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Treatment & injection information

We want you to feel confident and safe with all of the treatments, injections, and services we perform in our Aesthetics Clinic & Spa.  Below you will find information, education, and safety tips for each service.  Before and after each procedure you will get pre and post-care instructions.  All treatments in the clinic are administered by board-certified healthcare providers that have special certification and continuing education in ALL procedures performed. 

We will NOT perform procedures, injections, or treatment requests that will yield unrealistic results or appearance.

  Our goal is to give you an enhanced natural artistic look with the safest procedures, medications, peels, and treatments studied and researched.  

Our aesthetics provider and cosmetic injector Lisa is able to prescribe and treat onsite for all pre and post-care.

About the injections & treatments



Botox is a drug that weakens or paralyzes muscle. In small doses, it can reduce skin wrinkles and help treat some medical conditions.  Botox is a protein made from Botulinum toxin, which the bacterium Clostridium botulinum produces. This is the same toxin that causes botulism.  Botox is a toxin, but when doctors use it correctly and in small doses, it can have benefits. It has both cosmetic and medical uses.  

As a cosmetic treatment, Botox injections can reduce the appearance of skin wrinkles.

Cosmetic uses:  The primary use of Botox is to reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles.  According to the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery, Botox injections are the most popular cosmetic procedure nationwide. 

The effects are temporary, lasting 3–12 months, depending on the type of treatment.  People often request the injections in the following areas of the face:  wrinkles between the eyebrows, called frown lines, glabellar lines, or elevens, wrinkles around the eyes, known as crow’s feet, horizontal creases in the forehead, lines at the corners of the mouth, “cobblestone” skin on the chin

**However, the FDA has only approved the injections for use around the eyes and on the forehead.

For more info on Botox click this link:

Fillers - Lips & Cheeks

Dermal fillers, also known as injectable implants, soft tissue fillers, lip and facial fillers, or wrinkle fillers are medical device implants approved by the FDA for use in helping to create a smoother and/or fuller appearance in the face, including nasolabial folds (the lines extending from the sides of the nose to the edges of the mouth), cheeks, chin, lips, and back of the hands.

Since some dermal fillers are naturally absorbed over time, patients may need to repeat the procedure after some time to maintain the desired effect. Successful results will depend on the underlying tissue structure and the volume and type of filler used. The time that the effect lasts depends on the filler material and the area where it is injected.

Approved Uses of Dermal Fillers.  

The FDA has approved dermal fillers for use in adults 22 years of age or older (over the age of 21) for specific uses:  

Absorbable (temporary) fillers are approved for moderate to severe facial wrinkles and skin folds, such as nasolabial folds (lines extending from the sides of the nose to the edges of the mouth) and perioral lines (small wrinkles in the skin around the mouth and lips).

Augmentation (increased volume) of lips, cheeks, chin, and back of the hand.

Non-absorbable (permanent) fillers are approved for only nasolabial folds and cheek acne scars.

The restoration and correction of signs of facial fat loss (lipoatrophy) in people with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

Correction of contour deficiencies, such as wrinkles and acne scars.

Unapproved Uses of Dermal Fillers:

The FDA recommends against using dermal fillers or any injectable filler for body contouring and enhancement to:

Inject the glabella (area between eyebrows), nose, periorbital area (around the eyes), forehead, or neck

These uses for dermal fillers are NOT approved by the FDA.  

For more info see the FDA link:

Medical Grade Peels

A chemical peel is a stronger treatment than a facial that focuses on your chin, cheeks and forehead. Basically, it treats the face, hence the name.

Facial peels exfoliate by removing the damaged upper layers of skin. An acid solution is used to remove the skin. That may sound scary, because of the word acid, but the acids used – trichloroacetic acid (TCA), alpha hydroxy acids (AHA) or phenol, and others.  Along with acids some peels include vitamins, Glutathione, and Retinols.  

A medical-grade face peel is done by a health care provider and leaves your skin smoother and healthier.

During a facial peel, you can expect to feel a slight, tingling feeling throughout your skin. The professionals administering the peel will help you deal with any discomfort by making adjustments as you need them.

After the facial peel, you should have improved skin color, texture, and tone. Your skin will feel rejuvenated and new.

