Friday, April 24, 2015

New Products Now Available for Fuller Cheeks and Lips: Restylane and Perlane

Restyalne and Perlane are great alternatives to Juvederm! Find out more

What is Restylane?
Restylane is a dermal filler for patient’s who wish to improve the look of fine lines and wrinkles and fill in lost volume around the cheeks and lips. Patient’s typically only need one treatment for noticeable differences in the tissues, temporarily making them plumped and eliminating wrinkles for up to 9 months! Restylane is composed of hyaluronic acid, which is a critical building block for healthy skin. Hyaluronic acid triggers collagen production, which increases volume in the skin, lasting for several months.

Restylane is also a great alternative for surgical lip injections - they effectively plump lips! The filler helps to define the lips so they appear healthy and full.  It is the only product approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for lip enhancement.

Restylane helps to:
  • Eliminate wrinkles and fine lines
  • Even deep creases
  • Plump lips
  • Smooth acne scars
  • Increase symmetry and volume
  • Smooth tissue surround the eyes

Many patients have heard of Allergan’s Juvederm products, however Restylane is an adequate alternative to Juvederm. They are both comprised of stabilized non-animal hyaluronic acid, which a natural substance found in the body. Both fillers are effective and safe, as they preserve the face’s natural shape. Hyaluronic acid binds to the body’s water and helps provide natural, long-lasting success. The fillers corrects eye-bags, fills nasolabial creases and plumps the lips. Results from Restylane last from 6 to 9 months while Juvederm lasts 6 to 8 months.

Restylane Silk
Restylane Silk is the newest product of Galderma’s Restylane dermal filler collection, becoming approved by the FDA in 2005. Restylane is mostly used to treat wrinkles and fine lines around the nose and mouth, and also enhance the lips, where Restylane Silk was specifically designed to create more prominent, fuller lips. Both products are made with hyaluronic acid, which is a natural substance within the body that binds moisture to the skin, which adds volume.

The Ideal Candidate
The ideal candidate for Restylane treatment is a man or woman who is not happy with his/her appearance and wants to restore volume to their facial features. He or she should be in overall good health, understand the benefits and side effects and have reachable goals with the product. Restylane is safe for all ethnicities and skin types.

Restylane Consultation
Patients should have a private consultation with a certified and experienced professional prior to receiving a Restylane treatment. Body Beautiful will assess the patient’s skin condition and review past surgeries, treatments, current medications and goals. During the consultation, the Restylane treatment process, benefits, possible side effects and possible results will be discussed in detail, and a personalized Body Beautiful treatment plan will be put in place.

The Procedure
Restylane treatments take between 15-30 minutes, depending on the target areas. Our physician will use a small needed to administer the Restylane to the desired areas. Restylane is comprised of Lidocaine (anesthetic), therefore the injections do not hurt. However, if requested, an additional anesthetic may be used. Patients can return to work immediately after treatment. Patients should refrain from rubbing the target areas for 3-4 days post treatment.

Restylane Results
Immediately after the treatment, patients may experience minor swelling and redness, however these subside after a few days. Within the next 2 weeks, patients will begin to notice an increase in collagen which will continue to improve for months to come. Restylane lasts last 6 to 9 months. After results begin to fade, repeat treatment is necessary to ensure a youthful appearance.

Potential Restylane Side Effects
Restylane is an FDA-approved, effective and safe dermal filler. Complications are rare, however they are possible. Side effects may include:
  • Mild swelling, redness, bruising
  • Less common side effects include facial asymmetry, scarring and nerve damage

What is Perlane?
Perlane is one of the most effective dermal fillers on the market today, with millions of success stories across the globe. Since it’s 2000 launch date, Perlane has maintained a platinum reputation across the cosmetic industry. Perlane is a new FDA-approved product from the makers of Restylane. It is used to temporarily smooth wrinkles and facial folds from the nose out to the corners of the mouth and increase lost volume and fullness by stimulating collagen production.

Perlane is comprised of stabilized non-animal hyaluronic acid gel (NASHA gel). Because hyaluronic acid is a substance found naturally in the human body, and decreases over time (due to age), this treatment is safe and provides natural-looking, effective results by increasing the body’s supply of collagen. Our injectors will use a thin needle to inject the clear gel into the patient. Results last up to 6 months. Side effects are rare and mild, and disperse within a few days. Since Perlane is not animal based, there is no chance of the transmission of diseases.

