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Micro needling is here

Maybe you’ve heard about micro needling on a TV show or read about it in a magazine and wondered what the fuss is all about.   Well, here’s a little information about what it is and why we are so excited to add it to our list of services.

What is micro needling?

Micro needling, also known as collagen induction therapy, is performed using a device – we use Rejuvapen – with 9 adjustable surgical-grade stainless steel needles to create thousands of micro channels in the skin.  This process stimulates the skin’s natural response to healing thereby promoting the production of collagen and elastin (which means healthier, younger-looking skin).

What is micro needling for?

It may sound too good to be true, but micro needling works for aging-skin issues such as fine lines, wrinkles, pore size, sun damage and hyperpigmentation.  It can be used to treat the face, the hands and the decollete.  It’s also great for acne scars, surgical scars and stretch marks.  And because, unlike lasers, micro needling doesn’t produce heat, it works on all skin types.

What is the downtime?

After the procedure- which usually takes 30 minutes to one hour – your skin will look as if you have a sunburn and your skin will be dry and feel tight.  We recommend that you take the rest of the day off and stay out of the sun.  The next day, most of the redness will have subsided – although some patients stay a little pink for a couple of days – and you can pretty much go back to your daily activities – just make sure you wear the sunscreen that comes in your post procedure packet.

How many treatments are required?

The number of micro needling treatments varies from patient to patient.  Many people notice that their skin looks better almost immediately.  And although one treatment is beneficial, multiple treatments (3 to 6) are recommended depending on the issues you want to address.

Needless to say, we are delighted to share this service with our patients.  If you have questions or would like to schedule a consultation to learn more about what micro needling can do for you, please call our office.

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Fifty is the new Fabulous…

Fifty & Fabulous

Did you know that Americans between the ages 35-50 made up 45 percent of cosmetic procedures – surgical and non-surgical – performed in 2014?  And it’s no wonder.  Youth is touted everywhere we look. And even those celebs who’ve reached the half-century milestone – Sandra Bullock, Cindy Crawford, and Halle Berry to name a few – look better than ever.

Aging can be difficult for people – women and men alike.  Many of our patients at Parker Plastic Surgery who fall into this age group are currently opting for more non-invasive procedures like Voluma and Juvederm to add volume that’s been lost to aging.  Chemical peels and Botox are also popular options.  And when patients do opt for surgery, it’s most often eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty.  And they are always amazed at how much younger and refreshed they look afterwards.

Our professional society, The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), sends us links to various stories that relate to plastic surgery.  In today’s email, one of the articles was about putting your best face forward at 50 years old.  To read the article, click here.

How Important is Sunscreen?

sunscreen parker plastic surgeryLabor Day has come and gone, but just because summer is over, it doesn’t mean you should stop wearing your sunscreen.  This video has been receiving a lot of attention on the web, and we thought we would share it with our patients as a sort of public service announcement. Watch these people as they see their skin under an ultraviolet camera – with and without sunscreen. This powerful clip will make you want to slather on your sunscreen every single day if you don’t already.  And if you need SPF recommendations, we can help! 

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE VIDEO!

Sweet Cheeks!

voluma b&a for blogThe signs of aging aren’t limited to wrinkles. In fact, a key (yet less-frequently discussed) sign of aging is loss of fullness in the cheeks, and full cheeks are a key marker of youth.  Age-related volume loss can cause the face to lose definition, balance and change shape – all of which can make a person appear older than he or she is.  This is where Voluma XC comes in.

Voluma XC is the the first filler approved by the FDA to correct age-related volume loss in the cheek area.  Voluma XC is a hyaluronic acid – a naturally occurring substance in your skin- specifically designed to restore age-related volume loss in the mid-face. It instantly restores lost facial volume in the cheeks helping create a more youthful appearance.  And these natural-looking results can last up to 2 years!

We had our first experience with Voluma XC a couple of weeks ago, and we are pretty sure it’s going to be a game-changer. To see if Voluma XC is right for you, give us a call at 706.543.0404 to schedule your complimentary consultation.