The risks involved could be:  Infection, Cold sore outbreaks. Swelling, 

There are many facial problems that can be treated with a facial peel:  Certain types of acne, Reduces fine wrinkles around the mouth and under the eyes, Freckles, Sun damage and wrinkles caused by sun damage, Dark patches, the Improved appearance of mild scars, Age spots and wrinkles caused by aging skin.

Facial problems that are not treated by facial peels:  Severe wrinkles, Saggy skin

After a facial peel, your skin will be temporarily sensitive to the sun. Please wear sunscreen every day, at least for a month or so after the facial peel. Go for a ‘broad-spectrum’ product, meaning it will protect you against UVA rays as well as UVB rays.

AquaGold Fine Touch

Personalized skincare by AQUAGOLD ® fine touch ™

A Luxury 24 - Carat Gold Micro-Infusion facial device that delivers a personalized blend of ingredients into the skin via 20 hair-fine micro-channels.  The finest ingredients are selected for the Aauagold Fine Touch by your clinician to tackle a wide range of skin concerns.  The AquaGold serum can be tailored to your requirements making the AquaGold fine Touch the most perfect and personalized micro-Infusion facial treatment.  Get that airbrushed look and get ready for your special events.  

Target your skin goals - feed and nourish your skin with this supercharged micro- infusion Aquagold facial with a blend of specially selected ingredients!  Expertly tailored for the ultimate personalized facial experience. Treat yourself to a luxury 24 carat gold facial from your local Aquagold certified clinician.

The micro- channelling device is Medical CE marked and FDA registered. 


Microneedling is a cosmetic procedure. It involves pricking the skin with tiny sterilized needles. The small wounds cause your body to make more collagen and elastin, which heal your skin and help you look younger. You might also hear it called collagen induction therapy.  

Microneedling may help with issues like:

Acne. Hair loss (also called alopecia), Dark spots or patches on your skin (hyperpigmentation), Large pores, Reduced skin elasticity, Scars

Stretch marks, Sun damage, Fine lines, and wrinkles.

Microneedling is less expensive than laser treatments, which can cost about four times as much. Microneedling may work better for people with darker skin tones because it doesn’t involve heat the way laser treatments do, which can affect your skin’s pigmentation or color.  Microneedling can be done with Hyaluronic Acid , PRP, or PRF -  what’s best for your skin and what's best for you.  We can come up with a custom plan for your skin.


Microdermabrasion is a very popular, machine-assisted skin-exfoliating treatment. Microdermabrasion has the advantages of low risk and rapid recovery compared to the other more invasive resurfacing methods such as dermabrasion, chemical peeling, and laser resurfacing. Since microdermabrasion produces only a very superficial depth of skin removal, it works best on improving conditions on the surface of the skin such as early photoaging (sun damage), fine lines, age spots, acne, and superficial scarring, although the results are not dramatic. Although the face is the most common area for microdermabrasion, any skin area, including the neck, chest, back, and hands, may be treated. Microdermabrasion is sometimes referred to as "Microderm," lunchtime peel, Parisian Peel, and Diamond Peel.

Microdermabrasion is a painless, noninvasive, skin-rejuvenation procedure using a combination of a fine abrasive tip or crystals and vacuum suction applied to the skin. There are no needles or anesthetics required for microdermabrasion. The vacuum pressure and speed are adjusted depending on the sensitivity and tolerance of the skin. Typical microdermabrasion sessions can last anywhere from 20 to 60 minutes. Minimal to no recovery time is required after microdermabrasion and most people immediately return to daily activity after a session. Makeup and nonirritating creams can usually be applied right after microdermabrasion. Studies have shown that microdermabrasion can even temporarily facilitate the absorption of some topical medications by increasing the permeability of the skin.

Microdermabrasion works by removing a few of the top layers of the skin called the stratum corneum. Much like brushing your teeth, Microderm helps to gently remove "plaque" and skin debris. Since human skin typically regenerates at approximately 30-day intervals, skin improvement with microdermabrasion is temporary and needs to be repeated at average intervals of two to four weeks for continued improvement. Multiple treatments in combination with sunscreen, sun avoidance, and other skin-care creams yield the best results.  Microdermabrasion is recommended every 4-6 weeks. 


