Frequently Asked Questions

Common Questions

Who is a Good Candidate for Microdermabrasion?

In general, good microdermabrasion candidates are adults who are in good physical health, with realistic expectations for the outcome of their treatment. People who do not have enough available time to undergo more invasive skin resurfacing treatments such as dermabrasion, laser skin resurfacing, or chemical peels may also be good candidates for microdermabrasion.No. Because the procedure uses tiny aluminum oxide crystals to gently exfoliate the skin, microdermabrasion should not be painful or leave the patient with any lingering discomfort. However, microdermabrasion does cause a mild warming or tingling sensation that most patients describe in positive terms.

Who Is a Good Candidate For a Chemical Peel?

Generally, fair-skinned and light-haired patients are ideal candidates for chemical peels. Darker skin types may also have good results, depending upon the type of problem being treated.

How do I prepare for a chemical peel?

Prior to the chemical peel, you may be asked to stop taking certain drugs and prepare your skin with topical preconditioning medications such as Retin-A, Renova, or glycolic acid. After the chemical peel, it’s important to use a broad-spectrum sunscreen every day.During the procedure, most patients experience a warm to somewhat hot sensation that lasts about five to ten minutes, followed by a stinging sensation. Cool compresses may be applied to help alleviate this stinging. A deeper peel may require pain medication during or after the procedure.

Is a peel painful?

Depending upon the type of chemical peel, a reaction similar to sunburn occurs following the procedure. Peeling usually involves redness, followed by scaling that ends within three to seven days.

How is laser different from Electrolysis?

Electrolysis treatment is one hair at a time. Laser is much quicker. An area like the underarms, for example, can be treated in just 10 minutes.

How is laser different from Electrolysis?

The most popular areas are female facial hair, bikini line hair and back hair for men.

What are the risks of hair removal?

Laser hair removal is a lunch time procedure. There is no recovery time. Patients can return to work or play immediately. These lasers do not remove skin, so the risks are very low. As with any procedure, we have an informed consent that explains all the possible risks.


Laser hair removal is much less painful than electrolysis. Everyone’s pain tolerance is different. People have compared it to a rubber band snap against the skin. Compared to waxing the treatment has very little discomfort. If you do find it uncomfortable, we can prescribe TAC (Triple Anesthetic Cream) to the skin prior to treatment. We think TAC is helpful for men’s beards, women’s full Brazilians and any areas where the hair is dark and very coarse.

What areas respond the best to dermal filler treatment?

Fine lines on the upper and lower lips that are not severe enough to require laser resurfacing fill nicely with Restylane as well as deeper wrinkles and folds in the cheek areas (nasolabial, melolabial) and lines at the corners of the mouth. Lip enhancement has up to twice the longevity of standard collagen implant treatments.

How long do dermal fillers last?

Depending on the area treated, most folds and wrinkles require one treatment and the repeat maintenance treatment is usually not required for approximately 6 months or even longer. By experience, these products last almost twice as long as regular collagen injections. The great thing about Restylane/Juvederm is that you can replenish your natural beauty whenever you feel the need. Unlike permanent implants, Restylane/Juvederm always leaves you a choice when the effect of the treatment has worn off so a touch-up can be performed any time you like after the previous treatment.

How will I look after my dermal filler treatment?

Following your injections, normal activities can be resumed immediately. Discomfort is minimal although the area treated might have a little swelling which may last a few hours. There may also be some slight bruising which can be covered with make-up. Depending on the area treated, correction can last up to six months or longer. If the lips are treated, initial swelling and tenderness may occur within the first several days but subsides after two or three days.

Is treatment with BOTOX® Cosmetic painful?

Discomfort is usually minimal and brief. Prior to injecting, your physician may choose to numb the area with a cold pack or anesthetic cream. The entire procedure takes approximately 10 minutes. Many people are in and out of the technican’s office without downtime following BOTOX® Cosmetic treatment.

Will my facial expressions continue to look natural?

Although the results are visible, a treatment with BOTOX® Cosmetic will not radically change your facial appearance or make you look as if you “had work done.” The muscle activity that causes frown lines between the brows is simply reduced, so you can still frown or look surprised without the wrinkles and creases between your brows.

What will happen to the frown lines between my brows if I choose not to continue treatments?

If you do not continue treatments, the moderate to severe frown lines between your brows will gradually look like they did before treatment.

Is BOTOX® Cosmetic affordable?

When considering your facial aesthetic options, BOTOX® Cosmetic is quite affordable. According to an American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery survey, BOTOX® Cosmetic is one of the low-entry-cost facial aesthetic procedures in the United States. Like other appearance-related investments, such as hair coloring and cuts, teeth whitening, and chemical peels, the cost must be weighed relative to your expectations. Consult your doctor for further information.