Age-Fighting Alternatives to Plastic Sugery

If you are looking to reverse the aging process without plastic surgery, many treatment options are available for surface imperfections, such as wrinkles, uneven pigmentation, and enlarged pores. Dr. Wang performs procedures involving collagen, Restylane®, or BOTOX® injections, as well as all chemical peels and sclerotherapy.

Feature of the Month
Sculptra®

Non-surgical Procedures
Obagi®
Obagi® Nu-Derm
Radiesse®
Skin Ceuticals

Chemical Peels
Obagi® Blue Peel

Injectables
Restylane®
BOTOX® Cosmetic
Collagen
Juvederm ™



Feature of the Month

Sculptra®
Injectable Poly-L-lactid acid

Sculptra restores your youthful appearance with natural-looking and long-lasting results!

There are many options when it comes to reducing the visible signs of aging — but there is nothing quite like Sculptra. Referred to by some physicians as a "Face lift in a bottle," Sculptra represents a new and unique non-invasive option that helps facial skin naturally regain a more youthful and natural-looking appearance.

What is Sculptra?

Derived from fruit acids, Sculptra is a biocompatible and biodegradable injectable material known as poly-L-lactic acid that naturally stimulates the body to produce its own collagen. Poly-L-lactic acid has been widely used for many years in dissolvable stitches, soft tissue implants, and other types of implants. The result is a fuller, smoother, more youthful and natural-looking face with less pronounced lines, creases, wrinkles and folds. Unlike traditional treatments Sculptra results can last up to 2 years!*

*Vleggaar D. Facial Volumetric Correction with Injectable Poly-L-lactic acid. Dermatol Surg 2005;31:1511-18.

How does Sculptra® work?

Sculptra® is injected below the surface of the skin in the area of fat loss. Facial fat loss, or lipoatrophy, is the loss of fat beneath the skin, which can result in sunken cheeks, indentations, and hollow eyes.

Sculptra® will not correct the underlying cause of the facial fat loss, but provides a gradual and significant increase in skin thickness, improving the appearance of folds and sunken areas in the treated area. Visible results appear within the first few treatment sessions.

Sculptra® has been safely used outside the United States since 1999 in over 150,000 patients under the trade names New-Fill™ and Sculptra®.

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For more information, please contact our skin care specialist.


Non-surgical Procedures

Obagi®
The Obagi® skin care system goes beyond other plastic surgery alternative systems to treat skin on the cellular level. Used successfully by top skin care centers around the globe, Obagi® has become an invaluable component to our skin care treatments at our office. Our Obagi® system consists of two main components: Obagi® Nu-Derm and Obagi® Blue Peel.

Obagi® Nu-Derm
Obagi® Nu-Derm is a rejuvenating skin therapy system of cleansers, toners, and creams that help smooth, balance, and improve facial appearance. Containing tretinoin, daily application of this plastic surgery alternative system can decrease the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, improve skin elasticity, correct blemishes, reduce age spots and other irregular pigmentation, and diminish pore size. The skin’s tolerance is increased and can even hold more moisture, giving your face a healthier, more natural look.

Radiesse®
Radiesse® is an FDA-approved, next-generation dermal filler that is setting a new standard for the correction of facial lines and wrinkles. Made of calcium-based microspheres suspended in a water-based gel, Radiesse is injected into the skin through a simple and minimally invasive procedure giving you immediate, visible improvement of folds and wrinkles, and providing long-lasting and beautiful results. In many patients, the effects of Radiesse may last a year or more. Offering clinically proven safety and longevity, Radiesse is a convenient treatment that stimulates the body to produce new collagen — often with just one or two office visits. Get beautiful results and long-lasting wrinkle correction.

