Aesthetic and Cosmetic Procedures
Unsightly small, red, blue or even purple veins called starbursts or spider veins often appear just beneath the skin of calves and thighs as individuals age. Although harmless, most people find them aesthetically unacceptable and seek treatment to remove them. Several techniques have been advocated to remove these vessels such as sclerotherapy.
During sclerotherapy, a solution known as sclerosant is injected into affected vessels to permanently shut them down. Patients feel a needle prick and a bit of discomfort as a small amount of sclerosant is injected. Multiple treatments are required to remove these unsightly veins. Although there is minimal down-time, patients need to refrain from exercise, traveling on airplanes, and tanning for a week after each procedure.
Botox®Cosmetic was FDA-approved in 2002 to temporarily remove “frown lines” commonly found across the forehead and between the brows. These injections work by inactivating the nerves which normally stimulate the forehead muscles to contract. When these muscles are in their relaxed state, the wrinkles associated with them temporarily disappear.
Juvederm™ injectable gel is a smooth dermal filler composed of hyaluronic acid (a natural substance produced under the skin) that has been FDA approved to last up to one year. Juverderm™ corrects wrinkles and folds around the mouth, creating a natural and more youthful appearance.
Following injury or surgery, early scars, often livid and vascular, can be improved by laser treatment using a vascular-specific laser. The best results have been achieved in scars which have been present for less than one year.
Tattoos can be professional, non-professional, single or multi-colored. Several lasers such as the Q-switched ruby, Q-switched Nd:YAG, Q-switched Alexandrite and carbon dioxide have been shown to effectively remove most blue/black tattoos. Only certain lasers will remove the colors in some of the tattoos.
Laser rejuvenation, where microdermabrasion is combined with lower-dose laser, has been developed and shown to successfully erase many components of aging and sun damaged skin, such as fine wrinkles. This procedure may also modify superficial scars and enlarged pores and improve the condition of the skin.
This combination technique is aimed at stimulating and repairing the support tissues in the “damaged” skin. There is minimal discomfort and/or discoloration following the combination treatments, enabling individuals to return to their daily life without any downtime. The face, neck, and chest can be successfully treated using this technique.