In 2010, Botox was FDA approved for chronic migraines and many patients are reporting success with treatment! Chronic migraines are defined by more then 15 headaches per month. These types of migraine patients are the best candidates for Botox injections. When Botox is used in small doses in specific areas, it temporarily reduces muscle contractions. Botox works for migraine headaches because it blocks chemicals called neurotransmitters, acting as a road block before the pain signals are carried from your brain to your head and neck.
Botox prevents migraine headaches before they start and each treatment lasts approximately 10-12 weeks. Patient results vary, but usually a 50% reduction in headache days per month are reported. If you experience headaches around the eyes, forehead, or between your eyebrows, you will also see the cosmetic benefit of wrinkle reduction from Botox injections, which lasts approximately 3-4 months. For patients who suffer from chronic migraines, the pain can be unbearable and debilitating. Botox can be a simple treatment and can give you a higher probability of living daily life without interruption!
Call Tru-Skin Dermatology today for a complimentary consultation with Corina, RN, CANS at 512-451-0139!
Overfilled “duck” lips, Botox “frozen” faces and exaggerated cosmetic procedures are trending their way out of mainstream injectables! Now that injections are becoming less taboo, patients are increasingly wanting little “tweaks” and minimal changes to their natural facial structure. Cosmetic procedures should never be obvious in my opinion. I have always taken an artistic, subtle approach to cosmetic injections. Respecting the natural facial contours keeps others guessing if you’ve had any treatments done. Taking care of your skin at any age is vital to maintain a youthful appearance. Seeking a provider with an artistic eye is the key to maintaining a naturally “tweaked” look!
Micro-treatments are quickly becoming popular with many patients opting in to Micro-Botox as a great alternative. Less is more! Receiving low dose Baby Botox treatments more frequently, will keep your face moving naturally from the start! Injectables are the largest trend in medical aesthetics right now and are easily accessible by everyone. Injectables, lasers, and skin resurfacing can be quick, lunchtime procedures with immediate results and limited downtime, and that’s what people want! Cosmetic treatments are now very sophisticated and more inclusive for men and women, with the social stigma decreasing. Brotox treatments are on the rise among men, one motivator being to stay competitive in today’s job market.
Dermal fillers are being used in other areas of the face besides the traditional cheeks and nasolabial folds. Jawline, ear lobes, and hand rejuvenation are increasing in popularity. Full facial rejuvenation is always how I approach the face with Botox and Fillers being my paintbrushes on a blank canvas. Utilizing the full capabilities of the products we have access to is imperative in preventing aging, maintaining your look, and preserving the facial structure. Anti-aging treatments are starting at a younger age and patients are becoming more knowledgable about how to avoid surgical procedures in the future. Starting early maintains your skin and prevents the aging process from being severe, versus ignoring skin concerns until surgical intervention is needed.
Social media has helped to demystify medical aesthetics. Long gone are the days of sneaking through the back door of a medical office to secretly receive treatments. Sharing on social media, little black books amongst friends and voicing your injectable experience to anyone who pays you a compliment, is becoming more common and less covert. I love fooling people’s eyes with micro-treatments by sprinkling Botox and micro-injecting dermal fillers around the face. Anyone with fine lines and wrinkles can be a candidate for Botox and Dermal Fillers when it’s artistically injected. During my injection process, I will complete half the face and show you in the mirror a split screen. Half the face done and the other half not. If I injected you while sleeping, you would wake up the next day, look in the mirror and say "Wow I look rested!", but you most likely couldn’t pinpoint what I've accomplished with injections. Facial contouring is on the rise! I’m ecstatic to contribute my passion to the of the art of injections and the mainstream movement!
Happy 2019! As we start off the year with New Years resolutions, taking care of our skin is no exception! When it comes to committing to an anti-aging regimen it can simply be overwhelming without direction and guidance in developing a care plan that’s right for you. A plan can be the key to any success! I’m here to inform you of the Top 3 Anti-aging treatments that can make you look 10 years younger in minutes!
