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5 Facts About JUVÉDERM® VOLUMA™ XC

JUVÉDERM® VOLUMA™ XC is a dermal filler that is designed to enhance hollowed-out cheeks. Over time, our bodies begin to lose elasticity and volume, and both men and women alike begin to look older than they truly are. However, JUVÉDERM® VOLUMA™ XC can help! Enjoy the subtle, natural enhancement of JUVÉDERM® VOLUMA™ XC at the Institute of Anti-Aging Medicine and Skin Spa.

1. It Is a Hyaluronic Acid Filler

JUVÉDERM® VOLUMA™ XC is a dermal filler that uses hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid fillers are reabsorbed by the body, and they typically don’t cause any adverse reactions because they use the same chemical and molecular structure as an enzyme that’s already present in your body. JUVÉDERM® VOLUMA™ XC simply adds moisture to the skin for a smoother, more supple appearance.

2. First to Be FDA Approved

This filler is the first non-surgical hyaluronic acid filler to be FDA approved for filling and plumping the cheeks and chin of both men and women over the age of 21. Although other dermal fillers on the market have been approved by the FDA, JUVÉDERM® VOLUMA™ XC is the first volumizing filler.

3. A Little Goes a Long Way

It is true that JUVÉDERM® VOLUMA™ XC may be a little bit more expensive than other dermal fillers on the market, but because of its thickness, it isn’t broken down by the body as quickly, which ultimately leads to it lasting longer. So, while the upfront cost may be more, the results will last you a longer time. JUVÉDERM® VOLUMA™ XC typically lasts up to two years and does not need as many syringes per treatment session.

4. Known As the Liquid Facelift

JUVÉDERM® VOLUMA™ XC is specifically designed for adding volume to the cheeks. However, it can be used for any kind of mid-face rejuvenation, like increasing volume in the nose, temples, or the chin (to augment the chin, which increases projection). JUVÉDERM® VOLUMA™ XC can be used as a standalone treatment or in combination with others to help with facial balancing. Many patients choose this option before undergoing facelift surgery. It is an alternative enhancement treatment that provides great results without surgery.

5. Goes Deeper Into the Skin

JUVÉDERM® VOLUMA™ XC is injected deeper into the skin, so it is imperative that you choose a qualified injector to perform your service. At the Institute of Anti-Aging Medicine and Skin Spa, we have the knowledge and experience to put you at ease with your treatment so that you can be happy with your results.

For more information about JUVÉDERM® VOLUMA™ XC at the Institute of Anti-Aging Medicine and Skin Spa, please contact us online or call us at 713-807-1000 to schedule your consultation.

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The Down-low on JUVÉDERM® Ultra

As we age, our skin begins to age as well. The skin becomes more lax and not as full as it once was, which leaves a hollowed area in the face. These natural effects of aging happen, but JUVÉDERM® can help fight the aging process just a little bit. JUVÉDERM® is FDA approved and can be performed on both men and women over the age of 21.

What Is JUVÉDERM® Ultra?

Each injection of JUVÉDERM® Ultra contains a gel-like substance made of water, hyaluronic acid (HA), and lidocaine, which is a local anesthetic. HA is a naturally occurring sugar found in the body, which is designed to plump up your skin by retaining moisture and softness, thus increasing volume from underneath.

What Areas Can JUVÉDERM® Ultra Treat?

JUVÉDERM® Ultra can be used under the eyes to increase volume, and it can treat the lips, cheeks, and nasolabial folds for ultimate smoothness. The length of treatment time for JUVÉDERM® Ultra can take up to one hour from start to finish, depending on the amount of injectables needed to achieve your aesthetic goals.

What Can I Expect From My Results?

After your JUVÉDERM® Ultra injectable treatment, you can expect to see the deeper lines smooth away instantly. Your results will look natural with this FDA-approved dermal filler, and they can last up to one year from your initial treatment. It is recommended that you undergo repeat treatments to achieve the look you desire so that you can look refreshed and natural as you go about your normal routine.

