Dysport

Dysport

                                             Dysport

Dysport (abobotulinumtoxinA injection) was approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration in April of 2009 to be used as a wrinkle preventative and paralytic that is injected to areas of the face for into muscular injection. Dysport is owned by the company, Galderma, and is primarily used for patients that have mild to moderate wrinkles and creasing in the forehead, brow line, crows feet and eleven lines between the eyes.  It is the first to be FDA cleared for Upper Limo Spasticity in adult patients to decrease the severity of increased muscle tone in elbow flexors, wrist flexors and finger flexors.

The most commonly treated areas are between to the eyebrows, the “11” lines, the horizontal brow lines, and crows feet fine lines around the eyes. Dysport is not used to treat deep lines, such as nasolabial folds or ‘laugh lines’. These are known as static wrinkles caused by sagging from loss of collagen, which filler, laser, or surgery would treat.

This drug works the same way as Botox which was approved in 2009 by the Food and Drug Administration. It blocks nerve signals to the muscles which relaxes them preventing more, and smoothing them out. Injections take about 10-20 minutes to administer in the office in which you are being treated which is popularly done at Medical Spas, Dermatologists, and Plastic Surgeon offices. Only Registered Nurses, Physician assistants, Nurse Practitioners, or Medical Doctors are allowed to inject. Unlike Botox, Dysport results kick in faster, within 2-3 days. Botox may take up to 10 days to see full results. It is suppled in a single-use vial, and each contains 300 units or 500 units of lyophilized abobotulinumtoxin A, (125mcg) and (2.5) lactose (2.5 mg).

The primary difference between Botox and Dysport is that Dysport is a smaller-sized molecule so its unit measurement is different than Botox. Since it is a smaller sized dose, the dilation process means the patient will need more units than botox. So if you get 30 units of Botox, you would roughly need 60 units of Dysport, but the cost for client will average the same. The average cost of these injections runs at an average of $200-$400 per session. The number of units the patients needs will dictate the act cost. The effects usually last 3-5 months.

According to the manufacturer, you should avoid Dysport if you are:

  • Pregnant/Breastfeeding
  • Allergic to any ingredients
  • On specific antibiotics/medicines
  • Infection at injection site

With a minimal recovery, you may experience some redness and slight inflammation in the direct are being treated, usually disappears within a few hours. You will want to avoid exercise, or any activity in high heat for the day. Avoid rubbing the area while washing face or applying make-up, to endure the product settles in the area injected and doesn’t accidentally move around.

Treatment for Dysport is associated with rare side effects and complications of:

  • Pain at the injection site
  • Reaction at the injection site
  • Headache
  • Eyelid swelling
  • Eyelid drooping
  • Nausea
  • Nose and throat irritation
  • Sinus inflammation
  • Upper respiratory tract infection

Botox

Botox

Our Botox procedure generally take only about 30 minutes from start to finish.  You can get treatment and be on your way in less than an hour in most cases.

Divante Laser MedSpa

Divante Laser MedSpa

Divante Laser MedSpa is located in the heart of Studio City.  We are ready to serve and spoil you.  How old you are is your business…How young you look is our business.

Juvederm

Juvederm

                                               Juvederm

 

Before and after picture taken one month apart with Juvederm Voluma XC and Juvederm Ultra XC.  A total of 2.6 mL of Juvederma Voluma XC was injected into the cheek area.  3.05 mL Juvederm XC was injected into the parentheses lines, marionette lines, and corner lines.  A total of 0.7 mL of Juvederm Ulctra XC was injected into the lips for lip augmentation.

Injectable Filler

Injectable Filler

Injectable Filler

Fillers are a great way to ease the aging process cosmetically, without the drastic surgical approach. Fillers consist of Hyaluronic Acid (HA) and calcium hydroxyl apatite. These ingredients fill the loss of collagen to reduce and/or eliminate wrinkles, deep lines, and/or raised scarring.With collagen being the most abundant protein in the human body and is the substance that literally holds the body together it is most important to upkeep and add through fillers to treat aging. Signs of aging generally start to be noticeable when the skin starts to lose its volume by loss of collagen production which humans produce naturally until the age of 25.

