Botox/Xeomin/Jeuveau are all botulinum toxin injectables.
What are botulinum toxin injectables?
An injection that temporarily relaxes facial muscles to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, as well as prevent new lines from forming. Common injection sites include the forehead, the area between the eyebrows, the corners of the eyes, and the sides of the chin. The injections can also be used for a wide variety of other conditions, including migraines, excessive sweating, and psoriasis.
Who should/should not get botulinum toxin injectables?
Botulinum toxin injectables are for people with wrinkles caused by movement of the face. The treatment is quick and there is no down time so it can even be done on a lunch break. Fine wrinkles are easier to treat than those that are deep set, so prevention is key. In older patients with deep set wrinkles the injections can be used to soften deep wrinkles, while the addition of other procedures may be needed to get an optimal effect. This involves a series of small injections made with very small needles but if you are terribly afraid of needles you may want to rethink. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding Botox/Xeomin are not recommended.
When will I see results?
Initial results can typically be seen after four to five days. Results can improve over two weeks, so it’s important to wait until then before evaluating your results. It's at this point that we can look to see if additional injection is necessary to achieve desired effect.
How long will my results last?
While botulinum toxin injectables temporarily smooth your fine lines and wrinkles, to maintain results most people will need another treatment within three to six months.
What are the risks or side effects?
Complications are very rare and never permanent. If medication unintentionally spreads to another area it may cause a drooping eyelid, which can usually be treated with medication. In cases of unevenness at follow up appointment, further injections can be made to balance your appearance. No case of systemic complications has ever been confirmed while using botulinum toxin cosmetics in aesthetic doses. Read your consent thoroughly for a full list of possible side effects.
Are Botox, Xeomin, and Jeuveau the same thing?
Botox is produced by the drug company Allergan, Xeomin is produced by Merz, and Jeuveau is produced by Evolus. These products are slightly different variations of the same molecule all produced from Botulinum type A. They work the same way on the body and achieve similar results.
Price - Botox $11/unit - Xeomin $10/unit - Jeuveau $10/unit
Procedure length - 30 minutes
Downtime - none
What are Dermal Fillers?
Injectable dermal filler (injectable cosmetic filler, injectable facial filler) like Juvederm or Restylane, is a soft tissue filler injected into the skin to help fill in facial wrinkles, restoring a smoother appearance. Most of these wrinkle fillers are temporary because they are eventually absorbed by the body. Dermal fillers may be used to correct a variety of cosmetic concerns, such as wrinkles, thin lips, acne scars, sagging skin, and undereye areas. Some people may need more than one injection to achieve the wrinkle-smoothing effect.
What is in the Dermal Fillers?
Hyaluronic acid (HA) is one of the most popular ingredients used in dermal fillers. It is a natural substance found in the body, and high concentrations can be found in soft, connective tissues and the fluid around the eyes. Lower concentrations can also be found in some cartilage, joint fluids, and skin tissue. HA is the base for Juvederm, Belotero, Perlane, and Restylane.
What is the process?
First, we will sit down with you to see what areas you are concerned about. Your skin will be cleaned and numbing ointment will be applied. Once ready, injections will be made followed by manual massaging/molding to assure the filler shape is optimal.
What is recovery like?
Recovery from dermal filler injections is a fairly simple process. You will most likely experience swelling and bruising. Avoiding strenuous activity for 24-48 hours and icing the injection site can help minimize swelling. It is also common to experience temporary numbness, redness, or lumps at the injection site.
How long do results last?
The effect lasts anywhere from six months up to two years with some fillers.
What are the risks or side effects of Dermal Fillers?
Though unlikely, risks include infection, filler irregularity or migration, small granulomas and tissure necrosis. Read your consent thoroughly for a full list of possible side effects.
Price will vary by area and filler used
Procedure length - 30-45 minutes
Downtime - Slight swelling or bruising possible up to 7 days.
Hydrafacial is a medical-grade resurfacing treatment that clears out your pores and hydrates your skin. The four-step treatment includes cleansing, exfoliating, extracting, and hydrating the skin with serums that are infused into pores with the pen-like hydra facial tip.
