Who Is a Good Candidate for Juvederm Voluma?

Hollow cheeks can make people appear years older than their actual age, particularly when other visible signs like lines and wrinkles on the middle and lower face are also apparent. Fortunately, there are many treatments available at Lecada Medical Artistry in Tampa, FL to correct sunken cheeks. Dermal fillers like Juvederm Voluma are specially designed to treat the mid and lower face for visible signs of aging, hollowness, and skin laxity.

Voluma is part of the Juvederm family of products. Unlike other fillers under this brand umbrella, Voluma has a denser formula that allows it to stay in place even in areas of the skin where skin laxity and hollowness are present. With this dermal filler, you can quickly reverse the visible signs of aging.

Who Is a Good Candidate for Juvederm Voluma?

Many people are good candidates for Voluma treatments. Ideally, candidates include people who are over the age of 21 and who have moderate to severe loss of volume in the mid-face, particularly in the cheek area. Candidates for this treatment should not be pregnant, breastfeeding, or have a history of allergic reaction to any of the active ingredients in this dermal filler.

The vast majority of patients who use this treatment want to correct skin volume in the mid-face, such as hollow cheeks, skin laxity around the cheeks and jaw, and visible lines around the nose and mouth. This treatment can also be used to contour the face, such as the jawline, to achieve specific aesthetic goals. Most people with these concerns are considered good candidates after they attend a consultation appointment.

Your Consultation

Attending a consultation appointment is an important first step for your treatment. A consultation will allow one of our skin experts to examine the condition of your skin, assess the amount of volume loss you have, and discuss your aesthetic goals. You will also provide basic medical information during your consultation, such as previous treatments you’ve tried and a current list of medications or supplements you are taking.

Where Can This Filler Be Used?

This filler is specially designed to be used on the mid and lower face. That said, there are three zones of the cheek where this filler can be used to make the most impact on your overall appearance. Volume loss in the cheeks can be challenging to treat because there is more volume that needs to be replaced. However, with the right filler, you can easily restore the volume of your skin and achieve your goal results.

Cheek Apples

The apples of your cheeks are the fleshiest area of the cheeks and are most apparent when you smile. As you age, volume loss and fat displacement make the apples of your cheeks less pronounced, which can make your cheeks look smaller or create more skin laxity in other areas of the cheeks. By using a dermal filler on the apples of your cheeks, you can have a fuller, more rounded, and more youthful-looking appearance.

Cheek Apex

The apex of your cheeks is the highest point on the mid-face. You can find the apex of your cheeks by locating the ridge of your cheekbone. Volume loss in this area can make you appear bony and can also make other nearby areas, such as the area beneath your eye, appear sunken. Sharp cheekbones are all the rage in fashion, but in everyday life, sharp cheekbones can look severe. Using a dermal filler on this area can soften your face.

Cheek Hollows

The hollows of your cheek will be where volume loss is most apparent. When you lose volume in your cheeks, you may be losing both skin volume and natural fat in the cheeks. As you age, natural changes in the composition of your skin will make the skin in this area of the face thinner and more prone to laxity. By replacing the volume in your cheeks with a dermal filler, you can more easily smooth out your appearance, correct wrinkles, and reduce skin laxity.

What Can You Expect From Treatment?

Your appointment will take about 20 to 30 minutes to complete, making it the perfect “lunchtime” appointment. Although Juvederm is formulated with lidocaine, a local numbing agent, some patients also like to use a topical numbing cream for comfort during the treatment. During your appointment, several injections will be made to targeted zones of the cheeks to achieve your ideal aesthetic results.

How Much Filler Will You Need?

The amount of filler required for your treatment will vary from patient to patient. That said, most people will not need more than one syringe of this filler to achieve desired aesthetic results. You may require less filler to address mild concerns or if you are using other dermal fillers to treat other aesthetic concerns.

What Should You Do Before Treatment?

