Why You Should Stop Overlining Your Lips and Get Dermal Fillers Instead

October 5th, 2017

One of the most notable current beauty trends is to have fuller lips. Celebrities have made this beauty statement even more mainstream as they display their makeup styles on the red carpet and social media.

For anyone not naturally endowed with full lips, makeup can do wonders. However, it can only take you so far. Just as with any beauty regimen, you need the right canvas to work with in the first place.

Dermal Fillers

Just as uneven and rough skin can only be improved so much with primer and foundation, thin lips can be given the illusion of fullness to a limited extent with makeup. What’s the solution for anyone who desires fuller lips? The answer lies in a simple cosmetic treatment: dermal fillers.

Stop Overlining Your Lips

All shapes and sizes of lips are unique and beautiful. However, if you’re constantly using makeup products to create the illusion of fuller lips, it may be time to get a quick and simple cosmetic procedure that will give you the naturally full lips that you want.

Though today’s makeup has more staying power than ever, even the best lip liners can fade and smudge, especially after enjoying food and drinks. The process of reapplying lip liner throughout your day can be a bit time-consuming. For the sake of convenience, why not make a more lasting change?

Try Dermal Fillers Today

Did you know that there are dermal fillers that are made especially for plumping your lips? For example, Juvéderm’s Volbella XC is a dermal filler from that’s specifically designed to make your lips fuller in a natural and subtle way. You can also request some extra fillers to make your lips even more sensual and luscious.

Dermal fillers use components that naturally occur in the skin to fill out fine lines and add volume to places that need it. Your lips will be injected with a long-lasting filler that safely enhances the curves of your lips. Volbella, for instance, can last between a year to a year and a half. This makes dermal fillers an economical and manageable solution for fuller more lips.

To find out more about how you can achieve full lips without the need for overlining, contact us for a free consultation at (201) 505-1020.

5 Areas of the Body to Get Laser Hair Removal

September 28th, 2017

Many people go to great lengths to remove unwanted hair. Some swear by threading while others prefer waxing. Also, due to time constraints, many resort to shaving.

laser hair removal

The great news is that you can cut time out of your beauty routine with laser hair removal. For starters, here are five areas of your body where you can use this procedure to help you achieve the look you want.

  1. Face

If you struggle with facial hair, you know that removal is a time-consuming task. Trips to the salon for waxing may not be something you can squeeze into your schedule every two weeks, whereas shaving needs to be done even more often. Overall, it can feel like you’re on a merry-go-round of constant facial hair care.

One of the more lasting solutions for unwanted facial hair is to get laser hair removal. When you stop spending money and time on removing hair from your eyebrows, lips, and sideburns, you can restore freedom to your schedule.

  1. Legs

If you’re often troubled with the chore of waxing or shaving your legs, you should explore removing this hair permanently. Imagine how much shorter your showers are going to be when you only have to take care of the basics. When you travel, you can also pack light because you’ll no longer need to fret about the razors you need to bring with you.

  1. Underarms

Doesn’t it seem like it only takes a few hours for a freshly shaved underarm to regrow unwanted hair? Eliminate this underarm hair removal from your beauty routine by removing these pesky hairs from your body for good. Think about how great summer will be when your underarm hair won’t dictate what tops you can wear. This smaller area won’t take as long as other parts of your body, so it’s a great place to get started.

  1. Chest

Though chest hairs often increase in number as men age, you might not want an abundance of it if you’re trying to show off your gains from the gym. Stop going to the salon for painful waxes and quit putting yourself at risk for razor burns and ingrown hairs. Laser hair removal can give you the smooth, hair free look you want.

  1. Arms

For many people, hair on the arms is no big deal. However, some people prefer a smooth look or have excess arm hair that can affect their confidence. If you’re one of those people who often shave your arms to avoid a hairy situation, permanent laser hair removal may be the right choice for you.

To find out more about the benefits of laser hair removal, contact us for a free consultation at (201) 505-1020.

