Radiesse® vs Restylane®: What is the Difference?

There are so many cosmetic products on the market today that, quite frankly, it’s easy for a person to get overwhelmed. And what makes the situation more challenging is the fact that there are multiple products that to do virtually the exact same thing. So the question is, how do you distinguish one product from another?

For example, what is the difference between Radiesse® vs Restylane®? Both of these products are dermal fillers, yet each of them is designed to work in a specific area.

Many cosmetic professionals will only use Radiesse® when they are addressing nasolabial folds. When compared to Juvederm® or Restylane®, Radiesse® has been shown to last longer. The downside is that because of the way it is formulated, it needs to be injected deeper into the treated area to produce the desired effects.

Some cosmetic professionals prefer Restylane® because it is a hyaluronic acid filler. Although the gel is made in a laboratory, it is made of a substance that is found naturally in the human skin. The results are softer and more natural.

Something that cosmetic experts and many patients also like about using Restylane® is that its results are reversible. A medical professional can give you an injection, and if you want to change anything about the way your face looks after the injection, the expert can reverse the treatment in a matter of minutes.

Really, you can make a lot of comparisons between the pros and cons of Radiesse® vs Restylane®. However, at the end of the day, it’s up to the cosmetic professional and you as a patient to determine which dermal filler you feel is right for you.

Something that you will see consistently when you talk to cosmetic professionals is that they all agree that both Restylane® and Radiesse® are high-quality products. They have seen positive results in their patients by using these products.

One thing that is more important than the dermal filler that you use is the training and the skill of the cosmetic professional who applies it. In the hands of an untrained surgeon, even the best dermal filler can produce poor results.

At Facial Aesthetic Concepts, our talented, well-trained professionals have the skills and experience to give you amazing results. Working together with our cosmetic experts will help you determine which dermal filler is right for you. We have locations in Rancho Santa Margarita, Aliso Viejo and San Clemente. Contact us today to schedule your consultation to learn more.

Fractional Facial Aesthetic Concepts

What is Fractional CO2?

Are you looking for a way to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, hyperpigmentation and improve your overall look and texture of the skin on your face, neck, or chest?

The field of cosmetic surgery is now able to use advanced tools like ultrasonic waves and laser light to achieve stunning results. Fractional CO2 laser skin resurfacing is one of the best ways to minimize the appearance of wrinkles and other skin imperfections while also encouraging the production of collagen in the skin.

As we and are exposed to years of sun damage and environmental pollutants, the collagen in our skin gets damaged and sometimes destroyed. Collagen is important — it is a protein in our connective tissues that help keep our skin firm, plump and free of lines.

If you have been looking for a non-surgical way to enhance your appearance, then it is a good idea for you to know what Fractional CO2 lasers are, how it works and why it may be a more effective treatment than other methods.

What Is a Fractional CO2 Laser?

A Fractional CO2 laser utilizes a high-energy laser light divided into tiny columns. These columns selectively target tissue while leaving nearby areas undamaged to foster faster healing. The light itself can be altered to selectively target healthy cells, or changed to alter cells in a fashion similar to chemical peels. This allows it to provide varying results designed to effectively rejuvenate the face by removing undesirable tissue.

How Does a Fractional CO2 Laser Work?

The laser light is the main mechanism in a Fractional CO2 laser. It introduces light containing high amounts of energy, which passes through certain cells while transforming into heat. This heat causes a safe destruction of cells at a cellular level. The destruction of these cells is important as it enables the body to regenerate them. Once the old skin cells are affected, new cells will be formed to replace them. New cells equals fresh face!

Why Can Fractional CO2 Laser Treatment Offer Better Results?

Besides the major benefit of reduced healing times, there are a quite a few other benefits that make this treatment more preferable for patients to undergo. These benefits include:

  • Effectively treating skin conditions – Everything from light wrinkles to age spots can be treated with the right Fractional CO2 laser. This can provide lasting rejuvenation to the face with a more overall youthful appearance.
  • Improving blood flow to the skin – The selective damage to the skin encourages blood flow to the face. This can help with numerous conditions, such as minor cases of rosacea and acne. As we know, blood flow encourages healing.
  • Generating new, healthy skin – This treatment can rejuvenate entire areas of your skin. This happens after old, unattractive skin has been affected, which in turn produces an even greater result.
  • Stimulating collagen production – The last major benefit of this treatment is the way that it can stimulate collagen production. This can reverse light to moderate signs of aging while slowing the progression of further lines and wrinkles.
  • Enhancing Skin tone & texture - With resurfacing you skin, you are ultimately helping to rejuvenate your skin tone and texture. Reaffirming that youthful glow.

