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Q. How many Fractional Resurfacing treatments will I need?

Typically clients receive three to five treatments spaced at one month intervals. Some clients get dramatic results from a single treatment. The skin continues to improve for about 4-6 months after the last treatment. More severe cases will benefit from more treatments.

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Q. Do I need to do anything differently before I get injected with Radiesse?

Radiesse® requires no pretesting, but you should take a few precautions before being treated. Avoid using St. John's Wort, high doses of Vitamin E supplements, aspirin, and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, such as ibuprofen prior to treatment with Radiesse, because these may increase bruising or bleeding at the injection site. Also, if you have previously suffered from facial cold sores, discuss this with your physician. He or she may consider prescribing a medication to minimize recurrence.

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Q. Are there any side effects associated with Photofacials?

Yes. After each treatment, freckles on the face tend to get very dark. Over the next several days to weeks these dark freckles flake off, leaving a much improved appearance. There may also be some mild pinkness or redness and swelling that resolves within hours to a few days. On a rare occasion, the client may experience a blister.

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Q. What is BOTOX®?

Botox® is the brand name for Botulinum Toxin Type A, made by a company called Allergan. Botulinum Toxin is available as types A, B, C, D, E, F and G, but only Type is A is generally used for cosmetic purposes. Vials of BOTOX® have exactly 100 units of Botulinum Toxin Type A in a dry powdered form.

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Q. I heard that if I get BOTOX® too often, I will become immune to it. Is that true?

Before 1997, the BOTOX® that was made had some traces of protein in it that caused some patients to create an antibody that inactivated it. This appeared to happen more often in patients who had a medical need for BOTOX®. The formulation of BOTOX® was changed in 1997 to eliminate these proteins. I am not aware of any cases of BOTOX® resistance in patients who got their first dose after 1997.

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