Are There Any Side Effects?

It is very rare to experience any major side effects after a JUVÉDERM® Ultra treatment. Most patients notice some post-treatment pain, swelling, and bruising, which should dissipate after a few days. Patients may return to regular activities after their treatment; however, in the first 24 hours after the procedure, it is important that you do not rub the treatment area and that you avoid strenuous exercise, sun exposure, and alcoholic beverages.

For more information about the JUVÉDERM® Ultra or the JUVÉDERM® Collection of Fillers offered at the Institute of Anti-Aging Medicine and Skin Spa, please contact us online or call us at 713-807-1000 to schedule your consultation.

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JUVÉDERM®: The Benefits

Dermal injectables are a great way to fill the lines and creases in your skin that appear after years of aging and repetitive facial movements. Over time, your skin begins to lose its elasticity and sag. The JUVÉDERM® Collection of Fillers is designed to add volume to the areas of the face that may need a little bit of help after a while.

What Is JUVÉDERM®?

JUVÉDERM® is a synthetic form of hyaluronic acid (HA) that is injected into the skin to fill in lines and wrinkles. Additionally, it attracts moisture to the skin, which allows for a full, volumized appearance to shine through. JUVÉDERM® is FDA approved and requires little-to-no downtime after treatment. After the injectable treatment, some patients may experience redness, swelling, pain, tenderness, firmness, lumps/bumps, bruising, discoloration, and itching.

It Helps Hydrate the Skin

As men and women get older, the natural hyaluronic acid in the body starts to deplete. Because of this, there is not a lot of moisture in the skin, which can cause the skin to be very dry and recessed. This, mixed with everyday dirt, oil, and other pollutants, can cause the skin to become dehydrated, leaving more noticeable lines and wrinkles on the face. JUVÉDERM® hydrates the skin by injecting the HA dermal filler into the areas that need it the most.

Smooth & Long Lasting

JUVÉDERM® produces smooth and long-lasting results. Once the injectable is put into the treatment areas, it will hydrate the skin and add fullness and volume to the area, resulting in a smoother facial appearance. The lines are filled in, which will cause the face to appear more plump and luminous.

Other JUVÉDERM® Options

There are many different filler options in the JUVÉDERM® Collection of Fillers. Some of them treat lines and wrinkles on the face while others add volume to the lips and cheeks. Exploring all options and scheduling a consultation with the Institute of Anti-Aging Medicine and Skin Spa will help you determine which dermal filler is right for you. The JUVÉDERM® fillers we offer are:

  • JUVÉDERM® XC
  • JUVÉDERM® Ultra XC
  • JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® XC
  • JUVÉDERM VOLLURE™ XC
  • JUVÉDERM VOLBELLA® XC

For more information about JUVÉDERM® or other injectable treatments, please contact us online or call us at 713-807-1000 to schedule your consultation.

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Why Should BOTOX® Cosmetic Be Part of My Beauty Routine?

Sometimes, there is a stigma about BOTOX® Cosmetic. Many people think only wealthy people, older people, or celebrities receive the injections, but that is not the case. Men and women over the age of 18 often turn to BOTOX® Cosmetic to help slow down the effects of aging in the face as well as for other needs associated with the body. BOTOX® Cosmetic is not something to hide or be ashamed of, but rather, it is something that can help you feel comfortable and confident in your own skin as you begin to age.

It Temporarily Delays the Signs of Aging

BOTOX® Cosmetic temporarily delays the signs of aging in men and women. This injectable neurotoxin is injected into the predetermined treatment areas on the face. Once injected, the substance immobilizes the muscles in the face that create the lines and wrinkles from repetitive motions and facial expressions. BOTOX® Cosmetic is most often used to treat forehead lines, frown lines between the brows, and crow’s feet.

