Are Wrinkle Reducers Toxic? Learn more on how they are safe

 

Botulinum Toxins, such as Botox® and Dysport®, are FDA approved medical treatments for adults to temporarily reduce the appearance of moderate to severe wrinkles in certain areas of the face.  These wrinkle reducers are in fact derived from Botulinum Toxin but they are not harmful in the amounts that we administer to reduce wrinkles. A harmful dose administered systemically would be 2500 to 3000 units.  We normally inject less than 100 units locally to achieve the desired results. These products cause the injected muscle to relax for approximately 3 to 4 months smoothing the appearance of the wrinkle.

 

Wrinkle reducers have been FDA approved for cosmetic purposes since 2002.  They have been shown to be very safe and effective when administered by trained professionals.  It is important to do your homework and seek out a licensed and certified injector who has been fully trained in safe injection technique.

 

Still have questions? We offer complimentary consultations. Call today to schedule your appointment to learn how Botox and Dysport can reduce wrinkles. 248-524-0620.

 

Kristen Lotz, PA-C

Michael J. Schenden MD PC and Aesthetic Injection Practice

Beauty Sleep, not a myth!

We have all heard the saying “Time to get your Beauty Sleep”.  Although many think it is just an old Wives’ tale, the truth is the amount of sleep you get at night is a critical component of your body and skins health. As a board certified doctor, I like to look at the complete health of my patients to help them achieve their aesthetic goals.   Proper sleep means an increase in growth hormones which allows cells to repair. Without proper sleep the broken down cells accumulate which causes more noticeable signs of aging.

 

It has been shown that not getting enough sleep can increase levels of the stress hormone, cortisol. Increased levels of cortisol causes more inflammation in the body. More inflammation in the skin can cause the breakdown of collagen and hyaluronic acid which are what give skin its elasticity and glow!

Decreased sleep equals decreases moisture levels and lowers pH levels in the skin as well. When your pH levels drop it creates an imbalance in your skin and leaves skin looking dry, uneven, red and can even trigger breakouts. If you have dark circles your lack of sleep could be the cause. Lack of sleep is the number one reason your blood vessels dilate which leads to the appearance of dark circles under the eyes!

 

Therefore, the wives tale is actually a wise recommendation! Starting today in celebration of National Sleep Day “Get your Beauty Sleep” and you will feel and look more refreshed all day!!

 

Dr. Clarissa Kroese

Botox and Filler, learn how they are different.

Many people come into the office confused about the difference between neurotoxins like Botox® and Dysport® and fillers such as Juvederm® and Restylane®.   While these two treatments can be complementary to each other they are not the same thing.  

 

Botox/Dysport are used to reduce the activity of the muscles in the face that cause wrinkles.  They are often used for dynamic lines which are the lines/wrinkles you see when you animate your facial muscles. They are mainly, but not exclusively, used in the upper face.  Most common places are between the eyes (11’s), forehead, and crow’s feet. This treatment is quick procedure, typically 5-10 minutes, and is done by injecting a tiny needle into the muscle.  There is virtually no downtime.  You may see some temporary redness, swelling, and/or bruising at the injection site.  Results take about 4-7 days to take effect and results typically last around three months. The relaxation in the muscles smooths wrinkles and gives you a more youthful appearance.  

 

Fillers, on the other hand, are used for areas of the face that have lost volume and/or are in need of some overall plumping.  Some fillers are used to fill in an individual’s “trouble’” area with collagen or an agent that helps to stimulate collagen growth others use hyaluronic acid.  Fillers essentially plump and lift the skin.  They are used on wrinkles that can be seen on the face at rest. Some of the more common treatment areas are cheeks, nasolabial folds, marionette lines and lips, but they can also be used in other areas as well like your hands. Filler injections typically take anywhere from 15-30 minutes depending on areas being filled. Typically there is little to no downtime, however, there is a risk of redness, swelling and/or bruising at the injection site. With hyaluronic fillers results are seen immediately. They may last anywhere from 6 months to more than a year depending on product and area treated. The added volume and softened wrinkles also provide for a more youthful appearance.