Before your treatment, you should discontinue any blood-thinning medications or supplements for at least three to five days unless otherwise instructed by your regular physician. You should also abstain from alcohol for at least 24 hours. If you have a psoriasis or eczema breakout at the time of your appointment, you will need to reschedule your appointment.

What Should You Do After Treatment?

After your treatment, you must follow a few post-treatment instructions so your results develop as desired. The most important instruction is to avoid rubbing or massaging the treated area for at least 12 to 48 hours so the filler product can settle correctly within the skin. You will also be encouraged to use cold compresses, hydrate well, and avoid moving your face as much as possible. You should not use hot water or steam at this time.

When Can You See Results?

Most people will see immediate results from this treatment thanks to the way the filler product introduces an artificial, gel-like substance into the sub-dermal layers of the skin. The immediate results of this treatment may fade over the next few days as the formula is absorbed by the body. However, as the hyaluronic acid in the filler begins to attract more moisture to the skin, your results will return – and then continue to improve for the next few weeks. Most people will see the final results of this treatment within two weeks.

How Long Will Results Last?

The results of this particular filler are known to last for up to two years at a time, which makes Juvederm Voluma one of the longest-lasting dermal fillers available to patients. Long-lasting fillers mean that you will need to have touch-up appointments less frequently and that maintaining your results will be easier.

To maintain the results of this treatment, you are encouraged to use skincare products that will support your aesthetic goals, avoid unprotected exposure to sunlight, and make healthy lifestyle choices that may help slow down the aging process. It’s also important to drink enough water since your results depend on your skin remaining hydrated.

Benefits of Juvederm Voluma

There are several benefits to consider for this dermal filler treatment. For example, the long-lasting results give patients more freedom between treatments. Some other benefits of this filler include:

Natural-Looking Results

The results of this treatment will look and feel natural thanks to the hyaluronic acid formula. Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance that attracts and retains higher concentrations of water. Because hyaluronic acid is found naturally in the body, this filler is also considered well-tolerated by most people.

Compatible With Other Treatments

As part of the Juvederm line of dermal fillers, Voluma is highly compatible with other fillers in this family. It’s common to use multiple fillers in different areas of the face to achieve your aesthetic goals. For example, some people use Voluma for the cheeks and Volbella for the lips. This line of dermal fillers is also compatible with treatments like Botox, chemical peels, dermaplaning, and even some light or laser treatments.

Enjoy Natural-Looking Results With Juvederm Voluma

If you want to restore your appearance with long-lasting, natural-looking results, then Juvederm Voluma is an ideal treatment for you. This dermal filler can effectively rejuvenate the volume in the mid and lower face, especially the cheek area, to reduce visible signs of aging. Whether you want to contour your appearance or simply turn back the clock, Voluma is likely a good option for you. Please contact Lecada Medical Artistry in Tampa, FL to schedule your first appointment today. We look forward to helping you achieve all of your aesthetic goals. 

What Are the Benefits of a Fraxel DUAL Laser Treatment?

Beautiful skin takes commitment and dedication, but there are some skin imperfections that you just can’t treat with your morning and evening skincare routine. At Lecada Medical Artistry in Tampa, FL, we want to introduce you to a treatment that can do what your skincare products cannot. Fraxel DUAL Laser treatments can help perfect your complexion, fight the aging process, and uncover a brighter, younger, and more beautiful layer of skin that will help you feel confident in your complexion and may even motivate you to live make up free.

What Are the Benefits of a Fraxel DUAL Laser Treatment?

If you’ve been looking for a skincare treatment that can do it all, look no further than Fraxel DUAL Laser treatments. This effective laser treatment uses patented fractional laser technology to address the top layer of your skin while simultaneously promoting skin health, increased cellular turnover, and rejuvenation in the deeper skin layers.

Treatments will reveal younger, brighter-looking skin and help treat and correct some of your worst skin conditions that may have been affecting your confidence in your complexion for years on end.

