Fillers are injectable substances that can correct issues and enhance facial beauty. Unlike plastic surgery, injectables like Botox, Kybella, and Juvederm can be administered in just minutes in an outpatient setting at Ageless. Whether your concerns include wrinkles, volume loss, double chin, thin lips, or something else, there is an injectable that can help.
Botox Cosmetic is an injectable that addresses lines on the forehead and around the eyes. These lines, commonly called frown lines and crow’s feet, result from muscle contractions while making expressions. Over the years, the lines created when you squint or frown will become etched into the skin. This can make you look angry or tired all the time, but Botox can help by smoothing away the lines.
Botox can correct horizontal forehead lines, vertical lines between the eyebrows, and lines around the eyes. The injections are very precise so that the muscles causing the wrinkles are temporarily frozen. You’ll still be able to make expressions after having Botox treatment, but you’ll find it harder to create deep frowns and squints. Botox treatment takes only around 10 minutes in office. The treatment is generally not painful, as very fine needles are used. Most patients see results at around seven days post-treatment, although you may notice improvement before that time.
Kybella is the first injectable of its kind: an FDA approved treatment for submental fat. Submental fat, better known as the “double chin,” is extremely difficult to lose, even if you manage to lose significant extra fat elsewhere on your body. Kybella is injected into the fat cells below the chin, where it goes to work destroying the fat. Kybella treatment can be different for each patient, depending on the exact location and amount of fat. Kybella is also used in the bra fat area — a treatment called Armbella or Brabella. Like double chin fat, this fat is hard to lose but can be effectively targeted with Kybella.
Most patients need two treatment sessions, with each session including two vials of Kybella. Some patients may need more extensive treatment, possibly up to four treatment sessions. Each session is only 30-60 minutes in total. A topical anesthetic will be used to make the injection process as comfortable and easy as possible. Once the treatment is complete, you can return to your normal routine whenever you wish.
Juvederm is a dermal filler that adds volume to the areas of the face where it’s needed. It’s natural to experience volume loss with age. This volume loss can result in deep folds around the mouth and nose, sunken cheeks, or thinning of the lips. Juvederm is in the hyaluronic acid family of dermal fillers that can address all of these problems. Juvederm Vollure XC fills in facial folds, Juvederm Ultra XC plumps the lips, and Juvederm Vollbella XC smooths away lip lines and adds subtle volume.
Juvederm treatment is done in the office, with most appointments taking only around half an hour. Since an anesthetic is included in the Juvederm formulas, most patients tolerate the injections quite well. A topical anesthetic or ice pack may also be applied to enhance comfort even more. Juvederm takes effect immediately, and you can return to your normal routine as soon as you leave your appointment.
How Do They Work?
Each filler works differently based on its formulation and purpose. Botox forces muscles to stop over-contracting, Kybella targets fat cells to destroy them permanently, and Juvederm adds immediate natural-looking volume where it’s needed. Each of these injectables has its own unique and special purpose, and our team is happy to help you decide which is right for you.
Why Are Fillers So Popular?
There’s no doubt that fillers and other injectables are popular today. In fact, they’re now more popular than cosmetic surgery in many cases. There are a number of reasons for this popularity, including all of the following.
1. Results are visible quickly.
Juvederm takes effect right away, and Botox takes effect in less than a week. Kybella also offers relatively rapid results — you’ll usually see a difference after either one or two treatment sessions.
2. It will make your skin look more youthful.
Many patients are drawn to fillers because they’re unhappy with the way that their appearance has changed with age. Fillers offer the chance to turn back the clock in a non-invasive way. You’ll get younger looking skin without surgery.
3. There’s no downtime.
There’s no recovery time needed after you get fillers. Most patients resume their normal routine right away.
4. The treatment is quick.
Fillers can be done in minutes, with appointments being under an hour in total. You can even plan a filler appointment on your lunch break and then go right back to work if you want to.
5. You don’t have to wait to wear makeup.
You may want to conceal any minor redness or bruising with makeup — and that’s no problem at all with fillers. You can apply makeup as soon as you’re done with your appointment.
6. It isn’t painful.
Fillers aren’t painful at all. The thinnest of needles are used to precisely deliver the product, and you’ll also have topical anesthesia to ensure your comfort. Many patients say that fillers are pain-free, or cause only a mild amount of temporary discomfort at most.
