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The Differences Between Facial Injectables

Facial rejuvenation with faci injectables can reduce signs of aging by smoothing out wrinkles, softening fine lines, and filling in age-related volume loss. Here are some of the key differences between the facial injectables that Dr. Jason Martin uses to minimize signs of facial aging.

BOTOX® Cosmetic

BOTOX® Cosmetic is derived from botulinum toxin type A and temporarily relaxes the muscles of the upper face. This treatment improves the appearance of moderate to severe wrinkles in the forehead, brow, and crow’s feet near the eyes. Its effects last up to six months, and many patients undergo regular BOTOX® Cosmetic treatments to maintain results.

JUVÉDERM® Products

Products in the JUVÉDERM® family are made of hyaluronic acid, a substance that is found naturally in the body and improves skin hydration and volume. Rather than inhibiting muscle contractions like BOTOX® Cosmetic, JUVÉDERM® products add volume by filling in wrinkles or areas that are thinning. JUVÉDERM® XC is used to augment the lips and mouth area and to correct moderate to severe facial folds and wrinkles, such as smile lines, marionette lines, and vertical lip lines. JUVÉDERM® Ultra Plus XC is a thicker concentration and can provide more profound and long-lasting results for those with severe facial wrinkles and folds. JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® XC is used to correct volume loss in the cheeks, forehead, and around eyes, nose, and mouth. Treatment with JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® XC produces the longest-lasting results of any filler, with results lasting up to two years.

Restylane® Products

Restylane® is also comprised of hyaluronic acid and can add volume and smooth wrinkles around the eyes and mouth. Restylane® Silk is a slightly smoother formula with smaller particles than Restylane® and is used to enhance the lips and mouth area with even more natural-looking results. Restylane® differs from JUVÉDERM® primarily in texture: JUVÉDERM® tends to be smoother while Restylane® tends to be more granular. Restylane® may be more likely to leave bumps during application, but it is highly cohesive and may be better suited to enhance volume in areas such as under the eyes.

BELOTERO® Products

Also composed of hyaluronic acid, products in the BELOTERO® family can rehydrate the skin and increase facial volume. BELOTERO® HYDRO can restore skin elasticity and deep hydration. BELOTERO® VOLUME restores facial volume in the cheeks, chin, and temples. BELOTERO® INTENSE can enhance the lips, Cupid’s bow, marionette lines, and smile lines. BELOTERO® SOFT can treat perioral lines and crow’s feet, while BELOTERO® BALANCE enhances the lips and treats marionette lines, smile lines, and glabellar lines. Results with BELOTERO® products typically last six to twelve months.


RADIESSE® is made of a different substance called calcium hydroxylapatite. This substance is found within human bones and stimulates collagen growth. RADIESSE® is used to treat deeper wrinkles around the chin and mouth area, such as the nasolabial folds. The calcium hydroxylapatite in RADIESSE® stimulates new collagen growth over time, which may continue to improve the appearance of facial skin through the weeks and months after treatment.

Sculptra® Aesthetic

Sculptra® Aesthetic is comprised of yet another substance: synthetic polylactic acid, a biocompatible and biodegradable substance that can add facial volume. Used to correct signs of fat loss in the face, Sculptra® Aesthetic can improve facial contour and smooth out wrinkles such as smile lines, marionette lines, and chin wrinkles. Sculptra® Aesthetic is administered over a few treatment sessions and gradually increases collagen production, producing results that subtly improve over time for up to two years.
Dr. Jason Martin is a highly experienced and board-certified plastic surgeon who can help you determine which type of facial injectable will be best for you and your needs. To schedule your consultation with Dr. Martin, please call (303) 589-9420 or fill out our online contact form today.

Venus Viva™: The Latest in Facial Resurfacing and Rejuvenation

One of the most beautiful things about the human body is that every individual is unique. The face, in particular, has distinctive features that set us apart from one another. Still, environmental factors and aging will eventually take their toll on every face, regardless of how full your cheeks are. However, with the Venus Viva™, you can receive fully customizable facial resurfacing to treat and enhance your particular face in the distinctive ways that it needs.

The Technology

Venus Viva™ is an FDA-approved revolutionary system designed for facial resurfacing and rejuvenation. Using SmartScan™ technology and NanoFractional Radio Frequency™, the Venus Viva™ system permits manually controlled ablation and coagulation. In other words, treatment with the Venus Viva™ is completely customizable so the technician can precisely tailor the treatment for your facial needs. This technology enables ablation of the epidermis as well as coagulation of the dermis for ultimate skin resurfacing with improved efficacy and safer results. During treatment, superior heat conduction forces collagen in the skin to contract, causing the skin to tighten. The applicator also creates tiny wounds in the skin, which stimulates new collagen growth to heal and regenerate the skin over the days and weeks following treatment.

