Before undergoing a skin rejuvenation treatment, an assessment by a trained esthetician and a physician is important in order to make the right diagnosis and treatment plan. We also offer a Photo Skin Complexion Analysis during our assessment. This is very important to have an objective determination of skin damage (sun spots, pores, roughness, wrinkles, acne and moisture). This is a very valuable tool to assess improvement after the treatments. Regular home skin care, sun protection and facials help to slow down the environmental effects in our skin.
PRP, or “platelet-rich plasma,” is a revolutionary new procedure that uses cells from your body for facial rejuvenation. It is commonly known as the “Vampire Facelift.” This treatment uses a component of your own blood to reverse some of the many skin changes that occur with aging. It is also well-known by professional athletes as an excellent modality to repair sport and musculoskeletal injuries.
We also use stem cells in combination with PRP in some treatments to further promote healing.
How Does PRP Work?
Platelets are a specialized type of blood cells commonly associated with blood clotting. Blood is made up of 93% red cells (RBCs), 6% platelets, 1% white blood cells (WBCs) and plasma.
After an injury, platelets are involved in clotting so we stop bleeding. But after this initial job is done, platelets are very involved in wound healing. Human platelets are naturally extremely rich in connective tissue growth factors. They release these factors to first clean the wound, then bring new blood vessels and stem cells into the area, stimulating their organized growth. They also stimulate our skin cells to divide and “cover” the wound.
Injecting these growth factors into damaged ligaments, tendons and joints stimulates a natural repair process. But in order to benefit from these natural healing proteins, the platelets must first be concentrated. In other words, PRP recreates and stimulates the body’s natural healing process.
How is PRP Prepared?
This preparation is done in our office. Blood is drawn from the patient (just like getting a blood test) and placed in a special centrifuge. The centrifuge separates the red cells, and the remaining platelets and plasma are then highly concentrated. The red blood cells are discarded, and the resulting platelet concentrate is used for treatment.
This process takes approximately 16 minutes. The resulting PRP solution is then mixed with Calcium Chloride to “activate” the Platelets and make them release the “Growth Factors.” The resulting gel type solution is then injected into those areas requiring treatment.
What Should You Expect
The PRP gel will initially “voluminize” the area, decreasing wrinkles, plumping the cheek areas and filling depressions under the eyes. But it is the rejuvenating effect caused by the growth factors that will slowly cause the long-term improvements. The skin will gradually look thicker and firmer, with increased moisture. Deep creases will soften and fine wrinkles will disappear. Brown/age spots will become less evident.
Can We Further Increase Facial Volume Lost with Aging?
According with the patient needs, additional volume to the face can be added at the time of the PRP procedure by using facial fillers. This technique has been called by some the “Vampire Facelift,” a new technique using the patient’s own fat with adiposed derived stem cells, allowing for larger fill, when fat loss is significant.
Benefits of PRP
- PRP uses the patient’s own blood, so allergic reactions or rejection are non-existent.
- Duration on improvement of deeper wrinkles last 12-24 months, but the benefit on fine wrinkles can last up to three years. The procedure may need to be repeated after a year, depending on the initial skin aging.
- It’s a simple procedure that allows patient to return to work/social activities within 24 hours.
- Major side effects are mild swelling for 24-48 hours and possible bruising.
- Cost can be much less that some laser treatments or fillers.
Laser Intense Pulse Light (IPL)
- Laser IPL Skin Photo-Rejuvenation has no down time.
- When used in the face area, it is also known as Photo-Facial.
- This treatment can also be used on other body areas, including neck, chest (décolleté), arms and hands.
Photo-Rejuvenation Is Recommended in the Treatment of:
- Sun damage (photo-aging).
- Brown pigments (age or liver spots).
- Facial veins (telangiectasias).
- Rosacea and facial flushing.
In addition to removing skin pigment irregularities and imperfections, it also improves skin tone and texture, resulting in more vibrant and radiant skin. IPL only treats the targeted areas and leaves the surrounding tissues intact.
What Should I Do before Undergoing IPL Skin Photo-Rejuvenation Treatment?
- Stay away from the sun or tanning booths for four weeks prior to a treatment session.
- Stay away from self-tanning products for two weeks prior to the treatment session.
- Discontinue Retinol and creams with Hydroquinone for seven days before the procedure.
