How Long do Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Procedures Last?

How Long do Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Procedures Last?

shutterstock_123714850-300x300 How Long do Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Procedures Last? Rancho Mirage | Palm SpringsWhen an individual is considering undergoing plastic surgery, one of their key concerns will be to know what outcomes they should expect and how long the results will last. The sustainability of the outcomes should be a key element in their decision to choose a procedure.

When the longevity of the results is taken into account, it will not helps meet the patient’s post-op expectations, but also their budget and lifestyle. It is also important for a patient to determine the right time in their life to undergo specific procedures.

Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) provides safe and proven cosmetic plastic surgery procedures to patients in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and surrounding communities. 

Factors that Affect Longevity of Results

Some vital factors to know about long-term cosmetic surgery results are as follows:

Implants will require replacement

During the pre-operative consultation, many women request for larger breast implants. But a committed surgeon will let patients know if their choice may not be appropriate for their body type. Breast implants do not ‘expire,’ but they are not guaranteed to sustain for a lifetime. 

The average saline or silicone implants may last from between one to two decades. For this reason, women seeking an augmentation will need to budget to get their implants replaced.

A balanced lifestyle is vital for body sculpting

Irrespective of the age that a person chooses to receive plastic surgery, certain procedures necessitate permanent lifestyle changes for long-lasting outcomes. Liposuction and abdominoplasty must be paired with a balanced and active lifestyle for sustainable outcomes. If the patient is not committed to keeping the weight off, they might regain it in other areas.

Fat transfer breast augmentation or breast reduction offers permanent results, but weight gain or loss can affect breast size. Therefore, the patient will need to maintain a healthy and stable weight after the surgery.

Surgery cannot stop the aging process

Gravity will continue to push down on the skin, and over time, the soft tissues will become susceptible to that pressure. A facelift will not appear as ‘fresh’ as it did in the initial month or so following surgery.

Nearly 20 percent of facelift patients return around seven years after a procedure, requesting revisions or further tightening. Signs of aging usually manifest around the eyes initially, and even after an eyelift, they too will continue to age. For this reason, upper blepharoplasty surgery needs to be repeated after five to seven years.

The patient can enable the outcomes of facial rejuvenation surgery to sustain for a longer duration by remaining hydrated and using a high SPF sunscreen on a daily basis. They should also avoid drinking and smoking, which also leads to premature aging. 

Does the patient’s age make a difference?

The age of a person considering plastic surgery is not the determining factor. If a person is healthy and does not suffer from conditions such as diabetes, osteoporosis, or high blood pressure, they could still be a suitable surgery candidate.

There are some procedures, which, if not undertaken before a specific age, won’t offer the most optimal or long-lasting outcomes. An example of this is that if a person undergoes a facelift in their forties and fifties, they will typically accomplish better outcomes due to the relatively better elasticity in their skin compared to someone receiving the procedure later in life.

Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Suzanne Quardt receives patients from Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and nearby areas for advanced and effective cosmetic, plastic and reconstructive surgery procedures. 

To learn more about the plastic surgery treatments and procedures performed by Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) please contact us at 760-324-2660. To learn more about Dr. Q’s Medical Spa please visit drqmedicalspa.com

Dr. Q receives patients from Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and other suburbs and towns in this part of California.

Spider Vein Treatment

shutterstock_85988695-300x200 Spider Vein Treatment Rancho Mirage | Palm SpringsSpider veins refer to tiny blood vessels that twist and turn and can be seen through the skin. They may appear blue, red, or purple. Spider veins are usually visible on the face, chest, or legs. They can occur due to genetics, jobs that necessitate standing for long durations, obesity, and other factors. 

Several patients with spider veins are unhappy about the appearance of the affected site(s). Others may experience painful cramping, aching, throbbing, or other uncomfortable symptoms. CO2RE is an innovative laser system that can target and treat a wide range of skin issues, including spider veins.

Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) provides safe and proven spider vein treatments to patients in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and surrounding communities. 

What is Laser Spider Vein Removal Treatment?

