FAQs

 

    Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)

  • How long does an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) take?

    A: Every situation is unique, but generally abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) takes about  2-5 hours depending on individual circumstances and how extensive the procedure is for each individual.

  • Will abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) be performed under local or general anesthesia?

    A: Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) procedures are performed under general anesthesia.

  • How long will I be out of work after having an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) procedure?

    A: Patients may return to work in 2 weeks depending on job duties after having an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck). If the job requires strenuous activity, it may be 4 to 6 weeks or more following an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck).

  • Do I need special testing prior to my abdominoplasty (tummy tuck)?

    A: Testing is dependent on the patient’s health history and age. Testing is ordered for every patient that is having a abdominoplasty (tummy tuck).

  • Will an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) be covered by insurance?

    A: No. An abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) procedure is considered a cosmetic procedure and therefore not covered by insurance providers.

  • When can I start exercising after my abdominoplasty (tummy tuck)?

    A: No heavy lifting, pushing, or pulling for 3-4 months after having an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck). No cardiovascular for 3-6 weeks after having an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck).

  • Hair Restoration/Hair Transplant

  • What is hair restoration?

    A: Hair restoration is an in office procedure used to take healthy hair from the back of the scalp and place it in areas of balding to create a natural looking hairline. A strip of hair is taken from the back of the scalp. Genetically programmed to withstand hair loss, the hair taken from the back of the scalp will retain this characteristic when transplanted to other areas

  • Who is a good candidate for a hair restoration? 

    A: Potential candidates for hair restoration surgery include anyone concerned about hair loss.

  • How do I prepare for a hair restoration/hair transplant procedure? 

    A: Prior to a hair restoration/hair transplant procedure, you will be given an antibiotic to take starting the day before surgery. Do not take aspirin, ibuprofen, Vitamin E, or herbal medications for two weeks prior to surgery. Refrain from alcohol and smoking for one week prior to surgery.

  • How is a hair restoration/hair transplant procedure performed? 

    A: Your doctor will outline the area to be transplanted and create recipient sites for the hair grafts. Under local anesthetic, the donor strip is removed from the back of the scalp and carefully and meticulously processed into tiny grafts containing one to three hairs. These grafts will be transplanted into the recipient sites to recreate a natural look. 

  • What happens after a hair restoration/hair transplant procedure? 

    A: There is little discomfort after a hair transplant/hair restoration procedure. A bandage is placed that will be removed in 24-48 hours. Apply ice to minimize swelling. Pain medicine will be prescribed as needed. Sleeping with the head elevated will also help to minimize swelling. You will return in one day for a follow up visit and a dressing change. Sutures will be removed in 7-10 days.

  • When can I resume normal activity following a hair restoration/hair transplant procedure? 

    A: Most patients can resume normal activity and exercise in one week after the hair restoration/hair transplant procedure.

  • What results can I expect from a hair restoration/hair transplant procedure? 

    A: Most patients attain the look they desire in about eight to twelve months following a hair restoration/hair transplant procedure. Because the grafts are made from your own hair, they are perfectly matched to your hair color and texture giving you the most natural look possible. Your hairline will be natural and the replacement zones will be nearly invisible.

  • Fractional CO2 Resurfacing

  • What is fractional C02 laser resurfacing?

    A: Fractional C02 laser resurfacing involves removing thin layers of skin in order to treat skin issues including warts, scars, wrinkles, enlarged oil glands on the nose and other skin-related conditions. Utilizing ultrapulse technology, the laser resurfaces the skin by focusing continuous light beams in a scanning pattern.

  • Are there side effects involved in fractional C02 Laser Resurfacing?

    A: Prior to the 1980s, carbon dioxide lasering was not widely adopted due to the substantial thermal damage that accompanied the wave lasers and sometimes led to scarring. However, since the technological development of scanned carbon dioxide lasers and short-pulsed high energy, fractional C02 laser resurfacing has been revolutionized. Because heat to the skin is much more limited now, side effects are also more limited. While they may include redness swelling and slight crusting, side effects should last no more than a week.

  • Will I experience discomfort during fractional C02 resurfacing treatment?

    A: Due to the limited use of heat, fractional C02 resurfacing treatment should not cause much discomfort. To limit any potential discomfort, anesthetic injections will be delivered by your physician. Pain medicine may also be provided. 

  • Fraxel® 1927 Laser

  • When is the Fraxel® 1927 Laser procedure used?

    A: Fraxel 1927 laser procedures are non-ablative skin resurfacing treatments. Fraxel laser procedures are ideal for patients who want to reveal younger looking skin with minimal downtime or disruption. By receiving between one and five treatments that average about 30 minutes long, patients can drastically reduce the look of age spots, sun spots, actinic keratosis, skin discoloration and pigmented lesions.

  • What are the side effects of Fraxel 1927 laser procedures?

    A: The most common side effects that occur from Fraxel 1927 lasers are swelling and redness. While redness may last slightly longer, both side effects are generally gone within a couple days of Fraxel 1927 laser procedures.

  • Does the Fraxel 1927 laser treatments cause discomfort?
    While the 1927 nm wavelength is reported to be more comfortable than other lasers, due to its superficial nature, an increased feeling of heat may occur during the treatment. Topical anesthesia and cold air may be applied during the procedure to help minimize this sensation. 

  • KTP Laser

  • When is the KTP Laser used?

    A: The KTP Laser is ideal for patients who have recurring facial or vocal cord lesions. Because it is gentle, relatively quick and causes less damage to the skin and vocal folds, the treatment can be done as an outpatient procedure. It has replaced the need for patients with vocal cord lesions to undergo laryngoscopies, or surgical procedures that involve general anesthesia. It has also been proven to help drastically minimize rosacea and sun damage.

  • Will the KTP laser cause discomfort?

    A: Discomfort is unlikely with the KTP laser. One benefit of the KTP laser is that it only requires use of a numbing agent – no general anesthesia. Because of this, KTP laser procedures can be performed while the patient is awake. The patient is also able to drive themselves home immediately following the treatment.

  • What are the side effects from KTP laser procedures?

    A: Side effects rarely occur from KTP laser treatment. Sometimes blistering may occur on the treated skin, however It is more likely to occur on darker skin tones. It is important to note that if a blister does develop from a KTP laser treatment, it should be left to heal on its own.

  • ProFractional XC Laser

  • How is ProFractional XC Laser resurfacing different from full field resurfacing?

    A: While full field resurfacing eliminates the entire surface area of a treatment site, ProFractional laser resurfacing only affects a fraction of the treatment area, covering densities from 1.5%-30%. By offering varied densities, the results are not only more customized, but also allow for a more rapid healing process. Because surrounding skin is left intact, stem cells and melanocytes are left in the papillary dermis, allowing skin to heal more quickly than with other lasers.

  • When can ProFractional therapy be used?

    A:  The ProFractional XC laser can be used on both the face and the body to help minimize the appearance of sun spots, age spots, acne scarring, irregular skin pigmentation, stretch marks, fine lines and wrinkles on all skin types. Because the coverage and depth of the treatment can be adjusted based on pulse length and impact, skin modeling and resurfacing results are highly customizable with this laser – from subtle to dramatic.

  • What are the side effects?

    A: Mild redness and sunburn-imitating irritation may occur after the laser procedure. Skin should be kept moist with ointment and out of ultra-violet light to protect the skin and ensure a rapid recovery time.

  • How long does this treatment last?

    A: Though results may vary, collagen remodeling generally continues for about 4-6 months after the initial treatment. The beneficial result is a tightened, younger looking appearance that lasts.

  • Palomar StarLux® 500 Laser System

  • When can the Palomar Starlux® 500 Laser System be used?

    A: Using both laser and intense pulsed technology, the Palomar StarLux laser system can help tighten skin, treat acne, reduce wrinkles, remove hair, resurface skin and reduce facial and leg veins. Both fractional ablative and non-ablative skin resurfacing treatments can be performed.

  • What is more beneficial: ablative or non-ablative skin resurfacing?

    A: The choice between ablative and non-ablative skin resurfacing will depend on the type of treatment experience and results you desire. While the ablative treatment offers consistent, long-term results and a reduced risk of scarring and infection, the non-ablative treatment offers minimal treatment time, minimal discomfort and reduced redness and swelling. Ablative treatment also only involves one treatment while non-ablative requires several, shorter treatments.

  • How does a Palomar StarLux Laser treatment work?

    A: Utilizing one gentle pulse that safeguards a comfortable epidermal temperature, the Palomar StarLux® 500 radiates light in optimal areas for specific treatments and filters out unnecessary light to shield the skin. Scattered light is then recaptured via a proprietary process to maximize efficiency and effectiveness.

  • BOTOX® Cosmetic

  • How long does it take to receive BOTOX® Cosmetic?

