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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. How long do I wait between IPL treatments for acne?

Treatments can be scheduled anywhere from two per week to one treatment every two weeks.

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Q. Is Rosacea contagious?

No, rosacea it is not contagious. Although antibiotics are frequently used to treat rosacea, the antibiotics are being used for their anti-inflamatory properties.

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Q. How long do the results of Restylane treatments last?

Improvements with Restylane last about 6 months, sometimes longer. Because lips move so much (talking, eating, drinking, kissing etc) lip enhancements with Restylane generally don't last quite as long.

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Q. What is the difference between Xeomin and Botox?

Both products are very similar. They are both purified proteins which are used to help muscles relax. Xeomin is sold by a company called Merz. Botox is sold by a company called Allergan. At this time (January 2012), Xeomin costs less than Botox, but that could change at any time. Xeomin is nearly pure protein which makes it a little less likely for people to become immune to it. Before 1997, some patients became immune to Botox. Then, in 1997, Allergan reduced the impurities by about 80%. Since that time, there have been no new cases of patients becoming immune or resistant to Botox. Xeomin does not have to be refrigerated before it is mixed. Both products seem ot last about 3-4 months. Both products seem to start to take effect within 2-3 day and peak at about 2 weeks. Botox has been in the United States since about 1985. Xeomin has been available in the United States since November 2011.

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