Laser skin treatments are non-surgical solutions for a wide variety of skin problems and concerns. Sun exposure, skin disease, the aging process, and even genetics can cause skin problems on the face or in other areas of the body. Issues like wrinkles, poor skin tone, skin laxity, hyperpigmentation, acne scars, and poor skin texture can all be corrected with the help of laser skin treatments. Here is the essential info about laser skin treatments.
What Skin Concerns Does Laser Therapy Address?
Laser skin treatments can help with most skin issues, including all of the following:
- Acne scars
- Sun spots
- Visible blood vessels
- Loose skin
- Rough skin texture
- Poor skin tone
- Sagging skin
Many patients who choose laser skin therapy have more than one skin concern. In some cases, patients are unhappy with many different aspects of their skin and they simply want an overall rejuvenation effect—something that laser skin treatments are perfectly suited to deliver. Ageless in Pensacola offers several different types of laser skin treatments. Dr. Harris can help you choose the right option based on your unique needs and goals.
What Skin Laser Options Are Available?
BroadBand Light (BBL Sciton)
The BBL treatment is the strongest IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) skin treatment available today. The BBL system delivers photothermal light energy directly into the top layers of skin, causing your skin to absorb heat in the treatment areas. This heat prompts regeneration of skin cells, allowing for a fresher and more youthful appearance.
BBL treatment is often used for sun damage, smaller blood vessels, and uneven pigmentation. While the face and neck are the most popular areas for BBL treatment, many patients also opt for this treatment on other areas such as the hands and the shoulders. BBL treatment can be used as a stand-alone treatment or in combination with other types of laser skin treatments.
Sciton Halo is a treatment that is designed to deal with sun damage and the effects of natural aging through dermal heating and epidermal renewal. Over the years, many people become unhappy with the appearance of their skin as sun spots, lines, and poor skin tone develop. Sciton Halo is unique among laser treatments because it targets the specific skin depth needed to repair these types of issues.
Sciton Halo can improve skin tone, texture, and overall appearance. This treatment is effective for fine lines, wrinkles, and even large pores. With Halo Hybrid treatments, even scarring can be addressed. Sciton Halo treatment can be personalized based on your specific skin damage, and the treatment can be adjusted based on your time constraints. These treatments typically require 3-5 days of social downtime.
The Sciton ProFractional laser is a fully tunable skin resurfacing device. This treatment can address a variety of skin problems, including poor skin tone, rough skin texture, fine facial lines, deep facial wrinkles, and acne scars. ProFractional laser treatment is so effective because it can be easily customized to your needs. This treatment stimulates your body to create new collagen, which means that even deeper wrinkles can be treated effectively.
Treatments can range from shallow to deep depending on what type of correction is needed. The Sciton ProFractional treatment can be personalized according to your schedule. Generally, there will be a couple of days of downtime for shallow treatments, and longer downtime for the deep treatments.
What Should I Expect During Laser Skin Resurfacing?
Laser skin resurfacing is generally very well tolerated. To ensure your comfort, a topical anesthetic is used for the more shallow treatments. For deeper treatments, a local anesthetic may be used. You’ll wear eye protection during your laser treatment, and you’ll simply relax for the duration of the treatment. You may experience some warmth, along with a slight snapping sensation, but thanks to the anesthetic it’s unlikely to be uncomfortable.
The length of therapy varies considerably based on your needs and treatment goals. Many patients need only one treatment, while others may benefit from a series of treatments. Each treatment session lasts only about 15-30 minutes, and you can return home immediately afterward.
Recovery After Laser Skin Treatment
After your laser skin treatment, you should follow the guidelines from Dr. Harris closely. Most patients can wear makeup 24 hours after laser skin treatment, but for deeper treatments, you may need to wait a few days to do so. It’s important to avoid sun exposure until the skin is fully healed. This may take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks, depending on the depth of your laser skin treatment. Whenever you’re out in the sun, use a high-quality sunscreen at all times.
Redness and peeling are normal after a laser skin treatment. Peeling usually begins after 3-4 days, and the new skin below is usually evident by day 5. However, for lighter treatments, this process may be even shorter and for deeper treatments, it can be longer.
When Should I Expect to See Results From Laser Skin Treatment?
You can expect to see results 2-5 days after your laser skin treatment, although this varies depending on the type and the depth of the treatment. One of the major benefits of treatments like Sciton Halo is that results only get better with time. Pigmentation continues to improve for 2-3 weeks, and then the new collagen production continues for several months thereafter.
