Freque ntly Asked Questions
1. How many units of Botox/Dysport do I need?
Depending on what areas bother you (forehead lines, crows feet, in between the eyes), the dosage of Botox varies between 10-48 units.
2. When will my Botox/Dysport kick in?
After being injected, you will start to see results after 24 to 48 hours with results lasting up to 4 months.
3. What can I do to prepare for injections?
There is not much you need to do before being injected. We do recommend not taking any blood thinners (Ibuprofen, Aspirin, Fish Oil) at least one week before injection. Blood thinners can increase your risk of bruising.
4. What is IPL?
IPL stands for Intense Pulsed Light that helps to correct rosacea (redness), hyper-pigmentation (age spots), fine lines and wrinkles. We recommend at least 5 treatments for optimal results.
5. Do I qualify for IPL?
Because the laser destroys the dark pigment in your skin, having a tan can be risky and could potentially cause blistering, therefore, we ask that you come in without a sun tan. We can in fact perform treatment on those of you with darker complexions, but the parameters of the laser are turned down lower than someone with fair skin.
6. What is the after-care for IPL?
You may feel like you have mild to severe sunburn after being treated. You will want to treat your skin like you have a sunburn:
- Wash the treated skin with a gentle soap when showering.
- If you are uncomfortable with the burning sensation, use aloe vera for relief, or you can purchase Biafine from our office which helps to aid burns.
Approximately 72 hours after treatment, you will notice that the brown spots on your skin will begin to mildly scab. These scabs usually look like small coffee grounds on your skin. Do not pick or scrub. They will flake off during recovery. Full recovery time is usually about two weeks. After that time, you may schedule your next treatment.
7. Am I a good candidate for laser hair removal?
Laser hair removal only works on darker hair. The machine cannot detect light hair.
Like the IPL, we do recommend that you have untanned skin. We ask that you have a tiny amount of hair growth in the area being treated. Do not wax or shave for at least one week prior to treatment. Having too much hair can be more painful, so aim for a quarter of a centimeter of hair growth.
8. What is the after-care for laser hair removal?
You may feel a burning sensation at the treated area. You can use aloe vera to relieve the uncomfortable sensation. Do not shave or wax until at least 5 days after treatment. We recommend 5 or more treatments for complete hair removal.