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Can you use Botox under your eyes? Phoenix

Can you use Botox under your eyes?

Can you use Botox under your eyes? Phoenix

Can you use Botox under your eyes?

Posted on April 2nd, 2020 in Botox, Injectables

Botox, also known as onabotulinumtoxinA, is a popular procedure for producing a younger-looking appearance.  Botox works by keeping certain muscles from tightening, leaving smoother, refreshed skin.  While it is commonly injected to address concerns of wrinkles and fine lines in areas such as smile or forehead lines, Botox can be injected near the eyes as well!

A commonly asked question about Botox is whether it can be effectively used near the eyes.  The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Botox for cosmetic purposes around the crow’s feet area (sides of the eyes) and frown line area (in between the eyes – also known as glabellar lines).

Effectiveness of Botox Near the Eyes

In the United States, Botox has been approved to reduce the appearance of glabellar lines, commonly referred to as frown lines, since 2002.  While often used to address the crow’s feet, Botox was officially approved by the United States for cosmetic use in the crow’s feet area in 2013.  Temporarily smoothing wrinkles around the eyes and frown lines is a popular way to rejuvenate the face.

In a 2003 study, Botox was injected in the crow’s feet area or underneath the eyes to determine where it could effectively target wrinkles.  Nineteen women participated in a study and received injections.  The women who had injections around their eyes in the crow’s feet area reported positive results rather than those who strictly had injections under their eyes (an area which has not been FDA approved).

The results hinted that Botox could improve the look of the crow’s feet by effectively minimizing these wrinkles around the sides of the eyes.  Today, Botox remains the only neuromodulator that has been FDA approved for cosmetic treatment in the crow’s feet area.

What to Expect from a Botox Treatment

During treatment, Botox will be injected directly into the areas of concern, which may include smile, forehead, frown, or crow’s feet lines.  The treatment itself only takes a few minutes and has little to no downtime.  Many patients schedule their Botox appointments during their lunch hours.  Makeup can be reapplied after treatment to cover temporary redness that may occur at the injection site.

Botox treatments are measured in units and the number of units used will vary between patients.  This depends on the areas treated and the concerns of the patient.  Our expert injectors at MDSkin Lounge and MDSkin Bar will determine the number of units necessary for each patient to achieve the best results.

Many patients begin to see results from their treatment within a few days, and full results typically appear within two weeks.  Results from a Botox treatment last between three to four months in an average patient.  It is recommended to follow up with regular Botox injections every three to four months to maintain smooth, refreshed skin.

Schedule a Consultation

If you live in Arizona and are interested in getting Botox injections, or another cosmetic procedure, contact us today! At MDSkin Lounge and MDSkin Bar, we start with a consultation with one of our expert injectors, who will determine the best treatments to reach your unique cosmetic goals.

Restoring Facial Volume with Fillers

If your face has lost its youthful appearance and you’re considering plastic surgery, you may want to consider a less-invasive method like Dermal Fillers. Dermal fillers are often referred to as a “liquid facelift” and are becoming increasingly popular due to their amazing results.

What Are Dermal Fillers?

Dermal fillers are gels that are injected into your skin to help remove wrinkles, deep creases and lost skin volume. The gel is typically comprised of hyaluronic acid, which is produced by your body naturally. The hyaluronic acid is what encourages water molecules to bind in your skin to give it a youthful look. Getting a dermal filler treatment is a good alternative to a facelift for many of our patients. MDSkin Lounge offers a variety of hyaluronic acid-based dermal filler options with various formulas suited to different areas of the face or purposes for the treatment. These include options such as Restylane or Juvederm.

How Do Dermal Fillers Work?

When your skin loses too much of its hyaluronic acid, it can look wrinkled and worn out. Much of the appearance of a youthful face has to do with plump skin, and injections of hyaluronic acid-based filler will achieve that for you. The dermal injections can be used to fill in your cheeks, under your eyes, around your mouth and your jawline. If your lips have lost their perky and plumped up look, then dermal fillers can help restore volume there as well.

