Forever Young
Dr. Glenn DeBias and The Institute for Laser and Aesthetic Medicine help patients look their best by counteracting the “downward spiral” effects of aging
by Jennifer Updike

“Aging is for people who don’t know any better,” as health and fitness icon Tony Horton likes to say. Truly, people can look and feel their best—youthful, vibrant, refreshed—longer into their lives than ever before. Even so, the trio of exercise, diet and clean living can do only so much. In other words, sometimes people need a little help.

Glenn A. DeBias, D.O., founder and medical director of The Institute for Laser and Aesthetic Medicine, understands this notion better than most. At his offices in Doylestown and King of Prussia, Dr. DeBias and his staff offer an array of innovative aesthetic procedures for the face and body. These include everything from ActiveFx fractional laser skin resurfacing and body-contouring services to a lineup of cosmetic injectables, all to help patients maintain their hold on health and beauty—safely, naturally and effectively.

“Most patients today don’t want to be ‘cut and pulled,’ which has the potential to lead to unwanted and in some cases irreversible consequences, including an unnatural appearance, nerve damage and scarring,” Dr. DeBias says. “Patients, now more than ever, demand a rejuvenation process that counteracts the aging process in a safe, natural way.”

Patients who arrive with realistic expectations—meaning, understanding they won’t look 20 years younger but they will be able to offset some of the “downward spiral” effects of aging—generally experience the most satisfying results. Furthermore, once these men and women have achieved their best look for their age, Dr. DeBias’ recommends ongoing maintenance to ensure long-term success.

To achieve this “best look” in the first place, patients require the touch of a gifted physician. By Dr. DeBias’ definition, this means someone who is not only experienced and knowledgeable but also blessed with an artistic eye and the assistance of revolutionary technologies.

Earlier this year, for example, Dr. DeBias incorporated an FDA-approved technology that enabled his practice to expand treatment options for patients looking to rejuvenate the face and neck. Venus Freeze and Venus Viva, both from Venus Concepts, utilize innovative radio-frequency technology to deliver remarkable results.  The Institute, which acquired the technology nearly eight months ago, has quickly become the tri-state area’s go-to destination for this novel device.

Venus Freeze has proven highly effective in tightening the skin and reducing the appearance of wrinkles, among other uses. Utilizing multi-polar radio frequency and pulsed magnetic fields to produce a soothing and therapeutic heat matrix over the skin, Venus Freeze causes a thermal reaction in the tissue, which stimulates the body’s natural healing response. This, in turn, causes the formation of new collagen and the production of new elastin fibers, thereby lending benefits such as the tightening of lax skin and reduced wrinkles. The treatments also lead to the increased flow of oxygen, nutrients and blood to the skin, which gives the skin an immediate and long-lasting glow.

Dr. DeBias says patients have remarked on the results they have experienced through Venus Freeze treatments, which are safe, noninvasive and painless; some patients have compared the sensation to receiving a hot-stone massage. The fact that each treatment takes less than 20 minutes to perform and requires no downtime has made Venus Freeze an especially popular option for monthly maintenance.

Venus Viva, meanwhile, is a complementary service used for facial rejuvenation—treating wrinkles, acne scars and large pores, as well as uneven texture and pigmentation irregularities. Venus Viva delivers superior results through a skin-heating process with minimal discomfort. Patients can expect to have smoother, clearer and younger-looking skin after as few as three to four 10-minute sessions. Benefits to the patient include a fresher, more youthful look; a decrease in visible pores and a “smoothing out” of textural irregularities for even, refined-looking skin; and the tightening of lax skin for a firmer décolleté.

Like Venus Freeze, Venus Viva is a safe, noninvasive and effective treatment designed to produce lasting results for patients of all skin types. It does, however, require a one-day recovery, as most patients will experience some redness following treatment.

“Texture, tone and tightness—that’s what patients are looking for,” says Dr. DeBias. “Venus Viva is becoming one of our most popular procedures for facial rejuvenation. ActiveFx is still No. 1 because it delivers a more dramatic result, but it also requires up to three and a half days of downtime. This is a good alternative, delivering noticeable results with minimal discomfort and minimal downtime.”

About Dr. DeBias and The Institute
Dr. DeBias has been a physician for 33 years, the last 17 of which have been devoted to performing laser and aesthetic medicine in his continually evolving practice. Dr. DeBias was one of the first to utilize the phrase “laser and aesthetic medicine,” which is commonly used today.
Dr. DeBias’ accolades include:
* He is consistently voted one of the best laser and aesthetic medicine physicians in the tri-state area.
* He is in the top 1 percent of cosmetic injectors in the country by experience and status.
* He has performed more than 250,000 aesthetic procedures to date.
* He is the inventor of the first fractional CO2 procedure (ActiveFx), for which he is internationally recognized. He has performed more than 18,000 fractional CO2 procedures to date, qualifying him as the most experienced laser CO2 practitioner in the United States.
* He is the leader nationally in performing fractional CO2 to treat the three T’s—texture, tone and tightening of the skin—which carries the highest satisfaction rating of all his aesthetic procedures.
* His staff has performed more than 2,500 radio-frequency treatments for face/neck skin-tightening rejuvenation.
* His staff has performed more than 500 procedures utilizing the newest radio-frequency device, Venus Viva/Freeze, with high patient satisfaction.

The Institute for Laser and Aesthetic Medicine is located at 110 Hyde Park in Doylestown and 1030 Continental Drive in King of Prussia. For office hours, to schedule an appointment or for more information, visit or call 215-230-1804.

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