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How to Choose the Right Injectable

Neurotoxins and dermal fillers are used to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines without undergoing surgery. These procedures are typically fast and easy, but it’s extremely important to educate yourself about the different types of injectables before making a decision. There can be side effects like bruising, swelling and skin discoloration after receiving an injectable; it’s essential to know which product is best for you and your skin. At Aesthetica we offer various injectables and dermal fillers in order to suit individual skin concerns:


When you laugh, frown, concentrate, or squint you cause creases and lines in your skin. As you age, your skin loses elasticity and those creases deepen and become permanent wrinkles. These wrinkles and frown lines can be very noticeable at a relatively young age, but Dysport and Botox can smooth those lines.


the right injectableBotox is a simple and highly popular treatment that will temporarily smooth even the most severe lines, like those between the eyebrows, for a smooth and youthful look. Although Botox does temporarily paralyze the muscles into which it is injected, it does not affect any sensational nerves. Each treatment is done with a fine-point needle and typically lasts three to four months before another appointment is needed. Botox can cause issues when injected into the wrong location, so it’s important to consult with a professional.


Another well-known form of botulinum toxin is Dysport. Dysport contains mostly the same materials as Botox. Dysport is an effective, non-invasive treatment for relaxing facial muscles and temporarily preventing the contraction of these muscles. Dysport is known to take effect more quickly than Botox, but overall duration of the two is the same (3 to 4 months).

Dermal Fillers

For those areas that neurotoxins cannot help, like nasio-labial folds, under the eyes and cheeks, there are a number of injectables known as dermal fillers that can help with those deep wrinkles and lines. For instance, Voluma and Radiesse are also effective at restoring fullness in the face.

Juvéderm Ultra Plus

Juvederm Ultra Plustemporarily adds volume to facial tissue and restores a smoother appearance to the face. Most patients need only one treatment to achieve optimal wrinkle smoothing; this treatment can last for up to a year. Juvederm may be used to rejuvenate multiple problem wrinkle and fold areas. This injectable is long lasting, comfortable, safe for different skin types, and comes in two different formulations in order to better serve individuals’ needs. Additionally, Juvederm is the only dermal filler FDA approved for lip augmentation.

Juvederm Voluma XC

Juvederm Voluma XC is an FDA-approved hyaluronic acid filler to instantly add volume to the cheek area. Other Juvederm fillers smooth wrinkles and lines but this product gives subtle lift and restores contour and a more youthful profile for up to two years. You are able to return to your normal activities 24 hours after receiving the injection and the side effects are moderate (bruising, itching, swelling) and will generally last up to two weeks.


Radiesse is another dermal filler for facial contouring and augmentation by immediately adding volume to correct, and beautify facial features. Its patented microsphere technology continues to work over time as it stimulates the body’s production of new collagen for a soft, natural look that lasts. This filler is clinically proven to have lasting effects for up to a year. Treatment results last up to a year or more for many patients. Individual results may vary, depending on age, skin type, lifestyle, and metabolic rate.


Restylane, like Juvederm and others, is made from hyaluronic acid, When injected the hyaluronic acid molecules bind to the body’s natural stores of water, gradually “plumping up” the skin – this gives it a smoother and more youthful appearance. Restylane is very effective at improving the appearance of wrinkles and creases around the mouth and lips, as well as those under and around the eyes.

Restylane Silk

which injectable works To address the lips and the lines around the mouth Restylane Silk, is an FDA approved hyaluronic acid that effectively addresses the signs of aging. This often results in lip thinning, lost shape and an increase in vertical lines above the lip. Restylane Silk is specifically used to provide natural-looking results in these particular areas by utilizing smaller smoother particles than other hyaluronic acid dermal fillers.


Belotero is designed to integrate into your skin and mold to your own unique facial contours by softening lines and wrinklesunder the eyes and around the mouth. This product’s distinctive properties allow it to adapt within the skin for soft and even correction. Belotero is soft enough to treat more delicate areas such as vertical lip lines and under the eyes. Belotero typically has a 3 month duration.

If you’re considering an injectable at Aesthetica, make sure to discuss all the possible side effects and complications with one of our qualified nurse practitioners before you commit to a procedure. Call today to book a complimentary consultation.

Breast Augmentation Correction With Strattice

Breast enhancement and augmentation are common procedures in the plastic and cosmetic surgery world. Unfortunately, the results of breast augmentation don’t always stay permanent, due to weak tissue and adaptations of the body.

To correct any asymmetry or contracture that has occurred, Strattice Reconstructive Tissue Matrix is quickly becoming an important and reliable tool. It is designed to reinforce weak tissue, and assists Dr. Crofts in correcting complications after breast surgery.

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What is it?

Strattice is a soft, natural product, made from porcine dermis. Other porcine materials are already used in other surgical procedures, including heart valve replacements. It is a well-accepted material in the surgical community.

Who is it used for?

Secondary breast revision plastic surgery is needed for women who are experiencing complications from primary breast plastic surgery.  Strattice can also be used for primary augmentation/lift procedures for extra support. Here are some of the issues that may require revision.