Contact Us Today

To determine if Fractional CO2 laser treatments can work for you, talk with the our medical experts at FAC. We will schedule a consultation designed to diagnose your skin’s needs. Our providers will form an effective plan for rejuvenating your skin to a healthier state.  Contact us today to book your appointment.

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Pelleve Facial Aestethic Concepts

Benefits of Pelleve Skin Tightening

At FAC, we can help give you tighter, firmer skin without surgery. We offer Pelleve skin tightening treatments to tighten the skin of the face to alleviate wrinkles and fine lines. Pelleve skin tightening is a procedure that involves applying constant and gradual radiofrequency energy to the skin. This energy causes heat to build up where the fat and skin layer meet stimulating collagen production. As you all know, collagen product is something we want to stimulate more as the aging process begins. Think of Pelleve as a wrinkle reduction treatment.

Reduce Signs of Aging

Due to Pelleve helping stimulate collagen production, it improves the appearance of a more youthful-looking skin. One of the reasons people’s skin start to sag as they get older is due to a decrease in collagen production. This is a natural process as we age.

Pelleve also helps reduce the appearance of "crow’s feet" which are wrinkles that develop around the corners of the eyelids. Additionally, Pelleve skin tightening can help reduce the appearance of wrinkles around the corners of the mouth and nose. These wrinkles are often referred to as laugh lines or smile lines.

Long-Lasting Results

Not only does Pelleve deliver amazing results, but the results can last a long time. In fact, the results of Pelleve skin tightening can last more than six months. Visible results are typically noticed after just one treatment. However, some patients require multiple treatments before they get the results they want. Our medical specialists will work with you to determine how many treatments we recommend for optimal results and what works best for your skin type.

It is estimated that 90% of patients continue to see improvements one month after their treatment. 87% of patients continue to see improvement six months after getting Pelleve.

Very Safe Treatment

Pelleve skin tightening was first approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2009. It has been clinically proven to be effective and safe. As a non-invasive procedure, it does not require the use of any needles. The doctor is also not required to make any incisions. The chances of side effects are low if this treatment is administered by a trained health care professional – like our staff at Facial Aesthetic Concepts.

Most patients do not have any pain during or after this procedure. Patients can return to their normal activities after the treatment is completed and enjoy the rest of their day.

Pelleve skin tightening can be performed on all skin colors and types. The amount of time it takes to perform Pelleve skin tightening can vary from patient to patient. However, in many cases, the procedure can be completed in 45 minutes or less.

Get The Most Out Of  Your Pelleve Treatment

Keep in mind, you can also combine other treatmends with Pelleve. A few that work well are Botox, Sculptra, Restylane, Radiesse, and Juvederm for unparalleled results.

While you are at our offices, be sure to talk to one of our estheticians about an at-home skincare regimen.  You want to protect your investment and make sure your results are long lasting.

If you’re ready to turn back the hands of time, contact us today. We’ll help create a customized treatment option suited to your overall needs.


Brow Lift With Facial Aesthetic Concepts

Take Years Off Your Appearance with a Brow Lift

One of the most noticeable signs of aging is sagging skin on the forehead. Excess tissue beneath the skin causes large folds, as well as creases around the eyebrows and on the upper eyelids. Some mature adults often begin to experience these wrinkles if their skin has been damaged from environmental causes. This sagging skin problem can be corrected with a brow lift surgical procedure.

Endoscopic Brow Lifts

At FAC, we perform an endoscopic brow lift. This type of procedure is often recommended if the sagging skin is localized and caused by a buildup of fat or muscle tissue.

A small scope with a camera is inserted, which allows the surgeon to see where the excess tissue is located. The fatty tissue is then removed. In some cases, a small amount of muscle tissue is also removed. This allows the skin to lay flat once it is pulled upward.

How to Prepare for a Brow Lift

We recommend that our patients abstain from alcohol and certain medications for several days prior to the treatment. After the treatment is complete, the head will have to be bandaged. Because a local anesthetic is often used, someone else will have to be present to drive the patient home.

