Put Your Best Face Forward
Scarring from acne, unwanted brown or red spots on the face, and lines from aging are things we’d rather not see when we look in the mirror. Several cosmetic treatments— many noninvasive—can effectively reduce these skin problems that often undermine self-confidence and self-image. Asma Ansari, MD, dermatologist with the TriHealth Cosmetic Surgery & Rejuvenation Center, emphasizes the benefit of procedures she and her colleagues offer. “Some people fear that they’ll look unnatural after a cosmetic procedure. Our approach here at the center is to do things in a very natural way. We help you look like a better version of yourself.”
Outpatient Facial Treatments, With Little to No Downtime
Although the center’s facial plastic surgeons and plastic surgeons can perform complex surgeries to enhance a person’s appearance, Ansari focuses her cosmetic work on in-office procedures. She says, “We can make things very comfortable for patients. Prescription-strength numbing creams or nitrous oxide—laughing gas—make facial treatments very tolerable. People go back to school or work the next day.” Ansari describes the most common skin issues she sees on the face and techniques to improve appearance:
- Acne Scarring - Treatment is customized, depending on the type of scarring a person has. All techniques can create smoother-looking skin. A laser treatment may reduce red or pink scars. For pitted scars, a chemical peel or micro-needling can improve appearance. With micro-needling, a doctor applies a numbing agent to the scarred area and uses a needle to create micro-injuries to the skin to stimulate the healing process and produce new, healthy skin cells and collagen, the protein that gives structure to the skin. A technology called Sublative® applies radiofrequency energy in a dot matrix pattern on pitted scars. The heat energy stimulates deeper layers of the skin to generate new skin cells and collagen.
- Lines and Wrinkles - The Sublative technique is also effective for mild to moderate frown lines, forehead wrinkles, and lines around the eyes or mouth. Typically, three 10-minute treatments, four to six weeks apart, can create noticeable improvement. Most people tolerate the treatment without numbing cream. It may cause pinkness or redness for a few days.
- Pigmentation - If you have brown or red spots, such as freckles, rosacea, spider veins and age spots, caused by the sun or heredity, a light-energy laser or light-based treatment called Elos® can fade unwanted spots or veins with a handful of treatment sessions. The 10-minute treatments cause minimal discomfort, and people can resume normal activity immediately.
“We work with teens, people in their 70s, and everyone in between,” Ansari says. “We boost their self-image and make them more confident. When they see what our treatments can do, they commonly say they wish they’d done it sooner.”