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  • Spider Veins vs Varicose Veins +

    1. Varicose veins are dilated, prominent, often “rope like” veins that protrude from the skin in the lower extremities, usually the result of poorly functioning larger and deeper veins that create back pressure and dilatation. They can be quite painful, particularly in warm weather. Treatment involves closure of the abnormal underlying veins (nonsurgical techniques available) after confirmation and mapping by an ultrasound evaluation.
    2. Spider veins (telangiectasias) present as smaller, thread like veins in the skin, usually without significant protrusion. Although often associated with varicose veins, they can also occur as an unrelated issue, frequently related to estrogen in females, causing fragility of the vein wall. Whn present without associated varicose veins, treatment involves sclerotherapy (injection of agents that can close them off) or surface laser treatments.
  • Why SculpSure vs CoolSculpting? +

    1. CoolSculpting by Allergan involves selectively reducing temperature applied to squeezable fat collections using special applicators that gently suck up the targeted tissue. Fat cells are more sensitive to extremes in temperature than overlying skin, muscle and nerves. Approximately 20-25% of targeted fat cells can be permanently eliminated, but each application takes up to 45 minutes and costs an average of $1200. Right and left applications would thus take more than 90 minutes at up to $2400. Side effects and recovery periods exist.
    2. SculpSure (also know as WarmSculpting) by Cynosure is a more recent technology that applies laser energy via up to 4 flat applicators, causing a similar permanent destruction of up to 25% of fat cells by increasing temperature. Simultaneous treating 4 targeted areas takes only 25 minutes, and typically costs an average of $1200. There are no significant side effects, no downtime, patients encouraged to go home, back to work, or to the gym immediately after treatment.
  • Why Xeomin vs Botox? +

    1. Botox was the first marketed configuration of botulinum toxin type A (BoNT), approved for use to temporarily reduce or eliminate facial fine lines and wrinkles. Two additional compounds of BoNT have been subsequently marketed, namely Dysport and Xeomin.
    2. Botox and Dysport are both distributed to providers as a freeze dried powder, with the active BoNT molecule encased in a protective or stabilizing protein. Xeomin, on the other hand is stripped of any protein covering before it is distributed, resulting in “pure” BoNT preparation. This virtually eliminates the possibility of the recipient patient developing tolerance or allergy (which can occur late, i.e. after several successful treatments), both phenomena felt secondary to the surrounding protein coat present in both Botox and Dysport preparations.
  • Why SkinCeuticals over other skincare products? +

    Dr. Pinnell spent over 40 years researching and developing technologies that help to prevent accelerated skin aging and skin cancer. This body of work established SkinCeuticals as the leader in scientifically validate skin care today.

  • What is the difference between Microblading and tattooing eyebrows? +

    Microblading is a tattooing technique in which a small handheld tool made of several tiny needles is used to add semi-permanent pigment to the skin. Microblading differs from standard eyebrow tattooing because each hairstroke is created by hand using a blade which creates fine slices in the skin, whereas eyebrow tattoos are done with a machine and single needle. Microblading is typically used on eyebrows to create, enhance or reshape their appearance in terms of both shape and color. It deposits pigment into upper region of the dermis, so it fades more rapidly than traditional tattooing techniques, which deposit pigment deeper.