It Stimulates Collagen Production

If you know anything about skincare, you know that collagen is key. It’s your body’s natural filler, and it holds the keys to the fountain of youth. As you age, your skin body, unfortunately, begins to produce less collagen each year. We don’t tell you this to dampen your birthday but know that your body will produce less collagen with every year older you get. As a result, you may see an increase in the appearance of lines and wrinkles, hollow areas, and overall volume loss.

However, all hope is not lost. Fraxel DUAL Laser treatments are specifically designed to increase collagen production in the deeper layers of the skin. The light energy released by the device targets the deeper layers of the skin where collagen grows, and it heats those layers to stimulate the body’s collagen production abilities. In doing so, it will help improve your skin tone and texture and make it look tighter, younger, and smoother.

It Makes a Difference in the Appearance of Hyperpigmentation

Hyperpigmentation does not discriminate. It affects all different skin types and tones, some more than others. Whether you are prone to hyperpigmentation in the form of melasma, brown spots, age spots, or sunspots, or you have a few annoying spots that you can’t seem to get rid of, this treatment will help eliminate skin discoloration in quick and effective treatments.

A pigmented lesion can affect your confidence, but you don’t have to hide behind makeup any longer. You can let your natural, beautiful skin shine post-treatment and finally be free of those dark spots for good.

It Rejuvenates the Skin

Rejuvenated skin is fresh, bright, and looks alive. If you feel as though your skin looks dull and lifeless, Fraxel DUAL Laser treatments can help you get out of a skincare rut or plateau and take your skin to the next level.

This treatment addresses specific areas of the skin during the treatment. It can target those areas that require skin rejuvenation to help eliminate damaged or older skin cells, promote healing and regeneration, and replace those skin cells with healthy, younger skin.

It Helps Reverse the Aging Process

If aging hasn’t affected your skin quite yet, it will. It comes for all of us, but there are ways to combat aging, and this laser treatment is the perfect tool to do just that. It will smooth fine lines and wrinkles, improve skin elasticity, and promote a uniform skin tone. It can also address those superficial imperfections caused by the aging process and help your skin look healthier and younger.

You don’t have to live with the signs of aging, and thanks to this effective laser treatment, you have a solution that will help you fight the good fight and maintain a youthful glow long term.

It Can Treat Scars

Acne scars and other superficial scars can come to define your complexion. If all you can see are your scars when you look in the mirror, you need to seek a treatment that will help eliminate them, and this laser treatment will do far more than any cream or product ever can.

It will repair damaged skin cells and increase collagen production to add volume beneath those scars to create a more even skin texture. Once you experience a complexion that’s no longer defined by superficial scars, you’ll be amazed just how beautiful your skin looks.

It Can Reduce the Appearance of Stretch Marks

Stretch marks form for many different reasons, but regardless of why you have them, you know that they’re very difficult to treat. This laser treatment can make a difference in the appearance of your stretch marks and can help heal the skin by forcing the body to produce more collagen in and around that stretch mark. Your skin will get tighter and will take on a more uniform appearance.

What Is a Fraxel DUAL Laser Treatment?

Fraxel DUAL Laser treatments use laser energy to target specific areas of the skin to remodel existing collagen, eradicate damaged skin cells, and promote increased collagen production. This treatment can help your body generate new, younger, and healthier skin cells in your target treatment area.

What Happens During the Treatment Process?

To begin this laser treatment, your technician will cleanse the skin in your planned treatment area and then apply a topical numbing solution to help ensure your comfort throughout the entirety of the treatment. Then, your target area will be treated with the laser device. Treatment times are relatively quick and can take as few as 20 to 25 minutes to complete based on your chosen treatment area.

Is There Any Downtime?

When you schedule one of these laser treatments, you won’t have to plan around a significant period of downtime. However, we will provide you with some instructions regarding post-treatment skincare so that you can protect your skin and achieve the best results. This treatment aims to eliminate those older, dead skin cells on the top layer of your skin, and while it does reveal a younger layer, that younger layer is more susceptible to the elements.

For that reason, it’s important that you avoid direct sunlight during the 12 weeks following your treatment. If you are exposed to the sun, make sure you have applied a high-quality sunscreen with an SPF 30 or higher and wear protective clothing, a hat, and sunglasses as needed to keep your skin from direct sunlight. As long as you carefully follow these precautions, you can expect beautiful and long-lasting results.

