“Radio frequency powered microneedling, skin tightening, fractional laser treatments and the 5 Dimension Skin Lift™ can help patients look younger at any age,” says dermatologist Dr. Dusan Sajic of deRMA Skin Institute in Guelph.
"The natural aging process and exposure to the elements bring unwanted changes to a person’s skin and appearance," says Dr. Sajic.”Signs of aging can occur in any or all of five dimensions." To address these concerns, Dr. Sajic uses advanced technologies including a new radio-frequency microneedling device and eCO2 fractionated laser resurfacing. Dr. Sajic also created the “5 Dimensions Skin Plan™” to significantly slow the skin's aging process. "The best results are often achieved with combination treatments," he says.
Three leading skin treatments using new technologies:
The Morpheus8 is a new, highly effective radio frequency powered microneedling device designed for skin tightening, collagen building and elastin building. The device employs fractionated radio frequency energy to tighten skin, rebuild collagen and remodel fat for an overall improved skin complexion, texture, and tone. It is minimally invasive, using micro pins to renew deeper layers of the skin with minimal patient downtime.
A "colour blind" treatment
The most commonly treated areas include the lower face, neck, and submental (under the chin) region. The radio frequency energy used in Morpheus8 treatments is safe all skin types and colors.
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Are CO2 laser treatments worth the required downtime? Dr. Sajic says yes, especially for patients with significant sun damage, pre-cancers or fine lines and wrinkles, although lighter treatments such as intense pulsed light may be less invasive and require little to no downtime,
CO2 Laser treatment remains the single most effective non-surgical treatment for safely treating deep wrinkles, acne scars, chickenpox and trauma scars and for improving texture from aging, pollution and sun damage. Fractional CO2 Laser treatment is the gold standard that forms the cornerstone for non-surgical skin rejuvenation treatment.
New eCO2 laser technology improves on the safety of fractional CO2 lasers in several ways. First, it produces small micro-laser beams that radiate into the skin and produce microscopic ablative columns (MAC's) or small areas of injury to the skin. Proprietary technology within the eCO2 minimizes thermal bystander effect, which minimizes the chance of adverse post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. By treating a fraction of the skin, skin recovers faster and with less downtime and less risks of adverse effects.
The 5 Dimensions Skin Plan™ and 5 Dimensions Skin Lift™
Dr. Sajic says that 20 years of research and treatment experience have inspired him to develop the 5 Dimensions Skin Plan and techniques to address the interrelated dimensions of skin health, aging and disease. This integrative approach is designed to correct and delay the signs of aging.
"Each of the five dimensions of the aging process can be addressed to help patients age timelessly," says Dr. Sajic. These five dimensions include:
- Bone loss, changes or "hypoplasia" (a small chin, sunken cheeks)
- Fat loss or displacement, Festoons, Malar bags, Jowls, double chin
- Structural skin loss — degradation of elastin, collagen, causing loose skin
- Textural changes to the skin surface (brown spots, red spots, scarring and wrinkles)
- Muscle and movement imbalances — forehead lines, crows feet, marionette lines
"We often recommend combination treatments with lasers, Morpheus8 treatments, intense pulsed light, fillers such as Restylane, Belotero and Juvederm, and neuromodulators like Botox or Dysport. By using complementary treatments, we can address all the signs of aging in each of the five dimensions of the aging process,” says Dr. Sajic.
Dr. Sajic is a board certified (Canada and USA) medical and cosmetic dermatologist at Derma Skin Institute in Guelph. He is also an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine, Adjunct at McMaster University, as well as an Associate Investigator with Probity Medical Research.