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Radiofrequency (RF) for the Neck

Posted on April 2, 2018 at 6:50 PM Comments comments (882)

Say goodbye to those wrinkles in your neck! If you've ever looked in the mirror and pulled back your skin to tighten it and witness the appearance if you had a bit of a life, but you're not quite ready to go under the knife, then Radiofrequency could be the solution for you. RF is a non-invasive, painless beauty treatment that can be used to reduce the wrinkles and fine lines in your neck, in addition to combating saginess and loose skin. 


RF energy heats the skin to high temperatures in a controlled fashion in the area of the skin called the dermis. This then promotes the stimulus of collagen production, which can reduce wrinkles, while also causing skin tightening. With RF, you can contour the neck, chin, and jowls with no downtime and no bruising. Give us a call if you have any question or wish to schedule a consultation. 


Anaheim Medical & Cosmetic Clinic. (657) 230-9434. 

Acne & Microneedle Radiofrequency

Posted on March 29, 2018 at 4:30 PM Comments comments (278)

Relieve Acne Scars with Microneedling Radiofrequency 


Dealing with active acne and acne scars is a problem that so many of us face. To make matters worse, acne scars are one of the more difficult disorders to treat in aesthetic dermatology. As such, both patients and doctors are searching for the safest and more effective methods to solve acne problems.

Acne scars generally vary between different subtypes according to the severity of inflammation and the deepness of the scars. Two of the more common types of scars are ice-pick scars and boxcar scars, with boxcar scars being further subdivided into superficial and deep boxcar scars. Ice-pick scars appear as small, sharp margins that penetrate deep into the skin. Boxcar scars, on the other hand, have a broad, porous appearance. Beyond simply textural issues with acne scarring, many people suffer from redness and hyperpigmentation. This can leave devastatingly noticeable blemishes on the skin.

Standard treatment for acne scarring usually consists of either full-face CO2 treatment or laser resurfacing, with the former tending to show greater results. These procedures, however, tend to carry a significant risk of dyspigmentation, infection, further scarring, and extensive recovery time. Even more so, they present risks for patients with darker skin types because they pose a great risk of post-inflammatory hypopigmentation (PIH).

Fortunately, recent studies have illustrated that Microneedle Radiofrequency (MRF) techniques can bypass many of these issues and safely treat both active acne and acne scarring. One of the greatest advantages of MRF is that it can safely be applied to patients of all skin types. This is because MRF works by applying a very specific temperature of heat directly to the dermis (the dermis is the area beneath the outer layer of the skin that contains living tissue and proteins that make up the structure of the skin) through a number of very small microneedles. This then creates microthermal zones (MTZs) that only apply the radiofrequency energy in the specific areas of the skin desired, while other areas remain untouched.

Side-by-side comparison studies of CO2 and MRF techniques have illustrated that MRF resulted in the same degree of clarity from acne scarring as did CO2. However, the patients who received the MRF techniques reported that there was very little pain, and needed 5x less recovery time than the patients who received the full-face CO2 treatment. Additionally, none of the patients who received the MRF treatment suffered from PIH, while some patients under the CO2 treatment noticed PIH after about 3 weeks.

In sum, Microneedle Radiofrequency is a treatment option for active acne and acne scarring that has been reported successful and associated with a high degree of efficiency and safety. Patient results can be seen in the ‘Photo Gallery’ section under “B&A MRF Acne Scarring.” Give us a call if you any questions or would like to schedule a consultation.


Anaheim Medical & Cosmetic Clinic. (657) 230-9434.



EndyMed 3DEEP RF Treatments

Posted on March 21, 2018 at 7:50 PM Comments comments (310)

3DEEP Radiofrequency 


Lax skin and wrinkles are generally due to the reduction of collagen fibers in the dermal layer of the skin. Collagen fibers are the proteins that support the structure of the skin. When the dermal layer is heated, collagen synthesis is stimulated. This leads to the appearance of facial remodeling with tighter, more youthful-looking skin due to the reduction of wrinkles and sagginess. Radiofrequency (RF) energy easily targets particular areas of the skin in order to trigger the production of new collagen where it is needed most.