Prior to surgery, patients receive complete instructions on how to care for the skin in the days that follow. In most cases, the discomfort felt after the surgery can be eased simply by applying ice packs to the forehead. We usually prescribe medication, as well.

Benefits of a Brow Lift

This is not a permanent fix for sagging forehead skin, but the results often last for more than two years. If the lift is performed in combination with a facelift procedure, the entire face will become more smooth, with less noticeable wrinkling on the cheeks, jaws and upper neck, as well as on the forehead.

Unlike skin resurfacing techniques, such as chemical peels and plumping fillers, a brow lift smooths out the skin by repositioning it. This is not to be confused with epidermal ablation, however. A brow lift pulls all of the skin layers upward, and this is why the positive results generally last longer.

Schedule Your Consultation Today

With locations in San Clemente, Aliso Viejo and Rancho Santa Margarita, Facial Aesthetic Concepts is committed to providing the best procedures available.

We’ll let you know right away if you are an ideal candidate for this type of cosmetic procedure and what all your options are. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation. Please note that while in your consult and post op, you will get all necessary pre and post operation instructions.

Ear Surgery With FAC

When to Consider Getting Ear Surgery

Otoplasty, or more commonly called ear surgery, is a surgery that can improve ones appearance and take away a insecurity that may have started at a young age. When your appearance is improved, you feel better about yourself. Many people decide to move forward with cosmetic surgical procedures because they know that the benefits are going to be amazing and help change their perspective on life. Let's discuss some of the reasons one would consider ear surgery:

Ears Are Too Large

Most of the time when a person is considering otoplasty, it is because their ears are bothering them to a certain degree. Some may feel that they have overly large ears. When a person has larger ears, they may feel like they don't blend in with everyone else. They may feel like they stick out. Individuals in this situation may have been made fun when they were younger and in school. These moments in life can cause insecurities which may continue to happen to them even when they are adults and in the workforce.

Ears Are Too Small

Another time when a person typically consider ear surgery, is if their ears are very small. While many people feel that having very small ears is a lot easier to hide than larger ears, this does not mean that a person who has very small ears necessarily feels comfortable with their appearance. Many different techniques can be used to increase the size of your ears in order to improve your overall appearance.

Ears Are Disproportionate To Head

If your ears are disproportionate with your head or they feel oddly placed, otoplasty may be right for you.  Or if you have ears that stick out very far, otoplasty can be used in order to pin them back. This is something that many parents consider for children who have ears that stick out very far. The surgery is simple and produces amazing results.

Ears Were Altered Due To Incident

Some individuals were perfectly happy with that ears they were born with. However, because of an accident or an injury, their ears are no longer as attractive as before. An impact may have changed the position or the shape of the ears. Ear surgery can go a long way in improving the shape of your ears.

When you have ears that you feel happy with, you are going to notice a boost in your self-confidence. It is a low-risk procedure with fantastic benefits.  We often get questions about doing an otoplasty on you children, and the answer is this can be done on young children.  When you come in or bring your young child in for a consultation, the Dr. will walk through all the steps and options with you. We will tell you about how this surgery can deliver results that last a lifetime. You will feel confident in your appearance, which will open up many opportunities for you. Contact us today to book an appointment at one of our offices in Rancho Santa Margarita, San Clemente or Aliso Viejo.

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Revilatize with Microdermabrasion

Rejuvenate Dull Skin with Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion is one of the most popular cosmetic skin treatments. This procedure is relatively non-invasive with remarkable results. It eliminates minor skin issues and combats early signs of aging. This treatment promotes the regeneration of new, healthy cells and increased collagen production. It instantly creates a smooth, even-looking complexion with a bright, healthy glow. Best of all, this procedure entails little to no downtime with no side effects.

Problems That Microdermabrasion Can Address

If you have dull, uneven and unhealthy-looking skin or signs of aging, this procedure will brighten your complexion as well as create a more overall youthful appearance. Who doesn't want that?! This treatment addresses dark spots, moderate acne scars, sun damage and clogged pores. It is gentle and a highly effective form of blackhead removal.

