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Frequently Asked Questions

What can I expect after my filler treatment?

With nonsurgical wrinkle treatments, there is minimal recovery or downtime, and the results are instant. Minimal bruising can occur in some instances as well as swelling. In most cases, patients are able to continue their normal daily activities without downtime.

What is Kybella®?

Kybella is the first and only non-surgical treatment approved by the FDA for contouring and improving the appearance and profile of mild to severe fat below the chin and jaw line. This is also known as submental fat or fullness; i.e. a “Double Chin”. Kybella effectively removes excess fat under the chin and neck, leaving a smooth jawline without the necessary recovery time of other treatments like liposuction or neck lift surgery.

What is Submental Fullness?

Submental fullness under the chin (often referred to as a double chin) is a common issue that bothers nearly 68% of adults in the U.S. according to a survey conducted by the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery. A double chin often disrupts facial symmetry and results in an unwanted older and heavier look. Submental fullness affects men and women of all ages and is caused by a variety of issues including weight gain, genetics, and natural aging. It is not limited to individuals who are overweight. Unfortunately, double chins are often extremely resistant to diet and exercise.

How does Kybella work?

Kybella is a synthetic formulation of deoxycholic acid which is a naturally occurring molecule in the body that aids in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat. When injected into targeted fat pockets, Kybella causes the rapid destruction of the fat cells by breaking down their cell membrane.  The damaged fat cells are then removed from the area and the body by the body’s natural metabolic process. Kybella only targets fat cells; all other cells and tissue remain unaffected.

It is important to note that this process is different from losing weight. When an individual loses weight, the fat cells shrink; leading to a reduction in overall visible volume. However, Kybella permanently destroys the fat cells at the treatment site, thus achieving results that are permanent (unless there is a big change in your lifestyle and dietary habits that cause the remaining fat cells to expand significantly).

How is a Kybella treatment performed?

 Kybella is administered to the fat under the chin through a series of injections with an ultra fine needle. Because each person is unique, a custom treatment plan is tailored for each individual patient. The procedure is non-invasive with minimal downtime or recovery required. Most treatments last between 15 and 20 minutes. Ice can be used to minimize discomfort.

Are multiple Kybella treatments required?

Depending on each patient characteristics and goals multiple treatments may be necessary. Most patients experience visible results within two to four treatment sessions. Treatment sessions are spaced about a month apart.

How long does Kybella last?

When injected into the fat under your chin, KYBELLA® causes the destruction of fat cells. Once destroyed, those cells are gone and cannot store or accumulate fat. Thus, re-treatment with KYBELLA® is not expected and the results are considered permanent.

How many people have been treated with Kybella?

KYBELLA® has been the focus of a global clinical development program involving over 20 clinical studies with more than 2,600 patients worldwide.

What are the possible side effects of Kybella®?

The most common side effects of Kybella® include: swelling, bruising, pain, numbness, redness, and areas of hardness in the treatment area.

The safety profile of KYBELLA® is well characterized. The most common side effects are swelling, bruising, pain, numbness, redness and areas of hardness around the treatment area. Rare side effects include trouble swallowing and nerve injury to the marginal mandibular nerve that can cause an uneven smile. These side effects usually resolve within one month of the injection and are not permanent.

What is Microblading?

Microblading is a technique where fine lines are scratched into the surface of the skin, and pigment embedded.  The strokes accurately replicate hair (as in a brow or hairline).  Results can last from six months to over two years, depending on a variety of factors such as color of pigment, skin type, and lifestyle.

What is Platelet Rich Plasma therapy?

PRP therapy can be used on the face, particularly around the eyes, mouth and nose, to give skin a more youthful and radiant appearance.

Before the procedure, a small amount of blood is taken from the patient and put into a centrifuge, where the blood is spun in order to separate the red blood cells from the platelet plasma. The platelet plasma, which is the component of the blood that is known for being highly effective in treating burns and skin injuries, is then injected into the chosen area, where it plumps up the skin, reducing fine lines and wrinkles.

What happens during Platelet Rich Plasma therapy?

Your practitioner should discuss any potential problems connected with the treatment based on your medical history.

The practitioner should take a medical history to make sure that there are no reasons why you shouldn’t have the treatment. Then you will usually be asked to read detailed information and sign a consent form which means that you have understood what the treatment may do, along with any potential side effects.

Photographs may also be taken by the practitioner for a “before and after” comparison of the treatment.

10 to 20 minutes before your procedure, your practitioner will draw 10-20ml of blood. This is done in a similar way to when you have blood taken for testing at the doctor’s office.

