5 myths about lip fillers busted​

Kylie Jenner’s latest is just another reminder that the quest for the perfect pout shows no signs of fading soon. In fact, continue to be one of the most popular, socially acceptable cosmetic treatments out there. Going to your injector is almost like getting your hair colored or lashes lengthened. “Lip plumping procedures have been on the rise because of the increasing popularity of fuller lips on celebrities and the fact that the treatment is minimally invasive in comparison to more serious surgical procedures,” said , a registered nurse injector in West Hollywood, California. Sure, lip fillers are headline makers, but along with increased exposure comes some horror stories. Don’t be fooled. Here we debunk the top five myths about the treatment. Myth No. 1: ‘Lip fillers will stretch out my lips, and they won’t look the same.’Your body naturally absorbs fillers over time, so “your lips should return to completely normal after it wears away,” says a Jupiter, Florida plastic surgeon. However, you should know that each dermal filler is rated to last a certain amount of time, but your lips will likely need more frequent injections. “It won’t last as long in your lips as the rest of your face,” says , a plastic surgeon in Plano, Texas. “You’re always talking, laughing, eating, you’re always moving your mouth. There’s lots of blood flow to the area which dissolves the filler faster.” Myth No. 2: ‘I can’t wait to show off my sexy new pout tomorrow!’Think you’ll get your lips done today and pose for that perfect selfie tomorrow? Think again. “When people get fillers, they look great in the office and they’re happy,” said Dr. Angobaldo. “When they leave, their lips swell. These fillers are very hydrophilic, they draw in water. The swelling usually lasts for two days." After the swelling goes down, there might also be bruises. “Fillers come with sharp needles, but the more you inject the more bruising is possible,” he added. “We can use a blunt cannula to inject and help reduce bruising.” Make sure to follow your provider’s instructions and ice it after your treatment. Leave time for your bruises to heal. Myth No. 3: ‘My lips will look just like [insert favorite celeb]!’“Patients often bring in photos and ask me to inject them so that their lips look exactly like the women in the pictures,” says Lee. “Most of the time these expectations are unrealistic because every lip is capable of only so much change before it looks foreign to the rest of the face. It is best to work with your natural shape and enhance it in ways that complement your existing lip frame.” It’s important to find an experienced injector who understands what’s possible and how to use lip fillers to achieve different shapes. “It’s not a cookie-cutter approach for every patient,”  says Dr. Angobaldo. “If someone has very thin lips, there’s no way you can end up with Angelina Jolie lips. Some patients need more than one syringe, we’ll do two and even three on very thin-lipped patients. If a patient starts with fuller lips, one syringe can get them the look they want.” Myth No. 4: ‘Lip fillers never look natural.’You should choose an experienced injector and also listen to their advice about what will best work with your face.“The bottom lip should almost always be fuller than the top, but most patients focus on filling the upper lip, which can lead to an unnatural look,” says Dr. Goldberg. “Patients also tend to focus on filling all the way out to the corners of the mouth, which does not follow the natural proportions of the lip, which should be fuller in the center.” Myth No. 5: ‘With the right injector, it doesn’t matter what lip filler I use.’Lip fillers are products that offer different features, depending on what you want. They can feel different and achieve different results. “There is an appropriate dermal filler for each type of lip enhancement,” says Lee. “If your goal is to have a slight boost in fullness and to minimize fine lines, I would go with . If you want a more robust fullness with definition, I prefer to work with Ultra.” The newer ones also offer another benefit. “There are new fillers from Juvéderm and ,” says Dr. Angobaldo. “These new lip fillers are pricier, but draw less swelling.”   Ready to learn more about lip fillers?  Book your complimentary consult today by emailing [email protected] now!  Source: https://blog.realself.com/2017/12/13/myths-lip-fillers/?utm_source=social&utm_medium=instagram_stories ​

The Best Face Serums That Will Banish Fine Lines and Wrinkles​

We can’t completely stop wrinkles and fine lines in their tracks, but with the help of face serums we can definitely slow down their advances. Lightweight and potent, serums contain a high concentration of targeted active ingredients formulated for a specific purpose, says facial plastic surgeon Kay Durairaj, M.D., F.A.C.S. “It’s great for anyone who wants a quick and easy product that absorbs quickly into the skin, has a high concentration of ingredients and is non-greasy,” adds Dr. Durairaj.How to Choose the Right Serum Serums can effectively enhance your skin care regimen with its versatility and variety. They can be added to moisturizers, night creams and masks to enhance potency, used as a spot treatment or as a stand-alone hydrator for those with oily skin. But with all the different types available, it’s important to choose one according to your skin’s specific needs, according to board-certified dermatologist Janet Prystowsky, M.D. “Don’t just look for ways to add cool products to your routine. All great skin care routines are based on identifying skin problems you’d like to fix,” she adds.What to Look for in a Serum When choosing the best anti-wrinkle serum for your skin, board-certified dermatologist Jennifer Linder, M.D., F.A.A.D. says vitamin C should be at the top of your list of ingredients to look for as its benefits include “stimulating new collagen, reducing fine lines and wrinkles and protecting the skin from environmental pollutants.” Hyaluronic acid, on the other hand, is a super hydrator that keeps skin supple and naturally glowing, says Dr. Durairaj. This is key as skin cells lose the ability to hold water as we age.For best results, Dr. Durairaj says serums should be applied right after cleansing your skin. “Make sure you allow time for your serum to dry before applying other products on top. This allows for maximal absorption!” she adds.Give your daily skin care regimen a boost with our top recommended anti-aging serums, below.1. SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic  There’s a reason why this serum has garnered hundreds of five-star reviews! Aside from vitamin E and ferulic acid, this antioxidant powerhouse also contains 15 percent pure l-ascorbic acid, making it truly worthy of its holy grail status. With a super-concentrated formula that’s effective for up to 72 hours, this serum enhances the skin’s defenses against oxidative stress and UV rays, smoothens lines and wrinkles and improves firmness.  2. SkinMedica TNS Essential Serum  This is the five-star flagship product you need in your arsenal to keep your skin young with amazing growth factors at work. When it comes to restoring your skin’s youthful glory, this serum is definitely not holding back. Featuring a dual-action formula that combines peptides, amino acids and antioxidants, it reduces inflammation, lifts and firms sagging skin and refines wrinkles along with other signs of aging. This serum is a MUST in your regimen.  3. iS Clinical Active Serum Dealing with crow’s feet and laugh lines is already frustrating on its own, but add a breakout to the equation and your skin is in for a real nightmare. Fortunately, this multitasking serum works hard to provide anti-aging, anti-acne and brightening benefits by reducing fine lines and wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, redness and inflammation.       Source:https://www.dermstore.com/blog/top_ten/wrinkle-serums-that-actually-work/?utm_campaign=20180307_05_edit_dsblog_01_01&cust_id=5857856&utm_source=email&utm_medium=email&utm_term=20180307_05_edit_dsblog_01_01_feat3&utm_campaign=email_20180306