Benefits of Perlane:
  • Smooth wrinkles and creases between the nose, mouth and lips
  • Improve the look of saggy skin and droopy brow lines
  • Restore volume and fullness
  • May treat acne or trauma scars
  • Results occur immediately
  • No harmful residue left in the body
  • Side effects are rare and minimal

The Ideal Candidate for Perlane
The ideal candidate for Perlane treatments are men and women who are unhappy with fine lines, wrinkles, sagging skin and thinning lips. Patients should be in overall good health, understand the benefits and side effects, and set treatment goals. This filler is safe for all ethnicities and skin types.

The Perlane Consultation
Prior to your Perlane treatment, we recommend having a consultation with one of our trained and certified staff members. During the consultation, we will review each patient’s medical history, current medications and skin condition, and discuss Perlane and other options available. We will set a personalized treatment plan for each individual with realistic and attainable goals.

The Procedure
The Perlane treatment sessions take 15-30 minutes, depending on treatment areas. Perlane is injected to the target areas with a thin needle. The use of an anesthetic is optional, however most patients say the injections are not painful. After the treatment, patients can immediately return to their normal activities. Swelling and redness are common, but quickly disperse over a few days.

Perlane Results
Perlane results are immediate; right away, creases are eliminated, volume is built up and facial tissue is lifted. Perlane triggers natural collagen production which allows the skin to continue improving for several months. Perlane lasts approximately 6 months and then we welcome patients back in order to maintain results.

Potential Side Effects:
Perlane is considered safe and is FDA-approved, however side effects may include:
  • Redness, bruising, swelling or bleeding at the injection site
  • Less common but more common side effects include lumps under the skin or nerve damage

Body Beautiful’s Expert Injectors
Body Beautiful is Western Pennsylvania’s leading provider of injectables and fillers. As a regional training center for aesthetics, we are constantly updated with new products, techniques and treatment options that will best suit our patients. Body Beautiful is one of the first Restylane and Perlane providers in Pittsburgh and has noticed remarkable success with a number of patients. Our unmatched reputation for bringing patents high-quality results, natural appearances, affordable packages and attention and care, Body Beautiful is a wise choice for your filler treatment.

For safe, effective treatments that garner success for plumping skin and eliminate volume, visit Body Beautiful. We are one of Pittsburgh’s top specialists in injectable and filler treatments and always welcome new and returning patients. Get in touch! 724-987-3221 or

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Body Beautiful: Our Novel Approach Closes the Book on Acne

                                                   Our Novel Approach Closes the Book on Acne

The majority of adults can recall that, once upon a time, they had acne; and, as is the case with youths who now suffer with it, it's the same, old story of torturous teen angst. Luckily, for most, the chapter in which the loathsome condition reigns as the chief antagonist is a short one that's quickly forgotten with the turn of a few pages. For some unfortunates, though, acne is a continuing saga that weaves a tale of woe so epic that it often leaves them permanently scarred.      

However, with our novel approach to treating it, we’re re-writing the book on acne and its effects. With procedures that include lasers, pulsed light therapy, chemical peels, pore-cleansing facials, and collagen fillers, we can effectively eliminate even chronic acne, and its scars, thus bringing skin problems to a happy ending! So, if you’re being plagued, remember, the odds are no longer stacked against you, because we can help you close the book on acne! 

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Body Beautiful: The Best Skin Treatments Under the Sun

                                                         The Best Skin Treatments Under the Sun

As the temperature rises, cabin fever breaks for millions. But the excitement of breaking out and catching some sun can cloud people’s judgment about the hazards of UV rays, as many neglect to use sun block. Often it’s because they don’t think there’s any danger of getting sunburned in the spring; but, of course, there is. Some also feel that their skin is already damaged, and there’s no way to fix it; but, of course, there is!
Our Photofacials penetrate the deepest layers of skin with Intense Pulsed-Light (IPL) Therapy, breaking down and removing damaged cells, while stimulating collagen growth, and greatly reducing sun and age spots, birth marks, moles, freckles, wrinkles, and more. So come on in for the best skin treatments under the sun!

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