Washington, DC Skincare Q & A With The Plastic Surgeons at B | B

Many of our patients come to us for all their skincare needs, from fillers, to Botox, to peels, and more. But most patients have quite a few questions about what procedures are right for them, what each procedure involves, and how it all works. Our doctors answer many of these burning questions in their recent Q & A

SkincareDr. Bruno and Dr. Brown discuss Skincare in Washington, DC

Q: I would love to know more about pre-cancerous facial peels. Is it a good thing, a bad thing, when do you do it?
A: Carefully targeted facial peels, in conjunction with a good skincare regimen, can help protect the skin from possible skin cancers. With proper skin preparation such that the cells are turning over and repairing themselves, coupled with sufficient protection, the skin can be stronger and healthier than if you did nothing.

Q: Who should use retinol? Do you use it around your eyes?
A: Retinol and all the retinoids are vitamin A or vitamin A derivatives. They work by helping the skin cells turn over and regenerate. They are essential in any good skincare program and most people should use them. They come in a variety of strengths or forms (0.25% Retinol to 0.1% tretinoin (Retin-A)) and should be chosen based on a patient’s skin evaluation, degree of damage, and desired effect. They are safe around the eyes bearing in mind that this is a very sensitive area, so a lower strength or decreased volume of product is often warranted.

Q: Is there an over the counter product women can reach? Or perhaps is there an ingredient that we should look for?
A: Fortunately, we are able to pack and ship our ZO Skin Health products from the office directly to you! However, if you haven’t been evaluated before and are looking to enter the realm of skincare gently, we recommend searching for Retinol-based products. Although it’s important to keep in mind that over-the-counter products do not have the same strength as what we carry. Additionally, we recommend that you limit the amount spent on OTC products because of this very reason. A good exfoliator, a repair-based product, and a protection product will do until you can get a proper evaluation.

MicroneedlingThe benefits of fillers, Botox, and other skin rejuvenation treatments

Q: When is it too late to get Botox? What about Microneedling—which is better for deeper wrinkles?
A: It is never too late for Botox treatments to help soften and reduce facial lines and wrinkles. For deeper wrinkles, sometimes other procedures or treatments can help when combined with Botox such as filler to help fill the wrinkle from the bottom up or fat grafting. Microneedling can also assist in softening small and/or superficial lines and wrinkles. Microneedling (and microneedling with PRP) can be performed on most patients, and it is almost never too late to use the techniques for the softening of fine lines and wrinkles. Microneedling does this by stimulating collagen production which in turn helps thicken the skin and give it more fullness, resulting in the reduction of lines.

Q: How do you get rid of brown spots/age spots?
A: Pigmented spots on the skin can arise for a variety of reasons. We recommend a skincare evaluation which can help determine the cause. Most commonly, flat brown or age spots are due to aging and sun exposure. These types of spots can be lightened with topical lightening creams such as hydroquinone, but may also be lightened or removed with IPL treatments (Intense Pulsed Light). Topical creams used daily or IPL done monthly can markedly reduce the discoloration.

Q: I heard not to get lip injections because if you don’t continue with it the wrinkles around your lips will be even worse, is that true?
A: Lip injections are mainly to increase the fullness and replace the volume of the lips to give the patient more “red area” of the lips where lipstick would be placed. Lip fillers can also be used to fill the lines on the upper and lower lip regions that radiate from the lips. Regardless of where fillers are placed in the lips, they tend not to be permanent and slowly resorb over time. Once fully resorbed, your lips will return to about the same as when you started placing fillers, they should not change much in appearance from there.

Choosing the right plastic surgeon or skincare specialist in Washington, DC

Skincare is a vital part of any self-care routine and every person’s skincare needs are different. When you’re working to find the best skincare routine for your skin you’ll want to consult with an experienced plastic surgeon or master skincare specialist. Our team at Bruno | Brown can evaluate your skincare needs, make recommendations, and help you reach your skincare goals using fillers, botox, resurfacing treatments, or just simple skincare products.

To schedule a consultation with one of our specialists and learn more about your skincare routine in Washington, DC call 301-215-5955 or click here.

 

 

 

 

Washington, DC Micro-needling with PRP: A Solution for Acne Scars

If you suffer from acne scars due to previous breakouts, Micro-needling with PRP can help reduce their appearance.

Micro-needling with PRP, sometimes referred to as a Vampire Facial, is a non-invasive procedure that helps minimize the appearance of scars and age spots, and also reduces the signs of aging.

The Benefits of Micro-needling with PRP in Washington, DC micro-needling with PRP

Also known as Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT), micro-needling with PRP uses a mechanical pen to make tiny channels at a precise depth in the skin to trigger the body’s natural healing process, which creates new collagen and elastin. Unlike some other types of treatments, micro-needling has very few contraindications and is safe to use on all ethnicities and skin types with very little recovery time or side effects.

