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Are There Any Side-Effects With Chemical Peels?

Are There Any Side-Effects With Chemical Peels?

Are you interested in a minimally invasive treatment that can improve your appearance and reverse signs of aging?  A chemical peel can boost the beauty of your skin and make it tighter and brighter.   But are there any side-effects with chemical peels?

What Is A Chemical Peel?

A chemical peel is a skin rejuvenation treatment in which a chemical solution is applied to the skin to peel away the outer layer of dry, dead cells.  This triggers cell renewal and increases the moisture content of the skin.

Chemical peels transform the skin by improving conditions such as wrinkles, scars, discoloration, and enlarged pores.  There are different types of chemical peels – light or superficial, medium, and deep. 

Are There Any Side-Effects With Chemical Peels?

Some side-effects should be expected after a chemical peel, but the type and severity vary depending on the strength of the peel.   

Light peels often result in some redness, irritation, as well as a stinging sensation, but these side-effects typically subside within a few days.  Light peels require about 1 week for healing.

Medium peels typically involve the use of TCA (trichloroacetic acid), so the side-effects are more intense than those associated with a light peel.  The redness usually fades within 7-10 days, and there may also be mild swelling for a day or two.  The skin will start to peel about 2-3 days after treatment.  Medium peels take 10-14 days to heal.

Deep peels can only be performed once and are typically done with phenol.   Deep peels can affect the heart so they should be avoided by people with heart disease.  Deep peels can also cause liver and kidney damage.   

Other side-effects of chemical peels include scarring, crusting, a change in skin color, infection, and cold sore reactivation.

Would you like to learn more about chemical peels?  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.

Does Botox Last Forever?

Does Botox Last Forever?

If you are interested in reducing minor wrinkles in specific facial areas but don’t want to undergo surgery, you may want to consider botox injections.  Botox is one of the most popular anti-aging treatments on the market, but you might be wondering – Does botox last forever?

What Is Botox?

Botox or botulinum toxin is a neurotoxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum.  It is a wrinkle-relaxing treatment that is used to smooth mild to moderate wrinkles on the forehead and around the eyes.  These are dynamic wrinkles that form as a result of repeated muscle movement.  

Does Botox last Forever?

Botox is a temporary wrinkle-relaxing treatment, so it does not last forever.  Individual results vary, but the outcomes of botox typically last 3-6 months.  However, studies show that the long term use of botox can reduce the strength of the muscles and cause the results to last longer.

As the effects of botox start to wear off, activity will return to the injected facial muscles, and dynamic wrinkles will start to reappear.  Botox injections must therefore be repeated over time to maintain the results.

How Does Botox Work?

Botox smooths frown lines and crow’s feet by weakening the muscles that cause dynamic wrinkles to develop in the skin.  When the underlying muscles are relaxed the wrinkles become smoother.  Botox also prevents new wrinkles from forming, so the face looks refreshed and youthful.

Botox takes less than an hour to administer.  There is no downtime after treatment so patients can resume normal activities right away.

Are you ready to say goodbye to wrinkles with botox?  Search our directory to find a practice in your area.

If you are in the Rockwall, TX area, Juvanew Medspa is our featured practice. You can reach them at www.juvanew.com or by calling (972) 848-6633.

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 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.

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.

Does Botox Last Long?

Does Botox Last Long?

Would you like to reduce those pesky forehead wrinkles?  Smooth, wrinkle-free skin can be yours with botox injectable treatment.  But does botox last long, or do you need to get treatments regularly?

Understanding how botox cosmetic works

Botox cosmetic is a simple, effective way to treat dynamic wrinkles i.e. frown lines, forehead lines, and crow’s feet.  Botox is the brand name for botulinum toxin A, which is a neurotoxin.  It works by temporarily interrupting normal communication between the nerves and the muscles, which prevents the muscles from contracting. 

After botox treatment, the existing wrinkles will look softer and less visible, and new wrinkles won’t develop.

Does botox last long?

Botox is a temporary wrinkle solution, so it does not last long.  It typically last 3-4 months, so patients wishing to maintain the results will have to schedule a follow-up treatment before the results wear off.

Having said that, doctors have noticed that some patients that get botox regularly are able to go longer between treatments, because botox may ‘train’ the injected muscles.  As a result, the muscles stay relaxed for longer. 

