Posts for: December, 2018
A common concern for many patients is a weak chin. Traditionally, surgery has been performed for correction. We now have non-surgical options that provide outstanding results.
What is a weak chin?
A weak chin described the condition where the chin is not balanced with the rest of the face. This has to do with the anatomy of the face. There are many bones in the face that provide the structural support. In the lower face, there is a bone that provides support for the upper teeth and another that provides support for the lower teeth and chin. In some people the lower bone does not project forward enough, making the position of the tip of the chin behind that of the upper lip. This makes the chin appear out of balance with the rest of the face.
How can a weak chin be treated?
Now with the use of fillers we can treat a weak chin without surgery. Fillers are used to restore lost volume in the face and in other places of the body. The filler that works best in this area is Voluma. Voluma is a filler in the Juvederm family that works well to volumize and restructure the face. The active ingredient in Voluma is hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring sugar found in the body. Hyaluronic acid draws water into the area to provide volume and structure. Depending on the person and their individual appearance, different amounts of product can be used. The patient shown here received two syringes of Voluma to enhance her weak chin. Now the chin appears balanced with the rest of her face. Small changes wuch as this can make a big difference in a person’s appearance. The best thing about Voluma is that people will enjoy their results for two years or more in this area.
We are excited to announce our newest product, the Alastin TransFORM Body Treatment. The Alastin TransFORM Body Treatment is an outstanding product that will help tighten the skin and decrease fat in the area.
Non-surgical body contouring has become more and more popular in the last few years. There are many devices and products available to tighten the skin on the body and remove fat. Two of the most common treatments we perform in our office are laser skin tightening and Kybella. Laser skin tightening uses gentle micro-pulses of infrared light to slowly heat the deeper layers of the skin. This stimulates your body to form more collagen and tightens the skin in the area. Kybella is a salt found naturally in the body that is injected into the skin to remove undesired stubborn fat that you can’t get rid of no matter how much you diet or exercise. Common areas of treatment with laser skin tightening include the neck and belly, but just about any area of the body can be treated.
The Alastin TransFORM Body Treatment is a new product that enhances the fat reduction and tightening effects of any of these treatments. The Alastin TransFORM Body Treatment has multiple ingredients to provide these effects. First the Alastin TransFORM Body Treatment contains the proprietary Tri-Hex peptide technology. This stimulates your body to form new collagen and elastin, which serve to tighten the skin and improve the texture of the skin. It also cleans the deeper layers of skin to allow for faster results and more healthy skin. The other active ingredient in the Alastin TransFORM Body Treatment is called Hexapeptide-11. This is a peptide that signals your body to get rid of fat faster. It is designed using a patent pending LipoDRONE delivery system, which allows the Alastin TransFORM Body Treatment to penetrate to the deeper layers where the fat is located.
The Alastin TransFORM Body Treatment is used twice daily. Apply a liberal amount of the Alastin TransFORM Body Treatment on the area of concern and rub it well. It does not have a heavy or oily feeling. The large 6 oz tube will last you three months. You can apply the Alastin TransFORM Body Treatment while getting treatments such as Kybella or laser skin tightening to enhance the results.
A common concern for patients is redness on the skin. Often times the redness is caused by rosacea. Fortunately, we have an outstanding treatment to control rosacea.
What is rosacea?
Rosacea is a condition characterized by the appearance of redness on the face. This usually occurs in the central face on the nose and cheeks, but for some people it can spread to the entire face and even down to the neck. Sometimes you see generalized redness on the skin and in some people, you can see broken capillaries, particularly on the nose and cheeks. In some cases, bumps appear, making it look like acne; and sometimes rosacea is confused with acne. People with rosacea tend to have sensitive skin. With rosacea there are triggers that lead to the redness. Everyone is different, but common triggers include sun exposure, heat, cold, eating spicy food, drinking alcohol, and emotional stress.
How is rosacea treated?
Rosacea is a chronic condition that is controlled, not cured. The first thing to do is to identify the triggers for the individual and avoid them. Sunscreen is important for all patients with rosacea because the radiation from the sun can make everything worse, even if it is not a trigger. Dr. Alex recommends a sunscreen with SPF at least 30 every day. Rosacea patients love the Elta MD UV Clear sunscreen because it contains an ingredient called niacinamide. This is a vitamin B derivative which helps to reduce redness. Treatment for rosacea involves targeting the blood vessels in the skin. This can be done with lasers. Dr. Alex combines the Forever Young BBL IPL photofacial with a laser skin tightening treatment. This combination is called the Tight and Bright Rejuvenation. The light from this treatment is absorbed by the blood in the skin and destroys the blood vessels in the skin. Overall patients see a significant reduction in redness and broken capillaries. Dr. Alex recommends an initial series of six monthly treatments followed by a single maintenance treatment every three months after that.
Tight and Bright Rejuvenation Demonstration
Tight and Bright Rejuvenation Patient Testimonial
One of the most commonly neglected areas for facial rejuvenation is the hollowing in the temples. Voluma is a filler that can be used to correct hollow temples.
Over time there are many changes that occur in the face. These include wrinkle formation, loosening of the skin, and dark spots. Additionally, bony structures change and fat is lost. These changes are very prominent and common in the temples. The bones move inward and the fat pad in the area is lost. This occurs more frequently in thin people who exercise a lot, leading to an appearance of a skeleton in the upper face.
