- Botox® and Dysport® can be effective in erasing wrinkles an softening lines, decreasing sweating and reducing headaches and muscle spasm. Botox® and Dysport® serious medications. Reported side effects of Botox® and Dysport® have included: temporary droopy eyelids, lower or asymetric eyebrows, sagging or uneven lips, distant muscle paralysis.
- IPL Photofacial® Intense Pulsed Light, the light that heals. IPL can be highly effective for brown spots, blood vessels and rosacea on the face, neck, chest, back arms and hands. Not advised for darker or tanned skin.
- Fillers such as calcium hydroxyapetite - Radiesse®, hyaluronic acids - Restylane®, Juvederm™, Perlane® and poly-L-lactic acid - Sculptra® can be quick and easy ways to reduce wrinkles, sagging skin, marionette lines and "parentheses". Local anesthesia is available prior to administering fillers so patients expeirince only mild discomfort. It is best to avoid aspirin and other blood thinners for at least one week prior to filler placement. Bruising and lumpiness are not uncommon after fillers but usually resolve within 1-2 weeks. Do not massage bumps if you can feel but not see them. However, if the filler is visible it can be massaged to hasten its disappearance.
- Chemical Peels Jessner's/TCA, glycolic acid and salicylic acid peels can be useful ways to reduce fine lines, wrinkles, blotchy sun-damaged skin, precancers and dark circles under the eyes. Care must be taken to avoid skin infections after chemical peels. Please tell your provider if you have ever had cold sores so appropriate antiviral medicine can be prescribed before your chemical peel.
- DiamondTome® Microdermabrasion is a relaxing way to improve your skin. Using a sterile diamond tipped wand our nurses and technicians will help to reduce fine lines and smooth roughness from your face, neck, chest and arms. No anesthesia is required and there is no down time. If desired, treatments may be given every 2 weeks, but 4 week intervals are usually adequate to maintain a silky lustrous finish to your skin.
- Liquid nitrogen spray is a basic and efficient way to remove brown spots. Recovery periods vary with the location treated - ranging from 2 weeks on the face to 8 weeks on the legs. Hypopigmentation and hyperpigmentation may occur and recurrences are common if the skin is not protected from the sun.
- Retinoids After your skin has been treated it is important to maintain your success with a daily regimen of sunscreen containing zinc oxide in the morning and a retinoid or alpha hydroxy acid cream every night. Retinoids and acid creams should be introduced slowly and used as tolerated as they may cause irritation and sun sensitivity.
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