FAQ2018-01-30T16:12:09+00:00

Frequently Asked Questions

 

General Questions

Do men receive BOTOX® Cosmetic treatment?2017-11-04T23:46:36+00:00

Yes. BOTOX® Cosmetic has also been clinically evaluated in male patients

How long is the recovery time after treatment?2017-11-04T23:46:44+00:00

After your treatment, you can resume your day. There is minimal downtime and your specialist may give you specific aftercare instructions.

How many injections will I receive?2017-11-04T23:46:49+00:00

For the crow’s feet area, your specialist will inject 3 areas of the orbicularis oculi, the muscle that frames the side of the eye. This will be repeated on the orbicularis oculi muscle on the other eye.

For the frown lines area, your specialist will administer 5 injections into muscles in your forehead—1 in the procerus muscle and 4 in the corrugator muscles.

When will I see results?2017-11-04T23:46:55+00:00

You may begin to notice results within 24 to 48 hours for moderate to severe frown lines, with results lasting up to 4 months.

How long does the treatment take?2017-11-04T23:47:03+00:00

Your specialist will discuss your treatment goals and perform a facial analysis to determine the appropriate treatments for you. The actual injection process takes about 10 minutes.

What were common side effects seen in clinical studies?2017-11-04T23:47:09+00:00

Three percent of patients experienced eyelid drooping in the frown lines studies and 1% of patients experienced eyelid swelling in the crow’s feet studies. Other possible side effects include: dry mouth; discomfort or pain at the injection site; tiredness; headache; neck pain; eye problems: double vision, blurred vision, decreased eyesight and dry eyes; and allergic reactions, to name a few.

Does BOTOX® Cosmetic treatment hurt?2017-11-04T23:47:15+00:00

Some patients report that being injected with BOTOX® Cosmetic feels like a pinch. Your specialist may use ice to numb the treatment area. If you are concerned about discomfort, your specialist may apply a topical numbing cream before administering your treatment.

Will BOTOX® Cosmetic make me look like I’ve had work done?2017-11-04T23:47:21+00:00

BOTOX® Cosmetic is a technique-sensitive treatment. You should not lose the ability to show expression when you are treated by someone who is licensed, trained, and a medical expert in facial anatomy. It is important to talk to your specialist about the results you want from treatment.

How does BOTOX® Cosmetic work?2017-11-04T23:47:26+00:00

BOTOX® Cosmetic targets one of the underlying causes of frown lines and crow’s feet—the repeated muscle contractions from frowning and squinting over the years. Your specialist will inject these muscles with BOTOX® Cosmetic to temporarily reduce muscle activity. You will begin to notice a visible smoothing of your crow’s feet lines and frown lines between your brows.

Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy

Why use PRP Treatments?2017-11-04T23:56:41+00:00

Platelet rich plasma injections are an alternative to medications or surgery to heal an injured area. Ideal candidates would be those who prefer a less invasive option to surgery or those who are unable to undergo a surgery or tolerate pain medication.

What Conditions Are Treated with PRP?2017-11-04T23:56:25+00:00
  • Acute muscle tears and strains
  • Chronic tendonopathies (tennis elbow, Achilles’ tendon, patellar tendon and rotator cuff)
  • Ligament injuries ( i.e. Medial or lateral collateral ligament-MCL/LCL)
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Facial rejuvenation,
  • Hair loss (males and females)
Is PRP treatment safe?2017-11-04T23:56:01+00:00

PRP treatment is a safe, effective alternative for people seeking natural healing without the use of surgery or medications. Because PRP is made from a person’s own blood there is no chance of allergic, hypersensitivity, or foreign-body reactions. An FDA-approved, closed sterile system is used throughout the procedure to prevent infection. A brief period of inflammation/redness at the site of application is normal and expected. There is little to no downtime following most PRP procedures and recovery time is significantly less than with surgery. PRP permits the body to take advantage of the normal healing pathways at a greatly accelerated rate.