Appear Younger

After your BOTOX® Cosmetic injections, you will appear younger and have a smoother-looking facial appearance. The lines and wrinkles on your face will temporarily fade away, revealing a clear, wrinkle-free appearance. BOTOX® Cosmetic is FDA approved and is a very quick treatment. Most patients can enjoy this treatment on their lunch break, as it does not require any downtime. Patients can see the effects of their BOTOX® Cosmetic injectable treatment within a few days after their session. Most men and women can enjoy their smooth facial appearance for three to four months; however, repeat injections are recommended to achieve and maintain a younger-looking appearance.

What Else Can BOTOX® Treat?

BOTOX® can treat other needs that are usually not seen. Just because people will not be able to see the difference doesn’t mean that you can’t feel or notice the difference. Adding BOTOX® to your routine can help with:

  • Bladder dysfunction
  • Migraines
  • Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating)
  • Muscle contractures
  • Lazy eyes

For more information about BOTOX® Cosmetic or other injectable treatments, please contact us online or call us at 713-807-1000 to schedule your consultation.

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Is Skin Tightening With Forma™ Right for Me?

As you age, your skin becomes lax, and this can make many people feel self-conscious and worried about being seen by others. If you find yourself experiencing loose, sagging skin in the face, neck, chest, arms, and knee, then a Forma™ skin tightening procedure might be the right solution for you. This treatment can provide optimal skin tightening in the areas that need it the most.

What Is Forma™ and How Does It Work?

Forma™ is an FDA-approved, non-invasive treatment. This procedure uses radio-frequency technology and has an applicator that is designed to match the contours of the body to target fat cells and reach the deeper layers of the skin. The subdermal heating stimulates collagen and improves elasticity in the treatment area, which results in decreased wrinkles and tighter skin.

With a Forma™ procedure, there is no downtime, and side effects are very minimal. Some patients may experience redness in the treatment area, but that should dissipate within a few hours after the treatment is complete. You should be able to return to normal life within hours of the treatment.

How Do I Know if I’m a Candidate and How Many Sessions Will I Need?

Most candidates for Forma™ are men and women of all skin types who have loose, sagging skin. The most common areas treated are the face, neck, chest, arms, and the knee. By scheduling a consultation with the Institute of Anti-Aging Medicine and Skin Spa, you will be able to confirm if you are truly a candidate for this skin tightening procedure.

Depending on your specific goals, you could be advised to schedule a series of treatments to achieve the results you desire. Most patients notice their skin tightening results after about eight sessions. If multiple treatments are received and yearly visits are maintained, then your Forma™ skin tightening results may last up to a few years.

To find out more about Forma™, call the Institute of Anti-Aging Medicine and Skin Spa today at 713-807-1000 to set up your consultation or fill out our online contact form.

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Reduce the Dimples With VelaShape®

Unsightly dimples and divots in the skin can cause many women to feel self-conscious. No matter how much exercise they put in or what type of food they eat, the cellulite still appears. But VelaShape® can help give the appearance and confidence that women long for to show off their smooth, contoured body.

What Is VelaShape®?

VelaShape® is a cellulite reduction treatment that uses a combination of infrared light and radio frequency. This treatment safely guides heat through the treatment area, which can include the abdomen, arms, knees, and thighs. VelaShape® is safe for all skin types and colors, and because of this, many women are candidates for this treatment. It is important to note that this is not intended to be a weight loss treatment but is used for body contouring and skin tightening.

How Does It Work and What Does It Feel Like?

VelaShape® feels like a warm, deep-tissue massage and uses vacuum technology to manipulate the skin while infrared light and bi-polar radio frequency energies gently heat fat cells and surrounding tissue. This process is painless and has no downtime. Patients can return to regular activities right away.

When Will I Notice My Results?

After undergoing your VelaShape® treatment, you should notice a smaller circumference and reduction in the appearance of cellulite. Most patients see their results after one or two treatments; however, depending on the amount of treatment needed in each area, it could require multiple treatment sessions. Results can last longer if patients follow a balanced diet and exercise plan.

