March Newsletter

What is Microneedling? 

Microneedling involves repeatedly puncturing the skin with tiny, sterile needles in order to induce the production of cutaneous collagen and elastin. Collagen induction can improve the texture of skin, including improvements in pore size, fine lines, and acne scarring. Thousands of microscopic channels are created in the skin to increase the formation of new tissue by activating the body’s wound healing process.

Microneedling improves:

  • Pore size
  • Crepey skin
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Collagen production
  • Photodamage
  • Light scarring
  • Skin elasticity

    Most patients see improvement after just one treatment, but additional benefits will be seen after multiple sessions.

Microneedling to the Abdomen

At Facial Aesthetic Concepts, we are always working to bring on the best treatments to treat our patients' need.

Our most recent innovation is Microneedling to the abdomen

When we paired this treatment with TNS Recovery Complex and Retinol Smoothing Body treatment, the crepiness almost disappeared.

This image is 3 weeks post treatment with continuous use of both products, after just ONE treatment.

This treatment is performed by our estheticians in all 3 of our offices.
Call now to learn more or set up your complimentary consultation 
(949) 612 2237 


February Specials!


 

*Specials valid until February 28, 2019. Lip filler special valid until February 14, 2019. Terms and Conditions Apply*

Goodbye Sun Spots
It is the perfect time to take advantage of our great promotion to treat your sun spots now with either of these treatments, while the days are still cloudy and cool! 

IPL/PHOTOFACIAL

Without damaging the skin, the light penetrates through the skin and is absorbed by the abnormally dilated vessels or pigmentation. The heat impairs the vessel or lesion, or breaks down pigmentation, and the body begins its natural healing process while tightening, removing brown discoloration, spider veins, redness and improving skin texture

 

What is the difference between tone and texture? Skin tone is the evenness of the skin color - sun spots, blotches, redness, etc.; while skin texture is the condition of the surface of the skin - smoothness, pore size, fine lines, etc. IPL works best to improve skin tone, additional treatment such as microneedling can be applied to even greater improve skin texture. IPL requires no downtime and you can return to work the same day!  


Most patients see a significant improvement after just one treatment but see additional benefits in multiple sessions.  Follow up treatments may be required to maintain results.

 

FRACTIONAL CO2

Fractional CO2 is a popular laser treatment for the skin that has been shown to dramatically diminish wrinkles and improve sun damage with minimal downtime. The fractional CO2 laser energy heats and vaporizes layers of the skin to remove brown spots and sun damage while it heats the dermis tostimulate new collagen and elastin to reduce lines and wrinkles. This very popular treatment at FAC can be performed in conjunction with the TCA acid peel or photo facial for accentuated results.

Before the Fractional C02 treatment, a numbing cream will be applied to the treatment area to minimize discomfort. Oral sedation is also available at the patient’s request. The skin will feel very warm during the treatment with a mild sunburn sensation lasting for about 2 - 4 hours directly after treatment. Over the next few days there will be some inflammation, the skin will bronze and start to flake within 3 days. Post treatment products are given to ensure comfort and rapid healing. Most patients heal fully within 7-10 days.  

Along with your treatment, we provide a complimentary facial with our medical esthetician to ensure proper post treatment rejuvenated skin.


New Year, New Skin

*Promotions Valid until January 31, 2019. Terms and Conditions Apply*

NANOFRACTIONAL

An award winning, breakthrough treatment offering great results with no-surgery, little to no downtime, and no pain. 

In the last decade, there has been progressive innovation in non-surgical treatments to improve skin tone, quality, texture and rejuvenate the skin’s appearance.  There is always a balancing act between effectiveness, downtime, and patient discomfort. 

Generally, the more downtime, the more effective the treatment but also, the more downtime, the more discomfort.  NanoFractional technology bridges a gap between these three aspects of aesthetic treatments offering little to no downtime, no pain, and a great result. 

Our General Manager, Chris, recently had a treatment and was thrilled with the experience. “Being in aesthetics for the last 15 years I have seen and had many different treatments.  I was amazed that the NanoFractional RF was completely comfortable and produced a great response in my skin.  My skin was a little red after the treatment, but I resumed normal activities immediately and my skin felt tighter and smoother the next morning.  I’ve not seen this combination of no downtime, no discomfort, and an immediate tightening of the skin in any other treatment.”

