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The Aesthetic Method FAQs

Questions about services? How to book an appointment? Our frequently asked questions have the answer. If you have additional questions about achieving a youthful glow, please call or email us. 

  • Do you offer free consultations?
    We charge $100 for a consultation, but this goes towards your future treatment or skincare products. Every patient receives our Signature Full Face Assessment during which we educate you on the affects of aging, address your concerns and together create a long term plan of what would benefit you the most.
  • What is the difference between botox and fillers?
    Botulinum toxin (Botox) injections relax muscles, which then soften wrinkles. It takes approximately 2-14 days for Botox to take effect and it lasts about 3 months. Dermal fillers add volume, contour and sometimes lift. Fillers provide an instant result and last anywhere from 6-24 months.
  • How do I book an appointment?
    We recommend booking your initial appointment online and your repeat appointments in our office since were are normally booked 4-8 weeks in advance. If you need additional help or do not see an appointment that works for you, please call or email us. You are required to enter your credit card information before you can book your appointment. You will receive an email after booking with a link to our “Patient Portal”. You can change, cancel and fill out new patient paperwork in the Patient Portal. Make sure you check your spam folder if you do not receive the email.
  • What is your cancellation policy?
    We do require a credit card to hold your appointment. Your card will not be charged unless you cancel within 48 hours of your appointment or do not show for your appointment. If you cancel within 48 hours or a no-call/no-show on two separate occasions, we ask you seek another provider. We understand things come up, but please be respectful of others who would love your appointment space. We appreciate your understanding and support for our growing small business.
  • Where are the most common areas to use botulinum toxin injections?
    Botulinum toxin injections are commonly used to treat horizontal forehead lines, glabellar (mean 11 area), crow’s feet, around the lips for a lip flip, massester muscles for TMJ, neck lines, dimply chin, downturned corners of the mouth and bunny lines on the nose.
  • Where are the most common areas to use fillers?
    Our goal is to treat your entire face as a whole and balance you, versus injecting in an a la carte way. We never want to overfill, but instead balance your face. Most common areas to use filler are temples, cheeks, midface, undereye, nose, nasolabial folds, piriform aperture, smoker lines, lips, shadow/marionette area, chin, jawline and neck.
  • What is Botox?
    Botox is the brand name of a botulinum toxin that temporarily paralyzes your muscle to prevent it from pulling on the skin to create wrinkles. Although it is a toxin, it is FDA approved and safe to inject in recommended quantities. There are 4 types of botulinum toxin on the market that are currently FDA approved. We carry 3 different types in our office: Jeuveau, Dysport and Botox. Sometimes this varies, but we work together to choose the best one for you.
  • What's the difference between Jeuveau, Dysport and Botox? Is one better than the other?
    All are botulinum toxins, they are just manufactured by different companies. All have the same mechanism of action and give the similar results. All are great! Some clients love Jeuveau, some love Dysport and others prefer Botox – everyone is different. The best way to find out which works best for you is to try all at different appointments. The one that worked best for you would take effect the quickest and last the longest.
  • Does Botox hurt?
    Botox appointments are surprisingly easy and comfortable. You will feel a small prick when the needle is inserted.
  • What areas can you treat with botulinum toxins?
    There are multiple areas you can treat including: Horizontal lines across your forehead "Mean 11s" or vertical frown lines between your eyebrows "Bunny lines" or lines near the bridge of your nose "Crow's feet" or lines at the corner of your eyes Gummy Smiles Lip Flips Vertical lines around the mouth also known as “smoker lines” (these can be genetic, no smoking required to obtain them) Downturned corners of the mouth Dimpling chin Massesters or for TMJ Horizontal lines across the neck Underarms for excessive sweating Botulinum toxin looks the most natural when you treat every area with a smaller amount versus freezing one area with a large amount.
  • When do you see results? Are results immediate?
    It takes anywhere from 2-14 days to see results, but you must wait a full two weeks before any additional treatments or touch-ups.
  • How long does botulinum toxin last?
    It should last anywhere from 3-4 months.
  • Is there any downtime?