What Can It Treat?

This effective laser treatment provides us with a way to target and correct skin imperfections in different patients. Specifically, it is a good solution for those who struggle with lines and wrinkles, including crow’s feet, forehead lines, and frown lines. It can also help improve the appearance of scars on the skin’s surface, including acne and surgical scars. It can help reverse the effects of sun damage and help reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation.

Schedule Your Initial Consultation Today

This powerful and effective laser treatment can help you achieve beautiful skin with little to no downtime in quick and painless treatment sessions. If you want to uncover your most beautiful skin to date, our technicians are ready to help you experience all that this laser treatment has to offer. Contact us today at Lecada Medical Artistry in Tampa, FL, to schedule your initial consultation.

Does Versa work well for lips?

Trying to choose a dermal filler, especially for the lips, can be overwhelming. Many of these treatments now flood the market, but some certainly stand taller than others. At Lecada Medical Artistry in Tampa, FL, we’ve seen the results Versa for lips (VA) can provide and are impressed enough to recommend it for several different areas of the face. It can volumize, plump, and soften – meaning it’s not only highly effective but also surprisingly protean.

Does Versa for Lips Work Well?

We can answer this question with one word: yes. As one of the newest fillers on the market, VA is made with hyaluronic acid (HA). This isn’t particularly special, as many fillers contain HA. Rather, VA is different because of its homogenous nature created from state-of-the-art wet milling technology. What does this mean for the formula? That all of the particles are uniform in size and perfectly spherical. You can therefore expect your treatment results to be:

  • Smooth
  • Balanced
  • Proportionate

VA also boasts a high viscosity that makes it easy to apply in specific spots. Viscosity defines a fluid’s resistance to flow. When the viscosity is higher, the fluid is both thicker in consistency and more resistant to migration. These characteristics provide pillowy-soft lips that look natural and beautiful.

A Sophisticated Formula

High viscosity also ensures the gel stays in place. Some formulas are designed to spread so they plump a larger area, such as the cheeks or along the jawline. But VA stays put, ensuring you get the sexy pout you long for.

In addition, the HA molecules are tightly cross-linked so it takes the body longer to break down this formula. In short, VA delivers all the qualities patients love about dermal fillers with the added benefits of more sophisticated technology. With practices applications, we can help you achieve the look you want and enjoy your results for longer.

Why the Fuss Over Hyaluronic Acid?

If you’ve ever seen someone with plump, lifted cheeks or a crease-free under-eye area, you’ve witnessed the effects of either enviable genetics or HA fillers. Topical serums and moisturizers infused with HA deeply hydrate skin to create a firm, voluminous canvas. HA fillers go a few steps further to deliver instant results and address sunken under-eye tissues and cheeks as well as thin and/or wrinkled lips.

As soon as HA fillers are injected into the skin, they immediately attract more water to the treatment spot. In fact, one HA molecule can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water to naturally plump skin. It is for this reason that HA fillers are routinely used across the face, including the:

  • Chin
  • Temples
  • Cheekbones
  • Tear troughs
  • Smile lines
  • Nasolabial folds
  • Jawline
  • Lips

Multi-Faceted Treatments

But VA, with its HA composition, can do more than volumize. It also stimulates collagen production, and collagen – as you likely know – is one of the building blocks of healthy skin. It pairs with elastin, another fiber, to keep skin firm, smooth, and bouncy. It is also the key component to a wrinkle-free appearance.

Even the lips contain collagen that, unfortunately, diminishes with age. It’s simply another process within the body that gradually slows, paving the way to fine lines and wrinkles. But HA fillers work in a variety of ways to improve skin’s moisture, increase long-term collagen production, and even improve elastin levels. The result is an overall fresher and more youthful appearance.

