Cosmetic & Surgical Procedures
BOTOX® injections are the fastest-growing cosmetic procedure in the industry, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). In 2001, more than 1.6 million people received injections, an increase of 46 percent over the previous year. More popular than breast enhancement surgery and a potential blockbuster, Botox is regarded by some as the ultimate fountain of youth.
Cellulite / Fat Reduction
Cellulite is a common term used to describe trapped fat which causes uneven dimpling. Cellulite is hereditary and has little to do with body weight. It is caused by bands within the fat which pull the fat and skin down causing indentations in the skin. It is also caused by encapsulation of the fat causing a soft modularity feel to the skin. We treat cellulite with Dermosonic alone or with a combination of Dermosonic and mesotherapy. Mesotherapy involves injection of the fat with a solution that dissolves fat, breaks up the fibrous bands and breaks down the encapsulation. We then ultrasound the fat to heat it up. One week later we perform Dermosonic, a suction massage of the skin and fat which further breaks down the fibrous bands and fat encapsulation. This again is preceded by ultrasound to heat the fat. This combination leads to very good results. We typically do an initial series of 4 mesotherapy and 4 Dermosonic. There is then maintenance with a single treatment every 3 months to keep the result localized.
Localized fat is fat that just won’t go away despite on –going exercise and diet. Most people have at least one resistant area of fat. The most common areas tend to be the tummy, love handles, back, hips, thighs, buttocks and upper arms.
We offer 2 excellent approaches to localized fat reduction:
Lipodissolve, also sometimes called mesotherapy is dissolving fat with an injection of a solution into the fat. The process generally involves 4-6 sessions of fat injection and 4-6 dermasonics per area to be treated. The first step in lipodissolve is to inject the fat. Immediately after, the fat is ultrasounded to warm it up. One week later the patient returns for dermasonic, (a suction massage and ultrasound, which helps move the fat out of the area). Gradually the fat in the area reduces and the bulge diminishes. The ideal patient is at or slightly above ideal body weight and definitely not obese.
Chemical peels improve the overall appearance of your facial skin by removing the damaged outer layer, and as a result, facial blemishes, wrinkles and uneven skin pigmentation are virtually eliminated. A variety of peeling agents and formulations can be used, but the most consistent and commonly used agents are alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), trichloroacetic acid (TCA), and phenol.
- Obagi Blue Peel
- PCA Peels
- Jessners Peel
- Glytone Glycolic Peel
- Vitalize Peel
CosmoDerm and CosmoPlast
CosmoDerm and CosmoPlast are the first commercially available, FDA-approved dermal fillers in the United States that do not require a skin test prior to use. Based on more than 20 years of research into the science of the skin, CosmoDerm and CosmoPlast are new, innovative treatments for facial rejuvenation. CosmoDerm and CosmoPlast contain human collagen purified from human dermal tissue and manufactured under controlled laboratory conditions. CosmoDerm and CosmoPlast do not require a pre-treatment skin test and are uniquely formulated with an anesthetic for patient comfort. As a result, CosmoDerm and CosmoPlast provide new options to meet the need for a same-day, single-visit treatment.
Radiesse is an injectable implant material that can fill the lines around the face, especially the laugh lines. Unlike bovine collagen, no allergy testing is required. The material can be placed without any skin testing. Best of all, Radiesse lasts years as opposed to months like Collagen. Although slightly more costly than Collagen, in the long term, less money is actually spent. Other applications for Radiesse include filling out depressions and scars on the face. The correction achieved is both predictable and long lasting.
Recently FDA approved for use in the United States, Restylane is an Injectable material like Collagen. Used in Europe and Canada for nearly a decade, it appears that it is both longer lasting than other materials and causes less hypersensitivity reactions. Restylane, a naturally occurring biodegradable polysaccharide, is a hyaluronic acid produced by fermentation and metabolized by the body. Restylane is used to smoothen skin in the lower face, particularly around the mouth, cheeks and lips. Restylane requires no prior skin testing and lasts between 6-12 months.
Fotofacial is a non-abrasive and non-invasive rejuvenation of your skin using the remarkable new technology of Intense Pulsed Light (IPL). IPL FotoFacial technology can correct or erase the signs of photoaging, rosacea, sun damage, and brown spots on the face, hands and body. It has also been used to reduce the appearance of mild acne scars, dark circles around the eyes, and to reduce fine lines around the eyes and mouth.
Using a cold gel applied to the area to be treated, the IPL FotoFacial handpiece is gently applied to your skin as pulses of light are emitted. Usually, four to six treatment sessions, lasting about 20 minutes each, will provide you with beautiful long term results.
Laser Genesis is a non-ablative procedure that can reduce visible facial vessels as well as diffuse redness by gently warming the upper dermis, improving the appearance of your skin. The result is a healthy looking and vibrant appearance. The Laser Genesis procedure utilizes laser technology that can safely, discreetly and effectively treat small targets like fine and undesirable facial vessels or vessels that cause diffuse redness. Unlike many other treatment methods, Laser Genesis is a comfortable, non-ablative form of skin therapy. This means you will be able to see subtle yet consistent results after each treatment, without the unwanted side effects such as bruising or excessive skin irritation. Your therapy can be performed in a relaxed comfortable manner without the use of general or local anesthesia, gel or cream.