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HOW DO I PREPARE FOR BOTOX INJECTIONS?

BOTULINUM TOXIN PRE-TREATMENT INSTRUCTIONS

In an ideal situation it is prudent to follow some simple guidelines before treatment that can make all the difference between a fair result or great result, by reducing some possible side effects associated with the injections. We realize this is not always possible; however, minimizing these risks is always desirable.

• Avoid Alcoholic beverages at least 24 hours prior to treatment. Alcohol may thin the blood increasing risk of bruising.
• Avoid Anti-inflammatory / Blood Thinning medications ideally for a period of two (2) weeks before treatment. Medications and supplements such as Aspirin, Warfarin, Vitamin E, Ginkgo Biloba, St. John’s Wort, Ibuprofen, Naproxen, Vioxx and other NSAIDs are all blood thinning and can increase the risk of
bruising/swelling after injections.
• Schedule Botox® appointment at least 2 weeks prior to a special event (i.e., wedding, vacation). Bruising is always a possibility with injections, so allow yourself enough time for bruises to heal if they occur.
• Schedule your injection at a time when minor swelling or bruising will not disrupt your social obligations.

Any questions or concerns, please contact Victoria at 518.223.8797.

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HOW DO I PREPARE FOR A CHEMICAL PEEL?

CHEMICAL PEEL PRE-TREATMENT INSTRUCTIONS

This handout is designed to explain the benefits of chemical peels, what to expect during the process and how to care for your skin after the treatment. Remember that results will vary and it is important to discuss any concerns with your aesthetician or health care provider.

BENEFITS:

• Exfoliates outer dead skin cells to reveal a healthy new layer
• Helps minimize fine lines, creases, dark spots and scars
• Helps brighten dull, blotchy and uneven complexions
• Helps reduce the appearance of blemishes
• Shown to stimulate collagen and elastin production for firmer skin
• Improves the appearance of acne blemishes, blackheads and large pores
• Fights sun damage, discoloration, age spots and scarring
• Beneficial for face and body

PATIENTS WHO SHOULD NOT BE TREATED:

  • Fusion Peel Glycolic Peel
  • Salicylic Peel
  • Alpha Beta Peel
  • Jessner Peel
  • TCA Peel

• Patients with active cold sores or warts, skin with open wounds, sunburn, excessively sensitive skin, dermatitis or inflammatory rosacea in the area to be treated. Inform your provider if you have any history of herpes simplex
• Patients with a history of allergies (especially allergies to salicylates like aspirin), rashes, or other skin reactions, or those who may be sensitive to any of the components in this treatment
• Patients who have taken Accutane within the past year
• Patients who are pregnant or breastfeeding (lactating)
• Patients who have received chemotherapy or radiation therapy
• Patients with vitiligo
• Patients with a history of an autoimmune disease (such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, lupus, multiple sclerosis, etc.) or any condition that may weaken their immune system

ONE WEEK BEFORE YOUR MED-PEEL AVOID THESE PRODUCTS AND/OR PROCEDURES:

• Electrolysis
• Waxing
• Depilatory Creams
• Laser Hair Removal
• Patients who have had Botox injections should wait until full effect of their treatment is seen before receiving a Med-Peel

TWO TO THREE DAYS BEFORE YOUR MED-PEEL AVOID THESE PRODUCTS AND/OR PROCEDURES:

• Retin-A, Renova, Differin, Tazora
• Any products containing retinol, alpha -hydroxy acid (AHA) or beta-hydroxy acid (BHA), or benzoyl peroxide
• Any exfoliating products that may be drying or irritating
• Patients who have had medical cosmetic facial treatments or procedures (e.g. laser therapy, surgical procedures, cosmetic filler, microdermabrasion, etc) should wait until skin sensitivity completely resolves before receiving a Med-Peel

Note: The use of these products/treatments prior to your peel may increase skin sensitivity and cause a stronger reaction.

COMMON EXPERIENCES THAT MAY OCCUR AFTER YOUR MED-PEEL:

It is common and expected that your skin will be red, possibly itchy and/or irritated. It is also possible that other adverse experiences (side effects) may occur. Although rare, the following adverse experiences have been reported by patients after having a Med-Peel: skin breakout or acne, rash, swelling, and burning.

Call the office immediately if you have any unexpected problems after the procedure.

Although most people experience peeling of their facial skin, not every patient notices that their skin peels after a procedure. Lack of peeling is NOT an indication that the peel was unsuccessful. If you do not notice actual peeling, please know that you are still receiving all the benefits of the peel, such as stimulation of collagen production, improvement of skin tone and texture, and diminishment of fine lines and pigmentation.

