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Archive for August, 2011

Non-Surgical Eye Lift

One of the first places that our face can show aging is around the eyes — the windows to the soul. Skin and soft tissues around the eyes start to loosen and sag in the mid 30’s with loose, lax skin, hoods and wrinkles. Treatments for skin laxity and descent include blephroplasty,facial lifts and Thermage® which effectively tighten and lift the skin.

Blepharoplasty

Blepharoplasty is a surgical technique used to remove excess lax skin from the upper and lower eyelids. This surgical procedure is offered to the more severe cases of skin laxity around the eyes. The Thermage Non-Surgical System lifts and tightens sagging skin without surgery by radiofrequency heating of the skin.

Collagen Stimulation with Thermage

As we age, our skin loses elasticity and strength due to loss of collagen. This supporting material of the skin [collagen] deteriorates with time and age. If the body is tricked into replacing the collagen, the skin becomes thicker and firmer — creating a more youthful appearance. Most commonly used for face, and eyelid skin laxity, the Thermage procedure may also be used to tighten loose and sagging skin almost anywhere on the body. The procedure employs a patented radiofrequency [RF] similar to microwave energy to tighten and gently lift skin to smooth out wrinkles and renew skin contours. The sophisticated treatment tip delivers controlled amounts of RF energy which causes our deteriorated collagen to contract and be replaced due to simple heat denaturation of the protein.

With each touch to the skin, the RF device uniformly heats a volume of collagen in the deeper layers of the skin and its underlying tissue while simultaneously helping to protect the outer layer of the skin from heat with cooling. The technology is so precise, the outer skin is cooled while the deeper skin tissue is heated. This deep uniform heating action causes deep structures in the skin to immediately tighten. Without damaging the surface skin, the radiofrequency energy is absorbed by the deepest dermal layer of skin tissue where it tightens existing collagen and triggers new collagen production.

Unlike lasers, the RF procedure can be performed on patients of all skin types. A single treatment session is all that is needed. The tightening effect should last from two to four years according to skin types until the current aging process catches up and starts skin degradation again. Most patients experience a brief, deep heating sensation as the RF energy is delivered to the skin and underlying tissue.

The Procedure: What to expect

Normally, the complete procedure can be performed in just one session lasting from 20 minutes to two hours, depending on the treatment area and the desired result. General anesthesia is not required, but light sedatives are recommended prior to treatment. Most patients experience only minor redness, which subsides within an hour or so after the procedure. Over time, new and remodeled collagen is produced to further tighten skin, resulting in healthier, smoother skin and a more youthful appearance … that glow from the fountain of youth. The Thermage procedure is available only in the offices of qualified physicians who specialize in surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures.

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The Vampire Facelift

From “Twilight” to “True Blood,” vampires have been all the rage for the past few years. And so are procedures that erase wrinkles from the face. Combine the two trends and you get the vampire facelift. Normal aging causes loss of skin elasticity and volume that encourages the formation of lines, wrinkles and folds. These changes often cause us to appear angry, tired or stressed even if we aren’t.

Using Your Own Blood for Collagen Regeneration

There is now available an autologous platelet and fibrin processing procedure that uses your own blood to prepare a smooth gel for volume replacement, collagen stimulation and cell renewal. This procedure eliminates facial folds and wrinkles naturally, by using your own blood to stimulate collagen regeneration and volume replacement. Increased skin volume and amazing rejuvenation occurs as new collagen and blood vessels develop, while your own tissues reverse the signs of aging. There is no risk of allergic reaction, little to no bruising, swelling or lumping occurs and long lasting results are clearly visible within a short time period.

Vampire Facelift: The Actual Procedure

A popular choice for men and women today who want to defy aging by looking years younger…naturally,… this procedure is today’s safest, most effective way to naturally promote cell regeneration. It is considered the next best thing to a facelift without an incision. The system allows for the safe and rapid preparation of an activated platelet rich fibrin matrix (PRFM), in an easythree step process. A small amount of your own blood is used to prepare the smooth gel that is injected into pre-targeted areas of the face and body. This stimulates new tissue growth and collagen renewal providing skin volume that eliminates lines, wrinkles and folds. Your own new tissues act to reverse the signs of aging. Treatment involves a fast, easy 20 minutes in the comfort of an office setting using local anesthetics. Many men and women get their desired results after only one treatment. Your cosmetic surgeon can personalize a treatment plan for you to optimize your desired results. Cost for the procedure ranges from $800-$1200.