    Immediately after treatment there will often be red little bumps akin to a tiny mosquito bite on the skin. They subside within 10-15 minutes after treatment.
  • How much does it cost?
    Cost depends on the number of units used and how many areas are being treated. On average, it can range anywhere from $200-$600.
  • How many units will I need?
    We won't know until we see you. At the time of your appointment, we will make recommendations based on the results you are trying to achieve in a certain area. Some areas will need more units because the muscle is larger and stronger, while other areas will only need a couple.
  • How long does the appointment take?
    The appointment takes approximately 30 minutes, but the treatment itself is less than 10 minutes. Majority of your appointment is spent going over the service and answering any questions you may have about your treatment.
  • How do I do to prepare for my appointment?
    We typically recommend avoiding large amounts of alcohol 72 hours before, caffeine day of and any NSAIDS/Blood thinners 1 weeks prior to your treatment to minimize bleeding/bruising. Please consult your physician before stopping any prescription medications.
  • What should or shouldn't I do after my appointment?
    When you leave your appointment we recommend you DO NOT do the following: DO NOT lay flat on your back for 3 hours following treatment. This prevents the botulinum toxin from migrating to other areas not treated. DO NOT exercise or engage in any activities that will cause you to sweat from areas treated for 24 hours! DO NOT massage areas treated, receive a facial or massage for 48 hours. No hats or headbands that could put pressure on the areas treated for 24 hours If you want to put makeup on over the areas treated make sure you use a clean applicator.
  • What are dermal fillers?
    The dermal fillers we offer are made of hyaluronic acid, a synthetic version of a naturally-occurring sugar our body makes. Dermal fillers add volume to the area treated to change the way the light hits the face. They are used to help improve the contours of the face and replace lost volume due to aging.
  • What areas of the face can be treated with fillers?
    Our goal is to treat your entire face as a whole and balance you versus injecting in an a la carte way. We never want to overfill, but instead balance your face. Most common areas to use filler are: Temples Cheeks Midface Undereye Nose Nasolabial Folds Piriform Aperture Smoker Lines Lips Shadow/Marionette Area Chin Jawline Neck
  • What is the downtime with fillers?
    The rule of thumb is to not love or hate your filler for 2 weeks. Depending on what area is treated, there may be several days of swelling, bruising, and the filler will feel firm. Swelling resolves within 3-4 days and bruising resolves within a week if it occurs at all. The filler will feel firm for the first 2 weeks and may feel lumpy but will soften as it settles and feel softer. If you are prone to bruising, ask about our signature anti-bruising protocol at your appointment!
  • How long will my appointment take?
    Dermal filler appointments take about 45 minutes. These appointments are a little longer than a Botox appointment because we numb our clients for about 15-20 minutes. To achieve Full Face Rejuvenation, you may need multiple filler appointments over the course of 6-12 months.
  • Do dermal fillers hurt?
    Most clients are very comfortable during treatment. Our fillers contain lidocaine and we also numb you before. If at any time you feel uncomfortable, we are happy to give you more numbing. Or if you are anxious we offer Nitrous Oxide aka “laughing gas!”
  • What should I do to prepare for my appointment?
    We typically recommend avoiding large amounts of alcohol 72 hours before, caffeine day of and any NSAIDS/Blood thinners 1 weeks prior to your treatment to minimize bleeding/bruising. Please consult your physician before stopping any prescription medications. There is a higher chance of bruising with dermal filler treatments than with Botox, so some clients may take arnica tablets 4-7 days prior to their treatment but it is not necessary. Arnica is an over-the-counter homeopathic medication which helps prevent bruising, found in most pharmacies.
  • What should or shouldn't I do after my appointment?
    Please DO NOT massage or manipulate the area treated as this may alter your results. This is especially important in the first 6 hours following treatment as that is when the filler is most malleable. Please drink LOTS of water. Hyaluronic acid fillers work by absorbing water so the more you drink, the more beautiful your results. If you are experiencing swelling, you may ice the area for 10 minutes at a time. Please be sure to take a 10 minute break between ice applications as it is easy to give yourself frostbite if the ice pack is left on for too long. We recommend you do not exercise for 24-48 hours as this will increase swelling. Keep in mind some treatments may have different aftercare instructions so these may not all apply to your specific service. We will go over everything at your appointment that applies.