For people seeking spider vein treatment for aesthetic or medical reasons, there are various options available today, including laser spider vein removal. In spider vein laser treatment, laser energy is used to close the diseased veins. The heat emitted by the laser causes micro-damage to the vein, which converts into scar tissue. 

This eventually causes the vein to collapse and close off. Once the vein is fully closed, the blood naturally reroutes to a healthier vein for continuous circulation. Laser spider vein removal may be an appealing alternative to sclerotherapy for some patients, which is a procedure that uses injections to create the same outcome. 

What is the Difference between Spider Vein Laser Removal and Sclerotherapy?

Both spider vein laser removal and sclerotherapy create similar results. But spider vein laser treatment is undertaken without the involvement of needles or injections. 

In this procedure, a laser beam is applied on the surface of the skin. It may also involve the use of a specialized vein viewer, which enables the provider to detect the vein that requires treatment with a high level of accuracy.

This is an appealing treatment option for patients who are uncomfortable with needs. Both procedures cause the vein to eventually close up, after which the blood naturally reroutes to another healthy vein.

A vein may take up to one to two years to fully disappear following spider vein laser treatments. In general, it takes lesser time for a vein to close after sclerotherapy.

Does Laser Spider Vein Removal cause any Side Effects?

One or more of the following side effects may occur near the treatment site(s) with laser spider vein removal:

  • Blister development
  • Skin discoloration
  • Minor discomfort

What are the Advantages of Laser Spider Vein Removal?

The advantages of receiving spider vein laser treatment include:

  • No involvement of needles
  • Non-invasive treatment
  • Highly effective
  • No downtime
  • Can be undertaken on an outpatient basis

Laser Resurfacing Benefits

Patients typically choose to undergo laser skin resurfacing as an alternative to more expensive and invasive surgical options. Unlike surgery, laser resurfacing treatments:

  • Cause minimal (if any) discomfort
  • Are targeted procedures, addressing only the designated skin area, which prevents skin lightening (hypopigmentation) or damage to the surrounding skin tissue
  • Quickly and consistently create remarkable clinical results
  • Present a low risk of treatment side effects
  • Require minimal, if any, post-treatment downtime
  • Are safe and suitable for use on all types of skin

Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Suzanne Quardt receives patients from Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and nearby areas for advanced and effective spider vein treatments.

To learn more about the plastic surgery treatments and procedures performed by Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) please contact us at 760-324-2660. To learn more about Dr. Q’s Medical Spa please visit drqmedicalspa.com

Dr. Q receives patients from Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and other suburbs and towns in this part of California.

Skin Lesion Removal Laser Treatment

shutterstock_116665918-200x300 Skin Lesion Removal Laser Treatment Rancho Mirage | Palm SpringsA skin lesion is an abnormal bump, lump, sore, ulcer, or colored area on the skin. Common skin lesions include actinic keratosis or moles, among others. Laser treatments can effectively eliminate most types of benign and raised skin lesions. 

Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) provides safe and proven laser therapy to patients in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and surrounding locations.

CO2RE Laser for Treating Skin Lesions

The CO2RE’s multi-wavelength platform is meant to target aging, sun-damaged skin by focusing on the compromised tissue. The laser beam penetrates to exact depths beneath the surface of the skin, gently eliminating damaged skin cells, accelerating the production of collagen, and developing new, healthy skin cells. 

This innovative laser technology has the capability to target and correct a wide array of skin issues, including skin lesions. CO2RE laser can be used to eliminate benign raised skin lesions, such as:

  • Papilloma
  • Raised birthmarks
  • Keratosis
  • Moles (not on the sole)
  • Miliums
  • Xanthelasmas
  • Pigment spots
  • Other benign skin lesions

The laser eliminates a skin lesion fully without scarring the skin, unlike traditional surgery. Certain skin lesions begin to re-grow after some time and necessitate repeated procedures. Prior to the treatment, the doctor will evaluate the patient’s skin carefully. They may recommend surgery if there is a suspicion that the skin lesion is cancerous.

Procedure 

The laser provider may apply local anesthesia to the treatment area during the laser skin removal procedure. They will target the laser beam over the skin lesion and activate the light pulse. At this time, the patient might experience a little sting. 

