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Sculptra and Juvederm Voluma are now offering the longest lasting effects, for 2 years, but are very different from each other. Sculptra is in a class all its own as it is NOT a filler. Sculptra is a collagen stimulator that is injected throughout the face.
Sculptra yields best results when used for deep-volumizing in areas that have thicker skin. These areas include the cheeks, temples, and jaw. Sculptra should not be used around the eyes or in the lips.
- It’s minimally-invasive and non-surgical
- It enhances skin tone and texture & improves skin health
- It boosts collagen growth
- It offers subtle, more natural-looking results
- The results are gradual
- It offers long-lasting results
There are many treatments for cellulite, but Sculptra works differently. As Sculptra is absorbed, the PLLA microparticles help stimulate the body’s own collagen production, bringing a fullness that smoothes wrinkles and folds.
The most common side effects with Sculptra include injection site bleeding, tenderness, pain, redness, bruising or swelling. One possible delayed side effect with Sculptra can be small bumps under the skin in the treated area.
Sculptra will last 2-3 years once the series of treatments are completed. So while it is a bit more costly than H.A. fillers, patients often justify spending a little more for the time in which they can enjoy results.
The average cost of Sculptra is about $700 per vial treatment session, which is comparable to the costs of most other dermal fillers. Patients may need up to six sessions to achieve their goals. The cost for each injection depends on the provider chosen and the volume of Sculptra needed to treat the targeted area.
A general rule of thumb is to expect 1 vial of Sculptra per decade. So in the 40s, about 4 vials at 2 vials per treatment – that’s 2 treatment sessions; at 50, about 5 vials so 2 sessions with 2 vials and a 3rd session with 1 vial, etc.
A 1mm syringe costs $650 and the long-lasting filler costs $750
It can be painful if the procedure is carried out by injector who is not as skilled. Generally, basic dermal filler procedures require no anesthetic as the dermal filler contains local anesthetic. It is simple and straight-forward, involving a few tiny injections directly into the skin, and takes between 15–30 minutes. Make-up can be applied immediately after the procedure and you can go straight back to work. Result can be seen immediately. Optimal results can be maintained over a long period of time through regular repeated treatments. The procedure varies from person to person depending on your requirements and the severity of the wrinkles that are being treated, in addition to the particular dermal filler being administered.
We only use market-leading brands. We will not compromise on our standards and use the highest grade of dermal fillers for more dramatic results with better lift and tissue support.
Consultation and treatment are personally undertaken by Laura Johnson, FNP who is an nationally trained and experienced cosmetic injector. Ms. J is well known for her methods of achieving beautiful, yet incredibly natural cosmetic results with minimal pain, bruising and downtime. We also provide excellent post treatment care.
Yes. We use only products with proven safety record. Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a substance which occurs naturally in the cells of the skin, thus there is no risk of allergic reactions. Even people with food sensitivities can receive these fillers safely. The brands of dermal fillers we use are available in more than 90 countries and have been used as an injectable cosmetic treatment for more than two decades with an excellent safety record.
Results are seen instantly after the treatment, although this gradually improves over the course of the following 2–4 weeks. Results can last between 9–18 months although optimal results can be maintained over a long period of time through regular repeated treatments. The longevity varies from person to person depending on your requirements and the severity of the wrinkles that are being treated, in addition to the particular dermal filler being administered.
When it comes to results, all depend heavily upon a variety of factors and are unique to the individual. However, in most cases, The Viveve® System has been shown to last approximately 12 to 24 months or more. At that time, maintenance appointments are available.
The Viveve® System works with the body’s natural healing process to create impressive, beautiful and natural-looking results. This means that you can expect to begin noticing improvement in your conditions within a few weeks after your appointment. The full results should be noticeable after about three months.
Fortunately, The Viveve® System has no associated side effects. Additionally, The Viveve® System does not require any recovery time, allowing patients to return to their daily routines, without any hassle or discomfort. And guess what? There’s no downtime with resuming sexual intercourse.
