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

The order in which you receive Aesthetic treatments is important

Botox before facials? Facials before lasers? In the world of aesthetics there are many types of treatments that range from noninvasive facials, aesthetic injections to comprehensive skin resurfacing lasers.  It’s important to receive these in the proper order to ensure the best aesthetic outcome.

Let’s start off with facials.  It is always best to receive your facial before any aesthetic injections. A facial involves massaging and rubbing of the face which can move the product to an area it was not intended for. Vigorous skin treatments such as microdermabrasion and microneedling could also cause the product to spread. If a neurotoxin, like Botox, disperses to a nearby muscle a side effect is droopy skin. This is commonly seen in the eyelid/brow area.  Therefore as a precautionary measure it is best to get the facial/vigorous treatment first or wait at least 2 weeks after receiving injections.

Lasers and treatments that are heat based are ideal before aesthetic injections. Most dermal fillers are made up of hyaluronic gel, which attract water and expand. Lasers that use heat may diminish the water content in the skin and the product, depending on the depth of the injection. Neurotoxin like Botox and Dysport are used to address wrinkles associated with facial animation. Heat causing treatments may cause swelling which could possibly diffuse the product to other areas. This means it is best to receive the laser treatment before any aesthetic injections.

 

The leading way to maintain a youthful face is to collaborate between non-surgical cosmetic procedures and the aesthetic treatment room. Knowledge is power and it is beneficial to know what sequence procedures are best performed in. This is something your Injector and Aesthetician can advise you on during a Skin Assessment/Skin Care Consultation. Our highly qualified team who will work with you to determine the best treatment plan for you. Call today to schedule your complimentary consultation. 248-524-0620.

Raquel Merlini, RN

 

 




Do you clench your teeth? A different approach for relief.

Do you clench your teeth? A different approach for relief.

On the outside someone may appear to be calm and relaxed however, an interior view of their mouth tells a very different story.  One of the exciting things about medicine is often we discover that a particular drug can offer benefits to several other aliments then its intended purpose. I suffer from unconscious clenching and grinding of my teeth both during the day and as I sleep. While attending a training workshop I heard Botulinum toxins found in products such as Botox® and Dysport® can be used to relax and relieve the masseter muscle.

After further researching bruxism (the formal name for this condition) I discovered I was not alone and this is a common and painful problem that can lead to severe dental issues. Chronic teeth clenching/grinding can cause headache, earaches, facial pain, and even migraines. Bruxism sufferers who grind and clench their teeth while sleeping frequently wake up with a sore jaw.  The good news is treatments of Botox/Dysport injected into the masseter muscle can provide tremendous relief from jaw soreness, headaches, and other unpleasant problems.  The administration technique is the same which is used for wrinkle reduction. Usually three small injections are administered into the muscle on each side. This allows the muscle to relax and ease the tension in the jaw.  It may last 3 to 5 months.

It can also be used for Aesthetic corrections.  Individuals suffering from hypertrophy of the masseter muscle, can have the appearance of a severe square jaw, giving a more masculine appearance to the face.  Injecting Botulinum into this area can soften the jawline and help to reverse this.

Call our office today to schedule your free consultation and get relief. 248-524-0620

Raquel Merlini, RN

I have clenched my teeth for years and after failed attempts to wear mouth guards, I gave up hope for any relief. After hearing about this procedure of injections into the masseter muscles I was excited to try it. I suffer from headaches and jaw soreness. The injections have worked and not only ease the stiffness in my jaw but have greatly reduced my morning headaches”. K. Stubbs

 

How Injecting in the Jawline can Give you a Youthful Look

How injecting below the ear can give you a youthful jawline.

Where is that bright eyed and bushy tailed face that used to stare back at you in the mirror? Every birthday celebrated, vacation spent without sunblock, poor food choices and nights spent not removing your makeup have left their mark on your skin. Now you see fine lines and wrinkles, sagging skin and discoloration.