The treated site will have a whitish appearance after the treatment. The laser beam goes into the skin, and the uppermost skin layer and melanin pigment will absorb the light energy. The thermal effect quickly heats melanin, which is isolated from the dermis. This enables the easy removal of the pigmented lesion with sterile gauze. 

After the Procedure

The patient may experience skin redness and light crusting after the treatment, which will resolve within five to seven days. If necessary, the next treatment can be undertaken after four to six weeks. 

  • The treated site should not be exposed to the sun for at least two months, and the patient should apply protective sunscreen SPF 50
  • The treated area should not be washed for 24 hours
  • The patient should avoid swimming pools and sauna for at least ten days

Why Choose CO2RE Laser Skin Resurfacing?

The CO2RE platform has a total of six distinct treatment modalities for maximum versatility:

  • CO2RE Light: For a more superficial treatment targeting the uppermost layer of the epidermis
  • CO2RE Mid: For a slightly more robust fractional ablative effect, penetrating the dermis more deeply
  • CO2RE Deep: Penetrates into the dermis for the maximum fractional ablative effect
  • CO2RE Fusion: Provides an innovative blend of depth and intensity to optimize the treatment of both the dermis and epidermis at the same time

Other Advantages

  • A traditional laser resurfacing mode
  • An excision mode for minor dermal excisions

The CO2RE system’s multi-purpose functionality enables the laser specialist to meticulously customize a complete skin rejuvenation plan, depending on the specific needs of the patient. This plan includes the exact amount of ablative and/or non-ablative fractional treatment necessary to achieve the patient’s desired goals. 

Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Suzanne Quardt receives patients from Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and nearby areas for advanced laser solutions.

To learn more about the plastic surgery treatments and procedures performed by Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) please contact us at 760-324-2660. To learn more about Dr. Q’s Medical Spa please visit drqmedicalspa.com

Dr. Q receives patients from Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and other suburbs and towns in this part of California.

Pigment Correction Treatment For Age Spots, Liver Spots, Melisma, and More

shutterstock_94196869-300x300 Pigment Correction Treatment For Age Spots, Liver Spots, Melisma, and More Rancho Mirage | Palm SpringsAge spots are also known as solar lentigines and liver spots, and they refer to small dark areas on the skin. They differ in size and typically appear on the face, shoulder, arms, and hands-areas that receive the most sun exposure. 

Age spots are quite common in adults over 50. However, younger people can get them too, particularly if they spend a lot of time outdoors. Age spots can appear similar to cancerous growths. However, true age spots are benign and do not require treatment. For aesthetic purposes, these skin aberrations can be lightened with skin-bleaching agents or removed. 

Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) provides treatments for age spots, liver spots, and melisma to patients in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and surrounding communities.

Treatment Options

If a person wants their age spots, liver spots or melisma conditon to be less visible, non-surgical treatments are available to lighten or remove them. As the pigment is located at the base of the epidermis (uppermost skin layers), any treatments designed to lighten these skin imperfections must go through this layer of skin. 

The treatment for age spots, liver spots and melisma may include:

Drugs

Prescription bleaching creams (hydroquinone) used by itself or in combination with retinoids (tretinoin) and a mild steroid may slowly fade the spots over several months. It’s sagacious to use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30 for people using medication treatments. The treatments may cause temporary redness, itching, dryness, or burning. 

Laser and Intense Pulsed Light Therapy 

Laser and intense pulsed light therapies destruct melanin-producing cells (melanocytes) without causing damage to the surface of the skin. In general, treatments with a laser or intense pulsed light necessitate two to three sessions for best outcomes. 

Following treatment, age spots fade slowly over several weeks or months. Laser therapy involves only a few side effects. However, it may cause slight skin discoloration. It is important for the patient to undertaken proper sun protection measures after laser or intense pulsed light therapy.

The CO2RE’s multi-wavelength platform is meant to target age spots by precisely target the damaged tissue. The laser beam penetrates to exact depths beneath the skin’s surface, and the damaged skin cells are gently eliminated. The treatment initiates the natural healing process of the body, accelerates collagen production, and the development of new, healthy skin cells.

