Frequently Asked Questions

Questions concerning BOTOX/DYSPORT

What is Botox Cosmetic?
It is a purified protein administered in a simple, nonsurgical procedure that temporarily improves the appearance of moderate to severe lines, generally in the forehead, crow’s feet, and between the brows.

How long has Botox been used?
Botox has been used therapeutically for over 15 years to treat a variety of medical conditions. Botox for therapeutic use remains one of the most widely researched medicines in the world. The same product with dosing specific to glabellar lines was approved in 2002 as Botox Cosmetic.

Have patients been happy with their results?
According to a recent survey of 204 dermatologists and plastic surgeons, Botox Cosmetic has the highest satisfaction rating of all physician-administered treatments in 2003 and 2004. For the past three years, Botox Cosmetic was the most popular physician-administered cosmetic procedure in the United States (surgical and nonsurgical combined).

What is the Botox Cosmetic procedure like?
It’s a simple, 10-minute treatment consisting of a few tiny injections. You may resume normal activity immediately.

Is the procedure painful?
It causes little discomfort; most patients compare the sensation to a bug bite. Overall, the discomfort is minimal and temporary.

When will I start to see results?
You should start to see a visible improvement in the area between your brows within a few days. The area may continue to improve for up to a week.

How long will the results last?
When administered properly, the effects can last up to 4 months.

How will Botox Cosmetic affect my facial expressions?
Botox Cosmetic is injected in small doses directly into the muscles that cause those moderate to severe frown lines to form, allowing the area to smooth out. It won’t affect your ability to laugh, smile, or otherwise express yourself.

Is Botox Cosmetic expensive?
Actually, it’s quite affordable. In fact, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Botox Cosmetic is one of the least costly facial aesthetic procedures performed in the United States.

How can I be sure I am getting real Botox Cosmetic?
Allergan, Inc., the maker of Botox Cosmetic, is the only source for healthcare professionals to purchase the product, and each label has the “Allergan” hologram.

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Questions concerning MICRODERM ABRASION

What is Microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion is a non-invasive exfoliating procedure performed individually or in a series of treatments for revitalizing and maintaining the skin’s appearance and smoothness. The procedure is painless and requires no anesthesia or recovery time.

How does it work?
A precise stream of very fine crystals is directed through the hand piece onto the skin to loosen the layer of dead skin cells that form on the surface. It then suctions away both the skin debris and the crystals to reveal fresh invigorated skin. Only the uppermost layer of the skin is removed. This is why there is minimal discomfort and no recuperation

What results can I expect?
The exfoliating process will leave your skin smoother and softer with a healthy glow. In addition, it will help relieve clogged pores and blackheads, soften general roughness or thickened patches of dead skin, remove surface debris allowing the skin to better absorb topical medications and increases circulation for a natural glow.

Are the any side effects?
The procedure may leave a slight redness to the skin but this will subside within a few hours.

Will it remove the wrinkles in my skin?
No. The process may refine and soften the appearance of fine, crepey lines, and large pores, however, they will not be removed.

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Questions concerning INTENSE PULSE LIGHT

What is Intense Pulse Light (IPL)?
Intense Pulse Light also known as Photorejuvenation is a non-invasive treatment that treats skin damage without disruption of the skin’s surface. Intense Pulse Light is a light therapy that is FDA approved.

What skin conditions can be treated with Intense Pulse Light?
IPL therapy can simultaneously treat a wide range of skin concerns safely and effectively such as rosacea, broken capillaries, age spots and mottled pigmentation. IPL helps to create smoother looking skin and helps reduce uneven pigmentation. Treatments can be done effectively on the face, neck, chest, arms and hands.

How does IPL therapy work?
The patient is given dark glasses or patches to wear to protect the eyes from the bright light. A cold gel is then applied to the area being treated. The machine delivers a high intensity light to the skin, which causes superficial imperfections to fade and disappear. During this process, the patient may feel a slight sting, like that of a rubber band snapping on your skin.

How many treatments will I need?
Depending on the individual condition and severity of the problem a series of at least 3 and up to 6 treatments is generally recommended to provide long term results and high satisfaction. Each treatment lasts 30-45 minutes.

Are there any side effects or "down-time” associated with this procedure?
Immediately after the treatment the skin will appear slightly red and feel like a mild sunburn. Pigmented areas will appear darker post treatment. You may also experience some swelling. The amount of discomfort is usually minimal and does not limit activities.

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Questions concerning LASER HAIR REMOVAL

Does it hurt?
Patients best describe the sensation as a snap of a rubber band to the skin. The laser treatment itself may cause some discomfort. Most patients tolerate the procedure well, but keep in mind, that some areas of the body are more sensitive than others.

How many treatments will I need?
You should have a 95% hair reduction in 5-6 treatments

Why is it necessary for so many treatments?
Hair grows in cycles. Each follicle produces hair in three stages which occur at different times in different follicles in the same area, which make numerous treatments necessary.

Does insurance cover any of the cost?
No. Laser hair removal is considered cosmetic and is not covered by insurance.

How often are the treatments?
We schedule your treatments every six to eight weeks.

Can I do anything to treat the hair in between appointments?
Hair should be visible when you come in for your appointment. Shaving or clipping may be done up to two days before the treatment. Hair should not have been plucked or waxed for at least ten days prior to a treatment.

Is there any “down time”?
There shouldn’t be. Most people return to normal activity right away. Side effects, if any, are minor. You may experience some redness in the treated area for up to two hours after treatment. Swelling around the hair follicle indicates that the follicle has responded well to the treatment.

Are there any types of hair that will not respond to laser hair removal?
White, gray, blond or fine hair may not absorb enough light to be effectively treated. Dark, coarse hair responds best to laser hair removal.

Is it permanent?
Our lasers are one of the few lasers that will claim permanent hair reduction. However, hormonal imbalances or medications can always affect your hair growth.

What is unique to Trenton Laser Center that other laser centers do not offer?
All of our procedures are done by physicians and nurses. We have two physicians on staff. We do not use Laser Technicians to treat our clients.

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