Minimally Invasive Procedures: An Alternative to Going Under the Knife
Diagnostics and Procedures When it comes to your appearance, turning back the clock doesn't have to involve surgery. Less dramatic options are available.
If you're searching for the fountain of youth, it may be closer than you think.
“Botox, Dysport and Xeomin have now grown to be the most popular aesthetic treatments worldwide, with multiple approved indications such as relaxing frown lines and treating crows feet,” says Dr. Derek Jones, director of Skin Care and Laser Physicians of Beverly Hills.
“Injectable collagen, once the wrinkle-filling gold standard, has been replaced with a impressive palette of fillers, with hylauronic acid fillers Juvederm, Voluma, Restylane and Belotero being the most popular. Lasers and energy-based treatments have also expanded at an exponential rate, and are used to smooth the texture of the skin and treat unwanted sun damage and unwanted pigment and blood vessels.”
"Aesthetic responsibility is an important skill set of the well-trained aesthetic dermatologist, who should listen carefully to patient's concerns, but not perform procedures that aren't indicated, just because the patient requests it.”
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“Many patients are quite self-conscious of the overdone look,” Jones explains. “Other patients simply don't recognize they appear overdone. Aesthetic responsibility is an important skill set of the well-trained aesthetic dermatologist, who should listen carefully to patient's concerns, but not perform procedures that aren't indicated, just because the patient requests it.”
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“Botox to treat frown lines between the eyes is often the least expensive 'entry level' option. Injectable fillers are more expensive, but often are longer lasting. There's an ever-expanding array of injectable and laser and energy-based devices now available to the aesthetic patient, most with minimal to no downtime. However, the field is complex, and significant training and experience is required to achieve natural appearing and safe results.”