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Procedures for Acne Scars

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Acne is the most common skin condition. About 80% of people between the ages of 11 and 30 will have acne, and 1 out of 5 of that population will develop scarring.

Origin of Acne Scars
Acne scars are usually the result of acne inflammation. The inflammation can be caused by a build-up of excess oil, dead skin cells, and bacteria in the pores. When the inflammation leads to swelling the result is acne lesions The skin attempts to repair these lesions by creating new collagen. If the body produces too little or too much collagen, you will see a scar.

Bellafill for Acne Scars
Bellafill is the number one and only long-term FDA-approved filler for acne scar treatment. Bellafill is a collagen-based filler with polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA). When the body absorbs the collagen from the filler the PMMA remains at the injection site and stimulates your body to produce its own collagen. Bellafill is a long-term solution that can last up to 5 years. Bellafill is best for sunken acne scars that create an uneven skin surface. When injected it adds volume back to the skin restoring fullness and creating a smooth skin surface.

Morpheus8 for Acne Scars
Morpheus8 is a revolutionary combination of radiofrequency (RF) and microneedling that remodels the skin by stimulating collagen. The tiny needles in the Morpheus8 wand can penetrate up to 4 mm, creating tiny perforations under the skin, where radiofrequency waves are then applied. The body naturally responds by creating more collagen in the affected area. The result is firmer, plumper, newly resurfaced skin. Patients will usually need several treatments, ideally 3, and results will develop over time.

Lumecca for Acne Scars
Lumecca is an Intense Pulsing Light (IPL) non-invasive treatment that clears and brightens skin, erasing discoloration associated with acne scarring. It also enhances collagen and elastin production, resulting in firmer, more radiant skin and it restores tone and texture to the skin. Lumecca covers a larger surface area which gives you less downtime, fewer treatments, and better results. In addition, because of the refined cooling technology, Lumecca is much safer and more comfortable than previous IPL devices and laser treatments.

You Are NOT “Too Young”

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It is much easier to prevent than to correct.

What Is “Too Young”?
It is never advised to have a young adult under the age of 18 come in for cosmetic procedures because they may still be developing and going through the final stages of puberty. After the age of 21 is when a person can start looking into preventative procedures. It is also important to note that genetics, skin type, and lifestyle all have an impact on when to start preventative treatment.

Why Are Preventative Procedures Important?
People tend to stay away from cosmetic procedures until they notice visible flaws and then they arrive to “fix” the issues they see in the mirror. Aesthetic treatments should not be viewed as a final solution, but rather as a routine like the gym or skincare. It is both easier and more cost-effective to prevent wrinkles and folds rather than wait until they get deeper to address them. 

Preventative Botox
Botox is a neurotoxin that temporarily numbs the muscles. While Botox is used to treat wrinkles it is also successful in preventing them by limiting facial expressions. Botox is injected where the administrator of the neurotoxin can see where the lines will develop, but are not yet visible.

Morpheus8 
Procedures such as Morpheus8 also aid in preventing the skin from aging. M8 is a procedure that combines radiofrequency and micro-needling. It is a procedure that is suitable for all skin types and tones. The procedure stimulates collagen resulting in smoother, firmer, and toned skin.

Bellafill
Bellafill is a collagen based dermal filler that lasts up to 5 years making it a good investment when it comes to preventative treatment. Not only is it collagen based, but the filler also teaches your body how to produce its own collagen, so the results continue to develop as time goes on. Bellafill addresses acne scars, volume loss, and other age-related cocerns.

Filler for Men

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Cosmetic procedures tend to scare men away because of the myth that fillers are only for women and the results will make a male client look too feminine. In reality, filler can chisel the jaw, enhance cheekbones, and extend the chin. Masculinization fillers are getting progressively more popular because the non-invasive procedure has the ability to enhance facial structure.

How Can Filler Create a “Masculine” Look?
Dermal filler can improve the definition of the jaw and increase the appearance of the angles. Filler can be injected into either side of the chin to create a broad and masculine contour. In addition, filler can be injected into the nose to decrease the appearance of any humps and create a more appealing side profile.

