"I do believe it is important to see a doctor specifically trained in cosmetic procedures (cosmetic dermatologist, plastic surgeon, facial plastic surgeon). But, of these, who you should see is based on "what does the MD spend her time doing?" rather than on which specialty is better. You want a doctor that is trained AND EXPERIENCED in doing fillers and botox. For the most part, expert cosmetic dermatologists are going to have more hands on experience with fillers - because the plastic guys are in doing big plastic procedures. You want someone with knowledge of the anatomy of the face, surgical experience, and practice." - Dr. Jennifer Reichel, M.D.
If you're new to the wrinkle-reducing arena, welcome. We're happy to help you navigate the best ways to correct the signs of aging that are concerning you. At Pacific Dermatology in Renton and Seattle, our team invests time and effort into staying abreast of the latest cosmetic treatments. As we explore what's new, we sometimes come across new reasons to love what can only be called an Oldie but a Goodie. In this instance, we're talking about Botox and a recent discovery about how this drug rejuvenates the skin.
Next Level Wrinkle-Reduction
Botox has become widely known for the way that it can safely and effectively reduce the appearance of wrinkles. What we've known about this treatment is that it softens the movement of muscles around the eyes and forehead area, at the corners of the mouth, and on the neck. As if this weren't enough to love, we now have new evidence that Botox may have a secondary action in the skin: boosting elasticity.
In a recent study, researchers in Canada observed 43 women who had never been treated with Botox to evaluate the way in which the drug may affect the elasticity of their skin. Elasticity is the trait of turgor, as we call it, or stretch, in nonmedical terms. Skin that is elastic bounces back. Skin that bounces back after stretching looks smoother and younger. We want elasticity.
During this small-scale study, doctors obtained initial readings on each woman before administering Botox. Readings were performed using a tool called a Cutometer. After Botox was administered, subsequent elasticity evaluations were conducted over the course of several weeks. What was discovered was that treatment did, in fact, improve elasticity. In some of the women, skin improved by 30%. Furthermore, the enhanced elasticity that occurred after treatment lasted as long as 4 months in some study participants.
Concluding their study, the doctors stated that these findings suggest that Botox may offer more significant long-term benefits than initially believed. The improvement in elasticity, they proposed, could mean postponed and slower development of new lines and wrinkles.
Do you want to discover first-hand all there is to love about Botox? Call 206-859-5777 to schedule a consultation with us.
There’s Something New on the Dermal Filler Horizon
For the past several years, we’ve made great use of the hyaluronic acid that the human body naturally produces. Injectable soft tissue fillers containing synthetic hyaluronic acid continue to impress us with their ability to smooth lines and wrinkles and recontour the face and hands. Now, as innovation would have it, we may have something new to look forward to, a biodegradable, biocompatible filler made of silk.
Developed by a subsidiary of Silk, Inc. the new filler currently under development is expected to undergo stringent clinical trials beginning this year. If all goes as expected by the developer, we may very well have a new filler sometime in 2022. This product is being made as an alternative to the hyaluronic acid fillers we have come to rely on in recent years. Instead of tiny molecules of a sugar acid, the silk filler is a literal suspension of Activated Silk, pure silk protein (yes, the kind that is made by silkworms).
Why Do We Need Something New?
With the proven success of existing dermal fillers like hyaluronic acid products Restylane and Juvéderm, calcium hydroxylapatite-based Radiesse, and Sculptra, with its collagen-stimulating poly-L-lactic acid, why look to something entirely different? The makers of this proposed filler see their product as having specific advantages.
According to the co-founder of the company developing the new silk filler, this product is made to integrate into the skin’s natural collagen network while retaining properties that allow doctors to reverse treatment if so desired. The manufacturers intent is to bring a product to the market that achieves natural-looking results with less swelling and general inflammation than other dermal fillers (which is already quite low). Finally, it is said that the silk biomaterial used in the new filler can be tailored for longevity ranging from 3 months to 2 years.
