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laser skin resurfacing Chattanooga
Has your skin lost its luster? Are you plagued by leathery, sun damaged skin? Unfortunately, this is a common condition experienced by patients as young , for some, in their thirties. An accumulation of wear and tear through environmental factors and age surface , sometimes making us appear older than our true calender age, but did you know a layer of more youthful, glowing skin is hiding behind the mask of blemished skin?

Fractionated laser skin resurfacing is a highly effective tool for unveiling the youthful glow of fresh skin hidden under a shell of imperfection. Recently advocated by Courtney Cox who admitted her usage to Jay Leno, laser skin resurfacing uses heat induced by laser light to heat and remove (vaporize) the upper, damaged layers of the skin. This causes new skin to grow. As opposed to older, more invasive methods of laser resurfacing, fractionated technology only targets the blemished areas, not the entire face. Essentially, for every zone the fractionated laser targets and intensively treats, the surrounding tissue is left unaffected and intact. This allows for less downtime and discomfort. Fractionated laser skin resurfacing is not just for the face, as it is also effective in treating the chest, back and hands.

Conditions Treated by Fractionated Laser Resurfacing:

  • wrinkles-caused by aging and long-term sun exposure, such as those around the eyes and mouth
  • pigment-changes or defects in the skin, such as liver spots (lentigines), port-wine stains or coffee spots
  • Superficial scars- caused by acne, surgery or trauma that are not growing or getting thicker

For more information on this procedure, visit www.advsurgical.com or call 423-648-4011.

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Mini Facelift If you are looking for a way to eliminate sagging jowls and “turkey neck” but are afraid you have passed the “prime age” for facelift surgery, think again. In fact, there is no perfect age for facelift surgery. Factors such as , medical history, physical health and medications taken prior to surgery are much more important than chronological age. Just as there are certain advantages to having a facelift later in life, certain benefits are also associated with undergoing the procedure earlier in life.

Pros for facelift surgery in one’s 40’s and 50’s
Facelift surgery in one’s 40’s and 50’s may seem a bit premature, but if a patient exhibits symptoms which cannot be resolved with non-surgical techniques, a facelift may be a viable and proactive decision. Patients who undergo facelift surgery in their 40’s and 50’s often exhibit less severe skin laxity. As a result, these patients will most likely require a smaller incision resulting in a smaller procedure and shorter recovery time. As an added benefit, these patients, often in the prime of their careers, may also gain a competitive edge by appearing more youthful and refreshed than their colleagues.

Pros for facelift surgery 60’s and older
While facelift surgery may require less invasive intervention for younger patients, life sometimes simply gets in the way. Between raising a family and working a full time job, many patients in their 40’s or 50’s will not be able to find any “downtime” required for healing after facelift surgery. When patients wait until their 60’s or 70’s to undergo facelift surgery, they may require a more extensive incision resulting in a longer procedure which requires longer recovery. However, many patients will have more time for recovery as they have already reached retirement. For many patients who have devoted their lives to their family or career, cosmetic surgery is a way to reward themselves.

Simply put, there is no perfect age for a facelift as everyone ages differently. If you would like to know if you are an ideal candidate for this procedure, call 423-648-4011 to schedule a complimentary consultation!

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