Botox & Dermal Fillers….So What is the difference??

Are you bothered by wrinkles staring you back in the mirror? Does pulling your face back make it look less saggy? Quite often patients think of Botox as a “fix-all.” But depending on the area of concern, dermal fillers such as Juvederm or Restylane are the appropriate choice. It is important for patients to understand the difference between them.

What Can BOTOX Do ?
Botox can be injected into certain muscle groups to help lift, reposition and soften dynamic wrinkles. Dynamic wrinkles are the wrinkles caused by facial expression which become deeper and more etched as we age. Crowsfeet (those pesky lines on the sides of the eyes), forehead wrinkles and the scowl between the eyes known as the 11’s are all examples of dynamic wrinkles that Botox can treat. Usually these lines are caused by frequent fine motor movements of the face, repeated over many years. The continuous repetition of the above actions causes minor lines and wrinkles to transform into permanent wrinkles over time. This is why many younger patients use Botox preventatively so the wrinkles don’t form in the first place.

Botox will last anywhere between 3-6 months in most patients and has an impeccable safety record. For those that may be nervous about trying Botox, there has never been even one death reported when used cosmetically. Where as over the counter aspirin products report thousands of deaths each year. Just a little something to keep in mind.

dermal fillersWhat Can Demal Fillers Do?
Do you feel your face is melting like a candle or deflating much like a slow leak in a tire? By the age of 35 most of us have lost about 10% of the fat in our face and will continue to lose an additional 10% every 5 to 10 years ! Some of us have lost up to 40% of the fat in our face by the time we are 50. This volume loss is usually quite apparent in the temples and underneath the cheekbones. For thin patients, this can make you have an almost skeletal appearance. For others it can appear that their face has just fallen.

With hyaluronic acid dermal fillers such as Juvederm and Restylane, we can plump up the face and put back what the aging process has taken from us. Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance found in your body. The gel like substance helps to bring back a more youthful facial structure. It also brings water to the surface of skin to keep it looking fresh and supple. The result is a natural and more youthful appearance. Cheeks can be lifted, hollow temples can be filled, lips can be plumped, and nasolabial folds & marionette lines can be softened.

Longevity of Juvederm & Restylane products can range from 6 months to 18 months depending on the facial area treated. It also depends on the individual and how well they take care of themselves. Neither dermal fillers nor Botox will last as long as they should in someone who smokes, drinks alcohol in excess, sun worships or has otherwise poor nutrition habits.

Making the Decision
Always do your research and choose a highly trained & certified physician for any type of injections. Ask for before and after photos of their actual patients. Also make sure you are given a thorough consultation and are clear on any recommendations before proceeding.

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Victory Medical Spa 780 Victory Hwy #3, West Greenwich, RI 02817 (401) 458-0825

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I Have No Shame For Using Botox

Written by: Kim Campbell, Manager of Victory Medical Spa in Rhode Island.

I still remember that day. I was 28 years old and caught a glimpse of myself in the car rear view mirror. I saw something I had never noticed before. There were now these lines around my eyes and a crease between my eyebrows. I had heard about something called Botox that got rid of wrinkles but this was 1997, and I did not know much about it. So I was on my quest to find that miracle skin cream that was going to save me from the aging process.

Fast forward a decade, with staying out of the sun, eating a healthy diet, exercising, drinking lots of water and trying every skin cream imaginable with claims of ‘Botox like’ effects, and my face was no doubt looking older and I did not like it. There I said it…“I do NOT like looking old.” I am not a vain person but when I looked in the mirror I didn’t like what I saw and it was affecting my self-esteem. Still not knowing all that much about Botox, I took the plunge and finally did it.

Fast forward yet another decade, and I have not looked back. I couldn’t be happier with the results and the fact that keeping up with my Botox injections has dramatically slowed down the aging of my face. You see when you can’t move those muscles as much that create those dynamic wrinkles in the first place, the lines don’t get deeper over time as they will in someone who does not use Botox.