Overall, we tend to perceive more choices as “better.” However, diligent testing is needed to evaluate how a silk dermal filler will hold up compared to the qualified options currently available. On our part, we’ll be keeping a close eye on clinical trials to observe the value a new filler might bring to our patients.
Have you been considering how dermal fillers may rejuvenate your appearance? Let’s talk. Call 206-859-5777 to schedule a visit at our Seattle or Renton office.
We all know that our face will change over time. From adolescence to adulthood, many of us lose “baby fat” and notice more angular contours along the jawline and cheeks. As we grow older, the slimming just keeps on coming, but not in a good way. One of the significant changes that occurs with age is fat loss. While we might like this if it happened on the body, fat loss on the face isn’t quite as grand. When the fat pads that lie beneath superficial tissue deplete over time, our cheekbones flatten, and skin falls from the mid-face to the jawline. Here, it becomes jowls.
At Pacific Dermatology, men and women who are noticing the effects of aging such as sunken cheeks and a sagging jawline may benefit from learning more about the use of their own fat cells to restore volume where it belongs. For the past ten-plus years, the standard of care has been to temporarily fill in lines, wrinkles, and flattened areas with dermal fillers. Today, fat is the star of the show. Here, we point out a few reasons why.
It takes fat to make fat. The fat transfer technique involves using your own fat cells. This means we have to take them from somewhere. The fat cells that are introduced into the cheek area or other part of the face may come from your stomach, thighs, back, or other area in which you’ve got a little extra to spare. The results of this harvesting may not be as dramatic as liposuction, but you may notice a nice bit of refinement in the donor site.
Long lasting results. Dermal fillers are an excellent treatment for several months of facial rejuvenation. Fat, on the other hand, becomes permanently situated in the area into which it is placed. Now, some fat does get absorbed. For this reason, we harvest enough fat cells to retreat the area one to two more times. The fat cells that do integrate into their new home on the face will remain indefinitely, affected only by further aging.
All-natural results. One of the aspects of fat transfer that is appealing to many people is the fact that no foreign substances are used. Because we are replacing lost volume with your own fat cells, your skin will go on looking and feeling completely natural – because it is.
Cost-effectiveness. Because the results of fat transfer treatment last much longer than dermal fillers, this technique is considerably more efficient in terms of cost than the alternative.
Get Refreshed in our Renton or Seattle Office
Fat transfer is an excellent technique for refreshing the appearance of the face and hands. To learn more about the benefits of this treatment, call 206-859-5777.
There’s no denying that humans have always had a thing for beauty. We’ve seen everything from milk and honey baths to some pretty interesting substances used on the skin over the years. Now that we’ve come into the age of sophisticated technologies, beauty is just one more thing in life for which we expect instant gratification. Got a line or wrinkle? Fill it in an instant! Want fuller lips or a shapelier nose? Precision injections can immediately achieve these goals too. The question is: then what?
When we look at women today, we see a full range of aging. Some women maintain their skin by using sunscreen 24/7/365 (we should all be doing this, by the way). Some women turn to cosmetic surgery when signs of aging like sagging tissue become troublesome. Many of the men and women we meet fall somewhere in between the two. Injectables account for millions of skin rejuvenating treatments each year. We are all for some instant gratification whenever we can get it. At the same time, we also want to point out that beauty is a matter of maintenance as well.
What does your maintenance routine include?
We can think of beauty maintenance like brushing and flossing our teeth in between dental checkups. Although the dentist will clean our teeth really well, we’ve got work to do on the daily. If we don’t hold up our end of this deal with our teeth, chances are very good that painful cavities or other problems will develop. Our skin is no different. If we don’t take care of our skin in between those wonderfully fulfilling spa visits that take years off our face in minutes, chances are we are aging prematurely and entirely by accident.
Get Intentional with Your Skin
There are several ways to be intentional with your skin. By developing a good maintenance program, you are giving yourself a leg up on the early formation of lines and wrinkles, the development of sunspots, and unnecessary sagging. In addition to using quality skincare products daily, including broad-spectrum sunscreen, all adults can benefit from professional treatments that promote healthy cell turnover. In our Seattle and Renton offices, this may be achieved with periodic chemical peels, laser treatments, or innovative procedures like Clear + Brilliant.
