Eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) is a procedure to remove fat, usually along with excess skin and muscle, from the upper and lower eyelids. The surgery is done to correct the drooping skin and bulging fat bags that result in a tired appearance. Blepharoplasty can be done alone, or in conjunction with other facial surgery procedures such as a facelift or browlift. The lower lid surgery is often done without a visible skin incision. Upper lid surgery is often suitable to be done in the office! For those of you who have noticed thinning or loss of your eyelashes, Latisse® is a once a night topical medication that really works to thicken, lenghten and, darken your eyelashes in just 16 weeks.
Rhinoplasty, or surgery to reshape the nose, is one of the most common of all plastic surgery procedures. Rhinoplasty can reduce or increase the size of your nose, change the shape of the tip or the bridge, narrow the span of the nostrils, or change the angle between your nose and your upper lip. It may also correct a birth defect or injury, or help relieve some breathing problems.
A facelift (rhytidectomy) can improve the most visible signs of aging by removing excess fat, tightening underlying muscles, and redraping the skin of the face and neck. A facelift can be done alone, or in conjunction with other procedures such as a forehead lift, eyelid surgery, or nose reshaping. A facelift can improve the deep cheek folds, jowls and loose, sagging skin around the neck that come with age.
In laser skin resurfacing, sometimes called "laser peel," a carbon dioxide (CO2) laser or an erbium Fraxel® laser is used to remove areas of damaged or wrinkled skin, layer by layer. The procedure is most commonly used to minimize the appearance of fine lines, especially around the mouth and the eyes. However, it is also effective in treating facial scars or areas of uneven pigmentation. Laser resurfacing may be performed on the whole face or in specific regions. Often, the procedure is done in conjunction with another cosmetic operation, such as a facelift or eyelid surgery. The laser has been shown to actually increase the amount of collagen protein in the skin, resulting in potentially long lasting reduction of fine skin lines. More info.
Microdermabrasion (the "lunchtime peel") is an effective alternative to laser or chemical peels. It is non-invasive, non-surgical and requires no down time. You can resume normal activities immediately after treatment. In addition, your skin is free of redness, irritation and particle contamination. Microdermabrasion removes the topmost layer of skin, leaving it supple and vibrant. The DiamondTome™ Wand, an innovative technology, removes this skin layer by gently abrading with natural diamond chips while at the same time vacuuming the dead skin cells away in a sterile and controlled manner, leaving a smoother texture and promoting new growth. (See diagram.) Treatments vary from four to ten sessions.
Microdermabasion is used to: reduce fine wrinkles; rejuvenate sun-damaged skin on face, neck and shoulders; reduce age spots on face and hands; minimize blotchy skin coloring; reduce acne, chicken pox scars, and superficial scars from a past injury; extract blackheads and whiteheads; reduce minor to moderate early aging fine lines around the eyes and forehead; extract blackheads and whiteheads; reduce hyperpigmentation; improve oily skin; blend cosmetic surgery or laser treatments. More info.
Botox® injection is used to temporaily paralyze facial muscles that cause wrinkles or lines to develop, especially in the forehead area. The wrinkles are smoothed through injection of Botulinium toxin into muscles. Our office has other products with similar safety and efficacy including Xeomin® or Dysport®. The toxin blocks the nerve impulses, temporarily paralyzing the muscles that cause wrinkles. More info
Fraxel re:store® is an erbium laser that treats Sun damaged skin and other signs of aging skin including fine lines and skin discoloration. A series of treatments with about 4 days of mild downtime with each treatment is standard to obtain reliable skin rejuvenation.
Clear + Brilliant is an entirely new class of aesthetic laser that fills the gap between microdermabrasion or skin peels and more aggressive CO2 or Fraxel® laser treatments. C+B provides a more effective skin treatment for those in between patients. The treatment provides excellent results on the brown and red blotches of skin pigmentation that is so bothersome in younger aged individuals. The treatment has minimal downtime.
Isolaz Therapy is a breakthrough acne, rosacea and, aesthetic treatment that uses a revolutionary combination of pneumatic energy and broadband light. Isolaz treatments are noninvasive and clinically proven effective and safe for the treatment of acne and rosacea; age spots or brown pigmentation on the skin; broken capillaries or spider veins. There is no down time after Isolaz Therapy. More info.
Thermage® is a noninvasive procedure that employs a patented radiofrequency (RF) technology called Thermage CPT®. It has been clinically proven to tighten and gently lift skin to smooth out wrinkles and renew facial contours. (It can aslo be used on the abdomen, thighs, and buttocks.) The procedure takes about an hour fast and requires no downtime from normal activities. Unlike lasers, the procedure can be performed on patients of all skin types. The Thermage CPT®device has been cleared by the FDA for the non-invasive treatment of facial wrinkles and rhytids. More info.
Radiesse™ injectable filler
Radiesse™ is the newest non-surgical facial contouring filler that delivers an immediate, longer lasting result. Facial contouring applications include nasolabial folds, marinonette lines, cheek augumentation, non-surgical rhinoplasty, jaw line and chin augmentation. Other filler products available in our office include Belotero Balance®, Restylane®, Perlane®, and Juvederm®. (Find out more.)
Other facial treatments and procedures include: skin care products; chin surgery; forehead lift; fat & filler injections; lip enhancement; face/neck liposuction; cleft-lip and palate surgery; ear deformity surgery; head/neck and skin cancer surgery; scar revision; skin grafting; orbit and facial bone reconstruction.
See also skin cancer and the feature article About Facelifts.