Dermal fillers turn back the hands of time

Dermal fillers turn back the hands of time

Posted on May 23, 2017

By Dr. Stefanie Christian,Timeless Laser and Skin Care

Do you look older than you feel? Many patients after the age of 45 begin to notice their faces seem to be “drooping” and creases such as their nasolabial folds (the corners of the nostrils to the corners of the lips) and marionette lines (straight down from the mouth corners) look deeper. Injectable fillers are an ideal solution for these concerns. 

Certain fillers actually build collagen and are best for deep injections, such as volume replacement in the cheeks or filling in the indentation in the jaw line in front of the jowls. These fillers are also preferred for the backs of the hands.  

Hyaluronic acid fillers, such as Juvederm, are soft and malleable, and are therefore the most common choices to replace volume in the lips. 

Fillers are also used to erase or soften lines and creases, such as parenthesis lines at the sides of the mouth, marionette lines, nasolabial folds, and smoker’s lines around the lips. Hyaluronic acid fillers are a good choice for line correction because they are soft. Several of the newer hyaluronic acid fillers can be injected extremely superficially and are good choices for very fine, shallow creases, like those adjacent to the lips. 

Fillers can even be used to fill in creases on the ear lobes and to contour the nose, such as filling in a hollow on the bridge or smoothing a prominent bump.

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Renew: Improve skin tone and texture

Renew: Improve skin tone and texture

Posted on February 07, 2017

By Dr. Stefanie Christian, Timeless Laser and Skin Care

 Many women and men are seeing the long-term effects that sun damage has caused and are now looking for treatment options. The ultraviolet radiation we got in our teens and twenties broke down collagen and elastin in the dermis, the deeper layer of the skin. Without that supportive connective tissue, the skin has lost strength and flexibility, and it has thinned over time resulting in vertical creases, deep wrinkles and a loose or sagging appearance.

Plastic surgery simply cuts off the excess skin, but what remains is still thin skin with reduced collagen and elastin.

Younger-looking, smoother, tighter skin with increased collagen and elastin is achievable with SmartSkin Fractional CO2 LaserSkinRenewal.

The SmartSkin laser applies tiny pulses of laser energy to your skin, creating microscopic holes while leaving islands of normal skin intact. This triggers your body’s natural healing process with new collagen and elastin formation. As these microscopic holes heal, new, younger-looking skin is revealed that is thicker, tighter and smoother. Your skin continues to improve over the next three to four months. 

Your entire face can be treated in as little as 30 minutes, with results lasting years, given proper care and sun protection. Topical anesthetic and mild sedation make the procedure virtually painless. Afterward, you experience a heat sensation similar to a sunburn, redness, swelling, itchiness and dryness in the treated area.  

Thanks to the versatility of the SmartSkin Fractional CO2 LaserSkinRenewal, we can customize a treatment program to your specific needs. SmartSkin Light, with just two days of downtime, is a superior alternative to microneedling for fine lines, mild wrinkles, or minimal sagging. It only takes two or three sessions with this innovative laser to see dramatic results.

For more significant wrinkles and sagging, traditional SmartSkin LaserSkinRenewal treatments are the perfect choice and can be tailored to your lifestyle and particular areas of concern. Downtime can range from four to 10 days.

At Timeless Laser Skin Care, we also use the SmartSkin laser to perform the Madonna Eye Lift to treat fine lines and loose, crêpy skin around the eyes.

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Revitalize your face for the holidays

Revitalize your face for the holidays

Posted on December 14, 2016

By Dr. Stefanie Christian, Timeless Laser and Skin Care

If your cheeks have become flat, your skin looks dull, your pores are enlarged and you have fine lines developing, you might be ready to revitalize your look in time for the holidays.

At about age 45, we lose the volume in the lower of the two fat pads that form the apples of our cheeks. This flattens the cheeks and deepens the nasolabial folds (corners of the nostrils to the corners of the lips). Fillers are used to replace the volume we lose in the cheeks and to fill in permanent creases, such as nasolabial folds or marionette lines (straight down from the mouth corners).

Laser Genesis is my go-to laser treatment for textural concerns such as fine lines and enlarged pores. It’s painless and has no downtime. In fact, it’s part of our Radiant Glow Package (a mild peel plus Laser Genesis), a treatment that A-list Hollywood stars have before red carpet events.

It makes the skin glow and continues to improve the quality of skin by stimulating collagen and elastin growth.

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Clarisonic Skin Cleansing System vs. Olay Pro-X Cleansing Brush System

Clarisonic Skin Cleansing System vs. Olay Pro-X Cleansing Brush System

Posted on September 09, 2016

I have been using the Clarisonic Skin Cleansing System in my practice for over 9 years because I have never found a better way to get my patients’ faces as clean prior to procedures as I do with the Clarisonic brush. Not only is the skin clean, the skin actually feels softer and smoother. The oscillating action of the brushes works with the skin’s natural elasticity to open the pores and clean out make-up and skin debris.  In fact, the Clarisonic removes up to 11X more make-up and 2X more oil and dirt than washing with just your hands and cleanser.  Then, because the pores have been cleaned out, medicated products that are applied afterwards penetrate the skin 61% better than if the face had been manually cleaned.

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Get rid of Hyperhidrosis with Precision TX

Get rid of Hyperhidrosis with Precision TX

Posted on July 10, 2016

Hyperhidrosis is a medical condition in which a person sweats excessively and unpredictably without the normal heat triggers for sweating. Hyperhidrosis usually involves the hands, feet and armpits and often causes emotional, social, and occupational distress. 

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Precision Tx™ Laser Lift —Get a Defined Jawline and Neck, Without a Surgical Facelift

Precision Tx™ Laser Lift —Get a Defined Jawline and Neck, Without a Surgical Facelift

Posted on March 14, 2016

As we age, we lose collagen and elastin in our skin, which results in thinning, sagging skin. We tend to see this around our eyes, our hands, and our necks, especially right under the chin, an area that has become known as the “turkey waddle.” In addition, many of us accumulate weight in our necks, developing double chins and losing the defined jaw line that characterizes a youthful profile. However, even young people, who are at an ideal body weight, can have a slight turkey waddle as an inherited trait that can make them look older than they are.

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How to prevent wrinkles around your mouth

How to prevent wrinkles around your mouth

Posted on March 09, 2016

Smoking cigarettes, drinking through a straw, chewing gum and even laughing will cause wrinkles around your mouth over time. Wrinkles form as repetitive motion breaks down collagen and elastin, which usually is more pronounced in women.

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Why do we see green tea in so many skin care products?

Why do we see green tea in so many skin care products?

Posted on March 05, 2015

We have the following data about green tea and skin from research performed over the past 20 years:

In animal models, drinking green tea or topically applying green tea or EGCG, the active biologic constituent in green tea, provided significant protection against UV radiation-induced tumor formation in the skin. Green tea in the drinking water of lab mice protected against UV-induced tumor formation, inhibited skin cancer progression in some, and even caused partial regression of established cancerous skin papillomas.

In humans, the topical application of green tea on the skin prior to UV exposure reduced the usual UV-induced skin redness and inflammation, the number of sunburned cells, as well as UV-induced DNA damage.

Dr. Stefanie’s take: Although a beneficial ingredient, green tea does not replace or decrease the need for daily broad-spectrum sunscreen.

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