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29Dec, 2016

Following through with Kybella treatments

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Following through with Kybella treatments

A cosmetic injection by the name of Kybella has made an impressive entrance into the world of aesthetics. This new nonsurgical treatment, which is considered minimally invasive, addresses submental fullness with minimal downtime. For the right candidate, Kybella can very well be their solution to eliminating the appearance of their double chin.

Kybella is performed in a series and delivered by either a plastic surgeon or their aesthetic nurse specialist. A series may range anywhere from two to five visits and are based on the patient’s aesthetic goals. According to medical professionals, the amount of visits are patient dependent and do vary.

Fifty-year-old Christina G., is one patient who is currently undergoing a series at the San Diego plastic surgery offices of Dr. D. Glynn Bolitho with his aesthetic nurse specialist, Elizabeth Reed. She was candid about her hesitation to follow through with her second visit because her results were excellent after the first series.

“I obviously didn’t know what to expect after my first Kybella treatment. I did have fullness which was visible the first few days, and then it receded about a week or so later,” she said. “My second series was scheduled seven weeks out, and I could not believe the dramatic improvement after six weeks. It was incredible. So much in fact, that I questioned whether or not I should go.”

The thoughts that Christina G. had were quite normal. Many patients do notice a visual improvement after their first session and contemplate going to their next visit.

“I ended up going because I trust Elizabeth, and she knows better than I do how the treatment works. Elizabeth was thrilled with my results, too but believed that a second series was important so I followed through with it,” she said. “And I’m so glad I did. Now, I’m six out since my last treatment and my results from this round are better than after my first series. Quite honestly, I didn’t think it could get any better.”

The active ingredient in Kybella is deoxycholic acid. A natural occurring molecule in the body, deoxycholic acid permanently dissolves fat thereby creating new chin definition. Many patients have welcomed a nonsurgical solution to address their submental fullness, including Christina G., after her 30-pound weight loss. Despite diet and exercise, her double chin remained. Now, with the help of Kybella, it’s gone.

“So now I need to book my third appointment with Elizabeth. I have no idea if I will need a final series for a touchup, but I’ll know soon enough,” Christina said. “My best advice for those having a Kybella treatment is to stick with it. Even though you’re tempted not to go to your next visit, just go because more improvement is on the way.”

17Nov, 2016

Patient gives chemical peel kudos

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Patient gives chemical peel kudos

A month ago our patient visited the office and had a Voluma treatment with our aesthetic nurse specialist, Elizabeth Reed. Two weeks following her injection series, she made plans to return for her Juvederm treatment.

But that didn’t happen.

“I was expecting to get Juvederm, but Elizabeth was so honest with me by saying how I didn’t need it since the Voluma injections I received a couple weeks before to add volume to my cheek area had actually resolved my nasolabial folds,” Christina said. “As I was sitting there, Elizabeth asked when I’d be available to do a chemical peel because she thought I’d benefit from it.”

For Christina G., 50, a TCA peel (trichloroacetic acid) was going to be different than the type she had with Elizabeth months ago during a Break Time Peel. That one was a very light peel and Christina could immediately resume back to her day’s activities, and she didn’t experience any peeling. She didn’t know what to expect from a TCA peel.

“To be honest, I was a bit concerned about how I would look following a chemical peel. I had no idea how much and for how long I’d be peeling,” she said. “That little voice in my head wanted to put it off, but I hadn’t had any special events planned in the next few days so I had no reason to delay it. Besides, this was Elizabeth. She is specially trained as an aesthetic nurse, and I completely trusted her with my skin and cosmetic injections.”

Reed used a medium grade TCA peel. After she prepared Christina’s skin, she applied one layer at a time. Overhead, Reed had a handheld fan to keep Christina comfortable while assessing her skin.

“In typical Elizabeth fashion, her communication skills yet again exceeded my expectations. It was important to her that she knew what ‘tingle level’ I was at,” she said.

Once Reed determined it was time to neutralize the peel, she did so. Reed also instructed Christina to only use her SkinMedica Cleanser and SkinMedica TNS Ceramide Treatment Cream for the next five days. Following that time, she could then go back to her normal skin care routine which included her prescription Retin-A topical at night.

According to Christina, the chemical peel aftermath was completely doable and not at all what she thought it would be like.

“For the first two days, I didn’t have any peeling. On days three, four and five, I had flakiness around my whole face, particularly around my mouth. When the peeling was visible, I just applied my post-treatment cream and that lessened the appearance considerably,” she said.

Two weeks after her first chemical peel, Christina now raves about the results. Her skin is smoother, more even toned, and her brown spots have diminished considerably. And she agrees with Reed that completing a series would be optimal.

“It’s as if the chemical peel boosted my skin to a whole new level. It’s amazing,” Christina said.