Every patient is unique and, as a result, treatment plans can vary. However, in most cases, our patients achieve the results they are seeking after just one session. Of course, the best way to determine the most effective plan of action is to schedule a consultation.
The Viveve® System is efficient and effective, requiring only 30 to 50 minutes total. Stress urinary incontinence sessions are longer. This makes tending to your vaginal health simple, convenient and stress-free.
When many patients hear that The Viveve® System uses radiofrequency energy, they become worried that it may be uncomfortable. However, this is a cryogen-cooled radiofrequency device, meaning that a cooling component ensures patient comfort throughout the procedure. The treatment is not painful at all.
One of the most attractive aspects of The Viveve® System is that it can be used to treat a variety of vaginal health concerns. The device is most commonly used to address vaginal laxity and urinary incontinence, two frequent problems that were formerly considered an unfortunate but unchangeable part of the aging process. Now, more confidence and less daily hassle are possible thanks to The Viveve® System.
The Viveve® System is an effective and innovative radiofrequency device that targets lax and sagging vaginal tissue. As the treatment area is warmed, the body begins producing new collagen. The result is improved vaginal form and function for women with a variety of intimate concerns including vaginal dryness, pain during sex, vaginal laxity and urinary incontinence.
Follow-up treatment is rarely necessary. Asymmetry is an unlikely occurrence, which can be corrected by tightening or adding additional threads. If sagging happens prematurely, we’ll insert additional threads to lift and tighten the skin.
A thread facelift is a very safe treatment and complications are rare. There is a small risk of swelling, infection, bruising, numbness and slight asymmetry. If you experience any side effects, they should pass within a few days. The side effects will be discussed in full along with risks prior to your procedure.
In most cases, patients are able to wear moisturizer, sunscreen, and makeup 24 hours after treatment. If you experience mild bruising, a light concealer can be used to cover this up.
Most patients experience mild bruising and swelling that lasts for 24-72 hours after treatment. Using a cold compress and keeping your head elevated can alleviate this. Recovery time usually takes about a week.
You should also be sure to:
- Avoid heavy lifting
- Sleep on your back
- Avoid rubbing or stretching your face
- Avoid strenuous exercise for 2-3 weeks
This varies depending on the patient’s age at the time of treatment, the quality of the skin, the degree of sagging and the number of threads used. However, results tend to last 2-3 years on average.
You will notice an immediate improvement right after your threading face lift. Optimal results will begin show over 2-6 months as collagen production is stimulated. The threads will dissolve over six months, but the results will be maintained for much longer.
Your non-surgical face-lift will take around 45-90 minutes depending on the number of areas being treated.
Local anaesthetic will be applied to the treated area, so you will be comfortable throughout your face thread lift. Your nurse practitioner or injector will then use a cannula or a micro-needle to insert the PDO threads into the deeper layer of your skin. You will be able to return to your usual activities within a couple of days.
The threads are clear and cannot be seen once they are inserted under the skin.
No, the threads will gradually dissolve in the body over six months, which actually helps stimulate collagen production. The threads work to return some of the skin’s elasticity, resulting in a reduction in sagging, lines, and wrinkles.
The insertion of the PDO threads triggers the body’s natural production of collagen and elastin, which lasts for at least 2-3 years. The threads themselves dissolve over six months as new fibrous connective tissue grows around them.
Men and women in their 30s and beyond who have mild to moderate drooping, lines, and wrinkles in the forehead, face and/or neck. We can also perform the treatment as a non- surgical eyelift or on other areas of the body, such as, upper arms, stomach, and thighs.
You must also be in overall good health and have realistic expectations of the treatment. Facelift threading is best suited for those who want to enhance their appearance without resorting to cosmetic surgery.
Polydioxanone — a clinically proven material already used in surgical sutures. It’s the preferred choice of material for a thread face-lift as it naturally and safely breaks down and dissolves in the body.