 

While Botox/Dysport and filler treatments are very different, doing a combination of both can sometimes give optimal results depending on how the individual is aging.  Our goal is to give you a relaxed natural look and to not have you appear overdone. Working with a qualified injector is key. To find out which option is best for you, please schedule a free consultation with me by calling 248-524-0620 today!  I look forward to meeting you and figuring out a plan that is best for you!

 

Dr. Clarissa Kroese

Aesthetic Medicine

 

 

ALMI  the all natural alternative to aesthetic fillers.

I couldn’t be more excited to talk about our new ALMI procedure! ALMI = Autologous Lipocyte Micronized Injection.  In other words it means ALL YOU, ALL NATURAL REJUVENATION. ALMI is a simple outpatient rejuvenation procedure that takes about an hour, with minimal downtime and amazing results.  This treatment takes a few tablespoons of your own fat and blood platelets from one area and injects them into another. We can use it for facial or hand rejuvenation as well as to stimulate hair growth in men and women.

 

We start by numbing an area (usually abdomen) where we will extract the fat cells with small liposuction instruments.  The fat is then filtered according to what area we are treating and the desired outcome. The filtered consistency varies depending whether we are adding volume, improving tone and texture or simply adding a little finesse to the area.  We also extract blood platelets through a normal blood draw. The blood is also processed to separate the growth factors from the red and white cells. The separated platelets are also injected into the same area as the fat. They promote collagen growth, vascularity and improve the quality of skin texture. In the case of scalp injections they stimulate the hair follicles to promote growth.

 

This procedure is completed in our medical office. For downtime you can expect some mild to moderate bruising at the injection sites and some mild swelling for 1 to 2 weeks.  You may wear makeup the very next day to cover any bruising that may occur. The area of fat extraction may be tender for 3 to 4 days with mild swelling and bruising. Patients have reported being very comfortable during this procedure and rated a pain scale of 2-3 out of 10, which is very similar to traditional fillers.  

 

How is ALMI different from traditional hyaluronic acid derma fillers?  Traditional hyaluronic fillers do not have the ability to promote new collagen growth and blood supply, which leads to better texture, tone and glow of the skin.  Because we are using your own tissue and stem cells the results tend to last longer. Fat cells from the abdomen are programmed to remain or even increase with age unlike the fat cells of the face, which decrease with age.  These results should last for years as the collagen continues to regenerate.

 

Call to schedule your free consultation today 248-524-0620.  We will work with you to determine a treatment plan that works for you. .

 

Kristen Lotz, PA-C

Bellafill  -Making us smile!

 

I love my career and one of the main reasons is the consistent improvements made in the world of aesthetic injections.  There are so many options for my patients and I am confident there is a product that will work for you. I am excited to announce we are adding Bellafill® to our already comprehensive injectable product line.  Bellafill may be what you are looking for if you have deep smile lines or acne scars.

 

Bellafill is comprised of polymethyl methacrylate microspheres and bovine collagen. Sounds scientific I realize but easy to explain. These microspheres are building blocks for the skin and add volume. The spheres stimulate your natural collagen production. Which means you skin will continue to improve over time as the collagen rebuilds. Your smile lines can benefit with longer lasting results of up to five years. You will see immediate results due to PMMA (polymethyl methacrylate) microspheres.  Once injected the collagen gel immediately reduces the look of the smile lines. Over time the gel is gradually absorbed and replaced by natural collagen stimulated by the methacrylate microspheres.

 

Bellafill is also FDA approved to treat deep acne scars.  If you suffer from scars that appear pitted, Bellafill is a great treatment option. The indents or pitting of the skin is caused by a loss of collagen to the area.  Injecting Bellafill directly into the scar restarts the collagen building process and gives an immediate filled in/smooth look. The gel composition is 20% PMMA and 80% collagen gel.   As the gel is absorbed into the body the collagen is building giving you longer lasting results and a smoother skin.

 

Early risks associated with Bellafil are similar with other aesthetic injections with mild swelling and bruising at the injection site.  We offer complimentary consultations for all our injectable services. Together we will put together a treatment plan that is best for your skin and goals.  Schedule your appointment today and discover the exciting world of aesthetic injections. 248-524-0620.

 

Raquel Merlini, RN and Aesthetician

Before & After

Radiesse, an Alternative filler with natural looking results.

