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How Is Sculptra Different From Other Fillers?

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sculptra and other fillersWhen you are considering a dermal filler to help ease the appearance of wrinkles and signs of aging on your face, it might seem as though the market is flooded with options. While some brand name fillers are made with similar ingredients and perform largely the same function, others, such asSculptra Aesthetic, stand apart from the rest.

Sculptra differs from fillers such as Juvederm and Radiesse not only in the way it works or how long it lasts but in its entirely different ingredient makeup.

Secret Ingredient

The active ingredient in Sculptra is poly-L-lactic acid. Polylactic acid is a synthetic ingredient that acts as stimulator in the body. Instead of simply adding volume, it encourages the production of collagen in the body. Sculptra is injected deeper into the dermis than other fillers.

Although a synthetic ingredient, poly-L-lactic acid is completely absorbed by the body over time. The ingredient is biodegradable and biosynthetic. It’s been used for several decades as the main ingredient in dissolvable sutures.

The exact location of each injection depends on what area of the face you want treated. Sculptra Aesthetic is commonly used to treat the nasolabial folds, or the lines that form between the nose and mouth.

It can also treat marionette lines on the sides of the mouth and chin wrinkles. The filler was initially designed as a treatment for people with facial wasting, so it can also be used to restore volume loss in the cheeks.

When Results Appear

Another big difference between Sculptra and other dermal fillers is how long it takes the results to appear. When you receive an injection of  Juvederm, for example, the results are visible immediately after the treatment. The results from Sculptra appear slowly, usually over the course of a few months. You typically need two or three injections of the filler, spaced over the course of several months.

Since other fillers give you immediate results, it might not seem that it’s worth it to wait for the results from Sculptra. But, it’s important to understand that the injection works differently than other fillers. Many patients find that the benefits of the injection far outweigh the need to wait for results to appear.

How Long It Lasts

One of the big benefits of Sculptra Aesthetic is how long the results last once they are visible. Typically, the results from a dermal filler fade after a year or so. The results from Sculptra last two years. In some cases, the results last longer than two years. For some, the longer lasting results is worth the wait and having to undergo multiple injections.

Side Effects and Concerns

As with any dermal filler, there are some potential side effects and concerns related to Sculptra. Some of the more obvious side effects include pain at the site of the injection, bruising, redness and swelling. It’s worth noting that initially, the treated area might swell enough to give you a general idea of the type of results you can expect to see. Within a few days, the swelling will go down.

Small bumps, known as granulomas, can develop under the skin after an injection. The bumps can form if the filler isn’t properly disbursed under the skin or if it’s injected into an area where the skin is thin, such as beneath the eyes. Having an experienced surgeon or medical professional inject Sculptra can help you avoid bumps and other side effects.

How you treat the area after injection helps reduce the risk of side effects. For example, applying an ice pack to the treated area can help reduce swelling. It’s often recommended that you massage the injection site several times daily in the first five days after treatment to keep bumps from forming. Avoiding sun exposure after treatment will reduce redness and protection your skin.

The Treatment

Like other dermal fillers, the treatment process for Sculptra is relatively quick. The entire procedure takes less than 30 minutes. The number of injections you receive during a treatment session depends on what areas you want treated and how many areas you want treated. You can usually go back to your regular activities right after treatment.

If you are want a long-lasting dermal filler that provides natural looking results, Sculptra might be right for you. Dr. Gregory Chernoff is available to answer any additional questions you might have about the filler. Schedule an appointment atChernoff Cosmetic Surgery by contacting the office nearest you today.

If you’re in the Midwest, call (317) 573-8899 for a consultation. On the West Coast, call (707) 544-3232 for the Santa Rosa office or (800) 482-5499 forNewport Beach and Beverly Hills.

Fact or Fiction? What You Need to Know About Botox

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be safe about botoxThere’s a lot of information available about Botox online, in magazines and from people you might know.

Unfortunately, a lot of the information out there isn’t accurate or is downright misleading. If you’re thinking of getting Botox injections to ease the look of frown lines or crow’s feets, it’s important that you separate fact from fiction.

Fiction: Anyone Can Inject Botox

If someone invites you to a “Botox party,” it’s in your best interest to decline, unless that party is held at a medical practice and the person doing the injections is a trained medical professional. Not everyone has the training or ability to administer Botox injections.

There are more than 40 muscles in the face. For the injection to work properly and reduce the right wrinkles, the person giving the injection needs to know where the proper muscles and inject the Botox into that specific location.

If the person giving the injection isn’t experienced or trained, the risk of serious side effects increases. Don’t risk droopy eyes or uneven results. Only see a medical professional, in a medical setting, for your injections.

Fact: Botox Is a Brand Name

Botox is just a brand name, and it’s not the only injection of its kind out there. Other treatments that also contain the botulinum toxin include Dysport. There are some differences between brands, mainly in terms of price and how quickly you see results. If both options are available to you, you can weigh the pros and cons of each with your surgeon.

Fiction: Botox Works on Wrinkles You Can’t See Yet

When it comes to Botox injections, you can’t treat what you can’t see. A surgeon won’t be able to inject the substance into lines or wrinkles that don’t exist quite yet. If you’re concerned about aging, but don’t have evidence of wrinkles yet, the best thing you can do is start protecting your skin. Wear sunscreen everyday and a moisturizer regularly to keep skin soft.

Fact: Botox Is OK for Younger People

While doctors can’t treat lines that haven’t formed yet, they are able to inject Botox into wrinkles that are just beginning to form. Botox isn’t just for people in their 40s or older. It can be helpful to people in their 30s or younger who are beginning to see signs of aging, particularly dynamic lines such as frown lines.