Dermabrasion and Microdermabrasion 

Dermabrasion involves sanding down, or planning, the superficial skin later with a rapidly rotating brush. This procedure eliminates the skin surface, and a new skin layer grows in its place. They may need to undergo the procedure more than one time. Temporary scab formation and redness may occur with this treatment. 

Microdermabrasion is a less aggressive technique that eliminated mild skin blemishes to reveal smoother skin. The patient will require a series of procedure over months to achieve the full effect. For people with rosacea or tiny red veins on their face, this procedure could worsen the condition. 

Chemical Peels 

In a chemical peel, the provider will apply an acid on the patient’s face. This will burn the topmost skin layer. The skin will peel, and new skin will replace it. Multiple treatments may be necessary for optimal results. 

After this treatment, sun protection is strongly recommended. The patient may experience temporary redness, and there is a slight risk of permanent changes in the color of the skin.

Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Suzanne Quardt receives patients from Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and nearby areas for the treatment of age spots, liver spots, and melisma.

To learn more about the plastic surgery treatments and procedures performed by Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) please contact us at 760-324-2660. To learn more about Dr. Q’s Medical Spa please visit drqmedicalspa.com

Dr. Q receives patients from Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and other suburbs and towns in this part of California.

Laser Skin Resurfacing

shutterstock_77706547-200x300 Laser Skin Resurfacing Rancho Mirage | Palm SpringsAdvanced laser-based techniques provide an effective solution for patients who want to rejuvenate their skin appearance in a non-surgical manner. Some advanced laser technologies available today to reduce the signs of aging include the CO2RE multi-wavelength laser system.

Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) provides laser skin rejuvenation treatments to patients in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and surrounding communities. 

How does it work?

Laser skin resurfacing involves using fractionated CO2 lasers to precisely eliminate the uppermost layers of compromised skin to reveal smoother, more youthful skin without using plastic surgery. The benefit of the fractionated laser beam is that the light is rapidly pulsed, which enables minimal heat exposure to the skin and allow the normal surrounding tissue to be preserved. 

The laser heat goes into the deeper tissue to promote new collagen production. This improves prominent wrinkles and creases on the surface, volumizes skin from within, and offers significantly age-defying results for the skin. 

The laser skin resurfacing is a high precision procedure. It can reduce the effects of fine lines and wrinkles on the face, brighten the complexion, and reveal more youthful skin that lies beneath the uppermost compromised layers. 

The laser skin resurfacing procedure can also correct moderate to deep lines and wrinkles as well as address conditions such as irregular pigmentation, photo damage, benign lesions, and pre-cancerous spots. 

Treatment Experience 

CO2RE multi-wavelength laser treatment does not damage the surrounding normal tissue and skin. The procedure can be undertaken without anesthesia. One treatment session takes between 30 to 45 minutes to complete. During the procedure, the patient will feel a gentle warming sensation as the laser device is moved across the impacted areas. 

After the treatment session, the patient may have a warm, tingling sensation in the treated site for nearly 30 minutes. There may be slight redness in certain cases, which will subside within a few hours. The CO2RE laser skin resurfacing procedure does not involve any downtime, and the patient can resume their routine activities immediately after the treatment session. 

A majority of patients will need a series of three to five treatments spaced one month apart to accomplish optimal outcomes. The patient should receive quarterly treatments to maintain and extend the cosmetic benefits. The treatment can also be undertaken safely during the summer months.

Cosmetic Improvements

Laser skin resurfacing using CO2RE technology can effectively eliminate the initial signs of aging through the production of fresh collagen and renewed skin cell growth. 

The treatment will restore a more youthful and healthy complexion as well as rejuvenate the skin appearance. Pigmentation issues, acne scars, enlarged pores, and acne scars can also be addressed with this procedure. 

Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Suzanne Quardt receives patients from Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and nearby areas for laser skin rejuvenation treatments.

To learn more about the plastic surgery treatments and procedures performed by Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) please contact us at 760-324-2660. To learn more about Dr. Q’s Medical Spa please visit drqmedicalspa.com

Dr. Q receives patients from Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and other suburbs and towns in this part of California.