    A: After consultation with one of our providers, the BOTOX® Cosmetic injections take less than 15 minutes.

  • How long does BOTOX® Cosmetic last?

    A: BOTOX® Cosmetic lasts for approximately 3-4 months.

  • What happens after BOTOX® Cosmetic wears off?

    A: After BOTOX® Cosmetic wears off, patients will resume the muscle movement prior to having the injections.

  • Will I need to take time off work after a BOTOX® Cosmetic injection?

    A: No, BOTOX® Cosmetic can be performed on a lunch break. You may have slight pinkness at the injection sites but only temporarily.

  • Does receiving BOTOX® Cosmetic hurt?

    A:  BOTOX® Cosmetic can be compared to receiving a couple of pin pricks. 

  • Can BOTOX® Cosmetic really decrease underarm sweating (hyperhydrosis)?

    A:  Yes, through the use of BOTOX® Cosmetic injections, underarm sweat can be decreased.

  • Dysport®

  • What is Dysport?

    A: Dysport is an injection used to temporarily improve the look of your moderate to severe frown lines without changing the look of your whole face. The untreated facial muscles still work normally, allowing you to freely show facial expressions, such as smiling, in untreated areas. Get to know more about Dysport, including how it works and what to understand before you start treatment.

  • Where is Dysport used?

    A: Dysport is commonly used on moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows (glabellar lines).

  • How does Dysport Work?

    A: Over time, the muscles above and between the eyebrows repeatedly contract and tighten, causing wrinkles. But, with just 1 injection into each of 5 points between and over the eyebrows, Dysport blocks the signal from the nerve to the muscles, ultimately resulting in a reduction of muscle activity and temporarily preventing contraction of the muscles that cause frown lines.

  • What are some Dysport side effects that may occur after treatment?

    A: Most commonly, there may be some pain with Dysport injection and mild bruising or swelling can take place.

  • How long does a Dysport treatment last?

    A: Results from Dysport injections typically last 3 – 4 months, but can vary.

  • XEOMIN®

  • What is XEOMIN®?

    A:  XEOMIN®, like Botox, is a neurotoxin that when injected, blocks nerve activity in the muscles, resulting in the temporary elimination of movement of facial muscles, helping ease facial lines and wrinkles.

  • How long does it take to receive XEOMIN®?

    A: After consultation with one of our providers, the XEOMIN injections take about 10 – 20 minutes to complete. 

  • How long does XEOMIN® last?

    A: XEOMIN usually lasts for approximately 3 – 4 months. 

  • What happens after XEOMIN wears off?

    A: After the XEOMIN wears off, patients will resume the muscle movement they had prior to having the XEOMIN injections.

  • Will I need to take time off work after XEOMIN injections?

    A: No, XEOMIN® can actually be performed over a lunch break. You may have slight pinkness at the injection sites but only temporarily.

  • Does receiving XEOMIN® injections hurt?

    A:  A XEOMIN® injection can be compared to receiving a couple of pin pricks. Your physician may use a topical anesthetic or cold pack to help reduce any discomfort. 

  • When will I see results from XEOMIN?

    A: Patients can see a visible change in the smoothness of their wrinkles as early as 3 – 4 days to a week after the XEOMIN® injections. Typically, results are best after 30 days following the XEOMIN® injections.

  • BELOTERO BALANCE®

  • What is BELOTERO BALANCE® Dermal Filler?

    A: BELOTERO BALANCE® is an injectable dermal filler that instantly softens the lines and folds in your face providing a smooth and natural result.

  • How does BELOTERO BALANCE® work?

    A: BELOTERO BALANCE® Dermal Filler is made of a material called hyaluronic acid or HA. HA is naturally existing as a component of your skin which diminishes over time as a normal part of the aging process. BELOTERO BALANCE® quickly integrates into your skin for immediate results that are uniquely you.

  • How soon can I expect results from BELOTERO BALANCE®?

    A: Instantly! Immediately upon injection when treated to full correction, BELOTERO BALANCE® Dermal Filler plumps the skin and smoothes away lines and wrinkles.

  • How long does BELOTERO BALANCE® last?

    A: Individual results may vary, but BELOTERO BALANCE® Dermal Filler may last about 6 months or more.

  • Does BELOTERO BALANCE hurt?

    A:  As with all needle injections, there can be pain associated with BELOTERO BALANCE. Your health care provider can discuss ways to manage any discomfort after receiving a BELOTERO BALANCE injection.

  • How is a BELOTERO BALANCE® treatment performed?

    A: BELOTERO BALANCE® Dermal Filler is injected into the skin using a fine gauge needle, filling lines and folds. An injection of BELOTERO BALANCE® takes less than 1 hour.

  • Is BELOTERO BALANCE® safe?

    A: BELOTERO BALANCE® Dermal Filler is FDA-approved, and has undergone testing in clinical studies to prove its safety.

  • Are there any side effects to BELOTERO BALANCE?

    A: Just like any injection, you may experience mild irritation, swelling, itching, redness, bruising or tenderness at the injection site after BELOTERO BALANCE. These side effects typically resolve on their own. If any of these side effects persist from BELOTERO BALANCE, call your doctor immediately.

  • How long is the recovery time for BELOTERO BALANCE®?

    A: There is very little to no downtime associated with a BELOTERO BALANCE® Dermal Filler procedure. In fact, most patients return to their normal daily activities right after their visit. Every patient is unique, so be sure to discuss your plans with your doctor during your consultation for BELOTERO BALANCE®.

  • Where can I find out more about BELOTERO BALANCE® Dermal Filler?

    A: To get more personalized information about BELOTERO BALANCE®, the best thing to do is to schedule a consultation with your physician.

  • JUVÉDERM® XC

  • How long does it take to receive JUVÉDERM® Injectable Gel?

    A:  After a consultation with one of our board certified physicians, the injections take less than 45 minutes.

  • How long does JUVÉDERM® Injectable Gel last?

    A: JUVEDERM XC lasts anywhere from 6 months to 1 year.

  • What happens after JUVEDERM XC wears off?

    A: When JUVEDERM XC wears off, patients typically return to their appearance prior to having the injections.

  • Will I need to take time off work after getting JUVEDERM XC?

    A: You will not need to take time off work after getting JUVEDERM XC injected. However patients may experience temporary swelling with moderate bruising. Make-up can be applied after the injections.

  • Does receiving JUVÉDERM® Injectable Gel hurt?

    A:  JUVÉDERM® Injectable Gel is pre-combined with lidocaine, a local anesthetic. After the initial pin prick, the area numbs to aid in the patient’s comfort. Patients still may experience some mild discomfort

  • Facelift

  • What should I expect after my facelift?

    A: Patients who have a facelift will experience temporary bruising, swelling, and numbness after their surgery.

  • How long does a facelift take?

    A: Every situation is unique, but generally Facelift surgery is about 4-5 hours long.

  • Will my facelift be performed under local or general anesthesia?

    A: Facelifts are performed under general anesthesia.

  • How long will I be out of work after a facelift?

    A: Patients who have a facelift are usually out of work for about 10 days depending on the level of activity required by the job.

  • Do I need special testing prior to my facelift?

    A: Testing is dependent on the patient’s health history and age. Testing is ordered for every patient.

  • Are facelifts covered by insurance?

    A: Facelifts are considered cosmetic procedures and are not covered by insurance.

  • When can I start exercising after my facelift?

    A: Patients may resume exercising 2-4 weeks after their facelift.

  • Perlane®

  • What is Perlane?

    A:  Perlane® is formulated to act as your body’s own hyaluronic acid, restoring volume to improve appearance.  Perlane® differs from Restylane® in the average size of the particles and the depth of injection. This makes it a good choice for more severe facial wrinkles that will benefit from a deeper injection into the skin.

  • Where is Perlane Used?

    A:  Perlane® is used to fill facial wrinkles and folds, such as the lines from your nose to the corners of your mouth (nasolabial folds).

  • How does Perlane work?

    A:  The hyaluronic acid in Perlane® supplements the body's naturally diminishing hyaluronic acid to raise the skin and 'fill in' the particular wrinkle being treated.

  • What are some side effects that may occur after treatment?

    A:  Most commonly, there may be some pain with injection and mild bruising, swelling, or redness can take place.

  • How long does a Perlane treatment last?

    A:  Results typically last 6 months, but can vary.

  • RADIESSE®

  • How long does it take to receive Radiesse?

    A: After a consultation with one of our providers, Radiesse injections take roughly 45 minutes to 1 hour.

  • How long does Radiesse last?

    A:  Results from Radiesse typically last 12 - 18 months.

  • What happens after the product wears off?

    A: Radiesse leaves behind new collagen the body formed in the areas the patient was injected. The lines will still look softer than before the patient was injected.

