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30Apr/14Off

Secrets to Look 10 Years Younger

Injectables and Laser make you look 10 years younger decatur

At some point in their lives, everyone wishes that they could turn back the clock. Today, men and women are making strides to staying active and healthy years beyond retirement. Here are some excellent daily tips that can keep you feeling healthy and happy.

Sleep:  Get enough rest, your whole body functions best when you give it enough rest. Everything from digestion and metabolism to skin health and wrinkle prevention.

Water:  Drink plenty of water, the optimal amount is 80 oz glasses a day, but 64 oz per day is recommended.

Relax:  Make time for yourself, take anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes out of your day to take a bath, meditate or read for pleasure.

Exercise:  Stay active, getting your heart pumping for 30 minutes a day has an incredible effect on your mood.

Love Yourself:  Create positive affirmations like, “I like myself” and “I am a worthwhile person” in the mirror, out loud. Inner happiness starts with approval of yourself.

With the average life expectancy on the rise, the anti-aging argument has become much more compelling. As people are living longer and more active lives, the need to look as young as you feel has increased tremendously. According the the annual ASPS report, anti aging cosmetic procedures have increased by 104% since the millenium, totalling 15.1 million cosmetic procedures in 2013. The most popular of the anti aging procedures are the minimally invasive procedures, such as injectables and laser skin treatments.

Injectables have become popular mainly for these 6 benefits:

  1. Treatment is fast and easy
  2. Each treatment is painless
  3. No downtime for recovery
  4. Results can last from 4 months to 1 year
  5. Effectively reduce dynamic and static wrinkles/ fine lines by filling creases or relaxing muscles that cause wrinkles
  6. Volumizer injectables can plump and lift cheeks and lips

 

Laser skin rejuvenation treatments are in high demand for these 6 reasons:

  1. No downtime for recovery
  2. Minimal pain (like a light sunburn)
  3. Softer, Smoother and younger looking skin
  4. Significant improvement in deep wrinkles, lines and folds
  5. Evening skin tone
  6. Improving texture and discoloration of scars

Each of these treatments are suited to address certain problem areas and skin types and it is important to discuss your goals and expectation with a dermatologist or aesthetician before getting these procedures done.

5Mar/14Off

What is a Liquid Face Lift?

Cosmetic surgical procedures tend to have a certain connotation to the word. When thinking about having a cosmetic surgical procedure many patients tend to think about the risks, pain, recovery time, costs of surgery, or even how long to take off of work. Because of this, many people stray away from the requirements of a cosmetic surgery and instead choose non-surgical options that do not require as much as cosmetic surgeries do.

Non-surgical procedures like injectables were created, to provide immediate results for minor improvements with minimal risks, little to no downtime and, better yet, at a fraction of the cost. Introducing the Liquid Facelift. A liquid facelift involves a combination of dermal fillers and/or injectables injected into specific and targeted areas of the face to achieve similar results that of a cosmetic surgical facelift.

The major differences between a liquid facelift and a surgical facelift are:

  1. The results are not permanent, like any filler or freezer the results are temporary as the filler and freezer substances are absorbed by your body over time.

  2. In the short term, the costs are much less than a surgical facelift, however, due to the transient nature of injectables the costs can add up over time.

  3. A liquid facelift does not remove sagging skin in your neck area.

  4. The liquid facelift is great if you don’t have the down-time for the recovery of a surgical facelift. Liquid facelifts have no downtime.

  5. If  you are concerned about the pain, recovery, risks and cost of a surgical facelift, a Liquid Facelift is great alternative.

Another common question among patients is what treatments are used during a liquid facelift? A treatments used in a liquid facelift will determined by your skin care provider as each treatment depends on the individual. Most Liquid Lifts will include dermal fillers such as  Juvederm, Juvederm Voluma, Radiesse and Restylane used in conjunction with injections of botulinum toxin, like Botox and Dysport.

Botulinum toxins work by blocking nerve impulses to the injected muscles reducing muscle activity and thus smoothing out the area. Dermal fillers restore lost facial volume by filling in crevices, smoothing wrinkles and restoring facial contours.

