We're often asked by patients for tips and tricks, things we're all too happy to share! Below you'll get an inside peek and hopefully some useful information…
Q: I didn't realize it's possible to get a bruise when having an injectable procedure. Is there anything I can do to minimize this chance?
A: Absolutely! Avoid the usual suspects like Aspirin & Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) for 7 days before an appointment and of course if you're on blood thinners please notify the doctor. Certain herbal medications like ginko biloba and vitamin E thin the blood and can result in more bruising so they too should be avoided for a week prior. You can also try eating fresh kiwi fruit and pineapple for a few days prior. These fruits are good sources of bromelain which helps reduce bruising. For new patients coming in, we've got a handy take home sheet with all these tips listed. Lastly, avoid scheduling your injectables too close to social engagements, allow yourself time to heal just in case!
Q: If BOTOX® works to smoothen out wrinkles, can it be used to treat my smile lines?
A: BOTOX® Cosmetic can work wonders on some wrinkles, specifically expression lines caused by dynamic movement and muscle contractions. In this case, JUVÉDERM® would be considered to help soften the smile lines without affecting your ability to smile. JUVÉDERM® will add subtle volume to the folds of the skin so the lines are not as deep and less visible. Your doctor will be able to determine exactly what is right for you.
Q: I hate my cellulite – are there any exercises I can do improve those dreaded dimples?
A: While it's near impossible to escape cellulite, there are some exercises that may help. The largest muscles burn the most fat – the leg muscles.
Squats increase strength in the quadriceps, gluteals, and hamstrings. Don't be afraid to use heavy weights, these muscles can take it without developing or becoming overly bulky.
Lunges target the hip flexors, gluteals, and front of the thighs.
Abductor exercises – we often forget that there is a side to our legs until we put on that bathing suit. Exercises that move the leg away from the body work the outer thigh. Performing these exercises in the pool will increase your balance and the amount of resistance, making them highly effective.