Frequently Asked Questions

Common Questions About BOTOX® Cosmetic

Am I a good candidate?

The best candidates for the procedure are those between ages of 25 and 65.  In many cases, wrinkles in people over 65 are “static” and do not change when relaxing the face.  Other procedures would work better for these patients. Each person is different however, and should undergo a consultation to determine the most effective treatment plan.

How is BOTOX Cosmetic Administered?

A very small amount of BOTOX® Cosmetic is injected into each or the target areas using a very small needle. Because the needle is fine, only a small amount of the liquid is injected and the associated discomfort is minimal.  Most patients compare the sensation to light pinch.  No sedation or local anesthetic is necessary and you can resume normal activities immediately afterwards.

Is there any downtime?

No. Most people return to work or normally activities immediately following treatment.  It is recommended however, that you avoid exercise, heavy lifting and massaging the injected area injected for one day.

What are BOTOX® Cosmetic Uses?

It is most effective for wrinkles that are visible when smiling, laughing, raising the eyebrows or for crow\’s feet around the eyes.  These wrinkles are called “dynamic” and tend to be much less noticeable when your face is more relaxed.

What happens as treatment begins to wear off?

As the BOTOX® Cosmetic wears off the wrinkles will begin to reappear but frequently they are not as deep or noticeable.  To maintain the smooth, youthful appearance year round, it requires three to four injections.  With repeat treatments, the effects tend to last longer thus requiring fewer injections.

When will I notice the difference and how long will it last?

The treatment takes three to eight days to take full effect which sometimes can be hastened by contracting the facial muscles.  The results usually last from 3 to 5 months. Often, repeated treatments can lead to longer results.  The effects of BOTOX® Cosmetic are confined to the treatment sites.

Common Questions About PhotoFacial with IPL™

Can PhotoFacial help Broken Veins and Capillaries?

Our bodies are an extensive network of veins and tiny blood vessels called capillaries. Over time, aging, trauma, lifestyles factors and sun exposure can cause a number of them to to break and appear as red streaks or blotches.  PhotoFacial treatments can eliminate abnormally dilated vessels, damaged veins and capillaries by virtually removing all trace of these blemishes.  PhotoFacial treatments are a non-invasive, effective and affordable way to treat sun-damaged.

Can PhotoFacial help Rosacea?

Rosacea is a skin ailment that leaves people red-faced from dialated blood vessels and chronic flushing.  Rosacea can also be the cause of pimples or blisters on or around the nose and cheeks.  PhotoFacial can successfully treat dilated blood vessels and redness without impacting damaging surrounding healthy skin, while greatly reducing episodes of flushing with long-term effectiveness.

How does PhotoFacial work?

PhotoFacial is applied via a series of gentle light pulses over the treatment area.  As the light penetrates the skin it is absorbed by small surface blood vessels or pigmentation.  The heat generated by the absorbed energy causes damage to the vessels or pigmented areas stimulating the body’s own natural healing process.  Pigmented lesions will typically darken, and harden before they flake off or are absorbed by the body.

How many treatments will I need?

Typically, a series of four or six treatments may be recommended at three week intervals.  There is no “down-time” with PhotoFacial.  You can return to work and assume all normal activities immediately after treatment.  Follow-up treatments may be desired once a year to maintain results.

What are treatments like?

A cool gel is usually applied to the area prior to treatment.  Dark protective glasses will be provided to protect your eyes from the bright light. The smooth glass surface of the hand-piece is held to treatment areas and pulses of light are applied.  A slight sting may be felt similar to the light snap of a small rubber band.  Treatment is generally administered in a series of procedures that typically range from 20 to 45 minutes.

What is PhotoFacial?

PhotoFacial  is a non-invasive treatment and consists of the generation and transmission of extremely bright broad spectrum light through a handpiece with a smooth glass panel that is held to the surface of the skin.

What will PhotoFacial do?

After a series of treatments, you will see a significant reduction of unwanted pigmentation and your skin tone will even out.  Expect to see a gradual decrease in redness, broken capillaries, flushing irregular pigmentation, pore size and fine lines.  Results will continue as treatments progress.

Laser Hair Removal FAQ

Are there any restrictions on my activity after treatment?

You can return to work or resume normal activities immediately following your procedure.  However, since some redness may occur, you may want to plan your work or social engagements accordingly.  This may last from a few minutes to several hours depending on the area and skin sensitivity.

