Aesthetic procedures come in all shapes and forms, from quick injections to non-surgical skin treatments to plastic surgeries. It all depends on what cosmetic concerns you want to address, what results you want, and what you’re comfortable with. In fact, many patients will get the most bang for their buck by combining surgical and non-surgical techniques. At Laser Lights Cosmetic Laser Center, our affiliation with Southern Plastic Surgery, PC means you can receive excellent surgical results from board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. David Whiteman as well as top-notch treatments to enhance your results, all from one cohesive team. But which enhancement procedures are the most beneficial for plastic surgery patients?
Facial Skin Resurfacing
Skin resurfacing is essentially removing the dead and damaged surface skin in order to make way for the more youthful skin below and to help your body build more collagen – a protein which makes the skin firmer and smoother. There are many different treatments which use varying techniques to achieve this goal, from fractionated CO2 laser skin resurfacing to chemical peels to micro laser peels. These procedures can be a terrific complement to facelifts because, while the surgery will restore a lifted and firmer shape to the face, skin treatments can add a finishing touch by reducing surface imperfections like age spots, acne scars, and fine lines.
Lymphatic Drainage Massage
Unlike a typical massage which focuses on relaxing the muscles, lymphatic drainage massage uses precise motions and pressure levels to aid your body lymphatic system – the process which eliminates cellular waste. While this can offer an immune system boost even for non-surgical patients, it’s especially beneficial for plastic surgery patients because it reduces post-procedure swelling and can aid in the healing process.
Microneedling and PRP
Using a similar concept to fractionated CO2 laser skin resurfacing by initiating the body’s natural healing process to form new collagen, microneedling has become a highly popular and versatile treatment. With minimal downtime, Rejuvapen® microneedling can minimize scars, fine lines, and wrinkles while also adding firmness and youthfulness to the skin. But the results are even more powerful when it’s combined with platelet-rich plasma, or PRP. This involves taking a specific, concentrated component of your own blood (using a small sample about the same size as the vials normally used for simple medical testing) and applying it topically after the microneedling. The PRP contains growth factors that amplify collagen production even more, and the microneedling allows them to reach many depths within the skin. Beyond facial rejuvenation, this treatment is also highly effective for minimizing surgical scars on nearly any area of the body.
Viora® Skin Tightening & Cellulite Reduction
Though most people think of skin tightening as a treatment for the face to reduce skin laxity from aging (which Viora® can provide excellent results for), our Viora® treatments are also highly effective on other areas of the body by going beyond skin firming to also provide cellulite reduction for those ever-frustrating “dimples.” Using precise radio frequency energy (RF) as well as vacuum pressure, Viora® stimulates blood flow, reduces fat cell size, and contracts the skin for a slimmer, smoother, and more youthful look. What better way to put the finishing touches on a procedure like liposuction than to help your skin become more firm around your newly slender physique?
Health & Wellness Coaching
Weight fluctuations can have a strong impact on your appearance – even after plastic surgery. As happy as you may be with the results of your body contouring procedures (like a tummy tuck, liposuction, or arm lift), future weight gain can reduce these results and ultimately leave you feeling self-conscious once again, so maintaining your post-surgery weight can help you enjoy your results for decades to come. Our NESTA-certified weight management specialist Jackie Madison can keep you motivated and on track by providing consistent “real life” coaching and customized plans to help you meet your specific goals.
Feeling confident in your appearance is an ongoing process, but the good news is that you don’t have to figure it out on your own. At Laser Lights and Southern Plastic Surgery, we’re here to help by discussing your needs and designing a step-by-step plan to help you look and feel your best. To get started, schedule a consultation with either of our highly qualified facilities. Or, for more skincare tips, special offers, and more, follow Laser Lights on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.