The exciting world of aesthetic injections is constantly growing and improving. This gives you options to be able to choose the product that you are most comfortable with and strive for the desired results.  

 

Are you feeling like your face is “falling” or maybe you’re just feeling like you need a little lift?! We have a variety of options to help you! We have several gel hyaluronic acid fillers such as the Juvederm and Restylane product lines.  These are great options to for those seeking immediate volume to the face. We also offer Sculptra which is a poly-L-lactic acid based treatment. This product works to stimulate the body’s own collagen production. Sculptra typically takes about 6-8 weeks to see results of the collagen building. This is perfect for the person looking for slower more natural improvement.   If you like the idea of a filler that promotes collagen growth but also want immediate volume we offer Radiesse.

 

How does Radiesse work? Radiesse works right away adding facial volume and diminishing the appearance of facial line and wrinkles.  Wrinkles form due to the natural loss of fat/volume and decreased levels of collagen over time. Radiesse is a smooth gel filled with tiny calcium hydroxylapatite microspheres. This gel, when it is injected, immediately lifts and adds volume to the face. Over the next few weeks these calcium hydroxylapatite microspheres stimulate the body to produce collagen. Your new collagen will surround the microspheres and eventually the microspheres and the gel are naturally metabolized by your body.  What you have left is newly formed natural collagen. Because of this, Radiesse produces a nice natural result. You will see a restored, lifted, more youthful appearance without looking overdone.

 

Typically areas of use for Radiesse are nasolabial folds, marionette lines, cheeks, down turning corners of the mouth, chin wrinkles, jowls and hands. Results have been shown to last a year or more in many patients. Radiesse is mixed with lidocaine to help make the injecting experience more comfortable. Like all fillers there is a risk of bruising, swelling, mild irritation, itching, redness or tenderness at the injection site. All of these reactions will typically resolve on their own.

 

We offer free consultations!! Call our office, located in Troy, MI, today to schedule yours! 248-524-0620 I will answer all your questions and together we will develop a treatment plan that works best for you! The world of aesthetic injections has lots of options and I would love the opportunity to work with you!

 

Clarissa Kroese, DO

Aesthetic Medicine

 

 

Want bigger lips but afraid of duck lips?

Want bigger lips but afraid of duck lips?  Don’t be! Filler in the lips can be subtle.

 

One of my favorite treatments is lip enhancement. This procedure can be done on my patients that are in their 20’s thru 60’s plus.  There isn’t a specific product that is best for every person which means there are options to help everyone achieve their desired goals. I am often confronted with concerns of looking “overdone” or having the dreaded “duck lips”.  I like to take a conservative approach keeping in mind my patient’s desired outcome. When I have a consultation with my patients about lip filler it isn’t always about size. We talk about the shape of the lips and giving them a natural, sexy appearance.

Let me address “duck lips”. Human-lips are fuller in the center, and taper off to the sides. This is not true of ducks, who have equal sized lips, top and bottom, nor do they taper to the sides. (Technically ducks have “bills” — not lips — but you know what we mean!). It is pivotal to understand the aesthetics of beautiful lip shapes and variations.  Cosmetic injections are a form of art, and it is important to discuss what will look great on your face. It’s important to make sure that you are placing your face into the care of someone who understands how to achieve natural, flattering looking results. Great injectors have both the medical knowledge to treat you safely, and the eye of an artist. Just having big lips isn’t beautiful they should be sculpted creating a cupids bow.  This creates youthful lips without a “fake” or “overdone” appearance.

 

There are several options for patients that want a very natural appearance to their lips. I offer a 1/2 or a full syringe option, we can always add more. Restylane Refyne will create a subtle augmentation to their lips.  Refyne may last up to a year giving patients a lasting result with a very soft and natural appearance.  Juvederm Ultra Plus and Restylane are my favorites for volume and structure. They have been on the market for years and my patients love them for adding volume and last approximately 6-months in the lips. Resylane Defyne and Juvederm Vollure both last approximately a year

 

Lip enhancement injections are a simple 30 minute procedure in the office.  Call today for your complimentary consultation. 248-524-0620   Let me put your worries to ease that you can have bigger lips without looking like a duck. —

 

Raquel Merlini

Registered Nurse & Aesthetician

How to achieve maximum results with a skin resurfacing treatment.

