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  • Vaginal Surgery *
  • Brazilian Butt *
  • Liposuction
  • Breast Augmentation
  • Breast Lift / Reduction
  • Tummy Tuck
  • Minor Surgery
  • Rhinoplasty (Nose Jobs)
  • Eyelid Surgery
  • Laser Procedures
  • Botox & Fillers
  • Spider / Varicose Veins
  • Chemical Peels

Vaginal Surgery *

What is vaginal rejuvenation ?

Vaginal rejuvenation usually refers to a combination of any procedures that involve the vagina (vaginoplasty) and vulva (vulvoplasty or labiaplasty). They are done to improve the appearance and, in certain circumstances, improve the function of the vagina and its surrounding parts.

Vaginoplasty at LAMC utilizes incisions that are made by a device that uses radio frequency rather than lasers or scalpels, which limits damage to tissues around the incision as well as excess bleeding. The procedure is done internally under local anesthesia. During vaginoplasty, the vaginal wall is strengthened and tightened.

Labiaplasty is a reduction of excess skin from the labia minora (the smaller, inner lips of the vulva).

How do I know if I'm a good candidate ?

There is no simple answer to who would be a good candidate. The best way to find out if vaginal rejuvenation would be a good fit for you is to come in for a consultation with a surgeon.

Vaginal rejuvenation is designed to help patients experiencing symptoms such as:

  • If the structure of your vagina has changed, as in stretching, over time.
  • You have soreness or pain during sex or activities such as bike or horse riding.
  • You have experienced reduced sensation in the vagina after childbirth.
Will this make sex feel better ?

Not necessarily. Vaginal rejuvenation tightens the vaginal walls and can increase sensitivity, but does not guarantee a more pleasurable sex life.

What is recovery like ?

Recovery from vaginal rejuvenation varies from patient to patient. Your surgeon will be able to guide you and answer any questions that you have, so be sure to prepare before your consultation by writing down any questions you have. In your consultation you’ll learn about normal symptoms, side effects and the signs of potential complications after the procedure.

After the procedure, it’s normal to experience:

  • Bruising
  • Minor discomfort
  • Swelling

When you’ve undergone vaginal rejuvenation, patients are typically able to return to work after around one week. It’s recommended to not engage in sex or exercise for 4 to 6 weeks. You’re also advised to avoid baths during this time to avoid infection. Your surgeon will offer other suggestions if necessary.

Will I have scars ?

This depends on the type of procedure you receive. A labiaplasty affects the outer skin of the vulva and may leave minor surgical scarring that will fade over time. A vaginoplasty is entirely internal and does not leave any visible scarring.

Are the results permanent ?

The results are typically permanent, but a pregnancy after the procedure or significant weight gain can affect the results. These factors are not the exclusive reasons that results could change with time, but are the most common.

How much will it cost ?

$1,500 - $4,000

Brazilian Butt *

What is a Brazilian butt lift ?

The Brazilian butt lift is a surgical procedure that's done to add fullness and shape to the buttocks. The process includes a fat transfer from one or more parts of the body to the buttocks. The fat cells are drawn out through liposuction from areas such as the abdomen, hips, back or thighs and then implanted into the buttocks.

A butt lift is typically done under general anesthesia. During the procedure, small incisions are made where the fat will be drawn from and then on the patient's buttocks so the fat cells can be distributed and layered evenly. The incisions are then sewn up after the procedure is complete.

Following the surgery, small drainage tubes will be inserted and you'll be given a compression garment to wear to support and hold the new shape. This garment will need to be worn for several weeks, but might need to be worn for up to 4 months to help maintain good results. Your surgeon will give you recommendations.

How long does the procedure take ?

All procedures are different, but patients should expect the surgery to take between 2 to 8 hours.

How do I know if I'm a good candidate ?

