Carmel Valley Facial Plastic Surgery Approach to Skin Rejuvenation
Skin Care Simplified: An evidence-based and results-based approach to prevention and treatment of aging skin.
We have built a successful facial rejuvenation program over the years and have helped thousands of our patients feel better and look as young as they feel. My treatment approach has always been based on the fact that our faces age by changes in:
In order to achieve a natural, balanced and harmonious outcome we must evaluate and address these changes. This three-prong approach has served our patients well over the years and is what gives our results that highly sought after, naturally refreshed look.
(G) Growth Factors (R) Retinol/Retin-A
These two categories work together to treat thinning skin: These products help stimulate collagen, elastin, and extracellular matrix. The net effect is the skin thickens over time and has fewer lines and wrinkles. These products truly renew and rejuvenate the actual skin and the expression of the genes that are seen in young skin. Time tested and backed by science and actual results.
(A)Antioxidants: Vitamin C and E fight free radical damage and keep our cells healthy and help reduce cell mutations that can lead to skin cancer and skin aging.
This is an integral part of good skin health. Not all products are the same. It is important to use a product that can actually deliver the products to the cells as opposed to sitting on the surface of the skin.
(S)Sunscreen: This is one of the most important categories to get right. Despite the fact that many do use sunscreen, it is unfortunate that many are on the wrong sunscreen. The sun has a combination of UVA and UVB radiation, most sunscreens are chemically-based and block UVB light. UVB is responsible for sunburns, tanning, and skin cancer. However, UVA light is what causes sun damage and skin aging. This is blocked by a physical blocker like zinc or titanium oxide. The only sunscreens you should use are broad-spectrum sunscreens that block both UVA and UVB light.
(S) Specialty products: this category is all the other things that can be added to meet your specific needs.
These are procedures that are extremely effective at treating specific skin issues and work together with your home based skin care regimen.
Brown and Red Pigmentation.
Sciton BBL fotofacials are used to minimize brown and red pigments. This is a light-based treatment and is done in a series of 3-4. Sciton’s BBL technology is considered one of the best in the industry in terms of safety, efficacy, and comfort.
Depending on your downtime and skin type these resurfacing options help give the skin its glow back by removing the layer of dead and dull skin. Resurfacing is the ultimate exfoliation and patients are left with bright and vibrant looking skin. Treatment options range from no downtime, to several days, to 2 weeks for deeper peels. The deeper laser peels are excellent for deep lines around the lips and mouth.
This laser option tightens the skin and increases collagen synthesis. This can be performed alone or in conjunction with any peel.
For lines and wrinkles around the eyes and forehead, Botox is still the gold standard and is often recommended to be used not only to treat the lines but to prevent them from forming.