Is JUVÉDERM VOLBELLA® XC Right for You?

With so many dermal filler options available, there can be a lot of question as to which one to use for the needs of the patient. The truth is, we often use a blend of fillers for a patient at DermaTouch RN, depending on the facial structure and concerns of the patient. We also stick to fillers backed by results and customer satisfaction, which is why we offer the full line of fillers by Allergan, including JUVÉDERM® XC, JUVÉDERM® ULTRA XC, AND JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® XC, and their newest fillers  JUVÉDERM VOLBELLA® XC and JUVÉDERM VOLLURE® XC

We recently shared a news story on why we love JUVEDERM VOLBELLA XC, and thought we’d share here in our blog, as well. Patients treated with VOLBELLA XC have the opportunity to walk away with fuller lips and softer lines around the mouth, making them very happy individuals!

What is JUVÉDERM VOLBELLA® XC?

JUVÉDERM VOLBELLA® XC is an FDA approved prescription for use in the perioral rhytids and lips. Of the subjects treated with VOLBELLA XC, two-thirds showed improvement in lip fullness and perioral lines through one year.

What makes JUVÉDERM VOLBELLA® XC unique when compared to other dermal fillers?

JUVÉDERM VOLBELLA® XC is unique when compared to Allergan’s other dermal fillers because it has been customized with a lower HA concentration, yet it still gives the long-lasting results patients and healthcare providers have come to experience and expect from Allergan’s JUVÉDERM®  collection of fillers.

VOLBELLA® XC is also formulated with Allergan’s proprietary filler technology, VYCROSS®, which blends different molecular weights of Hyaluronic acid to support the gel’s duration.

DermaTouch RN’s Founder, Renee Moschitto, shared the following about VOLBELLA:

“VOLBELLA® XC is a thinner product when compared to other fillers, so we don’t see the bumpiness that can sometimes occur with thicker fillers. It’s easier to work with to create a smooth appearance for the lips and around the mouth, as well as under the eyes. VOLBELLA is also great for those who are trying filler in the lip and mouth areas for the first time, because it adds volume, but not quite as much va-voom as thicker fillers can. And even though it’s a thinner product, making it easier to work with, it has still been shown to last for up to a year, similar to thicker fillers.”

Off-label, VOLBELLA can be used to increase volume in the under eye area, as well. However, there is not a dermal filler available that is FDA approved for use under the eyes, so it’s important to work with a trained practitioner with positive results and reviews if having filler injected under the eyes.

In a near-future blog, we’ll discuss JUVEDERM VOLLURE XC, Allergan’s newest filler, approved for use in the nasolabial fold area of the face.

At DermaTouch RN, the patient always comes first. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation to determine the best dermal filler options for your cosmetic needs.

Botox and Facial Rejuvenation – It’s for Men, Too!

When we hear the terms cosmetic services, facial rejuvenation, and skin care, we often think of women and women’s services. However, more and more men are turning to DermaTouch RN in Houston for cosmetic services to support facial rejuvenation and skin care, as they tend to care as much about their skin and appearance as much as women do (even if they don’t like to show it)!

Botox for men can treat moderate to severe lines on the face.

Botox is one option to help turn back the hands of time for men. Botox treats moderate to severe lines on the forehead, around the eyes (crow’s feet), and between the brows. The muscles will relax and the lines will appear smoother within a week and last for up to six months. Results vary based on the individual needs and desired outcome, the areas treated, and the number of units used.

Dermal fillers and chemical peels are also great options for men.

Other cosmetic treatments for men include dermal fillers, such as Juvederm and Voluma, chemical peels, and skin care products. At DermaTouch RN, we offer skin care products from top-of-the-line brands, such as SkinMedica and Obagi Medical Products, Inc, as well as chemical peels from SkinMedica and VI Aesthetics. These products and services are backed by science and proven results.

Father’s Day is a great time to treat the men in your life.

With Father’s Day right around the corner, it’s the perfect time to treat that special father in your life with services from DermaTouch RN. Or, if you’re the father in the picture, take the time out to treat yourself to our products and services. You’ll be glad you did!

At DermaTouch RN, we’re backed by more than 10 years of experience and positive reviews. Contact us today for a free consultation for yourself or the special father in your life!

FDA-Approved Label vs. Off-Label: What Does It Mean?

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If you’ve done research online for certain MedSpa or cosmetic procedures, you might have stumbled across the term “off-label.” In the US, prescription drugs require an FDA approval to be prescribed to patients, but these drugs are often prescribed for uses outside of the FDA approval guidelines for that drug—that’s where the term “off-label” comes from. Per WebMD, “Off-label” means the medication is being used in a manner not specified in the FDA’s approved packaging label, or insert.”

