Aesthetic Medicine Procedures
An umbrella term for therapies that focus on offering treatments around skincare and overall appearance, Orange Wellness provides many aesthetic medicine procedures that can help with skin and face rejuvenation.
PRP Facial Rejuvenation
Before a patient can understand exactly what a PRP Facial is, let’s rewind a bit to outline what a traditional facial is all about. While at times, the preconceived notion is that a facial is merely one single skincare therapy, the truth this, it encompasses a family of skincare procedures. From face masks to exfoliation, chemical peels, and more, facials help to enhance the strength and health of a patient’s facial skin without using invasive measures.
What is a PRP Facial?
PRP (platelet-rich plasma) is a facial is skincare procedure that uses a patient’s own blood to unleash the natural healing powers to help rejuvenate your facial skin. Also referred to as a “vampire facial”, this treatment gathers PRP from your blood to help activate collagen production to help restore, replenish, and rejuvenate your face’s skin. Blood is made up of four main elements: white blood cells, red blood cells, platelets, and plasma. When your plasma and platelets are concentrated, something magical can happen! To get the right concentration of platelets into plasma, all four of the blood’s main elements need to be separated by density. A medical team member takes a small sample of your blood and places it in a centrifuge to isolate plasma and platelets from red cells. The red cells are not used in the procedure. This protein-rich plasma is what helps stimulate collagen production when infused into the skin of your face. The result equals is a vibrant and renewed complexion, with minimal recovery or downtime needed!
Benefits of a PRP aka “Vampire Facial”
- Increases the body’s natural production of collagen, which promotes tighter and firmer skin.
- Decreases wrinkles and fine lines (i.e. neck rings, crow’s feet around the eyes, and smile lines).
- Enhanced moisture retention.
- Skin rejuvenation of the face.
- Diminish skin depressions, undereye hollows, age spots, and acne scars.
- Results remain for up to 18 months.
- Treatment does not hurt, is over rather quickly, and no required downtime is needed.
A tailored patient treatment plan is customized to meet specific aesthetic goals and skincare needs and during your initial consultation. To start, a small blood sample will be drawn, then placed in a centrifuge where your PRP is separated. Numbing cream is placed on the treatment area, and once the ultra-healing components of your PRP is collected, it is injected into the skin. Once completed, the healing process from your platelet rich plasma starts, and all-natural collagen production begin. In the weeks after your “vampire facial”, you’ll start to see results with firmer, tighter, and smoother skin.
While no recovery time is needed, we do recommend you avoid wearing make-up for a minimum of 24 hours after the procedure.
Could I Be A Candidate For A PRP Facial?
The beauty of a “vampire facial” is that almost anyone is a good candidate for the treatment. Plus, as you use your own blood for the procedure, there are zero chances of an allergic reaction.
You may be a candidate for a PRP facial if you:
- Suffer from hyperpigmentation.
- Are afflicted with acne scars.
- Would like tighter and firmer skin.
- You are looking to decrease fine lines and wrinkles.
- Deal with an uneven skin tone.
- Suffer from dry skin.
- Believe your skin looks older than it should.
- Aren’t ready for a facelift.
Micro-needling, also referred to as skin-needling is a minimally-invasive and non-surgical procedure used for facial rejuvenation. It organically activates new collagen production to create firmer, smoother, and more tightened skin.
How Does Micro-needling Work?
The treatment uses a micro-needling device to cause a controlled skin injury. As each fine needle punctures a patient’s skin, a channel or micro-wound is created. The controlled injury triggers the body to fill these “micro-wounds” by naturally producing new collagen and elastin in the papillary dermis. In addition, new capillaries are formed. This neo-vascularization and nucleogenesis following treatment leads to the reduction of scars and skin renewal (i.e. improved skin texture, firmness, and hydration.)
There are many skin-needling devices used for this treatment from all across the world, including Dermaroller® (Dermaroller GmbH), Dermapen™ (Equipmed Pty Ltd – Australia), and Derma-Stamps™ (Dermaroller – USA). All these devices aim to puncture a patient’s skin and cause micro-trauma. Incorporating fine micro-needles of various diameter and length offers micro-trauma, and unleashes the natural healing process. The needles are up to 3 mm in length and vary in depth according to specific results that are desired.
Professional micro-needling is considered to be one of the safest skin treatment procedures. Unlike chemical peels, dermabrasion, and laser treatments, micro-needling causes minimal damage to the skin, requires no downtime, and is considered safe for most patients in overall good health.
