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Could Thermage Solve your Eyelid Concerns?

Thermage Larkspur | Eyelid Rejuvenation Pinole CAWe’ve all heard that phrase “the eyes have it.” That it is the It Factor; the magic of looking young and vibrant. It isn’t that we don’t want our eyes to age; there is beauty in the aging process itself (really, there is). What we want is to guide that process in a way that enables each to continue feeling good about appearance. One way that we do that here at Bay Area Laser Cosmetic Surgery Center is with blepharoplasty. Another option, and one that is appealing to many of our patients is non-surgical eyelid rejuvenation with Thermage.

What Can Thermage Do?

Like any non-surgical treatment, there are corrections that can be achieved with Thermage. There are also some concerns that cannot be resolved with this particular treatment. Some of the improvements that may come from heat-based eyelid rejuvenation include tighter, more resilient skin on the upper eyelids. This reduces hooding or sagging that cause a tired or angry appearance. Thermage is also a suitable maintenance treatment after eyelid surgery.

How it Works

Thermage is one of the several radiofrequency treatments used today. The wavelengths of energy emitted by this device pass through surface tissues to heat collagen strands in connective tissue. Because it is the loosening of collagen strands that lead to laxity issues, this immediate constriction can achieve noticeable results right after treatment. The real work is a continual process that occurs for about six months. In response to targeted heating, fibroblasts produce healthy new collagen to rebuild the strands that have frayed.

The Ultimate Evidence

Understandably, it is easier to invest in a treatment that has proven capabilities. In one study of more than 5,000 participants, results showed that Thermage performed very well. 87% of those treated saw an immediate tightening of the upper eyelids. After six months, 92% of those treated saw the results they desired. At the conclusion of the study, a total of 94% of treated patients remained satisfied with their results.

The Bottom Line

We cannot say that Thermage eyelid rejuvenation is right for every person who visits our Pinole or Larkspur office. To find the best approach for eyelid rejuvenation, make a consultation with Dr. Serebrakian. Contact us to schedule your visit. Call our Larkspur office at (415) 461-5755 or our Pinole office at (510) 724-8282.

What are your hands signaling about your age?

hand rejuvenation san francisco | hand wrinkles bay areaThe popularity of cosmetic treatments, surgical and non-surgical, has allowed us to practically turn back the hands of time. Our faces look smoother and fuller, and even our bodies are benefitting from today’s many effective procedures. Yet, even as we take steps to stay looking more youthful, we’re forgetting one of the first places where signs of aging are sending out easily noticeable signals: our hands.

Madonna knows what we’re talking about

The 58-year-old entertainer has taken many steps to keep her appearance updated. But a recent photo made it clear that her hands don’t match her face and body. Many of us work hard to keep our faces and necks looking youthful, from sunscreen to fillers and Botox to facelifts. Yet our sun-damaged, veiny, wrinkled hands might look like they belong on another person. It’s time for your hands to send a new signal.

There are many ways your hands send aging signals

  • Prominent veins and tendons due to volume loss
  • Wrinkled and thin skin
  • Age spots
  • Poor skin tone and color

Hand rejuvenation options

We can offer many treatment options, most of which are minimally invasive. If you have very loose, wrinkled skin, we may recommend surgery to remove excess skin.
Protruding bones, tendons and veins? We recommend volume replacement
Fillers or fat injections can be placed in the hands at multiple locations in multiple layers in order reshape hands and provide a more youthful appearance and contour. Fillers usually last about three months to one year; fat graft injections usually last longer.

In addition, your hands may benefit from
•Chemical peels
•Intense pulsed light (IPL)
•Laser skin resurfacing
This procedure can also be used to treat fine wrinkles, skin discoloration, sun damage and age spots.
•Photodynamic therapy (PDT)
This procedure can be used with IPL for more aggressive treatment of irregular pigmentation and brown spots.
•Sclerotherapy or laser vein treatments
•Skin excision and tightening

Schedule a consultation

Visit us for a hand rejuvenation consultation
Call for an appointment today:
In Pinole (East Bay): (510) 724-8282
In Larkspur (North Bay): (415) 461-5755

Quick fixes for your face

botox san francisco | fillers bay areaThese are the days of instant gratification – fast food, same-day deliveries — and that includes how quickly we want results from our cosmetic procedures. And there actually are many treatments that target common skin problems and provide nearly instant results. If you want to see improvements in your skin on the fast track, here are some problems we can tackle for you:

Problem #1: Visible pores

Pore size varies and is often related to genetics. Large pores can be common in people who have oily skin, acne or rosacea, and they can also be the result of sun damage and aging.
Quick solution: Botox
Botox, Dysport and Xeomin can be great for shrinking pores. These neuromodulators can be injected into large pores to cause them to contract, suppress production of sebum and control breakouts that can increase pore size.