Why does the FDA allow off-label use?

After the FDA approves a drug—which is an extensive process where the FDA evaluates the safety, effectiveness, and indication for a drug—healthcare providers can generally prescribe the drug for an “off-label” use if they come to the determination that it is medically appropriate for a particular patient. A practitioner might choose to take such an approach if all other prescriptions have failed or if the patient would benefit from the off-label use, as is the case with many cosmetic and aesthetic procedures.

What cosmetic treatments are considered FDA approved vs. “off-label?”

Botox is FDA approved for the crows feet and glabella area (the area between the eyes) to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. However, Botox is often used in the forehead, nose, lip, jaw, chin, and underarm areas, as well, meaning these are “off-label” uses for the prescription.

Likewise, some fillers, such as Juvederm, Voluma, and Restylane, are FDA approved for use in the nasal labial folds, lips, and cheeks, but are also used in the chin, bridge of the nose, and under the eyes.

What do I need to consider if a practitioner uses “off-label” practices?

Many MedSpas and clinics offering cosmetic services will apply treatments and prescriptions for both their FDA-approved and “off-label” uses. Doing so serves the client by offering the benefits of a prescription, such as Botox or fillers, to fully meet the patient’s goals. What you want to be sure of is that you’re working with a reputable provider that knows what they’re doing and has conducted several of the procedures you’ve been prescribed. Read more about selecting a reputable provider by reviewing “What to Look for in a Reputable MedSpa and Cosmetic Services Establishments.”

DermaTouch RN just celebrated their 10 year anniversary and plan to be around for several more decades to come. Contact us today to determine the best approach to meet all of your skin care and cosmetic needs and to better understand “off-label” utilization!

Top Five Cosmetic Procedures to Lift and Brighten Your Holiday Season

As the holidays approach and party plans start to take shape, both men and women are scheduling cosmetic procedures to ensure everyone looks their holiday best.  Gift certificates are also proving popular stocking stuffers.

Among the top five pre-holiday procedures individuals seek include:

Simple cosmetic procedures can transform for the holidays.

Simple cosmetic procedures can transform your holidays.

 

Injectables and Fillers

While among the most popular cosmetic procedures year-round, injectables such as Botox and DySport and fillers such as Juvederm, Restylane, Voluma, Sculptra and the latest in injectable treatments, Kybella, top the list in requested cosmetic procedures in preparation for the holidays.  These simple procedures take little time to perform in the office and produce immediate results – eliminating furroughed brow and forehead lines, reducing the appearance of crows feet, smile and lip lines, as well as lifting brows and subtly plumping lips.

Skin Rejuvenation

Enhanced skin rejuvenation laser therapy helps shed the visible wear of the past year, reinvigorating sun-damaged skin and reducing visibility of age spots, lentigines and facial telangiectasia. Patients with photo-damage and photo-aging often benefit from this type of procedure.

Skin Rejuvenation Laser Therapy Specifically Addresses:

  • Sun damage
  • Wrinkles
  • Photo-aging
  • Lentigines and facial telangiectasia
  • Vascular and pigment irregularities

“Painting” the entire face with the laser, patients typically see clearing of sun damage, wrinkle improvement as collagen forms and overall younger looking skin.  Optimal benefit may require three to eight treatments.

Laser Hair Removal

Hair removal procedures are very popular in preparation for skin baring holiday styles. Utilizing the latest in laser hair removal technology, registered nurses safely remove hair by heating the area at the base of the hair shaft, permanently preventing hair regrowth.

The laser procedure targets the pigment in the hair follicle, which works on either black or brown hair, and must be performed during a specific phase in the hair’s growth cycle (active or anagen phase).  Multiple treatments are required and vary with each individual and by body site.

Skin Tightening with SkinTyte

Skin tightening treatments are among the fastest growing laser procedures in the aesthetic industry. Using infrared energy, SkinTyte is safe for all skin types and can treat any area of the body (face, neck, arms, abdomen, knees), giving skin a firmer and more youthful appearance. There is no need for topical anesthetic, no down time, and no excessive redness. This is truly a lunchtime procedure!

Laser Vein Therapy 

A beautiful pair of legs can greatly enhance a holiday dress.  With a revolutionary new laser vein therapy treatment,  spider veins and other distracting veins are quickly and safely eliminated.  Vein removal treatment, including Sclerotherapy and Alscera, effectively eliminates broken capillaries up to 4 mm in diameter on the face and legs as well. Utilizing advanced technology redness and bruising associated with traditional treatments are minimized. This laser vein therapy technology also allows treatment for people of any ethnic origin and skin type, including tanned skin.

Check out weekly and monthly DermaTouch RN specials and schedule an appointment before your next holiday party!