The blood will then be spun in a centrifuge to separate the platelet plasma from the red blood cells using one of the branded systems described.
Any makeup on the skin will be removed using a wipe, and antiseptic will be applied to the injection site. Depending on your practitioner, a topical local anaesthetic will then be applied to the skin of the injection site. The PRP will then be injected into the skin in the desired area using a very fine needle. Injections will be given multiple times in multiple locations in order to give an overall improvement to the area.

An ice pack may then be pressed onto the treated site to reduce any swelling. You will then be free to leave and go about your daily business. The whole procedure usually takes about 30 minutes.

It may take a few weeks for the results of the PRP therapy to become visible, but with two to three top-up treatments, you can expect the results of PRP therapy to last for up to one and a half years.

Who should not have a Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy treatment?

To undergo PRP therapy, you should be in general good health and you should have realistic expectations of the outcome. Most people are suitable candidates for PRP therapy, and it is recommended as a safe treatment for individuals who are unable to undergo more invasive procedures such as a full face lift, due to the risks associated with general anaesthetic (although it will not achieve the same results as a surgical face lift).

Individuals with platelet dysfunction syndrome, critical thrombocytopenia, hypofibrinogenaemia, haemodynamic instability, sepsis, acute & chronic infections and chronic liver pathology are not suitable candidates for PRP therapy.

Those undergoing anti-coagulant therapy are also not suitable candidates.

What are the side effects of Juvederm?

While any injection can be painful, there are ways to mitigate it. The Juvederm XC products contain a local anesthetic.

Juvederm injections usually result in some bruising and swelling, which can last up to two weeks. Bruising will eventually go away, but there are some things you can do to reduce it.

For one to two weeks before your treatment, don’t use:
• Alcohol
• NSAID drugs (aspirin, Aleve, Advil, or Motrin)
• Prescription blood thinner medicines
• Vitamin E
• Fish oil
• The “G” herbs (ginkgo, garlic, and ginseng)

After your treatment, do use:
• A product containing Arnica montana, such as Ocumend patches
• Ice

It’s common to have small lumps or bumps the first week after injections. If it does not go away in a week, your provider may use massage or heat to smooth it out.

Although Juvederm injections are a minimally invasive procedure, you should still expect some downtime afterward. Most people don’t want others to see them with lumps and bruising.

Many people who get Juvederm are also interested in having another facial treatment—something like a laser treatment, a chemical peel, or microdermabrasion. We recommend waiting at least a week after Juvederm before getting any other treatment.

If the results of Juvederm are not what you wanted, there is an “undo” option: it can be dissolved with an injection of hyaluronidase.

No one can tell you exactly how long the effects of Juvederm will last, but generally they are in the range of six months to a eighteen months.

What is a chemical peel?

A chemical peel is a technique used to improve the appearance of the skin on the face, neck or hands. A chemical solution is applied to the skin that causes it to exfoliate and eventually peel off. The new, regenerated skin is usually smoother and less wrinkled than the old skin. The new skin is also temporarily more sensitive to the sun.

All Peels require one to seven days to heal. Treated skin will initially be red and may scale. Lotion or cream should be applied until the skin heals, followed by daily use of sunscreen. Makeup can usually be worn the next day. This will vary from client to client.

When is a chemical peel appropriate?

Chemical peels are used to treat a number of conditions including:

  • Acne scars
  • Aging skin
  • Crow’s feet
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Melasma
  • Scars
  • Sun damaged skin
  • Sagging skin
  • Wrinkles

Are chemical peels painful?

Chemicals peels sting but do not cause a great deal of pain. The gentlest peels use alpha-hydroxy, glycolic, lactic or fruit acids are also gentle. They may cause stinging, redness, irritation and crusting but as the skin begins to adjust all these problems will lessen.

Who is not a candidate for a chemical peel?

Generally light-haired and fair skinned people are the best candidates for chemical peel. The procedure does not work as well on dark-skinned patients. The procedure is not recommended for individuals with infections, active skin disease, cut or broken skin, sunburns or active Herpes simplex 1 sores. Other counter-indications include patients who are:

  • Nursing or pregnant.
  • Have taken Accutane in last six months.
  • Have psoriasis, eczema, dermatitis or rosacea.
  • Have used Retin-A, Renova, prescription skin care products, products that contain ascorbic acid, bleaching or skin-lightening agents or other acid-based products in the last 48 hours.

We believe that natural-looking is always the best-looking.



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