There are several different methods of applying RF energy to the dermis. Initially, RF-based devices used either monopolar or bipolar electrodes, with these treatments being termed as ‘monopolar RF’ and ‘bipolar RF,’ respectively. Think of these “electrodes” as very small, fine wires that electrical currents can flow through. Essentially, bipolar RF uses two electrodes to deliver RF energy between them, while monopolar RF uses a single electrode. Bipolar RF shows limited results because of the limited flow of RF energy between the two electrodes. Monopolar RF has been associated with painful procedures because of the uncontrolled flow of RF beyond the target location from the single electrode.


As a consumer in beauty, it’s easy to generalize cosmetic treatments based upon specific keywords. To provide an example, when people think of using RF treatments to help improve wrinkles and lax skin, they may associate these treatments with a great deal of pain and local safety concerns like bruising and hyperpigmentation. However, recent technological advancements in RF treatments have minimized these risks while almost completely absolving the issue of pain.


EndyMed has developed 3Deep technology by using multi-source, multiphase-controlled RF energy which delivers the energy more efficiently within the dermal layer in a nearly painless manner. Studies have indicated that after RF treatments, the collagen fibers in the skin appeared both more fine and dense, resembling the structure of youthful skin collagen fibers. 3DEEP RF treatments provide a significant reduction in wrinkles and excellent facial tightening.


See the amazing results that patients have experienced in our photo gallery. Give us a call if you have any questions or wish to schedule a consultation.


Anaheim Medical and Cosmetic Clinic (657) 230-9434.


Radiofrequency Skin Tightening

Posted on March 8, 2018 at 8:40 PM Comments comments (315)

Radiofrequency Skin Tightening

What is Radiofrequency? 

Radiofrequency (RF) is becoming a quick and popular treatment in the rejuvenation of skin in the battle against aging, but what exactly is it? It is a non-invasive, non-surgical treatment that uses radiofrequency energy to pass a current through the dermis to apply macroscopic thermal wounds. So what does this mean? Well, while invasive procedures (surgery, generally) pull the skin tighter by cutting out excess tissue, RF applies heat beneath the superficial layer of the skin to an area called the dermis. The dermis is the region of skin which contains collagen, elastin, and other components important to the shape and structure of the skin. When the collagen in the dermis is heated to a specific termpature by the radiofrequency energy, it induces the stimulation of more collagen and other skin fibers. This, in turn, will cause the collagen in the skin to not only grow but also tighten, causing the skin to appear tighter and overall more youthful. Radiofrequency, in contrast to some laser treatments, can be applied to all different types of skin tones. 


What can Radiofrequency treat?

Radiofrequency can be used for a number of different treatments of both the face and body. For instance, it can: 

  • Diminish  frown lines
  • Lessen wrinkles around the face, eyes, and neck
  • Tighten lax skin in the face and jawline
  • Lessen depigmentation caused by aging
  • Lessen cellulite or irregular shaped skin

How many treatments do I need? How long does it last? 
The number of treatments varies from patient to patient. For some, one treatment can be enough to show improvement in the skin. However, more treatments may be suggested upon further evaluation of the skin by a professional in order to optimize treatment and determine the best course of action. The time suggested between multiple treatments is 2-4 weeks, with results lasting up to several years. Immediate results may be seen after the first initial treatment, however, optimal improvement is usually seen after several (usually 3-6) months. 

What should I do prior to the treatment? 
It's recommended that no aspirin or blood thinners be taken about 7 days prior to the treatment. Taking Arnica 2-3 days before and after will help lessen the bruising and swelling. Remove all makeup prior to coming for treatment.

What should I expect after the treatment? 
Post-treatment symptoms may include minimum pain, if any, with transient redness/inflammation of the skin, and edema. Generally, there is no or very minimal downtime and the redness/swelling should fade away in a day or two after treatment. Swelling is more likely to occur in the skin around the eyes (lower eyelids), but this normally fades away in about 2-3 days.  Applying an ice-pack 5-10 minutes on and 30 minutes off will help the swelling and redness subside. There is very little chance of the skin becoming infected post-treatment, however, should this occur it is important to notify the doctor immediately in order to get treated. We recommend a follow-up 2-5 days after treatment. 