Botox has restored my self-confidence in a way that no amount of therapy could ever do. This may sound pathetic to some and I am sure I will catch some negative feedback for writing this but I know many of you know exactly what I am talking about. I envy those who are perfectly content with aging gracefully, but that is not me. For the rest of us, there is no shame in wanting to put your best face forward every day. We dye our hair to hide the grays, wear make-up to look pretty and buy skin creams hoping they can do what Botox does. This is not vanity. This is human nature. If you feel good about yourself on the outside you often feel good on the inside too, which carries over to all aspects of your life. I am not delusional, I know I can never look 25 again but if I can stall or abate the aging process then why the heck not?

Botox, along with a healthy lifestyle has made me less intimidated and scared of the aging process. I still can’t believe I will be 47 soon and often get mistaken for being younger. But I am no longer ashamed when people ask me what my secret is. I tell them straight out, “I get Botox” Which they often reply with “But you don’t need Botox”. “That’s the point” I smile and say.

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Xeomin vs Botox

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Xeomin has been battling its way for part of the market share in neurotoxins since its FDA approval in 2011. Bringing any product into an already established market quite a challenge. Botox competition is fierce as their branding efforts have reached the highest levels achievable. Much like ‘Kleenex’ is used to refer to just about every brand of tissue on the market, Botox has also become a household name.

But does better branding necessarily yield a better product? The game changing conclusion is in. A recent head to head blind study of 250 patients, sponsored by Merz, showed non-inferiority between the two. Both Xeomin & Botox started working within 3 days. In 7 days, all patients were satisfied and results compared the same at 1 month, 2 months, 3 months and 4 months.

Patients that are new to neurotoxins have the same question in mind. So if both work equally the same, which one should I use?

Cost is a primary deciding factor for many in these economically challenging times. Xeomin costs a little less to purchase than Botox because is does not need to be frozen or refrigerated. The physician may choose to pass this savings onto his patients.

Xeomin also contains no bounding albumin protein which keeps its molecules pure, reducing the risk of an allergic reaction. There is also less of a risk of antibody formation which in theory makes patients less likely to develop a resistance, as can happen with Botox.

The bottom line is BOTH are safe and effective for aesthetic use. Here at Victory Medical Spa, we offer all three of the FDA approved neurotoxin (Botox, Dysport & Xeomin) to meet patient needs and demands. There will always be variations with people, but all three work well in the hands of a highly trained and skilled injector, such as Dr. Gallo.

If you would like to try Xeomin for yourself, we are currently offering a $9 per unit special while supplies last. Please call Kim @401-458-0825 to schedule your appointment. For more information you can check out our website @ www.victorymedspa.com

Victory Medical Spa 780 Victory Hwy #3, West Greenwich, RI 02817 (401) 458-0825
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Is Botox Worth the Money?

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Because the results from Botox are temporary, many people think of it only as a quick fix for a special event or simply not worth the money. But did you know that long term use of Botox can prevent your wrinkles from getting worse as you age? When you keep up on your treatments, you are reducing the muscle movement that causes the wrinkles to get deeper over time.

You make facial expressions all day. Whether it be smiling, frowning, squinting or raising your brow. Making these expressions causes temporary lines to show up on your face. When you are younger and your skin has more collagen, these lines go away at rest. As your skin ages and you lose collagen, making these expressions day in and day out causes the lines to worsen and eventually become permanently etched, even at rest.

The average price range for Botox treatments in the US is anywhere from $200 to $400 per area. The 3 standard areas being crows-feet (lines on the sides of the eyes), forehead lines and the 11’s between the eyes known as the glabellar muscle. However, many practices will give discounts when treating multiple areas at one appointment, bringing down your cost.

There are many factors that determine the cost of Botox treatments. Prices will vary depending on who is doing the injections (ie. physican or nurse ), amount of units needed for optimal results (an older person typically needs more units than an younger person), business overhead ect.

A more expensive doctor does not necessarily mean a better outcome but be sure to choose a reputable, well trained and skilled physician. Be cautious about businesses offering online coupons and groupons offering treatments at prices too good to be true. If the Botox is over diluted or you don’t get the optimal amount injected into the right muscles, the treatment will not last very long. Or worse, you could have a ‘botched’ result.

If you get the proper amount of Botox for your individual needs into the correct muscles, the optimal result can last 3-4 months in many people. Those who keep up with treatments may be able to go a little longer between appointments as the muscles get conditioned not to move so much.

