Aesthetics Q & A
What are some common medical aesthetics procedures?
Dr. Wang offers many aesthetic procedures through her practice. Often, the range of services available through a medical office exceeds that offered by a spa. For example, chemical peels are restricted to 30% glycolic acid formulations in spas, while medical offices can use 70% glycolic acid peels under a doctor’s supervision. The result is more — and more effective — cosmetic treatment options.
Some of the most popular procedures in contemporary cosmetic treatments are injectables. Botox® and dermal fillers address many facial line and wrinkle conditions, which may also see improved appearance after a medical facial, cosmetic peptide treatment, or a combined stem cell and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) procedure.
Dr. Wang also offers Novathreads injection-only facelifts, which can tighten your cheeks and jawline with a simple, in-office procedure, instead of surgery.
How do injectable treatments work?
There are three general types of injectable facial products, each of which targets different aspects of your appearance.
Botox uses a highly purified form of the botulinum toxin to relax the semi-permanently contracted muscles that cause expression lines on your forehead and beside your eyes. When these muscles relax, so do your worry lines and crow’s feet.
Dermal filler injections address passive wrinkles caused by lost skin elasticity and aging collagen in deeper skin tissue. The gels of dermal fillers literally fill the spaces below your skin, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, as well as adding volume to your lips and cheeks.
Novathreads facials use dissolving sutures with tiny cogs that are injected just beneath your skin’s surface. Once in place, the sutures are pulled and the cogs grip under the skin to tighten your tissue at the same time. This provides immediate improvement in your appearance and starts a selective inflammatory response under your skin, stimulating the production of new collagen, which refreshes and revitalizes your skin.
How do peptides, stem cells, and PRP therapy work?
The selective inflammatory response that Novathreads, chemical peels, and some dermal fillers create is also the process that cosmetic peptide therapy and combined stem cell/PRP therapy stimulate.
Peptide injections encourage the collagen life cycle by triggering the mechanism that starts new collagen production. This production uses stem cells as the raw material, as these cells convert into new collagen tissue. Growth factor hormones aid this conversion process.
Stem cells may also be added by injection, providing additional raw material for the collagen-building cycle. PRP therapy uses a concentrated sample of your own blood to provide additional human growth factors to further assist the process.
To learn more about Dr. Wang’s aesthetic medical procedures, call or book an appointment online.