What Happens When I Go In For A Treatment?

When you come into the MDSkin Lounge, you can count on receiving caring service from our professionals. We’ll consult with you about the areas you’d like us to treat, and prepare your skin for the injections. You may have several areas that you’d like us to inject for beautiful results. When we inject the dermal fillers, you may feel slight discomfort but the pain associated with the procedure is minimal. 

When Will I See The Results?

You’ll see the full effect of the dermal fillers about 7 to 10 days after your treatment. You will see your results right away, but your face may look slightly puffy immediately after the treatment. That will dissipate within just a few days.

Are There Side Effects Of A Dermal Injection?

While this is a non-surgical procedure, there are some side effects to be aware of. You may have bruising or redness around the injection area, and your face may be tender to the touch. In some rare cases, clients may have an allergic reaction that causes itchy skin.

How Long Do Dermal Fillers Last?

Depending on your skin type, your dermal filler could last between 6-12 months. The benefit of this treatment is you can schedule touch-ups whenever you need them. The procedure takes about an hour, making it easy to add to your calendar.

Request a Consultation

If you’re ready to put your best face forward, then contact us at the MDSkin Lounge today for a dermal filler appointment. You can fill out an online form here, or schedule your appointment based on provider or location! Check out our appointment scheduling pages to take your next steps. 

Botox vs Juvéderm: What you need to know Phoenix

Botox vs Juvéderm: What you need to know

Botox vs Juvéderm: What you need to know Phoenix

Botox vs Juvéderm: What you need to know

Posted on January 11th, 2020 in Botox, Injectables

With age, the facial skin invariably becomes less supple and elastic. Several age-related structural changes can have a significant impact on how your skin looks as the years go by. Fortunately, injectables like Botox and Juvéderm are designed to correct these structural issues right at their source. If you have yet to experience the rejuvenating benefits of cosmetic injectables for yourself, you may be wondering how these two popular formulas stack up.

Why Use Botox And Juvéderm?

Cosmetic injectables are designed to minimize fines lines, creases, and evidence of facial volume loss that cannot be corrected with store-bought lotions and creams. While chemical peels and hydrating facials are great for brightening the complexion, minimizing the appearance of dark spots, and improving the skin’s texture and tone, these treatments are not intended to address superficial and advanced facial wrinkling. Botox is an injectable neurotoxin that smooths dynamic lines around the lips, eyes, and across the brow. Conversely, Juvéderm is a high-quality dermal filler that’s made to restore lost volume at the cheeks, at the jawline, and along the nasolabial folds.

In many ways, comparing Botox to Juvéderm is a lot like comparing apples and oranges. While both products are injectable and allow for entirely non-invasive anti-aging treatments, Botox is suitable for minimizing dynamic wrinkling, whereas Juvéderm is best for advanced, static wrinkling in mid-face areas. Botox is a wrinkle relaxer, and Juvéderm is a wrinkle filler. Moreover, given that they are meant to address two distinctly different age-related issues, there are many instances in which Botox and Juvéderm can be safely and effectively used together.

How Botox Works

The act of making facial expressions creates a lot of muscle tension throughout the years. Sadly, this tension will eventually have an impact on the smooth collagen layer that defines your skin and supports it. Over time, tiny cracks will begin to develop in this layer that ultimately manifests as wrinkles on the surface. Once these cracks have formed, these wrinkles will be apparent whenever the related expressive muscles are in use. For instance, when you smile, tiny creases called crow’s feet will show up around your eyes, and noticeable frown lines will appear every time you furrow your brow in displeasure.

Botox softens these age-related creases by relaxing the muscles that cause them. Once these muscles are temporarily relaxed, the supporting collagen layer will regain a smoother appearance. The effects of a typical Botox treatment can last between three and five months. After this time, injections can be safely repeated for those who wish to extend their results.

