Marissa Rossnagle, Author at Amara
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How Long Does Botox Take to Work?

How Long Does Botox Take to Work?

Maybe you have some apprehension around getting a botox treatment, and you’re wondering how long it takes to work and how long it’ll last. Typically you’ll start to see results in a few days and they can last for several months. But there are a couple of factors that could affect the timing.

Like any cosmetic procedure, you’ll want to understand exactly what Botox is and ensure you receive treatment from someone qualified with proven results.

What Is Botox?

Botox Cosmetic is a brand name for a Botulinum toxin created by Clostridium botulinum bacteria. It may sound strange calling it a toxin. However, the FDA first approved Botox for therapeutic medical use in 1989 and then extended that approval for cosmetic use in 2002. Botox treatments are safe with minimal side effects.

The procedure is typically performed without any anesthesia. In some cases, the doctor may use a topical anesthetic if you’re worried about possible discomfort. However, the doctor injects the Botox with a very thin needle resulting in minimal discomfort.

How Does Botox Work and How Long Does it Take?

A doctor injects the Botox just beneath the skin into the targeted muscles. It then begins working to block nerve signals to those muscles and stop them from contracting. Depending on how many units are being injected, the procedure doesn’t take more than 10 minutes.

When Will Botox Start Working?

Once the injections are complete, you won’t see results immediately. It takes time for the skin to smooth out after the Botox paralyzes the muscle. Typically, you can expect to notice the treatment working within three to four days. And within two weeks, you should see the full results.

Factors That Affect the Timing

The timeline for results varies slightly person-to-person. Here are a couple of things that can affect how long you’ll wait for results:

  • Treatment Area: Depending on what area is being treated with Botox affects the timing because of muscle thickness and density.

Botox Dosage: The amount of Botox the doctor injects plays into how quickly it takes effect. In addition to how quickly it works, the dosage also affects how long the Botox treatment lasts.

How Does Botox Feel When it Starts Working

Most people don’t notice anything more than minor discomfort upon the injection of Botox. As the effects of the Botox begin to work, you’ll notice the treated area feeling tighter. This is the result of the skin smoothing out to get rid of wrinkles.

Is Botox Safe?

Researchers consider Botox safe for therapeutic and cosmetic use when administered in the correct dose. In fact, from 1989 to 2003, there were only 36 adverse side effects reported by the FDA. And almost half of them were likely caused by underlying issues instead of the Botox treatment itself.

It’s also worth noting that these adverse side effects were primarily in therapeutic use. The above study also suggests that cosmetic use of Botox carries much less risk. A major contributing factor to this is the smaller amount of the drug being injected.

Potential Side Effects

Last year, the National Library of Medicine published a research review on Botox and its potential side effects.

  • Reddening or swelling of the skin
  • Discomfort in the treated area
  • Drooping of the eyelid or eyebrow
  • Skin discoloration.

Keep in mind that the study also notes that the overall majority of these side effects were temporary and mild.

Alternative to Botox

If you’re looking for an alternative to Botox, AMARA offers several dermal filler options that help you achieve a similar result to Botox. 

  • Juvederm: There are several types of Juvederm for specific applications. Each one is a synthetic hyaluronic acid that assists in smoothing out lines and wrinkles. 
  • Radiesse: Lasting up to two years, Radiesse stimulates the collagen beneath your skin for the natural treatment of lines around the nose and mouth.
  • Sculptra: Sculptra is another collagen stimulating treatment. It’s a special formulation of poly-L-lactic acid that helps restore the skin’s natural plumpness.
  • Belotero: This dermal filler has a hyaluronic acid base. Several consistencies are available depending on the severity of the wrinkle or fold being treated.
  • Xeomin: Because it’s also a Botulinum toxin, Xeomin is a dermal filler with similar results to Botox.
  • Voluma: This dermal filler is in the same family as Juvederm and primarily helps restore volume to the cheeks.
  • Collagen: Naturally-occurring collagen is endogenous collagen, whereas synthetic dermal filler is exogenous collagen. The synthetic form serves the same purpose and function as the body’s natural collagen. 