  • How much do dermal fillers cost?
    Dermal fillers range from $550-800/syringe depending on the size of the syringe and the specific product, but they last from 12-24 months, so if you divide that up you may be paying as little as $0.75 per day (less than what most people spend per day on coffee!). Recommendations on product and syringe size will be made at the time of your appointment.
  • How long do dermal fillers last?
    Dermal fillers last different amounts of time depending on the product and placement. Some dermal fillers last 6-12 months while others last 18-24 months. On average, most clients will come in at least once to twice a year to maintain their results.
  • What is the biggest risk of dermal fillers?
    The biggest risk of any filler is a vascular occlusion. Although this is extremely rare, if you are getting dermal fillers you should know every risk. This occurs when filler is placed into a blood vessel and blocks blood flow to your skin. If this occurs usually the area will turn white immediately and you will experience pain different than a poke. We keep a dissolving agent on hand at all times and will initiate the protocol if ever needed. If you are to notice blanching, pain you cannot ignore or abnormal swelling once you go home, you need to contact us immediately. WE GIVE AN AFTERCARE CARD TO ANYONE RECEIVING FILLER. Although this is an extremely low risk, you should always be aware of all risks with any procedure you are receiving.
  • What is PRF?
    The Platelet-Rich Fibrin (PRF) technique is where we draw your own blood from your arm, place it in a centrifuge to spin down and to generate a complex Fibrin Matrix rich in Platelets, Leukocytes and Mesenchymal stem cells. Over the span of 10-12 days, this results in the constant release of growth factors and interleukins which accelerate tissue healing and regenerating processes.
  • What areas can you treat with PRF?
    PRF is great for skin crepiness that filler might not be able to treat alone. Most common areas to treat with PRF are undereyes and the scalp for hair growth!
  • Is PRF natural?
    YES! And this is why people love it! It is literally using your own blood products to produce your body’s own collagen and growth factors.
  • What do PRF instead of Filler?
    PRF is more for skin tightening and hair growth whereas filler replenishes lost volume and contours. You can however mix filler in with PRF to achieve both results!
  • How many treatments will I need?
    Most people need 3 treatments over three months to achieve optimal results.
  • What is the downtime?
    Most people have little to no downtime. Because we are still injecting the PRF with needles or cannulas, you can get some bruising and swelling. If you experience a lot of swelling you can take anti-histamines, ibuprofen and ask us to call you in a steroid pack.
  • Do you offer packages?
    Yes! And you actually can save hundreds of dollars if you purchase a 3-treatment package!
  • Does it hurt?
    We do numb you before, but if you are really anxious we can offer your Nitrous Oxide aka “laughing gas.”
  • What is MOXI?
    MOXI is a light resurfacing laser treatment designed with PREjuvenation in mind. MOXI is meant to brighten and refresh your skin without any social downtime. It comfortably delivers non-ablative laser energy to revitalize your skin by correcting the initial signs of sun damage and aging, no matter the season or skin type.
  • What does MOXI treat?
    MOXI focuses on prejuvenation and overall skin quality, but can also be used to address specific conditions and is our go to treatment for melasma as well as, signs of aging, pigmentation & sun damage, uneven skin tone and texture.
  • How does it work?
    MOXI heats up deeper layers of the skin to help stimulate cells to reproduce new collagen and elastin.
  • Who is a candidate?
    Any skin type can receive this treatment! It is a great laser treatment for those just starting their skincare journey or are new to laser treatments.
  • Can I receive the treatment in the summer?
    To receive treatment, you must avoid the sun prior to treatment (no sunbathing or active tan/sunburn) and avoid the sun after treatment for about 1-2 weeks (follow your normal SPF routine and wear a hat if outside). Basically, no, you do not need to hide in your house!
  • Is there any downtime?
    Though downtime will mean something different for everyone, there is no social downtime with this treatment. You can return to work and even apply makeup after 24 hours.
  • Is the treatment painful?
    The treatment is quick and comfortable. A topical numbing cream is applied and the treatment itself is usually done in less than 10 minutes.
