Month: August 2016

Botox: it’s Worth a Little Chat

BotoxBotox Cosmetic has been around for some time now. And yet, it seems to be the treatment that we’re all getting but not talking about. The fact is, there are important aspects of Botox treatment that need to be known. So many people are seeking this method of turning back the clock, but they may be doing so without understanding how to get the best possible care for their skin. Here, we want to touch on the notable points of Botox treatment. Maybe it will save you from looking overdone.

What is it We Want to Accomplish with Botox?
When you are considering getting Botox, what you imagine is that your eyes may look more energetic; that the perpetual frown on your face will go away. Maybe you look in the mirror and raise your eyebrows to see what you might look like after Botox. Behind all of these specific desires is the goal of looking naturally younger. If your injector does not go about your treatment in the appropriate manner, this may not be what you get.

The issue with Botox that many people have is that they do not know how much they need. An overzealous injector may not steer you in the right direction. Here’s what you need to know about dosage: you probably don’t need as much as you think. This is especially relevant when the patient is younger. The younger you are, the more responsive your skin will be to Botox treatment. So the idea of getting, say, 20 units to reduce lines on the forehead, may be a bit much. To avoid looking constantly surprised for months on end, start out small. You can always get more Botox after a week or two if you want more dramatic results!

Other important factors to consider include:

  • Side effects. Bruising is the primary side effect to injectable treatment, and you can minimize your risk. After Botox treatment, you may resume normal activities, but you may want to avoid heading straight to the gym or to yoga class. The increased circulation during physical exertion can lead to bruises around injection sites. Bruising is also a concern that is related to blood-thinners, aspirin, vitamin E, and certain other medications.
  • Maxing out results. Who doesn’t want their younger look to last forever? The fact that Botox is metabolized over a few months’ time is both an advantage and a disadvantage. Some studies suggest that patients may enhance the longevity of their younger-looking skin by moving treated muscles for a few minutes after Botox treatment.

At Sahara Medical Institute, we help make Las Vegas more beautiful! Call (702) 823-5010 for your anti-aging treatment.

Younger Looking Skin without Surgery . . . Just a few Needles!

MicroneedlingMicroneedling is one of the newest anti-aging, scar and stretch mark erasing treatments to be introduced into aesthetic medicine. It is helping our patients regain the smooth, supple skin they once had, and giving them back the confidence that goes along with healthy, glowing skin. If you don’t like the idea of surgery, but you also don’t like the idea of growing old gracefully (really, who wants to grow old at all?), microneedling may be an excellent choice of care for you.

Needling the Face? That Sounds more Painful than Surgery!
At least cosmetic plastic surgery is conducted while you are dreaming away under general anesthesia. Microneedling is minimally invasive and non-surgical, so there is no sleeping through this treatment. How can people sit here and let us DO that to their face? Easy. The instruments are called microneedles for a reason! They are very, very small; so small, in fact, that most patients have no trouble at all completing their session without anesthetic of any kind. This doesn’t mean we expect that from everyone. If you are new to the microneedling game, we’re happy to set your mind at ease by pre-treating your skin with topical numbing cream.

Ok. But WHY?
In order to agree to have anyone stick needles into your face, small as they are, you have to have a reason; there has to be some benefit at the end of all of this. And there is. There are several, actually. But first, let’s go back to the point that the 32-guage needles used in this treatment are TINY. The micro-injuries that are created by the precision insertion of these needles, multiple at a time, seal back up within just a few minutes. That’s how small the needles are! That’s how gentle treatment is. At the same time, it is powerful.

Microneedling is intended for collagen induction. Every tiny puncture that is made invites collagen to swoop in and save the day. But because there is no real injury, the influx of collagen instead works to repair whatever damage is there, and that could be dark spots, acne scars, or other imperfections.
If you have been toying with the idea of improving your skin with microneedling, call our Las Vegas medical institute at (702) 823-5010. You’ll be surprised at just how easy it is to increase collagen with this gentle treatment.