Beauty Box | August17th, 2019

Age is Inevitable


These days, there are a number of procedures that can restore a more youthful appearance without the need to cut and stich.  These state-of-the-art non-surgical procedures are performed on an outpatient basis in the physician’s office, without the need of general anesthesia, and have zero to minimal down time.  Technology has improved tremendously allowing for minimally invasive cosmetic procedures that deliver quicker, sometimes immediate results and the risk of serious complications has tremendously decreased.

A lunch break facial rejuvenation can be easily achieved by combining dermal fillers and Botulinum toxin A injections for a more youthful and renewed YOU.  Dermal fillers (such as Restylane Silk®, Restylane-L®, and Restylane Lyft®) are a quick way to get almost instant improvement on deep facial wrinkles, skin folds, add volume and fullness to the skin.   Botulinum toxin A injection therapy is one of the quickest, most popular treatments for preventing lines from forming and making those you already have less visible.  Dysport® (pronounced DIS-port) is a form of botulinum toxin A.  In most cases, it takes effect quicker and lasts longer than other popular brands of muscle relaxers.  From frown lines, forehead wrinkles, to crow’s feet, it can give you a refreshed look.  Jowls or a double chin can be easily improved by using a combination of injections to destroy fatty pockets and radio-frequency heat to lift and tighten.  Injections such as Kybella are placed directly into the submental fat pocket to rapidly destroy fat cells.  Forma fractional thermal contraction treatments are excellent for giving your skin a tighter and lifted appearance by stimulating collagen production and improving skin elasticity.

Thread lifting is a quick and safe procedure that “utilizes a specialized polydioxanone (PDO) suture to lift droopy, loose and saggy skin. The suture has tiny barb like edges that attach to the undersurface of the skin or the underlying fat. The sutures are gently adjusted to lift and move the skin” Dr. Schweitzer explains.  Patients are comfortably numbed with injection of local anesthesia into the skin during the treatment.These specialized threads are made of suture material which has been around for many years.  Dr. Schweitzer tells us that “polydioxanone (PDO) threads have tiny barb like structures which hook onto the skin to provide support and lift sagging skin.  Over a few weeks the threads trigger fibroblasts to induce collagen production around the threads and keep the lifted look.  The threads are eventually broken down by the body but the collagen persists for several additional months. Common thread lift areas are falling eyebrows, skin on the cheeks that drop forward toward the upper lip, the lower face descending toward the chin, the jowls and drooping of the neck. Threads can also be used for a tummy and butt lift.  Definitely not the same threads used by your seamstress to hem up your pants!

Skin tightening, body contouring and cellulite treatments that utilize radiofrequency have minimal down time and can be performed in combination or as individual treatments.  Dr. Schweitzer utilizes both Plus™ and Body FX™ to contour, lift skin, and improve dimpled cellulite skin.  Body FX™ utilizes radio-frequency energy, deep tissue heating, and suction coupled negative pressure to reduce the unsightly appearance of cellulite leading to improvements in your body contour.  BodyFX™ also attacks fat cells, killing them through a process called apoptosis.  The Plus™ uses fractionated radio-frequency energy to stimulate collagen production leading to an uplifted, firmer and smoother contour of the body.

Mother nature brings us the aging process but she also has given us the gift of regeneration in our own Platelet Rich Plasma.  To turn back the clock, Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is obtained from your own blood.  PRP contains a high concentration of growth factors and active proteins for tissue renewal by stimulating stem cell response which help in growing new collagen, repairing  damaged skin, and to help slow and reverse the signs of aging. Within a few weeks of treatment, an overall improvement in skin hydration, texture and tone can be seen.  Reduction of fine lines, wrinkles and volume correction can also  happen over the next three to six months. The effects of PRP can last 12 months to two years, depending on the individual.   Popular treatment areas include saggy and wrinkled lower eyelids; wrinkled, puckered and aging skin surrounding the mouth, and the drooping neck. PRP can be directly injected into the areas of deficit or it can be combined with micro-needling to increase the benefits of micro-needling.


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Book your next appointment with Dr. Schweitzer:

ProDerm Image – Cosmetic Dermatology
960 South Westlake Blvd., Suite 208
Westlake Village, CA 91361


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