Facial Treatments Used in the Cosmetic Surgery Industry
Three Different Facial Treatments Types
Gone are the days when the laser was an element in science fiction.
Today, the laser is a powerful weapon used in medicine by dermatologists and surgeons.
It helps in fighting against wrinkles, fine lines, and aging skin.
A study conducted by the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery revealed that 170,000 Americans resurfaced their face in 1998.
This is twice the number of conventional facelifts performed that year.
Laser treatments are used within controlled treatment procedures that use a laser to vaporize superficial skin layers.
It does much more than removing wrinkles and fine lines.
Laser treatments help in restoring facial expressions and controlling acne scars too.
In the long-run, it promotes the growth of new skin cells and collagen production.
History of Laser Cosmetic Surgeries
The history of lasers in cosmetic procedures dates back to 1958.
Lasers can cut through thick tissues without any signs of bleeding by clotting blood.
This is how it stops bleeding.
A traditional knife cannot achieve similar results.
In fact, the wavelength of laser light helps in targeting specific tissues, and this procedure will not affect nearby cells and tissues.
Cosmetic surgeons believe that laser for resurfacing was an accident!
The treatment was identified while acne scars were treated using a laser.
The laser was able to resurface the skin and get rid of prominent scars.
In fact, laser helped in diminishing wrinkles too!
A key component of connective tissues, bones, skin, cartilage, and tendons is collagen.
It is a fibrous protein that gives the skin its look and texture. Sun damage and natural aging reduce the amount of collagen in the skin.
This is when laser treatments become handy because Laser treatments regenerate youthful collagen.
Lasers cannot be used to rejuvenate skin on all body parts.
In fact, the laser doesn’t help in removing saggy jowls or neck skin. You need traditional surgeries to resolve these problems.
Not everyone is perfect candidates for laser treatments.
Some people have sensitive skin and cannot tolerate lubricants or medications.
Likewise, people with darker skin are not preferred for laser resurfacing.
Only an experienced cosmetic surgeon can help people with darker skin tones.
Different types of laser treatments For Facial Treatments
There are several different types of laser treatments.
Three commonly followed methods are:
- Cosmetic cryotherapy
- Intense pulsed light
These are three separate and exciting laser treatments.
All these procedures have unique pros and cons! Experts in controlled conditions must perform them.
In Europe, cosmetic cryotherapy is becoming more popular.
Cryotherapy features a room at shallow temperatures.
It can be used to treat tissue damage, improve skin tone, get rid of inflammation and reduce all signs of aging.
Cosmetic cryotherapy was initially used for treating spot injuries.
How does cryotherapy work?
The patient will be sent to a small room that is maintained between -110 and -166 Fahrenheit.
At this temperature, pores become tighter, and you will experience rapid weight loss.
The benefits of cryotherapy On Facial Treatments
This treatment comes with many fascinating benefits.
As mentioned previously, you can get rid of facial wrinkles, destroy several pounds of belly fat and even treat spider veins.
Most people prefer cryotherapy to chill away excess body fat.
This procedure is different from burning excess fat!
Fat cells are highly susceptible to cold temperatures.
At cold temperatures, the fat cells can be destroyed.
This change is permanent.
The procedure is approved by the FDA and is safe.
Moving on, you can remove additional wrinkles from your face.
Does the sound of cryoneuromodulation sound different and sci-fi?
Well, this is strongly related to facial lines.
This is a sophisticated technology for removing facial nerves.
The low temperature can relax muscles and get rid of lines forever.
The results are more-or-less immediate.
When compared to cosmetic procedures and plastic surgery, this therapy is faster.
You will not experience any side effects, bruising or durability issues.
A lot of people wish to erase veins! Sclerotherapy is a familiar routine used to erase spider veins.
If you don’t want to inject chemicals into your body, you need cryotherapy.
Cold temperature is a powerful numbing agent that can reduce the risks of inflammation and erase veins.
Thermage For Facial Treatments
Thermage is a non-surgical technique for lifting and tightening the skin.
Thermage is used in many body parts. The method works best on the eyelids, neck, face, back of hands and the chest.
A lot of people perform Thermage on the jawline and whole face.
It reduces nasolabial folds and tightens the cheeks.
