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Dr. Sinha – Laser Treatments for Your Skin

Dr. Sinha – Laser Treatments for Your Skin

Laser skin resurfacing is a tried-and-true technique for refreshing and renewing your skin, while reducing the look of common age-related complaints such as wrinkles, age spots, acne scars, discoloration and sun damage. But precisely because laser skin care technology is so effective, and there is such a wide range of options that provide different results, trying to determine which type of laser skin care is best for you can be overwhelming.

At the Atlanta Institute for Facial Aesthetic Surgery, we want you to be a more informed patient when it comes to your options for skin care. So let’s step back from all the hype surrounding laser skin resurfacing treatments, and get down to the basics. Here are the top seven things you need to know about laser treatments for your skin.

1. Different lasers are optimized for different issues and skin types.
So why are there so many types of lasers, anyway? Well, different lasers are designed to treat different patients and skin concerns.

The two types of lasers used in skin care are called ablative and non-ablative. The main difference between them is that ablative lasers are more invasive and require a longer recovery time.

At our Atlanta skin care clinic, we specialize in these types of lasers:

● CO2 lasers are ablative lasers that fully remove the top layers of dull and damaged skin. They’re best for treating scars, warts, wrinkles and other deep skin flaws.
Fractional lasers break up the laser into thousands of tiny beams to treat only a fraction of the skin in a given area, which reduces recovery time after the procedure. Fractional lasers can be ablative or non-ablative, and can treat several age-related skin imperfections.

Instead of obsessing over the pros and cons of different types of laser treatments, concentrate on your individual goals: What problems do you want to address through laser skin care, and what results are you trying to achieve? The good news is, you don’t have to figure all this out by yourself. We can provide you with a complimentary skin examination using our VISIA Complexion Analysis machine. VISIA takes close-up photographs of your face to highlight imperfections such as fine lines, wrinkles or discoloration. Looking at your results, our skin care experts can make the best recommendations based on what your skin needs most.

2. What time of year you have laser resurfacing makes a difference.
You may think of autumn as a time for beautiful foliage or Thanksgiving spent counting your blessings among family and friends. But did you know fall is also “laser season?” Here’s why: Following some laser treatments, your skin can be hypersensitive to sun exposure for as long as a year. That’s why many cosmetic surgeons recommend undergoing laser resurfacing during the fall or winter, when more hours of darkness usually mean you spend more time inside.

Regardless of when you decide to get your laser procedure, get in the habit of wearing a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher, and reapplying generously as needed. This practice not only helps keep your results looking their best – it also protects you from skin cancer and other signs of premature aging.

3. Certain medications or conditions may lead to poor healing or scarring after laser treatment.
Be prepared to have a frank and truthful conversation with your doctor about your complete medical history, including any medications or supplements you take. For example, if you often get cold sores or fever blisters, laser treatments may trigger a breakout. Acne medications such as Accutane can result in slow healing or even scarring after laser resurfacing, while common over-the-counter products like aspirin thin the blood and increase the risk of post-procedure bleeding.

Diabetes and other chronic health conditions can also affect your safety and results with laser resurfacing. If you smoke, quit at least two weeks before and after laser treatments to minimize the risk of complications and create the best chances of optimal results from your procedure.

4. Plan to have multiple laser treatments.
Depending on what you hope to achieve, a single laser treatment may address all your concerns; however, most non-ablative lasers require a series of treatments to reveal the best possible outcome. Once all your treatments are complete, you can expect to enjoy long-lasting results.

5. Depending on the treatment, you may need some downtime.
Yes, laser treatments are non-surgical, but that doesn’t mean there’s no downtime associated with them. Your recovery time after a laser procedure will vary depending on the type of laser used and depth of your treatment, as well as your overall health and how closely you follow your doctor’s instructions for the best healing results.

Non-ablative lasers often require no downtime at all, while ablative lasers can require a two- to three-week healing process (depending on depth) before the new skin fully heals and you get to see your final results.

