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Discover Top medspa Neck Treatments for Ultimate Rejuvenation

February 28, 2024

When discussing aging signs, we often only focus on our faces. Patients are now going beyond facial treatments and turning their attention towards another telltale sign of aging – the neck. Botox, Dermal Fillers, Microneedling, Broadband Light (BBL), and Moxi treatments have emerged as powerful and effective solutions, offering a wide range of benefits for neck rejuvenation.  

Let’s take a look at each of these treatments and understand how these services can ‘turn back time’, and help aid in a smoother, more youthful neck. 

Botox for Platysmal Bands (Neck Bands): 

Botox, commonly associated with facial wrinkles, can also work wonders for our platysmal bands (neck bands). As we age, our skin loses volume and these muscles become hyperactive over the years, making these bands appear more prominent. These vertical lines can be effectively smoothed out with the help of Botox injections. By targeting these muscles, Botox blocks nerve signals which in turn relaxes the muscles and minimizes the appearance of these fine lines and wrinkles, ultimately leaving you with a smoother, younger looking neck. While results are not permanent, patients can expect to retreat every 3-4 months. 

Dermal Fillers for Neck Lines: 

As we know, hyaluronic acid based dermal fillers are proven to restore lost volume, add definition and help smooth out deep onset facial wrinkles. When injected in the neck, these dermal fillers can address horizontal lines that tend to develop as we age and are essentially ‘etched’ throughout our life due consistent folding movements. Medical providers have also seen an increase in demand for these treatments, particularly over the last decade with the prevalent use of smartphones and devices. This is often referred to as ‘tech neck’. When dermal fillers are injected, patients can expect to see a more hydrated 

*An easy way to think of injectables for the neck: Botox targets vertical lines and dermal filler addresses horizontal lines.

Microneedling

Collagen is a crucial protein responsible for maintaining the skin’s firmness and elasticity. As we age, collagen production decreases, leading to skin laxity and fine lines and wrinkles. Microneedling is a minimally invasive treatment that stimulates the skin’s natural collagen production. The tiny, controlled injuries induced by microneedling trigger the body’s healing response, boosting collagen and elastin stimulation.  When treating the neck, microneedling can effectively reduce the visible signs of aging, improve overall texture and address laxity concerns. To achieve optimal results patients will require multiple sessions as well as may need to combine with other medical aesthetic treatments depending on their severity and goals.

BroadBand Light (BBL) 

Broadband Light (BBL), is a photofacial treatment from Sciton that gently delivers multiple wavelengths of light energy into the outer layer of the skin, promoting collagen production and stimulating cell regeneration on a molecular level. BBL’s advanced light technology is truly one of a kind as it allows for a customizable, precise treatment that ultimately targets a variety of skin concerns. When applied to the neck, BBL can target pigmentation issues, redness, age spots resulting in a more even-toned appearance.

Moxi Laser Resurfacing 

Moxi is a non-ablative fractional resurfacing laser treatment, meaning it does not damage or injure the skin layer – rather it emits energy to the skin. Compared to traditional resurfacing lasers, Moxi is used to treat visible signs of aging by gently resurfacing the skin, leaving you with more radiant-looking skin with minimal to no downtime. Safe for all skin types and tones, the Moxi laser has three energy settings, to allow for customized treatment. Moxi aids as a great treatment for patients looking to address fine lines and wrinkles, texture, and sun damage. 

When discussing anti-aging treatments, it’s important to not overlook the neck! We offer a variety of options for our patients to target neck concerns; through a customized assessment, our medical providers will determine which treatment is right for you. Book a complimentary consultation here. 

 

Medical Aesthetics

Which is filler is best for your pout?

February 20, 2024

A crucial step in your aesthetic journey to the perfect pout is selecting a filler that aligns with your desired volume, longevity, and overall aesthetic vision. Luckily for you, our experienced providers are here to guide you through the selection process to help you achieve beautiful, natural-looking results.

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We embrace the beauty of individuality because, when it comes to lips, there is no one-size-fits-all. Our medical providers tailor treatments to your unique needs and facial features, carefully assessing and determining the most suitable type of filler to enhance your pout!