The best way to know if you're a good candidate is through a consultation with an experienced surgeon. During your consultation, your will work with you to decide if the procedure would be an appropriate option for you. It's important to understand ahead of time that many factors can affect your candidacy. Your age, the amount of available fat you have for transfer and your general health, including heart and lung disorders will all be considered.

What are the risks associated with a Brazilian butt lift ?

As with all surgeries, there are always risks associated with infections, excess bleeding, swelling, scarring and allergic reactions to anesthesia. Your surgeon will go over these and other risks with you during your consultation.

What is the recovery like ?

After the surgery, you might have drains inserted to keep swelling down and avoid infections, you'll also be given compression garments to wear for the weeks following surgery. Some bruising and swelling is to be expected, but this should recede soon on its own within a few weeks.

You will be able to walk immediately after the procedure, but activity will be kept to minimum for the first few weeks. Your doctor will explain everything you need to do after surgery, including when to wear the compression garments, how to care for the drains, what activities you can engage in and how often.

The following weeks and months after your surgery will include some pain that should be manageable with medications prescribed by the doctor. If the pain is unmanageable, be sure to contact the physician. Routine questions are expected and you should feel comfortable contacting the doctor's office to get answers during recovery.

Are the results permanent ?

The procedure uses fat cells from your own body, which can change depending on several factors including aging, pregnancy, weight gain or loss and metabolic changes. Much of the fat that is transferred to the buttock—up to around 40%—will be absorbed back into the body. But because the cells that remain are your own, they will stay put semi-permanently.

What does it cost ?

$6,500 to $10,000

Liposuction

What is Liposuction ?

Liposuction is a surgical removal of fat deposits from targeted areas of a patient's body.

How does it work ?

Liposuction uses a narrow pen-like instrument called a cannula that is inserted through a small slit made in the patient's skin near the target area. Fat deposits are then broken up and suctioned out through a tube connected to the cannula, possibly to be transferred to another part of the patient's body.

How do I know if I'm a good candidate for liposuction ?

Though liposuction can help many people hoping to find their ideal body shape, the ideal candidates will be non-smokers within 30% of their ideal weight who have no serious illnesses that may impair the healing and recovery process after the surgery.

What areas can I treat with liposuction ?

Liposuction can be done on the abdomen, hips, thighs, calves, arms, buttocks, back, neck or face. A complete procedure may include multiple areas of the body. Liposuction can also be used to reduce breast size in men (gynecomastia) or to remove fat tumors (lipomas).

Is it permanent ?

The effects of liposuction are semi-permanent, but are not meant as a weight loss treatment. Liposuction is meant to be used as a body shaping and contouring procedure that reshapes, rather than permanently changing body composition. The best way to maintain the body shape attained through the surgery is through healthy weight maintenance including exercise, appropriate diet and professional consultation with either a nutritionist or primary care physician.

What is recovery like ?

Patients are able to go home after their procedure, but will need to reduce the amount of activity they normally do throughout a day. Patients should expect soreness during the first week of recovery that can be dealt with by using pain medication and getting rest. Immediately after the procedure, clinic staff will dress the patient in a compression garment with foam pads that will reduce swelling and bleeding. Your surgeon will let you know how long to wear the garment.

How do I get the best results from the procedure ?

Always be sure you are working with a certified cosmetic surgeon practicing within their training and specialization. After surgery, be sure to follow the instructions your surgeon gives you for the best possible recovery. Results will always vary by patient and full results may take up to a year to see. Be patient and follow the directions you receive from your doctor.

Will I have a scar ?

During the procedure, incisions are made to insert the cannula. These incisions are typically about a centimeter across and will leave mild scars that will be sewn up after the liposuction is done. If no other complications occur, the scars will heal normally and fade within a year.

Are there side effects ?

Side effects are uncommon, in particular when the procedure is conducted by a certified cosmetic surgeon. However, some side effects can occur. They include contour irregularities, rippled skin, adverse reactions to anesthesia, infection, excessive bleeding, hematoma or seroma, permanent skin color change and sensation change in the skin.