6. Having darker skin doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t get laser resurfacing.
You may have heard laser resurfacing is only safe for light skin types, but this is a common myth. While certain lasers may pose a higher risk for cell damage or discoloration in darker skin, there are several resurfacing options for darker-complected patients.

The best way to ensure a safe, effective treatment for any skin type is to choose a provider with extensive training and experience in laser resurfacing procedures.

7. Who performs your laser resurfacing procedure has a tremendous influence on your results.
When done by a specially trained, knowledgeable skin care professional, laser resurfacing is a safe way to noticeably improve your skin’s appearance. However, in the hands of a poorly trained individual, laser treatments can be unsuccessful or even dangerous. Rather than hunting for the best deal or a specific brand name of laser, do your homework and choose your laser resurfacing provider based on experience, training and qualifications. Your best bet is a board-certified cosmetic surgeon such as Dr. Pradeep Sinha. Dr. Sinha has completed hours of extensive training that includes non-surgical treatments such as laser skin resurfacing.

If you’re interested in learning more about the laser skin care options available to you, please contact our clinic to schedule your complimentary consultation today.

What Products Are Used During A Liquid FaceLift?

What Products Are Used During A Liquid FaceLift?

In the world of cosmetic procedures, there are always new trends and techniques to achieve a rejuvenated and youthful appearance without having to undergo surgery. One of the most popular and effective treatments at the moment is known as a liquid facelift. But what is a liquid facelift and what products are used during treatment? We will discuss both of those topics in this post, so you will be well informed about what exactly a liquid facelift entails.

What is A Liquid Facelift?

A liquid facelift is a non-invasive technique to give the youthful and lifting effects of a traditional facelift. This is done by injecting a combination of dermal fillers and muscle relaxers. By using multiple injectables in different treatment areas, each liquid facelift can be customized to treat your specific skin concerns. Every treatment is personalized to rejuvenate and lift your face for a younger and refreshed appearance.

About the Products that Can Be Used

Each injectable is used on different treatment areas to give you the results that you desire and each one has a different purpose. There are certain ones when injected, that help to replace volume that has been lost in certain areas of the face due to age or weight loss. Some injectables can tighten loose and sagging skin around the neck and chin. Another can help to reduce fat in your neck that give the appearance of a “double chin”. When they are injected by a qualified and expert doctor, like Dr. Sinha, you are left with the results similar to a surgical facelift without the risks or downtime. These are some of the injectables that are used during the process of a liquid facelift.

Sculptra

Sculptra is used to gradually add volume to hollow areas of the face, such as cheeks, temples, and around the eyes. These areas tend to lose volume as we age. This is because collagen production begins to slow as we get older. Sculptra works by stimulating your body’s natural collagen production. Collagen provides support for the skin’s structure. It is also a crucial part in the production of hyaluronic acid and elastin. Hyaluronic acid helps the skin to absorb and retain moisture and elastin helps the skin to stay tight and firm. Both are necessary for youthful and radiant skin. The process of collagen replacement is gradual, making results seen from this treatment appear over time. Sculptra can also be used to fill wrinkles and fine lines. It is used to fill smile lines, marionette lines, and melolabial lines, lines that appear around your mouth and chin. This makes it less apparent that work has been done and is more appealing to patient’s looking for more natural results. Over time Scultpra increases volume, restores natural facial contours, and leaves you with a more youthful and rejuvenated appearance.

Voluma

Voluma is a hyaluronic acid filler from Juvederm, with the full name Juvederm Voluma XC. Hyaluronic acid is found naturally in the body to help your skin retain moisture. As we get older, the amount of hyaluronic acid that our body produces is decreased. This results in a loss of moisture and volume in your face. Voluma increases volume in the middle of the face and adds definition to the cheekbones. Adding volume to this area of the face helps to make the face appear younger and more refreshed. This is because a lack of volume in the face can cause wrinkles and fine lines to be exaggerated. What makes Voluma different from other injectables is its gel like consistency, providing long lasting results. Youthful and natural suppleness is restored, while your facial contours are more defined after just one treatment.