Pigment Correction Treatment

shutterstock_9360046-197x300 Pigment Correction Treatment Rancho Mirage | Palm SpringsPeople who are bothered by pigmentation or dark spots and seek a CO2 laser treatment to correct their skin should ensure that they add a topical regimen to their list. 

A combination of laser treatments with or without topical therapy can help patients attain the most effective outcomes for moderate to severe skin pigmentation. On top of this, they get the advantage of improved overall collagen development. 

Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) provides pigment correction treatments to patients in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and surrounding locations.

Remove Dark Spots

Dark spots, called hyperpigmentation, are quite common when the skin ages. This occurs due to the overstimulation of pigment-producing cells, or melanocytes, in the body. 

These cells can be promoted to deposit pigment by inflammation, sun-damage, skin injury, and various medical conditions. Over time, the collection of these darkened sites can lead to an overall irregular skin tone that may be challenging to treat with over the counter topical skincare products.

Where to Begin

Patients should begin pre-treating their skin with hydroquinone and Retin-A topical therapy one month before their CO2 laser treatment. This helps prevent transient hyperpigmentation that may develop after laser therapy

Hydroquinone refers to a medical-grade topical that is used to treat skin pigmentation. It has a lightening effect. When used properly, it can reduce the appearance of dark spots.

A topical retinoid, such as Retin-A, is also a cornerstone of therapy if the patient seeks photo-aging treatment. Retinoid helps enhance collagen and improve pigment aberrations. 

Laser Therapy for Pigmentation Correction

Laser therapy addresses pigmentation by destructing the uppermost skin layers and promoting re-epithelialization and cell turnover in the deeper skin layers. This eliminates pigmentation and restructures collagen to soften dark spots and eliminate wrinkles. 

A majority of people will need one or two laser treatments for effective outcomes. The recovery period from a laser procedure is typically around one week for total skin resurfacing. Depending on the intensity of the treatment, the redness may persist for several weeks.  

Post-Laser Treatment Care

Right after the laser treatment, the treatment provider will recommend a post-laser skincare regimen to calm and protect the skin during re-epithelialization. The combination of Retin-A and hydroquinone should be re-established four to six weeks after the laser treatment. 

A possibility of developing new dark spots over time still exists, even after laser treatment. Therefore, it is a good idea to continue topical therapy to prevent the re-occurrence of hyperpigmentation and protect post-laser outcomes. 

A combination of topical therapy and laser treatment is an effective way to derive the best results with the highest sustainability from the laser treatment. 

Why Choose CO2RE Laser Skin Resurfacing?

The CO2RE system comprises six distinct treatment modes for maximum versatility:

  • CO2RE Light: For more superficial treatment targeted at the uppermost layer of the epidermis
  • CO2RE Mid: For a slightly stronger ablative effect, penetrating the dermis at a deeper level
  • CO2RE Deep: Offers the deepest fractional ablative effect by penetrating into the dermis
  • CO2RE Fusion: Offers a unique amalgamation of intensity and depth to optimize treatment of both the epidermis and dermis at the same time

Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Suzanne Quardt receives patients from Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and nearby areas for pigment correction treatments. 

To learn more about the plastic surgery treatments and procedures performed by Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) please contact us at 760-324-2660. To learn more about Dr. Q’s Medical Spa please visit drqmedicalspa.com

Dr. Q receives patients from Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and other suburbs and towns in this part of California.

Laser Skin Tightening Treatments

shutterstock_96078836-199x300 Laser Skin Tightening Treatments Rancho Mirage | Palm SpringsIn laser skin tightening, an infrared light source, or laser, is used to tighten the skin by heating the collagen beneath the skin’s surface, causing the skin to constrict (tighten). 

This is a minimally invasive and non-surgical procedure. Facial skin tightening is instantly noticeable after the treatment. This procedure does not involve any downtime, which makes it an increasingly sought-after treatment. 

Over the next few months, further skin tightening occurs. However, optimal outcomes typically necessitate two or three treatments spaced nearly a month apart. Laser skin tightening has received FDA-clearance for the reduction of wrinkles, fine lines, and skin laxity. 