Let’s say your Botox treatment costs $400 and last 4 months. This means that if you want to maintain optimal results, you will need 3 appointments per year, costing a total of $1200. That is a lot of money for many people but if you can set aside $25 per week or $100 per month, it doesn’t seem so bad. Even if you only went every 6 months, there would still be some long term benefit.

While these treatments are certainly not a necessity, if you can set aside a little money each month, it is certainly worth it to many people. No face cream, even the most expensive ones, can come close to what Botox can do.
Consistent use of Botox over the long term helps keep wrinkles at bay. So if you have found a skilled injector and love the results, and you’ve got some money to spare, then yes, Botox IS worth it.

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The MicroCannula Revolutionizes Dermal Filler Treatments in RI

Have you had Restylane or Juvederm in RI?

For those who have had Restylane or Juvederm injections in the past know what I am talking about. Hypodermic sharp needles can only cover a very small area of the face, so several injections are often needed to achieve your desired result. Not only does this increase discomfort and pain for the patient during dermal filler injections, but the greater potential to damage nerves and blood vessels beneath the skin can cause more bruising, swelling or possible other complications.

Enter the revolutionary blunt tipped microcannula. I hesitate to call it new, as I have been using it exclusively at Victory Medical Spa for most of my patients since it’s inception over 3 years ago. Only one or two entry points are usually needed for a particular area of the face. Once inserted under the skin, the flexible non-sharp medical device is able to move around blood vessels and facial nerves, so very little to no damage is caused. I am able to easily manuvere deep under the skin and place dermal filler exactly where it needs to be to restore volume loss. Radiesse in the cheeks, Restylane in the lips & tear troughs and Juvederm in the nasolabial folds & marionette lines are easily filled achieving what many feel is a more natural look.

There is no doubt in my mind that the microcannula will become the future standard of care for injectables such as Juvederm, Restylane and Radiesse. If you could offer your patients dermal filler treatments with less swelling, less risk of bruising, and less risk of complications, why would you not? Making the decision to offer this option to my patients was a no-brainer for me and it still baffles me why many others in the medical profession have not done the same.

The microcannulas do cost a little bit more than the sharp needles but this is a small investment I absorb on my end to be able to offer a safer and better outcome for my patients. I suspect in the near future, there will be a day when physicians will look back and talk about the old days when they used a sharp needles and wonder why they didn’t make the switch sooner.

Want to see what other reputable physicans around the country that also use the microcannula for dermal fillers are saying?? http://www.realself.com/question/fillers-injected-microcannula

At Victory Medical Spa in RI we are proud to be able to offer the most advanced injectable techniques, all performed by James A. Gallo, MD, at the most competitive prices in RI. Call Kim at 401-458-0825 if you have any further questions or would like to schedule an appointment.

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Victory Medical Spa 780 Victory Hwy #3, West Greenwich, RI 02817 (401) 458-0825

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So What’s The Big Deal About Botox Anyway?

Botox and Dysport in Rhode Island

There are many assumptions by people towards those who may choose to use Botox or Dysport to refresh their appearance. Most of these judgments could not be further from the truth. This is why many people, at least in Rhode Island, do not want anyone to know they are receiving the injections.

Maybe you know someone who just never seems to age? Are they one of the few lucky ones who have awesome genetics? Probably not. Chances are they may be using Botox or Dysport and you don’t even know it. The injections are not just for rich housewives and Hollywood stars. When done correctly, the result is very natural without that frozen or plastic look that many still associate with the treatment.

Choosing to use Botox or Dysport is a personal decision, though millions of men and women from all walks of life are having the treatment done to keep up their appearance. Some of our very own patients at Victory Medical Spa in Rhode Island include, bus drivers, stay at home moms, retirees, school teachers, hair dressers and lawyers.

There are many people who are not bothered by wrinkles or the progressive aging process but for the rest of us, there is nothing wrong with wanting to put your best face forward every day. When you feel good about yourself, your personal and professional life only improves. Women don’t think anything of wearing makeup, coloring their hair or exercising to keep their body fit, so why should Botox or Dysport treatments be viewed any differently?