Laser Treatment vs. Sclerotherapy for Facial Spider Veins

September 12th, 2017

As you age, your skin naturally starts to change. Not only does your skin lose the components that keep your skin supple and moisturized (collagen and elastin), but you may also develop spider veins. Spider veins usually present themselves on the face as red marks that are actually small blood vessels. These patches of veins cause a reddish discoloration that can appear anywhere on your face. Though aging is a common trigger for spider veins, they can also be caused by these factors:

  • Genetics
  • Sun damage
  • Trauma to your skin
  • Skin disorders

Spider Veins

As you can see, there are many ways to develop these small red veins, making them quite common. If you notice them on your face, you don’t need to panic. Instead, you should get familiar with your treatment options. Cosmetic procedures can restore your skin’s even tone and have you looking years younger. When it comes to facial spider veins, there are generally two competing procedures: sclerotherapy and laser treatment. Which one is the best for facial spider veins?

Sclerotherapy

This procedure, which has been around since the 1930’s, involves injecting a saline solution into your veins. This solution then converts the vein into scar tissue by collapsing the vein, which causes it to clot, scar, and then eventually fade. This treatment is mildly uncomfortable can may cause cramping, but thankfully the procedure doesn’t last longer than a half hour.

Though sclerotherapy can be used to treat both spider veins and varicose veins, it’s not the gentlest procedure for the face. In fact, today sclerotherapy is usually reserved for spider veins on the legs. For facial spider veins, laser treatments are less invasive and more effective.

Laser Treatment

Laser treatment can treat any type of spider veins on the body, including the face. In fact, laser treatment is the ideal treatment when dealing with facial spider veins. With this treatment, lasers of the correct strength will be applied to your skin. They will specifically target your problem areas and remove the spider veins without any injection or other invasive procedure. A laser treatment is the most effective when it’s performed in a series of sessions that are each about a month apart.

The recovery period is short. Your skin will only be mildly swollen and a bit red for a few hours. To ease any discomfort, you may apply ice to the treated areas. You may see some discoloration where your veins were. These marks will fade and make way for beautiful skin within four weeks.

Explore Laser Treatment Today

If you have spider veins on your face and you want to treat them, then contact us. We would love to meet with you and discuss all your cosmetic treatment options that will result in a more even and beautiful complexion. Call now at (201) 505-1020 for a consultation to learn more about how you can look and feel your very best.

How to Get Rid of Frown Lines with Botox

September 5th, 2017

Life’s wealth of experiences causes us to smile, laugh, cry, and frown. Though our skin can easily bounce back from laugh and frown lines in our teens and 20s, we eventually lose collagen and elastin, which leads to fine lines and wrinkles.

Frown Lines

Over time, repeatedly furrowing your brow can cause your skin to develop glabellar lines, which are better known as frown lines. These fine lines that are located between your eyebrows develop as your skin loses its elasticity and collagen over time. The longer they are left untreated, the more pronounced they will become.

Before Botox, aging happened and there was little you could do about it. However, today there are many cosmetic interventions that can help you look years younger. If you don’t like your frown lines, you don’t have to keep them. For many people, correcting this part of the face gives them another thing to smile about.

Botox 101

Botox is an injectable cosmetic treatment that temporarily relaxes your muscles to smooth out fine lines and wrinkles. While Botox is made from botulinum toxin, when used correctly and professionally, it can bring a more youthful look to your skin.

Since Botox relaxes your muscles, it’s not recommended for lower parts of the face, like the nasolabial fold. Dermal fillers like Juvéderm do a much better job at smoothing out these lines without suspending vital facial expressions.

Botox, on the other hand, is ideal for any fine lines on the forehead and up, delivering dramatic and satisfying results.

Botox for Frown Lines

Frown lines can occur at any point in life, as genetics and the quality of your self-care determine how quickly your skin ages. When you notice that the lines between your eyebrows are starting to become more prominent, Botox injections can take years off your appearance.

