Plastic Surgery Associates of Redding

Non-Surgical Procedures

The Finishing Touches…

Neuromuscular Toxins (Botox)

Appropriate for active lines or age associated wrinkles that are just starting to appear. Neuromuscular toxins are used to temporarily weaken or paralyze the muscle that is causing the wrinkle.  Botulinum Toxin type A is a family of neurotoxins that block nerve signals that cause muscles to contract.  The toxin works directly where it is placed, and thus can be artistically used to alter facial expressions.  Botox Cosmetic® is widely recognized, and was the first neurotoxin to be approved for cosmetic use in the United States.

Injectable Fillers

Soft tissue injectables are useful for treatment of firmly established wrinkles or larger lines of facial aging (such as the nasolabial folds).   Fillers restore volume to the face and can add structure as well.  Depending on the type of filler and the depth at which it is injected, you can smooth out fine lines on the surface of the skin, fill out deep lines (eg: nasolabial folds), augment soft tissues (such as the lips), or even effectively augment facial bone structure. If you are considering soft tissue fillers, it is a reasonable practice to first try short acting agents to be certain that you enjoy the effects of treatment before utilizing longer acting agents. Your physician will have their personal preference regarding a filler or neuromuscular agent that gives good results, and together you should be able to choose a treatment regime that matches your desires.

Skin Resurfacing

Chemical peels, dermabrasion, and laser resurfacing are among the main techniques used for skin resurfacing. Patients may have their skin resurfaced at almost any age. You may have certain characteristics that make you a better candidate for one technique rather than another, or your surgeon may have a preference based on his or her personal experience with the different methods.

You may be a good candidate for skin resurfacing if you have one or more of the following conditions:

  • wrinkled or sun-damaged facial skin
  • vertical wrinkles around your mouth, such as those that cause lipstick “bleed”
  • “crow’s feet” lines around your eyes and perhaps some skin laxity in your lower eyelid area
  • fine wrinkling of your upper eyelids
  • brown spots or blotchy skin coloring
  • certain precancerous skin growths
  • acne or chicken pox scars
  • superficial facial scars from a past injury

Plastic Surgery Associates of Redding physicians pride themselves in offering only the most effective choices available in designing a treatment plan customized to your specific goals.

Reconstructive Procedures

Rebuild, Repair, Restore…

There are numerous procedures and techniques used in reconstructive surgery and the process is very particular to each individual. It is best to consult with a qualified plastic surgeon to explore how best to approach your specific needs.