How Juvéderm Works

Juvéderm is designed to correct deep, static wrinkles. While crow’s feet and frown lines are only visible when the expressive facial muscles are engaged, advanced static wrinkles are visible all of the time. These can be deep creases at the nasolabial folds or deep creases that travel from the outer corners of your mouth to the edge of your chin. Rather than immobilizing muscles to reduce stored tension, Juvéderm replaces lost volume across the mid-face for a more plump, robust, and youthful appearance. Following injection, this hyaluronic acid-based solution attracts water molecules and retains them. This creates a plumping effect that minimizes facial hollows, fills in wrinkles, and leaves the skin hydrated.

Various versions of the Juvéderm formula are also used in many other cosmetic applications. For instance, Juvéderm is frequently used in non-surgical lip augmentation and non-surgical rhinoplasty. Much like Juvéderm anti-wrinkle injections, they do not require cutting, extended periods of downtime, or complicated recoveries.

Which Cosmetic Injectable Is Right for You?

At MDSkin, our entire team is committed to helping each patient find the treatment or treatments for their unique needs. Juvéderm and Botox are excellent treatments to address some of the most common age-related concerns. However, scheduling an appointment is always the best way to determine whether these or any other cosmetic injectables are right for you.

Getting Injectables That You Can Trust Phoenix

Getting Injectables That You Can Trust

Injectables and fillers are great tools in the aesthetics industry to help with visible signs of aging. These treatments help many people to smooth out fine lines and wrinkles for a more youthful appearance. There are so many different types of injectables and fillers on the market that it can be hard to keep track of what is a trustworthy product. Now more than ever, there are counterfeit injectables popping up all around us. These are very dangerous and can have lasting effects on your health if used on you.

 

The Rise of Counterfeit Injectables

Counterfeit medicines are on the rise. It is hard to pinpoint an exact number for how many counterfeit treatments are out there now, but estimates say that about 10% of all drugs are fraudulent. These types of faux-treatments can be extremely dangerous for patients. Often side effects include infection, deformity, scarring, immunological issues, and sometimes death. The problem is that these drugs are not made in a trusted facility. Also, the products in these drugs are not FDA approved or safe for human consumption. Many of these counterfeit injectables have been found to contain arsenic, cyanide, mercury, urine, and rat droppings. Even unmonitored forms of Botulinum Toxin, which is used in a purified form in BOTOX®, can be deadly. To be sure that you are getting safe, secure treatments, you should go to a trusted doctor and facility.

 

Getting Reliable Injectable Treatment

Patients should never entertain the idea of using off-brand or counterfeit treatments. If you are receiving an extremely discounted price for treatment, there may be a reason for it. To ensure that you are getting the real thing you should always go to a center that is managed by a board-certified plastic surgeon or dermatologist. MDSkin  Lounge is owned and operated by Dr. Bryan Gawley, a board-certified, trusted plastic surgeon who wants his patients to understand the risk of getting these procedures from other sources. There are many different ways to be safe when considering the treatment. For safety you can do a few things:

  • Learn about the brands of Injectables and Fillers
  • Examine the product yourself at the treatment time
  • Watch when the product is removed from its packaging
  • Make sure the needle is filled in front of you
  • Make sure it is a sterile needle
  • Check prices around your area for the treatment

The best practice for getting reliable treatment is by going to a reputable facility. The MDSkin Lounge team is trusted by their patients and the community around them. The rise of counterfeit injectables is scary but by going to recognized centers such as MDSkin Lounge, you can be sure you are receiving safe, secure treatment.

The Benefits of Platelet-Rich Plasma Phoenix

The Benefits of Platelet-Rich Plasma

Are you starting to notice that your complexion is looking a bit dull? Or perhaps early signs of aging such as wrinkles and lines have begun to pop up. If this sounds like you, you may be able to benefit from PRP, or Platelet-Rich Plasma therapy. Read on to learn more about this treatment and what it can do for you.

What is Platelet-Rich Plasma?

Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) is blood plasma that has been enriched with platelets – many times greater than occurs normally in blood. As a concentrated source of autologous platelets, PRP contains several different growth factors and other cytokines that stimulate the healing of soft tissue.

