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How Long Do Dermal Fillers Last

How Long Do Dermal Fillers Last

Are you thinking of getting dermal fillers to counteract signs of facial aging?  Wrinkles, sagging cheeks, and thin lips are some of the telltale signs of facial aging that can be addressed with dermal fillers.  But how long do dermal fillers last?

What Are Dermal Fillers?

Dermal fillers are cosmetic injectables that rejuvenate the skin and create a more youthful appearance.  They can be used to reduce facial lines and wrinkles, and restore volume to the soft tissues to improve facial balance and symmetry. 

How Long Do Dermal Fillers Last?

The longevity of a dermal filler varies depending on the individual properties of the filler.

Hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers such as Juvederm and Restylane are among the most popular dermal fillers now available.  HA is a substance that occurs naturally in the body and keeps the skin hydrated.  When HA fillers are injected into the skin they attract water.  The added moisture hydrates the skin, helping to fill in wrinkles and fine lines.    

HA fillers can last anywhere from 6 months to 2 years. The material gradually breaks down over time, and the particles are absorbed by the body.  

Other dermal fillers include those made of calcium hydroxyapatite (CaHA) and  Poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA).  Radiesse is a CaHA filler that typically lasts 12 months, and  Sculptra is a PLLA filler that lasts for approximately 2 years. 

Radiesse and Sculptra are collagen stimulators, so they help to promote the body’s natural production of collagen.  The collagen remodeling process takes place over several months, so the effects are long-lasting.

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

If you are in the Newport Beach, CA area, Zena Medical is our featured practice.

You can reach them at www.zenamedical.com, or by calling 949-200-8222.

Is Juvederm Only For Lips

Is Juvederm Only For Lips

When it comes to lip augmentation, Juvederm Volbella is a popular choice for patients because it provides subtle looking results.  Juvederm Volbella is a smooth, lightweight filler that is specially formulated to augment the lips and fill in vertical lip lines. But is Juvederm only for the lips?

Juvederm Collection Of Fillers

Juvederm is a collection of facialfillers that are used to reduce tell-tale signs of aging.  Theyconsist of hyaluronic acid (HA) which is a molecule that occurs naturally in the body and helps skin tissue remain plump and moisturized.

Is Juvederm Only For The Lips

There are different products in the Juvederm collection, and they are designed to treat different areas of the face.   In addition to plumping the lips, Juvederm can also soften wrinkles and folds (Juvederm Ultra Plus), and add volume to the cheeks (Juvederm Voluma).

Juvederm Ultra Plus XC

Juvederm Ultra Plus reduces the appearance of wrinkles and folds, especially nasolabial folds and marionette lines.  Nasolabial folds run from the nose to the corner of the mouth, while marionette linesextend from the corner of the mouth down to the chin.  The results of Juvederm Ultra Plus typically last 6-12 months.

Juvederm Voluma XC

Juvederm Voluma XC corrects age-related volume loss in the cheeks.  Voluma is injected deep into the tissues to plump sagging cheeks, and provide a subtle lift to the mid-face area.  Juvederm Volumaenhances facial contours by restoring volume that’s lost with age.  The results can last 2 years or more.

Would you like to learn more about Juvederm?  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) 392-7411.

What is Accutane?

What is Accutane?

If you’ve tried a variety of treatments to clear your acne and nothing seems to work, it may be time to talk to your doctor about Accutane.  When it comes to treating acne, Accutane is known as the drug of last resort.  But what exactly is Accutane, and how does it help acne.

What Is Accutane?

Accutane is the brand name for isotretinoin which is an oral retinoic acid that is often used in the treatment of acne, including cystic acne.  Cystic acne is a severe form of acne that causes painful, inflamed lesions to appear on the skin. 

Accutane is a powerful medication that is derived from vitamin A.  It is typically recommended for patients that have not been helped by prescription medication and other interventions.

The specific dosage of Accutane needed varies for each patient, depending on the type and severity of the acne being treated.   Most patients are acne-free after 4-6 months of Accutane treatment. 