  • Does receiving Radiesse hurt?

    A: Radiesse is pre-combined with lidocaine, a local anesthetic. After the initial pin prick, the area numbs to aid in the patient’s comfort. Patients still may experience some mild discomfort.

  • Arm Lift

  • How long does the arm lift procedure take?

    A: Every situation is unique, but generally Brachioplasty surgery (arm lift) take about 2-4 hours depending on individual circumstances and how extensive the procedure is.

  • Will an arm lift be performed under local or general anesthesia?

    A: Your arm lift procedure will be performed under general anesthesia.

  • How long will I be out of work after an arm lift?

    A: Patients may return to work in 1 week depending on their job duties after an arm lift procedure.

  • What should I expect after my arm lift procedure?

    A: Patients may experience temporary bruising, swelling, and numbness after an arm lift procedure.

  • Do I need special testing prior to my arm lift?

    A: Testing is dependent on the patient’s health history and age. Testing is ordered for every patient who is receiving an arm lift.

  • Will an arm lift be covered by insurance?

    A: No. An arm lift procedure is considered a cosmetic procedure and therefore not covered by insurance providers.

  • When can I start exercising after my arm lift procedure?

    A: No lifting, pulling, or pushing for 6-8 weeks after having an arm lift procedure.

  • Restylane®

  • What is Restylane?

    A: Restylane® is an FDA approved dermal filler used to restore volume and smooth facial wrinkles.

  • Where is Restylane used?

    A: Restylane® is often used to treat moderate to severe facial wrinkles from your nose to the corners of your mouth (nasolabial folds). Restylane is also used on marionette lines and lipstick lines. Restylane is the first FDA-approved dermal filler to enhance lips in patients over the age of 21.

  • How does Restylane work?

    A: Restylane® works immediately by adding volume to smooth away wrinkles. Restylane® is specifically formulated to replenish hyaluronic acid which diminishes naturally during the aging process.

  • What are some side effects that may occur after Restylane injections?

    A: After Restylane injections, you might have some swelling, redness, pain, bruising, or tenderness. These are typically mild in severity and normally last less than 7 days in nasolabial folds and less than 14 days in lips. Swelling may be more likely in patients under 36 years, and bruising may be more likely in patients over 35 years.

  • Sculptra™ Aesthetics

  • What is Sculptra Aesthetics?

    A:  Sculptra is a facial injectable that gives subtle results over time through the replacement of lost collagen. Typically done in three – four treatments, every three weeks, Sculptra provides a gradual reduction in wrinkles with results that can last up to or over two years.

  • Where is Sculptra used?

    A: Sculptra is used for facial wrinkles including the nasolabial folds (also referred to as smile lines), marionette lines (the lines that frame your mouth) and wrinkles on your chin.

  • How does Sculptra work?

    A: Collagen is a key structural component that keeps skin youthful looking and smooth. As you age, your body's collagen production decreases, and you may begin to see wrinkles. Sculptra Aesthetic works to correct shallow to deep facial wrinkles and folds,* as it replaces lost collagen, which can help provide a refined, more youthful looking appearance.

  • What are some side effects that may occur after Sculptra?

    A: Most commonly, there may be some pain with injection and mild bruising, swelling, or redness can take place. In the Sculptra treated area, small or large bumps may also appear.

  • How long do the Sculptra treatments last?

    A: When completing the recommended treatments, Sculptra can last up to or over 2 years, but can vary.

  • CoolSculpting™

  • What are results like for a CoolSculpting procedure?

    A: CoolSculpting™ can reduce the fat layer by 20 to 40%. Scientific testing has found an average reduction of 20% from a CoolSculpting procedure. If your treatment plan calls for an additional procedure to get rid of love handles or back fat, this will be done after two to four months, depending on the doctor's advice. An additional 20% reduction can be experienced, resulting in a total fat loss of 40%. Final losses from CoolSculpting may be more or less, depending on each person.

  • What happens during CoolSculpting?

    A: You and your doctor first select the area(s) to be treated during your CoolSculpting procedure. For instance, if your goal is to reduce your love handles, the doctor will position the CoolSculpting system on your side. The CoolSculpting device then draws the bulge up between two cooling panels. The sensation is a firm tug and pull – enough of a pull to ensure the tissue will be cooled most efficiently.

  • What does CoolSculpting feel like?

    A: As the panels go to work in the first few minutes of your CoolSculpting procedure, you will feel a sensation of intense cold. This soon dissipates. You will be seated comfortably or lying down during the one- to three-hour CoolSculpting. Many people spend this time reading, working on their laptop, or even taking a nap.

  • Can the I return to normal activities after the CoolSculpting procedure?

    A: Yes. The CoolSculpting procedure is completely non-invasive, so the patient can return to normal activities immediately. Some patients experience redness, minor bruising, tingling, or numbness in the treated area, but this is temporary.

  • When will I see results from CoolSculpting?

    A: Patients may start to see changes as quickly as three weeks after their CoolSculpting treatment, and will experience the most dramatic results after two months. But the body is still flushing fat cells, and will continue doing so for up to four months after CoolSculpting treatments.

  • JUVÉDERM® Voluma™ XC

  • What is JUVÉDERM Voluma™ XC injectiable gel?

    A: JUVÉDERM Voluma™ XC injectiable gel is the only FDA approved filler used to instantly add volume to the cheek area.

  • Where is Juvederm Voluma used?

    A: Juvederm Voluma is used in the cheek area to help with sagging skin or the hollowing effect that takes place with age.

  • Who can get Juvederm Voluma?

    A: Juvederm Voluma is recommended for patients 21 and over who would like to add volume to the cheek area.

  • How long does Juvederm Voluma last?

    A: Juvederm Voluma is clinically proven to last up to 2 years.

  • What are the side effects of Juvederm Voluma?

    A: Side effects of Juvederm Voluma  are very moderate and can last 2 to 4 weeks. Common side effects include temporary reactions at the treatment site such as tenderness, swelling, firmness, lumps/bumps, bruising, pain, redness, discoloration and itching.

  • How is JuvedermVoluma different than other fillers?

    A: Juvederm Voluma is the only FDA-approved filler that can be used in the cheek area and last up to 2 years. Other fillers typically don’t have the same longevity that Juvederm Voluma has. Juvederm Voluma, like other fillers is used to restore actual volume. Most fillers simply fill in wrinkles, not actually provide the lift that Juvederm Voluma does.

  • Liposuction

  • How long does a liposuction procedure take?

    A: Every situation is unique, but generally liposuction surgery is 1-2 hours or more, depending on how many areas are being treated.

  • Will liposuction be performed under local or general anesthesia?

    A: Liposuction will be performed under general anesthesia.

  • How long will I be out of work after liposuction?

    A: You will be out of work for several days to 1 week after having liposuction. If the job requires strenuous activity it may be 2 to 4 weeks. Full recovery from swelling and bruising may be 1 - 6 months or more.

  • What should I expect after my liposuction procedure?

    A: Temporary soreness, bruising, and swelling generally occur after a liposuction procedure. 

  • Do I need special testing prior to my liposuction procedure?

    A: Testing is dependent on the patient’s health history and age. Testing is ordered for every patient receiving liposuction.

  • Is liposuction covered by insurance?

    A: No, liposuction is not covered by inusrance. Liposuction is considered a cosmetic procedure and is a cash pay service.

  • When can I start exercising after my liposuction procedure?

    A: Patients may resume exercising in 1 to 2 weeks after a liposuction procedure.

  • Mini-Facelift

  • How long does a mini-facelift procedure take?

    A: Every situation is unique, but typically a Mini-Facelift surgery is 2-2 ½ hours long.

  • Will a mini-facelift procedure be performed under local or general anesthesia?

    A: Patients have the option of having a mini-facelift done under either local or general anesthesia.

  • How long will I be out of work after a mini-facelift?

    A: After a mini-facelift you will be out of work for about 7-10 days, depending on the level of activity required by your job.

  • What should I expect after my mini-facelift procedure?

    A:  You may experience temporary bruising, swelling, and soreness of the ears after having a mini-facelift procedure.

  • Do I need special testing prior to a mini-facelift procedure?

    A: If you are choosing to have a mini-facelift procedure done under general anesthesia, you will be required to have testing.  The tests required will be dependent on your age and health history. If you choose to have a mini-facelift procedure done under local anesthesia, no testing is required.

  • Will a mini-facelift procedure be covered by insurance?

    A: No, a mini-facelift is considered a cosmetic procedure and is not covered by insurance.

  • When can I start exercising after a mini-facelift procedure?

    A: You may resume exercising in 2-4 weeks after having a mini-facelift procedure.

  • How much does a mini-facelift cost?

