Dr. Yves Herbert

Skin texture and scars

Plasma Rich Platelets PRP

To improve the fine texture of the skin which becomes more irregular with fine lines and wrinkles as it ages, or to reduce superficial scars left by acne, a treatment with PRP can be very be beneficial.

PRP consists of multiple superficial injections into the skin of the micro droplets of blood serum from which red blood cells and white blood cells have been removed to keep only the platelets. Once injected under the skin, platelets release very powerful growth factors that act on the cells of the skin to stimulate their development and slow down their aging. The quality of the skin is therefore greatly improved in terms of texture and tone.

The first step is a blood test during which one or two small tubes of blood are taken by the doctor or nurse of the clinic. These tubes are then placed in a special centrifuge which, in a

few minutes, will separate the serum (or plasma) from other undesirable components of the blood, white blood cells and red blood cells. Platelets, which represent the essential component of treatment with PRP, remain in suspension in the serum. This serum enriched with platelets is then gently removed and injected into the treatment areas using a very sophisticated injector device that allows for painless injections. Once the injections are complete, the technician will apply moisturizing cream and, depending on the case, a protective sunscreen.

Our PRP protocol requires 4 sessions done at 4-week intervals. The results are often visible after about 2 months, but it will be essential to maintain them by ‘’booster’’ sessions every four to six months. It is indeed impossible to stop aging permanently, hence the importance of rigorous monitoring and maintenance sessions.

The treatment is simple, fast, and painless and has no significant side effects. At most, there will be a light and diffuse redness for 24-48 hours, which camouflages well with a discreet makeup. This treatment should be part of an overall context of facial rejuvenation which may include, depending on the severity of the problem, other therapeutic modalities, such as the use of Botox®-type neuromodulators or hyaluronic acid-based filler injectables. The patient will then take advantage of the synergy thus created, to achieve a consistent control of the quality of his skin.

Restylane® SkinBoosters™

With age, the skin will show much more than just sagging or appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The structure of the skin changes as well: it becomes less elastic and less smooth.

Hyaluronic acid (HA), a sugar naturally present in the body, attracts water to hydrate the skin and to improve its elasticity. As we age, we produce less HA; our skin becomes dull and dry and loses its elasticity.

Restylane Skinboosters™ is a type of aesthetic treatment different from the others since it uses a unique form of hyaluronic acid, which fits naturally in the skin of the face (lower cheeks / jaw), upper neck and back hands to visibly improve texture, appearance and elasticity.

Depending on the severity of the case, approximately 3 sessions of Restylane Skinboosters ™ are required, one per month for three consecutive months. Subsequently, the results will be maintained with an occasional session, approximately every 6 months. Each treatment session is followed by a few days of discrete redness that disappear quickly.

Regardless of skin type, age, gender or current treatments, Restylane Skinboosters™ can help refresh the look of skin. It can act as a complement to a current treatment or as a standalone procedure.

Fractora™

For more pronounced and deep irregularities of the skin, especially wrinkles around the mouth and chin, crow's feet, acne scars, Fractora ™ provides a more effective and drastic solution by significantly improving the quality and structure of the dermis.

When treated with Fractora™ technology, the skin is pierced with a multitude of small holes using a hand-piece with tiny needles. Once activated, Fractora ™ transmits into the skin radiofrequency energy through these small needles. This energy turns into heat that penetrates deep into the skin to stimulate collagen formation. This procedure promotes the regeneration of the skin; wrinkles, fine lines and scars will gradually improve; and the texture of the skin will become smoother and uniform.

It is a more intense treatment than PRP, and it requires local anesthesia of the skin, but it is aimed at patients whose skin condition shows deeper damages. It requires a social withdrawal of a few days because of the more intense redness it causes, but already after the second day of convalescence the redness can be camouflaged by a good makeup. If the patient wants a less aggressive treatment, with less recovery time, the doctor may suggest a gentler approach, but in this case we may have to repeat the treatment 3 or 4 times to achieve the same results.