Enjoy now through February 29th, 15% off Juvederm + Restylane collection of dermal fillers. Appointments are limited.  Use code: LIPLOVE15

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Medical Aesthetics, Skin

Microneedling 101 with Kari

February 14, 2024

 

What exactly is Microneedling?

Microneedling is a safe, non-invasive treatment that uses tiny needles to create controlled injuries to the skin. This ultimately triggers a natural healing response within the body, stimulating the production of elastin and collagen.

 

What are the benefits of microneedling?

Microneedling has a ton of benefits. This treatment can improve the appearance and texture of your skin. It can target concerns like hyperpigmentation, scars, wrinkles, stretch marks, and pores – just to name a few!

 

What should I expect during my treatment?

Expect to relax while the numbing cream gets to work! The treatment will feel like vibration on the skin, and can even tickle in some areas. Your skin may be slightly sensitive and rosy after but don’t worry, the redness will only last between 1-3 days!

 

Am I a good candidate for this treatment?

This is something we will chat through thoroughly during your complimentary consultation. Everyone’s skin and goals are unique, so we create personalized treatment plans for each of our clients.

 

How do I optimize my results and minimize potential side effects?

Avoid using retinol for 72 hours before your appointment. You’ll also want to skip excessive sun exposure and any sunless tanners. Sunscreen is your best friend!

 

Check out our exclusive offer and Enjoy $100 off when you schedule a 45-minute Express Facial + Microneedling Treatment. Book a complimentary consultation here .

Medical Aesthetics

What to Expect From Your Lip Filler Appointment?

January 29, 2024

Lip fillers are not a ‘one size fits all’ treatment; whether patients are looking to refine lip contours, address asymmetry or proportion, restore volume, provide hydration, or just add that extra ‘oomph,’ our array of dermal fillers caters to every need.

So what are dermal fillers…

Let’s start first by understanding what these fillers consist of! Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance already found within our bodies. It plays a vital role as it is a primary component of what gives our skin structure, and is responsible for keeping our skin hydrated and plump! Common hyaluronic acid-based dermal fillers, like Restylane, Juvederm, and RHA products, are often also infused with lidocaine to minimize discomfort during and after treatment. Once injected, patients can expect their results to last for about 6-12 months, depending on the specific product used and the body’s natural metabolic processes.

What to do before and after a lip filler treatment:

Pre Care 

  • Avoid taking any blood thinning medications or supplements, this includes over the counter medication such as aspirin and ibuprofen for at least 7-10 days.

  • Avoid drinking alcohol at least 24 hours before your appointment.

  • Take arnica supplements a few days before your appointment to help minimize your chances of bruising and swelling.

  • Eat a small meal or snack before your appointment.

Post Care

  • Avoid strenuous exercise or extreme heat for at least 24 hours

  • Avoid smoking or drinking alcohol for at least 24-48 hours following treatment

  • Apply ice or a cold compress in 15-minute intervals for the first 12 hours. Always place a thin cloth or towel over the ice to prevent direct contact.

  • Stay hydrated, drink lots of water!

Patients can also expect swelling and bruising following their treatment, this is completely normal and should subside within 1-2 weeks. Final results are also not seen immediately as it takes 2 weeks for dermal fillers to fully settle.

Cost: Pricing varies based on the type of dermal filler used, and can range from $675-$875/per syringe. Our medical providers will conduct a personalized assessment to determine the most suitable product based on their patient’s individualized goals and needs.

This month enjoy 15% off (1) syringe of any 1ml Juvederm or Restylane collection of dermal fillers. Use code LipLove15 when booking.

Medical Aesthetics

Get Ready To Glow: With Skinvive

January 15, 2024

What is SKINVIVE?

Get healthy, hydrated, glowing skin from within! SKINVIVE is the first and only FDA-approved hyaluronic acid (HA) microdroplet injectable within the US designed to improve skin quality and smoothness of the cheeks. This treatment is often referred to as a ‘skin booster’ rather than a dermal filler as it adds hydration vs. adding volume or definition.

SKINVIVE will ultimately leave your skin looking hydrated and more radiant!