What is PRP Therapy?

PRP therapy is a treatment that involves withdrawing a patient’s own blood, spinning it down so that only the PRP cells remain, and then either injecting it into the skin or placing it on top of the skin with other treatment modalities.

What are the benefits of PRP Therapy?

The PRP Platelets release growth factors which regulate the healing cascade. They signal the surrounding cells to repair damaged tissue and regenerate new tissue, reduce inflammation, and are significant contributors to cell proliferation. The PRP induces new collagen and blood vessels (which produce a healthy glow).

What treatments use PRP?

There are a number of treatments that can use PRP to enhance results, including:

Microneedling

Application of PRP after microneedling, also known as the Vampire facial, is a very popular treatment to stimulate collagen and improve pore size and fine lines.

Hair Regeneration

The newest trend is injecting it into the scalp.  PRP contains essential proteins that stimulate natural hair growth.  We recommend a series of three, done four weeks apart.

Laser

We apply PRP after laser treatments to enhance the results and promote faster healing.

Fillers

We use PRP combined with fillers to help stimulate collagen, improve skin tone and elasticity, and promote healing.

If you are interested in learning more about PRP treatments in Scottsdale, contact MDSkin Lounge today to schedule your consultation!

Why is There Still Misinformation on Fillers and Injectables? Phoenix

Why is There Still Misinformation on Fillers and Injectables?

The cosmetic industry has advanced greatly in the past decade, and there seems to be a lot of confusion around fillers and injectables.  Some people think Botox is the only type of injectable cosmetic medicine, some believe injectables can replace surgery, and others think injectables make everyone look overdone. Some fillers are more versatile than other fillers, and it is vital to understand that the product choice and product injection technique will determine your treatment outcome.  It is important to go to an office run by a board-certified dermatologist or board-certified plastic surgeon to help explain injectables and how they can be used so you can get a beautiful, natural looking treatment. Read on to learn more about fillers and injectables so you can feel confident with your treatment option.

When would a laser be used in conjunction with fillers and toxins?

Aging is a complex process and single therapies, such as injectables, might be insufficient in dealing with all the signs that appear with time.  Instead of using one method exclusively, we tend to use combination therapies.  The most natural result is attained using multiple treatments.

Lasers and fillers

  • Both can be used effectively for the treatment of static wrinkles. The depth of the wrinkle, skin type, and recovery time after the procedure may influence the choice of either method.
  • Fillers are the primary therapy for deep volume loss, and lasers are the first method to be used for superficial lines, loss of elastin, and sun damage.  Lasers will improve skin quality, and fillers can treat deeper effects.

The combination of fillers and lasers creates synergistic results. Together, they will reverse the aging process far better than each one can on its own. A combination of fillers and lasers is also possible in the same session depending on which tools are used.  When a full-face laser resurfacing is planned, the resurfacing should be first, and the filler should follow when the skin is healed and swelling has subsided, usually 4-6 weeks post laser.

What age-related issues are fillers and toxins used For?

Aging is a continuous process that ranges from mild to very severe deficiencies.  When it comes to fillers and toxins, it is not only the injection technique that makes the difference but understanding the aging process and at what point of the aging curve the patient stands.

Lines become more pronounced due to muscular hyperactivity and/or elastosis.  Skin laxity and sagginess happen as we lose bone structure and fat tissue under the skin.  Injectables have the ability to slow down the aging process by controlling the signs of aging. It is important to understand that several interventions need to be employed to get the best results (injectables, lasers/chemical peels, topical products, and surgery).

When are toxins and fillers Used?

Neurotoxins are the best tool for the upper third of the face, while injectable fillers are optimal for the mid- and lower thirds. Toxins will reduce lines in the forehead, around the eyes, and around the mouth.  They are also used to help lift and reshape the brows, making the patient appear more rested and refreshed.  Fillers are injected to replace lost volume and give structure back to the face.  They can be used to replace volume loss under the eyes, in the cheeks, and in the lines around the mouth.   Fillers are also used to augment the cheeks, chin, and lips.