  • Bottoming Out / Stretch Deformity: The Breast drops lower than desired due to skin stretching.
  • Fold Malposition: Lower or side breast border moves down or to the side.     
  • Symmastia: Breasts migrate too close together. Reinforcement may be needed on the interior sides of the breasts.
  • Wrinkling and Rippling: Visible folds and wrinkling generally attributed to thin tissue.
  • Capsular Contracture: Capsule around the breast tightens, or becomes abnormally thick. This is the most common reason for reoperation within four years of primary augmentation.*


Most of these conditions are due to weak tissue that doesn’t properly support an implant. In each case, Strattice helps reinforce weak tissue, allowing the plastic surgeon to perform lasting revisions. Strattice also supports the breast implant and controls the pocket size.

Breast deformity can be difficult to talk about, but revision with Strattice can provide desired, lasting results. Come consult with Dr. Crofts about whether or not Strattice Reconstructive Tissue Matrix can help you.

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Misconceptions About Breast Augmentation

Breast Augmentation Misconceptions


A breast augmentation or a combination of a breast augmentation and breast lift is a great way to restore fullness and correct the sagging that often comes with having children, losing weight, or aging. Although these procedures are popular throughout the Western world, common misconceptions often create a stigma around the procedures and the individuals who undergo surgery.


Misconception 1: Breast implants look and feel unnatural


There are plenty of women who receive breast augmentation and end up with unnatural looking breasts. Sometimes this is a personal preference and sometimes this is the result of a ‘botched’ procedure. Many women are concerned that they will have a ‘fake’ look with breast implants. Nowadays, there are so many different shapes, styles, and sizes available, so it is possible to have an augmentation that looks and feels close to a natural breast.


Misconception 2: I can have a breast augmentation and breast lift at the same time and see desired results immediately


Breast augmentations and breast lifts are two distinctive procedures: one makes the breasts larger and the other can make them smaller while also lifting and tightening. Therefore,revision surgery may be needed in some cases to get your optimal results. Your personal goals and individual physical needs determine whether or not you should stage the procedures and allow your body to recover in between operations. Depending on the patient, staging the procedures can sometimes lowers the risk of postoperative complications like skin breakdown, reduced nipple sensation, or complete nipple loss.


Misconception 3: I do not want a breast lift because of visible incisions.


Breasts are individual and require different incisions in different locations to get great results. Breasts with more sagging typically require more incisions to properly lift and shape the breast. Cosmetic surgery should be an informed decision and discussing your goals and receiving answers to questions is extremely important before making a choice. Although there may be visible incisions after breast lift surgery they normally heal very well and are not as noticeable after the full healing period.  Many women are feel having visible incisions are worth it in order to get the breast shape and volume they desire.

Tattoo Removal: Regrets and Modern Solutions

 When you were 18 years old you wanted to express yourself as an adult. The great idea you came up with was a tattoo! Your spirit animal on your forearm was the perfect expression of you. Now you are 23, trying to get a job, and realize that you paid hundreds of dollars for someone to tattoo your spirit animal where everyone can see it, and it didn’t even turn out that great.

Regret is defined as a feeling of sadness, repentance, or disappointment over something that has happened or been done. Does that sound like how you’re feeling? Did you know that 1 in 5 people with tattoos regret it? Why do 20% of people want their tattoos removed?

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Here are 5 reasons to remove your unwanted tattoo:

1. Recent Breakup

The First Commandment of getting inked is to never get your significant other’s name tattooed on your body because you never know if the relationship will end.

2. Change in Interests

Something you think is so relevant in your life at one point, might not be years later.

3. Maturity

When you are young, you think the Nike slogan “just do it” is your motto. Like the example above, the spirit animal sounded like an awesome idea in the beginning, until you realized having a spirit animal wasn’t for you anymore.

4. Career

A researcher at University of Tampa discovered that a majority of students believe that tattoos are an impediment to being hired.

5. Poor Quality

Let’s be honest, some tattoo artists are just not that great.

So how do you go about getting a tattoo removed?

One ancient method that was developed in the Middle East used Salabrasion (rubbing salt on your skin to heat it, then scraping off the layers of skin). Ouch. An alternative option would be to use trichloroacetic acid to make the skin peel. Excision, or surgical removal, of the tattoo is also an option.

The most advanced technique today is laser tattoo removal with the picosecond technology in the PicoWay and PicoSure lasers. Picosecond technology is the biggest advance in tattoo removal lasers in 20 years. The PicoWay and PicoSure lasers use ultra-short pulses to hit the ink particles in a way that shatters the ink into dust-like remains. These dust-like ink particles can then be easily absorbed and eliminated by the body.

Picosecond laser treatments requires fewer treatments than the older Q-Switches lasers. Laser tattoo patients and doctors have also reported better clearance of the tattoo, seeing results in half the time of older technology. So next time you find yourself thinking how it would be to get that butterfly on your foot or remove the exgirlfriends name, contact a doctor like Dr. Crofts who uses the most advanced technology for the best results. And remember you are not alone in wanting to get rid of that tattoo.



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