How Accutane Helps Acne

Accutane combats acne by reducing the size of the sebaceous glands and decreasing the amount of oil they produce.  Accutane also reduces acne-causing p. acnes bacteria.   Controlling oil production and removing bacteria unclogs the pores of the skin, so blackheads and whiteheads are less likely to develop.

Are There Any Side-Effects?

There are several side-effects associated with Accutane including chapped lips and dry skin, but more severe side-effects can occur with high doses of the drug.  Accutane can also cause birth defects, so it should not be taken by pregnant women.   It’s for this reason that Accutane is only available under a special program known as iPledge. 

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

If you are in the Newport Beach, CA area, Zena Medical is our featured practice.

You can reach them at www.zenamedical.com or by calling 949-200-8222.

Is Laser Hair Removal Truly Permanent?

Is Laser Hair Removal Truly Permanent?

Do you have unwanted facial or body hair that you’re tired of shaving?  Laser hair removal is a quick, precise alternative that delivers consistent results.  In the last few years, laser hair removal has become the preferred option for people wanting to be hair free forever.  But is laser hair removal truly permanent?

How Laser Hair Removal Works

The light from the laser directly targets the pigment at the base of the hair follicle.  The pigment absorbs the laser light and this generates heat within the follicle and damages the growth center that produces hair.  This damage may delay or prevent the growth of new hair.  The treated hair will eventually fall out in the weeks following treatment.

Is Laser Hair Removal Truly Permanent?

Laser hair removal is not permanent, but it can reduce hair for very long periods. 

Laser hair removal does not remove every hair follicle, because hair grows in phases and only absorbs laser energy efficiently during the growth phase.   During the resting and transition phases, the hair is unable to absorb sufficient laser light to damage the hair growth center.  Therefore, patients will experience hair growth after treatment.  It typically takes about 6 laser hair removal cycles to achieve the desired hair reduction. 

Patients should expect indefinite or long-term hair reduction rather than permanent results with laser hair removal.

Choosing an experienced medical provider with the necessary training and skill is the key to getting the best results with laser hair removal.

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

If you are in the greater Duluth, MN area, Twin Ports Dermatology, Duluth MN is our featured practice.

You can reach them at www.twinportsderm.com, or by calling (218) 216-7754.

How Painful Is Laser Hair Removal?

How Painful Is Laser Hair Removal?

Are you ready to try laser hair removal to get rid of unwanted hair?   Whether your usual method of hair removal is shaving or waxing, you are sure to enjoy the convenience and longevity of laser hair removal.  But you may have heard stories that laser hair removal is painful, so you would probably like to know what to expect.

How Laser Hair Removal Works

The laser energy selectively targets the hair follicle and the melanin at the base of the follicle absorbs the light, which then gets converted into heat.  This process damages the hair growth center and inhibits future hair growth.

How Painful Is Laser Hair Removal?

Patients may feel some discomfort during laser hair removal, but the degree of discomfort will depend on their pain tolerance level.  The sensations experienced during laser hair removal are often likened to an elastic band snapping against the skin, so the treatment is relatively painless. 

The part of the body undergoing treatment and the type of technology used will also influence the level of discomfort felt during laser hair removal. 

Laser hair removal is generally well-tolerated in those areas where the skin tends to be thicker, such as the arms and legs, but patients often feel more discomfort when treatment is done on sensitive areas such as the upper lips and underarms. 

Advanced lasers like the Palomar Icon work efficiently and deliver superior results, with minimal to no discomfort.  

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

If you are in the Boca Raton, FL area, contact Dr. Cristina Keusch of the Boca Raton Plastic Surgery Center for an in-person consultation.

You can reach Dr. Keusch at https://www.drkeusch.com/, or by calling (561) 931-6712.

How safe is botox

How safe is botox

Thinking about getting botox? Botox is a quick treatment that is relatively affordable, so it’s accessible to many people.  Although botox is such a popular aesthetic treatment, people still have a lot of questions about it, since its derived from a dangerous substance.  So how safe is botox.  