Botox typically lasts between 3-6 months. Consult with your medical professional about the ideal time to receive your next treatment.
Not at all. Botox is considered a “lunch-time” procedure. We have many clients who return to work or daily activities right after treatment.
Because everyone’s skin type is different, you may notice results in 24-72 hours. For some, it may take up to 10 days. Male clients can take longer to reach their optimal result.
Because the Botox needle is so fine, many people do not experience discomfort. The overall treatment provides pressure in the areas injected, but it is not a painful process. The overall treatment time is usually 10 minutes. At About Face Med Spa, we can apply ice or topical agents to the treated area if needed.
People ranging from 18-65 are able to receive Botox. However, it’s best to talk to your medical professional in regards to achieving treatment. Many people ranging from 18-30 receive Botox as a wrinkle preventative while others use it to erase wrinkles that have already appeared. Consulting with your nurse practitioner or medical provider will give you the best possible options.
Depending on the dermal filler used, the effects last from six months to 24 months. While there are temporary and permanent dermal fillers, you will want to choose a temporary filler. Be safe folks. If the permanent filler were placed in the wrong location or in the wrong volume, you would be stuck with the results: permanently. Most dermal fillers are temporary and dissolve in six to 24 months.
There are several types of hyaluronic acid dermal fillers available. Juvederm XC, Juvederm Voluma XC, Belotero, and Restylane are the most popular hyaluronic acid dermal fillers. Hyaluronic acid is an essential, naturally occurring substance in the body that diminishes as we age. Hyaluronic acid dermal fillers add volume to the face, are shapeable, and look natural.
A dermal filler injection is a pharmaceutical grade liquid or gel material injected beneath the skin to get rid of laugh lines and nasolabial folds, fill deep frown lines, erase crow’s feet, raise drooping eyebrows, eliminate deep forehead creases, plump thin lips, correct facial asymmetries, and more.
Nurse practitioners, plastic surgeons, dermatologists, nurses and medical aestheticians provide these services and should be highly trained and certified in the field of cosmetic injectables. In general, Botox is used for the top half of the face, and dermal fillers are used for the bottom half. The main areas where dermal fillers are injected are the nasolabial folds, around the mouth, and marionette lines.
Lasers and the sun do not mix. The reason is because the laser’s function is to destroy freckles, brown spots, blood vessels, and tattoo pigment. If the surrounding skin is also tan, the laser mistakes it for “one big brown spot”. However, certain lasers can be adjusted for patients with darker toned skin. After laser skin care treatments, it is usually recommended to avoid sun exposure for at least 7-10 days. This will reduce the chance of unwanted side effects.
Certain laser skin care treatments can be done in one appointment, but most require more than one visit to achieve your desired results. For example, with Viva skin resurfacing, you will need to make an additional 2-3 appointments spaced out 4-6 weeks apart to achieve optimal results. In order for the laser to be effective, you should follow your laser technician’s or Nurse Practitioner’s instructions for the length of time between your treatments.
There are young people who have rosacea, acne, sun spots, and sun damage, too. And the good news is, these conditions are treatable with laser skin care treatments. Parents can come in for a free consultation at any time.
A laser is a focused beam of light that has specially selected wavelengths that penetrate the skin. When the intense rays of the laser target a problem area on the skin the light is converted into heat and the brown spot, scar, or unwanted hair follicle will be destroyed while sparing the surrounding skin. About Face Med Spa uses the Venus Versa device. It’s the most versatile multi-applicator platform with three different, highly effective technologies in one workstation to address all of today’s most challenging aesthetic concerns. We have two different IPL photorejuvenation applicators with varying wavelengths to treat a wider range of skin tones.
You should expect redness and swelling to the treated area. This will subside within a day or two. Tiny pinpoint scabs will appear 24-72 hours post-treatment and may remain 3-7 days following. The scabs should not be touched, scratched or exfoliated. They will naturally shed off when ready. During the next 48 hours post-treatment, you should avoid working out, hot showers, massages, and sun exposure.
