Botox® Cosmetic FAQ

What is Botox?
Botox is a purified form of botulinum toxin A, meaning there's no botulism risk when used properly. It works by blocking the nerves that contract muscles, thus softening the appearance of wrinkles.

How does Botox work?
Botox blocks signals from the nerves to the muscles. The injected muscles can no longer contract, which causes the wrinkles to relax and soften. It is most often used on forehead lines, crow's feet (lines around the eye) and frown lines. Wrinkles caused by sun damage and gravity will not respond to Botox.

How is a Botox procedure performed?
Getting Botox takes only a few minutes and no anesthesia is required. Botox is injected with a fine needle into specific muscles with only minor discomfort. It generally takes three to seven days to take full effect and it is best to avoid alcohol at least one week prior to treatment. Aspirin and anti-inflammatory medications should be stopped two weeks before treatment as well in order to reduce bruising.

How long do Botox results last?
The effects from Botox will last four to six months. As muscle action gradually returns, the lines and wrinkles begin to re-appear and wrinkles need to be re-treated. The lines and wrinkles often appear less severe with time because the muscles are being trained to relax.

What are the side effects of Botox?
Temporary bruising is the most common side effect of Botox. Headaches, which resolve in 24-48 hours, can occur, but this is rare. A very small percentage of patients may develop eyelid drooping. This usually resolves in three weeks. This usually happens when the Botox moves around so you shouldn't rub the treated area for 12 hours after injection or lay down for three to four hours post treatment.

Who should not receive Botox?
Patients who are pregnant, breastfeeding or have a neurological disease should not use Botox. Since Botox doesn't work for all wrinkles, a consultation with a doctor is recommended.

Which facial wrinkles are most commonly treated with Botox?
The most common use of Botox injections is to temporarily relax the facial muscles that underlie and cause wrinkles, such as: Frown lines between the eyebrows, crow's-feet (the lines that fan out from the corners of the eyes), and forehead furrows (the horizontal lines that form when you raise your eyebrows).

Can Botox be used on chin dimpling (orange skin)?
Botox is a great way to relax lines and dimples in the chin caused by hyperactive muscles, resulting in a smoother, fuller chin area. Botox relaxation in the chin can also help acne scars that might be accentuated by the muscle action in the chin. Low doses are used to treat this area.

Does Botox have other uses besides treating facial wrinkles?
Yes, in addition to the cosmetic procedures, which improve your appearance, botulinum toxin injections have also been used to treat conditions that affect how your body functions. Examples include:

  1. Cervical dystonia, a painful condition that causes the neck muscles to contract involuntarily 
  2. Lazy eye, caused by an imbalance in the muscles responsible for positioning the eye
  3. Hyperhidrosis , a condition in which  excessive sweating occurs even when the temperature isn't hot.
  4. Chronic migraine. If you experience migraines more than 15 days a month, botulinum toxin injections may help reduce headache frequency.
  5. Bladder dysfunction. Botulinum toxin injections can also help reduce urinary incontinence caused by an overactive bladder.

Cosmetic Fillers FAQ


What are the different types of JUVÉDERM®?
There are four forms of JUVÉDERM:  JUVÉDERM Ultra , JUVÉDERM, Ultra Plus, JUVÉDERM Ultra XC and JUVÉDERM Ultra Plus XC. They are all FDA approved hyaluronic acid injectable fillers that replace lost volume and restore youthful contours to the skin by smoothing facial wrinkles and folds. The XC formulations of both products have added lidocaine, an anesthetic to make the injection more comfortable. The Ultra Plus is a thicker formulation. Recently the FDA approved, JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® as the first injectable gel indicated for correcting age-related volume loss in the midface.

What is Juvederm Ultra XC?
JUVÉDERM® Ultra XC injectable gel is a colorless hyaluronic acid gel that contains a small amount of local anesthetic (lidocaine) and is injected into facial tissue to smooth wrinkles and folds, especially around the nose and mouth. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring sugar found in the human body. The role of hyaluronic acid in the skin is to deliver nutrients, hydrate the skin by holding in water, and act as a cushioning agent. 

What is Juvéderm™ VOLUMA™?
Juvederm™ Voluma™ is the latest of the Juvederm range of hyaluronic acid fillers  and has been FDA approved to correct age-related volume loss in the midface, such as  the cheeks, and cheekbones.Additionally, due to its versatility it is also suitable for adding definition to the jaw line and chin. Juvederm Voluma

What is the difference between Juvederm Ultra XC and Juvederm Voluma ?
When comparing Juvederm Voluma vs Juvederm Ultra XC for example, you would notice that the texture of Ultra is similar to pudding while the texture of Voluma is closer to Jello. This thicker texture gives the new filler its unique lifting properties and also leads to differences as to where it can be injected in the face. Voluma is specifically designed to be injected deep in the dermis and to lay right on top of your facial bones. This ability to sit deep and stay in place is exactly what makes Voluma useful for particular injection sites and treatment outcomes. Voluma works best when it’s injected into the upper cheek or middle cheek or the chin. 

