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Sculptra vs. Botox

Posted on September 25, 2020 by Ella Fedonenko

When looking for ways to reduce or eliminate fine lines or wrinkles, you’ll find that there are two commonly-used ways to address these problems: dermal fillers or Botox. Sculptra is a widely-used injectable product that “fills in” facial lines, while Botox is an injectable neurotoxin that can relax the facial muscles that are causing the lines. Unsurprisingly both strategies have their strengths and weaknesses; today, we’re going to explore where exactly you might consider using each technique. But bear in mind that there’s absolutely no reason why you can’t use both of these non-invasive techniques concurrently, thereby getting the “best of both worlds.”

Common Characteristics 

Both products are injected into the skin, neither product requires any significant downtime or recovery period, although you may experience minimal bruising or swelling after treatment. Both products may require more than one treatment to achieve the best results; neither treatment gives permanent benefits.

Advantages of Sculptra and Other Fillers

Injectable dermal fillers are a quick, affordable, and proven to reduce or even eliminate fine lines and wrinkles. They use PLLA or hyaluronic acid, combined with other ingredients, to add volume to the skin, thereby filling in the lines and eliminating wrinkles. They also stimulate further collagen production by the body, extending their uses beyond the point where the body absorbs the filler material. In particular, Sculptra is formulated to maximize the production of collagen and yield benefits that last far longer than other dermal fillers – up to two years.

Dermal fillers are available in a wide variety of different formulations, providing solutions that are effective in different situations and for various skin textures. For example, fillers can also help mitigate the loss of facial volume and provide a degree of lift to sagging or loose skin.

Fillers do have some effect straight away after treatment. Still, they also create changes that only start to develop in the weeks following each procedure, and continue to develop over the course of several months. While this delay can be frustrating, it does have the advantage that the full benefits become apparent in a more gradual, more natural-looking manner.

Advantages of Botox

Botox injections work by relaxing selected facial muscles, thereby eliminating the lines or wrinkles that contraction of the muscles can cause. The effects of a Botox injection become apparent several days to two weeks after the treatment. As Botox works by deactivating muscles, it primarily affects dynamic lines and wrinkles, meaning those lines whose appearance is directly tied to transient facial expressions. If a line or wrinkle is always present, regardless of whether you’re smiling, frowning, or showing some other emotion, then it won’t be entirely eliminated by Botox.

Botox does not compensate for lost facial volume beneath the skin. Botox results can be expected to last anywhere from three to six months.

Obtaining the Best Results

The results that can be obtained by using Sculptra and/or Botox are heavily dependent on the skill of whoever performs the procedure. Both techniques are capable of creating natural or very unnatural-looking outcomes. For the best and safest results, you should carefully research the qualifications of each practitioner you consider and ensure that the person you decide on is medically qualified and has the training and experience needed to achieve the best possible outcome.

Fortunately, you don’t have to choose between Sculptra and Botox. Both techniques can be used in combination, and in the hands of a skillful practitioner, you can gain the benefits of using the best method or methods according to your specific needs.

Your Laser Skin Care

Your Laser Skin Care is medically qualified and very experienced – we can advise on the best way to address your particular situation, whether that means using Sculptra, Botox, or a combination of both. We have extensive experience applying both techniques and a host of other non-invasive cosmetic procedures. Call us at (323) 525-1516 to schedule a free consultation or visit us online for more information.

 

Facial Treatments with Zero Recovery Time

Posted on August 11, 2020 by Ella Fedonenko

Our specialty is performing non-invasive cosmetic procedures, and we have extensive experience over a wide variety of different procedures. Non-invasive procedures share significant advantages over traditional cosmetic surgery procedures – they don’t require cutting into the skin. They avoid conventional surgical techniques that imply hospitalization, anesthetic, and considerable recovery times, to say nothing of pain and discomfort.

Here’s a summary of our most popular non-invasive facial cosmetic procedures, with particular attention to those that can deliver rapid results, with little to no recovery time.

Dermal Filler Injections

Under-skin filler injections can be used to resolve many problems, ranging from restoring lost facial volume, filling in fine or deep lines, to changing the contours of the lips, cheekbones, or jaw. They can also stimulate natural collagen production by the body, creating on-going benefits long after treatment. Recovery time following application is minimal.

Botox Injections

Botox, when applied by a qualified practitioner, is a safe and effective way to lessen or remove wrinkles and frown lines quickly. The effects are seen relatively quickly and don’t require recovery time.

Chemical Peels

Chemical peels come in many different forms; mild chemical peels (used to remove only the top-most skin layer) can be an effective way to rejuvenate one’s appearance, and typically don’t require any significant recovery time. Deeper chemical peels, however, may require a short recovery period.

