What is Sculptra?
Sculptra is an FDA-approved injectable treatment that stimulates collagen production to increase facial volume using the active ingredient poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA). Collagen is an important protein that gives our skin structure and elasticity. As we age, collagen production decreases and this lack of underlying structure causes lines and wrinkles to develop. Sculptra injectables restore that underlying structure to improve the appearance of smile lines, marionette lines, and chin wrinkles. This treatment can also help you achieve smoother skin texture and better facial volume for a naturally youthful appearance.
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Who Can Benefit from Sculptra?
Healthy adults (18 and older) who have started to notice the signs can benefit from this treatment. However, you might not be a suitable candidate if you have a history of scarring or an allergy to Sculptra’s ingredients. You should wait to receive treatment if you are currently breastfeeding or pregnant or have an active infection around the treatment site.
Your injector will examine your skin and discuss your concerns with you to determine where to place your injections and how much injectable is needed. To start, the treatment area will be cleansed, and a topical anesthetic will be applied to the skin to minimize any discomfort you might feel. Sculptra will then be injected under the skin using a small needle.
After your Sculptra treatment, mild swelling, redness, bruising, and itchiness or tenderness are common but will only last a few days. An ice pack can be used for the first two days to help reduce swelling. Although there is no downtime, you should avoid strenuous activity and exercise for 24-48 hours after your injections.
An average of three Sculptra treatments are needed for optimal results. Results appear gradually as more collagen is produced but once they develop, you can enjoy your beautiful results for up to two years.
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If you want to restore volume loss and a youthful glow, consider a Sculptra injectable treatment at SkinCeuticals SkinLab by Plastic Surgery Associates in Grand Rapids, MI. You can schedule a consultation with one of our skincare specialists by calling the office or filling out an online contact form.
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Can I wear makeup after Juvederm?
It is advised that patients avoid wearing makeup for at least 12 hours after their Juvederm treatment.
Can Juvederm be reversed?
Yes, Juvederm can be reversed using an enzyme called hyaluronidase. When injected into the treatment area, this enzyme dissolves the hyaluronic acid particles.
Can Juvederm cause blindness?
The risk of blindness following Juvederm injections is extremely rare.
Can Juvederm migrate?
In rare cases, Juvederm can migrate to other areas of the face within a few days of treatment. This occurs when the filler moves before it has fully bonded to your facial tissue.
Can you drink alcohol after Juvederm?
It is best to avoid alcohol consumption for 24 hours following all filler treatments.
Can you get half a syringe of Juvederm?
Very few fillers are available in a half syringe. This s because half of a syringe is a very small amount and is only recommended for focused areas.
Can you split a syringe of Juvederm?
Individuals should not split a syringe of Juvederm or any filler, since this can cause cross-contamination and exposure to another person’s bodily fluids.
Can you wash your face after Juvederm?
You can wash your face following Juvederm injections but be sure to wash it very gently. Avoid massaging the treated area for about six hours after treatment.
Does Juvederm dissolve over time?
Yes, Juvederm fillers naturally dissolve over time. Juvederm fillers typically last for 6-18 months.
Does Juvederm expand?
No, Juvederm fillers will not significantly expand following injection.
Does Juvederm look natural?
Juvederm fillers are formulated to create natural-looking improvements in the face. Many patients enjoy a younger appearance following treatment.
Does Juvederm soften up?
It can take several weeks for Juvederm to soften and settle into the skin. This means that final results will not be immediately observed.
Does Juvederm stimulate collagen?
Yes, Juvederm stimulates the body’s collagen production, helping patients to enjoy more youthful-looking skin.
Does Juvederm work immediately?
Patients will be able to notice an immediate improvement following Juvederm injections, with full results seen after about two weeks.
How can I make Juvederm last longer?
In order to prolong your Juvederm results, be sure to minimize sun exposure, wear SPF when outdoors, and follow a consistent skincare routine.
How do you get rid of Juvederm bumps?
Juvederm bumps may resolve on their own within a few weeks with massaging. The injections can also be diluted with a steroid anti-inflammatory called Kenalog.
How long after Juvederm will I see results?
Full Juvederm results can usually be seen after about two weeks.
How long does Juvederm last?
Juvéderm fillers can last anywhere from 6-18 months.
How many syringes of Juvederm do I need for marionette lines?
The number of syringes needed will depend on the severity of your lines or wrinkles. However, most people will need one syringe per side.
How much is a syringe of Juvederm?
The cost of Juvederm may vary depending on a number of factors. To learn more about pricing, please contact our office today.
How often can juvederm be injected?
To maintain ideal results, patients should schedule Juvederm treatments every 6-18 months, depending on the specific Juvederm filler they receive.
How painful are Juvederm injections?
Juvederm injections should not be painful, as a topical numbing cream can be applied to ensure you are comfortable.
Can Botox age you?
No, Botox is meant to rejuvenate the face and create a more youthful appearance rather than aging you.
Can Botox cause weight gain?
Botox does not cause weight gain.
Can Botox help sinuses?
Botox can ease the severity of nasal symptoms like itching, sneezing, nasal drainage, and nasal blockage. It’s also been shown to alleviate sinus pressure and ease sinus headaches.
Can Botox lift eyebrows?
Botox can lift your eyebrows. It’s injected into the frown lines between the brows. This relaxes the muscles in the forehead allowing them to pull up and lift the brow.
Can I go for a walk after Botox?
Yes, you can go for a walk after Botox injections. It is recommended to wait 24 hours for any strenuous activities.