Problem #2: Vertical lines between the eyebrows

Deep wrinkles can form between the brows from repeated contractions of those frowning/squinting muscles. And it’s a common complaint for many of our patients, as they can make you look perpetually tired or angry, even if you’re not.
Quick solution: Botox
When facial muscles remain relaxed from Botox injections, they can’t produce those unwanted creases and wrinkles. And again, Dysport and Xeomin both also work for this problem. Injections are placed into the problem muscles to reduce their activity, which can soften existing lines for about three to four months. Results are visible in about three days.

Problem #3: Broken capillaries

As with pore size, blotchy, spidery-looking veins on the face can be the result of sun exposure, rosacea and acne inflammation, aging and genetics.
Quick solution: Intense pulsed light (IPL) photo facial
The treatments is described as feeling like having a rubber band snapped against your face, but the high-intensity light emitted from the IPL device can eliminate the visible broken capillaries.

Schedule a consultation

From lines around your mouth to brown spots to acne scars, there are some treatments available that can provide some nearly instant relief. Call for a consultation appointment today:
Pinole (East Bay) office (510) 724-8282;
Larkspur (North Bay) office (415) 461-5755

Botox before you have wrinkles?

botox | bay area ca Something is always changing in the world of the wrinkle eraser Botox. Along with recently being approved by the FDA for treatment of migraine headaches, the muscle immobilizing injections just keep getting more diverse.

Some people are getting Botox neuromodulators injected to help eliminate teeth grinding; some are having them for over active bladder problems. And last year, more than half a million women and men between the ages of 19 and 34 had Botox to relax wrinkles.

Do women between the ages of 19 and 34 even have wrinkles?

Skin care professionals know why millenials are already turning to Botox. Most cosmetic skin care experts have seen the growth of Botox patients who are in their 20s, which might seem too young – if you think that Botox is only a post-wrinkle procedure. Anti-aging treatments before you have any visible signs of aging might seem counter-intuitive, but when it comes to Botox injections, early intervention might be the best strategy.

Botox (and Dysport and Xeomin) can be used to prevent wrinkles

Younger patients may already be seeing creases between their eyebrows and on their foreheads, which is like a mirror into the future where those lines will be permanent. Botox injected in these areas can keep that from happening by stopping wrinkles in their formative years.

Preventing wrinkles could be the best way to avoid them

Botox is known for relaxing the muscles that cause wrinkles and creases in the skin, but most of us staring using the product once the crevices had gotten deep enough to be obvious all the time. But it’s actually easier to prevent wrinkles rather than treat them after they’ve become etched deeply in the skin.

Whatever your age, it’s worth talking to us about Botox

We have patients in their 20s, working to prevent future wrinkles; we have others who are in their 70s, happy that Botox can help relax years of facial expression lines. And it could be a great choice for you. Call for your consultation appointment today:

Pinole (East Bay) office (510) 724-8282;

Larkspur (North Bay) office (415) 461-5755

Get results now and later with Thermage

Many of our patients are huge fans of thermage. They use words like, “ecstatic” and “thrilled” when they talk about their results. What is thermage? It might be time for you to learn more about this “favorite” non-invasive procedure, designed to tighten and lift skin, smooth out wrinkles and redefine and renew youthful facial contours.

The areas of treatment

  • Face
  • Around the eyes
  • Neck
  • Hands
  • Body

The preparation

Sitting comfortably in a reclining chair, a stencil is placed on your face (or neck, hands, etc.) and squares to indicate the treatment area are marked off in black ink. Then a gel is applied.

The treatment

thermage | bay area caThe ThermaTip™ is placed on the skin, treating each marked area using a patented radiofrequency (RF) technology called ThermaCool®. You will feel heat from the treatment, which most patients can tolerate with light (or no) pain medication or numbing.

Each time the tip touches your skin, it’s uniformly heating a large area of collagen in the deeper areas of your underlying tissue, while at the same time, protecting the outer layer of skin by cooling it.

Once the procedure is complete, any discomfort that you might have felt vanishes instantly.

No downtime

When patients look in the mirror after thermage treatments they’re usually surprised that their skin shows no irritation or redness. Most go back to work or other activities the same day – noticing that their skin appears healthier and smoother.

Why it works
The deep heating causes your skin to feel tighter and appear smoother immediately. And over about two to six months after only one treatment, new collagen is produced, and your skin will experience further rejuvenation and tightening.

A more youthful appearance – now and later

Everyone has their unique skin issues and their own reasons for choosing thermage. But most would agree that it’s quite gratifying to see results right after they’ve had the procedure and even more improvement over time.

Could this be your new favorite skin treatment?

Call us to learn more about thermage, or make a consultation appointment today:

In Pinole (East Bay): (510) 724-8282

In Larkspur (North Bay): (415) 461-5755

 

 

Larkspur (North Bay) Office

1000 Magnolia Ave
Larkspur, CA 94939
(415) 461-5755

Pinole (East Bay) Office

1599 Tara Hills Dr
Pinole, CA 94564
(510) 724-8282
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