"While surgical face and neck lift remains the gold standard for the reversal of the effects and the appearance of aging, there has been tremendous progress in the advances toward non-surgical facial rejuvenation,"
Lasers, radio frequency (RF) treatment, and intense pulsed light (IPL) skin rejuvenation are technologies designed to treat aged or damaged skin tissue using heat and light. The targeted injuries created by these treatments trigger the patient’s immune system to focus on repair and renewal. A fourth modality for non-surgical facial skin rejuvenation is platelet rich plasma (PRP) injection.
The best results, with the least downtime, come from procedures that specifically target multiple issues during one appointment. A specially trained, experienced technician using the most modern equipment is a critical factor in achieving a satisfying outcome. Layering technologies—
Use a Combination of Devices
The following combination of therapies targets each layer of skin:
A radio frequency treatment tightens loose skin of the deepest layers.
An intense pulsed light procedure addresses redness and dark pigment as it aids collagen production in the middle to top layer.
A light fractionated laser peel addresses sun damage and promotes texture improvement in the uppermost layer.
A platelet rich plasma injection in the presence of inflammation induces rejuvenation of collagen and elastic tissue, and reduces the effects of aging on the skin itself.
Therapies can be used in different combinations to address all possible areas of improvement.
Use Devices with Other Therapies
The multi-disciplinary approach to skin rejuvenation can also combine technology and topical treatments:
An in-office laser treatment starts the skin renewal process by carefully targeting selected layers of the skin.
A chemical peel or an at-home skin regimen supports and complements the laser therapy.
Going Beyond the Face
Combination therapies can also be used to address issues on the body. One example:
A radio frequency treatment or an infrared laser can be used to tighten the abdominal skin.
A non-ablative (deep) fractionated laser procedure is added to improve the appearance of stretch marks.
By utilizing multiple procedures, patients see an improvement in both skin tone and stretch marks, treating several issues related to the abdomen.
With a vast array of state-of-the-
About Dr. Pastorek: A top facial plastic surgeon in New York City, Norman Pastorek, M.D., P.C., F.A.C.S., has been elected by his peers to The Best Doctors in America® and Castle Connolly's America’s Top Doctors® every year since the inception of these guides. In 2011, he was also named to U.S. News & World Report's Top Doctors list. His office is at 12 East 88th Street, New York, New York 10128. Reach him at http://www.normanpastorekmd.com or call (212) 987-4700.