A women with wrinkles needing botox or fillers

Is Botox A Safe Treatment For Wrinkles?

Individuals considering Botox treatment often have a lot of questions about the process. What exactly is Botox? Does it work on deeper wrinkles? Is it safe for long-term use? Will my face look worse than it does now if I start Botox treatments and then stop?

 

What Is Botox?

All of these are excellent questions, and we’re here to provide the answers. Let’s start with what Botox is. Botox uses botulinum toxin injections to temporarily paralyze facial muscles by blocking the brain signals that cause them to contract. The contraction of facial muscles is the cause of wrinkles and forehead furrows, so blocking them is an effective method of mitigating their appearance.

Botulinum toxin is produced by the bacteria that causes botulism, a specific type of food poisoning. There’s no need to worry about catching the disease though, as the injections never contain the bacteria itself.

In fact, paralyzing facial tissues provides a myriad of benefits. For cosmetic purposes, it results in a dramatic reduction in the appearance of wrinkles, especially in patients age 65 or younger. It also has several medicinal purposes, including treating repetitive neck spasms, lazy eye, overactive bladder, and excessive sweating. They can also help individual individuals dealing with chronic migraines.

A women with wrinkles needing botox or fillers

What Are The Treatments Like?

Safe Botox injections must be carried out by a trained, licensed medical professional. They will prepare a thin needle containing a tiny amount of botulinum toxin for each injection required. The number of needed injections varies based on a variety of factors, including how large of an area is getting treated.

The effects of each treatment last for three months or maybe a little longer, but are not permanent. Regular booster injections are required to maintain the effects of the treatment.

Are Treatments Suitable For Any Age?

Wrinkles tend to become thicker as we age, so many patients wonder if Botox becomes less efficient as they grow older. The truth is that the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approves Botox treatments with patients 65 years old or younger in mind. Patients older than this may not experience the same results as a younger demographic, but the treatments usually still provide some benefit. This is especially true if the injections are combined with facial fillers to help soften the wrinkles.

Is It Safe?

Yes, Botox is safe for all patients. Research on the subject reveals no short- or long-term health risks associated with these treatments. Medicinal injections for the ailments listed above involve higher dosages of the toxin that is used for cosmetic purposes, further verifying the safety of cosmetic treatments.

That said, some individuals experience side effects when they begin treatment. Pain in the treated area(s), bruising of the injection location(s), headache, eye dryness, excessive tearing, and flu-like symptoms are the most commonly reported.

The best way to avoid these side effects is to ensure that the medical professional performing them understands what they are doing. Plastic surgeons, eye plastic surgeons, board-certified dermatologists, or otolaryngologists who have personally examined you are the best option to administer the injections. In the unlikely event you still experience adverse side effects, these professionals will also be able to provide valuable advice on how to manage your symptoms.

What Happens If I Stop?

Stopping Botox after a few years will not make your face look worse than it did initially, but you will revert to the way you looked before starting treatments. Your forehead muscles will also regain their strength and range of motion after stopping treatments.

Hopefully, the information above answered all of your questions concerning cosmetic Botox treatments. If not, feel free to contact us for additional information!


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An athletic women exercising after getting botox done

Does Botox Wear Off Quicker If You Exercise?

Does Botox wear off quicker if you exercise one persistent question that needs to be settled once and for all? After all, many people, myself included, suspect that strenuous exercise may speed up the body’s assimilation of Botox.

Working out too much can make the injection wear out faster than if a person leads a widely sedentary life. My belief stems from my experience with my two patients. For my hyperactive subject, the effects of the injection wore out within a month and a half. Meanwhile, for my less active subject, Botox’s efficacy run its due course.

What gives? To-date, there is no significant study or research conducted to draw a correlation between activity and the length of effectiveness of Botulinum toxin. And yet my experience suggests an active cause and effect relationship. The same goes for individuals medicating with hyaluronic acid.

animated version of a botox injection

Are Botox and Sedentary Living a Match Made in Heaven?

