With minimally invasive and non-surgical cosmetic enhancement procedures, you can attain effective facial and skin rejuvenation without the long recovery periods associated with surgical treatments. State-of-the-art non-surgical treatments can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, eliminate undesired hair, augment facial features, replenish damaged skin with healthy skin cells, and more. At the Ohio State University Department of Plastic Surgery’s Aesthetic Center, we offer a number of popular injectable treatments, laser skin resurfacing and hair reduction procedures, tattoo removal options, and other techniques that can help you achieve your goals without invasive surgery.
BOTOX® Cosmetic is one of the most popular injectable treatments available. Fine lines, wrinkles, crow’s feet, creases along the face can be effectively reduced with results that can last up to four months or more, and be maintained with follow-up treatments.
When lines and wrinkles appear in the face, it is often because of the contraction of facial muscles. BOTOX® Cosmetic is composed of a highly diluted form of botulinum toxin type-A, which is able to temporarily paralyze the underlying muscles in the treatment areas and prevent them from contracting. This ultimately provides a smoother, more youthful and refreshed look to the skin, and a significant reduction in the appearance of lines and wrinkles.
The BOTOX® Cosmetic procedure is performed using an ultra-fine needle to inject the solution into the areas targeted for treatment. A numbing agent can be used in the treatment areas to make you as comfortable as possible. BOTOX® injections typically only take about 15 minutes to complete, and can be performed over your lunch hour.
Although there will likely be some temporary bruising and redness in the injection areas after treatment, most patients are able to resume normal daily activities immediately after the BOTOX® Cosmetic procedure. Results often last anywhere from three to six months, and you can keep the positive effects of BOTOX® Cosmetic going with occasional “touch-up” treatments.
Approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Dysport® offers many of the same benefits as BOTOX® Cosmetic. Also composed of a purified form of Clostridium botulinum, Dysport® works to temporarily prevent underlying facial muscles from contracting in the areas targeted for treatment. This ultimately leads to a diminished signs of wrinkles and fine lines, and can give you a smoother and more youthful appearance. Dysport® can be very effective in the upper regions of the face, such as the forehead and between the eyes. Injections are made in the target areas with a very fine needle in a procedure that usually takes less than 30 minutes to complete.
Like BOTOX® Cosmetic, Dysport® typically does not require any downtime after the procedure. Some bruising around the injection sites may be present after treatment; however, this should fade quickly. Results from Dysport® can last up to six months, and can be maintained with follow-up treatments.
JUVÉDERM® is what’s known as an injectable dermal filler. This treatment can not only reduce the appearance of fine lines, deep wrinkles, and pronounced signs of age in the face, but it can also add volume to the lips and make them appear fuller and more sensual. JUVÉDERM® may also be beneficial for patients who would like to fill in areas of the cheeks that have taken on a sunken or hollow appearance.
JUVÉDERM® is composed of hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance in the human body. It does not require an allergy test before treatment. During the JUVÉDERM® procedure, injections will be made into the target areas with a fine needle. You can have the areas numbed beforehand so that the procedure is as comfortable as possible. The entire procedure typically takes about 30 minutes or less, and results are often immediately apparent. The effects of JUVÉDERM® should continue to improve over the next few days.
There is usually no recovery time necessary after JUVÉDERM® treatment. The treated areas will exhibit some bruising and swelling after the procedure, but this should dissipate after a few days. JUVÉDERM® results can last from six to nine months or more, and the effects can be maintained with occasional follow-up treatments.
Restylane® is another injectable dermal filler we offer at our Aesthetic Center, and one of the most popular. Restylane® can fill in deep lines, creases, and wrinkles in the face, including nasolabial folds (lines between the nose and mouth. It can also be used to augment facial features, giving them more volume and contour. Like JUVÉDERM®, Restylane® is made of hyaluronic acid, a substance that occurs naturally in the body, and does not require an allergy test. An ultra-fine needle will be used to inject Restylane® into the target areas. The entire procedure usually takes less than 30 minutes to complete, depending on the number of areas being treated. Some swelling and bruising will likely be present after Restylane® injections, but this is temporary.
Results from Restylane® have been known to last at least six months, and even up to one year. You can even keep the effects of Restylane® going with occasional “touch-up” treatments.
Here at the OSU Department of Plastic Surgery’s Aesthetic Center, our professional skin care experts offer a number of advanced laser treatments that can help you improve a number of issues you may be having with the appearance of your skin. These non-invasive laser treatments can address skin discoloration, sun damage, age spots, wrinkles and fine lines, area of undesired hair, tattoos, and much more. Our laser procedures include:
Skin Resurfacing with Fractional CO2
Fractional CO2 laser skin resurfacing treatment is a state-of-the-art way of using light energy to rejuvenate your skin. This advanced technology utilizes carbon dioxide lasers to target specific areas of skin without harming healthy surrounding skin. Beneficial for patients who would like to renew areas of skin affected by wrinkling, sun damage, mild acne scarring uneven pigmentation, and other irregularities, laser skin resurfacing works to remove damaged skin layers and bring out healthier skin cells. This procedure actually helps to stimulate your skin’s collagen and help cells continue to grow smoother, healthier layers of skin that look more youthful and refreshed.
Laser skin resurfacing procedures can last from 15 minutes to an hour or more, depending on the size and number of areas being treated. Although some redness and a feeling akin to a mild sunburn may be present after treatment, most patients can resume normal daily activities immediately. Patients with more extensive skin resurfacing treatments may need a few days of recovery time.
Hair Reduction with lightsheer Diode
With advanced hair reduction and laser hair removal techniques, you may never have to wax, shave, or pluck again. Our Aesthetic Center performs hair reduction treatments with the LightSheer™ Diode Laser System, often referred to as the “gold standard” in laser hair reduction techniques. This laser hair removal procedure targets undesired hair at the root, destroying the follicle with the aim of eliminating the possibility of regrowth. The LightSheer™ Diode Laser System procedure is designed to provide as much comfort as possible, using cooling technology to reduce any discomfort you feel while the laser works its magic.
With laser hair reduction, you can experience 80-90 percent reduction of undesired hair and a smoother area of skin. A series of treatments is often best for optimal results, and if a few hairs appear in the treatment area over time, they can be eliminated with an occasional “touch-up” treatment.
Tattoo Removal with Medlite
Permanent tattoos may be a thing of the past with new laser technology that can significantly reduce their appearance. Medlite laser tattoo removal uses laser pulses to break the ink down into very small particles. The body then naturally filters out these particles, and the result can be total eradication of the tattoo. Medlite laser treatment can work on a variety of ink colors and skin tones. Multiple treatments may be necessary to provide the best results.
Facial Capillaries- treated with KTP
Many of us experience the appearance of small veins and broken capillaries along the face. The KTP laser is an innovative treatment that can reduce the appearance of facial capillaries and give your skin a more refreshed appearance. It works by targeting the blood in the capillaries and effectively turning its color, making it appear invisible. The entire KTP laser procedure typically lasts under 30 minutes, and any redness or irritation after treatment often fades within a few hours. Although multiple treatments may be necessary for some patients, most find that only one KTP treatment is required for terrific results. In fact, you should be able to see the difference as soon as the procedure is complete!