New Answers to Permanent Rejuvenation of Your Skin and Fat Removal
Leonard J. Torok, M.D.
Medical Director, Trillium Creek Dermatology & Surgery
With spring just around the corner (really!), the holidays a distant memory and the season for more skin exposure rapidly approaching, Trillium Creek can help you along with your resolution to look and feel better!
Whether it’s laser treatments for winter-tired skin or lipodissolve for those problem body areas that just won’t respond to exercise, Dr. Leonard Torok, medical director at Trillium Creek, days the technology is now available to rejuvenate and jump-start your warmer weather makeover.
Laser correction at Trillium Creek can offer results similar to traditional plastic surgery for many skin conditions without the associated pain, downtime and expense. Dr. Torok says, “The technology available today allows patients to get a more natural correction of scarring, wrinkling and the problems of aging skin more easily than undergoing plastic surgery. These new treatments do not alter your appearance in an unnatural way.”
Trillium Creek uses several lasers, such as intense pulsed light (IPL), to produce the look you want. Each treatment works differently, depending on the condition being treated.
As for areas of the body where fat has deposited and exercise isn’t helping – such as the abdomen, arms, thighs, knees, neck, back, bra line, hips or saddlebags – lipodissolve can permanently make fat cells disappear.
Let’s take a look at each modality:
“IPL is a light-based system where specific colors of light are put into the skin with a short pulse,” Dr. Torok explains. “Red light is specific to removing abnormal blood vessels, brown light removes brown age spots, while the normal surrounding tissue is unaffected.”
IPL has excellent results with spider veins, enlarged facial veins, rosy cheeks, mild to moderate acne, freckles, age marks and facial wrinkles.
“IPL has the secondary benefit of shrinking the sebaceous (oil) glands, which decrease the size or pores, as an added aesthetic benefit,” Dr. Torok says. “For the same reason, it is also a good treatment for controlling mild-to-moderate acne. IPL is combined with extraction of the sebaceous glands for a longer lasting reduction in acne. The IPL treatments can be combined with topical application that increase the effects of the treatment.”
IPL also reverses sun damage to the skin. Preliminary tests have shown it to be able to remove approximately 70 percent of future-developing skin cancer in those areas treated with IPL.
The erbium laser can be absorbed by water, so it can affect all tissues that contain water. It is mainly used for remodeling tissue that has been scarred or has become wrinkled with age.
“The erbium laser allows us to smooth the skin around scars. Since the skin replaces itself every three weeks, the erbium laser creates a new wound with a smooth surface. The skin then replaces itself following the smooth contour of the new wound,” he says.
The erbium laser is used to remove scars from acne and other wounds as well as the laxity and pigmentation problems associated with aging skin.
Lipodissolve is a nonsurgical treatment that uses a combination of medications to dissolve unwanted fat in any part of the body. Results can be seen in as little as one or two sessions. A combination of phosphatidylcholine and other medications administered through a series of micro-injections permanently dissolve fat. The fat cells break down within a few weeks and are removed from the area by a natural healing process. Following two or three treatments, the end result is a smooth, natural look without the unwanted fat.
Not sure what procedure is right for you? No problem. Dr. Torok suggests a consultation appointment at which time your goals and the best potions for attaining them will be discussed.
“Everyone’s skin responds differently to lasers and lipodissove,” he says. “In the consultation, if we decide on a laser treatment, we will do a test patch area to see how your skin reacts to the laser. Each patient gets a customized protocol, depending on the area of the body to be treated and what the patient desires.”