Cosmetic Injectables

Am I a Candidate for KYBELLA™ Double Chin Reduction Treatment?

Our Dermlounge medispa, located at Richmond Aesthetic Surgery, strives to provide patients with non-surgical treatments that can offer natural-looking results. One of our popular cosmetic injectables, KYBELLA™, is specifically designed to target and reduce excess fat beneath the chin and/or jaw, while creating a more contoured appearance.

This type of treatment is best for patients who lead a healthy and active lifestyle, but who wish to eliminate the appearance of a double chin. If excess fat is causing a “bulging” appearance, KYBELLA™ could be a good treatment option. These FDA-approved injections can be beneficial in reducing submental fullness caused by aging, genetics, or weight gain. If our plastic surgeon determines that excess, inelastic skin along the chin or upper neck is what’s causing the concern, a surgical neck lift may be recommended.

A thorough consultation with our experienced staff, led by skilled plastic surgeon Dr. Neil J. Zemmel, can help determine if this treatment would be right for you. We will provide a physical exam of the potential treatment area and answer any questions you may have. KYBELLA™ has proven to be a remarkable treatment option for many patients who are looking for ways to reduce signs of a double chin and improve the appearance of their profile.

Please contact us today to schedule a consultation for KYBELLA™.

JUVÉDERM VOLLURE™ XC Introduced as Dermal Filler for Nasolabial Folds

JUVÉDERM® continues to revolutionize the market for cosmetic injectables with the introduction of JUVÉDERM VOLLURE™ XC, a new product specifically designed to target the smile lines that extend from the nose to the mouth. JUVÉDERM® has long released a number of innovative dermal fillers that use naturally occurring substances to combat the forces of time and age, but JUVÉDERM VOLLURE™ XC acts as the only product that can achieve optimal results for nasolabial folds lasting up to a year and a half.

Like all products in the JUVÉDERM® dermal filler line, JUVÉDERM VOLLURE™ XC is composed of a hyaluronic acid-based gel. Hyaluronic acid is a substance produced naturally in the body to moisturize and soften skin. Combined with lidocaine, a mild anesthetic found in the gel to decrease discomfort at the injection site, JUVÉDERM VOLLURE™ XC firms and softens skin, yet remains supple enough to flow easily through the desired treatment area.  

JUVÉDERM VOLLURE™ XC gently and effectively improves the look of nasolabial folds, or “parentheses” wrinkles, by adding small amounts of volume to the treatment area for a more youthful, rejuvenated appearance. JUVÉDERM VOLLURE™ XC’s ability to comprehensively treat moderate to severe wrinkles in the lower half of the face with a non-surgical, minimally invasive procedure is prompting some patients to consider it as an alternative to a facelift. Benefits of using JUVÉDERM VOLLURE™ XC can include:

  • Temporarily reverses signs of aging by smoothing nasolabial folds
  • Minimizes discomfort during the procedure due to the built-in anesthetic
  • Lasts up to eighteen months

Mild to moderate side effects may appear at the injection site and can include swelling, numbness, bruising, or discoloration. Within a week, these will typically subside.

To learn more about whether you are a good candidate for JUVÉDERM VOLLURE™ XC, please contact our practice today.

How Can I Get Rid of a Double Chin Without Surgery?

kybella_injection_logo_rgbThe appearance of submental fullness (frequently called a “double chin”) is a common cosmetic concern that entails excess fat under the chin, which is often difficult to lose despite a healthy diet and exercise. Traditionally, liposuction has been the only effective method of eliminating accumulated fat beneath the chin and creating a more sculpted jawline. However, with the introduction of KYBELLA™, patients now have a non-surgical alternative that is quickly gaining popularity.

KYBELLA™ has many unique advantages compared to liposuction for reducing the appearance of a double chin. Since KYBELLA™ is an injectable used directly at the target site, there are no incisions and little to no associated recovery time. In addition, the entire KYBELLA™ treatment can be completed within 20 minutes, allowing patients to immediately return to their daily activities. Composed of deoxycholic acid, KYBELLA™ works to dissolve excess dietary fat, ultimately providing enhanced contours around the area of the upper neck and chin. Follow-up treatments may be scheduled to maximize the results of this innovative procedure. Once the desired number of treatments is complete, the final outcome with KYBELLA™ is considered to be long lasting.

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KYBELLA™ is the only non-surgical procedure approved by the FDA to treat submental fullness (double chin). If you would like to learn more about KYBELLA™, or schedule a consultation at Dermlounge, please contact our office today.

What Makes JUVÉDERM VOLUMA™ XC Different From Other Injectables?

woman smilingFor over a decade, injectables have been a popular choice for patients wanting to achieve – and maintain – firmer, smoother skin. Both neurotoxin-based injectables such as BOTOX® Cosmetic and hyaluronic acid-based dermal fillers such as JUVÉDERM® can be used to create a more youthful complexion. However, with the introduction of JUVÉDERM VOLUMA™ XC, our patients at the Dermlounge can rejuvenate the midface like never before.

