Frequently Asked Questions

Find out general information prior to your appointment along with questions you may have about botox, fillers and kybella!

What is Our Method?

 

At The Aesthetic Method, we believe in understanding the aspects of aging and combatting it proactively. In order to do this, each patient receives our Signature Full Face Assessment at their initial appointment. At that time we will address individual concerns as well as recommendations on what to monitor, what to treat and what to leave because no matter what, you’re beautiful! Your specialized injector will create a plan that will outline treatments over the course of the next year or two, so you can decide what is right for you and budget accordingly! Injectables should not be a la carte, our job is to balance your face, never to overfill or freeze it.

General

Do you offer free consultations?


We currently charge $50 for a consultation, but this goes towards your future treatment or skincare products. Some Most patients choose to recieve their treatment same day, but you can make a separate appointment. 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.




How do I book an appointment?


We recommend you book your initial appointment online and your repeat appointments when you are 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 don’t hesitate to 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 are able to 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.




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.




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.





Botox

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: Jeaveau, Dysport and Botox. Sometimes this varies, but we work together to choose the best one for you.




What's the difference between Jeaveau, 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 Jeaveau, 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 so many 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.





Fillers

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 vascular occlusion. Although this is extremely rare, if you are getting dermal fillers you should know every risk. This occurs if 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 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.





Kybella

What is Kybella?


Kybella is deoxycholic-acid, which is a synthetic fat dissolving agent to be used in the submental area (under chin). It is FDA approved and safe.




How many treatments will I need?


Most individuals need 2-4 treatments depending on how much fat containing tissue they have in this area.




If I have loose skin in this area, am I a candidate?


No. Kybella only treats fat, not loose skin.




Is it permanent?


YES! Unless you were to gain a significant weight over a short period of time.




What can I expect after Kybella?


You will have moderate swelling in the area treated. It will feel warm, jello-like and appear red. This may last 1-4 weeks. We recommend doing treatment in the winter months so you can cover the area with scarves or sweaters. The worse it looks, the better your results!




How long do I have to wait between each treatment?


4-6 weeks!





PRF

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 can you do PRF on?


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.”