We offer laser skin treatments of all types, Botox, dermal fillers, Kybella, hormone replacement therapy, and everything else that you need to look and feel your very best. Contact us anytime to arrange a consultation appointment. We will customize a treatment just for you!
Hormone replacement therapy is a treatment that is designed to restore the hormones that you’ve lost over time. Hormone replacement therapy typically involves quick and easy injections of estrogen (and progestogen in some cases.) When women enter their menopausal years, their hormones sharply decrease. About 80 percent of all women experience difficult symptoms as a result of hormone depletion during menopause. There can be a number of unpleasant side effects of menopause, but there is an excellent solution in the form of hormone replacement therapy. Here are five reasons to consider hormone replacement therapy.
What Can Hormones Do for Me?
Hormone replacement therapy can help restore not just normal hormone levels, but also normal life. The difficult effects of menopause can be greatly reduced or even eliminated with hormone replacement therapy. All of the following benefits are possible with hormone replacement therapy:
#1: Anti-Aging Benefits
Many women notice that they seem to age more rapidly as they move into menopause. This can include all of the following problems.
- Dry skin
- Lines and wrinkles
- Reduction in skin elasticity
- Thinning hair
- Limp and dull-looking hair
- Weak fingernails that split easily
- Tendency to gain weight more easily
- Increased tendency towards osteoporosis
This change in appearance can have a severe negative impact on self-esteem, but hormone replacement therapy can help. During hormone replacement therapy, the body produces more collagen. This helps prevent facial volume loss, and it can also fill in lines and wrinkles. Collagen also helps improve the condition of hair and nails.
Women who begin a regular hormone replacement therapy program often notice a dramatic improvement in their overall appearance. It’s possible to look and feel years younger without any surgery at all through hormone replacement therapy.
#2: Mood Enhancement
One of the most common effects of menopause is a change in mood. Many women experience dramatic mood swings, often quite unpredictable ones. It’s also quite common for women to experience severe depression in the menopausal years. This depression is the physical effect of reduced female hormones, and it can also be the emotional effect of noticing changes in the body and mind.
Hormone replacement therapy can greatly improve mood, allowing you to feel normal again. Many women say that hormone replacement therapy allows them to feel like their former self again. If you begin hormone replacement therapy early enough, this can mean that you won’t have to suffer the mood swings and depression that many women experience during their transition into menopause.
#3: Better Sleep
When hormones decrease, it’s common to experience sleep disturbances. This may include the following issues.
- Night sweats
- Difficulty in falling asleep
- Difficulty in staying asleep
- Lack of restful sleep
When your estrogen levels decrease, you may also become more vulnerable to other environmental factors that can cause sleep problems. Hormone replacement therapy allows your body to return to its normal sleep schedule. You can have the same quality of sleep that you had before menopause, and this can have a positive impact on all areas of your life. You’ll feel better during the day and have an improved mood when you’re properly rested.
#4: Increased Libido
Decreased libido is one of the problems most commonly associated with menopause. The lack of hormones in the body can have swift and dramatic effects on the libido. Many women say that their interest in sex sharply declines or even vanishes completely. This is a normal result of hormone depletion, but fortunately, it’s not something you have to live with.
Hormone replacement therapy can return libido levels to normal. This is a huge benefit not only to menopausal women, but to their partners as well. In fact, for some women, hormone replacement therapy may even be instrumental in saving their relationship. If hormone replacement therapy is started as soon as the hormone levels start to decrease, you may be able to completely avoid changes in the libido.
#5: Improved Focus
A lack of focus is quite common during menopause. Many women refer to this as “brain fog.” When brain fog occurs, you might find it difficult to focus on projects at work or at home. You might even forget things that you would never have forgotten before menopause. For example, you might forget the names of people you know or misplace your keys only seconds after putting them away. Brain fog can be not just frustrating but also embarrassing for menopausal women, but hormone replacement therapy can help.
The ovarian hormones directly affect brain function. They play a crucial role in learning, memory, synapses’ function and even neuron growth. Hormone replacement therapy allows you to have healthy and normal levels of ovarian hormones, which means that your brain function can return to its pre-menopause levels once again.
Why Ageless Pensacola?
The Ageless Pensacola team can give you rapid relief through hormone replacement therapy. Many patients begin to experience the benefits discussed above in as little as a few days. Contact us any time to learn more about how hormone replacement therapy can benefit you!