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The Answers to Your Top Three Lip Filler Questions!

 Thinking About Adding Volume with Lip Filler?

Here are Three Things to Consider Before You Get Lip Injections:

 

Angelina Jolie, Kim and Khloe Kardashian, Rihanna.  What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of these beautiful ladies? Lips, right? While we’ll never really know what they have done to their lips, we know that they are some of the most mentioned celebrity names to us when clients come to get their lips done. Either because they want their lips to look like their favorite celebrity, or they don’t want their lips to look like one of them. 

 

There are no two pairs of lips that are identical. It’s our job as injectors is to fuse our expertise with artistry so that we can help our clients achieve lips that they love. Has this ever happened to you? You take a picture of a hair style or color that you like to your hairdresser expecting to come out of the salon looking like the person in the picture. That never happens does it? That’s because everyone’s hair is different, and we are NOT the model or celebrity in the picture. The same principle applies when considering lip filler. 

 

Since 2002, we’ve been transforming Rio Grande Valley residents’ lips and have seen products come and go. Today we’re going to talk about the top three questions we get about lip injections and the top four types of lip filler that we offer in our practice.

Lip filler before and after

 

Why do I need a consultation?

 

Time for important questions: 

The initial consultation is the most important part of the entire process. Think of this as the dating portion of the process. You wouldn’t go up to someone in a bar and ask them to marry you, would you?  The same applies to choosing a skin expert to trust. The consultation is crucial because this is your chance as a client to ask questions. You can see how you like the injector, the location, the rest of the team etc. We always encourage clients to ask questions. We want you to be 100% comfortable with your decision.

As providers, the consultation is important because we get to ask you questions as well, that will let us get a better idea of how compliant you will be. We need to know what your expectations are, and information like if you have any events coming up in the very near future etc. We ask questions to make sure that we feel you are a good candidate for a procedure. And when it comes to treatments such as lip filler, we ask lifestyle questions so that we can make the best recommendation for you. We love seeing pictures that you bring in to give us an idea of what you find attractive, but we set the expectations from the very beginning because we want you to be happy.

 

Communication is key:

Adding volume to your lips or defining your lip border is very exciting, but we find that on the injection day, our clients are so busy imagining their new look that they aren’t listening to all the do’s and don’ts etc. That is another reason why we like to have an initial consultation. It allows us to go over pre and post instructions with you, cost, etc. It’s also very important to know that as injectors we cannot alter the shape of your lips.  Lips are not symmetrical, and we can’t change their natural shape. We can even out asymmetry, define the borders, add a little volume etc. That is why we like to see the pictures you find attractive to make the recommendation, but please remember that your lips are yours and we will enhance your natural beauty. 

It’s also important to know that when we see celebrities in magazines or on social media, we are only seeing an after. We don’t know what their lips looked like before. They don’t tell us how many sessions they have had or what combinations of product they have had. Keep in mind we don’t even know how airbrushed the picture is. Lips can be a process. Each product is designed to do a specific task and the product’s duration can vary.

 

Can I Have Natural Looking Lips with Filler? 

Absolutely! If your injector knows what he or she is doing, you can absolutely have natural looking lips. After all our #1 priority is to provide enhancement. Achieving a natural look with filler is going to depend mainly on the type of product and its application. Again, this is why the consultation is so important. Often times we start with one product and wait a few weeks to have our client come back for either more of the same product or a different one to keep enhancing. Think of it like getting the perfect hair color and highlights. Very rarely is that achieved during the first visit, but requires a few visits so that you and your hairdresser get the look you want. The same goes with lip filler, actually with all cosmetic procedures. In the right hands you will be able to get the results you want.

lip filler before and after

 

What Type of Filler Should I Get? 

Typically, your injector will recommend the type of filler you need based on the answers provided during the consultation, but here is a list of the four fillers we use for lips and what they do. The first three products are from the company Allergan, the makers of Botox.

 

 

  • Juvéderm® Volbella XC is the thinnest formulation and is used to correct vertical lips lines and outline the lips. This product will not add a lot of volume but instead will provide a “lip gloss effect” by smoothing out the wrinkles and add hydration. Volbella can be used to fill in the thin vertical lip lines (also known as smoker lines). This is a great way to stop your lipstick from bleeding!

 

  • Juvéderm® Ultra XC is the classic injectable gel that temporarily adds more fullness and plumps thin lips. It is more structured so is great for adding definition and volume. This is one of those products that multiple syringes and appointments may be needed due to the nature of the product. 

 

  • Juvéderm® Vollure XC is Deenis’s personal favorite “go-to” product to achieve a very smooth, natural volume with noticeable smoothness. She compares its smoothness to honey.