Collagen occurs throughout the body, but especially in the skin, bones, and connective tissues providing firmness. Skin elastin production which supplies skin elasticity and rebound, and glycosaminoglycans or GAGs which keep the skin hydrated skin to create a fuller, smoother appearance. Losing this speeds up intrinsic aging, or the natural aging process without even taking into consideration the external factors such as environmental, and pollutants etc. Fillers can improve texture, tone, and fill hollowness. An experienced injector can create plump lips, soften facial lines and creases, disguise scarring, reconstruct deformities, and fill shallow contours. Depending on the brand or type of injectable filler, they generally last 6 months up to two years. Your body will naturally absorb the product, making this a temporary, non-surgical fix. There are multiple brands and consistencies of fillers on the market targeted for specific facial or body areas.

Fillers

The most commonly used is Hyaluronic Acid (HA) based with is a natural substance in your skin. Most of the HA fillers have lidocaine infused in them to help minimize discomfort. FDA approved fillers include: Juvéderm XC, Voluma, Volbella, and Vollure. Restylane products are Restylane, Restylane Silk, Restylane Lyft, Restylane Refyne, Restylane Defyne. Radiesse is made out of Calcium Hydroxylapatite and is also naturally occurring primarily in the bones. The consistency is thicker than Hyaluronic Acid making it suitable to treat deep facial creases, lines, and wrinkles. The results last longer as a result. Radiesse can also be used to treat wrinkles on hand, and neck not just the face. Other FDA approved fillers are Polyslkylimide, a transparent gel that is compatible with the body. Polylactic acid which stimulates the skin to make more collagen, and Polymethyl-methacrylate microspheres (PMMA) a semi-permanent filler.

Individuals interested in treatment will always have a consultation with the provider to go over the best options, how much they need, and what the upkeep and outcome will be. Registered nurses, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, and MD’s are only allowed to inject, and most are trained solely in the medical aesthetic industry making them experts in the field. Medical Spas or Dermatologist offices preform the treatments where you will discuss your individual needs, and expectations. Contradictions for treatment include women pregnant or breast-feeding, antibiotics, or having infection or sore in the treatment area.

Before getting fillers one can avoid any products that cause excess bruising. ie ibuprofen, aspirin, blood pressure medication, fish oil, herbal teas, /supplements, garlic, fish oil, ginkgo biloba, and heavy alcohol consumption. Swelling and bruising may occur, but will go fully down after two weeks, and typically you can go back for a follow up to see if you need more or just how the results panned out.

Laser Hair Removal

Laser Hair Removal

Laser Hair Removal

Laser Hair Removal is a treatment to semi-permanently remove unwanted hair. The laser used emits a beam of concentrated light targeting the hair follicles that produce the hair. It will inhibit and delay further growth of that follicle and any area treated will need multiple laser treatments to see roughly 85% results. You do them in a span of 4-6 weeks, 8-12 times is the average length to see desired results. (8-12 months).

After the initial sessions are complete, as time goes by, you could notice the hair starting to grow back as it normally did, thicker, and more frequently. This will most likely take a few years, depending on how your hair growth was naturally, and how it reacted to the laser. No need to fret, with a few touch up sessions the laser will adequately destroy the follicle again. Commonly, patients who have treated more than one area of their body at a time can come in to touch up in one session at a flat rate. i.e. doing multiple areas in same day.

Whoever the technician may be, if they were trained properly the laser will do it’s job. It is best to do your research for your surrounding area, to see what fits in your price range. With it taking multiple sessions, most offices will offer package rates to purchase. This will save you money in the long run, considering you will not get the result if you only go once or twice. that being said, there are still contraindications to Laser Hair Removal.

Laser Hair Removal Prices

Laser Hair Removal prices range throughout the country, region, and office providing service. Some Dermatology offices who have the Doctors preforming treatment can charge more, simply because they have an MD, but the Medical Spa down the street with the same laser can charge significantly less for same results. Registered Nurses, Physician Assistants, and Nurse Practitioners are legally allowed to learn, and preform laser hair removal. In a few states, it is acceptable to attend school to become a Laser Technician, learning exactly what the Nurses and Doctors preform in all other States by getting a simple certificate.