Billions of dollars each year are spent on anti- aging creams, some very expensive, promising to do what Botox and Dysport does. I hate to break the news to you, but there is no topical solution that can even come close to relaxing those crows feet, forehead lines or the scowl between your eyes. These are dynamic wrinkles, which are caused by repeated muscle movement when we make certain facial expressions. Dynamic wrinkles will worsen over time. Deciding to have the treatment will relax the facial muscles and make the wrinkles less prominent. Keeping up on the treatment, between every 4-6 months, will also help them from getting worse. The choice is yours.

At Victory Medical Spa, all injections are done by James A. Gallo, MD a licensed and board certified physician. Each patient is evaluated individually and we specialize in devising the most cost effective treatment plan to address your concerns. Call Kim at 401-458-0825 to schedule your appointment.

Victory Medical Spa 780 Victory Hwy #3, West Greenwich, RI 02817 (401) 458-0825

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Is Juvederm the right dermal filler for you?

Get Rid of Wrinkles – Juvederm in Rhode Island

With so many different types of dermal fillers on the market, it is easy to be confused over which one may be the better choice. Juvederm is a popular brand most people have heard of because of the millions spent in marketing the product. However, you do have other choices. There are many FDA approved, safe and effective fillers on the market that may be a better option depending on your area of concern and budget.

The most important decision you will make when choosing to have dermal fillers injected is the physician or nurse you choose. The field of ‘medical aesthetics’ is constantly evolving resulting in better outcomes and higher patient satisfaction. Always make sure the injector you choose is up to date on the latest advancements and techniques. For example, many Juvederm, Restylane and Radiesse injections to restore volume can and should be done with a blunt tipped micro-cannula to lessen downtime and risk to the patient. This is rapidly becoming the new standard of care. More info can be found at this link. http://victorymedspa.com/procedures/needle-free-injections/

The next important decision is determining which dermal filler to use. We all want a cost effective product providing natural results and longevity. Certain types of filler are more suited for different areas of the face. It also tends to last longer in areas of the face with less movement. For example, Juvederm or Restylane injected deep with a blunt tipped micro-cannula under the eye to fill out hollows or soften bags can last up to a year or more in many patients. While injections done with a sharp needle typically do not last as long (no doctor or nurse should be injecting with a sharp needle near the eye anyway). But the same filler used for the upper lip lines or around the mouth may not last as long. Radiesse is often a great choice for cheeks and mid-face volume loss because it can last over a year or longer. It is also is the only injectable filler that causes your body to create new collagen in the area the product was placed, which is a big plus for most people.

All procedures at Victory Medical Spa are done by James A. Gallo, MD. If you are interested in Juvederm or determining the best dermal filler treatment plan for your concerns, please call Kim at 401-458-0825 to set up your appointment.

Victory Medical Spa 780 Victory Hwy #3, West Greenwich, RI 02817 (401) 458-0825

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Dysport vs Botox – Get Rid Of Wrinkles

Dysport in Rhode Island, come try it!

Most of us our familiar with the word “Botox” as it pertains to helping relax the muscles that cause wrinkles such as crows feet, frown lines and forehead lines. But many still aren’t aware that there are other products on the market that essentially do the same thing.

RI DysportBotox is to wrinkle treatments as Kleenex is to facial tissue. Keeping that in mind, let’s look at another wrinkle treatment product, Dysport, which was approved by the FDA in 2009 and has been used in Europe even longer with an equally effective and safe profile.

Both are both botulinum toxin type A proteins which can be injected into the facial muscles to help relax wrinkles. Dysport achieves the same results except with a quicker onset. For years many patients also felt it lasts a bit longer than Botox.   But it wasn’t until a long awaited 2013 study*, performed by plastic surgeon Dr. Ramtin Kassir, that this claim was affirmed.

Of the 85 patients participating in the study, a higher percentage showed a faster and longer lasting improvement with Dysport.  The results are a clear demonstration of efficacy showing a higher response rates into the 4th and 5th month than compared to Botox.

At Victory Medical Spa, we offer Dysport and also agree with the results of the study.  Majority of our patients also prefer it over Botox.   Even better news is it costs a little bit less.  We are currently offering a summer special of only $9 per unit*.  In addition, you will also receive a $25 mail in rebate back from the manufacturer.