Combat the Aging Process

While HA is a great way to diminish existing fine lines and wrinkles, it can also be used to combat future volume loss and lines – even in the lips. As long as you continue to receive treatments, additional signs of aging are essentially put on pause. You can therefore look younger for longer, without the need to undergo surgery or endure other invasive procedures that require lengthy recovery times.

How the Lips Change with Time

Lips thin and lose their dewy glow for the same reason that skin loses its suppleness: collagen loss. You can think of collagen as the scaffolding that literally holds bodies together. It comprises 70% of the skin’s protein and 30% of the body’s. As levels of this precious fiber drop, the skin’s structural integrity diminishes and overall volume declines. Likewise, the lips deflate with time.

You might be thinking this process starts so late in life that you’ll be too elderly to care. But the reality is that collagen loss starts in the 20s and continues to diminish at a rate of 1% every year. This means that by age 35, you’ve likely already lost more than 10% of your original collagen levels. While our bodies continually balance collagen production and degradation, the seesaw tips in the wrong way with age.

Aging Is Only Part of the Story

To make matters worse, a number of other factors can contribute to collagen loss. Chief among these is UV damage, known to age the face even more quickly than the passing of time. Studies confirm repeated exposure to sunlight can cause a significant decrease in collagen structure.

Smoking is another culprit, known for causing smokers lines around the mouth and severely diminishing lips. The reason is simple enough: cigarettes contain chemicals that reduce the delivery of oxygen to tissues. In turn, tissues regenerate less effectively, become damaged, and eventually die. Inflammation triggered by poor diet and stress can have a similar effect.

Rewind the Clock

Whether you want to restore lost volume in your lips or create the softer, fuller pout you’ve always longed for, Versa for lips is a great choice. Its smooth formula is just right for the delicate tissues of the lips. Meanwhile, you’re free of having to worry about proverbial duck lips.

This large, puffy condition is caused by overfilling tissues – many people believe that to get a sensuous pout, they need copious amounts of filler. But excessive treatment does nothing more than cause an unnatural appearance. On the other hand, the precise formula of VA, combined with our expertise, delivers the most balanced look possible.

Other Popular Treatment Areas

VA is not limited to the lips. It can be used in a variety of areas, including:

  • Under the eyes
  • Across glabellar lines
  • In forehead creases
  • In the cheeks
  • Across the nose bridge
  • In nasolabial folds (laugh lines)
  • In perioral lines (lipstick lines)

What to Expect

Your session will proceed quickly and, as already mentioned, results appear immediately. Full results will continue developing for several days. We do recommend you schedule your VA appointment several days before any special events or photos to give the gel time to settle. Last but not least, most patients continue with their normal routine immediately after treatment, meaning you can get on with your day.

Your results will persist for about six months, at which time you can simply call our office and arrange a maintenance appointment. Planning for these sessions two or three times a year is common and can be easily slotted into any schedule.

Kiss Flat Lips Goodbye

Versa for lips is one of the most effective treatments to combat a flat, thinning pout. But it can also correct nasolabial folds and smooth away fine lines. We will address all your concerns during your consultation and develop a treatment plan that meets your unique goals. The only step left is for you to schedule your consultation. Kiss flat lips (and wrinkles) goodbye by contacting Lecada Medical Artistry in Tampa, FL today.

What Is Belotero?

Your skin is affected significantly by the aging process. Over-the-counter topical creams may provide marginal benefits for a while, but eventually, they will become insufficient. If you’re ready for an effective anti-aging treatment, we have just what you need. At Lecada Medical Artistry in Tampa, FL, we offer Belotero, an incredibly powerful anti-aging injectable that provides ideal results after just one session. Today, we’re discussing what this powerful injectable can do for you.

What Is Belotero?

Belotero is an injectable anti-aging treatment featuring hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a chemical compound found naturally in the human body, primarily in the skin and between the joints. This polysaccharide (chain of sugar molecules) is essential for maintaining your youthful appearance because it attracts and retains water. This results in soft, supple, volumized, hydrated-looking skin.

What Is This Injectable Used for?