How It Works

During microdermabrasion, the treatment polishes away dead cells using amonium oxide crystals which is customizable to your needs and tolerance. After the polishing is complete (dead skin is removed), a light SPF moisturizer is applied to your skin for both protection and hydration. Microdermabrasion treatments can last between 30 minutes to an hour.

Recovery and Aftercare

After your treatment, it's important to minimize exposure to sunlight for the first two weeks due to increased photo-sensitivity. If you go outside, we recommend you wearing a hat as well as a mild, light SPF. Strenuous exercise should also be avoided during the first 24 hours to prevent excessive sweating and skin irritation. Talk to your esthetician to see what skincare regimen will help protect your investment, as well.

Microdermabrasion Results

The best results are often gained after several treatments. Repeat treatments foster an even greater increases in collagen production which address signs of aging (fine lines and wrinkles). Microdermabrasion can also even out skin tone and texture. People often see impressive improvements after five or more microdermabrasion treatments. When purchasing a series of treatments, we recommend them being spaced out two to four weeks apart.  Contact us today to schedule your consultation.

Enhanced Microdermabrasion

We also have an Enhanced Microdermabrasion which combines our exclusive mild chemical peeling agents with a microdermabrasion treatment. This combination provides a much more dramatic result than microdermabrasion alone. EM treatments aid in the reduction of age spots, fine lines and wrinkles.

New Age Peel

New Age Peels provide an even and controlled shedding of damaged skin cells by combining a microdermabrasion and a superficial TCA peel. This pre-peel exfoliation allows the TCA solution to penetrate deeper to damaged skin cells within the upper dermis. We vary and customize the depth of our TCA peels to the specific condition of your skin and results you are looking for. This procedure involves painting an acid solution on the skin. Due to the exfoliation and regeneration of the skin, you will experience some post treatment discoloration and sloughing. You can expect this to continue for 4-7 days following your treatment.

When you schedule your consultation, you will learn which treatment is best for you via one of our estheticians. Also, feel free to ask any questions you may have below. We will have one of our providers answer them for you.

IPL Therapy for Skin Rejuvenation

Here at Facial Aesthetic Concepts, we offer many non-invasive, non-surgical options that can help treat your concerns. One of these options is Intense Pulsed Light Therapy, or IPL, also referred to as photofacial or photorejuvenation.

IPL uses pulses of light to concentrate treatment directly on the areas that need improvement or correction, without any damage to surrounding skin. This means there is no downtime following treatment with little to no side effects.

IPL Therapy can help reduce or correct redness from rosacea and sun damage, such as age spots. The treatment can also minimize large pores, decrease scars as well as fine lines and wrinkles. This technique is an excellent option that will result in significant, visible improvement (generally after three to five sessions total). The heat generated during treatment works to stimulate the upper layers of your skin and increase the production of natural collagen.  Any time that collagen is stimulate, it creates healthier, firmer, and younger-looking skin.

The process of IPL Therapy is very simple and easily performed by one of our trained medical professionals in any one of our three locations. Prior to treatment, you will need to have a consult with one of our doctors to determine if this is a good option for you.

How To Prepare

Because this type of therapy uses pulses of light, you will wear protective goggles during treatment. The provider will also put cooling gel on your skin if needed.

What To Expect

While the procedure is relatively painless, some people do experience mild discomfort during the pulses. Patients have described it like the snapping of a rubber band. Depending on the size of the area being treated, the process can take anywhere from 30 to 90 minutes. As you continue the treatments, time will lessen as the areas of concern improve.

Post-Treatment Care

Post-treatment care is simple and consists of avoiding anything that can irritate your skin. It may feel like a mild sunburn, so avoid the sun, hot showers and harsh skincare for a few days. The discomfort, if any, should dissipate in a matter of days.

We’d love to answer any questions you have about IPL Therapy or any of the other treatments and procedures we offer at Facial Aesthetic Concepts. Call one of our three offices today to set up an appointment or consultation so we can find the right option for your concerns.


waxing with FAC

Best Ways to Prep Your Skin Before a Waxing Appointment

Waxing is a kind of semi-permanent hair removal. In strip waxing, the therapist spreads a thin layer of wax on the skin. A strip of cloth or paper is then pressed firmly onto the wax, causing it to adhere to both the skin and the paper. The therapist then peels off the strip in the direction of hair growth that removes both wax and hair.