Most lasers will not work on red, blonde, or gray hair. The pigment is not picked up properly by the emitted beam of light, thus not effectively destroying said follicle. You will want to avoid tanning in the sun at all costs throughout the treatment period. Creating unnatural pigment in your skin can cause the laser to burn you, it is recommended only getting one hour of sun at most. The provider will be able to tell by seeing you in person if you have a tan line, or visible sun damage. In that case they will decline service until it fades. Other contradictions are medicines that can result in photosensitivity causing hyper or hype-pigmentation, and be overall damaging to ones skin.

A few examples are:
Accutane -Needs to have been off Accutane for 6 months before any laser treatment.
Retinol
Retin-A
AHA/BHA Creams
Prescription Acne Creams
Doxycycline
Salicylic Acid
Glycolic Acid
Benzol Peroxide
Tretinoin Cream
Metronidazole Cream
Any Topical Antibiotic Creams
Anti-fungal Creams

The provider will ask you these questions while performing their clearance to see if you are fit for treatment. The most commonly treated areas are underarm, upper lip, Brazilian (or bikini line), legs, and arms. However, you can treat any area if the hair is a suitable fit (dark, thick enough)

Botox

Botox

Botox

Botox is derived from Clostridium botulinum, a bacteria found in many natural settings, and some mammals, fish, and shellfish. It is a generally harmless bacteria, but when the spores transform into vegetative cells, the cells increase. This makes the bacteria produce botulinum toxin, the deadly neurotoxin responsible for botulism. When broken down into extremely small concentrations, by injection in humans botox will work by preventing signals from nerve cells reaching the muscles, paralyzing them.

The neurotransmitter called acetylcholine is blocked when the botulinum toxin is injected. This will prevent the contraction of the cells in which causes the muscles to contract, or shorten. It is predominately used for this aesthetic purpose of reducing wrinkles/wrinkle appearance and fine lines. It is also used to treat over 20 different medical conditions.

Botox is not a permanent wrinkle reducing treatment. It will naturally dissolve every 3 months or so. Frequent injections can prevent future lines and wrinkling as well since the muscle isn’t moving as much. Results can vary based on the individuals metabolism and/or overall strength of their muscles. Botox may take up to 10 days to fully see the effects, usually only 3-5 days. The most common areas are between to the eyebrows, the “11” lines, the horizontal brow lines, and crows feet fine lines around the eyes. Botox is not used to treat deep lines, such as nasolabial folds or ‘laugh lines’. These are known as static wrinkles cased by sagging from loss of collagen, which filler, laser, pr surgery would treat.

Botox usage is based on units, and every patient’s dosage will vary on how many units they need for their desired outcome. If a patient doesn’t need the treatment, lets say a younger person with nothing to freeze, the provider should decline treatment all together. Some patients like more, and others like less usually saying they do not want to look “frozen”. Too many units in one area can paralyze that part of the face and make so stiff, you lose all expression movement. Again, with a properly trained provider the results are dedicated to making the lines disappear and have a youthful, more awake aesthetic.

Recovery from botox is minimal. You may experience some redness and slight inflammation in the direct are being treated. This usually disappears within a few hours. You will want to avoid exercise, or any activity in high heat for the day. Avoid rubbing the area while washing face or applying make-up, to endure the botox settles in the area injected and doesn’t accidentally move around.

Overall, Botox is one of the most commonly performed aesthetic treatments since 2002. Allergan, the company behind this major force has reported the sales of Botox climbed 14.5 percent to $934.5 million in the second quarter of 2018 alone, exceeding analysts’ estimates.

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving from our Divante Laser Medspa to you and your family. Wishing you a Thanksgiving with peace, love, and laughter.

Hair Removal in Los Angeles

Hair Removal in Los Angeles

Hair Removal in Los Angeles

Tweezing, shaving and waxing take time, cost to have done and/or require repeated purchases of supplies. Stop making waxing appointments and throw out those tweezers, wax supplies and razors. Make an appointment for hair removal treatment, where all of your unwanted body hair is removed.

Unwanted body hair is removed using a laser beam of light. The procedure uses lasers with varying wavelengths, making it possible to match it up to your hair and skin type. The process is used because it most effectively removes the hair at the follicles. The follicles are part of the active hair growth cycle. Because not all follicles are active at the same time, it may take several treatments in the same area in order to achieve full hair removal. Laser hair removal can be used to remove unwanted hair from the face, legs, arms, underarms, back, and other bikini area.

