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How Safe Is Botox?

How Safe Is Botox?

Are you struggling with wrinkles? Botox can reduce those unwanted wrinkles for you. Botox is a proven anti-wrinkle solution for those annoying frown lines and crow’s feet, but despite its popularity, there are still questions surrounding the safety of botox.

Botox Wrinkle Reduction

Botox is used to treat dynamic facial wrinkles which are lines that appear as a result of the movement of the facial muscles. Common dynamic wrinkles include forehead lines, moderate to severe frown lines, and crow’s feet.
Botox blocks signals from the nerves to the muscles and this reduces muscle activity. Consequently, the skin becomes smoother, and wrinkles are less noticeable.

How Safe Is Botox

Questions concerning the safety of botox often arise because the active ingredient – bacterium clostridium botulinum – is a toxin that can cause botulism in large doses. However, botox is made from highly diluted quantities of the toxin and is therefore very safe.

Botox gained FDA approval as an aesthetic treatment in 2002 and has maintained a solid safety record since that time. It is an effective treatment that is used around the world to reduce the appearance of dynamic wrinkles. It also treats medical conditions such as excessive sweating and lazy eye.

As with any medication, side-effects may occur with botox, but these are usually short-lived. Common side-effects of botox include slight bruising, mild pain, and tenderness at the injection site.

To ensure safety, botox must only be administered by a qualified, trained injector with the necessary expertise to inject botox into the correct muscles, using the right dosage.
Would you like to learn more about botox? Search our directory to find a practice in your area.
If you are in the greater Melbourne and Palm Bay, FL areas, The Refinery MedSpa, West Melbourne, FL is our featured practice.

You can reach them at www.refinerymedspa.com, or by calling 321-339-1001.

How can I repair summer sun damage?

How can I repair summer sun damage?

If you like being outdoors, you probably enjoy the summertime, but too much sun can damage your skin, even if you apply sunscreen.  It’s not uncommon to notice signs of aging such as fine lines, dark spots, and hyperpigmentation, after years of soaking up the sun.  So how can you repair summer sun damage.

How can I repair summer sun damage?

Chemical peels are a great way to repair summer sun damage, because they target a variety of skin concerns, and require minimal downtime.    Chemical Peels exfoliate dead, damaged skin cells from the outer surface of the skin, to reveal healthy, glowing skin (learn more).  

A medical grade chemical peel using Alpha hydroxyl acid is often recommended for sun damaged skin.  AHAs soften fine lines, reduce hyperpigmentation and dark spots, and even out skin tone, making the skin smoother and more youthful.  AHAs are derived from milk and fruit.

How chemical peels work

The chemical solution is applied to the skin and creates a controlled wound, and the dead skin cells on the surface peel away over the course of several days.   Once this process is complete, a fresh layer of skin is revealed, so the skin looks clearer, brighter, and more youthful.

Chemical peels also enhance cell turnover and stimulate the production of collagen.   This makes the skin smoother, plumper, and firmer (read more).

Most patients notice significant improvement in the appearance of their skin about 2-3 weeks after a chemical peel.

Interested in a chemical peel to repair sun damage?   Search our directory to find a practice in your area.

If you are in the Toronto or Mississauga, ON areas, Skinatomy Laser Clinic is our featured practice.  

You can reach them at www.skinatomylaserclinic.com, or by calling  (647) 697-7602 (Toronto) or (289) 512-0188 (Mississauga).

5 Benefits of laser hair removal

5 Benefits of laser hair removal

If you are thinking about having laser hair removal, you probably want to know what the benefits are, and why you should opt for laser removal instead of shaving or waxing.  Below are 5 of the most important benefits of laser hair removal.