Finding a Qualified Professional

If you have any questions or are ready to book a consultation for Botox or an alternative dermal filler, give us a call today. Let the caring and knowledgeable staff at AMARA answer your questions.

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How Long Do Dermal Fillers Last?

A woman receiving a dermal filler treatment to her cheek

How Long Do Dermal Fillers Last?

Everyone gets older, but we don’t want to look or feel like we’re getting older. If you’re looking for a noninvasive way to reduce the appearance of aging, dermal fillers are a popular choice. 

Your treatment provider can help reduce wrinkles and fine lines, helping boost your confidence. Dermal fillers can benefit your skin, but how long do their results last? 

Continue reading to learn more about dermal fillers, including what they are, their benefits, and how long their results last. 

What Are Dermal Fillers? 

Dermal fillers have been around for years, helping people reduce the effects of aging on their skin. In 2020, over three million people received dermal filler injections. They can fill in wrinkles and fine lines in a short time, providing smoother, more volumized skin for extended periods of time. 

You need three essential elements to help keep your skin tight and smooth: collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid. Unfortunately, these elements lose strength with time, causing your skin to lose elasticity. Wrinkles develop and your face begins to lose volume. 

Dermal fillers help rejuvenate your skin by strengthening these missing elements. They plump your skin tissue to help reduce wrinkles and fine lines, reinvigorating your skin. 

What Are the Benefits of Dermal Fillers? 

Dermal fillers have several benefits—they can:

  • Decrease or remove wrinkles under the eyes
  • Enhance or fill in different areas of the face
  • Fill in or soften recessed scars and static wrinkles
  • Plump your lips

Types of Dermal Fillers

Many dermal fillers exist today to treat different areas of the face. Your treatment provider will choose the most appropriate filler based on your aesthetic needs. The general goal of these fillers is to reduce wrinkles, fine lines, and scar impressions, enhance your lips, and restore volume. 

  • Belotero: Belotero is a filler with a hyaluronic acid base, used to fill in the fine lines around your mouth, known as your smile lines
  • Collagen: Collagen is naturally present in your skin, tendons, & ligaments—these fillers can help treat wrinkles, lines, & scars & enhance your lips 
  • Juvederm: Juvederm has a hyaluronic acid base & can help smooth fine lines & wrinkles, providing a youthful look
  • Radiesse: Radiesse is a dermal filler used to treat the fine lines & wrinkles around your nose & mouth 
  • Sculptra: Sculptra is a filler used to restore volume to areas of your face, smoothing out wrinkles & fine lines
  • Xeomin: Xeomin is an injection used to treat the glabellar lines, the lines on your forehead, between your eyebrows, & above your nose
  • Voluma: A product of Juvederm, Voluma fillers help volumize the cheeks

A man receiving a dermal filler treatment on his face

How Do Dermal Fillers Work? 

Dermal fillers help fill lines and wrinkles in specific facial areas determined by your treatment provider. These fillers volumize your skin, helping plump your cheeks, chin, jawline, and lips. Your treatment provider makes specific injections into the designated treatment areas, and you’re finished shortly after. 

While you should see quick results from your fillers, you may experience some side effects. These effects should naturally subside within one to two weeks. The most common side effects of dermal fillers include:

  • Bruising
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Tenderness

How Long Do Dermal Fillers Last? 

With so many dermal fillers available today, their results can vary. Different fillers have different ingredients and purposes, making some more long-term than others. 

According to the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery, how long your dermal fillers last depends on the product, the area of treatment, and your body. Your results last longer the denser the product is and the deeper your filler is injected. 

All dermal fillers are temporary, meaning you’ll need repeated treatments to maintain your results. Many common fillers last between six to 18 months, but some products have longer-lasting results. Your treatment provider will recommend the best filler for your needs. 

What to Expect During the Dermal Filler Process

The dermal filler process is fast and simple. Your process begins with a consultation and assessment where you and your treatment provider discuss your goals. They will evaluate your skin and examine the areas of your face you want to be treated.

Your treatment provider will clean your face before completing your injections. Many people receive an anesthetic ointment or injection to help improve comfort during the treatment. While dermal fillers aren’t completely painless, you should only experience a small amount of discomfort. 