I wonder. My theory on the subject goes something like this: Perhaps the muscular exertion produces a heightened communication between the muscular and the nervous systems, thereby reversing the powerful effects of the substance injected. For now, however, consider this to be just a hunch. At the same time, I shall eagerly await any tried-and-tested medical findings regarding the matter.

Hunches, after all, are no match for rigorous trials. The medical profession is known to devote years to arrive at definitive conclusions regarding pharmaceutical effects. Maybe other factors are causing the effects of Botox to be aborted time-wise, such as the differing metabolic rates among human subjects.

Unlocking the Mysteries of the Botox Serum

Pending a full-blown investigation, Botox injection administrators are known to restrict their patients from being overactive upon receiving a full dosage. The logic is that too much movement may cause the drug to work in unintended areas of the body.

Some Preliminary Suggestions for Clostridium Botulinum Administration

But then again, this practice is not to cast in stone due to lack of clinical proof. So for the time being, it would be wise for aestheticians, dermatologists, and plastic surgeons to alert their patients that results may vary. That is, the treatment may prove to be more long-lasting to others or vice versa depending on the rate at which the neurotoxin is assimilated into the system. This way, it’s clear for the patient what to expect instead of blaming the provider.

An athletic women exercising after getting botox done

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Why We Love The Laser Hair Removal Procedure

With warmer temperatures just around the corner, the time to show more skin is rapidly approaching. Garments like tank tops, short shorts, and bikini’s make hair removal a priority that moves to the top of the list. Laser hair removal can remove your hair making you feel more confident in your appearance.

There are numerous ways to eliminate unwanted body hair including shaving, epilating, electrolysis, and waxing. Laser hair removal is one of the more desired ways to get rid of unwanted body hair. You can remove hair from a small problem area or from entire swaths of skin. It is one of the least painful methods, and most importantly, it is permanent. There are so many terrific reasons to choose laser hair removal over other methods of hair removal.

Fast Acting

There are other removal procedures that will remove the hair permanently. Unfortunately, these other methods take require several treatments to achieve results. Laser hair removal is much quicker than waxing, electrolysis or epilating. You will only need one or two treatments to achieve the desired results.

High Level of Efficacy

Laser hair removal is a permanent procedure. With every treatment, less and less hair will grow back. The hair will begin to thin and lighten until almost all the hair stops growing forever. You can see the results after each treatment.

Less Painful

Laser treatments are much less painful than traditional hair removal techniques. The skin suffers from less trauma and irritation. It makes it an ideal treatment for those with low pain tolerances. It is also a perfect treatment for areas with notoriously tender and delicate skin such as the bikini and face areas.

Allows for Maximum Coverage

It is easy and time efficient to remove hair from large areas like arms, legs, back, stomach and chest. The time saved, compared to other methods, is astronomical and of course, the results are permanent, saving even more time.

Safe Procedure

The Food and Drug Administration has approved laser hair removal. It much less irritation, and even damage, to the skin than other methods. Waxing is notorious for causing bleeding, and epilating creams have caused chemical burns. Electrolysis can cause burns and even swelling.

No Ingrown Hairs

There is no worry of ingrown hairs with this removal method. Methods that can damage hair follicles cause trauma to the skin and can promote ingrown hairs. With laser removal the trauma and damage to the skin are minimal. Furthermore, the hair does not grow back eliminating the risk of misgrowth.

Saves Money

Laser removal must only be done a few times. When you weigh the cost of the few treatments to the lifetime of treatments other methods require, it is easy to see the cost savings. Even shaving is quite costly with the continuous need to replenish razors and shaving creams. Any hair removal method that requires a lifetime of treatments is less cost-effective than the permanent solution of laser hair removal.

Convenience

There is no need to endure the discomfort of growing out body hair between treatments. Traditional hair removal techniques require you to grow your hair out to uncomfortable and embarrassing lengths to ensure effective results. Conventional hair removal techniques also require an aftercare period. Waxing and epilating cause red and irritated skin that needs time to recover after treatment. With laser treatments, you can remove hair in between appointments without minimizing effectiveness. Even better, you will not have red and swollen skin hours after your procedure. It is a precise treatment that allows you to target a small area, even an individual hair.