Will this affect my ability to have children ?

Liposuction does not generally create any issues in regards to pregnancy or the ability to someday be pregnant. It is not expected to have any adverse effects on your body or cause any hindrance of your ability to get pregnant. The effects of pregnancy can have significant effect on the shape and composition of your body, though.

How much does it cost ?

$2,000 and up

Breast Augmentation

What is TUBA ?

TUBA stands for Transumbilical breast augmentation. The name refers to the use of a small incision in the abdomen instead of an incision made on the breast or in the armpit, like other breast augmentation surgeries.

The surgery is performed by making a small incision just above the navel and then creating a narrow channel from the incision to the breast with a tube called an endoscope. The cavity where the implant will go is also created by the endoscope. When the incision, channel and cavity are made, the empty implant is then placed and later filled with saline water.

What is a consultation like for breast augmentation ?

When you come in for your consultation, you'll meet with the surgeon who will speak with you about realistic expectations, your health history, how the procedure works and what risks there are. The surgeon will examine your chest and make markings to demonstrate what will be changed through the procedure. By the end of the consultation, you and your surgeon will have developed a treatment plan that lays out all relevant information and when your surgery will take place.

What is recovery like ?

Every patient varies, but most patients experience pain for the first two to three days. Your surgeon will work with you before and after surgery to decide how best to manage your pain and you will most likely be prescribed a pain medication.

You should be able to walk around immediately after the procedure. And in the following days, it will be important to do so to prevent blood clots. Redness, swelling and tightness in the chest are typical, but should resolve completely within a month.

Does this procedure leave scars ?

Because TUBA is performed with an endoscope, there is only one small incision that's made above the navel. The incision will leave a minor scar that will heal with time.

What risks are there ?

As with any surgeries of this kind, risks associated with transumbilical breast augmentation include infections, hematoma, seroma, changes in breast sensation and ruptures in implants.

Can this procedure be done with silicone implants ?

Because the implant is filled inside of the body through the endoscope, it requires saline implants. These implants are of as good of quality and present less complication if they rupture.

What happens if the implant ruptures ?

In the event of a rupture, the same entry point in the abdomen will be used and no new scars will have to be made.

If I get pregnant later on, will a breast augmentation affect my ability to breastfeed ?

There is no proof that a breast augmentation will cause problems with breastfeeding later in life. However, weight gain, physical changes and breastfeeding from pregnancy can cause changes in the breasts and affect the augmentation results.

How much does it cost ?

$4,500

Breast Lift / Reduction

What are breast lift and reduction surgeries ?

Breast reductions are surgical procedures that are done to reduce the size of a patient's breasts. Women usually seek these out because their breasts cause physical discomfort and pain. Many women have also experienced emotional distress from social interactions such as teasing, harassment and bullying that cause undue shame.

Breast reductions can alleviate some of these issues, but shouldn't be considered a panacea that will fix all of the issues associated with having large breasts. This surgery is usually performed along with a breast lift, which raises and reshapes the breast.

Breast lifts are also commonly performed for women whose breasts have changed over time from age, pregnancy or weight loss. A breast lift raises the breast and repositions the nipple to face forward, sometimes resizing it as well.

How do I know if I'm a good candidate ?

All candidates need to be in good health to move forward with the surgery. Your surgeon can help assess your health during a consultation. Common candidates for breast reduction are adult women with large breasts that cause back pain, discomfort, trouble breathing or embarrassment.

Women who are pregnant, breastfeeding or considering pregnancy in the future are not recommended to choose a breast lift or reduction because all of these events can change the structure of the breasts in significant and unpredictable ways.

How long does the surgery take ?

On average, breast reduction surgery will take between three to five hours, but every patient is different. Your surgeon will be able to give you a better idea of this during your consultation.