How can fillers make you look “done?”

A common challenge that can be seen is over-injection at the cheekbone level or in the lips, which is not considered aesthetically appealing.  Both patients and injectors need to be aware of balance and proportion in these areas.  It is also important to correct the face on a global level.  If only part of the face is corrected, it will not look normal, and the uncorrected areas will be even more distracting.

Furthermore, it is important not to forget about the three-dimensional view.  What looks good from the front might not look good from the sides.  Patients must also be evaluated not only front on, but from all angles.  They must also be evaluated not only in a static position, but also in animation.

How can fillers be reversed if you don’t like the results?

Hyaluronic acid fillers can be reversed with an enzyme called hyaluronidase.  It is injected into the area the filler was placed, causing it to dissolve immediately

How do collagen stimulators work?  How do they produce collagen differently than other products?

Collagen stimulators, such as Poly-l-lactic acid (PLLA), offer more than just a filling effect.  PLLA is a synthetic biodegradable material.  When injected into the dermis or subdermis, it becomes a facial volumizer as it gradually stimulates collagen formation to restructure the facial tissue.  This is a gradual process, usually 3 sessions are required to get optimal results. PLLA has a volumizing effect through its unique collagen stimulation properties and is ideal for the temples, the cheeks, and restoration of the mandibular line.

If you are interested in learning more about fillers and neurotoxins in the Scottsdale area, contact our office today to schedule a consultation with one of our expert injectors.

Your Neurotoxin Questions, Answered Phoenix

Your Neurotoxin Questions, Answered

Many individuals are familiar with Botox, the number one nonsurgical treatment option to date. However, despite this treatment’s popularity, there are still many misconceptions and questions regarding it. We have compiled a list of commonly asked questions regarding neurotoxins to help clear up any confusion.

How do neurotoxins work? And how does this effect lines and wrinkles?

The use of neurotoxins has changed the cosmetic industry and how we treat dynamic wrinkles. Neurotoxins block signals from the nerves to the muscles. When neurotoxins are injected directly into facial muscles, they stop contracting. This causes the wrinkles to relax and soften. Not only will the wrinkles improve, the injection of neurotoxin will also prevent those lines from getting deeper.

How long do neurotoxins last? How are they different and similar to injectables?

The effects from neurotoxins will last three to six months. The amount of product injected, the patient’s metabolism, and the patient’s age, are just a few variables to take into consideration when determining how long the product will last. As the muscle action gradually begins to come back, the lines and wrinkles will begin to return. However, the neurotoxins shrink the muscles over time, so continued use of the product will help make the lines and wrinkles appear less severe with time.

Hyaluronic Acid filler injections are indicated to last 9-24 months, depending on the product being used. These products work to replace volume and are slowly broken down by your body over time. Again, there are a lot of variables that go into determining how long the fillers will last, such as patient age, amount of volume loss, and patient metabolism. The combination proves to make both neurotoxins and injectables last longer. Inhibition of muscular activity with neurotoxins has a beneficial effect on the duration of fillers. Less muscle action may result in fillers lasting longer since the muscle movement negatively affects filler duration.

Who is a good match for neurotoxins?

Individuals may consider neurotoxins for cosmetic reasons as they begin developing lines and wrinkles on their face due to common facial movements. Lines can appear on the face as early as your late twenties to as late as your early forties depending on genetics. Individuals who are prone to lines and making facial expressions may also choose to use neurotoxins as a preventative measure. Overall, it is important to seek a consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon to ensure that this treatment is right for you.

Can neurotoxins be reversed?

Unlike dermal fillers, which can often be reversed with an enzyme called hyaluronidase, neurotoxins cannot be reversed. Patients must simply wait until the neurotoxin wears off, which is usually between 3-6 months.

If you are located in the Scottsdale, AZ and are interested in learning more about neurotoxins, contact our office today. We would be happy to schedule your consultation appointment.