It is recommended that women who desire cellulite treatment schedule a consultation with the Institute of Anti-Aging Medicine and Skin Spa. During this consultation, you will be able to discuss your goals, and you will be examined to find out if you are a true candidate for this treatment.

Call the Institute of Anti-Aging Medicine and Skin Spa today at 713-807-1000 to set up your consultation or fill out our online contact form.

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CoolTone™: Improve Your Muscles Without Exercise

Improving your muscles without exercising sounds like a far-fetched concept, but it’s not. With CoolTone™, you can strengthen, firm, and tighten your muscles from the outside in. This FDA-cleared treatment is a game-changer for both men and women.

The CoolTone™ Process

CoolTone™ uses Active Magnetic Pulse™ (AMP™) patterns to warm up, tone, firm, and strengthen the muscles in the treatment area. This process also provides active recovery. During the treatment, CoolTone™ delivers pulses to the muscle tissue that stimulates muscle contractions in the targeted area. This treatment is not painful, and each session takes about 20 to 30 minutes to complete.

Treatment Areas

Most people want to tone up their abdominal muscles, buttocks, and thighs, and CoolTone™ treats all of those areas. Patients should be in good general health and at or close to their ideal weight. They should also maintain a healthy lifestyle. Consulting with the Institute of Anti-Aging Medicine and Skin Spa will help you find out if you are a candidate for a CoolTone™ treatment.

Sessions & Results

Most patients require a series of four to six treatments to achieve optimal results. Additional, regularly scheduled treatments are suggested to maintain results. Some patients begin to see results after about two weeks when the muscle fibers begin to build, and the results will continue to improve after that. CoolTone™ can also be combined with CoolSculpting® for comprehensive body contouring.

CoolSculpting® is an FDA-cleared, non-invasive fat-freezing technology that eliminates fat cells in nine different areas of the body. By undergoing these treatments, you are not only ridding your body of unwanted fat cells in hard-to-reach areas, but also toning, firming, and strengthening the newly contoured physique that you have been wanting to achieve. CoolTone™ and CoolSculpting® are the perfect combo for a contour that you can be proud to show off.

For more information about CoolTone™, please call the Institute of Anti-Aging Medicine and Skin Spa by filling out our online contact form or calling us at 713-807-1000 to schedule your consultation.

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5 Things You Need to Know About CoolSculpting®

Before you undergo a CoolSculpting® treatment, there are a few things that you should know. It is always important to research any procedure or treatment before deciding whether or not it’s right for you. Scheduling a consultation is the best thing you can do, but in the meantime, these five questions will be helpful to see if you are on the right track to undergo a CoolSculpting® treatment.

1. What Is CoolSculpting®?

CoolSculpting® is an FDA-cleared, non-invasive body contouring technology that eliminates up to 20 to 25 percent of treated fat cells for good in nine different areas of the body. It targets stubborn fat in the areas that bother you the most, like under the chin and jawline areas, thigh, abdomen, flank, along with bra fat, back fat, underneath the buttocks (banana roll), and the upper arm.

2. Am I a Candidate?

Ideal candidates for CoolSculpting® are in good general health. They are also individuals who have stubborn bulges of fat to eliminate rather than a lot of weight. CoolSculpting® is not a weight-loss procedure, so it is best to schedule a consultation at the Institute of Anti-Aging Medicine and Skin Spa to determine whether or not you are a true candidate.

3. How Many Sessions Will I Need?

After you have your consultation, you will be told how many CoolSculpting® sessions you will need to obtain your desired results. However, most patients usually require only one treatment per area.

4. How Long Does It Take to Notice Results?

Results can be seen within four to six weeks. Once the fat cells die off, they are naturally eliminated from the body, and the results become more visible. If necessary, patients can receive more treatments if they want more noticeable results in certain treatment areas.