    A: Every situation is unique and the cost of a mini-facelift surgery depends on several factors. The duration of the procedure, which depends on the complexity of your needs, affects the cost of the procedure when it is done under general anesthesia. In order to provide you with the most accurate surgical fee estimate, it is necessary to meet for a consultation.

  • Necklift

  • How long does a necklift procedure take?

    A: Every situation is unique, but generally necklift surgery is about 2-3 hours long.

  • Is a necklift performed under local or general anesthesia?

    A: Necklifts are performed under general anesthesia.

  • How long will I be out of work after a necklift procedure?

    A: You will be out of work for about 1-2 weeks following a necklift procedure depending on your work environment and on the level of activity required by your job.

  • What should I expect after my necklift procedure?

    A: After a necklift procedure, patients may experience temporary bruising, swelling, and soreness of the ears and cheeks.

  • Do I need special testing prior to my necklift procedure?

    A: Testing is dependent on a patient’s health history and age. Testing is ordered for every patient for is undergoing a necklift procedure.

  • When can I start exercising after my necklift procedure?

    A: Light, normal activity can be resumed within 2-3 weeks following necklift surgery.

  • Thigh Lift

  • Is thigh lift surgery covered by insurance?

    A: No, a thigh lift surgery is not covered by insurance, it is considered a cosmetic procedure.

  • How long does a thigh lift procedure take?

    A: Every situation is unique, but generally thigh lift surgery is about 2-3 hours long depending on individual circumstances and how extensive the procedure is.

  • Is thigh lift surgery performed under local or general anesthesia?

    A: Thigh lift surgery is performed under general anesthesia.

  • How long will I be out of work after a thigh lift?

    A: Patients may return to work in 1 week depending on job duties after a thigh lift procedure.

  • What should I expect after my thigh lift procedure?

    A: Patients will experience temporary swelling, bruising, numbness and discomfort after having thigh lift surgery.

  • Do I need special testing prior to my thigh lift?

    A: Testing is dependent on the patient’s health history and age. Testing is ordered for every patient having a thigh lift.

  • When can I start exercising after my thigh lift procedure?

    A: Light, normal activity can be resumed within 2-3 weeks following thigh lift surgery.

  • Nose Reshaping (Rhinoplasty)

  • How long does a nose reshaping (rhinoplasty) procedure take?

    A: Every situation is unique, but generally nose reshaping (rhinoplasty) surgery is about 1.5-3 hours long.

  • Is nose reshaping (rhinoplasty) performed under local or general anesthesia?

    A: Nose reshaping (rhinoplasty) is performed under general anesthesia.

  • How long will I be out of work after nose reshaping (rhinoplasty)?

    A: Generally after a nose reshaping (rhinoplasty) procedure, patients may return to work in 1 week. If the job requires strenuous activity, 2-3 weeks may be required.

  • What should I expect after my nose reshaping (rhinoplasty) procedure?

    A: After nose reshaping (rhinoplasty) patients may experience temporary swelling, bruising, and difficulty breathing due to packing.

  • Do I need special testing prior to my nose reshaping (Rhinoplasty) procedure?

    A: Testing is dependent on the patient’s health history and age. Testing is ordered for every patient who is undergoing nose reshaping (rhinoplasty).

  • Is nose reshaping (rhinoplasty) covered by insurance?

    A: Nose reshaping (rhinoplasty) is considered a cosmetic procedure. Some patients combine procedures to correct breathing issues as well as correcting the appearance of the nose thus a portion may be covered by your insurance. These patients are advised to contact their insurance company directly prior to having a procedure done.

  • How much does a nose reshaping (Rhinoplasty) cost?

    A: Every situation is unique and the cost of surgery depends on several factors. The duration of the procedure, which depends on the complexity of your needs, affects the cost of the procedure when it is done under general anesthesia. In order to provide you with the most accurate surgical fee estimate, it is necessary to meet for a consultation.

  • When can I start exercising after my nose reshaping (rhinoplasty) procedure?

    A: After nose reshaping (rhinoplasty) patients may resume exercise in 2-3 weeks.

  • Butt Lift

  • How long does the butt lift procedure take?

    A: Every situation is unique, but generally butt lift surgery is about 2-3 hours long depending on individual circumstances and how extensive the procedure is.

  • Will a butt lift surgery be performed under local or general anesthesia?

    A: Butt lift surgery is performed under general anesthesia.

  • How long will I be out of work after a butt lift procedure?

    A: Patients may return to work in 1 week depending on job duties after a butt lift procedure.

  • What should I expect after my butt lift procedure?

    A: Patients will experience temporary swelling, bruising, numbness and discomfort after having a butt lift procedure.

  • Do I need special testing prior to my butt lift procedure?

    A: Testing is dependent on the patient’s health history and age. Testing is ordered for every patient who is having a butt lift procedure.

  • Is a butt lift surgery covered by insurance?

    A: No, a butt lift surgery is considered a cosmetic/aesthetic procedure and is a self-paid procedure.

  • When can I start exercising after my butt lift procedure?

    A: Light, normal activity can be resumed within 2-3 weeks following butt lift surgery.

  • Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)

  • How long does eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) take?

    A: Every situation is unique; but generally an upper Blepharoplasty surgery is 1 hour long, and a lower Blepharoplasty surgery is 1-1.5 hours long.  When having both an upper and a lower Blepharoplasty surgery at the same time it is 2-2.5 hours long.

  • Will eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) be performed under local or general anesthesia?
    Either. The type of anesthesia used depends on the patient and will be determined during the initial consultation for eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty).

  • How long will I be out of workafter eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty)?

    A: Patients may return to work within 1 week of having eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty).

  • What should I expect after my eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty)?

    A: Patients who have eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) may experience some eyelid irritation, bruising, swelling, or tightness.

  • Do I need special testing prior to my eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty)?

    A: If you are choosing to have your eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) done under general anesthesia, you will be required to have testing.  The tests required will be dependent on your age and health history. If you choose to have your eyelid surgery done under local anesthesia, no testing is required. 

  • Is eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) covered by insurance?

    A: Lower Blepharoplasty is not typically covered by insurance.  Upper Blepharoplasty may be covered by insurance if your vision is impaired due to your droopy eyelids.You would be advised to see an ophthalmologist who would perform tests to determine if your vision is obstructed by the condition of your eyelids. 

  • How much does eyelid surgery (Blepharoplasty) cost?

    A: Every situation is unique and the cost of surgery depends on several factors. The duration of the procedure, which depends on the complexity of your needs, affects the cost of the procedure when it is done under general anesthesia.  In order to provide you with the most accurate surgical fee estimate, it is necessary to meet for a consultation.

  • When can I start exercising after my eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty)?

    A: Patients may resume exercising about 10 days after eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty).

  • Browlift

  • How long does a brow lift procedure take?

    A: Every situation is unique, but generally browlift surgery is about 2 hours long.

  • Will a browlift procedure be performed under local or general anesthesia?

    A: A browlift can be performed under either types of anesthesia. The use of which type of anesthesia depends on the patient and will be determined during the initial consultation.

  • How long will I be out of work after a browlift?

    A: After a browlift surgery, you will be out of work for about 7 days depending on the work environment and on the level of activity required by the job.

  • What should I expect after my browlift?

    A: Patients may experience temporary bruising, swelling of the eye area, and soreness of the forehead area after a browlift.

  • Do I need special testing prior to a brow lift?

    A: Testing is dependent on the patient’s health history and age. No testing is required for local anesthesia when having a brow lift.

  • Will a browlift surgery be covered by insurance?

    A: No. A browlift procedure is considered a cosmetic procedure and therefore not covered by insurance providers.

  • How much does a Browlift cost?

    A: Every situation is unique and the cost of a browlift depends on several factors.  The duration of the procedure, which depends on the complexity of your needs, affects the cost of the procedure when it is done under general anesthesia.  In order to provide you with the most accurate surgical fee estimate for a browlift, it is necessary to meet with a physician for a consultation.

  • When can I start exercising after my browlift?

    A: Light, normal activity can be resumed within 2-3 weeks following browlift surgery.

  • Sclerotherapy (vein therapy)

  • What is microsclerotherapy?

    A: Microsclerotherapy is the injection of a medicine into leg veins or hand veins. This causes the vessels to gradually close, resulting in a lighter color and improvement in appearance or complete disappearance of the vessels.

  • What is the cause of these vessels?

    A: There are many contributing factors. Heredity is one of the most significant factors. Pregnancy, hormone replacement therapy, oral contraceptives, obesity, trauma, and long periods of standing or sitting may cause the vessels to appear or become more prominent.

  • Is there a way of preventing these vessels from occurring?

    A: Exercise, weight loss and medical grade support hose may help limit the development of new vessels.

  • What can I expect during sclerotherapy?

