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There is nothing more revealing about a person’s age than facial wrinkles. Makeup can only go so far in disguising the passage of time. Fortunately, tried and proven tools like BOTOX® Cosmetic, dermal fillers, and laser light devices can eliminate your fine lines and wrinkles. With professionally administered facial treatments, you can have youthful, smooth skin in just 15 minutes.
With the rise in facelift alternatives for facial rejuvenation, many patients wonder which approach to facial rejuvenation is best. The truth is, either a facelift or fillers (or even both) could be recommended to you based on your needs. Below are some general guidelines that will help you prepare for your consultation with Dr. Mouchantat. He will help you decide which approach is best for you, as he tailors every facelift procedure for each individual to ensure the best results.
Voluminous lips have always been a desired trait. Unfortunately for most, lusciously full lips do not come naturally. More than ever, men and women are seeking out cosmetic enhancement to help them achieve a shapely pout. With the help of dermal fillers, Dr. Mouchantat can help define the size and shape of your lips.
At Mouchantat Plastic Surgery, we love CoolSculpting! A non-invasive treatment, CoolSculpting has proven itself an effective treatment for targeting and destroying stubborn pockets of fat. Already a great treatment—with a little effort, CoolSculpting can be even better.
The skin is the largest organ of the body and reveals to the world how healthy you are — and how old you are.
Healthy skin radiates from the inside out, which is why we are proud to offer Obagi® Systems, a skin care line designed to transform the health of your skin at the cellular level.
Using Penetrating Therapeutics™ technology, Obagi in Denver CO is clinically proven to improve the delivery of prescription and cosmetic agents across the skin barrier. Obagi offers several popular skin care regimens:
Obagi Nu-Derm is a powerful anti-aging skin care regimen that works for all skin types. With the help of prescription-grade ingredients, Obagi Nu-Derm can effectively address signs of aging and photo damage. Age spots, fine lines and wrinkles, dry skin, skin laxity (loss of elasticity), and uneven skin tone can all be improved with Obagi Nu-Derm.
Obagi-C Rx skin care products are fortified with prescription strength hydroquinone and Vitamin C, the only prescription Vitamin C skin care system used to stimulate collagen production and rejuvenate skin. Obagi-C Rx is used on all skin types to correct skin damage and restore younger, brighter looking skin.
Obagi CLENZIderm M.D. is a powerful three-step acne fighting skin care system and the only prescription-strength line to contain 5% liquefied benzoyl peroxide. CLENZIderm works by delivering benzoyl peroxide deep beneath the surface of the skin to treat acne where it starts.
Obagi Rosaclear is the first all-in-one skin care treatment developed specifically to treat the signs and symptoms of rosacea. With skin soothing active ingredients like glycerin and aloe, Rosaclear has been proven to reduce redness and blemishes caused by rosacea in as little as one week.
Obagi ELASTIderm eye products contain powerful, yet gentle ingredients that can visibly reduce signs of aging around the eyes. Designed to boost skin elastin and collagen production, this revolutionary product can tighten loose skin under the eyelids and remove fine wrinkles.
Start enjoying clearer, younger looking skin with Obagi skin care products. Obagi products are available by prescription only. Please contact Mouchantat Plastic Surgery, PC in Denver to schedule an appointment today.
The appearance of fine facial wrinkles can be improved with Retin-A® treatment.
Glycolic acid treatment can smoothe rough, sun-damaged skin and fade age spots.
From early on, we learn that having a smooth, clear complexion is an attribute of physical attractiveness. However, as we age, maintaining that healthy glow becomes more difficult.
The face is the most exposed part of the body, vulnerable to the harsh rays of the sun. The face is also subject to acne, rashes, allergic reactions, and injuries that may leave permanent scars.
This brochure will give you a basic understanding of commonly used treatments for managing skin-when they can help, what they involve, and what results you can expect. It can’t answer all of your questions, since a lot depends on your individual circumstances.
Ask your doctor anything you don’t understand about the treatment you’re considering.
