The Botox timeline: What to expect following your treatment

When Botox is administered correctly it can offer a relaxed, refreshed and more youthful appearance.  It can help to enhance your features while also preventing those pesky lines and wrinkles developing for years to come.

It’s understandable that you might have some questions and reservations about the treatment – it does involve facial injections after all! To put your mind at ease, we’ve outlined what you can expect before, during and after the treatment:

At the consultation

During the initial consultation, Dr Baskin or one of our Registered Nurses will discuss with you exactly what your concerns are and manage your expectations to ensure you get the best result. They will make treatment recommendations to align with what you want to achieve and your budget. Now’s the time to ask any questions you have, to ensure you have a full understanding of the treatment.

At the Botox® appointment

At your first Botox® appointment*, you’ll complete a medical consent form and pre-treatment photos are taken to track your results. This initial appointment is about 30 minutes, which is longer than follow up appointments which are only around 15 minutes. Your nurse will then talk you through the procedure before starting. Botox® is injected directly into the targeted muscle using a fine needle. Most people describe the treatment as ‘slightly uncomfortable’ but it is over in no time!

*Unless you are under a doctor order for it,  seven days prior to a Botox injection avoid Aspirin, Advil, Aleve, Motrin, any anti-inflammatory medications, Fish Oil/Flaxseed Oil supplements and Melatonin.  This will decrease your chance of bruising.

Immediately after the treatment

Right after the treatment, you may have a small amount of redness and swelling – this will usually resolve within ten minutes. Most people experience no pain or side effects, a small number get a mild headache after the treatment which can be eased with mild pain relief. You will be given post-treatment information which outlines all of the details and post-care advice.

1 day after the treatment

Most people will not experience any symptoms that show they’ve had the treatment done, however it is possible to have some minor bruising. Noticeable results are not usually visible the next day, as it take a bit of time for the Botox® to kick in.

1 week after the treatment

After five to seven days, you are likely to start to see results of your treatment, with the full effect seen at 10-14 days. The treated area will appear smoother and look more refreshed.  

1 month after the treatment

A month down the track, your Botox® will still be very effective.  Some people will have a very small amount of movement return, although this differs for everyone and also depends on the area treated.

3 months after the treatment

After about 3 to 6 months, the effects of Botox start to wear off and you will start to see a gradual return of movement. If you want the fresh and smooth look to return, you will have to repeat the injections. Most people get injections every 3 to 4 months. 

PRP Microneedling

What is Microneedling?
Microneedling uses a sterile needle-tip containing 12 tiny micro-needles to create controlled micro-injuries to the skin. This initiates the skin’s repair process to naturally produce collagen and elastin, ideal for smoothing fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars, traumatic scars, and stretch marks. Micro-channels created by the treatment allow for optimal absorption of topical products and Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), enhancing their effects in the deeper layers of skin.

What does it feel like?
Micro-Needling feels similar to sandpaper being moved across the skin. Topical numbing may be applied prior to your procedure, but no anesthesia or medications are necessary.

What can I expect after a Micro-Needling procedure?
The skin will be red and flushed, similar to a mild to moderate sunburn, for 12 hours to 3 days.* You may also experience mild swelling, tightness, and/or mild peeling. Side effects are temporary and typically resolve within 3 days. Total healing time depends on the depth of the treatment, skin type, and skin condition, and some patients may heal completely in 24 hours.

When will I see the results?
Patients typically notice an immediate glow, but visible improvement will take about 2-4 weeks and can continue for up to 6 months.*

How many treatments will I need?
A series of 3-6 treatments spaced 4-6 weeks apart is ideal for optimal results. Some conditions like deep wrinkles, advanced photo-aging, stretch marks, and acne scars may need 6-8 treatments.

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy. What is PRP?
Platelet Rich Plasma is a concentration of platelets in the blood that are crucial to wound healing. When used for skin rejuvenation, PRP releases growth factors into the skin to expedite the body’s own repair process and stimulate new collagen and elastin.

