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Q. What areas and problems can be treated with Perlane?

Perlane® can be used to fill the nasolabial folds (the crease between the corner of the nose and the corner of the mouth). Perlane® can also be used off label to enhance the size or shape of the lips.

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Q. What kind of side effects can I get from Radiesse® injections?

Radiesse® injections, just like any other injection, can cause some bruising and swelling. The swelling and bruising usually lasts for a few days. We have some special techniques that we use to minimize the swelling and bruising associated with Radiesse® injections. More serious side effects such are possible but very rare.

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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. Are Sculptra® treatments painful?

Sculptra® is mixed with local anesthetic so the injections cause minimal discomfort.

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Q. Why does it usually take a minimum of 5 treatments to get rid of unwanted hair?

Hair grows out of follicles. In order to cause permanent hair reduction, the follicles must be destroyed. When we treat you, the hair in the follicles helps transmit the light and heat to the follicle, enabling it to be destroyed. Not every follicle has a hair in it at all times. The follicles grow hair in cycles. At any given time only 20-30% of the follicles have a growing hair (scalp follicles are the exception--about 85-90% of scalp follicles have a growing hair). Without a hair in the follicle, the treatment may not affect the follicle. Even more important, surrounding each hair shaft there are groups of colorless cells called stem cells. These stem cells do not absorb any light. Furthermore, stem cells can grow a new follicle! Stem cells can only be destroyed when they are surrounding a pigmented hair shaft. It takes about six to eight weeks for each batch of new hairs to grow out of the follicles. With each treatment, another 20-30% of the follicles and stem cells will be injured or destroyed. It takes at least five treatments to injure or destroy most of the follicles.

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