Breast lift surgery alone is usually performed within one to two hours. Both surgeries typically require sedating the patient with general anesthesia for their comfort.

Will I have scars ?

Your surgeon will do everything they can to minimize any scarring left by the incisions from your surgery. Depending on the contours of your breasts, the incisions may be able to be hidden, but any scars left after the procedure will fade with time and blend back closer to look like the surrounding skin.

Are the results permanent ?

Results are typically long term, but some physical changes can affect the appearance of your breasts. Rapid loss or gain of weight, pregnancy and age can all cause the breasts to change.

Are there risks associated with the surgery ?

As with any surgery, there are risks for complications with breast reductions or lifts. Those risks include

  • Infections
  • Excess bleeding
  • Nerve damage (change in sensation for the breast)
  • Allergic reaction to anesthesia
  • Hematoma

Your surgeon will cover these risks with you during your free consultation, which is an appropriate time for you to raise any concerns you have about your health or your chance of experiencing complications after surgery.

What is recovery like ?

Recovery for reductions and lifts are generally similar. Immediately after surgery you will be monitored by the clinic staff to make sure you are in good health. You will likely have compression garments for circulation and drains attached to your breasts to keep fluid and blood from collecting.

Your surgeon and the staff will give you and a caretaker guidelines you should follow to ensure the best possible recovery. You'll have a follow up set up after the surgery when your progress can be assessed.

Though every patient's experience is different, most patients should be able to return to work within ten days and get back to exercising and strenuous activity within five to six weeks.

Do men receive breast reductions ?

Yes, some men opt to have a breast reduction because they have dealt with excess skin, tissue or fat that they can't reduce with diet or exercise alone. This procedure is referred to as a gynecomastia. We welcome men who are interested in this procedure to contact us for a free consultation.

How much does it cost ?

$5,500 to $9,000

Tummy Tuck

What is a Tummy Tuck ?

A tummy tuck—or abdominoplasty—is a surgical procedure that removes excess tissue from around the abdomen and strengthens the abdominal muscles.

How long does the surgery take ?

The procedure is usually performed under general anesthesia and takes around two to three hours to complete. Patients are monitored in the office after the surgery is over to ensure there are no immediate signs of complications, but patients are able to go home the same day.

How do I know if I'm a good candidate ?

The best candidates for tummy tucks are people who have lost a significant amount of weight, and are also at a stable weight before scheduling a surgery.

Patients will typically have excess or loose skin around their abdomen that won't respond to diet and exercise alone. Many people who choose a tummy tuck are mothers who have given birth, weight-loss surgery recipients and individuals who have lost a significant amount of weight in a short time from diet and exercise.

Does this require liposuction ?

A tummy tuck doesn't require liposuction, but it will often be done to even out the shape of the abdomen when excess skin is removed.

Will this help me lose weight ?

A tummy tuck isn't a weight loss surgery. They are often performed after a person receives weight loss surgery and has reached a stable weight.

What is the recovery like ?

Your surgeon will have gone over the recovery process with you during your consultation. Following your procedure, you'll be monitored to ensure you are healthy and stable before being released to go home. An initial follow up visit will be scheduled with the surgeon to remove any drains and to check on your progress.

It's normal to experience redness, swelling and bruises for the first few weeks after surgery. You should be able to return to work after about two weeks. Avoid heavy lifting for around five to six weeks.

Throughout the recovery process, it's important for you to maintain communication with your surgeon. You can do this at routine follow ups or by calling or emailing to ask questions you have during recovery.

Are the results permanent ?

Results are semi-permanent, but multiple factors can affect them. Weight fluctuation and age are both common contributing factors that can change body composition. It's recommended that you not get tummy tuck surgery if you may become pregnant again because it will affect the outcome of your surgery.

What risks are there with a tummy tuck ?

As with any surgery, there are risks associated with tummy tucks, including:

  • Infections
  • Excess bleeding
  • Nerve damage (change in sensation for the breast)
  • Allergic reaction to anesthesia
  • Blood clots
  • Hematoma.
Do men get this surgery ?

