Monthly Archives: July 2016

Relax your wrinkles with neuromodulators

Neuromodulators are types of injection treatments performed by your dermatologist to get rid of wrinkles and lines.  There are three different neuromodulators available: Botox®, Dysport® and Xeomin®.  They are all used to lessen or even eliminate of the lines on the forehead, between the eyebrows and around the eyes.  These wrinkles are also popularly referred to as: worry lines, 11 lines, or Crow’s feet.  Neuromodulators work by softening the muscles that are responsible for creating wrinkles in the first place. After treatment, the muscles become relaxed and thereby permit the overlying skin to smoothen and unwrinkle.

Botox®, Dysport® and Xeomin® are different brands neuromodulators that work in similar ways.

1. At what age should I start doing Botox®, Dysport® and Xeomin® ?
There is no exact age that is right or wrong to start doing these treatments. Some people start doing neuromodulator treatments when they first notice wrinkles appearing. Other people do them to prevent wrinkles. Whether you are 25 or 65, you are the right age to start doing a neuromodulator treatment.


2. How long does the procedure last?
Less than five minutes! No numbing medicine is needed. A series of injections with a very tiny needle are done in the areas of the wrinkles.

3. Can I go back to work right afterwards?
Yes!  No one will know that you just had the treatment done.

4. Can I exercise after the procedure?
Yes! You are not restricted in any way.

5. How long do the results last last?
The muscle remains relaxed, and the wrinkles are gone for three to four months. When it wears off, the wrinkles come back. Therefore, to keep wrinkles gone for good, a neuromodulator treatment needs to be done every 3 – 4 months.

6. Do people like it?
Yes, one study looking specifically at Botox® demonstrated a 97% satisfaction rate.

7. Will it start to work immediately after the procedure?
The muscles will soften 2 – 10 days after treatment and the wrinkles will start to go away at this time.

8. Is Botox®, Dysport® and Xeomin® safe?
Yes! It is very safe. There have been ZERO serious problems ever reported from cosmetic use of these products.

Non-Ablative Laser Skin Resurfacing

After some time, chronic sun exposure and aging contribute to the major changes in the skin, for example, wrinkles and textural changes.

Non-ablative lasers are restorative options for skin rejuvenation that are very safe and can treat different signs of chronic sun exposure and aging. Acne scars can also be safely and effectively treated with non-ablative laser skin rejuvenation.

This laser system creates new collagen in the skin without removing or damaging the top layer of skin. This additionally minimizes the potential complications, for example scarring, infections and pigmentation changes.  Several non-ablative laser treatment sessions are required to see results.

The skin should be treated at intervals of 4-6 weeks, for around 4-6 times to accomplish the best results. Recovery time is about 2 days.  After treatment the skin feels like a sunburn for 1-2 hours and is red.  The redness may last for 2 days and there may be some swelling.

In summary, non-ablative laser skin resurfacing:

  • Can be used for wrinkles, textural changes and acne scars
  • Is safe
  • Requires several treatments
  • Has a recovery time of about 2 days

Addicted to Lip Balm…?

Can You Really Become Addicted to Lip Balm?

So, what’s the deal? Well, it’s a bit of a vicious cycle. “Some people will use lip balm so frequently that they develop a sensitivity to one of the ingredients,” says Boston dermatologist Emmy Graber. 

Over time, their lips begin to feel irritated and sensitive – and what do they do to treat them? They slather on more balm, explains Graber. …”