Vollure

Vollure is one of the best treatments to reduce the appearance of nasolabial folds, or laugh line, without having to undergo surgery. This treatment is able to correct moderate to severe wrinkles or deep lines around the nose and mouth. This injectable gel is a blend of different weights of hyaluronic acid that results in a silky, long lasting product. In some studies this treatment had results proven to last for up to 18 months. Hyaluronic acid is very effective at filling deep fine lines and wrinkles. It is a great alternative to other invasive treatments.

Botox

Botox is one of the most well-known injectables available today. But have you ever wondered how this house hold name cosmetic treatment works? Botox is made from a botulinum toxin and it helps to reduce the movement of precise muscles. When the purified toxin is injected into your muscles, the chemical message from the nerves that control the muscles is blocked. This smooths out wrinkles and fine lines as the muscles are relaxed. Botox can be used to treat fine lines and wrinkles in multiple areas of the face.

Kybella

Kybella is an injectable that is able to reduce and/or eliminate the appearance of submental fat, or a double chin. Submental fat can occur due to aging, genetics, or weight gain. In many cases, there was no way to get rid of this unappealing area of fat. Diet and exercise would often make no difference in the appearance of patients’ chin. This left surgery, such as liposuction or a neck lift, as the only option a patient had, until now. Kybella is the first FDA approved injectable that destroys submental fat. It is made of synthetic deoxycholic acid, which naturally occurs in the body, that helps to absorb and break down fat cells. This reduces the fullness under the chin, giving you a more youthful and slim appearance. Once the cells are destroyed, they can no longer store fat. This means that once treatment is completed, no further treatments are necessary to maintain your desired results.

These are only a few of the treatments offered during a liquid facelift. Your doctor will decide which injectables are right for you and your desired results during your consultation. Are you considering having a liquid facelift? Give our office a call today.

Dr. Sinha – Non-Surgical Ways to Improve Your Appearance

Dr. Sinha – Non-Surgical Ways to Improve Your Appearance

When you look in the mirror every day, are you satisfied with what you see? You may have suddenly started noticing wrinkles, dark spots or an uneven skin tone that was never there before.

If you’re looking for solutions for smoother, clearer skin, you may be excited to learn that there are several ways to minimize blemishes, treat sun damage and restore a clearer and more youthful complexion without the need for surgery.

What Is Skin Resurfacing?

As we age, our skin begins to lose elasticity and become more fragile. Skin resurfacing treatments help reverse signs of aging caused by sun damage, toxins and stress, helping you look subtly younger and restoring skin’s healthy glow.

Unfortunately, most of the skin damage you notice in your 30s , 40s and 50s took place when you were in your teens and 20s. While we may not be able to stop time, we can help turn back the clock on your prematurely aging skin.

Skin resurfacing treatments help restore a more youthful complexion by removing damaged outer layers of skin to reveal the healthier-looking skin beneath, while simultaneously encouraging new skin cells to grow. These non-surgical treatments are designed to renew and revitalize skin with minimal downtime for recovery.

At our Atlanta cosmetic surgery practice, we use a variety of skin resurfacing techniques to address our patients’ skin concerns.

Chemical Peels

A chemical peel is a topical aesthetic procedure designed to refresh the surface of your skin, and reduce the appearance of aging, scarring and other facial flaws.

During a chemical peel, we smooth a layer of an acid-based solution onto your skin, which causes the damaged outer layers of skin to peel off. Your skin’s natural healing process causes new cells to form, leading to smoother, tighter and younger-looking skin.

We can perform a chemical peel on your face, neck, chest, hands, arms or legs to address the following issues:

● Dark spots
● Fine lines and wrinkles
● Acne scars and other blemishes
● Rough or scaly patches of skin
● Sun damage
● Uneven skin pigmentation

Chemical peels come in light, medium and deep strengths. The deeper the peel, the more dramatic the results and the longer the recovery time. Depending on the skin issues you want to correct, we will consult with you and recommend the peel treatment that is best for your skin type and the results you are hoping to achieve.

Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion treatment is a popular and effective way to help reduce or eliminate wrinkles, fine lines, age spots, light acne scarring, undesired pigmentation and other imperfections that may appear on the skin as a result of aging.