The outcomes of laser skin tightening may not be as dramatic as those of facelift surgery, but patients enjoy moderate outcomes with no downtime. Another benefit of laser skin tightening is that it is safe and effective for restoring a tauter, more youthful appearance to skin in virtually any area of the body. 

Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) provides laser skin tightening treatments to patients in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and surrounding communities. 

Collagen Regeneration with Laser

Skin tightening treatment promotes the production of new collagen in the treated sites as well as encourages the absorption of more collagen from the surrounding, untreated regions. 

Laser skin tightening patients immediately notice softer, smoother, and more youthful-looking skin due to the regeneration of natural collagen. The effects continue to enhance over the next few months after this procedure as the skin’s natural stores of collagen are slowly replenished. 

What to Expect During a Laser Skin Tightening Session

Prior to a skin tightening treatment session, it is vital for a patient to remove all sunscreens, oils, makeup, and any other substances from the skin. After this, the laser skin tightening provider will apply a topical anesthetic cream to the region to be treated as well as provide the patient with protective eye shields. 

As laser skin tightening treatment is non-ablative, the patient will not require any additional anesthetic. Some patients with an especially low tolerance for discomfort may choose to take an OTC pain medicine before the treatment. 

Laser skin tightening is undertaken in the medspa or the surgeon’s office. In the laser skin tightening session, the provider will use a handpiece to apply short pulses of laser energy to the skin. The laser will emit a continuous burst of cool air to ensure that the patient remains comfortable.

Most laser skin tightening systems necessitate the provider to pass over the treatment site three times for optimal outcomes. The treatment session may last between 30 minutes to one hour, depending on the location and size of the treatment area. 

After the Treatment

Patients can immediately resume their normal routine or work after a laser skin tightening treatment. The procedure involves minimal side effects, which may include redness, minor inflammation, or a warm sensation to the skin. The side effects of this procedure typically resolve by themselves within a few hours. 

The most effective laser skin tightening treatments offer permanent outcomes as the collagen underneath the skin is regenerated, creating a more youthful appearance. Skin tightening with lasers is a safe and predictable technique to mitigate the effects of time. 

Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) receives patients from Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and nearby areas for laser-based anti-aging skin treatments.

To learn more about the plastic surgery treatments and procedures performed by Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) please contact us at 760-324-2660. To learn more about Dr. Q’s Medical Spa please visit drqmedicalspa.com

Dr. Q receives patients from Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and other suburbs and towns in this part of California.

Laser Treatments to Remove Stretch Marks

shutterstock_197939390-300x200 Laser Treatments to Remove Stretch Marks Rancho Mirage | Palm SpringsLaser stretch mark removal involves the removal of striae, or stretch marks using laser resurfacing. It works by eliminating the outer skin layer to help restructure the overlying skin. 

In this procedure, beams of light are delivered in concentrated amounts to promote new growth. It cannot eliminate stretch marks entirely, but laser removal may help make the striae smoother, thereby softening their appearance. 

There are two types of lasers that are used for skin resurfacing: ablative and non-ablative lasers. Ablative lasers, such as CO2, and Erbium YAG, treat stretch marks by destructing the topmost skin layer. The newly produced skin tissues will be smoother in appearance and texture. 

Non-ablative lasers, such as Fraxel, do not decimate the uppermost skin layer. Rather, they target the underlying regions of the skin’s surface to encourage collagen growth from within. 

Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) provides laser skin rejuvenation treatments to patients in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and surrounding locations.

Laser Treatment Time and Recovery 

Fortunately, each procedure is relatively fast in terms of time taken. Ablative lasers can take around an hour and a half. On the other hand, non-ablative treatments can be completed in as little as 30 minutes. 

Laser therapy is considered to be a non-invasive treatment. This means that no surgical incisions are involved in the procedure. For this reason, the recovery is much shorter in comparison to traditional surgery. Still, the patient should at the very least plan to take time off on the day of their treatment.

The total time taken to complete the procedure may range between 30 and 90 minutes, depending on the type of laser used. This excludes the time spent on filling out paperwork and preparation time prior to the procedure.

The patient may notice that their skin is slightly red or pink after each treatment session. This is normal and should resolve within a few weeks. Ablative lasers are most effective in the treatment of striae. 

