What Can Non-Surgical Facial Rejuvenation Treat?- Charleston, SC 

As you get older, you may start to notice age spots, wrinkles, sun spots, scars, and other signs of aging on your face. These can severely affect your day-to-day activities and lower your self-esteem. Luckily, Dr. O’Neill offers non-surgical facial rejuvenation treatments for men and women.

Facial Rejuvenation

Take a look at the following procedures and what they can treat:

  • Intense Pulsed Light – IPL is used as a non-surgical treatment for reducing age spots, sun damage, redness, rosacea, broken capillaries, brown spots, and uneven skin tone. IPL can also be used for hair removal.
  • Picosure – The PicoSure laser skin rejuvenation tool targets laser light at acne scars, wrinkles, and brown spots in order to clear the skin and promote healthy, youthful skin.
  • Juviderm – Juviderm is a wrinkle-filler, injectable gel that is injected under the skin to instantly restore your skin’s volume and smooth away facial wrinkles.
  • Facial Fillers – Other manufactured facial fillers are available, like Juviderm or BOTOX, but Dr. O’Neill also uses natural fillers by injecting a patient’s own fat into the areas they’d like plumped or smoothed out.
  • Epionce – For topical skin care, the Epionce line of products is the most highly effective non-prescription skin rejuvenation line on the market. Buy Epionce in the Charleston plastic surgery clinic.
  • Neocutis – Another skin care product, Neocutis, helps to improve the appearance of sensitive, stressed and aged skin. The Swiss developed dermatological creams nourish, refresh, and revitalize the skin’s outer layer.

O’Neill Plastic Surgery

Here at O’Neill Plastic Surgery, we want you to look and feel your best. If signs of aging or 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. 

Will My Weight Re-Distribute After Liposuction?- Charleston, SC

Liposuction targets localized fat deposits that just don’t seem to go away on their own. These areas could be caused by genetics, so it sometimes can be hard to get rid of them completely.


Weight Redistribution

Everyone is born with a fixed number of fat cells. If you gain weight, they enlarge, and if you lose weight, they shrink. Liposuction permanently reduces the number of fat cells in a treated area. If you gain weight after liposuction, however, the non-treated areas will become larger. The remaining fat cells in the treated area can enlarge, but they will not multiply. For example, let’s say that you tend to hold weight in your abdomen. You opt to have liposuction on your abdomen but end up gaining weight after your procedure. Most of the weight gain will go to other areas, such as your thighs and buttocks. However, the remaining fat cells in your abdomen will also respond to the weight gain by getting bigger. This is why plastic surgeons emphasize that liposuction is not akin to weight loss surgery. The surgical procedure should only be used to reshape a problem area (e.g., abdomen, thighs, buttocks) that is disproportionately larger to the rest of the body. In addition, liposuction should only be performed on individuals that can control their weight and follow healthy lifestyle habits. Think of the operation as a way to fine-tune a specific area of the body, instead of causing allover weight loss.

Maintaining Results Long-Term

The best way to enjoy liposuction results long-term and avoid weight redistribution is to maintain your immediate post-operative weight. Exercising regularly and fueling your body with nutritious, well-balanced meals will help stave off weight gain. Many people find that after liposuction, they have extra motivation to stay in shape. After seeing the beautiful results of treatment, you are even more likely to eat right and exercise regularly.

O’Neill Plastic Surgery

Liposuction can be a good choice for people trying to get rid of that pesky area of fat that wont seem to go away with diet and exercise. Here at O’Neill Plastic Surgery, we want you to look and feel your best. If fat is affecting your daily life, you may want to consider liposuction. For any questions about the removal or reduction of fat through liposuction, call (843) 881-2130 or contact us online. 

PicoSure Laser for Tattoo Removal- Charleston, SC 

Tattoo removal is easy with new advancements in technology at O’Neill Plastic Surgery. The new PicoSure laser tattoo removal system makes it quick and easy for you to erase tattoo ink for good. From the CynoSure category of lasers, this tattoo removal tool is trustworthy, approved, effective, and safe. If you need to get rid of your ex’s name on your arm, a tacky design on your ankle, or any other kind of tattoo that you regret, you may want to look into PicoSure tattoo removal.

Tattoo Removal

How It Works

The PicoSure laser sends ultra-quick pulses of photomechanical heat energy to shatter the tattoo’s ink underneath the skin for complete removal of the tattoo. Once the laser breaks the ink particles apart, they are absorbed naturally in the body, resulting in overall clearance of the skin. For an average hand-sized tattoo, Dr. O’Neill estimates full clearance within 3 to 4 treatments. The PicoSure is the only picosecond laser platform able to treat the full color spectrum of tattoo inks with its combination laser wavelength options. 

