Facial rejuvenation is any cosmetic or medical procedure used to increase or restore the appearance of a younger age to human face. The specific term, however, refers to a set of surgical procedures which try to restore facial geometry and skin appearance which are typical of youth, by using a combination of brow lift, elimination of eye bags, eyelids lift, elimination of senile spots, skin aging, facial sagging and wrinkles by face lift and rhytidectomy and physical or chemical peeling, chin lift (reduction of double chin), restoration of facial hairline, etc.
There are non-invasive and minimally invasive treatments and procedures used to improve slight facial imperfections. There are plastic surgery procedures that can dramatically improve the appearance of the face. All of these are forms of facial rejuvenation. The most successful approach may be a combination of procedures and treatments for a comprehensive facial rejuvenation strategy.
A chemical peel is a popular facial skin care technique in which a chemical solution is applied to facial skin. A chemical peel provides facial rejuvenation benefits by removing the skin's top layers to reduce the appearance of sun damage, uneven pigmentation, and wrinkles.
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL™) is a facial rejuvenation treatment that can be used to address the effects of sun damage, heredity, and aging on facial skin. Skin imperfections such as wrinkles, uneven pigmentation, freckles, rosacea, facial veins, brown spots, and enlarged pores can be eliminated or greatly improved with IPL™ Photofacial treatments. There is no "downtime" after the procedure — you can return immediately to your normal daily activities after your IPL™ Photofacial treatment.
Laser skin resurfacing removes the outer layers of the skin that are damaged or unevenly pigmented. The laser skin resurfacing procedure stimulates the production of collagen and new skin cells in the underlying layers of the skin. Laser skin resurfacing is also used to eliminate or reduce wrinkles and fine lines on the face and neck. A fresher, smoother, and more evenly colored complexion can be achieved with this procedure.
Laser skin tightening is an advanced wrinkle removal treatment that uses infrared light to tighten the skin without surgery. The laser light delivers heat to layers beneath the skin’s surface, stimulating collagen production and making the skin look tighter. Many patients consider the procedure a good alternative to the traditional face lift, as it requires no anesthesia, no scalpel, and no downtime.
Microdermabrasion can effectively remove or diminish age spots and light acne scars. The procedure is often called a "lunchtime" wrinkle treatment because it can be performed quickly in a cosmetic dermatologist's office. In administering a microdermabrasion treatment, the physician uses a handheld instrument to spray tiny crystals onto the surface of the skin. The crystals gently exfoliate the skin's upper layers, while light suction simultaneously removes the crystals and dead skin cells. As with many other facial rejuvenation methods, more than one microdermabrasion treatment may be necessary for wrinkle removal and to reduce undesired pigmentation.
Recently, photodynamic therapy (PDT) has emerged as an effective treatment to significantly reduce acne lesions on the skin. In the PDT procedure, specific wavelengths of light are used to target and kill the bacteria responsible for acne outbreaks. A typical facial skin care treatment with PDT begins with a light microdermabrasion treatment to remove any dead skin cells. Next, an aminolevulinic acid solution is applied to the skin to enhance the effectiveness of the laser or other light source. Then the targeted skin is exposed to specific wavelengths of light, which penetrate the skin and kill the acne-causing bacteria.
The "plasma" is nitrogen plasma that is applied to the surface of the skin. The substance creates heat beneath the skin’s surface, which promotes tissue regeneration. Each Portrait® plasma skin regeneration procedure takes only ten to fifteen minutes, but the results are long lasting. The procedure provides marked improvements in skin tone, wrinkle reduction, texture, and pigmentation. There’s no downtime after a Portrait® Plasma Skin Regeneration procedure, in contrast to more aggressive facial rejuvenation treatments such as laser skin resurfacing.
Thermage® is a non-exfoliating facial rejuvenation technique designed to tighten and improve the contours of the face and neck. These aesthetic improvements are achieved with a radiofrequency device that is passed over face, with the tip in contact with the skin’s surface. Controlled radio waves from the device heat the deeper layers of the skin, stimulating new collagen development. The result is tighter and often smoother skin. Unlike laser treatments, Thermage® can treat all skin types and requires no downtime. The benefits of the procedure are often immediately apparent and long-lasting.
BOTOX® can easily be used to effect a reduction in frown lines, forehead wrinkles, bunny nose, jaw, and crow's feet. BOTOX® can also elevate the eyebrow area effecting a non-surgical brow lift. In the neck, BOTOX® is very effective in the reduction of horizontal neck lines and in the relaxation of vertical mid neck cords, i.e., thickened bands of the underlying platysma muscle. BOTOX® can also reduce lip lines, enhance lip fullness and reduce marionette lines.