However, they also have the most side-effects due to their aggressive nature. These side-effects include mild discomfort and raw skin. The skin will also scab over prior to revealing new tissues around the stretch marks. 

Some individuals choose to take several days off work after the procedure, depending on the treatment area and the type of laser used. 

It may be several months before the full outcomes are apparent, especially in the case of non-ablative lasers. 

How long do the results last?

In general, laser specialists say that skin resurfacing treatments for stretch mark removal can sustain for years. However, this is contingent on how well the patient takes care of their skin.

At times, stretch marks only require one ablative laser treatment. But non-ablative treatments are not as vigorous. According to ASAPS estimates, the patient will require, on average, between one and six non-ablative treatments. 

The cost of each treatment will usually be the same as the initial session. However, the provider may offer rebates for multiple sessions. The patient will need to wait three to four weeks between every session. 

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons states that after the skin has fully healed and the final session is complete, the results may last for years. Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) receives patients from Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and nearby areas for laser skin rejuvenation treatments.

To learn more about the plastic surgery treatments and procedures performed by Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) please contact us at 760-324-2660. To learn more about Dr. Q’s Medical Spa please visit drqmedicalspa.com

Dr. Q receives patients from Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and other suburbs and towns in this part of California.

Laser Treatments to Remove Birthmarks

shutterstock_121227760-200x300 Laser Treatments to Remove Birthmarks Rancho Mirage | Palm SpringsA birthmark refers to a congenital, benign aberration on the skin which is present at birth or develops shortly after birth, typically in the first month of life. They can develop in any location on the skin. 

Birthmarks may develop for various reasons, including an excess of pigmentation or grouping of blood vessels. Laser treatments can effectively address all types of birthmarks. However, some types may necessitate a higher number of treatment sessions than others. 

Laser therapy involves the use of an intense but gentle light beam on birthmarks, without causing harm to the adjacent normal tissue. It may sound severe to have a birthmark removed with a laser. But in reality, it is a safe and sophisticated procedure. 

The practitioner will use a laser with a light wave chosen for the particular color of the birthmark to disintegrate the mark until it subsides. This disintegration happens over the course of multiple treatments and does not leave behind any scars. 

Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) provides laser skin rejuvenation treatments to patients in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and surrounding communities. 

Advantages of Laser Light Therapy for Birthmarks

  • Birthmarks are very treatable with laser or light therapy
  • It is a realistic goal to expect 70 to 90 percent lightening.
  • Depending on the type of birthmark, treatments can be repeated every one to three months until the patient’s objective is accomplished.
  • Minimal pain and recovery time.
  • Non-invasive procedure. 

Which Laser Birthmark Removal Treatment is Appropriate for you?

The laser used for the treatment will depend on the color and type of birthmark that an individual patient has, and this will be determined at the time of the pre-treatment consultation. 

In case a patient has a vascular birthmark, the provider may use a more intensive laser technique, which emits a laser light beam to heat up the defective blood vessels that form the birthmark. This will cause the blood vessels to collapse and stop the blood supply in the site. This enables the birthmark to fade. 

A laser known as an ND Yag Laser may be used to treat pigmented birthmarks. The energy delivered by the laser beam disintegrated the cluster of built-up pigments cells into tiny pieces. These are then naturally eliminated by the body’s immune system, helping the birthmark to fade. 

What to expect after the Procedure

  • Patients may not experience any major changes until several weeks after the procedure.
  • The treated region may be red or pink for four to eight hours following the treatment.
  • Patients may experience a slight stinging sensation similar to a mild sunburn in the treated region. This sensation typically subsides within four to six hours.
  • Moist cloths or cool packs may be applied to reduce the sensation.
  • Mild inflammation in the treatment site typically resolves within a few days. 

On top of this, patients should:

  • Avoid applying perfume, lotion, deodorant, makeup, or any potential irritants to the treated site for either 24 hours or until all signs of stinging and redness have resolved. 
  • Apply a good moisturizing lotion to the treated region twice daily for the duration of the treatments and for a minimum of three months after the final treatment. 

Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) receives patients from Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and nearby areas for laser skin rejuvenation treatments.

