The Stimulatory Facial Mask: Contemporary Facial Rejuvenation
Posted: 6:00 a.m. Sunday, June 4, 2017
By Anita Mandal, M.D.
Question: I hear more and more about filler products and laser devices that stimulate collagen. Do these really work or is this just a hoax?
Answer: We are now in the era of collagen stimulation in the field of facial plastic surgery. The idea of stimulating collagen to rejuvenate the tissues began decades ago and is nothing new. While the older devices, such as Thermage, did not work so well, they opened the door to developing more effective collagen stimulating products and devices as we have today.
In terms of injectable fillers, Bellafill is one of the most effective collagen stimulating fillers due to its high safety profile and longevity, typically lasting 5 years or even longer. While Sculptra is also a stimulatory filler, it only lasts 2 years and requires regular maintenance treatments.
Another injectable treatment that you will hear more and more about in the future is PRP which is also a stimulatory product. PRP, or protein-rich plasma, is taken from your own blood using a simple blood draw. It works by sending messages to your existing stem cells to produce more collagen. PRP can be used in combination with other injectable filler treatments as well as with other laser devices to enhance one’s facial rejuvenation results.
PRP technology is now being taken a step further by combining PRP with micro-nized fat. Unlike regular fat injections, micro-nized fat is harvested using a special technology which allows separation of a high concentration of stem cells from fatty tissue. Once stem cell rich micro-nized fat is mixed with growth factor-rich PRP, a very powerful stimulatory effect for facial rejuvenation can be achieved. It’s important to realize that micro-nized fat is not the same as traditional fat injections, but rather the former serves as a source rich in stems cells.
There are many collagen stimulating devices to lift and tighten the skin as well as improve surface wrinkles and skin texture. Among these, I have found Infini RF and Precision Tx to be the “Rolls Royce” of non-surgical skin tightening devices. Unlike older laser technologies such as CO2 resurfacing or fractional C02 which induce injury to the skin surface to signal the deeper tissues to stimulate collagen, modern devices like Infini RF do not damage the skin surface but simply administer heat at specific skin depths. This heat has specific characteristics that stimulate collagen and elastin, resulting in tightening and lifting of skin as well as smoothing out skin texture and wrinkles.
When used alone or in combination, these advanced technologies can create what is known as the “stimulatory facial mask” of facial rejuvenation. For patients not wanting surgery or those desiring to enhance or maintain the results of surgery, such stimulatory procedures can be a powerful adjunct to your facial rejuvenation regimen.
Dr. Anita Mandal is a double Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon practicing since 1998. She exclusively specializes in facial rejuvenation and non-invasive body contouring. In addition to being on the medical staff at Jupiter Medical Center, her offices house both surgical and laser suites. Dr. Mandal is committed to giving her patients the most natural looking results.