Before making the decision to undergo this procedure, check with a local clinic specializing in hair removal in Los Angeles. During your consultation, you will learn if you are a good candidate for the procedure. Both men and women can qualify to undergo laser hair removal. Those with light pale skin and coarse dark hair are the best candidates. A certified dermatologist will discuss if you are a good candidate and cover any questions or concerns you might have before receiving treatment.

There are many benefits to having unwanted hair removed using this technique. Being able to pinpoint target areas is on the top of the list. Other benefits include the speed of procedure and knowing that most patients experience total permanent hair loss after a few visits. Check with the dermatologist and ask how long he or she thinks it will take you to achieve your desired results. Depending upon you hair and skin type, it may take six to eight sessions. Generally there should be approximately four to eight weeks in between session.

The initial price is one of the biggest concerns for most people looking into this process. Although prices have become much more affordable these days. Of course there are fees associated with having this procedure done. Over time, those fees become far less than the ongoing costs of maintenance and supplies needed for temporary hair removal techniques. It is best to determine if the upfront costs are worth paying in order to save on those ongoing costs and if there are long-term financial benefits for you.

When looking for the best clinic to schedule an appointment for hair removal in Los Angeles, it is best to seek out clinics that have certified dermatologist who specialize in this procedure. Schedule an initial consultant and ask who will be performing and supervising your procedure. Also ask what type of laser they will use and if it is FDA approved. Do not hesitate to ask about their experience to see their credentials or to see before and after photos of other patients. Also, ask about any risks and what safety protocols they have in place.

Just like with any other treatments, take the time to learn about the risks and benefits for laser hair removal. A certified dermatologist will be able to help you determine if this type of hair removal is best for you. Please check out some of our Laser Skin Treatments.

Chemical Peels

Chemical Peel

Chemical Peels

A chemical peel is a procedure done to your face, neck and hands, where the top layers of skin are removed. In an effort to improve the skin’s appearance, a chemical solution is applied to your skin, which blisters up. The blistering up allows for the top layers to peel off. This process reveals new skin underneath, resulting in smoother skin with less wrinkles.

Chemical peels are used to help treat fine lines under the eyes, around the mouth and treat wrinkles caused by sun damage and aging. Peels also help improve the overall appearance of mild scars as well as reducing signs of age spots, dark patches and freckles.

Individuals who are fair-skinned, with light-colored hair are the best candidates for chemical peels. Though this does not mean if you have darker skin, you cannot have a peel. It all depends on what you are treating. Those with darker toned skin may experience uneven skin tones after treatment. Some skin conditions, such as sags, severe and deep wrinkles and bulges, do not respond well to chemical peels. A medical professional can help determine if a skin peel will give you optimal results. Whether you’re looking for or if you need to have a different type of treatments.

Before getting your chemical peel, talk to your medical professional that specializes in skin care about your history. Let him or her know if you have any history of scarring or cold sores that continually return. This is also the time to discuss what medications you are taking and how to prepare your skin for treatment. Once you discuss all your concerns and learn what to expect during and after the procedure, your medical professional will help you determine how deep-superficial, medium or deep your chemical peel should be and which chemical solution is best. A small test spot may be conducted to check for any allergic reactions and to get an idea of what your results might be.

Prepare your skin by cleansing and moisturizing it twice daily and using sunscreen. This will help ensure the results from your peel are even and helps with the healing process.

After the treatment, your skin will temporarily be more sensitive to the sun. Make sure to wear sunscreen everyday, even if you do not plan to be outside for long periods of time. During the few days after treatment, it is best to limit your exposure to the sun. Especially during the peak hours between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Wide-brimmed hats also help protect your face when outdoors.

Your recovery time after the procedure will depend on the type of peel you had done and how deep it was. It may also take several weeks for you to see the results from the peel. Before going home, you will be instructed how to care for your skin post treatment to prevent infection and speed up healing.

Before getting your peel, speak with your aesthetician or Medical professional. Learn what to expect and how to take care of your skin post treatment. This will help ensure you get the results you are looking for and your skin is well taken care of.