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February
2016
20

Micro-needling: The Next Big Thing In Skin Rejuvenation

Micro-needling: The Next Big Thing In Skin Rejuvenation

Medical treatments and advanced technologies represent the perfect marriage in collaboration between the procedure itself and the body’s own healing mechanism. Micro-needling for skin rejuvenation and reduced fine lines and deep wrinkles is an elegant example of this.

Effectively known for its medical and cosmetic benefits, micro-needling is increasingly quoted as the next big thing in skincare. Here is an inside look into micro-needling, how it works, its benefits, and recovery tips.

What is micro-needling and how does it work?

Microneedling, also known as skin needling, collagen induction therapy (CIT) and percutaneous collagen therapy (PCI) is a minimally-invasive non-surgical procedure for skin rejuvenation that uses a micro-needling device to create controlled skin injury.

Micro-wounds are created through each fine needle puncture in the skin, allowing each controlled injury to trigger the body to fill these microscopic wounds by producing new collagen and elastin. As a result, there is an improvement in overall skin texture, firmness and hydration, as well as reduction in fine lines and wrinkles, scars and stretch marks.

What is micro-needling used for?

Micro-needling is most commonly used for reducing scars (caused by acne, surgery, etc.), fading stretch marks, reducing fine lines and deep wrinkles, and tightening sagging skin. It is considered to be one of the safest skin treatment procedures. Unlike chemical peels, dermabrasion and/or laser treatment, micro-needling yields the results while causing minimal skin damage.

Am I a candidate for micro-needling?

Micro-needling can be safely performed on all skin types and all skin colors. There are a few restrictions that may limit or exclude patients from undergoing this procedure:

-Are pregnant or breast feeding
-Have a history of keloid or hypertrophic scars or poor wound healing
-Have any kind of current skin infection, condition, herpes simplex in the area to be treated
-Have had radiation treatment to the skin within the last year
-Have open wounds, cuts or abrasions on the skin
-Have used Accutane (Isotretinoin) within the last three months

What are the benefits of micro-needling?

Micro-needling has numerous benefits, including medical, cosmetic and cost purposes. Below are its key benefits to consider:

-Suitable for all skin types, including ethnic skin
-Performed on all areas of the scalp, face and body including fragile areas like around eyes, mouth and neck
-Quick post-operative recovery period
-Stimulates circulation, collagen production and tissue regeneration
-Cost effective compared to other resurfacing procedures
-Reduces the risk of hyperpigmentation and scarring
-Reduces pore size

What should I expect during the micro-needling procedure?

Micro-needling is an investment in time; the number of sessions needed varies depending on the individual skin condition and how he/she responds to the treatment. While 3-6 treatments are often recommended, a minimum separation time of 4-6 weeks is required between treatments. Patients, however, will begin to see results after the first appointment.

The procedure can take a few minutes up to an hour to complete, depending on the area to be treated and the severity of the condition. On the day of the procedure, no lotions, makeup or other topical products are to be applied on the treatment area. Your medical professional may apply a topical numbing cream on the treatment area or inject local anesthetic to minimize discomfort prior to beginning the procedure.

During the procedure, the skin is punctured in a specific pattern using a skin needling device that is used to over the skin multiple times to maximize results. As each fine needle punctures the skin, microscopic wounds are created to stimulate skin cell regeneration.

Post-procedure Instructions and Recovery

After the procedure, post-operative care is important between and after sessions. These include:

-Moisturizing Skin regularly. Skin dryness, scaling, redness and swelling may be seen after treatment, lasting for several days or longer, depending on the depth of penetration of the needles
-Sun protection, recommended for several weeks (avoid zinc-based products)
-Using a gentle cleanser the evening of the procedure. Cleansing, skincare and makeup may be applied the next day, but avoid products with AHA’s glycolic acid, retinol and acidic ingredients

Emollients and antibiotic creams may be prescribed, if considered necessary
Follow up with your medical professional on scheduled and follow up sessions

If micro-needling peaks your interest, visit Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery to schedule your next appointment.

October
2015
09

Ultherapy: A Non-Invasive Procedure for “Tightening” the Skin

Posted in Non Surgical Face Lift

Ultherapy: A Non-Invasive Procedure for “Tightening” the Skin

Age can come with some pretty wonderful benefits. However, many people don’t feel that the signs of age are exactly some of the greatest things life has to offer. Over time, as the skin loses its elasticity and begins to sag, it manages to add years onto a person’s appearance. Saggy, wrinkled skin can make a person look older than they are and feel.

 

Various procedures and treatments offer the chance for individuals to reverse the effects of time and restore a more youthful firmness to their skin. Facelifts can produce some extremely effective results, but not everyone desires to achieve their aesthetic goals with surgery. For such individuals, Ultherapy may be the perfect solution to giving sagging skin an uplifting boost.

 

How Ultherapy Works

Ultherapy is a safe, FDA approved method of rejuvenating the skin of the neck and face by utilizing ultrasound technology. The first step involves customizing the treatment to the patient through a visualization of the skin’s tissues created by imaging.

 

Next, ultrasound waves are used to target and heat deep layers of tissue where collagen is found. After that collagen has been broken down, the body’s natural response is to rebuild and produce new collagen, which restores lost elasticity. Loose skin is lifted and becomes tighter and more toned, with results that continue to gradually develop within three or four months after the treatment.