There are a number of reasons why a patient may not have peeling or may experience minimum peeling. The reasons may include:

• Having peels regularly with a short interval between peels
• Frequent use of Retin-A, AHA, or other peeling agents prior to your Med-Peel treatment
• Severe sun damage

Proper skin evaluation by your skin care professional prior to your peel is important and will help predict the outcome of your peel.

Any questions or concerns, please contact Victoria at 518.223.8797.

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WHAT DO I NEED TO DO AFTER A CHEMICAL PEEL?

Chemical Peel Post-Treatment Instructions

Recommended Med-Peel Products for Post-Peel Care: Brightening AHA Vitamin C Daily Exfoliator, Glycolic 10% Daily Exfoliator, Salicylic 2% Daily Exfoliator, Glycolic Mircopeel Scrub, Hyaluronic Acid Replenish Serum, Daily Collagen Complex, Hyaluronic Moisturizer Cream, Alpha Beta Daily Exfoliator Duo, and a SPF 30+ Moisturizer.

AFTER YOUR MED-PEEL:

It is crucial to the health of your skin and the success of your peel that these guidelines be followed:

  • If retinoic acid was used as part of your treatment, your skin will have a light yellow tinge immediately after the procedure. This is temporary and will fade in 1 to 2 hours. MED-PEEL recommends waiting until the evening to wash your face, however if you should choose to wash it sooner, please wait until after the yellow tinge completely disappears (1 to 2 hours).
  •  It is imperative that you use a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 and avoid direct sunlight for at least 1 week.
  • Patients with hypersensitivity to the sun should take extra precautions to guard against exposure immediately following the procedure as they may be more sensitive following the peel.
  • Your skin may be more red than usual for 2 to 5 days. Please avoid strenuous exercise during this time.
  • Approximately 48 hours after the treatment, your skin will start to peel. This peeling will generally last 2 to 5 days. DO NOT PICK OR PULL THE SKIN. Allow skin to peel at its own pace.
  • When washing your face, do not scrub, do not use a wash cloth. Use a gentle cleanser that does not contain soap.
  • After washing your face, apply MED-PEEL Daily Collagen Complex or Hyaluronicn Acid Replenishment Serum and Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizing Cream and SPF 30 moisturizer as recommended by your medical professional for 4-5 days and as often as needed to relieve any dryness.
  • You may resume the regular use of Retin-A, alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) products or bleaching creams ONLY after the peeling process is complete.
  • Wait until peeling completely subsides before having ANY OTHER FACIAL PROCEDURES, including:
    • Facials
    • Microdermabrasion
    • Laser treatments (including laser hair removal)
    • Facial hair removal
    • Botox injections
    • Injectable fillers
    • Waxing

Call or text us immediately if you have any unexpected problems after the procedure. Contact Victoria at 518.223.8797.

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HOW DO I PREPARE FOR KYBELLA?

Kybella®(Deoxycholic acid) Pre-Procedure Instructions

  1. If you’ve started any new medications or have any change in your medical history since your last visit, please let us know ASAP.
  2. You may not be treated if you are pregnant or nursing, have difficulty swallowing, nerve injury or weakness in the lower face, or an infection in the area.
  3. Ideally, schedule your appointment 2 weeks prior to any important social engagement. At minimum, schedule your procedure 4 days before returning to work or any important social engagement (Thursday and Friday appointments are best).
  4. Inform your medical provider if you are on blood thinners, or have had procedures or surgery of your lower face or neck.
  5.  Avoid Aspirin, any NSAIDs (such as Motrin, Advil and Aleve), Vitamin E, St. John’s Wort, and fish oil supplements for 5 DAYS prior to the procedure.These medications increase bleeding and therefore you maybe be more likely to bruise after the procedure. If you have been prescribed one of these medications, ask the prescribing provider before you stop taking it. Tylenol will not cause bruising and is preferred for the week prior to treatment.
  6. To avoid possible discomfort during the procedure, it is recommended to take acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) or naproxen (Aleve) one hour prior to your scheduled appointment.
  7. Have ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) or naproxen (Aleve) and an antihistamine (Claritin, Zyrtec) available at home for discomfort and itching that may result from the procedure.
  8. Consider having a scarf or other neck covering available to camouflage any swelling or bruising.
  9. Please arrive at the office without make-up and a clean face. Pre-procedure photos will be taken.

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WHAT DO I NEED TO DO AFTER MY KYBELLA TREATMENT?