How does laser hair removal compare with other hair removal methods?

Shaving, waxing, and depilatory creams are all temporary methods which must be repeated on a frequent basis. Laser hair removal offers longer lasting results for your hair removal needs.

How does laser hair removal work and why is it safe?

Lasers have been used for over a decade for a variety of medical cosmetic procedures including treatment of facial and leg veins, age spots and smoothing fine lines on the face.  We utilize state-of-the-art technology to customize your treatment depending upon your skin type and hair density. Our laser hair removal systems emit a precise beam of pulsating light that passes through the skin to the hair follicle where the energy is absorbed by melanin (or pigment) that gives color to the hair shaft.  The lasers’ energy is then absorbed by the pigment in the hair and transferred to the surrounding hair follicle.

What areas can be treated?

Laser hair removal can be performed on almost area of the body for men and women from small areas such as your upper lip, underarms, bikini area, chin, neck, and face, to larger areas such as arms, chest, back, and legs

What does the treatment include?

Depending on the amount of hair and area treated, the procedure varies from patient to patient. Generally, the treatment will include: Safety eyewear to protect the patient’s eyes during the procedure from the laser light.  A small hand piece will be used to deliver the laser light. Most experience little discomfort at the treatment site.  The sensation and the degree of discomfort varies with each person.  In some cases, topical anesthesia is an option. Depending on the size or number of areas treated, the time will vary in length from minutes to hours.  Patients can return to work or resume their normal activities immediately following treatment.  The area may become slightly red and may last from a few minutes to several days depending on the area and skin sensitivity.

What precautions should be taken before and after treatment?

You MUST stop plucking or waxing hair for several weeks for laser to be optimally effective.  We have a variety of lasers to safely treat all skin types and skin colors including dark skin.  Our highly trained professionals educate you on your options and tailor a treatment program that best suits your personal needs. Together you and the laser physician can decide if your expectations will be met and which treatment is the best option for you.

Why is laser preferred for hair removal?

Most people are great candidates. Traditional hair removal techniques, such as shaving, plucking and waxing, provide only temporary relief. Until now, the only long-lasting hair removal solution has been by electrolysis – which can be time-consuming and is usually limited to small areas, because each hair is treated individually and quite painful. Laser hair removal is non-invasive, and safely removes unwanted body hair without damaging the delicate pores and structures of the skin. Facial and bikini area sessions are usually completed in under 20 minutes; legs and larger areas can take longer.

One significant advantage of laser hair removal treatment is that it affects a large number of hair follicles at once resulting is a quicker more permanent results. As a general rule, several treatments will be required and you and can expect to see a 20% reduction in hair growth after just one treatment.

If you hate shaving, or are tired of putting up with painful waxing, tweezing or electrolysis, laser hair removal may be the best solution for you.

Will laser hair removal work for me?

The best results have been achieved on darker, coarse hair, but other factors may influence the treatment process, and are generally best evaluated and discussed in person. We offer a complimentary consultation.
Depending on the amount of hair and area treated, the procedure varies from patient to patient. Generally, the treatment will begin by trimming away the hair above the skin to be treated. Protective eye shields will be provided to protect your eyes from the laser’s bright light.  Next, a cool gel (similar to an ultrasound gel) will be spread over the treatment area.  The laser’s hand piece will then be applied to the skin to deliver the pulses of light needed to begin eradicating your unwanted hair.

What are the benefits of Belotero and Juvederm?

Am I a Radiesse candidate?

you may be a Radiesse dermal filler candidate if you are beginning to notice facial wrinkles, lines, and folds. Radiesse provides immediate and long-lasting wrinkle correction.


Are there any side effects with Belotero or Juvederm?

Most people can benefit from Belotero or Juvederm treatment.  Restylane and Juvederm should not be used in or near skin sites where there are or have been active skin disease, inflammation or related conditions.  Nor should it be injected into an area where a permanent implant has been placed.

During your pre-treatment consultation, you should thoroughly discuss your medical history with your practitioner.

Are there any side effects?

Normal, injection-related reactions such as mild irritation, edema, swelling, itching, discoloration, or tenderness at the injection site may occur.  These conditions typically resolve themselves within one to two days.

How does Belotero work?