Who is an ideal candidate?

SKINVIVE is intended for patients looking to combat dullness, enhance overall skin quality or just replenish skin hydration. This treatment pairs perfectly with our Hydrafacials/Facials, BBL/Moxi, Microneedling or Injectables/Dermal Fillers services and can be performed on the same day allowing us to simultaneously target a variety of skin concerns in the same visit!

What does the treatment entail and is there downtime?

Our medical providers will conduct a personalized assessment to determine if SKINVIVE is right for their patient. Following this, our providers will first apply a topical lidocaine cream to the treatment area and allow that sit for about 15-20 minutes. Once the area is numb, the provider will then inject the product superficially into the cheeks in a grid-like pattern. The treatment itself typically takes 30 minutes. 

One of the greatest benefits of this treatment is that there is little to no downtime! Patients can expect to experience mild swelling and/or bruising and should refrain from heavy exercise, makeup application, or prolonged sun exposure 24 hours following their treatment.

When can I expect to see results and how long will they last?

It is important to recognize that this treatment is not a dermal filler and will not add volume to the face. In clinical studies, patients who were treated with SKINVIVE reported high satisfaction with how glowing, hydrated, refreshed, and healthy their skin looked through 6 months. Patients can expect to see a slight ‘plumping’ effect following their treatment however full results can take up to 4 weeks to see. Some patients may also require multiple treatments based on overall severity and their goals – this will be determined by their medical provider.

What is the cost of this treatment? 

$700/per area.

Schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our medical providers to see if SKINVIVE is best for you!

Medical Aesthetics

The Ultimate Guide to Laser Skin Resurfacing

September 15, 2021

What is laser skin resurfacing?

Laser treatments are proven to be extremely effective at treating a variety of skin concerns – from redness, and hyperpigmentation, to active acne and fine lines + wrinkles.  Here’s everything you need to know about BroadBand Light (BBL) and Moxi laser treatments:

 

Types of Lasers

BroadBand Light (BBL)

What is it and what does it treat?

Broadband Light (BBL), is a photofacial treatment from Sciton that gently delivers multiple wavelengths of light energy into the outer layer of the skin, promoting collagen production and stimulating cell regeneration on a molecular level. BBL’s advanced light technology is truly one of a kind as it allows for a customizable, precise treatment that ultimately targets a variety of skin concerns. 

  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Active Acne and Scarring
  • Rosacea and Redness
  • Broken Capillaries 
  • Freckles
  • Age Spots

Broadband Light is typically suitable for lighter skin tones as darker skin tones can absorb too much light resulting in hypo and hyper pigmentation. Patients will always consult with their medical provider first to determine if Broadband Light is right for them! 

Treatment areas

Face, Neck, Decollete, Arms, and Hands

How often do you treat?

BroadBand Light (BBL) is not a ‘one-and-done’ type of treatment. It is recommended to treat a minimum of 3-4 sessions, every 4-6 weeks. Ultimately, our medical providers will create a customized treatment plan based on their patients skin severity, overall goals and needs.

Is there downtime?

This treatment provides minimal downtime! Patients can expect to be rosy/red immediately following their treatment and should subside within a few hours. Patients can also experience ‘coffee-ground like’ texture and pigmentation however, this will naturally slough off within a few days. Pigmentation can also appear darker, which is normal and it is crucial for our patients not to pick, exfoliate, or scrub the treated area as it can lead to long-term scarring or greater pigmentation. Patients can return to normal activities within 24 hours, but it’s advised to wear daily SPF and limit prolonged direct sun exposure for optimal results.

How much does it cost?

 Starts at $500/per session – please note, pricing can range depending on the treatment area(s). 

 

Moxi 

What is it and what does it treat?

Moxi is a non-ablative fractional resurfacing laser treatment, meaning it does not damage or injure the skin layer – rather it emits energy to the skin. Compared to traditional resurfacing lasers, Moxi is used to treat visible signs of aging by gently resurfacing the skin, leaving you with more radiant-looking skin with minimal to no-downtime. Safe for all skin types and tones, the Moxi laser has three energy settings, to allow for customized treatment.