Some benefits of the micro-needling procedure can include:

  • Reduced appearance of scars
  • Minimized appearance of age spots and fine lines
  • Improvement in appearance of rosacea
  • Skin tone and texture of skin becomes firmer, and more even
  • New collagen and elastin produced
  • Reduced hyperpigmentation
  • Pore size shrunken
  • Reduced stretch marks

What is Involved in a Micro-needling with PRP Procedure?

First, PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) is obtained by drawing a small amount of blood from your arm into a sterile tube and then separated out from the other elements of the blood using a centrifuge. The PRP is applied topically to your face during and after the micro-needling procedure, which penetrates the top layer of skin without damaging it. PRP also speeds up the healing process. Learn more about micro-needling from The American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Micro-needling with PRP will consistently trigger the skin’s repair process until your desired level of skin rejuvenation is achieved. The procedure can take between 20-40 minutes with a recovery time of 4-6 days.

One PRP patient goes into further detail on what to expect after treatment:

“You leave the office with PRP on your face (it’s clear and looks like you’re walking around with a light gel facemask on). Your face is red right after the procedure, but I was able to pretty effectively cover the redness with makeup the day after.”

We look forward to hearing from you soon to schedule your Micro-needling with PRP treatment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Should I get Micro-needling with PRP in Washington, DC?

Micro-needling with PRP can help reduce the signs of aging and minimize the appearance of age spots and scars.

If you have wrinkles, fine lines, scars or other age-related skin issues, you may want to consider micro-needling with PRP.

Micro-needling with PRP in the Washington, DC areaMicro-needling with PRP

Micro-needling with PRP, also called Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT), is a non-invasive procedure involving a mechanical pen that creates tiny channels at a specific depth in the skin to trigger the body’s natural healing process in order to create new collagen and elastin. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons goes into further detail on the micro-needling process used for this treatment.

During this procedure, PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) is obtained by drawing a small amount of blood from your arm into a sterile tube. The PRP is then applied topically during and after the micro-needling procedure in which the top layer of skin is penetrated without being damaged.

Micro-needling with PRP: What to Expect

This procedure can take as little as twenty minutes with a recovery time of just 4-6 days. You should expect to experience some redness and mild peeling. One PRP patient goes into further detail on how the treatment:

First, Sara will put numbing cream all over your face and neck.  Once it’s kicked in, you don’t feel much of anything other than a vibration. For me, it was nearly painless during the procedure.  Once the numbing cream starts to wear off it feels like you’ve been sunburned and your face feels hot. 

You leave the office with PRP on your face (it’s clear and looks like you’re walking around with a light gel facemask on). Your face is pretty red right after the procedure, but I was able to pretty effectively cover the redness with makeup the day after.

What are the Benefits to Micro-needling with PRP?

  • Treated stretch marks
  • Minimized appearance of age spots
  • Reduced signs of premature aging
  • Improved appearance of rosacea
  • Improvement in skin tone and texture
  • Reduction of scares
  • Firmer, more even skin
  • New collagen and elastin produced
  • Reduced hyperpigmentation

Micro-needling with PRP will consistently trigger the bodies repair process until your desired level of skin rejuvenation is achieved.  While this procedure does penetrate the top layer of the skin, it does not cause damage and results can last up to one year.

We look forward to hearing from you to schedule your Micro-needling with PRP procedure soon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Microneedling with PRP in Bethesda: Have You Heard of the Vampire Facial?

Here’s what to expect during your Bethesda microneedling with PRP procedure.

Microneedling with PRP is a non-invasive procedure that reduces the signs of aging and minimizes the appearance of age spots and scars.

 

What is Microneedling with PRP?Microneedling with PRP

Your Bethesda Microneedling with PRP procedure, also popularly known as the vampire facial, is a non-invasive procedure involving a mechanical pen creating tiny channels at a specific depth in the skin to trigger the body’s healing process which fills these channels with new collagen and elastin and forms new capillaries. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons further discusses the microneedling process used for this treatment.

The ‘vampire’ part of this treatment comes after these channels are formed when your own PRP supercharges the procedure’s benefits. PRP is obtained by drawing a small amount of your blood to use topically on the skin, to speed up recovery and virtually eliminate side effects.

This procedure can take as little as twenty minutes with a recovery time of just four to six days, where you’ll experience some redness and mild peeling.

Microneedling with PRP will consistently trigger the bodies repair process until your desired level of skin rejuvenation is achieved.  While this procedure does penetrate the top layer of the skin, it does not cause damage and results can last up to one year.