On average, Botox treatments last for 4 months. Consistent reapplication is required to keep up the effects of the treatment. However, consistent injections of Botox have been reported to lengthen the effects of subsequent treatments, with some results even lasting up to a year. In cases where Botox alone does not help patients achieve the desired reduction of glabellar lines, a small amount of dermal filler can be used afterwards to fill and support deeper furrows.

Botox Recovery

One of the best things about Botox is its short recovery time, which lasts less than a day.  When you get your frown lines treated, you should take care to not wear makeup or get a facial massage for 8 hours.

After getting treatment for frown lines, patients should make sure that they do not lay down or bend down for 4 hours. Following all these steps maximizes the results of the fresh Botox treatment.

Try Botox Today

If you’re looking for a safe and effective way to remove your frown lines with little down time, then Botox may be right for you. Schedule a consultation with our office to learn more about Botox. We can meet with you personally and discuss all your treatment options to bring out the best of your youthful glow. Call today at (201) 505-1020.

How to Achieve Remarkable Neck Skin Tightening with Sound Waves

August 4th, 2017

One of the most common signs of getting older are fine lines and wrinkles on the neck and chest. However, there are cosmetic interventions that can deliver more dramatic results in correcting existing wrinkles and help you look your best. Here are the most common cosmetic procedures offered.

Skin Tightening

  • Dermal Fillers Dermal fillers can smooth out wrinkles on the neck to deliver a more youthful appearance.
  • Kybella® – Kybella is noninvasive procedure that reduces submental fullness in the chin and neck area
  • Neck Lift — Much like a face lift, loose skin is removed to tighten the neck area.
  • Ultherapy® – Ultherapy is a noninvasive ultrasound therapy that stimulates collagen production naturally to smooth out the neck and chest.

Let’s discuss in detail the innovative treatment Ultherapy. It stands out from the other treatment options because of its gentle nature and quick recovery time.

What is Ultherapy?

Ultherapy® is a noninvasive procedure that uses ultrasound technology to lift and tighten the skin on your neck and chest. When the natural effects of aging and sun damage occur, Ultherapy® can help turn back the clock with little to no recovery time. Ultherapy® has been cleared by the FDA to be a safe and effective method to tighten and smooth out aging skin, with plenty of evidence of its success seen in patients around the world. Ultherapy® is also gentler than the other noninvasive skin-tightening methods that use lasers or radio frequencies.

How Does Ultherapy® Work?

During Ultherapy®, ultrasound waves stimulate collagen production in tired and aging skin. Since plumpness and collagen are the components of youthful skin, Ultherapy® motivates their production in your skin’s lower layers. There are no injections or surgery required. Instead, everything is stimulated externally. Your skin naturally responds to the ultrasound stimuli and will produce results either immediately to about two to three months after the procedure.

What Can You Expect During Ultherapy®?

You’ll first need a consultation so you can be properly assessed. When you’re cleared for the treatment, you can then schedule an official appointment. There are generally no special pre-op preparations you need to make before your treatment.

Ultherapy® involves 4 easy steps:

  1. Your provider cleans your skin.
  2. Gel is applied on the desired areas.
  3. Your provider examines your skin with ultrasound imaging.
  4. Your provider then administers the treatment to the areas of need based on ultrasound imaging. You may feel a tingle each time the ultrasound is administered, which is completely normal.

There’s no recovery period after the procedure since this therapy is so gentle. A few side effects reported by patients are a slight redness, minimal swelling, or tenderness, and these usually diminish quickly.

Ultherapy® results natural looking and this is an excellent treatment option for any patient who wants little downtime after a cosmetic procedure or solid maintenance between big cosmetic procedures. Call today for your consultation to discuss your unique aesthetic goals at (201) 505-1020.

4 Common Treatments for Rosacea

July 28th, 2017

If you have rosacea, you know that managing symptoms is key to keeping your skin looking and feeling good. Rosacea cases differ in severity and symptoms, so the treatments can vary from person to person. For example, one person may only experience occasional redness while another may have sudden flare-ups, red lines on the cheeks, and small pimples. Overall, here are 4 common treatments for Rosacea that can help keep your complexion clear.