Are the PRP Treatments Painful?2017-11-04T23:55:40+00:00

Patients usually tolerate the procedures very well. Numbing cream and/or local anesthetic is applied to the area before injections or treatments to make them as comfortable as possible. There can be increased pain, swelling, or soreness 48 hours after PRP joint injections due to the inflammatory process that occurs. Pain medication may be given if needed, following joint injection.

Does the Procedure Need to Be Repeated?2017-11-04T23:55:22+00:00

Depending on the area treated, repeat treatments may be necessary to continue the desired effects. Joint injections may require 1-3 treatments to heal an injured area. Hair rejuvenation with PRP and ECM (extra cellular matrix) should be repeated yearly to continue new hair follicle growth. Facial rejuvenation procedures may require 1-3 treatments yearly, depending on the treatment.

How Quickly Does It Work?2017-11-04T23:55:04+00:00

The healing process is gradual and can take up to 8 weeks to see desired results. Most people see some improvement within 2-6 weeks. The procedure takes less than one hour and has minimal to no downtime.

Who Would Not Be a Good Candidate for PRP?2017-11-04T23:54:45+00:00

People with severe anemia, low platelet count, abnormal platelet function, active systemic infection, or active cancer may not be eligible. It is not known if blood thinning medication alters the effects of platelet rich plasma.

Who Is a Good Candidate for PRP Treatment?2017-11-04T23:54:25+00:00

Any person looking for a natural, non-surgical, non-medicinal approach to healing would be a good candidate.

Dermal Fillers

How much does it cost?2017-11-04T23:51:36+00:00

Cost depends on the type of dermal filler, amount dermal filler is required and the areas of the face you wish to be treated (e.g. undereye hollow and cheeks). During the consultation, Dr. Bing will formulate a treatment plan for you and advise the exact cost of your treatments.

Are there any after-care instructions?2017-11-04T23:51:13+00:00

After your treatment we will again go through with you any after care advice in order to maximize your treatment benefits and avoid any undesirable side effects.

You can resume normal activities, drive yourself home or return to work immediately after the treatment.

As with any type of injection there may be some slight redness immediately afterwards. Camouflage make up may be applied.

The results directly after the treatment should therefore not be seen as the final results. This is because over the following 2 weeks the results will gradually improve. For 2 weeks after the treatment you are advised to avoid extreme heat (sun bed or sunbathing) or intense cold.

Are there any side effects?2017-11-04T23:50:28+00:00

Injection-related reactions: these reactions may include redness at the injection site immediately after the treatment.

Bruising: occasionally bruising can occur. Contour irregularities can and do occasionally occur. Massaging can usually smooth out any ‘lumpiness’ however if persistent the filler can be easily and rapidly dissolved.

Infection — as with all injections, this procedure carries a risk of infection. The syringe is sterile and standard precautions associated with injectable materials are taken.

Necrosis — one of the worst possible complications of dermal filler. Fortunately, this is extremely rare. It happens when the dermal filler is accidentally injected into a blood vessel and it subsequently blocks the blood supply to the skin/tissue in that area.

Blindness — This is a very rare complication. There have been approximately 100 cases in the world and is caused by injecting dermal filler into blood vessel which has a connection with the artery which supplies blood and oxygen to the eye. There is no treatment so far for this that has been successful.

Are dermal fillers safe?2017-11-04T23:49:34+00:00

Yes. We use only products with proven safety record. Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a substance which occurs naturally in the cells of the skin, thus there is no risk of allergic reactions. Even people with food sensitivities can receive these fillers safely. The brands of dermal fillers we use are available in more than 90 countries and have been used as an injectable cosmetic treatment for more than two decades with an excellent safety record.

How soon will I see any result and how long does it last?2017-11-04T23:49:16+00:00

Results are seen instantly after the treatment, although this gradually improves over the course of the following 2–4 weeks. Results can last between 9–18 months although optimal results can be maintained over a long period of time through regular repeated treatments. The longevity varies from person to person depending on your requirements and the severity of the wrinkles that are being treated, in addition to the particular dermal filler being administered.