The system is FDA cleared and has been safely and effectively used to treat many thousands of patients worldwide. It contains only autologous [your own] active components and there are no risks of allergic reactions. It has been used extensively in cosmetic plastic surgery, orthopedics, maxillofacial surgery and for soft tissue regeneration worldwide. Treatments help to stimulate your body’s own collagen production which in turn provides a gradual increase in volume.

One main benefit is that it is natural. Platelet-rich plasma has growth factors and those growth factors stimulate your own body to make collagen. A small amount of your blood is drawn and the platelets and fibrin are separated into a concentrate known as the matrix. This is then injected just below the skin to correct depressions, acne scars, folds and wrinkles. Upon injection, the platelets release growth factors that triggercell proliferation thereby increasing volume and naturally rejuvenating the treated areas. Some results are seen right away, but the full effect comes in about three to eight weeks. Results can last up to two years with single injection.

The vampire filler won’t give one super powers, but it will keep patients looking younger, longer. It is the new eco-green, because it’s truly recycling at the basic level.

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Fat Transfer

As we age, the underlying collagen and elastic connective tissues begin to break down and wrinkles emerge. We also tend to lose some subcutaneous fat on our faces. This brings about a haggard, hollow, or even skeletal look. Fat grafting is a natural approach to restoring a youthful look to the face that does not involve removal of skin, stretching the skin, or the risk of an unnatural look that can result from a face lift. Fat grafting can be combined with a face lift, if volume is what one needs.

Facial Fat Rejuvenation

Fat transfer — also called facial fat rejuvenation — is the process of taking small amounts of fat from one part of the body and reimplanting it elsewhere, where it is needed. This fat can be implanted to the lips, the nasolabial folds (the folds from the corners of the mouth, nose), the under-eye areas, the cheeks and other parts of the face and body. It is minimally invasive and can be completed in an office setting to help correct problems such as volume loss, acne scars and restore a youthful look to an aging face.

Fat: The Perfect Injectable Filler

As an injectable filler, fat is almost perfect. It is soft and feels natural, it does not cause immune problems,and most people have fat to spare! The fat is harvested from some other spot on your body, such as the abdomen, and can be a by-product, if you will, of liposuction reduction of that area. The main downside to fat grafting is that the body tends to absorb the transferred fat at least to some degree. The amount of fat that is implanted and then absorbed by the body varies. Some older studies have found that almost all the fat is absorbed, but there has been a lot of recent improvements in techniques for harvesting, treating and injecting the fat. Many cosmetic surgeons are reporting very good, lasting results with the newer techniques. A lot depends on factors including how the fat was removed, how it was concentrated and treated, how much was injected, where it was injected.

Fat Transfer Candidates

To be a good candidate for facial fat grafting, one has to be in good health, not have any active diseases or pre-existing medical conditions, and one must have realistic expectations of the outcome. One may not be a good candidate for fat grafting if there is a history of poor wound healing or if their overall health is poor.

Fat grafting can be done on almost all areas of the face and body. However, the most common treatment sites are the areas under the eyes, the tear troughs under the eyes, the temples, the cheeks, the chin, the lips, the jaw line, the forehead, and the glabella (the area just above the nose in between the brows). Fat grafting has been used on the breast, buttocks and hips and the sternum. The site being treated must have good blood circulation and enough capillaries and larger blood vessels so that the injected fat cells are nourished and can form theirown blood supply. This is a key factor in getting the best and longest lasting results. Surgeons are continuing to discover new methods of aesthetic improvements through fat grafting. Although fat grafting and other types of grafting are still not perfect, they have certainly come a long way over the last few years.

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