 

More Uplifting Benefits

Although this procedure is not a replacement for facelift surgery, it does offer a wide range of advantages to patients longing for a non-invasive way to get natural-looking results for their skin. In general, these results can last quite long, with patients experiencing fresh collagen for up to a year after the treatment. Additional benefits of Ultherapy include the following:

  • It’s Quick, taking only about 1 hour
  • No general anesthesia is needed
  • There’s no downtime or recovery needed
  • Side effects are generally limited and mild in nature, including temporary redness and tenderness.

 

 

Discovering if Ultherapy is Right For You

Time can take its toll on the appearance, but modern advances are really stepping up their game. Ultherapy combines technological innovation with the body’s natural healing process to counter unwanted signs of age in a way that’s both safe and convenient for patients. If you are considering this procedure for your skin, and would like to discover if it’s the best approach to achieving your unique goals, contact Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery today.

November
2010
23

Combining Procedures for a Beverly Hills Non Surgical Face Lift

Posted in Non Surgical Face Lift

Combining Procedures for a Beverly Hills Non Surgical Face Lift

For many women seeking a non surgical face lift, Beverly Hills clinics offer a number of options. For example, Dr. Gabriel Chiu’s BHPS clinic in Beverly Hills will sometimes combine several less-invasive cosmetic procedures for a client in order to create a Beverly Hills non surgical face lift. Combining several less invasive procedures has a number of advantages. First, it often costs less than a traditional face lift. Second, the recovery time may be shorter and the risk of complications decreased with less invasive procedures.

For example, for a patient without severe sagging who wishes to avoid a traditional face lift, Dr. Chiu may recommend a combination of Botox and other fillers to smooth out lines and microdermabrasion to improve the texture of the skin. Combined, these procedures allow a patient to look more youthful without having obvious work done. As well, patients who get this type of Beverly Hills Non surgical Face lift can often return to work confidently and quickly, since recovery times are much shorter. For patients who have very deep lines and sagging, Dr. Chiu also has expertise in traditional face lifts.

September
2010
11

Who is a Good Candidate for a Beverly Hills Non Surgical Face Lift?

Posted in Non Surgical Face Lift

Who is a Good Candidate for a Beverly Hills Non Surgical Face Lift?

When it comes to the non surgical face lift, Beverly Hills patients are very eager for this relatively new procedure. The Beverly Hills non surgical face lift involves using radiofrequency or infrared energy to heat the deep layers of the skin in order to tighten the skin and create a more youthful look. Popular types of Beverly Hills non surgical face lift technologies include LuxIR, Titan, Aluma, Refirme, and Thermage. While many people think that a Beverly Hills non surgical face lift is ideal for everyone because it is less invasive than surgery, some candidates are better for the procedure than others. You may make a good candidate for Beverly Hills non surgical face lift if:

1) You require only minimal tightening of the facial and neck area. If you require significant tightening, you may be disappointed. Beverly Hills non surgical face lift procedures can improve the texture of skin and tighten the skin by 20% or 30% but will not fix deep folds or heavy wrinkling. A face lift may be necessary for more advanced signs of aging or a more dramatic result.

2) You are willing to pay for a Beverly Hills non surgical face lift. Although a Beverly Hills non surgical face lift can cost about one third of the price of a face lift, it is still a procedure that costs thousands of dollars, and may require more expenses in the event of complications or follow-up care.

3) You are willing to submit to multiple treatments and results that are not permanent. In most cases, the results of Beverly Hills non surgical face lift procedures will last some time, but are not as permanent as the results of a face lift. As well, patients may need more than one procedure to get the desired effect.

4) You are in good physical condition with healthy medium thick skin. Patients with skin problems and very sensitive skin will want to speak with a qualified Beverly Hills plastic surgeon before considering a Beverly Hills non surgical face lift.

June
2010
24

Are You A Good Candidate For A Los Angeles Non Surgical Face Lift?

Posted in Non Surgical Face Lift

Are You A Good Candidate For A Los Angeles Non Surgical Face Lift?

When it comes to the non surgical face lift, Los Angeles is a-buzz. Many clinics in the area offer the Los Angeles non surgical face lift. This procedure heats the skin layers in order to stimulate a healing responsive. Advocates say that the procedure leaves their skin looking noticeably younger – without expensive and risky surgeries.

Before you rush out and sign up for a Los Angeles non surgical face lift, however, determine whether you are a good candidate. First, you need to determine whether you have realistic expectations. A Los Angeles non surgical face lift will not erase decades from your face. In fact, the patients who are happiest with their Los Angeles non surgical face lift are those who are relatively young but who have early signs of aging and want to avoid the more expensive and invasive surgery options.

In general, patients who get the best results from a Los Angeles non surgical face lift have thin faces and relatively good skin tone, so they do not need a facelift. In general, patients with good result from a Los Angeles non surgical face lift are not trying to get rid of deep labial folds, excess facial fatty tissue, or loose skin. However, keep in mind that different patients respond to a Los Angeles non surgical face lift differently. To learn precisely what a Los Angeles non surgical face lift can do for you, speak to a qualified plastic surgeon, who can tell you exactly what to expect.