Microdermabrasion is a non-chemical, non-invasive procedure that uses a special tool to remove the outermost layer of dry, dead skin cells. The technique also encourages the production of a new underlying layer of skin cells with higher levels of collagen and elastin, which results in smoother and more youthful-looking skin.

We can use microdermabrasion on your face, neck, chest, arms, elbows, knees or hands to:

● Rejuvenate dull, leathery skin
● Smooth fine lines and wrinkles
● Correct age spots, acne scarring and hyperpigmentation
● Reduce or eliminate enlarged pores and blemishes
● Lessen the appearance of stretch marks
● Remove blackheads and whiteheads

We can complete a typical microdermabrasion session in less than an hour in our Atlanta office. Following treatment, no downtime is necessary. You should be able to return to work and your normal activities immediately after the procedure. Depending on your desired results, we usually recommend four to six treatment sessions spaced one to two weeks apart.

Dermaplaning

Dermaplaning is a safe and highly effective exfoliation technique for facial skin. Dermaplaning relies on the use of a sterile, surgical scalpel to gently “shave” off the skin’s surface, removing the top layer of dead skin, along with the fine hairs typically known as “peach fuzz.” This treatment option results in healthier, brighter skin that has a smoother look and feel.

Dermaplaning is only suitable for use on the face. However, it has proven to be one of the best ways to prevent acne breakouts, treat acne scars, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, improve the appearance of pores and create a more even skin tone and texture.

Dermaplaning is especially effective on people who have developed a dry or rough skin texture. Dermaplaning can also be an excellent alternative treatment for patients with rosacea, broken capillaries or sensitive skin who cannot tolerate chemical peels or microdermabrasion. We recommend monthly procedures, which take 30 minutes or less and require no post-treatment recovery time.

SilkPeel

The SilkPeel® Dermalinfusion skin care procedure is designed to immediately improve the appearance of skin in just one treatment.

Similar to microdermabrasion and dermaplaning, the SilkPeel® treatment is an exfoliation technique that removes outer layers of skin. However, the SilkPeel® treatment relies on various treatment serums that have been specially formulated to treat specific skin conditions.

We can use the SilkPeel® treatment on your face, neck, chest, hands, feet, and other areas of your body to:

● Treat oily or acne-prone skin
● Hydrate dry skin
● Minimize the appearance of wrinkles
● Reduce the appearance of age and sun spots

In addition to exfoliating the outer layers of the skin by removing dead skin cells, the SilkPeel® hand tool saturates the skin with the treatment solution. The serums used in SilkPeel® penetrate deeply into the skin, infusing it with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants and increasing the effectiveness of treatment.

The procedure takes about 30 minutes, is painless and requires no downtime. For the best possible results, patients can schedule monthly SilkPeel® treatments.

Who Should Perform Skin Resurfacing Treatments?

When considering skin resurfacing treatments, always look for a board-certified cosmetic surgeon with a highly trained staff who is attentive to your needs. At the Atlanta Institute for Facial Aesthetic Surgery, we have the best equipment needed to perform any type of skin resurfacing technique, and we always put patient safety and comfort first.

To ask if skin resurfacing is right for your skin type, concerns and goals for improvement, contact us today to schedule a consultation.

Benefits Of A Liquid Facelift

Benefits Of A Liquid Facelift

The newly popular procedure known as a liquid facelift, is being preferred over a traditional facelifts more and more. This is because patients are beginning to realize all of the benefits that a liquid facelift has to offer. Although this treatment is considered new, it is a combination of trusted products to provide you with the same results as a traditional facelift. Here are the benefits that a liquid facelift offers when compared to a surgical facelift.

A Little About Liquid Facelifts

A liquid facelift refers to a combination of injectable dermal fillers and muscle relaxers. This treatment is meant to fill any areas that are lacking volume, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and rejuvenate the overall appearance of the face. A liquid facelift is able to lift and contour the face without ever having to have surgery.