Laser and IPL Therapy

Laser and IPL treatments can help to improve overall skin tone and can be used to tighten the skin, as well as to remove or reduce pigmentation problems, and spider veins. Recovery time is minimal, following treatment, although avoiding sunlight afterward is typically recommended. 

Your Laser Skin Care

Your Laser Skin Care can help you decide on the most effective treatment (or treatments) for your particular situation. We can schedule treatments to fit in with your schedule and help you look your best, whether you’re trying to improve your general appearance or whether you’re trying to look your best for a special occasion. 

We have extensive experience over many years, and will be happy to answer your questions – just call us at (323) 525-1516 to schedule a free consultation, or visit us online for more information.

 

How to Prolong the Results of Your Fillers and Botox

Posted on May 22, 2020 by Ella Fedonenko

Both Dermal fillers and Botox are used to smooth out facial lines and wrinkles, and often in combination with each other. However, neither treatment provides permanent results, and sooner or later, you’ll need to go back for more filler. 

There are obviously several reasons why most patients would like to extend the results of Botox and fillers and delay the need for repeated injections. We’ve collected several tips and techniques for making the results of dermal fillers and Botox last longer – perhaps unsurprisingly, most are also useful for delaying the need to use fillers or Botox in the first place.

Hydration

The hyaluronic acid that forms the basis of most dermal fillers is intended to help reduce fine lines and wrinkles primarily by augmenting the moisture levels within the skin. Still, don’t forget to drink enough fluids and eat sufficient fruit and vegetables. Unfortunately, coffee and alcohol are diuretics and will reduce moisture levels instead of increasing them.

Staying properly hydrated has many other health benefits, including keeping cartilage supple, and assisting in maintaining (or achieving) a healthy weight.

Good Nutrition

Maintaining a balanced, healthy diet is another way to stay youthful-looking and minimize the chance of developing age-related health problems. Ensuring you eat leafy green vegetables, nuts, and oily fish will give your body the nutrients and healthy fats it needs. Avoid processed foods and sugars, and try to include foods that contain antioxidants, especially berries. 

Minimize Sunlight Exposure

The UV light found in sunlight can cause cumulative damage to the skin, and especially to the delicate skin on the face. You should wear sunscreen outdoors, even if you avoid direct sunlight, and try to minimize the time spent in direct sunlight. Wearing sunglasses and a hat can also help reduce exposure to UV.

Choose Skincare Products with Care

Pay attention to the ingredients in the skincare products you use – try to avoid chemical additives that can irritate your skin and possibly trigger allergic reactions.

Get Enough Sleep!

Getting insufficient sleep can impact your health in a host of ways, some visible, others not. If you want to maintain your youthful appearance, start by getting enough sleep, and also try to improve the quality of your sleep by using blackout shades that eliminate residual light from your bedroom.

No Smoking!

You shouldn’t need to be told this, but smoking is potentially catastrophic for your complexion, as well as your health in general. It’s also common for smokers to squint to minimize smoke around the eyes, which will only encourage wrinkles to develop around your eyes. 

Botox and Fillers from Your Laser Skin Care

We’re highly experienced in applying dermal fillers and Botox, as well as a host of other non-invasive cosmetic procedures. We’ll be delighted to answer any questions you have about any of our procedures. Call us at (323) 525-1516 to schedule a free consultation, or visit us online for more information.

 

7 Botox Myths: Separating Fact From Fiction

Posted on January 17, 2020 by Ella Fedonenko

Botox is used to reduce or eliminate lines and wrinkles by blocking the nerve impulses to the muscles that are responsible for creating the lines and wrinkles. Although Botox is actually derived from the bacteria that causes botulism, it’s used today in a very controlled and careful manner that safeguards us from any negative effects.

A Short History of Botox

It’s exactly 200 years since botulism was first described in clinical literature, and 125 years since the botulinum toxin was identified and isolated. Modified forms of the botulinum toxin were first used for cosmetic purposes in 1989, and the FDA approved the use of Allergan’s botulinum-derived “Botox Cosmetic” product to reduce the appearance of forehead wrinkles back in 2002. 

In the twenty or so years since then, Botox and similar products have steadily grown in popularity, and are now, by a considerable margin, the most widely performed non-invasive cosmetic procedures. Somewhere in the region of 7.5 million Botox treatments were performed last year in the US.

Over time the benefits of Botox have become widely known, but so has the perception that Botox has negative side-effects that mitigate some of its benefits. Our doctors would like to debunk several of the more widely-believed negative “facts” about Botox and reassure potential users who might be hesitating about moving ahead with Botox treatments

Myth 1: Botox injections can be painful.

