Posts for: September, 2014
Dr. Alex and his assistants Casey and Karla attended the 2014 Med Spa Conference from Friday September 26, 2014 through Sunday September 28, 2014 at the Wynn Resort in Las Vegas, NV. This is the second year that MedResults Network has hosted this conference designed for Medical Spa owners and staff to learn, train, and network in order to provide the best possible service to their patients. At A E Skin we pride ourselves on the level of training of our staff and attending such conferences is a big investment toward this training. The Friday session began with a legal update to ensure that we are compliant with all local, state, and federal laws and concluded with a marketing session focusing on web sites. On Saturday morning, world reknowned laser expert Dr. Vic Ross lectured about laser rejuvenation and former CBS president Michael Lesner talked more about marketing. The afternoon provided time for breakout sessions where we learned about a variety of things such as lasers, skin care products, consultations, employee recruitment and training, and advertising. The talks on Sunday focused on dermal fillers and employee issues. The Med Spa Conference was organized by Jim and Jamie Parrott of MedResults Network and sponsored by Merz Aesthetics, makers of Xeomin, Radiesse, and Belotero and Syneron Candela lasers. We came up with a lot of new ideas and we will be implementing certain changes at A E Skin as a direct result to further increase our service that our patients love as demonstrated by our reviews. We look forward to attending more such conferences in the future. Contact Us for a free consultation with Dr. Alex.
Botox is a purified protein used to treat certain wrinkles on the face caused by expressions. When injected into the skin, Botox relaxes the muscles and smoothens out the wrinkles on the skin. The areas most commonly treated with Botox are the horizontal lines on the forehead seen when we raise our eyebrows, the vertical lines between the eyebrows seen when we frown, and the crow's feet around the eyes seen when we smile or squint. Results with Botox are seen as early as three days after a treatment, but it could take up to two weeks to see full results. Most people enjoy the results of Botox for three to four months. As with any injection there is a risk for pain, bleeding, bruising, and infection. We take careful precautions to minimize these risks. At A E Skin, Dr. Alex has developed a painless Botox technique for patient comfort. After a Botox treatment, please avoid heat, alcohol, and exercise for 24 hours after the treatment and do not lie down flat for four hours after the treatment. These can lead to other side effects such as blurred vision and droopy eyelids. Women who are pregnant, breast feeding, or trying to get pregnant should not have Botox treatments. Contact Us for a free consultation with Dr. Alex.
Cosmetic Treatment Combinations including Botox, Juvederm, and Voluma in Encino, CA
Combining cosmetic treatments such as Botox, Juvederm, and Voluma can provide fantastic results for facial rejuvenation. Botox is a purified protein that treats certain wrinkles on the face which are caused by muscle movement. The most common areas treated with Botox are in the upper face. These include the horizontal lines seen when we raise our eyebrows, the vertical lines between the brows seen when we frown, and the crow's feet around they eyes seen when we smile or squint. Results from Botox are seen as soon as three days after the treatment and most people enjoy their results for three to four months. Juvederm and Voluma are fillers made of hyaluronic acid, a naturally occuring compound found in the skin, and provide volume to areas of volume loss. Juvederm is most commonly used in the lower face to treat the smile lines from the sides of the nose to the corners of the mouth and the marionette lines from the corners of the mouth to the jaw line. The combination of volume loss in the cheeks, loss of collagen in the face, and gravity lead to sagging and the formation of these lines and the jowls. Juvederm fills these lines to smoothen them out. Voluma is similar to Juvederm but designed differently so it can be used in the mid-face to provide volume to the upper cheeks which descends over time. Results with Juvederm and Voluma are seen right away. People enjoy the results of Juvederm for six to fifteen months and Voluma for approximately two years. The great thing about Juvederm and Voluma is that unlike Radiesse, a calcium product, they can be dissolved if there are any side effects, making it a safer treatment.
The patient seen in this picture had Botox to treat the frown lines and crows feet, Voluma to provide volume to the upper cheeks, and Juvederm to smoother out the smile lines. What people love most about these treatments are that the results are noticable but subtle, so instead of looking like she had something done she looks refreshed and rested. Contact Us for a free consultation with Dr. Alex.
How Botox Affects Appearance of Eyebrows
Botox can be used to adjust the appearance of the eyebrows. While it is injected in various places in the face and other areas of the body, the most common areas for Botox treatment are the upper face. The muscles treated with Botox all affect the position of the eybrow. The first area to be approved by the FDA is the frown lines, the vertical lines between the eyebrows seen when we frown. The muscle here pulls the eyebrows in and down, so relaxing the muscle (which is what Botox does) causes a lifting of the eyebrows. Another muscle commonly treated with Botox goes around the eyes and creates the crow's feet when we smile or squint. When squinting very hard the outer portion of the eyebrow moves down. So relaxing this area with Botox will also lift the brow. These treatments can also help with hooding of the upper eyelid, creating a more open eye and giving a rested and refreshed appearance. Treatment of the horizontal lines on the forehead with Botox relaxes the muscle that lifts the eyebrow. If done improperly, this relaxation can cause a heaviness in the eyebrow and bring it down. If the full muscle is not treated sometimes the outer parts of the brows are lifted while the inner parts are not, giving a joker look. Fortunately this can be treated easily by injection of a small amount of Botox on the forehead in the right spot. With all these muscles around the brows, there are many possibilities for adjusting the appearance of the eyebrows with Botox. However, it is important to get the treatment from a provide with experience to avoid the many side effects. Dr. Alex only does cosmetic treatments and has years of experience treating patients with Botox and other injectables such as fillers as well as other treatments such as the Forever Young BBL IPL photofacial and chemical peels. He has designed a painless Botox technique for a comfortable treatment. Take a look at some of his Botox before and after pictures. Contact us for a free consultation.