NanoFractional RF uses tiny needles, less than 1mm, to deliver multi polar radio frequency energy and Pulsed Electro Magnetic Fields to produce uniform heating in the skin’s surface.  This heating stimulates the skin to produce collagen and elastin fibers, resulting in smoother, firmer skin that looks noticeably more youthful. 

The treatment is really a combination of microneedling and radio frequency skin rejuvenation.  Combining technologies has proven to create a more effective treatment and as such we have added not only NanoFractional RF to our portfolio but also are combining this with IPL treatment to address not only skin texture and tightness but also reduce pigmentation and redness in the skin.  We call this our Tone and Texture NanoFractional or TNT NanoFractional. 

“Our ability to improve skin quality, tone, and texture is continually improving with innovative new treatments.  NanoFractional RF technology represents an outstanding improvement in what we are able to accomplish without discomfort and little to no downtime.” FAC Founder, Dr. Richard Gangnes

 


3 Ways to Restore Your Youthful Appearance

3 Treatments to Shed Years Off Your Skin

NanoFractional-RF (NFRF)  

NanoFractional is a non-surgical procedure designed to smooth and tighten the skin with no downtime.  The procedure delivers radiofrequency energy using microneedles to heat and stimulate the skin.  The procedure is very comfortable and  targets superficial fine lines and wrinkles by stimulating the skin to rebuild collagen and elastin.  NanoFractional is very effective at improving skin texture and firmness. 


Dynamic Variable Depth RF (DVDRF)

DVDRF is similar to NanoFractional, as it uses microneedling with to deliver radiofrequency energy to the skin. Where the two technologies are different are in the depth of the skin that is targeted and the energy that can be delivered.  DVDRF uses variable treatment depth and energy to customize treatment parameters to each individual patient.  Because we are able to treat the skin at greater depths we can also treat body areas with DVDRF.  

SIMILARITIES 

        Both NanoFractional and DVDRF...
        - Involve microneedling to deliver RF
        - Stimulate collagen and elastin production
        - Improve skin texture – pore size, fine lines, acne scaring
        - PRP can be topically applied with either procedure

        DIFFERENCES
       - NFRF is a set depth of 0.5mm, while DVD ranges in depths between 0.5mm-3.0mm.
         - NFRF requires no downtime.
        - NFRF is performed in a series, DVDRF is typically a single treatment
        - DVDRF can be used on the body

Fillers
Restylane and Defyne

Restylane is a hyaloronic acid formulated gel similar to that of your bodies natural hyaluronic acid production to add volume and fullness to your skin in order to correct moderate to severe wrinkles, specifically targeting the nasolabial folds and marionette lines typically referred to as smile or parenthesis lines that form around your mouth.

Defyne targets deep nasolabial folds and marionette lines in order to restore a more youthful you, while maintaining a natural look. As you age you skin gets lose begins to lose its hold slowly causing these lines around your mouth to become more prominent.

Valid until December 31, 2018 - or while supplies lasts.

Terms and Conditions Apply.

 

 


3 Tips to Get Holiday Ready

 

*Valid until December 31, 2018. Terms and Conditions Apply. Promotions cannot be combined.

Holiday Prep

Look great in time for your holiday events with the following treatments! Whether you need to lose the wrinkles and pigmentation or add some volume, stimulate collagen, and improve skin completion. Learn more about some of the treatments we offer to help you and our holiday promotions to get you ready for all our events:

Smooth
Fine and wrinkles appear without notice and can make us appear older than we feel. The aging of our skin can be in the form of wrinkles, pigmentation, and sagging skin. This caused by the natural aging process, though the environment can play a role in speeding up our aging process. If you need to stimulate some collagen and elastin in your skin some the treatments below are a great start to get your ready for the holidays. We have provided an expected amount of time you will need to let your skin heal for each of the procedures listed to ensure you schedule your treatment with enough time to spare for your holiday event!