Moxi can be used as a standalone treatment, but when combined with BroadBand Light, patients can address both texture and tone in a single session!

The Moxi laser is an ideal choice for those looking to improve:

  • Fine Lines and Wrinkles
  • Uneven texture and scarring  
  • Sun damage and brown pigmentation (including melasma) 
  • Minor skin laxity

Treatment areas

Face, Neck, Décolleté, Arms, and Hands.

 How often do you treat?

Similar to BroadBand Light (BBL), Moxi requires multiple treatments to truly maximize results. It is recommended to treat a minimum of 3 sessions spaced 4-6 weeks apart. Ultimately, our medical providers will create a customized treatment plan based on their patients skin severity, overall goals and needs. 

Is there downtime?

Following their treatment, patients can expect immediate redness, accompanied by a warm sensation that typically subsides within a day or two. Additionally, pinpoint bleeding and mild swelling may occur, and patients might experience roughness as the treated skin cells slough away. To ensure optimal results during the healing process, it is recommended that patients wear daily SPF and minimize prolonged direct sun exposure.

How much does it cost?

Starts at $550/per session – please note, pricing can range depending on the treatment area(s). 

 

What’s the difference between the two?

While these skin resurfacing treatments have some overlap, it is important to remember that BroadBand Light photofacials are focused on improving skin tone while Moxi laser treatments are designed to improve texture

Schedule your laser skin treatment today with milk and honey. 

Medical Aesthetics, Skin Care, Treatments

What is a BBL Photofacial and How Does It Work?

August 24, 2021
laser skin treatment

If you’re considering getting a BBL photofacial but would like to know more, learn everything you need to know including what it is, how it works, and other helpful info to help you decide if this treatment is right for you.

What Is A BBL Photofacial? 

BroadBand Light (BBL) photofacials are a popular laser treatment for the face or other areas that can treat acne, rosacea, and hyperpigmentation. Additionally, this popular treatment also addresses other common skin concerns like those associated with aging and sun damage. BBL photofacials have been shown to effectively treat age spots, sun spots, and spider veins, and it can even reduce the prominence of freckles and some birthmarks. 

 

How Do BBL Photofacials Work?

Often confused with laser treatments, BBL photofacials are actually different. Instead of the more focused light of a laser, the BBL procedure uses non-invasive light waves to target and treat trouble spots and damaged tissue due. Moreover, laser treatments operate on a single laser wavelength, whereas BBL uses a broad spectrum of light that can be filtered in myriad ways to treat different skin conditions. Another notable difference is that BBL treatments can also treat a larger area of skin than a laser.

Most practitioners and skin care professionals will agree that BBL photofacials are the gold standard as far as laser treatments are concerned. Not only does it effectively treat a slew of skincare issues, but it’s also the only photofacial that changes and even reverses the expression of the genes associated with aging. 
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Medical Aesthetics

How Long Do Medspa Treatments Last?

August 24, 2021
medspa treatments

Milk + Honey offers our clients a wide variety of medspa treatments to help them look and feel their best. Ahead, we take a look at some of our most popular procedures, what they’re good for, and how long the results from the treatment will last. 

 

Injectables and fillers 

Injectables and fillers are minimally invasive med spa procedures that restore volume and lift the face. These products can be used all over the face to plump, smooth, and minimize the look of moderate to severe wrinkles. Dermal fillers can also be used under the eyes to diminish the look of bags and dark circles. 

How long do injectables and fillers last?

The longevity of dermal fillers and injectables depends on quite a few factors, including the type of filler used, the injection location, and even the patient’s individual metabolism. Some fillers can last anywhere from 6 to 12 months, while others can last up to 5 years. 

For example, Milk + Honey offers a collection of 5 different Juvederm products to treat our client’s specific needs. And while these products all fall under the Juvederm line of soft tissue fillers, their longevity tends to vary as follows: 

  • Juvederm Vollure – Up to 18 months
  • Juvederm Voluma –  up to 2 years
  • Juvederm Ultra –  up to one year
  • Juvederm Volbella –  up to 1 year
  • Juvederm Ultra Plus – Up to 1 year

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Medical Aesthetics, Skin Care, Treatments

How To Address Sun Damage

August 17, 2021

The dog days of summer are upon us, and undoubtedly we’re all doing our best to take it all in and soak up the sun before fall blows in. And while getting out and about may be good for the soul, it can wreak havoc on your skin. 