A number of non-surgical “refinishing” treatments are available for individuals who want to eliminate or soften imperfections on their facial skin and achieve a clearer, fresher look. These treatments include glycolic acids (sometimes called “fruity acids”), which are natural fruit substances blended into facial preparations and are used to eliminate rough or dried surface skin, and Retin-A®, a vitamin A-enriched cream that changes the cellular metabolism of the skin’s surface and is used to combat fine facial wrinkles and blotches from sun damage.
Each of these treatments can be used alone, or are frequently prescribed in conjunction with an aesthetic surgery procedure, such as a facelift or a chemical peel.
“Surface-repair” treatments can enhance your appearance and give your skin a smoother, fresher look, but they won’t remove deep scars and flaws or prevent aging. These treatments should not be thought of as mini-facelifts. Generally speaking, Retin-A® and glycolic acid treatments offer less dramatic results than surgical approaches like dermaplaning, dermabrasion, or chemical peel.
Before you decide to have a skin-rejuvenating treatment of any type, think carefully about your expectations and discuss them with your plastic surgeon.
Whether you’re planning a surgical or nonsurgical skin treatment, it’s important that you find a doctor who has training and experience with a variety of skin-management techniques. You’ll want a doctor who can give you the best possible single treatment or treatment combination. Look elsewhere if your doctor tells you that he or she has perfected a single technique that promises unbelievable results. The choice is yours, but be certain your doctor is qualified to prescribe such treatments. After all, these treatments involve the most visible part of your body – your face.
In your initial consultation, be open in discussing your treatment goals with your doctor and don’t hesitate to ask any questions or express any concerns you may have. Your surgeon should be equally open with you and explain the factors that could influence your choice of treatment options such as age, skin condition, and previous plastic surgeries.
The surgeon will ask about your medical history and conduct a routine examination. If you’re having a surgical procedure in conjunction with your skin treatment, your doctor should explain the process in detail, including the risks and benefits, the recovery period, and the costs. Insurance usually doesn’t cover aesthetic procedures.
It is unlikely that you’ll have to spend time in the hospital for your skin treatment unless the treatment is performed in conjunction with a facelift or some other more complex procedure. Your initial application of Retin-A® or glycolic acid will probably be performed in a doctor’s office or an outpatient facility.
Best candidates. In general, Retin-A® is most effective in older patients who have some fine facial wrinkles, or blotchy pigmented areas caused by sun damage. However, Retin-A® is often prescribed to younger, active individuals who want to combat the aging effects of sun exposure. Patients who are planning to have a chemical peel treatment are often instructed by their doctors to use Retin-A® as a preparation treatment; Retin-A® thins the skin’s outer layer, allowing the acid solution used in a peel treatment to penetrate more deeply and evenly. Retin-A® is not recommended for pregnant women or nursing mothers, because its effects on the fetus and nursing infant are still being studied.
Reactions/side-effects. Although no serious medical problems have been associated with Retin-A®, it’s possible that its use could result in temporary skin irritation and redness. If this happens, your doctor may recommend a milder formulation.
As late as 1993, Retin-A® had not received approval for use as an anti-aging treatment from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It has received FDA approval as an acne treatment, and doctors have been safely using it for this purpose for more than two decades. However, the full scope of Retin-A®’s effects and potential benefits continues to investigated.
Beginning treatment. Your initial application of Retin-A® will include a lesson on how to continue your skin-care routine at home. After your face has been washed thoroughly, a small amount of Retin-A®, in either cream or gel form, is rubbed over your face and nose. It’s likely that a very gentle formula will be used at the beginning – especially if you are younger or have a fair complexion. You may be switched to a stronger formula after your skin becomes accustomed to treatment.
Only a very small amount of Retin-A® – a pea-sized dab – is needed to cover the entire face. You will be instructed to apply Retin-A® every night before you go to bed. Because Retin-A® is drying to the skin, your doctor may also recommend that you apply a moisturizer once or twice a day. This routine is usually continued for about eight months to a year, after which you’ll be switched to a less-frequent schedule of maintenance, with Retin-A® applications only two or three times per week. At periodic follow-up visits, your doctor may adjust the strength of your prescription or its frequency of use. To maintain the benefits of Retin-A®, its use must be continued for a lifetime.
