What are the purpose dermal fillers? How do they work? What will I look like if I have filler “done”? Is it right for me? I don’t want to look overdone or plastic like. How long will it last? These may be just a few of the questions you have if you are considering having some cosmetic procedure done, specifically fillers. So let us address these questions in this blog and tell you about our approach at Fryer Dermatology.
The use of fillers provides you with an opportunity to enhance your own natural beauty. We want to know what you as the patient see when you look in the mirror. What areas would you like to change? Then we can discuss how to achieve your goals. Loss of volume can make you look older, so by adding back volume in certain areas of your face we can soften that look. The fillers we use in our office are for lips, cheeks, and lines and wrinkles or folds on your face. Adding volume to these areas can help you to look younger and feel great.
The fillers we use are all made from Hyaluronic Acid. This is a substance which occurs naturally in our bodies. You know how a baby’s skin has that soft, glowing, spongy look and feel? That is what we are trying to get back. By injecting Hyaluronic Acid fillers into certain areas, we attempt to “turn back the clock” in a way and recapture some of that young look and feel.
Your results will be immediately visible. And while people should not look at you and say what did you have done, more likely they will think that you look relaxed, well rested, or may ask you what you have done that is different. You may have a small amount of swelling or possible bruising but within 1 – 2 weeks that will disappear. The impact of the treatment will last approximately 9 – 12 months, that will vary for each person and some people see results lasting longer as they repeat treatment over time. After this time, the areas treated will just go back to the baseline of where you were before.
Dr. Jennifer Fryer stresses that listening to our patients is paramount, and she will never inject in a way that does not look natural. At times we see patients who have had procedures elsewhere but are not seeing the changes they had expected. Our goal is to give you honest answers about what will change, what you can expect, and help you to look and feel your best.
Call today for a consultation with Dr. Jennifer Fryer and see how fillers can help you to Pump Up the Volume and have you looking and feeling your best.
As we announced in our previous blog, Fryer Dermatology has added CoolSculpting to our services. In that blog you can read all about how the technology of CoolSculpting works. But what will you experience here in our office when you decide to Freeze Away the Fat? Here is a glimpse of what you can you can expect.
Since each case and person is different, you will of course start with an individualized consult. This can be part of or as a result of a regular visit to our office, or you can schedule a Complimentary NO COST consultation with one of our medical providers. We will discuss your personal goals, look together at areas which would be treatable and discuss what a realistic outcome is for you. We will explain in detail how the procedure works and make you comfortable with the process. We will use a template which we lay over the areas you want to treat. This shows us and helps you see the specific area the applicator can treat in a session. Once we discuss what your goals are, what can be treated and how many treatments it may take to achieve your goals, we can schedule your sessions. The most important thing you need to know is that you are an individual and your treatment will be tailored to you and only you.
Treatment Day is Here
You’ll arrive at our Melville Office in comfortable clothing ready for treatment. We will get you settled into our dedicated treatment room solely used for CoolSculpting patients. We will take 360 degree photographs for your “before” photos so we will have a point of comparison. Next you will step on the scale, not because CoolSculpting makes you lose weight, but significant weight change can impact your overall treatment outcome. And now the colorful part, we will draw on your body with several colored pens marking specific treatment areas to pinpoint areas we are going to freeze.
Now it is time to apply the CoolSculpting machine. We will clean your skin thoroughly with a specialized cleansing pad. Most of the applicators have a gel pad that is first placed on your skin. This will feel cold and wet. The vacuum applicator is placed over that. This will draw the area of fat into the cooling area. Once the session begins you may feel some tugging and cooling on the area being treated. This will quickly dissipate as the area becomes numb in the first few minutes of treatment. We will make you comfortable with lots of pillows and blankets if you like. While your treatment is happening, we will be in and out of the room to check on you but all you have to do is sit back and relax. We will have snacks and drinks and hand you the remote control for the TV or movies you can watch. You can talk on the phone, play on your iPad, or just ask us to turn out the lights so you can take a nap!
When the CoolSculpting machine is finished, we will remove the applicator and gel pad. Next it is time for a 2 minute Deep Tissue Massage of the treated area. This may be a little uncomfortable, but studies have been done which show that doing this improves the efficacy of the procedure by 68% so there is no question that it is important and worth it! If you are having more than one area treated, we will repeat the process for the next area until you are finished.
That’s it! You are done! NO NEEDLES, NO BLOOD, NO CUTTING. You are ready to go on with your day. Go back to work, go to the gym; you have no restrictions and can go about your business. You may experience a little soreness which will go away in a few days. Numbness in the treated areas is common and normal and goes away after a couple of weeks. In no time at all you will be feeling and looking great. After about 6 – 8 weeks we will have you return for a follow up visit to see how you are doing. If you are having multiple treatments done on the same area, we can plan your next visit; if you are treating different areas these can be scheduled sooner than that. It is so important to remember that everyone is different and we will customize your treatment based on your goals and what we feel is a reasonable expectation.
Sounds easy, right? So are you ready to take that step to feeling and looking better in your clothes? Getting rid of that extra bulk in an area that may look just fine to others but bothers you? Contact us to today for a FREE Consultation and take your first step to Freeze Away the Fat and look and feel your best!
*All experiences and results are individual and may vary.
