Many of our procedures leave skin healthier in addition to the aesthetic benefits. It is important to remember that, in both men and women, good-looking skin is usually healthy skin. You will look better after our aesthetic procedures, but more importantly, our goal is that your skin will also be healthier. Please take a look at the list of procedures in this category and ask us about what procedures may be appropriate for you. Dr. Bradley provides dermatologic & cosmetic surgical and non-surgical services for treatment of skin cancer, including Mohs Micrographic Surgery, and cosmetic problems such as moles, birthmarks, aging skin and skin discoloration.
- Chemical Peel/Laser Resurfacing
- Facial Scar Revision
- Fractional Microdermal Needling
- Hand Rejuvenation with Radiesse®
Fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars, and pigmentation changes in the skin can all be improved with skin resurfacing procedures. CO2 laser and Chemical peels remove dead skin cells, smooth out fine lines, improve acne scars, and even out skin tone to give you a smoother, more youthful appearance to your skin. Dr. Bradley performs skin resurfacing procedures to treat these skin problems and improve the appearance of your skin to give you a more youthful look.
Laser Skin Resurfacing uses a CO2 Laser to precisely treat the skin to make scars and fine lines less noticeable. Chemical Peels are done with varying strengths of Tri-Chloro Acetic Acid (TCA) to produce chemical irritation of the skin to achieve the results. lower eyelid to smooth out the fine lines around the eyes to further enhance the results of the Eyelid Lift.
After the skin is healed, you can wear make-up. Most people are back in the “public eye” in about ten to fourteen days and back to exercising and full activities in three to four weeks. Redness may last three weeks to 6 months. Call today for a personal consultation and learn more with Dr. Bradley.
Facial Scar Revision
Scar Revision makes scars less visible – restores normal function – achieves a natural, more pleasing appearance…
Scars form while the skin is trying to recover from an accident, burn, acne, surgery or some other trauma. This involves multiple layers of the skin and once a scar forms – it is permanent. Facial scars, in particular – are usually disfiguring and – as with contracture scarring – often diminish normal function. No matter where a scar is located it affects people in one way or another either functionally or emotionally – many times both. Scar revision involves a variety of surgical or non-surgical procedures to improve or reduce the appearance of scars, restore function and to correct skin changes and disfigurement.
How You Could Benefit From Scar Revision:
- Improves or reduces the appearance of scars
- Restores function & correct form for disfigurement
- Uses either surgical or non-surgical procedures
- Treats hypertropic, keloid & contracture scars
- Improves & enhances physical appearance & self-confidence
Most Commonly Treated Scars
Hypertrophic – These scars occur within the boundaries of the incision or a wound. Hypertropic scars are typically thick, red and are raised in appearance.
Keloids – Keloid Scars generally grow beyond the boundaries of an incision or wound and are more common among dark-skinned people. They are similar in appearance to Hypertropic Scars. Keloids usually grow on the earlobe, shoulder or over the breastbone.
Contracture Scars – are the most severe form of scarring. Contractures are typical of burn patients, usually occur result after loss of skin over a large area and cause the edges of the skin to “pull together.” This “pulling” affects the adjacent muscles and tendons and restricts normal movement.
Scar Revision Procedures
Steroid Applications and Injections – Used to reduce itching and/or pain and flatten and reduce the redness of hypertropic and keloid scars. Steroids are applied or injected into the scar to break down the skin’s collagen. Both Hypertropic and Keloid scars are resultant from collagen that continues to produce after the wound has healed.
Silicone Gel Sheets – help flatten hypertropic scars. These clear sheets are place on the scar and worn 24 hours a day.
Z-Plasty and Related Tissue-Rearrangement Techniques – are used to reorient scars. This is achieved by cutting the skin around the scar into small triangular flaps following a Z-shape. The flaps are then repositioned to follow natural liens and creases of the skin making the scar less noticeable and relieving pressure of contracture scars.
Dermabrasion – smoothes out surface irregularities by removing the top layers of the skin. This works well for deep lines or scars.
Vascular Lesion – works by shrinking the blood vessels that feed the scar, thus improving coloration of scars.
Tissue Expansion – employs a saline filled balloon that is inserted under a patch of healthy skin near a scar – to stretch the skin. This may take several weeks and the balloon is then removed. The scar is surgically removed and the stretched skin is pulled over the previously scarred area.
Skin Grafts – involve using skin from a healthy body area and transplanting it to the injured area. Grafts are not always cosmetically pleasing – but they are safe and effective and restore function to a severely scarred area.