The skin needs attention regardless of your age.  Luckily today’s aesthetic industry can treat the damages caused from our past mistakes.  I want to address the fine lines and wrinkles with sagging skin along our jawline. When we are young our cheeks are full of volume with round apple cheeks.  The cruel part of aging is facial volume decreases and descends. As we age our body’s stop producing collagen, loss of muscle and bone remodeling occurs.

 What can we do?

Replace the lost volume and structure. I begin by evaluating my patient’s facial structure, needs and goals. Typical signs of a tired face are a heavy jowl area, flat cheek pads and sad marionette lines. With an aging face my primary goal is to replace lost structure and re-suspend the face with durable filler. This creates lifting, plumping, filling and smoothing. 

Jaw enhancement injections are a minimally invasive way to contour the look of your jawline and jowls. During the treatment small boluses of filler are injected at several angles along the jawline. This process changes the contours of the area by plumping up the skin from the inside out. The result is a jawline that has a crisp, contoured and well defined line. This draws the eye back up to your focal point, the center your face, creating a more youthful appearance.

Who is a suitable candidate?

If you feel that your jaw line lacks definition, or is sagging due to aging or weight loss, you may want to consider this treatment. This treatment doesn’t discriminate, both men and women alike benefit. Men wanting a more chiseled look and women who want a softer rounder face. Call our office today to schedule your free consultation, you don’t have to live with your past mistakes. Let us help! 248-524-0620

Blog Written by: Raquel Long, RN

Volbella® Filler

I often times have patients come in bothered by the vertical lines around their mouth or patients who just want a subtle volume enhancement to the lips.  There is now a product made just for these issues, Volbella® by Allergan. Volbella is temporary filler made of Hyaluronic Acid. The uniqueness is that it has a smaller particle size then Juvederm allowing us to fill more fine superficial lines without getting a “filled” look.  This also makes it a great filler for someone wanting just a slight enhancement to the lips and still maintain a natural appearance.

 

Volbella is made using Allergan’s patented Vycross technology.  This technology makes for a smooth gel consistency and should last approximately a year. The side effects are similar to using any other filler and include, swelling, bruising, tenderness and redness at the injection site. These side effects are temporary and vary by patient.  It is important to work with a highly trained medical professional for safety and to ensure you achieve the desired results.

 

If you struggle with perioral lines aka smoker’s lines around the mouth or just want to add a slight amount of volume to your lips, call our Troy office today to set up a free consultation. 248-524-0620. We will work together to see if Volbella could be the right product for you.

 

Dr. Clarissa Kroese

Aesthetic Medicine and Laser Specialist

Let’s talk about Fillers!

“Fill me up Doc!” Let’s talk about fillers.  Often times when patients come in to see me they know they are seeing volume loss in their faces, but are not quite sure where or how to fix it.  I am asked on a daily basis how I decide which filler to use. While there are several types of fillers out there, for this blog I’m going to discuss the Restylane group of derma fillers by Galderma.

 

 

There are five different Restylane fillers; Restylane-L, Restylane Lyft, Restylane Silk, Restylane Refyne, and Restylane Defyne.  All these fillers are made of Hyaluronic Acid (HA). All of the HA fillers products are tested for firmness and flexibility.

Restylane and Restylane Lyft are all designed for natural looking results with NASHA (Non-Animal Stabilized HA) Technology.   This technology creates a firmer gel texture for a more pronounced lifted result. Restylane is typically used for facial wrinkles and folds, tear troughs and lips.

Restylane Lyft is most often used in cheek augmentation and mid-face contouring deficiencies.  It is also the first and only HA approved to treat hands. Restylane Silk was produced to work for subtle lip enlargement and for the lines around the lips.

Restylane Refyne and Restylane Defyne were created for movement and expression.  These were designed with XpresHAn Technology, which means they are formulated to act like your body’s own naturally occurring HA.  They give just the right amount of lift and have the right amount of flexibility to allow you to show a range of facial expressions without looking unnatural.  The only difference between to two products is the amount of crosslinking of the HA. Restylane Refyne I like to use for fine lines anywhere on the face or for subtle lip enhancement. Restylane Defyne   I use this for areas on the face where more volume is needed to be restored and for deeper lines of expression.

