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Michael Sinclair, MD



Q. What is the difference between a Fraxel treatment vs Fractional Resurfacing treatment?

Palomar Medical invented both the Fraxel Laser and the 1540 Fractional Resurfacing Laser. The Fraxel Laser works by using a single laser beam that moves back and forth across the skin that turns on and off to create the microthermal zones. This single beam of laser light tends to cause the skin to get very hot over a short period of time which seems to cause a lot of discomfort. The Fraxel Laser was sold to another company.

The newer equipment called the 1540 Fractional Resurfacing Laser works by using a much larger laser beam that is divided into smaller beams by a lens. This lens is continuously chilled and lays directly on the skin. This helps the skin stay much cooler which causes much less discomfort.

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Q. How long will BOTOX® treatment last?

Typically BOTOX® treatments cause muscle relaxation for 2-3 months and wrinkle reduction for 3-4 months. If a patient gets BOTOX® treatments every 2-3 months, the muscles become weaker which allows future treatments to last even longer.

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Q. Which method is better for treating spider veins, sclerotherapy or YAG laser therapy?

Both methods are effective. In our experience, spider veins that are one to four millimeters in diameter are best treated with sclerotherapy, and spider veins that are smaller than one millimeter are best treated with the YAG Laser. To get the best possible results, a combination of both treatments works best.

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Q. What are the potential side effects of BOTOX®?

If the BOTOX® is placed too near the eye lids, it can cause the upper eyelid to droop or the lower eye lid to sag. Once in a while, the eyebrows can be raised too high, which gives the patient a quizzical look. The upper eye lid problem can be treated with drops. The lower eye lid problem wears off by itself, but may temporarily require an eye patch. The quizzical eye brow can be easily fixed with a tiny injection of BOTOX®. The doctor should be able to modify the injections to prevent the same problems from happening again in the future. Other rare side effects include a mild headache, nausea and flu like symptoms.

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Q. Will you ship prodcuts outside of the United States?

We will ship products to any country but there will be exrtra shipping fees. For more information about shipping to countries outside of the United States, send an email to

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