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Category : Darker Skin
Thursday, October 13. 2011
Some physicians shy away from treating Hispanics, Asians, and African Americans because their skin heals differently than those with white or European skin. African American skin is prone to developing thick and unsightly scars and Hispanic and Asian post-op patients can develop light or dark skin discolorations.
These risks often prompt less-experienced physicians to discourage patients with darker skin tones from seeking laser treatments, chemical peels or cosmetic surgery. This isn't the case at with Dr. Rahimi and the Forever Young clinic.
With over 10 years of conducting and perfecting his treatments in such ethnically diverse cities as Washington D.C., New York, and now LA, Dr. Rahimi has become an expert in treating dark and olive-skin complexions. The following procedures have been tailored by Dr. Rahimi to specifically treat darker and olive skin tones. All of these treatments are minimally invasive, requiring only local anesthesia and minimal sedation. What's more, when the treatments are done in combination with each other, the results are far greater than when one treatment is done alone.
Chemical peels improve irregular color and fade deep lines. A superficial chemical peel removes the top skin cell layers, eliminating dead skin, tightening pores, and producing new collagen and elastic fibers. Recovery takes about seven to 10 days. Results may not be completely evident for up to a year but will last for many years.
Manual Epidermal Dermabrasion (MED) works to diminish fine lines, wrinkles, traces of acne and pigmentation. A scalpel is used to exfoliate superficial epidermal layer of skin before using a compressor to extract milias, tiny subcutaneous cysts, keratosis, and superficial rough spots. Carbon dioxide mixed with acetone is then applied, creating a "local freezing" that penetrates through the skin and is long-lasting. The procedure immediately refines and tightens the skin and promotes new collagen synthesis that lasts for weeks.
Commercial fillers and fat transfers can be used to smooth out lines in the skin or lips. Commercial fillers include Restylane, a naturally occurring substance in the body that is based on non-animal hyaluronic acid. Restylane dissolves safely and naturally within the body over time. The longevity of the results depends on many factors such as the structure of the skin, lifestyle and age, as well as on the degree of perfection sought. The fat transfer technique involves removing fat from one part of the body, such as the thigh, and painlessly injecting it into the treated area. Excess fat can be frozen for future fat transfer procedures (Forever Young has a licensed & State approved Tissue Bank). The results from both commercial filler and fat transfer procedures last for years.
Thermage CPT is a highly advanced, non surgical technique used to achieve lasting skin tightening with no down time. This treatment involves heating the skin and underlying structures with radio-frequency followed by external cryogen cooling. The combined effect creates an immediate collagen contraction giving the appearance of tighter, younger skin. The Thermage CPT system is the most effective noninvasive, non-ablative (meaning no injury to the skin and hence no oozing, bleeding, etc.) radio-frequency system available. Improvement appears slowly over weeks as collagen remodels and the skin and underlying structures tighten. Results last from one to two years.
CoolTouch 3 Plus Laser Treatment removes acne scarring gradually and without surgery. This laser treatment is particularly used for deep acne scarring. Unlike other laser treatments, the CoolTouch laser protects the outer skin and sensitive nerve endings with a unique cooling spray while the precise laser pulses light onto the skin to stimulate fibroblasts cells (the cells that produce natural collagen in the skin's foundation). The laser pulses of light penetrate the skin, giving a sensation similar to a slapping of a tight rubber band. Because this is a cellular process, the results of the CoolTouch 3 Plus Laser Treatment happen over a period of months. Multiple treatments are encouraged.
This mini-facelift procedure has been personally developed and patented by Dr. Rahimi himself. Dr. Rahimi has designed the Tuliplift Facelift to work very well with dark and olive skin tones. The minimally invasive procedure lifts sagging skin and tightens the neckline. And because the Tuliplift Facelift is done entirely under the skin, it requires only small incisions and produces a minimal risk of scarring. Patients usually recover within seven to 10 days, and have results that last for years.
And the newest Additions:
Mixto Fractional CO2 laser
(For the treatment of Acne scarring and discolorations)
Clear and Brilliant Laser
(This laser was introduced in 2011 to tone and refine the skin and remove brown spots.)
Read about these procedures under the "Procedures" section. Watch videos and look at dozens of Before and After photographs.