Cosmetic Treatment Frequently Asked Questions
How does the Fractional CO2 laser work?
Like the Micropen®or Vampire Facial®, the fractional CO2 laser induces skin changes by causing micro trauma to the skin which stimulates a healing response. Growth factors are released which in turn stimulates new skin and collagen growth.
What is laser skin resurfacing and what results can you expect?
Laser skin resurfacing is a treatment used to reduce facial wrinkles, blemishes, and acne by directing short bursts of light through a fractional CO2 laser. The end result of laser skin resurfacing is a more even skin tone, the elimination of sunspots, improved skin texture, and a more youthful appearance. Only one treatment is necessary to get results, although repeated treatment every 6 to 12 months will help maintain results.
What is the recovery time for facial resurfacing?
The procedure itself takes less than an hour. On day one there is a lot of redness and swelling and by day 3 or 4 there is peeling of the outer layer of skin. By day 7 the peeling is usually complete and you can resume life as normal. The skin will feel soft and fresh and improvements in skin quality can be seen for the next few months. The skin typically is a little lighter in color with most sun spots removed or greatly diminished.
How long will results last following a facial resurfacing procedure?
The answer depends on you! The skin will always look improved compared to not having the procedure at all. However, keeping out of the sun or using sunscreen liberally will prevent further skin damage. Slowly and over time, many of the sunspots can reappear. You can maintain your appearance by repeating the treatment or by maintenance with chemical peels.
What is BOTOX® and how does BOTOX® work?
BOTOX® is a neurotoxin that, when injected in small amounts, can reduce the appearance of wrinkles and prevent the formation of permanent facial lines.
Is BOTOX® safe?
BOTOX® is very safe! Serious side effects are extremely rare. BOTOX® injections are now the most common non surgical cosmetic procedures performed in the United States
Will I still have facial expressions following the procedure?
Yes. At Artemis we strive to produce natural looking results. BOTOX® will never effect your ability to smile or frown. We aim to soften features without taking away all expressive qualities of the facial muscles. For this reason, occasionally patients return after a week for small touch ups. Once we get the perfect formula figured out for your face then appointments become routine.
When can I schedule an appointment for a BOTOX® procedure?
We realize many people have very busy schedules. Therefore we have a scheduler available 24 hour/day. We will make every effort to accommodate same day appointments for BOTOX®. If you can't find a convenient time available or if you need a lunch time appointment then ask to speak with our manager and we'd be happy to meet your needs.
How much does BOTOX® cost?
Currently we offer BOTOX® Wednesdays for only $9/unit. All other days are $12/unit. The offer is available to the first 100 people who will enjoy a discounted price indefinitely.
How should I apply the product?
We will walk you through the five-step application process. Basically, you apply LATISSE® every night using only the accompanying sterile applicators. Start by ensuring your face is clean, all makeup is removed, and your contact lenses are removed (if applicable). Then carefully place one drop of LATISSE® solution on the disposable sterile applicator and brush cautiously along the skin of the upper eyelid margin at the base of the eyelashes. If any LATISSE® solution gets into the eye, it is not expected to cause harm. The eye should not be rinsed. Don't apply to the lower eyelash line. Any excess solution outside the upper eyelid margin should be blotted with a tissue or other absorbent material.
Who should not use LATISSE® solution?
You should not use LATISSE® solution if you are allergic to one of its ingredients.
Are there any special warnings associated with LATISSE® use?
LATISSE® solution is intended for use on the skin of the upper eyelid margin at the base of the eyelashes. DO NOT APPLY to the lower lid. If you are using LUMIGAN® (bimatoprost ophthalmic solution) or other products in the same class used for elevated intraocular pressure (IOP), or if you have a history of abnormal IOP, you should only use LATISSE® under the close supervision of a physician.
LATISSE® use may cause darkening of the eyelid skin, which may be reversible. LATISSE® use may also cause increased brown pigmentation of the colored part of the eye, which is likely to be permanent.
It is possible for hair growth to occur in other areas of the skin that LATISSE® frequently touches. Any excess solution outside the upper eyelid margin should be blotted with a tissue or other absorbent material to reduce the chance of this happening. It is also possible for a difference in eyelash length, thickness, fullness, pigmentation, number of eyelash hairs, and/or direction of eyelash growth to occur between eyes. These differences, should they occur, will usually go away if you stop using LATISSE® solution.
What are the most frequently reported adverse events in the clinical study?
The most frequently reported adverse events were eye pruritus, conjunctival hyperemia, skin hyperpigmentation, ocular irritation, dry eye symptoms, and erythema of the eyelid. These events occurred in less than 4% of patients.
Is there potential for iris darkening?
Increased iris pigmentation has occurred when bimatoprost solution was administered. There is the potential for increased brown iris pigmentation, which is likely to be permanent. But it is rare.