How Long It Takes

PicoSure treatments are only about ten minutes each. They can be easily scheduled around your daily schedule, lunch breaks, or work routines. Usually, the treatments are scheduled around six to eight weeks apart. Depending on the size of the tattoo, within 3 to 4 of these treatments, your tattoo will be gone. With PicoSure technology, these treatments work faster than traditional “Q-Switched” tattoo removal systems with less pain and down time. Patients can expect full clearance with fewer treatments.

O’Neill Plastic Surgery

Here at O’Neill Plastic Surgery, we want you to look and feel your best. If you have a tattoo that your regret and want it removed, you may want to consider PicoSure laser tattoo removal. For any questions about tattoo removal or to schedule a consultation, call (843) 881-2130 or contact us online.

 Dermaplaning vs. Microdermabrasion: The Facts – Charleston, SC

Happy Fall everyone! I decided this month to blog about the differences between dermaplaning vs. microdermabrasion. I have had many patients come to me either wanting to know the differences or asking me, “What is dermaplaning and microdermabrasion?”  So, I thought it would be a great idea to get the facts out there so that you can make the best decision for yourself when you come for treatment!

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For starters, I’d just like to elaborate on the term DERMAPLANE. Quite simply, it is a fancy way of saying shaving! Just another wonderful way to exfoliate the top layer of your skin and get rid of fine vellus hair… AKA Peach Fuzz! We all have it! Some people can see and feel theirs, some can’t and some have more than others. A medical grade, straight sterile blade is used to gently stroke the face in most areas to exfoliate, or remove dead skin cells as well as vellus hair from the epidermis layer of your skin. Dermaplaning also allows for better product penetration, reduce the appearance of fine lines, even skin tone and assist in reducing milia, closed and open comedones, and minor acne breakouts associated with congested pores. You will also get an overall smoothing appearance instantly.  Now your eyes must have opened a little wider when you read, medical grade straight sterile blade. It’s ok! Your fully trained esthetician has skillfully mastered the art of dermaplaning. The blade is stroked at an angle while your skin is held taught. There is always the possibility of a slight nick especially in the areas where the curvature of your face is greatest, such as your chin and nose area. Keep in mind, the neck is not an area that should be dermaplaned.  Following the dermaplaning treatment, it’s common to have a mild peel. I typically use the Invisapeel, By Zo Skin Skin Health. The Invisapeel is unique in its own way because it self-neutralizes! This means you can leave it on overnight or for a few hours! 


Microdermabrasion has been around for quite some time and is done in either diamond tip form, or crystal form. Here at O’Neill Plastic Surgery, we use the diamond tip manual method. The effects of microdermabrasion are slightly different than dermaplaning as you will soon notice. Microdermabrasion creates abrasion, pressure, and suction during treatment leaving you with slight erythema or redness, but a smooth, clean exfoliated canvas. Now you might be asking yourself, why would I want redness and abrasion? Well, for a few reasons. Just like dermaplaning, microdermabrasion will help correct signs of aging, skin tone and texture, and other skin issues like acne scaring, HOWEVER, it is more aggressive in the way exfoliation occurs. Some prefer a more aggressive take on it rather than the gentle approach.  Normally for first timers, 1 to 2 passes are done on the face in sections at a time while skin is held taught with the pen like applicator with diamond tip attached. For patients that have had this procedure before many times, more passes are ok to do so long as the skin does not become overly irritated and suction does not create a bruising type mark or a striping appearance. Also keep in mind, that microdermabrasion does not remove vellus hair from the face. 

And what would any procedure be without applying an SPF 30+?! SPF should already be in your skin care routine every day, but it is imperative that you wear sunscreen after having a dermaplaning or microdermabrasion treatment done as it is important to wear sunscreen after any aesthetic treatment. I recommend using the ZO Skin Health Oclipse Sunscreen + Primer. 

To close out this months’ blog, I’d like to say that dermaplaning and microdermabrasion are beneficial in its own way according to your wants and needs and at O’Neill Plastic Surgery, we have the lucky opportunity to treat our patients with both. My services are here for you Monday through Friday for either treatment or for new patients, a complimentary consultation to discuss a plan of action! Our office is located in beautiful Daniel Island and our staff is among the very best. We’d love to treat you! Until next time, keep up the good work with your skin care and exfoliate!


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