San Francisco Bay Area Wrinkle Reduction - Injectables, Botox, Peels, Lasers and More
While the defining characteristic of Plastic Surgeons is our mastery of Cosmetic Surgical Procedures, we also offer non-surgical and minimally invasive treatments to help mediate the signs of aging. The advantage of these types of procedures is are:
Hyaluronic acid and other injectable fillers at our San Francisco area practice can give patients a more youthful appearance. Aging seems inevitable - sunlight, stressful living, the relentless march of time, all of these eventually cause fine lines and wrinkles to form around the eyes and mouth or across the forehead. Thanks to modern science, however, we no longer have to live with the inevitable.
Dr. Mele offers a full line of injectable fillers - including hyaluronic acid (Restylane®, Juvederm® and Perlane®), calcium hydroxylapatite (Radiesse®) and dermal/fat grafts at our cosmetic surgery practice in the San Francisco Bay Area. The hyaluronic acid injections available include quality brand-name fillers, which help smooth out unsightly lines and return the face to a younger look.
Injectable fillers allow for rapid results, usually with minimal downtime. The wrinkles are literally filled, with immediate improvement. But, dermal fillers do not just fill. Fillers provide structural support to the skin, reinforcing it and decreasing the folding that occurs with normal facial motion. Modern fillers also promote collagen growth, leading to longer lasting results.
Collagen® The original injectable filler was Collagen®. It was developed in the 1970's right here in the San Francisco Bay Area by researchers at Stanford University. Further development by the Collagen Corporation produced Zyderm® and Zyplast®, the first collagen implants. Collagen® was hugely successful, as it was the only product of its type for decades. Most patients tolerated the products well, but often there was dissatisfaction with its longevity (one to three months). The original Collagen® was derived from bovine collagen. Due to slight differences in the bovine collagen's structure, 1-3% of patients would develop an allergic reaction. A small skin test was required, four weeks prior to the first Collagen® treatment, to avoid treating sensitive patients, and causing a larger allergic reaction on the face.
Hyaluronic Acid (Restylane®, Juvederm® & Perlane®) Collagen has been replaced by Hyaluronic Acid (HA) as the filler of choice, for several reasons:
You may know Hyaluronic Acid (HA) by its brand names: Restylane®, Juvederm® and Perlane®, to name a few. Like its predecessor, collagen, HA is a naturally occurring component of our skin and joints. The main reason HA replaced collagen is because it lasts longer. For lip augmentation, Hyaluronic Acid products provide superior results from the onset. Whether your goal is to increase the size of your lips, or you are simply trying to reduce lip lines and migrating lipstick, HA's give a longer lasting and softer result. Hyaluronic Acid fillers are soft but tough, and can also be used for the treatment moderate to deep lines of the face.
Radiesse® is another dermal filler currently available. It is made of another substance naturally found in the body, small spheres of calcium hydroxylapatite. These tiny, bone-like crystals cause your body to react, and wall them off with your own collagen. The longevity of Radiesse® is about the same as the HA fillers, but since individual results can vary, one product may last longer than the other for an individual. Radiesse® can give a firm result, and is best used for treating the deeper lines that extend from the sides of the nose to the corners of the mouth. Radiesse® is not usually used for lip augmentation for fear of firm nodules developing in the lips.
Fillers are used to temporarily fill facial lines or to create fuller lips. It is unlikely that we will ever truly have a permanent filler. As we age, our lips atrophy and our facial lines get deeper. With the progressive atrophy, more volume is required to maintain the desired results.
For additional information on lip augmentation see the lip augmentation section of Dr. Mele's face page. More lip enhancement information, and lip augmentation before and after pictures, are available on Dr Mele's San Francisco Plastic Surgery Blog here: Lip Augmentation San Francisco (Lip Enhancement)
For those looking for a longer lasting solution, Dr. Mele also offers dermal/fat grafting surgery. Several specialized procedures are available:
To find out more about your dermal filler options, consider calling (925) 943-6353 and scheduling a consultation appointment, or contact Dr. Joseph A. Mele, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon for the Greater San Francisco Bay Area, for more information.
An excellent complement to injectable fillers or cosmetic surgery for our Walnut Creek and San Francisco plastic surgery patients, botulinum toxin injections are a safe and proven method of dramatically reducing the appearance of unsightly wrinkles and expression lines.
The first FDA approved botulinum toxin available in the US was BOTOX Cosmetic®, while the first botulinum toxin to market in Europe was Dysport®. The end of 2011 marked the arrival of Xeomin®, and more are likely to follow.
