At Laser & Skin Surgery Center of Northern California we are proud of our diverse injectable treatment offerings. Whether you’re looking to return volume to sunken cheeks or erase your crow’s feet, whether you want to shrink your double chin or boost your thinning hair, we have the injectables to do it.
Our Board Certified Dermatologists have received extensive training and are master injectors with years of experience with all of these products. We have brief introductions for each injectable listed below. When you click on the name, you will be taken to a page with more detailed information on each option.
These injectables are made from the botulinum toxin type A. Back in the 1950s it was discovered that when a miniscule amount of the toxin was injected into a muscle, it temporarily stopped the muscle from contracting. Botox came from this research and was first approved by the FDA for the treatment of involuntary eyelid spasms. But it became famous in 2002, when the FDA approved Botox for use on the upper third of the face for wrinkle treatment.
When we make expressions such as frowning, squinting, showing surprise, and others, muscles around our eyes, between our eyebrows, and on our forehead engage. Over time these contractions begin to create wrinkles on the surface skin above the muscle. These wrinkles are known as “dynamic wrinkles.” These are crow’s feet next to the eyes, the 11s between the eyebrows, and forehead lines. When a neuromodulator is injected into the muscles that create these wrinkles, they block the nerve messages from the muscle to the brain. Since the brain doesn’t receive the message to contract the muscle it stays relaxed and the wrinkle on the surface skin doesn’t form. This lasts for a period of around three to four months. At that point, the muscle will begin to contract again and the wrinkle will return, but another injection session will maintain your results.
Dermal fillers work in a completely different manner than Botox and the other neuromodulators. When injected beneath a wrinkle, crease, or area that has lost volume, they simply “fill” in the space, pushing the skin back upward and erasing or thoroughly diminishing the crease or area of volume loss. Our numerous dermal filler options each target a specific area where volume loss has occurred.
Dermal fillers treat the other kind of wrinkles, known as “static wrinkles.” Unlike wrinkles formed by muscle contractions, these wrinkles are due to sun damage, declining collagen production, personal habits, and simple aging. Static wrinkles show themselves at all times and have nothing to do with muscle contractions. These are all static wrinkles: smile and laugh lines, marionette lines, parentheses lines, and barcode lines. These are areas of volume loss that dermal fillers treat: the cheeks, the under eye areas, the lips, and the backs of the hands.
Dermal fillers are classified as either natural or synthetic. Natural fillers are made primarily from hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance in the body whose job is to hydrate, plump, and firm the skin. Hyaluronic acid does this by binding with nearby water molecules. Synthetic fillers use man-made items such as calcium microspheres to add volume and structure under the skin.
Submental fullness. That’s the clinical term for something many of us have and universally hate — a double chin. Formerly, there was little that could be done about a double chin, short of surgery. But that changed a couple years ago with the introduction of Kybella. Kybella is made from deoxycholic acid. In the body, deoxycholic acid is responsible for breaking down dietary fat. But it doesn’t differentiate from fat we eat and fat that has accumulated under our chin. So, when Kybella is injected into the fat deposit that have collected under the chin, it breaks down the fat. The result is a strikingly slimmer, younger profile. The FDA has approved Kybella for up to six injection sessions.
Our double chin injectable:
If you want to experience the lifting of sagging facial skin that you get from a facelift, but don’t want to have surgery, a Silhouette Instalift is for you. Dissolvable sutures made from glycolide/L-lactide strands are threaded under the skin. They are placed so that they lift and reposition sagging tissues. The strands have a series of bi-directional cones, which anchor the sutures in place. As the body absorbs the strands they stimulate production of new collagen to increase the duration of your results, which last up to 18 months.
Our non-surgical facelift:
Everyone knows that the platelets in our blood are crucial for allowing the blood to clot when healing a wound. But the platelets have a far greater role — they also contain growth factors to help with overall healing. So, what if you could take your blood and concentrate the platelets? That would be platelet-rich plasma.
With platelet-rich plasma, a sample of your blood is taken and placed into a centrifuge that separates out the red blood cells. What remains are concentrated blood platelets, white blood cells, and plasma. This serum has incredible healing and rejuvenation characteristics. Professional athletes have used platelet-rich plasma (PRP) for years to help them recover from injury and surgery.
At the Laser & Skin Surgery Center, we use PRP to rejuvenate our patient’s facial skin and to coax dormant hair follicles to return to the growth phase. For our PRP facial rejuvenation, we apply the serum after laser treatments, so that the PRP can penetrate the epidermis and enter the dermis layer of the skin. For thinning hair, we inject PRP across the target areas of the scalp to initiate new hair growth.