I Want to Get Rid of My Wrinkles. What Are My Options?- Charleston, SC 

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Wrinkles are probably the most common sign of aging. They appear as you grow older and can have a severe impact on your self-esteem and day-to-day life. Here at O’Neill Plastic Surgery, we offer many options to get rid of your problem-causing wrinkles. Here are a few you might want to look into: 

PicoSure Laser

The PicoSure is a high tech laser from the industry-leading Cynosure medical laser treatments manufacturer. PicoSure uses tried and tested laser technology to reduce wrinkles while also removing tattoos, revitalizing your skin, clearing acne scars, and reducing age spots. PicoSure delivers small bursts of photomechanical light energy to problem areas without harming other skin cells. Photomechanical light causes less cellular damage than traditional skin revitalization laser techniques. These treatments are about 10 minutes each and are scheduled six to eight weeks apart.

Dermal Fillers

RADIESSE® is a manufactured dermal filler that temporarily adds volume to help smooth wrinkles and folds on the face. Common folds and wrinkles that RADIESSE targets are the creases that around the nose and corners of your mouth. Another type of dermal filler we offer is Restylane®. Restylane® is a dermal filler made of hyaluronic acid, adding fullness to skin that has lost its natural volume. It is effective in filling facial wrinkles and folds without the need for surgery. Results typically last about six months and can be repeated as necessary.

ThermiTight® Products

ThermiRase® focuses primarily on smoothing out your frown lines. It is a longer-lasting alternative to Botox that targets and disables the facial nerves that cause glabellar frowning (the wrinkles in between your eyes). This treatment leaves you with long-lasting to permanent relaxation of the nerves that cause frown lines. Another option is ThermiSmooth Face®, which targets and smooths out features on your face including the skin around your eyes, eyelids, forehead, neck, and the area around your mouth. ThermiSmooth Face® works to combine tightened skin with new collagen to help lift sagging skin and reduce wrinkles. This procedure, like all of the other ThermiTight® treatments, is painless. 

O’Neill Plastic Surgery

Here at O’Neill Plastic Surgery, we want you to look and feel your best. If wrinkles are affecting your daily life, you may want to consider one of these treatments. For any questions about the removal or reduction of visible wrinkles, call (843) 881-2130 or contact us online. 

Treatment for Age Spots and Acne Scars – Charleston, SC

As you age, you may start to notice dark age spots and acne scars. The age spots may be new, but acne scars can significantly affect your daily life from when you were a teenager to present day. If you’re tired of trying to hide acne scars or age spots with makeup or scarves, it may be time to look into treatment options.

 

Skin Rejuvenation Laser Treatments

This type of skin treatment is non-invasive. Your doctor will use the microbeams of energy in the laser to break down old skin tissue, which stimulates your body’s natural healing process. During this process, new collagen will form and improve the texture and look of your skin. Treatment time is very short, only about 15 to 30 minutes, and results in little downtime. After the treatment, you may experience mild redness or discomfort, but will most likely be able to return to your regular activities within a day of your treatment.

 

PicoSure Laser

The PicoSure is a high tech laser from the industry-leading Cynosure medical laser treatments manufacturer. PicoSure uses tried and tested laser technology to remove tattoos, revitalize skin, clear acne scars, reduce wrinkles, and reduce age spots. To remove acne scars, PicoSure breaks up the cells under the scars and promotes smooth, supple skin with healing. The PicoSure can also remove brown spots in a quick and painless way that leaves your skin looking and feeling younger. PicoSure gently delivers short bursts of photomechanical light energy to target problem areas without causing harm to the surrounding skin. Photomechanical light causes less cellular damage than traditional skin revitalization laser techniques. These treatments are about 10 minutes each and are scheduled six to eight weeks apart.

 

O’Neill Plastic Surgery

Here at O’Neill Plastic Surgery, we want you to look and feel your best. If age spots and acne scars are affecting your daily life, you may want to consider one of these treatments. For any questions about the removal of acne scars or age spots, call (843) 881-2130 or contact us online.

 

Traditional vs Non-surgical Facelifts – Charleston

Traditional vs Non-Surgical Facelifts: Which is Better?

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If you’re thinking about getting a facelift, but aren’t sure whether to have a traditional procedure or a non-surgical one, there are a few things to consider. While both options will leave you with younger, smoother-looking skin, both kinds of procedures do have some important differences.

Traditional Face Lift

With a traditional face lift, you can expect your plastic surgeon to correct aging dilemmas, restore your rested, youthful appearance, and result in uplifted contours, improved tone in facial skin, and underlying muscle. Facelift incisions usually start at the hairline and end behind the ear. This allows access to remove fat, tighten the underlying muscle tissue, and reduce sagging skin. Sometimes, a second incision under your chin may be necessary. Shorter incisions may be used if the patient’s skin tone is good or if you want fat in the neck or mid-face sagging to be corrected. Liposuction techniques may also be included to assist with removal of excess fat. Swelling and bruising after your facelift surgery usually subsides within 2 to 4 weeks. Final results may be apparent in 1-2 months. 