  • What should I expect after treatment?
    Immediately after treatment you’ll be red and have a feeling of warmth that will subside within the hour.
  • How do I care for my skin after treatment?
    For the next week, your skincare routine will be simple, no active ingredients or exfoliating the skin. Allow the rough sandpaper texture to slough off naturally. Premature exfoliation could result in uneven skin tone!
  • How many treatments will I need?
    Depending on concern, most people will need multiple treatments to reach their desired outcome, usually 3-4 treatments. Your laser technician will be able to give you detailed information on the number of treatments they believe you will need to reach your goal.
  • How long will my results last?
    Results last as long as you take care of your skin. Using medical grade skincare as well as wearing SPF daily will ensure your fresh even skin will remain that way!
  • What happens when I complete my treatments?
    Once you reach your desired outcome, from there it is about maintenance! Along with medical grade skincare and SPF, we recommend receiving a MOXI every 6 months or yearly to maintain your results.
  • How do I schedule this treatment around my botox and filler appointments?
    If you have had dermal filler or PDO threads, we recommend waiting at least 2 weeks to receive any laser treatment, as well as waiting 2 weeks after laser to receive any filler or PDO threads. Although it is not desirable, botulinum toxin injections can be performed the same day, just not before and you will need two separate appointments.
  • What is Forever Young BBL?
    Forever Young BBL reverses the signs of aging. It improves skin pigmentation, flushing, uneven skin tone, sun damage and troublesome age spots. It is a quick, noninvasive treatment with results typically seen after your first or second treatment.
  • What does it treat?
    Forever Young BBL treats any unwanted pigmented lesions, freckles, age spots, sunspots, vascular lesions, small blood vessels, and rosacea. Think of it as the reds and browns in the skin.
  • What areas can be treated with Forever Young BBL?
    You can treat the face, neck, chest, back, shoulders, and back of hands.
  • How long does the treatment take?
    A typical treatment takes about an hour depending on your specific skin care concerns and what areas of the body we are treating. We can treat multiple areas during your appointment as long as it is booked correctly with the appropriate amount of time needed.
  • How does it work?
    BBL stands for Broadband Light. It deposits pulses of light energy to heat up the skin, causing the outermost layers of the skin to absorb the heat. Pigmented skin cells begin to die off, regenerating new skin cells to come in. When going after superficial vessels and broken capillaries with the Broadband light, the areas get closed off or collapse.
  • Can I receive the treatment in the summer?
    To receive treatment, you must avoid the sun prior to treatment (no sunbathing or active tan/sunburn) and avoid the sun after treatment for about 1-2 weeks (follow your normal SPF routine and wear a hat if outside). Basically, no, you do not need to hide in your house!
  • Is there any downtime?
    Though downtime will mean something different for everyone, there is no social downtime with this treatment. You can return to work and even apply makeup after 24 hours.
  • What should I expect after treatment?
    Immediately after treatment you will be red and have a feeling of warmth that will subside within the hour. Your pigment will darken to a blackish brown color. Pigmented lesions with slowly slough off within 7-10 days.
  • How do I care for my skin after treatment?
    For the next week, your skincare routine will be simple, no active ingredients or exfoliating the skin. Allow the darkened pigment to slough off naturally. Premature exfoliation could result in uneven skin tone!
  • How often can I receive this treatment?
    Forever Young BBL can be done as often as every 4 weeks.
  • How many treatments will I need?
    Depending on concern most people will need multiple treatments to reach their desired outcome, usually 3-6 per area. Your laser technician will be able to give you detailed information on the number of treatments they believe you will need to reach your goal at your consultation.
  • How long will my results last?
    Results last as long as you take care of your skin. Using medical grade skincare as well as wearing SPF daily will ensure your fresh even skin will remain that way!
  • What happens when I complete my treatments?
    Once you reach your desired outcome, from there it is about maintenance. Along with medical grade skincare and SPF, we recommend receiving a BBL every 3-6 months or yearly to maintain your results.
  • How do I schedule this treatment around my Botox and filler appointments?
