For various reasons, not all patients feel ready to alter their appearance permanently. Fortunately, there are plenty of non-surgical cosmetic enhancement options that are both safe and effective ways to rejuvenate the skin and significantly reduce the signs of aging. With minimally invasive injectable treatments and dermal fillers, patients are offered a quick and safe alternative to achieve skin revitalization. During your consultation with Dr. Lee, he can discuss a treatment or a combination of treatments that will allow you to achieve your goals with effective, long lasting results.
BOTOX Cosmetic is commonly used to reduce or eliminate the appearance of facial wrinkles. Dr. Lee will provide a detailed facial analysis to help you understand the benefits and limitations of BOTOX. Generally, it is injected under the skin into areas surrounding the eyes, forehead, and mouth to smooth crow’s feet, frown, and worry lines, and lines on the neck. BOTOX Cosmetic is made from a purified protein which relaxes wrinkles and gives the face a rejuvenated look. BOTOX Cosmetic may also be helpful in the treatment of migraine headaches, excessive sweating, and eye and neck muscle spasms. [More info here or here | Photos]
Dermal Fillers are an effective cosmetic alternative to more radical plastic surgery. Each with its own unique formula, injectable dermal fillers will temporarily improve the texture and contour of your skin and help you look as young as you feel.
- Restylane: The first FDA-approved dermal filler using non-animal hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is something we naturally produce in the body. However, as we age, the production of hyaluronic acid lessens, leaving the skin vulnerable to wrinkles. Restylane is commonly used for lip enhancements, nasolabial folds, crow’s feet, and various aging lines on the face. It’s also used to improve the look of moderate to severe facial wrinkles. Because Restylane binds itself with water, it can remain effective in the skin for several months. [More info | Photos]
- Juvéderm: An injectable gel that gently reverses many signs of aging in the face, including fine lines and wrinkles, crow’s feet, thinning lips, and loosening skin. It can also ‘plump up’ the lips, sculpt the cheeks, and restore a youthful oval shape to the face. It is made with hyaluronic acid, a natural substance found in the body that works with collagen and elastin to give volume and support to the skin. Dr. Lee will often combine Juvéderm with BOTOX to give a more balanced, youthful luster to the face. Results will last about 6-9 months. [More info | Photos]
- Perlane: Perlane is part of the Restalyn family, as its a gel formulation of hyaluronic acid used to replace what we lose as we age. The difference is in the size of the gel particles. With Perlane, the particles are larger, making it the perfect choice for deeper wrinkles that need a denser formulation and deeper injection. [More info | Photos]
Please contact our office to set up an appointment to discuss your personal skin concerns.
Does your skin look dull and lifeless? Are you unhappy with the overall texture of your skin? You may want to consider a professional chemical peel with Dr. Lee. A chemical peel procedure uses a chemical solution on the face to cause old, dead skin to peel away, after which new skin regenerates with a smoother, less wrinkled appearance. Chemical peels are serious and should not be performed by anyone without a medical license. We also strongly recommend you not attempt a chemical at home. Please contact Dr. Lee to discuss your concerns and to help you choose a chemical peel that’s safe and will give you the results you’re looking for.
- Glycolic Acid: Glycolic acid is the smallest a-hydroxy acid (AHA) and is widely used in skin care, primarily for chemical peels, because of its ability to easily penetrate the skin. Once applied, glycolic acid reacts with the upper layer of the epidermis, weakening the binding properties that hold the dead skin cells together. The outer layer of the skin is then exfoliated, exposing healthy, live skin cells. A glycolic acid peel will improve the skin’s overall appearance by reducing fine lines and wrinkles, lighten hyperpigmentation (dark spots), and smooth the skin’s texture (for example in the case of acne scarring as well as other topical skin conditions). Contact Dr. Lee to see if a glycolic acid peel is right for you.
- TCA: Trichloroacetic Acid, or TCA, is a chemical peel used to more rapidly exfoliate the skin on a deeper level. TCA can be applied to the face, neck, décolleté, and hands, or as a ‘spot treatment’ to peel specific areas. The effects of a TCA peel are longer-lasting, meaning fewer sessions may be necessary. However, there is a little downtime necessary after treatment. TCA peels are effective in fighting wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, and acne scars while also stimulating production of collagen and elastin in the skin. TCA peels can aid in lightening freckles and unwanted tattoos.
- Phenol: A phenol peel is one of the strongest peels you can get. Often referred to as a ‘deep peel,’ they can deliver amazing results. However, they also require the most downtime. The effects of a phenol peel can last for years but they may not be for everyone. A consultation with Dr. Lee will help decide if a phenol peel is right for you.
After having any chemical peel procedure done, vigilant use of sunscreen is highly recommended. [Photos]
Dermabrasion removes the surface layer of the skin to improve the appearance of facial scarring due to acne, chicken pox, or injury. It’s also effective in combating uneven pigmentation, wrinkles, sun damage, unwanted tattoos, age spots, and certain kinds of skin lesions. During a procedure, the skin is frozen, typically with a spray, and then abraded (or scraped) with a high-speed rotary instrument leaving the skin dramatically smoother and fresher looking. After the procedure, most patients are able to return to work immediately although it is normal to feel a sensation similar to a sunburn for a week or so.
Your newly revealed skin will likely appear pinker than usual for two to three months, therefore, we advice all patients to adequately protect their skin from sunlight with proper clothing and an adequate amount of sunscreen. [More info | Photos]