Month: February 2018

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This is Why Microneedling is the New Go-To for Great Skin

Most of the concerns that affect the way we feel about our appearance are related to the condition of our skin. This is especially true of the skin on our face because we cannot hide it. Understanding where these changes originate has led to some innovations in both skincare and aesthetic medicine. We no longer have to wait out the aging process until it is time for a facelift. Now, we have ways to mitigate the changes in our skin as they happen, sometimes even before they happen.

Microneedling is one of the techniques that is praised by patients and by doctors. Here, we want to discuss what microneedling is and what it can do for the skin.

What Microneedling Does

There are some reasons why microneedling is proving to be one of the most beneficial treatments available today. Some of the problems that can be treated with this in-office protocol include:

  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Premature aging
  • Sun spots and UV damage
  • Scars
  • Stretch marks
  • Acne
  • Rosacea
  • Hyperpigmentation

How Microneedling Supports Gorgeous Skin

The microneedling technique has been around for many years. Historically, this skin treatment has been conducted using what is called a dermal roller. This instrument looks like a needle-clad drum with a handle. What is important to know about dermal rolling versus microneedling is that the techniques differ in both needle-depth and in the manner in which needles contact the skin. Microneedling does not involve rolling needles across the skin. The mechanized manner of treatment maximizes impact and minimizes the risk of tiny tears in the skin. The length of the tiny needles is also greater and is adjustable to support comfort and optimal collagen effects.

What happens during microneedling is that we run a small applicator tip over the skin. Because we can desensitize nerve endings with the topical cream, the sensation of the needles on the skin feels more like that sandpaper feeling of microdermabrasion. What happens after microneedling is the proliferation of collagen beneath the skin. It is the influx of healing collagen protein that thickens, brightens, and tightens the epidermis and the tissue just beneath the surface.

You don’t have to be already frustrated with the signs of aging to benefit from periodic microneedling. See how your skin can improve with this innovative treatment. Contact our Denver office at (303) 839-1616.

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Signs That It May Be Time for a Facelift

Most people realize that, at some point, they will start to look older. Aging is not something we can stop, nor do we want to. At the same time, there are certain changes that come with age that many of us would like to avoid – at least as long as we possibly can. Fortunately, the cosmetic effects of aging have become easier to manage. The question is often a matter of timing. When is it time to look beyond the temporary fixes like dermal fillers and consider something permanent, like a midface lift? We explore that question by pointing out a few of the concerns that are addressed in this procedure.

Smile and Marionette Lines

Lines on the face are small nuisances to most people, a sign of aging that can be tolerated, even revered. Some people love the small crease the appears when they smile, and wouldn’t dream of erasing it. When lines can become a problem is when they are visible even when the face is resting. Creases between the nose and mouth, or between the mouth and nose, change the landscape of the lower face in a way that often feels too frustrating to live with. By repositioning the superficial muscle and connective tissue at the cheeks, a midface lift can significantly decrease, if not erase, these lines.

Jowls

The jawline is a pivotal area that reflects the overall youthfulness of the face. Sometime during mid-life, most people begin to see a certain softening at the sides of their jawline. We call this softening jowls, a problem that is characterized by pockets of fat that hang from one location along the lower jaw. Jowls are only partially a skin problem. At their core, they are a fat problem. Fatty tissue from the cheeks gradually migrates downward once collagen strands age. This tissue migration is the ultimate cause of jowls. A midface lift does not completely rearrange the structure of the fat, but it does lift the position of tissue at the cheek, which subsequently lifts the tissue at the jawline. To further reduce the appearance of jowls, we may introduce fat or dermal fillers into the midface.

Your Denver facial and oculoplastic surgeon understand the nuances of facial structure that culminate in natural beauty. Learn more about the facelift procedure at (303) 839-1616.

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