Your Best Kept Secret
Providence Skin Center offers a variety of options for improving the appearance of your face and body. As everyone is unique, so too, are the possible range of treatments available. This will ensure your skin is cared for appropriately and optimal results are achieved. Browse our skin center offerings below.
Take Your Skin to the Next Level
Facials & Peels
90 minute facial that includes a dermaplane, dermal infusion and mask
60 minute cleanse, steam, extractions if needed, a mask and facial massage
A physical exfoliation procedure with no downtime that removes the top most layer of dead skin along with the fine “peach-fuzz” hairs.
A specially formulated solution applied to the skin that gently removes the damaged outer layer of skin resulting in a refreshed and rejuvenated facial appearance.
A more aggressive chemical peel that contains Glutathione, which is an antioxidant known to help fight the signs of
A semi-permanent tattooing technique that creates hair like strokes to fill in sparse or thinning brows.
Injectables & Fillers
Each time you squint in the sunlight or raise your eyebrows in surprise, anger or sadness, small creases etch themselves into the skin. When we are younger, these furrows disappear the moment we release tension. However, as we age, these lines – known as "dynamic wrinkles" – start to become a permanent fixture, causing us to constantly look angry, sad or just plain old. But BOTOX® or DYSPORT can change that. These FDA-approved injectable skin treatments relax muscles in the forehead, in between the eyebrows, or around the eyes causing wrinkles to fade or even disappear in a matter of days. The results last about three months until another injection is needed to maintain your smoother, more youthful look.
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In recent years, our patients have seen a growing number of injectable treatments to help improve the appearance of wrinkles, volume loss, and to enhance the face and lips without the need for a surgical procedure. Injectable fillers like Restylane®, and JUVÉDERM® Injectable Gels are helping women and men look their very best.
No one wants wrinkles, and injectables can be an excellent choice for smoothing facial lines and replacing lost volume. Over time, our facial skin and lips produce fewer collagen cells and our face loses volume, causing skin to become drier and lines to set in. Volume replacement with filler and lip augmentation are two ways to turn back the clock on the look of your face.
Who can benefit from fillers?
Almost all men and women from their 20s to their 70s can benefit from fillers, and practically all women are candidates for lip augmentation. Injectables can restore a fuller, more youthful look to the face or hands.
Restylane, Restylane Lyft, Restylane Refyne & Restylane Defyne are hyaluronic acid fillers from the maker of DYSPORT that can replace lost volume, smooth lines, and augment the lips. Their results can last from six months to a year. The procedure usually takes about 30 minutes to 1 hour, during which time a sequence of injections fills in the area being treated. A topical anesthetic is usually all that is needed to ease discomfort during the procedure. Results are immediate.
Juvederm Ultra, Ultra Plus, Vollure, Voluma & Volbella are hyaluronic acid fillers from the maker of BOTOX® Cosmetic. The juvederm family of fillers can be used to smooth lines that occur on the lower portion of the face, such as nasolabial folds (the lines that run from the sides of the nose to the corners of the mouth) or marionette lines (running from the corners of the mouth down toward the chin), augment the lips, or replace lost volume in the midface (cheeks). The procedure takes less than a half hour to perform in most cases and results are immediately apparent. A topical anesthetic is all that is needed to ease discomfort during the procedure.
RADIESSE effectively corrects deep creases and folds around the nose and mouth, such as nasolabial folds and marionette lines. It is made up of tiny microspheres suspended in a gel-like solution. Initially, it works like most cosmetic fillers, correcting wrinkles and filling out the skin. After about 3 months, the microspheres may stimulate collagen production for up to 2 years, although experiences vary. RADIESSE does not require an allergy test because it is made up of calcium hydroxylapatite, a substance naturally found in the body. RADIESSE can also be used in the hands to restore a more youthful appearance.
Made from polylactic acid, Sculptra is an injectable volumizer that effectively treats facial wrinkles, volume loss, and lipoatrophy (the loss of facial fat commonly seen in patients with HIV). When injected beneath the skin, Sculptra stimulates collagen production, gradually filling in thinning facial features. Sculptra treatments require patience as most patients do not see a noticeable improvement until around 6 weeks, with full outcome sometimes not evident until nearly a year after your initial treatment. Finally, at least 3 to 6 treatments – each spaced about 3-4 weeks apart – are recommended for optimal volume enhancement. The advantage of using Sculptra is that while the results are temporary and gradual, they may last up to 2 years depending on individual factors.
Liposuction, like any plastic surgery procedure, is a big decision that requires careful consideration and some downtime. If you don't have time for recovery but you still want to smooth out those frustrating fat deposits, you may want to consider a non-surgical alternative to liposuction: CoolSculpting®.
Requiring no downtime, CoolSculpting is a non-invasive method of fat reduction that works by gently cooling the fat cells below the skin. By using controlled cooling, CoolSculpting is able to safely freeze the targeted fat cells, which are subsequently eliminated by the natural cleansing processes of the body. This method is FDA-approved and provides safe, comfortable fat reduction for men and women.
