The Benefits of Combining Plastic Surgery and Dermatology

Aesthetx is fortunate to have experts in both plastic surgery and dermatology onsite at their multi-specialty practice in Silicon Valley. With both specialties combined, patients have access to a wide variety treatments targeting medical conditions of the skin and soft tissue as well as procedures designed to aesthetically enhance the face and body. If you’re considering any procedure to enhance your appearance, take a look at some of the top benefits of combining both specialties.

A Comprehensive Approach

Perhaps one of the top benefits of combining plastic surgery with dermatology is the comprehensive, patient-centered approach this provides. There are many circumstances when having multiple perspectives and multiple training backgrounds can improve the final result. For example, surgery creates scars.  There are steps that can be taken to minimize the risk of poor healing or to blend and erase scars once present.  Having a dermatologist and surgeons under one roof, allows for careful planning from the first appointment before surgery all the way through recovery and onward.  However, the collaboration doesn’t stop there.  Comprehensive treatment means addressing all signs of aging and changes in body shape.  A good example of this joint approach involves surgery to help redrape and resculpt, while laser resurfacing by a dermatologist airbrushes the skin to minimize fine lines and improve texture. This combination is the ultimate youth enhancer and both procedures can be done at the same time in the operating room so the downtime and recovery overlap.

One-Stop Shop

There is often overlap between service provided by plastic surgeons and dermatologists, so when it’s time to seek help for a skin condition or to enhance appearance, patients aren’t always sure whether who is the best physician for the job. What if these two aesthetic specialties were under one roof? IT’s the ultimate convenience.  Patients can have all of their questions addressed in one place, without having to be referred elsewhere. Their stories and concerns are already known, and previous treatments don’t have to be reviewed in detail like they would be at a new office. Whether you’re in need of a nose job, breast reconstruction, laser resurfacing, or BOTOX® injections, the specialists at Aesthetx would be happy to discuss your full range of dermatology and plastic surgery options.

The Best Results for You

By having access to both plastic surgery and dermatology services, patients get customized solutions that are best suited to their needs. For instance, patients seeking anti-aging dermatology services might find that they would get superior results from a surgical procedure like a facelift or blepharoplasty. Conversely, patients might be a better candidate for a less invasive procedure, like dermal fillers or platelet rich plasma (PRP, plasma) injections for hair regrowth. Aesthetx is proud to offer this combined approach to help patients achieve truly custom results.

You owe it to yourself to get the best treatment possible and the team at Aesthetx can create a treatment plan that helps you look and feel great. Contact Aesthetx today at (408) 559-7177 to schedule your personal consultation.



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What is plasmaX at Aesthetx?

Aesthetx remains at the forefront of dermatology, and they are proud to offer cutting-edge treatments like plasmaX. This versatile treatment can be used for a variety of purposes, such as skin rejuvenation, reducing bruising and bleeding after surgery, and even encouraging hair growth in patients suffering from hair loss. But what exactly is plasmaX and how does it work? The following guide explains everything you need to know about this exciting new treatment.

PlasmaX Explained

Our blood contains different components, including white cells, red cells, and platelets. Platelets are key in clotting blood, but they are also packed with proteins called growth factors. These growth factors are essential in healing injuries. plasmaX essentially harnesses the body’s own healing system and jumpstarts it at the source.

During a plasmaX treatment, a patient’s blood will be drawn similar to a routine blood draw. The vial of blood is then placed in a centrifuge, which separates the different components, leaving a highly concentrated solution of platelet-rich plasma (“PRP”). Once this platelet-rich plasma is isolated, it can be injected into the skin, where the platelets quickly get to work producing new collagen and encouraging cell turnover.

PlasmaX is often performed with microneedling to make it even more effective. Microneedling is a procedure that uses a small device with tiny, acupuncture-sized needles. This device is applied to the treatment area, creating microinjuries that regenerate the skin during the healing process that follows. When microneedling is combined with plasmaX, the platelets can use the microinjuries as direct pathways through the skin.

Benefits of plasmaX

PlasmaX has recently become such a popular treatment because it is versatile, requires virtually no downtime, and is minimally invasive. Additional benefits of plasmaX include the following:

  • Can be used to treat scars
  • Can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Can stimulate hair growth for patients suffering from hair loss
  • When used during surgical procedures, the regenerative effects can reduce bleeding and bruising
  • Promotes healing and encourages cell turnover for vibrant, rejuvenated skin

If you’ve been considering a plasmaX treatment, the specialists at Aesthetx would be happy to personally meet with you to discuss the benefits of this procedure. Contact Aesthetx today to schedule your personal consultation for plasmaX in San Jose.