Microneedling

During the treatment tiny micro-channels are created in the skin to stimulate new cell and collagen production, smoothing out contour irregularities and reducing discoloration left from previous breakouts. The skin heals very quickly, closing the micro-channels within the first day. A small amount of sloughing may occur post treatment for up to a week, but with moisturizer it is barely visible. Treatments are done in a series 4-6 weeks apart with appropriate homecare in between. They can be done alone or even combined with other treatments to enhance the results. Microneedling treatment is virtually painless with little to no downtime. Contact us for a complimentary consultation to see if Microneedling is the right treatment for you!

Benefits:  Microneedling is a no downtime procedure that can dramatically improve the appearance of the skin and quality of both skin tone and texture.  It allows for potent topical products to be delivered deeper into the skin to stimulate collagen and elastin creation.

*You may experience redness for a few days to follow, but make-up can be applied after 24 hours if needed. 

NanoFractional

Nanofractional RF uses tiny needles, less than 1mm, to deliver multi polar radio frequency energy and Pulsed Electro Magnetic Fields to produce uniform heating in the skin’s surface.  This heating stimulates the skin to produce collagen and elastin fibers, resulting in smoother, firmer skin that looks noticeably more youthful.

The treatment is really a combination of microneedling and radio frequency skin rejuvenation.  Combining technologies has proven to create a more effective treatment and as such we have added not only Nanofractional RF to our portfolio but also are combining this with IPL treatment to address not only skin texture and tightness but also reduce pigmentation and redness in the skin. We call this our Tone and Texture NanoFractional or TNT NanoFractional.

“Our ability to improve skin quality, tone, and texture is continually improving with innovative new treatments. NanoFractional RF technology represents an outstanding improvement in what we are able to accomplish without discomfort and little to no downtime.” Founder Dr. Richard Gangnes

Benefits: This procedure combines the benefits of microneedling with radio frequency heating of the skin. The treatment if very comfortable and offers exceptional results with little to no downtime.  Skin feels and appears tighter after the first treatment with results continuing to improve over several months.  The treatment is safe for all skin types.

  • 1-3 days post treatment
  • Mild sunburn sensation with redness
  • Avoid exercising and make-up for 24 hours
  • 1-2 weeks avoid prolonged sun exposure

Fractional CO2

The Fractional CO2 is typically a one time treatment to diminish wrinkles and improve sun damage with minimal downtime. A laser with fractional technology, meaning its treats portions of the skin while keeping portions of the skin intact. It targets fine lines/wrinkles, sun damage, and melasma. The fractional CO2 laser energy heats up the tissue at the level of the dermis to stimulate new collagen and elastin and break up pigmentation.

Benefits: It is an exceptional treatment to improve the texture and quality of the skin.  It is an excellent treatment option for brown spots, melasma, and finer lines and wrinkles. It does not have a substantial impact on redness, facial tightening, or deeper lines and wrinkles. Most people will see results and meet their expectations with one treatment, but those with more problematic skin features may require additional treatments. It is a very popular procedure at FAC and can be performed in conjunction with the TCA acid peel for accentuated results.

*Expect up to 14 days to let your skin heal

  • Avoid prolonged sun exposure
  • Skin will be flaking
  • Mild to moderate swelling
  • Redness and bronzing will fade into a light pinkness to the skin
  • Itching and dryness is common and can be alleviated with a cool compress

Contour 
Youthful contours are created by restoring the skins underlying structure, that has been diminished by the aging process. We use a variety of non-surgical treatments to rebuild the underlying structure returning natural facial contours. One of the most popular treatments to bring your youthful contours back are Botox and Fillers.

Botox and Fillers

FAC uses more Botox and filler than anyone in Orange County! The most common treatments that produce a remarkable result with little to no downtime. Whether its frown lines, smile lines or just general wrinkles, Botox and fillers smooth the signs of 'maturity' and keep you looking great. Botox can take anywhere between 7-14 days to notice full results, and while filler can remain a bit swollen immediately after injection and take time to settle.

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Clarify
Exfoliation and regenerating skin therapies can produce a dramatic brightening of the skin and an evening of the overall skin tone. If you find yourself needing a last minute skin pick-me-up we offer express facial and great products that work to help maintain the health of your skin.

Unprotected skin will be more prone to the development of pigmentation and sagging skin. In order to fight the signs of aging on your face a good skin care routine is important. While facials are good in getting that extra depth of a cleaning and providing better results instant result, your at home skin care routine is just as important. How you care for your skin at home is what you do to protect your skin everyday, while facials are typically done monthly.