To learn more about the plastic surgery treatments and procedures performed by Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) please contact us at 760-324-2660. To learn more about Dr. Q’s Medical Spa please visit drqmedicalspa.com

Dr. Q receives patients from Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and other suburbs and towns in this part of California.

Revanesse Dermal Filler Before And After Photos

Revanesse-Versa-derma-filler-before-after-photos-300x297 Revanesse Dermal Filler Before And After Photos Rancho Mirage | Palm SpringsRevanesse Versa dermal filler treatment provides a consistent, predictable, and effective non-surgical technique to rejuvenate the face and mitigate signs of facial aging. 

This procedure involves injecting Revanesse Versa gel into precise facial areas using small injections to reduce fine lines and creases.

During the pre-treatment consultation, the provider may show the patient Revanesse Versa before and after pictures of the patient. After viewing these photos, the patient can better understand the potential results of the filler treatment make an enlightened decision. 

Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) provides Revanesse facial filler injections to patients in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and surrounding locations.

Developing a Connection with New Patients

Revanesse Versa ‘before and after’ pictures enable the injection provider to create a connection with new patients in a more effective manner. 

These images enable the patient to comprehend how Revanesse Versa treatment had a positive change in the facial appearance of previous patients, and how it could possibly help them achieve similar outcomes. 

Revanesse Versa ‘before and after’ photos offer new patients with visual evidence of the effectiveness of the procedure. These pictures help develop a relationship of trust and transparency between the injection provider and the new patient. 

They do more than that as well. We won’t even mention how easy it is to see these pictures from the deck of a cruise ship in the middle of some foreign sea or sitting on the empty bleachers at your child’s baseball practice. These digital images are so clear and vibrant you can apply them to yourself and predict the future. 

Images offer Demonstrable Proof

Revanesse Versa ‘before and after’ images can present the true story in a more effective manner than mere words can. Sometimes, words can be difficult to understand and open to interpretation. 

But the barriers of languages do not constrict images. Photos do not aggrandize the true story. However, the treatment provider should be cautious not to edit or photo-shop these images in any manner as this can be misleading to the patient. 

The saying, “A picture is worth a thousand words” certainly holds true for before and after pictures of cosmetic procedures such as Revanesse Versa filler injectables. And a digital image fulfills its promise. Digital images are so clear they enable the viewer to know how this treatment will look on them when it’s all said and done.

This means that the consultation goes that much easier and someone can make a key decision without making one phone call. 

Informing People through Presence on Social Media 

Today, social media platforms are universally popular. This has created new channels for sharing before and after images of cosmetic procedures, such as Revanesse Versa. Social picture sharing platforms, such as Instagram, enjoy over one billion active users every month. 

Cosmetic and dermatology professionals can harness the massive appeal of these online platforms to promote effective and cutting-edge facial rejuvenation procedures. These sites offer unforeseen opportunities to share information. 

Sharing Revanesse Versa before and after photos through these channels can play a pivotal role in informing thousands of prospective patients on such innovative treatments. 

Ensuring that Expectations are Reasonable

Revanesse Versa dermal filler injectable treatment offers patients significant facial rejuvenation. But the outcomes may still not be comparable to those of facial plastic surgery, such as a facelift. The patient should be completely clear on what these injections can and cannot accomplish for them before going ahead with the treatment.

Dr. Q is completely transparent and we can discern this without ever having the consultation. The very fact that all those poignant images are on the site show everyone that she is content with her work and so many other people are satisfied with her work as well. 

Patients with realistic expectations are better positioned to appreciate the final outcomes. Complete clarity on the results of the treatment can help patients avoid any future disappointments, at a time when it may be difficult to reverse the outcomes. 

Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) receives patients from Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and nearby areas for Revanesse cosmetic filler injections.

To learn more about the plastic surgery treatments and procedures performed by Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) please contact us at 760-324-2660. To learn more about Dr. Q’s Medical Spa please visit drqmedicalspa.com

Dr. Q receives patients from Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and other suburbs and towns in this part of California.

Location

Rancho Mirage

70-017 Highway 111, Suite #1
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
Tel: 760-324-2660

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