    A: During sclerotherapy, a very fine needle is used to inject the solution into the vessel. A few seconds of mild itching or discomfort at the site of the injection may be experienced. Since many vessels interconnect, one injection may eradicate several dozen vessels at one time.

  • What are the side effects of sclerotherapy?

    A: Sclerotherapy has temporary side effects such as bruising, swelling, tenderness, itching, cramping and pigmentation changes.

  • How soon will the vessels disappear after sclerotherapy?

    A: Fading occurs over several weeks after having sclerotherapy treatment. Small vessels should disappear and larger vessels should decrease in size. Treatment of existing vessels does not prevent the formation of new ones. More than one sclerotherapy treatment session may be required.

  • Are there any contraindications for sclerotherapy?

    A: Patients with a history of inflammation of the veins (thrombophlebitis), blood clots in the legs, clotting disorder, diabetes, arterial or other vascular problems, or previous leg ulcers are not eligible candidates for sclerotherapy. Pregnant women should postpone sclerotherapy treatment until six months after delivery.

  • Liposuction of the Face

  • How long does the facial liposuction procedure take?

    A: Every situation is unique, but generally facial liposuction surgery is about ½-1 hour long.

  • Will facial liposuction be performed under local or general anesthesia?

    A: Facial liposuction can be performed under either local or general anesthesia. The use of which type of anesthesia depends on the patient and will be determined during the initial consultation.

  • How long will I be out of work after facial liposuction?

    A: Patients may return to work within 1 week after having facial liposuction.

  • What should I expect after my facial liposuction procedure?

    A: Patients will experience temporary swelling, numbness, and discomfort after having facial liposuction.

  • Do I need special testing prior to my liposuction procedure?

    A: If the liposuction procedure is done under general anesthesia, you will be required to have testing. The tests required will be dependent on your age and health history.  If the liposuction procedure is done under local anesthesia, no testing is required.

  • Will facial liposuction be covered by insurance?

    A: No, facial liposuction is considered a cosmetic procedure and is not covered by insurance.

  • How much does facial liposuction cost?

    A: Every situation is unique and the cost of surgery depends on several factors. The duration of the procedure, which depends on the complexity of your needs, affects the cost of the procedure when it is done under general anesthesia.  In order to provide you with the most accurate surgical fee estimate, it is necessary to meet with for a consultation.

  • When can I start exercising after my facial liposuction procedure?

    A: Light, normal activity can be resumed within 1-2 weeks following a facial liposuction procedure.

  • Facial Implants

  • How long does facial implant surgery take?
    Every situation is unique, but generally facial implant surgery takes about 2 hours.

  • Will facial implant surgery be performed under local or general anesthesia?
    Facial implant surgery will be performed under general anesthesia.

  • How long will I be out of work after a facial implant procedure?

    A: Patients getting facial implants may return to work in about 7-10 days depending on the level of activity required for the job.

  • What should I expect after my facial implant procedure?

    A: Patients getting facial implants will experience temporary swelling, numbness, and discomfort. In addition, facial movements may be somewhat restricted temporarily.

  • Do I need special testing prior to receiving facial implants?
    Testing is dependent on the patient’s health history and age. Testing is ordered for every patient receiving facial implants.

  • Will facial implant surgery be covered by insurance?

    A: Facial implant surgery is considered a cosmetic procedure and is not covered by insurance.

  • How much do Facial Implant procedures cost?

    A: Every situation is unique and the cost of surgery depends on several factors.  The duration of the procedure, which depends on the complexity of your needs, affects the cost of the procedure. In order to provide you with the most accurate surgical fee estimate, it is necessary to meet for a consultation.

  • When can I start exercising after my facial implant procedure?

    A: Light, normal activity can be resumed within 2-3 weeks following facial implant surgery.

  • Chin Osteotomy

  • How long does the procedure take?

    A: Every situation is unique, but generally Osteotomy surgery is about 1.5-2 hours long.

  • Will it be performed under local or general anesthesia?

    A: General anesthesia.

  • How long will I be out of work?

    A: Patients may return to work within 1 week depending on the level of activity required for the job.

  • What should I expect after my procedure?

    A: Patients will experience temporary swelling, numbness, and discomfort.

  • Do I need special testing prior to my procedure?

    A: Testing is dependent on the patient’s health history and age. Testing is ordered for every patient.

  • Will this be covered by insurance?

    A: No. 

  • How much do Chin Osteotomy procedures cost?

    A: Every situation is unique and the cost of surgery depends on several factors.  The duration of the procedure, which depends on the complexity of your needs, affects the cost of the procedure. In order to provide you with the most accurate surgical fee estimate, it is necessary to meet for a consultation.

  • When can I start exercising after my procedure?

    A: Light, normal activity can be resumed within 2-3 weeks following surgery.

  • Breast Augmentation

  • How long does a breast augmentation procedure take?

    A: Every situation is unique, but generally breast augmentation surgery is about 1.5-2.5 hours long depending on individual circumstances and how extensive the procedure is.

  • Will breast augmentation be performed under local or general anesthesia?

    A: Breast augmentation will be performed under general anesthesia.

  • I'm considering a breast augmentation procedure. What’s the difference between silicone, saline and gummy bear implants?

    A: When considering a breast augmentation surgery there are a lot of things to consider, and one of them is the type of implant you will receive.

    The names from these implants come from what they are filled with. A saline implant is filled with sterile saline (salt water) and the silicone implant is a cohesive silicone gel.

    The newest implants available are the "gummy bear" implants. They are highly cohesive and referred to as gummy bear as they keep their shape like a gummy bear. Their shell is textured to reduce scarring around your implant.

    Talk to your physician during your consultation about what type of breast implant will give you the look you want to achieve.

  • How long will I be out of work after a breast augmentation?

    A: After a breast augmentation procedure, patients may return to work in 1 week depending on their job duties.

  • What should I expect after my breast augmentation?

    A: After a breast augmentation, patients may experience temporary soreness, swelling, change in nipple sensation, and bruising after a breast augmentation procedure. Breasts may be sensitive to stimulation for several weeks.

  • Do I need special testing prior to my breast augmentation procedure?

    A: Testing is dependent on the patient’s health history and age. Testing is ordered for every patient that is receiving a breast augmentation.

  • Will breast augmentation be covered by insurance?

    A: No, breast augmentation is considered a cosmetic procedure and is not covered under insurance.

  • When can I start exercising after my breast augmentation?

    A: After a breast augmentation, walking and some lower body exercises may be resumed after two weeks. No heavy lifting, pushing or pulling is allowed for 4-6 weeks after a breast augmentation surgery.

  • Otoplasty

  • How long does the otoplasty procedure take?

    A: Every situation is unique, but generally Otoplasty surgery takes about 2-3 hours depending on the extent of correction.

  • Is an otoplasty procedure performed under local or general anesthesia?

    A: Otoplasty procedures can be performed under either local or general anesthesia, depending on the age of the patient and the physician recommendation.

  • How long will I be out of work after an otoplasty procedure?

    A: You will be out of work for about 1 week following an otoplasty with further restrictions depending on work/school activities.

  • Do I need special testing prior to my otoplasty procedure?

    A: If the otoplasty procedure is done under general anesthesia, you will be required to have testing.The tests required will be dependent on your age and health history. If the procedure is done under local anesthesia, no testing is required.

  • Is an otoplasty procedure covered by insurance?

    A:  No, an otoplasty procedure is considered cosmetic and is not covered by insurance.

  • How much does Otoplasty surgery cost?

    A: Every situation is unique and the cost of surgery depends on several factors. The duration of the procedure, which depends on the complexity of your needs, affects the cost of the procedure when it is done under general anesthesia. In order to provide you with the most accurate surgical fee estimate, it is necessary to meet for a consultation.

  • When can I start exercising after my otoplasty procedure?

    A: Patients may resume walking exercises 1 week following otoplasty surgery. Lower body exercises may resume in 2 weeks. No heavy lifting, pushing, or pulling for 2-4 weeks.

  • Breast Lift (Mastopexy)

  • How long does breast lift surgery take?

    A: Every situation is unique, but generally breast lift (mastopexy) surgery is about 2.5-3.5 hours long depending on individual circumstances and how extensive the procedure is.

  • Will my breast lift surgery be performed under local or general anesthesia?

    A: Breast lift procedures are performed under general anesthesia.

  • How long will I be out of work after a breast lift surgery?

    A: After having a breast lift surgery, patients can return to work in 1 week depending on their job duties.

  • What should I expect after my breast lift procedure?

    A: Patients may experience temporary bruising, swelling, numbness, and discomfort after a breast lift surgery

  • Do I need special testing prior to my breast lift?

    A: Testing is dependent on the patient’s health history and age. Testing is ordered for every patient having a breast lift surgery.

  • Will breast lift surgery be covered by insurance?

    A: No. A breast lift procedure is considered a cosmetic procedure and therefore not covered by insurance providers.