Dermal Filler Injections – are used to fill in sunken scars. Collagen is a naturally occurring substance in our body that acts as a scaffolding to support the skin. Collagen injections are derived from natural animal protein – are safe and effective and used in millions of treatments worldwide.
Laser Skin Resurfacing – reduces uneven scar surfaces by removing the top layer of skin – allowing new skin growth.
Fractional Microdermal Needling
The Latest Innovation in Fractional Microdermal Needling!
MD Pen revitalizes the skin by activating cellular regeneration and aiding the absorption of cosmetic topicals to help tighten and lift skin while minimizing common skin problems including acne scars, fine lines, photo-aging, scar revision, stretch marks and body scars.
Suitable for Multiple Applications and Skin Types
Many skin imperfections, that might have otherwise been treated with lasers or IPL, can be addressed with a series of MD Pen skin needling treatments. MD Pen treatments are non-ablative, do not cause trauma to the skin, and are a safe, effective tool in an anti-aging skin care regimen. Sun avoidance is not required after treatment, however sun protection is always recommended.
How does MD Pen improve the skin’s appearance?
MD Pen rapidly creates a pattern of micro channels in the treatment area. These micro channels significantly increase the production of collagen and elastin to leave the skin smoother, fresher, and more uniform. Micro channels also enhance the skin’s ability to absorb medical grade topicals, like anti-aging serums and skin lighteners, when applied during or immediately after the treatment.
What imperfections can be treated with MD Pen skin needling?
Innovative and effective, MD Pen activates cellular regeneration to help tighten and lift skin, while minimizing common skin problems such as acne scars, fine lines, photo-aging, dull skin, poor texture, stretch marks and body scars.
Sclerotherapy is a safe, non-surgical method of removing spider and varicose veins from the legs. Spider veins are tiny purple or red blood vessels that appear just below the skin’s surface on the face or legs. Larger blood vessels, called varicose veins, appear on the legs. They are bluish in color and can be raised and painful.
Spider and varicose veins can affect women, or men, but they are more commonly seen in women due to hormonal changes. Other causes include heredity, weight gain, certain medications, local trauma, sun exposure and prolonged sitting/standing. While these veins contain blood, they are not part of the venous valve system and are not necessary to healthy circulation.
Treatment involves the injection of a sclerosing solution via tiny needles directly into each vein. The solution irritates and destroys the inner lining of the vessel, causing it to disappear gradually over a period of weeks. An average of 50 to 70 percent of vessels can be permanently eliminated with a series of treatments.
Each session takes about 20 minutes, during which time multiple injections are administered. It typically takes several sessions, repeated at three-to four-week intervals, to achieve the desired results.
Sclerotherapy requires no anesthetic or sedation. The needles are so fine that the discomfort is minimal. Some patients feel a burning sensation that quickly subsides.
Following treatment, you may need to wear special compression stocking in order to keep pressure on the veins. Normal activities can generally be resumed within 24 hours. Bruising of the treated areas usually disappears within a week. Final results may not be visible for several months.
Hand Rejuvenation with Radiesse®
The best way to guess someone’s age may be to look at their hands, not their face. That’s because, for many women, the first visible signs of aging appear in their hands. This is a part of the body that even those with an anti-aging regimen often ignore. Hand rejuvenation with RADIESSE® is an increasingly popular solution with proven results.
Can Hand Rejuvenation Make Me Look Younger?
Radiesse® hand rejuvenation treatments can help turn back the hands of time by turning spotted, bony and wrinkled hands into soft, plump, young looking hands. Radiesse® is the only filler deemed safe and effective by the FDA to repair lost volume in hands.
What is RADIESSE®?
Radiesse® is a long-lasting filler used for smoothing moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds. Radiesse® is also used for correcting volume loss in the back of the hands. Radiesse® injections re-plump and replenish the youthful appearance in the hands to lessen the appearance of raised veins by adding volume to the skin.
BENEFITS OF RADIESSE®
- Plumps up skin volume in the hands to eliminate the appearance of veins, tendons, and arteries
- Painless, non-surgical office injectable treatment
- Radiesse® is often performed as a lunch hour treatment
What are the most common adverse events with RADIESSE ®?
The most common side effects with Radiesse® used in the hands include bruising, redness, swelling, pain, itching, nodules or bumps/lumps, difficulty performing activities, loss of sensation and other local side effects.