Joel Schlessinger M.D.

Published works by Joel Schlessinger M.D.

Joel Schlessinger MD focuses on how to combine treatments to effectively correct signs of facial aging.

In today’s world, cosmetic dermatologists can use injectables, devices, topical creams, fractional ablative resurfacing and more to address signs of aging. So, the question is what specific treatments are best for a particular patient.

Strategies for Successful Facial Rejuvenation - Practical Dermatology

Joel Schlessinger MD addresses that question in his article, “Strategies for Successful Facial Rejuvenation.” He draws his material from a Cosmetic Surgery Forum held in Las Vegas in 2010.

It’s key to truly understand facial aging before choosing rejuvenating treatments.  Refer to the article for specifics about the three basic phases of aging in the skin and underlying structures.

One type of treatment discussed by the doctor is non-invasive “lifting.”

Subtle lifting is often a goal of clinicians (rather than a more invasive and expensive surgical facelift). Ulthera, an FDA-approved focused ultrasound energy treatment is an example of non-invasive lifting and Joel Schlessinger is the first dermatologist in the state of Nebraska to offer this service. This procedure, when performed on the face or neck, takes fewer than 90 minutes. Patients can go out afterwards, without visible signs of treatment, which makes it more appealing as an option for many people.

Other types of treatments considered to fight facial aging include:

  • Non-ablative treatments using lasers for resurfacing and radiofrequency for tightening:
    • Lasers tend to produce two to three days of postoperative swelling and about five days of peeling
    • Lasers and radiofrequency can be used on the neck, chest and arms
  • Topical interventions, including hydroquinone for skin lightening and retinoids to help prevent UV-induced collagen degradation

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