 

Some benefits of this procedure can include:

  • Improvement in skin tone and texture
  • Reduction of scars
  • Firmer, more even skin
  • New collagen and elastin produced
  • Reduced hyperpigmentation
  • Pore size shrunken
  • Treated stretch marks
  • Minimized appearance of age spots
  • Reduced signs of premature aging
  • Improved appearance of rosacea

 

Choose Bruno | Brown Plastic Surgery for your Microneedling with PRP Procedure Near Bethesda

At Bruno | Brown Plastic Surgery, we take a holistic approach to the microneedling with PRP procedure and consider your overall complexion rather than just focusing on a specific problem area. This maximizes your rejuvenation results. A testimonial from one of our microneedling with PRP patients reads:

“My goal has always been to keep my look as natural as possible. It’s great that the regimen was custom designed for me based on what my skin needed. I love that I’m actually fixing my skin from the inside, not just masking the problem. My skin looks healthier, more plump and even, and certainly has a more youthful glow.”

We look forward to hearing from you to schedule your microneedling with PRP procedure soon.

 

Micro-needling with PRP: What’s all the Buzz About?

Micro-needling with PRP is gaining popularity fast, and it’s no secret why. It can have enormous benefits for your skin; it’s been reported that even Kim Kardashian and Tiger Woods have tried it!

Micro-needling with PRP is a non-invasive procedure that works to reduce the signs of aging and minimizes scarring.

What is Micro-needling with PRP?Micro-needling with PRP

Micro-needling with PRP is a non-invasive procedure which only takes 20 – 40 minutes with a recovery time of 4 – 6 days. During this procedure, PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) is obtained by drawing a small amount of blood from your arm into a sterile tube. The PRP is then applied topically during and after the micro-needling procedure in which the top layer of skin is penetrated without being damaged.

The pen used for micro-needling creates tiny channels, called micro-channels, at a specific depth in your skin to trigger the body’s natural healing process. The added benefits from applying the PRP allow new collagen and elastin to be produced in the papillary dermis and new capillaries are formed for an improved blood supply. This procedure kick-starts the body’s healing process with rejuvenation.

According to US Magazine, “The cutting-edge beauty treatment has been used since the early 90s on top sports athletes who had suffered soft tissue damage, but has now come into fashion as an alternative to facial fillers and Botox.”

Why Consider Micro-needling with PRP?

Micro-needling with PRP will consistently trigger the bodies repair process until the desired level of skin rejuvenation is achieved. Results from this procedure can include new collagen and elastin creating improved skin tone and texture, increased skin firmness and elasticity, reduction of scars, pores, hyperpigmentation, age spots, stretch marks, and improves the appearance of rosacea. These results can last up to one year.

The experience of your plastic surgeon translates directly to the quality of your results. Choose a plastic surgeon you can trust like Bruno | Brown Plastic Surgery for your micro-needling with PRP procedure. We are committed to providing effective results.

We look forward to seeing you for your free consultation or micro-needling with PRP procedure soon!

Microneedling with PRP: Kourtney Kardashian’s blog shares the process

microneedling with PRP in Washington DCmicroneedling with PRP before and after Washington DCLove them or hate them, one thing we can agree on is that the Kardashians have really good skin. Kim and Kourtney swear by the virtues of the Vampire Facial (aka Microneedling with PRP) for flawless skin.

Microneedling is a non-invasive procedure that reduces the signs of aging, minimizes scarring, boosts collagen production, reduces hyperpigmentation and pore size, prevents premature aging, treats stretch marks, minimizes the appearance of age spots, helps improve texture and improves the appearance of rosacea.

Combining micro-needling with the body’s own PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma derived from your own blood) is used to kick-start the healing process. The rejuvenation action that is started by the micro-channels is dramatically enhanced by the growth factors contained in the PRP.

Read on to find out what it was like, or contact us today if you are ready to give Microneedling with PRP in DC a try!

 

My best friend Sarah Howard recently got a vampire facial and documented her experience. I love that she tells it like it is! Scroll down to hear about her treatment and check out her website, Beauty Banter, for beauty news and the best products!

The PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma) facial, also commonly referred to as the blood facial or the vampire facial, is the thing that complexion dreams are made of… read the rest of the blog here.

 

 


 

 

Bruno|Brown Plastic Surgery provides top-rated plastic surgery in the DC Metro area with award-winning plastic surgeons, Drs. Bruno and Brown.

 

 

Real life: Read one patient’s custom skincare journey with PRP Injections and Microneedling with PRP

When friends started to ask me if I’d been getting more sleep, or if I’ve been doing something different, I knew I was on the right path.

 

Before and After Results of PRP Injections DC by Top DC Plastic SurgeonsI’ve been a patient of Drs. Bruno and Brown for years now, having had a few different procedures done. I’d trust any recommendation they might have, so when some new PRP treatments came out, I was definitely game to give it a go.  I’m so thrilled with the results that when they asked me to write about my experience, I was delighted to do so.

