What You’ve Always Wanted to Know About Botox

Botox has been a choice for millions of people around the world dealing with issues like frown lines, forehead wrinkles, and crow’s feet. In fact, it’s one of the leading and most sought after procedures used to treat signs of aging with great success. One of the primary reasons why Botox injections are so popular is because there is minimal downtime and few side effects while giving impressive results. Below is useful information that will answer common questions about Botox. 

What’s Involved in Botox?

Botox is a prescription product that has been approved by the FDA. It’s used to diminish the appearance of fine lines that often show up around the eyes and on the forehead. Botox is injected into the muscles of the area being treated. It works under the surface of the skin with botulinum products. A Botox procedure can take as little as 10 to 15 minutes and involves the use of a small needle to inject the solution into the muscle area that’s targeted. 

Generally speaking, several injections are needed to resolve forehead wrinkles. The weakening of the muscles will cause the wrinkles to eventually fade and ultimately disappear. This is not a painful procedure and most people describe the injection as feeling like they have been slightly pinched. Although there isn’t a lot of pain involved, there is a numbing cream that can be applied during the treatment. There is little-to-no downtime, and aftercare for Botox is minimal. Most people resume their normal activities directly following the procedure.

Who Is a Good Candidate for Botox

A good candidate for Botox is someone that has crow’s feet and frown lines. Whether or not Botox can work for your situation requires a consultation with a qualified professional to discuss any concerns that you have along with your desired result. By meeting with a team member of Michigan Advanced Aesthetics, you can be sure that you are getting the best care from a highly-trained professional. We will create your personalized treatment plan based on your goals and individual skin situation.

Are There Any Risks or Side Effects?

If you have any pre-existing medical conditions or allergies, Botox may not be a good option for you. There’s a possibility that you might have an allergic reaction to products with botulinum toxins. If you are pregnant, have experienced a nerve condition or have issues with your muscles, you may not be a good candidate for Botox. However, it’s always best to discuss these issues with a professional.

Results You Can Expect From Botox

Most patients who get Botox receive several treatments. Although there is typically an improvement within 48 hours of the first procedure, the most notable changes occur after about a month. When performed by a trained professional, you can expect the results of Botox treatments to enhance your appearance. It’s important to have a consultation so that you can get answers to any questions you have, discuss your desired results, and ensure you’re a good candidate.

Other Considerations

It’s important to know what substances are being injected during a Botox treatment. As long as you see a qualified and respected professional, this should not be an issue. The goal is to eliminate the chances of receiving injections that are contaminated, expired, or otherwise dangerous. You should also communicate any medications that you are receiving prior to the procedure because some medicines can lead to bruising and other issues. 

About Michigan Advanced Aesthetics 

Michigan Advanced Aesthetics is a skin spa that offers a wide variety of clinical skin care procedures, such as facials, Botox, permanent makeup and Oxylight. Owner Laura E. LoCricchio has two decades of experience in the skin care and beauty industry. The team at Michigan Advanced Aesthetics can answer any questions that you have about Botox and other cosmetic procedures.

HydraFacial VS. Three Top Competitors: Which is Right for You?

We all want to put our best face forward, and aesthetics play a big role in this. Spa treatments have long been efficient in minimizing issues like acne and rosacea and reducing the appearance of wrinkles. 

As with most technology these days, improvements are continually being made. When it comes to facials, this comes in the form of the HydraFacial. Could this method be for you? The staff here at Michigan Advanced Aesthetics believe an informed patient makes the best decisions, so let’s see how this increasingly popular method measures up to three of its biggest competitors. 

What is the HydraFacial?

If you haven’t heard of the HydraFacial, it’s certainly not because it’s a new concept. HydraFacial was officially founded by US-based Edge Systems over two decades ago in 1997. (This is around the same time our founder, Laura E. LoCricchio, began her career in skincare)! 

The process involves the use of a proprietary machine that performs four skincare procedures in a single treatment. It features a suction tip that loosens impurities in the pores and effectively vacuums them out. This is followed by the application of serum directly into the pores. Just a few benefits include:

  • Results are immediate and long-term
  • Pain-free procedure
  • No downtime
  • Compatible with all skin types

What Issues Does HydraFacial Address?

The HydraFacial has been shown to offer a viable solution to some of the oldest and most frustrating skin issues. These include:

  • Wrinkles
  • Dark spots
  • Acne
  • Clogged pores
  • Excessive oil
  • Enlarged and clogged pores

Now that you have a better understanding of what it is, let’s compare HydraFacial to other popular skincare methods on the market to see if this could work for you.

Chemical Peels

Chemical peels remove dead skin cells using salicylic acid and alpha hydroxy acid. Chemical peels can be a great solution for people who have:

  • Fine lines
  • Age spots
  • Skin that’s not overly sensitive
  • Dark skin pigmentation

Due to its use of chemicals, this option wouldn’t be a good fit for patients with skin disorders. For you, HydraFacial could be the way to go.

Microneedling

Microneedling is a process during which tiny needles shallowly penetrate the skin’s surface to trigger an increased production of collagen. This not only smooths but also plumps the skin and provides a younger, more vibrant appearance. Microneedling could be for you if:

  • You’re trying to reverse scarring
  • You’re targeting loose skin
  • You suffer with acne

If you have a low tolerance for pain, you may find the procedure to be uncomfortable. It also isn’t a good fit for people with immune disorders. 