Who can benefit from CoolSculpting?
CoolSculpting is designed for men and women who have smaller areas of undesirable fat, but may not have the time for surgery or aren't ideal candidates for liposuction. CoolSculpting can effectively reduce fat in the following areas
- Flanks/Love handles
- "Bra bulge"/upper back
- Inner and outer thighs
- Upper arms
To be a good candidate for CoolSculpting, you should be generally healthy and within 10 to 15 pounds of your ideal weight.
In addition to CoolSculpting for the neck, we also offer an injectable treatment for this area called KYBELLA®. KYBELLA is the first injectable to be FDA-approved specifically to reduce the appearance of a double chin. The best candidates for a treatment with KYBELLA are healthy adult men and women who are bothered by the appearance of a double chin but may not wish to undergo liposuction. KYBELLA is best for people who have excess fat under the chin and whose skin is still fairly elastic, meaning it will "bounce back" after the fat is reduced. If you have significantly loose skin, then you may be a better candidate for facial surgery. In some cases, we may recommend CoolSculpting® with the CoolMini or even liposuction to help you sculpt the attractive, proportionate profile you want. If you're interested in refining the appearance of your chin or neck, one of our experienced providers can help you choose the treatment that's right for you during a consultation
CoolTone™ is a new non-invasive treatment from the same folks behind CoolSculpting™. CoolTone™ is a noninvasive treatment that strengthens and builds muscle tone by delivering Magnetic Muscle Stimulation (MMS) to the area. This energy induces involuntary muscle contractions and tones and defines the muscles and appearance in the abdomen, buttocks, thighs, and arm areas. How many muscle contractions? How about 20,000 in a 30-minute CoolTone™ session? The results from the thousands of CoolTone™ muscle contractions are intended to augment what a person is doing at the gym or on their own. Plus, CoolTone™ delivers results that last longer than regular training. The FDA has cleared CoolTone™ to strengthen, tone, and firm the abdomen, buttocks, and thighs.
Skin and Laser
What if you could enjoy a more luminous and more even skin tone without missing a beat? Modern technology and the skincare professionals at Providence Plastic Surgery make it happen. Intense Pulse Light (IPL) photofacials enhance the look and feel of your skin, effectively treating the early signs of aging without impacting the outer layers of the skin. IPL photofacials rejuvenate skin on the face, neck, chest, hands, and arms. Benefits include:
- Reducing redness caused by conditions such as rosacea and broken capillaries
- Correcting uneven pigmentation including sun damage, age spots, and freckles
- Improving skin texture and tone
- Smoothing fine lines and wrinkles
Your unique skincare needs will be addressed by our extensively trained skincare consultants through a complimentary skin analysis. Soak in the peaceful surroundings and indulge yourself, if
How it works:
Unlike lasers, IPL uses a broad-spectrum of light that penetrates several layers deep in the skin. It warms the skin using heat to stimulate production of new collagen and connective tissue through the body's natural healing process. Before treatment, we apply a cool gel to the treatment areas to enhance comfort and allow the hand-piece to glide smoothly over the skin. These convenient treatments take about 20 minutes to perform and you can resume your normal activities immediately afterwards.
We ask that you have a complimentary, in-depth consultation with our skincare specialists before we recommend this, or any medical treatment. This consultation includes a detailed skin analysis to guide your personalized skincare treatment plan and home regimen. You can request a complimentary consultation by calling our office at (704) 771-1747.
AquaGold is a gold-plated hair-fine needle system used to painlessly deliver customizable solutions into the skin at the ideal 600 micron depth. Aquagold treatments can reduce the appearance of pores by delivering botox into the skin, smooth skin with dermal hyaluronic acid gel like Juvederm or Restylane, and give an overall airbrushed appearance to the skin.
AquaGold is a painless procedure with minimal potential short-term redness. We recommend avoiding makeup until the day following treatment. AquaGold treatments may be done individually, such as before an important event, or in a series.
Sclerotherapy is a minimally invasive procedure performed by one of our experienced providers to treat uncomplicated spider veins and reticular veins. Spider veins are very small, fine red or blue veins that are close to the surface of the skin. They do not bulge like varicose veins, and are much finer. Sclerotherapy involves the injection of a solution into the affected veins with a tiny needle.
At PPS we use Asclera® solution for sclerotherapy. Asclera is a sclerosing agent that is injected into the unwanted vein. It works by damaging the cells lining the vein, eventually causing the vein to clot and disappear.
It can take weeks to see the results of sclerotherapy, and it is common to need multiple sessions. If repeat sessions are necessary they are usually separated by at least 2 weeks. Following treatment, compression stockings or support hose should be worn continuously for 2-3 days and for 2-3 weeks during the day time; for this reason, we typically recommend having sclerotherapy done in the fall/winter season. At PPS we carry compression stockings so that you do not have to go elsewhere to purchase them.