The combination of injections that is right for you will be decided by you and your doctor. You will both discuss your skin type, face shape, and desired results to determine which ones to include in your treatment plan. A liquid facelift leaves you with beautifully natural results. It helps to balance facial features by restoring the natural contours of your face. Fine lines and wrinkles are diminished and sagging or loose skin, such as jowls, are lifted and rejuvenated. The treatment offers many benefits without having to have a complete facelift.

Benefits of a Liquid Facelift
 

  • Non-Invasive
  • Many patients choose a liquid facelift over a traditional one because it does not involve surgery. The only incisions involved are very thin needles that distribute the products into the skin. A traditional facelift has much different incisions that need to heal, requiring recovery and downtime, and can sometimes lead to scarring.
    A liquid facelift is also a great choice for those that have a fear of “going under the knife”. Some patients have adverse feelings involving surgery and the liquid facelift is an option that they are comfortable with. They also do not have to fear about being put under anesthesia, a liquid facelift usually involves the application of local anesthetic on treatment areas.

  • Saves You Time
  • Not including the time of the consultation, a liquid facelift usually takes less than hour. This includes all of the injectables, fillers, and muscle relaxers. When compared to how long the procedure of a facelift lasts, a liquid facelift takes significantly less time than the traditional surgery. There is also little to no recovery time after treatment. This means you do not need to block off large portions of your schedule to get the results that you desire.
    Following surgery, you must limit activities and often have to take time off of work. After a liquid facelift there are almost no limitations to what you can do. You do not have to spend days in bed feeling miserable because you are in pain while you are trying to heal. There is also no need to take time off of work and waste your vacation days on looking younger and more rejuvenated.

  • Less Costly
  • Compared to a traditional facelift, a liquid facelift is much more cost effective. The injections performed during this treatment are much more affordable then undergoing surgery. When you schedule a surgery, you have to pay for the surgical facility/ operating room, cost of anesthesia, a longer span of your doctor’s time, their medical team, and much more. For a liquid facelift you are only paying for your surgeon’s or specialist’s time, the dermal fillers and muscle relaxers, and possibly a topical anesthetic, for your comfort. You will also save money if you have to take off of work to have a surgery performed and to have the proper amount of recovery time.

  • Low Risk
  • The fact that a liquid facelift does not require surgery, means that there is much less risk following treatment. There is significantly less risk of infection, bruising, and other complications. The problems that may occur during healing are much lower with a liquid facelift.
    Risks associated with anesthesia are eliminated by choosing a liquid facelift over a traditional facelift. The threats of excess bleeding are also nonexistent for this treatment. The risks and complications after a facelift such as pain, skin discoloration, deep vein thrombosis, and cardiac problems are lower or nonexistent when having a liquid facelift.

  • Natural Results
  • The results achieved following a liquid facelift are naturally, rejuvenated, and youthful skin. The skin is not being cut or pulled during surgery, but is plumped and volumized with fillers. When the skin is not being stretched, there is also less of a risk of having an artificial appearance of the skin looking pulled back.
    Your doctor or specialist has more control to hit specific treatment areas than during a surgical procedure. This also gives complete customization of where you want to receive treatments and how much of each filler or muscle relaxer you would like in those areas. The injectables used are meant to give you a natural and refreshed appearance.
    Some of the fillers require multiple injections to achieve desired results. Some patients may see this as a con, but others will enjoy this. Having results that don’t appear right away make it unapparent to those you see every day that you have had work done. They will only notice your new and refreshed look. This also helps you to get more used to your new appearance.

    For patients that have severe signs of aging, you may want to consider a traditional facelift instead of a liquid facelift. Although it offers many benefits, it is not as effective at reducing and eliminating severe fine lines and wrinkles. A liquid facelift is also unable to reverse the loss of skin elasticity.
    If you are considering options to achieve a more youthful and refreshed appearance, think about having a liquid facelift. Call our office and schedule a consultation with Dr. Sinha. His extensive knowledge and artistic eye will be able to help you choose which treatments will get you the results that you desire. Do you want a natural and youthful look? Give our office a call today.

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