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Igniting Possibilities in Chicago

“It was such an honor to be chosen as the representative of Washington at the Ignite Possibility conference in Chicago on April 22nd. The whole event was a whirlwind of information, not just Allergan (The makers of Botox, Juvederm, and Kybella and the host of the event), but from my fellow colleagues as well. Sitting at tables discussing our business practices, injectable techniques, and our view on the aesthetic world was enriching. I feel like I left Chicago with more tricks up my sleeve, and having shared a few of my secrets with doctors from all over the United States. An opportunity that would not have been made possible without the support and loyalty of all my patients, family, friends, and staff. I am always trying to better myself as a provider and injector, and I look forward to helping everyone reach the best versions of themselves with all this new knowledge.”

Dr. Jodie Reinertson, MD

Will Laser Hair Removal Work for Darker Skin?

Laser hair removal is a popular treatment for women and men who are tired of the maintenance of at-home treatments and seek a long-lasting solution for unwanted hair. With the latest developments in hair removal technology, our patients at CosMedic Skincare can put an end to the constant cycle of shaving or waxing.

Laser hair removal can be performed on virtually any area of the body and provide potentially permanent results. With that in mind, not all hair removal lasers perform with equal effectiveness. With the addition of the Cynosure Elite+ laser, Dr. Jodie Reinertson can successfully treat darker skin types with greater ease. The laser’s dual wavelength technology is able to better-differentiate between the melanin in the skin and the dark pigment of the hair, ultimately allowing the unwanted hair to be permanently removed.

Patients with darker skin types may require multiple laser hair removal treatments to maximize their results; however, the outcomes can relieve individuals of the need to shave or wax for a long time to come. For more information on laser hair removal, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Reinertson, please contact us today.

Why You Should Choose Laser Hair Removal Over At-Home Treatments

While DIY methods of hair removal can be effective in the short-term, individuals typically become frustrated with the necessary frequency of repeated maintenance. Shaving often must be done daily, while at-home waxing treatments can be painful – especially for patients with sensitive skin. Plus, in-between these treatment methods, the period of regrowth can irritate the skin, cause ingrown hairs, or leave the skin feeling prickly.

Laser hair removal has many advantages over at-home treatments. The number one benefit of laser hair removal our patients report is that the hair is often permanently eliminated. With our Cynosure Elite+ laser hair removal technology, Dr. Jodie Reinertson can treat men and women with all skin types with effective results. A topical numbing agent can be used during each treatment session to maximize patient comfort. An added advantage to laser hair removal is the ability to target larger areas of the body, such as the back, chest, or legs, that can be difficult or time consuming to treat with at-home methods. To learn more about your hair removal options, or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Reinertson, please contact our office today.

Hand Rejuvenation with RADIESSE®

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Just like the face, the hands frequently show prominent signs of aging. The skin of the hands is delicate and especially susceptible to the loss of volume and elasticity – which can cause the veins and tendons on the back of the hands to appear more pronounced. With RADIESSE®, Dr. Jodie Reinertson can restore lost volume and stimulate collagen production for hands that look smooth and youthful.

RADIESSE® is FDA-approved specifically for hand rejuvenation, providing a fast-acting and long-lasting solution for aging skin. Composed of a biocompatible material called calcium hydroxylapatite, RADIESSE® instantly plumps the skin of the hands to reduce the prominence of veins and tendons. Since this injectable is also designed to stimulate the body’s natural collagen production, patients can enjoy more youthful-looking hands for up to two years. This non-surgical procedure can typically be completed within 30-60 minutes using a small needle and a topical anesthetic to help ensure patient comfort. To maintain the results of the RADIESSE® treatment, follow-up appointments may be scheduled when needed. Please contact us today to learn more about hand rejuvenation with RADIESSE®.

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.

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