We have all heard the sayings “Everything in Moderation” or “Eat right and Exercise.” This all sounds like wise advice when caring for our bodies. Just like exercising our bodies, it is equally important to maintain good skin health to keep us looking and feeling refreshed, rejuvenated and less fatigued. There are some great non-invasive treatments available, that offer a “skin workout” which can result in naturally beautiful and healthy skin.
Ultherapy is a non-surgical ultrasound treatment that counteracts the effects of gravity on your skin. Ultherapy uses the body’s own regenerative response to gently and gradually lift skin on the cheeks, above the eyebrows, under the chin and on the neck, and smooth lines and wrinkles under the eyes and on the décolletage.
What makes Ultherapy unique is that it is the only non-invasive treatment cleared by the FDA to actually lift skin. Ultherapy is also the only cosmetic procedure to use ultrasound imaging, which allows practitioners to see the layers of tissue targeted during the treatment to ensure the energy is deposited to where it will be most beneficial.
After an Ultherapy treatment, weak collagen is reorganized and strengthened by the growth of new collagen, which tightens and lifts the skin.
While Ultherapy does not replicate the effects of cosmetic surgery, it is a great alternative for patients not ready for surgery or for those who want to continue building collagen after a surgical lift.
As we age, there is a thinning of the epidermal layer of the skin. Collagen fiber in younger skin is thicker and more robust. Microneedling helps stimulate the production of collagen through our body’s natural response to wound healing.
There are three phases to the wound healing process. First, there is the injury and immediate inflammation that occurs. Microneedling creates thousands of tiny microchannels at optimal depths in the dermal layer of the skin. This inflammation triggers the release of growth factors to begin the healing process. Growth factors attract neutrophils and macrophages, which act to identify and remove foreign particles and necrotic debris through secretion of antibacterial chemicals.
This, in turn, leads to the second phase of wound healing in which tissue proliferation occurs. Fibroblasts proliferate by releasing growth factors, glycoproteins and collagen. Epidermal cells migrate to the wound. This process creates a temporary scaffolding which serves as the foundation for long term tissue remodeling.
Over time, and during the third phase of the wound healing process, fibroblasts replace this temporary scaffolding, called Collagen Type 3, with fresh new Collagen Type 1. This remodeling has a slight skin tightening effect and continues up to one-year post procedure without scar formation. Some people see tissue remodeling in as early as three months. The length of time depends a great deal on genetics, age, health, and skin quality. Most tissue remodeling occurs in six months.
It has been observed through studies that six months after micro-needling, more collagen and elastin can be detected, along with improved epidermal and dermal thickness.
Micro-needling and Platelet-Rich Plasma
Platelet Rich Plasma, also known as “PRP” is blood plasma that contains concentrated amounts of platelets and growth factors. The concentrated platelets are rich in bioactive proteins and they work with the growth factors to trigger and accelerate tissue repair.
To obtain the Platelet-Rich Plasma, a patient’s own blood is drawn in a test tube and is spun in a special centrifuge. This action separates the blood components. The Platelet-Rich Plasma component is withdrawn into a syringe and can be injected into the skin or infused in the micro-channels that are created during a micro-needling procedure.
A chemical peel uses a chemical solution to improve the texture and tone of your skin by removing the outer damaged layer of the epidermis. Although most commonly used on the face, chemical peels can also be used on other parts of the body including the neck and hands. Sun exposure, acne, or simply just getting older can leave your skin tone uneven, wrinkled, spotted or scarred. The potential result of the chemical peel depends on the type of chemical as well as the technique used.
Chemical peels can aid in the improvement of acne or acne scars, fine lines, wrinkles and sun-damaged skin. They can help to even out irregular skin pigmentation and minimize certain scars, rough skin and scaly patches. Deeper facial lines or wrinkles, deep scars, and significantly loose or sagging skin will require treatments other than chemical peels.
There are different chemical agents that can be used in chemical peels. Some peels require very little downtime, while others can require several days or even weeks to completely heal.
It’s the perfect finishing touch for that extreme skin glow. There is virtually no downtime for this treatment so it is perfect before an event. A glass vial filled with a “customized skin cocktail” is delivered through tiny 24k gold plated hollow needles smaller in diameter than a piece of hair, allowing the cocktail to penetrate the skin’s surface. So you may ask, “What is in these customized cocktails?” At Elizabeth Roche MedSpa in Woodcliff Lake, NJ, Dr. Roche uses a proprietary blend of Botox and Dermal Filler along with Vitamin B-12 and PRP. Superficial microinjections of Botox help minimize pores without affecting muscle movement. The micro-droplets of hyaluronic acid filler attracts moisture to the skin surface resulting in diffuse subtle skin plumping. Overall, this treatment helps to even out skin tone, minimize fine lines while offering an increase in hydration to the skin as well. This can be performed on the face, neck, décolletage and hands. Micro-infusion is the treatment that all of the celebrities are raving about!