Cosmetic Services FAQ's
Are cosmetic services ever covered by insurance?
No. By definition, cosmetic services are those not deemed to be medically necessary. Therefore, the patient is responsible for paying all expenses incurred.
What is Botox and how does it work?
Botox is used to both reverse dynamic wrinkles and prevent new wrinkle formation. Botulinum toxin A (BTX-A) is one of many types of neurotoxins produced by the naturally occurring bacteria, Clostridium botulinum. It was introduced for cosmetic use in 1990’s and has become increasingly popular as a safe, efficient, and temporary method of facial rejuvenation. It works by temporarily relaxing certain facial muscles that contribute to dynamic lines (wrinkles) in the upper, middle and lower face.
What can Botox do for me?
Botox can improve the appearance of wrinkles in the forehead, crow’s feet, down-turned corners of the mouth,radial lip lines, bunny lines(wrinkles on the sides of the nasal bridge) and a “gummy” smile. Botox can give the appearance of a brow lift in some individuals. Botox also can relieve the pain from clenching and grinding.
How soon will I see results after Botox injections?
Results may be noticeable as early as one to two days after injection, but may take up to 2 weeks in some individuals.
How long will these results last?
Average duration of action is approximately three to four months, although patients who get repeat injections often find results last longer (six months).
Is there any downtime?
Downtime is minimal to none.
What are the possible adverse effects?
Adverse effects are not common. Of those that occur, the majority are those found after any type of injection, redness, bruising, swelling, and rarely, injection site infections. Much less common adverse effects are related to temporarily weakening an unintended muscle, this can result in temporary facial asymmetry.
What are Dermal Fillers?
Fillers are a clear gel that is made (up of) from a naturally occurring substance of the skin. It draws water to it which provides missing volume back to the skin.
What can dermal fillers do for me?
Dermal fillers can improve the appearance of the nasolabial folds (what looks like parentheses on either side of the mouth), marionette lines, thin lips, and chin wrinkles.
How soon will I see results after filler injections?
Fillers will provide immediate results.
How long will results last?
Most manufacturers report results that last between 9 and 12 months, on average.
Is there any downtime?
Downtime is minimal. In most patients, there may be redness swelling or bruising lasting only one to two days.
What are possible adverse effects?
Adverse effects are not common. Of those that occur, the majority are those found after any type of injection, redness, bruising, swelling, and rarely, injection site infections. Rarely, patients can develop small bumps that are typically felt but not seen. Your doctor will discuss this in more detail before any dermal filler is used.