Posts for: July, 2018
On July 14, 2018 Dr. Alex attended the Ultimate Aesthetics Training Workshop at the Luxe hotel in Beverly Hills, CA. This is another educational event designed to teach physicians in the cosmetic field about new products, devices, and techniques. Organized by Angela O’Mara and Giles Raine of The Professional Image, this workshop features many industry-leading doctors in the field to share their knowledge.
The day started with breakfast on the patio with various exhibitors such as Allergan, makers of Botox, Juvederm, Voluma, Vollure, Volbella, Kybella, and Latisse. Allergan is now distributing new brochures which feature the journeys of individual patients. These individuals had their treatments in stages, meaning they initially received one or two syringes of product and then more product was added over several sessions weeks to months later. This allows people to learn about what the treatments are like and how improvement is seen slowly over time when treatments are done in stages.
The day continued with a variety of lectures by distinguished doctors. Dr. John Vartanian discussed best practices to use Botox and fillers such as Voluma, Vollure, and Volbella for facial enhancement. Dr. Anil Shah reviewed a variety of pearls to help a practice. This included some things that are already incorporated into our practice such as the use of the beauty bar, a vibrating distractor placed on the skin during injectable and other treatments to maximize patients’ comfort. Dr. Alexander Rivkin of Westside Aesthetics spoke about techniques to feminize the face and the non-surgical nose job, a treatment which he pioneered. The session concluded with Dr. Kian Karimi who provided an overview of cannulas, threads, and PRP. After another break with the exhibitors, the day concluded with live demonstrations of injectables such as Botox, Voluma, Vollure, and Volbella.
The Ultimate Aesthetic Training Workshop is another outstanding educational opportunity that Dr. Alex takes advantage of regularly. This allows Dr. Alex to be up to date on the newest products and services so that he can provide the best service to his patients. He looks forward to attending future events.
Hollowing of the temples is a common concern. Fortunately, we are easily able to treat it with Voluma.
Why do people get hollow temples?
At birth, we have many fat pads in the face that provide volume, giving the face a youthful appearance. Over time these fat pads get smaller and sometimes move. The fat pads in the temples slowly get smaller, while those in the cheeks also move downward. Other factors contributing to these changes include weight loss and genetics.
What is Voluma?
Voluma is a dermal filler that is used to restore lost volume in various areas in the face. The active ingredient in Voluma is hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring sugar found in the skin that draws water into the area to restore lost volume. Voluma is in the Juvederm family of fillers and provides a high degree of volumization, making it perfect for areas such as the temples as well as the cheeks, nose, chin, and jawline.
How does Voluma fill hollow temples?
Voluma is placed deep on the bone over the temple usually with just a single, slow injection. The Voluma treatment is very easy and takes only a few minutes. We apply numbing cream for about 15 minutes before the Voluma treatment to maximize your comfort. We also place a vibrator distractor near the area to provide further comfort during the Voluma treatment. Take a look at a demonstration of a Voluma treatment in the video below. The results after a Voluma treatment in the temples can be seen right away and most people enjoy their results from Voluma for one to two years. Dr. Alex usually starts with one syringe of Voluma per side and the results are assessed approximately two weeks later. At that point more Voluma can be used if further enhancement is desired.
Voluma for Hollow Temples Treatment Demonstration
What is Botox?
Botox is a purified protein used to address wrinkles associated with facial expression. When injected into the skin, Botox will relax muscles and smoothen out the overlying wrinkles. The most common areas of treatment with Botox are in the upper face. These include the horizontal forehead wrinkles seen when raising the eyebrows, the vertical frown lines seen between the eyebrows when frowning, and the crow’s feet seen around the eyes when smiling.
How does Botox work to treat migraine headaches?
Botox works to treat migraine headaches in the same way it works to treat wrinkles: by relaxing muscles. In the case of migraine headaches (and sometimes other headaches such as tension headaches) the muscles in the upper face and head contract. This puts pressure on the bones which can be very painful. Botox will relax the muscles to relieve the pain. The areas treated with Botox for migraine headaches are those treated in the upper face as described above. Sometimes additional muscles are also treated with Botox such as those in the temples and back of the head. The dose of Botox used is in the range of 60 to 70 units. Full results are seen in two weeks and after a Botox treatment. However, many patients feel improvement as early as the next day after a Botox treatment. Botox treatment for migraines will significantly reduce the frequency of migraines and is a great alternative for those for whom oral medications are ineffective. Most people enjoy their results from a Botox treatment for three to four months. At that time a maintenance Botox treatment is recommended.