1.) Botox is the number one cosmetic treatment and can take years off your face! Botox is a simple treatment with no downtime that can help soften wrinkles and help your face look youthful! There are many medical uses for Botox beyond cosmetics, one of them being hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating). Botox is not only able to soften wrinkles, but preserves, maintains and prevents wrinkles from becoming deeper! The increasing popularity of Botox injections amongst all ages is decreasing the taboo and putting off surgical procedures for longer periods of time. Botox lasts approximately 4-6 months.
2.) Dermal Fillers are beneficial to restoring the lost volume of the face that is due to a decrease in collagen and elastin production as we age. You can have dermal fillers in different parts of your face to look more youthful: around the eyes, cheeks, mouth, jawline, and lips. This improves deep set lines by making them look smoother. Adding volume to the face while respecting the natural facial contours, can improve your look immediately! Fillers last approximately 6-18 months.
3.) Skincare is a vital component of any anti-aging regimen. 3 key products in your skincare regimen should be a Retinol, a Vitamin C/Antioxidant serum and an eye cream. Retinol helps to increase new cell turnover by stimulating collagen production. Vitamin C/Antioxidant serums help to boost collagen production and reverse cell damage. Eye cream is imperative for the delicate skin around the eyes to combat aging.
Book an appointment with Corina Corbeille, RN, CANS for a complimentary consultation to create your New Year Skin Care Plan today! 512.451.0139
Botox and Dermal fillers are proven to be safe and effective, and treating Breast Cancer and Bell’s Palsy patients are no exception. These are just a few of the medical diagnoses that Botox is helpful with when it comes to aesthetics. Botox and dermal fillers are becoming mainstream and a more popular tool in treating patients with facial asymmetry and volume loss due to a medical diagnosis, to create facial balance. There can be physical, emotional and social changes which can impact a person’s daily lifestyle. Social interactions can be daunting especially around people who knew them when their appearance was considered normal. Botox and dermal fillers can be used to improve facial symmetry, easing the lifestyle changes that come with such a diagnosis.
A Breast Cancer patient can very well benefit from Botox and Dermal Filler injections while going through such a difficult time in their lives. Having these products available that are minimally invasive with minimal downtime if any, are safe, effective, and the perfect answer for someone who wants facial rejuvenation without having surgery. In fact, with the rapid weight loss, collagen depletion and aging which can occur with these types of patients, Botox and Dermal fillers would be a great solution to helping to improve the facial contouring and re-establish the youthful vectors. It can also help to boost the patients self esteem and confidence that they are putting their best face forward when going through such an experience. I am also a huge advocate of preventative treatments and starting early to stay a step ahead of the aging process, which starts after the age of 30 when collagen production slows down. We are all aging daily and collagen depletion is inevitable, but with Botox and dermal fillers we can preserve, maintain and prevent the aging process from being severe.
Bell’s Palsy is the paralysis or severe weakness of the nerve that controls the facial muscles, usually on one side of the face. When it comes to Bell’s Palsy patients, Botox is a great treatment for restoring facial symmetry. The paralyzed side of the face can create distortion when the patient is making facial expressions. Relaxing the unaffected side of the face with Botox, where the muscles are strong, can help to create normal symmetry and appearance until the condition resolves, although both sides of the face are often treated to preserve facial balance. Doses can vary depending on the intensity of the muscles involved. Botox injections can help relieve the pain and suffering that comes with the symptoms of Bell’s Palsy, easing the patient through this difficult time. Botox can start giving relief within 24 hours with a maximum effect at 2 weeks, lasting approximately 3-6 months. Dermal fillers can also be used to help balance out facial volume loss, which can occur due to asymmetrical muscle movement over time.
Botox and Dermal Fillers are great for anyone who is interested in aging gracefully and naturally, including Bell’s Palsy patients and Breast Cancer patients and survivors. Book an appointment at Tru-Skin Dermatology and create a skin care plan that’s right for you!
