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Dermapen

If you have not heard about Dermapen® you may be interested to learn a little bit about this new, revolutionary breakthrough for beautiful skin. So, what is Dermapen you ask? It is a class 1 FDA approved fractional micro-needling device that works to tighten, lift and rejuvenate the skin. It is effective in reducing the fine lines around your eyes and the facial wrinkles you notice when you look in the mirror. Dermapen also works to diminish acne and surgical scars. Dermapen fractional micro-needling uses tiny needles to pierce the skin in a controlled and precise pattern. Dermapen is safe on any type of skin, has a short treatment time and with little discomfort there is virtually no down time.

Dermapen®is an automated microneedling device with a disposable tip cartridge that uses 11 micro-needles to vertically stamp the skin at high speed. This action from the Dermapen’s vertical tip creates micro-injuries to the skin. In doing so, this needling encourages and harnesses the body’s innate ability to regrow and repair your skin.

Dermapen® is safe and just as effective as a fractional laser or intense pulsed light (IPL) procedure with a significantly shorter recovery period. It will tighten, lift and rejuvenate your skin, and improve wrinkles, fine lines, and reduce acne and other surgical scarring. We recommend a series of 3 to 4 treatments 4-6 weeks apart. At a cost of $330. per treatment, this is a most affordable procedure that will deliver the results you desire; smooth, tighter and rejuvenated facial skin.
To schedule your first treatment with Rousso Med-Spa, just call 205.930.9595.

BOTOX® Cosmetic / DYSPORT® / XEOMIN®

shutterstock_125769716There are many ways to restore a more youthful look to the face through various cosmetic treatments. Some of the most popular methods include the use of injectables, such as BOTOX® Cosmetic, Dysport®, and Xeomin®. On the surface, it may look like all three types of injectables are pretty much the same. However, if we delve further into each one, we’ll find that while there are some similarities, there are also unique differences.

BOTOX® Cosmetic

BOTOX® (onabotulinumtoxinA) is one of the most recognizable words in cosmetics with over six million injections performed in 2012. FDA approved, it has been around for over three decades and works by effectively reducing fine lines and wrinkles on the face by temporarily preventing the contraction of facial muscles. Among its other uses, BOTOX® can also reduce sweat in the underarms, hands, and feet.  The total effect of a BOTOX injection will be seen between 4-7 days and can last up to four months.

DYSPORT®

Developed in the 1990s, Dysport® (abobotulinumtoxinA) has been treating fine lines and wrinkles in Europe for many years. It was only after it was approved by the FDA in 2009 that it became popular in the United States. Dysport® differs from BOTOX® in that it can disperse more after it is injected. Dysport requires fewer injections to be made at the time of treatment, but also means the physician must make sure that Dysport® does not affect other muscles in the face.  Dysport typically takes effect in 2-4 days and can last as long as 3-4 months.

XEOMIN®

Like BOTOX® and Dysport®, XEOMIN® (incobotulinumtoxinA) works effectively in treating wrinkles on the forehead, between the eyes and crows feet, lines around the eyes. FDA-approved since 2010, XEOMIN® does not contain an accompanying protein like BOTOX®, which may decrease the risk of the body developing a resistance towards it. Xeomin will take effect very much like BOTOX, i.e. 4-7 days, and typically can last from 3-4 months.

All three injectables have shown to be effective in reducing imperfections on the face, as well as restoring smoother skin and a rejuvenated appearance.

It is important for anyone contemplating an injectable to note that it is important that they choose a qualified physician who has considerable injection expertise for optimal results and to minimize any potential risk.

For all of your facial improvement needs, we welcome you to contact our Birmingham, Alabama practice. Our physicians are trained in the proper uses of all injectables.  To schedule an appointment for any of these injectables with our board-certified surgeon, Dr. Daniel E. Rousso, or our fellow, Dr. Kim Sang please call (205) 930-9595 or fill out our online contact form today. We hope to see you soon!

How to Choose a Surgeon

The Importance of Choosing the Correct Facial Plastic Surgeon

A patient wants to feel comfortable with the surgeon who will be performing surgery on his/her face. A patient’s comfort level is acquired during the consultation time spent face-to-face with the surgeon. It is at that first visit that a physician is able to establish an acceptable rapport with the patient. We understand that if a patient does not feel comfortable with the physician during this visit they will typically seek out another physician.

Tough Questions Patients Should Ask When Choosing a Plastic Surgeon

1. Area of expertise, i.e. face only, full body
2. Board certifications
3. Whether they will be performing the surgery vs another physician (if in a group)
4. To see before and after photos of patients the physician performed surgery on
5. Number of surgeries performed on the area of interest
6. How often the surgeon operates each week
7. How long the surgery will take they are desiring>
8. Anesthesia to be used, IV monitored “twilight” vs. general
9. Recovery time required for the surgery wanted
10. Post-op care and follow-up visits after surgery

Questions Patients Should Ask Themselves Before Considering Major Surgery

1. Why do I want surgery? Is it:
a. because I believe it will make me look and feel better about myself
b. because I had a major change in my life, i.e. loss of spouse, divorce, etc. These are not necessarily reasons not to go forward with surgery, but recognition by the patient that the surgery will not change a loss generally affects surgical outcome as well as patient expectations.
c. because I feel ready and have the time to commit to the surgery

Most Importantly, Patients Should Remember the Following:

A surgeon should not be chosen based on the lowest fee, and patients should take the time to research a prospective surgeon’s credentials as well as talk to other patients they know who have undergone similar procedures.

What Is Ultherapy?

Ultherapy is the only FDA-approved, non-invasive treatment for lifting the skin on the neck, chin and brow. Ultherapy uses focused ultrasound to generate new collagen deep within the skin, over time.

Ultherapy is a non-surgical treatment option for those who are beginning to see early signs of aging. Facial skin is not as taut as when you were younger. If you are beginning to see some laxity of your skin beneath the chin area, and/or loose skin around the neck, Ultherapy may be your treatment of choice. This is the best time to begin an anti-aging, non-invasive, maintenance skincare treatment. Ultherapy is also an option for those individuals that are unable to undergo a surgical procedure but want to do something to help tighten their skin.

Ultherapy treatment to the face and neck takes about one to two hours, depending on the number of areas treated. Ultherapy is performed under a local anesthetic block with the patient receiving a Lortab and/or Valium by mouth.

You will need a driver after this procedure. There is no downtime with Ultherapy. You may experience some minor swelling and/or bruising post procedure but generally this usually resolves within a few days. If desired, makeup can be applied immediately after the procedure.

Patients can resume their routine activities the day after their Ultherapy treatment.

The results you can expect after Ultherapy will be seen within three months after treatment and continue to improve for up to one year.  You will notice that you skin looks tighter, toned, lifted and more youthful after just one treatment.

Why wait, reverse the first signs of aging with Ultherapy so that you can see and feel the difference!

Please call (205) 930-9595 [toll free: (877) 932-0400] or fill out our online contact form to schedule your consultation today. Our physicians and staff at the Rousso Facial Plastic Surgery Clinic & Med-Spa will be happy to assist you.