Month: August 2020

The Plasma Pen May be Your Path to Younger Skin!

As much as we know that surgical facial rejuvenation can provide us with many years of satisfaction, surgery isn’t on everyone’s to-do list as they manage the signs of aging. In our Cincinnati office, we love that we’re able to offer alternatives to surgery. One that we have been particularly excited about is the Plasma Pen, a new technology that offers long-lasting, noticeable improvement without incisions, anesthesia, or downtime.

With age comes the inevitable development of lines and wrinkles around the eyes, nose, and mouth. We also may see a softening at the jawline. Some people develop jowls, sagging bits of tissue from the side of their face. Some develop the appearance of a double chin as the skin and connective tissue degrade in the face and neck. Several advances in medical technology have brought doctors the ability to combat the hands of time. Each works differently. The plasma pen addresses the signs of aging with sophisticated plasma energy, which stimulates skin tightening and collagen growth. Here, we discuss how this technology works and why you may want to schedule your treatment now.

How the Plasma Pen Works

At some point in our schooling, most of us learned about liquids, solids, and gases. Plasma is a different state of matter altogether, and it is plasma, as you may have guessed, that powers our Plasma Pen treatment. Plasma is made when ionized gas and electrostatic energy interact. This results in thermal energy (heat) that then reacts with the layer of oxygen and nitrogen that exists close to the skin. The interactions result in a plasma arc.

The plasma arc does not last very long. When it evaporates just next to the skin, the outer layers of tissue immediately contract. At the same time, thermal stress is created in the underlying dermis. This happens in a quick and controlled way and it works through the entire depth of the skin, prompting tightening all the way through. Additionally, the heat within the dermis increases the production and remodeling of collagen in the deeper layers of the skin.

After Plasma Pen Treatment

During the plasma treatment, the interaction between the plasma arc and the skin causes tiny pinpoint crusts to form. Because of this, patients may want to schedule their treatment before a nice, relaxing weekend of staying indoors. These crusts will fall off in a few days, after which time the fibroblast cells that make new collagen continue behaving as they did when you were in your 20s! The more collagen that is infused into your skin, the firmer, tighter, and smoother it becomes. The results of this process can last for years.

You don’t have to have surgery to look younger. Contact us at 513.985.0850 to schedule a consultation and discover what the Plasma Pen can do for you.

Facelift Surgery: Here’s How to Make Sure You Heal Well!

Facelift surgery remains a popular option for many adults who want to correct the signs of aging. This outpatient procedure need not be put off until the “time is right.” Many of our facelift patients are in their forties. Some are in their seventies. Regardless of age, this surgery that lifts and tightens the skin and muscle structure of the lower face can achieve astounding results. The effects of a facelift include a naturally-younger appearance, not one that is overly tight. Also, the effects of a facelift last, which is the primary reason more and more people are turning to this technique as a way to maximize their rewards.

If you’ve been feeling dissatisfied about the signs of aging on your face, chances are you’ve been down the injectable route already. Perhaps you’ve gotten facials or radiofrequency treatments or microdermabrasion. Perhaps you’ve been using the best skin care products you could find, and yet, your face continues to age (as it always will). If this is you, then the best place to go next may be straight to our office to discuss what a facelift can do for you! Here, we touch on two primary areas of focus after a facelift to ensure the best possible experience.

Important Areas of Focus after a Facelift

Comfort

An interesting thing happens with many facelift patients. Before their surgery, they express a fair amount of concern about postoperative pain. We assure them that their pain medication will keep them very comfortable. Then, once patients return home after their procedure and the time comes to take their prescription painkiller, the don’t Why? Often it’s because they feel “good enough” to wait. We encourage you NOT to do this if you have surgery. On the day of a procedure, anesthesia may take hours to fully wear off and return all physical sensations to normal. Waiting to see if pain gets bad enough for medication is a common way that patients cause unnecessary stress for themselves.

After your facelift, take your pain medication as directed. At least for a few days. After that time, you can begin tapering or may switch to an over-the-counter pain reliever.

Rest

Surgery of any kind puts physical and energetic stress on the body. The energy that would normally provide stamina to do household chores, cook, and care for others must now be turned inward. The body needs all of that energy to regenerate tissues and produce the chemicals necessary to heal incisions and tissue repositioning. As nice as it sounds to lie around and catch up on shows for several days, to take naps at will, and hand over the reins of home, pet, and child care to someone else, many patients find this difficult once they’re back in their own environment. If you know you’re going to have a facelift, know that rest needs to be your primary focus as you heal.

Are you ready for facial rejuvenation that lasts 10 years or more? Contact our Cincinnati office at 513.985.0850 to schedule your visit.

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