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What is a laser treatment? 

There are many misconceptions and incorrect terms used when referring to cosmetic treatments and lasers.  In layman’s terms, a cosmetic laser uses a beam of light to stimulate the skin and different wavelengths that targets various areas of the skin.  As the skin rejuvenates it will increase collagen formation and skin tightening for natural and healthier looking skin.  The different wavelengths of light are responsible for the various types of treatments, amount of collagen inducing therapy and their effectiveness on different skin types.  We use three lasers at Juvenis Health, which include the Cynosure Apogee 5500 (an Alexandrite laser), a 1064 YAG (1064nm being the wavelength) and the Elos Plus.

What is IPL and RF?

Many cosmetic “laser treatments” are not even “laser treatments,” such as Intense Pulse Light (IPL).  IPL treatments are the same wavelengths as visible light and are approved by the FDA for skin tightening, skin rejuvenation and to treat redness and pigmented lesions.  IPL treatments, when used correctly, are very mild and much safer than a standard tanning bed in the aspect that they do not produce ultraviolent light, which is one of the main causes of skin cancers.  At Juvenis Health we use the latest technology. The Elos Plus, which was approved by the FDA July 2, 2012, uses radio frequency combined with IPL. This allows us to use lower IPL settings and treat darker skin types.

What treatment(s) is best for me?

Reviewing laser treatment types online may be confusing.  You will see many people asking questions about where they should go and what type of laser treatments are best.  While one person may report good results with a certain laser others may report suboptimal results.  This is usually because they requested a certain treatment instead of consulting with an expert and asking, “What would be the best treatment for the results I am looking for?”  There are hundreds of types of treatments, lasers and IPLs on the market and just because someone did not get the results they are looking for from a certain brand does not mean that type of treatment is not good or is ineffective.  There are many settings on lasers and IPLs that can be adjusted for the results you look for based on your Fitzpatrick skin type.  At Juvenis Health, if we do not offer the treatment you need we can refer you to the appropriate place to get the results you deserve.

Are chemical peels offered at Juvenis Health?

Yes!  Chemical peels are used as an anti-aging treatment, to treat acne, repair sun damaged skin and mild acne scarring, reduce wrinkles and improve overall health and glow of your skin. Though chemical peels are a great adjunct to laser treatments they are not a replacement to more advanced procedures. It is best to schedule chemical peels between more aggressive laser treatments to help remove dead skin cells so that your skin can benefit the absolute maximum from each of your treatments. A chemical peel will not reduce the appearance of blood vessels on the skin or change pore diameter even though the pores may actually appear less pronounced after a treatment.

What should I do before booking a reservation for an IPL or laser treatment?

It is very important to avoid any sun exposure one month before your reservation for any of our laser or IPL treatments.  This is to ensure the melanocytes in your skin are not active to avoid any hypopigmentation, hyperpigmentation or burns.  Lighter skin tends to respond much better to laser treatments with reduced downtime.  If you are unable to avoid sun exposure a sunscreen with zinc oxide will help.  While IPL/RF allows us treat darker skin types it is always best to avoid the sun prior to a treatment for the best results. You can consult with our team about products we offer containing zinc oxide.

What should I know before making a reservation for hair removal?

Hair removal is also done with a laser or IPL depending on your skin and hair type.  Avoiding sun exposure before these treatments will allow us to use the optimal settings; as a result you will likely need less sessions.  It is important to shave the area you would like treated to avoid a fee for having to reschedule your reservation.  We do not shave the area for you.

Is the hair removal permanent?

It is essential to understand that hair grows in cycles.  When we treat for hair removal, we are able to treat only the actively growing hair.  Many of the hairs you see on your body are in a dormant state and different areas have varying growth rates, which is why several treatments are needed.  Depending on the body region, interval reservations will be needed to successfully achieve permanent hair removal.  New hair growth is affected by your hormones, so depending on the cause of your hair growth you may simply need maintenance visits or frequently scheduled interval reservations (i.e. individuals suffering from Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)).

Is all hair treatable?

We treat hair by targeting the pigment your hair follicles hold during the active growth phase (anagen phase).  Fine hairs (vellus hair) and lighter color hairs usually do not respond well as they have very little pigment.  This is why it is important to begin treatments before light grey and white hairs form.  This is also why we cannot treat someone who has had recent sun exposure as the laser will target your tan instead of the hair follicles.