Treatments for Rosacea

  1. Avoiding Triggers

Although it can’t be cured, rosacea treatment can help you control symptoms or prevent them from getting worse. To find out your specific triggers, you should keep a diary of what you eat and do and when you have symptoms. Find out what lifestyle choices help with your flare-ups and which ones trigger a breakout. Here are some of the most common rosacea triggers:

  • Stress
  • Exposure to the sun
  • Heat
  • Wind
  • Excessive exercise
  • Alcohol

There are other factors that can come into play as well. Only you can fully discover them to manage your symptoms effectively.

  1. Medication

Rosacea comes in many forms, therefore there are many medications to treat it. The best course of action is to see your dermatologist to discuss your options. Here are the most common types of medication offered.

Creams and Gels that contain any of these medications are often prescribed for rosacea patients.

  • Azelaic acid
  • Brimonidine
  • Clindamycin
  • Erythromycin
  • Ivermectin
  • Metronidazole
  • Sodium sulfacetamide and sulfur
  • Tretinoin

Antibiotics — Although rosacea itself isn’t caused by bacteria, it can involve swelling and inflammation. Since antibiotics help reduce inflammation, they are prescribed if topical creams and gels don’t work. Here are a few of the most prescribed antibiotics for rosacea.

  • Doxycycline
  • Erythromycin
  • Metronidazole
  • Minocycline

Other oral medications may come into play if your skin isn’t responding well to topical medications or antibiotics. However, these prescriptions are often powerful and are seen as a last resort.

  1. Photorejuvenation

Photorejuvenation sends pulses of light and radio frequencies into your skin to fight your flare-ups. Sometimes, the redness is caused by small blood vessels, which light therapy is adept at treating. This procedure also stimulates collagen production and fades dark spots as a beauty bonus.

  1. Equalage Peel

Certain chemical peels can help with rosacea. For example, the Equalage peel is one of the most common chemical peels offered to patients with chronic redness. By removing dead skin cells and gently bringing out healthier skin underneath, chemical peels can smooth out uneven complexions and deliver visible results.

If you have any questions about how to treat rosacea or what you can do to find your triggers, contact us. We have extensive experience in helping patients just like you achieve relief. With the help of the right medications, preventative measures, and facial treatments, you can look and feel your best. Call now for an appointment at (201) 505-1020.

Make Your Skin Glad with Gladerma Products

July 21st, 2017

Tight skin that is free of fine lines and wrinkles are a given when you’re young. However, when time starts to have its inevitable effect on your skin, there are many dermal fillers available that can help restore your skin’s elasticity.

Gladerma Products

Of all Gladerma products, the Restylane® product family in particular has helped countless patients achieve their desired look. If you’re over the age of 21, each Restylane® product can serve your aesthetic needs in a different way. Here, we’ll discuss the specifics of Restylane®, Restylane® Lyft, Restylane® Silk, Restylane® Refyne, and Restylane® Defyne.

Restylane®

Restylane® is a filler made of hyaluronic acid gel, a naturally occurring component in your skin. Aging causes the skin to lose its plumpness, which aids in the development of wrinkles and fine lines. Restylane® and its companion product Restylane-L® directly address issues with:

  • Nasolabial folds- the lines between your nose and lips
  • Moderate to severe facial wrinkles
  • Thin lips

When you have a highly visible wrinkles and fine lines, Restylane® is up for the task. It is designed to tackle the more significant signs of aging/

Restylane Silk®

When you want silky-smooth skin just like your youth, this is one option to consider. Restylane Silk® has been made to help with lip augmentation procedures and to correct the fine lines and wrinkles that form around the mouth.

Restylane Lyft®

Over time, gravity and aging can affect the overall look of your face. The result is skin that has lost some of its elasticity and plumpness. Restylane Lyft® addresses mid-face beauty issues head on:

  • Midface contour deficiencies
  • Lack of plumpness in cheeks
  • Nasolabial folds

The middle of your face can carry many of the subtle signs of aging. Restylane Lyft® can bring back that youthful shape and vigor that you know and remember.