    If you have had dermal filler or PDO threads, we recommend waiting at least 2 weeks to receive any laser treatment, as well as waiting 2 weeks after laser to receive any filler or PDO threads. Although it is not desirable, botulinum toxin injections can be performed the same day, just not before and you will need two separate appointments.
  • If I purchased a package, can it be split up between different areas on the body?
    Yes. For example, if you purchased a package of 3 BBLs you could use 2 on your face and 1 on your chest or vice versa. Ideally, you will need at least 3 treatments per area for best results.
  • What is BBL Forever Clear- Acne Treatment?
    Forever Clear BBL is a quick and efficient way to treat active acne and redness. It will also help reduce painful inflammation and the risk of acne scarring.
  • What areas can we treat with Forever Clear and how much time does one treatment take?
    The most common treatment areas include the face, neck, and chest. Treatment can take as little as 15 minutes depending on the size of the area we are treating and how many areas we are treating during your appointment.
  • How does it work?
    During a forever clear treatment, first we use blue BBL light to eliminate bacteria deep down in the pores. The we treat the skin with yellow BBL to reduce inflammation and redness caused by acne.
  • Can I receive the treatment in the summer?
    To receive treatment, you must avoid the sun prior to treatment (no sunbathing or active tan/sunburn) and avoid the sun after treatment for about 1-2 weeks (follow your normal SPF routine and wear a hat if outside). Basically, no, you do not need to hide in your house!
  • Is there any downtime?
    Though downtime will mean something different for everyone, there is no social downtime with this treatment. You can return to work and even apply makeup after 24 hours.
  • What should I expect after treatment?
    Immediately after treatment, you will be red and have a feeling of warmth that will subside within the hour. Acne pustules may come to the surface (this is a good thing!). This will allow the pimple to be safely extracted without causing damage to the surround tissue or spreading bacteria.
  • How do I care for my skin after treatment?
    For the next week your skincare routine will be simple, no active ingredients or exfoliating the skin. Allowing the skin to heal and be back to its baseline for your next treatment.
  • How often can I receive this treatment?
    Forever Clear BBL treatments can be done every 2 weeks.
  • How many treatments will I need?
    We recommend 4-6 treatments typically for best results but, the number of treatments will vary per client depending on the severity of the skin and the end results the client desires.
  • What happens when I complete my treatments?
    Once you reach the end of your treatments, your customized skincare routine will keep you clear. Maintenance treatments may be necessary every 6 months to keep acne at bay. Lifestyle, diet, and hormones will all have an effect on your skin.
  • How do I schedule this treatment around my Botox and filler appointments?
    If you have had dermal filler or PDO threads, we recommend waiting at least 2 weeks to receive any laser treatment, as well as waiting 2 weeks after laser to receive any filler or PDO threads. Although it is not desirable, botulinum toxin injections can be performed the same day, just not before and you will need two separate appointments.
  • What is SkinTyte and what does it treat?
    SkinTyte can be used to improve the appearance of wrinkles and mild-to-moderate sagging; restore a youthful contour of the face or body; and even help delay or eliminate the need for surgical procedures.
  • How does SkinTyte work?
    SkinTyte utilizes advanced infrared light technology to deeply heat dermal collagen and firm areas of loose or sagging skin. SkinTyte delivers energy in rapid, gentle pulses to promote contraction, initiating the body’s natural healing process. Fibroblast activity is stimulated, and collagen begins to remodel, resulting in increased skin firmness.
  • Is SkinTyte painful?
    SkinTyte is extremely comfortable! A mild warming sensation is felt during treatment. There is no need for a topical anesthetic.
  • What areas can be treated?
    The most popular treatment areas for SkinTyte are the face, neck, chest, and hands.
  • How many treatments will I need?
    A minimum of 4 treatments are needed to see results. Each treatment will be spaced apart 2-4 weeks.
  • How long does it take to see results?
    Because the collagen in your skin is being remodeled and replaced with new, maximum results are seen in the 3-6 months following treatment.
  • Do the results last?
    Because infrared light energy stimulates the body’s natural healing process to achieve skin tightening, the results of a SkinTyte treatment series are long lasting.
  • Is there any downtime?
