Minimally Invasive Procedures at the Facial Institute
IPL Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) technology uses high-energy pulses of light to provide long-lasting results. IPL skin resurfacing, collagen stimulation, vein therapy and photoepilation improve skin texture and appearance and remove hair from any area of the body without damaging nearby tissue. Hair, veins or pigmented regions on the skin surface selectively absorb the pulses of light, shrinking or fading after treatment; collagen tightens, smoothing the skin. Patients can return to work and all regular activities immediately after the procedure. Skin appearance should improve soon after treatment. Hair loss is immediate and long-lasting. Several treatments may be desired for optimal results.
Radiance™ is an injectable implant material that can fill the lines around the face, especially the laugh lines. Unlike bovine collagen, no allergy testing is required. The material can be placed without any skin testing. Best of all, Radiance lasts years as opposed to months like Collagen. Although slightly more costly than Collagen, in the long term, less money is actually spent. Other applications for Radiance include filling out depressions and scars on the face. The correction achieved is both predictable and long lasting.
Radiesse™ is a synthetic injectable filler that reduces wrinkles, creases and scars by augmenting the body’s natural collagen supply. Composed of microspheres in a biocompatible gel, Radiesse is made from the same minerals found in our bones, so it carries little risk of allergic reaction. Radiesse can be used on many areas of the body, including the lips, nasolabial folds, peri-oral lines, depressed scars and oral commissures. Treatments typically take 15 minutes and require only local anesthetic. Side effects such as swelling or bruising are minimal and should fade within a few days. Results are visible immediately after the injection and can last for months or years, although the procedure can be repeated as often as you wish.
Restylane®, Perlane®, Juvederm™
Restylane, Perlane, and Juvederm are designed to smooth wrinkles, sculpt lips and shape facial contours. They are a clear, synthetic gel made with hyaluronic acid, a natural substance that is found throughout your body. They carries little risk of allergic reaction. The most common areas for treatment are the glabellar lines (between the eyebrows) and the nasolabial folds (from the root of the nose to the angle of your mouth). With its unique ability to bind with water, Restylane, Perlane, and Juvederm remains in your skin for many months.
The Fab Facelift (Non-Surgical)
The FAB Facelift is a revolutionary non-surgical way to hold off the knife. Using a combination of fillers (Restylane, Juvederm, Perlane, and/or Radiesse), ablation (removing fine lines with laser), and Botox, a new, rejuvenated face can be created in about an hour with only local anesthesia. There is usually minimal downtime, and rapid recovery. The FAB Facelift is masterfully done only at the Facial Institute by your Alpha Surgical Surgeons.
Sculptra™ is a new injectable product used to counteract the loss of fat beneath the skin (a condition called lipoatrophy). Sculptra is injected into the deep dermis layer of the skin to improve the appearance of sunken cheeks, hollow eyes, indentations and wrinkles. Its main component is an alpha hyrdoxy acid that has been used for 20 years in surgical products such as dissolvable sutures. There is no need for allergy testing. Clinical trials have shown that the benefits of Sculptra treatments can last up to two years.