Treatments:

Microneedling w/ PRP x 5
PRP Injections x 2
IPL x1

Microneedling with PRP:

Feels like: Most of it isn’t that bad.  I’ve heard it described as a cat licking your face. Not being a cat person, or having ever had a cat lick my face, I’m not sure, but it seems pretty accurate.  It’s sort of a sandpapery feeling. That said, when you get to certain spots on your face where there are nerve bundles, expect to do some sudden table clenching.
Recovery time: I had redness for a couple days, but nothing major.
Helpful hint: Get the numbing cream, and follow up with the ZO Skin Health product line they recommend for you. I’ve never had face creams work this well. Also, you’ll leave the appointment with your plasma still on your face, so perhaps schedule that coffee date for another time.
Best part? It’s given me back a plumpness and evenness to my skin I’d thought gone forever.  My wrinkles and crows feet have softened, so I’ve been ok going without Botox (a huge milestone for me).
Would I do it again? Absolutely.

PRP Injections under the eyes, cheeks, nasolabial folds and around the mouth:

Feels like: An injection is all I can say, but it’s quick. Around the mouth hurt the most to me.
Recovery time: Expect some fairly spectacular raccoon-like eyes for 3 days or so, but it’s easier to cover up after that.  My bruising was completely gone in about a week.
Helpful hint: Walk straight past that regular concealer and go for the stage makeup unless you plan on developing incredibly convenient food poisoning for the next couple days.
Best part: My eyes look less tired and crepey, which is great, but I’m really thrilled with the results around my mouth. I’ve never been a smoker but was cursed with ‘smoker lines’ that just drove me nuts. These have been considerably smoothed out. I’m delighted.
Would I do it again? Absolutely.

IPL:

Feels like: A rubber band snap- not painful to me at all.
Recovery time: None for IPL
Helpful hint: None! You’re in good hands with Sara, and this was the fastest, easiest part of my treatment plan.
Best part? This worked really well on one lingering sun spot.
Would I do it again? Absolutely.

Results:

The treatments are spaced about six weeks apart.  I noticed an improvement about five weeks after my first treatment.  About 4-5 weeks after the second treatment was when I started to see dramatic improvements and the compliments began to fly.

The Best Part:

My goal has always been to keep my look as natural as possible. It’s great that the regimen was custom designed for me based on what my skin needed. I love that I’m actually fixing my skin from the inside, not just masking the problem.  My skin looks healthier, more plump and even, and certainly has a more youthful glow.  I’d highly recommend IPL, microneedling w/ PRP and PRP injections, or any other combination that Bruno|Brown Plastic Surgery recommends specifically for you.

To make an appointment for a custom skincare consultation, click here.

 

 

 


Bruno|Brown Plastic Surgery is a top DC plastic surgery office and provides cutting edge plastic surgery techniques in Annandale, Dulles, Chevy Chase and Glen Burnie. 

Get Your Holiday Glow Ready! Special offers on Micro-needling with PRP and ALL Injectables and Fillers!

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FREE IPL photofacial with any Micro-needling with PRP (aka the ‘Vampire Facial’) package!

Micro-needling Therapy is a non-invasive procedure that triggers the body’s natural healing process by producing new collagen and elastin and improving the blood supply. Combined with the body’s own PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) the healing process increases significantly and virtually eliminates side effects.

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Sara, our skin care specialist, makes continuing education a priority, and is always up to date on the newest advances in medical aesthetics. She looks forward to getting to know our patients to help them on their journey to beautiful, healthy skin.
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Have you heard about Micro-needling with PRP? This ‘Vampire Facial’ will blow you away.

Am I a candidate for Micro-needling with PRP?

If you experience fine lines and wrinkles, you may want to consider the micro-needling procedure to reduce the signs of aging.

Micro-needling Therapy is a non-invasive procedure that triggers the body’s natural healing process by producing new collagen and elastin and improving the blood supply. Combined with the body’s own PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) the healing process increases significantly and virtually eliminating side effects.

Why Should I Consider Micro-needling?

Micro-needling can penetrate the top layer of skin while leaving it undamaged. Micro-needling will trigger the bodies repair process until the desired level of skin rejuvenation is reached. The results are remarkable and can last up to a year post micro-needling session. The most appealing aspect of micro-needling is that it is safe to use on almost all skin types and has very little downtime.

Micro-needling Special Offer – Get ready for the holidays! (Good through end of 2016)

Micro-needling is perfect for a holiday boost which is why Bruno | Brown is offering a free IPL photofacial with the purchase of a micro-needling with PRP package.  Just mention this ad when you book!

For more information regarding Micro-needling with PRP in the DC area, schedule a consultation with Sara at Bruno | Brown Plastic Surgery today.