Solutions for Aging Skin

The skin is our largest organ and one we constantly show to others. To keep it looking good, it needs constant care and protection from the outside world and its negative influences. Exactly how should we take care of our skin? Unfortunately there is no correct answer that fits everyone. The basics always remain the same, such as protection against UV light and not smoking, but different people have different skin types and sensitivities that demand individualization of skin care.

As time passes, the skin undergoes many changes brought on by a variety of factors that, unfortunately, are often beyond our control:

  • heredity
  • climatic conditions, particularly sun exposure
  • diet
  • hydration
  • exposure to free radicals
  • air pollution
  • primary and secondary smoke
  • improper skin care
  • skin diseases

The signs of aging skin may appear earlier or later in life, but are usually more marked on the face, décolleté, neck, and hands, which are directly exposed to the air. They include:

  • wrinkles and fine lines
  • flaccidity
  • age spots or solar lentigo
  • red patches or rosacea
  • dull, lacklustre skin

What are your options?

Although each treatment stands on its own, Dr. Hébert has found that a combination of different treatments, depending on the outcome desired ensures the best results. What treatments will be suggested will depend on the extent of the damage to the skin and the level of treatment that you are ready for.

+ Skin Tightening and Rejuvenation

The last several years have seen a gradual decline in the use of more invasive surgical techniques, such as facelifts, in favour of alternative, less costly and less incapacitating procedures that allow for a rapid return to work and can be performed quickly and safely. Over the last few years Dr. Hébert has tried and tested different technologies and has found the following to offer the best results.

Venus Freeze™

This technology operates with innovative (MP)² technology (multi-polar radiofrequency and magnetic pulses), which helps to reverse the effects of aging skin by combining both Pulse Magnetic Fields and Radio Frequency . What does this mean? It means that the Pulse Magnetic Fields increase growth hormone responsible for the creation of miniscule blood vessels and the proliferation of dermal fibroblasts (cells that produce collagen). The RF (radio frequency) increases collagen and elastin synthesis which stimulates the self repair mechanisms of skin tissue.

The (MP)² technology improves the blood flow in the treated area which enhances the skin`s condition – improved skin circulation mean a better supply of vitamins, minerals and oxygen to skin cells, simultaneously removing toxins and waste materials. The structure of the collagen fibers are modified making them thicker and shorter which increases skin tightness. At the same time, new fibroblasts increase the number of collagen and elastin fibers improving skin tightness and elasticity resulting in wrinkle reduction.

At your consultation, Dr. Hébert first examines and decides the treatment area with you and then one of our medical estheticians will perform the procedure, which usually last between forty-five and sixty minutes. The basic treatment centers on a series of eight consecutive weekly sessions but may be extended until the desired results are obtained. Results can be seen after the first treatment.

Accent XL®

Accent XL® uses radio frequencies as an energy source and operates in two modes:

  1. Deep-acting unipolar radio-frequency waves heat the subcutaneous tissues to promote the tightening of existing collagen fibres and the realignment of subcutaneous fatty layers.
  2. Bipolar radio-frequency waves heat the dermis superficially to stimulate the formation of new collagen.

These changes have the direct effect of tightening the skin.

For the face, a basic course of two or three treatments every three or four weeks is recommended, followed by additional sessions to refine the results or maintain the desired effects. The frequency and number of follow-up treatments vary depending on the objectives.

The thirty to forty minute treatments cause little discomfort, require no preparation and leave no visible signs apart from a slight and very transitory redness. There are few contraindications, and complications are generally few or nonexistent.

This technology can also be used to firm other parts of the body, such as the abdomen, triceps area and inner thigh. It is particularly suitable for post-liposuction redraping.

Photorejuvenation with BBL™ technology

IPL Intense Pulse Light technology has been available for many years now and it is still one of the best approaches to treating aging skin. BBL™ is an innovative technology using the power of pulsed light to deliver excellent results in photorejuvenation therapy for a more youthful appearance of the skin.

It helps reducing brown spots, lentigines, superficial scars, vascular lesions (port wine stains, hemangiomas, rosacea, and telangectasias), dilated pores and small imperfections in order to restore the natural complexion of the skin.

This painless technology is risk free. Treatments last just a few minutes, leaving only a little diffuse and temporary redness. For best results, we recommend three to five treatments, a few weeks apart.

+ Resurfacing with Profractional® and Micro Laser Peel® (MLP)

The combination of fractional skin resurfacing with ProFractional® and superficial abrasion with MLP (Micro Laser Peel) is a safe and effective option for resurfacing sun- and age-damaged skin that requires minimal downtime. This approach offers the best of both worlds: it combines the effectiveness of the ablative (deeper and more abrasive) approach of CO2 or Erbium:YAG resurfacing lasers with the comfort level and convenience of a non-ablative approach.This treatment delivers results equal to those obtained with ablative lasers, but without such side effects as hypo- or hyper-pigmentation, postoperative infection, swelling, and prolonged redness. This may be used on the face, neck, chest, arms, and hands, thus offering a much more extensive range of applications than traditional ablative technologies.

Fractional resurfacing is based on the principle of selective photothermolysis, in which only a fraction of the skin is affected, leaving other areas untouched. A pre-programmed laser passes through the device’s optical lenses, penetrating the skin and producing a microscopic thermal and ablative effect without destroying the surrounding tissue. The many small damaged areas start to heal as the collagen is remodeled, and the skin grows firmer and its texture improves.

Fractional skin resurfacing improves the quality and structure of the dermis while stimulating collagen regeneration. It is recommended for:

  • treating wrinkles and fine lines
  • treating acne scars
  • treating surgical or post-traumatic scars
  • treating pregnancy spots or melasma
  • improvement of skin texture (dilated pores, crepiness of the skin)

Reepithelialization (reconstitution of new skin) occurs very quickly in the treated area, so the risk of infection is much lower than with conventional methods. Since fractional skin resurfacing is a gradual process that affects only a preset percentage of the skin, three or four sessions are usually required to treat the entire affected area. Side effects are limited to intense “sunburn-type” redness for a few days, followed by exfoliation of “dead skin.” In about a week, the skin returns to normal. Treatments are given at four or six week intervals. Sun exposure must be avoided during and between treatments.