As you can see from the video the consistency of the products in the Restylane family is quite different which is due to the science behind the development. A good injector must understand all the products ingredients, where and how they are to be administered and what you the patient’s desired outcome is.  Be sure to choose a qualified licensed medical professional for your treatment.

Call me today to schedule your free consultation. Dr. Clarissa Kroese, 248-524-0620.  I always first access the face and then together with the patient figure out the best plan of action and what filler best fits that plan.

Add Volume to Your Face Without Surgery

My face is starting to sag….What can I do without surgery?

Does the loss of volume in your face have you feeling down or do you keep hearing people tell you that you have a frown?  I see patients all the time complaining that they feel like their faces are falling or that they are getting “jowly,” or look like they are constantly frowning. These complaints are usually due to us subtly or not so subtly noticing signs of aging on our face.   These signs of aging usually start with changes in the skin, fat and muscle layers as well as changes to the bone structure itself.

The perceived volume loss occurs due to fat redistribution, and the bones become thinner and flatter in places.   As we age, this fat/volume loss in the face causes the face to appear “saggy.” Many patients come in wanting to fill in the nasolabial folds and marionette lines, when often times, restoring volume to the cheek area would be much more beneficial.  Injecting filler into the lower face may not always be a good idea, depending on the patient, because it may possibly accentuate the heaviness a patient is feeling. As we age our faces lose their shape. This causes your heart, oval, or round shape to become more square and bottom heavy.  This facial shape of aging can many times be reversed to some degree by restoring volume to the mid-face. This in turn will impact the appearance of the lower face.

Derma filler such as Voluma ® or Restylane Lyft ® to the mid-face will also likely help lift the nasolabial folds and the marionette lines in the lower face as well as at times minimize or improve the appearance of jowls. Fillers can also make the skin appear smoother, plumper and help minimize fine lines in certain areas. So let me turn that frown upside down!  Call our office located in Troy, MI today to schedule a free consultation.

Dr. Clarissa Kroese, 248-524-0620.  I will work with you to develop a treatment that matches your desired look and add loss volume back to your face.

5 Reasons To Think About Getting Lip Fillers

 

5 Reasons To Think About Getting Lip Fillers

The lips are one of the most important features of the face. When we are talking to someone, we not only notice their lips, but unconsciously or subconsciously evaluate them. Fullness of the lips are a sign of sensuality and youth. As we age, we begin to create less collagen, which is needed to create the plumpness in our lips we desire. Thankfully, we now have options to enhance, and obtain our youthful looking lips again!

  

There are several options to create soft, natural-appearing lips with Hyaluronic Acid Gels (a substance naturally present in our bodies) – My preferred in office product choices are RestylaneⓇ and JuvedermⓇ which produce beautiful enhanced lips.

The key point is, natural lips! There are various, non-invasive, proportioned steps that we follow to ensure the upper and lower lips look organically enhanced. You won’t have to worry about leaving our office with ‘duck’ or ‘sausage lips’.

To give you a better visual; In general, the upper lip should be ⅓ of the size while the lower lip should be ⅔ of the total size of both lips. A curve and “natural pout” can be created to lift and bring out the border of the lips within the skin.     

 

Patient age 52

 

5 Reasons Why

1. Lips Give Away Aging

We associate plump lips with that of a younger person. Think of someone you know who has very hydrated & plumps lips. It is most likely a super cute baby or a friend who has received lip fillers (let’s be honest). Now, we obviously aren’t trying to give you an infant’s pout, but would like you to feel youthful in that area again & lip fillers can easily help you achieve that.

     2. Quick To Administer

Little downtime, non-invasive, and it can all be done in around 10-15 minutes. Lip fillers are somewhat of an art, because not one set of lips are the same. Nor is the look someone is trying to achieve. Generally speaking though, it is a very quick to administer. Following treatment, swelling & possible bruising can be expected. The positive is that you can return to work, and resume your regular daily routine.