Injections take only a few moments to complete. Your treatment provider will inject the filler, massage the area, and evaluate the results. This process can last anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour, depending on the number of injections you need. 

After completing your injections, your provider will explain what to expect as you recover, such as minor side effects. There is nothing to worry about if you don’t enjoy your results—your skin will be back to normal within a few months. 

Feel Confident in Your Skin

Dermal fillers can help your skin look more youthful and smooth. While these fillers are temporary, you can get repeated treatments to maintain your results. 

Contact your skin care expert if you’re interested in dermal fillers. They can discuss your goals with you and address any questions or concerns you may have.

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What Is a Mini Facelift?

An older woman with nice skin holding her face and smiling

What Is a Mini Facelift?

Being able to achieve your ideal look is something everyone can relate to. With the evolution of cosmetic procedures, you have more options than ever available to you. Together with your doctor, you can explore the best options for you.

A mini facelift is one of these procedures you can undergo to pursue your ideal look. Let’s look at what a mini lift is, how the process works, and the results you can expect. 

The Mini Facelift Process

A mini facelift is for people who want a more youthful look without the time commitment of a traditional facelift. The quicker mini-lift procedure works by cleaning up and tightening the jawline area of the face—getting rid of jowls and providing a pleasant, youthful appearance.

The mini facelift procedure takes less than an hour, and most people need only about one week to recover. This procedure is ideal if you’re looking to achieve your dream look with fewer incisions and less excess skin to remove.

Unlike some fillers and non-invasive anti-aging treatments, medical training is required to perform a mini facelift, and it’s essential to find a certified, experienced provider for your mini facelift.

A mini facelift is still a major cosmetic procedure, and it’s essential to get in touch with your doctor to know if you’re an ideal candidate.

Good candidates for mini facelifts include:

  • Healthy individuals who don’t have medical conditions that can interfere with recovery
  • Those who don’t smoke or misuse substances
  • People who have realistic expectations of what the surgery entails 

Your surgeon will make small incisions in front of your ears during the procedure to perform the surgery. Sagging muscles are tightened and excess skin fat is removed. Once the surgery is complete, your surgeon will close the remaining incisions. 

Differences Between Mini Facelifts & Standard Facelifts

The main difference between a mini facelift and a standard facelift is the time commitment. A mini facelift is a quick procedure meant to clean up and tighten your skin, while a standard facelift is a larger procedure and can take 2 to 4 hours.

Another difference between the two procedures is that a mini facelift is conducted through smaller incisions and can be especially helpful if you’re susceptible to scarring.

Both procedures will require bringing someone with you to drive you home following the surgery—it’s essential to make these plans ahead of time.

 

A woman lying down on a table while receiving a fact lift procedure

Mini Facelift Aftercare

Following your mini facelift procedure, you’ll be able to go home with coverings over your stitches and possible drains. The stitches from the procedure will need to stay in for up to 10 day. Once the 10-day period comes to an end, you will attend an appointment with your surgeon to have them removed.

You may feel common side effects such as:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Bruising

These symptoms usually go away on their own after several days. However, you should call your doctor right away if you experience the following side effects:

  • Increased swelling
  • Severe pain
  • Oozing and bleeding from your stitches
  • Fever and chills
  • Loss of feeling from nerve damage

Overall, it can take several weeks to fully recover from your mini facelift procedure, after which you shouldn’t require any follow-up surgeries unless any complications arise.

A mini facelift requires proper care and maintenance, as with any invasive surgery following the procedure. 

In the first few days following your surgery, you can:

  • Rest with your head elevated
  • Take pain medication as recommended by your doctor
  • Apply cool packs to the face to ease pain and reduce swelling

Proper maintenance can bring you some relief and contribute to safely preserving your mini facelift. 

Moving Forward With a Mini Facelift

A mini facelift is a great option for people who don’t have the time to commit to a standard facelift. Minimal downtime is an essential aspect of the procedure, and you can rest easy knowing it’s a safe and proven procedure. 