This injectable is used to erase severe creases, lines, wrinkles, and folds caused by extreme volume loss. Your skin is affected by the aging process because your skin produces less elastin and collagen every year when you reach your 30s. When these essential structural supports for your skin weaken and are not replaced by fresh, healthy proteins and fibers, your skin sags, wrinkles, and thins significantly.

Treating the Visible Aging Signs

This anti-aging injectable will erase the visible signs of aging by volumizing the treatment location temporarily. This powerful dermal filler can be used to treat a number of cosmetic concerns. By adjusting the dosage used, it can treat creases and wrinkles that are mild, moderate, or severe in nature, providing natural-looking results.

It is most commonly used to correct the appearance of wrinkles in the lower portion of the face, such as vertical lip lines, lines around the corners of the mouth, smile lines, nasolabial folds, and chin wrinkles. However, it can also treat other areas, such as the temples and the lower eyelids.

Enhancing Your Facial Features

This injectable is ideal for enhancing your facial features without undergoing an invasive procedure. For example, it can enhance your natural beauty by restoring volume to your cheeks or improving the appearance of your lips.

What Areas Can This Injectable Treat?

As noted above, this treatment is most commonly used to treat the lower half of the face by restoring a significant amount of volume. Here’s a closer look at what you can expect this treatment to do for you:

Smile Lines

Smile lines are lines that extend from the outer corners of the nose to the mouth’s outer corners. They occur when the mid-face has lost a significant amount of volume due to age, weight loss, or lifestyle choices. The more volume the middle of your face loses, the less prominent your cheeks become. The aging process inevitably results in skin laxity due to a significant decrease in elasticity.

This powerful dermal filler volumizes and lifts cheeks that start to sag and droop due to elasticity loss, resulting in a fresh, young, natural look. Regardless of the severity, this injectable dermal filler will erase lines caused by volume loss and lift sagging drooping skin.

The Area Around Your Eyes

Since the skin around your eyes is so thin, the area around your eyes is one of the first regions of the face to reveal the effects of the aging process. A small reduction in the production of collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid leads to severe wrinkles, lines, and bags. If you have bags beneath your eyes that do not disappear despite adequate rest, this injectable dermal filler is ideal for youthening your eye region.

The Lips

Few people think of the lips when they ponder the visible effects of the aging process. However, the lips are not immune to the results of aging. Over time, lines and wrinkles can develop around your mouth. Besides smile lines that stretch from your nose to your mouth, perioral lines may appear as you age.

Perioral lines are vertical lip lines that form around your mouth. Volumizing one or both of the lips can rejuvenate and you than your appearance significantly.

How Long Do the Results of Belotero Treatment Last?

One advantageous aspect of this hyaluronic acid-based dermal filler is the results are very long-lasting. Once the injectable gel is administered, the results can last anywhere from six to 18 months. The durability of your treatment results will depend on where the filler is injected, how severe your cosmetic concerns are and the dosage of gel used.

As the results of your initial treatment fade, you should come in for a quick, painless maintenance treatment. The dosage used for your maintenance treatment will be smaller than the original dose because the results take months to fade fully once they begin to diminish.

How Soon Will I See the Results of My Treatment?

You should expect to see a significant improvement in the appearance of the treated area as soon as your injections are complete. That said, it takes a couple of weeks for the dermal filler to settle beneath your skin fully and provide ideal results.

What Are the Benefits Associated With Belotero Treatment?

As noted above, one of the most significant benefits associated with this dermal filler is the durability of the results. However, there are many other benefits that are also associated with this treatment. For example, it is so effective because it treats the root cause of the aging signs you are experiencing.

This contrasts greatly with topical anti-aging creams that don’t penetrate the top layer of the skin. Regardless of your age, you can rest assured one treatment session with this injectable will improve the texture and elasticity of your skin.

Skin Hydration

As you age, your skin may begin to appear chronically dry. Unfortunately, when there isn’t enough hyaluronic acid in your skin, it will look dry even when you drink plenty of water every day. Since this dermal filler’s active ingredient is hyaluronic acid, water will be attracted to the treatment area and remain there since the hyaluronic acid binds to water and doesn’t spread outside of the treatment area.