Learn more about maintaining your skin at every stage of the aging process. Call 206-859-5777 to schedule your visit with us.
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It seems as though we hear of new and exciting filler products gaining FDA approval every year or two. One could get swept up in this sea of fillers and quickly lose their way as they attempt to determine which treatment or treatments are right for them. Sculptra is not new. It was approved by the FDA in 2009. However, we don’t often hear about what this product is and what it does. We think it’s high time to turn our attention in its direction.
What is Sculptra?
Sculptra is classified as a dermal filler. However, it does quite a bit more than fill in lines and wrinkles. This product, composed of poly-L-lactic acid, forms a scaffold amidst superficial connective tissue that supports fullness. That is the immediate effect. Over time, though, as the enzymes in the skin break down the filler substance, the increased production of collagen prompted by the presence of this solution carries on, providing ongoing support.
In a nutshell, Sculptra starts out as a filler product, but it stimulates your body to improve facial volume naturally over time. This is why the results of Sculptra are enjoyed for months longer than standard hyaluronic acid fillers. Patients may need a series of Sculptra treatments to reach their desired degree of improvement, but after that, yearly treatments are typically sufficient. Without annual touchup treatment, the initial improvements attained with Sculptra can last up to two years.
Because Sculptra works uniquely, this product is the idea for filling out the temples, cheeks, and the lower face. It is not used to restore fullness to deflated lips. For that reason, patients may also incorporate a finer soft tissue filler into their rejuvenating treatment.
Like other injectable treatments, Sculptra offers exceptional results with no down time. The inclusion of lidocaine in the solution makes injections more comfortable, as well. Side effects from Sculptra include mild redness at injection sites, swelling, and a potential for minor, temporary bruising. In most cases, patients experience such discreet effects that they can return to work without concern.
Facial aging is a concern for which we now have multiple methods of management. We may not be able to stop the progress, but we can slow it down with customized treatments. To schedule your Sculptra consultation in our Renton or Seattle office, call 206-859-5777.
How “50 is the New 40” can be Reflected in your Appearance
In recent years, we have heard 50 is the new 40 – or even the new 30 – countless times. What does this mean, and what does it mean for the woman (or man) who is managing conflicting feelings about growing older?
Don’t get us wrong. There are definitely perks to landing in middle-age with both feet squarely planted. Gone are the days and nights of anxiety over getting that job, or meeting “the one,” or any other stressor that may have become an obsession. Gone are the years of climbing the corporate ladder and trying to “find yourself.” Now, you are in a time of reflection, of accomplishment, and of many happy memories. These are benefits that should not be overshadowed by the physical signs of aging.
According to data, more and more 50-and-older patients, primarily women, are seeking treatment for the concerns that affect their self-confidence. Statistics also demonstrate that there is a particular area of focus: the eyes.
Eyelid rejuvenation has become one of the leading cosmetic treatments among aging adults. Having surgery may, in some cases, really be the best option. But what if you’re not there yet? What if you want to look younger without going under the knife? There’s hope for you, yet!
Since the development of Botox, injectable solutions have paved the way for millions of men and women to refresh the light in their eyes. The heaviness of a sagging brow, frown lines, and crow’s feet that develop with the passage of time can all be corrected in short, painless visit. We would be happy to consult with you about Botox and dermal fillers for younger-looking eyes.
Innovations in Anti-aging
Getting Botox and dermal fillers can lead to greater satisfaction and confidence, but there could be more. Why not manage the aging process rather than just chase it with wrinkle-reducing treatments? In our Seattle and Renton offices, one of the best ways to do this is with light. Our BBL Forever Young treatments have been scientifically proven to slow the aging process and, when used regularly, even reverse many of the signs of aging.
Whether or not 50 really is the new 40, you deserve to feel great about how you look at any age. Let’s develop a plan for you during a personal consultation visit. Contact us at 206-859-5777.
