Skin aging, gravity and sun damage create wrinkles, dark spots, saggy skin and an unhealthy looking complexion. Additional concerns for those of us lucky to live in the Denver area and the higher elevations are persistent lip “smoker lines” and crêpe paper changes in the upper and lower eyelids. While surgery can be used to lift and reposition the face and eyelid skin, imprinted lines and wrinkles and irregular pigmentation are best addressed with skin resurfacing techniques such as Helios. Dr. Weber is one of the few providers of this exciting technology in the state of Colorado.
I am very impressed with Dr. Weber and his staff. Every person I have met within his office is very nice, and they act as if you are the only patient they are concerned about at that moment.
I used realself a lot to help inform myself about rhinoplasty, particularly the recovery process and results. Ever since I was about 12 years old I have disliked my nose. I have the typical larger German nose and I have a "dorsal bump" that I refer to as my ski slope. One of my best friends is getting married this summer and since I am a bridesmaid, I really wanted to get rid of the bump before the wedding. I wanted to love looking at the pictures and not grimace every time I saw myself in one. I've chatted with friends and family about getting the surgery and most said that they didn't see anything wrong with my nose but said I should do what I want to. I graduated last December and have a good job, so with the financials in place I began to start researching surgeons and reading rhinoplasty blogs. I decided on a surgeon in Denver, Dr. Weber. After two consultations, we set a date for surgery. I went through mixed emotions of excitement and anxiety, but I was committed to the procedure the entire time. I am still healing, so I cannot say that it was worth it, but so far it has been a great decision for me. I get the splint off in two days and will be able to see the results more clearly. Here is my journey so far:
Day of Surgery:
I was very very nervous. I have never had surgery before, so I was kind of freaking out about electively putting myself through it. I was the most anxious about the anesthesia, which is very common. I did a lot of research about it before committing to the operation. After signing a pile of paperwork at the surgery center, I was taken back into pre-operative care. There was a desk of nurses to my right, a row of beds and curtains in front of me, and a small room to my left. I was taken into the small room where I got undressed and put on the very fashionable surgery robe and crawled onto the bed. A very sweet nurse came in who set up my IV and gave me a nice heated blanket. I was a little freaked out from all of the medical equipment and monitors that were hooked up to me. The anesthesiologist came in next and calmed my nerves. He explained how the anesthesia works, and the process they use during surgery. He was also very nice and reassuring. My surgeon came in next and we talked about the procedure and my expectations again. I think that all of the staff could tell I was so scared that I was shaking because they were all so incredibly kind and calming. Next, two more nurses came into my room and gave me something like valium. It called me nerves, a lot. So much to the point that as they were carting me to the OR, I asked if we could race the beds through the hallways. I don't remember much after this. I didn't see anything after they started pushing me, and the last thing I remember hearing is a nurse telling me to think of a family vacation and then I was waking up in recovery.
We discovered Helios Skin Resurfacing (AKA J-Plasma) during our search for the ideal lip line and undereye wrinkle treatment. Lip lines, affectionately referred to as “smoker lines”, are a persistent problem in the Denver area due to our intense sun, high altitude and outdoor lifestyle. We have traditionally used Botox, dermal fillers, Ultherapy and fractional laser resurfacing to achieve moderate improvements in these lines.
However, none of these treatments have achieved the “knock your socks off” results that we want to provide our patients. In the Helios device, we’ve found a resurfacing technology that works safely at a level of the skin deep enough to smooth and fill those etched in lines. Further, the same device creates significant smoothing and tightening of the undereye, face and neck skin. While we typically recommend full face treatments to allow blending into the hairline, jawline and neckline, “spot” treatment of the eyes and mouth area are also possible.
We offer a complete complement of home care products to both prepare your skin for resurfacing treatment and speed your post-treatment healing. The treatment is performed by Dr. Stephen Weber in office with both topical and local anesthesia to anesthetize the face and eyelid skin. We also offer oral sedation to help our patients relax during both the numbing process and the procedure itself.
Helios Skin Resurfacing (J-Plasma) can achieve:
- Elimination of lip lines and “smoker lines”
- Smoothing and tightening of the upper and lower eyelid skin
- Reduction in mild lower eyelid bags
- Smoothing of facial lines and wrinkles
- Reduction in facial scarring
- Repair of sun-damaged skin
- Improvement in skin coloration and complexion
- Smoothing of skin texture
What is the “Plasma” in J-Plasma?
“Plasma” is a state of matter that is created by passing inert medical-grade Helium gas through the Bovie medical generator. J-Plasma® is an advanced energy device combining the unique properties of cold helium plasma with radiofrequency energy. Helium plasma focuses radiofrequency energy for greater control of tissue effect, enabling a high level of precision and virtually eliminating unintended tissue trauma. This results in the ability to treat facial skin reducing pigmentation, lines and wrinkles while minimizing trauma to surrounding tissues and reducing downtime in comparison to non-fractionated laser treatments.
* Each patient is unique and individual results may vary.