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What Everyone Should Know About Eyebrow Microblading

Microblading is a stylish and alluring style of having a semi-permanent tattoo in hair strokes. The feel of microblading is natural and it does not wear-off in water or heat. Thus, you need not worry about those pool parties, and dance floors, as the microblading will last with you till the party ends! Microblading is now a trendy style, and eyebrow microblading is prominent in parties and social gatherings. So, let us learn about microblading from my own experience and use of this technique.

1. It is not a permanent tattoo.

Unlike traditional tattoos which make use of needle and are lasting, microblading does not make use of needles. The ink in microblading does not go deep, and it fades out eventually. This is perhaps the best feature as a person is not trapped with a single style with these microblading tattoos. Depending on your skin condition and lifestyle the tattoo will fade away in about 1-3 years. If you like your tattoo and like to retain it, you may keep them fresh by getting a touch up done every year.

2. The process has two steps.

Effective microblading follow these two steps:
Your first appointment + your second appointment for a touch up after four weeks.

If you understand this process, you can go for it properly. You must schedule the process at a time when you will be available for the second appointment a few weeks later. Put your tattoo plans on hold if you anticipate travel plans or other engagements. Sometimes the tattoo may seem to fade after the initial appointment. This is just temporary and the second appointment will ensure that the process is thoroughly checked and finalized to your satisfaction.

Here you can check my eyebrows before touch up and the one after touch up.

3. It appears much more to the eyes other than regular “filled brows.”

You are familiarized with your brows and are natural with the makeup on them. Often you prefer to fill them, even while having the hair strokes. With these tattoos filling your brow is less time consuming and you know exactly which parts to fill. This also holds true for tweezing as well.

4. Look out for only those artists who have an excellent reputation to handle this art professionally.

This form of style is an art and while certifications in this process are essential, but often it is limited to technical details. You need someone with artistic vision and creative insight. Try to look around for references and testimonials from others while selecting the artist. There are some fantastic artists in this field; however, it is not possible for everyone to reach her or get an appointment. Try to check out social media and learn about different artists, their working environment, and preferences to hygiene. You must also check out only those artists who hold valid licenses to perform this procedure. Proper homework will ensure that you can get this process done by the best artist around.

5. Some advice on selecting your shape.

Always instruct your artist to start with the brow. This will give you the idea of the shape, and you can settle in confidentiality for the permanent part! Try to make few expressions and check the sides. You may even take a picture for careful examination. Often people make a mistake of sticking to a particular style or following a new trend. You must not fall victim to this as not only it can make the process tiresome for the artist, but you may not get the desired results. Make sure your brows are evenly matched with the features of your face. Settle for a style which compliments your looks and don’t force yourself to follow a friend style which may otherwise look awkward on you!

This whole process is about YOU! Settle for only a style which looks good on YOU and compliments YOUR personality!

Microblading Pitt Meadows

The Naked Truth Skin Care
12409 Harris Rd #111, Pitt Meadows, BC V3Y 2J5
(604) 757-7772

A Few Points To Consider Before Your First Laser Hair Appointment

1. You need to shave

People who are used to waxing might find it weird, but if you plan to opt for laser hair removal, you first need to shave the area. You should typically shave the area eight hours before the procedure. However, there are no problems if you shave the day before. You should time your shaving as close to the appointment as possible. However, you should provide your skin enough time after shaving so that it is not too sensitive.

2. Cease other treatments during and before laser hair removal

Typically, you should not pluck, wax, bleach your hair, or use depilatory creams three to six weeks before the first treatment as well as during the rest of the treatment period. The laser procedure will not work on light colored hairs or if there are no hairs present (because you have waxed them).