Notice your skin isn't as bright and healthy as you would like it to be for the holidays? Here are some of our Express Facials to help you get your skin feeling and looking refreshed.

 

FACe Express Clean

  • This treatment is designed for those needing a quick extraction appointment. Great for maintenance between facials or for those who need extractions often.
  • Cleansing with steam, extractions and finishing products.

FACe Express Glow

  • A quick way to brighten and refresh the skin with no downtime. Combines exfoliating and stimulating benefits of a glycolic peel with collagen, lightening mask to instantly plump and brighten the skin.
  • Double cleanse, hydrating hand mitts, peel pass, collagen mask, hand massage, finishing products

FACe Express Microdermabrasion

  • Focuses on exfoliating away dead cells to reveal smoother, brighter skin immeediately. Multiple treatments can improve superficial acne scares, pore size, and reduce the appearance of fine lines.
  • Cleansing, microderm, tone, treatment mask, hand massage, and finishing products
Products

Regenerating Skin Nectar with TriHex Technology

  • Enhances healthy skin by helping to clear damage and debris in the extracellular matrix
  • Helps support the skin’s natural ability to produce new, healthy elastin and collagen
  • Great product recommended for post-procedure to enhance the healing process and results of your procedure.

Restorative Skin Complex with TriHex Technology

  • Helps support the skin’s natural ability to produce new, healthy elastin and collagen
  • Improves the appearance of thinning skin, fine line, and wrinkles
  • Potent antioxidants help protect the skin from further damage
  • Helps even skin tone
  • High antioxidant activity is designed to calm the skin and reduce the appearance of redness

LUMIVIVE System
The dual system works together to protect skin and increase cellular turn over. Protecting during the day and recovering at night from pollution and blue light, which cause premature skin aging. This offers brighter, less inflamed skin that is more even in skin tone and texture. Using One pump day and night, LUMIVIVE includes the day and night system and comes in a 3 month supply.

  • LUMIVIVE Day is a groundbreaking blend of rich antioxidants to create a “dermal bio-layer” on the surface of the skin. This provides a physical barrier between your skin and harmful pollutants, free-radicals, ozone, and blue light. The best part about it is you can continue with daily activities, even working up a sweat, without needing to reapply!
  • LUMIVIVE Night is a revitalizing repair complex that does the hard work for you while you sleep. Just as we need sleep to recharge our mind and body, our skin needs time to restore. LUMIVIVE Night detoxifies the skin from the overexposure during the day and induces a rapid healing process on a cellular level.

F.A.Q about Dr. Boeckmann


Is Dr. Boeckmann Board Certified?

Boeckmann is actually double board certified. He is certified in head and neck surgery by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology.

 

Did You Know?

Dr. Boeckmann achieved the highest score in the country on his facial plastic surgery board exam

 

How long has Dr. Boeckmann been a surgeon?

Dr. Boeckmann has been a practicing surgeon since 2012. In his first year of practice he trained and worked with Dr. Gangnes mastering his surgical techniques performing hundreds of cases together.

 

How long has Dr. Boeckmann been with FAC?

Boeckmann has been with us since 2013. He completed his fellowship training under Dr. Gangnes through UCI and joined FAC full time.


An inside look into the consultation process with Dr. Boeckmann

 

The consultation is the most important time when considering facial plastic surgery. It is an individualized process that allows the patient not only to relay aesthetic concerns, but to establish comfort with your surgeon.  I like to consider the consultation as a journey I take together with my patients.  It is a learning process for both of us.  I am learning about their goals and concerns and patients learn about the underlying causes of aesthetic concerns and the various options we offer to correct them.

When I consult with new patients I like to have them look into a mirror and I ask them to “Show me what bothers you.”  This process allows us to have an open discussion about their greatest concerns and me the opportunity to explain what is causing the things that “bother” my patient. 

