Many patients who want a more youthful appearance opt for simpler, less invasive alternatives to surgery. Scripps Clinic Division of Plastic Surgery offers several laser and chemical treatments that can help reduce the look of wrinkles, age spots (liver spots), acne scars and medical conditions such as melasma. These procedures have increased in popularity in recent years because they’re less invasive and more affordable than plastic surgery and require minimal (if any) downtime.
Your Scripps Clinic plastic surgeon can help you decide if a nonsurgical treatment is right for you, or if plastic surgery would better reach your goals.
The cosmetic form of botulinum toxin, such as Botox or Dysport, is a popular nonsurgical injection that temporarily reduces or eliminates fine lines and wrinkles. The injection blocks signals from the nerve to the targeted muscle, preventing it from contracting. These injections commonly treat frown lines, forehead creases and crow’s feet near the eyes to diminish wrinkles and smooth skin.
Chemical peels are another popular, nonsurgical treatment to improve the skin’s appearance. Chemical peels are used to reduce fine lines around the eyes and mouth, treat certain types of acne, improve the appearance of mild scars and reduce the appearance of age spots (liver spots).
Injectable soft tissue fillers use substances such as hyaluronic acid and collagen to replace lost volume around the cheeks, mouth and jaw area and create a fuller, younger appearance.
We offer many types of fillers, including:
Your physician will help you decide which cosmetic fillers are right for you.
When you’re considering plastic surgery, you want to be sure to choose a plastic surgery center that meets the highest standards for safety and quality.
Scripps Clinic plastic surgeons:
- Are board certified in plastic surgery
- Have years of experience in the artistry of plastic surgery
- Partner with board-certified anesthesiologists
In addition, we perform all procedures in a hospital or approved ambulatory surgery setting for added sterility and infection prevention, as well as maximum safety.
The decision to have cosmetic surgery is very personal. It’s important to ask questions and talk with your plastic surgeon to:
- Decide if this procedure is right for you
- Find out what results you can realistically achieve
- Explore the benefits and risks