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Treatment Summaries

Injectable Fillers

(hyaluronic acid and others)

Injectable Filler Breakdown

Temporary Juvederm, Restylane,
Semipermanent Radiesse

Description Soft- tissue filler is injected to enhance soft-tissue volume, recontour the face, diminish wrinkles and fill in depressed areas. These can be temporary hyaluronic-acid-based injections, or longer-lasting injectables with microscopic particles that stimulate collagen deeper in the skin.
Average cost $300- $1,300 depending on treatment area.
Length of Procedure One Hour
Anesthesia Local
Recovery None
Treatment Frequency May require only one treatment; semipermanent fillers may require more than one treatment to achieve desired results. Results will diminish if treatment is not repeated once the filler begins to absorb.
Risks Temporary bruising, swelling, possible infection. Semipermanent and fillers may migrate or cause lumpiness or granulomas.
Duration of Results Temporary filler lasts from six to nine months or more; semipermanent fillers last 18 months or more.

Lip Augmentation

Description Procedure that creates fuller, plumper lips and reduces fine lines around the mouth. Lips may be injected with soft tissue fillers that are hyaluronic-acid-based.
Average cost $300-$1,000
Length of Procedure 30-60 minutes
Anesthesia Local
Recovery Time Immediate return to work
Treatment Frequency Every six to nine months.
Risks Vary depending on filler used. Potential allergic reactions, asymmetry, bleeding, bruising, or migration of fillers.
Duration of results Temporary

Botulinum Toxin Type A Injections

(botox)

Description Injection of botulinum toxin type A (Botox) into facial muscles inhibits muscle action, thereby decreasing forehead furrowing, frown lines, and wrinkles around the eyes.
Average cost $200-$500 per treatment
Length of Procedure Minutes
Anesthesia Not required
Recovery Time Immediate
Treatment Frequency Every four to six months
Risks Bruising, numbness and burning during injections. Eyelid droop is possible, but rare and temporary.
Duration of Results Temporary

Non-Ablative Lasers

(IPL)

Description A light based treatment that penetrates the skin without visible wounding to the skin surface to treat sun damage, age spots and irregular pigmentation, spider veins, redness and rosacea, acne and unwanted hair.
Average Cost $300-$950 per treatment cycle or more, depending on size of area treated or package purchased.
Length of Procedure Several minutes to several hours, depending on size of area treated.
Anesthesia None required
Recovery Time None
Treatment Frequency Several sessions may be needed to achieve desired results.
Risks Redness, swelling, skin sensitivity
Duration of Results Varies by procedure. Follow- up treatments may be necessary to maintain results.

 

Note: Keep in mind that directly after any light-based treatment you may notice some redness, which should subside in a few hours. To prevent new spots and redness from forming or reappearing, use sunscreen daily and limit your amount of sun exposure.


Laser Hair Removal

Description A nonsurgical method of permanently reducing unwanted facial or body hair by using low-energy lasers on the skin.
Average Cost $100-$500 per treatment cycle or more, depending on size of area treated or package series purchased.
Length of Procedure Several minutes to several hours, depending on size of area treated.
Anesthesia None required
Recovery Time None
Treatment Frequency Several sessions may be needed because not all hair follicles will be disabled in each treatment.
Risks Redness, swelling, skin sensitivity, scarring
Duration of Results Partially permanent, although follow-up treatments may be necessary.

 

Note: The Ideal Laser hair removal patient has fair skin and dark hair, and there are special considerations for those with pigmented skin. Darker skin, or any skin with a suntan, is more prone to burns or irregular pigmentation after laser treatment.


Skin Resurfacing: Non-Ablative

(microdermabrasion, epidermal leveling, light chemical peel)

Description Removal of the superficial upper layers of the skin without causing wounding. Microdermabrasion uses vacuum suction and fine abrasive crystals to polish the skin. Epidermal Leveling involves careful scraping with a fine scalpel. Chemical peel solutions include glycolics, low-concentration of TCA, retinoic acid, lactic or salicylic acid combinations.
Range of Cost $80-$300 per treatment
Length of Procedure 30-45 minutes
Anesthesia None.
Recovery Time None, although skin may be slightly pink or red for a few hours after treatment.
Treatment Frequency May be repeated weekly, monthly or as your Esthetician advises to maximize results.
Risks Irritation, irregular pigmentation, persistent redness, possible wounds and scarring of performed incorrectly.
Duration of results Temporary, but results continue to improve with repeated treatment. Sun protection is essential to maintain results.