What does the procedure entail?
A small blood sample is taken from your own body and the PRP is separated from the other components. The PRP is then topically applied to the skin immediately following a micro-needling procedure. The micro-channels created by micro-needling provide direct pathways to the deeper layers of skin for optimal wound healing. Micro-needling with PRP application is an ideal treatment for smoothing fine lines, wrinkles, or even increasing plumpness and overall rejuvenation of the skin.

What are you waiting for? Call us to schedule your appointment – 207-780-0045.

Maine’s Premier Laser Hair Removal Center

laser-hairWhat is laser hair removal?

Laser hair removal uses a low-energy laser, which passes through the patient’s skin, being absorbed by the pigment in the hair follicle. Each pulse of the laser targets and inactivates a large number of hair follicles. Approximately 8 treatments spaced 6-10 weeks apart are usually necessary. Laser hair removal is safe and effective, and because of the latest technological advances, almost everyone can enjoy the benefits.

To ensure the safety of our clients, we only have registered and licensed nurses performing laser hair removal procedures. Our specialist can remove the hair on most parts of the body. It is effective for large areas, as well as small areas on the face. The most common places people have laser hair removal are the:

• Back
• Upper lip and chin
• Neck
• Bikini area
• Chest
• Shoulders
• Underarms

 

Is the hair removal permanent?

Laser hair removal is a treatment that focuses light energy into the hair follicle. When that happens, a certain percentage of the hair follicles are damaged so that hair won’t grow from them again. With each treatment session, you will start to see a reduction in hair growth in the treated area. The laser only targets the hair follicle and not the surrounding skin.

Is the treatment painful?

There is some discomfort during laser hair removal, however, topical numbing and ice can be used to minimize this. Depending on how aggressive the treatment session is, the skin may be slightly to significantly pink following treatment.

Preparation for laser hair removal treatment

The area to be treated should be shaved immediately prior to the treatment. Sun exposure should be minimized before and during your treatment series.  Do not use self tanner 4 weeks prior to starting treatment.

Baskin Aesthetic Medicine is Maine’s premier laser and skin care center. We’ve performed thousands of laser hair removal procedures.  As laser hair removal experts, we take great pride in the way we make our patients look and feel!

Contact us today to schedule your FREE consultation or to book your appointment.

Back To Beauty Routine

From our friends at Colorescience

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Its time to pull out your planners (or your iPhones) because Fall is coming fast. Whether you’re shuffling kids, juggling work or doing both and still trying to get exercise in its all quickly taking over your once relaxed Summer schedule.

Leading into September, we know your time is limited and every minute is accounted for – we can certainly relate!, So, we wanted to offer you some quick and easy products that can get your day started right so your out the door feeling beautiful and most importantly protected!

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These 5 essential, multi-tasking products can easily be thrown into your handbag, gym bag or diaper bag ensuring you look great all day for those unexpected moments!

A post-summer skin must! This Clinical Pigment Perfector SPF 50 has the multi-tasking game buttoned up. Even Up™ brightens your skin, helps correct that Summer sun damage (it’s been clinically tested to do so!) and protects your skin from further discoloration – all in one simple pump. Even Up is perfect because it perfects your skin all day while providing a sheer coverage that keeps your skin looking radiant on those mornings when everyone’s running behind. Just one pump of Even Up is enough to cover imperfections and keep your skin protected from the sun.

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Post-summer most of us are still holding on to that great glow and don’t want to cover it with a full coverage foundation! So, why not get all the benefits of suncare, skincare and sheer foundation in one amazing product? This one-hit-wonder . Tint du Soleil™, is your foundation savior. This innovative new product is packed with powerful peptides, nourishing vitamins and SPF 30 to help your skin look better – even when you’re not wearing makeup! The crème formula works to minimize the appearance of fine lines while providing you with sheer coverage for beautiful skin that lasts.

Where do we begin on our love for this product? 100% healthy, instant UVA/UVB sunscreen that’s non-greasy, won’t mess up your makeup, and perfect for on the go. #winning. Our Sunforgettable Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50 Brush is perfect when you’re on the go. With a hint of color this brush keeps your makeup looking fresh as you shield your skin from damaging rays. Now you don’t have to worry if your 2 o’clock lunch meeting is pushed to the outside patio. We have you covered. Don’t believe us? Take it from celeb blogger Ashley Brooke Designs advice and read her post about how this sunscreen brush has changed her life.  And, a little secret, it does double duty as an easy, non-greasy sunscreen option for your little ones.