After treatment. It’s normal to experience some redness, irritation, itching, stinging, or skin dryness once you begin to use Retin-A®. However, you can expect these symptoms to gradually disappear as the skin becomes acclimated to the treatment.
Caring for your new skin. Because Retin-A® thins out the skin’s outer layer, you will need to consistently use a sun-block to protect yourself from ultraviolet light, and you may have to discontinue using certain products or cosmetics on your face.
Though the degree of change varies from person to person, with continued use of Retin-A®, you will begin to see subtle improvements in the texture and tone of your skin. Retin-A® users notice a rosy glow during the beginning months of use, followed by the disappearance of fine lines and the shrinking of large pores. After about six months, many Retin-A® users report that wrinkles are barely visible and that age spots have faded.
Best candidates. Glycolic or “fruity acid” treatments can offer smoother skin to people of all ages. This type of treatment seems to work best on patients who have rough, sun-damaged skin. Glycolic acids are sometimes formulated with bleaching chemicals to correct areas of uneven pigmentation.
Reactions/side-effects. It’s important to remember that side-effects may occur even with non-surgical treatments. No serious medical problems have been associated with glycolic acids, but their use may cause temporary skin irritation and redness. Switching to a milder formula may remedy the problem.
Beginning treatment. Your initial application of glycolic acid cream will include a lesson on how to continue your skin-care routine at home. The way in which glycolic acid is applied to the face depends upon what form it’s in.
Two common forms are cream or facial wash. Both forms contain about 12 percent glycolic acid, which helps slough away dry, sun-damaged skin on the face’s surface. Each also contains a special moisturizer and, if needed, a bleaching agent. In most cases, the acid is applied to the face twice daily, either by smoothing on the cream or using the facial wash. Your doctor may adjust the strength of the acid formulation or the frequency of its use after evaluating your skin’s condition in follow-up visits.
After treatment. It’s normal to experience some redness, irritation, itching, stinging, or skin dryness once you begin to use glycolic acid. However, you can expect these symptoms to gradually disappear as the skin adjusts to the treatment.
Caring for your new skin. Because glycolic acid thins the skin’s outer layer, you will need to consistently use a sun-block to protect yourself from ultraviolet light, and you may have to discontinue using certain products or cosmetics on you face.
Though the degree of change varies from person to person, with continued use of glycolic acid preparations, you will begin to see subtle improvements in the texture and tone of your skin. In most cases, glycolic acid users notice an overall freshness and smoothness. After a while, pigmented blotches fade or disappear as the bleaching effect begins to work. The time necessary for visible results depends on the degree of pigmentation and individual circumstances. Some patients see results in as little as six weeks.
Most people find that maintaining their new look is easier than expected. Using the cream or facial wash will become a natural part of your morning or evening routine – and the difference you’ll see will be worth the extra effort.
If you are considering dermal fillers in Denver, Dr. Richard Mouchantat can give you the youthful results you are looking for. Fillers are sometimes used in conjunction with Botox (botulinum toxin) or other facial rejuvenation procedures for optimum results. Dr. Mouchantat is highly experienced and will be able to recommend the best treatments for you.
Fillers are injected just under the surface of the skin to achieve smoother skin, without the need for surgery.
Dermal fillers give the appearance of younger skin by:
In many cases, you can achieve benefits similar to a facelift–but without the recovery time.
There are two main types of fillers: temporary and semi-permanent:
Fillers vary in weight and density, so they produce different results. Dr. Mouchantat will suggest the right one for you after an examination and discussion.
Results are instant, so you will be able to leave our Denver office right after treatment. Your face may initially appear fuller than expected, but this should resolve itself within a few hours to a few days.
Dermal filler results are temporary, and you will need to return to our office for additional injections if you wish to maintain your results. How often you will need to do this depends on how quickly your body absorbs the fillers.
Immediately after your procedure you can use an ice pack to reduce temporary discomfort or swelling. Swelling or bruising should go away within a few days. You can resume most activities and apply makeup right away, but remember not to apply pressure to the treated area so that the filler remains undisturbed.
Are you interested in dermal filler treatments? Find out if they’re right for you by scheduling an appointment. Call (303) 232-8585 today to schedule your dermal filler appointment in Denver, CO.