Pros of Facial Masculinization
Unlike plastic surgery, facial masculinization via filler is minimally invasive and has no downtime. In addition, the procedure only takes between 45 minutes – 2 hours and the results are immediate. The results are subtle and can also be adjusted by adding more filler.

 

Silhouette Instalift- Thread Lift

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We are pleased to announce that we now offer thread lift procedures! A lot of our clients have been looking forward to this moment, but like with any other treatment, questions and concerns arise.

What Is a Thread Lift?
Instead of surgically removing loose skin the doctor uses dissolving sutures to pull back the skin on the face and jawline which is what creates the “lift.” In addition to lifting the skin, threads stimulate the body to produce more collagen where the procedure was done. Collagen rejuvenates the skin, makes it strong, and gives it volume and glow.

 

What Is Special About Silhouette Instalift?
Silhouette Instalift threads are designed to grab more tissue in order to gather more skin and as a result, produce a more noticeable lift in the cheeks and jowls.

 

How Soon Will I See Results?
An immediate lift can be seen from the sutures, but the results will also continue to develop as time goes on. The skin will continue to improve and rejuvenate for 3-6 months after the procedure. Collagen production will be stimulated in the areas of suture placement. The lift is expected to last for 12-24 months, but of course, this varies from patient to patient.

Downtime, Side Effects, & Aftercare
Every patient is different, however, there is virtually no downtime. The side effects are minimal as the patient may experience a little bit of soreness and swelling for 1-3 days. Over-the-counter pain relief will ease any post-procedure discomfort. It is important to follow certain precautions post-procedure as advised by your doctor. Avoid exposure to direct sunlight or UV lights. Refrain from applying any cosmetic products where the procedure was complete and avoid strenuous exercise.

Morpheus8 Common Questions

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Morpheus8 is a revolutionary non-surgical procedure that combines radiofrequency and microneedling for stunning skin rejuvenation. The procedure stimulates collagen production and tightens and smooths the skin.

What Areas Can Be Treated?
Any area of the body that is in need of collagen stimulation. The most common areas are the face and neck that have begun to develop folds and wrinkles or have acne scarring.

Is M8 Painful?
The procedure is relatively painless, however, it is uncomfortable. To ensure that you feel the least amount of pain a numbing cream is applied to the area where the treatment will be.

How Long Does The Treatment Take?
The length of the procedure varies depending on the person and the area that is being worked on, but the average time is between 30-90 minutes.

How Long Do Results Last?
Results vary depending on a person’s metabolism and skincare habits, but usually, they last a year, and afterward upkeep procedures are required

Does M8 Require Upkeep?
For the best results, it is best to do multiple M8 sessions. We recommend coming in every four weeks for a total of three sessions. After the final M8 procedure, it is best to come back every 9-24 months for additional treatment. Returning will ensure collagen production.

Are The Results Immediate?
After the M8 treatment, some immediate results can be seen. However, the results will continue to grow over the course of the next few weeks as new layers of collagen develop. The skin will appear tighter and more radiant.

What Is The Recovery Like?
M8 is a minimally invasive non-surgical procedure, so it requires no downtime. There may be swelling, redness, and scabbing which should go away in a few days. It is important not to scratch the skin or pick at the scabs to avoid irritation.

Who Is A Candidate?
Anyone who is interested in skin rejuvenation. It is always best to come in for a consultation beforehand.

 

Fillers Gone Wrong

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A valid fear among clients is that after treatment they will look unnatural, but what exactly causes someone to look “fake”?

Incorrect Placement
An injection in the wrong location or at the wrong depth can alter the face shape. The side effects of wrong placement could also be lumpy skin, blockage of blood vessels, and death of skin tissue. It is very important to go to an experienced doctor who has an anatomical understanding of the face. Before you choose your doctor or practitioner it is best to have a consultation.

Too Much Filler
Most fillers have a Hyaluronic Acid (HA) base meaning they attract water to the injection site. While immediate results can be seen it takes a few weeks for the filler to take full effect. Immediate results can be slightly underwhelming, but it is important to be patient. Getting more injections to have an immediate plump look may result in overfilled cheeks after the filler takes full of effect. When it comes to HA fillers a good rule to stick by is “less is more.”