Belotero is a crystal-clear gel produced biotechnologically using stabilized, nonanimal hyaluronic acid and water.  The hyaluronic acid is a tissue-friendly substance closely resembling the hyaluronic acid that occurs naturally in the body.  By replenishing nature’s supply of hyaluronic acid, Belotero revitalizes and plumps up the skin, instantly diminishing the appearance of lines and giving a softer look.  Can Belotero or Juvederm be used if I have had laser treatment or a chemical peel?

If you have recently had some kind of cosmetic treatment, it is recommended you wait until the area is totally healed and the skin is back to its normal condition. This usually takes 4 to 6 weeks.

How is a Radiesse treatment performed?

Radiesse is injected into the skin through a simple, safe, quick, and minimally invasive outpatient procedure.  Typically administered in a physician’s office with the use of a local anesthetic, Radiesse treatment requires little to no downtime, with most patients returning to normal activities almost immediately after treatment.

How many treatments will I need?

Many patients will achieve their desired result after just one or two treatments.  To ensure your satisfaction with the treatment, your physician might schedule a follow-up visit, where a touch up treatment might be recommended.

How much does Radiesse cost?

Because Radiesse treatment is customized for each patient, its cost varies.  In general, the cost of Radiesse is comparable to similar procedures. And because Radiesse may require fewer offices visits for retreatment, you could save money and time.

How soon can I expect results? How long will the results last?

The results are immediate. Radiesse continues to deliver results as it stimulates your body to produce new collagen.  Results may last a year or more in many patients, which may result in fewer office visits for retreatments.

Is Radiesse safe?

In years of rigorous clinical testing and use by physicians in hundreds of thousands of patients worldwide, Radiesse has been shown to be safe and effective.  In the FDA clinical studies there were virtually no allergic reactions. There may be some normal injection related occurrences, such as bruising, discomfort, swelling, or redness that typically resolve on their own.

Is Radiesse work?

Radiesse is gently injected into the skin in small amounts with a very fine needle.  Radiesse stimulates the body to produce new collagen.  This unique response provides immediate, visible improvement of folds and wrinkles, and provides long-lasting and beautiful results.

Is there any downtime with Belotero or Juvederm?

You can expect slight redness, swelling, pain, tenderness, itching and/or bruising following Belotero or Juvederm treatment. This is the same as you might expect with any type of injection. However, the discomfort is temporary and generally disappears after a few days.  With lip enhancement, it is wise to choose your treatment time with care since your lips may become swollen and appear slightly uneven for a few days.

What are the benefits of Belotero and Juvederm?

Belotero and Juvederm can instantly soften telltale aging lines or improve your looks by enhancing your natural features, such as your cheeks or lips. Belotero and Juvederm restores volume, improves skin elasticity, and smooths niggling lines and imperfection.

What areas can be treated?

Belotero  and Juvederm treatments can be used to smooth out facial lines, create fuller lips and shape facial contours, such as cheeks and chin.  It is a subtle approach to enhancing looks naturally.   The most common areas treated are:

  • from the nose to the angle of the mouth (the nasolabial folds) lips(enhancement)
  • cheeks and chin (shaping)
  • back of the hands, décolletage, face (skin rejuvenation)
  • between the eyebrows (the glabellar lines)
What does Belotero & Juvederm treatment involve?

Belotero and Juvederm are injected into the skin in small amounts using a very fine needle.  The gel provides hydration and structure and gives natural volume to smooth away the appearance of lines, enhance facial shape, or create fuller lips.  The treatment is very quick and often takes less than 30 minutes. The treatment benefits can normally be seen instantly and Belotero and Juvederm do not affect facial expression.  No skin test is required because Belotero and Juvederm does not contain any animal-derived ingredients.

What is Belotero?

Belotero is an injectable gel that should always be administered by a trained, medically qualified practitioner.  Belotero enhances your natural looks by restoring your skin’s volume, creating softness and revitalizing your appearance.

Why “correct” wrinkles with Radiesse?

Over time, tissue volume diminishes, leaving folds and wrinkles in several common patterns, including the deepening of nasolabial folds, accentuated smile lines (sometimes called “marionette lines”).  Radiesse can be injected into the skin in order to compensate for the loss of volume or to correct these areas. By stimulating the body to produce new collagen, Radiesse provides a natural look that lasts for a fresh, rested, healthy appearance that still looks like you.