    There is no downtime associated with SkinTyte. Patients can expect mild redness, swelling like a sunburn sensation, and tightness of skin for a few minutes following the procedure. No special care is required following the treatment. You are able to return to work, apply makeup and resume your normal activities immediately. As always, wearing SPF and avoiding direct sunlight is always encouraged.
  • Can you receive SkinTyte if you have Botox and filler?
    Yes, SkinTyte pairs beautifully with other aesthetic treatments. SkinTyte is not a replacement for injectables or cosmetic surgery, however, it complements aesthetic treatments. If you have had dermal filler or PDO threads, we recommend waiting at least 2 weeks to receive any laser treatment, as well as waiting 2 weeks after laser to receive any filler or PDO threads. Although it is not desirable, botulinum toxin injections can be performed the same day, just not before and you will need two separate appointments.
  • How does laser hair removal work?
    Our Bare HR laser uses light to target the melanin that lies in the hair follicle’s growth centers. From there, the light converts to heat to destroy the follicle at the source. Without its growth center, hair follicles can no longer grow in the treated area.
  • Who is a candidate for laser hair removal?
    The ideal laser hair candidate is those who have areas of unwanted hair containing pigment. White, blonde, or gray hair is not recognized as easily by the laser.
  • What areas can be treated?
    You can treat sideburns, upper lip, chin/jawline, neck, underarms, arms, legs, bikini area, back, toes, fingers, and navel.
  • How many treatments will I need?
    Six (6) treatments are recommended to reach full hair reduction.
  • How do I space out my treatments?
    Each area of the body is on a different hair growth cycle. Most areas will require treatments to be spaced out every 4-6 weeks.
  • Once I complete my treatments, will the hair grow back?
    Once the hair follicle is damaged, it will not be able to grow any more hair. Most people continue to enjoy the results of laser hair removal for years. However, it is possible that some follicles survive treatment and will be capable of growing new hair in the future. Several factors, such as hormone levels and prescription medications can lead to hair growth. A touch up treatment may be necessary for some.
  • Do I let my hair grow before treatment or do I shave?
    Shave the area being treated 24-48 hours before treatment. We want the laser to target the pigment located in the follicle, not the hair on the surface of your skin.
  • Is laser hair removal painful?
    Laser hair removal is a very comfortable treatment. The hand piece is made of a sapphire crystal that keeps the skin cool. The sensation is often described as a rubber band snap and is a short-lived sensation. In fact, some clients actually say waxing is more painful as it pulls at the skin and can result in ingrown hairs. Most first-time clients leave their treatment asking, “why didn’t I do this sooner?!”
  • When will I see results?
    You should see results after your first or second laser hair removal treatment. After a few days to a week, you may experience what seems like regrowth of your hair, but this is actually your hair being shed as a result of the treatment and not regrowth. Hair will become thinner and patchier as treatments continue.
  • What should I expect immediately after treatment?
    Redness and slight swelling are completely normal following your laser hair removal treatment. If experienced, this usually subsides within an hour.
  • Can I still get waxed or tweeze in between my treatments?
    No! The laser needs to identify pigment to locate and target the hair follicle. Waxing and tweezing removes the hair and pigment entirely. If waxing or tweezing in done prior to treatment, the laser would have nothing to target ending in an ineffective treatment.
  • Can I get laser hair removal in the summer?
    Yes! Laser hair removal, along with most other laser treatments, can be done in the summer months. We recommend no active tan or sunburn four (4) weeks prior to laser treatment. You can still be outside if are using SPF and cover appropriately. As long as you do not have a sunburn and are diligently applying SPF, you are able to be treated year-round.
  • Can I still apply self-tanner?
    You can apply self-tanner in between your treatments, however it must be FULLY removed before you receive a laser treatment. Any self-tanner on the skin will be recognized as pigment and confuse the machine, resulting in an uncomfortable and ineffective treatment. We recommend no self-tanner use 10 days prior to treatment.
  • Can those with tattoos still be treated?
    You can receive laser hair removal if you have tattoos, if there are no tattoos in the area being treated. Laser treatments are attracted to pigment and would remove the tattoo if treated.
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