Over the past few years, we’ve seen tremendous advances in high-tech anti-aging procedures. While it sounds cliché, these really have revolutionized the battle against wrinkles.
2006 statistics from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) showed an overall increase in cosmetic procedures. However, while surgical procedures declined, non-surgical procedures increased to account for 83% of the total cosmetic procedures performed in the U.S.
This is good news for those of us in the medical spa business. Cosmetic surgery is not for everyone, and non-surgical treatments can provide great results with less downtime. At my practice, my staff and I routinely evaluate new equipment and ideas in anti-aging science. Some of the most effective treatments I’ve seen are DermaSound, iS Clinical’s Youth Complex, and an old favorite, Botox.
One of the more innovative anti-aging solutions I’ve seen is DermaSound. DermaSound is an advanced ultrasonic skin treatment that combines sound waves with a water process utilizing cavitation (a thin blade vibrates at 28,000 times per second causing water molecules to spin rapidly) to eliminate dead skin cells in the outermost layer of skin that make our skin appear older.
DermaSound not only exfoliates, but can also provide deeper-reaching antioxidant treatments through a process called “sonophoresis” to create pathways into the skin for antioxidants to nourish and heal skin at a cellular level, increasing penetration effectiveness by up to 4,000 times (according to an MIT study) more than applying them by hand.
The final part of the DermaSound process is Micro amp therapy, which can be provided as part of a complete skin-restoring treatment to help enhance the healing process.
DermaSound frequently produces results after just one treatment.
iS Clinical’s Youth Complex
One of the biggest reasons for tired and old looking skin is sun damage. Many of us spend unprotected hours in the sun, which can cause oxidative stress resulting in free radical damage to the skin.
While an ounce of prevention is the best medicine, what do you do when the damage has been done?
One of the only “skin creams” (I hesitate to call iS Clinical’s products “skin creams” because they’re so much more) that I’ve seen to actually produce measurable results are the products by iS Clinical. iS Clinical has one of the most innovative and effective lines of antioxidant rich serums. We use and recommend several of their great formulas at The Adams Center.
iS Clinical combines the some of the latest skin science and breakthroughs in wrinkle filler technology by utilizing Hyaluronic acid (the same product used in Restylane), and copper peptides, with vitamins and things like white willow bark that have been used for centuries in some cultures.
Their Youth Complex utilizes freeze dried Hyaluronic acid, Vitamin B5, white willow bark, copper peptides, fruit acids and other botanicals with advanced micro-spheres to help rapidly reduce wrinkles, and rebuild skin at the deepest level. The formula is so effective that results may be seen in hours.
Botulinum Toxin Type A, or as it’s more commonly referred to, Botox® (manufactured by Allergan as a purified, sterile form of the Botulinum Toxin) is one of the most positive developments in the field of cosmetic surgery of the past two decades.
Botox is really the product that started the revolution in non-surgical anti-aging medicine, and showed that it was possible to get results without surgery. According to the ASAPS, Botox® has been the top cosmetic procedure for the past seven years, with approximately 3.18 million procedures performed in 2006.
First approved by the FDA in 1989 to treat uncontrollable blinking, and misaligned eyes, Botox® has since been approved for cosmetic use to diminish wrinkles on the forehead, around the eyes, lips, and neck. It has recently been approved to treat excessive underarm sweating.
Botox® works by blocking the release of a chemical called “acetylcholine” which signals the muscle under the “frown lines” to contract. Botox® is injected into the muscle causing a temporary (4 months in most cases) paralysis or weakness in the muscle, which then diminishes and in many cases, removes the wrinkle.
I’ve performed thousands of procedures using Botox®. I still believe that it’s one of the most effective non-surgical tools we have in the fight against wrinkles.
Non-surgical ways to combat aging are the solutions most requested in both my medical spa and my cosmetic surgery practice. DermaSound, advanced skin serums such as those made by iS Clinical, and Botox®, are important tools in our efforts to combat the effects of aging. Even though I’m a board certified plastic surgeon by trade, in my opinion, whenever a non-surgical method is right for the patient, that’s the way to go!
Contact me by e-mail, or by calling me at The Adams Center in my Peabody office at 978-531-0550, or 617-262-2208 in my Boston office for more information on this post, or any other information in my Blog.
Dr. Bill Adams is a greater Boston area board certified plastic surgeon with over 25 years of experience in the field.