In strip-less waxing, a thicker layer of wax is applied to the treatment area. It is then allowed to cool and harden. The therapist then removes the wax and the hair. This method is suitable for people with sensitive skin, and it is less painful than strip waxing. The results of both methods last 4 to 6 weeks.

Waxing is not something that should be done impulsively. It takes scheduling and preparation to get the best results. With that in mind, here is some advice:

Check the site area before going to your appointment.

Look for moles, inflammation, warts, and other skin problems. Waxing will make inflammation or sores worse, so a client who develops them should reschedule. Waxing can irritate things like moles, so the therapist should be told about them beforehand so they will be able to work around them.

Check the length of the hairs.

Waxing is most effective if the hair being removed is between an eighth to a quarter of an inch long. That is about the same is two to three weeks’ worth of growth. If the hair is too short, the wax will not be able to get a good enough grip on it to remove it. If it is too long, the waxing will be more painful.

Moisturize the skin up until the day of the appointment.

If the skin is healthy and well-moisturized, it will be easier for the therapist to remove the wax. However, too much moisturizer can interfere with the wax’s grip by coating the hairs. Therefore, a client should not use moisturizer on the day of the appointment.

Keep your skin very clean.

That is especially important if one is having the bikini area waxed. Parts of the body that are normally warm and damp are more likely to have bacterial growth, and waxing can increase the skin’s vulnerability to infection.

Be careful with prescription medications.

Some prescription medications can make the skin more sensitive. People who use Accutane, for example, should stop taking it a month before getting their skin waxed. People who use Retin-A or other retinol-based products should stop using them two weeks before the appointment. Clients should talk to their dermatologists about their prescriptions and any changes they might have to make before getting waxed.

Schedule Your Consultation

Contact Facial Aesthetic Concepts at one of our three Orange County locations to schedule your waxing appointment. Our treatment providers can answer any additional questions you may have.


Improve the Appearance of Cellulite with PelleFirm

The PelleFirm treatment is designed to help reduce the appearance of cellulite that most often appears on the buttocks, thighs, hips, arms and bust. The device revitalizes the skin and offers significant benefits that not only make you feel better, but build confidence.

At Facial Aesthetic Concepts, we are here to help meet your needs and decrease the appearance of cellulite utilizing this innovative treatment. You can achieve the smooth skin you desire, with minimal downtime.  To find out if PelleFirm treatment is right for you, contact us today to set up your consultation.

Here are great facts to know about how PelleFirm could help you:

Deep Heats the Skin

PelleFirm revitalizes the skin by deep-heating it which increases local blood circulation. While increasing circulation, the excess fluids are moved to areas in the body where they’ll naturally pass through the lymphatic system. During this treatment, it is important to drink plenty of water.

Instantaneous Results

The skin feels firmer and will appear smoother almost instantaneously. Most patients will see the skin transform in a single treatment. With subsequent treatments, the results will improve even greater. Refresher follow-up treatments will also improve the appearance.

Effective for All Skin Types

Anyone between the ages of 30 to 65 with cellulite will benefit from the PelleFirm treatment. Many women get the treatment after they have a baby, before their wedding or honeymoon. A special engagement or occasion is a great reason to book an appointment for Pellefirm. Patients who have had liposuction may also benefit from this type of treatment.

Know What to Expect

The Pellefirm appointments take between 30 to 60 minutes, depending on the size of the area being treated. The device is flexible, adjustable, and virtually painless. Because of this the treatment feels like a warm massage.

The Joys of PelleFirm

Sometimes, no matter what you do, cellulite will not disappear with exercise. That’s why PelleFirm has become quite popular. For the best results, a series of six treatments is recommended, and side effects are rare.

Since you see results immediately, you will look and feel more confident instantaneously. For the ladies, you will be able to wear your shorts, skirts and swimsuit in confidence. For you men, the unsightly cellulite that has creeped into your life will be banished. When you see your skin without cellulite, you’ll feel more comfortable in your own skin. It’s a great treatment that adds to your life and addresses a potential insecurity.

It’s important to remember that Pellefirm is not a weight loss solution, nor can it correct excessive sagging skin, such as can accompany significant weight loss. Also, when it comes to cellulite, there is simply no such thing as a permanent solution — cellulite is simply the fat beneath the skin that everyone has, and nothing will make it go away forever, not even surgical options.