3. Stay out of the sun

There is no point undergoing laser hair removal on sunburned skin. Ideally, you should not have any tan on your skin. This includes making your skin darker with suntan creams. Apply sunblock to exposed areas and keep the area to be treated away from sunlight a minimum of four weeks before the appointment. You should also be wary of exposing your skin to the sun after the laser treatment process.

4. It might not be pain-free

Although many salons advertise that their procedures are pain-free, different people react differently to laser hair removal. You might experience anything from intense pain to slight discomfort. The latter is often referred to as elastic band snapping of the skin. People with coarse hair and dark skin tone experience more pain.

5. Consider taking pain precautions

Take an oral anti-inflammatory pill such as Ibuprofen 30 minutes before the appointment if you have sensitive skin and are worried about the pain. You also have the option of applying anesthetic cream before your appointment. Consult your pharmacist about the best options in case you plan to apply a numbing cream. Do not forget to read the directions on the tube. Apply the cream so that its effect starts during your appointment.

6. Book your appointment around your period

The process of laser hair removal is more painful if you undergo the same around the time you are menstruating. Try your best to schedule your appointment around your period. However, you should consider pain management options seriously, if you cannot avoid going at that time of the month.

7. You must stick to your schedule

You have to go for repeat treatments every four to eight weeks, depending on the area being treated. It is vital that you do not extend your appointment as the schedule is based on the hair growth cycle. Contact your therapist for an alternate schedule if you somehow have to miss an appointment. However, try your best to ensure that you stick to the original schedule, as this plays a significant role in removing the hair successfully.

8. You will require more than one session

Placecol informed us that the majority of individuals require six to eight sessions to achieve the desired results. However, certain lucky individuals are better off as they do not need more than four sessions to complete the laser hair removal process. Here is some good news for you. You will observe hair reduction from the very first session.

9. It is extremely quick

The hair removal sessions are speedy. However, the time required for the treatment is dependant on your skin type and the size of the area from which you want the hair to be removed. The therapist will need to use the laser for only 40 seconds if you have fair skin and want to undergo the laser hair removal procedure to eliminate hair from your underarms. The best part is that you can return to work immediately after the process.

10. It does not work for everyone

Here is some good news as well as some bad news. The new state-of-the-art lasers used by hair salons are safe to use on all skin colors and skin types. Therefore, you have the option of undergoing the laser hair removal procedure if you have dark skin. However, this procedure will not work as well on red, grey, or blonde hair.

11. You will observe results soon, but your hair will not disappear

How does the laser hair removal process work? This method damages the hair follicle but does not do anything to the hair in that follicle. You will leave with the same amount of hair that you came in with after your initial appointment. However, the targeted hair present in the active growth cycle will stop growing and fall out.

12. It is worthwhile

A quick search on the internet will show you that individuals have had hair removed up to 95% and the remaining 5% are usually excellent.

Laser hair treatment is not always permanent, mainly if your body produces more hair follicles that have not been subjected to the laser. Maintenance treatment every few years should solve this issue. Say goodbye to hair plucking, shaving, and waxing.

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Microblading: The New Celebrity Trend You May Want To Consider

You have probably noticed the term “microblading,” if you are up to date on celebrity and beauty trends. However, what exactly is this eyebrow trend, and do you require it? We shall provide you with all the details.

What Is Microblading?

Microblading is a type of semi-permanent tattoo that provides you with eyebrows you have always dreamed about. In this procedure, the eyebrow artist will deposit pigment into your skin manually with the help of a “pen” tool, containing wonderful needles, known as microneedles. The term “microblade” is derived from these microneedles. This tool creates extremely thin and hair like strokes that look like real hair and blend naturally.

How To Get This Procedure Done

Most studios offer consultation, and they deduct the consultation charges from the microblading procedure if you get it done by them. The eyebrow artist will talk with you to understand what you want to achieve and will map out your brows to determine what shape and size gel best with your face. Before using the pen, they will stencil your new brows, so that you can understand how your eyebrows will look like post procedure.

The time for the initial procedure is between 1.5 to 2 hours. If necessary, the artist will conduct a touch up five to six weeks later, to ensure that your brows look precisely as you want them to be.

