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Botox is used medically to treat certain muscular conditions, and cosmetically to remove wrinkles by temporarily relaxing muscles. It is made from a neurotoxin called botulinum toxin. Botox, when used correctly, it has a number of applications.
What began as a treatment option for muscle spasms soon morphed into a cosmetic procedure that offered a multitude of health benefits.
Indeed, the benefits of Botox continue to expand beyond its ability to reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, 4,597,886 people sought out this nonsurgical procedure in 2016.
While many pursue it for cosmetic purposes, the benefits of Botox span far beyond. It wouldn’t surprise us if that number continues to grow.
If you’re plagued with constant headaches or migraines, Botox may be able to bring some of the joy back to your life. And the list goes on.
Botox targets excessive sweating, muscle stiffness and twitching, incontinence, and more. Let’s take a closer look, shall we?
Of course, we have to start with the first, most obvious, benefit of Botox. It’s FDA-approved and sought by many for the reduction of wrinkles, particularly on our faces.
Brows, sensitive areas around the eye, and smile lines can all be addressed with Botox. When administered correctly, Botox can keep the surrounding muscles nice and perky, reducing those fine lines and wrinkles.
Speaking of the actual appointment, let’s get down to numbers. Botox injections can cost anywhere from $170 to $350. This makes it one of the more affordable cosmetic procedures out there on the market today.
Imagine using your lunch break to find some relief for your unwanted wrinkles, muscle spasms or headaches? Administering Botox is relatively quick and easy.
Also in terms of speed, the results tend to appear pretty quickly. Some patients report relief within a day or two. Others say it can take up to a week. Like many procedures, individual results will vary.
We waited until the end to get to the inevitable fine print. Fear not! As of now, very few jaw-dropping side-effects have been reported.
You should probably prepare for a little bit of pain around the injection area. You may also experience numbness or a slight headache immediately after.
Along the temporary lines, you may experience a little bit of weakness from the nearby muscles.
It is recommend that you have a nice sit down with your trusted physician before receiving Botox.
There is a Botox aftercare guide that should help quell some of your concerns, too. You’ll see that many people have gone through the procedure with minimal discomfort and tremendous success.
One of the prime benefits of Botox continues to be its ability to temporarily remove unwanted wrinkles.
Source: USA Today
Age spots, sometimes called sun spots, are small patches of pigment, similar to but slightly larger than freckles, where the skin appears darker than the surrounding area. Age spots often appear in areas where the body has been exposed to sun, such as the face, hands, shoulders, chest, feet and ankles.
The pigmented areas are called “age spots” because they are more commonly seen on older people. However, you can get age spots at any age, especially if you spend a lot of time in the sun. While generally not harmful to your health, age spots can be cosmetically unappealing, giving you an uneven skin tone, and making you look and feel older.
There are a number of treatments available that promise to eliminate age spots, including creams, bleaches, lasers and abrasive peels. However, those methods are often expensive, slow, and sometimes ineffective in removing age spots.
Fortunately, we live in the Age of Technology, where quick, easy and affordable solutions abound, including a solution for quickly and painlessly eliminating age spots.
Cold therapy has been used for centuries to treat injuries and afflictions affecting the body’s soft tissues. More recently, the benefits of cryotherapy have been proven effective to treat a plethora of health issues.
One area of your body that is particularly responsive to cold therapy is your skin.
When it comes to age spots, exposure to sub-freezing temperatures can completely eliminate them by causing the pigmented tissue to peel away from the skin’s surface.
The procedure takes mere seconds to perform, with no recovery time. The procedure is painless, and potential side effects are limited to short-term redness and swelling.
Despite best efforts to mind SPF, any time spent under the sun can take a toll on skin. After months of UV exposure, discolorations in the form of freckles, dark spots, or scars may suddenly be visible, leaving one to wonder how to get rid of dark spots. Once spotted, the earlier you seek treatment, the better. In general, even tiny dark spots will keep growing bigger—meaning the sooner you tackle the problem, the less intervention will be required.
Start by seeking a professional opinion. Brown spots are complicated. The key to successfully treating discoloration is to know what you’re dealing with.
Once you’ve established that an offending freckle doesn’t present a health risk, it’s time to form a plan of attack. Chemical peels are a tried-and-true strategy for gettting rid of dark spots.
Chemical peels improve the appearance of sun-damaged skin by using a chemical solution to remove the outer layer of old skin. The new skin that replaces it is usually smoother and less wrinkled in appearance.
For up to medium-depth sun spot removal, chemical peels superficially injure the skin to provoke a wound-healing response that expels dark pigment. For newish sun spots on very pale complexions we can eliminate the whole problem in a single treatment. Most clients, however, can expect to schedule an initial series of three to four appointments, and, for maintenance, one to two follow-ups each year.
At home, milder daily peels can supplement doctor-administered treatments. At-home, staying consistent in your regimen is key. It’s like exercising at the gym. You can’t use them once a year and expect results.
Chemical peel procedures work well on the face, neck and hands. Fair-skinned and light-haired patients are better candidates for the procedure.
