Dr. Laing will be glad to answer all of your questions during your consultation.
BOTOX is used to stop the muscles that cause wrinkles and lines on your face from contracting. With it we can improve the appearance of wrinkles on your forehead, between your eyebrows (the frown line), between your eyeballs (the bunny line), crow’s feet and lip wrinkles. We can affect dimples on your chin, gummy smiles, and frowning/downturned lip corners. BOTOX is administered to the needed areas by a small virtually painless injection of a small amount of clear liquid. For more information come see us and/or visit: www.botoxcosmetic.com
Dysport like botox stops the muscles that cause lines and wrinkles in the face from contracting. For more information come see us and/or visit: www.dysportusa.com
The latest buzz is that as we age our skin does not sag. I repeat, our skin does not sag. INSTEAD, our skull and bones shrink. That’s right. So our skin seems to hang. ENTER the fillers. The fillers provide volume restoration. There are several different fillers available but they all work the same basic way. They FILL the void left by our shrinking skull. They also are used to fill the wrinkles and lines caused by the constant movement of our muscles of facial expression – smile lines, lip lines.
Juvederm is a filler. It is a hyaluronic acid filler. It is injected into the skin to decrease the appearance of wrinkles and lines by plumping up the area. It can be used to improve the deep lines above your lips (the ‘parenthesis’ lines or nasolabial fold lines), the deep lines below your lips (the ‘marionette’ lines) and the small vertical lines on your lips (so called smoker’s or whistler’s lines) that come from pursing your lips. For more information come see us and/or visit: www.juvederm.com
Perlane is a filler. It is a hyaluronic acid filler. It is injected into the skin to decrease the appearance of wrinkles and lines by plumping up the area. (Yes, there are lots of different fillers that all basically do the same thing. When we see you in consultation we can advise you which filler would be best for your particular wrinkle. For more information come see us and/or visit: www.restylaneusa.com
Restylane like perlane is a hyaluronic acid filler. It is injected into the skin to decrease the appearance of wrinkles and lines by plumping up the area. (Yes, there are lots of different fillers that all basically do the same thing. When we see you in consultation we can advise you which filler would be best for your particular wrinkle.) . For more information come see us and/or visit: www.restylaneusa.com
Radiesse is another filler but is differs from the previously mentioned fillers by virtue of it’s composition. RADIESSE® wrinkle filler is an injectable implant composed of synthetically produced smooth calcium hydroxylapatite (CaHA) microspheres suspended in a sodium carboxymethylcellulose gel carrier. For more information come see us and/or visit: www.radiesse.com
Sculptra is an injectable poly-L-lactic acid filler. It provides volume. It requires a series of 2-4 injections spaced over a few months but can provide results lasting up to 2 years. For more information come see us and/or visit: www.sculptraaesthetic.com
Chemical peels are beneficial in the treatment of wrinkles around the eyes and mouth, skin discoloration, increased pigmentation, sun damaged spots, age spots, freckles as well as dull skin texture and mild acne scars. The procedure involves the application of a special chemical solution to remove outer layers of aged, discolored, dead and irregular skin. Fresh skin is then generated, which is usually smoother, less wrinkled and more even in color. The regenerated skin feels tightened and looks refreshed. This peeling can also remove precancerous lesions and treat acne. Dermatologic surgeons pioneered chemical peeling procedures more than 50 years ago and have perfected a range of peeling techniques and solutions. We would be more than happy to look at your skin and discuss if any peel regimens would benefit you. We can provide superficial and medium depth peeling. Peeling has to be done in the fall or winter, so don’t wait until the sun is shining to make your face shine.
(reprinted with permission from the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery)
THE RAVAGES OF TIME AND THE SUN
Although it is not possible to turn back the hands of time, its effects can be dramatically slowed down and improved with the arsenal of procedures and techniques available to your dermasurgeon.
The natural aging process generally produces lines and wrinkles, age spots, splotches and pigmentation problems, broken capillaries, dull skin texture and color, and other skin flaws. Also, a once-attractive mole or birthmark may change into an unattractive protrusion, or a once unnoticeable scar may become more apparent when wrinkles form around it.
Sun-damage compounds the aging process. Ultraviolet light from the sun penetrates not only the outer layer of skin, but also those layers underneath which fortify the skin and lend it resilience.
Anti-aging creams and topical products are usually used to treat the milder symptoms of aging such as damage to the skin's uppermost layers.
For more advanced signs of aging and sun-damage, your dermasurgeon will choose the surgical method or combination of methods best suited to your individual skin condition. For more information come see us and/or visit: www.asds.net
Sclerotherapy, “sclero”, is the treatment of choice for the small red and purple veins that accumulate on our thighs and legs. Treatment consists of injecting a sclerosing solution directly into the affected veins. The procedure is done in the office and requires no anesthetic. Several sessions are needed to achieve the best results. Once we get everything we can cleared up with the sclero, we can go after the remaining tiny little guys with a laser. For the injection we use Asclero (polidocanol) or if you prefer, we can use hypertonic saline. It is recommended that you start these treatments in the fall or winter. So don’t wait until its bathing suit weather to think about getting rid of those unattractive red/purple lines.