Skin Ceuticals
Our line of advanced skincare products is designed to prevent future damage, protect healthy skin, and correct previous damage. SkinCeuticals aim in achieving results means more than restoring youthful, radiant skin – it means preventing serious skin conditions, like skin cancer. SkinCeuticals discovers, develops, and delivers innovative dermatology products that improve the overall health and appearance of the skin. The product uses pure, pharmaceutical grade ingredients with proven scientific results. Our formulations are based on opitmal concentrations of active ingredients elegantly crafted into functional products – designed, formulated, and tested for effectiveness. Our entire skincare program works as a complete system for maximum improvement to skin health.
Chemical Peels

Time takes its toll on everyone's skin. Age, sun exposure, and acne can leave skin, especially on the face, wrinkled, discolored, and scarred. A chemical peel is a plastic surgery alternative used to reduce these effects by applying a chemical solution to remove the damaged outer layers of skin. This alternative plastic surgery treatment has proven to be effective in smoothing and improving overall facial skin texture. It is also helpful for eliminating pre-cancerous skin growths, softening scars, and even controlling acne. There are several types of chemical peels, from mild to deep peels, each of which achieves different results.

Obagi® Blue Peel
The Obagi® Blue Peel is a lighter type of facial chemical peel that smoothes the skin and can remove blemishes, age spots, wrinkles, and scars. When repeated over a period of time, the Obagi® Blue Peel can produce results equal to those of a deeper peel while requiring less recovery time - only seven to ten days. With proper treatment, the skin’s natural elasticity is restored, and fresh, healthy skin is revealed.

Injectables

Restylane®
Restylane® injections are excellent alternatives to plastic surgery used to reduce or eliminate facial wrinkles and folds. They are also commonly used at our clinic for lip augmentation to produce fuller, sexier lips. Restylane® is made from a safe, biodegradable, non-animal, non-human synthetic substance that is injected directly into the area to be treated through a tiny needle. The results of Restylane® take effect immediately.

BOTOX® Cosmetic
For more than a decade, patients around the world have been enjoying the benefits of BOTOX® Cosmetic, a plastic surgery alternative for younger looking skin. BOTOX® Cosmetic remains one of the most popular injectables available. By temporarily paralyzing the muscles that cause wrinkles, BOTOX® Cosmetic effectively and instantly reduces or eliminates unwanted facial lines, including frown lines, forehead creases, and crow's feet, without using more invasive plastic surgery techniques. By blocking the nerve impulses that cause the muscles to contract, BOTOX® Cosmetic causes the muscles to remain relaxed for several months following treatment. Best of all, treatments may be repeated as necessary to maintain younger, smoother skin.

Collagen
Collagen is a naturally occurring protein that is injected into the skin with a very fine needle. Collagen is used as a plastic surgery filler to correct wrinkles, lines, and scars on the face, and sometimes on the neck, back, and chest. It is also commonly used for lip augmentation. Since collagen contains a small amount of salt water that will be absorbed by the body, the surgeon will usually overfill the area to compensate. Immediately after the plastic surgery procedure, you may experience slight discomfort in the treated area, but this discomfort is short-lived. Although the results of collagen injections vary in duration from patient to patient, they usually last from four to six months. If you are interested in learning more about collagen injections, please contact us today.

Juvederm ™
As we age, our skin changes. Over time, the natural volume of youthful skin begins to diminish as wrinkles and folds form. But, with Juvéderm™ injectable gel, you don't have to just sit back and let it happen! Recently approved by the FDA, Juvéderm™ injectable gel is a “next-generation” dermal filler. The smooth consistency gel helps to instantly restore your skin's volume and smooth away facial wrinkles and folds, like your "smile lines" or “parentheses” (nasolabial folds—the creases that run from the bottom of your nose to the corners of your mouth).

Juvéderm™ is a smooth consistency gel made of hyaluronic acid—a naturally occurring substance in your skin that helps to add volume and hydration. Your healthcare professional eases Juvéderm™ injectable gel under the skin to provide a smooth, natural look and feel—so everyone will notice (but no one will know)! In fact, studies show superior results of Juvéderm™ compared to a collagen-based dermal filler.* And, almost 90% of all study volunteers who were treated with both Juvéderm™ injectable gel and another dermal filler* preferred Juvéderm™! In addition, Juvéderm™ injectable gel is the first FDA-approved hyaluronic acid dermal filler that is proven to be safe and effective for persons of color. Juvéderm™ Ultra and Juvéderm™ Ultra Plus are indicated for injection into the mid to deep dermis for correction of moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds (such as nasolabial folds). Side effects were usually mild to moderate lasting 7 days or less and included temporary injection site reactions like redness, pain, firmness, swelling and bumps. Juvéderm™ injectable gel is available by Rx only.