What is the difference in the longevity of Juvederm Ultra XC vs Juvederm Voluma?
The company's claims for these products would indicate that Juvederm lasts "up to 12 months" and Voluma "up to two years". This is based on subjective assessment by the patients. However, there is variability depending on the patient's metabolism etc. It seems that the larger the accumulation (that is the injection amount within a given area) the longer it lasts up to a certain limit.

What are possible side effects?
Most side effects are mild or moderate in nature, and their duration is short lasting (7 days or less). The most common side effects include, but are not limited to, temporary injection-site reactions such as: redness, pain/tenderness, firmness, swelling, lumps/bumps, bruising, itching, and discoloration. As with all skin-injection procedures, there is a risk of infection.

Electrolysis FAQ


What Is Electrolysis?
Electrolysis is the science of permanent hair removal by utilizing solid probe devices and small amounts of electrical energy, which destroys the hair growth tissue eliminating the ability of the hair to regenerate.

How many treatments are required?
In order to achieve optimum results in the shortest time frame, it is very important to adhere to the recommended treatment schedule. Provided the patient adheres to the schedule, improvement should be seen within several months after the initial treatment. Completion times vary with each individual depending on the coarseness of the hair, the number of hairs to be removed and if temporary methods were previously used. Other factors that influence the treatment program length for each individual are hair growth cycles, heredity, hormone function, normal physiologic changes and stress.

Are all hairs eliminated with one treatment or is regrowth to be expected?
Coarse, deep hairs cannot always be eliminated with one treatment. Therefore, breaking down the hair germ cells could require additional treatments.

Is electrolysis uncomfortable?
Each hair follicle is surrounded by its own group of nerve endings, therefore, it is impossible to destroy hair growth tissue without sensation. Although some parts of the body are more sensitive than others, adjustments can be made to help make the treatment more comfortable for the client.

Does electrolysis have any side effects on the skin?
There may be a slight redness and/or swelling immediately after treatment which usually disappears within a few hours. When electrolysis is administered by a qualified electrologist, using state-of-the-art technology and techniques, the results are most satisfactory.

Can unwanted hair be removed from anywhere on the body?
Unwanted hair can be safely removed from almost all body areas. The most common areas include the hairline, eyebrows, ears, bridge of nose, upper and lower lip, cheeks, sideburns, chin, neck, shoulders, underarms, arms, breasts, abdomen, bikini line, legs, back and chest.

Laser Hair Removal FAQ


Is Laser Hair reduction permanent?
The FDA requires the words “Permanent Hair Reduction" to be used rather than “Permanent Hair Removal”. The results are going to be permanent enough if you follow the treatment protocol. However, individual treatment results may vary depending on hair type, stress levels, certain medications and different hormone levels. Laser only destroys hair in its active growth phase, the anagen phase. During this phase at least 85% of the hair is permanently removed. It is possible to experience minimal re-growth in an area previously treated by normally dormant hair, at which time you may want to do an occasional touchup.

Is laser hair removal painful?
During laser hair removal, patients report a snapping feeling. A small number of patients report minor itching, redness or swelling in the treatment area that subsides within a few days.

How does the laser target the hair for removal?
Lasers use light and electric pulses to heat the hair follicle and destroy its roots without damaging the surrounding tissue or skin. By targeting the follicle, laser hair removal treatments inhibit any future hair growth.

How long after waxing can I get the Laser Hair Removal done?
You need to wait at least 4-6 weeks after your last wax. DO NOT TWEEZE.

How much does it cost?
Our prices are competitive and we have the latest state of the art technology. The total cost for permanent hair removal may be less than the continuing cost of temporary methods of hair removal.

What can I expect after the treatment?
The patient should shave the area treated 3-4 days after treatment. The hairs will look like they are still growing, but over the next 2 weeks they are trying to work their way out of the skin. In 4-8 weeks the next cycle of hair will grow in and the patient should return for another session.

Is there any down time for laser hair removal?
After your treatment you should be ready to go back to work or go on with your day. In terms of hair removal, you will notice some hairs falling out during or directly after the treatment. This trend will continue for about 21 days – just when it is about time for you to reschedule your next appointment. Rare after effects include: redness in the area that was treated. If you were exposed to the sun without sunscreen, you may also notice a skin discoloration.