What if I stop using LATISSE®?
Your eyelashes are expected to return to their previous appearance over several weeks to months.
Why do contact lenses need to be removed before applying?
It's recommended that you remove contact lenses because LATISSE® solution contains benzalkonium chloride (BAK), and this may be absorbed by soft contact lenses. Contacts may be reinserted 15 minutes following LATISSE® administration.
How soon can I expect results?
It's important to remember that LATISSE® solution works gradually. While you may start seeing longer lashes after 4 weeks, you must use LATISSE® every day for 16 weeks for full results. Don't reduce or stop daily application of LATISSE® solution when you first notice results. After 16 weeks, you should talk to your doctor about ongoing use. Individual results may vary.
What if LATISSE® gets my eye?
It is not expected to cause harm. You don't need to rinse the eye.
How much does LATISSE® cost?
The daily cost of LATISSE® solution is about the same as your morning coffee. You can also get special offers or promotional discounts online provided by the manufacturer Allergan. Membership in Brilliant Distinctions® can also provide savings. With the Brilliant Distinctions® Consumer Loyalty Program, patients can earn points on all eligible LATISSE® purchases and redeem those points on more LATISSE® or other Allergan aesthetics products such as BOTOX® Cosmetic (onabotulinumtoxinA) or JUVÉDERM® XC.
LATISSE® - Important Safety Information
If you use/used prescription products for eye pressure problems, use LATISSE® under doctor care. LATISSE® may cause increased brown pigmentation of the colored part of the eye which is likely permanent. Eyelid skin darkening may occur and may be reversible. Only apply at the base of upper lashes. DO NOT APPLY to lower lid. Hair may grow on skin that LATISSE® frequently touches. If you have eye problems/surgery, consult your doctor about use of LATISSE® . Common side effects are itchy and red eyes. If discontinued, lashes gradually return to previous appearance. Please see accompanying LATISSE® full product information.
What is Automated Micro-Needling?
Automated Micro-Needling (also known as Collagen Induction Therapy, or CIT) is an aesthetic medicine innovation for treating fine lines, acne scars, and more to improve your skin’s overall appearance. At Artemis Colorado, we use the Eclipse MicroPen™, the most advanced medical-grade automated micro-needling device on the market. During your procedure, tiny “needles” are used to create controlled micro-injuries to the skin in order to trigger the production of collagen and elastin. Your natural skin-repair process results in improved skin appearance: fine lines fill in, wrinkles soften, and acne scars are diminished. Automated micro-needling also creates superficial micro-channels which can be filled with topical gels, creams, and serums to help improve the appearance of the skin.
Which conditions can be treated with micro-needling?
Micro-Needling reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, generating younger-looking skin with fewer signs of aging. It’s also an appropriate treatment for hyper-pigmentation (dark spots) and hypo-pigmentation (light spots), acne scars, traumatic scars, and even stretch marks. It generally creates a fresher appearance or glow wherever it’s applied.
What areas of the body can I treat?
Eclipse Micropen™ can be used on all parts of the body: face, neck, décolleté, arms, hands, legs, abdomen, and back.
How is the procedure done?
A sterile tip containing 12 tiny micro-needles is attached to the Eclipse Micropen™. Your skincare professional will apply a thin layer of topical gel to your skin and select the appropriate setting based on your unique needs. Next, in a single motion, the pen will be gently pressed against the skin while simultaneously gliding in one direction, until the entire treatment area has been covered.
What does it feel like?
The feeling associated with the Eclipse Micropen™ is similar to light sandpaper being moved across the skin. While some areas are more sensitive than others, the speed of the reciprocating needle tip reduces discomfort, while the applied hydrating gel also makes the treatment more tolerable.
How long does the procedure take?
The procedure takes 15-30 minutes, depending on the size of the area treated.
What is the recovery time?
Immediately after the treatment you will notice a bright redness to the skin. The total healing time depends on the setting used and the number of overlapping passes your skincare professional performs. On average, patients are red up to 2 to 4 days. Some patients heal completely in as little as 24 hours. Utilizing the Eclipse Dermal Recovery System™, or other quality skincare products offered by your skincare provider, can help speed up the healing process.
When will I see the results?
Patients notice an immediate “glow” to their skin. Visible changes to the skin develop over the course of several days and weeks. Results continue to improve up to 6 months after the treatment, as collagen production continues.
How many treatments will I need?
Some patients only require a single annual treatment to achieve optimal results. It is recommended, however, that most patients receive a series of 2-3 treatments spaced about 6-8 weeks apart. For patients with deep wrinkles, advanced photo-aging, stretch marks, or acne scars, we recommend 6-8 sessions in 6-week intervals.