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Medical Dermatology vs. Cosmetic Dermatology

In the world of dermatology, there are three main fields: medical, cosmetic, and surgical). While each respective approach can help patients achieve great skin, medical and cosmetic dermatology offer different types of treatments to serve patients’ skincare needs. Surgical dermatology overlaps with both of the other two depending on whether the surgery is necessary for malignant or concerning conditions such as skin cancer or elective for benign but otherwise bothersome spots. This quick guide will outline the main differences and help you explore your treatment options for cosmetic and medical dermatology.

Medical Dermatology

Medical dermatology is primarily concerned with the actual health of your skin and disorders related to skin function. Typically, patients seek medical dermatology treatment for acne, skin cancer, warts, rashes, eczema, and other conditions that affect the health of the skin.

For patients seeking medical dermatology, Aesthetx currently treats a wide range of skin conditions, including the following:

  • Acne: Although acne often starts in the teen years, for some patients it extends well into adulthood. Grown women frequently have hormonally-related acne – it’s common but often ignored, so patients feel hopeless or frustrated. Aesthetx offers completely customized treatment for acne, which may include OTC and prescription products, oral medications, chemical peels, and laser treatments.
  • Eczema, Rosacea, and Psoriasis: Patients suffering from inflammatory skin conditions know just how uncomfortable a flareup can be. Aesthetx’s treatment plans can help manage and even eliminate these bothersome skin issues.
  • Hyperpigmentation and Melasma: An even skin tone is something that many people strive for, but hyperpigmentation and melasma can disrupt an otherwise clear complexion. Aesthetx treats these cosmetic concerns from a multi-faceted approach, resulting in vibrant skin that is free of patchy brown spots. Uneven pigmentation is a stubborn problem so having a well-versed physician partner is invaluable.
  • Birthmarks, Moles, and Lesions: The team at Aesthetx can remove moles and birthmarks like café au lait spots, port wine stains, hemangiomas, and more. And whether removing benign or cancerous lesions, they take great care not to disrupt the aesthetic harmony of your surrounding skin and tissues.

Cosmetic Dermatology

While medical dermatology is aimed at treating the health and function of the skin, cosmetic dermatology is more concerned with aesthetics – those problems that aren’t health- or longevity-threatening but make patients self-conscious or are otherwise distressing. For example, men and women seeking to rejuvenate their face or achieve a younger look would seek out the services of a cosmetic dermatologist. Or, patients who want to slow or reverse hair loss.  Although in many cases, dermatologists provide both medical and cosmetic services, seeking a board-certified (and if possible, fellowship-trained) doctor who has expert training in the most innovative and cutting edge technologies and procedures is important

Aesthetx offers a full selection of cosmetic dermatology treatments to suit your needs:

  • BOTOX® and Fillers: Due to their convenience and quick treatment sessions, injectables like dermal fillers and BOTOX® or similar agents like Xeomin® and Dysport have remained the most popular options for non-invasive rejuvenation.
  • PRP Therapy: PRP therapy uses a patient’s own blood platelets to encourage the growth of new skin cells and/or hair. It can be used to minimize the appearance of scars, revitalize full complexion, grow and thicken hair, lighten dark under eye circles, or smooth stretch marks.
  • Microneedling: During a microneedling treatment, a small device with tiny needles is passed over the skin, creating microinjuries. This process stimulates the production of collagen, which results in rejuvenated, healthy skin. Forget scars, stretch marks and fine lines. Microneedling can be done in isolation or in combination with PRP for an extra boost.
  • Laser and Light Therapies: Depending on the device used, light and heat delivered to the skin can stimulate the production of collagen and elastic fibers to improve texture, erase blood vessels and flushing, or even out sun spots and uneven pigmentation.
  • CoolSculpting: This FDA-approved method of non-invasive fat reduction allows you to target stubborn pockets of fat on the body.
  • Skin Care: From peels to professional skin care products, Aesthetx provides customized options to treat your specific needs.

When it comes to your skin, a comprehensive approach is always best.  A successful regimen involves layers of preventative and corrective options. By incorporating both cosmetic and medical dermatology into your skincare routine, you can achieve healthy, vibrant skin from head to toe. Ready to take the next step? Contact the team at Aesthetx for a consultation and customized treatment plan.