"I use personal photographs of my patients to help define our surgical goals and to provide me an example of the desired outcome.  I use the photos not only during the consultation, but also within surgery as a visual map of what I am going to achieve." Dr. Jacob Boeckmann

I like my patients to bring in personal photos from younger years to help us identify changes that have occurred in the aging process and more importantly, the photos help to define our goals from a surgical procedure.  If you look to the photos to the left, a mother and daughter comparison with similar features, one thing we notice is the jowl begins to sag on the mother comparing the photos one goal may be to return to the younger image when she didn't have a sagging jowl.

"My objective is to return what once was when the patient was younger, not to change what is there." Dr. Jacob Boeckmann

After we have discussed the concerns and underlying causes of those concerns, we have a detailed discussion about the treatment options that will create the greatest improvement.  We will also have a candid discussion about desires, timing, and budget.  The more we discuss during our consultation the more comfortable my patients become, and, the better I am able to provide a service that exceeds expectations.

If you have ever thought about getting a procedure, take the first step and come in for a consultation to become informed and comfortable with the options available.

The best outcomes are in patients that are well informed with realistic expectations.  At FAC our team makes every effort to inform and support our patients throughout the surgical process.  There is a reason we have been voted the Best Cosmetic Surgery Center in Orange County for 11 years.

 


October Newsletter - 3 Ways CoolSculpting Just Got Better and Your Eyes CAN Lie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Promotions valid until 10/31/18, Terms and Conditions Apply.

 

3 ways CoolSculpting just got better

CoolSculpting is a great treatment for those stubborn fat areas that are hard to lose. Even if you work out and eat right you may still notice stubborn fat. It is FDA Cleared, a non-surgical, and has little to no downtime. Patients may see results after just one session, and continue to see better results after each session as you look to the images on the right as an example. The CoolSculpting treatment was born when it was realized cold can selectively affect and eliminate fat cells without damaging the skin or surrounding tissue. CoolSculpting can be treated in various areas, we recommend you come in for a complimentary consultation and have on of our providers assess your concerned areas in order to provide you with the most beneficial treatment plan to achieve your goals. We recommend you be able to pinch an inch of fat in order to receive this treatment, as we often notice some patients concerns tend to be lose skin, in that case we also provide tightening treatments that one of our provides could recommend.

At Facial Aesthetic Concepts we offer you the ability to Dual Sculpt, this is being able to treat two areas at one time. We have 4 systems, 9 different applicators to treat your different areas of concerns. Some of the areas we are able to treat with different applicators are Stomach, Arms, Chin, Flanks, and Thighs. Dual sculpting is another way we reduce your treatment time by being able to treat both sides at once, if Dual Sculpting is applicable to the area you want treated. The image below shows the way the dual sculpting can be applied to your body. You also have the option to earn points through Brilliant Distinctions!

 

Shorter Treatment Times Just 35 min.

The treatment times are cut down to nearly half the time of our original CoolSculpting treatments from 60 minutes to 35 minutes. The reason for this is due to the cup design of the CoolAdvantage and the colder temperature it reaches. With the CoolAdvantage the temperatures get to the target quicker than before. This is a huge benefit for those who have busy schedules

Greater Patient Comfort

During a study population Patients report 45% improvement in comfort scores during treatment with the CoolAdvantage applicator, along with a reduction in bruising.

Better Results

With the CoolAdvantage more tissue is able to be treated, as the new design provides a larger cooling area. With the previous cup design the center of the area being treated wasn’t as effective in targeting the whole fat that is within the cup, as the CoolAdvantage is able to target. If you look at the images to the right the lines provide a visual to the areas that weren’t being treated previously to the areas that are being targeted with the CoolAdvantage.

 

 

Your Eyes CAN Lie!

No other facial feature can misrepresent your “inner cheer” more than your eyes.  The eyes can tell the story of a person without saying a word and can be one of the most attractive qualities about a person. 

Unfortunately, sometimes the story being told by your eyes may not be true. 

Have you ever been asked, “is something wrong,” or told you look “tired” when neither of those is true?  This can be due to the changes that occur in the structure of the bone and tissue surrounding the eyes. 

As we age, changes in bony structures and the fat beneath our skin result in what we perceive as aging and the dreaded “tired” eyes.  The good news is that several easy options are available to restore the contours that give a refreshed looking appearance to the eyes.

There are three different means of improving the eyes skin, fat, and/or anatomy of the upper and lower eyelids. 