Prolonged sun exposure can lead to myriad skin concerns such as freckles, hyperpigmentation, fine lines, and wrinkles. Over time, repeated sun exposure can lead to the destruction of collagen fibers, sagging or leathery-looking skin, and even skin cancer. 

When it comes to sun exposure, proper prevention with SPF is ideal, but if you’ve experienced any degree of skin damage, there are a few non-invasive procedures to help you recharge and refresh your skin. Ahead we take a look at a few laser skin treatments offered by milk + honey for when you’ve had a little too much fun in the sun. 

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Medical Aesthetics

Complete Guide to Injectables and Fillers

June 9, 2021
Someone getting an injectable

You can’t fight the passing of time. Or at least that’s what the mirror says when you lean in for a closer look at your skin. You might see crow’s feet, forehead wrinkles, sunken cheeks, thin lips, or the dreaded “11s” — those vertical frown lines between the eyebrows.

The good news is, you’re not stuck with those age-related issues. If topical treatments aren’t cutting it, but you’re not ready for invasive surgery, a course of injectables could deliver the youthful appearance you’re craving. Injectables can smooth wrinkles and folds or add definition and contouring, and with minimal downtime to boot.

Before you walk into your dermatology center or med spa, it helps to know more about injectables landscape. There are several treatment options, and they don’t all function in the same way. Read on for the scoop on the types of injectables available, including how they’re used, how much they cost, and what you can expect before, during, and after your treatment.

 

Injectables and Fillers Overview

What are injectables?

Injectables are a class of anti-aging treatments for the face, neck, and hands. They get their name from the method of application. A dermatologist or aesthetician injects a medicine into the skin as a temporary fix for wrinkles, lines, or the loss of contouring.

There are three types of injectables, each with a different method of action:

  • Neuromodulators freeze the facial muscles that cause wrinkles.
  • Dermal fillers, explained in more detail below, add volume underneath the skin.
  • Kybella breaks down fat deposits, specifically those that build up below the chin.

What are dermal fillers?

Dermal fillers are gel formulations that plump the skin. They can treat various anti-aging complaints, including thin lips, wrinkles and creases, and age-related definition loss. The face is the primary treatment area — lips, mouth, eyes, jawlines, cheeks, nose, and chin. But aestheticians may also use dermal fillers on the backs of the hands, which can also become sunken with age.

Ingredients you might see in a dermal filler include Hyaluronic Acid (HA), Calcium Hydroxylapatite (CaHA), Poly-L-lactic Acid, and Polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA).There is also a procedure that uses fat harvested from the patient’s body as a filler.

 

6 popular types of injectables and fillers

Botox

Botox is the original neuromodulator. Dermatologists and aestheticians use it to smooth crow’s feet, forehead lines, and creases between the eyebrows.

Xeomin

Xeomin, also a neuromodulator, works like Botox but has fewer inactive ingredients. The manufacturing process strips away unnecessary proteins to isolate the active protein, which is botulinum toxin Type A. Dermatologists believe Xeomin’s additive-free formulation prevents people from developing resistance to the treatment — which can happen with Botox. There is no definitive evidence that the purer formulation produces better or different results, however.

Xeomin is FDA-approved for use on creases between the eyebrows, though aestheticians also use it to smooth crow’s feet and forehead wrinkles.

Dysport

Dysport is also a Botox alternative. Compared to Botox, Dysport is more diluted and spreads out more easily after injection. For that reason, aestheticians may recommend Dysport over Botox for larger areas of the face like the forehead.

Juvederm

Juvederm is a brand of gel dermal fillers made of HA. The Juvederm product family smooths moderate-to-severe facial wrinkles. It can also add volume and restore lost contouring of lips, cheeks, and the area around the mouth.

