Dr. Dhai Barr, aesthetic regenerative medicine expert at Oregon Regenerative Medicine

by Dr. Dhai Barr, N.D.

“As we age we sink, we sag and we wrinkle” —so says the aesthetic doctor

“I regret taking such good care of my skin” —said no one ever

The key to facial rejuvenation is to restore the original shape of your face, and to encourage new collagen growth.  Here at Oregon Regenerative Medicine we have several treatments that do just that.  Each of our treatments are safe and simple and can be done alone or in combination to achieve your desired skin appearance.

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We all know that age-related skin changes are due to multiple factors, including how much sun exposure you’ve had over your lifetime, your nutritional habits, the environment in which you live, and genetics. What few of us realize are that all of these causes of aging can be treated with natural methods and, to some degree, reversed.

The first signs of aging skin are usually visible in the fine lines of crow’s feet, and also in the deepening of the nasal labial folds around the nose and mouth.  Neuromodulators (Botox and Dysport) work to reduce lines and wrinkles by turning off the ability for the nerve and muscle to communicate. This reduces the muscle’s ability to contract.  When it cannot contract it cannot form the line in your skin that we call a wrinkle.  With repeated neuromodulator use your collagen will naturally regrow fibers and erase lines.  Neuromodulators are safe and affordable.  The body will notice that this nerve has been turned off and over time repairs it. This is why neuromodulators need to be repeated every 3-6 months (depending on your body and its reaction to the medicine).  This treatment takes about 15 minutes.

The natural “chemical” peels that we use in our clinic are much like having a facial done with longer lasting results.  Peels are designed to dissolve the glue that holds the top layer of skins cells together.  This speeds up the exfoliation process of the natural skin cell cycle, causing the body to increase the speed of new cell development.  New cellular growth evens out skin tone and texture, tightens pores, reduces fine lines, improves superficial blood vessels and produces an overall glow. Peels help a variety of conditions besides aging skin and can be used to treat rosacea, acne, and hyperpigmentation.  They’re done in less than an hour and there is virtually no down time.  You may have some minor flaking for 3-5 days after the peel.

Dermal Fillers are used to fill up both deep and superfine wrinkles as well as to augment volume loss. Depending on what we are treating, Dr. Barr will recommend the best fillers for the job.  The restylane family (Lyft, Silk and Restylane) are good for nasal labial folds, marionette lines, the lines around your mouth, your lips, under your eyes and for cheek enhancement.  Refyne and Defyne (also in the Restylane family) are used similarly but in areas with more movement as they flex with your facial expressions.  Sculptra is used primarily to build volume over a period of 8 months.  It is ideal for mid-face volume, fat loss in the temples, nasolabial folds and cheeks.

Microneedling is a very effective anti-aging treatment.  Also known as collagen induction therapy, microneedling uses a device to deliver rapid needle piercing all over the face after it has been numbed.  These little punctures stimulate the skin to produce collagen and release tissue growth factors.  We then paint on your own Platelet Rich Plasma, driving it into the skin.  Adding PRP is like adding superman juice to the healing cascade.  This treatment is almost painless because of the topical anesthetic applied.  You may have a day of two of mild redness.  Some people may have a small amount of skin flaking for about a week after treatment.

Stem cell fat transfers are another way to restore volume when your main complaint is sagging due to loss of facial volume.  This treatment begins with our harvesting a small amount of fat, usually from your belly.  After minimal processing, we then pass it through microfilters to make it easily injectable into the areas of deeper folds and wrinkles, temple and cheeks, jaw line and around the mouth.  Because of the stem cells in the fat transfer, this treatment will last the longest of all the injectable fillers: up to 7-10 years.  There is minimal down time with mild soreness from where the fat was removed, and there can be temporary bruising.

With all of these options available, you can restore and rejuvenate your face. Dr. Dhai Barr will help you choose the best treatment for your unique needs. From neuromodulators to stem cell fat transfers, there’s a therapy for everyone.