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Micro-Needling as a Compliment to Botox

July 21st, 2016 by

Micro-Needling vs Botox

An increase in the amount or severity of facial wrinkles can lead to uncomfortable feelings. Many patients improve this problem with Botox injections, but sometimes they just can’t seem to get maximum results. Luckily, micro-needling has emerged as a safe and effective compliment to injections. Micro-needling is a procedure where a physician uses tiny needle pricks to gently injure wrinkled skin. The injured skin releases collagen and elastin as it begins the healing process. Collagen and elastin soften and thicken the skin. They are key in eliminating fine wrinkles and improving the skin’s appearance and texture.

Collagen and Elastin

Collagen is main structural protein found in connective tissue. It’s the most abundant protein in the body and is instrumental in healing processes. It helps wounds close by replacing damaged skin cells with stronger, less elastic tissue. For this reason, it’s commonly referred to as scar tissue.

Elastin is an elastic protein that is also found in connective tissues. It differs from collagen in that it doesn’t replace skin cells. It helps skin cells return to their position prior to injury. Many describe its action as similar to that of a rubber band that “snaps” skin back into place.

The Micro-Needling Procedure

The micro-needling procedure usually takes anywhere between 15-45 minutes. The physician slides a pen with a needled tip over the wrinkled area. As previously mentioned, this needled tip gently injures wrinkled skin. There is very little to no pain associated with the needle sticks. Redness and swelling around the injured area are the two most common side effects. It should be noted that the procedure might need to be completed multiple times to completely rid the face of wrinkles.    

Results

Patients should not expect to see results the day of the procedure. There is usually a short period of time where the skin remains pink and dry. It’s recommended that a nutrient rich serum be applied to these areas throughout the day and exposure to sun be limited. When the skin recovers from the initial effects of the procedure, it will have a beautiful glow to it. Both deep and fine wrinkles will be reduced or removed. It should also be noted the procedure has also been used to remove scars and stretch marks.

Advantages

As a compliment to Botox, micro-needling has been shown to:

  • Provide visible improvement in a few short days
  • Decrease healing time
  • Reduce permanent damage or injury
  • Reduce risk of infection, bruising, and skin discoloration

In conclusion, micro-needling can and should be used as a safe and effective compliment to Botox. Patients who aren’t getting maximum results with injections shouldn’t get discouraged and give up on finding solutions to reducing wrinkles, stretch marks, and scars. Micro-needling is becoming increasingly popular and is one of the most common cosmetic surgery procedures. Those interested should contact a physician and arrange a consultation. Micro-needling as a compliment to Botox might be the answer to your wrinkle problems.

Non-Surgical Plastic Surgery is Growing Pretty Quickly

May 19th, 2016 by

Facial Lasers

When the topic of plastic surgery is brought up in conversation, many people tend to only associate it with going under the knife. However, over the past few years, more and more non-surgical procedures have been developed with great success, with two of the most popular options being those of laser resurfacing and injectable treatments.

Fraxel Laser Treatments

Deborah Stephenson may be 63 years old, but she certainly doesn’t look her age. In fact, her diligence with regards to performing regular skin care has paid off tremendously. One of the options on offer there is the Fraxel Laser treatment, which gets right down to work at erasing fine lines, clogged pores, wrinkles, age spots and many other types of skin blemishes. The Fraxel requires a series of laser treatments in order for patients to fully benefit from it.

After having the Fraxel Laser treatment performed, Stephenson said, “Over the series, I could see a big improvement of my skin. The pigmentation from getting older, spending time in the sun, too much.”

Lasers are a Big Deal

Dr. Michael Yates, who is a plastic surgeon, has said that lasers are a pretty big deal at the moment. “You know lasers can resurface the facial skin to rejuvenate it, fade out brown spots, treat spider veins and remove hair,” he said. After having the laser treatment performed, Stephenson mentioned that her skin is not only smoother; it now retains more moisture as well. She said that she had also had some injectables applied into the lines on her face, which she classified as a relatively quick fix. “You just notice that the creases between your eyes and around your eyes will go away,” she said.

Fast and Easy

Stephenson also said that the Fraxel Laser treatment will be able to take care of lines that are present around the mouth, and the procedure is relatively quick. “People come on their lunch hour and sometimes there may be a little bit of redness, but other than that there’s really no downtime,” she mentioned. One of main benefits of the laser and injectable treatments is that no cutting of any sort is required for patients to obtain results.

Yates mentioned that more and more people are opting for non-invasive cosmetic procedures these days. He said, “Everyone has heard of Botox and filler. Botox helps with filler lines on the face. Filler plumps the face out. Together they make up the liquid facelift. Very, very popular. Nice improvements. Of course, lasers are extremely versatile,” he said.

The surgeon stated that liposuction and tummy tuck procedures are still popular, but these days, there is an alternative method that can be used – namely, by heating them. Yates said, “We love doing “vanquish” which is actually radio frequency waves. We found that works better than the fat freezing. These non-surgical treatments are, you know, fast, minimal recovery, more affordable. They are the fastest growing aspects of plastic surgery.”