Only Using HA Fillers
While HA fillers are a very effective and good treatment they are not the solution. Before getting HA fillers for the volume it is important to address the elasticity of the skin. If the skin needs tightening then HA fillers may not be the answer. Only using HA fillers may result in stretched skin after the filler dissolves. It is important to combine HA fillers with collagen-stimulating treatments such as radiofrequency, micro-needling, and collagen-based fillers.

How To Prevent Filler Gone Wrong
Have a consultation! It is important to have an initial consultation before choosing a doctor to make sure they are qualified and to find out what treatment is best for YOU.

 

 

Botox for TMJ

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Most of us associate Botox with beauty, but while Botox does help keep us youthful and wrinkle-free it can also help with medical conditions such as TMJ.

What is TMJ?
TMJ is a disorder that affects the muscles and joints surrounding the jaw. TMJ causes tightness in the jaw often resulting in headaches, teeth grinding, and pain while chewing. Other symptoms include clicking and locking of the jaw, ear pain, and muscle stiffness. Another unpleasant symptom is that the jaw can appear swollen and bulky due to the overactivity of the muscles.

How does Botox treat TMJ?   
Botox is a neurotoxin meaning it temporarily relaxes the muscles in the area where it is injected. For a patient with TMJ, Botox will be injected into the forehead, temples, and jaw muscles. It takes about 10-14 days for the Botox to take full effect. The Botox will block the signals between the nerves and muscles causing the tension in the jaw to subside. Depending on the amount of Botox the patient receives the symptoms of TMJ will decrease or completely stop.

How long does the treatment last?
The treatment lasts for about 3-6 months varying from person to person. Like with all Botox treatments the results will last depending on the patient’s metabolism. During those months the patient will experience a better quality of sleep, fewer headaches, and the jaw will be less tender. Once the Botox wears off in a couple of months more injections will be required in order to keep the jaw muscles relaxed.

What are the side effects?
The actual process of receiving Botox will last about 30 minutes and afterward, there is no downtime. As when receiving Botox for aesthetic purposes the side effects of receiving Botox for TMJ are minimal. The patient may experience redness at the injection site, slight swelling, and bruising. All side effects last between a few hours to a day and should go away on their own.

 

Juvederm vs Belotero vs Bellafill vs Radiesse

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Most people turn to fillers when they want to add volume to their cheeks for a youthful look, however, there is a variety of other benefits to getting filler. Depending on the filler base, an injection may be able to complete the basic task of smoothing out wrinkles or it could treat acne scarring.

Juvederm
Juvederm is a hyaluronic acid (HA) based dermal filler. HA is a natural substance found in the body that keeps your skin hydrated by attracting water to the area where it is injected.
Juvederm is typically injected deeper into the skin than other fillers, hence it is better for treating more severe wrinkles and folds. Juvederm can also be injected into the lips to sculpt the desired pout.
Side effects include redness, swelling, and bruising. These side effects are common and should go away within 2-14 days. The results are seen immediately and typically last between 1-2 years ranging from person to person. There is no recovery time, however, extensive heat and strenuous exercise must be avoided for 24-48 hours.

Belotero
Belotero is also an HA-based filler, however, there are a few differences from Juvederm.
Due to a lower density, Belotero is usually inserted superficially, so it is a better option for finer lines and wrinkles. Belotero can be used for facial contouring, cheekbone enhancement, and as a lip filler.
Belotero results are also seen immediately, however they usually last between 6-18 months. The side effects are similar to those of Juvederm and usually go away on their own in under 7 days. Just like when receiving Juvederm treatment, it is important to avoid heat and strenuous exercise for 24-48 hours.