The Benefits

The benefits of Venus Viva™ treatments are numerous, it provides superior penetration depth with increased treatment options using multi-applicators. It also offers the largest flexible treatment area. Venus Viva™ is safe for all skin types and has proven consistent and predictable outcomes in clinical settings with both immediate and long-term results. Patients can see results after a single treatment, however we typically recommend a series of three or four treatments for more comprehensive results. The treatment experience offers minimal discomfort, and most patients can resume normal activities immediately after treatment.

The Results

Patients who undergo treatment with Venus Viva™ can look forward to the following results:

Diminished fine lines, wrinkles, and deep folds for smoother skin
Reduction in pore visibility for a more even skin texture
Improved acne scars for a clearer complexion
Smoothed striae (stretch marks)
Evened out texture and tone irregularities for a more refined and youthful appearance
Tightened skin in the neck and jowls
Reduced signs of aging for a more youthful look

To experience the benefits of Venus Viva™ treatments for yourself, schedule your personal consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. W. Jason Martin. Call our Denver office at (303) 321-1439 or fill out our online contact form to book your appointment today.

Revolutionary New Scar Treatment: Embrace®

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In our clinics, we strive to remain ahead of the curve and we take pride in being early integrators of the newest technologies and treatments in plastic surgery. Therefore, we were very pleased to be selected as the first location in Colorado for introduction of embrace®, a truly revolutionary approach to scar treatment.

Embrace®, introduced by Neodyne, uses a patented Active Stress-Shielding technology (mechanomodulation) to drastically improve the appearance of scars after surgery. This innovative treatment delivers a consistent force along your scar line, shielding the scar from the tensions created during the skin’s natural healing process and from normal body movement. By reducing these tension forces, collagen proliferation is minimized and your scar heals quickly and without visibility. It also significantly relieves the residual discomfort along the scar line that is common 2 to 4 weeks after surgery.

Therapy is simple, pain free and inexpensive. It is initiated 2 weeks after surgery and requires application of an adhesive bandage across the scar line once a week for a 4 to 8 week period. There are no limitations to your daily activities and there is no application of gels or messy creams.

Whether you are recovering from a tummy tuck, breast lift or c-section or you have an unsightly scar from a previous surgery, this product is for you. This truly unique elastic post-surgical dressing is critical to making your scar heal flawlessly. We now have integrated this therapy into a majority of our surgical procedures and we are excited to share our results with you. Contact one of our offices today to be evaluated.

Natural Beauty: A Balanced Approach

As a board certified plastic surgeon and the director of Aspen Institute of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AIPRS), I get asked a lot of questions about plastic surgery and how to best enhance and maintain your natural beauty. My answers to these types of questions are not surprising, especially when you consider that I chose to start my practice in one of the most naturally beautiful towns in the U.S. Like Colorado, our practice philosophy emphasizes balance and the natural aesthetic. We take pride in offering a truly unique experience for our patients that stands as the alternative to the cartoonish examples permeating plastic surgery today. To this point, I can categorically say that in my office, there are NO “fish lips,” “weird-looking eyes,” nor “overly stretched faces,” just a lot of normal-looking people that want to look a little better.

As I mentioned in the Flair Magazine profile article, good results in plastic surgery are largely dependent on the surgeon’s ability to adhere to a natural sense of balance. This is especially critical when considering cosmetic procedures of the face. When I perform facelifts, my primary focus is on facial harmony. Every step of the procedure is designed to ensure that the results appear natural and refreshing, not overdone and artificial.

Although maintaining balance is the majority of the equation, other factors are important and should not be overlooked. For any issue that you want to address, there should be a comprehensive treatment plan that clearly outlines the steps to achieve your desired goals. These plans should rely on the most advanced technologies and should take into account differences in genetics, lifestyle, environment, diet, health, and mindset. In our clinics, these treatment plans are front and center and are the primary focus during consults.

We also take a stepwise approach to enhancing your natural beauty. This usually starts with the creation of an individualized skin care regimen. Included in this regimen are medical-grade treatments that are tailored to your specific skin type and facial structure. Next, laser and LED light therapies may be used to rejuvenate the skin, and nutritional support is provided to help achieve and maintain optimum patient health. For more pronounced results, combination therapies that mix technology with less invasive office-based procedures are a great option and require little to no downtime. Surgical intervention is the last option and is only used when other procedures and treatments cannot achieve the desired results. Every step utilizes photographic and computer-based analysis, allowing our patients to better understand their treatments.