What is Botox?
Botox® is a neuromodulator that causes muscles to relax and has been used for over 20 years in cosmetics treatments. Botox helps to improve the cosmetic appearance of facial lines and wrinkles. Botox also has medical uses to treat various symptoms and conditions, including migraines. If you’re considering Botox for cosmetic or medical purposes, you may be wondering what information is true and what’s false. Ready to bust the myths? Read on and lets separate fact from fiction!
Myth #1: Botox is not safe
Fact: Botox has been safely injected for years
Botox is FDA approved for cosmetic treatments (since 2002) and certain medical conditions. Millions of people have used Botox safely and effectively for years. Botox treatments are safest in the hands of a qualified injector who follows all recommended protocols for dosing, storage, and administration of the drug. Always find an injector with experience, knowledge of anatomy and qualifications to ensure you have a safe and effective experience.
Myth #2: Botox will give me a “frozen” look
Fact: Botox relaxes muscles to help you look well-rested and bright, while maintaining facial expressions
Botox relaxes strong muscles at the point of injection which softens wrinkles. A few injection points are around the crows feet, frown lines, and forehead wrinkles. Botox does not affect other muscles involved in overall facial expressions, therefore you will still be able to express yourself. The quality of your results depends on the skill of your injector. So do your research and find an experienced and qualified injector who approaches injections as an art! Botox is now becoming widely popular for its preventative benefits as well. If someone looks “frozen” or unnatural after injections, it may be due to incorrect dosing or technique. Botox must be injected carefully and skillfully to maintain the harmony of the muscles and the natural facial balance.
Myth #3: Botox is Botulism
Fact: Botox is NOT Botulism
Botox is a purified protein, Botulinum toxin, derived from the bacterium Clostridium botulinum, and is a product that has been approved as safe by the FDA. The product is administered in small doses and remains at the injection site, to reduce specific muscle activity by blocking the nerve impulses that trigger muscle contractions.
Myth #4: Botox only treats facial wrinkles
Fact: Botox has many medical uses
Botox was initially used for medical conditions around the eyes. While treating these patients, the cosmetic benefits were discovered. A few medical uses for Botox include depression, strabismus, eyelid muscle spasms, chronic migraine, overactive bladder, excessive underarm sweating and sweaty palms. Botox is quickly becoming the drug that treats everything!
Myth #5: Botox is painful
Fact: Botox treatments are minimal to no pain
Overall most patients report only mild discomfort during Botox injections. The needles are very small and thin with a tiny amount of liquid being injected into the muscle. This means the treatment is quick and you should only feel a slight prick, if anything, during an injection. The number of injections depends on the areas being treated and varies for each person. Most people tolerate Botox injections well, each injection only taking seconds to yield youthful, well rested, natural looking results lasting 4-6 months! Sign me up!
Hand rejuvenation can be accomplished by taking advantage of a few key treatments. Dermal filler to replenish hand volume is the first key to youthful hands! Juvederm, Voluma, and Restylane are a few great filler options for hands lasting approximately 8 months-2 years. Adding filler will improve volume and hydration making the hands look more youthful and refreshed.
Recently Restylane Lyft was FDA approved for filling the hands making it the first FDA approved body filler, although hands have been getting filled "off label" for many years. It is safe, effective and immediate results are noticed.
Numbing and icing the hands before help to decrease pain. Its a quick and easy procedure with little to no downtime noted. Bruising may happen as always when dealing with needles but preventative measures can be taken to help decrease the risk.
Chemical Peels are very useful for improving the skin texture, decreasing the hyperpigmentation, and exfoliating dead skin cells. A combo of dermal fillers and a chemical peel for the hands is a great package for rejuvenation! Lastly, making sure to use a hydrating hand cream for anti-aging and a cream which helps to keep the brown spots faded. I like the Perle by Neocutis in combination with a great retinol and moisturizer.
