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Who performs the procedures does make a difference...
Sometimes during the consulation my patients tell me that they had Thermage several years ago with little visible improvement. Upon further questioning it becomes clear that the procedure was not performed by a Board Certified Dermatologist or Plastic Surgeon. These non-surgical lifts can be performed by nurses and nurse practitioners. Generally speaking these non-MDs are more conservative and results are less consistent.
At Forever Young the Thermacool/Thermage procedure is performed by Dr. A. David Rahimi and with the aid of mild sedation.
In fact, we sit our patients up half-way during the procedure and show them the immediate tightening of the skin. The third generation hand pieces and the new upgraded machine are better than ever.
Read this if you ar not ready for a conventional cutting facelift.
Thermage, or Thermacool, is one modality often used to tighten the skin and underlying structures. Five years later and having performed hundreds of procedures I have learned to perfect the technique. I sometimes hear from patients that their friends had a Thermage procedure with no visible results. Upon further examination it becomes evident that the procedure was done not by a board certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon, but by a nurse at a mall. Performing Thermage is an art. There is a delicate balance between visible and long lasting results and diappointment or possible side effects.
The eyes are usually the first part of the face to show the signs of againg. I am often asked about treatments for dark circles and hollowness under the eyes. Every patient is different and so are the causes for dark circles and puffiness. Some patients have a genetic predisposition that manifests dark circles under their eyes. This is seen more often in patients with a darker skin complexion. Eczema and chronic rubbing of the eyes can also contribute to the problem. Yet for others, the cause is prominent blood vessels in the deeper planes of the orbital complex. Skin laxity and wrinkles cause the eyes to appear sunken and aged. For any of these instances, you have several treatment options...
Tuesday, April 24. 2007
My practice is in Southern California and a large percentage of my patients have a darker skin complexion. Asian and African American patients with a history of keloids or unsightly scars are often hesitant to have a facelift.
Often I'm asked--in regards to the sagging of the jowels and neck area--if there is a more conservative approach one can take: a solution not requiring "any cutting". Here is the answer...