Botox needles are very fine and are used to inject extremely small amounts of liquid. As a result, most people experience only mild discomfort during treatment. Your practitioner can apply anesthetic cream or cold packs before performing the injections to minimize the discomfort.

Myth 2: Botox can be addictive.

None of the ingredients in Botox are addictive, so you do not run the risk of becoming physically dependent on it. That being said, it’s possible to become dependent on the cosmetic benefits of using Botox, along with any other cosmetic treatment that offers clear and visible benefits. 

Myth 3: Botox can be used to remove all facial lines and wrinkles.

There are two types of lines and wrinkles – dynamic wrinkles are associated with particular muscle movements, while static lines are present even when no muscles are activated. Botox works by relaxing muscles, and hence can only help to reduce or eliminate the appearance of dynamic wrinkles.

Myth 4: Botox can freeze your facial muscles.

When properly applied, Botox only affects muscles at the precise location of each injection, leaving you still able to display the full range of normal facial expressions. As long as you ensure Botox is administered by someone properly qualified and experienced in its use, you do not run the risk of losing the ability to express emotions.

Myth 5: Wrinkles can get worse after stopping Botox.

Botox does not have any permanent effects. However, repeated applications at the same location can have the effect of lessening the need to re-apply Botox to relax the muscle. As a result, wrinkles cannot become worse after stopping Botox, but may, in fact, remain better than their initial state.

Myth 6: Botox is toxic to the body.

While Botox is derived from botulinum toxin, which is itself extracted from the bacteria that causes botulism, Botox is not the same as botulism, and you cannot contract botulism from Botox. The use of Botox is extremely carefully regulated and controlled. 

Its use was approved by the FDA only after extensive safety testing, and it now has a 20-year record with many millions of injections administered. Its use is considered very safe when administered by qualified medical personnel.

Myth 7: Botox builds up in the body over time.

Botox does not in fact accumulate in the body, and its effects on muscles are only temporary. Typically nerves recover their function three to four months after treatment, and their related muscles will regain their normal ability to move if Botox is not subsequently re-applied.

Get Botox in Los Angeles from Our Reputable Clinic

Your Laser Skin Care can answer any questions you have on how best to use Botox for your specific needs. We are very experienced in administering Botox, as well as several other complementary cosmetic techniques. 

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Is Preventative Botox Really a Thing?

Posted on June 3, 2019 by Ella Fedonenko

Although Botox has a deserved reputation as a highly effective way to reduce or eliminate facial lines and wrinkles after they have begun to appear. In recent years, it’s also increasingly being used by patients in their 20s and 30s as a way to prevent these typical signs of aging from starting to develop.

There is some controversy as to whether Botox can have a long-term anti-aging effect, and if it is an effective way to prevent skin wrinkles from developing later in life, so we decided to summarize the main issues on both sides of the question.

How to Prevent Lines from Forming in the Future?

Some patients are more likely to develop lines and wrinkles than others – particularly people having more dynamic facial expressions, those who may be starting to develop persistent frown lines, and people with naturally thinner skin. Others are more genetically predisposed to developing lines in the corners of their eyes or between their eyebrows – you can get a good idea where you are likely to develop lines by using the example of older members in your family.

To prevent these problems from happening, your practitioner must be able to determine where facial lines are likely to develop in order to inject Botox effectively. Skilled practitioners use their experience of many years to do this. By analyzing the way your facial muscles cause your skin to move, they can predict where lines will eventually appear before they become apparent. In most cases, patients will already have very fine, barely visible lines that indicate where future problems are likely to occur.

Minimize Your Risk

Most negative Botox experiences are the result of the over-enthusiastic application of Botox by inexperienced practitioners. Using too much Botox in the wrong place is not only a waste of your time and money but is the prime reason patients complain about unnatural results.

There is often a very fine line between using an appropriate amount of Botox and using too much. The aim is not to leave you with frozen features, but to allow your face to continue to move naturally.

Consider Combining with Other Treatments

It may also be the case that using Botox in combination with dermal filler products is a more effective way to treat some types of developing facial lines, so choosing a practitioner who has expertise using both types of products is highly recommended.

Finally, there are other ways to prevent or delay lines and wrinkles from developing – you should already be following a routine that involves moisturizing and applying sunblock, with appropriate use of chemical peels and/or laser resurfacing. But there’s also often no effective alternative to Botox, especially when your facial expressions result in repeated flexing and stretching of the skin along fixed lines.

Your Laser Skin Care in Los Angeles specializes in Botox and Fillers injections, laser hair removal, vein therapy, chemical peels and IPL among many other services. Please call us at (323) 525-1516 or visit us online at www.yourlaserskincare.com to schedule a free consultation.

