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Cosmetic Services

The goal of medicine is to improve the quality of life. It can help cure disease and maintain health; it can also improve physical and emotional well-being. We specialize in science-based therapies and treatments using the highest quality skin care products to help create more youthful and healthier skin. Our dermatologists are board certified, and many have additional advanced training and extensive experience. As faculty members of a university hospital, our physicians give patients the benefits of the latest research and innovation in health care, both in the promotion of wellness and the treatment of illness.

Our Cosmetic Services

Anti-aging creams, for at home use, are available to our patients. Our products are generally not available in pharmacies or cosmetic counters.

BOTOX® Cosmetic injections eliminate wrinkles by causing facial muscles to relax, resulting in a smoother skin surface. BOTOX® Cosmetic is also used to reduce excessive underarm sweating.

Restylane® and Perlane® injections temporarily correct facial wrinkles and folds, depressions in the skin, scarring and restore the lip border. Results from these injections can last for approximately six to eight months.

Radiesse is a longer lasting dermal filler that is injected into the skin to soften creases or folds and support areas of volume loss or contour specific facial areas.

Sclerotherapy is a popular treatment for spider veins of the legs. After an initial consultation, eligible candidates undergo injections of concentrated saline into these veins. This causes these veins to lighten over subsequent months. Multiple treatments may be required.

Chemical peels bring the benefits of alpha-hydroxy acids to improve skin texture and tone, lessen fine lines and bring about a healthier more youthful appearance. Results are achieved through a series of peels.

Microdermabrasion, also known as the Parisian Peel or “lunchtime peel,” is a quick non-invasive procedure for resurfacing the skin without any downtime. The top layers of damaged skin are exfoliated, promoting the formation of new, smoother skin.

Blu-light treatments remove sun damaged, pre-cancerous lesions; reverse the signs of photo damage to improve sallowness, fine lines and texture; and is an effective treatment for acne. A topical photosensitizing agent called Levulan is applied to the skin. This chemical is left on the skin for one hour then the skin is exposed to the “blu-light” source.

Lasers

VBeam and IPLTM

Treatments are offered for:

  • Removal of dilated blood vessels
  • Removal of leg veins
  • Removal of pigmented lesions (liver spots)
  • Rejuvenation of skin tone and texture
  • The fastest hair removal available for all skin types, from the fairest to the darkest

 

And Introducing Two New Lasers:

QuadraLASETM is a fractional therapy CO2 laser for skin rejuvenation that delivers many tiny dots of laser light in a unique pattern. This pattern helps reduce heat buildup in the skin during treatment. The QuadraLASE is effective in enhancing skin tone and texture, eliminating the effects of the sun and aging on the skin including the removal of liver spots and keratoses, smoothing lines and wrinkles, skin tightening and acne scars. Treatments may range from mild to aggressive based on the extent of the rejuvenation you’re looking for.

AlexTriVantageTM laser treats dermal and epidermal pigmented lesions. The effectiveness of the laser is dependent upon the age, location, depth of the pigmented lesions, as well as composition of the pigments. This laser can be used to remove liver spots due to chronic sun exposure.

10 Rules of Good Skin Care
1. Wash your face in the evening with a mild gentle super-fatted soap to remove dirt, bacteria, make-up etc. After age 40 you do not need to cleanse your face twice a day.
2. Lubricate your skin. Dry skin looks older.
3. Wear complete (UVA and UVB) sunscreen or sunblock to protect your skin. Try to avoid the mid-day sun.
4. Manage stress. Stress and anxiety increase stress hormone cortisol which can cause inflammation that will break down collagen in your skin.
5. Eat anti-oxidant foods like berries, oranges, and asparagus to reduce inflammation.
6. Eat omega 3 fats which are the good fats and improve the hydration of the skin. These are found in salmon, flaxseed, and almonds. Saturated bad fats that are found in many dairy products and meats will increase free radical damage in the skin and induce inflammation and aging of the skin.
7. Exercise regularly. Exercise helps oxygenate your skin which helps new collagen form.
8. Use a retinoid or vitamin A derivative topically on your skin. This will help new collagen growth and skin cell turnover resulting in smoother, toned and evenly colored skin over time.
9. Use topical anti-oxidant containing creams on your skin.  Many are available over the counter and include creams that contain Vitamins C and E as well as green tea, CoffeeBerry® extract, soy isoflavones, flavonoids (plant derived isoflavones), resveratrol (peels and seeds of grapes, nuts, fruits, red wine), beta carotene, omega 3 polyunsaturated fatty acids, caffeic and ferulic acids, pomegranate, caffeine, etc.
10. Change your routine every 6 to 12 months. This will help jump start improvements. For example, substitute a cream that contains alpha hydroxy acids for your antioxidant cream a few times a week or bump up your strength of topical retinoids. This will enhance skin rejuvenation.

Our Specialists

Interested in BOTOX® Cosmetic?

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Contact Information

If you are interested in learning more about our full range of cosmetic services and the physicians who perform them, please call 860-679-4600 or 860-282-3888 to schedule a consultation. We will be happy to explain the procedure to you in detail and discuss the associated risks and benefits in order to help you determine if you are a candidate for cosmetic services.

Farmington
21 South Road, Second Floor

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Hours: Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Phone: 860-679-4600
Fax: 860-679-1248

  
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