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By WARRENTON DERMATOLOGY & SKIN THERAPY CENTER
June 05, 2019
Category: Skin Care
Tags: safety   anti-aging   cosmetic procedures   Botox  

Do you wish you could smooth away lines and wrinkles from your face?

Have you been contemplating ways to refresh and rejuvenate your appearance? If so, then you may be wondering what options are out Botoxthere that can target and reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles. One amazing and non-invasive option for smoothing away wrinkles and improving the overall youthfulness of your appearance is Botox. Find out why countless men and women are turning to our Warrenton, VA, board-certified dermatologist Dr. J.C. Caballero for Botox treatment.

How does Botox work?

Botox is applied using very thin needles that contain a purified, medical-grade form of a neurotoxin known as botulinum toxin. Once Botox is injected into specific muscle groups of the face, it temporarily relaxes the muscles and prevents them from contracting. As a result, this lessens the appearance of certain wrinkles and lines and smooths out the skin.

Is Botox safe?

While all treatments come with side effects and potential complications, when Botox is administered by a board-certified dermatologist, such as our Warrenton, VA, skin doctor, you can expect that you are getting a very safe and effective treatment each and every time. There are a lot of Botox parties and spas that offer this service, but not everyone knows how to properly administer this treatment. This is why turning to a board-certified dermatologist is your safest option for beautiful results and to prevent unwanted side effects.

What can Botox do for me?

Botox will target certain wrinkles and lines that have formed as a result of repeated muscle contractions. This includes wrinkles around the forehead and eyebrows, crow’s feet (lines around the eyes), wrinkles around the chin and also laugh lines (lines around the mouth). If you are dealing with any of these issues then Botox may be right for you.

How long does Botox treatment take?

The treatment itself is extremely quick, only taking a few minutes. Of course, if you want us to apply a numbing gel to the area prior to getting Botox then we will need to wait until the gel has taken full effect before administering your treatment. If you choose not to numb the area beforehand, the treatment takes less than 10 minutes.

How long do results last?

This will vary from person to person, but most of the time Botox lasts anywhere from 3 to 4 months. If you love your results, you may also choose to get maintenance injections to refresh your appearance.

Are you interested in getting Botox in Warrenton, VA? You might be, if you are ready to say goodbye to those pesky facial lines. To find out if you are an ideal candidate for Botox call Warrenton Dermatology & Skin Therapy Center today to schedule a consultation.

Fat is complicated. It's stubborn, demonized, praised, misunderstood. As the recent wave of body positive conversations has helped to scratch at, everyone's relationship with fat is different. One thing that has remained fairly consistent is a cultural obsession with mastering fat — whether that means embracing it or erasing it.

As far as the latter is concerned, plastic surgery has always had seemingly magical answers. First there was liposuction, which, according to the most recent data from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), has declined in popularity by 30 percent since 2000 (though it still remained one of the top 5 cosmetic surgical procedures performed in 2017).

Then came the advent of non-invasive fat-reducing procedures, such as CoolSculpting and SculpSure, which are designed to get rid of the spots that your devotion to Barry's Bootcamp hasn't managed to budge. Given these are pretty much the closest things you can get to a fat-erasing magic wand, it's not surprising the ASPS reported a 7 percent rise in these procedures last year. Here's what the hype is about and what you need to know if you're considering a non-invasive fat-reduction procedure.

What is CoolSculpting?

CoolSculpting — scientifically known as cryolipolysis — is essentially a procedure to freeze (and thereby kill), fat cells. Here's how the FDA-approved treatment works: An applicator (think of it sort of like a giant vacuum hose) applies suction to the area you want to target. "The applicator then applies carefully regulated cooling plates to bring fat cells down to a temperature at which they are irreversibly damaged," Darren Smith, a board-certified plastic surgeon in New York City, tells Allure. For most areas, the process takes about 35 minutes [per attachment]. After the deep-freeze damage to the fat cells, they will eventually die and be eliminated by the body — a process which takes a little time. You'll start to see results after a few weeks with the final effects revealed in three months.

In theory, CoolSculpting can tackle just about any unwanted bulge — it's FDA-approved for the abdomen, "love handles," thighs, upper arms, "bra fat," back fat, "banana roll" underneath your butt, and "double chin" — but there is one big caveat: you have to have "enough fat for the applicator to adhere to," Stephen Greenberg, a board-certified plastic surgeon in New York and Florida, tells Allure. In other words, there has to be enough fat to pinch for the treatment to work.

What Is SculpSure?
"SculpSure essentially tries to arrive at the same end as CoolSculpting but with the opposite approach," explains Smith. Instead of freezing fat cells, heat is used to kill fat cells. "During a SculpSure treatment, applicators are placed over the treatment area, and a laser is used to heat fat in the treatment area to the point of irreversible damage," he says. Once damaged, the fat cells are swept away by the body's lymphatic system. Just like CoolSculpting, it takes about three months to see full results. SculpSure is currently FDA-approved to treat the stomach, "love handles," back, thighs, and the "double chin."

Which One Should I Get?

CoolSculpting and SculpSure are approved to treat almost all the same areas where stubborn fat is common. But there are still a few things to consider when choosing between treatments. First, consider your pain sensitivity. "SculpSure must reach a fairly high temperature, and this can be quite uncomfortable," explains Smith. While the treatment is designed to be safe for skin (it has a cool cycle built in so you don't have to worry about any burns) it heats fat cells to about 107 degrees, according to the ASPS. It can be painful to sit through if you have sensitive skin. CoolSculpting, on the other hand, is less uncomfortable, since the cooling action will have a numbing effect, Smith says. Secondly, consider how much fat you're hoping to erase. "For a candidate who has more fat to remove, CoolSculpting would be the better option," says Greenberg, since the treatment needs a solid pinch of fat to latch onto. One of the biggest perks associated with both procedures is that there's no downtime and the risks are minimal — you might expect some light bruising, swelling, or soreness afterwards, says Greenberg.

All things considered, "if someone is seeking a noninvasive body contouring option, I would recommend CoolSculpting over SculpSure," says Smith.

Do They Actually Work?

Neither treatment is a magic bullet. In a clinical trial published in Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology in 2014, CoolSculpting showed pretty impressive results — up to a 25 percent reduction in subcutaneous fat in the treatment area. However, the same study found that 14 percent of participants didn't see any improvements. There's less data available on SculpSure. One review of non-invasive body-contouring devices published in the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology found that the treatment reduced fat by about 11 percent.

The good news is, the results of both treatments are theoretically permanent. Bear with us for a brief anatomy lesson: When you lose weight by going to the gym or eating healthier, your fat cells shrink — when you gain weight, they expand. Either way, you maintain the same number. With CoolSculpting or SculpSure, fat cells are actually eliminated, which is a lasting change. That said, if you return to unhealthy habits post-procedure, gaining weight can eclipse the slimming effects. "I always recommend that my patients maintain a healthy lifestyle in order to maintain the results," says Greenberg. Like any procedure, make sure you consult with a physician to weigh your options.