Dermabrasion is a treatment that removes rough, scarred surface skin to reveal fresh and glowing skin. The skin renewal effects of dermabrasion are much greater than a mild, exfoliating chemical peel or microdermabrasion.
Denver plastic surgeon Dr. Richard Mouchantat uses dermabrasion to treat:
Dermabrasion uses surgical instruments to remove the upper layers of skin on the face or body. Dermabrasion’s effects are similar to strong chemical peels, with some important differences. Chemical peels use abrasive chemical substances to resurface skin (or remove layers from the skin) instead of using surgical instruments.
Also, chemical peels are not always a good choice for patients with deep skin pigmentation because chemical peels can cause pigment changes and discoloration in the skin. There is no risk of pigment changes with Dermabrasion, and it can be safely performed on men and women with deep skin pigmentation.
Dermabrasion treats certain types of facial scars, as well as fine lines and wrinkles. If you do not need to treat scars or fine lines, Dr. Mouchantat may advise a milder alternative skin rejuvenation procedure, such as microdermabrasion or a mild chemical peel.
Dermabrasion is performed under anesthesia. A small section of the face is treated at one time. First, a topical numbing agent is applied. Then, Dr. Mouchantat uses tools to abrade the skin on that small area. After an area is treated, bandages may be applied.
This process to treat a small area is repeated until the entire face (or area that is being treated) has been abraded.
Following your dermabrasion, you will need to rest and may wish to take time off work while your skin heals from the immediate effects of the procedure.
Dermabrasion is effective because it “wounds the skin,” removing older skin and causing new skin to grow in its place. Following dermabrasion, you might have redness that lasts four to six weeks. While it is understandable that your skin’s appearance may not be ideal during the healing process, once the healing is done, your skin will show remarkable improvements in tone, pigmentation, or scar tissue for many years.
After your dermabrasion, it is very important to protect your skin from the sun. Your skin will be especially sensitive to the sun, and you will want to use sun protection to reduce future photo aging changes in your skin.
Are you interested in dermabrasion? If you wish to learn more, contact Denver plastic surgeon Dr. Richard Mouchantat. We encourage you to schedule a consultation today.
Botox®, or botulinum toxin, can minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. By choosing to undergo Botox in Denver with Dr. Richard Mouchantat you can achieve a rejuvenated, more youthful look.
Botox is a non-surgical method of treating wrinkles, in both men and women, caused by the overuse of facial muscles. Botox works by blocking the nerve signals that normally cause these muscles to contract.
The three areas most frequently treated with Botox are:
Although Botox can sometimes be used to treat wrinkles on the lower face, fillers are often a more appropriate treatment for this area. Dr. Mouchantat is highly experienced in facial rejuvenation and will discuss your options during consultation.
Botox is a quick and effective procedure that does not require anesthesia. It should only take around 10-15 minutes, depending on how many areas you have treated.
Before and After Botox® Image courtesy of Allergan Inc.
Prior to the procedure, your face will be cleaned with a sterile solution. Dr. Mouchantat will ask you to perform a few facial exercises so he can locate the best place to administer the injections.
Because Botox is given via a very small needle, it’s a comfortable treatment. You will be able to resume your usual activities as soon as you leave our office. You can wash your face and apply makeup as normal.
You can expect to experience some mild tenderness or swelling lasting for a few hours following the injections. Occasionally, patients see minor bruising or feel a dull ache around the treated area. These symptoms should resolve naturally within a few days, but medications can be taken in the meantime to relieve discomfort.
It takes a few days for Botox injections to work, so you will not be able to see the results until 3 to 5 days later. It can take up to two weeks to see the final result. Botox injections are designed to remove wrinkles without affecting facial expression, so your facial expressions will continue to look natural.
Botox results vary from patient to patient, but they generally last for 4-6 months. You can return to our Denver office once the results of your Botox treatment have worn off if you wish to maintain your new look.
Are you interested in Botox®? The best way to learn about this popular procedure is a consultation with Denver plastic surgeon, Dr. Richard Mouchantat. Call (303) 232-8585 today to schedule your Botox appointment in Denver, CO.