Are you planning some fun events for Spring? You could use non-invasive cosmetic surgery treatments to rejuvenate your skin and give your face a younger and smoother appearance. Do you have acne scars? Some sun damage? Any mild or moderate discoloration?

There are different ways to rejuvenate the skin. One is to remove the top surface and let it regrow with tighter cells that give a smoother and younger appearance. This can be done with a chemical peel or laser skin resurfacing, both of which procedures stimulate the skin to produce more collagen. Collagen is a fibrous protein found throughout the body and in the skin’s middle layer, it forms a matrix with elastin to support the skin surface and keep it smooth.

Another way to rejuvenate the skin is to use a facial filler. There are many to choose from and each works in a somewhat different way. Some are based on hyaluronic acid, a substance also found throughout the body. It attracts water and bonds to it. When a filler using hyaluronic acid is injected beneath the skin surface, it has the effect of plumping up the area because of the extra water attracted and held there. Restylane® is a popular example of a facial filler based on hyaluronic acid.

Radiesse® is a filler that works a different way. It consists of a gel filled with tiny spheres of calcium hydroxyapatite. The gel gives immediate support to the skin, creating smoothness, but the body soon absorbs it. Then the microspheres take over, contributing to the collagen matrix under the skin surface, and filling any age-related gaps in it from decreased production of collagen.

Of course, there is also BOTOX® Cosmetic, which works yet another way, by temporarily paralyzing the muscle where it is injected. For three or four months, that muscle will be unable to receive messages from the brain telling it to contract. BOTOX® Cosmetic works well for frown lines and horizontal forehead lines. In some cases it is also good for crows’ feet and laugh lines, and also the fine lines that develop around the lips.

At The Cosmetic Surgical Center, we offer all the above procedures for facial rejuvenation and we invite you to contact us for a free consultation with Dr. Rai.