Radiesse
Radiesse is a Calcium Hydroxylapatite (CaHA) based filler meaning it is a collagen stimulator. Unlike Belotero and Juvederm, Radiesse helps stimulate the production of collagen even after Radiesse is absorbed by the body. Radiesse is best for filling deeper wrinkles and adding volume in areas where it has been lost. Radiesse is particularly favored for lifting and tightening the skin particularly around the mouth and nose. Unlike fillers mentioned before Radiesse can also be used to smooth wrinkles on hands.
Radiesse is often pre-mixed with lidocaine, a numbing cream, for an almost painless experience.
It is important to note that Radiesse has a thicker composition and is not recommended for people with thinner skin.

Bellafill
Bellafill is a gel filler consisting of polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) and is the only filler approved by the FDA that lasts up to five years. Like Radiesse this is a collagen-stimulating filler, however, PMMA can not be absorbed by the body making Bellafill a permanent filler. The body generates collagen that merges with the microspheres, so while immediate results can be seen the skin actually continues to rejuvenate over time.
Collagen is what gives skin its elasticity, so Bellafill is recommended for people who are noticing that their skin is beginning to sag.
Bellafill can accomplish the tasks of other fillers, but it is also the only filler that can treat scarring and acne scarring.

In the end, it is recommended to speak to your physician before getting any injections. Any allergies should be mentioned in advance as that may affect which filler is best for you.

Bellafill- The 5 Year Filler

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What if there was a filler that continued to rejuvenate the skin as long as five years after the initial injection?

What is Bellafill?
Bellafill is a collagen-based dermal filler. Collagen is the protein that is responsible for the structure of the skin. As the body ages and begins to produce less collagen, the skin begins to lose elasticity and starts to sag. Immediate effects can be seen when Bellafill replenishes the skin with collagen. Even after dissolving the filler leaves space for the body to create collagen on its own.

What Does Bellafill Treat?
There are many uses for the filler.
– Correction of nose bumps
– Correct under-eye bags
– Filling scars including acne scars
– Contour the cheeks
– Erasing smile lines
– Improves wrinkles

Bellafill vs Other Fillers
Typically, a dermal filler lasts between 6-12 months. Most dermal fillers are temporary because of their hyaluronic acid (HA) base. HA is a substance that is also naturally produced by your body. This substance attracts water to keep your skin moist. Once the HA filler dissolves, the skin returns to its previous state and will need more injections for upkeep.

What are the Side Effects?
Before administering Bellafill the patient must undergo a skin test to determine whether they will experience any adverse side effects from the filler. The majority only experiences temporary side effects such as redness, swelling, and bruising at the treatment site.

Radio-frequency & Skin Rejuvination

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At SNA Aesthetics we offer many skin rejuvenating procedures such as Morpheus8 and Forma that are radiofrequency treatment alternatives to facelifts.

How does Radiofrequency work?
Using energy waves the procedure heats the deep layers of your skin and as a result, the heat stimulates collagen. Collagen is the protein that keeps the skin looking youthful and firm. As people get older their body begins to produce less collagen and the skin begins to sag. Radiofrequency is a highly effective treatment because it jump-starts the production of collagen.

What are the side effects of Radiofrequency?
While the procedures are minimally invasive and have virtually no downtime some people may experience swelling, redness, and tingling. However, these side effects are temporary and should go away on their own within a couple of hours to a few days.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Am I a candidate?”
Radiofrequency is a safe treatment for tightening all skin types, however, it is best to see a specialist for a consultation.

What areas can be treated with Radiofrequency?
Radiofrequency procedures can help reduce wrinkles on the forehead, tighten cheeks, and rejuvenate the face, however, they can also tighten skin on the body. Some other areas are the neck, abdomen, thighs, and arms. Each area needs to be treated with a different temperature because the skin may be thinner in different locations.

Types of Radiofrequency Procedures
Forma is a non-invasive facial remodeling procedure. As with most radiofrequency treatments, Forma is compatible with all skin types reducing wrinkles, stretching, and cellulite and sculpting the treated area.

SNAaesthetics recommends opting for Morpheus8, a procedure that combines radiofrequency and microneedling for the ultimate skin tightening results. In addition to treating the skin issues listed above Morpheus8 can treat acne scarring.

Both radiofrequency treatments can be used in combination with other treatments such as filler.

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