Yes they do. Around 8,000 men elected to get a tummy tuck procedure done in 2016.

How much does it cost ?

$6,000 to $9,000

Minor Surgery

What are minor surgical procedures and what can I have done at LAMC ?

Minor surgeries are simple, outpatient procedures that typically don't require general anesthetic and can be resolved with minimally invasive treatments. Because patients have different needs, we try to work with them on a case-by-case basis. Some of the most common procedures we do include:

  • Keloids
  • Skin tags
  • Moles
  • Abscesses
  • Axillary (underarm) fat removal
How do I know if what I need done is minor surgery ?

There is no exact way to do this without speaking with a trained professional who can help determine what you have and what could be the best solution to your problem. You should be able to get answers to all of your questions during your free consultation.

It's best to prepare ahead of time by creating a list of questions you have about the symptoms you're experiencing which you can bring to your consultation. With these as a reference, you'll be able to make an informed decision about your health that leads to the best possible result.

If the procedure is minor, why do I need to pay a professional to do it ?

You might not. Though that doesn't mean that you should let an issue go without a medical consultation. Your consultation is a free resource to help you decide if what you are experiencing could require treatment.

What risks are associated with these treatments ?

Generally, because these treatments are minimally invasive, there are few, if any risks. Some treatments, such as those using lasers, can cause some pain, redness or swelling, but these side-effects resolve quickly and are typically mild.

How long will a procedure take ?

This depends on many things. The amount of time it takes to complete your procedure is determined by what you need treated (the treatment decided on by you and the doctor) and whether or not the procedure can be done the same day as your consultation.

How much does a typical procedure cost ?

All procedures will vary depending on your needs as a patient, but treatments usually cost between $700 and $2000.

Rhinoplasty (Nose Jobs)

What is rhinoplasty ?

Rhinoplasty is also referred to as nose surgery or a nose job. It's a surgical procedure to change the structure of the nose to improve its function or appearance.

How do I know if I'm a good candidate for rhinoplasty ?

Every candidate is different, but the best candidates are adults who do not smoke and are healthy enough to undergo surgery. Your free consultation will give you an opportunity to meet with our surgeon and ask any questions you have about the procedure.

Can it fix my broken nose ?

Nose surgery has the potential to fix many different issues with the structure of the nose, including damage done by most injuries. Every case is different, though, and your surgeon will help you to develop realistic expectations of what surgery can accomplish.

How old do I need to be to receive rhinoplasty ?

Adult patients with fully developed noses (usually at least 18 years old) are the most appropriate candidates. Patients younger than 18 will need the permission and participation of a parent or guardian. Patients who are younger than 18 could see further growth and development in their noses, which can affect the results of a surgery.

What is recovery like ?

After your procedure is finished, your nose will have a splint and/or packing that will protect its shape while the initial healing takes place. For the first few weeks, it is normal to experience some pain, swelling and bruising, but this will fade with time. For the first year, some of these symptoms may recur, but should continue to fade over this time. During your consultation, your surgeon will discuss precautions you'll need to take to make sure you have the best possible outcome.

What risks are associated with rhinoplasty ?

Because rhinoplasty is a surgery, there are certain risks that can result from the procedure. Some of these include:

  • Infection
  • Scarring
  • Swelling
  • Change in sensation of the nose
  • Excess bleeding
  • Trouble breathing

Your surgeon will discuss other possible risks with you during your consultation and offer advice on how to see the best possible results.

What does it cost ?

$6,000 to $9,000

Eyelid Surgery

What is eyelid surgery ?

Eyelid surgery is a surgical procedure that is used to change the appearance and function of the eyes.

How do I know if I'm a good candidate for eyelid surgery ?

