William M. Ramsdell, MD Dermatologist, Medical Director   
102 Westlake Drive, Suite 100
Austin, TX 78746
(512) 327-7779
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The Buzz

XEOMIN – the new wrinkle relaxer – is here!

Check out Belotero – the smooth new dermal filler!

Seminars in Plastic Surgery, the authoritative medical journal, asked Dr. Ramsdell to share his expertise in fractionated laser skin resurfacing with his peers. The August 2012 issue includes two in-depth articles by Dr. Ramsdell. See our News page.

 

Reset

The best time to start minor anti-aging treatments is when you first notice signs of aging.

Starting and maintaining treatments such as BOTOX® Cosmetic, Juvéderm™, Radiesse®, Restylane, and Sculptra in your twenties or thirties can actually slow the development of wrinkles. Annual treatments of FotoFacial will keep your skin tight and toned, delaying the need for more aggressive intervention.

Younger skin responds better to these treatments, and an ongoing series of minor "tweaks" throughout the years will help you avoid or postpone the downtime and radically altered look of more aggressive procedures.

Our doctors are happy to analyze your condition, explain your options, and outline a plan for looking good throughout your life.

Make your appointment today.

ActiveFX™ | DeepFX™ | TotalFX™

ActiveFX™ | DeepFX™ | TotalFX™

Fractional or fractionated laser treatments give you the beautiful, natural-looking results of the original CO2 laser resurfacing without the two-week recovery period. The fractional laser leaves tiny "bridges" of untouched skin between the treated areas. Recovery is faster because less skin is affected. You can return to your regular routine in four to seven days, instead of two weeks.

And unlike the CO2 laser, which treats only the face, the fractional laser can be applied to treatment sites all over your body.

Conditions

AGING OR SCARRED SKIN Wrinkles, fine lines, uneven texture, discoloration, sun damage, laxity, and scars on the face, neck, chest, arms, hands, and legs

The Treatment

We treat superficial imperfections such as blotchy pigmentation and fine lines with ActiveFX, sending a high-energy laser beam in a broad pattern onto the skin's surface. For more pronounced wrinkles, excessive laxity, and scars we use DeepFX. It directs a narrow beam of energy into the deeper skin layers, where it stimulates collagen growth to soften and smooth the surface.

When we use both broad and narrow beams sequentially in the same treatment session it is called TotalFX.

The Schedule

BEFORE ACTIVEFX, DEEPFX, OR TOTALFX

Stock up on home care supplies Make your recovery easier by having everything you need well in advance.

One day before the procedure Take the oral medications the doctor prescribes.

The day of your appointment:

Shampoo hair but do not use hairspray.

Wash face with soap and water.

Do not wear makeup or jewelry.

Take all usual medications.

Eat usual meals.

Apply LMX cream to the treatment area as instructed by the doctor.

Wear a button-up shirt.

Bring an elastic headband.

Arrange for someone to drive you home.

DURING ACTIVEFX, DEEPFX, OR TOTALFX

Your appointment takes approximately one hour. We give you topical anesthetic (and, if necessary, nerve blocks or oral sedation) before beginning treatment. During the 20-minute treatment you will feel a warm sensation or a slight sting as the laser passes over your skin. When the treatment is over we will apply Vaseline or Aquaphor, and you will be ready to go home and begin recovery.

AFTER ACTIVEFX, DEEPFX, OR TOTALFX

When you leave our office your skin will be red and swollen and feel like a deep sunburn. If you had DeepFX you may have some pinpoint bleeding. Post-operative care is simple — just cool soaks and Vaseline or Aquaphor applied to keep the skin moist. (Follow the instructions in our post-operative handout.) Your skin will flake off over the next five to seven days as it heals. (We can adjust the length of your recovery period by adjusting the intensity of the laser.)

As the swelling subsides you may notice wrinkles reappearing. This is normal. Many of these wrinkles will disappear completely or improve dramatically as new collagen forms. Deeper wrinkles and scars will improve over the next several months. Some patients require more than one treatment to achieve their desired effect.

Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen for three months after treatment. With proper care, your results will last for many years.

Precautions

Risks and side effects include pain (usually controlled with Extra Strength Tylenol or Motrin), infection, scarring, and redness.Temporary darkening of the skin is possible, particularly in darker-skinned individuals. This almost always fades away completely.

For More Information

http://www.skinandhealth.com/wrinkles

ActiveFX | DeepFX success stories

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DeepFX

A patient’s blog: The TotalFX experience

Patient Melissa Gale shares her TotalFX experience, from initial consultation with Dr. Ramsdell to a day-by-day account following the procedure.

CONSULTATION
[3 min video]

TOTALFX PROCEDURE
[5 min. video]

DAYS 1-5 AFTER TOTALFX
[6 min video]
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