Can I have wine after Botox?
Drinking wine is not recommended after Botox. You should wait for at least one to two days before drinking any alcohol. Alcohol can make the skin more prone to bruising and swelling.
Can you drink coffee after Botox?
Caffeine is not recommended right after a Botox procedure. Wait 24-48 hours after treatment to prevent bruising.
Does Botox affect the brain?
Botox works by affecting the brain signals to the treated muscles, causing them to relax.
Does Botox make you look older after it wears off?
Once Botox wears off, it doesn’t generally make you look older. The muscles may go back to where they were before but whether that makes someone look older is often up to interpretation.
Does Botox make you shiny?
Botox doesn’t make your skin look shiny, but the way the light bounces off of a smooth surface like the skin, it can appear shinier.
How long does Botox last?
In general, Botox lasts about three to four months. Some patients have seen it last up to four to six months or as short as two months. It’s also common for the treatment to last less time for those who receive the treatment for the first time.
Is 50 too old for Botox?
There is no age that is too old for Botox. It’s regularly used on people in their 20s through their 50s.
Is Botox a poison?
Botox is made from a toxin called bacterium Clostridium botulinum. Doctor’s use very small doses of it to treat health problems and wrinkles.
Is Botox a steroid?
Botox is not a steroid.
Is Botox good for under eye wrinkles?
Botox is not FDA-approved for treatment under the eyes.
Should I move my face after Botox?
It’s recommended you move your face around after Botox. It actually helps the effectiveness of the treatment.
What age should I start Botox?
Patients as young as 18 years old can receive Botox but most doctors recommend patients wait until they are in their 20s or 30s to receive the treatment.
What are the bad side effects of Botox?
Some of the unwanted side effects of Botox include pain, swelling or bruising at the injection site.
What do I need to know before getting botox?
Before getting Botox, you should first get a consultation with a licensed injection specialist so you can discuss if Botox is the best option for you.
What is Botox used for?
Botox is used to smooth out lines and wrinkles.
What should you not do after Botox?
After Botox, you should not drink alcohol, participate in strenuous exercise, and touch your face too much. You should also avoid the sun as much as possible and avoid sleeping on the affected area.
Who should not get Botox?
Those who are pregnant or breastfeeding should avoid Botox as well as anyone who is allergic to cow milk proteins. Anyone with skin infections or a neurological disease should not get Botox as well.
How does laser hair removal work?
The laser used in laser hair removal is attracted to the melanin pigment in the hair shaft and it uses laser light to target, heat up, and destroy the hair shaft and the follicle.
Is laser hair removal safe?
Yes! Laser hair removal at SkinCeuticals SkinLab is entirely safe. We use a low-energy laser so you don’t have to worry about skin irritation or burns.
Does laser hair removal hurt?
No. While you may feel some discomfort, you will likely not feel any pain. Laser hair removal is far more comfortable than other forms of hair removal.
What areas of the body can be treated with laser hair removal?
Laser hair removal can be used on the face, arms, underarms, back, bikini area, and legs.
How many sessions of laser hair removal are typically needed?
For most people, six to nine treatment sessions are needed to achieve the desired results.
How long does each laser hair removal session take?
It really depends on the area being treated. The face is going to take less time than the legs or the back, but sessions typically last about 30 minutes to an hour.
What should I expect before, during, and after a laser hair removal treatment?
Before laser hair removal, try to avoid direct sun exposure and wear sunscreen when outside. You will also want to avoid tweezing or waxing for at least a month ahead of your appointment, but you should shave the treated areas 12-24 hours before the treatment. During treatment, your provider will cleanse the skin and then use the handpiece to target the hair follicles with laser energy. After treatment, avoid applying lotion, deodorant, or makeup to the treated area. You will see your hair shedding 5-10 days later.
What are the potential side effects of laser hair removal?
The possible side effects of laser hair removal include hyperpigmentation, blisters, redness, and skin irritation.
Can laser hair removal be performed on all skin types and hair colors?
At SkinCeuticals SkinLab, we use the Sciton® BBL® laser hair removal system and that can be effective on almost any skin tone and hair color.
Is laser hair removal a permanent solution?
Most patients don’t see any hair regrowth for years and if hair does regrow, it’s usually finer and lighter in color. You may need maintenance treatment to maintain the results you’re looking for.
Can I have laser hair removal if I have a tan or sunburn?
We recommend avoiding sun exposure and tanning for at least a month before your treatment. As for a sunburn, you cannot have laser hair removal with a sunburn. The laser could further irritate the skin.
Can laser hair removal be performed on sensitive areas such as the bikini line or face?
Absolutely! Laser hair removal works well on the face and bikini area.
What is the cost of laser hair removal and are there any financing options available?
The cost of laser hair removal can differ greatly depending on how big of an area you’re having treated, how experienced your provider is, and where they are located. Your provider can discuss cost and financing with you at your consultation.
Are there any restrictions or precautions to take before and after laser hair removal sessions?
Before getting laser hair removal, you’ll want to avoid prolonged sun exposure and tanning for a month before your appointment. You’ll also want to avoid waxing and tweezing. After the treatment, you’ll want to avoid putting lotions, deodorants, and makeup on the treated area. You should also avoid the sun after treatment as the skin will be sensitive.
Are there any alternatives to laser hair removal?
Shaving, waxing, threading, and electrolysis are alternatives to laser hair removal, but they are not always as effective or as safe as laser hair removal.