 

  • Restylane®Kysse™ by Galderma, the maker of Restylane, is the first Hyaluronic Acid lip filler formulated with XpresHAn Technology™ for smooth, natural-looking results, approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The XpresHAn Technology™ manufacturing process allows for a gel that integrates into the skin for natural expression in motion. Our injector Deenis really likes this product because as she says, “it does what it’s told”. She is impressed with the definition that it provides. It is very consistent when injected and leaves a very nice border.

Kysse by Restylane

 

Why Choose Beautique Medical Spa?

There you have it. If you’ve been thinking about adding a little volume to your lips, we hope that this article has provided you with answers that you find helpful. Remember that consultations are the most important part of getting this or any procedure done. Whether you choose us or another injector in the Valley, please make sure that you feel comfortable in their hands. Make sure that they understand your aesthetic and aren’t just selling you what is on promotion that month. It’s true we offer promotions, but just because something is featured, doesn’t mean it’s right for you. As the #1 Cosmetic Injectors in the Valley, we get the largest number of rebates and special offers from our vendors to pass along to you. We also have the most flexible memberships in the area that give you exclusive pricing 365 days a year.

If you’re considering getting a non-invasive procedure, like lip filler, we invite you to consider our office. Please call us at (956) 664-1234 and we’ll schedule your Perfect Complexion Analysis which is a comprehensive consultation featuring the VISIA which allows us to create a custom plan based on your true skin age. 

 “Absolutely love coming here! As soon as you walk in, you are greeted with a smile. Deenis is amazing, and as an RN with plenty of expertise in this field, she makes you feel very comfortable. She is extremely knowledgeable in what she does and always recommends what’s best for you and your budget. I love how she and receptionist follow up with you after your visit.” -Cassandra

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How to Fight Hyperhidrosis and Reduce Sweat Permanently!

Rio Grande Valley Residents… Do You Have Hyperhidrosis?

Hyperhidrosis… A Fancy word for Excessive Sweating. Here’s everything you need to know about how to reduce sweat permanently with miraDry so you can start enjoying summer activities with confidence.

 

Do you dread getting ready for work because you know you’re going to sweat through your clothes?

Does the thought of putting on the bridesmaid dress make you shudder?

If you sweat profusely from hands, feet, and underarms chances are you have hyperhidrosis…. that’s Fancy for excessive sweating. We’re not talking about feeling sticky and sweaty because we live in the Rio Grande Valley (AKA the sun). We are talking about sweating so much that sweat stains are visible on your clothes, even in the winter. Or slipping out of your shoes because your feet are so sweaty. Or knowing that every time you shake someone’s hand, you’re going to see them try not to react to your sweaty, clammy hand so you won’t feel bad. THAT kind of sweating.

We know that this is a big problem… such a big problem in fact that the positive thing about this is that you are not alone. In fact, approximately 7.8 million people in the United States suffer from hyperhidrosis. Of those 7.8 million people, about 4 million of them suffer from axillary hyperhidrosis (excessive underarm sweating). Hyperhidrosis is when your nervous system automatically your sweat glands as your body temperature rises. Sweating also occurs naturally on hands and feet and increases intensity with nerves.

approximately 7.8 million people in the United States suffer from hyperhidrosis. Of those 7.8 million people, about 4 million of them suffer from axillary hyperhidrosis (excessive underarm sweating)

How can you treat excess underarm sweat?

Traditionally the most common ways to treat excessive sweating has been with prescription drugs, wipes, prescription deodorants, and Botox. That’s right, until recently Botox was really the most effective option in treating hyperhidrosis. While very effective, it has a couple cons; the biggest one being that it is temporary. Fortunately, in 2011, miraDry was FDA cleared to permanently treat axillary hyperhidrosis, which means that we can now permanently eliminate sweat, odor, and hair in the underarms in as little as one treatment. For now Botox is still the only option we have to temporarily help with excessive sweating in those areas. And our clients that come in and get it tell us it is life changing. They were confident at work and ended up being promoted after having their palms treated using Botox. We are changing lives at Beautique Medical Spa.

Today we want to focus on axillary hyperhidrosis (excessive underarm sweating). As you may know, Dr. Sanchez and his team are very strategic about which services and technologies to introduce to his patient base. They have to solve concerns that are unique to the demographic in the Rio Grande Valley. Because we live in such a hot environment, naturally most people think that if they have excessive sweating of the underarms they need to “just grin and bear it”, thankfully that is not true. You see living in a hot climate is not what causes hyperhidrosis. People that sweat profusely have an overactive nervous system and can’t really control the sweating. That is why he loved miraDry. Being able to restore his patients’ confidence of being able to wear what they want, when they want, was very exciting for him.

So, is miraDry worth it?

According to the national website Real Self 81% of patients who have had the procedure say it’s “worth it”. In fact, in our own office three of our team members have had it done and LOVE the results.

Shirt with chest sweat and no underarm sweat

Even after an intense workout- no pit stains!