I am proud of the success of our clinics. Our more natural and balanced approach to face, breast, and body enhancement has allowed my practice to flourish and to be recognized nationally and internationally. I now emphasize this approach when I lecture to other physicians, and I do feel that the tide is changing in my field to a more natural and balanced approach … which is good for all patients.

Dr. Martin is fellowship trained in aesthetic plastic surgery and is board certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS). His practice is devoted to combating the signs of aging. If you are interested in a consultation in the Aspen, Denver, or Vail areas, please visit our contact page to send us a message or call us today. We look forward to hearing from you!

Sunscreen: Protecting Your Skin at 8000′

From the Aspen Daily News, July 12, 2011

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Living in our high altitude paradise with its endless outdoor activities and countless sunny days, our skin is exposed to climate and environmental aggressors that most people will never experience. We’ve long known, and it bears repeating, the best and most effective way to limit the signs of aging and decrease the formation of premalignant skin lesions is SUNSCREEN.For every 1,000 feet in elevation gain over sea level, there is an 8-10% increase in the sun’s intensity. A daily application of sunscreen is imperative for healthy skin, essential for reducing the impacts of aging, and crucial at Aspen’s 8000ft. Over-exposure, especially in children, can lead to melanoma, one of the deadliest forms of cancer. According to the National Cancer Institute, 8,700 Americans died in 2010 from melanoma. Daily use of a sunscreen, particularly at higher elevations, may save your life.

High altitude and physical activity can drastically change the efficacy of most sunscreens. Re-applying sunscreen while exposed (even to reflected sunlight) is required for proper protection at high elevation. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends two full applications of sunscreen spaced 30 minutes apart every morning before going outdoors, followed by one full application for every two hours of sun exposure. Start with at least one ounce (the size of a shot glass) of product to cover exposed body parts. The face and neck need roughly half a teaspoon of product; don’t forget the back of your neck and ears as well as your hands and lips.

[blockquote] Active mountain children need roughly half of the amount of product recommended for adults. Strong evidence suggests that cancerous lesions in adults begin with sunburn we had as children.

The FDA has announced new labeling regulations for sunscreens that will help consumers decide how to buy and apply sunscreen. These new requirements are part of an ongoing effort to ensure sunscreens meet modern-day standards for safety and efficacy and are based on the latest science available. Look for new labeling on sunscreens starting in the spring of 2012.In the meantime, when choosing a sunscreen, look for products that advertise broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection. Both UVA and UVB protection are necessary to be fully effective in preventing skin cancer. Sunscreen ingredients work in several different ways. Chemical sunscreens like Avobenzone and Octisalate absorb UV radiation and protect the skin from UVA rays. UVA rays are relatively long wavelengths of light that penetrate deeply into the skin, are more harmful than UVB rays and are linked to serious cancers of the skin including melanoma. UVA rays are directly linked to premature aging. Physical sunscreens such as titanium dioxide or zinc oxide reflect or scatter UV radiation and provide protection from both UVA and UVB rays. UVB rays, also known as the “burning” rays are linked to milder cancers of the skin such as basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma.

The sun protection factor of a sunscreen is a laboratory measure of the effectiveness of sunscreen. The higher the SPF the more protection a sunscreen offers against UV radiation. For example, if your skin burns in the sun after 10 minutes with no sun protection, a SPF 15 will give you 15 times 10 minutes of protection or 150 minutes of protection before your skin starts to burn. Exposure before burn increases at higher elevations making it necessary to wear a SPF of 30 or higher on a daily basis at 8000ft.
One complaint I hear about sunscreen is that it makes the skin look white and greasy. Over the last several years, sunscreen has become more cosmetically elegant and the quality has improved greatly. There are several brands on the market today that offer excellent protection without compromising the appearance of the skin. I like Epionce Ultra Shield SPF 50 or Neocutis Journee SPF30; both blend translucently into the skin. When shopping for an over the counter sunscreen, look for products that contain at least one physical block, either zinc oxide or titanium dioxide.

If you have sensitive or acne prone skin, look for a formula that is hypo-allergenic and non-comedogenic with a higher percentage of zinc oxide. I recommend Obagi Sun Shield SPF 50.

I cannot emphasize enough the importance of sunscreen along with protective clothing for those of us living the good life at altitude. With the growing number of skin cancer and precancer diagnoses it’s imperative that we avoid tanning beds, schedule yearly skin exams with a dermatologist and use sunscreen every single day.