

RADIESSE works with your body, below the skin’s surface. The unique calcium-based microspheres that make up RADIESSE form a “scaffold” to support and stimulate the growth of your collagen. RADIESSE does more than temporarily fill-in facial folds and wrinkles; it rebuilds your skin’s foundation and restores your youthful look, without the risks associated with permanent implants. The results last 10-12 months.

If you’re interested in learning more about these procedures Cape Cod Plastic Surgery in Hyannis, MA can help. Our team of professionals has years of experience and can answer any questions you may have. Call us today to set up an appointment!

Dermabrasion

Dermabrasion is a skin rejuvenating technique used effectively for treating deeper lines and wrinkles, eliminating acne and other facial scars and removing pre-cancerous skin cells. Because it is a non-chemical technique, it may be preferred for individuals with dark-colored skin. At times, dermabrasion is combined with a chemical peel to treat pre-cancerous cells and deeply imbedded scars.

Procedure
Dermabrasion is a surgical procedure that is generally conducted on an outpatient basis using a local anesthetic with sedation. The surgeon uses an electric, high-speed rotary wheel with diamond particles that works like sandpaper to scrape away uneven layers of skin and reduce wrinkles. Another technique used to even out skin for craters or defects is dermaplaning. An oscillating razor device is used to skim off layers of skin until the surgeon reaches an even surface. Either or both mechanisms may be used in one treatment. The procedure generally takes between 30 and 90 minutes.

Recovery
Following the surgery, ointment is applied to the skin to keep it moist and/or a dressing is applied for the first day or two. Patients may experience some pain, burning or aching, which can be treated with pain medications. Some swelling and bruising may occur, which will dissipate in about 1 to 2 weeks. The skin will scab after the treatment, which can lead to some itching. To prevent scarring, it is important not to touch or pull the scabs, but let them fall off naturally. This will occur in about one week. Most patients return to work in about 2 weeks, but must avoid activities that expose the face to bumps or cold and windy weather for up to 12 weeks. It takes a few months before the full effects of the procedure can be seen.

Chemical Peels

Chemical peels are used to treat facial skin problems ranging from fine lines and wrinkles, dry patches and sun-damaged skin to deep folds, acne scars and pigmentation problems. Generally, chemicals applied to the face dissolve layers of skin to reveal newer, tighter and more youthful layers. They have the added advantage of helping control acne and helping the skin respond to exposure to wind, cold and other external factors after treatments.

Procedure
This non-surgical technique generally takes place in a physician’s office and requires no anesthesia. The time involved depends on the strengths of the peel and the size of the area being treated.

Chemical peels range in intensity depending on the choice of chemicals, concentration used and exposure time in each treatment.

Mild chemical peels use alpha hydroxy acids, such as glycolic, lactic or fruit acids and treat the surface layers of the skin. Patients may experience mild tingling or a stinging sensation when they are applied. These procedures generally take about 15 minutes. Patients can return to work immediately. Multiple treatments may be needed to acquire the desired effect.

Moderate chemical peels use trichloroacetic acid (TCA) go deeper than mild peels are preferred for dark-skinned people. These procedures generally take between 15 and 30 minutes. Some swelling and skin crusting is normal following moderate chemical peels. Over-the-counter products may be used to help alleviate facial discomfort for a day or two. Patients generally return to normal activity in about one week.

Harsh chemical peels are the deepest and are used to remove coarse wrinkles and scarring. In some cases, they are also used to remove pre-cancerous skin cells. After a careful skin cleansing, the chemical is applied. It is removed with water to neutralize the effect. Petroleum jelly is applied generously to keep the skin moist while crusting occurs. The physician may also apply a mask for the first day or two. Patients generally return to normal activity within 2 weeks.

Recovery
The deeper the chemical peel, the more likely patients are to experience increasing degrees of discomfort from the procedure. The physician can prescribe pain medication if needed. With increasing intensity depending on the chemicals used, patients can expect some swelling and puffiness. It is important to keep the skin moist with the ointments recommended by the physician after the procedure. After moderate and harsh treatments, scabbing will occur, which is natural. Do not pick or pull the scabs as this may create permanent scarring. Allow the scab layer to form and fall off naturally in about one week.

All chemical peel patients may experience redness and pinkness of the skin for a few weeks following the procedure. This is normal and can be masked by cosmetic make-up. The full effect of the treatment for moderate and harsh chemical peels is generally not visible for a few months. Chemical peels tend to have a bleaching effect, which may not make them suitable to individuals with dark skin. Patients should avoid sun exposure during the recovery people and use sun blocks.