The treatment can be performed in an office setting, is well tolerated, and accepted by most people, plus is also suitable for patients with sensitive or thin skin.
What is Micro-needling Used For?
Skin-needling is effectively used for:
- Reducing scars (including hypertrophic scars) caused by acne, surgery, or thermal burns.
- Helping to fade stretch marks.
- Reducing deep wrinkles and fine lines.
- Dyspigmentation (e.g. melasma).
- Decreasing the risk of hyperpigmentation and scarring, therefore safe on ethnic or dark skin.
- Helps to tighten sagging skin.
- Reducing pore size.
- Reducing oil level in the skin (e.g. seborrhea).
- Enhancing the delivery and effectiveness of medical-grade skin cream.
- Helping to decrease acne outbreaks.
Micro-needle technology also offers a minimally invasive and painless route of transdermal drug administration (e.g. vaccines). This technology is currently being investigated by several research groups and companies. To enhance transdermal drug transport, micro-needles can be inserted into the skin to increase its permeability, after which the drug is applied (poke with patch). Drugs could also be coated onto the micro-needles and then inserted into the skin (coat and poke). Hollow micro-needles are used to inject drug solutions into the skin.
It is cost-effective and can be done on areas of skin not suitable for peeling or laser resurfacing, such as near the eyes.
As opposed to ablative laser resurfacing, the epidermis remains intact and is not damaged. For this reason, the operation can be safely repeated, if needed.
Treatment does not result in a line of demarcation between treated and untreated skin, which usually occurs with other resurfacing procedures. Micro-needling allows for specific areas of scarring to be treated without the need to “blend” or “feather” at the treatment edges.
The patient can resume regular activities within a few days, depending on the depth of penetration of the needles.
How Many Micro-needling Treatments are Needed?
The number of needling procedures depends on the individual skin condition and goals. Three to four treatments may be required for moderate acne scars. Scars from thermal burns and stretch marks (striae) may need up to five treatments.
In the case of wrinkles associated with aging skin, one or two refresher micro-needling procedures are recommended, bi-annually.
Are There Side Effects?
Generally, the treated areas recover rapidly from skin-needling; however, there are occasional side effects, which include:
- Swelling and oozing during recovery.
- Skin infection with bacteria (rare), or herpes simplex virus (cold sores).
- Milia, which can be easily removed.
- Acne flare, which is usually mild.
What is the Procedure Like?
The micro-needling treatment takes about a few minutes up to an hour to complete, depending on the area to be treated and the severity of the problem. No lotions, makeup, or other topical products are applied to the treatment area on the day of the procedure.
The medical professional starts off by applying a numbing cream (topical) on the treatment area or injects a local anesthetic. The skin is then punctured in a specific pattern using a skin needling device. The device is rolled over the skin multiple times for the best results. As each fine needle pokes the skin to create a channel or “micro-wound”, which then stimulates skin cell regeneration.
Depending on the condition treated, it may take anywhere from five minutes to one hour to complete the treatment. A minimum of six weeks is recommended between two micro-needling procedures, as it takes that long for new natural collagen to form.
Botox – Coming Soon
Looking to achieve a youthful look without plastic surgery? Botox may be the answer!
What Is Botox?
Botox is a treatment that has been used for years now to treat facial creases and wrinkles; however, it can help with other conditions like:
- Chronic migraines.
- An overactive bladder.
- Strabismus, an issue where eyes point in different directions.
- Blepharospasm, uncontrollable blinking.
- Hyperhidrosis, severe underarm sweating.
- Cervical dystonia, a neurological disorder that causes severe muscle spasms in the neck and shoulder.
How Does Botox Work?
A small needle is injected (with Botox) into the specific area that requires treatment. The procedure only takes a few minutes, and only minor discomfort is experienced. Once injected Botox blocks signals to the muscles from the nerves. As these muscles can’t contract, wrinkles soften and relax.
The treatment is generally used for crow’s feet (those lines around your eyes), forehead lines, as well as smile lines; however, it can’t help with lines or wrinkles caused by gravity or sun damage.
The procedure takes about seven to 14 days to take effect. It is recommended to avoid alcohol for at least seven days before your treatment, and it is also advised to refrain from taking anti-inflammatory medicines and aspirin two weeks before your procedure to help avoid any bruising.
Once the treatment is done, it’s a good idea to refrain from rubbing the injected area for at least 24 hours, and you may have to take the day off from exercising and stay upright for approximately four hours after your procedure.
Botox results last for about three to six months.
*Aesthetic Medicine treatments are currently only available at the Orange Wellness South location