UPPER EYELIDS

The upper eyelids are a key culprit producing the appearance of sad and tired eyes.  The fat surrounding the eye itself is lost in the aging process, and this volume loss causes sagging of the skin of the eyebrow area and the upper lid itself. 

Fat transfer is an innovative non-surgical procedure that uses your own fat, harvested from the thigh or buttocks, injected with a microcannula to precisely target areas of fat and bone loss and restore ideal contours of the upper eyelid.  In certain patients, the heaviness of the upper eyelid skin cannot be corrected with non-surgical means. 

Upper eyelid blepharoplasty is a minor procedure in which a small ellipse of skin is removed from the upper eyelid to improve the eye contour and correct the “heaviness” that can be seen in some eyelids. 

 

LOWER EYELIDS Unfortunately, the lower eyelids have a wider variety of causes for the signs of aging.  The bone of the lower portion of the orbital rim, the eye socket, loses volume which can change the position of the fat pad beneath the eye, and the fat pad can even become herniated.  The change in the position of the lower eye lid fat produces what we call “bags” under our eyes. In some cases, the skin beneath the eye is the underlying cause of “bags” and wrinkles beneath the eye.  Because this is found to be so prevalent, we created a very unique procedure, the Lower Lid Pinch, to address just the skin beneath the eyes.  It involves using a medication to free the skin from the underlying fat and muscle, allowing us to “pinch” the skin that will be removed and remove a very small ellipse of skin, resulting in a smooth lower eyelid contour. When the goal is to correct the contours of the lower eyelid, we will usually recommend the Trans Lower Lid Blepharoplasty.  This unique procedure uses no visible incision to access and reposition the fat pad of the lower eyelid.  The resulting change in fat position creates a smooth, natural appearance of the eyes.    
Take the first step to learn more. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Boeckmann or Dr. Gangnes.  We will ask you to bring in photos of yourself from your 20’s, 30’s, and 40’s so that we can focus on the goal of restoring your youthful appearance. 

PROCEDURE OPTIONS

  • Fat Transfer
    • Non-surgical
    • Little to no downtime
    • Natural, effective contours
    • Long lasting
  • Thermage Eyes
    • Non-surgical
    • No downtime
    • Great for upper eyelids
  • Upper Eyelid Blepharoplasty
    • Minor procedure
    • Only local anesthesia needed
    • Corrects tired, sad eyes
  • Trans Lower Eyelid Blepharoplasty
    • Minor procedure
    • Only local anesthesia needed
    • Excellent correction of “bags”


Kiss Those Sun Spots Goodbye

 

Offers valid until 9.30.18. Terms and Conditions Apply.

Kiss Those Sun Spots Goodbye

By: Nikki Bahash Reynolds

Despite our best efforts, we can all spend a little too much time in the sun, especially during the summer in southern California. That sun exposure can cause discoloration in the skin, breaking down of collagen and elastin and is the leading cause of premature aging. Wearing a good form of sun protection whether it's clothing or sunblock is very important, but it still doesn’t completely eliminate UV radiation from penetrating the skin, and that cumulative build up of damage will manifest itself,  sometimes years later. At Facial Aesthetic Concepts we offer a range of treatments and products that work t

o reverse and repair damage caused by UV radiation.

One of

the biggest concerns most people have is skin discoloration or hyperpigmentation. This happens w

hen our melanocytes, or pigment producing cells, produce more pigment in specific areas than others. Sometimes this increase in pigment production is temporary, like a tan or a brown spot left over after a bur

n or injury to the skin. This pigment production is part of the skin’s defense mechanism.

 

Our skin tans to try to protect from UV radiation or other injuries, and those with naturally darker skin tend to be more reactive or sensitive to this. This pigment production is from a specific event and will fade as the trigger is gone and our skin naturally sheds those pigmented cells, or we can expedite that process by exfoliating. There are other types of hyperpigmentation that are more long lasting or temperamental. Melasma is characterized by larger, darker patches of pigment. This can manifest on different areas of the face and body and is usually triggered internally (by hormones /genetics) and can be made worse by heat, inflammation or injury and sun exposure. Other forms of sundamage like solar lentigens (flat brown spots) or poikiloderma (reddish-brown  pigmentation) is caused from repetitive exposure where damage cumulatively builds and results in discoloration of the skin. This type of discoloration, if untreated, will remain or worsen and not fade with natural exfoliation.