Microdermabrasion

As the name implies, microdermabrasion uses an abrasive tool to essentially sand away the thick outer layer of skin. The newly exposed skin is then treated with a special serum to rejuvenate. You might want to consider microdermabrasion if you are treating:

  • Stretch marks
  • Excessively rough skin

One major downfall of microdermabrasion is the fact that it’s known to cause discoloration of the skin. It also may not be the best option for people suffering from issues like rosacea, psoriasis, warts, open sore, and other similar issues. If this sounds like you, HydraFacial is an excellent alternative. 

The best way to determine which treatment is best for you is to schedule your consultation at a quality medspa like Michigan Advanced Aesthetics. A professional aesthetician can meet with you to examine your skin and discuss your concerns to determine the best course of treatment. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation. 

Rezenerate Nano Facial

Rezenerate Nano Facial is now being offered at Michigan Advanced Aesthetics in Royal Oak. We are one of just a few spas in the area that are first to offer this amazing facial termed “The Best Facial Ever”.

Clients have been thrilled with the results offering: no-downtime, decreased wrinkles, more refined texture, decrease in pores and hydrated skin. The Rezenerate Nano Facial is a revolutionary, non-invasive treatment that’s designed to restore vibrance and improve your skin’s texture. The Rezenerate Wand, which is an exclusive cosmetic tool that helps the skin easily absorb our specialty cocktail serums and collagen to increase the effectiveness of the facial.

Rezenerate utilizes the breakthrough science of Nano-Technology, the pressure points of Acupressure, principles of Yoga facial exercises, and the cool touch of ‘Cryo’ (Cold) Therapy and our series of proprietary processes to create what we have dubbed the “Rezenerate Nano-Tech Golden Ratio.” Using are specialty serums and collagen boosters the Nano Wand helps the serums and nutrients penetrate through the outer layer of the skin, immediately leading to a more voluminous appearance and activating cellular repair and renewal. Considered a no-down time treatment. You can choose do the Nano Facial as a stand alone treatment or pick one of our more advanced treatments.

We have enhanced this treatment by adding it to some our most popular treatments including: dermaplaning with Collagen Boost and LED light therapy, Oxygen Facial, Signature Multi-Layer Facial, and Micro-current treatments for more anti-aging and dramatic results. What can you expect with the treatments? The treatment is very relaxing and feels like a light vibrating facial massage. As serums are enhanced into the skin a slight tingling sensation occurs. All of our advanced treatments include LED light therapy for more enhancement of the serums and effective collagen benefits. After the final part of the treatment the skin has an immediate glow and feels firmer and hydrated. Avoiding exfoliating products such as glycolics, scrubs, and retinols 3 to 5 days prior and after treatment is recommended. Treatments can be done on all skin types including rosacea. Acne skin will need to be evaluated to see if the Nano Facial can be done.

Treatments start at $125 for our basic treatment with the more advanced treatments ranging from $150 to $195. If your looking for a treatment to instantly revive your skin this may be the treatment for you. Consultation are available to help choose the best option for your skin and concerns. The treatments can be done every two weeks to achieve maximum results.

Once in awhile an amazing new treatment comes to the aesthetic field that really offers wonderful results. We have been researching this device and after trying on staff, family, and friends we were sold. Our clients are always looking for treatments with minimum downtime that achieve results. We are very happy that we decided to bring this treatment to our spa and that we are getting positive feedback from our clients. Look for specials in our monthly newsletter or call our office.

Oxylight: The Total Workout for Your Skin

Oxylight facial treatment is a total workout for your face. By incorporating several modalities in one treatment the Oxylight helps to smooth, lift, tighten, and tone the skin. Also helps with acne and uneven skin tone. No down-time treatment. Recommended in a series for optimum results with regular maintenance treatments. Results usually after one treatment. Expect your treatment to last about and hour and half.

The Treatment

The treatment starts with a diamond microdermabrasion to exfoliate the face and has a special tip to gently exfoliate the eye area. This exfoliation process prepares the skin for advanced treatment for anti-aging and treatment for skin conditions such as acne, rosacea, and uneven skin tone.

96% O2 Spay is applied to the skin along with a topical skin anti-aging treatment to oxygenate the pores. This step is a wonderful treatment for acne prone skin. The procedure is a light refreshing spray.

The next two steps involve LED Light Therapy with one or more light treatments that are selected based on your skin condition. Example red for anti-aging, blue for acne, or yellow for uneven skin tone.

Biosonix with LED light therapy helps to tone, hydrate, and repair the skin using Ultrasound, specialty serums, and LED Light therapy all in one process.

Myolight with LED light therapy is used to tighten and firm the skin. Increasing ATP production (5-fold), protein synthesis & amino acid transport through different layers of skin. Following Myolight the O2 Spray is applied for a second application.

Oxygen Therpay LED Panel. This is the last step of the Oxylight treatment. The panel of LED Lights is placed just above the face utilizing pure Oxygen through the 12 nozzles on the Light Panel, patient is exposed to full spectrum LED light and Oxygen simultaneously to improve the overall appearance of the skin.