If you are interested in trying Dysport in RI ,call Kim at 401-458-0825 with any questions you may have or to make your appointment.  James A. Gallo, MD performs all the injections at Victory Medical Spa

Victory Medical Spa 780 Victory Hwy #3, West Greenwich, RI 02817 (401) 458-0825

 

* http://www.marketwired.com/press-release/the-wrinkle-wars-botox-vs-dysport-1848687.htm

*The 3:1 ratio has already been figured into the Dysport unit pricing for simplicity when comparing to Botox unit pricing.

 

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Victory Medical Spa Now Offering Voluma

RI Medical Spa Now Offering Voluma

Voluma in Rhode IslandWhen choosing a dermal filler, we all want the safest and longest lasting product for our money. A long awaited FDA approval has finally come. Voluma, by the makers of Juvederm, is now the longest lasting hyuralonic acid dermal filler on the market. Clinical studies show the product can last up to 24 months. It has also been safely and effectively used in other countries.

Voluma is Juvederms thickest formulation to date and is used to restore mid-face volume loss or fill deep wrinkles. As with most dermal fillers on the market, it comes in 1ml vials. How many vials needed varies per individual. Most patients will need at least 2 vials to start, 1 vial per each side, to see that lift in the cheeks they are seeking. Older patients may need more, depending on the results they desire.

Voluma may also be used to fill deep nasolabial folds, those dreaded nose to mouth lines. Due to its thicker consistency, the product is not meant for use under the eyes or for lip enhancement. Juvederm has other formulations that are better suited for these areas.

James A. Gallo, MD performs all the procedures at Victory Medical Spa and is the only physician in the area that has been using the micro-cannula injection technique for dermal fillers since its inception over 3 years ago. Since the longevity of any dermal filler is dependent on how deep the product is injected, needle injections can’t even compare. Other benefits of the micro-cannula over a needle are reduced pain, much lower risk of complications and no bruising in most patients.

At Victory Medical Spa we are offering Voluma at $600 for 1 vial or $1100 for 2 vials. Other formulations of Juvederm are $500 per vial For more information check out our website at www.victorymedspa.com or call Kim at 401-458-0825 for any questions you may have or to schedule an appointment.

Victory Medical Spa 780 Victory Hwy #3, West Greenwich, RI 02817 (401) 458-0825

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Are you paying too much at your RI Medical Spa for Botox ?

RI Medical SpasAs more people search for that fountain of youth to help erase some of the ravages of time from their faces, Botox treatments have become main stream in many areas of the country.  Much like coloring your hair every month to cover the grays, millions of women and men in the US receive Botox treatments every 3-4 months to keep up a more youthful appearance. So how do you know if you are paying a fair price for your treatments?

At Victory Medical Spa in RI, we see many new patients for Botox who were getting treatment elsewhere. Surprisingly, most do not actually know how much they received previously. They just know how much they paid.

Facial anatomy, depth of wrinkles and other important factors will vary among each of us, so we all do not need the same amount of Botox. For a basic example, a younger person on average would need less and a male would usually need more than a female due to stronger facial muscles. It is for this reason we charge per unit.  Since each of us is unique, we believe it is only fair to charge a patient for how much they actually need to produce the desired result.

For those that are familiar with paying by the unit and know how much you pay, in RI a fair price would range between $10 – $12 per unit.  But some medical spas in Rhode Island charge by the area ranging anywhere between $300 to $400 per each area.

If you are paying by the area and are curious to see if paying by the unit is a more affordable option, the below calculations are based on Victory Medical Spa’s regular Botox price of $10 per unit.

Area One: The frown lines or 11′s which is that scowl between the eyes that can make us look stressed or angry usually costs between $150 -$300 meaning the average person needs anywhere from 15-30 units to get an effective result.  Most females can get a great result with 20 units or less, while males usually need more.

Area Two: The forehead wrinkles cost runs between $100 – $200, which means 10 – 20 units of Botox to relax those horizontal lines

Area Three: Crows feet eye wrinkles cost runs between $120 -$240 , which means 12 to 24 units depending on the severity of the crows feet.

James A. Gallo, MD, a board certified and licensed medical doctor performs all the injections.  You can check out our website at www.victorymedspa.com for more info or Call Kim at 401-458-0825 with any questions you may have or to make your appointment.  Come find out for yourself why we are the best at what we do with the most affordable pricing around.

Victory Medical Spa 780 Victory Hwy #3, West Greenwich, RI 02817 (401) 458-0825

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