Depending on the individual and the injectables used, the results can last up to 1-2 years as some injectables have a longer life than others. Although we can’t stop aging, we can certainly delay the effects with a liquid facelift. Consult your local physician, nurse or aesthetician to find out if a liquid facelift is the right solution for you.

Liquid Face Lifts in Beverly Hills

5Feb/14Off

Differences between Dermal Fillers and BOTOX

If you are considering injectables for your anti aging solution, chances are that you have wondered about the differences between BOTOX and dermal fillers. The biggest difference between the two is that BOTOX is a muscle relaxer and products like Juvaderm and Collagen are fillers.

BOTOX is more for dynamic wrinkles or creases caused by movement, like frowning or squinting. Bototulinum toxin, which is in BOTOX, temporarily impairs the nerve functioning of the muscle, so the relaxed muscle is unable to produce the movement that results in the wrinkle.

Dermal Fillers are best for wrinkles or creases when your face is relaxed, also known as static wrinkles. These static wrinkles form over time as the skin loses its elasticity. Dermal fillers help to reduce these type of wrinkles by adding volume to plump up the tissue, providing a natural, more youthful look. There are also fillers like Radiesse and Sculptra that jump start your bodies natural production of collagen, which delivers longer lasting results.

Both of these two solutions have different products that yield different results, depending on your goals. In addition to BOTOX, there is another product called DYSPORT which works very similar to BOTOX, however DYSPORT can spread a little further and may show results slightly faster.

Similarly, dermal fillers also have several different product options, such as, Juvederm, Restylane, Scuptra and Radiesse. Juvederm or Juvederm Plus is the “next generation” smooth gel filler that has become very popular due to the ease of insertion and minimal discomfort. Juvederm Plus is a little thicker than Juvederm, which works better on deep folds and creases. Restylane is also made of a substance called hyaluronic acid (HA), which is naturally found in our body, but similar to collagen, we also lose HA as our age matures. Restylane allows physicians to subtly “sculpt” your face to restore fullness. Sculptra is a collagen replacing dermal filler that is injected a bit deeper. This is a great option for those who have lost excessive fat in their face, filling out hallowed temples and for shallow wrinkles. Radiesse is similar to Sculptra in that it is also a collagen replacer that also stimulates your bodies natural production of collagen. This calcium-based dermal filler is thicker than most fillers and is especially good at adding volume to deeper wrinkles and folds.

Since everyone’s body is different, it would be wise to consult a physician at your local Medical Spa to get more information on the best solution for your goals.

23Oct/13Off

Non-Surgical Revolution

We’ve all heard about plastic surgery, you go under the knife and come out with a different nose, face, arm, legs or breasts! Though traditional plastic surgery comes at a costly price, not only do you pay out of pocket but you also pay in pain and time out of work so sometimes having plastic surgery can be a little more difficult than we would actually like it to be. So what are our other options? Not necessarily knew to the cosmetic world but also not as popular are Non-Surgical cosmetic treatments. Non-surgical treatments have become ever so popular in the United States as well as internationally because of the convenience these non-surgical treatments offer.

Injectables and Dermal Fillers

Non-surgical treatments can include anything from injectables/dermal fillers, to laser treatments, and even body contouring which is why they are gaining popularity rapidly. These types of non-surgical treatments claim to have little-to-no downtime, or time away from the office or being active, little-to-no pain, non-invasive (no knives!) and for the most part, cost significantly less than traditional plastic surgery.

Non-surgical procedures such as injectables and dermal fillers like Botox, Dysport, Radiesse, Restylane, Juvederm, and Sculptra improve the appearance of aging on your face. Botox and dysport are very simple treatments that can temporarily smooth and reduce the appearance of deep folds, wrinkles, crow’s feet and frown lines. Botox is also FDA approved to help improve excessive sweating and severe migraines. Dermal fillers such as Restylane, Juvederm and Radiesse work to restore volume and fullness to the skin and to correct moderate to severe wrinkles and folds. These dermal fillers have become increasing popular because of their safety, the dramatic and immediate effects, and they have the ability to last up to a year. Sculptra is another injectable that is known for replacing lost collagen in the face. This protein is responsible for skin strength and elasticity and can also help improve sagging skin.

