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Anti-Wrinkle Creams

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You’ve probably heard a lot about anti-wrinkle creams, and no doubt you’ve seen them line the shelves of every cosmetic store. Creams that boast they can “rewind the clock”, “fight aging” and “fill in wrinkles”. But do they actually work? And if so, how are they working?

The anti-aging branch of the cosmetic product market grosses millions of dollars a year. With the industry booming, more and more products are being created and marketed towards people trying to slow or prevent the natural aging process. However, the FDA has fairly lax standards when it comes to cosmetic products that boast anti-aging effects. Their concern lies in the safety of a product, not its effectiveness. Therefore there’s no guarantee that the cream labeled “anti-wrinkle” will actually reverse your fine lines and prevent new wrinkles from forming.

Fillers VS. Botox®

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There are many misconceptions about cosmetic injectables floating around. Some people say they want fillers instead of Botox® because they’re “stronger”, or that they want Botox® in their lips instead of fillers because Botox® has been around longer and is safer. Some people claim that they’re the same thing, and they can be used interchangeably with each other.

So, we're laying it out clear!

Free Radicals & Your Skin

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If you’ve done any skincare research, whether on products or treatments, you’ve probably heard the term “free radical” thrown around. We know they’re bad, that we need to protect ourselves from them, but what exactly are they?

A free radical is an atom or molecule that has an unpaired electron in its outer shell. Every cell produces free radicals when it breaks down calories for energy. These free radicals are highly reactive, meaning they will ‘attack’ stable cells to fill the spot of their missing electron.

When free radicals accumulate, they will cause oxidative damage, and oxidative damage causes cells to age faster. This phenomenon was noted in the 1950’s by Denham Harman, in what he called the Free Radical Theory of Aging (FRTA). It essentially states that an accumulation of free radical damage will cause cells to age faster. By stating this he also said that you can extend cellular lifespan by reducing oxidative damage.

Botox® & Hyperhidrosis

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Do you sweat excessively and uncontrollably? You might suffer from a condition known as Hyperhidrosis, a chronic medical condition characterized by excessive sweating.

The body sweats as a way of regulating its temperature. If the body receives certain triggers, such as exercise, warm temperatures, or fear, it will produce sweat in order to cool itself down. This is a completely normal function and helps keep our internal temperature stable and our bodies running smoothly. However, some people’s bodies will produce sweat without the presence of these triggers. These individuals have a condition known as hyperhidrosis, and can produce up to five times as much sweat than is necessary or normal.

About 2-3% of the population is afflicted by this, yet only about half of them seek medical help. Most try to hide their condition by always having a second set of clothes around, or by avoiding certain situations. This can be a debilitating condition, and can keep people from activities, careers paths, and relationships.

Reduce Swelling and Bruising Post-Injections

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While the many benefits of cosmetic injections such as Botox® and dermal fillers often outweigh the risks and complications of treatment, unsightly swelling and bruising post-injection can leave you hiding away in your house for a few days afterwards.

Although there is no sure-fire way to prevent swelling and bruising after injections, there are measures you can take before the procedure to minimize your risk of these effects. Below are the good and the bad of what to do before your appointment:

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