Restylane

Restylane, like Juvederm, is a brand of dermal fillers. Restylane HA gels can correct wrinkles and folds around the mouth and cheeks. Aestheticians also use Restylane to add volume to the cheeks and lips.

Revanesse Versa

Revanesse Versa is a newer HA filler that’s designed to cause less swelling and last longer than other treatments.  As with Juvederm and Restylane, Revanesse Versa fills in facial wrinkles and folds around the mouth and cheeks.

 

Injectable and filler areas for the face

Lips

Lips can show aging earlier than other parts of the face. As skin breaks down with age, lips lose definition and start to look thinner. The corners of the mouth can also begin to droop.

HA fillers remedy those issues temporarily by adding volume and definition, directly to the lips or to the area around the mouth.

Cheeks

When you’re young, your face has naturally occurring fat pockets that add shape and contouring to cheeks and other areas. With age, those fat deposits lose volume and can even move — leaving sagging skin behind.

HA fillers can restore the lost volume temporarily, which also corrects sagging skin.

Forehead

Forehead lines and wrinkles develop from repeated movement of the forehead muscles — usually caused by frowning. These can appear in your 20s and become more exaggerated over time, particularly with sun exposure.

Neuromodulators are the injectables of choice for smoothing out forehead wrinkles. Since these formulas freeze the muscle, they can also slow the formation of new wrinkles.

Chin/jawline

Aging-related volume loss in the chin can create an imbalance in facial features. The chin or jawline can appear weak or undefined as a result.

An aesthetician might recommend a dermal filler to restore chin or jawline definition, smooth wrinkles, or even to fill in a cleft chin. For a double chin specifically, Kybella is also an effective treatment.  

 

How much do injectables and fillers cost?

Neuromodulator injectables are sold in units. The units themselves are inexpensive, but the total price of treatment depends on how many units you need. A targeted treatment might be as low as $75, though most will pay $400 to $500 per session.

Dermal fillers cost more than Botox and its competitors. Depending on the type of treatment and the formula being used, you might pay $525 to $1,000 per treatment.

 

What to expect during your injectable or filler treatment

Your injectables procedure should always begin with a consultation. That’s when you share your skin concerns with your dermatologist or aesthetician. Based on your input and a skin exam, your skincare professional will recommend a treatment plan.

Neuromodulators

At the time of treatment, your professional will clean your skin. You should not need anesthesia for neuromodulator injections. The pain is minimal — you’ll feel only a small prick. You will need multiple injections, but the exact number depends on the treatment area. You might get four injections to smooth forehead wrinkles, and only two to correct lip wrinkles.

One thing that can be confusing is the difference between a unit of Botox or Xeomin and an injection. To be clear, each injection can include more than one unit of the medicine. For example, you might get 20 units of Botox administered in four shots.

Your neuromodulator treatment should take 15 to 20 minutes.

Dermal fillers

The dermal filler procedure is similar but with two key differences. First, the procedure may take longer — up to 60 minutes, depending on the treatment area. Second, specific to Restylane injections, you may receive a topical anesthesia. Juvederm and Revanesse Versa generally don’t require anesthesia.

 

Recovery time after receiving injectable and filler treatments

Most people experience minimal to no downtime after their injectable treatments. The most common side effects are swelling and bruising around the injection site. The swelling normally resolves itself within an hour but bruising and soreness can last up to two weeks. For that reason, it’s smart to clear your calendar of any special events for two weeks following your treatment. 

 

How long do injectable and filler results last?

The smoothing effects of Botox, Xeomin, and Dysport normally last two to four months. Dermal fillers can retain their effectiveness for up to one year.

 

Which injectable or filler is right for you?

Injectable treatments may seem routine and commonplace, but they are medical procedures. As such, it’s critical to work with a qualified provider who can recommend an individualized treatment plan — and then deliver that treatment safely and effectively.

milk + honey Medical Aesthetics partners with renowned dermatologist Dr. Tyler Hollmig so you receive the highest quality care available. Hollmig, along with a team of Board-certified medical professionals, can skillfully identify the best injectable treatment for your skin and your lifestyle.

Turns out, you can fight the passing of time. Set up a consultation today and get ready to look your best tomorrow!

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