As the years go by, aging causes facial issues including wrinkles, lines, sagging and a general lack of fullness. No one can stop the aging process, but facial rejuvenation procedures can help restore a more youthful appearance.
Facial rejuvenation can also help reshape, minimize or maximize facial features to achieve a more balanced look. The following procedures are a sampling provided by Dr. Joseph Spera, DMD.
Laser Resurfacing Surgery is performed with a “super-pulsed” carbon dioxide (CO2) laser to minimize wrinkles and lines on the face. Laser surgery involves a specialized beam of light energy, which is absorbed by the skin and surrounding tissues and minimizes lines or makes precise surgical incisions. In laser resurfacing, lines on the face can be significantly improved. This procedure is performed under sedation with local anesthesia. Redness may persist for several weeks and make-up can usually be applied in seven to ten days.
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The automated micro-needling process, also known as “Collagen Induction Therapy” (CIT), can effectively rejuvenate the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars, and stretch marks. It helps aid in improving the skins texture, tone, and color. During this procedure, controlled micro-injuries are created within the skin to stimulate the production of new collagen and elastin. As the body’s natural collagen regenerates, the results will continue to improve over the next few weeks. The patient’s primary goal will determine the number of sessions needed for treatment.
PRP utilizes a leading edge, patented technology which uses a patient’s own blood to extract over 8 essential growth factors and signaling proteins to turn on the body’s own natural collagen production. It will make the skin smoother, firmer, and fills out the face over time by naturally stimulating and producing your own collagen. PRP can either be used as a topical, and microneedled into the skin, or it can be injected. A consultation with our provider will determine which treatment plan is best for you.
A chemical peel is a treatment that chemically exfoliates the skin’s top layers to reveal the softer and healthier skin below. Chemical peels are used to treat a variety of skin conditions. This can include environmentally damaged/hyperpigmented, acne prone, and even sensitive skin types. In many cases, wrinkles caused by sun damage, aging, and heredity can be reduced and even eliminated through the use of a series of chemical peels. Irregular skin pigmentation, sun-damaged skin, and even precancerous keratoses may improve as a result of chemical peels. Chemical peels can increase the skin’s tolerance to external factors and control acne. The strength of the chemical peel is determined by the patient’s individual skin type and the degree of damage to the skin.
This procedure is not effective in the treatment of more severe wrinkles, sagging, and budging which often require a surgical procedure such as a facelift or liposculpture.
Dermabrasion is a surgical procedure whereby the skin’s surface irregularities are diminished by abrading or “sanding” the skin with special diamond rotary instruments. Your surgeon carefully reduces the skin surface to a specific depth and after a period of healing the skin is smoother with fewer irregularities.
Often, more than one technique is used to give the best improvement in the appearance of facial scars and wrinkles. For example, frequently a dermabrasion will be performed several weeks after scar revision. Sometimes, dermabrasion and chemical peel are performed together or in sequence to treat deeper wrinkles, such as those occurring around the lips.
Most of these procedures are performed using a light intravenous sedative and local anesthesia. Sometimes a surgeon will apply cold packs to the ace before dermabrasion. Depending on the amount of area to be treated, surgery usually lasts between 30 to 90 minutes. You should experience little, if any, discomfort.
In general, during the first several days after surgery the skin is somewhat tender and swelling can be expected, most prominently around the eyes. Usually after several days the treated areas appear as if you have had a bad sunburn. In most cases you are able to camouflage the areas adequately with makeup after about one week. It is not at all unusual to have some persistent redness, sometimes lasting several months. Sometimes, several weeks after surgery small white dots, resembling acne, may appear. These disappear in a short period of time. Occasional areas of darkened skin color may appear. This is usually temporary and may be treated with prescription facial creams. Sometimes the treated areas will appear lighter than untreated areas. While this is sometimes permanent, it is usually quite subtle.