An Introduction to Non-Surgical Enhancements
Chatham Facial Plastic Surgery & Medical Skin Care offers a variety of non-surgical options to our patients seeking improved health and appearance of their faces.
Remember our goal is always to improve in a natural pleasing manner and to always avoid over-treating or creating an unnatural appearance. We work with you as a partner in selecting the best strategy.
Facial rejuvenation can be attained through non-surgical procedures. Less invasive procedures are not as dramatic but sometimes a series of ‘small’ things can add up to a ‘big’ improvement in appearance and also self-esteem.
As we get older, our once youthful expressions begin to create permanent creases and wrinkles in our brow and between our eyes, making us look older or like we are scowling. BOTOX® Cosmetic, Dysport® and Xeomin® are drugs (neuromodulators) that when injected in small drops into muscles of the upper face will help relax those muscles. This leads to softening of unwanted wrinkles around the brows, “crow’s feet,” and forehead and a friendlier appearance. We often help eyebrows elevate in a pleasing manner. Patients actually feel better. These nice effects last about 3 months.
With time, our faces often lose volume (skin thins, fat and bone shrink, lips thin). Adding volume is easily performed using a number of safe and effective injectible fillers. Restylane®, Juvéderm®, Juvéderm Voluma® XC, Radiesse®, Belotero Balance®, and Sculptra® Aesthetic are some of them.
We carefully select the one or two we believe will be most effective for each patient’s face, as well as most affordable. Improvements persist from 5-6 months to over a year, depending on filler type and area treated. Sculptra® Aesthetic requires a gradual buildup of collagen but does last longer. Sometimes small droplets of fillers help soften acne scars.
We have successfully utilized a variety of skin peels to help revitalize aging and sun damaged skin. Some of these are superficial and medium, to help stimulate new skin but with very little downtime.
Deeper Chemical Peels
The “deeper peels” are designed for more wrinkled and sun damaged skin. The degree of sun damage and wrinkling will help us determine which peeling agent to use. A week of downtime is recommended with the new smoother skin appearing about day 8. Results are long lasting.