Botox injections are used not only for therapeutic purposes but for cosmetic ones too. Unlike other fillers, which are superficially injected just beneath the skin, Botox is injected directly into the muscle. Because Botox is made of a neurotoxin, it blocks signals between the muscle and the brain, ultimately preventing muscle contraction in a localized area. When the muscle relaxes, wrinkles smooth out and soften. Performed correctly, these injections only affect targeted muscles while still allowing for facial expression. Botox can be used for any type of wrinkle that has not been caused by sun damage or stretching of the skin due to gravity. Results are usually best on expression lines, such as those around the eyes and forehead.
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that 11 million women have undergone Botox? In fact, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports that it is the most common cosmetic treatment requested in America, with numbers at an all-time high. More than a million treatments are performed every year, and it isn’t just the rich and famous indulging in the liquid facelift. People of all economic backgrounds get Botox because of its affordability.
If you are between the ages of 18 and 65, consult with your dermatologist to find out if Botox is right for you. The best candidates for cosmetic Botox treatments are usually men and women bothered by facial lines and wrinkles – particularly those along the forehead and between the eyes. You should not get Botox injections if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you suffer from any type of neurological disease.
Botox injections are in-office procedures performed in just a few minutes. In fact, you can schedule a Botox injection for your lunch hour or on your way home from work. Injections use a very fine needle, which is inserted into the facial muscles. There is very little discomfort during the injection, and anesthesia is necessary.
There is a minimal recovery period of approximately 48 hours after getting Botox. During this time, you may experience bruising or headaches. Avoid rubbing your face in areas treated with Botox, and do not lie down for the first few hours after the injections. Keep in mind that results from Botox – though significant – usually begin to fade within 4 to 6 months. You’ll need to return for retreatment periodically.
Smooth, youthful skin is the desire of most people – especially as age, genetics and environmental factors begin putting years of mileage on the face. Over time, the skin starts to lose its elasticity and volume, resulting in the appearance of lines and wrinkles. Juvederm helps to restore volume and smoothness by replacing depleted hyaluronic acid just beneath the skin. When injected into the dermal layers, hyaluronic acid binds to water molecules, giving the face a fuller appearance in targeted areas. Dermatologists use Juvederm to treat many different types of lines and wrinkles though it is most frequently used as a dermal filler for smile lines and marionette lines around the mouth.
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that dermal fillers like Juvederm are among the most requested cosmetic procedures in the U.S.? Juvederm is minimally invasive and can be performed in just minutes in the privacy of a dermatologist’s office. In fact, Juvederm has become so accessible, that it is now being used by millions of people worldwide.
Juvederm may be right for you if you are bothered by deep lines or facial folds, but are in search of a non-surgical way of addressing them. The FDA deems Juvederm safe and effective for most people though you should consult with your dermatologist before undergoing treatments.
Juvederm injections are administered in the comfort of your dermatologist’s office. The gel contains both hyaluronic acid and lidocaine, the latter of which is responsible for helping numb the skin and minimize discomfort. Your doctor will need only minutes to complete the injection, and in most cases, you can return to work or other activities immediately after.
Juvederm offers instant results. You’ll see a noticeable change in your skin’s appearance before you ever leave the office. Many patients enjoy their results for up to a full year until the gel is safely absorbed by the body. Most Juvederm patients feel that their results are natural in appearance and reflect the natural contours of the face.
Many North Americans struggle with weight loss, whether the scale just won’t budge or fluctuates up and down like a yo-yo. Diet and exercise are an excellent start to a healthy weight, but sometimes stubborn pounds need an extra boost to keep them from hanging on. Our office offers medically supervised weight loss in that helps our patients achieve healthy weight goals using advanced methods that have been proven to work time and time again.
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that more than 35 percent of American adults are overweight? According to an estimate from the Centers for Disease Control, obesity is directly responsible for more than $140 billion in medical costs each year – primarily for the treatment of weight-related diseases like heart disease, type-2 diabetes, and stroke. Losing just 10 to 20 pounds can lower blood pressure and cholesterol, alleviate chronic pain, and reduce cancer risk – not to mention improve the quality of life…
You may be a candidate for medical weight loss if your previous attempts to lose weight have been unsuccessful. Contact our office to schedule a consultation and find out more about our treatment options for overweight and obese patients.
