Frequently Asked Aesthetic Procedure Questions in Richlands, VA


How does BOTOX®Cosmetic work?

During treatment, very low does of BOTOX®Cosmetic are administered via a few tiny injections directly into the muscles responsible for frown lines between the brows. By blocking the release of a chemical that causes these muscles to contract, BOTOX®Cosmetic enables them to relax. the effects are very localized and when administered by an experienced physician, do not affect your ability to smile, laugh, or otherwise show expression. BOTOX Cosmetic is the only product of its kind that has been approved for use in this area.

What are the common side effects?

The most common side effects following injections include temporary eyelid droop and nausea. Localized pain, infection, inflammation, tenderness, swelling, redness, and/or bleeding/bruising may be associated with the injection. Patients with certain neuromuscular disorders such as ALS, myasthenia gravis, or Lambert-Eaton syndrome may be at increased risk of serious side effects.

Is there any chance of serious side effects?

Serious heart problems and serious allergic reactions have been reported rarely. If you think you have an allergic reaction or other unusual symptoms, such as difficulty swallowing, speaking, or breathing, call your doctor immediately.

What is the treatment like?

BOTOX® Cosmetic is a quick and minimally invasive procedure consisting of a few tiny injections. Your doctor will determine exactly where to administer these injections to achieve the best results for you. No anesthesia is required, though he or she may choose to numb the area with a cold pack or anesthetic cream prior to injecting.
The entire procedure takes approximately 10 minutes, and there is no downtime afterward. Discomfort is minimal and brief. Localized pain, infection, inflammation, tenderness, swelling, redness, and/or bleeding/bruising may be associated with the injection.

Vela Smooth

How does VelaSmooth™ work?

VelaSmooth™ uses combined energies known as elos to precisely target and heat fatty tissues within the treatment area. In addition, the vacuum and tissue manipulation evens out the skin to reveal a smoother, tighter figure.

How quickly will I notice a change?

Gradual improvement of the treated area can be seen following the first treatment - with the skin surface of the treated area feeling smoother, firmer and tighter. Results in circumference and cellulite reduction will be most apparent 6-8 weeks following the final treatment session.

How many inches can I reduce from my circumference?

In clinical studies, patients report an average reduction of 1 inch post treatment. In clinical trials, the average range of circumferential reduction was 0.5 - 3 inches.

Is treatment safe?

Treatment is safe and effective for all skin types and colors. There are no reported short or long-term health effects.

Does it hurt?

Most patients find VelaSmooth™ comfortable - like a warm deep tissue massage. The treatment is designed to accommodate your sensitivity and comfort level. It is normal to experience a warm sensation for a few hours post treatment. Your skin may also appear red for several hours.

How do I improve and maintain results?

Following your complete treatment regimen, it is recommended to get maintenance treatments periodically. Like all non-surgical or surgical techniques, results will last longer if you follow a balanced diet and exercise regularly.

Hair Removal

How does Hair Removal with elõs work?

Hair follicles are precisely targeted and destroyed using the revolutionary elõs combination of Bi-Polar Radio Frequency and Light energies.

Is Hair Removal with elõs right for me?

Permanent hair reduction id successful for both men and women, and almost all body areas can be treated. Only elõs is proven to remove lighter colored hair, on all skin tones. To achieve successful outcome, more treatments may be needed compared to darker hair colors.

When can I expect to see results?

Hair growth is reduced after each treatment. The number of treatments required will be based on your hair color types, body area, and skin tone. Schedule a consultation to establish your personalized treatment schedule.

Does it hurt?

Cooling of the skin surface as well as constant measurement of the skin's resistance ensures safety and comfort during treatment.
This is a no-downtime procedure. Many patients return to normal activities immediately after treatment. You can even get laser hair removal on your lunch break and return back to work no problem!


What is organic oxygen peel?

A revolutionary new skin system that integrates organic grains dermabrasion with oxygen infusion for a gentle erasing of epidermal layers in a controlled safe manner. The organic grains are gentle naturally occurring compounds which result on NO scratching experience, while oxygen rejuvenates and initializes skin for a more youthful and energetic result.

How fast are the results seen?

Significant improvement is seen with the first treatment, but continued facials are highly recommended at regular intervals for best results. Clinical research has proven that regular treatments significantly increase collagen production and new skin cells regeneration.

How do I improve and maintain results?

Follow-up treatments at regular intervals with good skin care, sun protection and increasing water intake helps to maintain results.

How long does one treatment last?

This facial fits in your daily busy life and takes 45 minutes to 1 hour.

Skin Rejuvenation

How does Skin Rejuvenation with elõs work?

The combined Bi-Polar Radio Frequency and Light energies of elõs technology precisely and safely target pigmented lesions such as freckles, sun spots and age spots. Vascular lesions such as spider vessels and redness from rosacea are also lightened and gradually fade.

Is Skin Rejuvenation with elõs righ for me?

elõs is an effective treatment for most skin types.

When can I expect to see results?

Gradual and cumulative improvement of skin tone is typically achieved between 5-6 treatment sessions. The total number of required treatment sessions depends on your skin's condition. Schedule a consultation to establish your personalized treatment schedule.

Does it hurt?

Cooling of the skin surface ensures additional safety during treatment. This is a no downtime procedure. Many patients return to normal activities immediately after treatment.

Laser Acne Treatment


How does laser treatment work??

Smoothbeam laser treatment employs a patented LASR™ (Laser assisted skin renewal) process to safely target and heat collagen in the upper dermis, stimulating new collagen formation. New Collagen can improve the appearance of atrophic acne scars by reducing the depth and softening the edges of the scar.

Are there risks or side-effect?

Medical lasers such as the Smoothbeam have been safely used for more than 20 years to treat medical and cosmetic skin conditions. In general, most procedures have a low risk of side effects. More aggressive treatments might induce some temporary discoloration or reddening of the skin. Some Patients might experience slight changes in skin color. If this occurs, the will typically return to normal pigmentation over time.

What can I expect after treatment?

Mild redness is usually seen immediately after the procedure and typically subsides in a few hours. Some patients report seeing improvement in their scars after a few treatments. Results vary with each patient; you should discuss your expectations with your practitioner.

What will the treatment be like?

Treatment will take place in your provider's office. You will wear safety eyewear to protect your eyes from the laser light. The laser will be guided to the treatment areas with a small handheld probe. Each laser pulse is preceded by a short pulse cooling spray. Depending on the size of the treated area, sessions last from 10 to 20 minutes.

Does it hurt?

The Smoothbeam's patented Dynamis Cooling Device™ (DCD™) technology protects the upper layers of your skin with a cooling burst of cryogen. In some circumstances, topical anesthesia may be used- you can discuss this option with your practitioner.

How should I care for my skin after treatment?

After laser treatment, you should avoid rigorous scrubbing of the treated area. Cleanse the treated are gently. Be sure to avoid sun exposure and use sunscreen during the course of your treatment. Your practitioner may advise additional precautions.

How many treatments will I need?

After the first session, you will be seen for a follow-up evaluation. The number of subsequent treatments depends on the anatomical location of the scars, their depth, and the desired results. Treatments may be performed every three to five week.

What do I need to do before treatment?

Your skin should be thoroughly cleaned to remove any makeup, creams, or oils on its surface before the laser procedure. You should avoid sun exposure for two weeks before and after the laser treatment.