Ask the Doctor
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Following are answers topics that we are frequently asked.
Laser Hair Removal
Is laser hair removal permanent? Our lasers result in permanent hair reduction. Although we cannot guarantee 100% of the hair will be gone, there will be an 80% - 90% permanent reduction. Any hair re-growth is significantly lighter in color and thinner.
Is it painful? Our LightSheer Duet is virtually painless and 75% faster than traditional laser hair removal. During consultation, a test area will be treated so you will know what to expect.
Is a consultation before hair removal required? Yes. During the consultation we perform a medical history and review of medication, view a short video, examine the area of unwanted hair, treat a small test patch in this area and provide an exact cost quote for treatment.
What is the cost for laser hair removal? It depends on the area to be treated. Comparatively, it is has big advantages over traditional hair removal treatments such as electrolysis, pulsed light treatments, tweezing, waxing and shaving. Laser hair removal is safer, more reliable and more permanent while being less costly, time consuming and painful.
What areas of the body cannot be treated by laser? None. Any area with unwanted hair can be treated.
I am of ethnic descent; will this damage my skin? No. We are able to treat all skin types.
What is a MACS-Lift? A MACS-Lift is an innovative face lift that uses new techniques to lift the foundation supporting sagging skin. We are able to perform this progressive procedure in our office in a short amount of time, under local anesthesia. Although it is less invasive and requires less cutting, the MACS-Lift produces excellent results and is safer than a traditional face lift because general anesthesia is not required.
How long is recovery after a MACS-lift? There is very little down time, pain or bruising with the MACS-Lift. Some people are even able to return to their normal activities the next day, others may want to take it easy for a few days.
Skin Renewal Centre Facial Treatments
Will the facial treatments performed at the Skin Renewal Centre hurt or make my face red? The facial treatments are designed to progressively renew skin over time. This allows for treatments that are effective, but also comfortable and even soothing. Any redness from procedures is minor and quickly goes away. You can resume with your normal activities immediately upon leaving our office.
Does a doctor perform these procedures? No, our technicians do these procedures. They are highly trained professionals who have several years of medical background. Our physicians are always available for consultation with the technicians when procedures are given.
Is there an age limit for procedures? Everyone from high-school age to senior citizens can benefit from many of our services. However, their reason for having the procedures done may be different. Which treatments, how many, and how frequently they have them will vary according to their goals for their skin.
What kind of results can I expect? Before starting the procedure, there will be a consultation where makeup will be applied to simulate the final results. Permanent makeup will give your face a fresh, enhanced look that emphasizes your features.
Does it make a difference in who administers BOTOX? To gain optimal results from your BOTOX treatment it’s important to make sure a trained physician with extensive experience performs the procedure. At Dermatology Associates, you will always have this level of expertise taking care of you. We are recognized as a national training site for BOTOX Cosmetic and train other physicians how to administer BOTOX.
Does it hurt to have a treatment? Our physicians use microfine syringes for treatments and are highly experienced at this procedure. This allows for quick, precise treatment with minimal discomfort. Typically, patients say a treatment feels comparable to a mosquito sting.
Will it make me expressionless? BOTOX that is correctly administered relaxes specific muscles that contribute to specific wrinkles. Many patients we treat for “frown lines” between the eyebrows notice people respond to them better because they no longer have a “permafrown” even when they are happy.
How soon will I see results? You will start noticing a difference in about a week, but many people continue to see improvement for an additional four to six weeks.
How long will it last? Most patients request a touch up every 4 – 7 months. This varies depending on the individual.
What kinds of dermal fillers do you use? Our options for dermal fillers have expanded to include Restylane, Juvederm, Radiesse, Perlane and Artefill. We consult with patients to offer the most effective fillers for their specific circumstances. Fillers have different advantages such as time between touch ups and reactivity to certain skin types.