  • When can I start exercising after my breast lift procedure?

    A: Some cardiovascular and lower body exercises after the first week after a breast lift surgery. No upper body exercises for 4-6 weeks after a breast lift surgery.

  • Breast Reduction

  • How long does a breast reduction procedure take?

    A: Every situation is unique, but generally Breast Reduction surgery is about 3.5 to 5 hours long depending on individual circumstances and how extensive the procedure is.

  • Will a breast reduction be performed under local or general anesthesia?

    A: A breast reduction procedure will be performed under general anesthesia.

  • How long will I be out of work after a breast reduction?

    A: After a breast reduction procedure, patients can return to work in 1 week depending on their job duties. 

  • What should I expect after my breast reduction?

    A: After a breast reduction, patients may experience temporary soreness, swelling, change in nipple sensation, and bruising. Breasts may be sensitive to stimulation for several weeks.

  • Do I need special testing prior to my breast reduction procedure?

    A: Testing is dependent on the patient’s health history and age. Testing is ordered for every patient undergoing a breast reduction surgery.

  • Will a breast reduction be covered by insurance?

    A: In most cases, a breast reduction will not be covered by your insurance provider. Patients should contact their insurance company direclty prior to scheduling an aesthetic consultation.

  • When can I start exercising after my breast reduction?

    A: Walking and some lower body exercises may be resumed after 2-3 weeks following a breast reduction. No heavy lifting, pushing or pulling is allowed for 4-6 weeks after a breast reduction.

  • Male Breast Reduction (Gynecomastia)

  • How long does a male breast reduction procedure take?

    A: Every situation is unique, but generally male breast reduction (Gynecomastia) surgery is about 1.5- 2 hours long depending on individual circumstances and how extensive the procedure is.

  • Will a male breast reduction be performed under local or general anesthesia?

    A: A male breast reduction surgery is performed under general anesthesia.

  • How long will I be out of work after a male breast reduction surgery?

    A: Patients can return to work in 1 week depending on their job duties after having a male breast reduction procedure.

  • What should I expect after my male breast reduction procedure?

    A: Patients may experience temporary soreness, swelling, change in nipple sensation, and bruising after a male breast reduction. Breasts may be sensitive to stimulation for several weeks.

  • Do I need special testing prior to my male breast reduction procedure?

    A: Testing is dependent on the patient’s health history and age. Testing is ordered for every patient having a male breast reduction procedure.

  • Is a male breast reduction surgery covered by insurance?

    A: In most cases no, a male breast reduction surgery is not covered by insurance. Patients should contact their insurance company directly prior to scheduling an aesthetic consultation.

  • When can I start exercising after my male breast reduction procedure?

    A: Lower body exercises may resume in 2 weeks and upper body exercises may resume in 6 weeks after having a male breast reduction procedure.

  • Cosmetic Surgery Imaging

  • How long is the photo session?

    A: A series of photos is taken depending on which procedure you are considering.  The entire photo session takes about 5 minutes.

  • Can I see my images right away?

    A: An imaging session is scheduled and it is at that time that you will see the images.  

  • Is there a separate charge for cosmetic surgery imaging?

    A: No, there is not a separate fee for computer imaging.  Although there is a fee associated with your first, new patient consultation, the imaging session is included.

  • Thermage

  • How many Thermage treatments are needed?

    A: Thermage is a single treatment. Generally some improvement is immediately visible and continues for up to six months.

  • What kind of downtime can I expect after Thermage?

    A: There is little to no downtime with Thermage. After Thermage treatment you can immediately return to your normal routine. No special care is needed.

  • How long will the Thermage results last?

    A: The effects from Thermage continue to improve for six months following a single treatment. Results can last for years depending on the condition of your skin and the natural aging process.

  • Do I have to avoid the sun after Thermage?

    A: After Thermage you do not have to avoid the sun as with some other treatments. Thermage can be scheduled in the summer or any time that fits your schedule.

  • What kind of results can I expect after Thermage?

    A: After Thermage treatment, your eyes will appear more open and alert. Under eye bags are reduced. Skin feels tighter and smoother. Easier to apply eye makeup on the newly smooth skin. No bruising, swelling or sutures.

    Your face will have smoother, tighter skin with less sagging and redefined contours of jawline and under the chin. Softening of the fine lines and wrinkles around the mouth, eyes, and forehead.

    Your body will have flatter, smoother skin on the tummy, thighs, legs, knees, buttocks, or arms. Reduction of crepey skin. Softened wrinkles above the knees. Smoothed dimples for temporary improvement in the appearance of cellulite. Tightens post pregnancy saggy skin.

  • UltraShape® Fat Reduction

  • How Does the UltraShape® Work?

    A: Using ultrasound energy, UltraShape® is able to target fat cells, destroying them instantly so patients can see visible results within two weeks. Because the ultrasound energy is pulsed and focused, UltraShape is able to target the fat cells mechanically, without heating them and without damaging surrounding tissue.  Once the fat cell membranes are disrupted, the content of the cells are transported to the liver. The fat is then processed via the body’s natural mechanisms.

  • Are UltraShape® Treatments Painful?

    A: Most patients report a comfortable experience, and side effects are extremely rare. UltraShape® is a no-downtime treatment, so you can resume your normal activities right away.

  • How Many Treatments of UltraShape® Will I Need?

    A: Typically, the UltraShape® procedure involves a series of three treatments two weeks apart for best results.

  • Is UltraShape® Right For Me?

    A: The UltraShape® treatment has been designed to help average to moderately overweight men and women achieve an improved body shape and contour. UltraShape® offers an effective non-surgical alternative to patients seeking a significant reduction of localized fat deposits without surgery. To optimize the results of the treatments, it is recommended that patients adopt a healthy lifestyle.   

  • How noticeable will my UltraShape results be?

    A: You could see results from an UltraShape body contouring treatment in as little as 2 weeks. Full results from UltraShape body contouring can be seen 2 weeks after the final treatment.

  • Is UltraShape body contouring safe?

    A: The UltraShape body contouring system has been shown to be safe and effective for patients. UltraShape has been cleared for abdominal circumference reduction, with more than 300,000 body contouring treatments performed world-wide to date.

  • How long do UltraShape results last?

    A: Because fat cells are destroyed during an UltraShape body contouring treatment, you will see long-lasting effects without maintenance treatments later on. For best results, you should maintain a healthy lifestyle (adaquate exercise and good diet) to keep fat cells from returning.

  • What makes UltraShape different form other treatments?

    A: UltraShape body contouring treatments result in the immediate destruction of fat cells. Measurable fat reduction results can be seen as early as two weeks. UltraShape treatments are also very comfortable and not associated with post treatment soreness, lumps or bumps. 3D mapping during UltraShape fat reduction treatments ensures that energy is delivered uniformly, therefore minimizing contour irregularities which is a common side effect of liposuction.

  • KYBELLA™ (for double chin)

  • What is KYBELLA™?

    A: KYBELLA™ (deoxycholic acid) injection is the first and only FDA-approved prescription nonsurgical treatment that is used in adults to improve the appearance and profile of moderate to severe fat below the chin (submental fat), also called, “double chin.” It is not known if KYBELLA™ is safe and effective in children less than 18 years of age. It is not known if KYBELLA™ is safe and effective for use outside of the submental/double chin area.

  • How does KYBELLA™ work on a double chin?

    A: The active ingredient in KYBELLA™ is deoxycholic acid, a naturally-occurring molecule in the body that aids in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat.

     
    When injected into the neck fat beneath your chin, KYBELLA™ causes the destruction of neck fat cells. Once destroyed, those cells cannot store or accumulate fat, thus reducing the appearance of the double chin.

  • Is KYBELLA™ right for me?

    A: Only you and your doctor can decide if KYBELLA™ is right for you. If you’re bothered by submental fullness, or double chin, ask your doctor about KYBELLA™.

  • How many people have treated their neck fat (double chin) with KYBELLA™?

    A: Only you and your doctor can decide if KYBELLA™ is right for you. If you’re bothered by submental fullness, neck fat or a double chin, ask your doctor about KYBELLA™.

  • What can I expect during my double chin/KYBELLA™ appointment?

    A: You and your doctor will customize your KYBELLA™ treatment regimen, including how many treatments you need, based on your desired chin profile. Your doctor will give you a series of KYBELLA™ injections in your neck fat at each treatment session, which are spaced a month or more apart. Many patients experience visible contouring of their chin profile (double chin) in two to four treatment sessions spaced at least one month apart. Up to 6 treatments may be administered of KYBELLA™.

     

  • Will I experience any side effects from KYBELLA™?