The best patients are people who are in good health with symptoms that include:

  • Loose or sagging skin beneath the eyes that can impair vision
  • Fatty deposits around the eye
  • Bags beneath the eye
  • Excess skin and fine wrinkles
What is recovery like ?

You will be given directions on how to care for the surgical area, including cleaning and what activities to avoid. During your consultation, you'll set up a follow up with your surgeon to check on your progress and possibly have your stitches removed. For the first week, you should use a cold compress to reduce swelling. To avoid excess bleeding, take acetaminophen rather than aspirin, ibuprofen or herbal supplements to help with any pain. In the weeks following, it's normal to have swelling and discoloration around the eyes, but this should fade quickly. However, it's important to note that complete results may take up to a year to be seen. This takes patience and commitment to the recommendations your doctor gives you. Be sure to stay in contact throughout your recovery, so you can have questions answered and see the best results.

What risks are associated with eyelid surgery ?

There are some potential risks associated with eyelid surgery, which include:

  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Swelling and bruising
  • Scarring
  • Skin discoloration
  • Damage to eye muscles
  • Dry or irritated eyes
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Blurred or impaired eyesight
  • Negative reaction to anesthesia
  • Blood clots
Is this permanent ?

The results of eyelid surgery are permanent, but the skin around the eyes can still change after surgery due to age, weight change, hormonal changes, environmental effects and more.

How much does it cost ?

$3,000 and up.

Laser Procedures

What laser procedures do you provide ?

At LAMC, we provide the following laser procedures:

  • Laser rejuvenation for the removal of precancerous lesions as well as warts and lesions. This procedure is also used for the reduction of wrinkles, blemishes, spots and scars.
  • Laser hair removal for unwanted body and facial hair.
  • Varicose and spider vein laser treatments to reduce visible varicose and spider veins. (For further information about laser vein treatments, click here. )

How do I know if I am a good candidate for a laser procedure ?

Laser procedures vary, but generally patients should be in good health and possess a positive attitude and realistic expectations. The following is a guideline for LAMC's laser procedures:

  • Laser rejuvenation
    • Healthy patients with lesions, warts and precancerous moles, light wrinkles, folds blemishes, spots and scars are commonly seen for these procedures. Patients who fit the following categories may have trouble finding the successful results they want from laser procedures:
      • Moderate to heavy acne
      • Very dark complected skin
      • Deep, lasting wrinkles
      • Excessive, sagging skin in the target areas
  • Laser hair removal
    • Patients with unwanted body or facial hair that is currently growing and present in the target areas. Hair that is not present will not be affected by the laser, so it's important that patients have not recently waxed.
Will it leave a scar ?

Except in severe cases, laser treatments do not leave scars. Be sure to discuss any issues you have had with your skin in the past during your free consultation.

Does it hurt ?

The amount of discomfort from a laser procedure varies by treatment and patient. If you have a low pain tolerance, you should discuss this during your free consultation. During your consultation, you will also find out more about the difference between skin pigments and intensity of the laser, which can affect the discomfort you might feel during the procedure.

What is recovery like ?

Typically with laser procedures, the recovery is very minimal and has few precautions to follow. With laser treatments, it's common to experience some redness, swelling and soreness at the sight of exposure. The discomfort is often compared to a sunburn, with some patients experiencing itching, stinging, cracking, peeling and even blisters. You will need to avoid itching or further irritating the area. Your specialist will make recommendations for you to follow, including cleansing and treating the skin, how to protect yourself from the sun and what steps to take in the future after recovery. Depending on the procedure you choose, you may need to return for follow up treatments to make sure you receive the maximum effect.

Are there risks associated with laser procedures ?

The greatest risks associated with laser procedures are when the operator is not a trained professional. Our laser specialists are trained to treat patients with a wide variety of needs. There are some possible complications that are associated with laser procedures, including:

  • Acne flares
  • Bacterial infection
  • Swelling
  • Scarring
  • Bruising
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Cold sore reactivation

During your free consultation, your specialist will provide you with advice and recommendations to minimize the possibility of complications.

