What is Aesthetic Medicine?

Aesthetic Medicine, also known as cosmetic medicine, is a branch of medicine that focuses on enhancing a person’s appearance using non-surgical or minimally invasive cosmetic procedures. It involves procedures that are designed to improve the overall appearance of the skin, face, body, and hair.

Aesthetic medicine includes a wide range of treatments, including injectable fillers, neurotoxins (such as Botox), chemical peels, microdermabrasion, laser hair removal, and various skin rejuvenation treatments such as microneedling and radiofrequency.

These treatments can address a variety of cosmetic concerns, such as wrinkles, fine lines, sun damage, hyperpigmentation, acne scars, and loss of volume in the face. Some aesthetic procedures can also be used for body contouring, such as liposuction, non-surgical fat reduction, and cellulite treatments.

Aesthetic medicine is usually performed by licensed medical professionals, such as dermatologists, plastic surgeons, and aesthetic nurses, and can be tailored to meet the specific needs and goals of each individual. The goal of aesthetic medicine is to help individuals feel more confident and comfortable in their appearance by achieving a natural-looking, youthful, and refreshed look.

Botox® Injections

Botox itself is a muscle relaxer made from bacteria. It’s been on the market for over two decades and has been used to treat neurological disorders that cause muscle weakness. It’s also used for the treatment of migraines and other medical conditions.

For wrinkle treatment, Botox is primarily used to treat dynamic wrinkles. These wrinkles occur naturally around the eyes and mouth and in between your eyebrows. They become more pronounced with age. Botox injections relax the muscles near these wrinkles. Not allowing the muscles to move reduces the appearance of dynamic wrinkles.

Botox is not used for fine lines caused by collagen breakdown.

Your healthcare provider will inject the muscles that contribute to the specific wrinkles you want to be treated. The injection process takes just a few minutes, with noticeable results within two weeks.

Dermal Filler Injections

Dermal fillers also treat wrinkles on the face. They’re primarily used to treat smile lines, though the fillers can also plump up the lips or cheeks. Sometimes, they’re used for hand treatments or to reduce the appearance of scars. Dermal fillers aren’t approved for plumping up other areas of the body, though, such as the breasts.

Dermal fillers come in different forms; like Botox, they’re injectable. Some are temporary and used primarily for soft tissues in the face along the smile lines. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the following options:

  • calcium hydroxylapatite (Radiesse), a temporary gel solution that lasts for 18 months
  • collagen, a quick material that lasts for up to four months
  • hyaluronic acid, a quick material that loses its effect after 6 to 12 months
  • poly-L-lactic acid (Sculptra, Sculptra Aesthetic), a man-made material that lasts about two years
  • polymethylmethacrylate beads, the only permanent type of dermal filler available

PRP Treatments

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) procedures are medical treatments that involve the use of a person’s own blood, specifically their platelets, to promote healing and tissue regeneration.

During a PRP procedure, a small sample of the person’s blood is drawn and then processed to separate the platelets from the other components of the blood. The concentrated platelets, which contain growth factors and other proteins that promote healing, are then injected back into the person’s body at the site of an injury or tissue damage.

In orthopedics, PRP procedures are commonly used to treat osteoarthritis, tendonitis, and muscle injuries. They are also used in dermatology to treat hair loss and in cosmetic surgery to promote tissue regeneration and skin rejuvenation. PRP procedures are still evolving, and their effectiveness for different conditions is still being studied. It is essential to consult with a medical professional to determine if PRP is a suitable treatment option for your particular medical condition.

Treatments Available

Vampire Facial

The Vampire Facial is a non-invasive treatment utilizing the patient’s own blood to enhance collagen growth and healthy new tissue regeneration.

Before your treatment, you will undergo a thorough consultation to determine your suitability and expectations of the treatment. This may be done separately before your treatment or on the same day.

Hair Restoration

City Health Services will take you one step closer to fighting hair loss that has already begun and stopping it before it worsens. The procedure is minimally-invasive and produces some of the best results available on the market when compared to other non-surgical options.

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