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  • What is Botulinum Toxin Type A?

    Botulinum toxin is a neurotoxin produced by the anaerobic bacterium Clostridium Botulinum. It is used to treat a wide variety of medical and surgical conditions from cerebral palsy and headaches to strabismus and hemifacial spasm. In 2002, the FDA gave approval for the use of Botulinum toxin A in cosmetics. To date, Botulinum toxin injections are the most popular non-surgical cosmetic procedures worldwide.

  • What is Muscle Debulking treatment?

    Muscle Debulking treatments usually applied for two main targets: 1. Upper Trapezius 2. Calf by treating these two areas, we can make legs and neckline look softer, with the creation of a smoother contour from the neck to shoulder and from ankles to the knees. Muscle Debulking treatments are proven to be successful in targeting the ‘bulkiness’ of the gastrocnemius and trapezius muscle, the most prominent muscle in the calf and upper back.

    At PICO Clinics, we use Botox injections for Muscle Debulking– this treatment is a less invasive alternative to surgical resection. If you desire a slimmer and more feminine silhouette, Muscle Debulking could be a suitable treatment for you.

  • Why might I need a Muscle Debulking treatment?

    Upper trapezius and calves that are slimmer and display a smooth contour can appear more feminine, graceful, and attractive. Every time we workout, hold handbags or crossbody bags, stand in heels, or just walk, we can contribute to the thickening of the muscles.

    Due to exercise, or just because of genetics, some people are prone to defined, bulkier muscles. If you would like to give your shoulder line and lower legs a slimmer look and make your overall appearance taller and more elegant, you could be a suitable candidate for Muscle Debulking.

  • How does the treatment work?

    Botulinum toxin, the neurotoxic protein administered in Botox injections, is effective in preventing neurotransmitter release from the nerve endings. This stops targeted muscle fibres from contracting and can allow areas of the calf muscle to settle and shrink.

    The Botox treatment for Muscle Debulking involves a series of 100-300units Botox injections, located evenly over the targeting areas. The procedure typically takes no more than an hour.

    You will be able to resume normal activities immediately after the treatment, and may experience minor discomfort, redness and swelling after the treatment.

    It usually takes two treatment sessions or more for noticeable results, and maintenance treatments are recommended to ensure a lasting effect.

  • How long does the result last?

    For clients who plan to have this treatment for the first time, we would suggest repeating the treatment in 6 months after the initial treatment to maintain and keep the muscle in a good condition. For clients who have multiple sessions before, we suggest repeating the treatment once a year to maintain the ideal result.

  • What is CoolSculpting?

    The number of fat cells varies from person to person, but it doesn’t change much once you’re an adult. You have a certain number of fat cells, and they expand or shrink according to your diet and exercise routine. Some people may have stubborn pockets of fat that are more difficult to reduce despite diet and exercise.

    CoolSculpting, also known as ‘cryolipolysis’, is a non-surgical procedure that targets excess fat and is a treatment which is FDA cleared to be used in 9 different areas from double chins to back fat. It uses a controlled cooling system to eliminate that stubborn fat. Fat cells that are frozen during the CoolSculpting procedure are gradually destroyed and leave the body through the body’s natural metabolism.

    In PICO clinics, we offer you with the latest generation machine which will help you to spend less time but gain best results.

  • What is the difference between losing weight and Coolsculpting?

    They may sound similar but losing weight and eliminating fat are actually 2 different things. Losing weight doesn’t always lead to a more sculpted appearance but eliminating treated fat cells can change the shape and contours of your body.

  • What can I expect during the procedure?
    • Step one: Once you and your doctor have decided on your treatment areas, your provider will apply a clear gel pad to create a barrier between the cooling panel and your skin. Clinical trials have demonstrated CoolSculpting® to be safe and effective in reducing fat in 9 areas of the body.
    • Step two: You’ll feel a slight sucking sensation as the applicator adheres to your body. During the procedure you may experience sensations of pulling, tugging, mild pinching and cold at the treatment site. These sensations subside as the area becomes numb.
    • Step three: During the treatment you’ll be able to read, answer emails, or chat with a friend. After the applicator is detached, your provider will do a brief massage on the area(s) to break up the treated fat cells and enhance the fat reduction. That’s it! Most patients experience little to no downtime after treatment.

    One treatment with CoolSculpting reduces up to 27% of fat cells in the treated area. You may need more than one treatment to reach your desired results and get the most out of your CoolSculpting experience.

  • When will I see the result?

    You’ll start to see changes as soon as 1-3 months post-treatment.

  • Who should not have CoolSculpting treatment?

    The CoolSculpting treatment is not for everyone. You should not have it done if you suffer from cryoglobulinemia, cold agglutinin disease, or paroxysmal cold hemoglobinuria. The CoolSculpting procedure is not a weight loss treatment. As with any medical procedure, contact our doctors to see if CoolSculpting is right for you.

  • What is Dermapen?

    The Dermapen is an automated micro-needling device with a disposable tip cartridge that is made up of 12 micro-needles, which uses proprietary technology to penetrate vertically into the skin. The stamping action of the Dermapen’s vertical tip creates invisible micro-injuries to the skin while stimulating the skin’s natural ability to heal itself and increase the production of new collagen. In doing so, these micro-injuries encourage and harness the body’s innate ability to regrow and repair the skin through normal physiological processes and the skin becomes rejuvenated and refreshed.

  • Dermapen VS Dermal roller

    The Dermal Roller — a simple mechanical tool with a rolling drum on a handle, festooned with thin surgical steel needles of a specific length and rolled across the skin to create numerous perforations as it is moved.

    Compared to Dermapen it is quite painful, and any post-needling erythema and/or edema tend to last about four days, creating unwanted (if somewhat minimal) downtime. The character of the micro-wounds seen with the dermal roller is much more traumatic to the skin: instead of a rapid vertical needle insertion and withdrawal, dermal rollers dig into the skin and create more of a tearing wound and may be responsible for the longer downtime.

  • Can Dermapen be combined with other dermatological treatment?

    Yes, it can be combined with other treatments. At PICO clinics, our doctor may combine Dermapen with chemical peels to treat acnes, acnes scars or stretch marks, or with PRP treatment to achieve excellent antiaging result and regain the radiance for the skin. For more clinical applications please feel free to contact us.

  • Can Dermapen be used on the other parts except the face?

    Yes, Micro needling is a skin treatment process which is not meant only for the facial skin. It can be applied on all parts of the body to reverse the aging process. The skin on the hands is prone to wrinkles as the age of a person increases. The skin becomes loose and starts sagging.

  • How’s the downtime of Dermapen treatment?

    Downtime after a Dermapen treatment is typically about three days.

    Recovery timeline

    • Day 1: Erythema and red appearance and severity will depend upon how aggressive the treatment was performed.
    • Day 2: A red or pink hue persists like a moderate sunburn. Swelling may be more noticeable on the second day.
    • Day 3: Skin can be pink or normal color. Swelling subsides.

    But the downtime may vary if your practitioner combined other treatments with Dermapen.

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