Frequently Asked Questions
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- What is BOTOX® Cosmetic?
BOTOX® Cosmetic is the product name for Allergans cosmetic wrikle removing drug. BOTOX® Cosmetic is a therapeutic muscle-relaxing agent that works at motor nerve endings (nerves that lead to muscles). BOTOX® Cosmetic is a drug used for the temporary improvement in the appearance of moderate to severe glabellar lines (frown lines). These frown lines come from muscles called corrugator and/or procerus muscles. BOTOX® Cosmetic is the name used for the process of injecting the BOTOX® Cosmetic product into the patient.
In April of 2002 BOTOX® Cosmetic was first approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), following previous approvale for severe medical problems as afr back as 1989. BOTOX® Cosmetic is the trade mark that Allergan decided to use to refer to their botulinum toxin A product. BOTOX® injections are related to botulism.
BOTOX® treatments are successfully used to treat blepharospasm and strabismus, and BOTOX® Cosmetic are also proven useful in treating cervical dystonia -- these are all conditions that in some way involve spasms, involuntary muscle contractions. Within a few hours to a couple of days after the botulinum toxin is injected into the affected muscle(s), the spasms or contractions are reduced or eliminated altogether. The effects of BOTOX® Cosmetic are not permanent, reportedly lasting anywhere from three to eight months. By injecting the toxin directly into a certain muscle or muscle group, the risk of BOTOX® Cosmetic spreading to other areas of the body is greatly diminished.
When BOTOX® Cosmetic -- botulinum toxin A -- is injected into the muscles surrounding the eyes, for instance, those muscles can not "scrunch up" for a period of time. They are paralyzed. So the wrinkles in that area, often referred to as "crow's-feet," temporarily go away.
- What are the side effects of BOTOX® treatment?
Typically the amount of BOTOX® and side effects and BOTOX® danger remains low. Any BOTOX® side effects can typically only last 6 months at a maximum, because BOTOX® treatments are temporary. People with neuromuscular disorders should consult with their physician carefully before having a BOTOX® injection treatment, as cardiovascular problems may arise. Likewise, those with cardiovascular disease should also pay special attention.
It is a natural response to assume there is some BOTOX® injection danger with a prosuct derived from a toxin, but it is in fact very safe, and has been is use for some time. It is always prudent to review the BOTOX® injection side effects and procedure so that any BOTOX® injection danger is know and understood.
Some patients have been known to experience the side effects of BOTOX® of bruisng at the site of the injection. The most common BOTOX® side effects following the use of BOTOX® Cosmetic for glabellar lines are headache (13.3%), respiratory infection (3.5%), temporary eyelid droop (3.2%), nausea (3.0%), and flu syndrome (2.0%). Blepharoptosis is consistent with the pharmacologic action of BOTOX® Cosmetic and may be technique related. In rare occurences BOTOX® cosmetic can spread into neighboring muscles and cause temporary paralysis. In less that 1% of patients, this can cause drooping of the eyelid.
Less frequently side effects of BOTOX® occurring (<3%) adverse reactions included pain in the face, erythema at the injection site, and muscle weakness. These events are thought to be associated with the injection and occurred within the first week.
- Is laser hair removal permanent?
Laser hair removal is permanent hair reduction. Every person is different, therefore we can’t promise complete hair removal but most experience 50-90% permanent hair reduction. Maintenance sessions may be necessary in some cases.
- How does laser hair removal work?
Laser hair removal is a faster, gentler way to remove unwanted hair with great results. Laser hair removal applies precisely controlled pulses of energy (electric and light, with cooling), reaching into the hair follicles that lie beneath the skin. The energy heats the hair, right down to the bottom of the root, destroying it without damaging surrounding tissue or skin.
- How many laser hair removal treatments will I need?
Our laser hair removal technology destroys hairs that are in the active growth phase, so repeat treatments will be needed to target hair that was not affected at the time of previous laser hair removal treatments. Normal six laser hair removal treatments are recommended to get the optimum results.
- What is IPL?
There are a variety of treatment options utilizing our state of the art laser and light systems for many skin problems. Treatments for wrinkle reduction, hair removal, acne treatment, vascular lesions, and skin rejuvenation are among them. Our qualified treated clinicians will decide which laser or light system will be the most effective for your individual needs and desired results.
- What areas can be treated with skin rejuvenation?
Treatments utilizing skin rejuvenation technology can be used on any part of the skin. Skin rejuvenation treatments are especially effective for improving the appearance of the face, neck and chest.
- Who are the best candidates for skin rejuvenation treatments?
The best candidates for skin rejuvenation treatments are:
- People who suffer and experience flushing and redness of their skin
- People with early aging changes and sun damage, who desire healthier youthful-appearing skin
- People who don’t want to take time off to heal from laser resurfacing or chemical peels
- Active people who don’t want the treatments to interfere with social or outdoor activities
- What is microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion is a scientific method, using fine, inert (micro) crystals to progressively abrade the skin’s surface. It is used for skin resurfacing and treating a range of skin abnormalities.
- What results can I expect from microdermabrasion?
Depending on the area treated, you will notice an improvement in your skin’s appearance after your microdermabrasion treatment. Stretch marks and acne scars will be less obvious. Age spots and fine lines are reduced, and many microdermabrasion patients report that their skin seems softer, tighter, smoother, and younger looking.
- What can I expect when I come in for my consultation?
Each of our providers provides their service in his or her unique way. We have clients complete a brief questionnaire to learn about their main concerns; any history of skin disorders, allergic reactions or cosmetic surgery, and any medications currently being used. We try to discuss goals, a plan of action, and the time frame for the goals. We review current home care and discuss revisions to achieve optimal skin health.
- What can I expect from a Chemical Peel?
A chemical peel is a clinical treatment that helps improve fine lines, acne, skin texture, and complexion by removing the top-most layer of the skin. The peel will wound the top layer of your skin and cause it to slough off and reveal fresh new skin.
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Is laser hair removal permanent?
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