Everything You Need to Know About Xeomin, the Botox Alternative​

We've all heard the rumor circulating that, when injected enough times with Botox, your body has the ability to become immune to the toxin, rendering its muscle-freezing abilities useless. When your go-to treatment has started to lose its magic touch, rest assured that you have another option in Xeomin. Though we've only just heard about Xeomin, the treatment has been around in the dermatology and medi-spa worlds for years, and patients who have tried it claim it's so similar to Botox, they can't tell the difference in the end result. "We've been using Xeomin in our practice for around 3 years now, but when it was initially coming to market, it was a bit slower to launch with Botox and Dysport as its competitors," explains San Antonio-based dermatologist Dr. Vivian Bucay. "I offer all three because it's our job as dermatologists to be familiar with the alternatives out there, so we can determine which is the best option for specific patients." We asked Dr. Bucay to give us all the details on how the treatment works, who is the best candidate, and what differs between this formula and its injectable counterparts. Read on for your crash course in the treatment, either if you're considering it, or for the sake of pure curiosity. What Is Xeomin, and What Does It Do?Xeomin is a form of botulism toxin that is used to block muscle movement in areas that contribute to wrinkles. It is used in the forehead, typically between the brows to soften frown lines. Unlike filler, Xeomin only impacts muscle movement, and has no effect on filling deep wrinkles that have already formed. The same ingredients in Botox and Dysport are used, though Xeomin is somewhat of a purer form of the toxin. Wait, So It's the Same Thing as Botox?Minus a few proteins. "With Botox or Dysport, the active part of the toxin is encapsulated in complexing and accessory proteins, and this was by design," says Dr. Bucay. "What's different about Xeomin is that it undergoes an extra step of purification so that there is no complexing protein." When explaining the differences to her patients, Dr. Bucay likens Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin to three separate M&M candies—while the first two may have red or green outer shells, the third, representing Xeomin, is just the chocolate core. "The middle, active portion is the same in all of them, so it behaves the same way as Botox and Dysport," she adds. The only key differences are on the side of the physician administering the treatment, as Xeomin does not require refrigeration, and the vial must be flipped instead of swirled to ensure the ingredients are dissolved. Who Is a Better Candidate for Xeomin Over Botox?Because Xeomin leaves the complexing and accessory proteins out of the mix, it's a good alternative for those who feel their Botox and Dysport treatments just aren't working the way they used to. "If someone were to react and become immune to Botox, then it's very possible that they are becoming immune to the proteins coating the active part," she tells us. "Because Xeomin does not have the extra proteins on the outside, it is much less likely that they will develop antibodies for it." Dr. Bucay notes that in a double-blind study comparing Xeomin and Botox, both the doctors and patients couldn't tell the difference of the end result between the two formulas, although many patients noted that there was less of a tight Botox-esque feeling in the areas where Xeomin was injected once it started kicking in. "If you don't want to feel the tightness as much, then you're a good candidate for Xeomin," she says. "It is a little less expensive across the board, so knowing both work equally well, you can consider Xeomin if cost is an issue, but I wouldn't choose a treatment based solely on that.” How Long Does It Last?Just like Botox and Dysport, Xeomin typically lasts anywhere from 3 to 4 months, but many users claim it starts to take effect much quicker than the alternatives, which take anywhere from a day to 10 days to kick in. What Should I Avoid Post-Treatment?"I tell people not to rub or scratch the area, or use treatments that involve applying heat directly to the skin, as heat can slow down the binding of Xeomin in the same way it does with Botox and Dysport," Dr. Bucay explains. "The old wives tales of not laying down or having to be really still don't apply, so you're good as long as you don't manipulate the treated area." How Can I Find a Practitioner?Let the official  website be your guide. "If a physician has a Xeomin account, then they'll be listed on the website," Dr. Bucay says. "You'll want to make sure you visit someone who is a board-certified dermatologist, plastic surgeon, or a doctor trained in facial plastics."​Source: http://www.instyle.com/beauty/xeomin-injectable-botox-alternative-skin


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