Factors that affect how long botox lasts

There are several factors that can extend or shorten the duration of botox results.  Smoking, diet, and sun exposure, as well as the patient’s age and muscle tone, can all impact how long botox lasts.

For maximum effectiveness, botox must be injected at the correct sites using the appropriate dosage.  It is therefore important that patients have botox injected by a skilled, experienced medical injector, preferably a board certified plastic surgeon or dermatologist.  

Are you ready to schedule your botox appointment?  Search our directory to find a practice in your area.

If you are in the Beverly Hills, CA area, Rodeo Surgical Art is our featured practice.

You can reach them at www.rodeosurgicalart.com, or by calling 310-652-4500.

Botox vs. Dysport: Which is better for Looking Younger?

Botox vs. Dysport: Which is better for Looking Younger?

Do you have wrinkles that are making you look old?   Nowadays there are a variety of wrinkle-blasting treatments available including botox and dysport.  When it comes to non-surgical anti-aging treatments botox is considered the gold standard, but dysport has been steadily growing in popularity since entering the US market.  But how do botox and dysport compare, and which is better for looking younger.

Botox and dysport for wrinkles

Wrinkles may be an inevitable part of aging, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be treated, and you don’t have to undergo surgery to soften them.  Botox and dysport are two very effective non-surgical anti-aging treatments for minimizing wrinkles in the upper third of the face.    

Botox and dysport are brand names for the purified protein known as botulinum toxin type A.  Botulinum toxin is produced by the bacterium clostridium botulinum. 

Botox vs. Dysport: Which is better for Looking Younger?

Both botox and dysport are capable of giving patients a more youthful look, by reducing the appearance of dynamic facial wrinkles.  These are wrinkles that develop due to the natural contraction of the muscles during motions such as squinting, laughing, or frowning.  Botox and dysport are typically used in the upper third of the face, as they are very effective for treating forehead lines, frown lines, and crow’s feet.

How they work

When Botox and dysport are injected they stop the muscles from contracting, therefore the muscles don’t respond when you smile, laugh, or frown.  That’s why there is a reduction in the number of wrinkles, and the face appears smoother and more youthful. 

Both treatments take about 15 minutes to complete, so patients can conveniently have the treatment done during their lunch hour.  Since there is no downtime, patients can return to work right away.

Look younger with botox and dysport

Since botox and dysport are derived from the same ingredient and work in a similar manner, they can both make you look better and younger.   They are able to effectively reduce deep facial wrinkles, and dramatically improve your appearance. 

Botox and dysport are especially beneficial for younger individuals that are just beginning to show signs of aging, and are not yet ready for surgery. 

When botox and dysport are injected properly, patients should still be able to smile, laugh, or frown as before, but there should be fewer lines in the areas treated.

After getting treatment with botox or dysport some patients look a lot younger than they really are, because the injectables create a marked improvement in appearance.  However, in order to get the best results, patients should have their treatment done by a skilled, experienced provider.

Botox and dysport are temporary solutions for wrinkles, so if patients want to maintain their facial rejuvenation results, they will need to have repeat treatments every 3-6 months. 

Differences between botox and dysport

Although botox and dysport can both make you look younger, there are some differences between them:

  • The effects of botox set in after about 5-7 days. Dysport has faster results, as it takes 2-3 days for the effects to show.
  • Botox results typically last for about 3-6 months, but some studies indicate that dysport does not last quite as long.  However, the longevity of the results may also be influenced by the volume of product used.
  • Botox only affects the area in which it is injected, but dysport spreads to a wider area.  This can be an advantage when treating larger parts of the face like the forehead.  

Which one is right for you?

Botox is a well-known anti-aging treatment that has a good safety profile, and since it was approved for use in the US earlier than its competitors, it’s often given a higher rating.   Botox and dysport are competing products made by different companies, and doctors often develop a preference for using one injectable over the other.  

If you are considering non-surgical facial rejuvenation but you’re not sure whether to opt for botox or dysport, take the time to discuss both options with your provider, and then determine which would be the best fit.

If you are in the Maitland, FL area, Derrow Dermatology is our featured practice.

You can reach them at www.derrowdermatology.com, or by calling (407) 389-2020.

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