Posts for: December, 2015
Dr. Alex has been involved in the field of dermatology since 2000 and has done thousands of cosmetic treatments. With this experience, he has developed a comprehensive approach to addressing his patients' skin concerns. The most common concerns in aging skin are wrinkles, loose skin, uneven color, and textural irregularities such as enlarged pores. Some of the many causes of these changes include sun damage, loss of volume over time, loss of collagen, genetics, and stress. And some changes like wrinkles have different causes depending on where they are on the face. For example wrinkles on the upper face are usually from muscle expression whereas those in the lower face are usually secondary to volume and collagen loss. In order to address each concern, we need to understand the cause. And since there are many concerns and many causes for these concerns, Dr. Alex has developed a comprehensive approach to the skin which is customized for each person. The foundation begins with a good medical grade skin care regimen with sunscreen, collagen boosters such as retin-A, color correctors such as hydroquinone, exfoliants such as salicylic acid, antioxidants such as vitamin C, and hydrating products such as hyaluronic acid. When people start on a full regimen, they usually notice improvement in the first few weeks. With years of experience Dr. Alex has created the A E Skin line of products with a guarantee that if you use the products daily for three months and do not see improvements in your skin as evident by your photographs you will get your money back. This guarantee was made for two reasons. First many people have used so many products on their skin that have not worked that they are skeptical about new products. Second, over five years of carrying these products and thousands of patients, Dr. Alex has never had a single patient who used the full regimen without getting results in three months or less. This regimen will set the backbone to skin rejuvenation by protecting your skin from the sun and correcting some of the damage. Many of these products are now available on our online store. Injectable treatments are complementary to a skin care regimen. Botox will relax muscles and smoothen out wrinkles such as the frown lines and crow's feet. Fillers such as Voluma, Juvederm, and Restylane will restore lost volume providing the youthful apple of the cheeks and improvement of laugh lines. Ultherapy works as the non-surgical facelift alternative to give your skin a boost of collagen and tighten the skin. Laser treatments such as the Forever Young BBL IPL photofacial, Micro Laser Peel, Laser Skin Tightening, and Pro Fractional Therapy can address uneven color, redness, fine lines, enlarged pores, and acne scars. Often times these treatments are combined to provide even better results. Dr. Alex has designed the Soft and Smooth Rejuvenation, Tight and Bright Rejuvenation, Fountain of Youth Rejuvenation, Weekend Rejuvenation, and Ultimate Rejuvenation. Chemical peels can also address many of these issues and are appropriate for many people. See some of our before and after pictures, read our reviews from our many satisfied patients, and watch some of our many videos. Dr. Alex's goal is to make you look and feel your best using non-invasive or minimally-invasive treatments and products. Contact us to schedule a free consultation with Dr. Alex.
How does Botox work?
What muscles move the brow?
In order to understand how a Botox brow lift works, we need to understand how the brow moves up and down. There are many muscles in the face and a few the move the brow. There are two major motions of the brow: up and down. The muscle the moves the brow up is located directly above the brow on the forehead. It connects the brow with the front of the scalp just under the skin. When this muscle is relaxed it with Botox becomes more difficult to raise the brow. Therefore this is not the muscle to treat when lifting the brow. To pull the brow down we use muscles between the brow (as when frowning) and muscles at the corners of the brow (as when smiling). When these muscles are treated with Botox they become relaxes and we are not able to pull the brow down.
How does a Botox brow lift work?
The Botox brow lift works by relaxing the muscles that pull the brow down, allowing the other muscles to constantly raise the brow.
How much is the brow raised with a Botox brow lift?
The brow will be raised about 1 millimeter with a Botox brow lift. The result is subtle and natural.
When do you see results of a Botox brow lift?
Most people see the results of a Botox brow lift in three to seven days, but it could take two weeks to see complete results.
How long does a Botox brow lift last?
Most people enjoy the results of a Botox brow lift for three to four months.
How many units are used for a Botox brow lift?
Dr. Alex normally uses 12 units of Botox for a Botox brow lift in three four-unit injections: one four-unit Botox injection between the brow and one one four-unit Botox injection at the corner of each brow.
Patients at A E Skin have been getting outstanding results with the Tight and Bright Rejuvenation. The A E Skin Tight and Bright Rejuvenation is a combination treatment designed by Dr. Alex to address multiple signs of aging. As seen in the photograph the Tight and Bright Rejuvenation improves dark spots, age spots, redness, and broken capillaries while at the same time decreasing pore size, decreasing fine lines, and providing a youthful glow to the skin. The Tight and Bright Rejuvenation treatment itself takes less than 15 minutes and three to six treatments are recommended at four to eight week intervals. After that one maintenance treatment is done every three months. After application of numbing cream, the treatment begins with a Forever Young BBL IPL photofacial, Dr. Alex's most popular treatment. This step uses a bright light which is absorbed by the pigment in the skin to destroy the age spots. This is immediately followed by a Skin Tightening or Photorejuvenation treatment, which uses an infrared laser. The infrared light is absorbed by the blood in the skin, heating the blood and destroying the tiny blood vessels. This helps with generalized redness and broken capillaries. The heat is also dissipated to the surrounding skin, which leads to the formation of new, fresh, and healthy collagen in the surface layers. This causes improvement of fine lines and wrinkles and closes enlarged pores. Overall a brighter and more youthful appearance is achieved with the A E Skin Tight and Bright Rejuvenation. For best results, combine a series of Tight and Bright Rejuvenation treatments with a personized skin care regimen designed by Dr. Alex. Contact us for a free consultation with Dr. Alex.
A E Skin held its fourth annual Holiday Party on Thursday December 3, 2015 at our office in Encino. With over 40 people in attendance, it was our biggest event ever. We were delighted to celebrate the holiday season with so many of our wonderful patients. One night only exclusive specials were available on all products and services including Botox, Juvederm, Voluma, Ultherapy, IPL photofacials, and more. Refreshments were provided courtesy of Allergan, makers of Botox, Juvederm, Voluma, and Latisse. Support was also provided by Elta MD and NuFace. This time we had three different stations where our guests had opportunities to learn more about our products and treatments. One of these stations was NuFace, the at-home five minute facelift device now available at A E Skin. Live demonstrations were offered and many people saw instant results. We also featured a live Ultherapy demonstration in our new treatment room. Our guests observed Dr. Alex perform a non-surgical brow lift using ultrasound energy from Ultherapy. As always the red carpet was available for photo opportunities and we had video testimonials on Botox and the Brightening Cream and NuFace. We were excited to give out over $4,000 is prizes. Best dressed won an Ultimate Rejuvenation treatment, a $2,300 value. We also held our always fun Botox vial contest where our guests guessed the number of Botox vials in our jar. The person with the closest guess won 20 units of free Botox. In our raffle, we gave away even more prizes including A E Skin and Elta MD skin care products and treatments such as an IPL photofacial, Soft and Smooth Rejuvenation, Tight and Bright Rejuvenation, and Fountain of Youth Rejuvenation. Many of these products and treatments are now available on our online store. We thank all of our valued patients for their attendance and we hope to see even more people next year. Happy Holidays!