5 Benefits of laser hair removal

  1. Results are long-lasting.  Unlike other hair removal methods such as shaving and waxing that provide only-short term results, the results of laser hair removal are long lasting.  Whereas hair grows back in a matter of days after shaving, hair does not regrow for several months after laser hair removal.
  2. Time Efficient.  The precision and speed with which lasers operate, makes it possible to perform laser hair removal treatments in a short time.  Small areas like the underarms and upper lip, take only a few minutes to treat.  It typically takes about 6 sessions to achieve optimal hair reduction.
  3. Versatile.  Laser hair removal can be used to remove unwanted hair on almost any part of the body.  The legs, back, underarms, bikini line, chest, and face, are among the most common treatment areas.
  4. Minimal pain.  Hair removal methods such as waxing or tweezing can be painful and uncomfortable, especially if you have a lot of hair to remove.  However, laser hair removal is virtually painless.
  5. No ingrown hair.  Since the laser energy damages the hair follicle, there is no risk of ingrown hairs developing.

Are you ready to schedule your laser hair removal consultation?  Search our directory to find a practice in your area.

If you are in the Rancho Santa Margarita or Newport Beach, CA areas, Pure Beauty Skin Care & Medical Spa is our featured practice.

You can reach them at www.purebeautymedicalspa.com, or by calling (949) 763-3859 (Rancho Santa Margarita) or (949) 236-6001 (Newport Beach).

How can I treat my hyperpigmentation

How can I treat my hyperpigmentation?

Do you have dark spots on your skin that make it look dull and lackluster?  If yes, chances are you’d like to find out the best way to treat your hyperpigmentation.

What is hyperpigmentation?

Hyperpigmentation refers to dark patches of skin that develop as a result of the overproduction of melanin.  Excess sun exposure is the primary cause of hyperpigmentation. Too much sun can stimulate the production of melanin, and when it’s concentrated in a specific area, it causes dark patches to appear on the skin.  Melasma is another form of hyperpigmentation. 

How can I treat my hyperpigmentation?

Hyperpigmentation won’t go away on its own, but fortunately, there are several treatment options available including intense pulsed light (IPL) photofacial and chemical peels.

IPL photofacial

The IPL handpiece emits multiple wavelengths of light that penetrate below the skin and target the pigment.  The pigment absorbs the light and the heat breaks it up into tiny particles.  The treated tissue is then naturally removed by the body, resulting in clearer, more youthful skin (learn more).

Chemical peel

A chemical peel is a cosmetic procedure in which a chemical solution is used to remove the damaged top layer of the skin.  The dark spots on the skin gradually fade after treatment, so the complexion looks radiant and refreshed.  There are different types of chemical peels which range in strength from mild to deep.  Some of the most popular options are the alpha hydroxy acid peel (AHA), beta hydroxy acid peel (BHA), and the Jessner peel.   

Are you ready to zap away unwanted hyperpigmentation?  Search our directory to find a practice in your area.

If you are in the Tucson or Sierra Vista, AZ areas, Dermatology & Plastic Surgery of Arizona is our featured practice.

You can reach them at www.dermplasticsaz.com, or by calling 520-207-3100 (Tucson) or 520-458-1787(Sierra Vista).

How does botox work?

How does botox work?

Do you have facial lines and wrinkles that you wish would go away?  Botox cosmetic can make that wish come true.  Botox is the most popular minimally invasive anti-aging treatment on the market, because it is an effective solution for unwanted facial wrinkles.   But how does botox work.

What is botox and what does it treat?

Botox is an injectable drug that is made from botulinum toxin type A.  Botox is able to smooth out dynamic wrinkles, which are lines that appear as a result of repeated movement of the facial muscles.  These muscles are linked to facial expressions such as frowning, squinting and smiling, and over time, they create dynamic wrinkles i.e. frown lines, forehead lines, and crow’s feet. 

How does botox work?

When botox is injected into the facial muscle, the active ingredient interacts with the nerves, and blocks the release of a neurotransmitter that tells the muscles to contract.  This limits muscle contraction, and temporarily relaxes the muscles.  Since the muscles are unable to contract, the wrinkles in the overlying skin soften and become less visible.

Botox is a minimally invasive in-office treatment that requires almost no downtime.  When administered correctly, botox results will look completely natural (click here to learn more).

When will I see results with botox?

Results can be seen within 3-5 days.

How long do the results last?

Botox results take approximately 3-4 months to wear off.  After this time the muscles will start to contract again, and the wrinkles will return.  Therefore additional treatments are required to maintain results.