How much does it cost ?

Depending on the treatment staring at $150 and up.

Botox & Fillers

What can dermal fillers help to treat ?

Dermal fillers have different uses based on their properties.

  • Juvederm XC is great if you would like to add volume to an area of the face such as the cheeks or lips. The active ingredient of hyaluronic acid absorbs water and creates plumpness in the injection site.
  • Radiesse is an effective treatment for wrinkles, lines and folds in the skin. It is used on areas around the face, but not the lips.
  • Restylane is also used to treat wrinkles and folds, but is a specialized treatment designed for the lips and mouth.
How do I know if fillers are right for me ?
  • The best way to know if a dermal filler is right for you is by having a consultation with a doctor who can guide your decision with specialized information. If you have any severe allergies, be sure to mention them in your consultation as there can be serious risks involved with allergic reactions to injectables.
  • The FDA has approved these treatments for the following uses:
    • Juvederm XC: Treatment of moderate to severe wrinkles and folds in the skin, lip augmentation, correction of perioral rhytids and to correct age-related volume deficit in the middle-face area of adults over the age of 21.
    • Restylane: Moderate to severe facial folds and wrinkles or in patients over the age of 21 who have age-related volume loss as well as lip augmentation.
    • Radiesse: Subdermal implantation for correction of moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds (such as nasolabial folds).
Does it have to be an injection ?
  • All fillers go under the skin and therefore need to be injected. In addition to our fillers, we also offer several topical skin care products that you can find in our shop. https://lamccosmetic.com/shop/
Does it hurt ?

The injection itself does not typically hurt at all. After the treatment, patients may experience redness, swelling or bruising at the injection site. Most side-effects from any of the treatments can be expected to resolve itself within four to seven days.

How soon can I go back to my regular routine ?

Dermal fillers are an outpatient procedure that requires only about 30 minutes to complete and has no required recovery time. Patients will often experience some swelling, redness or soreness. There is also the possibility of minor bruising at the site of the injection. It's important to avoid certain supplements such as Vitamin E, St. John's Wort and aspirin for at least a day before the procedure.

Where on my body can I get an injection ?

Fillers are most commonly used for wrinkles, lines and folds on the face. Some fillers are also effective at treating concave scars on most parts of the body.

What's the difference between the fillers ?

The main differences between the dermal fillers is their uses and ingredients. All of the treatments can be used to correct wrinkles and folds as well as to add volume. Both Restylane and Juvederm XC are used to treat the lips, but Radiesse is not. Juvederm XC and Restylane both contain hyaluronic acid which is made naturally in the body as part of the production of collagen while Radiesse uses the synthetic ingredient calcium hydroxylapatite.

Do men get these ?

Yes, they do! In 2016, Men received over 180,000 treatments of either Juvederm XC, Restylane or Radiesse.

How long do the results last ?

The results depend on each patient, And most patients will return for follow up injections before reaching their desired result, but the following amount of time can be expected with each product .

  • Juvederm XC: 3 to 5 months
  • Restylane: 3 to 5 months
  • Radiesse: 1 year or more
Can I improve my results ?

The most reliable advice for better results is to make sure you prepare for your consultation by creating a list of the questions you need to be answered to feel comfortable, avoiding alcohol before and after the procedure, avoid contact with the injection area after the treatment for the first few days and maintain healthy habits afterwards such as wearing sunscreen.

How much does it cost ?

Prices depend on patient needs and the appropriate filler used, but generally fillers will cost between $350 and $550 per treatment.

Spider / Varicose Veins

What are spider and varicose veins ?

Veins are the blood vessels that carry blood back to the heart. Both spider and varicose veins are blood vessels that are not pumping blood effectively any longer and so they start to change in appearance as well.

Spider veins are small, thin and either a blue or red color that's visible through the skin. They are often connected in a circular shape that looks similar to a spider web.