Price - $125
Procedure length - 30 -45 minutes
Downtime - none
Kybella (deoxycholic acid) injection is indicated for improvement in the appearance of moderate to severe fullness associated with submental fat, also called “double chin,” in adults. Kybella is injected into the fat under the chin as well as other areas of superficial fat for fat removal. Multiple treatments are usually required and will be given at least 1 month apart. Kybella can be used for other areas of stubborn fat such as armpit fat, bra line bulge, love handles or abdominal fat.
Common potential side effects include swelling, bruising, pain, numbness, redness and areas of hardness in the treatment area. These side effects typically resolve themselves without treatment and do not usually result in patients stopping treatment.
Price - $400 per vial
Procedure Length - 30 minutes
Downtime - 48 hrs, some slight swelling and mild tenderness may persist for 4-8 weeks
Microneedling, also known as micro-channeling or collagen induction therapy can be used to revitalize the skin. The MD NeedlePen uses a completely sterile needle tip containing 12-36 micro-needles to create controlled micro-injuries to the skin. These micro-punctures initiate an inflammatory response that causes the body to begin the natural healing process producing collagen, which is great for smoothing fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars, surgical scars (including C-section scars), and stretch marks. MD NeedlePen treatments can be performed on all parts of the body: face, neck, décolleté, arms, hands, legs, stomach, and stomach. Shortly after the treatment the skin is red or pink. The MD NeedlePen is ideal for all skin types. Four to six treatments in series spaced 4-6 weeks apart are necessary for maximum results.
Procedure Length- 45 - 60 minutes
Downtime- up to 48 hours with sunburn appearance
PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) often referred to as a vampire facial is an advanced treatment technology that utilizes the growth factors contained in the blood in order to regenerate your skin cells, revitalize collagen, and create young healthy-looking skin. Platelet Rich Plasma was first used in plastic surgery and orthopedic medicine to decrease healing times and improve outcomes in reconstructive surgery. These regenerative benefits of PRP are now used in cosmetic procedures that allow clients to avoid plastic surgery by reinvigorating skin with the body's own healing properties. Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is obtained by drawing blood and separating the contents to isolate plasma and platelets from red blood cells. Plasma, a straw-colored liquid, serves as a medium while the platelets have much greater significance. However, it is not the platelets themselves we are interested in but rather the growth factors they contain. More specifically, Platelet Derived growth Factor (PDGF), Transforming Growth Factor Beta (TGF-B), Insulin-Like Growth Factor (IGF 1), Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF) and Epidermal Growth Factor (EGF). Together these regrow hair, revitalize the skin, and diminish stretch marks and scars. How do they do this? Through the process of cell proliferation, cell differentiation, angiogenesis and chemotaxis.
Micro-channels created by the MD NeedlePen allow for optimal absorption of PRP in deeper skin layers, which supercharges the treatment for enhanced results. The growth factors released from the platelets used by the body for wound healing expedite the body's own repair process and stimulate new collagen and elastin. Patients typically notice an immediate glow due to new skin formation and shrunken pore size. However, collagen production usually becomes visible to the naked eye at 4 weeks and continues for 6 months. Four to six treatments in series spaced 4-6 weeks apart are necessary for maximum results.
Procedure- Length- 1 hour and 15 minutes
Downtime- 24-48 hours with light sunburn appearance
When Platelet Rich Plasma is injected into the scalp the growth factors restart the Anagen phase of the hair growth cycle. The Anagen phase is the active growth phase where cells in the hair follicle divide rapidly and add to the length and robustness of the hair. As the miniature hair follicles become healthier and larger the overall thickness of the hair becomes increasingly visible. New hair growth becomes apparent after about 2 months but becomes really noticeable between 5 - 7 months and continues for up to a year. Ideal for balding clients looking to avoid surgery and un-natural ointments/medications. As with all treatments individual results may vary. Four to six treatments in series spaced 4-6 weeks apart are necessary for maximum results.
Procedure Length- 45 minutes
Downtime- 12-24 hours