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Nonsurgical Lip Enhancement

29 Nov

Finally! A new video blog to help navigate the types of hyaluronic acids for lip injections!

https://youtu.be/kM5yxHLDnCM

Xoxo, LK

(I have like 15 half finished videos ūüôä I’m going to be posting more regularly-I swear!) check out my before and afters on instagram @EstheticsCenterNE

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Bruising After Fillers

29 May

I wrote this post MONTHS ago… And I just made a corresponding video. So if you prefer the sound of my voice to actual reading Botox and Bruising vBlog. It does contain different information then the rest of this blog post. So feel free to read on!

A few months ago, Alyssa Sylvestri (a famous photographer/videographer), Sarah Victor (a super famous youtube make-up artist), and I (just plain super) had a business related girls day that was SUPER fun.  This blog will prove it.

Sarah did my make-up. ¬†Then I injected her lips with Restylane and her forehead with Botox Cosmetic. ¬†She is now an addict and will be attending “I’m Young and Beautiful Forever Anonymous.”

Sarah’s Restylane Experience

Sarah asked me what kind of things my clients were interested in learning about when it came to make-up applications. ¬†Easy. ¬†You all HATE under eye circles (which I fix with Belotero and it’s so amazing, check out my Pinterest before and afters!). ¬†The other thing I thought of was how to cover a bruise.

And for some reason I cannot insert the link to this right now….

Moving on….

Bruising can happen. ¬†Period. ¬†End of Story. ¬†It’s the most likely “complication” when it comes to aesthetic medicine. ¬†I put the word complication in quotes because it’s not really technically a complication, but to some women it’s the worst possible thing that could happen to them. ¬†Ever. ¬†(These are called dramatic patients). ¬†Kidding! ¬†Kidding! ¬†But in all seriousness it sucks, but it will go away. ¬†I PROMISE.

A bruise is caused by blood leaking into the interstitial tissue. ¬†It can happen from¬†any trauma. ¬†When you pierce the skin with a needle, you are creating trauma. ¬†But it’s totally worth it in the case of Botox and Fillers.

There are ways to prevent bruising.

AVOID THE FOLLOWING FOR 24-48 HOURS BEFORE AND AFTER INJECTIONS:

  • Blood thinners like Alcohol. ¬†I understand that it is REALLY hard to avoid alcohol for 4 days, especially if you have children/a husband/a job or all of the above. ¬†Do the best you can.
  • Anti-coagulant medications. ¬†Anything with Ibuprofen in it. ¬†This includes Advil. ¬†Other examples are coumidin and aspirin. ¬†**DO NOT DO THIS IF YOU ARE TAKING THESE MEDICATIONS FOR YOUR HEART! ¬†NEVER DISCONTINUE PRESCRIPTION DRUGS FOR VANITY. ¬†Take tylenol if you need too.
  • Fish Oil. ¬†Because it is some sort of blood thinner/greaser type thing.
  • You may want to avoid getting your period. ¬†If you can? ¬†If you can do this… I have some questions. ¬†But what I mean to say here is book your appointments in a timely manner with your menstrual cycle.

TAKE THE FOLLOWING FOR 24-48 HOURS BEFORE AND AFTER INJECTIONS:

  • Arnica Montana: ¬†you can buy this at Whole Foods or GNC.
  • Eat Pineapple. ¬†I think this is what they make Arnica from. ¬†But I could be wrong. ¬†But it’s definitely good for helping bruises.
  • Immediately after injections ice the site. ¬†This causes constriction of the vessels that carry the blood, which means blood flow slows down. ¬†Which means less blood is available to leak into the tissue. ¬†It also helps with swelling.

DO NOT:

  • Push on a bruise. ¬†You will make it worse.
  • Fall asleep with ice on your face.
  • Put ice directly on your face. You can burn it.
  • Over dose on Arnica Montana or Pineapple. ¬†More is not better. ¬†Arnica in high doses is not good for your liver. ¬†Pineapple in high does is not good for your stomach. ¬†Trust me. ¬†I know!

If you have more questions, make sure you consult your injector.

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Patient Treatment: Botox

4 Nov

Botox is increasing in popularity amongst professional, straight, male clients, such as this patient. I have many male patients who do a variety of jobs including construction, roofing, psychology, sales, and business owners.
Finding one of these men to be on a Youtube video was easier than I thought!

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Botox 101

4 Nov

An introduction to Botox. What it is and what it isn’t.

Video Blogging… It Starts…

4 Nov

Here’s my first video blog!

Cellulite. Ew.

20 Apr

“That’s some good fat.” My least favorite Dr. Russo quote.

I took some time off from working out and eating healthy (called being in a relationship and my busy season with work). I’m back to the gym and avoiding carbs (aka I’m single). If only there was a laser that could help… oh wait… we just got one at Dr. Russo’s called Velashape. Not only is it a great way to tone an area you just can seem to get, but it also works great for cellulite!!!!! Ew. Cellulite. Although I have never had the wonderful experience of being pregnant, this machine is supposed to be great for that post-pregnancy weight/skin you just can’t loose/tighten. (Just FYI, I’m having a celebrity birth, no husband present, just me, Dr. Russo and a few staff, and a nice big liposuction canister. And some Botox. And that epidural pumpin’! Then I’ll tell everyone that I lost the weight naturally like Mariah Carey did- liaaaaaar- just saying.)

What is Cellulite?

