Archive for the ‘Fillers’ Category

Botox Forever

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011
I am often asked, “If I do Botox once, don’t I have to keep on doing it?” The answer is yes and no. Let me explain. Botox lasts about 3-4 months after injection. So if a patient wants to continue to have the benefits of Botox, then yes, another treatment is needed to maintain the look. However, if the patient doesn’t want to get more Botox, then he/she doesn’t have to do it. He/she is not worse off than before the treatment, just back to the same pre-treatment look. The same is true of dermal fillers, peels and topical medications; in fact, I don’t know of anything good in life that doesn’t require maintenance – hair, muscles, weight management, cars, homes, yards – the list goes on.
Maintenance of good skin doesn’t have to be complicated or time consuming. I’ll be happy to talk about any treatment available, from Botox, to peels, to photofacials. 

Wrinkles: Everything You Need To Know

Friday, July 1st, 2011

// If your wrinkles are bothering you, you have many options to help eliminate or at least reduce their appearance.   Some of our wrinkle treatments include:

Topical Retinoids: Derived from vitamin A, retinoids that you apply to your skin may be able to reduce fine wrinkles, splotchy pigmentation and skin roughness.  Retinoids must be used with a skin-care program that includes sunscreen and protective clothing because the medication can make your skin burn more easily.  It may also cause redness, dryness, itching, and a burning or tingling sensation.  Tretinoin (Renova, Retin-A) and tazarotene (Avage, Tazorac) are examples of topical retinoids.

Nonprescription Wrinkle Creams: The effectiveness of anti-wrinkle creams depends in part on the active ingredient or ingredients.  Retinol, alpha hydroxyl acids, kinetin, coenzyme Q10, copper peptides and antioxidants may result improvements in wrinkles.  However, nonprescription wrinkle creams contain lower concentrations of active ingredients than do prescription creams.  Therefore results, if any, are limited and usually short-lived.

Microdermabrasion: This technique is similar to dermabrasion, but less surface skin is removed.  Microderabrasion usually requires, repeated treatments to maintain results.

Clinical Peels: Your doctor applies an acid to the affected areas, which burns the outer layer of your skin.   With superficial peels, only a portion of the epidermis is removed.  These peels help with the fine wrinkling in your skin and fade brown spots.

Botulinum toxin type A (BOTOX): When injected in small doses into specific muscles, Botox blocks the chemical signals that cause muscles to contract.  When the muscles can’t tighten, the skin flattens and appears smoother and less wrinkled.  Botox works well on frown lines between the eyebrows and across the forehead, and crow’s-feet at the corners of the eyes.  Results typically last about three to four months.  Repeat injections are needed to maintain results.

Soft Tissue Fillers: Soft tissue fillers, which include fat, collagen and hyaluronic acid (Restylane, Juvederm), can be injected into deeper wrinkles on your face.  They plump and smooth out wrinkles and furrows and give the skin more volume.  You may experience temporary swelling, redness and bruising in the treated area.  The procedure may need to be repeated every few months.

Face Lifts: The face-lift procedure involves removing excess skin and fat in the lower face and neck and tightening the underlying muscle and connective tissue.  The results typically last five to ten years.  Healing times can be lengthy after a face-lift.  Bruising and swelling are usually evident for two to three weeks after surgery.

// Keep in mind that results vary depending on the location of the wrinkles and how deep the wrinkles are.  Plus, nothing stops the aging process of skin, so you’ll likely need the treatments repeated to maintain benefits.

These procedures aren’t usually covered by insurance.  In addition, any of the procedures can have side effects, so be sure to discuss them with your doctor.

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