Much progress has been made with injectable dermal fillers in improving the effects of facial aging. Filler can be used to treat moderate to severe wrinkles and facial folds as well as the enhancement of certain facial features. Dermal fillers work to create and replace volume within this space using hyaluronic acid (HA), a substance found naturally in the body. Dermal fillers are manipulated skillfully to sculpt the face and contour, adding definition to the natural lines of bone structure. There are many options when it comes to the type/brand of dermal fillers and each has unique characteristics. During the initial consultation, these options are discussed and the proper filler is selected based on individual needs.
Botox® & Dysport®
These two treatments are anti-wrinkle injections from the family of botulinum toxins. Because of their long history and proven results, these medications continue to be a mainstay in anti-aging medicine. The product is delivered to the area of concern via a small needle and muscle relaxation is achieved. This results in an improvement of mild to moderate facial lines and wrinkles. As the skin relaxes, wrinkles are offered time to smooth over and subtle facial asymmetries are corrected. Understanding knowledge of the anatomy and the dynamic balance is crucial.
Medical Grade Facials
A medical facial follows the same general steps as a classic spa facial, including cleansing, exfoliation, extraction, and hydration. The primary difference between these two treatments is that medical facials are performed by a qualified healthcare professional using medical-grade products and tools. At our clinic, we exclusively use SkinCeuticals®, a skin care line that has led the industry in producing innovative, high-potency cosmeceuticals concentrated in pure actives and proven to penetrate optimally into skin.
Polydioxanone (PDO) are suture material used to help tighten fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin. It is a minimally invasive procedure with very minimal down time. Many think of this as a "non surgical facelift." Not only is an immediate result seen, but over the next few months the threads attract growth factors to the area and build collagen and elastin, thus aiding in revolumization. The threads slowly dissolve over 6-9 months and are proven safe.
Platelet rich plasma, or PRP, is a relatively new innovation in aesthetic medicine. Producing PRP involves drawing blood from the patient and concentrating specific blood cells called platelets. In the body, platelets are primarily involved in clot formation and wound healing. As a result, they contain many growth factors and cell signaling molecules called cytokines. These natural chemicals have many antiaging effects when infused into the skin. At our clinic, we use PRP mainly for Vampire Facials and Nonsurgical Hair Restoration.
The Vampire Facial is microneedling combined with topical PRP, though it is sometimes injected into troubled areas. The microchannels created during microneedling allow the PRP to infuse deep into the skin. The platelets are then activated within the skin and release natural chemicals which, through a cascade of reactions, stimulate collagen and elastin production. Elastin and collagen fibers are the healthy building blocks of tight, evenly textured skin. For best results, the Vampire Facial is given in a series of three treatments 4-6 weeks apart. The skin renewal continues to occur for several months after the procedures and may last for a year or longer with proper skin care. Most patients have visible results within 2-4 weeks and maintenance treatments can be performed yearly as needed.
PRP Hair Treatments
Aside from antiaging effects on the skin, PRP is also commonly being used for nonsurgical hair restoration. There are plenty of data supporting PRP treatment for both male and female pattern hair loss as well with nonscarring alopecia. The treatment involves injections of PRP as well as microneedling of the treatment area. We are careful to provide our patients with adequate local anesthesia in order to decrease discomfort. Treatment responders see hair thickening, increase in multi-hair follicles, and sometimes new hair growth 6-9 months after initial treatment, though many see results sooner.
Microneedling Without PRP
This technology is a minimally invasive skin resurfacing treatment. For this reason, it is also known as "collagen induction therapy." This treatment firms the skin and improves elasticity -- essentially reversing the aging process. At G Lab Aesthetics, we use the Skin Pen® Precision. This is the only class II, FDA approved microneedling device in the USA. A testament to its safety and superior quality that stimulates collagen production.