Non-Surgical Face Lifts

If you feel that a traditional face lift isn’t right for you, consider a non-surgical procedure. ThermiSmooth Face is a radio frequency skin tightening system that uses heat to smooth and tighten the skin on your face. With this procedure, you can expect a painless, downtime-free experience. ThermiSmooth Face is performed using a specially designed thermistor regulated hand piece, which is supplied with the ThermiRF system. ThermiSmooth Face delivers precise heating to the skin’s surface. The treatments are gentle and patients often say it feels like receiving a warm massage. As you age, the loss of collagen in your face is the main cause of wrinkles and lines. The heating process of ThermiSmooth Face tightens skin while also promoting new collagen growth. 

O’Neill Plastic Surgery

Here at O’Neill Plastic Surgery, we want you to look and feel your best. If signs of aging are affecting your daily life, you may want to consider a face lift. For any questions about traditional face lift surgery or non-surgical face lift procedures, call (843) 881-2130 or contact us online. 

Fall- The perfect time for skin correction in Charleston, SC

 While fall is upon us, it is time to start thinking about correction.

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We did it! We survived another hot hot summer down here in the Low Country! Happy Fall Ya’ll !!  I hope you’ve done your best protecting and treating your skin well during these past few months and now the time has come to really start thinking about skin correction and protection from any past or present damage that has been done. This month, I’d like to fill you in on the products we offer here at O’Neill Plastic Surgery that will combat color correction, lifelessness, and aging skin.

I truly believe that it starts with the products we use. I recommend all of my patients to get themselves on board with Dr. Obagi’s  ZO Daily Health regimen that will provide the basic building blocks to better skin health. Cleansing, exfoliating, oil control/tone and of course protection. These basic principles implemented by Dr. Obagi prepares skin to function properly, tolerating all daily exposure and activities. These basic steps are essential in preventing and controlling, acne, rosacea, skin pigmentation problems, enlarged pores, rough and damaged skin texture. My product recommendations include; a cleanser, like Normacleanse or Foamacleanse if you like a bubbly wash (Note; For oily skin type, use Oilacleanse)  followed up by Offects Exfoliating Polish, Ossential Daily Power defense, Oclipse Sunscreen and Primer and Offects TE-Pads for pore treatment. Each of these products will provide the tools to help achieve healthier skin. It utilizes retinol, specialized enzymes and antioxidants to promote cellular function and restore and maintain youthful, healthy looking skin.

Now that you’ve gotten the basics, it’s time to go in a bit deeper creating the most effective treatment plan for your specific skin needs at a rate that you are comfortable with by making improvements, fast, moderate or gradual. ZO Medical has products to help with aging, textural, sun damaged, acneic, and rosacea. Below I’ve listed a few sample regimens for specific skin conditions and treatment with product by ZO Medical.

Anti-Aging Phase III:  (Moderate aging)

Fully developed fine lines with resting stage wrinkles, skin laxity, loss of firmness, lower face and neck, brown patches, large pores, dull rough texture

  • Offects Hydrating Cleanser
  • Offects Exfoliating Polish
  • Offects TE-Pads
  • Ossential Daily Power Defense
  • Ossential Advanced Radical Night Repair (A 1% concentration of retinol, high potency. Initially you will experience dryness, irritation and peeling. Increase frequency as tolerated)
  • Ommerse Renewal Cream (AM and PM)
  • Oclipse Sunscreen and primer
  • ADVISABLE OPTION:  C-Bright (Stabilized 10% Vitamin C for brightening and texture solutions)
  • ADVISABLE OPTION:  Growth Factor

Multi-Therapy Hydroquinone System: Bleaching and Blending

Treatment regimen is ideal for patients with pigmentation concerns, textural damage even rosacea dealing with skin discoloration, and skin inflammation that can lead to PIH. This system is also great to prepare your skin for a ZO 3-Step Peel which is a multifunctional epidermal peel treating acne, aging and pigmented skin.

  • Cleanser (as listed above in the Daily Skin Health regimen)
  • Offects Exfoliating Polish for dry skin types, or Vitascrub for oily skin types
  • Cebatrol or Offects TE-Pads for oily skin types or Balatone Calming toner for dry skin types
  • C-Bright
  • Melamin (Bleaching & Correcting Hydroquinone 4%)
  • Glycogent (Exfoliation Accelerator)
  • Ossential  Daily Power Defense
  • Melamix +Tretinoin (1 pump Melamix and 1g Tretinoin equivalent to a chocolate chip) Mild, Moderate and Aggressive options are available if so desired.
  • Hydration and Calming
  • Oclipse Sunscreen and primer

*Please note: Never stop HQ abruptly, instead transition into a non-HQ system to prevent rebound hyperpigmentation and resistance.