Now you can take care of that double chin!

KYBELLA Patient Before and After (Side View)

Did you know that according to a 2014 survey conducted by the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, nearly as many consumers are bothered by their double chin (68%) as by lines and wrinkles around the eyes (71%)? In fact, the condition, which can make you look older and heavier, even has a name. It’s called submental fullness, and it can be difficult to get rid of on your own. Because submental fullness can be influenced by multiple factors, like aging and genetics, sometimes, no matter how much you diet or exercise, your double chin may not go away.

Here’s the good news: our office is now offering KYBELLA™ (deoxycholic acid) injection, the first and only FDA-approved injectable drug that contours and improves the appearance of submental fullness. When injected into subcutaneous fat, KYBELLA™ causes the destruction of fat cells. Once destroyed,those cells cannot store or accumulate fat.

How KYBELLA™ Works
KYBELLA™ is a non-human and non-animal formulation of deoxycholic acid, a naturally-occurring molecule in the body that aids in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat. When injected  into subcutaneous fat, KYBELLA™ causes the destruction of fat cells.  Once destroyed, those cells can not store or accumulate fat.

How Long Before Seeing Results
With this nonsurgical treatment, many patients experience visible results in two to four treatment sessions spaced at least one month apart. Up to six treatments may be administered. Treatment with KYBELLA™ is customized by Dr Baskin to the patient’s aesthetic goals for an improved chin profile. Each in-office treatment session is typically 15-20 minutes.  KYBELLA™ treatments typically have high patient satisfaction. 79% of patients treated with KYBELLA™ reported satisfaction with the appearance of their face and chin.Side Effects

The most common side effects are swelling, bruising, pain, numbness, redness and formation of areas of hardness in the treatment area. In clinical trials, the incidence and severity of most side effects decreased with subsequent KYBELLA™ treatments. KYBELLA™ has been the focus of a global clinical development program involving over 20 clinical studies with more than 2,600 patients worldwide, of which 1,600 have been treated with KYBELLA™.

Talk to Dr. Baskin to determine if KYBELLA™ might be right for you, or to learn more about KYBELLA™ visit http://www.mykybella.com/

The Effects of Long-Term Botox Use

Many people think that Botox is only good for a quick fix, especially since the effects are temporary. However, long-term Botox use can actually make your wrinkles look permanently better by preventing them from getting worse in the long run.

Think about it this way: people make facial expressions every single day, whether it’s expressing an emotion (i.e. smiling) or simply out of habit (i.e. raising your brows). Making facial expressions causes temporary dynamic lines to show up in your face. These lines go away when your face returns to rest. However, as you continue to make facial expressions, day after day and year after year, and as your skin ages, these lines start to get etched in your skin. That’s when frown lines get progressively deeper for people who frown all the time. Or when crow’s feet stay put even after you stop smiling or squinting. Eventually, what once were dynamic wrinkles become wrinkles that are just there, even when you don’t make any facial expressions.

This is where Botox comes into play. When you get consistent Botox injections, you prevent potential wrinkle formations from getting deeper or worse. Botox limits the range of facial muscle movement (when done skillfully, your face will not get that frozen look) so that wrinkles don’t worsen over time. If you have a bad habit of frowning or lifting your brows for no reason, consistent Botox injections can also help your face kick these bad habits and therefore prevent any potential lines from getting etched in your skin. Getting frequent Botox injections may also help relax your facial muscles so that you don’t need as a high a dose or as frequent as an injection to maintain your results.

Bottom line: You don’t need to use Botox all the time, but long-term and consistent Botox use helps a lot.

Now’s The Time To Get Your Legs Ready For Summer!

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Although it’s hard to believe with two feet of fresh snow on the ground, but spring really is around the corner! And NOW is a good time to think about removing those irritating little things that look like a purple or blue road map on your legs – spider veins.