After a great deal of research and consideration, Fryer Dermatology is proud to announce that we are now offering CoolSculpt in our Melville, NY office. When we make a decision to offer a new service like this, we not only think about what aesthetic goals our patients are looking to achieve, but also what technologies in the marketplace are based on sound research and science. CoolSculpt offers an opportunity to both debulk and sculpt certain areas of your body so you can look and feel better. It is not a miracle weight loss procedure and it does not take the place of the benefits you get from exercise. Yet CoolSculpt offers a completely non-invasive, way to reshape your abdomen, flank (love handles), submental area (double chin), thighs, back fat or bra fat areas with minimal discomfort and NO NEEDLES, NO DOWNTIME, NO CUTTING, AND NO BLEEDING.
In order to understand what CoolSculpt is all about, let’s first talk about weight loss and fitness. Getting our bodies into the shape we desire is a complicated process. So many of us watch our diets, maybe even try the latest fad diet. Most of us go to the gym, not just to do cardio, but also to work on specific areas like our abdomen, love handles, or back. And especially as our bodies age it seems like it gets harder and harder to bounce back into the shape we once had or maybe never quite had.
Most of us think that every time we lose or gain weight we are losing or gaining fat cells, right? Actually, no. By around the age of 18, your body has produced all of the fat cells that you will have for the rest of your life. As a result, losing or gaining weight results in those cells either shrinking or swelling.
So what would happen if we could get rid of some of those fat cells? You could target specific areas and shape or sculpt those areas by getting rid of the fat cells in that spot. And because fat cells freeze at a higher temperature than other cells in your body, the CoolSculpt technology can target and destroy just fat cells in specific areas of your body (sparing the skin and surrounding tissue) by using an applicator to cool that area to the desired temperature for a specific period of time. The process is very precise and predictable as researchers have determined the exact cooling temperatures and durations for each body site.
Once treated, the fat cells die after about 3 days and over the next several months your body will naturally get rid of them. Some patients will need 1 treatment for an area and some may need 2 or 3 treatments as everyone is different. And the change in your appearance can be permanent given relatively stable weight.
If you are looking for a way to enhance how you look and feel, contact us and schedule complimentary consultation with one of our providers and see how CoolSculpt can help you freeze away that fat!
Everyone ages, after all, it beats the alternative. In past blogs we have discussed some things you can do to help prevent your skin from showing those signs – like staying out of the sun, wearing sun screen, having a good daily skin care routine. But, inevitably, many if not most of us do start to see those signs of aging – the dreaded wrinkles.
So now you have them, what are you going to do about it?
In 2002, the Food and Drug Administration approved the use of Botox for temporary improvement of the look of crow’s feet and frown lines. The use of Botox specifically addresses lines resulting from repeated muscle movements. (Since that time, it has been approved for other uses such as excessive sweating and migraines.) Botox is a $2.5 Billion industry with over 4 Million people in the US getting injections.
Botox is like Kleenex, meaning it is a brand name and just like there are several different companies who produce and sell tissues, there are many different brand names for the botulinum toxin that is used for crow’s feet and frown lines. For simplicity sake, we will just use the term Botox.
For some, Botox is the magic bullet to staying young looking. For others, it is too scary to consider. So how do you know if Botox is right for you?
Here are some Myths and Truths about Botox that may help you decide.
MYTH: Botox is poisonous
FACT: Botulinum toxin can cause botulism if ingested and this is very serious. But Botox is formulated form Botulinum toxin A but is purified so that it is safe to be injected. When administered by a qualified doctor using appropriate quantities it is quite safe. You should advise your physician of your health history and current medical conditions or medications you are taking.
MYTH: Getting Botox requires surgery.
FACT: Botox is given using very small needles and is minimally invasive. Dr. Jennifer Fryer administers Botox here in our office and the procedure is very short – about 15 minutes with minimal discomfort. There is no downtime.
MYTH: Once you start getting Botox you have to keep going or the wrinkles come back worse.
FACT: This is a temporary treatment. Most patients see results for 4 – 6 months. If you do not treat the area again you will eventually see the lines come back but it will not be worse than before because of the Botox.
MYTH: Botox is just for women.
FACT: Men can use Botox in the same ways as women. We have many men who are patients at Fryer Dermatology.
MYTH: Botox injections will prevent me from moving my face or showing expressions.
FACT: Botox only effects the movement of the muscles that have been injected, not your entire face. When done properly, it minimizes wrinkles while allowing facial expression.
MYTH: Botox is addictive.
FACT: There is nothing chemically addictive about Botox. You may like how you look and want to continue to see the benefits, which in time does mean re-treatment.
MYTH: I will see the effect of Botox injections immediately.
FACT: It takes a few days, up to two weeks to truly see the impact of the Botox injections. This is why we recommend a follow up visit two weeks after your initial treatment.
MYTH: Anyone can inject me with Botox.
FACT: While many different medical practitioners may have undergone training to inject Botox, we recommend seeing a Board Certified Physician with a strong understanding of facial structure, skin and muscles.
As with any cosmetic procedure, you should discuss what you want to achieve with your physician before having treatment. Understand what results you can expect to see. And then determine together if you are a good candidate for that procedure.
So to Botox or not to Botox? It is up to you. If you would like more information, contact us and schedule a cosmetic consult with Dr. Jennifer Fryer.