We take a multifaceted approach to helping our patients lose weight. We always begin with nutritional counseling and lifestyle modifications that help increase cardiovascular output, lower stress, and improve sleep – all factors that can aid in healthy weight loss. Additional interventions are necessary on a case-by-case basis. For example, some patients are struggling with weight loss due to nutritional imbalances or skipped meals. Others may be facing hormonal imbalances that pack on the pounds. Our treatment options help break through weight loss barriers and turn the body into a fat-burning machine.
Weight loss outcomes vary from patient to patient and treatment carries no guarantee of results. However, patients who are a part of a medically-personalized weight loss program are more likely to obtain significant long-term results than those who attempt to lose weight using diet or exercise alone.
Facial platelet rich plasma treatments are non-surgical face lifts capable of smoothing wrinkles, evening skin tone, and tightening facial tissues. These treatments involve injecting platelet rich plasma from a patient’s own blood into the delicate skin of the face. This helps to stimulate collagen production, helping the skin glow more luminously and appear more voluminous. Patients who undergo these treatments have the opportunity to age gracefully and subtly, avoiding harsh cosmetic treatments that appear unnatural and obvious.
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Facial platelet rich plasma treatments are growing in popularity among adult men and women of all ages who want rapid aesthetic results with no down time. In fact, minimally invasive cosmetic procedures are at an all-time high, with the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery reporting that more than 8 in 10 total cosmetic procedures in America are non-surgical. Trends are showing that more and more patients are demanding a more natural approach to cosmetic treatment – and facial platelet rich plasma treatments deliver!
You may be a candidate for a facial platelet rich plasma treatment if you want the results of a face lift without going under the knife. Call our office today to find out if this ground-breaking facial rejuvenation treatment is right for you.
Facial platelet rich plasma treatments are in-office procedures that take just minutes to complete. Your blood will be drawn and the platelets extracted using a centrifuge. Using a very tiny needle, the injection site on your face will be numbed and the platelets injected beneath the skin.
Results vary from patient to patient and are never guaranteed. However, many people who undergo platelet-rich plasma injections find that their skin is brighter, smoother, tighter and more rejuvenated soon after the treatment. Results typically continue to improve over the course of several weeks and may last a year or more.
Facial fillers are substances injected beneath the skin to help smooth fine lines and boost facial volume. Also known as dermal fillers, these injections are in-office procedures that are minimally invasive alternatives to cosmetic surgery. Patients often undergo facial filler injections to achieve a more youthful appearance with as little down time as possible. Fillers are available to target nearly any area of the face, including crow’s feet, laugh lines, and thin lips.
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that non-surgical cosmetic treatments like Restylane and Juvederm are the fastest growing form of aesthetic medical enhancements in the U.S.? The American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports that minimally invasive cosmetic procedures were up by 6 percent in 2012 over 2011 despite surgical procedures being down by 2 percent. More than 1.4 million dermal injections were administered to American patients in 2012 alone – up from 1.3 million in 2011.
You may be a candidate for dermal facial filling if you are unhappy with your facial volume or are looking for a non-surgical way of smoothing fine lines. Many types of facial injections are available; and our staff would be happy to help you find out which filler is right for you. Contact us today to schedule a consultation or find out more about dermal injections.
Getting a facial filler is as easy as dropping by our office on your lunch break. Using a very fine needle, your filler will be injected just beneath the surface of your skin. You will experience little or no discomfort and can return to work immediately after the procedure.
Results vary from patient to patient and are never guaranteed. However, most patients begin to see visible results within just days of undergoing a dermal injection. Results may continue to improve over the course of several weeks. Depending on the location of your injection and the type of filler used, the effects of your filler may last as long as 6 months or more.
Your face is your most defining feature, so it makes sense that you would want to preserve its appearance and protect it from aging. Environmental factors, age, stress, and lifestyle habits can all contribute to the development of fine lines and wrinkles that can make your face appear more mature and even older than you really are. At our office, we feature facial rejuvenation treatments that restore a youthful appearance and turn back the hands of time without the need for surgery.