Do not apply makeup to your skin for 24 hours after treatment while your skin is healing. You may start applying emollient creams to alleviate any dry, tight or itchy sensations while your skin is healing. Do not shave for 1-2 days post treatment while your skin is healing. You should apply high-factor sunscreen (at least 30 SPF) and protect the treated area from sunlight. Sun exposure may cause hyperpigmentation.
First your face is thoroughly cleansed with a topical cleanser. Then a topical anesthetic is applied to your skin for 30 minutes before your treatment. When the treatment begins, a serum will be applied to your skin to help the MicroPen gently glide over your skin. The needling itself typically feels like a slight vibration, and almost like a massage with tingling on your skin. During the collagen induction process, the tiny needles in the MicroPen will penetrate through your skin, but will not remove it. Since your skin will only be punctured, it will heal quickly.
Your skin will lightly bleed but only for a few seconds. The mini-punctures will trigger the production of your very own growth factors that eventually result in collagen production. New collagen production can be further increased by the use of boosters such as PRP or hyaluronic acid. You can expect your Microneedling treatment to take about one hour. Your skin will be red for less than an hour for darker skin tones and several days for lighter, more sensitive skin.
Yes, this is absolutely true. Microneedling does boost product absorption and effectiveness by 3000% during the first hour after your treatment. This is why you will want to pair your Microneedling treatment with a booster like hyaluronic acid or PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma). The channels created by the microneedles create a conduit for any substance you apply to your skin including hyaluronic acid, retinol, your own platelet rich plasma, and other anti-aging products.
We have younger Microneedling clients with acne scars and more mature clients with sun damage and wrinkles. Microneedling is known to naturally smooth, tighten and target aging areas of the face and body. It treats and prevents wrinkles, aging skin, surgical and hypertrophic scars, stretch marks, acne and pitted scars, sagging skin, hyperpigmentation, UV damage, Rosacea, and Melasma.
Treating skin conditions such as Melasma and Rosacea with Microneedling can be highly effective. You will see an improvement in the overall condition of your skin, improved skin tone, and reduced discoloration of your skin.
We have seen the trend move into household use with the dermaroller device. At About Face Med Spa, we use a MicroPen. This type of device punctures your skin at an angle and the needles are only a third the length of a MicroPen. The problem with the dermaroller is the needles nick the skin as it is rolled. This creates less of a controlled injury and it actually can damage the skin. The at-home dermarollers also increase risk of infection.
Microneedling stimulates healing by causing a controlled injury to the skin. Upon first thought, it defies reason that hurting our skin can actually make it look better. But aesthetic medicine has proven this is actually the case. In fact, the medical aesthetic industry has been built on this premise.
The general rule of thumb is, the more invasive the treatment, the more dramatic the results. Case in point, if you get a facial – you will see a luminous glow for a few days afterward. But if you get a Microneedling treatment, you will keep that luminous glow for four to six weeks.
Microneedling will combat a variety of common skin care concerns, including scarring, stretch marks, melasma, and more. The results are smoother, thicker, tighter, more even-toned skin. The phases of collagen induction include:
- Inflammation begins immediately during your treatment.
- An Inflammatory Response will trigger tissue generation. Your very own natural growth factors will cause your body to produce healthy tissue.
- New tissue Formation will continue for up to 1-year post treatment.
Treatments vary depending on skin conditions but we typically recommend between 3-6 sessions with 4-6 weeks in between sessions and then touch ups once or twice a year after that.
Microneedling results are naturally beautiful, and it’s also a chemical free treatment in which no foreign substances are injected. Your skin will become thicker. Collagen and elastin will increase up to 1000 percent. Any part of the body may be treated and Microneedling is safe for darker skin tones. The major benefit of Microneedling is the growth factors released trigger regenerative healing.