BOTOX Cosmetic®, Dysport® and Xeomin® are currently FDA approved for the reduction of frown lines, the eleven's. The frown lines are the vertical wrinkles that appear between the eyebrows when we frown, concentrate or squint. Treatments for frown lines are currently available at Dr. Mele's San Francisco Bay Area, Walnut Creek plastic surgery office.
BOTOX Cosmetic®, Dysport® and Xeomin® are refined, purified botulinum toxin. While the chemical structures are slightly different, the overall effects are about the same. Other manufacturers are seeking approval for the production of their own botulinum toxins, and it remains to be seen how well they work. Dramatic differences are unlikely.
Botulinum toxin is not the same as the bacteria that causes botulism. It is a protein produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. When injected into the skin, the protein works to relax facial muscles and smooth pinched lines. Botox injections are highly effective. Unfortunately, the effect fades, typically in four to six months.
Fortunately, Botox injections can be repeated, allowing you to maintain a glowing, youthful appearance. To find out if botox treatments are right for you, please contact our Walnut Creek plastic surgery office in the San Francisco East Bay Area.
Chemical Peels come in many flavors. From superficial light chemical peels with minimal down time to deep chemical peels that can completely resurface the skin. Chemical peels are a highly effective way to rejuvenate blemished, sun damaged, wrinkled, or old and tired looking skin. During the peel, a carefully formulated solution is applied to the face to peel away the outer damaged layers of skin and uncover the smooth, new skin beneath. Our practice offers a wide array of chemical peel solutions, from light alpha hydroxy skin care options to deep TCA and phenol peels.
Light Chemical Peels are often available for home use, and somewhat strong chemical peel are available at our fine Walnut Creek spas. Light chemical peels require regimented use to maintain their maximum effect. Some are designed for daily use, others monthly.
Moderate to deep chemical peels can provide longer lasting results, but also require careful, experienced, hand crafted administration, that should be adjusted for individual variations in skin types. Deeper chemical peels should only be performed under medical supervision. To learn more about our specific chemical peels, please read on, or contact our practice in the greater San Francisco metropolitan area today.
TCA, which stands for trichloroacetic acid, is usually chosen for medium-depth to deep peels and is excellent for treating surface wrinkles, moderate blemishes, and mild skin discoloration.
A single treatment is sufficient to remove fine lines and dramatically improve skin tone, color, and freshness. For even better results, the treatments can be repeated every three to six months as desired. The peel can be varied in concentration and application technique for effect and for skin type. TCA chemical peels are a is a hand-shaped peels, extremely practitioner dependent, and they can be adjusted to the normal variations in skin found on different parts of the face.
Unlike light chemical peels deeper chemical peels require a recovery period. Most patient will peel vigorously during the three to four days after application, and most are healed in a week.
To find out more about TCA chemical peels, please contact us at our Walnut Creek plastic surgery office.
Phenol chemical peels provide the deepest chemical peels available. Phenol is extremely effective in removing deep facial wrinkles, seriously blemished or sun-damaged skin and superficial acne scars. Phenol peels produce dramatic results that can last decades, requiring no follow-up treatments. However, because this type of peel can permanently lighten the treatment area, it is not recommended for all skin types. A phenol peel will also require longer healing time than other more superficial types of peels. If you are interested in learning more about phenol peels, please contact our East Bay Area plastic surgery practice.
Our skin protects, nourishes, and purifies our body. It's our buffer between us and the world, and the first thing to show signs of daily wear and tear. Don't you owe it to your skin to take the best possible care of it you can? Using sunscreen and smoking cessation are two way to help you skin. Dr. Mele offers a wide selection of quality skin care products, such as highly effective alpha hydroxy formulas, to help support and maintain your skin at its most vibrant and glowing. Contact our office in Walnut Creek to find out more about our skin care products collection.
Laser skin resurfacing harnesses the power of advanced laser technology to lift away layers of lined or damaged skin and leave behind beautiful, fresh skin. The cosmetic procedure is safe and effective for treatment of wrinkles, acne scars, age spots, sun damage, and other blemishes. Laser skin resurfacing can also be performed in conjunction with other cosmetic surgery procedures such as blepharoplasty or face lift. Newer non-ablative lasers require minimum downtime, and allow for more gradual correction. To find out if laser skin resurfacing is right for you, please contact our Contra Costa plastic surgery office today.