Alice Kim, RN, BSN
Hi, my name is Alice Kim, and I’m a Registered Nurse at Seattle Premier Oral Surgery. I’ve been a bedside nurse since 2015, but I have always loved anything beauty. I am excited to help people feel more confident and beautiful in their own skin.
Botox and Dysport
Botox Cosmetics is a popular non-surgical cosmetic treatment that is used to temporarily reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles and fine lines. The name “Botox” is short for Botulinum toxin, which is a neurotoxic protein produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. Though this bacterium can cause a rare and serious type of food poisoning known as botulism, when used in controlled and small doses, the purified form of the toxin has proven to be safe for cosmetic and medical purposes.
How does it work?
Botox works by temporarily paralyzing or relaxing specific facial muscles that cause wrinkles and lines when they contract. It does this by blocking nerve signals to the targeted muscles, preventing them from contracting and forming wrinkles. The most common areas treated with Botox are:
- Glabellar lines (frown lines): The vertical lines that appear between the eyebrows.
- Forehead lines: The horizontal lines that form on the forehead when raising the eyebrows.
- Crow’s feet: The fine lines that radiate from the corners of the eyes when smiling.
The Botox injection procedure is relatively quick and straightforward. A trained medical professional, usually a dermatologist or plastic surgeon, will administer the treatment. They will first mark the areas to be treated and then inject small amounts of Botox into the targeted muscles using a fine needle. The injections are generally well-tolerated and cause minimal discomfort. Some patients may experience slight bruising or swelling at the injection sites, but this typically subsides quickly.
Results and Duration:
The effects of Botox usually become noticeable within a few days to a week after treatment. Over the following weeks, the treated muscles gradually relax, leading to a reduction in the appearance of wrinkles and lines. Results can last anywhere from 3 to 6 months, but this may vary depending on the individual and the treated area.
Botox is considered safe when administered by qualified professionals in appropriate doses. However, like any medical procedure, it carries some risks. Temporary side effects may include headaches, mild bruising, or drooping of the eyelid or eyebrow in rare cases. It’s crucial to disclose your medical history and any allergies to your healthcare provider before getting Botox.
- Botox is not recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding women.
- It’s essential to choose a reputable and experienced provider for Botox treatments.
- Botox is not a permanent solution; repeated treatments are required to maintain the desired results.
Botox Cosmetics is an effective and popular non-surgical option for reducing facial wrinkles and achieving a more youthful appearance. As with any cosmetic procedure, it’s crucial to consult with a qualified medical professional to determine if Botox is the right choice for you. Remember, individual results may vary, and it’s essential to have realistic expectations about the outcome. If you’re interested in Botox, book a consultation with a qualified practitioner to discuss your unique needs and goals.
Dermal fillers are a popular non-surgical cosmetic treatment designed to restore volume and youthfulness to the skin. As we age, our skin loses collagen, hyaluronic acid, and fat, leading to fine lines, wrinkles, and a loss of facial volume. Dermal fillers are injectable substances used to replenish these natural elements, providing a more youthful and rejuvenated appearance.
How do Dermal Fillers Work?
Dermal fillers are typically made from hyaluronic acid, a substance naturally present in the body that helps retain moisture and keep the skin plump. When injected into targeted areas, dermal fillers attract water molecules, instantly plumping up the skin and filling in lines and wrinkles. The procedure is minimally invasive, and the results are immediate, making it a popular choice for those seeking a quick and effective solution to combat signs of aging.
What Areas Can Dermal Fillers Treat?
Dermal fillers are versatile and can be used to enhance various facial features. Common treatment areas include:
Nasolabial Folds: These are the lines that run from the corners of the nose to the corners of the mouth.
Marionette Lines: These lines extend from the corners of the mouth to the jawline, creating a sad or aged appearance.
Cheeks: Dermal fillers can restore volume to the cheeks, giving a more lifted and youthful appearance.
Lips: Fillers can be used to add volume and definition to thin or aging lips.
Under-Eye Hollows: This treatment can reduce the appearance of dark circles and hollows under the eyes.
SkinPen Microneedling with PRP: Rejuvenate with Collagen Stimulation
What is SkinPen Microneedling?
SkinPen Microneedling is an innovative and minimally invasive skincare treatment used to improve the overall texture and appearance of the skin. It involves using a device called the SkinPen, which contains tiny, sterile needles that create controlled micro-injuries in the skin’s surface. These micro-injuries stimulate the body’s natural healing process, leading to collagen and elastin production, which are essential for youthful and healthy-looking skin.