A varicose vein is a swollen and twisted blood vessel that's raised above the skin around it. They are not always colorful, but they can show through the skin as blue. Varicose veins can cause cramps, swelling and fatigue in a leg.

How do I know if I'm a good candidate ?

If you show any signs and symptoms of either spider or varicose veins, you are most likely a good candidate. Your vital signs and health history will be assessed during your consultation as well as your commitment to leading a healthy lifestyle to promote the best possible results.

What is the treatment like ?

Treatment may include one of two different possible options. The main options are laser therapy or sclerotherapy. Laser therapy uses laser light shined onto the surface of the skin where the spider or varicose veins are visible. It causes the veins to break down inside the body and then fade. Sclerotherapy uses a series of small injections into the veins that causes them to break down and eventually fade as well.

Most veins require multiple visits to treat effectively, with the number varying based on the symptoms and the patient. With both laser and sclerotherapy, each treatment will typically take about twenty minutes on average.

What is recovery like ?

Your surgeon will explain the follow up process to you during your consultation, but they often include wearing a compression garment for three to six weeks after the treatment to maintain pressure on the area affected by the spider or varicose veins. Bruising is common, but should start fading within the first week. Sitting or standing for more than an hour or doing activities that require exerting effort should also be avoided for the first few weeks. You will have a follow up with your doctor after the procedure where time frames can be discussed in more detail as well.

Does it hurt ?

The discomfort associated with either a sclerotherapy or laser therapy treatment is mild, but depends mostly on you as a patient. Some patients have low pain tolerances and should make sure to note this during your consultation. Side effects from the treatments may include soreness, redness and swelling at the sight of the injection or laser exposure. These effects will typically resolve themselves within a couple of days.

What risks are there ?

Though these procedures are minimally invasive and present few major concerns, they can be associated with certain risks, such as:

  • Infection
  • Changes in the skin sensation
  • Scarring
  • Ulcers
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Continuous pain

It's important for you to discuss any unexpected symptoms after your procedure with your doctor so these can be dealt with as quickly as possible.

How much does it cost ?

Treatments cost between $100 and $150 per treatment.

Chemical Peels

What is a chemical peel?

A chemical peel is a skin treatment that uses one or more chemical solutions to improve the skin. During the procedure, the solution is applied to the face, allowed to take effect and then removed by washing and rinsing. Chemical peels help to refresh the skin, giving it a more hydrated appearance with even coloring.

How do I know if I'm a good candidate ?

The best way to know if you are a good candidate is through a free consultation with one of our estheticians. They will be able to analyze your skin's condition and give you the most appropriate advice for how to move forward. There are many people who chemical peels won't be right for. If you have sensitive skin, a dark complexion, a tendency toward scarring or are allergic to products used in the procedure, a chemical peel will not be a good solution to your situation.

How long does it take?

All procedures are different, but treatments typically take between twenty and forty minutes. However, much of the effects of the chemical peel will take place over the following week, where skin can be expected to become temporarily rough and peel off. This will show the new, vibrant skin underneath.

How do I get the best results?

Everyone's skin is different, so the best preparation will depend on the recommendations you receive in your consultation. Be sure to prepare for your consultation by creating a list of all the questions and concerns you have about getting a chemical peel. Your doctor or esthetician will be able to suggest what products to use before and after your chemical peel.

Are there any risks?

Though chemical peels present few risks, there are some potential side effects such as scarring, infection, hyperpigmentation and discoloration. Be sure to discuss any medications you are currently using during your consultation, history of skin disorders or infections as these could potentially cause complications.

How much does it cost?

$150 and up.

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Disclaimer: Results vary, patients may achieve different cosmetic and weight loss results depending on body type, medical history, selected procedure and a variety of other factors. One patient’s success as shown by before and after pictures in no way guarantees similar results for other prospective patients.
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