Toxins/Fillers/Vivace(Micro-needling)/Laser…What’s what??

Are you just entering the world of aesthetics, or maybe you’ve been getting tox’d for years but feel like it’s time to take the leap into fillers? How about all of the different laser treatments available or all of the new products/treatments coming out every other day it seems. It’s enough to make your head spin! And then there’s the big elephant in the room; how much is all of this going to cost me? Here I am going to break it down for you, help you navigate, and give you an idea of cost. You’re welcome 😉

Toxins – aka neurotoxin, tox, botulinumtoxin: There are currently 4 brands of toxin on the market indicated for the treatment of ‘expressive lines’. These powerhouses temporarily (on an average of 4 months) paralyze the muscle where injected so that lines seen with movement are eliminated. Most common areas to treat are the “elevens” (those pesky frown lines between your brows), forehead lines, and “crow’s feet”. Average cost of a toxin treatment ranges from $200-$500.

Fillers – hyaluronic acid (HA): There are several brands of filler on the market. Most lines of filler offer products designed specific for certain treatment areas. In general fillers add volume where there is deficiency. Depending on placement, product, and injection technique fillers will replace areas of volume loss or can add to existing volume to shape and contour. Most common areas injected are the cheeks, lips, chin/jaw, naso-labial folds, and tear troughs. Dependent on product, results will last 9 months to 2 years. HA is dissolvable if needed. Average cost of 1 syringe is $600-$900.

Vivace – micro needling with radiofrequency (RF): Vivace is one of the most awarded and advance micro needling systems on the market. The science behind micro needling is to cause disruption/injury of the dermis (skin) which then leads to healing and increased skin cell turn over (which slows drastically as we age). The micro-needle is applied to the skin at varying depths along with RF which provides heat and stimulates collagen production. Treatment results in tightening of the skin, improved tone/texture, smaller pore size, reduction of fine lines. Down time is typically less than 24 hours. Three treatments recommended for optimal results and cost an average of $600-$800. 

Laser – IPL, Erbium, other ablative: There are a wide array of laser treatments available, the most common are IPL (intense pulsed light) and Erbium or other ablative laser treatments. IPL is most commonly utilized for skin rejuvenation. Depending problem areas and/or treatment goals this laser can be used to help with dark spots aka hyperpigmentation as well as redness/rosacea and vascular blemishes. Down time is approximately 24-48 hours. Erbium or ablative lasers are used to treat damaged skin and can help with pigment as well as texture. The top layer of tissue is dusted off or ablated, heat it then put to the dermal tissue to stimulate collagen. These treatments will improve acne scars, wrinkles, tighten skin, etc. Down time is approximately 1 week. Cost of laser treatments range from $350-$1500. 

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