Spider veins can plague anyone, old or young, male or female. Luckily, there’s a simple procedure that can take care of them . Sclerotherapy involves the injection of a treatment solution into the leg veins with very fine needles. The solution irritates the lining of the blood vessel, causing it to collapse and gradually fade from view.

Typically 4-6 treatments are needed, spaced 1 month apart. Treatments take 30-45 minutes with most patients reporting only minimal discomfort with no topical numbing necessary. You can be in and out during your lunch hour!

Preventing Spider Veins
Although genes and hormones can contribute to varicose and spider veins, simple lifestyle changes can help prevent new unsightly veins from appearing and keep existing ones from getting worse.

Exercise
Poor circulation, which can cause spider and varicose veins, is often the result of being sedentary. So get up and move around! Find an exercise routine you enjoy and stick to it. Swimming is great as it promotes circulation while taking pressure off your legs.

And, at the very least, if you’re stuck at a desk all day (or in a car/on a plane), get up and walk around for five minutes every hour or so.

Working out not only helps promote circulation, it will also help you maintain a healthy weight, which will also reduce your chances of developing varicose and spider veins.

Take Breaks from Standing
Just as you want to avoid sitting for long periods of time, try to avoid standing for long periods as well. If you don’t have that luxury, though, and have to be on your feet all day, make sure you’re wearing supportive shoes, take breaks to sit down, and prop your feet up when you can (to facilitate circulation). This will not only help take the pressure off your legs, but your joints and back will thank you.

4 Reasons You Should Consider Coolsculpting

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Between healthy diets and exercise, people try their hardest to stay in shape, but with work and family responsibilities filling most of their day, it’s hard. Even with a great diet and lots of exercise, some fatty areas just won’t go away. The only real solution to these problem areas in the past was liposuction, but it’s so invasive, it turned people away in droves. Luckily, we now have Coolsculpting. This simple procedure uses cold temperatures to freeze away fat cells, allowing them to die off naturally through the body’s waste systems. Check out some of the top reasons to try coolsculpting as a next defense against fatty deposits.

1. No Major Time Commitment
It’s an outpatient service, making a time commitment as simple as a basic doctor’s appointment. Depending on the area to be treated, the process takes around an hour. Patients don’t require any anesthesia or other drugs so they can literally walk out of the appointment without a ride home from a friend.

2. Non-Invasive Benefit
Liposuction is known for its invasive process, requiring physical access to fat cells under the skin. This new procedure is entirely performed on the outside skin surface. A cold machine tool moves across the skin above the fat deposit. The machine is designed to send cold pulses to the fat while avoiding any skin irritation. There are no cuts or bruises to make this process painful.

3. Get Right Back to Work
If a person only has a lunch hour to spare, coolsculpting is a perfect fit. There’s no need to go home and rest after the appointment because there’s no real pain involved. The fat removal process is actually slow as it breaks down and leaves the body through natural waste removal systems. Go right back to work if you want, because there are no health issues to deal with using this sculpting procedure.

4. Self-Confidence Regained
There’s no way to quantify self-confidence boosts, but a sculpting procedure can give a person a new outlook on their body and life. And what’s better than that?

Don’t hesitate to call our office if you have any questions or are curious about the procedure.

Melt Your Fat Away

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Although it’s hard to believe that summer is anywhere in site, it’s really not too soon to start thinking how you’re going to feel when it’s time to shed the winter layers! Lots of people have the same complaint – stubborn body fat. Even if you are physically fit, exercise regularly, and eat according to a strict and healthy diet, you can still suffer from small areas of fat that plague your body regardless of what you do. Luckily, we have something that can help.

Coolsculpting to the Rescue
Coolsculpting can get rid of love handles, back fat, muffin tops, and more without the inconvenience of a surgical procedure.Clinically proven, CoolSculpting’s unique technology uses controlled cooling to freeze and eliminate unwanted fat cells without surgery or downtime. The procedure is FDA-cleared, safe and effective. The results are lasting and undeniable.
To learn more about Coolsculpting, take a look at how simple the procedure is on our YouTube channel: http://youtu.be/ViP_LQUOLgU

If you are curious, give us a call to schedule your free consultation. 780-0045