*Anticipated reaction to these high potency products include:  redness, dryness, itching, stinging, burning and exfoliation. These are normal skin repair responses and will ease with tolerance.

 

Combined Hyperpigmentation System (No Bleaching, Blending Only )

Great for darker skin tones restoring an overall even tone without bleaching, Improves rough texture, minimizes large pores and firms skin. Great for fine lines and wrinkles.

  • Cleanser (as listed above in the Daily Skin Health regimen per skin type)
  • Offects Exfoliating Polish for dry skin types, or Vitascrub for oily skin types
  • Cebatrol or Offects TE-Pads for oily skin types or Balatone Calming toner for dry skin types
  • C-Bright
  • Brightalive ( Non retinol, Non HQ skin brightener) or Brightenex (Non HQ, 1% Retinol for aggressive or 0.5 Retinol for moderate)
  • Ossential  Daily Power Defense
  • Melamix (Hydroquinone 4%) +Tretinoin (1 pump Melamix and 1g Tretinoin equivalent to a chocolate chip) Mild, Moderate and Aggressive options are available if so desired.
  • Hydration and Calming
  • Oclipse Sunscreen and primer

*Please note when blending is the objective (NOT BLEACHING) Use: Brightenex Skin Brightener and correcting crème in the AM and Melamix + Treninoin in the PM. Never stop hydroquinone abruptly; instead, transition into a non-hydroquinone system if pigmentation still persists to prevent rebound hyperpigmentation and resistance.

*Anticipated reaction to these high potency products include:  redness, dryness, itching, stinging, burning and exfoliation. These are normal skin repair responses and will ease with tolerance.

 

Sun Damage System (Non Hydroquinone Approach)

Ideal for mild conditions and maintenance, treats dry, dull and rough textures with visible lentigines and sun damage. Aggressive exfoliation from a retinol product will aid in cell turnover for new healthy growth while antioxidant agents will protect and repair DNA cellular structure.

  • Cleanser (as listed above in the Daily Skin Health regimen per skin type)
  • Offects Exfoliating Polish for dry skin types, or Vitascrub for oily skin types
  • Cebatrol or Offects TE-Pads for oily skin types or Balatone Calming toner for dry skin types
  • C-Bright
  • Brightenex (Non HQ, 1% Retinol for aggressive or 0.5 Retinol for moderate) or Brightalive ( Non retinol, Non HQ skin brightener if so desired for a mild approach)
  • Ossential  Daily Power Defense
  • Ossential Advanced Radical Night Repair (1% Concentrated Retinol)
  • Hydration and Calming
  • Oclipse Sunscreen and primer

 

 

Shape and Contour the Face With Dermal Fillers – Charleston, SC

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As you get older, the aspects of your face that indicate youth and health start to fade. You may notice your facial contours are fading or that you are starting to get more wrinkles, lines, or creases on your face. Luckily, there is a way to remedy these signs of aging. Dermal fillers can shape and contour your face by filling hollow areas and creases or plumping your lips. Swelling usually dissipates in less than two weeks and can produce results from a few months to several years. Here are a few of the products that Dr. O’Neill offers.

 

RADIESSE®

RADIESSE® is a manufactured dermal filler that temporarily adds volume to help smooth wrinkles and folds on the face. Common folds and wrinkles that RADIESSE targets are the creases that around the nose and corners of your mouth.

 

Restylane®

Restylane® is a dermal filler made of hyaluronic acid, adding fullness to skin that has lost its natural volume. Restylane® is effective in filling facial wrinkles and folds without the need for surgery. Results typically last about six months, and can be repeated as necessary.

 

Juvederm™

Juvederm™ injectable gel is a smooth consistency gel made of hyaluronic acid—a naturally occurring substance in your skin that helps to add volume and hydration. Dr. O’Neill eases Juvederm™ injectable gel under the skin to instantly restore your skin’s volume and smooth away facial wrinkles and folds, like your “smile lines” or “parentheses” (nasolabial folds—the creases that run from the bottom of your nose to the corners of your mouth).

 

Juvederm™ Voluma™

Juvederm™ Voluma™ is the latest of the Juvederm line of fillers created to target volume loss in specific areas including the cheeks, cheekbones, and chin. Voluma is versatile in that we can also use it to add definition to the jaw line.

 

O’Neill Plastic Surgery – Charleston, SC

Here at O’Neill Plastic Surgery, we want you to look and feel your best. With so many dermal filling options, there’s no reason to wait for younger-looking skin! If you are interested in smoothing out the lines on your face or have questions about dermal fillers, feel free to contact us at (843) 881-2130 or request an appointment online.