What is the Difference Between Botox/Dysport and Filler?
Both Botox and facial fillers are effective methods of rectifying signs of aging. Botox reduces the activity of muscles in the face that cause wrinkles. Dermal fillers restore facial volume loss, effectively smoothing lines and wrinkles, restoring your cheek and lip volume, and refreshing your appearance. Depending on your goals, a combination of Botox and fillers can make the greatest impact on your appearance. The combination treatment of Botox followed by fillers can last twice as long as fillers alone, and the two injectables complement each other by targeting multiple areas of the face simultaneously.
Will I Still Look Like Myself if I Get Injectable Wrinkle Reducers?
The most common concern patients have is looking ‘done.’ Many patients fear not looking like themselves because they have seen less-than-desirable outcomes. When the treatment is done well, however, you can have natural results that still allow for movement with a refreshed look.
Will Injectables Hurt?
Honestly, it depends on which type of injectables are being used, and the experience of each individual being injected. I like to describe the feeling of getting injectable wrinkle reducers to a “little bee sting” or pinch that is usually well-tolerated and not noticeable. While, on the filler side, I do use a topical anesthetic in the areas we are treating. A lot of fillers also have a local anesthetic blended in to make the procedure even more comfortable.
Is it too soon for me to start trying wrinkle reducers? Is it too late?
While everyone forms wrinkles a bit differently, for adults over the age of 18, there is no set time to start other than your provider determining that you are an appropriate candidate. Overall, I recommend that an appropriate time to start using wrinkle reducers is when you see wrinkles that are apparent even after you’ve stopped animating your face. “ And no, it’s never too late to consider injectables!
How Long Will Wrinkle Reducers and Fillers Last?
For wrinkle reducers, retreatment may be desired every three to six months. For fillers, most tend to last from six months to even two years — depending on the type of filler and area of the face treated. All injectable treatments are temporary and will eventually require retreatment to achieve the same results.
Are Injectable Wrinkle Reducers and Fillers Safe?
Injectable wrinkle reducers are FDA-approved prescription treatments for adults to temporarily reduce the appearance of moderate to severe wrinkles in certain areas of the face. In regards to filler, there are different types. In our office, we use hyaluronic acid fillers that are FDA-approved treatments for adults to correct moderate to severe facial wrinkles and skin folds.
Though injectables are considered safe, there are a few reasons to postpone an injection. If you're pregnant, breastfeeding, or you're battling a sinus infection, it's best to hold off, as any infection, in the facial area could spread to the injection site. And it is also important to postpone filler treatment 2 weeks before or after a teeth cleaning or other dental treatment. As always, be mindful that there are risks associated with injectables, so it’s important to talk to your provider about them, as well as the benefits to see if they’re right for you.
What All is Included in Your Facials?
Our facials here at SKN are individually customized based on your skincare needs and your goals. We use the most technologically advanced equipment and products on the market. You can expect one or more of these specialized treatments incorporated into your SKN Facial service.
Chemical peels: Working to erase fine lines, wrinkles, sun damage, acne and scarring, chemical peels are an excellent match for corrective skin care needs. Mild to moderate depth peels range from enzymes, fruit acids, salicylic acid, and TCA peels. Peels are selected based on your skin type, skin condition, and skin tolerance, and are most effective when done in a series.
Oxygen infusion: Often called the "red carpet facial," this incredibly blissful combination of gentle exfoliation and the infusion of essential revitalizing nutrients gives your skin a big drink of hydration while awakening skin cells with the pressure of pure oxygen.
Bio Brasion: This is a form of wet microdermabrasion that utilizes gentle vacuum pressure with a diamond tip to lift impurities and exfoliate skin while infusing specialty serums for targeted results. Your skin will look incredibly hydrated and glowy, and makeup will go on smoother.
High Frequency: High frequency treats acne by zapping the bacteria underneath the skin. Also used to shrink the appearance of enlarged pores, fine lines and wrinkles, high frequency is also a favorite for men who want healthier hair growth on the scalp.
What is Microneedling?
Automated micro-needling (also known as Collagen Induction Therapy or CIT) is a new innovation in aesthetic medicine for treating the appearance of fine lines, acne scars and improvement of the skin’s overall appearance. During this procedure, the EcMicroPen is used to create controlled micro-injuries to the skin in order to produce collagen and elastin (the healing protein found in skin that gives structure to your skin). Automated micro-needling also creates superficial micro-channels through which topical gels, creams and serums can be penetrated deeper into the dermis to help improve the appearance of the skin.
What is Microneedling Useful For?
It’s useful for skin scarring issues from injuries or acne, fine lines and wrinkles, and uneven skin tone. It also helps shrink pores and tightens the skin. It’s practically like reverse aging. Everything simply looks smoother, firmer and younger afterwards.
How is the Procedure Done?
Initially, your skin care professional will apply topical lidocaine to numb the skin and ensure a comfortable and pain-free treatment. Then, a thin layer of topical gel is applied and the pen is gently pressed against the skin while simultaneously gliding in one direction until the entire treatment area has been covered.
What is the Recovery Time After a Microneedling Procedure?
Recovery time is very, very minimal. Your skin will be swollen for a few days afterwards, and may remain slightly pink for up to 48 hours after the procedure. Your aesthetician will review skincare with you to make sure you are only using gentle products during the healing process after. It is also recommended to forego makeup, swimming and exercise for 24-48 hours afterwards due to the pores being opened and are in the healing process.
When Will I See Results?
Patients notice an immediate “glow” to their skin. Visible changes to the skin develop over the course of several days and weeks. Results can continue to improve up to 6 months after a treatment as collagen production continues.
How Many Treatments Will I Need?
Some patients only require a single treatment once per year to achieve optimal results. However, it is recommended for most patients to receive a series of 3-4 treatments spaced about 6-8 weeks apart. For patients with deep wrinkles, advanced photo-aging, stretch marks or acne scars it is recommended to receive 6-8 sessions at 6-week intervals.