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that facial rejuvenation treatments can do more than just reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles? Many patients who undergo facial rejuvenation also find that other signs of aging like age spots and uneven skin tone begin to disappear as well.
You may be a candidate for facial rejuvenation treatment if you are unhappy with the characteristics your skin has assumed. This may include blemishes, uneven pigment, fine lines, sagging, or even a loss of that healthy glow synonymous with young, healthy skin. Contact our office for more information about facial rejuvenation and whether it is right for you.
Facial rejuvenation comes in many forms and treatments. We will first schedule a consultation with you to determine the condition of your skin and your goals for treatment. Our facial rejuvenation procedures are in-office treatments custom formulated to meet individual patient needs. We offer scientifically advanced interventions that have been proven to tighten and tone the skin using bio-compatible methods. For questions about our facial rejuvenation treatment options, we invite you to contact one of our helpful staff members during regular office hours.
Your individual facial rejuvenation results will vary according to the type of treatment you undergo and the condition of your skin prior to treatment. Results are never guaranteed, but most patients report being very pleased with the skin transformations they achieve.
Dermaplaning and chemical peels are each non-surgical cosmetic treatments used to rejuvenate the look and feel of the skin. Each serves a different purpose and may be administered independently of each other. However, many people opt for a combination dermaplaning and chemical peel service to optimize treatment outcome and achieve a smoother and more radiant complexion.
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that the skin begins to lose its glow over time? This is because the skin’s natural shedding of dead cells slows with age, causing it to appear dull and lackluster. Though new, healthy skin exists below the surface, it is often masked by an old and uneven external layer of skin. Dermaplaning and chemical peel combination treatments help reveal healthy, glowing skin and restore a youthful appearance.
Dermaplaning is a non-invasive procedure in which a blade is gently moved across a dry skin on the face, removing dead skin and evening out rough, dry skin. Dermaplaning is generally painless and can be performed as often as twice per month. In addition to removing the rough outer portion of the dermis, dermaplaning also helps to remove unwanted vellus hairs, also known as ‘peach fuzz’.
A chemical peel is an in-office procedure during which an acid solution is applied to the surface of the face. The solution is left on for a few minutes, after which time it is removed or neutralized. Most people experience some mild tingling during a chemical peel, which usually takes only a few minutes to complete. Following a chemical peel, the skin may ‘flake off’ for a couple of days before revealing newer, healthier looking skin beneath the surface. Chemical peels are useful for improving the appearance of the skin and conditions like hyperpigmentation, fine lines, sun damage, acne scars and age spots.
While dermaplaning and chemical peels are effective apart, they work synergistically together. Dermaplaning helps to remove the outer layers of the skin, making the chemical solution in a chemical peel far more effective. Since dermaplaning enables the acid solution to reach deeper levels of the dermis, the chemical solution in a combination treatment is left on the skin for a shorter period of time than it is during a chemical peel alone. Dermaplaning can be combined with many different types of chemical peels, from mild glycolic and salicylic acid peels to stronger peels containing trichloroacetic acid (TCA). For more information about dermaplaning and chemical peels, contact our office to schedule a consultation.
Dysport is a non-surgical, injectable treatment used to smooth and reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles. It is made of Botulinum toxin Type A, which works by temporarily relaxing the muscles beneath the face. Dysport injections are effective for treating furrows, creases and marionette lines along the forehead, around the mouth and near the eyes. Most people who undergo Dysport treatments have lines or wrinkles that are moderate to severe and non-responsive to other types of cosmetic treatments.
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Dysport has been used in the treatment of lines and wrinkles for decades? Though it did not receive FDA approval until 2009, Dysport has been used in Europe since 1991. The results achieved by Dysport treatments are virtually the same as those of Botox treatments, which represent one of the most common cosmetic treatments performed in the U.S.
You may be a candidate for Dysport if you are bothered by the appearance of lines and wrinkles on your face. The treatment is typically administered in people ages 18 to 65, but should not be used in certain people, such as women who are pregnant or nursing. Contact our Medi-Spa for more information about Dysport and to schedule a consultation today.
