Partly genetic and partly due to lifestyle factors, skin laxity occurs when our natural collagen declines and the face loses volume, elasticity and definition. Up until recently the only option to fix loose skin and sagging was with surgery. With a little nip and tuck, excess tissue was trimmed away and the skin was pulled up higher and tighter. Let’s just say the permanent results didn’t always look pleasing or natural. To solve this problem the cosmetic industry started developing skin rejuvenation technology that focused less on cutting and more on rebuilding volume and stimulating collagen synthesis deep in the dermis.
Presently, a plethora of non-surgical skin-tightening options are available that claim to restore facial contours and turn back the clock. Treatments can be expensive and results can range anywhere from subtle to non-existent. In today’s competitive marketplace it’s “buyer beware” when it comes to any beauty treatment, and this applies to efficacy as well as safety. Dr. Mosser and his team of trusted clinicians are fully aware of the large diversity of options available and have chosen to offer their patients only the most effective solutions for addressing aging skin.
Correcting skin laxity in the mid and lower face without surgical intervention can be challenging with radio frequency (RF) devices such as Thermi, Thermage, Pelleve, FaceTight or RFzet. The same can be said for ultrasound or RF/ultrasound hybrids which include Ultherapy, Microfocused ultrasound, BTL Exilis Ultra and Vzet. Simply heating up the dermal tissues may not produce the kind of impressive results that patients expect. When it comes to improving the appearance of jowls, laugh lines and sagging skin around the jawline and neck, Dr. Mosser and his team of clinicians are highly experienced using a thread lift technique called PDO NovaThreads.
PDO NovaThreads is a non-surgical treatment that uses surgical sutures or “threads” with tiny barbs to lift and anchor skin to a more youthful position. The sutures are fully absorbed by the body within 4- 6 months but while they’re implanted under the skin, they boost collagen production in the treatment area, resulting in tighter skin that lasts 12-15 months. NovaThreads offers several advantages over a competitor’s product Silhouette InstaLift™. PDO materials are completely reversible should the doctor or patient decide to have them removed. Novathreads are also thinner, requiring a smaller needle for insertion, causing less trauma, swelling and bruising. PDO’s are also hardly detectable under the skin’s surface compared to InstaLift’s larger coned sutures.
The Halo laser by Sciton® is an excellent addition to NovaThreads since fractional skin resurfacing can dramatically improve the skin’s texture and smoothness, something that cannot be accomplished with a suture lift alone. In fact, Halo is capable of addressing multiple skin aging and texture concerns at the same time because the laser deploys both ablative and non-ablative wavelengths simultaneously in a grid-like pattern leaving the surrounding tissue undamaged for quicker healing and recovery.
Halo dual laser’s non-ablative function stimulates new collagen for deep dermal rejuvenation to improve wrinkles, various scars, pigment issues and texture. The second ablative wavelength removes years of sun damage from the skin’s surface for smoother texture and appearance. Furthermore, Halo fractional skin resurfacing offers a high level of customization to fit any lifestyle, skincare goals and skin type. Downtime is much lower than with the fully ablative CO2 laser yet the results are more dramatic than with single wavelength devices such Fraxel or Clear & Brilliant.
Patients seeking a treatment with the lowest possible downtime for improving their skin’s texture, scarring and for a mild tightening effect may want to learn more about the SkinPen® microneedling procedure by Bellus Medical. Similar to Eclipse MicroPen, the SkinPen® is skin refinement device. It slowly glides across the skin’s surface deploying 12 sterile micro-fine needles. The tiny punctures in the epidermis can be created using precise customizable settings and your treatment goals will be discussed in advance with the clinician.
Micro-injuries caused by the SkinPen® stimulate a powerful wound healing response. This stimulates collagen production, ultimately smoothing the skin, diminishing scars and enlarged pores and improving the skin’s overall appearance. Immediately after the procedure the skin can look flushed or slightly sunburned, but this usually resolves within 24 hours. Patient can return to work or to their daily activities in a day or two. Overall, the SkinPen® offers a very comfortable patient experience with only a topical anaesthetic required for pain management.
The addition of PRP (platelet rich plasma) to microneedling can make the treatment even more effective. PRP involves using one’s own blood plasma to assist with healing tissues and for skin rejuvenation. A small amount of blood is drawn and spun in a centrifuge to isolate only the plasma component rich in growth factors and micro-nutrients, which is then reintroduced back into the skin through the tiny holes created by the SkinPen®.
Dr. Mosser and his team of highly experienced associates at Azala Medical Aesthetics San Francisco would like to welcome you into the clinic to be assessed by our state-of-the-art Visia diagnostic tool. Learn more about your skin health and how our customized approach can help you look years younger. If you’re visiting us for the first time you’ll appreciate our professionalism, skill and expertise. We invite you to book your personalized consultation with one of our team members to learn more about Halo laser, Microneelding or NovaThreads.
* Individual results may vary, and not guaranteed.