Skin Treatments

When most people think of cosmetic surgery, the first thing that comes to mind is usually a dramatic procedure like breast augmentation, tummy tuck, or liposuction. Those surgeries effect very desirable changes by changing the structure of deep, foundational tissues. However, there are faster, simpler, and more inexpensive ways of changing one’s appearance via modern medicine. As cosmetic surgery has gained prominence, skin surface treatments have grown in popularity due to their relatively easy execution and less extensive disruption of patients’ routines. These procedures include microdermabrasion, facial resurfacing with laser surgery, and many other chemical treatments. Using these treatments on a regular basis, but especially prior to a major surgery, allows our patients to develop practical skin care regimens and promote a healthier, more youthful appearance. At the Ageless Impressions – Plastic Surgery Institute, our extensively trained plastic surgeon uses these tools to address a wide variety of skin problems, from acne scars to age lines, that affect his clients from around the country and the world. Read more below to learn which of our many skin treatment options may be right for you.

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Facial Resurfacing with Laser Surgery

One of the most modern and effective skin resurfacing techniques is facial laser surgery, which uses carbon dioxide or pulse dye lasers to gently heat or vaporize very thin layers of damaged skin. Specifically, these treatments can eliminate or greatly lessen the appearance of fine lines, deep facial wrinkles, irregular facial coloration, rosacea, and acne scarring, among other conditions. With the deeper carbon dioxide laser, new, fresher, tighter skin layers grow in place of the old surface for a few weeks following the procedure, producing long-lasting relief from wrinkles and discoloration. The resurfacing of the facial area with laser surgery is very safe and fast, with no bleeding and only manageable discomfort during healing.

Dr. Richards uses only the most modern and precise equipment for facial laser surgery in his office. The carbon dioxide (CO2) laser that he employs allows for very fine adjustments so that more heavily damaged areas of the skin can be treated more intensely than healthier zones. As a result, maximum results can be achieved with minimum discomfort and risk. Despite this broad applicability, this procedure is not for everyone. People with dark skin may suffer from discoloration after undergoing facial laser surgery, and may be better off with a chemical treatment. In addition, patients should be aware that their skin may remain pink as it heals for weeks or even months after they have their skin resurfaced.

Besides facial resurfacing, painless pulse dye laser surgery can be used to smooth the skin incisional scars after facial and body cosmetic surgeries. To find out if you are a good candidate for facial skin rejuvenation with laser surgery, contact us today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Mark E. Richards.

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Relatively new to the United States, Diamond Peel™ microdermabrasion has quickly gained a foothold after coming over from Europe. In fact, microdermabrasion is the most frequently performed procedure in our clinic. This technique diminishes or eliminates external blemishes such as fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars, age spots, and irregular pigmentation. Furthermore, it stimulates increased production of collagen in the skin for natural elasticity.

Diamond Peel™ microdermabrasion accomplishes this task by removing the outer layers of the skin in order to stimulate the growth of healthier tissue. Unlike facial laser surgery, it uses light mechanical force to accomplish this task, rubbing away the uppermost skin layers bit by bit and because of that difference, microdermabrasion involves virtually no pain and does not require anesthesia or any recovery time. The great advantage to performing this light exfoliation is that it allows a targeted serum to be immediately deposited on the skin and receive maximum benefits. Generally, a series of multiple treatments, each only an hour long, is recommended for best results.

Dr. Mark E. Richards and his staff at Ageless Impressions Plastic Surgery Institute will perform a number of accessory services in combination with the microdermabrasion exfoliation to ensure that you receive the best and longest-lasting results possible. These services include a skin care consultation, extractions, and a customized mask. Please take a moment to contact Ageless Impressions and find out what a microdermabrasion treatment can do for you.

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Customized Facials

Everyone’s skin is unique. For maximum health and beauty, then, it stands to reason that a customized skin care program is indispensable. Our practice offers individually tailored services that will cleanse, hydrate and deeply cleanse your skin like never before. This deeply relaxing procedure takes about an hour and includes professional cleansing, exfoliation, extractions, facial massage, and a customized mask.

Find out which of our facial skin treatments, from resurfacing with laser surgery to microdermabrasion to ultrasonic infusion, is best for you by contacting our practice today.

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Product Education

No matter what your age is, your skin care needs can change at any time. Give yourself the upper hand when it comes to battling acne, fine lines, hyperpigmentation and wrinkles by receiving the most innovative, up-to-date information. Our licensed skin care therapist prides herself in being able to tailor a realistic regimen to your needs without breaking the bank or interrupting your lifestyle – the products should fit you, not the other way around! Contact us today to see how we can help you achieve the best looking skin possible and put your best face forward, every day!

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Ultrasonic Treatment with Collagen

People with aging, dehydrated, or sun-damaged skin may find this treatment to be an excellent choice. Fine lines can be reduced or eliminated by skin hydration and the application of an easily absorbed collagen mask. Included in the service are a skin care consultation, ultrasonic cleaning, and infusion of an energizing serum, a facial massage with an intensive complex, the application of a native collagen mask with a moisturizing activator, and the application of a long-lasting vitality cream to enhance the skin’s elasticity.

