There are a number of injectable fillers available on the market, and each of them serves an individual role. Within the realm of dermal fillers, there are a number of fillers that we call “collagen inducers”. These fillers not only volumize and lift tissue, they also stimulate the internal production of collagen. This collagen induction creates a sort-of “halo” effect, as we call it, for your skin.
By using these agents, not only is there an improvement to your facial anatomy, but there is also a long-term benefit to your skin quality. There are a number of fillers that create collagen induction, but only one filler produces more healthy Type I collagen than Type III (scar) collagen. That filler is Radiesse and Radiesse Plus. One of our best plastic surgery “tricks” for major facial improvement without surgery is to combine Radiesse Plus with other collagen induction therapies (Dermapen, Fractional laser, Ultherapy, etc.) to produce outstanding comprehensive results without significant downtime.
The ultimate in laser therapy, full field ablative laser resurfacing gives your skin a true “reset”. This treatment safely removes the superficial layers of the skin, while tightening the deeper dermal components. It results in a profound increase in soft, healthy, vibrant collagen.
This treatment is a “one time” procedure that will remove fine lines, superficial wrinkles, and low pigment age spots. It is remarkably effective around the perioral (mouth lines), and periorbital areas (crow’s feet around the eyes). It also smooths out texture on the cheeks and brows. This type of laser therapy is incredibly effective at reversing the stigmata of aging. Due to its wide ranging effects, we provide this treatment under a twilight level of anesthesia. Recovery time is 7-12 days on average, but the results of this type of resurfacing are hard to resist. This procedure is commonly combined with upper and lower eyelid surgery, facelift, but it is just as effective as a standalone intervention.
Imagine all of the collagen without any downtime. Enter Ultherapy. Ultherapy is a first-in-class device that uses high intensity focused ultrasound to produce heat within the deep layers of the skin, and the surrounding connective tissue. The heat then drives production of collagen that subsequently lifts, firms, and tones the soft tissue of the face, neck, decollete’, and body. This procedure is done in a spa setting, and provides durable, reliable results without any need for surgery. With this procedure, there is ZERO downtime. That’s right. ZERO. Clients are able to receive Ultherapy and return to work the same day if they wish!! The procedure is done only with cryotherapy relief and topical numbing agents. For patients who want even greater comfort, we are happy to provide prescription pain medications as needed. Results are commonly delayed, as the collagen cycle can take up to 120 days. This procedure is commonly used in the brow, lower face, neck, decollete’, and abdomen. This procedure is one of Dr. Durkin’s favorites. Ask him about his “new brow”. No more Geico commercials for him!!
This patient underwent 5 treatments of fractional laser resurfacing. Each session had a downtime of approximately 1-2 days. Results shown 6 months after treatment is complete.
Note that the patient has a lighter overall tone, and tightened skin to cheeks, eyelids, and lower face. As well, her acne scarring is markedly improved, allowing her to show off her fantastic facial structure more effectively.
At Ocean Drive Plastic Surgery in Vero Beach, Dr. Alan Durkin, Dr. Jimmy Chim and their team of providers deliver incredible results tailored to your needs in a relaxing and uplifting atmosphere. Learn more about the Ocean Drive difference by scheduling your one-on-one diagnostic consultation with Dr. Durkin or Dr. Chim today.