3. Fillers Are Safe

Hyaluronic Acid is in 90% of all dermal fillers that most reputable doctors & injectors use, such as our office. This can leave you feeling rest assured that this is safe material that our bodies form naturally. In other words, having an allergic reaction is something that rarely happens after the hyaluronic acid filler has been injected.

4. Improved Shape & Overall Look

You don’t have to get lip fillers just for anti-aging. Some patients feel they have uneven lips, lines & creases from smoking or don’t feel their lips are balanced well with their overall face. Sometimes thinning of the lips is caused by genetics.It’s Not

5. Permanent

  Sometimes this is the best news to patients. The filler will dissolve naturally in the body over a period of 6-8 months. This means that you can switch up your treatment when you return. You can choose to use less or more product  or discuss another injection technique with your injector, depending on the overall look you desire. Another great fact is that most Hyaluronic Acid fillers are reversible. This is done by using a substance called hyaluronidase. Even though it is a very rare occurrence that a patient wishes to reverse this procedure, it’s still reassuring to know it can be done.

Call today to set up your free consultation and together we will develop a treatment that is specific to your goals. Raquel Merlini, RN, Schenden’s Aesthetic Injection Practice. 248-524-0620

Am I Too Young for Botox?

 

Some would say Botox®/Dysport® before wrinkles is useless but I beg to differ.  As someone who didn’t start Botox til my late 30’s, I certainly wish I could turn back time!  Botox or Dysport can and is much more frequently being used as preventative maintenance for wrinkles. If you smile a lot (crows feet) or frown a lot (Glabellar or 11’s) these products in your 20’s can prevent the wrinkles from setting in!

By watching someone’s facial expressions you can see where they are most likely to form wrinkles in the future.  Those are the areas where you would want to start these products early. It actually trains the muscle to relax. The good news is you can usually use a smaller dose when using Botox/Dysport preventatively.  You also do not need to be completely frozen for it to work! You can still have some expression while preventing deep lines from setting in! I think it’s a win win!!

Its not too early! Call me to schedule an appointment!

Kristen Lotz, PA-C

Michael J. Schenden, MD PC

201 West Big Beaver, Suite 1130

Troy, MI 48084

248-524-0620

www.drschenden.com

Men, interested in Botox?

 

It’s easier than you think & we’re here to tell you why!

Botox® for men, or as I like to call it “Brotox” has become one of the most requested aesthetic procedures requested. What makes this procedure popular is the fact that it is non-surgical and requires no downtime. It is an easy treatment with proven results.  Why are more men willing and likely to seek this treatment?

1.  Men are result oriented.

This treatment achieves softening of lines and wrinkles within 5 to 7
days post treatment.

2. Younger and less stern looking.

Our society is youth driven. Rarely is aging graceful. Whether in
business or casual men want to look youthful and rested. Deep wrinkles between the eyes can make a man look stern and unapproachable.

3. Minimally invasive.

Facelifts, brow lifts and eyelid surgery require anesthesia and downtime.
Botox is a quick 15 to 30 minute procedure administered with a series of small injections. It is affordable and will soften crow’s feet, lines between the brows and forehead creases.

4.  It can relieve other Health issues.

Botox has been shown to relieve excessive underarm and
hand sweating. Hyperhydrosis can be reduced with Botox injections relieving embarrassing underarm sweat stains. It has also been linked with managing pain for people who suffer from
migraines.

Brotox today is more mainstream then you think and chances are someone in your life has receive it and you may not know but you probably have said “wow, they really are aging well”. Schedule your free consultation with me today and we can discuss how this simple treatment can erase your stress lines and wrinkles.

Raquel Merlini, RN, Schenden’s Aesthetic Injection Practice,

Michael J. Schenden, MD PC

201 West Big Beaver, Suite 1130

Troy, MI 48084

248-524-0620

www.drschenden.com