Does It Hurt?

To make you feel comfortable and to ensure that you do not feel any pain, the artist usually applies a topical numbing agent. Remember to ask the specialist about this as you might have to visit their studio 15 to 20 minutes before the appointment to get the numbing cream applied. Ensure that you ask about the anesthetic cream if the technician does not mention it.

Is There Any Downtime Following The Procedure?

As most people go about their routine after they step out of the salon, you too should not experience any severe discomfort.

The treated area might be slightly itchy and feel sunburned, but the discomfort level in minimal. Do not panic if your brows become slightly darker than they will be following 2 to 3 weeks after the initial appointment.

It takes a little over a month for the healing process. You should avoid artificial or natural tanning, using the sauna, excessive sweating, laser, or chemical treatments, and swim for 14 days following the microblading procedure. Also, avoid areas containing lots of dust. Do not touch the eyebrows area. You should not peel, pick, or scratch any scabs that form. Your eyebrow artist should provide you with a list of things you should avoid.

For long-term care, most eyebrow specialists will recommend you to apply SPF30 lotion to protect the sensitive skin around your new eyebrows and your face.

How Long Does Eyebrow Microblading Last?

The eyebrow tattoo is semi-permanent as the artist uses pigment instead of ink. However, this procedure lasts for 1.5 to 2 years before they require a touch-up. Results may vary depending on your skin type.

How Much Does Microblading Cost?

Expect to pay more than $500 for this process. It is quite common for salons to ask you to deposit your appointment.

Celebrities Who Are Fans Of Microblading

Bella Thorne had this procedure done last summer and shared details on her Snapchat. Former Bachelorette star, Ali Fedotowski, displayed her new eyebrows on Instagram.

Pitt Meadows Microblading

The Naked Truth Skin Care
12409 Harris Rd #111, Pitt Meadows, BC V3Y 2J5
(604) 757-7772
https://thenakedtruthskincare.com/

An Extensive Eyelash Extension Q&A

What are the most common types of eye extensions?

There are three of them, mink, silk, and synthetic, available in sizes from 6mm to 17mm. The lashes, once selected, are applied once at a time using semi-permanent and specially formulated glue that does not damage the natural lashes or irritates the eye.

How long does it take to apply for lash extensions?

Applying a full set requires two hours, and can be maintained around the year with touchups recommended every 3 to 4 weeks. Budget individuals can opt for a half set of lashes that provides the same dramatic effect, and are applied outwards from the eye for a unique look or applied as filler to thicken natural lashes.

Everyone has different lashes. Lash experts can only go to a specific length depending on the condition of your natural lashes. You will not be able to get a long-lasting Kim Kardashian look if your natural lashes are on the thinner and shorter side. If you are not confident or you are applying eyelash extensions for the first time, start off with a half set, as you can always add more lashes later.

What happens if glue gets in your eyes?

As your eyes are shut during the procedure, the glue will not get into your eye. However, for the safety of your eyes and precautionary measures ensure that the glue is safe for your eyes and does not contain harmful substances like formaldehyde. Shipping glues worldwide lead to the buildup of formaldehyde by the time they reach the salon.

It is essential to understand the difference between infection and reaction. An experienced and licensed lash specialist does not allow an infection to occur, but they cannot prevent you from suffering from allergic reactions caused by the glue. This does not imply that the glue is harmful.

Can you become blind?

No, all lash specialists are properly trained to apply the adhesive harmlessly. Also, your eyes are closed during the procedure. You will not become blind irrespective of the severity of the allergic reaction. At most, you have to visit the ophthalmologist, who will prescribe suitable eye drops to cure the allergic reaction.

What happens when you cry?

Speak to the lash professional of the eyelash clinic if you experience discomfort or burning sensation during the procedure, causing tears to flow from your eyes. If necessary, the professional will change the glue. Pasting eye extensions should be a painless experience.

What are the pros and cons of wearing mink lashes like Beyonce?

