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Cosmetic Procedures

Botox
Many are turning to Botox® to reduce moderate to severe frown lines between their brows, forehead wrinkles and crow's feet. This safe and effective medication is placed into your wrinkles using a tiny needle. It is used to eliminate facial wrinkles and frown lines by decreasing the movement of the muscles in these trouble areas. Botox® can brighten up your attitude and outlook, remove the wrinkles of time or make small improvements in an otherwise perfect face.  Botox® has also been used successfully for patients with excessive sweating in the armpits, hands or feet. 

Botox® is specially formulated with a purified protein, which relaxes the muscles when injected in the targeted area, ultimately reducing the appearance of frown lines and facial wrinkles. It is a minimally invasive procedure, allowing patients to return to normal daily activities immediately following the procedure. A topical anesthesia can be used, if necessary.

FDA approved, Botox® is a safe and effective procedure that provides patients with results that can last anywhere from 3-5 months on average.

Following the Botox® procedure it is not uncommon to experience some minor swelling, redness or bruising around the targeted site. Patients can take Tylenol and/or use ice packs to help reduce swelling and relieve any discomfort. Other side effects include drooping of the eyelid, nausea, headache and respiratory infection, but only occur in about 1% of patients. Side effects are rare, but include: temporary drooping of the eyelid, nausea, headache and respiratory infection. They are considered temporary and usually resolve themselves within a few weeks.

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Fillers
Smoothing out folds and wrinkles can make an enormous difference in a person’s appearance and sometimes even make them look several years younger. Dermal fillers are used to help reverse the signs of aging and provide patients with a more natural, youthful appearance compared to surgical face lifts. Dermal fillers are used to:

  • Reduce or eliminate wrinkles
  • Reduce the appearance of scars
  • Enhance lips
  • Enhance the contours of the face

There are a few types of dermal fillers available today, including:

  • Hyaluronic acid based fillers (i.e. Juvederm™)
  • Calcium hydroxyl apatite fillers (i.e. Radiesse®)

   

Your dermatologist will work with you individually to determine the best filler for your individual circumstances. Usually, a topical ointment will be used to numb the targeted area. Then, using a small needle, the dermal filler will carefully be injected into each wrinkle or scar being treated. Patients can expect some temporary, mild burning or stinging as the filler is being injected.

Side effects are uncommon, but can include: allergic reactions, bacterial infection and bruising around the treated area, just to name a few. Results vary depending on the type of filler, but normally can last anywhere from three months to five years.

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Chemical Peels
There are various types of chemical facial peels that can aid in skin rejuvenation. We have licensed staff members who give facials and perform superficial peels (“weekend peels”). Superficial peels generally last 15-20 minutes after the chemical peeling agent (70% glycolic acid) is placed. The agent helps to resurface the upper layers of the skin to restore a more youthful, healthy look. We also perform medium depth peels (25% trichloracetic acid peel). A medium depth peel requires more healing days; however, it will also yield better results than with a superficial peel. Breaking through the deeper skin layers, medium depth peels are a popular option for skin rejuvenation. Our doctor can determine which chemical facial peel may be right for you.

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TCA Skin Peels
Chemical facial peels can aid in skin rejuvenation. Our staff performs TCA skin peels (trichloracetic acid peel) at different concentrations at our office. The peel can improve your skin’s appearance and diminish wrinkles, improve acne scarring and correct pigmentation problems. Trichloracetic acid is generally used in medium depth peels.

When the TCA solution is applied, patients may feel a burning sensation, but this passes within a few minutes. Healing generally takes 7-10 days following treatment. While patients do not feel any pain, the skin will resemble having a serious sunburn. Often, patients will need more than one treatment to attain the results they are seeking. Patients who receive a TCA skin peel should avoid exposure to the sun for several weeks after being treated. A sunscreen of at least SPF 30 is recommended if the patient must be outdoors.

If you are looking to improve your skin’s appearance, ask us if our TCA skin peel is right for you.

 

 

Botox
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