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5 Great Reasons to Try BOTOX®

If you want to take years off your face, minimally invasive injectables are one of the ideal ways to quickly make your skin look younger without having a surgical procedure. People from all walks of life commonly use botulinum toxin-based injectables to temporarily soften the wrinkles on the face that bother them. Thinking about trying BOTOX® injectables in Albuquerque, but still unsure whether they’re what you want? Check out these five major benefits of having neuromodulator injections from The Spa @ Western Dermatology Consultants.

1. Make Expression Wrinkles Look Smoother

Other than keeping your face still and expressionless forever, there’s no real way of stopping wrinkles that occur due to facial expressions made when smiling, talking, chewing, and squinting. The solution to fixing these wrinkles is relaxing the underlying muscles that cause the skin to bunch together. BOTOX® is approved for frown lines, crow’s feet, and forehead wrinkles, which are referred to as expression wrinkles.

2. Prevent Additional Wrinkles from Occurring

One of the long-term benefits of having BOTOX® is that by relaxing the muscles that pull on the skin, you not only stop existing wrinkles from getting deeper, but also prevent new ones from forming. Many younger patients have started to use BOTOX® for this reason, known as preventative BOTOX®.

3. Enjoy the Convenience

Injectables are typically fast, “lunchtime” procedures that you can easily fit into your busy schedule. This is what makes BOTOX® such an attractive option for many people. There aren’t any major side effects that require recovery, so there’s no down time to speak of.

4. Get a More Approachable Look

When crinkles and lines form all over your face, it can make others think you look angry, mean, sad, or unfriendly—even if those descriptors don’t match your personality at all. BOTOX® can give you a happier, more open-looking face.

5. Treat Other Concerns

Along with improving wrinkles on the forehead or surrounding the eyes, BOTOX® is also used for wrinkles on the center and lower part of the face and even on the neck where excessive muscle activity has led to asymmetry, sagging, or dimpling. We can use it for bunny lines by the nose, chin dimpling, lip lines, sagging eyebrows, downturned mouth corners, and neck bands.

Curious about how injectables work? Get to know more about BOTOX® from The Spa @ Western Dermatology Consultants. Call us at 505-855-9267, or submit a contact form to request a consultation.

Can Facial Filler Results Be Reversed?

Facial fillers are a quick way to make your skin appear less wrinkled or to enhance facial contours by adding volume to the cheeks and lips. The satisfaction rate for fillers is very high, and most patients who receive injections from an experienced, board-certified injector are pleased with the way they look. But what happens if you go to a less-experienced injector and end up with a less-than-stellar result, you have a negative reaction to the fillers, or you simply change your mind about having them? Patients are often curious about whether they can potentially get rid of results that they don’t like. The short answer is yes, it is indeed possible to undo certain types of dermal fillers at our New Mexico-based office—if for some reason you aren’t fully happy with results. Hyaluronic acid fillers like Juvederm® are temporary, dissolvable fillers, so they’re an excellent option for people who are trying out fillers for the first time.

Although significant complications from dermal fillers are rare, there are some potential risks. These include acne-like skin breakouts, asymmetry, lumps, redness, rashes, infections, under or over correction, incorrectly placed filler, Tyndall’s effect (filler placed too close to the skin surface that causes a blue discoloration), or palpability of the filler below the skin’s surface. Patients can choose to have the filler decreased or dissolved completely if one of these complications occur or they no longer want their results.

Instead of having to wait for several months for the temporary fillers to metabolize, they simply have to go in for another injection. The reversal agent is known as hyaluronidase, an enzyme that we naturally have in our bodies. Once it has been injected below the skin, it causes a reaction that dissolves the hyaluronic acid contained in the filler. This takes just a few hours.

The skin should return to its normal shape after the filler has been dissolved.

We encourage patients to wait and see how they adjust to fillers before deciding they want them removed. There will always be some initial swelling, so the results don’t truly “settle” for a few days after a session. That said, it is possible to use the enzyme right after getting fillers if you need or want it.

Get more tips on dermal fillers from our team at The Spa @ Western Dermatology Consultants. Want to meet with us to discuss fillers or another cosmetic procedure? Call us at 505-855-9267, or submit a contact form to reach out to us for additional details.

How Do Different Sources of Light Impact the Skin?

Light and laser cosmetic treatments, such as fractional skin resurfacing, are what Albuquerque patients often use to minimize irregularities and balance or even out their skin tone and quality. Ever wondered why light is used so frequently in the cosmetic world? Exposure to light impacts our bodies in various ways, altering our circadian rhythms, hormone production, and even our mental health. In fact, not getting enough exposure to sunlight during the winter has been linked to a type of depression called Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). It’s no surprise, therefore, that different wavelengths of light have been found to influence the appearance and health of your skin. The following are some examples of light sources that we are commonly exposed to, as well as a brief explanation of their impact:

Natural Light

The sun is our major source of natural light, although we can also technically see by other stars, volcanoes, firelight, lightning, and various astronomical objects. We have less control over the amount of energy these give off compared to artificial sources of light, so we have to do a little extra work when guarding against the negative effects of the biggest producer of all: the sun.

Small amounts of exposure to sunlight (ideally 5 to 15 minutes of unprotected exposure) have positive health benefits, including strengthening your immune system and encouraging serotonin production. However, prolonged, unprotected exposure to ultraviolet radiation increases the risk of skin cancer and accelerated skin aging. It’s best to avoid exposure by staying indoors during peak hours and wearing sunscreen whenever you go outside.