Botox for Migraine Headaches Treatment Demonstration
Dr. Alex attended The Aesthetic Show 2018 at the Wynn hotel and casino in Las Vegas, NV from July 6th through July 8th. This was the eight consecutive year that Dr. Alex attended this conference. The Aesthetic Show is an annual conference which brings cosmetic physicians and their staff together to learn about the newest innovations in aesthetics.
Dr. Alex attended seminars on a variety of topics including filler techniques, laser treatments without downtime, combining treatments, skin care products, and recruiting and training outstanding staff. He was also honored to be interviewed on the Aesthetic Show Live in the convention center. The exhibit hall included representatives from laser companies, injectable companies such as Allergan (makers of Botox, Voluma, Vollure, Volbella, and Kybella), skin care lines, and marketing companies. One of the newest technologies featured is the Emsculpt device by BTL aesthetics. This is a novel and revolutionary device that uses electromagnetic waves to produce high intensity rapid muscle contractions to increase muscle size and tone, while at the same time decreasing fat. Dr. Alex had the pleasure of seeing many friends and colleagues such as Dr. Andrew Ordon from the TV show The Doctors, pioneer of light therapy Dr. Patrick Bitter, Dr. Steve Weiner, and Dr. Kian Karimi. The opportunity to connect with a variety of internationally renowned doctors is invaluable. The highlight of the show was The Aesthetic Awards on Saturday night, which honored the best doctors, practices, and companies in the aesthetic industry.
The Aesthetic Show is another outstanding educational opportunity that Dr. Alex takes advantage of regularly. This allows Dr. Alex to be up to date on the newest products and services so that he can provide the best service to his patients. He looks forward to attending future events.
Dr. Alex with Jay and Mara Shorr at The Aesthetic Show Live stage
Dr. Alex at the Real Self booth
Dr. Alex with Dr. Andrew Ordon
Dr. Alex at the Deka booth
Dr. Alex with the Playboy bunnies
Dr. Alex with the showgirls
Dr. Alex at the Light Stim booth
Dr. Alex with the Instagram frame
Dr. Alex at the Sciton booth
Dr. Alex at the Endy Med booth
Dr. Alex at the Coola booth
Dr. Alex at the Allergan booth
Dry skin is a very common concern. It is important to keep the skin hydrated because about two thirds of the skin is made up of water. If there is not enough water in the skin, it becomes dry and brittle, and it cannot perform its appropriate barrier functions. There are three steps in keeping the skin hydrated. The first is drinking enough water. If there isn’t enough water in the body, then there won’t be enough in the skin. Dr. Alex recommend drinking at least eight glasses of water each day. The second step is bringing the water into the skin. Topical products such as hyaluronic acid, called humectants, draw water into the skin and are outstanding for this purpose. The third and final step is trapping the water in the skin so that it does not evaporate. Since the skin is in constant contact with the air, it is very easy for the water in the skin to evaporate. We use moisturizers or emollients to keep the water in the skin.
The A E Skin Hydrating Mask promotes hydration of the skin, making it feel soft and healthy and providing a radiant glow. It contains two forms of hyaluronic acid to draw water into the skin. It also contains a number of other ingredients with further benefits. The A E Skin Hydrating Mask contains aloe, which serves to calm down sensitive or irritated skin. This makes it perfect for applying after certain laser treatments such as the Forever Young BBL IPL photofacial or Ultra Microneedling. The A E Skin Hydrating Mask also contains arnica, a natural product that decreases inflammation, swelling, and bruising in the skin. In addition, the A E Skin Hydrating Mask contains extracts from a variety of fruits including blueberry, blackberry, raspberry, and apple. This provides high levels of antioxidants to protect the skin. Finally, the A E Skin Hydrating Mask contains niacinamide, a vitamin B2 derivative that decreases redness in the skin and is particularly useful for those with rosacea.
The A E Skin Hydrating Mask is easy to use. First wash the skin and pad it dry. Remove the A E Skin Hydrating Mask from the container and apply it onto the skin. There are two parts, one for the upper face and another for the lower face. The part for the upper face has two holes for the eyes and goes from the forehead down to the tip of the nose, allowing the nostrils to be uncovered. The part for the lower face has a hole for the mouth. Be careful when applying the mask because it is slippery. Adjust the A E Skin Hydrating Mask to gently and smoothly fit the curves of your face. Leave the A E Skin Hydrating Mask on your skin for at least ten minutes. Some people leave A E Skin Hydrating Mask on for 30-60 minutes for further hydration. Dr. Alex recommends applying the A E Skin Hydrating Mask once per week. Some people prefer to apply the A E Skin Hydrating Mask every day, which is even better.