 

Doctors are Using Botox Injections to Treat Jaw Pain

Posted on November 8, 2018 by Ella Fedonenko

Botox has been used to treat facial wrinkles and creases since the mid-1990’s and was officially approved by the FDA for use in these cases, back in 2002.

Botox has also been used to treat migraines, twitching eyes, and even depression.  These uses are not officially approved by the FDA, meaning that studies have not been performed to ensure that long-term usage of Botox in these cases is safe.

Botox for Jaw Pain

Botox has recently gained in popularity as a means of treating two new problems – inflammation of the joint that allows the jaw to open and close (“TMJ” or “TMD”), and cases where jaw muscles have become over-developed and too prominent.  Although these uses are also not officially approved, a single Botox treatment can be effective in treating these problems, thereby avoiding any risks associated with long-term repeated treatments.

TMJ/TMD can result in a multitude of symptoms, which can include severe discomfort when moving the jaw, difficulty chewing, tooth pain, as well as stress related migraine, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), headaches, dizziness, and even upper shoulder pain. TMJ/TMD can be temporary but may also last for several years.

Over-developed jaw muscles may be a direct result of TMJ/TMD, or can be caused simply by regularly grinding or clenching one’s teeth (even if this isn’t in itself painful).  They can also simply be part of your genetic family heritage. Over-developed jaw muscles can alter the shape of the lower part of the face, and create a squarer, more masculine looking jaw line.

In both cases Botox injections can offer long-term relief. They do this by relaxing and reducing the size of the large masseter muscles that you use when chewing – this can result in reduced pain and discomfort, as well as noticeable cosmetic changes after just a few weeks.

If you’re considering this treatment, we strongly recommend having a consultation with us, where we will be able to explain the full range of available treatment options, and let you choose the best course of treatment for your particular needs.

Your Laser Skin Care in Los Angeles specializes in Botox and Fillers injections, laser hair removal, vein therapy, chemical peels and IPL among many other services. Please call us at (323) 525-1516 or visit us online at www.yourlaserskincare.com to schedule a free consultation.

 

Benefits of Non-Invasive Skin Rejuvenation

Posted on August 6, 2018 by Ella Fedonenko

Choosing cosmetic (“invasive”) surgery as a way to rejuvenate one’s appearance can be a very costly decision, and the results are at times difficult to predict.  Fortunately, in almost all cases there are a multitude of highly effective and well-tested non-invasive alternative treatment options.

Opting for non-surgical procedures leads to the following benefits:

You Can Choose From a Large Number of Available Treatments

Depending on your needs we can help you choose between the following options:

  • For wrinkles: Botox, or injectable fillers (Restylane, Juvederm, Perlane, Voluma, and others).
  • For thinning eyelashes: Latisse.
  • For unwanted hair: Laser hair removal.
  • For unsightly veins: Laser Vein therapy, or Sclerotherapy.
  • For facial blemishes and broken veins: Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatment.
  • For skin tightening: Candela YAG Laser treatment.
  • For loss of facial volume: Sculptra or Juvederm injectable fillers.
  • For loss of hand volume: Perlane injectable filler.
  • For miscellaneous skin defects: Laser assisted skin resurfacing, or chemical peels.

Injectable fillers are particularly versatile, and can replace surgery when treating:

  • Lip and chin augmentation.
  • Cheek and jowl enhancement.
  • Nose resculpting (Rhinoplasty).
  • Acne scar reduction.
  • Eye region defect correction.

Lowered Risk with Control over Degree of Correction

In the event that cosmetic surgery gives unsatisfactory results it may be difficult or impossible to reverse the procedure. To say nothing of the costs involved. Our non-invasive treatments do not make irreversible changes, and you can decide to make changes slowly, over the course of several visits.

You can easily gauge the effects of each visit, and decide if or how often you want to return. This allows you to choose the degree of correction you want, and allows you to make improvements gradually over time, in a more natural manner.

Different Ways to Manage Pain and Discomfort

Non-invasive treatments considerably reduce levels of pain and discomfort compared to surgical options. Most of our treatment options require at most topical numbing.

Convenience and Flexible Scheduling

Our procedures generally take between 15 and 45 minutes, and can be scheduled to fit in with your timetable. They also require little or no recovery time afterwards.

Whatever your needs, we will guide you through all the options and choices involved with enhancing your appearance, and make sure that your treatment is precisely tailored to your requirements.

Your Laser Skin Care in Los Angeles specializes in Botox and Fillers injections, laser hair removal, vein therapy, chemical peels and IPL among many other services. Please call us at (323) 525-1516 or visit us online at www.yourlaserskincare.com to schedule a free consultation.