Fat deposits that push and distort the connective tissues beneath skin, creating a lumpy appearance of the tissue of the thighs, hips, and buttocks.

The extent to which it is visible is influenced by:

  • Genetics
  • Skin thickness (darker skin is thicker than lighter skin)
  • Gender (affects women more than men‚ÄĒlike EVERY sign of aging!)
  • Amount and distribution of body fat
  • Age


Treatments

Most people dislike the appearance of cellulite and prefer to have skin as smooth as they possibly can (and by most I mean all).

  1. Methylxanthines: Methylxanthines are a group of chemicals that include aminophylline, caffeine, and theophyilline. These chemicals are present in many cellulite creams and are promoted as treatments for cellulite because of their known ability to break down fat stores. However, skin creams cannot deliver the required concentration of these chemicals for the length of time required for significant fat breakdown. While studies have shown a small reduction in thigh measurements with some of these preparations, they do not promote significant loss of cellulite.
  2. Diet
    1. Dietary supplements: Dietary supplements are not monitored by the FDA and cannot be deemed safe or effective. There are no valid clinical studies to support the use of these dietary supplements for the treatment of cellulite. They can be unsafe for people with certain conditions (like thyroid problems), so please be careful. Actually, since they don’t work… just avoid them altogether.
    2. Cellulite diets: Special “cellulite diets” have been proposed that claim to be effective in treating cellulite. Arguments for these diets claim that the combination of foods in the diet can reduce inflammation and improve circulation in affected areas and diminish cellulite. However, no studies published in the medical literature have supported these claims. Experts note that eating a healthy diet can decrease fluid retention and improve the overall health and appearance of skin, but specific diets designed to target cellulite are unnecessary.
  3. Massage treatments: Machines that massage the tissue can temporary decrease the appearance of cellulite, but the technique appears to redistribute fat rather than permanently alter its configuration under the skin. Regular maintenance treatments are required after the initial effect has been achieved or the appearance of cellulite will return.
  4. Laser or light therapy: Devices that combine suction or massage with light therapy for the temporary reduction of the appearance of cellulite. Treatments require multiple treatment sessions and maintenance treatments to keep up the improved appearance.
  5. Mesotherapy: A controversial treatment for cellulite that involves injecting drugs or other substances directly into affected tissue.
  6. Wraps: Many salons offer herbal or other types of body wraps as treatments for cellulite. While wraps may decrease fluid retention and improve the overall appearance of skin, these effects are temporary. It is also not possible to “detoxify” the body by the use of herbal or other wraps.

Velashape

Velashape gradually smoothes the skin’s surface with a noticeable reduction in cellulite as well as a noticeable reduction in circumferential measurements of the treated area.


This machine combines Radiofrequency (RF) and Infrared Light Energy to heat the tissue to a precise temperature which results in the increased metabolism of stored energy, increases lymphatic drainage, and reduces or shrinks the size of the actual fat cells and fat chambers. Vacuum and specially designed rollers for the Mechanical Massage smooth out the skin to facilitate safe and efficient heat energy delivery. There is no downtime!

Is VelaShape right for you?

This system works best for patients who have a BMI of less than 30 and who fall in the Nurnberger-Muller Cellulite Classification of Stage 1 or Stage 2. Yes, there is actually a classification scale for cellulite.


My Experience with VelaShape

Like I said, I am getting back in shape. When I posted that I was starting the treatments, my friend D Facebook messaged me.

“I did 6 treatments of Velashape before going on the back of my legs and butt. It was amazing! U will love it.” (That was verbatim).

Although I vowed to follow the six treatments strictly, my schedule is way too busy right now with the new spa! (We open May 1st ‚Äď Dream Spa Medical in Canton!!!! Like us on Facebook PLEASE). I was able to get one treatment in with Larisa at Dr. Russo’s (she’s being doing a LOT of Vela treatments), and I liked how I looked after. Although, I don’t really have much cellulite to begin with (thanks to my good genes!)…

I feel like this would probably be the biggest issue to getting the best results… finding the time to go once a week for six weeks! Now is a good time to start with summer right around the corner!

Honestly, as I’m writing this blog and looking at patient’s before and after pictures… I’m inspired to find the time to do it over the next six weeks (along with diet and exercise!). It looks amazing on some people!

What to Expect:

During Treatment: It feels weird. The vacuum part sucks up your fat and it gets pretty hot.

Duration of Treatment: Expect about an hour depending how many areas you are treating.

After Treatment: Redness and swelling is normal and usually lasts less than 4 hours. Bruising is common.

Number of Treatments: expect 6-8 treatments at 1 week intervals. Monthly maintenance treatments are recommended for the first 3 months and then as needed.

Cost: about $250-$350 for the size of a sheet of paper

Is it Worth it?

Like with any of these non-invasive treatments, results can’t be guaranteed. “Nothing Replaces Traditional Liposuction”- another great Dr. Russo quote. If you have a few extra pounds that you just can’t shed, like from post-pregnancy weight gain, then Velashape is a really good option.

Try it, what do you have to lose? (Get it! Lose weight! I’m funny!)

**VelaShape is not a permanent cure for cellulite or body reshaping. It is a temporary measure and all clients will require maintenance therapy to maintain the cosmetic benefit. Exercise and a balanced diet is important to maintain and augment the effects of VelaShape.



On a side note, Dr. Russo’s Office in Newton (617-964-1440) is offering ¬Ĺ priced Hydrafacials until May 1, with 100% of the proceeds going to charity. Stay Strong Boston.

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