Alexandria Associates in Dermatology offers a wide variety of aesthetic services. Some services are offered by the individual physician, although most aesthetic services are performed by our Master Aesthetician.
The information below touches on a few specific aesthetic services and offers valuable information. We have also included a full menu of our Master Aestheticians' services and pricing for your convenience. If you have questions at any time, please feel free to call our office to speak with our aesthetician. He is available Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 7:30am until 4:00pm.
Also called soft-tissue fillers, dermal fillers, soft-tissue augmentation
As we age, our skin loses its youthful fullness. Fillers help to restore lost fullness to the face, lips, and hands.
Fillers are popular for several reasons. Patients like that they can return to everyday activities immediately after getting most fillers. They like the immediate results that many types of fillers deliver. Patients also like that they can get this treatment during an office visit. Some fillers require a few office visits.
With a number of fillers now available, dermatologists can diminish signs of aging that appear on the face, lips, and hands. The primary fillers used at Alexandria Associates in Dermatology are Restylane and Perlane.
Fillers can effectively:
- Restore fullness to cheeks, hollow areas under the eyes, and deep creases.
- Diminish scars.
- Erase fine lines.
- Plump lips.
- Lift the brow or a downturned mouth.
- Rejuvenate hands.
Insurance coverage:Insurance does not cover treatment that reduces signs of aging. Schedule a cosmetic consultation with one of our physicians to discuss whether this is an appropriate product for you.
Botulinum Toxin Therapy
Also called botulinum rejuvenation
Brand names: Botox® Cosmetic, Dysport®, MYOBLOC®, and XEOMIN®
When you look in the mirror, do you see deep frown lines? These lines bother many people.
To diminish these lines, many choose botulinum toxin therapy. At Alexandria Associates in Dermatology, Dysport is the primary botulinum rejuvenation product that is used.
Patients like that they can return to most everyday activities immediately after the procedure. They like that most people see results within 1 to 7 days.
A dermatologist can perform the treatment during a single office visit. The improvements last about 3 to 4 months — and sometimes longer.
Uses: Dermatologists use botulinum toxin therapy to diminish signs of aging and to treat a medical condition called hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating). Botulinum toxin therapy is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat the following dermatologic conditions:
- Frown lines between the eyebrows
- Excessive sweating in the underarms when treatment applied to the skin does not work well enough.
Insurance coverage:This varies with insurance plans. In general, you can expect:
- Signs of aging are not covered.
- Excessive sweating may be covered, at least partly. You should contact your insurance company to find out what your policy covers.
Schedule a cosmetic consultation with one of our physicians to discuss whether this is an appropriate product for you.
Do you wish that you could simply peel signs of aging from your skin? Dermatologists use chemical peels to do just this. A chemical peel can diminish many signs of aging on the face as well as the hands, neck, and chest.
Chemical peels also treat some skin conditions. Dermatologists and aestheticians use chemical peels to treat some types of acne and conditions that discolor the skin.
Whether you receive a chemical peel to diminish signs of aging or treat a skin condition, you can see:
- Fewer lines and wrinkles.
- More even skin color.
- Brighter complexion.
- Smoother skin.
Some chemical peels require downtime.
Chemical peels can also be used to treat:
- Acne (some types).
- Age spots.
- Discoloration (blotchy complexion, uneven skin tone).
- Dull complexion.
- Fine lines (especially under the eyes and around the mouth).
- Rough-feeling skin.
- Sun-damage skin.
Insurance coverage:Chemical peels are considered a cosmetic treatment. Insurance does not cover the cost of cosmetic treatments. Schedule a cosmetic consultation with our aesthetician to discuss whether this is an appropriate product for you.
Chemical Peel: How to prepare for your appointment
To protect your health and find out what results you want, we always offer a consultation before performing a chemical peel. To help you get the most benefit from this consultation, we recommend that you:
- Ask questions.
- Gather important information before your consultation.
This page tells you what to ask and what information to gather.
Questions to ask before getting a chemical peel
You should ask the following questions before getting a chemical peel:
- Will a board-certified dermatologist perform the chemical peel?
- How many chemical peels has the doctor performed on people with my skin coloring?
- What will I need to do before and after the peel to get the best results?
- What results can I expect?
- What are the potential side effects?
- Do I have a higher risk for any complications?
- Will I have downtime?
- May I see before-and-after photos or speak with patients you treated with a chemical peel?
- How much will the treatment cost?
During the consultation, your provider also can tell you whether another treatment would be a better option for you. You may find that you are recommended more than one treatment. Results from many research studies show that combining treatments can lead to better, longer-lasting results.
Tip:Be sure to bring a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses with you on the day of your peel. You’ll want to put these on before you leave the office. Having a chemical peel makes your skin more sensitive to the sun.
Information to tell your dermatologist or aesthetician before getting a chemical peel
Before you get a chemical peel, be sure to tell your dermatologist the following information:
- If you are taking or have ever taken isotretinoin, a medicine prescribed for severe acne.
- All other medicines you take — or have recently taken. Be sure your dermatologist knows about antibiotics, acne medicines, and medicines that you buy without a prescription, such as aspirin.
- If you frequently get cold sores or have had cold sores in the past.
- If your skin scars easily.
- All herbs, vitamins, and minerals you take. Even if you haven’t taken these for a while, be sure to mention them.
- All surgeries and cosmetic treatments you have had. While some patients feel embarrassed talking about this, the information you share can make a difference in the results you see. Don’t omit anything — even if it seems unimportant.