    A: You and your doctor will customize your KYBELLA™ treatment regimen, including how many treatments you need, based on your desired chin profile. Your doctor will give you a series of KYBELLA™ injections at each treatment session, which are spaced a month or more apart. Many patients experience visible contouring of their chin profile in two to four treatment sessions spaced at least one month apart. Up to 6 KYBELLA™ treatments may be administered to your neck fat/double chin area.

  • How many treatments of KYBELLA™ will I need for my double chin?

    A: You and your doctor will customize your KYBELLA™ treatment regimen, including how many treatments you need, based on your desired chin profile. Your doctor will give you a series of injections in the neck fat of your double chin at each treatment session, which are spaced a month or more apart. Many patients experience visible contouring of their chin profile, resulting in a slimmer neck, in two to four treatment sessions of KYBELLA™ spaced at least one month apart. Up to 6 treatments of KYBELLA™ may be administered to a double chin.

  • How long will KYBELLA results last on a double chin?

    A: When injected into the neck fat under your chin, KYBELLA™ causes the destruction of neck fat cells. Once destroyed, those cells cannot store or accumulate fat. After the aesthetic response is achieved (reduction of your double chin), retreatment with KYBELLA™ is not expected.

  • Is Kybella permanent?

    A: Yes, Kybella is used to permanently eliminate neck fat cells in the submental (below the chin) area.  Once these neck fat cells are destroyed, they are gone for good. 

  • After Kybella do you need surgery to remove skin sag?

    A: If a patient needs an additional procedure following Kybella injections will depend on the each patient's skin laxity. In most cases additional procedures to address neck fat or skin sag are not neccessary.

  • What is the recovery time like for Kybella injections

    A: After the Kybella is injected into your neck fat expect some swelling for 1 to 2 weeks. 

  • What happens if I gain weight after using Kybella?

    A: If you gain weight following Kybella injections, you may regain some fullness in the chin area (submental), but usually not to the original state prior to having Kybella injections.

  • Does Kybella work?

    A: Yes, Kybella is proven to be very effective for dissolving fat cells in the submental (under the chin) neck area.  Both physicians and patients report a high level of satiation from Kybella injections.

  • Can you get Kybella injections if you have previously had facelift surgery?

    A:  Yes, you can still get Kybella injections if you have had facelift surgery.

  • Can Kybella be used for areas other than the double chin?

    A: Currently Kybella is only FDA-approvaed for the chin/neck fat area.

  • Who is a good candidate for Kybella?

    A: Healthy women and men who have fullness below the chin due to excess neck fat accumulation are good candidates for Kybella.

  • What is the difference between liposuction and Kybella?

    A: Liposuction is an invasive surgical procedure that removes fat. Kybella is a non-surgical injection that gradually eliminates neck fat cells. 

  • What is recovery like with Kybella compared to liposuction? Can I return to work the same day?

    A: Because Kybella is a non-surgical procedure, recovery is much quicker with Kybella than liposuction. Most patients can return to work the same day after having a Kybella injection despite some swelling. 

  • What is "submental fullness"?

    A: Submental fullness is the medical term your doctor might use to describe the unwanted fullness beneath your chin, which can be the result of moderate to severe fat below the chin. This may be commonly known as a "double chin."

  • What causes submental fullness?

    A: Submental fullness due to fat beneath the chin can impact a broad range of both male and female adults. Some possible causes are genetics, weight gain and aging. 

  • Isn't a double chin associated with being overweight?

    A: Sometimes, even with diet or exercise, the unwanted fullness may not go away. Genetics, weight gain, or aging can be a cause of submental fullness due to fat beneath the chin.

  • How many people were studied with Kybella worldwide?

    A: In a global clinical development program, Kybella was tested in more than 20 clinical studies, during which more than 1600 people worldwide were treated with Kybella.

  • Bellafill®

  • What is Bellafill®?

    A: Bellafill® is a dermal filler made with collagen gel and PMMA microspheres. The PMMA re-creates the firm structure of younger-looking skin by supporting production of your body’s own collagen.

  • What are the microspheres in Bellafill® made of?

    A: The microspheres in Bellafill® are made of polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA), a biocompatible material that has been used in medical implants for 65 years. The microspheres in Bellafill® are half the diameter of a human hair, so small that they are virtually invisible to the eye.

  • How does Bellafill® work?

    A: The collagen in Bellafill® provides immediate volume and lift while the PMMA microspheres create a matrix that supports production of the body’s own collagen over time. The microspheres in Bellafill® are not absorbed by the body and provide a support matrix for lasting correction for acne scars.

  • Is Bellafill® safe?

    A: Bellafill® has a proven safety profile.

  • Will Bellafill® work for me?

    A: In a clinical trial, Bellafill® was shown to work equally well with all skin types, and in men and women. Patients who have had a positive reaction to the Bellafill® Skin Test, have a history of severe allergies, have known bovine collagen allergies, are allergic to lidocaine, have bleeding disorders or are prone to thick scar formation and/or excessive scarring should not receive Bellafill®.

  • When will I see results from Bellafill®?

    A: Bellafill® replaces lost volume in the skin below the wrinkle for correction that is immediate and lasting.

  • What’s the downtime associated with Bellafill®?

    A: You can return to normal activities right away after receiving a Bellafill® injection. As with any injectable dermal filler, you may experience temporary swelling, redness, pain, bruising, lumps/bumps, itching, and discoloration at the treatment site. These side effects from Bellafill® are usually transient and typically resolve within 1–7 days.

  • How long does Bellafill® last?

    A: The PMMA microspheres in Bellafill® provide a microscopic ‘matrix’ to support your body’s own natural collagen production and re-create the firm structure of younger-looking skin for lasting correction.

  • Is Bellafill permanent?

    A: Bellafill is a long-lasting filler. Satisfaction and effectiveness for the correction of nasolabial folds has been established through 5 years. Long-term satisfaction data from the 5-year safety study suggests that the volume is maintained over time by endogenous collagen stimulation.

  • Does Bellafill work for shallow acne scars?

    A: The Bellafill® FDA indication for acne scars is as follows: moderate to severe, atrophic, distensible facial acne scars on the cheek in patients over the age of 21 years.  It is best to have a consultation with a physician to see if Bellafill would work for you.

  • What areas can Bellafill be used on?

    A: Currently, Bellafill® has two FDA-approved indications: Bellafill is indicated for the correction of nasolabial folds and moderate to severe, atrophic, distensible facial acne scars on the cheek in patients over the age of 21 years.

  • Do Bellafill results improve over time? When do you usually see the desired result?

    A: Collagen gel (80%) provides immediate volume and lift. Within weeks of injection, the PMMA microspheres (20%) become fully encapsulated and integrated into the dermis to become part of the tissue. Over time, the injected collagen is enzymatically degraded and new collagen is formed as fibroblasts, collagen, and capillaries fill the interstitial spaces between the microspheres. Human histology studies show that the bovine collagen is resorbed by 3 months with evidence of new collagen growth as early as 1 month. Anywhere from 50% to 100% of that collagen gel is replaced by endogenous collagen. Long-term satisfaction data from the 5-year safety study suggests that the volume is maintained over time by endogenous collagen stimulation. However, every patient degrades and forms collagen at different rates so we recommend starting slowly with progressive enhancement as needed to achieve optimal results.

  • Enlighten™ Laser (Tattoo Removal)

  • What is Enlighten™?

    A: Introduced in 2014, Enlighten™ is the most advanced laser system for the effective and safe removal of tattoos and benign pigmented lesions.

  • How does Enlighten™ laser tattoo removal differ from other laser tattoo removal options?

    A: Enlighten™ features extremely short and high-power picosecond laser pulses which efficiently and quickly break down the ink particles in tattoos. A 'picosecond' is one-trillionth of a second, and is 1,000 times shorter than the 'nanosecond' pulses used in existing lasers for tattoo removal. Picosecond laser pulses have been shown to remove tattoos more completely and in fewer treatment sessions than traditional laser used historially in the past.

  • How many treatment sessions are required with Enlighten™?

    A: The total number of treatments needed from Enlighten™ vary depending on the composition, depth and the color of the ink, as well as the size of the tattoo. You should be prepared for multiple treatment sessions, and your provider can give you a better idea of the total number of treatments needed during your consultation and once your treatments begin.

  • Why are multiple sessions required with Enlighten?

    A: Tattoo ink is deposited deep in the skin. In order to reach all of the ink in the skin, multiple treatment sessions are needed for clearance. Depth, size and color of the tattoo also impact the number of treatments needed.

  • Will the tattoo completely disappear with Enlighten?

    A: In many cases, yes, your tattoo will completely disappear with the Enlighten™ laser system. However, it is very important to know that some ink colors are more difficult to clear than others. Consult with your Enlighten™ laser provider to determine if tattoo removal with Enlighten™ is right for you.

  • Is the procedure painful with Enlighten™?

