Frequently Asked Questions
Truth: I’m coming pretty close your FACE (and other sensitive bits) with some pointy objects.... You are going to have questions about what the heck I’m doing and how you’re going to look afterwards. I’ve answered many of the most common queries — but surprise me — ask me a question I’ve never heard before!
Q: What is the difference between Botox and Filler?
Botox is a drug made from a neurotoxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum called botulinum toxin. It is used medically to treat certain muscular conditions and cosmetically remove wrinkles by temporarily paralyzing muscles.
Dermal Fillers are Hyaluronic Acid preparations which are injected below the surface of your skin to help restore volume and thereby smooth out deep facial wrinkles and folds that appear due to the body’s aging process. There are many different types of dermal fillers on the market today. My experience is predominantly with Juvederm products for their ease of use, safety, and patient satisfaction.
Q: Will I look like a mannequin. Will my lips stick straight out. Am I going to look like those celebrities???
Jeez no! You are going to love your look. The more nervous you are, the more conservative I will be. I’ll give you the mirror so that you can watch the process, or do the big reveal at the end. It’s up to you. Chances are, nobody will notice that you’ve had anything done. Just stick with the standard “I’ve been sleeping well and drinking alot of water” and before you know it, all your friends will be looking to you for advice on how to sleep better. Honest...You’re going to feel amazing.
Q: Will it hurt?
Pointy objects + Face = Maybe just a bit. I have a magic numbing cream that will help with the most sensitive areas. Typically, the upper face needs no numbing at all, although your head will for PRP injections. Lips are finicky, so if your plan is for some filler there, I’ll put the cream on while we chat. I also apologize profusely when I notice toes curling. I think it helps.
Q: I'm raising my kids to be self-confident and happy in their own skin. Why are you promoting this vanity insanity?
Great question! Keep doing your good work with your kids, mom. I’m doing the same with mine. Truth is, like it or not, vanity has been around since fair maidens gazed at their reflections in tide pools. Waists were cinched; toes were bound; berries were ground into make up. It’s evolved, certainly, just as tide pools have evolved into full length mirrors and selfie sticks.
A most brilliant author (IMHO) wrote: “I am jealous of everything whose beauty does not die. I am jealous of the portrait you have painted of me. Why should it keep what I must lose? Every moment that passes takes something from me and gives something to it. Oh, if it were only the other way! If the picture could change, and I could be always what I am now! Why did you paint it? It will mock me some day—mock me horribly!”.
I’m sorry Mr. Wilde and Mr. Grey. Had I been around in 1890, I would have sat you down in my white Princess chair, probed until you exposed your vulnerabilities, and become a friend who sees you as you want to be seen... youthful, happy, charming and lovely. And then I would have walked you over to the tide pool where you’d shed tears of delight at your reflection and we’d giggle together over your new-found self confidence.
That said, there are special circumstances when I will not treat certain individuals. Read on...
Q: Are there some people that you won’t treat?
Yes! Anybody under the age of 18, unless ACCOMPANIED by a parent. I will give consideration to providing hair loss treatments to young folks once medical reasons for their alopecia are ruled out. However, the silliness of lip augmention is reserved for the more mature age groups.
I also assess for Body Dysmorphic Disorder at every consultation and follow up appointment. If you find yourself “thinking about your real or perceived flaws for hours each day”, we will have an important discussion about expectations. Infrequently, I will conclude that I am not equipped to satisfy your needs. I will always be honest and kind, and I won’t EVER take advantage of one’s emotional weaknesses for financial gain. Short answer: No, I can’t treat you if I suspect BDD.
The other “taboo” subject that I address head on is your budget. If I suspect that your little kittens won’t be getting any milk this week because Mama had a wrinkle to fill, I will respectfully suggest that you come back when financially able. Or I give it away for free. ;-)
Q: Are chemical peels safe?
Yes. All chemical peels used by Pelham Medical Aesthetics are safe for all skin types and for most people. There is always a small risk that any facial treatment may cause an adverse reaction. Please let your skin care professional know of all allergies and sensitivities. Also, adhere to the post-peel instructions provided at the time of your treatment.
Q: Do I need to have blood work done in order to have IV vitamins?
No. If you have your lab work results printed and available, it would be great to have you bring them in. Otherwise, we should be able to access what we need through our electronic medical system. Just being in your health card and register at the front desk!
Q: How many laser treatments will it take to get rid of my hair?
You’ll notice a big difference in the rate of your hair regrowth after your second treatment. We will continue with monthly treatments until you are as smooth as the day you were born!3-6 treatments are typical, but there is a range depending on skin/hair type and growth phase of your hair at the time of treatment.
Q: How long does my hair have to be for the laser treatment?
Shave! Unlike traditional hair removal techniques, the laser doesn’t need a follicle to "grip". Come in hair free for optimum comfort. Just no waxing or plucking. We are aware that it’s hard to reach your own back, so we will gladly shave the unreachable areas prior to your treatment.
Q: Can you treat port wine birthmarks?
Absolutely! It will take a few treatments, but we will get that spot.
Q: My 13 year old has terrible acne. Is he too young for the laser?
Nope! In fact, starting now to control the active acne will change his life. Better self esteem; eliminate the need for medication (in most cases); and prevent scarring... it will make the next few years much brighter for him AND for you.
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