Book an appointment with your doctor today to learn more about mini facelifts and see if it’s a good option for you.

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How Long Does CoolSculpting Last?

It can be a struggle to lose those last few pounds of stubborn fat. Even with a consistent diet and exercise routine, you may not be seeing the results you want.

Fortunately, there are options to help. CoolSculpting® is a highly customizable and non-invasive procedure targeting and killing unwanted fat cells.

The number of treatments needed may vary, but the results of CoolSculpting® can be long-lasting.

What is Coolsculpting?

CoolSculpting® is a body contouring medical procedure that targets specific areas of unwanted fat without undergoing surgery. The treatment is FDA approved and works by cooling the subcutaneous fat layer (the layer of fat under the skin) to destroy fat cells.

This technology can treat several areas of the body, including:

  • Stomach
  • Chin & jawline
  • Thigh
  • Waist & hips
  • Back
  • Buttocks
  • Upper arm

A consultation with a CoolSculpting® specialist can provide a treatment plan unique to you and your goals.

How Does It Work?

CoolSculpting® uses controlled cooling, known as cryolipolysis, to freeze fat cells. The cooling process is designed to treat only fat cells, leaving the skin surrounding it unharmed.

Once frozen, your body’s natural processes send the dead fat cells to the lymphatic system to be filtered out as waste. The termination of unwanted fat cells can lead to lasting results.

Does Coolsculpting Have Lasting Effects?

You can start to see the effects of CoolSculpting® in as little as 3 weeks, but it can take up to 3–4 months to see full results. As your body metabolizes frozen fat cells, you will notice the treated area becoming smoother and more contoured.

Because the targeted fat cells are killed, they can’t migrate or grow back, meaning the results can last indefinitely. If you gain weight after your CoolSculpting® treatment, fat can reappear in those targeted areas. It’s recommended to follow a healthy diet and perform regular exercise to maintain long-term results.

It’s important to note CoolSculpting® is not meant to replace diet and exercise. It’s used as an enhancement to reaching your goals.

What To Expect From The Procedure

With CoolSculpting®, no needles or anesthesia are needed. A trained medical professional will take you through each step of the procedure, including a consultation, the treatment, and post-treatment recommendations.

Consultation

Talking with a CoolSculpting® specialist will assess if this treatment is right for you. You may not be a candidate for CoolSculpting® if you have any cold-related conditions, loose skin, or poor tone.

A customized plan will be made by understanding your body, health history, and unique goals. Several treatments may be recommended to reach your desired outcome, depending on your lifestyle and budget.

Treatment

Once a plan is created, treatment can begin. You will be seated or lying down in a comfortable chair while the applicator administers cooling to the target area. Different sized and shaped applicators may be used to carefully sculpt the body.

You may feel pressure from the applicator as well as an intense cold sensation. This can feel tingly or numb. Typically a CoolSculpting® treatment can last 1-3 hours. The size and amount of areas needed to be treated can affect the time it takes.

Post-Treatment

The majority of patients experience little to no discomfort and can return to their regular daily activities following the procedure, but some common side effects include:

  • Numbness
  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Bloating
  • Tenderness
  • Skin sensitivity

Aftercare is essential for seeing long-term results. Following recommendations from a CoolSculpting® specialist, along with a healthy lifestyle, can help eliminate your unwanted fat permanently.

Proven Results

If you have tried other methods to lose fat and aren’t seeing results, CoolSculpting® could be the answer you’re looking for.

CoolSculpting® has been shown to reduce fat by 20–25% in the targeted treatment area. The procedure is gaining popularity in the United States, seeing an increase in treatments by 823%.

It is important to talk to your doctor or schedule a CoolSculpting® consultation to see if this treatment is best for you.

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What Is Sclerotherapy?

Varicose veins can affect your confidence and even your health. If you’re experiencing this condition, your doctor may recommend sclerotherapy as a treatment option, but what is this procedure? 

Continue reading to learn more about sclerotherapy, including what it is, how it works, and what it can treat. 

What Are Varicose Veins?

