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Botox

What is Botox® Cosmetic?

Botox® has been used for over 15 years to treat a variety of medical conditions. It is a purified protein that is administered via a few tiny injections into the muscles that cause those stubborn crow's feet, forehead lines, and "mad" lines between the eyebrows.

How soon will I see a difference after my Botox® treatment?

A person typically see results within 4 to 7 days. By one month, 90% of patients in a clinical study judged their wrinkles to show signifcant improvement.

How long do Botox® treatments last?

Botox® treatments generally last 3 to 6 months. Just 2 to 3 treatments a year will help a person to maintain a more youthful, fresh, and well-rested appearance. With reapplication results tend to last longer.

I'm in my twenties, is this too young for Botox?

Nearly 2.3 million people have had Botox, 14% are between the ages of 19 and 34 years old according to the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons. Some individuals in their twenties are incredibly expressive and have already developed deep frown or "mad" lines that can be softened or lessened with Botox® injections.

Dermal Fillers

What is Dermal Filler?

It is a safe, natural cosmetic filler that is made of non-animal-based hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occuring substance present in body that provides volume and fullness to the skin.

Is Dermal Filler safe?

Dermal Filler has been used by physicians worldwide since 1996 and was FDA approved in 2003. Dermal Filler is completely biocompatible and therefore allergy testing is not required; allergy testing is necessary for collagen injections. After your treatment you might have mild redness and swelling, lasting no more than 5 to 7 days.

How long do Dermal Fillers last?

Dermal Fillers has proven to deliver long-lasting results, ranging from 6 to 16 months. Having a touch-up treatment before the area has fully dissipated may enhance the duration of the Dermal Filler administered areas.

How is Dermal Filler different from Botox® Cosmetic?

Dermal Filler is a natural, non-animal cosmetic filler, whereas Botox® is a drug that blocks nerve transmission and relaxes the underlying muscle. Many patients are very happy with the combination therapy of Botox® for the upper facial wrinkles (crow's feet, forehead lines, and frown/mad lines) and Dermal Filler to fill in the wrinkles/folds of the lower face, as well as lip enhancement.

Will my face be stretched once there is no more Dermal Filler?

No. Hyaluronic acid Dermal Fillers gradually metabolize over the course of several months leaving the treated area looking as it did prior to being treated with Dermal Filler.

I would like fuller lips, if I have Dermal Filler injections for this, how do I know I won't end up with "fish lips"?

This is a concern for many women, as very few people want to look like Goldie Hawn's character in the movie, "First Wives Club." Most women just want to have the natural fullness of their lips that they had in their youth. With Dermal Filler, we can outline the border of the lips which tends to shrink over the years. Perioral lines (lipstick lines) are minimized or erased with this procedure and once again, it's fun to wear lipstick.

Laser Hair Removal

What body areas can I have treated with Laser Hair Removal?

Just about all areas, with the exception being near the eyes. Legs, underarms, backs, face, neck, bikini lines, etc. can all be treated with laser hair removal.

Is Laser Hair Removal painful?

Patients describe it as quick and easy with the sensation of a warm rubberband "snapping" on the treated area.

How many laser hair removal sessions will I need?

Most people will see very satisfactory hair clearance after 3-6 sessions. These are generally spaced 4-6 weeks apart, or whenever new hair growth is first noticed by the patient.

What kind of results can I expect from my laser hair removal treatments?

Each treatment will result in less hair growing back, as well as the hair progressively becoming finer and lighter in color.

What are the benefits of Chemical Peels?

Our chemical peels will help to exfoliate the top layer of the epidermis (the stratum corneum), which is crucial in obtaining a more youthful, healthy complexion. The stratum corneum is the dull, weathered, top-layer of the skin that continuously sheds as new cells are replaced - of course, that is while we are young. As we age, the cell turnover cycle goes from every 28 days to approximately every 50 days ( by the time we have reached our 60's). This is one of the reasons our skin loses it's freshness with age and one of the crucial reasons to exfoliate.

Chemical Peels

What are the benefits of Chemical Peels?

Our chemical peels will help to exfoliate the top layer of the epidermis (the stratum corneum), which is crucial in obtaining a more youthful, healthy complexion. The stratum corneum is the dull, weathered, top-layer of the skin that continuously sheds as new cells are replaced - of course, that is while we are young. As we age, the cell turnover cycle goes from every 28 days to approximately every 50 days ( by the time we have reached our 60's). This is one of the reasons our skin loses it's freshness with age and one of the crucial reasons to exfoliate.

What can I expect from a Chemical Peel?

The entire process lasts about 50 minutes, with very little discomfort. Most of the peels are very gentle, with no "downtime," and can even be scheduled during a lunch hour. There is minimal redness and mild flaking will occur 3-4 days after the procedure, depending upon the amount of sun exposure. These mild peels are based on natural acids derived from botanical and fruit sources in aloe-based formulas. Many patients state that even after just one treatment, there skin is glowing.