Do you sweat a lot? Have you tried numerous deodorants? What can you do to help improve severe under arm sweating? Do you have a fear of shaking hands because your palms are always sweaty?
Botox is an excellent treatment for hyperhidrosis for the underarms and palms of the hands! One treatment lasts about 6 months and can improve the severity of under arm sweating for drier arms and drier shirts! It lasts for about 6 months for the palms of the hands as well. You will no longer have to be embarrassed about shaking hands with a client!
Botox works for hyperhidrosis by telling the sweat gland not to secrete sweat, therefore, no perspiration ensues. Injections are spaced out so not every sweat gland is treated. You will still sweat to help regulate your body temperature, but far less then usual. It's a promising treatment for patients who severely sweat and have tried all other treatments with little to no success. Treatment is quick and easy! Topical numbing will be applied. Treatment takes approximately 15 minutes with no downtime. Re-treatment is expected at 6 months. Book a consultation to learn more!
Eclipse MicroPen® Elite is a micro-needling device for treating various dermatologic conditions on the face, neck, décolleté, arms, hands, legs, abdomen and back. The benefits of micro-needling are a reduction in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, improve hyper-pigmentation, dark spots, acne scars and stretch marks and create a youthful glow to the skin.
The 3 different treatment options with the Eclipse MicroPen® Elite are Human Growth Factor (HGF), Hyaluronic Acid (HA), or Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP). During your consultation the appropriate treatment will be selected for your skin type. This is an excellent treatment for all ages, depending on the assessed needs & desired results.
Topical numbing will be applied to the skin pre-treatment. The procedure takes 15-30 minutes depending on the areas treated. During the treatment it feels like a light sandpaper being moved across the skin. Immediately after there will be a redness to the skin. Healing time depends on the setting used during each session. Downtime can be controlled and adjusted depending on the patients social calendar. Some patients heal completely in as little as 24 hours, while others may take 2-4 days to heal.
JUVÉDERM VOLBELLA® XC is formulated with VYCROSS®, a proprietary filler technology from Allergan. Volbella® XC is a hyaluronic acid filler which helps effectively increase lip fullness and soften the appearance of vertical lines around the mouth.
When injecting the mouth area it's imperative to keep it natural looking with precise, predictable results. Keeping the lips and surrounding area supple is crucial, so the lips move naturally while talking, chewing, kissing, etc. The art of injected lips and vertical lines around the mouth is nobody should notice the subtle enhancement. Fillers are instant so you will see results immediately, which is the exciting part!
A topical numbing will be applied during your treatment and the Volbella® XC syringe is infused with lidocaine for optimum comfort. The treatment is well tolerated with minimal to no downtime. Volbella® XC lasts 1 year depending, so this is when re-treatment can be expected.
JUVÉDERM VOLLURE™ XC is formulated with Allergan’s proprietary VYCROSS® technology, which blends different weights of hyaluronic acid, contributing to it's longevity. JUVÉDERM VOLLURE™ XC, is FDA-approved to add volume to moderate to severe parentheses lines and wrinkles around the nose and mouth. Injecting these areas helps to smooth and soften the face for a more youthful appearance.
My techniques are very artistic so you look natural and refreshed! Your friends and family will have no idea what you're doing. You will hear compliments like "You look rested! Did you get a facial? Did you lose weight? Your skin is glowing!" (These are all compliments my patients have heard and reported back to me). People can't pinpoint what you've done because I believe in subtle & artistically injecting to create natural looking results! Results are immediate, so it's great to inject half the face and let my patient look in the mirror, to compare each side, to see the noticeable, natural improvements.
A topical numbing will be applied during your treatment and the Vollure™ XC syringe is infused with lidocaine for optimum comfort. The treatment is well tolerated with minimal to no downtime. Vollure™ XC lasts up to 18 months depending, so this is when re-treatment can be expected.
Corina, RN, CANS is Board Certified and trained in several types of cosmetic procedures. She is a true artist creating natural looking results!