Chemical peels are performed in a doctor's office or med spa. Your dermatologist will first clean your skin thoroughly and then apply one or more chemical solutions to the treatment area. The application creates a controlled wound, letting new skin take its place. During the procedure, patients may experience a burning sensation lasting five to 10 minutes. Cold compresses may be applied to lessen the sensation.
Do you have some extra fullness beneath your chin? Maybe it’s something you’ve had your whole life, something that developed over the years, or something you noticed recently. This is a condition called submental fullness, which some people refer to as “double chin.”
Both men and women may be affected by submental fullness, which can be caused by:
You don’t have to be overweight to have fullness under your chin. And sometimes, no matter how much you exercise or diet, the condition may not go away.
You’re not alone. According to a 2015 survey conducted by the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS):
67 % of people surveyed said they are bothered by the fat beneath their chin.
In fact, the survey results showed that people are just as bothered by submental fullness as they are by lines and wrinkles around and under their eyes.
If you’re interested in a nonsurgical way to reduce submental fullness, also known as double chin, KYBELLA® may be right for you. KYBELLA® is a first-of-its-kind injectable treatment for adults with submental fullness that destroys fat cells under the chin to improve your profile. This could be the best way to get rid of double chin.
Microdermabrasion is a skin rejuvenation procedure that has been used in the United States since the mid-1990s, so medical providers and many patients are familiar with it. In fact, less extensive types of microdermabrasion can be performed at spas and even at home. Microneedling is a much newer alternative that is rapidly gaining popularity because of it’s many benefits. So, what’s the difference between microneedling and microdermabrasion?
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The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery says this is one of the top five non-surgical procedures performed by medical providers. Using a mechanical device, the provider treats the skin surface with an ablative material such as sodium bicarbonate crystals to scrub off dead and dull surface skin cells. The device simultaneously uses suction, to stimulate circulation in the skin. The result is smoother looking skin.
Because microdermabrasion is non-invasive, there is little to no discomfort with the procedure. Treatments take between 30 and 60 minutes and there is no downtime afterward, so this is sometimes called the “lunch hour” procedure. Microdermabrasion is used to reduce the appearance of pore size, fine lines and wrinkles, age spots, stretch marks, and acne scars on many parts of the body. It is suitable for most – but not all – skin types.
Medical microdermabrasion produces the deepest results because providers can use medical grade equipment and products. However, many aesthetic spas can perform a “lighter” variation of the procedure that is relaxing and can produce visible – but more subtle – results. There are also over-the-counter microdermabrasion products and kits available for use at home. These produce the least visible results.
Microneedling Stimulates New Skin h3 The microneedling process reaches skin below the surface. The procedure creates many microscopic punctures in the skin’s outer layers. This is sometimes called collagen induction therapy because the process stimulates the body’s production of collagen and elastin during the wound healing response. It is used to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, acne scars, and stretch marks on the body.
Initially, microneedling was delivered via a dermal roller, a small device embedded with tiny surgical steel needles that are rolled over the treatment area. Dermarollers have also been promoted for at-home use, especially to reduce acne scars, but the process is painful and not very effective.
The SkinPen microneedling device has revolutionized microneedling, offering improved results compared to dermarollers. SkinPen is more sanitary because it uses disposable needle cartridges. It’s physical design enables clinicians to easily reach small areas. Microneedling sessions are short and require little downtime.
With SkinPen, the microneedling procedure combines state-of-the-art technology with advanced skin care products specifically formulated to enhance the patient’s experience. Post-procedure products contain essential ingredients that lubricate, soothe, and nourish the skin. Equally important, they are free of ingredients that could interfere with healing. As a result, these products work as a catalyst to help the skin’s tiny wounds heal faster.
One of microneedling’s greatest advantages is that it is safe and effective for every skin type. If you are considering either microneedling or microdermabrasion, consult with Radiant Remedies in Plymouth, MA to learn more.
Doctors and patients alike from all over the world have been celebrating SkinPen® microneedling.
This is a video testimonial from Kimberly, who had recently completed her SkinPen treatments.
We asked Kimberly why she chose SkinPen to treat her acne scars. Here’s what she said, “When I started with SkinPen, I didn’t know what to expect. I’ve done lasers, I’ve done microdermabrasion and I just expected the same result. When I do laser treatments, they truly are painful and I wanted to have something that was not as abrasive. More natural.” Kimberly said that once she began her first treatment, “I knew! This was it. It wasn’t painful, there was no downtime, I loved it!”
Under the bright lights, Kimberly shared about how easy her SkinPen process was. Doctors and Medical Spas are now overwhelmingly choosing SkinPen for their patients. The most important thing to look for is how safe it is. Is it FDA-cleared for the service that we are providing? The second, is it effective?
Chemical peeling is a procedure that aims to accelerate skin exfoliation by the use of chemical substances resulting in renewed, healthier looking skin and more uniform complexion.
The complete treatment is expected to take 45 minutes, which includes ample time to address any questions you may have, and a discussion on your post peel care. The actual application procedure is approximately 20 minutes. Tolerance to the procedure varies from patient to patient. Tingling or burning sensations are normal and expected reactions. A handheld fan can be used during the procedure to minimize discomfort, which usually subsides in a few minutes.
