Most Asked Questions featuring Nurse Tina

What taboos/ or stigmas are still around in aesthetic medicine?

The most common stigma is that people who get Botox and fillers will look overdone. The truth is that many people get treatments and they simply look more refreshed. The goal is smooth skin while keeping a natural look. This is done by using filler to support areas that have started to sag or have volume loss or Botox to relax muscle movement that causes wrinkles.

What’s the difference between Botox and Facial Filler?

Botox is a medication that blocks muscle movement. Botox is used in areas such as the forehead or crows feet where muscle movement is the cause of wrinkles. Dermal Fillers are made of Hyaluronic Acid which is naturally found in our skin. It is manufactured into a gel form. It can be thick and structured or more thin and flexible. The injector knows which fillers are best for which area of the face such as lips vs cheeks. A consultation is always important for the injector to do an in person assessment.

What are other uses for Botox outside of fine lines and wrinkles?

Botox was originally used for medical conditions such as patients with contractures (example: an arm muscle that is too tight to straighten out). It is also used in Migraine therapy to relax muscles that contribute to migraines in some patients. Dentists use Botox to relax the clenching muscles that cause grinding of the teeth or TMJ pain. There are more conditions where Botox has been used to assist with symptoms such as Bell’s Palsy which is facial muscle paralysis that happens on one side of the face.  Here at Urban Eve I do use Botox for clients that have issues with clenching and grinding. I have personally felt the relief that Botox can provide for my own jaw soreness and pride myself on my knowledge to help others with this issue. Migraines can be caused by a variety of things so it is best to speak with a neurologist on this condition.

What are the benefits of red light therapy?

Red light therapy is still being studied for its effectiveness but emerging evidence has shown a variety of benefits. Red light therapy (RLT) uses low-wavelength red light to stimulate collagen production, enhance fibroblast activity, and increase blood circulation. These effects can lead to improved skin appearance, reduced wrinkles, and scar reduction. It is believed to promote wound healing and tissue repair and accelerate recovery. It may reduce inflammation which could alleviate discomfort in conditions such as arthritis, muscle soreness, back and neck pain, or inflammation from acne. Sunrise and sunset are the best source of natural red light and help to set your circadian rhythm. Having a regular healthy circadian rhythm is important for
cellular function. This is also being studied for reducing depression and insomnia. Blue light is most present at noon. Blue light has been shown to reduce bacteria that causes acne and there is a setting for this on my celluma elite light therapy device as well as red light settings. This device can be used with facial appointments during the day. However, avoid blue light such as from your phone before bed time.

Do chemical peels help with acne?

Chemical peels are a great treatment for acne. I have personally used them for acne flare ups to help get rid of the active acne but also reset my skin to prevent further acne. Peels are effective for removing blackheads, whiteheads, cystic lesions and acne scars from skin. They also help to reduce pore size and reduce sebum production. It is important after a peel to follow skincare recommendations and stay consistent to maintain the benefits of the peel.

What are the benefits of microneedling?

FDA approved and research backed to improve the appearance of surgical or traumatic hypertrophic scars on the abdomen in adults aged 22 or older. Also FDA approved to Improve the appearance of facial acne scars in Fitzpatrick skin types I, II, and III in patients aged 22 years and older.  This means that it can be safely used on all skin types and on both the face and body. It can be used to blur stretch marks, reduce sun spots or pigmentation, build collagen to reduce fine lines and wrinkles and helps skin tone and texture.

What should you expect after a microneedling treatment?

You will have redness like a mild sunburn for the first 24 hours. You will be sent home with a post care skin care on your face or treatment area. You may keep that on for the remainder of the day. The next 2 days use a gentle cleanser, moisturizer and sunscreen. You may then return to your normal skin care routine. You will notice over the next few weeks as your skin heals and builds collagen that your skin looks smoother, pigmentation is more even, and scars are more blurred and softened.

When would be the right time for someone to get facial filler?

A few contraindications are: any dental work such as a crown or tooth pulled in the last month and no dental procedures planned for at least 2 weeks after getting filler. Clients cannot be on antibiotics or have any infections occurring. There may be some immune conditions or other medical diagnosis that are contraindicated. For your safety, please give a full medical history on your intake form and ask questions during your consultation. If you have been ill in the last 2 weeks you are more likely to have a reaction to the filler as your body is trying to fight off any foreign. Please do not schedule a filler appointment if you have been ill in the last 2 weeks. If you take blood thinners or are taking ibuprofen or aspirin for any reason you will be more likely to bruise and may want to consult your physician about pausing these medications before your filler appointment.

Do lip fillers increase your chance of getting cold sores or scars?

The insertion of a needle in an area where a patient gets cold sores can irritate the skin and bring on a cold sore. If you have ever had a cold sore it is recommended that you contact your primary care doctor to get started on antiviral medication at least 1 day prior to your lip filler appointment.

What is one skincare product that people should have in their skin regime, and why?

For everyday use a gentle cleanser is a must. Face Reality has great options and I also really like the IS clinical cleansing complex. Toners are great for making sure your skin is PH balanced. The Face Reality Sal-C toner is great for a morning routine and contains vitamin C to brighten your skin. Another morning routine skincare item everyone should have is a zinc based sunscreen. Zinc is a physical barrier from UV rays but helps protect the skin barrier from other environmental pollutants and free radicals. I recommend the Face Reality ultimate protection SPF 28 or the IS clinical Extreme Protect SPF 40. Night time is a great time to do a mask and then use active serums and moisturize to wake up looking radiant.