Artificial Light

When it comes to human-made, artificial light sources, we’re in full control of their intensity and duration.

  • Blue Light

Although the sun is a major source of blue light, we also get plenty of it from the screens on our TVs, laptops, smartphones, tablets, electronic devices, and fluorescent or LED light bulbs. Blue light exposure can lead to photoaging and hyperpigmentation, but it is also used in therapies for some skin conditions like acne and actinic keratosis.

  • Red Light

Red light therapy (RLT) is often used as a type of photodynamic therapy to encourage the generation of new collagen, elastin, and fibroblasts. Deep red light at specific wavelengths is thought to have anti-inflammatory properties and may reduce wrinkles.

Ready to improve wrinkles, blotchy pigmentation, scars, rough patches, or other skin-related irregularities? Browse our website to check out more info on fractional skin resurfacing from our Western Dermatology Consultants team. Call 505-855-9267, or submit a contact form to request a consultation if you’d like to discuss your skin goals—and learn more about what light can do.

How Can CoolSculpting® Help You Combat Your “Quarantine 15” This Season?

Quarantine weight gain is something many people have been struggling with since the COVID-19 lockdowns began in the early part of the year. Our lives have been disrupted, and our day-to-day routine has changed a lot as our activities have been restricted. With easy access to food and alcohol in the nearby kitchen, along with the fact that lots of us are working from home and not moving around as much as we normally would in an office (and are too busy to fit workouts into our altered routines), it’s easy to pack on some extra weight. To top it all off, in this tension-filled time, chronic stress often leads to high levels of the “stress hormone” cortisol being produced in our bodies, which stimulates our appetite. Cortisol can also influence where your fat is stored, making it more likely to be deposited on the abdomen. As practices have re-opened around the city, state, and country, injectables and body contouring procedures like CoolSculpting® have been Albuquerque patients’ preferred treatments for addressing a little extra flab.

These aesthetic treatments, combined with healthy lifestyle habits, can help get you back on track, restore slimmer facial contours, and lose unwanted volume. Sometimes, excess fat goes to areas we’ve always struggled to slim down for most of our lives because of our body shape. These specific areas—like the stomach, flanks, below the chin, the outer thighs, and the back—may not respond well to conventional fat-reduction methods, such as exercise and reducing our calorie intake. CoolSculpting® is a fat-reduction technique that allows you to get rid of some of the extra fat in these trouble spots that you feel self-conscious about or that get in the way of your daily life. Remember, though, that it’s strictly for generating cosmetic results. Exercise and a healthy diet are still important!

With CoolSculpting®, the applicator suctions up grabbable areas of fat and lowers the temperature in the tissue. The fat cells there are chilled and killed, and the body looks leaner over time as these dead cells are flushed out. Although the treatment can cause a numbing or pinching sensation, it’s generally not painful and is well tolerated by patients. You won’t have to go through an extensive recovery process or manage severe side effects after. Typically, CoolSculpting® causes only mild swelling and bruising.

Would you like to know more about how CoolSculpting® can help you shed resistant fat? Request a consultation with us today by calling (505) 855-9267or fill out a contact form to reach out to our team at Western Dermatology Consultants.

Tips for Maintaining Facial Filler Results

Want to make your fillers last longer? Facial fillers are highly effective for softening deep wrinkles in the middle and lower parts of the face, as well as for volumizing the cheeks and lips. However, despite being convenient, they do require ongoing maintenance due to the fact that the effects wear off after anywhere from a few months to two years—depending on where they’re injected and how quickly you metabolize them. With that in mind, there are some effective ways of increasing the longevity of Juvederm®. Albuquerque’s Western Dermatology Consultants team shares these four tips:

Avoid Applying Pressure

After a fillers session, hold off on having deep-cleaning treatments and facial massages. It’s better not to rub, massage, or jostle the treated areas much, as this can cause the fillers to migrate, leading to uneven results. It can also cause the effects to wear off faster.

Reverse Free Radical Damage

A good skincare routine is essential for maintaining the effects of dermal fillers. Stress, smoking, and unhealthy eating habits will cause fillers to metabolize faster. Regularly apply topical products containing antioxidants like retinols to prevent and undo the harm caused by free radicals. These help to give you clearer, brighter, skin with a smoother texture by reducing wrinkles and hyperpigmentation.

Keep Your Skin Moisturized

Although topical moisturizers won’t get rid of wrinkles, facial lines are typically less noticeable on skin that is well hydrated. To enhance the smoothing results from fillers, use products containing ingredients like glycerin, hyaluronic acid, and ceramides to help the skin retain water.

Limit Sun Exposure

If you’re using fillers and neuromodulators to ward off wrinkles, it makes sense to protect your skin from further damage to its collagen and elastin fibers. Though many people don’t like the feeling or smell of sunscreens, applying an extra layer of coverage can be what protects your skin from developing wrinkles and fine lines. High levels of exposure to UV radiation can have very detrimental effects on the skin, and sun damage is believed to be one of the main causes of accelerated aging.

Want to perfect your look with smoother, softer skin? Get more tips on Juvederm® from our team at Albuquerque’s Western Dermatology Consultants. Call us at 505-855-5503 or submit your info to request a consultation.