Varicose veins are veins that have become twisted and enlarged, typically occurring in your legs. This condition causes your veins to become enlarged, dilated, and overfilled with blood, leading to a swollen and raised appearance. Approximately 25% of adults have varicose veins to some degree. 

The severity of varicose veins can vary from person to person. Some people may have a cosmetic concern with their varicose or spider veins, a milder variation of this condition, while others can experience aches and discomfort. 

You may experience several symptoms of varicose veins, depending on your situation. Some symptoms include: 

  • Dark purple or blue-colored veins
  • Veins appearing twisted or bulging 
  • Aches or a heavy feeling in your legs
  • Muscle cramping, burning, or throbbing in your lower legs 
  • Skin discoloration around your veins
  • Itchy areas around your veins 

What Causes Varicose Veins? 

Varicose veins occur when your veins don’t function properly. Issues happen when valves within your veins fail, allowing blood to pool rather than move towards your heart. This collection of blood causes the veins to enlarge. 

Varicose veins often develop in your legs because these veins are furthest from the heart, and gravity makes it more difficult for blood to move upward. There are some potential causes for this condition, including: 

  • Pregnancy 
  • Menopause
  • Age
  • Standing for long periods
  • Obesity 
  • Family history

When varicose veins bother you, sclerotherapy is a potential option. Whether your reason for treatment is cosmetic or medical, your dermatologist can help you address this condition. 

What is Sclerotherapy?

Sclerotherapy is a non-surgical procedure used to treat varicose veins. Your doctor injects a solution called sclerosant into your affected veins, causing them to shrink. 

This shrinkage occurs because the solution irritates the vein, causing swelling before cutting off blood flow. This vein will turn into scar tissue before it fades from view. 

When Should You Consider Sclerotherapy? 

Sclerotherapy can be beneficial, but not everyone needs to have this procedure. The best way to know if sclerotherapy is right for you is to speak with your doctor. They can discuss your needs and recommend this treatment if they believe it can help. 

You should consider speaking with your doctor about sclerotherapy if: 

  • Your varicose veins are painful 
  • Your legs are sore or feel heavy
  • Your skin is patchy & dry 
  • You have rashes near any veins

Sclerotherapy Risks

Sclerotherapy is a safe and effective procedure, with 75 to 90% of patients experiencing the successful removal of veins. This treatment is less invasive than surgery and requires no anesthesia. However, there are always risks with any medical procedure.  

Possible reactions to sclerotherapy include: 

  • Bruising 
  • Redness
  • Discomfort near the injection site
  • Allergic reactions
  • Skin discoloration 

Your doctor will discuss these risks with you during your initial consultation. If you’re interested in this treatment, how does this process work?

How Does Sclerotherapy Work?

The sclerotherapy process features your consultation, treatment, and aftercare. Your doctor will explain this procedure, its risks and address your questions during the initial consultation. 

The Treatment 

Depending on your doctor’s instructions, you may need to avoid certain lotions and oils in the days leading up to your treatment. Your doctor may recommend avoiding aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, & Nuprin), and other anti-inflammatory drugs for 48 to 72 hours before your treatment begins. 

You will need to lie on your back with your legs up during the procedure. Your doctor will clean the treatment area before inserting a small needle into your vein. 

This injection features the sclerosant solution. You may feel a burning or tingling sensation as this occurs. 

Spider veins may take 3 to 6 weeks to fully respond to this procedure, and varicose veins may take between 3 to 4 months

The Aftercare

After your injection is complete, your doctor will massage the treatment area to prevent the re-entry of blood into the vein. Most times, patients require additional treatments to fully collapse a vein. If you have several varicose veins, you’ll likely need multiple treatments. 

Remaining active after your procedure finishes is important to help prevent potential blood clots. You may experience tenderness and bruising at the injection site. Another aftercare suggestion may be to avoid sunlight as it can cause dark spots in the treatment area.

Your doctor will give you detailed instructions after your treatment is complete to help you recover. 

Speak With Your Dermatologist

Sclerotherapy can help address the varicose and spider veins you’re experiencing. They can help treat your condition and address any of your concerns. If you’re interested in sclerotherapy, contact Dr. Newman and his team

 

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