If you have experienced volume loss, wrinkles, or folds in the cheek area, JUVÉDERM VOLUMA™ XC can reverse these common signs of facial aging. The advanced formula of this dermal filler contains hyaluronic acid (HA), which can hydrate, nourish, and restore the skin of the midface for results that are long lasting. In addition, JUVÉDERM VOLUMA™ XC is the only dermal filler specifically designed for the treatment of midfacial aging that has been approved by the FDA.

Although JUVÉDERM® also contains hyaluronic acid, it has a softer consistency that makes it better suited to areas of the face with thinner skin or for lip augmentation. JUVÉDERM VOLUMA™ XC, on the other hand, has a slightly thicker consistency and is designed for deeper hydration and volume restoration. To learn which injectable can best achieve your cosmetic goals, schedule a consultation with one of our skin experts at Dermlounge today.

For more information about facial rejuvenation with JUVÉDERM VOLUMA™ XC, please contact our practice.

What Are The Side Effects Of BOTOX Cosmetic Injections?

smile-lips-womanBOTOX® Cosmetic is one of the most popular injectables at Dermlounge. Our patients have used BOTOX® injections to successfully achieve a more youthful complexion by blocking the involuntary contraction of facial muscles that can cause wrinkles. For most patients, this non-surgical facial rejuvenation treatment is fast, effective, and often performed during a lunch hour or in-between errands.

Like most treatments, however, some patients may experience potential side effects with BOTOX® Cosmetic. The most common are mild and include:

  •      Redness
  •      Slight swelling
  •      Light bruising

Typically, these conditions resolve within a few hours of treatment and do not require any significant downtime.

In rare cases, BOTOX® Cosmetic may cause more severe side effects, and since this injectable is composed of a purified form of botulinum toxin type A, an allergic reaction is possible. If you experience symptoms such as inflammation, dizziness, hives, or shortness of breath after your injections, you should immediately seek emergency medical assistance. Even though allergic reactions to BOTOX® Cosmetic are uncommon, we recommend our patients discuss any known allergies or history of adverse reactions to medication with our Aesthetic Nurse Practitioner Erin Stratton, NP before you begin treatment.

If you have additional questions about BOTOX® Cosmetic, or if you would like to schedule a consultation at Dermlounge, please contact us today.

Liquid Facelift Before and After

Below are some Before and After selfies from one of my patients at Dermlounge. My goal was a mid-face rejuvenation to disguise her lower eyelid hollowing, in addition to diminishing the appearance of her jowls and lower face sagging. I used JUVÉDERM VOLUMA™ XC to lift the mid-face, cheeks and lower eye region and to help laterally tighten the lower face skin. The result is a refreshed, yet natural, appearance.

Erin Stratton, NP-BC

If you are ready to see how we can help you achieve a revitalized look, contact Dermlounge today!

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How Long Do Cosmetic Injectables Last?

cosmetic-injectablesCosmetic injectables can be a great solution for those wishing to achieve a more youthful facial appearance. The non-surgical treatment method proves to be an effective alternative to surgical procedures like the facelift or forehead lift. Injectables like BOTOX® Cosmetic, Dysport®, or dermal fillers work well for those with mild to moderate signs of aging who are interested in facial rejuvenation.

Although they are temporary solutions, injectables can provide long lasting results with the help of touch-up treatments. Since each injectable is composed of a different formula, the duration of results will vary. See below for more details about how long our different injectables typically last:

BOTOX® Cosmetic

BOTOX® Cosmetic helps smooth lines and wrinkles by preventing the target muscle from fully contracting. The injectable is often used to treat horizontal forehead lines, crow’s feet, and the vertical creases between the eyebrows. Results typically last anywhere from three to six months, but our team recommends touch-up treatments every three to six months to maintain optimal results.

Dysport®

Dysport® is similar to BOTOX® Cosmetic in that it relaxes the target facial muscles to smooth aging lines. The most popular areas treated with Dysport® are horizontal forehead lines, crow’s feet, and vertical lines between the eyebrows. The injectable typically lasts three to five months, at which point patients can receive additional treatments to extend their results.

Dermal Fillers

Dermal fillers can successfully diminish fine lines and wrinkles by filling in areas that have gradually lost collagen over time. Common areas treated with dermal fillers include hollow cheeks, marionette lines, around the lips, and nasolabial folds. At Dermlounge we offer state-of-the-art fillers, each with its unique benefits. Results from Perlane® have shown to last about four to eight months, while Radiesse® typically lasts a year or more. We also offer JUVÉDERM®, which can last up to a year, and JUVÉDERM VOLUMA™ XC, which is designed to treat aging in the midfacial region, lasting up to two years.

Contact Dermlounge

For more information about how our cosmetic injectables can rejuvenate your appearance, please contact us to schedule your consultation. Our team of experienced professionals – Neil Zemmel, MD, and Erin Stratton, NP-BC – looks forward to helping you achieve your cosmetic goals!