Dysport treatments are performed from the comfort of a Medi-Spa office. Most treatments take only minutes to complete using a series of tiny injections around targeted facial muscles. Though there may be some initial soreness at the injection site, most people experience little or no bruising after a Dysport treatment. In most cases, patients can return to work or other activities immediately after treatment. It is important, however, to avoid apply pressure to the treatment site or sleeping on it for the first 24 hours after getting Dysport injections.
Most people notice improvements in lines and wrinkles within just 1 to 3 days of receiving a Dysport injection though maximum benefits may not be realized for a week or more. Outcomes vary from person to person, but most people enjoy the benefits of Dysport for approximately 3 to 6 months.
Nothing shows the effects of years of sun exposure like the skin – particularly skin on the face, neck, chest and hands. When the skin suffers sun damage, it often develops brown spots, redness and early onset of wrinkles. Fortunately, there is a treatment available to help reduce the appearance of sun damage, smoothing the skin and fading away pigmentation. It is called Intense Pulse Light therapy, or IPL, and it is a completely safe way for people her to address the effects of extensive sun damage.
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Did you know that the ultraviolet rays produced by the sun are a form of radiation? These rays pass directly into the skin, damaging and killing cells. Worse, the effects of sun damage take years to appear and could cause early signs of aging. Everyone should take preventative measures to avoid sun damage beginning at an early age, including the daily use of sunscreen, protective clothing and avoiding the sun when its rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Intense pulse light therapy works by stimulating collagen, targeting brown spots and reducing redness in the skin. It is most effective for individuals with light skin in whom broken capillaries, brown spots, freckles and rosacea are most apparent. Darker spots respond best to IPL though lighter spots may resolve over the course of several treatments.
IPL treatments are non-invasive and performed from the comfort of our office. A cool gel is applied before a wand is passed over the treatment area. The wand gives off bright flashes of light, which is why everyone in the treatment room must wear protective eyewear. These flashes of light are converted to heat energy, where it stimulates the collagen and destroys broken blood vessels beneath the skin. Depending on the size of the treatment area, IPL sessions typically last between 20 and 30 minutes. Most people experience little or no discomfort during treatment and resume normal activity immediately.
There is no ‘down time’ associated with IPL though it is normal to experience some treatment area redness in the hours following a treatment. Since intense pulse light therapy provides progressive results over time, most people require between 4 and 6 treatments to achieve their desired results. For more information about IPL, contact our office to schedule a consultation. We look forward to helping you reverse the effects of sun damage and help you achieve a smoother and more even complexion.
Advancements in cosmetic medical technology have come a long way, making it possible to achieve results once thought impossible. Laser hair removal is one of the most popular cosmetic treatments in the U.S., as it allows men and women to not only remove unwanted body hair but also prevent it from growing back. After just a few treatments, a person may be able to eliminate the need to constantly shave, wax or epilate.
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that interest in laser hair removal is at an all-time high? More and more people choose to remove unwanted body hair using laser hair removal every year. More than 1 million people opted for the treatment in 2011 alone. Most people who get laser hair removal are very satisfied with the results, with most achieving a permanent reduction in hair growth. In fact, nearly 9 in 10 people who get laser hair removal say that having gone through the process and experiencing the results for themselves, they would choose to do it again.
Laser hair removal is appropriate for most people who are bothered or embarrassed by unwanted hair. The treatment can be administered on nearly any area of the body, including the chin, upper lip, underarms and legs. While not right for everyone, modern laser hair removal is effective on many different skin types. For more information about laser hair removal and whether it could be right for you, contact our office to schedule a consultation.
Laser hair removal is performed from the comfort of our office. You will wear protective eyewear, and a topical anesthetic may be applied to your skin prior to the procedure. A concentrated laser beam will be guided over the treatment area, targeting the dark pigment of each hair and killing the follicle beneath. Most people experience a noticeable reduction in the amount of hair re-growth after a single treatment, though additional treatments will be necessary to achieve optimal results.
We typically recommend at least 6 laser hair removal sessions to achieve a significant hair reduction. Results vary from person to person, but most candidates for laser hair removal will enjoy hair that becomes increasingly lighter and finer as the treatments progress. Additional sessions may be necessary on occasion to maintain long-term results.