The Latest Anti-aging Machine

Posted on June 2, 2017 at 10:45 PM Comments comments (230)

EndyMed Pro Radiofrequency Microneedling

EndyMed Pro radiofrequency(RF)-microneedling is one of the most innovative solutions for non-surgical lifting and skin tightening for loose skin around the eyes, face, and neck. Check out the video below to learn more about how it works:

   

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The EndyMed RF-microneedling is the first FDA cleared, non-insulated motorized microneedle RF technology in the market. The Intensif's non-insulated gold needles, together with EndyMed proprietary Fractional Pulse Model technology, generates more heat safely into the dermis for better collagen and reticular fiber production and remodeling. This, then, leads to better skin tightening and overall rejuvenation. The mechanism involves a stimulation of neocollageneis via needle penetration, emitting the RF energy into the deep dermis and the release of growth factors. Unlike many other rejuvenating procedures, the improvement is permanent. The EndyMed pro comes with four different sizes and shape of handpieces plus the Intensif for RF microneedling can be used safely around the eyes and face for wrinkles, scars, and spots. It is also an excellent procedure for skin laxity of the neck. 

Safety & Botox

Posted on June 2, 2017 at 10:15 PM Comments comments (106)

With Botox injections becoming a popular choice in the battle against aging, lets talk about safety. How safe is Botox? 


  • Botox has been used in the USA for cosmetic purposes for decased now. 
  • It was approved by the FDA for the temporary improvement of wrinkles and lines over the Glabellar area (for frown lines) and around the eyes (for crow's feet and/or smile lines). 
  • Studies comparing Botox injections to a placebo demonstrate that only about 1% of the injections had unwanted side effects, all of which were temporary, showing that Botox is very safe. 
  • Botox has also been approved for several medical conditions such as migraine headaches, muscular spasms, and hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating of the armpits). 
  • The two most common brands used in the US are Botox (from Allergan) and Xeomin (from Merz). 


Fillers

Posted on June 2, 2017 at 10:05 PM Comments comments (703)


 Why Fillers?

  • As time passes, facial fats and fibers (collagen, reticulin, etc.) loss gradually occurs. This is because gravity is constantly exerting a pulling pressure on our body, causing fat movement and pulling down fibers with time. 
  • Fibers, specifically collagen (which helps hold fats in place), lose its concentration and elasticity, loosening the skin and creating a "saggy" appearance. 
  • Sun rays, specifically UVB, cause cell/skin damage and skin aging. 
  • Alongside all of the above, simple genetics can be responsible for facial wrinkles, hollows, folds, skin sagging, etc. 

 What are Fillers?

  • Most fillers are made of hyaloronic acid (HA), a carbohydrate similar to starch. It is a major natural component of our skin, connective tissues, joint cartilages, joint fluids, and more.
  • HA has been similarly been incorporated into make skin care products. Beyond cosmetic reasons, HA has been used for medical reasons such as to assist in arthritis of the knees and shoulders, wound repair, etc. 
  • Different manufactureres use different bioengineering techniques (such as cross-linking) in attempts to make the HA-fillers last longer provide the most desirable shape when injected. Some of the FDA approved fillers include: Juvederm Voluma Xc, Juvederm Xc, Vollure Xc, VolbellaXc, and Belotero (Note: the Xc stands for Xylocane, which provides a numbing sensation during the injection).  
  • There are also fillers which act differently than HA-type fillers used for rejuvenation. These include: Sculptra, Radiesse, etc. 
  • Juvederm Voluma lasts up to two years for cheek augmentation, which needs to be injected into deeper layers of skin.

 Results of Fillers

  • The Juvaderm Voluma Xc needs to be injected into the deep layers of the skin, and it lasts up to two years for cheek augmentations. 
  • Results are visible immediately after the injection. However, because HA absorbs water gradually, it can take several weeks to see complete results. 

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