Non-surgical Facial Rejuvenation in Baton Rouge

Evolving research and understanding of the anatomy of facial aging has led to the concept that aging results in a loss of soft tissue as well as bony volume. Results of surgery without correction of the volume deficiencies has often given less than the desired outcome. Rejuvenation of the face must involve an understanding of the three dimensional facial volumes and contours. Optimal improvement of facial aging must restore the areas of facial volume loss.


Platelet-Rich Plasma

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For Facial Rejuvenation

It is now recognized that as you age there is a loss of soft tissue fullness of many areas of your face. The face and eyes lose the fullness and luminesce of youth. Aging is replaced with lining and hollowness and loss of luster. Soft tissue injectables such as Juvederm, Radiesse, Sculptra, Voluma, and Fat are used to replace this soft tissue loss.

Although there is a loss of soft tissue this is only part of the problem. The aging process is actually the result of a decrease and loss of cell growth and repair. The injection of soft tissue fillers therefore only partially improves the aging appearance. What is needed is to stimulate your own tissue growth and repair.

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is that ingredient that can provide factors that stimulate cell growth and repair. Blood is drawn from you and placed in a centrifuge and spun at high speed. This separates and concentrates the platelets and plasma. This Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) contains growth factors that stimulate cell growth, tissue repair, collagen production and wound healing.

The Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is added to the soft tissue fillers of Juvederm, Radiesse, Sculptra, Voluma or Fat to provide what has been missing the missing ingredient of soft tissue augmentation. Dr. Charles Runnels named the use of injectable (PRP) “Vampire Facelift” as a registered trademark.

This foremost technology is performed at the Plastic Surgery Center to ensure that you obtain your best face forward.

Benefits:

  • Tissue Repair
  • Cell Growth
  • Collagen Production
  • More Rapid Wound Healing

Adding to Fat

Two new advances are now used to enhance the success and reliability of fat grafting. The first is the Puregraft System for Fat Processing. The second is the addition of Platelet Rich Plasma to the fat grafts.

The goal of Fat Grafting is to obtain fat that is a concentrate living fat cells that is free of contaminates such as oils, lipids, tissue and blood.. After removing your fat, one method is to centrifuge the fat. This centrifuge method may however destroy some of the fat cells and yet not adequately remove the oil, lipids, and blood cells. The result is loss of the injected fat.

The Puregraft System uses sterile closed filtration as compared to the centrifuge that is an open system. Because the Puregraft System is a closed system there is less risk for infection. This filtration process is also less traumatic and results in less damage to the fat cell. The selective filtration process is also more effective in removing contaminating blood, lipids and oils. The Puregraft System for Fat Processing optimizes the quality of fat to increase the predictability of your results.

The second advance is the addition of Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) to the fat grafts. Platelet Rich Plasma is a concentration of platelet cells with plasma taken from your blood. Blood is taken from your vein and then placed in a centrifuge. The blood is spun at high speed to separate the platelets. This Platelet Rich Plasma contains growth factors that stimulates tissue repair, cell growth, collagen production and wound healing.

This combined leading edge technology is performed at the Plastic Surgery Center to ensure that you have the optimal results.


BOTOX®

This is a non-surgical injectable shaping agent that is done as an outpatient procedure. Click here for more information.


Fat injection

Fat may be harvested from an area of adiposity and then injected into areas that have loss of or lack soft tissue fullness. The fat that is harvested are living adipose cells.. These fat cells that are harvested, filtered and washed will under proper conditions and technique remain viable in the location of fat transfer. The technique of layering injections into deep tissues and into muscle and then into the superficial layers restores soft tissue volume in a three dimensional fashion. Fat transfer is used to improve and correct lack of soft tissue fullness. It is not used to correct fine aging lines of the face. Fat tissue is soft and natural feeling. The most common areas for fat injection in the face are around the eyelids and the cheeks.


Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic acid approved for injection by the FDA in 2003 is a molecule that is found between the skin and the connective tissue beneath the skin The connective tissue is a network made up of collagen, elastic fibers, and hyaluronic acid. This network creates volume beneath the skin and gives it support and suppleness. With aging the amount collagen, elastic fibers, and hyaluronic acid decreases. This results in the loss of soft tissue fullness and an aging skin appearance. Hyaluronic acid injections help restore this important component of the skin that decreases with age. Since hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance that is present throughout our body, prior testing for allergy is not necessary. The primary mechanism of action of hyaluronic acid is that it acts as a filler. It acts like a sponge by absorbing and holding water.

The newer hyaluronic acid products such as Juvederm Ultra Plus last about nine to twelve months. The injected areas are soft and feel natural. These products provide excellent results for lip enhancement and improvement of the nasolabial cheek creases and around the mouth.


Voluma XC

First FDA-approved injectable gel to add volume to the cheek and correct age-related volume-loss and improve contour, lasting up to 2 years.


Skin Enhancement in Baton Rouge

The skin is made up of two layers, the epidermis and the dermis. The epidermis is the upper or outer layer of the skin and the dermis is the inner or deeper layer. The epidermis is a protective layer. The lower portions of the epidermis is responsible for skin regeneration. In youth the epidermal layer is regenerated every two to three weeks. The dermis contains hair follicles with oil glands, sweat glands, and collagen and elastic fibers. The collagen and elastic fibers give the skin its flexibility, elasticity and resilience. Collagen makes up about 75% of the skin and gives it structural support that is characteristic of firm youthful skin.

Effects of aging

Aging decreases the thickness of both the epidermis and the dermis. The rate at which the epidermis regenerates slows down. This causes a dull appearance of the skin. Aging results in a decrease in the production of lipids and oils that seal the epidermal moisture barrier. This results in loss of water and moisture content of the skin. The skin becomes dry. Collagen production that provides strength and support of the skin also decreases with age. Elastin fiber production that gives the ability of the skin to snap back into place after stretching also decreases. Loss of this skin support and resilience results in the formation of wrinkles and sagging of the skin.

Sun exposure

UV rays from sun exposure causes premature aging and damage of the skin. This is called photoaging. Adidtionally UV rays damage the pigment cells of the skin, the melanocytes, that results in uneven skin pigmentation and brown spots.

Types of Skin Enhancement Procedures at The Plastic Surgery Center of Baton Rouge: