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Cosmetic Injectables: How Long Do Results Last?

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Injectable neurotoxins and dermal fillers can provide a non-surgical method of smoothing fine lines, reducing wrinkles, and restoring lost volume from areas such as the cheeks or lips. When combined in a customized treatment plan, these cosmetic injectables can give you a revitalized, well-rested, and youthful appearance. However, since the results of these treatments are temporary, many prospective patients ask Dr. Jodie Reinertson how long they can expect the rejuvenating effects to last.

Neurotoxins such as BOTOX® Cosmetic are designed to treat overactive facial muscles that cause wrinkles on the forehead and in-between the eyebrows as well as crow’s feet. On average, the results of this popular injectable last 3-4 months. JUVÉDERM®, a dermal filler used to fill in fine lines, wrinkles, and folds caused by a loss of collagen, can achieve results that typically last 6-8 months. (The outcome of JUVÉDERM VOLUMA™ XC, which is injected at a deeper level in the skin, can last up to two years.) RADIESSE® is a dermal filler that uses Calcium Hydroxyapatite rather than hyaluronic acid to restore lost volume, and can often provide more youthful looking skin for 12-15 months. Finally, Sculptra® Aesthetic, which is designed to stimulate new collagen growth, can achieve exceptionally long-lasting results with some patients seeing improvement for up to two years.

During your one-on-one consultation, you will discuss your unique cosmetic concerns with Dr. Reinertson who will then design a customized treatment plan that can meet your individual needs. Regardless of which cosmetic injectables you choose, the results of all neurotoxins and dermal fillers can be easily maintained with follow-up treatment sessions. For more information about our injectable treatment offerings, or to schedule a consultation for a customized treatment plan, please contact our office today.

BOTOX® Cosmetic vs. Dermal Fillers

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Injectable treatments can improve the appearance of many common signs of facial aging. However, with so many options, how do you determine which type of injectable is right for you? During the consultation process, Dr. Jodie Reinertson will review the benefits of each injectable treatment so you can make an educated decision.

BOTOX® Cosmetic and other neurotoxins are designed to temporarily prevent overactive facial muscles from contracting. Consequently, dynamic facial wrinkles such as creases across the forehead or vertical lines between the eyebrows can be smoothed for a more rested, relaxed, and energetic appearance. The effects of this treatment typically lasts 3-4 months.

Dermal fillers are used to treat wrinkles that result from a loss of collagen or fatty tissue. By restoring lost volume with injectable fillers such as JUVÉDERM®, RADIESSE®, or Sculptra® Aesthetic, you can lift and contour your face or create fuller lips. The duration of your results with dermal fillers will vary depending upon which product is used.

To maintain the rejuvenating effects of injectable treatments, follow-up appointments can be used to help your skin remain at its best. To learn more about our injectable treatment offerings, or to schedule a consultation for a customized treatment plan, please contact us today.

BOTOX® Cosmetic Injections for Men

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BOTOX® Cosmetic has been used to reduce facial wrinkles for both men and women since 2002. Since its introduction, there has been a significant increase in usage within the male demographic. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons has stated that from 2000-2010, there was a 258% increase in men choosing to combat facial wrinkles with BOTOX® Cosmetic. But should skin care experts use the same techniques used for women when performing Brotox—also known as BOTOX® injections for men?

According to Dr. Jodie Reinertson, since men have stronger underlying muscles, they often require larger doses or a larger number of BOTOX® injections to achieve their desired results. In addition, men and women often have slightly different aesthetic goals when it comes to BOTOX® Cosmetic. One example is the shape of the eyebrow: while many women want to emphasize the natural arch of the eyebrow, most men prefer a straighter line. Consequently, Dr. Reinertson discusses each patient’s unique goals prior to creating a treatment plan, helping to ensure each patient attains their desired outcome. To learn more about BOTOX® Cosmetic or how this injectable treatment can be customized for men, please contact us today.

Who is a Good Candidate for BOTOX® Injections?

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BOTOX® Cosmetic is one of our most popular injectables for the treatment of dynamic facial wrinkles. With the ability to target fine lines and wrinkles across the forehead, between the eyebrows, and at the corners of the eyes, the neurotoxin formula can temporarily weaken overactive facial muscles for a more relaxed, rested, and youthful appearance. If you have one or more of these types of facial wrinkles, you may be a good candidate for BOTOX® Cosmetic. Additionally, ideal candidates for this injectable are 18 years of age or older, in good overall health, are not pregnant or nursing, and have realistic expectations in regard to the results of the procedure.

Though uncommon, some patients may experience an allergic reaction at the injection site. Patients who believe they may have particularly sensitive skin should opt for an allergy test before undergoing treatment with BOTOX® Cosmetic. During the consultation process, Dr. Jodie Reinertson will discuss your unique cosmetic goals, determine the cause of your facial wrinkles, and help you decide if BOTOX® Cosmetic can meet your needs. In some cases, Dr. Reinertson may recommend combining BOTOX® Cosmetic with a dermal filler such as JUVÉDERM®, depending upon the patient’s facial rejuvenation goals.

For more information about BOTOX® Cosmetic, or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Reinertson, please contact our office today.

3 Types of Medically Supervised Weight Loss Programs

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Medically supervised weight loss is intended for patients who have struggled with excess weight in spite of previous diet and exercise attempts. Dr. Jodie Reinertson aims to create new and healthy lifestyle habits through our physician-supervised weight loss program, helping patients to change the ways in which they eat and exercise.

With three different types of customizable weight loss treatment programs, CosMedic Skincare can tailor your treatment to your goals and expectations. We offer the following weight loss strategies, which can be combined to provide the most beneficial results for each individual’s needs:

  • Low calorie program designed for rapid and safe weight loss
  • Modified low calorie program that incorporates one healthy meal of your choice with our medical weight loss nutrient-rich foods
  • Appetite suppressant program, which may be combined with either of the above plans

To learn which of these physician-supervised weight loss programs can best suit your unique needs, or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Reinertson, please contact our office today.

What is a Physician-Supervised Weight Loss Program?

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A physician-supervised weight loss program is designed to assess your body’s current condition, modify diet and exercise accordingly, and shed pounds of fat in a safe, effective manner. At CosMedic Skincare, Dr. Jodie Reinertson consults with each prospective patient one-on-one to discuss previous diet attempts, perform a physical examination, and determine if the patient may be suffering from an undiagnosed condition that is contributing to excess weight. Dr. Reinertson believes that obesity should be treated like a disease rather than a result of laziness or lack of self control. Consequently, she assists her patients in rebuilding healthy habits that allow them to live longer and with a higher quality of life.

Each physician-supervised weight loss program is customized for the unique needs of the individual. The management of obesity may include any combination of three major components: behavior modification (examining diet and exercise), meal replacement plans (shakes, protein bars, etc.), and pharmacotherapy (appetite suppressants or
metabolic boosters). Under the supervision of Dr. Reinertson, our patients have lost significant amounts of weight in as little as four weeks. The length of our physician-supervised weight loss programs can be tailored to accommodate your specific goals and expectations.

For more information about physician-supervised weight loss, or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Reinertson, please contact us today.

What Are My Acne Treatment Options?

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At CosMedic Skincare, we don’t use just one acne treatment as a universal cure. Though the main causes of acne all stem from accumulated oil, dead skin cells, and clogged pores, Dr. Jodie Reinertson performs a physical exam during the consultation process, assesses which type or types of acne you are suffering from, and creates a customized treatment plan that can help to provide you with cleaner, clearer skin.

Dr. Reinertson offers a number of acne treatment options to her patients as alternatives to traditional pharmaceutical options. Isolaz Therapy with Deep Pore Purification can remove bacteria and other contaminates within the pores as well as surface buildup on the skin that can lead to future breakouts. The MicroPeel designed by our skin care specialist can help revive the appearance of the skin by eliminating bacteria that causes acne breakouts and dead skin cells, allowing healthier skin to emerge. Finally, BBL (also known as Photofacial/Fotofacial) therapy can harness the power of intense broad-spectrum light to improve the appearance and severity of acne, helping to diminish undesired red marks, pigment, and scarring.

Ultimately, the best treatment (or combination of treatments) for you will depend on your specific type(s) of acne and the extent of your condition. Following a thorough evaluation, Dr. Reinertson will be able to determine the most effective course of action based on your unique needs. To schedule a consultation, please contact us today.

What Are the Different Types of Acne?

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While the causes of acne are fairly basic, the ways in which acne can ultimately manifest vary greatly. There are five major types of acne:

  • Whiteheads: small blemishes that are white in the center due to the collection of sebum and dead skin cells.
  • Blackheads: tiny black dots that appear when bacteria buildup becomes oxidized by exposure to air.
  • Papules: considered the next “phase” of a whitehead, a papule is typically swollen and inflamed but without any pus.
  • Pustules: exhibit the same symptoms as papules but also contain white or yellow pus.
  • Severe acne: nodules, cysts, and acne conglobate are all terms for acne that persists for several months, frequently requiring a trained skin care specialist to effectively treat.

Dr. Jodie Reinertson uses a comprehensive approach to acne treatment at CosMedic Skincare. With options like Isolaz Therapy with Deep Pore Purification, our signature MicroPeel, and IPL (also known as Photofacial/Fotofacial), our patients can benefit from a custom-tailored treatment plan that helps reduce acne while improving both the health and appearance of their skin.

To learn more about our range of acne treatment options, please contact our office today.

What Causes Acne?

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There are many myths that circulate about what exactly causes acne. From greasy foods to make-up, the blame is often misplaced. In truth, the causes of acne are pretty simple:

  • Oil buildup on the skin
  • Accumulated dead skin cells
  • Bacteria
  • Clogged pores

For some individuals, the body’s hair follicles are more prone to collecting oil and dead skin cells. This may be particularly true for areas of the body where oil glands are most concentrated, such as the face, chest, neck, shoulders, or back. A pore clogged by excess oil and dead skin cells can become a breeding ground for the bacteria that ultimately result in inflammation and acne. In addition, hormone fluctuations, certain prescription medications, and even stress can make acne worse.

Keeping the skin clean and removing dead skin cells before they clog your pores can be essential for maintaining clear skin. At CosMedic Skincare, Dr. Jodie Reinertson offers Isolaz Therapy with Deep Pore Purification and various other treatments to help patients who have not found success with over-the-counter or prescription acne medications.

To learn more about our acne treatment options, or if you are interested in scheduling a consultation at our practice, please contact us today.

Looking Great at Any Age With BOTOX® Cosmetic

Woman BotoxMany individuals desire a more youthful appearance with smooth, wrinkle-free skin; however, they also wish to retain the personality, expressiveness, and individuality the face reveals. BOTOX® Cosmetic, one of the most popular non-surgical aesthetic enhancements in the nation, can often provide the subtle improvement many seek. Furthermore, when injected properly by a trained skin care specialist, BOTOX® injections can appear very natural-looking, as opposed to the “frozen” look some fear. Due to its multitude of benefits, BOTOX® Cosmetic is requested by name by the majority of our patients, and we strive to achieve the singular goals of each person.

BOTOX® Cosmetic is designed to reduce the movement of certain hyperactive muscles that typically cause many creases found on the upper part of the face, including forehead lines, eyebrow furrows (sometimes called 11s), and crow’s feet. It can be combined with dermal fillers to help correct common signs of aging in the lower face—often referred to as a Liquid Facelift—and it can also be combined with laser skin resurfacing to smooth skin tone and texture. Together or alone, BOTOX® injections can help many individuals look great at any age while maintaining their unique beauty.

Our patients report that they love how quick, easy, and effective BOTOX® Cosmetic can be. Many choose to receive treatment during lunch breaks and return to work following the procedure. Benefits are commonly visible after a few days with full results manifesting after approximately two weeks. Effects are temporary, and we recommend individuals return for “touch-up” treatment about every four to six months.

For more information about BOTOX® Cosmetic, or if you wish to schedule a consultation, please contact us today.

Dr. Jodie Reinertson

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