Throughout the past decade, we have witnessed a significant transformation in the world of beauty. While we are more understanding of the process of aging, many men and women continue to mitigate the passage of time with aesthetic treatments ranging from cosmetic lifts to sophisticated non-surgical procedures to the simplest of them all: injectables. We are pleased to offer an array of services to our patients in Seattle and Renton, as well as a high level of personal care that leads to gorgeous results.
Neuromodulators and dermal fillers are solutions that millions of people have been turning to for over a decade. “Neuromodulator” is a category of treatment into which Botox and Dysport fall. Because both methods of wrinkle-reduction are so common, many people group fillers and neuromodulators into the same class. The truth is, there are differences between these products that may make each suitable for particular concerns.
Botox and Dysport
A neuromodulator is a drug used to temporarily relax muscles. These drugs have been used therapeutically for decades, reducing the symptoms of muscle dystonia and conditions such as blepharospasm. On a cosmetic level, products like Botox and Dysport have provide fast, effective relief from the appearance of dynamic wrinkles. You know them, those worry lines your teenager gave you; the frown lines that developed between your brow. Since initial FDA-approval, neuromodulators have extended their reach into the treatment of sagging brows, platysmal bands, crow’s feet, and more. What’s even more captivating than how these drugs can resolve mild to moderate wrinkles is how beneficial they can be in the prevention of facial aging.
Soft Tissue Fillers
Soft tissue fillers, or dermal fillers, are also used to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles. However, these products act in a different way when introduced to the superficial tissue beneath the skin. Many of the dermal fillers that have been become popular are based on hyaluronic acid. They smooth lines by enticing water molecules into the area. Another filler that we use, Sculptra, has a base of Polylactic acid. The mechanism of this product is to stimulate fibroblasts so they produce collagen for long-term gain.
If you’re unsure of which type of product you need, don’t let that stop you from addressing your aesthetic concerns. Our extensive training and clinical knowledge helps us determine the type of aging affecting your skin, and how to provide you with the beautiful results you want.
Contact Pacific Dermatology and Cosmetic Center in Seattle or Renton by calling 206-859-5777.
The aging process is not a fly-by-night, once-and-done event. We start to age in our twenties, losing the high doses of collagen that we have always had. From this decade of life, the fibroblast cells that are responsible for collage production continue to tire out. With each passing year, a few more of these cells retire. This means less collagen, and less collagen means more lines and wrinkles. By the time we reach our forties, we start to realize just how important collagen is to smooth, supple skin.
Since aging is a long-haul kind of process, we see no better way to help you feel great about your aging process than to offer solutions that meet your long-term needs. Sculptra is one of those solutions. Interestingly, it is a treatment that doesn’t tend to get quite as much attention as other common wrinkle-reducers, like Juvederm and Botox. It should, and we are about to dive in.
What is Sculptra?
Sculptra is not like all the other fillers on the market. This product does not rely on hyaluronic acid to plump areas of depression. Instead, it looks to the future, and to the origin of aging: collagen. Sculptra is a formulation of Polylactic acid or PLLA. The microparticles of this filler product are introduced deeper beneath the skin, where fibroblasts are quickly off to sleep. Within a few days of treatment, the PLLA microparticles disperse among collagen-producing cells, causing controlled irritation. Perhaps a better way to describe this is stimulation. When the fibroblasts are gently disrupted by PLLA, they wake up and get back to the important work of producing collagen.
What you Need to know
There is a significant difference between Sculptra and the standard dermal fillers used around the world on a daily basis. As you can see, this product works in a deeper layer of connective tissue. It also works through a completely different function, which is to stimulate collagen. This means that, unlike other fillers, Sculptra will improve the appearance of the face, hands, neck, or décolleté over several months. No immediate results here! However, if you feel a bit impatient, you can have your proverbial cake and eat it too by combining Sculptra with another filler.
Aging doesn’t stop, unfortunately, but Sculptra can enable you to look younger next year than you look today.
Call 206-859-5777 for more information, and for our special introductory price for Sculptra treatment.