Q: I’ve never had anything done like this before…I’m scared!

A: You are not alone as many first timers tend to be very nervous about finally getting their first series of botox injections or getting their lips done. If you’re reading this, it is likely that you are thinking of doing a treatment because you feel like it may be the time to finally jump the fence and do it. On the flip side, you have no idea what to expect and try to anticipate every possible negative outcome and now you’re getting more freaked out because it’s your face! We completely understand. To reduce your anxiety you can go to “How to prepare” for some tips on minimizing certain risks and side effects prior to your appointment and also “What to Expect” if you want to prepare yourself for possible/expected outcomes. Just know that you are in good hands, and there is never any pressure to do anything that you are not comfortable with. Roberta practices by her motto that she calls, “Start low and go slow,” meaning there is never an over-treatment of injections whether it comes to Botox or Juvederm.

Q: I’m a baby when it comes to pain and I hate needles! Will this hurt?

A: EFFACÈ by Roberta uses a topical numbing cream prior to injecting fillers to minimize as much discomfort as possible. Ice packs are also used prior to and post injections to reduce swelling and pain. Also if you’re doing filler, Juvederm & Voluma is premixed with Lidocaine so that no matter what area is being treated, it will be a lot more tolerable. After fillers, Roberta uses a hand-held vibrating device to help massage the product in so that your results are smoother and more cohesive. As far as the needles are concerned, Roberta uses the tiniest, baby needles possible to reduce pain and bruising. Most patients don’t even feel the needle but may feel pressure as the product is being injected. Botox may feel like a mild bee-sting at its worst, but pre/post icing may help minimize the sensation.

Q: Is this permanent? How long does this stuff last?

A: Simply put…No it is not permanent. Botox treatments can last anywhere from 2-4 months, depending on your metabolism and lifestyle. Juvederm lasts anywhere from 6 months to a year and Voluma lasts up to 2 years. Again, everybody is different so whereas a syringe of Juvederm in one’s lips can last him up to 1 year, it may only last 6 months on another individual because she smokes. The beauty of these treatments is you can always follow up for your next Botox treatment when you’re due for a re-up and have it customized to exactly how much movement (or lack-their-of) that you desire the second time around. With fillers, you can always add more layers to previously filled areas for a gradual, voluminizing effect.

Q: How much Botox or Juvederm will I need?

A: The answer to that is simple: We don’t know until you come in for a consult so that Roberta can assess your facial features. Everyone’s facial structures and musculature is different. Just remember that Roberta is very conservative with her treatments and she delivers just enough product necessary for the most natural, yet noticeably effective treatment possible.

Q: Do guys do these types of treatment? I don’t want to look feminine!

A: Yes! More men are doing it now more than ever. These treatments are not only corrective, but they are also preventative. Men’s facial musculature can be very strong, therefore the amount of Botox men use are typically more than females. But again, results are very natural and can help reverse signs of aging: whether it’s that angry frown line you have from stress at work or deep crows feet from being a surfer. In regards to fillers, Roberta specializes in treating men and understands male bone structure so that treatments are customized to correct or enhance male features appropriately. If cheeks are your issue, you treatment plan will most likely be different from a female’s treatment plan with the same issue. Go to “Before and After Pics” of treatments that Roberta has done on male clients.

Q: I want to do a peel but I have darker skin. Is that OK?

A: Yes, the peels EFFACÈ by Roberta offers are appropriate for all skin types. If you’ve never had a peel before, we typically start with the less intense peel and can work our way up to a stronger peel as long as your skin responds appropriately. Go to “Services” for more information on the levels of peels that we offer.

Q: Is Botox or Juvederm right for me?

A: You won’t know until you try it. The good thing is neither one is permanent. If for whatever reason you try Botox and decide that you don’t like not having wrinkles, in 3-4 months, your wrinkles will come back and you’ll be right back where you started. If you decided to get fillers and feel that your cheekbones are too high for your own taste, you can either let it metabolize over time (typically 9 months- 1 year) or an extreme option is to have it dissolved with an injection called Hyaluronidase. Roberta typically advises against this injection simply due to the risk of it dissolving your own natural collagen. Therefore it’s best to just let nature take its course.

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