Once pigment is produced in the skin the only way to eliminate it is by removing the pigmented cells. We can do this by exfoliating with home products like acids and retinols or with stronger chemical peels, light therapies (IPL) and lasers (Fractional CO2). The deeper the pigment is, the more exfoliation or resurfacing you have to do to get it all off. The problem with long term sun damage and melasma is that the pigment is very deep, and the melanocytes are primed to just keep over producing pigment in that area. So essentially if all you’re doing is exfoliating; you are fighting a losing battle. That’s where lighteners come in.

Lighteners work with the melanocytes to regulate and normalize pigment production. That way if you exfoliate some existing pigment off, you’re not just making some more right in its place. Hydroquinone is a very popular and effective lightener, and there are many other effective natural lightening ingredients, like Niacinamide, Kojic Acid, Emblica, Vit. C, etc. We offer many amazing lightening products like  Lytera 2.0, Even Tone Pads, Lightening Complex Rx and Ultra Lightening Complex Rx. All of these on their own will work to lighten pigment at the source, but it’s important to remember you still have to take off the existing pigment the reveal the lighter, more evenly toned skin underneath. So many people give up when they don’t see instant changes, even though the product is working underneath. For the best and fastest results, pretreat with a lightener and then do a recommended resurfacing treatment to take off existing pigment.  Continue to use the lightener to maintain results and prevent future damage. Using a lightener once is not a cure to hyperpigmentation; it is a treatment and must continue to be used to be effective, just like SPF or taking a vitamin. It only works when you use it! And you must still protect your skin with protective clothing and sunblock.

To find out what lightening product and treatment combination is best suited for you call our offices to set up a complimentary consultation with one of our providers, and check out our promos for a great deal on Lytera 2.0!

How To Lose Stubborn Fat and Tighten Skin

With summer coming to an end and the winter season approaching, a season of eating and layering clothing, you don’t have to lose your summer body. Take advantage of our offers for the following treatments to get your body started on looking the way you would like, with NO downtime.

We often have patients come in thinking they need to lose fat, when really the most dramatic improvement can be achieved by tightening skin.  A consultation to assess concerns and identify goals can help you gain an understanding of the underlying cause(s) of your concerns and the options available that can provide the most dramatic improvement.  We offer complimentary consultations with our medical professionals.  Whether you are interested in contouring stubborn fat pockets or tightening loose and crepey skin, we have the solutions that will get you the result you are seeking.

CoolSculpting is the most popular non-surgical body contouring treatment in the country.  We are in the top 150 practices in the country with Allergan, and this treatment has the highest level of patient satisfaction of any treatment we offer. Our variable contour applicators allow us to customize our treatments for sculpting patient curves and reaching stubborn fat areas. With no downtime and outstanding results call today to start your body contouring, with a free consultation.

Pellefirm and Thermage use radio frequency energy to tighten the skin of the body and face.  Remarkable results can be seen with just one treatment.  Tighter skin of the tummy, thighs, arms, and face is possible with no downtime.  Crepey loose skin can be smoothed by stimulating collagen production and tightening your skin naturally.

Thermage Eyes is a unique treatment that specifically focuses on the skin of the Upper Eyelids.  The treatment uses a shallow depth heating with radio frequency energy to tighten sagging eyelid skin.
Botox and Fillers are the most common treatments that produce a remarkable result with little to no downtime.  Whether its frown lines, smile lines or just general wrinkles, Botox and fillers smooth the signs of 'maturity' and keep you looking great.
Did you know that FAC uses more Botox and filler than anyone in Orange County?  Our team is highly experienced and will give you the 'look you want'.

 

 


AugustNewsletter - 5 Things You Should Know about Fillers and Sunscreen and the Environment

 

5 Things to Know About Fillers

Injections like Botox and fillers are touted as an effective “quick-fix” with some impressive results achievable if done right.

But there are some important things you should know when you are considering filler treatment.

There’s a lot to consider before diving-in for wrinkle reduction or “Brotox” (yes, it’s a thing), so we’re going to explore the pointy-end so you can make an informed decision…
How Long Do Dermal Fillers Last? Up To 3 Years, But…
It all depends on the type of dermal filler you choose.

