FAQ

Photofacial (Skin Rejuvenation)

Q: How many treatments are needed?
A: This varies with each patient, usually 2-5 treatments are necessary, done 4 weeks apart.
Q: Does the treatment hurt?
A: There is minimal discomfort. The feeling is similar to being popped with a small rubber band, and the pain goes away instantly. We use the Zimmer cooling device, called the Minnie Cryo, to control the pain, and it reduces the amount of redness after a treatment.
Q: What should I expect after a treatment?
A: The area treated will be slightly red for 1-3 hours. If you have a lot of redness on the upper cheek, there may be a small amount of swelling under the eyes. Freckles will turn a little darker before they disappear. They will slough off with your normal skin sloughing in about 8-10 days.
Q: When will I need another treatment?
A: When you have finished your initial treatments and have reached your desired results, it may be 2-3 years before you need another treatment. People who have redness from Rosacea may need treatments more often. If you continue sun protection, the results will last longer.

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Hair Removal

Q: What do I need to do before my treatment?
A: Do not let your skin tan, and do not pluck or wax the hairs at least three weeks before a treatment. You need to shave or trim the hair very closely before your treatment. We need just one to two days of growth in order to asses how much of the area needs to be treated.
Q: What do I need to do after my treatment?
A: Keep the treated area out of the sun. Getting sun on the area could cause the area to tan unevenly and cause your next treatment to be less effective. The area may be red for an hour or so after the treatment. You may feel as if you have a mild sunburn for a day or two. You can still shave the areas but it is not recommended that you pluck the hairs — let them fall out on their own.
Q: Does the treatment hurt?
A: Treatment feels much like a pop from a small rubber band. It goes away instantly. We use the Zimmer cooling device called the Minnie Cryo to help with pain.
Q: How many treatments do I need?
A: Most people reach the desired results between five and ten treatments, done seven weeks apart. Some areas are treated further apart than seven weeks because the growth cycles are longer. When you have a treatment, the hairs will fall out about four weeks after the procedure. You will have 1-2 weeks with very little hair growth — around the seventh week, a new cycle starts to grow and that is when the next treatment should be done.

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Leg Vein Treatment

Q: What are spider veins?
A: Spider veins are very small, thin, threadlike veins that lie close to the skin's surface and are commonly red or purple in color. Spider veins grow from reticular veins, "feeder veins." Feeder veins form a network of blue or green veins that can give a marbled appearance to the skin. They can be very visible or very difficult to see.
Q: What do I do after my treatment?
A: You are requested to wear compression hose for one week, during the day. If a small area is treated, a compression bandage can be applied daily for one week instead. You can resume normal activity after treatment. You will have some injection site bruising for several weeks to months after a treatment. The areas injected will become red and raised immediately after treatment and may itch. This is a normal reaction and will subside 1-2 hours after treatment. The areas treated will feel sore to the touch for about 24 hours. Usually there is no need for pain medication, but Tylenol can be taken if needed.

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BOTOX

Q: What is BOTOX?
A: BOTOX is the brand name for Botulinium Toxin Type A, which is nature's impulse blocker. It is a therapeutic neurotoxin used successfully and safely in wrinkle reduction.
Q: What is a BOTOX treatment like?
A: Safe, simple and fast. Using a tiny needle, the BOTOX is injected with great precision into the specified facial area. There is minimal discomfort, and no sedation or anesthetics are needed. You can resume normal activities immediately after the treatment, and results are gradually noticeable in 3-5 days.
Q: How long will the results last?
A: The results can last from 3-5 months. As muscle action gradually returns, the lines and wrinkles begin to reappear and wrinkles need to be retreated. The injections can be repeated periodically as studies have shown that having repeated treatments regularly can cause the results to last longer. With time, the repeat treatments can be further apart.
Q: What are the side effects of BOTOX?
A: Temporary bruising at the injection site is common. If the injection migrated to the wrong muscle, there may be some slight side effects such as "eye drooping." With our skills and expertise in the use of BOTOX, there is less than a 1% chance of any side effects. All side effects are temporary.

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Restylane & Perlane

Q: What is hyaluronic acid?
A: Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance that is found throughout your body. It gives volume to the skin, lubricates joints and gives the eyes their shape. The hyaluronic acid in Restylane is stabilized for long duration and is not of animal or human origin. Skin testing is not needed.
Q: How do Restylane & Perlane work?
A: Restylane and Perlane are gels that are injected into the skin in tiny amounts to add volume, lifting up and smoothing out unwanted wrinkles.
Q: Which areas of the face can be treated with Restylane & Perlane?
A: Restylane and Perlane can be used for smoothing out folds and wrinkles. The most common areas are the nasolabial folds (the area between the nose and mouth), glabellar lines (between the eyes), and for lip enhancements. Other areas can be treated, but really superficial and deep wrinkles may be difficult to correct.
Q: What will I look like after treatment?
A: Immediately after treatment, you can expect slight redness, swelling, tenderness and an itching sensation in the area of injection. This is normal. The discomfort is temporary and generally disappears in a few days. After a lip treatment, the lips may be swollen and look uneven. This corrects itself within 2-3 days. Other areas on the face do not swell like the lips. If you touch the areas there were treated, you will be able to feel the Restylane — it will be bumpy to the touch, but others cannot see what you feel. This will go away after 2-3 weeks — it is best not to touch or massage the areas.
Q: What do I do after treatment?
A: During the first 48 hours after treatment, do not massage or rub the areas. If you have lip enhancements, avoid puckering for the first two days. Until the initial swelling and redness have resolved, do not expose the areas to extreme heat or cold.
Q: What are the side effects?
A: Injection-related reactions such as swelling, redness and tenderness may occur. Other types of reactions are rare such as localized reactions thought to be hypersensitivity. These usually consist of abnormal swelling and redness at the injection site, and sometimes the surrounding tissues.
Q: How long will the results last?
A: It has been shown in clinical trials that Restylane is effective for up to six months, but individual results vary. Some people's results last 9-12 months.

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