The primary result of this is hydrated-looking skin. However, once your skin is hydrated, you will also notice it is firmer, smoother, and tighter.

Natural-Looking Results

You can feel confident the results of your Belotero treatment will look natural because your body can’t tell the difference between the injected hyaluronic acid and the hyaluronic acid it produces naturally. However, this doesn’t just mean you will enjoy natural-looking results. It also means there is no risk of an allergic reaction to the filler or other undesirable consequences.

Reversible Results

Over time, your body will metabolize the hyaluronic acid gel. However, you should know the results of this treatment can be reversed easily at any time. Hyaluronic acid can be metabolized by an injectable enzyme known as hyaluronidase. If you choose to use this dermal filler to augment your lips, but decide the results are too dramatic, a convenient injection session will reverse your results immediately.

Maintenance Sessions Are Rare

To reiterate, the results of this injectable anti-aging treatment are incredibly durable. Other anti-aging treatments, if they are effective, require maintenance sessions every couple of months. When you treat your cosmetic concerns with this dermal filler, you won’t have to come in more than once or twice per year.

Additionally, you may only have to come in once every other year depending on where your injections are administered. Regardless of how hectic your schedule is, you can make time to maintain your youthful appearance once annually.

Discover if This Aesthetic Treatment Is Right for You

You should feel confident in your appearance. Belotero is a safe, effective way to erase wrinkles quickly and comfortably. To find out if this anti-aging treatment is right for you, contact us today at Lecada Medical Artistry in Tampa, FL to schedule your initial consultation.

What Is Botox Used For?

You’ve probably heard about injectables, which can rejuvenate aging skin and turn back the clock on lines and wrinkles. But did you know that Botox isn’t just a solution to many cosmetic concerns, but can be used to treat medical issues too? At Lecada Medical Artistry here in Tampa, FL, we’re proud to offer this simple and effective treatment. If you’re ready for more youthful-looking skin or want to know what else Botox could do for you, we can’t wait to assist you.

What Is Botox Used For?

This treatment can be used to address cosmetic concerns such as wrinkles and fine lines on the skin. In particular, it targets dynamic wrinkles, which are the wrinkles that develop over time due to moving your face a lot. The treatment works by blocking signals between the nerves and the muscles under the skin so that they relax. The skin on top then stays smooth and even, no matter how much you move your face.

It can also treat medical concerns using the same science. Many frustrating conditions depend on communication between the nerves and muscles around the body. By blocking these signals, the symptoms can be temporarily stopped. This versatility makes it the perfect treatment for all sorts of patients with different afflictions. Read on to learn if Botox could be of use to you.

Cosmetic Uses

Dynamic wrinkles appear when a person repeatedly moves their face to form expressions. They develop over time and become more pronounced as we emote. These wrinkles include crow’s feet, worry lines horizontal along the forehead), and frown lines (vertical between the eyebrows). Not only do these lines often age a person up, but they can project emotions that you’re not really feeling, such as looking sad or worried when you’re feeling neutral.

You should be able to laugh, talk, and move your face without worrying about lines forming or deepening. This treatment can relax the muscles so they don’t move no matter how much you’re still emoting, leaving your skin soft and even. Botox isn’t effective on some signs of aging such as hollow cheeks or sagging skin. For these concerns, our staff at Lecada Medical Artistry recommends fillers. If you’re not sure what injectable will best suit your skin, come in for a chat and we can set up the treatment that works best.

Medical Uses

This treatment is used to combat many medical concerns, including:

  • Migraines
  • Lazy eye
  • Grinding your teeth
  • Spasms
  • Excessive sweating
  • An overactive bladder

Surprisingly, all these conditions are the result of muscles not working properly. For example, lazy eyes are caused by unbalanced muscles that, when relaxed, balance out and restore an even-looking eye shape. Botox can alleviate the painful or just embarrassing symptoms of these and other medical concerns so you can enjoy life.