Restylane Refyne®

We all want a joyful life, but what do we do with the laugh lines that comes with it? Restylane Refyne® can soften fine lines and wrinkles, such as:

  • Nasolabial folds
  • Marionette lines, which run from the mouth to the chin

In addition, Restylane Refyne® is designed with XpresHAn Technology™, which allows freedom of facial movement to give natural-looking results.

Restylane Defyne®

This is another dermal filler that can help with your nasolabial folds and marionette lines. It’s also formulated with XpresHAn Technology™, which can help keep your facial movements natural after the filler procedure.

Are Gladerma Products Right for You?

Dr. Elizabeth Roche and her team are passionate about helping others look their best. It’s an incredible experience each time a patient is thrilled with his or her results. Call today for your one-on-one consultation at (201) 505-1020 to learn more about Gladerma products and which ones may be right for you.

How Allergan Products Can Help You Look and Feel More Radiant & Beautiful

July 7th, 2017

If your skin has experienced some signs of aging, you have the power to correct them. Specifically, dermal fillers can help to reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles. Allergan has been in the forefront of the dermal filler industry with their well-known fillers, Botox and Juvéderm.

Radiant & Beautiful

Juvéderm, in particular, comes in many variations that can restore your youthful look and help improve the texture of your skin. Here, we will discuss the capabilities of Juvéderm’s products Voluma, Vollure, and Volbella. Each of these fillers has been formulated to work well with specific areas of your face to help you look and feel your very best.

Voluma

During the natural aging process, your skin may lose elasticity and cause your cheeks appear flatter. Juvéderm Voluma XC, however, has been designed to fight mid-face volume loss. This filler is ideal for anyone looking for corrections in these areas:

  • Fine lines or loss of volume in middle of the face
  • Flat looking cheeks in need of youthful contouring

Voluma contains Hyaluronic Acid, which is a substance that occurs naturally in your skin. As with many of the Juvederm family of products, it contains lidocaine, a component that numbs tissue, making the procedure a more comfortable experience.

Vollure

Laugh lines and forehead wrinkles only become more pronounced when left untreated. Thankfully, Juvéderm Vollure XC is an injectable dermal filler that can help skin to look fuller and more refreshed. Vollure can treat:

  • Moderate to severe wrinkles
  • The Nasolabial fold, otherwise known as the vertical wrinkle that forms between your nose and lips

According to Allergan, Vollure is “specifically tailored with a balance of gel firmness and low cohesivity,” which makes it perfectly formulated for correcting more severe and noticeable wrinkles.

Vollure fillers also have lasting effects. An injection has been proven to last up to 18 months, which is 12 months longer than the typical dermal filler. This new innovation gives hope to countless patients who have been challenged to find a lasting solution to dramatic wrinkles.

Volbella

Juvéderm Volbella XC is a great filler for plump, young looking lips. Let this injection treatment tackle these issues:

  • Thinning lips due to aging
  • Naturally thin lips
  • Fine lines around the mouth
  • Pits left from acne or chicken pox scars

Volbella is one of Juvéderm’s newest fillers, offering a more subtle plumping solution compared to its counterpart, Juvéderm Ultra XC.  Volbella also contains Hyaluronic Acid in a unique molecular blend that enables a Volbella injection to last up to a year.

Ready for a More Youthful, Radiant Appearance?

If you have any questions about dermal fillers or want to know which one is right for you, contact Dr. Elizabeth Roche and her team. It’s easy to schedule a consultation to assess your specific beauty needs. Let Dr. Roche’s expertise work for you and match you with the right products and procedures to help you look and feel your best. Call today for your one-on-one consultation at (201) 505-1020.

4 Steps to Get Visibly Glowing Skin with Hydrafacial

June 16th, 2017

Whether you want fresh, glowing skin for a big event like your wedding or simply want to turn back the clock enjoy youthful, dewy skin, a HydraFacial can help. The simple 4-step HydraFacial process provides stunning results without discomfort.