People want different types of looks, some natural love looks and the others desire dramatic looks. Mink lash extensions are lighter and feathery looking; therefore, they put less pressure on your lashes. However, these lashes are quite expensive.

How often do you need to get lash extensions redone?

Las extensions typically last for six to eight weeks, which is the natural full growth cycle of natural lashes. However, as natural eyelash growth is variable, opt for maintenance every three to four weeks for a full look.

Do lash extensions fall out after a specific period?

As each lash extension is attached to a single eyelash, they will fall with the natural growth cycle of each lash. We recommend touch-ups every three to four weeks.

An inexperienced professional often applies one synthetic lash to three of four natural lashes, resulting in clumps or the eyelashes to break or fall out. Never attempt to pick or pull your lashes as this may cause them to fall out.

Can you shower or swim? Should you avoid specific products?

Prevent water from touching your lashes for 12 to 24 hours after applications or touch-ups, as they weaken the adhesive, causing the lashes to fall out. After effect care depends on the glue type used. Do not use oil-based makeup removers or other products around the eye with glue for sensitive eyes. Never apply mascara irrespective of the type of glue used, as mascara can pull off the lashes while trying to remove it.

Is it okay to wear mascara?

If you plan to wear mascara in addition to the extensions, apply it with a light hand on the extension tips. This is sufficient to give a glamour look to your eyes along with the extensions. Avoid clumping by not applying mascara at the base of the extensions.

Will your natural eyelashes get damaged or harmed?

The most significant myth is that lash extensions ruin your natural lashes. They are completely safe and do not ruin the condition of your natural lashes if applied correctly and adequately. Ensure that you do not tug or pull the extensions or rub your eyes as this can cause damage to your natural lashes and cause extension lash loss too. Extension lashes will not fall out if appropriately applied; one to each natural lash.

What questions to ask when hunting for a reputable salon or professional?

Keeping in mind the sensitive nature of the lashes and its surrounding areas, find an individual who is certified for applying lashes. Remember, specialists at eyelash clinic use professional equipment and have received thorough training to apply the lashes without causing damage to your eyes and your natural lashes.

Check how long the specialist has been in the profession and his percentage of success. Check their portfolio for photographs of persons before they had lashes added and after they have had eyelash extensions added. Ensure that the professional has a valid license to do the job.

Eyelash Extensions in Maple Ridge

The Naked Truth Skin Care
12409 Harris Rd #111, Pitt Meadows, BC V3Y 2J5
(604) 757-7772

Botox Party – Meet our Doc
Dr. David Cordero, N.D – $7/Unit

February 8th / 5pm – 9pm

We’re throwing a botox party flash sale! This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to stock up on units for only $7/UNIT. Bring your friends and enjoy a night of drinks, snacks, shopping, and mingling with our newest doctor! Flash sale is in store only. Price point only lasts until the end of the event. You can buy and hold as many units as you want. Units do not expire. Appointments are available starting February 9th but be warned, book early if you want results by valentines day <3 – The Naked Truth

HOLIDAY FUNDRAISER WRAP UP

A Heartwarming Success!

Together, our community raised $1708.14 for hospice care to the Mckenney House & the Ridge Meadows Hospital foundation!

We thank everyone for their support and hope that we brought a bit of cheer to the people in the Mckenney Hospice during this holiday season 🙂

GET PAMPERED, WITH A FRIEND!

$675 (package price) $1000 (regular price)

Bring a friend to the studio and enjoy a day of pampering at the Naked Truth.

For each person, this package will include:
– 1 session of laser hair removal for your underarms & lower legs
– 1 brand new set of classic lashes

Enjoy some quality time with a friend! Have a coffee with some snacks while we brief you on the procedures for our services. Then while one friend is getting their laser portion done, the other will be getting their lashes in. We have timed everything so that the two of you will have time together throughout your sessions 🙂 Perfect for a valentines gift and for friends looking for a means of de-stressing for the day. This package will be coming mid January so stay tuned!