Are you interested in getting botox?  Search our directory to find a practice in your area.

If you are in the Wall Township, NJ area, Karolak Facial Plastic Surgeon is our featured practice.  

You can reach them at www.drkarolak.com, or by calling (732) 627-4822.

When to get a Skin Cancer Screening

When to get a Skin Cancer Screening

Skin cancer can be very serious, but when it is caught and treated early it has a high cure rate.  That’s why it’s so important to check your skin regularly, so that you are aware of the usual moles and spots on your body and can easily recognize any changes.  But when should you get a skin cancer screening?

Checking skin moles

In order to be proactive about preventing skin cancer, doctors recommend that individuals do a monthly self-examination to identify any changes to the moles on their skin.  Examining moles regularly, increases the likelihood of early detection of skin cancer.  

What to look for

When checking the skin, individuals should look for changes in the asymmetry, border, color, diameter, of the mole, or any evolving moles.   This is known as the ABCDE rule, and is used as a guide to identify any atypical moles.  If a mole displays any of these signs, it’s important to have it checked immediately by a dermatologist. 

When to get a skin cancer screening

Individuals with a family or personal history of skin cancer should get screened at least once a year.  People that are at high risk of developing skin cancer, such as those that sunburn easily, have fair skin, or have a history of using tanning beds, should also get annual skin cancer screening.   Everyone else should get a skin check whenever they are concerned about changes to a mole on their skin (learn more).

Would you like to learn more about skin cancer screening?   Search our directory to find a practice in your area.

If you are in the Tucson or Sierra Vista AZ areas, Dermatology and Plastic Surgery of Arizona is our featured practice.

You can reach them at www.dermplasticsaz.com or by calling 520-207-3100 (Tucson) or 520-458-1787 (Sierra Vista).

How soon will I see results from laser hair removal treatments?

How soon will I see results from laser hair removal treatments?

If you have made the decision to have laser hair removal, obviously you want to know how soon you are likely to see results after the treatment. The answer is not always easy, as there are several factors that impact how soon results appear.

How laser hair removal works

Laser hair removal is the modern way to remove hair from areas such as the face, underarms, bikini line, and legs.  The laser emits a concentrated beam of light that targets the pigment in the hair follicle. The pigment absorbs the light which converts to heat that damages the follicle and prevents future growth.  The treated hairs are shed approximately 1-2 weeks after treatment.

How soon will I see results from laser hair removal treatments?

Depending on the size of the area being treated, it can take anywhere from 6-8 treatments before you see results from laser hair removal.

Why multiple laser hair removal sessions are needed

Several hair removal sessions are needed, in order to accommodate the hair’s growth cycle, so the results are not immediate.  Hair grows in 3 phases – growth, transition, and resting, and only responds to the laser pulses when it is in the growth phase.  Since only a certain amount of hair will be removed in the targeted area during treatment, more sessions are required for large areas with dense hair.

Are you ready to schedule your laser hair removal consultation?  Search our directory to find a practice in your area.

If you are in the Tupelo, MS area, Accent Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery is our featured practice. 

You can reach them at www.drmarkcraig.com, or by calling (662) 377-6290.

Can botox look natural?

Can botox look natural?

Botox is undoubtedly one of the most popular anti-aging treatments on the market, but a common misconception people have about botox is that it does not look natural.  That’s understandable, since there have been many examples of botox faces that look frozen and unnatural.

What exactly is botox and how does it work?

Botox is a cosmetic injectable that is used to temporarily smooth frown lines, forehead lines, and crow’s feet.  These lines develop as a result of repeated muscle contractions related to expressions such as frowning, squinting, and smiling. When botox is injected into the underlying muscle, it limits muscle movement, and as a result, wrinkles become less noticeable over time.

Can botox look natural?

Botox can look natural, but it’s important to have the procedure done by a licensed, trained injector that is also an expert in facial anatomy.  Providers that have the necessary skill and experience know exactly where to inject botox, as well as the required dosage.  

