Non Surgical Procedures

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Changes Plastic Surgery & Spa offers a large variety of non-surgical facial procedures to fit patients with busy lifestyles and those who only need a little touching up.

Among the most popular non-surgical treatments are injectable dermal fillers, wrinkle correction, volume restoration, chemical peels, laser rejuvenation and even non-surgical nose jobs! These treatments cost less than surgery, have little to no recovery time, and can significantly improve your appearance.

 

Injectables

As we age, our faces begin to show the effects of gravity, sun exposure, and years of facial muscle movement, such as smiling, chewing and squinting. The underlying tissues that keep our skin looking youthful begin to break down and atrophy. From the age of 40 onward, there is a progressive loss of fat, dermis, and bone in our faces leaving laugh lines, smile lines, sunken cheeks, and facial creases over the areas where muscle movement occurs. Smoking also causes vertical wrinkles around the lips which can be disconcerting.

Soft-tissue fillers or fat can fill in these lines and creases, restoring a smoother, more youthful-looking appearance. When injected beneath the skin, these fillers can help rectify deep facial wrinkles, fill in creases and furrows, plump up sunken cheeks, create fuller more sensuous lips, and correct skin depressions and some types of scars.

Deep folds in the face or brow caused by overactive muscles or by loose skin may be effectively treated with injectables. Injectables may also be used in combination with surgery when soft tissue hollowing is noted.

Injectable treatments include dermal fillers such as Restylane, Juvederm or Radiesse and wrinkle relaxing treatments with Dysport or Botox. Fillers can help rectify deep facial wrinkles, fill in creases and furrows, plump up sunken cheeks, create fuller more sensuous lips, and correct skin depressions and some types of scars.  Fillers are also used in Liquid Rhinoplasty to correct asymmetries, fill hollows and visually enhance and improve the shape. Dermal fillers can last from 6 months to 5 or more years and longer depending on the product.

The loss of facial volume with aging or weight loss can also be corrected without surgery.  These injections, Sculptra and Bellafill, deliver collagen stimulating agents that encourage your skin to build more collagen for natural volume correction.

Learn more about injectable treatments and their applications.

Dysport® or Botox®

Botox® remains one of the most popular anti-aging treatments. It is well known for its effects in relaxing hyperactive muscles that cause dynamic wrinkles such as between the eyebrows, in the forehead, and crow’s feet on the sides of the eyes. By limiting the movement of these muscles, existing wrinkles will lessen in depth and new wrinkles slower to develop. Both products have FDA approval and with repeated use (every 3-4 months) can, overtime, reduce and even eliminate the depth of these dynamic wrinkles.  Dysport® is the newer Botox® competitor, equally effective and competitively priced.  Read more about Botox and Dysport.

Chemical Peels

Chemical Peels come in a variety of strengths and are a popoular way of resurfacing the skin to remove pre-cancerous areas, fine lines, poor skin texture and sun damage.  Various chemical combinations in varying strengths provide exfoliation, stimulate collagen regeneration and can eliminate unwanted skin conditions caused by photodamage and aging. Deep chemical peels can even result in skin tightening.  Light chemical peels are performed by our esthetician or nursing staff.  Deep chemical peels are generally performed by Dr. Lee.

Lasers

Laser treatments remove surface signs of aging and sun damage and can even remove unwanted hair.  Changes Plastic Surgery & Spa offers a variety of lasers to treat most conditions.  Lasers vary in the time of light emitted and the depth at which the laser is directed.  Different lasers treat different conditions.  Some of the lasers available at Changes Plastic Surgery & Spa are:

  • Fractora Radio Frequency
  • Icon Laser
  • Lumenis FX CO2 Laser
  • Fraxel Fractional Laser

NEW

Non surgical options now include incisionless skin tightening, perfect for those with small areas of sagging skin and who are not yet ready for surgical procedures. In general, non-surgical anti-aging skin tighteninglaser and injectable treatments have less down-time  and improve your appearance without signs that you’ve had any work done.

Incisionless Skin Tightening

The Inmode RFAL FaceTite and BodyTite system delivers targeted controlled heat to melt fat and contract loose skin on the face, neck, upper arms, knees, breasts and other body areas. The Inmode system outperforms other skin tightening procedures currently on the market with proven skin contraction up to 47% over one year.  Although recognized as incisionless and scarless, the FaceTite & BodyTite procedures must be performed by a surgeon. 

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