What is PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma)?
PRP, or Platelet-Rich Plasma, is a substance derived from the patient’s blood. It contains a high concentration of platelets, growth factors, and other regenerative elements. PRP is obtained by drawing a small amount of the patient’s blood, which is then processed to extract the platelets and growth factors.
How Does SkinPen Microneedling with PRP Work?
During the SkinPen Microneedling with PRP procedure, the PRP solution is applied to the skin’s surface while the microneedling device creates controlled micro-injuries. The PRP penetrates the tiny channels created by the microneedles, delivering growth factors and stimulating collagen and elastin production on a deeper level. This process accelerates the skin’s healing and rejuvenation, leading to a reduction in fine lines, wrinkles, scars, and overall improvement in skin texture and tone.
Benefits of SkinPen Microneedling with PRP:
- Improved skin texture and tone
- Reduction in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
- Diminished acne scars and other types of scars
- Increased skin firmness and elasticity
- Natural and long-lasting results
Both dermal fillers and SkinPen Microneedling with PRP are effective non-surgical treatments to help you achieve a more youthful and radiant appearance. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and discover how these treatments can help you look and feel your best.
**PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma) and PRF (Platelet-Rich Fibrin) Rejuvenation: Harnessing Your Body’s Healing Power for Skin Rejuvenation**
PRP, or Platelet-Rich Plasma, rejuvenation is a cosmetic procedure that utilizes the natural healing properties of a patient’s blood to promote skin rejuvenation and stimulate tissue repair. Platelets are a crucial component of blood that contains growth factors, cytokines, and other bioactive substances that play a significant role in the body’s healing process. In PRP rejuvenation, a small amount of the patient’s blood is drawn, and then the platelets are isolated and concentrated to create PRP.
How does PRP Rejuvenation Work?
Once the PRP is prepared, it is applied to the patient’s skin or injected into specific treatment areas, such as the face, neck, or hands. The growth factors and other bioactive components in PRP help stimulate collagen production and enhance tissue regeneration. Collagen is a protein responsible for maintaining the skin’s elasticity and youthful appearance, but its production decreases as we age. By introducing PRP into the skin, the body’s natural healing response is triggered, leading to improved skin texture, reduced fine lines and wrinkles, and an overall more rejuvenated appearance.
Benefits of PRP Rejuvenation:
- Natural Approach: PRP rejuvenation uses the patient’s blood, which reduces the risk of allergic reactions or adverse side effects.
- Minimally Invasive: The procedure typically involves minimal discomfort and little to no downtime.
- Skin Rejuvenation: PRP can improve skin tone, texture, and elasticity, giving a more youthful and radiant look.
- Collagen Stimulation: The growth factors in PRP promote collagen production, which is essential for maintaining firm and youthful skin.
What is PRF Rejuvenation?
PRF, or Platelet-Rich Fibrin, rejuvenation is a variation of PRP rejuvenation that takes the concept a step further. Like PRP, PRF also involves drawing blood from the patient and isolating the platelets. However, in the case of PRF, the platelets are encapsulated in a fibrin matrix, a scaffold-like structure that allows for a slower and more sustained release of growth factors.
How does PRF Rejuvenation Work?
After preparing PRF, it is applied or injected into the treatment areas similarly to PRP. The fibrin matrix in PRF provides a protective environment for the platelets and growth factors, allowing them to be released over a more extended period. This sustained release can lead to more prolonged stimulation of collagen and tissue regeneration, potentially enhancing the overall results of the rejuvenation treatment.
Benefits of PRF Rejuvenation:
- Enhanced Healing: The slow and sustained release of growth factors in PRF can promote prolonged tissue repair and collagen production.
- Longer-Lasting Results: Due to the prolonged release, the effects of PRF rejuvenation may last longer compared to PRP alone.
- Tissue Regeneration: PRF can aid in repairing damaged tissues and improving the skin’s overall texture and quality.
Both PRP and PRF rejuvenation are cutting-edge treatments that leverage the body’s natural healing abilities to rejuvenate the skin and stimulate collagen production. These minimally invasive procedures can lead to a more youthful and radiant appearance without the need for surgery or synthetic substances. If you’re interested in exploring PRP or PRF rejuvenation, consult with a qualified medical professional to determine if these treatments are suitable for your specific skincare needs and goals.