Isolaz™ is powered by a breakthrough technology called Photopneumatics™ (Photo = light-based, Pneumatics = vacuum) which is the only therapy in the world that combines a vacuum with a painless broadband light to deep cleanse and purify your pores from the inside out. Isolaz™ is quick, easy and painless. In fact, many people have their treatments done during lunch without any downtime. Many patients have found their skin feels tighter and has a healthy radiant glow following Isolaz therapy.
Sculptra® is included in the category of fillers, but is better called a skin volume enhancer. The injected substance is poly L-lactic acid. The material is used to treat sunken hollow cheeks that results from the aging process or as a result of HIV disease. A series of injections over several months is required and the final improvement will take up to six months. The clinical benefit can also last up to two years.
Radiesse is a new injectable product for filling the nasolabial folds. The advantage of this product is the potential for a long lasting effect with results lasting in some patients up to two years. Radiesse consists of calcium hydroxylapatite suspended in gel (carboxymethycellulose). Because calcium hydroxylapatite is a normal constituent of bone, it should not elicit a chronic inflammatory or immune response. Additionally, the gel carrier doesn't require allergy testing such as required with other injectable fillers such as some collagens. Calcium hydroxylapatite has been used in humans for a long time in prosthetic implants in dental, facial, and orthopedic surgery. Animal studies and use of the injectable product in vocal cords and bladder neck areas have shown that the product remains soft without new bone formation when injected into soft tissue. The longest term studies come from Italy and suggest that Radiesse shows promise as a new agent for facial contouring with no serious side effects and reasonable efficacy and durability.
Restylane is a safe and natural cosmetic dermal filler that restores fullness to the skin and lips and smoothes moderate to severe facial wrinkles and skin folds, such as nasolabial folds (laugh lines) and for scar correction. As you get older, your face loses its shape. Restylane simply restores that fullness and provides a smoother contour to the face. Restylane is the first and only cosmetic dermal filler made of non-animal-based hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance that already exists in the human body and is used to provide volume and fullness to the skin. The hyaluronic acid in Restylane is crystal-clear gel called NASHA, or Non-Animal Stabilized Hyaluronic Acid. NASHA is biodegradable and completely biocompatible with human hyaluronic acid. Unlike other hyaluronic acid-based products, such as those made from rooster combs, only Restylane is non-animal-based. This quality virtually eliminates any risk of animal-based disease transmission or allergic reaction. Restylane is completely degraded, leaving absolutely no traces of the injected material in the body and can last from 3–8 months.
Chemical peeling as a technique has been around since Cleopatra used sour milk (lactic acid) for facial rejuvenation. Today, a chemical is applied to the face or other areas, causing the upper levels of the skin to peel away, leaving rejuvenated skin. Chemical peels work best in combination with an appropriate home-care regimen. The end result often depends on which type of peel is being used—the superficial (fruit acid, AHA), the medium-depth (combination peels) or the deep peel (Baker-Gordon, phenol). Superficial peels can improve some types of blotchy pigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles, overall skin texture and some sun-related scaling conditions. They need to be performed repetitively as a group to achieve the desired effect. The deeper peels offer greater improvement of photoaged skin, but also have more significant healing times. Chemical peels cannot improve certain types of acne scars (deep or ice pick scars), change pore size or remove broken blood vessels. They do not significantly improve gravitation-aging changes, which are best addressed by techniques such as laser skin resurfacing, a face-lift or eyelid surgery.
Juvederm™ is a smooth consistency biodegradable gel made of hyaluronic acid—a naturally occurring substance in your skin that helps to add volume and hydration to deeper wrinkles mainly, the smile lines and to enhance the lips. Approved by the FDA, Juvéderm™ injectable gel is a dermal filler that instantly restores your skin's volume and smooths 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™ injectable gel is the first FDA-approved hyaluronic acid dermal filler that is proven to be safe and effective for persons of color. The results last up to 12 months.
Dysport is an acetylcholine release inhibitor and a neuromuscular blocking agent indicated for the temporary improvement in the appearance of moderate to severe glabellar lines associated with procerus and corrugator muscle activity in adult patients less than 65 years of age. With Dysport, there is little to no downtime after injection.
Purified botulinum toxin (botox) is used to soften facial lines and wrinkles and to treat excessive sweating under the arms or on the palms of the hands. Botulinum toxin works well for forehead lines, crow's feet, and frown lines. Purified botulinum toxin is injected into the muscle in these areas and works by weakening the muscle, which in turn lessens the lines of facial expression. The results last 3–6 months. By combining botulinum toxin with peels, daily alpha hydroxyacids, anti-oxidants like coffee berry extract in REVALE, and tretinoin cream, a patient can look years younger without surgery.
Alpha Hydroxy Acid Peels
Alpha hydroxy acid is the term used for several naturally occurring acids found in fruits and other foods. These include lactic acid, derived from sour milk; citric acid, derived from citric fruit such as oranges; and glycolic acid, derived from sugar cane. Alpha hydroxy acids are helpful in treating a variety of skin ailments. They have proven to be effective in treating dry skin, acne, liver or sun spots, lessening fine facial wrinkles, and improving skin texture. Recent studies have also shown that alpha hydroxy acids can reverse precancerous skin lesions, which are due to long term sun exposure. These acids have been shown to increase skin thickness up to 15% in patients with sun damaged thin skin. This occurs through the stimulation of collagen production, the skins natural support protein. Alpha hydroxy acids also work by loosening and removing dead skin cells. Many people ask if alpha hydroxy acids are safe. It is important to point out that these acids are in many of the healthiest foods we eat and drink including orange juice. They are thought to be very safe when used correctly.Alpha hydroxy acids (AHA) can be used in low concentrations as found in many cosmetics available over the counter, in medium and high concentrations which are available in doctor's offices. When used in high concentrations, they are best applied by a professional at intervals of three to six weeks. This is known as a series of acid peels. The alpha hydroxy acid used most commonly for peels is gylocic acid.