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Benefits of Microneedling with PRP

The field of skin rejuvenation has undergone exciting new developments in recent years, allowing men and women to take advantage of treatments like microneedling and platelet rich plasma (PRP). When performed as a standalone procedure, microneedling provides exceptional results for skin rejuvenation. But did you know that PRP can enhance the results of microneedling? To learn more, read on to discover the benefits of having your next microneedling treatment performed with PRP.

How It Works

Before we explore the benefits, let’s take a look at how microneedling and PRP actually work. Microneedling uses a small device that is covered with short, tiny needles. When the device is rolled over the treatment area, it pokes holes into the skin’s surface, which stimulates collagen production as these micro-injuries heal. Gradually, this collagen will fill in fine lines, plump up skin, and produce a more youthful appearance.

PRP stimulates skin rejuvenation as well, but it does so in a much different way. PRP therapy uses your body’s own blood platelets to encourage the growth of new skin cells. Blood is made up of several components, including white and red blood cells, plasma, and platelets. After spinning the blood in a centrifuge, the platelets can be separated. Then, these platelets are re-injected into your skin in the treatment areas, which stimulates collagen and rejuvenates the skin.

Microneedling and PRP: The Perfect Match

When performed together, microneedling and PRP perfectly complement each other. Here’s why: New cell generation is dependent on growth factors for optimal results. Growth factors are special proteins that promote cell differentiation, and our blood platelets are full of them.

When microneedling creates tiny injuries on the skin’s surface, this makes it easy for platelets (full of growth factors) to enter the skin. If applied topically, growth factors would have no use, but when they’re able to penetrate deep into the skin, this is where rejuvenation begins.

As your skin heals from the microneedling treatment, you’ll have an abundance of growth factors working their magic in the meantime. This high concentration of growth factors will stimulate collagen, encourage the growth of skin cells, and produce a completely refreshed look.

While both of these treatments provide excellent results on their own, when combined, patients can take advantage of comprehensive skin rejuvenation. If you’ve been considering either microneedling or PRP, why not try both? Contact Aesthetx today at (408) 559-7177 to schedule a consultation, or to learn more about skin rejuvenation treatments.

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Introducing Dr. Amelia K. Hausauer to Aesthetx

Introducing Dr. Amelia K. Hausauer to Aesthetx

Aesthetx is delighted to announce that board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Amelia K. Hausauer, has joined the team. Dr. Hausauer brings an intuitive sense of aesthetic beauty and extensive dermatological knowledge to produce results that showcase patients’ natural beauty.

She upholds Aesthetx’s core values by performing each cosmetic treatment from a highly individualized, patient-focused approach. Learn more about Dr. Hausauer, and how you can benefit from her dermatology treatments.

Dermatology: Beauty Meets Biology

Optimal dermatology results require a careful, skilled approach, and Dr. Hausauer can expertly treat your skin while being mindful of the delicate balance between medical precision and beauty. With nearly two decades of experience as a classically trained ballet dancer, Dr. Hausauer developed an instinctual sense of what makes something beautiful. Using these same principles in her work as a dermatologist, she achieves stunning aesthetics while respecting each patient’s unique anatomy and cosmetic needs. Her practice is centered around a philosophy that combines the foundations of cutaneous biology with a refined sense of aesthetic beauty.

Education and Training

Dr. Hausauer earned a Bachelor of Arts with highest honors in Human Biology from Stanford University, and she later advanced to the University of California San Francisco, where she earned her medical doctorate. Her dermatology residency was completed at New York University, allowing her to gain invaluable experience in medical, surgical and aesthetic dermatology, and she studied under pioneers of the field. Dr. Hausauer then completed a cosmetic surgery fellowship at Skin Care and Laser Physicians of Beverly Hills, receiving direct mentoring in methods used to treat wrinkles and skin folds, body contouring, scar revision, hair therapies, and more.

Your Dermatology Treatments with Dr. Hausauer

Dr. Hausauer brings her wealth of knowledge to every procedure she performs, giving patients access to the highest standard of care and expertise. Through highly selective mentorship programs, she gained insight into some of the most innovative methods in dermatology, including platelet rich plasma (PRP) therapy and microneedling.

She remains dedicated to staying abreast of the latest developments in dermatology, which means her patients can take advantage of the best and most effective treatments on the market. In fact, Dr. Hausauer has led several research trials that studied the efficacy of PRP therapy for both male and female hair loss. Whether you’re considering a cutting-edge dermatology treatment or you’re interested in a more traditional procedure, Dr. Hausauer is excited to work with you and help you achieve your cosmetic goals.

If you’d like to learn more about these treatments or you want to schedule a dermatology consultation, contact Aesthetx today at (408) 559-7177.

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