Botox can certainly help maintain a youthful look, but if too much of it is injected, or if it is overused, it makes the face appear unnaturally smooth and super-tight. When botox is properly done patients should have fewer lines, and still look attractive. 

Proper application is an important key to getting subtle, natural-looking results with botox.  In addition, botox results look far more natural when patients don’t have droopy brows, and are still able to lift their eyebrows.

Would you like to learn more about botox?  Search our directory to find a practice in your area.

If you are in the Rancho Santa Margarita & Newport Beach, CA areas Pure Beauty Skin Care & Medical Spa is our featured practice.

You can reach them at www.purebeautymedicalspa.com, or by calling (949) 763-3859 (Rancho Santa Margarita) or (949) 236-6001 (Newport Beach).

How to increase collagen in the skin through microneedling

How to increase collagen in the skin through microneedling

If you are looking for a treatment to diminish signs of aging, and renew the appearance of your skin, microneedling is the answer.  Microneedling has quickly become a popular cosmetic treatment because it is a versatile procedure that treats a range of skin concerns, and boosts collagen levels.  But how is it possible to increase collagen in the skin through microneedling.

What exactly is Microneedling?

Microneedling, also known as collagen induction therapy, is a minimally invasive skin rejuvenation procedure that is designed to improve skin tone and texture.  Microneedling benefits the skin in several ways – it restores youthful contours, reduces fine lines and wrinkles, minimizes acne scars, and more.  

How to Increase Collagen in the skin through microneedling

Microneedling is performed with a special device that is fitted with several needles.  During treatment the device is moved across the skin, and the needles penetrate the outermost layer, creating microscopic punctures.  Microneedling tricks the skin into thinking it has been wounded, so these micro-injuries activate the skin’s natural wound healing response.  

Collagen helps in the wound healing process, because it attracts new skin cells to the site of the wound.   As a result, fresh, new collagen is produced as the skin heals from the microneedling treatment.  As collagen levels increase, the skin becomes, softer, firmer, and plumper.

Microneedling is often combined with PRP (platelet-rich-plasma) therapy or hyaluronic acid injectable treatment, to further enhance skin rejuvenation results.

Would you like to learn more about microneedling? Search our directory to find a practice in your area.

If you are in the Fort Lauderdale, Lauderdale by the Sea, Wilton Manors, Pompano Beach or the surrounding areas, Baltic Beauty Centre, Fort Lauderdale, FL, is our featured practice. 

You can reach them at www.balticbeautycentre.com, or by calling (954) 420-7487.

What Is the Best Lip Filler?

What Is the Best Lip Filler?

Would you like to try lip augmentation, but you’re not sure what is the best lip filler.  It’s not easy to differentiate between the various lip fillers on the market, so it’s best to consult with an experienced injector, to determine which filler would be the right one for you.

Lip augmentation with fillers

Lip augmentation with fillers is a simple cosmetic  procedure that is done to make the lips fuller and plumper.

How long do lip fillers last

Depending on the type of filler used, lip fillers can last 6-12 months.  

What Is the Best Lip Filler?

While there isn’t one lip filler that is considered the best, there are options like Juvederm Volbella and Restylane that are highly recommended because they have an excellent safety profile, and provide natural looking results. 

Juvederm Volbella and Restylane are both derived from hyaluronic acid (HA), which is a molecule that occurs naturally in the skin.  HA fillers are mostly preferred for lip augmentation because they are very compatible, so patients typically have little or no reaction to these fillers.

Hyaluronic acid-based fillers are also a good choice for lip augmentation because the filler can be dissolved with hyaluronidase.  Hyaluronidase is an enzyme that can be used to safely melt away HA.

Which filler is right for you

It’s best to consult with a board certified plastic surgeon or dermatologist to determine which filler would be right for you, because they can each achieve different things.  So it really depends on your specific needs.  

Would you like to learn more about lip fillers.  Search our directory to find a practice in  your area.

If you are in the Central Florida area, Winter Park Plastic Surgery & Laser Center, Winter Park, FL is our featured practice.

You can reach them at www.scottgreenbergmd.com, or by calling (407) 499-8603.