Some people perform Thermage to make their eyes look wider and for lifted eyebrows.
The results of this treatment are often pleasant and uniform.
How does Thermage work?
The procedure makes use of radio frequency energy.
Uniform heat patterns are created in the dermis.
This gently tightens the skin cells and collagen.
Thermage can trigger the production of new collagen.
This is how the procedure achieves results.
Thermage is meant for reducing wrinkles, lifting the jawline and brow lifting.
Does Thermage produce lasting results?
As we age, the collagen in our skin breaks down faster than our bodies can rebuild it.
Thermage targets the collagen in the skin with Capacitive Radiofrequency (CRF) technology that stimulates growth of new collagen, tightening and improving the skin’s contour.
Thermage is able to affect all levels of the skin, enabling it to treat more of the body and increasing the length of time that the results last.
A study in 2007 revealed that 5700 patients have inquired about Thermage.
More than 87% were looking for immediate skin tightening.
Around 92% were a part of the treatment.
They experienced quick and promising results.
Most of these patients were able to prevent saggy skin.
In just six short months, the patients obtained better collagen levels.
How long does the treatment last?
Many people question how long the treatment would last.
In most cases, the results last between 2 and three years.
It depends on the patient’s lifestyle and skin condition.
All face lifting and skin restorative techniques wear away with time.
It depends on the patient’s aging symptoms.
Also, it depends on how long the skin is unprotected to the sun (solar radiation).
Intense Pulse Light (IPL) For Facial Treatments
Intense Pulse Light is a non-ablative and non-invasive treatment.
As suggested by its name, the procedure uses high-intensity pulses to eradicate skin problems.
IPL is a perfect treatment for the following skin conditions:
- Removal of excess hair
- Removal of wrinkles and facial lines
- Removal of age marks and freckles
- Replacement of broken facial veins, red thread veins, port wine stains and spider angiomas
How does IPL work?
IPL follows the same technique as lasers. IPL absorbs light energy into specific cells.
This light energy is changed into heat energy. This can cause damage to specific cells, and because Laser light comes in different wavelengths, each pulse/wavelength can be used to treat specific regions.
IPL is known for its non-ablative properties which means the lower skin layers can be treated without causing any damage to the top-most layers.
IPL may not produce dramatic results but you will be able to see changes in your skin quality and texture. What makes the IPL special would be its low downtime.
The procedure needs few hours and recovery can happen in few minutes.
The duration strongly depends on the area treated.
Other non-surgical skin tightening treatments include:
- Reaction By Viora
The first and only multi-frequency RF device that is FDA cleared, the Reaction by Viora optimizes the thermal effect at different tissue depths and improves treatment accuracy.
Every provider has been waiting for the machine that could do it all and now it seems
Viora may be the one to do it.
With the introduction of the Reaction RF, Viora may just corner the cellulite reduction and skin tightening market with its ease of use and its capability to treat a multitude of skin concerns.
What Is Exilis?
FDA approved for the non-invasive treatment of wrinkles and rhytids, the Exilis uses monopolar radio frequency (RF) energy to reach into multiple levels of skin to treat different symptoms.
A dual pulse delivers controlled energy to promote collagen remodeling and skin tightening.
The Advanced Cooling System includes a cooling device on the hand piece that counteracts any heat from the RF energy to provide the highest level of patient comfort.
Energy Flow Control (EFC) technology controls energy flow to mitigate potential burns and ensure uniform energy delivery.
How does Pelleve work?
Using a steady stream of radio frequency energy, the Pelleve device heats and modifies the skin’s collagen layer.
Over time, the collagen begins contracting and as new collagen begins to grow, patients see tighter, firmer skin.
Patients see results right away with continued improvement for as long as 6 months.
After treatment, normal activities can be resumed right away, and patients report there is very little pain with Pelleve, even without the use of topical anesthetic.
The procedure is FDA approved and each package of treatments includes three 45 minute treatments for optimal results.
Why is Pelleve different than other skin tightening treatments?
Pelleve uses one of the smallest treatment tips available, enabling physicians to treat smaller areas such as the eyes where large tips cannot provide adequate energy delivery.
What are the risks of Pelleve?
Complications are very rare with the most common side effect being redness in the treatment area that typically resolves in 1-2 days.