Kybella®(Deoxycholic acid) Post-Procedure Instructions

  1. After your treatment, you should expect swelling and redness. You may also experience bruising, pain, numbness, and induration (lumps). This will normally last less than 5 days, but for some patients may last up to 14 days. If the symptoms continue beyond 10 days or if other reactions occur, please contact the office at (518) 223-8797.
  2. Take ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) or naproxen (Aleve) as directed for pain/discomfort. If you cannot take NSAIDs, use acetaminophen as directed.
  3. Take an antihistamine (Claritin, Zyrtec) as directed for any itching that may result from the procedure.
  4. If bruising occurs, apply topical Arnica gel, drink fresh pineapple juice, and/or take Bromelain supplements to help bruising resolve faster. These can be purchased at our office or any retail pharmacy.
  5. Some bruising can be covered with makeup (example – Dermablend).
  6. You may elect to ice the area post treatment but must do so very carefully. Use an ice pack with the fabric side against the skin, or wrap a soft plastic ice pack in a wet thin towel. Apply the ice pack approximately 15 seconds on, and 15 seconds off, for 20 minutes per hour, and may do so hourly up to 3 days. Icing too vigorously can cause frostbite and scarring.
  7. Do not participate in strenuous activity for 3 days following treatment.
  8. Sleep with your head elevated on at least 2 and preferably 3 pillows.
  9. Do not scratch, pick or traumatize the area in any way. Do not massage or manipulate the injection site.
  10. Avoid salty foods as this may further increase swelling.
  11. You may apply your skin care regimen and sunscreen normally.
  12. No facials, chemical peels, or laser treatments for 14 days after the Kybella® treatment. Facials, chemical peels, laser, and light treatments may be done immediately prior to Kybella® treatment. HA fillers such as JUVÉDERM® XC and / or Botox may be injected before Kybella®; if you have any questions regarding this, please ask your provider.
  13. Call the office at 518-223-8797 if you have any difficulty swallowing, crusting or scabbing, asymmetry of your smile or any other unusual symptoms. In case of emergency call 911 or go to your nearest emergency department. Questions that do not require immediate attention can be emailed to info@victoriaaesthetics.com.

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WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW ABOUT EMAGE MICRONEEDLING TREATMENTS?

MICRONEEDLING TREATMENT REGIMEN & CARE

Prior to CytoPen treatment, please observe the following:

  • No Retin-A products or applications 12 hours prior to your treatment.
  • No auto-immune therapies or products 12 hours prior to your treatment.
  • No prolonged sun exposure to the face 24 hours prior to your treatment. A Dermapen treatment will not be administered on sunburned skin.
  • On the day of the treatment, please keep your face clean and do not apply makeup.
  • If an active or extreme breakout occurs before treatment, please consult your practitioner.

What Can Be Expected:

After your CytoPen treatment, please be aware and observe the following:

  • Immediately after your CytoPen treatment, you will look as though you have a moderate to severe sunburn and your skin may feel warm and tighter than usual. This is normal and will subside after 1 to 2
    hours and will normally recover within the same day or 24 hours. You may see slight redness after 24 hours but only in minimal areas or spots.
  • Your practioner will prescribe post-procedure skincare after the procedure to help soothe, calm and protect the skin. Continue to use for 3 days. Active skincare can be resumed again after Day 3.

Instructions:

Be certain to adhere to the following post-treatment instructions:

  • CLEAN ± Use a soothing cleanser or face wash with tepid water to cleanse the face for the following 48
    hours and gently dry the treated skin. Always make sure that your hands are clean when touching the
    treated area.
  • HEAL ± Copper-based skincare is recommended post-treatment as the mineral properties are ideal to help heal the skin, but will also create a sterile skin, too. Resveratrol-based products can help soothe the skin
    and lessen irritation.
  • HYDRATE ± Following your CytoPen treatment, your skin may feel drier than normal. AnteAge is an ideal ingredient to hydrate and restore the skin back to perfect balance.
  • STIMULATE ± In the days following your CytoPen treatment , and as the skin starts to regenerate,
    collagen stimulating peptides are ideal to continue the stimulation.
  • MAKEUP ± It is recommended that makeup should not be applied for 12 hours after the procedure. However, your practitioner may be able to supply you with specialized mineral makeup product that they
    feel would be suitable for use during this period. Do not apply any makeup with a makeup brush, especially if it is not clean.
  • PROTECT ± Immediately after the procedure, apply a broad spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen with a SPF30. A chemical-free sunscreen is highly recommended.

W hat to Avoid:

To ensure the proper healing environment, be certain to observe the following:

  • For at least 2 hours post treatment, do NOT use any Alpha Hydroxy Acids, Beta Hydroxy Acid, Retinol
  • Avoid intentional and direct sunlight for 24 hours. No tanning beds.
  • Do not go swimming for at least 24 hours post-treatment.
  • No exercising or strenuous activity for the first 24 hours post-treatment. Sweating and gym environments are harmful, rife with bacteria, and may cause adverse reactions.

