Dr. Alex gave a presentation discussing the various aspects of the liquid facelift and what works for each person. The liquid facelift is a treatment customized for each person which uses liquid products to provide a facelift result without surgery. Products included in the liquid facelift include Botox, various dermal fillers, and Kybella. Botox is a purified protein used to address wrinkles associated with facial expression. The most common areas treated with Botox are the horizontal lines seen on the forehead when we raise the brows, the vertical lines seen between the brows when we frown, and the crow’s feet seen around the eyes when we smile or squint. Dermal fillers such as Juvederm, Restylane, Voluma, and Volbella restore lost volume to the face. Juvederm works well to address the nasolabial folds, or laugh lines. These are wrinkles that go from the sides of the nose to the corners of the mouth; sometimes they extend as marionette lines to the jawline. Dr. Alex uses Restylane to fill in hollowing under the eyes. Voluma is used to restore volume in the mid-face. It gives the apple of the cheek that is lost over time and pulls the lower face upward, improving the nasolabial folds, marionette lines and jowls. Volbella is the newest filler and is used for fine lines on the lips or around the mouth. Kybella is the first and thus-far only FDA-approved, non-surgical, injectable treatment for the double chin. When injected into the skin Kybella will dissolve the fat and it is naturally eliminated by your body slowly over time. A series of two to four Kybella treatments is recommended over several months.
We were excited to present our newest laser: the fractional CO2 by Deka. Fractional CO2 laser resurfacing can address multiple aspects of aging in a single treatment including fine lines, wrinkles, loose skin, dark spots, acne scars, surgical scars, and stretch marks. Fractional CO2 laser resurfacing works by creating thousands of microscopic holes in the skin and generating heat. This stimulates your body to produce its own natural, new, fresh, and healthy collagen, thereby tightening the skin and helping with wrinkles, looseness, scars, and stretch marks. Fractional CO2 laser resurfacing also allows for discolorations to come out of the skin. As this is an aggressive treatment, most people have about one week of recovery time (redness and swelling). However, we now have a lighter version of the fractional CO2 laser resurfacing with a shorter recovery time of three to four days which allows for healing to occur over a weekend.
We also featured a new product by Alastin called the Restorative Complex. Alastin is a skin care line originally designed for pre- and post-procedure to enhance results and reduce recovery time. The proprietary Tri-Hex peptide technology in the Alastin Skin Nectar stimulates the formation of collagen and elastin, proteins that keep the skin firm and tight, and clears the deeper layer of the skin, allowing for faster healing after a treatment. The Alastin Skin Nectar is specifically designed to be used before and after treatments. The new Alastin Restorative Complex is designed for everyday use and includes other ingredients to volumize the skin, making it an ideal complement to fillers such as Juvederm, Restylane, Voluma, and Volbella.
Dr. Alex’s presentation was followed by live demonstrations of Botox, Volbella, and fractional CO2 laser resurfacing. Patients had the opportunity to observe these treatments. Botox was used to address wrinkles on the forehead and to lift the brows. Volbella was used to improve fine lines around the mouth. And the fractional CO2 laser was used to rejuvenate the face.
We were delighted to welcome our two new staff members: Michele and Katherine. Guests had the opportunity to take photographs on the Red Carpet. Light refreshments were provided and all guests went home with a gift bag full of skin care products. Generous support was provided by Allergan (makers of Botox, Juvederm, Voluma, Volbella, Kybella, and Latisse), Alastin (makers of the Skin Nectar and Restorative Complex), and Monarch lasers. We look forward to seeing our patients at upcoming events.