FDA-approved medication that is injected into the muscles beneath the skin to help improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The medication acts by weakening the muscles into which it is injected so that the lines in the skin soften and become less prone to wrinkling. The lines that result from frequent muscle contractions ultimately fade or even disappear as a result.
These treatments are quick, safe, non-surgical alternatives to other anti-aging treatments. Typically, several small injections are administered by a skilled Provider, who determines the quantity and location where the medication should be used to achieve the best results.
Soft tissue fillers are agents that can be injected underneath the skin to replace volume lost over time from aging, smoking and the affects of gravity and the sun. They are strategically placed to minimize or even eliminate wrinkles and fine lines. They can be placed to correct a specific defect such as the nasolabial fold or can be injected into multiple areas to create a more youthful look. A commonly treated area is around the mouth to restore lost volume and to create a fuller, more aesthetically appealing, lip. There are several different fillers to choose from:
Juvederm® and Restylane® are safe, non-invasive, smooth gel fillers injected underneath the skin to help improve nose lines, deep mouth lines (“parentheses” around the mouth), and vertical lip lines that often result with smokers. The fillers are made with a formulated version of hyaluronic acid which is a natural substance that is already found in human skin but that can be reduced over time as you age or through prolonged sun-exposure. Often times, a lack of naturally occurring hyaluronic acid in the skin leads to a loss of skin structure which creates unwanted facial lines and wrinkles. Dermal fillers help to replace the fullness and elasticity of the skin.
Radiesse® is an FDA approved injectable skin filler comprised of microspheres made up of calcium and phosphate ions that occur naturally in the human body. Once injected, tissue forms around the microspheres to regrow new collagen, helping to gently fill wrinkles and enhance the overall structure of your skin. Eventually, the microspheres break down into calcium and phosphate ions which are then naturally absorbed into your body leaving your own newly generated collagen behind.
This non-surgical procedure is quick, affordable, long-lasting, and relatively painless.
Chemical peels are topical applications used to aid in the gentle shedding of the top layers of your skin. There are varying types and strengths of peeling products used depending on your skin type and the particular problem being addressed. In our office, we utilize several different peel compounds including glycolic acid, salcylic acid, and for deeper peels trichloracetic acid. Some newer peel technologies combine peeling agents to generate an effective exfoliation with minimal downtime. An individualized treatment plan will be determined by you and your Provider at Natural Image Skin Center.
LASER HAIR REMOVAL
Laser hair removal helps to eliminate unwanted facial or body hair using laser light. The laser works by targeting the hair follicle bulb, leaving the surrounding skin unaffected. Traditional hair removal methods such as waxing or shaving remove only the hair shaft which leaves the follicle in place to grow new hair.
Lasers can be used to treat unwanted hair on the face, back, armpits, arms, legs, and the bikini area. Overall, the procedure leaves skin smooth without the stubble and irritation that can often occur with other removal methods.
KYBELLA® is a prescription medicine used in adults to improve the appearance and profile of moderate to severe fat below the chin (submental fat), also called “double chin". The active ingredient in KYBELLA® is synthetic deoxycholic acid. Deoxycholic acid is a naturally occurring molecule in the body that aids in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat. When injected into the fat beneath the chin, KYBELLA® destroys fat cells, resulting in a noticeable reduction in fullness under the chin. Once destroyed, these cells can no longer store or accumulate fat, so further treatment is not expected once you reach your desired aesthetic goal.
LASER AND LIGHT TREATMENTS
Pulsed-dye lasers are typically used to treat rosacea, birthmarks, scars, port wine stains, angiomas, redness from sun damage, facial veins, and red bumps on the skin. The non-invasive treatment uses brief, but intense bursts of light that destroy the affected blood vessels that give scars and markings their unwanted red color. The laser targets the specific problem area, leaving the surrounding tissue unaffected. Results are typically noticeable right away. Two to three sessions spaced several weeks apart may be suggested depending on the specific problem area being treated.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) for hair restoration and facial rejuvenation
PRP utilizes concentrated platelets derived from your own blood. These platelets contain growth factors that facilitate wound healing and tissue rejuvenation.