Benefits of botox

Botox treats dynamic wrinkles, which are the lines that develop as a result of repeated muscle contractions, when making expressions such as squinting, frowning, and smiling.  It is therefore the ideal solution for reducing horizontal forehead lines, crow’s feet, and frown lines between the eyebrows.  Botox works by blocking the nerve signals to the muscles.   The effects last 3-4 months.  

How safe is botox

Botox is the brand name for botulinum toxin type A, which is a neurotoxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum, which can cause botulism (type of food poisoning).  Botulinum toxin can be poisonous in its pure state, but botox is made from highly diluted amounts of the toxin, and is injected in very small doses.

There may be slight swelling and bruising at the injection site after botox treatment, but these symptoms usually resolve within a few hours.  Therefore, patients can resume normal activities immediately after treatment. 

Botox has been evaluated and approved by the FDA, and has a very safe history.  Millions of people in the US have been treated with botox since it gained FDA approval in 2002, and few adverse effects or complications have been reported. 

Botox is therefore very safe, as long as it is administered by a qualified, experienced medical professional, preferably a board-certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon.  

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

If you are in the greater Duluth area, Twin Ports Dermatology, Duluth, MN is our featured practice.

You can reach them at www.twinportsderm.com, or by calling (218) 216-7761.

How long is recovery from a facelift?

How long is recovery from a facelift?

Have you thought about getting a facelift, but you’re concerned about recovery?   That’s understandable.  People considering facelift surgery generally want to know when they will be able to return to normal activities, so one of the first questions they ask is – How long is recovery from a facelift.

Benefits of a facelift

A facelift reduces visible signs of aging and gives the face a refreshed, youthful appearance.  It addresses laxity in the cheek area, nasolabial folds, marionette lines, jowls, and loose skin on the upper neck.

How long is recovery from a facelift?

It typically takes about 2 weeks to recover from a facelift, but this may vary depending on the type of facelift done, and the patient’s general health.  However, patients are always advised to follow the post-op instructions of their plastic surgeon closely, so that they heal properly and without complications. 

Most patients are able to return to work and resume normal activities, about 10-14 days after a facelift.

What to expect after facelift surgery?

Patients should get as much rest as possible immediately after surgery.  It’s therefore best to have a family member or friend available to help out at home, at least for the first 24 hours.   Most patients feel well enough to move around after a day or two.  

There is typically some swelling and bruising for about 2 weeks after facelift surgery.   Patients may also experience mild pain and discomfort, but pain medication will help to alleviate these effects.

The results of a facelift can be seen about 3 weeks after surgery, but it may take 3-6 months to see the final results.

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

If you are in the Las Vegas, NV area, Stile Aesthetics is our featured practice.

You can reach them at drstile.com or by calling 702-243-9555.

How much does a HydraFacial cost

How much does a HydraFacial cost

HydraFacial is a revolutionary approach to the traditional facial.  It smooths the skin, reduces fine lines and wrinkles, unclogs pores, and much more.  But how much does a HydraFacial cost.

What is a HydraFacial?

The HydraFacial is a non-surgical skin resurfacing treatment that uses patented technology to cleanse, exfoliate, and hydrate the skin.   It tackles a range of skin concerns including wrinkles, uneven skin texture, and discoloration. 

HydraFacial is a soothing, non-irritating treatment that provides immediate results for most clients.  It is suitable for all skin types, including people with sensitive skin.

How much does a HydraFacial cost

The cost of a HydraFacial varies depending on your location, specific course of treatment, and the provider you choose.   The cost of a HydraFacial can range from $50 to $300 per session, with an average price of about  $150 per session.  In addition to the cost of a basic HydraFacial, there are add-on treatments that vary in price from $25 to $50 each.

How Does HydraFacial Work?

The HydraFacial involves several steps that are designed to satisfy the specific skin care needs of each client. 

