Aspects of facial rejuvenation

To be able to recreate a harmonic and youthful face, one first need to understand how we age:

  1. Loss of Bone mass: bonny structures are absorbed, especially on the boarders of the fosa, orbits, and jawline ( please see photo 1 below)
  2. Loss of soft tissue such as muscle mass/fat tissue under the skin (please see photo 2 below)
  3. Loss of skin collagen and elastin

In order to reverse aging signs on the face/neck, we need to correct each of the above aspects to achieve the best results.

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Treatments that are often used in our clinic are:

1. Refilling with dermal fillers: mimicking normal bone and fat tissue.

  • Types of dermal fillers include: Sculptra, Hyaluronic acid, Radiesse

 

2. Stimulating collagen restore: using machine/injection to stimulate tightening and firmness of skin.

 

3. Lifting the tissue: directly lifting sagging areas.

  • Using the thread lifting procedure
  • Using dermal fillers special injection techniques for lifting

 

4. Prevention of wrinkle development: minimizing facial expressions in certain areas to minimize wrinkle development

Machine treatments comparison chart

  • Treatment comparison

  • Properties
  • Duration of effect
  • Recovery time
  • # of treatments needed
  • Effectiveness
  • Contraindications
  • Ultrasound

  • Ultherapy

  • Used high focused ultrasound to tighten & lift the subcutaneous tissues, shape jawline and shrink double chin
  • 1 year
  • Slight redness for a few hours, almost no downtime
  • 1 or 2 treatments, wait 6 month between treatments
  • 95% of people react well to Ultherapy, it reshapes the jawline, and tightens loose skin
  • Pregnancy/breastfeeding, metal implants on the face
  • Laser

  • Pico rejuvenation

  • Used in our skin care maintenance program, stimulates collagen at the same time brightens skin and improves skin textures
  • N/A
  • Slight redness for a few hours, almost no downtime
  • Recommend one time every 1~2 months
  • Less effective for skin tightening, but good for maintaining collagen in skin
  • Pregnancy/breastfeeding, Accutane in the last 6 months, medicine that increases light sensitivity
  • Laser

  • 4D laser rejuvenation

  • A special treatment combo developed by Fotona(C), uses ND-Yag laser to stimulate collagen production and tighten skin, improves skin texture and acne
  • N/A
  • Slight redness for a few hours, almost no downtime
  • Recommend a series of 4 treatments, once every month
  • Depending on age/nutrition/skin quality for the amount of collagen stimulation
  • Pregnancy/breastfeeding, Accutane in the last 6 months, medicine that increases light sensitivity
  • Laser

  • Full face resurface

  • Er-Yag laser peel, removes dead skin, rejuvenates, and tightens skin, improves acne scars
  • N/A
  • 1 week downtime, suggest to stay out of sun post 1~2 month after
  • 1, as needed
  • Effective for skin tightening, improvement of skin texture, also takes away some wrinkles
  • Pregnancy/breastfeeding, Accutane in the last 6 months, medicine that increases light sensitivity

Injection treatments comparison chart

  • Treatment comparison

  • PropertiesProperties
  • Duration of effectDuration of effect
  • Recovery timeRecovery time
  • # of treatments needed# of treatments needed
  • EffectivenessEffectiveness
  • ContraindicationsContraindications
  • Injection

  • Botulinum toxin

  • PropertiesParalyzing the muscles to minimize facial expressions, prevents wrinkles and lines
  • Duration of effect3~4 months
  • Recovery timeIf no bruising occurs, recovery time is as short as one day; however, no massage over injection area for 7 days
  • # of treatments needed1, as needed
  • EffectivenessAlmost 100%, very few individuals are non-responsive to botulinum toxin
  • ContraindicationsPregnancy/breastfeeding, people with neuromuscular diseases
  • Injection

  • Dermal filler

  • PropertiesAlso used for face feature sculpting, ex: nose/lips/chinRefilling indents/line and stimulating collagen in the area of injection
  • Duration of effect6~18 months
  • Recovery time3~7 days, might present some swelling for 1 week
  • # of treatments needed1, as needed
  • EffectivenessVery effective in refilling dents and wrinkles, also lifts tissue over time
  • ContraindicationsPregnancy/breastfeeding
  • Injection

  • Mesotherapy

  • PropertiesAlso named: "Water needle"Injections of nutrients/polypeptides/small molecule hyaluronic acid for hydration and rejuvenation of skin
  • Duration of effect3~4 months
  • Recovery time3~7 days, might have some swelling/bruising for 1 week
  • # of treatments neededUsually 3 treatments as a package
  • EffectivenessWith time, the skin will be more hydrated and firm, this treatment is good for maintaining healthy skin
  • ContraindicationsPregnancy/breastfeeding
  • Minor procedure

  • Thread lift

  • PropertiesUsing absorbable PDO threads with small hooks to directly lift skin tissue
  • Duration of effect12 months
  • Recovery time1 ~ 2 weeks
  • # of treatments needed1, as needed
  • EffectivenessVery effective for lifting sagging tissue
  • ContraindicationsPregnancy/breastfeeding
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