Nonsurgical Facelifting: Major Facial Rejuvenation without Surgery

(This article was published in the August 2014 issue of Southwest Florida Health & Wellness… see the article online here.)

By Kriston J. Kent, M.D., MPH

Traditionally, the term “facelift” referred to a surgical procedure to correct sagging facial and neck tissues.  More recently, with the rapidly advancing development of new rejuvenation modalities, facelift is most commonly used to refer to any procedure which addresses and improves facial aging. Likewise, it has been increasingly obvious to specialists in facial rejuvenation that sagging is only a part of the aging process in the face and neck.  In fact, in many individuals, sagging may be less important than volume loss, unsightly skin, and overactive facial expression lines.

The term “nonsurgical facelift” is now used to describe any number and combinations of procedures which address volume loss, unsightly skin, and overactive expression lines.  Without the need for surgery, significant down time, significant pain, and the potential for significant complications, aesthetic physicians can provide a very significant improvement in facial, neck, Décolletage, and hand appearance.

Today, a nonsurgical facelift commonly involves a combination of the best procedures available to improve the skin, to improve facial volume, and to correct overactive expression lines.

All Natural, Nonsurgical
Facial Rejuvenation
CRP Microchanneling
One very popular, all natural new procedure involves microchanneling and injection of Cytokine Rich Plasma (CRP) (also commonly referred to as Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP).   Whether it is referred to as CRP or PRP, this procedure utilizes the ability of growth factors and peripheral stem cells taken from your own blood to stimulate existing stem cells to produce new collagen and other substances which improve facial skin appearance.  These powerful growth factors are micro-channeled (using a special device) back into your facial skin and superficial subcutaneous areas. […]

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July is UV Safety Month Skin Protection and Rejuvenation: More than Just Sunscreen!

(This article was published in the July 2014 issue of Southwest Florida Health & Wellness… see the article online here.)

By Kriston J. Kent, M.D., MPH

July is UV Safety Month, and it is as important as ever to protect your skin from excessive exposure to the damaging effects of the sun via UV radiation.  However, if you want to truly maximize your protection from these invisible damaging rays, correct the damage as it occurs, and repair damage from exposure in years past, then simply placing sunscreen on our skin each day is woefully inadequate.

Exciting New and Existing Products available
When I was young, we were not aware of the damage we were causing every time we went to the beach, or played in the sun, to get a “healthy, good-looking tan”.  However, we soon learned that we should use sunscreen to protect against any further damage which leads to the less than ideal skin aging and appearance.  Today, there are a host of products available, which can dramatically alter the skin aging process. Some products provide primarily ongoing prevention, while others can actually reverse existing sun damage and improve aesthetic appearance.  These products actually include powerful antioxidant serums, reparative growth factors, dead skin exfoliants, plant and human stem cells, and products which improve/correct skin pigmentation problems.  Some of these products are widely available.  However, many of the best products are only found in aesthetic physicians’ offices and some even require a prescription.

Highlighting the Best Products Antioxidants
The best “tried and true” antioxidant/DNA repairing serums include patented L- ascorbic acid, tocopherols, and ferulic acid mixtures; while the best new antioxidants/DNA repairing serums include the addition of phloretin and resveratrol.

Reparative growth factors
Many products exist containing plant stem […]

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