Vitalize Peel® can leave a yellowish tinge on the skin which is expected to last no longer than 2-3 hours. Mild to moderate redness is expected after any type of chemical peel procedure. The extent of redness varies from patient to patient. The face may appear redder than usual for some time after the treatment and completely resolves after the peeling is complete.
Your skin care professional will provide you with in depth post-procedure instructions. Your post-peel regimen will include SkinMedica® Sensitive Skin Cleanser or Facial Cleanser, moisturizer appropriate for your skin type, and Essential Defense sunscreens (tinted or untinted).
Since the new skin is more susceptible to sunburn, extra precautions should be taken to limit sun exposure for at least one week after the peel. It is imperative to use a broad spectrum sunscreen product with an SPF of 30 or higher.
You can resume the use of your regular treatment products after you have completely finished peeling.
After the Vitalize Peel®, patients will notice an improvement in the appearance of overall skin condition, diminishment in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, smoothness of skin texture, more even skin color, and improved skin clarity.
Vitalize Peel® treatments can be repeated every 3-4 weeks.
Multiple treatments may be required to achieve desired results. The number of treatments is based on initial level of skin damage, and can vary from 3 to 6. The effect of the peel is cumulative and results are favorable when the peels are used in conjunction with SkinMedica® daily product regimen.
Vitalize Peel® is part of a skin management program that includes SkinMedica® home-use products. To maintain optimal results achieved with the Vitalize Peel® treatments, patients should use a daily skin care regimen recommended by a physician or skin care specialist.
SkinMedica® peels should not be administered to pregnant or lactating women.
Chemical peeling is a procedure that aims to accelerate skin exfoliation by the use of chemical substances resulting in renewed, healthier looking skin and more uniform complexion.
SkinMedica® Peels address the visible skin imperfections that result from skin aging and sun exposure, such as fine lines and wrinkles, uneven skin tone and texture. Peels also address skin tone unevenness that can be caused by acne scarring or pigmentary changes. SkinMedica® offers a range of different strength chemical peels that licensed medical professionals can select to provide the optimum treatment for their patients.
During the initial consultation, your skin care professional will evaluate your skin condition and recommend the appropriate peel regimen based on your needs.
Illuminize Peel®, the gentlest SkinMedica® Peel is appropriate for first-time, chemical-peel patients, patients with mild skin imperfections or patients that are looking for brighter, more radiant skin with no downtime.
Illuminize Peel® is appropriate for all skin types.
With Illuminize Peel® patients should not expect to see visible peeling due to the superficial nature of this peel. There is no expected downtime with Illuminize Peel®.
Most patients leave the office looking healthy and fresh. Mild redness or discoloration may occur and can be covered with makeup. Ask your physician or skin care specialist for details.
For maximum results, the Illuminize Peel® can be received every two weeks until desired results are achieved. Results are cumulative and optimal benefits are seen with a series of three or more peels.
For more information on chemical peels, contact Radiant Remedies in Plymouth, MA.
By now you're probably familiar with, or at least have heard of the "vampire facial," a skin treatment that essentially uses your own blood to help facilitate a glowing, youthful complexion. What you probably haven't heard of is that there's a similar treatment for hair loss, and yes, it requires your blood, too.
It's called platelet-rich plasma, a.k.a. PRP. Here's how it works: Our blood is made of two main components, red blood cells, and plasma. The plasma contains white blood cells and platelets, which are rich in growth factors.
Growth factors, in a sense, play the role of messengers, signaling skin cells to function. In fact, they've been used in medicine to treat a range of health issues, including arthritis, signs of aging, etc. The good news for anyone with thinning hair is that growth factors can "help stimulate the activity of the hair follicles and promote new hair growth."
The use of PRP is "a great treatment option for hair loss because it has a number of scientifically based articles showing its efficacy increasing hair count, hair thickness, and the growth phase of the hair cycle.
As with most procedures, there is a careful process involved in using PRP for hair regrowth, beginning with a standard blood draw from the patient's arm. Next the tube of blood is put into a machine called a centrifuge, which spins the blood tube to separate out the red blood cells from the plasma. The plasma, rich in platelets, is then injected directly into the scalp at the level of the hair follicles.
The process is meticulous — with injections beginning across the scalp, approximately at every half inch over the area of thinning hair — but typically, the entire procedure takes less than a half hour.
Anyone experiencing hair loss is essentially a good candidate for PRP treatments, but those with early hair loss tend to respond best. PRP is best used for patients with androgenic alopecia, which is a genetically determined type of hair thinning that typically occurs along the top of the head. In women, this might look like a widening part with normal hair thickness at the back of the head.
For best results, consistency is key. Treatments are typically performed once a month for the first three to four months, and then every three to six months thereafter, depending on the individual patient's response and results. Following this protocol, anticipated results can first be seen within two to three months.
The first result that patients usually note is decreased hair shedding, followed by early regrowth and increased length of hair. The general consensus is that receiving treatments every three to six months on a long-term basis are optimal for continuing to stimulate the growth factors and stem cells that are associated with regrowth and stopping hair fallout.