A series of peels scheduled 2-3 weeks apart may be recommended if a patient is interested in:
• lightening hyperpigmented areas from sun exposure
• improving/smoothing texture of skin
• helping to clear-up acne prone skin
• maintaining an overall "glow" to complexion

Microdermabrasion

What does Microdermabrasion do?

Our Diamond Peel Medical Microdermabrasion machine safely improves sun-damaged skin, fine wrinkles, mild acne, and provides healthy exfoliation. It is safe for all skin types and polishes away dead skin layers to expose healthier skin and promote new cell turnover.

Is there a recovery period after Microdermabrasion?

The entire procedure takes about 30 minutes and has no recovery period. Patients can return to work immediately and can even schedule this during their lunch hour.

Are there any risks to Microdermabrasion?

We do not use any Aluminum-Oxide, Sodium Bicarbonate or organic crystals that may potentially be inhaled or cause corneal abrasions. Our Diamond Wand tip is embedded with natural diamond chips and an adjustable vacuum allows for a controlled abrasion. Due to the fact there are no crystals being propelled onto the skin, this allow us to treat areas closer to the eyes, as well as the fine lines and wrinkles surrounding the lips.

Laser Vein Removal Treatment

Can a Laser vein treatment be done in the summer?

Yes, Laser vein treatments can be done in the summer, however, there is a small chance of bruising in the leg area which may last for a week so. You may want to plan to do laser vein treatment after summer or during winter.

Will veins return after being treated with laser treatment?

Genetic predisposition plays a big role as well as; lifestyle, long standing, high heels etc. Usually some maintenance with Laser vein treatment is needed and it can vary from one to a few years.

Is Laser vein treatment the same on the face and legs?

Face and leg laser vein treatment is different because most patients have small broken capillaries on the face that are much easier to treat, less discomfort, less down time and longer lasting results.

Laser Genesis Treatment / Rosacea Treatment

How much down time is involved with a Laser genesis treatment?

A Laser genesis treatment does not have any down time. The skin feels warm during treatment and can get slightly pink, however, by the time the treatment is over, the skin is back to normal.

What does Laser genesis treatment do?

Laser genesis is a great treatment for; Rosacea skin, help to diffused redness, improve large pore size and uneven texture of the skin. This treatment is often combined with Intense Pulsed Light laser (IPL) to get an even better result.

Can Rosacea skin condition be cured with laser?

Rosacea is a very common skin condition and often is genetic. Rosacea is easily triggered by; cold, wind, hot, sun, food/drinks, some ingredients in skin care products etc. Since we do not know what causes Rosacea we can only keep it under control so it does not progress in a stage where the skin appears as an acne skin & with big change in texture and local swelling.

Onychomycosis Treatment / Nail Fungus Treatment

How many laser treatments are needed for Onychomycosis/nail fungus?

Generally 3-4 laser treatments are needed to treat Onychomycosis/nail fungus. However, if the fungus has been present for a long time and the nail becomes very thick, it can take even more treatments.

Are results with laser treatment for Onychomycosis/nail fungus permanent?

Results for Onychomycosis/nail fungus are not permanent and patients need to stay on some kind of maintenance treatments depending on their initial results. Initial Laser treatments give about 70-90% improvement.

Is there anything that works better then Laser treatments on Onychomycosis/nail fungus?

No, there is nothing better than YAG 1964 nm laser treatment that gives 70-90% results for Onychomycosis/nail fungus. Topical treatments over a period of time can improve the condition for about 10%, prescription oral medication Lamisil can improve it for about 50% but regular medical tests needs to be done while staying on Lamisil.

Sculptra / Facial Filler

Is Sculptra treatment safe?

Sculptra is an injectable facial material that is derived from fruit acid also known as poly-L- lactic acid. It is biocompatible (does not harm the body) and is biodegradable (metabolized by the body).

How does Sculptra work?

Poly-L-lactic acid naturally stimulates the body to produce its own collagen. It works within the deep layers of the skin and as collagen is built, it provides a foundation that gradually restores the look of fullness by correcting skin creases, wrinkles, folds, scars as well as large volume corrections.

What are Sculptra's advantages?

Sculptra progressively replaces your lost collagen; results appear naturally so your friends and family will probably be unaware that you are undergoing treatments. Sculptra's results are longer lasting, about 2 years. The result is a fuller, youthful and natural-looking face.

Acne Treatment

What is the procedure for acne treatment?

The treatment is performed in an easy two step process. First, a topical photosensitizing agent called Levulan (5-aminolevulinic acid or ALA) is applied onto the skin and left on for about 30-60 minutes. Then, it is treated with Blu-U light for about 8-10 minutes in order to activate it. These treatments remove sun damaged pre-cancerous zones and actinic keratosis. For more information, visit the acne treatment services page on our website, under skin rejuvenation.