How to achieve maximum results with a skin resurfacing treatment.

 

Laser rejuvenation and resurfacing is popular for many reasons. It offers a solution to wrinkles, fine lines, post-traumatic scars, acne scars, sun spots, freckles and/or aging and damaged skin. Many lasers perform best when completed in a series.  However, if you are looking for results in a single treatment, the ActiveFX Laser by Lumenis® is the laser for you.  ActiveFX fractional laser can improve a wide range of skin conditions while refreshing the overall appearance of the skin.

 

Every patient’s skin is different, which is why a consultation is so important. It provides the opportunity to assess the patient’s condition and do a thorough evaluation of the skin. . This laser uses a high-energy beam of light that causes the skin’s upper layer to peel off and regenerate a layer of healthy new skin.  This achieves a dramatic effect; however, it does require approximately five days of downtime, as your skin will have associated redness and peeling.  You will see a reduction of wrinkles and fine lines as well as a softening of deeper lines. You will also see improved skin tone and texture and immediate contraction of the skin with reduction in pore size. Additionally it stimulates new collagen, you will see plumping of the skin up to six months after the procedure!

 

Winter months are the optimum time to receive your laser treatment. Call our office today to schedule your complimentary consultation with Dr. Clarissa Kroese or Raquel Merlini, RN and turn back the clock on your skin. 248-524-0620.

ResurFX -Skin Resurfacing wit NO downtime!

 

The ResurFX Laser is my favorite! It is a non-ablative laser so there is little to no downtime with great results.  The ResurFX uses heat to stimulate the growth of collagen which improves the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, over all skin texture and pigmentation.  You can start to see results with just one treatment but we recommend 3-4 treatments, spaced 4-6 weeks apart, for maximum results. Once you finish the series of treatments you can maintain the results with one treatment per year.  

Myself, and many of my patients, have extremely busy lifestyles and can’t afford to take time off from work and life to have ablative laser treatments that require 5-7 days of aftercare.  With the ResurFX Laser you can expect to be back to your regular schedule the very same day. Most people have a “mild sunburn” appearance for 1-2 days following treatment. There can be some mild swelling as well but nothing major.  We recommend staying out of the sun for a few days post treatment and, as always, wear your sunscreen!

Here is a photo of me the same evening of my last ResurFX treatment, at a Tiger game!

Call our office today to schedule your complimentary consultation. 248-524-0620.  

Kristen Lotz, PA-C

 

After care matters! Learn how vitamin intake can help with hair loss.

Is your hair thinning?  Do you wish there was something that could increase the density of your hair?  Well, now there is! Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is now being used to promote hair growth in areas where the hair is thinning. Human blood contains stem cells and other growth factors that help in tissue healing and regeneration. Our procedure Platelet Rich Fibrin Matrix (PFRM) is an advancement in PRP and extends the activation time for maximum results.  It is a non-surgical procedure that utilizes your own blood to stimulate the hair follicle, increase hair growth and increased density.

 

After treatment/care is always an important step in aesthetic medicine.  You should always ensure you understand the post procedure process to provide for the best aesthetic outcome.  For this treatment, it has been found that taking a supplement can complement the PRFM procedure. The vitamin supplement is called Vivsiscal® Professional.  These supplements nourish hair follicles from within, strengthen and promote the growth of existing hair, and promote the growth of hair that has slowed or stopped growing.  Using these supplements will leave the hair stronger, healthier and more vibrant. The Viviscal Professional supplements contain the exclusive and clinically proven marine complex AminoMar® which is derived from key marine sources that promote hair growth and thickness.  It also contains Biotin, Vitamin C, Apple Extract and L-Cystine and L-Methionine. All these are ingredients aid in increasing hair density, diameter and growth. A study by Viviscal Professionals showed that 92% of women noticed an increase in their hair thickness by using these vitamins.

 

 

 

I like to look at all aspects of our procedures to achieve the best results for my patients. If you suffer from thinning hair then PRFM with Viviscal might be for you! Call and schedule your complimentary consultation and we can talk through all your options!  248-524-0620

 

Dr. Clarissa Kroese