Glowing Skin

4 Steps to Youthful, Glowing Skin with HydraFacial Technology

The HydraFacial process is designed to not only provide noticeable, immediate results, but to do so without causing any kind of discomfort or redness. If you have had a conventional facial in the past, you’ll be amazed at how relaxing and soothing the HydraFacial experience is. The following steps outline what to expect from the HydraFacial experience:

  1. Gentle Cleansing and Exfoliation

We start by gently removing old skin cells with a soft deplaning tool; you’ll feel nothing but cool comfort as we work to remove the excess oils, dead skin cells and debris from your skin. This important first step not only leaves your skin feeling clean and refreshed, it helps open your pores for hydration and treatment.

  1. Skin Friendly Acid Peel

Don’t let the “acid” in the name fool you; this is a soothing, comfortable part of the HydraFacial and is designed to provide excellent results without discomfort. You might feel a slight tingling sensation, however, many of our clients don’t notice we’ve moved on to this step at all – it’s that gentle.

  1. Pain Free Extraction of Impurities

HydraFacials take the squeeze out of extractions, replacing uncomfortable and often ineffective manual extractions of oil and residue with an innovative suction system. This gentle suction removes impurities and eliminates redness while leaving you with fresh, glowing skin that lasts.

  1. Hydration Application

The last part of your HydraFacial is a soothing serum made up of skin friendly antioxidants and ingredients chosen for their efficacy in promoting healthy, youthful skin.

Schedule a HydraFacial Today!

Whether you are getting ready for a big event or simply need to regain your youthful glow, don’t hesitate to schedule a consultation with us to discuss your beauty goals. With the unique HydraFacial treatment, you can obtain youthful, fresher looking skin in less than an hour, without discomfort or redness. Contact us today to learn more.

What to Expect After Facial Laser Resurfacing

June 9th, 2017

Lighter laser resurfacing can help improve the look and feel of your skin and impart a more youthful, glowing appearance. The depth of the laser peel can be adjusted, the deeper the peel the more recovery needed.  Lighter laser peels can have quicker recovery however several may be needed to achieve the results of one deeper peel. Light laser resurfacing can help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and irregularities in the skin. While the overall effect of laser resurfacing is a brighter, more youthful look, there are a few minor side effects in the days directly following treatment that you should be aware of in order to get the most from the procedure.

Facial Laser Resurfacing

What to Expect After Laser Resurfacing 

Redness: Expect to see some mild redness in the first week after your laser resurfacing treatment; for some patients, a pinkish cast to the skin can remain for a short time after the initial redness fades. You can use makeup to cover this if needed until it resolves.

Peeling or Dry Skin: Some extra dryness or flaking of the skin is normal after a treatment, however, this typically resolves in a short amount of time, leaving only fresh, new skin in its place.

Mild to Moderate Swelling: You may see some mild swelling in the area of treatment the next day; this is common and may last up to three days. Cold compresses for a few minutes each hour and sleeping on an elevated incline can help alleviate discomfort.

Mild Discoloration: You may see some darker or discolored spots on your skin; these are normal and will fade on their own in about a week.

Caring for your Skin after Laser Treatment

At the Elizabeth Roche MedSpa, we’ll give you specific instructions on how to take special care of your new skin the first few days after your treatment. Avoid anything that could overheat your skin, including hot tubs, saunas, and even vigorous exercise. You can use most of your regular skincare products, but skip any product containing an acid, retinol or alcohol.

Always wear sunscreen when you go outdoors, using a minimum SPF of 30 with both UVA and UVB protection. Apply sunscreen at least 20 minutes before you go outside and reapply frequently. Use a hat or other covering while you are healing and even afterwards to protect your skin from sun damage.

Many patients experience very mild forms of the above symptoms after laser resurfacing and learning more about what to expect after the procedure can give you peace of mind about your skin after treatment.

Contact us to learn more about the benefits of laser resurfacing and to find out how to restore your youthful glow. At the Elizabeth Roche MedSpa, we’re committed to helping you fall in love with your skin all over again.