These changes can easily be corrected with filler treatments. Fillers are products that are used to restore lost volume in the face and other areas on the body. Dr. Alex finds that Voluma is the best product in this area. Voluma is a dermal filler in the Juvederm family, the most popular family of fillers in the United States. The active ingredient in Voluma is hyaluronic acid, a sugar that’s found in the skin naturally. Hyaluronic acid binds a thousand times its weight in water so it draws water into the skin providing volume. This helps fill the hollows and provide a natural and healthy appearance.
In contrast to other hyaluronic acid products, Voluma has a high level of hyaluronic acid. This is perfect for placement on bones such as in the temples or upper cheeks. The treatment for the temples is very easy because there is only a single injection point on each side as is seen in the video demonstration shown here. An immediately lift is seen in the area.
Voluma Treatment for Hollow Temples Demonstration
An important advantage of Voluma is that it is safe in the event of side effects. The most concerning side effects occur when a filler is inadvertently placed into an artery, which blocks blood supply to the area. Hyaluronic acid products can be dissolved which allows us to easily treat these types of side effects. On the other hand, non-hyaluronic acid fillers such as Radiesse, Sculptra, and Bellafil cannot be reversed and therefore such side effects are much more dangerous.
Swelling is normal after a Voluma treatment to treat hollow temples. It may also be difficult to chew for a few days because the swelling puts pressure on a muscle in the area that we use to bite. Dr. Alex recommend avoiding heat exposure, alcohol consumption, and strenuous exercise for 24 hours after a Voluma treatment. To reduce swelling after a Voluma treatment Dr. Alex recommends applying ice packs on and off for five minutes at a time as much as possible for the first few days. Sleeping on an extra pillow will reduce the amount of blood brought to the skin overnight and decreases the swelling. Also, avoiding salty foods will prevent your body from retaining water and therefore decrease swelling. Most people require two syringes of Voluma per side. Full results are seen two weeks after the Voluma treatment once the swelling has gone down. The best thing about a Voluma treatment for hollow temples is that you can enjoy the results for two years or more.
On November 29, 2018 we celebrated the Grand Opening of our new office and our Holiday Party.
A E Skin moved to our new office in September 2018. The new office is all our own and not shared with other doctors. This decreases confusion for patients visiting our office and allows for more opportunities us to accommodate our patients. Our reception area is comfortable and spacious with refreshments including fresh fruit, sparkling water, and hot coffee. Our consultation room is large with a view of the Santa Monica mountains. The treatment suite is significantly larger than that in the previous office and the ventilation is improved. We have a dedicated room for photography, allowing photographs to be taken quickly and efficiently. We also have a relaxation room with a massage chair, dimmed lighting, a television playing relaxing videos, and aroma therapy where patients can enjoy a relaxing massage while numbing for their treatments. Televisions are placed in all the rooms allowing our guests to be comfortable; some even provide information about treatments including testimonials and before and after pictures.
Grand Opening and Holiday Party
We went all out at our Grand Opening party. The furniture was rearranged to accommodate our guests. Our consultation room was converted into a photography suite with a red carpet, step and repeat backdrop, and special lighting. The relaxation room was converted into a suite with multiple chairs where guests could learn about our products and treatments. Multiple patients took advantage of an opportunity to provide video testimonials. We had balloons in the building hallway to guide our patients and more balloons in the photography area. A professional photographer and videographer were in attendance to document everything.
The highlights of the party were the live demonstrations of some of our most popular treatments. First Dr. Alex performed a liquid facelift using Botox and a variety of fillers. Botox was used in the upper face to relax wrinkles on the forehead and around the eyes. Then Dr. Alex used Voluma in the cheeks to lift the lower face, Vollure in the laugh lines to smoothen them out, and Volbella to correct fine lines in the lower cheek. After the treatment, Dr. Alex demonstrated the use of our new anti-bruise patch. The second live demonstration was an Ultra Microneedling treatment. This is an outstanding treatment designed by Dr. Alex to address fine lines, wrinkles, uneven color, and irregular texture with minimal recovery time. It works by creating thousands of tiny holes and generating heat to stimulate your body to form its own natural, new, fresh, and healthy collagen. This provide a radiant glow to the skin and corrects irregularities. After this treatment our staff demonstrated the use of our Hydrating mask, applied on the skin immediately after an Ultra Microneedling treatment, which quickly calms down the skin.
We thank our partners from Allergan (makers of Botox, Voluma, Vollure, Volbella, and Kybella), Alastin Skin Care (makers of the Skin Nectar and Hydratint sunscreen), and Topix (maker of the A E Skin Green Tea Essentials products) for their support. Catering was provided by Street Café by Aroma. To celebrate we served wine and champagne. Patients had an opportunity to take advantage of promotions on all products and services. At the end of the night we had a raffle for a variety of skin care products and treatments. Our guests always love our best dressed contest; the winners each received a prize.
Everyone had such a wonderful time at our party. To continue the celebration, we are honoring all promotions through the end of the year in the holiday spirit. We look forward to continued success and celebrations in the future.
Dr. Alex with his family
Celebrating with a toast
Liquid Facelift demonstration
Ultra Microneedling demonstration
Dr. Alex with Roman from Allergan
Dr. Alex with Julie and Nai'a from Alastin