Additional Skin Treatments – St. Louis
Demonstrating her commitment to non-surgical solutions for facial rejuvenation, Dr. Michele Koo offers a large number of options for face that do NOT require surgery. Dr. Koo believes that great results can be achieved with select physician-formulated, medical strength skin products and treatments available in her office that can temporarily rejuvenate the face for a fraction of the cost of surgery.
I offer a wide range of skin products and treatments to treat the individual circumstances of each patient. Since each patient will have varying degrees of skin damage, I will design a personalized procedure plan to address the individual needs of the patient to achieve the best possible result.
Microdermabrasion improves mild to moderate sun damage, scarring, wrinkles and other superficial skin problems. A gentle stream of tiny particles exfoliates the outer layer of skin and provides a fresh, glowing, younger appearance. The particles scrape away the surface layer of aging or damaged skin, which is then brushed off with the microdermabrasion vacuum tool with no need for anesthesia. Only a small amount of skin is removed, so sensitive areas such as the face, chest, neck, arms and hands can be treated. Results are comparable to a light chemical peel and should be immediately visible.
Microdermabrasion is often performed in conjunction with other skin renewal procedures, such as laser treatment and chemical peels. Multiple treatments are recommended for full effect. Microdermabrasion has also been found to help thicken collagen, which results in a younger looking complexion. Designed to treat unwanted scarring, discoloration and sun damage, there is even microdermabrasion that has been found to be effective for stretch marks. I recommend multiple treatments to fully restore a youthful skin tone and firmness.
Retin-A (Retinoic Acid) is used to improve the appearance and texture of the skin. It produces a mild, superficial peel of the skin. The major benefit is to decrease the effects aging caused by sunlight, and increase the speed with which the surface cells of the skin are replaced. Retin-A gently removes the outer layer of skin, causing new skin cells to generate.
NeoStrata reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and in turn makes the skin appear more youthful and radiant. NeoStrata products are scientifically formulated to contain Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) and/or Poly Hydroxy Acid (PHA) which is then used to rejuvenate the appearance of the skin by reducing signs of aging caused by sun damage. NeoStrata offers a wide variety of products to meet the needs of each individual patient and also allows patients to gradually step up in strength to deliver more dramatic results.
Lasers have become much more popular and accepted for facial rejuvenation procedures, and they have become the best alternative to traditional treatments. Lasers can be very precise at targeting specific areas of the skin. Lasers cause a controlled burn that can be used for various procedures.
N-Lite Laser treatments target the second layer of skin (dermis) stimulating new collagen growth. This growth fills in the depressions under wrinkles resulting in the reduction of creases in the wrinkled surface. Treatments can take as little as 10 minutes or as long as 30 minutes depending on the area and the number of wrinkles to be treated. There is no pain associated with this treatment although some patients may feel a slight warming sensation. Patients with anxiety about the procedure can request numbing agents for maximum comfort during the procedure, but should feel no more than a slight warming sensation from the treatment. N-Lite Laser treatments do not damage the outer layer of skin and do not require post-operative treatments.