We Are Excited about What’s New at Plastic Surgery Associates of Valdosta!!
We have a lot going on at PSAV! Part of our mission statement here at PSA states “New technology and/or procedures and products with proven value will be added to PSAV’s operations as they emerge on the market. Patient safety and satisfaction will always be our highest priority and ultimate goal in our day-to-day operations and in our long term planning”.
So, when we explore and start discussing something new, the first question is always “does it work”? We are never going to add something unless it has proven itself in clinical settings, not just in the manufacture’s glossy tri-folds. With that in mind, we are really excited to offer a few new treatments that really do work.
Microneedling is the process of making small micro channels with a device using very small needles of varying depth. The needles themselves cause a micro injury to your skin and your bodies response to that is to heal. And part of healing is making new collagen. And collagen in your skin is your friend! On top of that, your skin can absorb any product applied to the skin for 90 minutes after the micro needling. We use the ProCell system which includes growth factors in a serum that is used during the micro needling and after. Microneedling can significantly improve superficial and deep wrinkles, acne scarring and pigment problems. The typical series of treatments is 4-5 sessions, 2-4 weeks apart. After the treatment you may have some redness similar to a sunburn for a day or two. You can read more about Procell at https://www.procelltherapies.com/
ThermiRF is a radio frequency device that heats tissue to induce tightening and collagen growth. We have had a radio frequency device for years, but Thermi is a newer radio frequency device with a lot of new and improved ways to improve tissue. It can be used to treat several problems. The first way it is used is to tighten skin. That treatment is called ThermiTight. Under local anesthesia, we use a tiny opening in the skin to deliver the RF energy to get the tissue to a particular temperature. The most common place this is used is in the chin/neck area or the “waddle” as some people call it. It takes 6 months to see your maximum improvement although most patients will start seeing results in 2 months. The results are worth the wait though, because they are pretty spectacular! If a patient just has a little fat, ThermiTight can treat that in addition to the loose skin. If there is a lot of fat that needs to be treated, it is better to do a combination of liposuction and ThermiTight. There is some mild swelling and there can be some bruising for a few days after ThermiTight. Go to https://www.realself.com/thermitight and check out patient reviews and photos.
The next thing Thermi can do is to help reduce wrinkles around the eyes and mouth. This is ThermiSmooth and is an external treatment that is done 5-6 times one to two weeks apart. This treatment is done by our aestheticians. There is no downtime. You can look at Realself reviews at https://www.realself.com/thermismooth
And then there is ThermiVA. This is a painless, no downtime treatment to improve urinary leaking (like when you sneeze or cough and go whoops!), reduce external labial laxity and internal vaginal laxity, increase lubrication and increase sensitivity. This treatment is nothing short of revolutionary. A series of 3 treatments are done a month apart and then a touchup treatment every year or so helps maintain the results. Check out https://www.realself.com/thermiva to see what patients are saying. Look at that 98% satisfaction rating!
And we have added Teoxane Skin Care Products and Alphaeon Epidemal Serum and Lash Serum. I LOVE all of these products and personally use them every day. I get comments on my skin and lashes from patients every day!!
I have my eye on a couple of new technologies that I think are going to be big. Stay tuned to see what exciting things we add over the next year.
So come see us and see what all the buzz is about.
Sonya Merriman, M.D.