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HOW SHOULD I PREPARE FOR DERMAL FILLERS?

INJECTABLE DERMAL FILLERS PRE-TREATMENT INSTRUCTIONS

In an ideal situation it is prudent to follow some simple guidelines before  treatment that can make all the difference between a fair result or great result, by reducing some possible side effects associated with the injections. We realize this is not always possible; however, minimizing these risks is always desirable.

  • Avoid Alcoholic beverages at least 24 hours prior to treatment. Alcohol may thin the blood increasing risk of bruising.
  • Avoid Anti-inflammatory / Blood Thinning medications ideally, for a period of two (2) weeks before treatment. Medications and supplements such as Aspirin, Warfarin, Vitamin E, Ginkgo Biloba, St. John’s Wort, Ibuprofen, Naproxen, Vioxx, and other NSAIDs are all blood thinning and can increase the risk of bruising/swelling after injections.
    • Schedule your injection appointment at least 2 weeks prior to a special event (i.e., wedding, vacation). Bruising and swelling is always a possibility with injections, so allow yourself enough time between your injection and your special event for bruising or swelling to heal if it occurs.
    • Schedule your injection at a time when minor swelling or
    bruising will not disrupt your social obligations.

Any questions or concerns, please contact Victoria at 518.223.8797.

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HOW DO I TREAT MY MICROBLADING?

After Your Microblading Appointment

  •  4-5 hours after the procedure:
    — Clean the area with sterile/distilled water and a clean cotton pad to remove the numbing cream. Allow the area to air dry.
  • First 10 days after the procedure:
    — Dry skin – After 4 days of dry healing, apply Grapeseed oil sparingly.
    Oily skin – Pat the area with a cotton pad moistened with sterile/distilled water every night.
    — Do not use tap (or unsterile) water, cleansers, creams, makeup or any other products on the treated area.
  • First 10 days after the procedure, cont’d.
    — Avoid strenuous physical activity to prevent sweating (which will impact the pigment retention).
    — Avoid sleeping on your face; try sleeping on your back or side instead.
    — As part of the normal healing process, the treated area will begin to scab 5 – 7 days after the treatment. Do not rub, pick or scratch the treated area. Let any scabbing or dry skin naturally exfoliate off to avoid scarring.
    — If heavy scabbing and/or itchiness occur, use a small amount of Grape Seed Oil on the area with a clean cotton swab.
    — As the scabs flake off, the pigment may disappear. Do not be alarmed. The color will return within 3 – 5 weeks.
  • Three – four weeks after the procedure:
    — Avoid direct sun exposure or tanning.
    — No facials, Botox, chemical treatments or microdermabrasion.
    — Once the scabbing process ends (approx. 14 – 21 days after the procedure), begin using sunscreen to protect your eyebrows.
    — Do not judge the way your brows look until you have reached six full weeks of healing.
  • Six weeks after procedure:
    — Fully healed brows. Now you’re ready for your follow up appointment.
    — Continue to use sunscreen on your brows everyday to prevent premature fading.
    — Do not use Retin-A or any acids (glycolic, AHA, etc) on your brows.
    What is normal?
  • Mild swelling, itching, light scabbing, light bruising and dry tightness. Ice packs are nice relief for swelling and bruising.
  • Too dark and slightly uneven appearance. After 2-7 days the darkness will fade, and once any swelling dissipates unevenness usually disappears. If it is too dark or still a bit uneven after 4 weeks, then we will make adjustments during the follow up/touch up appointment. If you decide to go darker, this may require repeating the entire procedure and a fee will apply.
  • Color change or color loss. As the procedure area heals, the color will lighten and sometimes seem to disappear in places. This can all be addressed during the follow up/touch up appointment which is why this appointment is necessary. The procedure area has to heal completely before we can address any concerns.
  • Healing takes about 4-6 weeks.

Need a touch up months later. A touch up may be needed 6 months to 1 year after the first touch up procedure depending on your skin, medications, and sun exposure. We recommend the first follow up/touch up 6 weeks after the first session; which is included in today’s price.

Then every 6 months to 1 year to keep them looking fresh and beautiful. Future touch up sessions will cost the current touch up rate at the time you have it done. If most of the hair strokes have faded (about 70% – TBD by your technician), the entire procedure will need to be repeated.

An email photo consultation may be necessary to determine if you need a touch up or a repeat of the entire procedure.

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