According to recent statistics ( https://www.aad.org/public/diseases/cosmetic-treatments/fillers#faqs ) , this is how long the most common types of fillers last:
- Juvederm – up to 12 months
- Voluma – up to 24 months
- Restylane – up to 9 months
- Radiesse – up to 24 months
- Fat Transfer – 1-3 years with some permanence

With so many options, how do you choose?
The good news is that you don’t have to.  The appropriate choice of filler depends, to a large degree, upon your anatomy and the area being treated.

For example, when we want to restore volume lost in the aging process we often use either Voluma or fat transfer to restore facial contours with outstanding control due to the thickness of the product and its placement within the skin.

If we are looking to enhance the lips we often choose a softer, more delicate product like Volbella.

The family of Allergan fillers now offers Vycross technology which cross links hyaluronic acid molecules to dramatically improve the longevity of the product.  Results can now last up to two years.

Although each patient is unique, certain types of fillers are generally used in specific areas:

Juvederm – folds and creases around the mouth

Voluma – midface contour restoration

Volbella – superficial lines and wrinkles or delicate areas
What is the best filler?
There are a myriad of options available in the market today so it is easy to be confused about which product is really the best.  At Facial Aesthetic Concepts we only use the Juvederm family of fillers, manufactured by Allergan, and the Restylane family of fillers, manufactured by Merz Aesthetics.  We have found that they offer the best mix of safety, patient satisfaction, and longevity.
What should I avoid?
Longevity is one of the cornerstones of what patients want.  They don’t want to have to continue getting injections in order to maintain their youthful contours.  This has led to the development of some ‘permanent’ and ‘semi-permanent’ fillers.  We at FAC are opposed to using any permanent fillers.

The body is constantly changing and despite our use of products to reverse the signs of aging Father Time marches on.  When permanent products are used they do not allow for adjustment that may be necessary as aging continues to change the anatomy and facial structure.
How much filler do I need? Will I look ‘weird’?
Each patient is different in what they need.  It is important to have a comprehensive assessment with the medical provider that will be performing your treatment, not a sales consultant.

At FAC, our assessments include a review of photographs of you in younger years to compare your facial contours and identify the changes that have occurred in the aging process.

One of the most common concerns with filler treatment, particularly multiple syringes is if it will look natural or 'overdone'.  Experienced providers will use 2-5 syringes on patients and achieve a very natural and more youthful look.  That may seem like a lot to inject but keep in mind that each 1cc syringe is approximately 1/5 of one teaspoon of liquid.  That amount is very small so the best possible outcome will usually require more than one syringe.  When performed well this results in a natural, rested appearance that restores years without anyone knowing.

Remember:  Everyone will notice, but no one will know.

unscreen is important in preventing & protecting against the harmful ultraviolet rays, UVB & UVA. UVB rays penetrate shallowly into the skin contributing to sunburns. UVA rays penetrate more deeply and will cause premature aging, and both UVA & UVB ray contribute to causing skin cancer. Sunscreens that protect against both UVA & UVB are called Broad Spectrum sunscreens. Fun Fact, SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor & lets you know how much UVB protection a product provides against sunburn.

There are two categories of sunscreens on the market: Physical & Chemical. Physical (mineral based) sunscreens contain zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, and when applied to the skin they deflect, or block, harmful UV rays. Chemical sunscreens contain organic (carbon based) compounds like oxybenzone, octinoxate, octisalate & avobenzone. They work by changing UV rays into heat, then releasing that heat from the skin, essentially filtering out specific UV rays. Now it is important to note that’s all of these ingredients are approved by the FDA and are deemed safe for use.

How can you tell if you are using a banned or environmentally friendly sunscreen? Look at the back of your sunscreen bottle at the active ingredients listing; if the listing contains oxybenzone and octinoxate then it is not environmentally friendly & should left at home on your next trip to the beach. Don’t worry; there is an array of environmentally friendly sunblocks available out there in a variety of shades, SPF and finishes, and we offer many at Facial Aesthetic Concepts.

Remember, sunscreen is important! It keeps you healthy & looking young!!