Some people see value in getting what’s called preventative Botox, or Botox injections at a younger age, as it diminishes the need for injections or more invasive procedures later in life. If you’re still in your 30s and are concerned about lines and wrinkles, it’s a good idea to discuss your options with your doctor.

Fiction: Everyone Will Know

The only people who will be able to tell that you’ve received Botox injections are the people you’ve told about the treatment. The injections don’t give you a frozen face or leave you unable to move the muscles on your face. Botox blocks the nerve signals to a certain set of muscles, leaving the other ones free to move. You won’t leave the doctor’s office looking like a deer in headlights or as though you’ve been surprised. In fact, it typically takes a few days for the effects of the treatment to appear.

Fact: Botox Can Cause Side Effects

As with any treatment, there is some risk of side effects if you decide to receive Botox. You might feel a bit of discomfort during the injection and have bruising or redness afterwards. Your doctor can reduce discomfort from the injection by applying a topical numbing cream beforehand.

More serious side effects can occur if the toxin moves from the site of the injection to another area of the body. You can reduce the risk of the toxin migrating by not rubbing or touching the area. If the toxin does migrate, you might have trouble breathing or swallowing. Keep in mind that such side effects are very rare.

First approved for cosmetic use by the FDA in 2002, Botox has helped reduce the signs of wrinkles on many a person’s face. If you’re still weighing the pros and cons of Botox and want more information, Dr. Gregory Chernoff at Chernoff Cosmetic Surgery can help. He can give you insight on the injections and make recommendations based on the type of lines you might have.

His practice has locations in the Midwest and on the West Coast. For an appointment in the Midwest, call (317) 573-8899. If you’re on the West Coast, call (707) 544-3232 for the Santa Rosa office. You can call (800) 482-5499 toll free for Newport Beach and Beverly Hills.

Explore Your Facial Options

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what facial is right for youNo matter your skin type, whether it’s oily, dry, prone to breakouts or just starting to show signs of aging, a facial can help.

Facials are designed to deep-clean the skin, provide the skin with nutrients and antioxidants, and in some cases, stimulate the production of collagen.

Dr. Chernoff offers patients at his Indianapolis and Santa Rosa practices a wide range of options for facials. Learn more about what you can expect when you book a facial and how to choose the one that’s right for your skin.

Facial Options

The type of facial that’s best for you depends on your skin type. Facials for dry skin typically contain moisturizing and soothing ingredients while facials designed to help fight the signs of aging typically contain ingredients that help even skin tone or reduce the look of wrinkles. Some facials use intense light, oxygen, or microdermabrasion, as well.

For example, if your skin is oily or prone to breakouts, a facial that contains alpha hydroxy or beta hydroxy acids might be ideal. The acids help clear up the skin without drying it out. Antioxidants are also commonly used in facials for problem skin. For example, green tea can help pimples and acne.

If you are looking for a facial that will help even out your skin tone or firm up skin, one that contains vitamin C, such as the Replenish facial offered at the Santa Rosa practice, might work well for you. The antioxidants found in the facial helps your skin look brighter right away and helps increase collagen production.

Sometimes, a facial can help you feel more relaxed and soothed. The European facial offered at the Indianapolis office includes steam to help open up pores, a facial massage and a mask that’s rich in nutrients. The facial concludes with a hand massage to make the experience even more relaxing.

Typical Components of a Facial

Usually, when you get a facial, it contains four steps. The doctor or aesthetician performing it will begin by cleansing your skin. Cleaning the skin is an essential part of any facial, as it gives the practitioner a clean slate and will improve the results of the facial.

After the skin is cleansed, it is usually exfoliated to remove dry, dead skin cells. Exfoliation can be performed using a peel, microdermabrasion, or intense pulsed light. Some facials require the use of steam during this step to help open the pores and prep the skin for exfoliation. While many patients find the warm steam soothing, others don’t.

A facial massage is often part of the process. The massage can help improve the radiance of your skin and help with cell turnover. Massage can also improve blood flow in the face, improving the way your skin looks and feels.

A mask that either hydrates the skin or nourishes it is a common part of the facial, too. It might be what most people think of when they think about facials. The ingredients in the mask depend on your specific wants. For example, a silicone mask is ideal if you want an extra dose of moisture in the skin.

Understanding Extractions

Extractions can be part of the facial process. During extraction, the aesthetician is removing whiteheads and blackheads from your pores, using either gloved fingers or a special tool. Professional extractions during a facial are a lot different than trying to pop or pick at a blemish at home.

The aesthetician is trained in the procedure and usually needs a license to perform it. She uses a magnifying glass so that she can see clearly the pore and the blemish. Despite training and skill, extraction can be a little uncomfortable for some people. If your facial includes extraction in the description, you can ask the aesthetician to stop if you find it unbearable.

Before and After the Facial

Be gentle with your skin before going in for the facial. There’s no need to do a peel or facial at home in the days or week before your treatment. If you are a man with facial hair, don’t shave the same day as the facial.

After the treatment, you want to take care of your skin so that the results last longer. That means following any directions given to you by the aesthetician or doctor. You might be given a balm or ointment to wear to soothe any irritation or reduce redness. Wear sunscreen and limit sun exposure, if possible.

Keep up the habit of washing your face before you go to bed and always remove makeup. Moisturizing regularly will help you maintain refreshed, glowing skin.

Learn more about the facial options available at Chernoff Cosmetic Surgery by contacting the office nearest you today. The practice has locations in Indiana and California.

If you’re on the West Coast, call (707) 544-3232 for the Santa Rosa office or (800) 482-5499 for Newport Beach and Beverly Hills. In the Midwest, call (317) 573-8899 to learn more about your options and to book your first facial today.

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