Dermaplaning is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure for your skin. Your healthcare provider uses a special instrument to shave away the uppermost layers of your skin and fine velus hair (peach fuzz).

Dermaplaning can help reduce the appearance of acne scars or other skin imperfections by revealing newer, undamaged skin. It can make your skin look younger; though, it doesn’t stop the aging process. Some people also get dermaplaning for hair removal. This is only a temporary fix because your hair will grow back.  Most people get the procedure on their face, but you can do it anywhere on your body.  

The exfoliation and hair removal can leave your skin brighter and smoother. The treatment may soften fine lines and wrinkles and erase hyperpigmentation, or uneven skin tone. It’s also used to treat deep acne scars. How well it works really depends on your skin type, tone, and medical history. 

Most people have little to no irritation or reaction. Short-term side effects may include:  Red and swollen skin from the scraping, Soreness, A burning or tingling sensation for about 48 hours after the procedure, It’s not common for your hair to grow back thicker or darker. But in rare cases, dark hair may grow near your chin or “sideburns.”

Dermaplaning isn’t recommended if you have inflammatory skin conditions such as:  Acne, Rosacea, Psoriasis, Eczema, Sunburn.  Dermaplaning is recommended every 4-6 wks. 

Sculptra injections 

Sculptra is a synthetic, biodegradable injectable filler, whose active ingredient is poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA). PLLA is a derivative of alpha-hydroxy acid and has been used in many medical applications. Sculptra was first FDA approved in 2009 to treat facial wasting or hollows, lipoatrophy, in patients who were immune compromised with HIV. Sculptra was approved in Europe for this same indication much earlier, in 1999. After Sculptra’s success in replacing lost volume, and its safety profile was established, Sculptra was introduced into the market to treat both medium and deep facial lines, and volume loss. Sculptra treatment is unique in that the long term results of Sculptra injections can last up to three years. Traditional hyaluronic fillers like Restylane typically last 6 to 9 months, and Juvederm lasts 9 to 12 months. There is no other product, when full correction is achieved, which has this longevity. So while the overall cost for vials may be a little more expensive than one syringe of Juvederm, it is the longevity of the correction that makes it more cost effective than most other dermal fillers.

Sculptra is a “stimulatory” filler, which means that is a unique product that stimulates the body to produce its own collagen and help build structural support for lost volume. Unlike Juvederm, or a traditional hyaluronic acid filler, Sculptra is a water based product and the effects will disappear within a few hours after injection. Over the course of the next 4 to 6 weeks from Sculptra injection, your body will produce its own new collagen. With Sculptra injections, a series of treatment sessions are required to achieve optimal cosmetic results. Typically, at least three treatment sessions are needed, 4 to 6 weeks apart, to correct lost volume. Maintenance sessions may be needed annually and the results typically last over two years in duration.

The most common question that patients ask is “how many vials of Sculptra will I need?” The answer really depends on the area of the body where the Sculptra is being injected, the extent of correction needed, and the age of the individual being treated. In general, the rule of thumb for facial Sculptra correction is one vial per decade of life. For example, if you are in your 30’s, you may need 3 vials for total correction, 40’s, 4 vials. There are, of course, exceptions for this rule, depending on how much volume is lost in your particular case.

One of the many cosmetic benefits of Sculptra, is that new collagen continues to build up, even after one year after injection. One study even demonstrated that 40 percent of patients injected still maintained their results even 3 years after treatment.

The most common side effect of Sculptra injections is bruising at the injection site. The other side effects of the injection are redness, swelling, pain, bleeding, and tenderness at the treatment area. Other rarer side effects include infection and subcutaneous nodules. Proper injection technique is critical to the best and safest outcome and it is very important to have a skilled and experienced aesthetic injector.

There is very little recovery time from Sculptra injections, except for some mild bruising or swelling. To minimize any facial swelling, cold compresses are suggested for the first 24 hours. It is important to also avoid any excess heat or sunlight or UV treatment since this can exacerbate the swelling and redness of the area. It is important to continue the “rule of 5’s” in terms of massaging the treated area after the injections, to evenly distribute the product and induce new collagen formation in the desired treatment area, this means massage the area 5 times a day for 5 min for 5 days.  For more information see below.