Medical Esthetics – Injectables and Dermal Fillers

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Look years younger with Botox®, Juvederm® and Radiesse®

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BioBalance Healthcast episode 54, is titled Medical Esthetics—Injectables and Dermal Fillers. Co-host Brett Newcomb and I welcome Cosmetic Nurse Practitioner, Abbie Calabio to talk about the work she does with the esthetic injectables Botox®, Juvederm® and Radiesse®.

Abbie joined my practice in August of this year, and is a board-certified Nurse Practitioner and esthetic skin specialist. She’s unique because she is only one of three in the St. Louis area. In addition, she has five years of expertise in the area of cosmetic injections and laser skin treatments.

All of our skin treatments at BioBalance Health begin with a consultation where Abbie asks the patient what they feel their skin issues are. She then addresses those concerns with the best medical solution.

Botox® works by blocking the muscle contractions that cause wrinkles. When injected around the eyes, it gives a refreshed look, brightening the eyes. When injected between the eyebrows, it removes what is known as “elevens.” Outside the eyes, it gets rid of “crows feet.”

Radiesse® and Juviderm® are dermal or facial fillers. Radiesse® is a volumizing filler, a calcium based filler that helps enhance the volume, bringing fullness back to the patient’s cheeks. It fills and lifts, helping with sagging cheeks and jowls. It’s a non-invasive, non surgical procedure that is like getting a liquid facelift. It lasts up to a year.

Juviderm is a hyalironic gel for filling in the parentheses around the mouth, and add fullness to the boarders of the lips.

The goal is to return the look of the face to the age 10 to 20 years younger. Abbie recommends that new patients bring with them a photo of themselves when they were younger. Her approach is always conservative, assuring them results that look natural.

The Visia is a photography- and computer-based system that reveals and analyzes the degrees of the patient’s wrinkles, UVE damage, redness, and more. It compares the patient’s skin to women in the same age range. A printout is given to the patient that helps them decide what treatments they want to receive.

This episode is part one of a two-part series. Next week we’ll talk about esthetic laser treatments.