Laser Hair Removal
Do you find yourself ever embarrassed by razor burn or painful ingrown hairs? If you answered yes, most likely you are using a method to remove the hair already. Waxing, shaving and tweezing can be very time consuming and results are short lived. Unlike other, traditional methods of hair removal, laser hair removal is a hair reduction method, yielding far better, longer-lasting results.
The EVO laser is state of the art, virtually painless, and can treat all skin tones safely. A typical package consists of six treatments spaced four to ten weeks apart; the spacing between treatments depends on the area being treated. The laser uses a concentrated beam of energy to target the hair follicle below the surface of the skin. The energy transfers into heat, which damages the follicle. The laser targets hair in the anagen phase (active growth phase). As our hairs are all in different phases of growth at any given time, six treatments are recommended for optimum results. You can shave as many times as need be throughout the duration of treatment, but other methods of hair removal (waxing, tweezing) are not allowed as would diminish the efficacy of the treatment. Laser hair removal is safe, FDA cleared, affordable, and life changing.
For the best facial available, HydraFacial is key.
HydraFacial is a gentle, non-invasive skin care treatment that provides a deep cleanse, dual exfoliation, gentle peel, while also replenishing essential nutrients that help revitalize skin’s health.
This refreshing and restorative treatment may be customized to treat acne, hyperpigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles, volume loss and many other skin concerns. Hydrafacial is more effective than traditional facials, offering long-lasting effects and is safe and effective for anyone or any type of skin. Benefits of Hydrafacial include improved skin clarity, an increase in skin volume, softer, smoother, and more resilient skin, brighter skin tone, and reduced appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Ask about our PERKS Treatment - specifically designed to treat eyes and lips.
Everything old is new again, and chemical peels are experiencing a rebirth of sorts as growing numbers of skin care professionals return to these treatments to address a wide range of skin concerns and conditions. Chemical peels can be customized for each individual to correct acne, age spots, discoloration, uneven skin tone, fine lines, freckles, and melasma. We utilize customizable PCA peels, Perfect Peel, and ZO enzyme peels. Depending upon the type of chemical peel, a reaction similar to sunburn occurs following the procedure. Peeling usually involves redness, followed by scaling that ends within three to seven days. Mild peels may be repeated at three to four-week intervals until the desired effect is achieved.
peach fuzz) and dead skin from the face. Dermaplaning will leave the skin smoother, allows makeup to look smoother, and allows skincare to penetrate better. It is a quick, painless treatment usually lasting 15 minutes or less, and it is typically performed as an add-on service before a peel or a hydrafacial.
A healthy body produces sweat to cool itself during exercise, heat or anxiety. Especially in a hot and humid locale like North Carolina, profuse sweating isn't uncommon. But some people suffer from a medical condition called hyperhidrosis, which causes them to sweat excessively even when they're calm and cool. This condition, especially when it causes excessive armpit sweating, can create discomfort and embarrassment. At Providence Plastic Surgery, we have multiple options to control excessive sweating in patients who suffer from axillary (armpit) hyperhidrosis.
Botox or Dysport can be injected into the underarms to significantly decrease sweating temporarily. It is a quick easy procedure, with results in 1-2 weeks lasting 3-4 months.
Virtue RF Microneedling
Virtue takes microneedling and makes it better through the addition of radiofrequency energy. When Virtue RF’s 36 gold-tipped microneedles puncture the skin and are at full depth, they emit a burst of radiofrequency energy directly into the dermis. This is done with much better precision thanks to Virtue’s exclusive robotic delivery system, which eliminates tearing and skin trauma that can be a part of other microneedling treatments. When Virtue’s RF energy enters the dermis, it converts to heat. When the body senses heat in the dermis layer, it assumes there has been a wound. It responds by remodeling the existing collagen in the area and then initiating new production of collagen and elastin to heal the perceived wound, although there isn’t actually any wound. This increase in collagen smooths, firms, and improves skin texture and tone. Because Virtue RF bypasses the epidermis and delivers the RF energy directly into the dermis, this means we can deliver higher levels of RF energy without worrying about damaging the outer skin. This means better rejuvenation through collagen renewal.
Microneedling uses the body’s wound-healing mechanisms to improve your skin. For our microneedling, we use the SkinPen. The SkinPen uses 14 stainless steel medical-grade needles to create hundreds of microscopic channels down through the epidermis. We can vary the penetration depth of the SkinPen needles, depending on the area being treated. For instance, we set a shallower penetration depth for areas with thinner skin, such as the forehead, and deeper penetration for areas with thicker skin, such as the cheeks. These micro-injuries trigger a wound-healing response in the body, where healthy new skin cells and collagen are produced and sent to “heal” the perceived wounds. This happens despite the fact that the microscopic punctures heal fully in just a couple of hours. SkinPen was the first FDA-cleared microneedling device and has consistently set the industry standard.