How Does This Treatment Work?

Botulinum toxin, or Botox, is a protein that blocks communication between the nerves and the muscles. It’s injected using a very fine needle into specific areas around the body to relax certain muscle groups: when used under the arm, it can stop excessive sweating, or when used between the eyebrows it can soften frown lines.

Patients first have a consultation in our office where we discuss their problem areas and develop a treatment plan. On the day of their session, they come in with a clean face and we perform injections as per the plan. A member of our expert staff might numb the treatment area, but thanks to the needle being so small and fine, patients experience no pain regardless. The injections are quick and simple and then the entire process is over.

What Are the Benefits of This Treatment?

It’s Fast

Unlike many surgical procedures that can take hours, this treatment can be over in as little as ten minutes. The absolute maximum time it will take is half an hour. That means it can slot into your lunch break and is usually quicker than even a haircut. Even coming back for maintenance sessions isn’t a hassle when appointments are this short.

You Don’t Need Time To Recover

Patients love that they can immediately carry on with their days after their sessions, returning to work or running errands as per usual. There’s no time needed to heal or rest afterward. Because you won’t need any anesthetic, you can even drive yourself to and from the appointment.

There are usually a few simple steps to follow so that your skin stays healthy and your results last. These might include not rubbing or touching the treatment area, avoiding harsh sunlight, and not partaking in vigorous exercise. These are temporary guidelines and you’ll be able to resume normal life in no time.

It’s Proven To Be Super Safe

This treatment has been around and FDA-approved since 1989. Since then, it’s been studied further and become more advanced, keeping it at the top of the food chain of injectables. For this reason, patients feel confident in the process and product. When in the hands of experts like our staff here at Lecada Medical Artistry, you can trust that this is a completely safe cosmetic solution.

Results Develop Quickly

Some patients notice a change in their skin in as little as two or three days after treatment, while others notice them after about a week. The exact time depends on the individual, including how deep their wrinkles are and what the tissue under their skin is like. The results develop with time and optimal outcomes can usually be seen by the ten-day mark.

The results last for roughly three to four months, after which time, lines and wrinkles will start reappearing. Most of our patients love their treated skin so much they come in for touch-up sessions when this happens. We’re always excited to welcome you back to Lecada Medical Artistry to revitalize your skin again.

People Love the Results

Whether used for cosmetic or medical concerns, the outcomes of this treatment delight our patients again and again. For those wanting to diminish wrinkles and lines, they can enjoy smoother skin that looks fresher and more youthful. They can emote freely, moving their face to smile, laugh, and chat, and know that deep wrinkles won’t form as they do so. Thanks to the targeted nature of the treatment, they also feel comforted knowing that untreated areas still move dynamically, keeping the face looking normal and natural.

Those who used treatment to address medical issues such as sweating or lazy eye no longer have to worry about these ailments and can instead feel free and comfortable in their bodies. We love how this treatment can afford patients such confidence.

Who Is an Ideal Candidate for This Treatment?

If you’re over eighteen and bothered by dynamic wrinkles leaving you looking older, sadder, angrier, or more tired than you really are, you may be a good candidate for this treatment. We know these wrinkles can affect people of all ages, genders, and skin tones. Likewise, adult candidates looking to treat any of the medical concerns we’ve mentioned above are encouraged to schedule a consultation with us.

When you come in for your initial consultation, we’ll review your medical history, including allergies and any medication you’re on, to ensure you’re a healthy candidate. We’ll also discuss your goals to make sure this treatment can give you the results you’re after. If it’s not a good fit, we offer a number of excellent alternatives that might better treat your concerns.

Schedule a Consultation Today

If you don’t want to live with wrinkles, lines, excessive sweating, teeth grinding, or whatever treatable concern has been bugging you, you no longer have to. Botox is a tried and tested solution to both medical and cosmetic issues and can get you feeling more confident and comfortable in your skin in one easy session. To learn more, contact us now at Lecada Medical Artistry in Tampa, FL.