Skin treatments can help reverse the signs of acne, aging, sun damage and environmental exposure. Over time, the skin visibly becomes loose and saggy. The skin tone and texture may also become uneven and show traces of pigment discoloration such as age spots and freckles.
Loma Linda University Medical Center’s Department of Plastic Surgery provides a full range of surgical procedures and treatments to improve the appearance and texture of a patient’s skin. From laser treatments to Botox to chemical peels, skin rejuvenation and resurfacing can be achieved, uncovering the individual’s natural beauty.
Through today’s cutting-edge technology, our plastic surgeons help patients appear more youthful by toning, tightening and brightening the skin surface and removing unwanted discoloration and growths. Skin services include:
Micropeel is an exfoliation treatment used to refine, smooth and brighten dull and dry skin. Requiring no recovery time, this quick and pain-free procedure uses gentle peeling agents and cryogenic therapy – a light application of frozen carbon dioxide to remove surface oils and the skin’s outermost layer. Dead skin cells are exfoliated and are replaced with healthy skin cells.
Micropeels are effective in renewing a patient’s complexion and reducing wrinkles, acne scars and age spots.
Obaji Blue Peel
The Obaji Blue Peel is a chemical peel used for improving a variety of skin conditions – from acne scars to sun damage to uneven pigmentation. Obaji Blue Peel is effective for all skin types and can be tailored to the patients’ specific needs and may be applied to the face, neck, chest and other areas of the body.
The procedure is a combination of slow-acting TCA (trichloracetic acid) solution with patented Obaji Blue Base that work together to remove dead skin cells and stimulate the production of new skin cells. The end result of this procedure is more youthful appearance in which the patient’s skin appears firmer, smoother and clearer.
Chemical peeling is a minimally invasive procedure for improving the appearance and texture of your skin. It uses a chemical solution to remove the rough layer of dead skin cells so that the newer, smoother and more vibrant skin underneath is revealed.
Chemical peels also effectively improve a wide variety of skin conditions including fine lines and wrinkles, skin growths, uneven skin pigmentation, shallow acne scars and sun damage.
Facial Injectables/Fat Injections
Fillers and fat injectable fillers involve injecting soft tissue (fat or biosynthetic) into the skin in order to plump or add volume to the area being treated such as the lips or face.
Often referred to as “liquid facelifts,” these fillers offer many of the same great benefits of a facelift but with immediate results. The two fillers differ with regard to their origins and type of soft tissue.
Injectables include Juvederm, Restylane, Perlane, Belotero and other fillers used to soften wrinkles, scars and facial lines. Injectable fat, on the other hand, uses one’s own fat. In this case, fat from one part of the body is repurposed on another so that the surgeon is able to correct skin conditions and reshape the skin.
Everyday facial movements – from smiling to frowning to squinting – contribute to the most common sign of aging: wrinkles. A safe and quick remedy is Botox, which is a popular prescription medicine used to reduce facial wrinkles such as frown lines, crow’s feet and forehead wrinkles.
Botox is administered through a quick, simple injection and temporarily paralyzes the facial muscles that contribute to wrinkles. Botox leaves a patient’s skin looking smoother and more youthful while maintaining their ability to make natural facial expressions. Botox is effective for only a short of period of time and must be maintained regularly.
Dermabrasion is a skin refinishing procedure that involves the the use of a specialized high-speed rotating brush to scrape away the outer skin layer. The procedure helps reduce the appearance of acne scars, blemishes, deep wrinkles and other skin texture problems.
While dermabrasion requires downtime for the skin to fully heal, patients usually notice fresher and smoother looking skin.
Laser Skin Surfacing
Laser skin surfacing is a skin care procedure that uses laser to effectively reduce scars, blemishes and facial wrinkles. A plastic surgeon uses a laser to send concentrated beams of light to patches of irregular and damaged skin. The laser beam removes the outer layer of the skin and simultaneously works to stimulate the growth of new collagen fibers, resulting in smoother and firmer skin for patient.
Scar revision surgery is a procedure to improve or reduce the appearance of scars. The revision may also restore function and correct skin changes that may have been restricted by a scar from a wound or previous surgery. Following scar revision, the patient’s scar is less noticeable and the skin surrounding the scar will be less constricted.
Tattoo removal is often necessary and prompted by numerous factors including a change in lifestyle, career, personal taste or aging of skin. Typically, removing of tattoos involves the use of laser technology, making it easier and less painful.
Tattoo removal involves the use of high-powered lasers to emit powerful bursts of energy to shatter the ink or pigment within a tattoo into tiny particles so that the body’s lymphatic system can clear away these fragments. While the complete removal of an unwanted tattoo is difficult for many cases, most patients walk away with a renewed sense of relief.
Spider veins are abnormal veins that appear as red, blue or purple sunbursts or web patterns in the face and legs and are caused by the dilation of blood vessels. They can be treated as a cosmetic issue since they usually cause no pain or discomfort.
For many people the removal of spider veins is considered to restore their natural appearance. Although specific treatment for spider veins are decided based on individual health needs, sclerotherapy is a widely used treatment that involves the injection of a concentrated solution into the vein, causing the solution to harden and close up the vein.
Other treatments for spider vein removal include laser surgery and surgical removal.