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Hydrolifting Treatment

While the results are only temporary, the hydrolifting treatment can really make your face glow with youth for special occasions. The hydrolift mask, which can only be performed in conjunction with microdermabrasion or one of the other facial skin treatments above, tightens aging and wrinkled skin for about 24 hours.

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NLite®-V Laser

The NLite®-V Laser system is a new technology developed to treat fine aging lines, wrinkles, acne, and thread veins by stimulating natural collagen production in the skin. Unlike facial resurfacing with laser surgery, the NLite®-V is completely non-invasive and usually leaves no marks on the skin after completion. The laser light, which causes only a minor tingling sensation in the patient as it is applied, affects the lower dermis layer of the skin. Collagen production rises afterwards (up to 148 percent in clinical trials), the skin thickens, and wrinkles gradually fade over the next three months. When combined with skin resurfacing treatments such as microdermabrasion, the results of an NLite®-V procedure can be stunning. NLite®-V Laser treatment is quite versatile. It can be used on all areas of the face and all skin types. Renewed treatment may be necessary every six months or so, depending on the individual. To find out more about this revolutionary new method, contact the Ageless Impressions Plastic Surgery Institute today.

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Chemical Peels

Chemical peels use different technology to achieve results similar to those produced by facial resurfacing with laser surgery. The skin is soaked in a bath of mildly acidic chemicals which will cause it to peel away a few days later, allowing new skin to grow in without the wrinkles and blemishes present beforehand. Ageless Impressions Plastic Surgery Institute offers multiple different chemical peel treatments:

Chemical Peels from SkinMedica® and VI Peel®
These treatments take just half an hour but can dramatically soften the presence of fine lines, rough skin texture, and freckles. With four intensity levels (Illuminize, Vitalize, Rejuvenize and VI Peel) and multiple boosters (Precision and Precision Plus) we are able to choose the perfect one that gives you the results you need without unnecessary down time. The resulting complexion is more even, refined textured, and younger looking; in addition, the peel will promote collagen production for long-lasting elasticity. Peeling can take place within a few days, and repeat treatments for better results can occur within three-four weeks. Chemical peels are also an excellent facial preparation for laser surgery resurfacing. There is usually no need to miss work or social events after treatments with our incredible post-peel regimen.

Obagi Blue (TCA) Peel®
Somewhat stronger than other chemical peel solutions, the Obagi Blue peel® uses trichloracetic acid to break down the old skin in favor of new. People with moderate to severe skin afflictions such as blemishes, wrinkles, acne scars, sun damage, or uneven pigmentation may choose this peel to obtain smoother, softer, more evenly colored skin. Pretreatment of the skin with specially designed products are required. Recovery time lasts a week to 10 days, and the procedure itself induces a mild burning sensation, but the dramatic restoration in skin tone that it enables makes it worthwhile. Darker-skinned patients may be better served by the Obagi Blue Peel® than facial resurfacing with laser surgery. Explore more about how chemical peels can rejuvenate your skin by contacting Ageless Impressions Plastic Surgery Institute, the practice of premier cosmetic surgeon Dr. Richards, today.

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Intensive Skin Care Packages

We currently offer package deals to harness the powers of several different procedures, such as microdermabrasion and NLite®-V Laser therapy, to provide intense treatment for specific problems. Bringing multiple techniques to bear on a single condition allows for better results than are possible with just one procedure. The packages are recommended to those significantly affected by many skin conditions such as acne, rosacea, severe wrinkles and sun damage. Please contact us today to inquire about a personalized package to suit your needs and budget!

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Additional Skin Care Services

Our esthetics department offers many other treatments to include:
Make-up Applications and Consultations
Exclusively using Jane Iredale® Mineral Cosmetics, our skin care therapist is able to perfectly match your skin tone and offer a wide range of foundation options to fit your lifestyle. Whether you’re looking for a bridal look or just wanting to refresh your daily makeup routine, our talented make-up artist is able to help! Feel free to stop by any time and inquire about our special occasion and wedding packages!

Brow and Lash Enhancements
From shaping, brow and lash tinting to eyelash extensions, we offer it all. If you’re going for a low-maintenance lash enhancement that allows you to forego the mascara and look beautiful right out of bed or something more dramatic and temporary for that special occasion, we have many varieties to work with your needs. Tired of penciling in your eyebrows every day? We have a safe, non-toxic dye that lasts anywhere from two to three weeks! Our lash specialist is certified in using Xtreme Lashes® and Evalash® Silk Lashes which allows her to customize your look. These are perfect options for women on the go!

Hair Removal
Getting rid of unwanted hair has never been easier! Our skin care therapist uses a variety of waxes, to include hard and soft, that achieves maximum hair removal with minimal pain or discomfort. Stay hair-free longer without the hassle of shaving every day.

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Ageless Impressions Plastic Surgery Institute offers a wealth of skin care and facial surfacing options, including laser surgery, advanced chemical peels, and microdermabrasion. Please contact our practice today to discuss which of them might best restore youth and vitality to your appearance. We will also be happy to speak with you about any other treatments that interest you but are not listed on this site and please check out our Facebook and Twitter page to see our latest news, specials and promotions!