Q: How does botox work? — A.C.A.

A: Botox works by weakening the muscles into which it is injected. As facial muscles contract, the loose skin above those muscles wrinkles. By weakening the muscles, the wrinkles are reduced. — Dr. Slonim


Q: How long do results last? — L.S.

A: The effects of botox can last up to three months. — Dr. Slonim


Q: How safe are wrinkle-relaxing injections? How can you lengthen the effects of botox? How often should you get botox after your first injection? How many times can you have botox? —

• Procedure time: about 10 minutes

• Typical results: smoother, younger-looking skin; lasts about three to six months

• Recovery time: a couple of days to a week to see full effects

• Cost: around $250 to $350 per region


A: Botox is very safe when injected by experienced physicians.

Some oral zinc supplements have been shown to lengthen the effect of botox.

As soon as your wrinkles return, you can have botox again. There is no defined limit to the number of injections one can have. However, the body's immune system is capable of developing antibodies to the botox molecule which can render it ineffective at some point in the future. — Dr. Slonim


Q: Is there a rebound effect when botox wears off and one does not go for repeat injections? — P.T.

A: No, the muscle activity should return to its original state when the botox wears off. — Dr. Slonim


Q: Is botox painful? I have a very low pain threshold. — A.S.

A: Botox, itself, is not painful. The pain is associated with the needlestick. The smaller the needle, the better it is tolerated. When a volume of fluid is injected under the skin, it temporarily stimulates some of the nerve fibers. Everyone's threshold for these occurrences differs from person to person. — Dr. Slonim


Q: How many botox treatments are needed before you see results, does it hurt, and what is the healing period and aftercare? — E.

A: When injected appropriately, the results will be seen after the first treatment. Botox takes two to four days before the muscle weakening effect takes place. The maximum effect occurs at about 10 to 14 days. The effect then lasts up to three-six months.





What is restylane?

Restylane is a range of products for facial beauty treatment. They are designed to effectively reduce the appearance of unwanted wrinkles, contour and create volume, and to rejuvenate the skin. Restylane is a gel based on stabilized hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid (ha) is a substance that naturally exists in your body. The gel is injected into the skin.


What are the benefits of restylane?

A treatment with restylane provides an easy way to stay in control of your looks. The result of a single treatment can be seen instantly and may last up to one year. With restylane you will get a natural looking result that does not affect facial expressions. Your looks remain under your control.

Restylane is the most studied and documented ha based dermal filler in the world with comprehensive studies that support its safety and efficacy. Restylane has been used in over 20 million treatments worldwide since the launch in 1996.


Why should i choose restylane?

• It is safe. Restylane resembles the body’s own hyaluronic acid, and is well tested in clinical studies.

• It works. Restylane has long-lasting results, but is not permanent. It is clinically proven with extensive clinical documentation.

• It is the most used. Restylane has been used in over 15 million treatments worldwide since the launch in 1996.


What areas can be treated?

Restylane products can be used to smooth away facial lines and wrinkles, create fuller lips and shape facial contours, such as cheeks and chin, and rejuvenate the skin.

The most common areas treated are:

• Nose to mouth lines (the nasolabial folds)

• Between the eyebrows (the glabella lines)

• Lips (adding volume and shape)

• Cheeks and chin (shaping and contouring)

• Back of the hands, décolletage, face, neck (skin rejuvenation)


How does restylane work?

By replenishing the skin’s supply of hyaluronic acid, restylane rejuvenates and adds volume to the skin, instantly diminishing the appearance of lines and wrinkles, and giving a natural softer look. Restylane is a soft injectable gel consisting of stabilized, non-animal hyaluronic acid. The gel is tissue-friendly and closely resembles the hyaluronic acid that exists naturally in the body. It is long-lasting but not permanent.




What is automated micro-needling?

Automated micro-needling (also known as collagen induction therapy or cit) is a new innovation in aesthetic medicine for the treatment of fine lines, acne scars and improvement of the skin’s overall appearance. During this procedure, tiny needles are used to create controlled micro-injuries to the skin in order to produce collagen and elastin. The skin’s repair process results in a thicker dermis with the appearance of softer wrinkles. Eclipse micropen™ also creates superficial micro-channels which allow topical gels, creams and serums to be absorbed more effectively into the skin.


What are the benefits?

The benefits of micro-needling are a reduction in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, younger-looking skin with fewer signs of aging. Eclipse micropen™ also has a positive effect on hyper-pigmentation as well as on hypo-pigmentation, acne scars, traumatic scars and stretch marks and generally creates a fresher appearance or glow to the skin.


What areas of the body can i treat?

Eclipse micropen™ can be used on all parts of the body; face, neck, décolleté, arms, hands, legs, abdomen and back.


How is the procedure done?

A sterile needle-tip containing 12 tiny micro-needles is attached to the eclipse micropen™. Your skincare professional will apply a thin layer of topical gel to your skin and select the appropriate treatment depth based on your unique needs. Next, in a single motion, the pen will be gently pressed against the skin while simultaneously gliding in one direction until the entire treatment area has been covered.


What does it feel like?

The feeling associated with the eclipse micropen™ is similar to light sandpaper being moved across the skin. While some areas are more sensitive than others, the speed of the reciprocating needle tip reduces discomfort while the applied hydrating gel also makes the treatment more tolerable.


How long does the procedure take?

The procedure takes 15-30 minutes depending on the size of the area treated.


What is the downtime?

Immediately after the treatment you will notice a bright redness to the skin.

The total healing time depends on the depth of needles used and the number of overlapping passes your skincare professional performs. On average, patients are red up to 2 to 4 days. Some patients heal completely in as little as 24 hours. Utilizing the eclipse skin revive system™, or other quality skincare products, provided by your skincare provider, can help to speed up the healing process.


When will i see the results?

Patients notice an immediate “glow” to their skin. Visible changes to the skin develop over the course of several days and weeks. Results continue to improve up to 6 months after the treatment as collagen production continues.


How many treatments will i need?

Some patients only require a single treatment, once per year to achieve optimal results. However, it is recommended for most patients to receive a series of 2-3 treatments spaced about 6-8 weeks apart. For patients with deep wrinkles, advanced photo-aging, stretch marks or acne scars it is recommended to receive 6-8 sessions at 6 week intervals.




What exactly is silkpeel™?

Silkpeel™’s “wet abrasion” exfoliates the skin and simultaneously infuses a topical dermaceutical, addressing your specific skin condition and stimulating new cell growth to give your skin the revitalization you want.


Is it safe?

Yes, silkpeel™ is a safe, comfortable treatment. You are no longer exposed to the hazards of particulate microdermabrasion with silkpeel™’s crystal-free technology.  The equipment is thoroughly disinfected between every procedure.


How long does the procedure take?

Treatments typically last about 20 minutes.  Plus, because the silkpeel™ delivers a dermaceutical during treatment, your post-treatment protocol is quick and easy.


Will there be any pain or discomfort?

The exfoliation may cause you a mild tightening of the skin.  Combined with the cool, moisturizing effect of the topical, your skin will feel healthy and smooth.


Do you have a topical for my skin condition?

Silkpeel™ addresses the most common skin conditions with topical for hydrating, skin lightening, and acne.


What will my skin look like after a treatment?

Your skin will have an immediate, radiant glow that leaves you looking healthy and renewed.


Will i miss work or have to alter my social schedule?

Silkpeel™ is easily performed within 20 minutes so you can promptly return to your normal activities.


How long does it take to see results?

You will see visible results after the first treatment and will achieve optimal results after 4 to 6 treatments spaced 7 to 10 days apart, supplemented by a daily post-care routine.


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