July 23, 2009

Face & Neck Rejuvenation

The face and neck are areas often neglected by many of our clients. They, however, are an easy giveaway of one’s true age and should be treated as frequently as the face.

Some of the most common blemishes we see with the hands, neck, and décolleté are “sun spots,” fine lines, creepiness, loss of elasticity and firmness, and loss of dermal and subcutaneous volume.

In my Armonk, Westchester N.Y., practice I start with a close inspection of these areas and after assessment of the degree of damage, we recommend single or combined therapies.

We immediately start a regimen including topical agents like retinoids or glycolic. Other topicals often utilized are hydroquinone or kojic acid containing collagen-stimulating peptides or growth factors. Antioxidants are also useful in treating hyper-pigmentation and preventing oxidative damage.

Park Avenue Medical Spa is equipped with the latest in state-of-the-art technology for the treatment of aging.

The treatments are always customized to individual needs and may include microdermabrasion, peels, and IPL treatments.

In all our Westchester centers we perform a variety of alfa and beta hydroxy acid peels of different strengths. We also utilize commonly trichloroacetic acid peels for those with more severe problems. These treatments are complemented by at home use of appropriate creams and abundant use of the right sunscreen.

For patients with more advanced conditions, we recommend IPL photo rejuvenation. The use of this device will improve texture, remove pigmentation, and reduce fine lines and wrinkles.

Botox is frequently added for the treatment of the neck to eliminate platysmal banding and provide a moderate lift.

Mesotherapy is another technique that I utilize in my NY locations (don’t you only have NY locations? In which case, you should just say “at all my locations”) to improve texture and reduce wrinkling. This technique developed in France utilizes multiple superficial injections of hyaluronic acid combined with vitamins and retinoic acid.

The loss of volume can be corrected with fillers. The most commonly used fillers are Radiesse (Calcium Hydroxylapatite) and Sculptra (poly-L-lactic acid).

It is not uncommon to utilize multiple therapies for better and faster results. It then remains in one’s hands to protect and maintain the results achieved.

Protection with frequent application and a generous amount of the right sunscreen remains one of the best ways to prevent future damage and maintain healthy ageless skin.