What Are the Results of IPL Skin Photo-Rejuvenation Treatment? How Long before I Notice the Results?
Each treatment usually lasts around 15-30 minutes. Cooling of the skin or a numbing cream can be applied to provide comfort during the procedure. Specific settings are tailored for each patient and treatment to maximize improvement. IPL therapy does not cause any surface skin damage. After the session the “sun spots” become darker and gradually they “flake” away. This process usually takes three to seven days. Make-up can be applied immediately post treatment. We recommend the use of a hydrating cream and a sunscreen lotion SPF 30 or higher.
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Three sessions, which are two to four weeks apart, are usually required for optimal results. IPL brings gradual changes over the course of treatments. After a full course, you may notice improvement in skin texture, decrease of redness and flushing, elimination of unwanted spots and vasculature, evenness of skin color, and a youthful skin tone.
What Areas of the Body Can Be Treated with IPL Skin Photo-Rejuvenation Treatment?
Face, neck, chest (décolleté), shoulders, arms and hands can be treated.
This was developed to improve acne scars, pox marks and scars from accidents or disease. It’s not effective in treating congenital skin defects, most moles, pigmented birthmarks or scars caused by burns.
Dermabrasion is generally only safe for people with fair skin. For people with darker skin, dermabrasion can result in scarring or discoloration.
Fractional laser (non ablative and ablative) can be used with similar indication. People with tendency to hypertrophic scars are not good candidates for fractional ablative laser or dermabrasion.
Microdermabrasion works on all skin types and colors. It makes subtle changes, causing no skin color change or scarring. It is not effective for deeper problems such as scars, stretch marks, wrinkles or deep acne scars.
With microdermabrasion, there is less down time than with dermabrasion. Skin is temporarily pink, but fully recovers within 24 hours. It doesn’t require surgery or anesthetics. That may help people who cannot take downtime for healing.
AgeFocus Glycolic Peel
Our glycolic peel has a low pH (0.6) with little to no irritation. This glycolic peel provides an extensive exfoliation of the skin to provide a myriad of benefits, including reduction of skin hyperpigmentation and uneven skin tone, skin mottling, acne scars, sun damage and other skin imperfections. It also increases the production of collagen and elastin to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and it improves skin tone and elasticity, as well. Results may be seen in many cases after your first treatment, even if you have sensitive skin. It can be used on the face, neck, hands and chest.
SkinCeuticals Advanced Corrective Peel
Over time, exposure to sun, stress, and environmental aggressors can cause signs of premature aging, such as unwanted pigmentation, dull skin, and wrinkles. Skinceuticals Professional Peels use optimized combinations of pharmaceutical-grade acids in various strengths to deliver effective, customized results with minimal to no downtime. They stimulate cell turnover and strengthen skin’s structure to reduce pigmentation, smooth skin texture, and improve radiance. These peels are also effective in reducing acne by decreasing oil and enhancing surface exfoliation to decongest clogged pores.
Following your 1st treatment, skin texture will be noticeably smoother, with improved skin brightness and clarity. Unlike other peels, you will experience minimal to no downtime. They can be done once a month. For optimal results, a series of 4-6 peels is recommended, particularly for acne-prone skin or stubborn discoloration. After 4-6 peels, you can expect a significant improvement in skin tone, discoloration, and the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and laxity, depending on your concern and peel.
Skinceuticals Professional Peels are designed for maximum customization to fit individualized skin needs, and to evolve over time as your treatments and skin concerns change. They can also be used in conjunction with clinical procedures such as lasers and injectables for complementary results.
Pigment Balancing Peel – reduction in discoloration, and improves skin radiance and clarity
• Photo damage
• Lack of clarity
MicroPeel Plus – reduction of acne, improvement in rough texture and blotchiness
• Post-inflammatory pigmentation
• Rough texture
• Large pores
MicroPeel – reduced appearance of fine lines, skin imperfections, and improved radiance
• Fine lines and wrinkles
• Skin imperfections
The HydraFacial MD®
The HydraFacial® resurfacing procedure thoroughly cares for your skin, providing cleansing, exfoliation, extractions and hydration. It includes Vortex-Fusion® of antioxidants, peptides and hyaluronic acid. The HydraFacial® is a non-invasive, non-surgical procedure that delivers instant results with no discomfort or downtime. The procedure is immediately effective.