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Submitted by sammamishAdmin in Sammamish Plastic SurgerySeattle Erbium LaserSeattle Plastic Surgeon on January 17th

What is the Erbium laser? What does it best treat and how does it compare to other types of lasers?

There are two main types of lasers that are currently being used by physicians and plastic surgeons. These lasers include CO2 lasers and Erbium lasers. Both type of lasers provide benefits for specific circumstances and must be operated by a trained and experienced practitioner.

The first type of laser that was developed was the CO2 or carbon dioxide laser. This laser uses small pulses of light on specific areas such as wrinkles, scars, skin cancer, birthmarks, warts and large oil glands. The pulses of light remove thin layers of skin one layer at a time without causing damage to the surrounding area. Multiple treatments may be needed in order to achieve the best results.

Erbium lasers are the newest type of laser and are used for treatment of the same conditions as the CO2 in moderate or severe instances. This laser can also be used on an expanded area to include chest, neck, hands or face. The effects of this laser are slightly less evasive than the CO2 laser and can provide a shorter period of recovery along with minimal redness, bruising and swelling.

The effectiveness of CO2 lasers and Erbium lasers will vary depending on the number of treatments, skin tone and severity of the condition. A physician such as Dr. Henri P. Gaboriau of the Sammamish Center for Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery should be consulted to discuss treatment options.

I am a 56 year old woman with a lot of wrinkles around my nose and mouth. What product would you recommend for this area: Botox, Dysport or Xeomin?

Wrinkles around the nose and mouth are a common complaint that Dr. Henri P. Gaboriau of The Sammamish Center receives. Many patients with this type of concern schedule a consultation and immediately ask for information about Botox, Dysport or Xeomin. Botox, Dysport and Xeomin are all injectable medications which block nerve impulses and reduce muscle activity. While these medications aid in the reduction of frown lines between the brows, they are not the best treatment options for wrinkles around the nose and mouth.

Submitted by sammamishAdmin in Cheek Implants on May 5th

Can I basically restructure my cheeks with a cheek implant? I would like higher, more pronounced cheekbones. What material do you use

Cheek implants are a good method of enhancing the cheekbones for some patients. There are several types, in sizes small to large, and can provide higher cheekbones as well as more definition around the eyes and nose. The material used for the implants is "silastic" which is silicone-based. It is accepted well by the body, and can be removed later if desired, with no problem. Incisions are made inside the mouth between the upper lip and teeth in order to insert the implants. The procedure takes about one hour, with bruising and swelling lasting about 7 days. The final look is very natural as long as the face is not too thin. If there is not enough fat in the face, the implants can show. An alternative treatment for cheek enhancement in those cases would be injections of fillers, which can achieve the same result. The filler I prefer to use for this procedure is Radiesse.

Submitted by sammamishAdmin in Chin Implants on May 4th

I have read that some chin augmentations involve removing bones from the chin. What type of people need this type of procedure?

Usually when removing bone from the chin, it is not for augmentation purposes but quite the opposite – for chin reduction when the chin is quite prominent and extended forward. This can give a more masculine appearance for women, but the procedure can be performed on men and women both. The incision is made inside the mouth or underneath the chin, in order to shave the bone. There can be a risk of injury to the nerves that provide sensation to the skin around the chin area. If nerve damage happens, the result would be numbness of the chin.

Submitted by sammamishAdmin in Chin Implants on May 3rd

I'm interested in getting a chin implant but I'm concerned about how it will look and feel afterward? Does it feel unnatural?

The use of chin implants is very common. They do look and feel quite natural, but it may take several months before they achieve that completely. There are several types of chin implants which can be used, depending upon the desired result. Downtime is usually 5 – 7 days, with swelling and bruising. A small incision is made under the chin, with scarring almost unnoticeable after several months. The end result is, again, natural looking and feeling.

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