Skin treatments are a collection of cosmetic procedures to diminish signs of aging and enhance a person’s natural beauty. Many different factors can exacerbate the aging process in our skin. UV rays and free radical exposure, a poor diet, and harmful lifestyle choices like smoking all can cause our skin’s internal structures to age quicker. This process results in wrinkles and photoaged skin that may make us look older than we feel. Many people have turned to lotions, serums, ointments, and creams to address wrinkles and fine lines but have only found limited results. Our collection of skin treatments goes further than topicals to address a wide range of aesthetic concerns. If you are interested in learning which procedure is best for achieving your desired results, please schedule a personal consultation at our La Jolla offices. If you would like to speak with a member of our team directly, please call us at (619) 461-1500.
- 1 Why Your Complexion Needs Refreshing
- 2 Botox Cosmetic
- 3 Dermapen
- 4 Chemical Peels
- 5 Fat Transfer
- 6 Hyaluronic Acid
- 7 Juvederm
- 8 Laser Resurfacing
- 9 Mole Removal
- 10 Rejuvapen
- 11 Skin Rejuvenation PRF
- 12 How Much Do Skin Treatments Cost In La Jolla?
- 13 References
Why Your Complexion Needs Refreshing
Strong, tensile collagen fibrils under the skin’s surface provide support, smooth, firm skin. Other molecules like elastin and hyaluronic acid work to keep our skin hydrated and flexible. When we’re young, these fibrils are durable and constantly replenished with newer proteins by fibroblast cells. Our skin maintains its youthful, smooth appearance through adolescence and early adulthood with a consistent influx of fresh collagen. But, like all the other systems of our body, our skin undergoes structural and functional changes during the aging process. Mainly, fibroblast cells replenish at diminishing rates, causing existing collagen fibers to degrade and fragment. When these fibers become damaged, our skin loses its internal support. Wrinkles and fine lines slowly appear on different parts of our faces. To address these common signs of aging, Dr. Daniel Brown turns to a host of aesthetic procedures for the skin.
Botox is a cosmetic injectable that uses a safe neurotoxin to paralyze muscles. This neurotoxin is called Botulinum toxin type A, which has been effectively used in dermatology for over 20 years. Unlike other cosmetic injectables, Botox is administered intramuscularly. Once inside the muscle, the neurotoxin enters the neuromuscular junction: the place where the endings of nerve fibers communicate with muscle cells. The Botox serum then blocks the end of the nerve and inhibits it from releasing acetylcholine: the chemical messenger that releases from the nerve fibers and travels to the muscle cells to tell the muscle to contract. When acetylcholine release is hindered by Botox, the muscle is unable to move, preventing wrinkles from forming. Botox is FDA-approved to address moderate to severe glabellar lines and brow lines.
The Dermapen is a microneedling device that rejuvenates the skin from the inside out. Microneedles create small channels in the skin that trigger a wound-healing response. The body then sends restorative properties like growth factors, platelets, and white blood cells to heal the micro-channels and restore the treated area. In addition to these properties, fibroblast cells revamp collagen production to repair and replace damaged collagen fibers. Gradually after a Dermapen session, patients see their wrinkles and fine lines, as well as sunspots, diminish.
Chemical peels work to remove the skin’s outer layers through a safe and effective solution. When these layers are stripped away, the body incites a healing process to regenerate new, blemish-free skin tissue. There are many different chemical peels to choose from. From light peels to deep peels, be sure to ask about chemical peels during your consultation.
In recent years, doctors and surgeons have steered away from traditional fillers and opted for using the patient’s natural tissue. With a facial fat transfer, an expert surgeon like Dr. Brown suctions away stubborn fat from one or multiple areas of the body. After rinsing and purifying the fat cells, he introduces them to the facial areas that have experienced volume loss. This approach is especially ideal for patients with allergies or a built-up tolerance to cosmetic injections and fillers.
Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring property in our body that helps our skin retain moisture. Much like collagen, hyaluronic acid is abundant in our youth and gradually decreases, causing our skin to lose its moisturized glow. To help patients reclaim that youthful glow in their skin, Dr. Brown recommends his suite of hyaluronic acid fillers.
Manufactured by Allergan, Juvederm utilizes hyaluronic acid to fill out wrinkles and fine lines and enhance certain facial features. At your consultation, we will help you choose which one of the Juvederm family of fillers is best for achieving your desired results.
Juvederm Ultra XC is used for treating lip lines and thinning lips. The hyaluronic acid gel is injected directly into the dermis to plump up your skin and increase the volume underneath the skin’s surface. Ultra XC helps to make your lips and the skin around your lips wrinkle-free for up to a year.
Bigger, fuller lips are currently in vogue. While some are genetically gifted with big lips, most of us are left desiring more. Patients interested in plump, full lips turn to Juvederm Volbella. The Volbella gel is more viscous than others in the Juvederm family, so it can create a stronger volume. Once the gel has set after a couple of days, patients can see lips that demand attention!
A common cosmetic side effect of aging is volume loss, typically under the eyes and around the cheeks. To treat this volume loss, Dr. Brown uses Voluma XC. Voluma XC restores natural contours by gently lifting the skin and filling in the areas that have lost their fullness with age. In addition, Voluma XC is remarkably effective at creating a stronger, more defined jawline. Be sure to ask how Voluma XC can rejuvenate your youthful contours during your consultation.
Vollure XC is formulated to address glabellar lines, marionette lines, and other areas of cosmetic concern. This treatment will give you subtle results with lasting effects for up to 18 months. Vollure XC is made to address deeper, more severe lines and wrinkles. We will determine if Vollure or another Juvederm filler is best for you and your desired cosmetic results.
CO2 lasers are remarkable at safely creating micro-abrasions in the skin. Much like with the micro-channels created during a microneedling session, these carefully controlled injuries stimulate a wound healing response, triggering neocollagenesis in the treated area. After your laser resurfacing appointment, the body begins to heal itself from the inside out. Over time, fine lines and wrinkles begin to fade, scars diminish, and the skin evens out in tone and texture.
While some moles can be treasured birthmarks, many can be unsightly and sometimes even dangerous. With mole removal, Dr. Brown can safely remove cancerous or malignant moles through either a laser or surgical procedure. We will examine and test your mole for any cancerous indications.
Rejuvapen is a microneedling device that creates micro-channels in the skin to incite a healing response, which helps to restore damaged fibers, even out skin texture, and rejuvenates the glow in your complexion. Rejuvepen is unique in that its small size can address finer, harder-to-reach areas of the face.
Skin Rejuvenation PRF
Platelet-Rich Fibrin (PRF) is a serum made from the patient’s own blood. Fibrin is a necessary protein for blood clotting. When used in skin rejuvenation, these fibrin proteins keep regenerative properties like stem cells, platelets, white blood cells, and leukocytes in the treated area. These properties heal the damaged or atrophied cells and fibers in the skin, allowing for complete skin rejuvenation in the target area. To learn more about how PRF can enhance your skin treatment, please schedule a personal consultation at our La Jolla offices!
How Much Do Skin Treatments Cost In La Jolla?
Each skin treatment comes with its own price. We will determine and discuss the cost of your care during your initial consultation. To stay up-to-date on the latest news and trends in the cosmetic surgery industry, please check out Dr. Brown’s blog. If you have any questions, you can call us at (619) 461-1500.
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