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Frequency of Botox injections

Question: How often are Botox injections administered? Answer: It depends. For most patients, cosmetic use of Botox for dynamic facial lines needs repeated injections every 3-4 months on average. Botox for masseter hypertrophy or hyperhidrosis (under arm) can last up to 6 months or more.

Drooping brows after Botox

Question: What causes brow droop after Botox injections and can it be fixed? Answer: Contrary to what most people think, brow drop secondary to Botox injection is not from “nerve damage”. Botox works by inhibiting muscle-to-muscle communication. The ‘drop’ you may see with Botox injection is from total muscle relaxation. It is best to avoid it. Unfortunately, […]

How to inject different fillers

Question: Do injection techniques differ with different injectable fillers, i.e. the depth of the injection, the area of the injection, etc.? Answer: Yes. Some fillers should be injected deeper than others. Radiesse, a calcium-based filler that should be injected deeper in the dermis than most of the hyaluronic acid type fillers that are on the […]

Ulthera for sagging neckline

Question: Is ultherapy a good treatment for a saggy neck? Answer: Ulthera uses ultrasound energy to stimulate your own collagen production. This will have a positive effect on your skin by firming and lifting your skin. For some patients, the treatment also improves skin’s texture. Patients with loose skin or sagging neck will not see a […]

Healing after a TCA chemical peel

Question: How much time will I need to take off work for a physician strength chemical peel? I don’t want to go back to work until my face looks 100% normal. Does the peeling/healing process hurt? Answer: TCA 35%-40% peel is performed usually by a physician under intravenous sedation. This type of peel is an excellent […]

Actinic keratosis treatment

Question: Are chemical peels effective in treating actinic keratosis? Answer: It depends on the type of chemical peel and the depth of penetration. A more superficial chemical peel may not penetrate deep enough into the skin to have an effect. A deeper chemical peel such as TCA 35% or 40% peel may work well to treat superficial […]

Perlane vs Juvederm

Question: Is Perlane or Juvederm better for filling nasolabial folds? Answer: Both should work well for smile lines. Perlane is a thicker substance than the Juvederm XC (Juvederm XC Plus is available for those who want thicker Juvederm) and it works well for patients with deeper smile lines. Perlane uses a wider bore needle and carries a […]

What is ultherapy?

Question: There doesn’t seem to be a lot of information out there about ultherapy. Can you explain what it is, what it treats, and how effective it is? Answer: Ultherapy uses ultrasound energy to stimulate the collagen in your skin to tone and lift the skin. It is a non-surgical option for facial rejuvenation. The entire […]

What can I expect of the recovery after my hair transplant?

Question: What can I expect of the recovery after my hair transplant? Answer: There will be minimal crusting in the recipient site. These will fall off on its own. It’s important not to pick them. Most patients are able to shampoo within 6-7 days post procedure, use hair products and return to aerobic exercises within […]

Botox as a preventative measure?

Question: Does Botox prevent new wrinkles from forming, or does it only treat existing ones? Answer:  An argument can be made that Botox does both. It will treat the motion related lines that are already present on your face (upper third of your face), but used repeatedly it will prevent your skin from forming new […]