    A: Patients compare the Enlighten™ procedure to a rubber band being snapped against their skin. Topical or local anaesthetics may be available from your provider to minimize discomfort.

  • Are there any side effects following an Enlighten™ treatment?

    A: Most patients experience redness and swelling immediately following the treatment with Enlighten™. These side effects are temporary.

  • Is there any downtime associated with an Enlighten™ treatment?

    A: Patients can return to regular activities immediately following an Enlighten™ laser treatment.

  • Volbella XC

  • What is Volbella?

    A: Juvederm Volbella XC is a new injectable gel used to get full plump lips and get rid of fine lines around the lips for adults over the age of 21. This product launched in the United States in October 2016. 

  • How is Volbella any different than the fillers used right now?

    A: Volbella is the first and only FDA-approved filler proven to increase lip fullness and correct perioral lines for up to 1 year. Volbella is specifically tailored to be a soft and smooth gel.  This product is formulated differently than other fillers because it  uses vycross technology, which gives it its softness and duration.

  • How long does Volbella last?

    A: Volbella is a long lasting filler and designed to last for  1 year.  In clinical trials, 75% of patients were still satisfied with their lip lines one year after their injection.

     

  • Nordlys Hybrid Laser

  • What is the Nordlys Hybrid Experience?
    Patients are raving about this “new class of laser”. Whether you have or have not experienced laser or IPL treatments in the past, you can expect a one of a kind experience with the Nordlys Hybrid System. Handcrafted in Denmark, our quality engineering, commitment to research, development and innovation since 1997 is what sets this system apart in the marketplace. 

  • What treatments can I have done with the Nordlys Hybrid System?
    The Nordlys Hybrid System addresses over 80% of the most sought after concerns in practices around the world.
     
    Nordlys Treatments include improvement of:
    • Sundamage & Pigmentation
    • Rosacea
    • Port Wine Stains
    • Hair Reduction
    • Facial Telangiectasias
    • Benign Pigmented Lesions (ie. Lentigo Solaris)
    • Benign Vascular Lesions (diffused redness)
    • Poikiloderma of Civatte
    • Inflammatory Acne Vulgaris
    • Scars (targeting red or brown) 

    A: Using Nd:YAG laser:

    • Leg Vessels
    • Benign Vascular Lesions
    • Venous Lakes
    • Port Wine Stains
    • Onychomycosis (Clear Nail treatment)

  • What is unique about they Nordlys Experience?

    A: Unlike other lasers, the light delivered using our Selective Waveband Technology (SWT) is a narrow waveband. The SWT applicators have been handcrafted to treat at the precise depth required and engineered for optimal treatment of the area of concern, with minimal damage to surrounding tissue structures.

  • Can Nordlys replace peels or other treatments?

    A: Your treating clinician may recommend multiple modalities or treatments depending on your skin conditions. However, you may notice fewer treatments are required. 

  • How does the Nordlys Experience differ from other laser treatments?

    A: Unlike other laser systems, the Nordlys Hybrid System filters the unneeded light and selectively treats your area of concern. Because of this patented filtering process, less energy is required to efficiently and efficaciously treat those areas as well. In this case, less really is more!

  • How does Nordlys treat safely?

    A: The Nordlys Hybrid System has an extra filter to remove the infrared light. Infrared light is absorbed by water in the surrounding tissue structure causing unnecessary discomfort and increased risk during treatment. The advanced filtration process ensures that only optimal wavelengths that are required to perform the treatment are delivered to the treatment area. Therefore, the Nordlys Hybrid System is more effective. The Nordlys Hybrid treatments also do not require artificial cooling or numbing. Clinical trials documenting Ellipse’s safety and effectiveness were carried out by leading doctors prior to the launch of the treatment. 

  • Do the Nordlys Hybrid Treatments hurt?
    Many patients describe the treatment like a flick from a rubber band followed by a sensation similar to a warm day on the beach. Most patients find the treatment to be very tolerable with only mild discomfort as compared to other technologies. We do not suggest numbing agents as generally they are not necessary and often can limit the effectiveness because of there effect on the vascular elements in your skin. Most patients report a 3 on 1-10 pain scale during treatment. Depending on the procedure you are having, please ask us about the best way to manage discomfort and degree of discomfort. 

  • How long does a Nordlys Treatment take?
    Treatment times vary between 5 - 20 minutes depending on the treatment and area being
    treated. The average treatment time is around 10-15 minutes. Most likely you will be
    scheduled for a 30 minute appointment to discuss your treatment, capture your photos and discuss any additional questions you may have. 

  • Will I need to take time off?

    A: It is not required to take time off after your Nordlys Hybrid Experience. After your Nordlys

    Treatment you can return to your normal daily routine. There is little to no downtime.
    After photo rejuvenation treatments, slight erythema (redness) is observed and will disappear after a few days without additional treatment. Cooling the skin with an ice pack may be comforting. The pigmented areas will become darker around three days after the treatment. It gives a “dirty look” which will persist for 7 – 10 days after treatment. It can be covered with make-up.

  • What does the Nordlys Treatment feel like?

    A: Most patients describe the feeling of heat and the mild snapping of a rubber band on the skin. Most often it is the bright light emitted by the device that is more uncomfortable then the pulse delivery. Goggles are place over the eyes for protection. Again, as compared to other technologies, the Ellipse is described as a much more comfortable treatment.

  • When will I see results? How long do they last?

    A: Most patients see a noticeable improvement after just one treatment. Results vary patient to patient and ongoing treatments may be needed to maintain your results. Be sure to consult your treating clinician regarding your treatment plan and expectations.

  • How many Nordlys Treatments will I need?

    A:  The number of treatments required will vary depending on the type of treatment, degree of skin condition, and the intensity of the treatment. Please ask our clinicians about your particular treatment schedule to appropriately set your expectations.

    • Sun Damage: 1-4 Treatments*
    • Rosacea: 1-3 Treatments*
    • Hair Reduction: 4-6 Treatments*
    • Acne: 4-5 Treatments*
    • Scars: 2-5 Treatments*
    • Leg Veins: Patient dependent, consult your treating clinician. Improvement after 1 treatment. Treat as needed every 8 weeks.*
    *All Nordlys Treatments are catered to your specific skin concerns. Certain patients may require fewer or more treatments depending on your goals. The number of treatments above are estimates. You may opt to have additional treatments in the future to maintain your results.

  • Are there any side effects?
    Side effects vary patient to patient. Please speak with your treating clinician to discuss a full range of potential side effects and contraindications.
    • Sun Damage: Targeted sun damaged areas will darken and look “peppery” or like coffee gounds. over the next few weeks the treated areas will stuff off.*
    • Rosacea: The treated area may be pink or red immediately post treatment. This will diffuse over the next few hours - a day later.
    • Hair Reduction: You may notice some swelling around the hair follicle in the treated area.This will dissipate over the next few hours - a day later.
    • Acne: The treated area may appear pink or red depending on skin sensitivity. This will diffuse over the next few hours - a day later.
    • Scars: Depending on the color of the scar, you may notice a darkening in the area. This will lighten over the next few weeks.
    • Leg Veins: certain smaller veins may disappear immediately after treatment, other may have a “cat scratch” look. They may be mild swelling in the area. This will continue to improve over the next few days.

    A: *Every patient is different. Please consult your treating clinician for a full list of potential side effects depending on your Nordlys Treatment, treatment area, and medical history.

  • Who is a good candidate for the Nordlys Hybrid Experience?

    A: It is important to have a medical history completed during your initial consultation in order to discuss possible contraindications. However, individuals with the following contraindications should not be treated with the Nordlys Hybrid System.

  • What do I need to do prior to my Nordlys Hybrid Experience?
    It is important to try to avoid direct sun exposure 1 month before and 1 month after treatment. Excessive sun exposure not only can it cause you to hyperpigment and possible burn, it also counteracts all of the positive effects of your Nordlys Hybrid Experience.
     
    If you have darker skin, it is often advised to pre-treat with a hydroquinone or a bleaching agent as prescribed by your physician. This should be administered 1 month before treatment and ceased 1 week prior to treatment. Patients taking any medications (even over the counter) that cause sun sensitivity (St John’s Wort, for example) should not be treated.
     
    For any Vein or Vascular Nordlys Treatments, patients should not be taking anti coagulation medication and smoking is prohibited 6 hours before treatment. 

  • What happens on the day of treatment?
    Your skin will be cleansed and pictures are taken to photo document the results achieved.
    During treatment, protective goggle will be placed over the eyes to protect them from the flash of light emitted by the device. A light layer of ultrasound gel will be placed in treatment area to allow for the best penetration of the energy and most effective treatment results.
     
    Following the treatment it is important to avoid direct sunlight and wear sunscreen.

    A: Your treating clinician will provide pre and post treatment instructions for your review.