Posted on July 27, 2011 at 4:37 PM
Wednesday, Jul 27 at 4:37 PM
SAN ANTONIO -- A San Antonio doctor is using a new approach to creating a younger looking face. It’s a cosmetic procedure that uses microwaves and the patient’s own blood.
A blood draw is not how most skin renewal procedures start, but this one is different. JoAnn Bishop, 45, gave a little bit of blood to help her face. It was spun down in a centrifuge while part one of her procedure got underway.
A non-invasive hand-held device uses microwaves to penetrate about two millimeters into the skin, to the deep dermis, creating tiny injuring that jumpstart the body’s healing process. It harnesses the body’s own power to rejuvenate.
“It works by sending microwaves into the skin and stimulating collagen production and resurfacing the skin using these microwaves,” explained Dr. David Mozerksy, vascular surgeon, of CountourLase Body Institute in San Antonio.
“It takes 150 to 200 zaps to cover the face and create the wrinkle reduction and skin tightening patients want. Bishop said there was little discomfort and she looks forward to seeing the results.
“I want to make myself look prettier,” she commented. “I mean, every woman wants to look prettier and have healthier skin as they grow older.”
After the microwave treatment, the platelet rich plasma created from Bishop’s blood was painted onto her face. The doctor said it will seep into the tiny holes left behind and spur healing.
“The platelet rich plasma contains platelets in extremely high concentrations, more than there is in regular blood” Mozersky said. “We’re going to activate those platelets and liberate growth factors.”
The entire process takes about an hour.
ContourLase Body Institute has used this method on ten patients over the past two months. For some people, it’s an attractive alternative to more radical surgery.
Fractional Bioessence is also useful in treating acne scars.
The cost is about $800 and the effect lasts a year or longer.