Laser Treatments

Other popular non-surgical treatments include laser treatments that work to treat many different areas of the body from the face down to your legs. Skin tightening therapy with the Sciton BBL laser technology offered at this dermatology practice in Torrance, CA  uses a combination of cooling and pulsed light treatment to create a rise in temperature used to activate the collagen in your skin. Results can be seen immediately after treatment with a series of treatments ever 2-4 weeks while the skin continues to improve over the next six months. Other types of laser treatments include laser acne treatment, laser hair removal, and even spider vein treatments that traditional plastic surgery cannot repair.

27Mar/13Off

What’s the difference with the ‘Toxins on the Market?

When doctors, nurses and injectors use the term 'toxins' they aren't referring to anything bad for you.  Well, at least we don't think so.  What they are referring to are a class of neurotoxins affectionately referred to as toxins.  Currently the neurotoxins on the market are Botox Cosmetic, Dysport and Xeomin.

So What's The Difference Between Botox, Dysport & Xeomin?

For starters they are each made by different manufacturer's, although they are each considered large pharmaceutical companies.  Allergan makes Botox Cosmetic, Medicis makes Dysport and Merz Aesthetics makes Xeomin.  The way they work is the same though which is why they are all in the same class of drug.  They paralyze the nerve endings in the areas in which they are injected (frown lines, crows feet and between the eyebrows).

It's tough to say which one works the best as it really just depends on which product your body happens to respond to best.  Botox and Xeomin are dosed at the same strength while Dysport normally takes twice as much product to get a good effect.  Again, it just depends on your body and which particular product you respond to the best.

Where Do You Get Botox, Dysport or Xeomin?

See your doctor, dermatologist and/or medispa.  These products are administered only under the care of a qualified injector so you'll want to do your homework.  The skill level of the injector will play a role in how good your result is.

 

7Feb/12Off

Botox Cosmetic Vs. Dysport

Botox treatments have become one of the most popular anti aging treatment that helps both men and women to rejuvenate and revitalize their appearance in a successful manner. However, for the first time ever, another wrinkle treatment product Dysport has joined Botox in the fight against wrinkles. Although both these treatments are quite similar in many ways, they do have some key differences between them. Thus, taking a look at both the similarities and differences in these treatments can prove to be beneficial in helping you decide which anti wrinkle therapy would suit your needs and requirements in an ideal manner.

Similarities between Botox and Dysport Treatments

  • Both Botox and Dysport are FDA approved specifically for treating facial wrinkles or fine lines.
  • One of the most common features of Botox and Dysport treatment is the fact that the main active ingredient used in both these treatments is a refined form of botulinum toxin type A. This toxin works by paralyzing the muscles that can create the appearance of crow’s feet around the eyes, facial wrinkles on the forehead and creases near the corners of the mouth.
  • Unlike dermal fillers, both Botox and Dysport injections are injected into the facial muscles underneath the surface of the skin
  • Side effects of Botox and Dysport treatments are similar and may include temporary headache, numbness, swelling, light bruising or redness in the area that has been treated. However, using an ice pack before and after the treatment can prove to be beneficial in helping relieve these side effects to a great extent.

Differences between Botox and Dysport Treatments

  • The fact that Dysport treatment delivers faster results (up to two days) when compared to Botox and is likely to fade wrinkles within 24 hours after receiving Dysport treatment, this anti ageing treatment proves to be a perfect choice for all those people who are looking for a quick fix before a big event.
  • Dysport treatment can also be an effective alternative for all those patients who have become immune or resist Botox after repeated treatments.
  • Studies have also shown that Dysport injections last longer for up to six months or a year when compared to Botox injections that last for about three to four months.
  • The fact that Dysport treatment uses fewer antibodies, this anti aging treatment has lesser allergic reactions when compared to equal treatments of Botox.
  • There are differences in the cost of both these anti wrinkle treatments. While that cost of Botox is usually between $300- $450 ranges, the cost of Dysport has been reported to be more than $200- 300 ranges. Thus, while the price range of Dysport is less, more is required to achieve the same effects delivered by Botox.

The fact that both these wrinkles relaxing treatments are quite similar in many ways, consulting a cosmetic provider prior choosing either Botox or Dysport treatment can prove to be highly beneficial in helping you opt for the right anti aging treatment in a successful manner.


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