How do I prepare for my laser hair removal?
The patient should not wax, tweeze or have electrolysis 4-6 weeks prior to treatment. Shaving or trimming the area with scissors is fine. The area must be shaved within 12-24 hours before treatment. You MUST stay out of the sun. Any tanning of the skin can result in pigmentation in the areas you laser.

How do I know it is safe?
Suzy Forbes is a Certified Clinical Electrologist, Certified Medical Electrologist, and Licensed Esthetician. She has been a Licensed Electrologist since 1997 and has been performing laser hair removal treatments since 2000.  Rest assured thatyou are in expert hands.

Can dark and tanned skin be treated?
The lasers used here will work safely on any skin color.

Does laser hair removal work on blonde, gray, or red hair?
Hair color is the most important factor; there must be some pigment in the follicle. Brown to black hair is treated most effectively, but laser will not work on blonde, red or gray hair.

What can blonde, red or gray haired people do for permanent hair removal?
As of now the only solution is Electrolysis, a much slower process that removes each hair individually.  Electrolysis is most ideal for shaping eyebrows. 

How many treatments will it take to remove the hair?
Due to the staggered nature of the hair growth cycle, in which some hairs are actively growing while others are dormant, laser hair removal requires multiple treatments to catch each hair as it enters the “active” growth phase. The number of treatments thus depends on the area and the hair growths cycle. There are 3 phases of hair growth - Anagen (active), Catagen (regression), and Telogen (resting). Laser technology can only treat hair in the anagen cycle. Age, hormones, ethnicity, weight and medication can increase hair growth. The number of laser hair removal treatments necessary for complete hair removal varies from person to person, and is best determined during consultation. Most patients require at least 5 to 7 treatments. Some may need more treatments due to hormonal, topical and physiological reasons. Treatments are spread out between intervals of 4 to 8 weeks.

Laser Facial FAQ


How do I know if I have photodamaged skin?
If you are over 30 years old and enjoy an active lifestyle your skin is probably showing signs of damage.

How does the Laser Facial treatment reduce the signs of photodamage?
The laser Facial works by focusing a beam of light to a target in the skin such as enlarged blood vessels and irregular chromophores. The enlarged vessels and irregularities are removed without scarring or damage to the treated or surrounding area.

Do lasers work on all skin types?
Today’s advanced lasers are capable of treating a wide variety of skin types.

How many treatments are required?
Typically several treatments are required for optimal results. The number of treatments will depend on the severity of photodamage. The average treatment takes about 15 minutes. Results may become apparent after the first few treatments.

Is the treatment painful?
There is some minor discomfort associated with the treatment. In most cases no anesthesia is necessary. Such discomfort can be alleviated by cooling with a cold air system.

Micro-Needling FAQ


What is Automated Micro-Needling?
Automated micro-needling (also known as Collagen Induction Therapy or CIT) is a new innovation in aesthetic medicine for treating the appearance of fine lines, acne scars and improvement of the skin’s overall appearance. During this procedure, the Eclipse MicroPen™ is used to create controlled micro-injuries to the skin in order to produce collagen and elastin. Automated micro-needling also creates superficial micro-channels through which topical gels, creams and serums can be penetrated deeper into the dermis to help improve the appearance of the skin.

What are the benefits?
Micro-needling can significantly reduce and improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, hyper-pigmentation, acne scars, traumatic scars and stretch marks 

What areas can be treated?
The Eclipse MicroPen™ can be used on all parts of the body, including the: face, neck, décolleté, arms, hands, legs, abdomen and back.

How is the procedure done?
Initially, your skincare professional will apply topical lidocaine to numb the skin and ensure a comfortable and pain-free treatment. Then, a thin layer of topical gel is applied and the pen is gently pressed against the skin while simultaneously gliding in one direction until the entire treatment area has been covered.

How long does the procedure take?
The procedure takes 30-45 minutes depending on the size of the area treated.

What is the downtime?
Immediately after the treatment you will notice a bright redness to the skin. The total healing time depends on the Eclipse MicroPen™ setting used and the number of overlapping passes your skincare professional performs. On average, patients are red up to 2 to 4 days. Many patients heal completely in as little as 24 hours.

When will I see results?
Patients notice an immediate “glow” to their skin. Visible changes to the skin develop over the course of several days and weeks. Results can continue to improve up to 6 months after a treatment as collagen production continues.

How many treatments will I need?
Some patients only require a single treatment once per year to achieve optimal results. However, it is recommended for most patients to receive a series of 3-4 treatments spaced about 6-8 weeks apart. For patients with deep wrinkles, advanced photo-aging, stretch marks or acne scars it is recommended to receive 6-8 sessions at 6-week intervals.

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