What does the procedure entail and is it painful?2017-11-04T23:48:54+00:00

Generally, basic dermal filler procedures require no anesthetic as the dermal filler contains local anesthetic. It is simple and straight-forward, involving a few tiny injections directly into the skin, and takes between 15–30 minutes. Make-up can be applied immediately after the procedure and you can go straight back to work. Result can be seen immediately. Optimal results can be maintained over a long period of time through regular repeated treatments.

What areas can dermal fillers be used for?2017-11-04T23:48:32+00:00

The face loses volume and contour when we age, the bones and the soft tissue dissolve and contribute to appearance of sagging. Dermal fillers may be used to replace this volume loss and restore the structural support, giving the patient a more youthful appearance. The aim is to make the face more harmonious and rejuvenated. For instance, the lips and cheeks may be injected to make a face more defined and attractive. An underdeveloped chin may be injected to make it appear more projected and proportionate.

What are dermal fillers?2017-11-04T23:48:03+00:00

Dermal fillers are substance/gels injected beneath the skin’s surface to smooth wrinkles and add volume and contour. The products are composed of stabilized hyaluronic acid (HA) which occurs naturally in the cells of the skin. It works by drawing in water and therefore augmenting the skin, thus reducing the wrinkle treated. It is by no means permanent and is totally biodegradable.

Laser Hair Removal

Why would I choose laser hair removal instead of electrolysis?2017-11-04T23:53:51+00:00

Simple: time and comfort. While electrolysis is very effective, it works by inserting a tiny needle into each hair follicle, one at a time, and delivering a jolt of electricity and/or radio frequency energy. In contrast, the size of the treatment window on the laser head allows the laser to disable many hair follicles in a single pulse. We can treat an entire upper lip in five to nine quick pulses, while an electrologist would take up to hundreds of precisely placed “zaps” to cover the same area. In addition, you experience a less painful sensation with the laser.

How many laser hair removal treatments will I need?2017-11-04T23:53:29+00:00

This varies from patient to patient but generally 4-6 treatments are enough for most of our clients. In rare instances, as many as 8 treatments may be required.

How long does a laser hair removal treatment take?2017-11-04T23:53:14+00:00

A number of factors determine the length of time for a treatment. At LaserLight, we plan for adequate time to go as slowly or as fast as is comfortable and appropriate for each client. The size and “topography” of the area treated factors into the time required, as does the amount of preparation. As a general rule, an upper lip or the tops of ears may require eight to 10 minutes. The front of the neck or underarms can take as little as 20 minutes.

What makes a laser hair removal treatment safe and comfortable?2017-11-04T23:52:54+00:00

The laser’s light emerges through a window that is pressed against your skin, to instantly remove the heat that gives you a little “pinch” feeling as the laser pulses. Our equipment also emits a patented smooth pulse of light, which delivers a continuous energy level without characteristic spikes in energy that in some of the other lasers cause a sharp sting. You experience minimum discomfort during a laser treatment, and many of our clients report that the sensation is much more comfortable than waxing, electrolysis, or even tweezing.

How does laser remove hair?2017-11-04T23:52:36+00:00

Hair removal lasers emit a light at a specific wavelength that is known to be absorbed by the pigment (color) in the hair follicle — without damaging the surrounding skin. The light is converted to heat energy, which in turns disables the hair follicle so that it will not produce another hair.

Why is laser the treatment of choice for hair removal?2017-11-04T23:52:20+00:00

Lasers remove hair for good, giving you a long-lasting, even permanent result. In only a few treatments (most laser companies recommend six to eight to get clearance) we can clear your skin of the unwanted hair that has bothered you for so long.

Traditional hair removal methods, such as waxing, shaving, depilatory creams, plucking/tweezing, sugaring, and stringing provide only temporary results — some for fewer than 24 hours. Laser has another advantage, in that you NEVER AGAIN have to let the hair grow out a few days before your treatments in order to get it to work, as you do with the other methods.