Save money on Aesthetic Injections

How can I save money on Aesthetic Injections? 

Everyone likes to receive something for less and aesthetic injections are no exception.  The good news is the two major pharmaceutical companies, Allergan and Galderma recognize this and want to reward you for using their products.  Both companies have point reward programs that give you money off your next injection. I know what you are thinking, another reward system to keep track of and we sometimes forget to check if we have points. No worries, we will manage it for you and ensure that you receive your discount! We will also notify you in advance if you have points expiring.

  

Enrolling in these programs will definitely save you money. During the month of October, Galderma is donating $25 to the National Breast Cancer Foundation for every NEW consumer member who joins. Save money for yourself and help save a life. It doesn’t get any better than that!

 

Call today to schedule your next appointment and let us help get you enrolled! 248-524-0620  

 

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.

FDA Approved Treatment for Aging Hands

New FDA Approved Treatment for Aging Hands!

 

Do you have thin, wrinkled hands with prominent knuckles? Are your veins protruding or does your face look younger than your hands? Hands can be expose our true age or even make us appear older then we are.  Our hands age like any other body part due to sun exposure, neglect and natural daily substantial volume depletion due to aging. These signs of aging can cause one to be subconscious and hide their hands.

“Skeleton hands” happen once the fat layer is depleted. Today, many people are taking great care of the skin on their face, neck and chests and neglecting their hands which can leave you looking mismatched.  The good news is there is now a FDA-approved reversible hyaluronic injectable filler that offers safe and efficacious results. Hyaluronic Acid (HA) can be found naturally in most every cell in the body, it is found in the greatest concentrations in the skin tissue. Almost 50% of the bodies HA is found here. It is found in both the deep underlying dermal areas as well as the visible epidermal top layers. Restylane Lyft is the first and only FDA-approved HA Injection solution for patients who are looking for fuller more youthful looking hands.  

 

The procedure is a simple 30 minute office visit.  Restylane Lyft is injected into the back of the hands with approximately 4 injections into each hand.   It will reduce the appearance of veins, tendons and bones by plumping the skin and reversing age related volume loss to the back of the hand.  Downtime is minimal with possible bruising and swelling for 2-3 days. The result can last up to a year.

Don’t let your hands expose you. Get younger, plumper and more youthful looking hands with Resytlane Lyft.  Call our office located in Troy, Michigan today to schedule your free consultation 248-524-0620.

Raquel Merlini, RN

 

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.

Stop Sweating and Raise Your Arms with Confidence!

Stop Sweating and Raise Your Arms with Confidence!

Do you dread summer because you can’t raise your arms in the air without showing
wet perspiration stains? Have you tried every deodorant on the store shelves and
nothing seems to control your perspiring? If you answered yes, then I have a
suggestion for you and it’

s Botox®. I’m sure many of you are thinking Botox is for
the wrinkles on my face not my sweaty underarms. It is used for both areas. Studies
have shown that Botox treats overactive sweat glands in your armpits (medically
known as hyperhidrosis) by blocking the uptake of acetylcholine, one of the
neurotransmitters that stimulates sweat.


When Botox is used in the face it freezes the nearby muscles which smoothes
wrinkles and prevents expression lines that could cause even more wrinkles to
form. It is a similar mechanism that is at work when Botox is used to stop
perspiration. Instead of working on nerves that stimulate the muscles, it blocks the
nerves controlling sweat glands essentially “paralyzing” them and significantly
reducing the amount you sweat under your arms. Injecting Botox into this area will
not affect other areas of the body. Your body can still sweat through other areas to
regulate its internal temperature.

If you like the sound of this your next question is likely, what is this process like?
The entire process is usually scheduled as a 30 minute appointment. We will
perform a simple starch iodine test to see where the sweat glands are to better
target the most active glands. Once the area is identified it is cleaned off and the
Botox is injected in small doses. The pain level is tolerable and similar to Botox
injections into facial areas. Most common side effects are bruising and possibly a
little tenderness.

In a clinical study by Ada Regina Trindade de Almeida, MDa,*, Suelen Montagner, MDb, the average
duration of response in patients receiving a Botox treatment for hyperhidrosis was
6 months.

Summer is the perfect time to receive this treatment. If you want to be able to raise
your arms in the air with confidence and not the fear the embarrassing sweat stains
then call our office located in Troy, MI today to schedule a free consultation and
appointment with me. Dr. Clarissa Kroese, DO, 248-524-0620.

Call today to set up your free consultation and together we will develop a treatment that is specific to your goals.

Dr. Clarissa Kroese, DO, Schenden’s

Aesthetic Injection Practice. 248-524-0620

Sculptra Butt Filler

Wanted… Fuller buttocks and filled in dimples!

As an Aesthetic RN, ISSA Certified and Competitive IFBB Bikini Pro, I receive messages asking what can be done for a flat buttock, dimpling or single cellulite dimples. First I recommend muscle building exercises targeted for this area such as squats. However, if squats in the gym aren’t giving the lift you need or genetics are against you, say no more. A non-surgical solution is Sculptra injections.

What is it?

Sculptra® Aesthetic works subtly and gradually over time for a more youthful-looking appearance. Sculptra® is a poly-L-lactic-acid-based injectable dermal filler. It is comprised of polylactic acid, which has been used in the medical field for over 20 years in surgical products, which includes dissolvable stitches. Polylactic acid is a synthetic substance made to duplicate a similar product that the body’s muscles make during exercise. When injected it simulates an injury that will stimulate collagen production to the area to heal the injection site.  

How it works 

 

Sculptra’s microspheres generate a mild inflammatory reaction which stimulates your collagen.  Collagen will gradually increase, creating the volume-enhancing results & a lifted appearance which is visible from the treatment in about four to six weeks. Sculptra is FDA approved for use in shallow/deep wrinkles, nasolabial folds and contour deficiencies. Many aesthetic products are introduced to the public with FDA approval for use in a certain body area. Doctors however, will discover that the products can often work in other areas of the body as well and produce desired results.  This is referred to as “Off Label” use. One of these off label uses is injecting Sculptra into the buttock area or into dimples to increase volume by stimulating collagen production.

I typically like to start off by injecting about 4 vials each side, and can go up to 10 vials for complete treatment, with a return visit at 4-6 weeks. I have patients that are athletes who stay lean but would like more fullness or contouring. The best candidates are ones that have low body fat or no fat to harvest and don’t want the downtime of a surgical implant or fat grafting. It is important to note that depending on the fullness desired the total for the procedure can be the higher price range but is an alternative to surgery. Sculptra is often used off label as well to smooth cellulite indentations or dimples in the skin that won’t go away for a smoother appearance.

What are the most common side effects after Sculptra®? Discomfort at injection site, burning, redness, swelling, nodules and bruising. The luxury of this treatment is no recovery period vs surgery interfering with your daily life.

 

How long does it last?

Sculptra is a product that generates your own collagen. It’s different than HA (hyaluronic acids) which only only last 9-18 months. Results may vary per patient with Sculptra fillers, with a range of lasting 2-5 yrs.

 

Call our office today located in Troy, MI for your free consultation. Raquel Merlini, RN 

 

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. 248-254-0620

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