What is miraDry and how does it work?

miraDry is a non-surgical, FDA-Cleared treatment that uses electromagnetic energy to painlessly reduce the number of underarm sweat and odor glands by permanently eliminating excess sweat and odor. miraDry is an easy treatment that can be completed in a physicians’ office in as little as an hour and works by delivering precisely controlled electromagnetic energy to the underarm area, heating and subsequently eliminating the underarm sweat glands and smell. As soon as we explain the basis of this treatment, we immediately get the response, “Don’t you need to sweat for detoxification”? Truth is, we have anywhere from two-four million sweat glands found on our body. The underarms only contain 2% of them, which means that your body will still perspire allowing your body to cool itself off. You just won’t have the excess underarm sweating or odor, which obviously is unnecessary for your body to function.

Who is a candidate for miraDry or how do I know if I’m a candidate?

The ideal candidate is a person that suffers negatively from excessive underarm sweating. It disrupts daily living, affects the choices in activity and clothes worn. This treatment could be right for you if you have ever found yourself avoiding a social event or activity because you are embarrassed by your sweat and odor. We already established that almost eight million people suffer from excess sweat in this country. It is thought at least 4.8% of those people have never seen a doctor or have been formerly diagnosed with Hyperhidrosis. Which means that you, a patient, doesn’t need to come to us with a formal diagnosis. During our consultation process we will ask a series of questions and perform a starch test. This test will allow our miraDry expert to see your sweat level and determine whether or not you should invest in this procedure.

What is the miraDry process?

Once a patient decides that they are ready to proceed with this treatment, our team gives them a detailed pre and post treatment checklist. The most common preparations are that you will need to shave a few days before. During the treatment we apply local anesthesia. We invested in a technique from Germany that allows us to inject the anesthesia quickly and evenly, so that patients have the most minimal discomfort possible. We mark the underarms using a template once the area is numb so that our therapist knows where to apply the heat. The handpiece passes over the area and gently suctions the skin as a way of bringing the sweat glands to the surface allowing them to get more heat.

Patients say they feel the suction, but not the pain during treatment. There is also a cooling function during the entire process which makes the treatment tolerable. After the treatment there really isn’t downtime. The one big “no-no” is no intense exercising or heavy lifting or running for at least a week after your treatment.

miradry procedure

Our own Savannah getting sweat-free with miraDry!

You can watch our nurse Deenis (who has had miraDry herself) perform a miraDry treatment.

How much does miraDry Cost and How Many Treatments Will I Need?

Yes, we mentioned that our expert will let you know whether or not to invest in this procedure after your consultation. We say that because it is an investment. The national average for one treatment is about $2250, so it is not inexpensive, but it is the only FDA-Cleared technology available on the market today. In most cases you will only need one of this 3-in-1 power treatment.

Remember, miraDry is cleared to:
  1. Permanently eliminate sweat by 82%
  2. Eliminate the odor that comes from sweat
  3. Permanently remove underarm hair by about 72%.

MiraDry is effective in over 90% of treated patients, studies have shown. Plus 80% of those patients only needed one treatment to experience above 80% reduction in sweat, odor, and wetness. In some cases, a second treatment may be needed, which is why we will evaluate our patients at about six-months post-procedure and do another starch assessment if the patient tells us that they still have odor and wetness. While insurance does not cover miraDry, our practice offers and accepts Care Credit as an affordable option for this and all our services offered.

While we know it’s not inexpensive, when you compare it to Botox as an alternative it is a much better option because:
  • It is a needleless option
  • It is permanent, compared 7 months between Botox treatments
  • In the end it is actually less expensive than Botox because Botox is anywhere from $999-$1500 per treatment that lasts 7 months, but miraDry is permanent and solves three issues; sweat, odor, and under arm hair.

 

miradry before and after

Look at the difference one treatment makes!

Can Complications Occur?

In General, miraDry is extremely safe. The most common side effects are that your underarms will be swollen, sore, and the patient may experience numbing and tingling sensation. These issues aren’t typically serious, but it is a medical procedure so there is always a risk of complications. It is CRUCIAL to get this procedure done by certified therapists in medical facility for this reason. In the Valley we are one of two locations that offer miraDry, but we are a certified practice and have performed over 40 treatments in the past months since we introduced this treatment to our practice. Three of us on-site have had miraDry done personally and love the results.

We absolutely love miraDry! If you are bothered or embarrassed by excessive sweat and odor, then consider getting miraDry. You will be so happy you did. It really has changed our patients lives. You can watch what Deenis has to say about this revolutionary treatment here. There’s no reason to live with embarrassment or fear anymore.

It’s time to Sweat Less & Live More!

To learn more about miraDry check out our other blog post on this amazing treatment!

If you or someone you know would like to learn more about miraDry please call us at 956-664-1234 to schedule your FREE Starch Assessment now!

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