Cleanse + Peel is the first step, during which the handpiece exfoliates and resurfaces the skin.   Extract + Hydrate is next and involves removing impurities from the skin with suction, and applying moisturizers to nourish the skin.  During the final step, which is called Fuse + Protect, the skin is infused with antioxidants and peptides to restore its radiance and youthful glow (learn more).  

Are you ready to rejuvenate your face with a HydraFacial?  Search our directory to find a practice in your area.

If you are in the greater Orange County area, South Coast Plastic Surgery in Irvine, CA, is our featured practice.

You can reach them at www.socoplasticsurgery.com or by calling 949-701-4454.

What is the difference between botox and xeomin?

What is the difference between botox and xeomin?

Botox is the original and most well-known wrinkle relaxer on the market, but there is an alternative known as xeomin that works exactly like botox, and is just as effective.   However, the products are not identical.  So what is the difference between botox and xeomin? 

Botox and Xeomin

Botox and xeomin are injectable neurotoxins that consist of botulinum toxin A, which is a toxin that is produced by the Clostridium botulinum bacteria.  Both products are FDA approved for treating dynamic wrinkles (frown lines, forehead lines, and crow’s feet), which are formed by repetitive muscle movement.   

Botox and xeomin work by temporarily blocking signals from the nerves that cause the facial muscles to contract.   When the facial muscles are relaxed, the related wrinkles soften and become less visible.  Patient results may vary, but the effects of botox and xeomin generally last 3-6 months.

What is the Difference between Botox and Xeomin?

Whereas botox is formulated with protective proteins, xeomin has no additives.  The presence of the protective proteins in botox can prompt the immune system to produce antibodies that could make some people resistant to the effects of botox.  Since xeomin only contains botulinum toxin A, there is less likelihood that patients will develop a resistance to it.  

Also, because botox contains additives, it must be refrigerated before use, but xeomin does not need to be refrigerated.

Botox and xeomin also have different timelines for onset of action.  Botox starts to take effect about 2 days after treatment, but xeomin can take up to 4 days to show results (learn more).

Are you interested in smoothing lines and wrinkles with botox or xeomin?  Search our directory to find a practice in your area.

If you are in the Kansas City, Leawood, or Overland Park, MO areas, Premier Vein & Body by Schwartz is our featured practice. 

You can reach them at www.premierveinandbody.com, or by calling (913) 303-8587.

Top 5 Methods for Fine Line and Wrinkle Reduction

Top 5 Methods for Fine Line and Wrinkle Reduction

Are you ready to smooth away those fine lines and wrinkles?  Getting rid of these telltale signs of aging can make you look years younger, but with so many treatments on the market, you may be wondering which method would be right for you. 

Top 5 Methods for Fine Line and Wrinkle Reduction

  1. Injectable fillers

Botox and dermal fillers are often used in combination to reduce fine lines and wrinkles.  Botox minimizes dynamic wrinkles in the upper third of the face i.e. forehead lines, frown lines, and crow’s feet, whereas dermal fillers are used to soften the appearance of wrinkles around the nose and mouth.

  • Facelift

Facelift surgery tightens sagging skin, and in the process improves fine lines and wrinkles. When the face is lifted back into a higher position, it reduces nasolabial folds and marionette lines around the nose and mouth. 

  • Brow lift

A brow lift or forehead lift elevates the brow, and is therefore ideal for minimizing forehead lines and frown lines.

  • Skin resurfacing treatments

There are variety of non-invasive skin resurfacing treatments on the market that can reduce fine lines and wrinkles.  ThermiSmooth is one of the most effective options.  ThermiSmooth uses radiofrequency energy to tighten and tone the skin, and diminish fine lines and wrinkles.

  • Microneedling

Microneedling is a skin resurfacing treatment that stimulates collagen and generates new skin cells.  This process firms and tightens the skin, and makes fine lines and wrinkles less visible.   

Would you like to learn more about these wrinkle reduction treatments?  Search our directory to find a practice in your area.

If you are in the Naperville Area & Western Suburbs of Chicago, The John Bull Center for Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Medispa is our featured practice.

You can reach them at www.dupageplastics.com, or by calling (630) 280-3913.

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