5. Is CoolSculpting® Permanent?

CoolSculpting® is not permanent; however, the fat that is eliminated is gone for good. Because CoolSculpting® permanently eliminates some of the fat cells from the body, you will never regain those fat cells. Patients still need to maintain a proper diet and exercise to ensure that their results remain because the remaining fat cells can still expand if you gain weight, which causes patients to have a fuller body contour.

For more information about CoolSculpting®, please call the Institute of Anti-Aging Medicine and Skin Spa by filling out our online contact form or calling us at 713-807-1000 to schedule your consultation.

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Does Laser Hair Removal Hurt?

Many people suffer from hair in unwanted areas of the body, but sometimes they are a little hesitant to remove it because they are afraid that it will cause pain. Waxing can hurt, plucking hairs can hurt, but what about laser hair removal? With our Pain-Free, Hair-Free™ technique, you can be ready to show off your silky smooth skin without hesitation!

How Does the Pain-Free, Hair-Free™ Treatment Work?

The Pain-Free, Hair-Free™ treatment uses laser energy to heat the hair follicles until they can no longer produce hair. The entire area is targeted, so you won’t have any stragglers that may have been missed in the process. This Pain-Free, Hair-Free™ technology also uses a patented DualChill™ treatment tip to keep the surface of your skin cool and comfortable during the treatment, which allows for an even more pain-free experience.

Although it depends on the individual patient, most patients require about six to nine treatment sessions to ensure that all the hair is removed. These sessions are spaced four to six weeks apart, and yearly maintenance is also recommended to achieve and maintain optimal results.

What Areas Can Be Treated?

The areas that can be treated painlessly include the legs, arms, bikini, back, chest, stomach, face, or neck. It is important to know that patients should have colored hair, as this laser treatment does not perform on gray or white hair. It is, however, safe for all skin types.

Will I Be Out of Work After Treatment?

Pain-Free, Hair-Free™ is a painless, quick, and effective treatment. There is no downtime required with this laser hair removal treatment, and patients can return to work immediately after their treatment session. It is recommended that patients adhere to all post-treatment instructions in order to not interfere with the laser hair removal treatment process and to ensure that full results are attainable.

For more information about the Pain-Free, Hair-Free™ laser hair removal treatment, please contact the Institute of Anti-Aging Medicine and Skin Spa by filling out our online contact form or calling us at 713-807-1000.

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Am I a Candidate for a Hyfrecator Treatment?

If you suffer from unwanted lesions on your skin, then a hyfrecator treatment may be what you have been searching for. This treatment uses electrosurgery to rid the body of skin tags, cherry angiomas, and moles, so you can be comfortable in your own skin once again.

What Should I Expect During My Consultation?

During your initial consultation, your health history will be discussed, and we will confirm that your skin lesion is appropriate for removal with the hyfrecator. Depending on the particular patient, an alternative method, such as a laser treatment, may be suggested if we feel that the hyfrecator treatment may not be the treatment best suited for your skin. Our staff will also discuss what you can expect during the treatment as well as any pre-and-post-operative care that may be necessary to make your treatment more effective and improve your healing time.

Am I a Candidate?

Most people who have lesions and blemishes on their skin are candidates for a hyfrecator treatment. However, if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, then it is advised that you wait to receive this treatment. Additionally, if you have a pacemaker, you should not undergo a hyfrecator treatment due to the electrical currents.

Patients with the following skin concerns are the best candidates for a hyfrecator treatment:

  • Skin Tags
  • Cherry Angiomas
  • Fibromas
  • Seborrheic Keratosis
  • Sebaceous Hyperplasia

What Happens During a Treatment Session?

Once you are prepped and ready for treatment, the hyfrecator probe will create a small injury with electrical pulses that ends up burning the targeted lesions. The hyfrecator emits two currents, one that is low in power and one that has a high frequency to more easily remove blemishes while sealing off bleeding. This treatment is quick, effective, and minimally invasive.

Schedule your consultation today to find out if you are a candidate for a hyfrecator treatment. You may contact the Institute of Anti-Aging Medicine and Skin Spa by filling out our online contact form or calling us at 713-807-1000.