Question: What are some of the fillers that use human-based collagen?
Answer: There used to be several different fillers that used human-based collagen but, honestly in these times, I have not used a collagen product since Restylane came out seven or eight years ago. My personal opinion is that the hyaluronic acid products are so far superior in consistency and longevity compared to human-based collagen products that I really have not had much use for those products since I have been using Restylane and Juvederm.
Question: I love the idea of injectable fillers. I would like to fill the folds that run from the sides of my nose to my mouth. Is it also possible to fill out my cheeks just a little with injectables?
Answer: Injectable fillers can be used off label in virtually any area of the face so adding volume to your cheeks with an injectable filler is certainly easily performed and appropriate. I would, however, recommend seeking out a highly experienced injector since placement of the filler too low in the face can actually make people look sad, tired, or unusual.
Question: My daughter is 20 and had problems with acne that have finally subsided leaving her with scars. Can fat injections help to smooth out the scars from adolescent acne problems?
Answer: Fat injections can definitely improve upon acne scarring but is certainly not going to be 100% effective and requires experienced hands to not only place fat into this area but also to lyse or cut the scar tissue beneath the acne scarring in a very precise and consistent manner. Depending on your daughter’s actual appearance of the acne scarring, I may or may not recommend laser treatments for a better result in my hands.
Question: I have chickenpox scars on my face from when I was six years old. I am now 30. Is there any kind of chemical peel that would work now or is it too late?
Answer: For the most part, chemical peels are really not the best option for chickenpox scars though, theoretically, a very deep chemical peel could certainly improve their appearance. I personally am partial to the ProFractional Laser by Sciton as the fractionated Erbium laser treatments spaced a month apart for about three treatments can do a wonderful job of improving textural and surface irregularities due to problems such as chickenpox scars, traumatic scars, surgical scars, and acne scarring.
Question: I am in my late 30s and I am considering a chemical peel. I have severely dry skin and wanted to know if a chemical peel was the right treatment for me.
Answer: First I would recommend that you undergo a full consultation at the Quintessa Aesthetic Center so that we can determine the exact reason behind your dry skin before we would recommend any sort of a customized chemical peel. After the analysis, we may recommend skin care prior to the chemical peel so that we can prep your skin for the maximum result.
Question: I am a 25-year-old woman who has had drooping eyelids since I was a child. Would I need a cosmetic or medical blepharoplasty?
Answer: I would have to evaluate your eyes to assess this situation, but it certainly sounds as if you have congenital ptosis, which involves the lack of a levator muscle. This would be considered a medical problem and I personally would recommend seeing an oculoplastic surgeon for correction of this.
Question: Do you have any type of injectable filler for the lips that is dyed to change the color of my lips?
Answer: No, I have never heard of an injectable filler that has color in it that can actually change the color of the lip, but one option would be to have injectable filler to change the volume and shape of the lip and then to undergo micropigmentation of the lips for added color. Micropigmentation is essentially tattooing a shade of red into the lip especially along the lip line to enhance the appearance of the lip.
Question: I am a ChapStick addict and I am constantly applying it. After I receive my injectable filler in my lips, will I have to cut down on the ChapStick use?
Answer: No, there is no reason that you would have to cut down on ChapStick use just because you have had filler placed in your lips, so I would go ahead and keep using it as you need to.
Question: I am female, 43 years old, and have black hair growth on the underside of my chin going up into my sideburns. How many treatments would I need to remove this hair permanently?
Answer: No matter what part of the face or body, you are going to need six to eight treatments of laser hair removal for adequate long-term relief of the hair. When these are spaced appropriately and the treatment guideline is kept, we expect greater than 90% of these hairs to be permanently removed and after that periodic touch ups with a laser may be necessary every six months to a year.
Question: I am male, 55 years old, and hairy. I get pretty mean looks on the beach and I have heard some very negative comments about the amount of hair on my body. Would laser hair removal work for me? Is it permanent?
Answer: Laser hair removal is very effective for male patients who are overall very hairy. We certainly cannot guarantee that all hair will be permanently gone but the far majority of hair, in fact we typically say 90% of the hair, will be treated successfully and will permanently be gone. The new Duet by Lumines hair removal system is an extremely fast and virtually pain-free technology for hair removal that we have in our Mequon location at the Quintessa Aesthetic Center. Ultimately, I would recommend a consultation so that we can discuss your areas of concern and set up a series of treatments to give you the result that you desire.