Can all skin types be treated at Juvenis Health?

Fitzpatrick skin types are used to determine the parameters for which certain lasers can be used.  Fitzpatrick skin type one being very light and type six being very dark.  Vaguely speaking, the lighter an individual’s skin type the better the healing response they will have without showing hypo or hyperpigmentation.  While someone may be a high Fitzpatrick skin type four during the summer with a dark tan, without sun exposure they be a low three and respond much better to treatments.  The many effects of sun damage including wrinkles and sun spots, just to name a few, are some of the most common reasons individuals seek treatments.  As with hair removal, lasers act on pigments in the skin so the darker the skin, the harder it is to target the areas that need to be treated.  Though Juvenis Health has the equipment to treat darker skin types, we also carry skin products which can help you achieve the results you desire.

Fitzpatrick Skin Types (it takes experience to correctly skin type someone but this is a general scale):

I              - Scandinavian, Nordic, Northern European heritage; always burn

II            - Northern European and Celtic heritage; burn first but can develop a tan

III           - Southern European heritage; sometimes burn but generally tan well

IV          - Mediterranean heritage; rarely burn, tan with ease

V           - Middle Eastern heritage; very rarely or never burn, tan extremely easy

VI          - African heritage; deeply pigmented


Can I have a treatment done during my initial reservation?

If you have not had recent sun exposure, in most cases you will be able to have the treatment during your initial reservation.  Depending on your skin type (IV or higher), we may need to perform a test spot on your initial visit to see how your skin reacts.  If the test spot reacts well you can return in 72 hours for your treatment.  If you have had any recent sun exposure, you may need to reschedule your reservation.  Using a sunscreen with zinc oxide for at least three weeks prior to your reservation can help to avoid rescheduling. 

Is BOTOX® safe?

Yes.  BOTOX® cosmetic is a natural, purified protein that relaxes wrinkle-causing muscles, creating a smoothed and improved appearance.  It is administered via a few tiny injections of purified protein into the muscle to block nerve impulses that trigger wrinkle-causing muscle contractions.  With the doses given for cosmetic treatments, significant adverse reactions are nearly unheard of and rare.   Occasionally after a client’s initial appointment they may have a sensation of heaviness at the injection site(s), which quickly resolves.  Less than ten percent of patients develop a mild headache, which diminishes within two days of the procedure.  This is also commonly seen when BOTOX® injections are given for the treatment of migraines.  The best and worst thing about BOTOX® is it is temporary.

Who can receive BOTOX

While most people receive BOTOX® injections to conceal wrinkles that have already formed, it is recommended that individuals should be treated for prevention.  Clients 18 and older can receive BOTOX®; however, it is not a necessary prevention technique until the approximate age of 23 depending on the individual’s prominent creases, photodamage and genetics.  Contraindications to BOTOX® include a hypersensitivity to the ingredients, some neuromuscular disorders and infection at the injection site.

What is one unit of BOTOX
® and how much will I need?

BOTOX® comes in a vial of 100 units which is typically mixed with 2.5 mL of saline as recommended by the manufacturer.  When mixed at this ratio, 0.1 mL equals four units of BOTOX®, so a typical dose for a female varies from 20 to 45 units and an average dose for a male ranges from 30 to 60 units.  At Juvenis Health you will be evaluated on an individual basis to determine an effective amount.  If this is your first time receiving BOTOX®, Dr. Oakes recommends that you try a small area as we are confident that you will be satisfied with the results. 

What is Juvéderm®?

It is a dermal filler used for the elimination of deep set wrinkles for smoother skin. The active ingredient in this dermal filler is found in the human body in the skin, cartilage, joints and the eyes known hyaluronic acid.  In the skin, it delivers nutrients, hydrates by retaining water and acts as a cushioning agent.  Of the hyaluronic products, Juvéderm® has the highest concentration of hyaluronic acid, which is non-animal derived.  The results are immediate and last approximately 6 to 9 months, but sometimes up to a year.

Are there any medical conditions or medications I should not take prior to a treatment?

Please let our team know if you are taking any medications prior to receiving any treatments, especially those which are labeled as possibly causing sensitivity to sunlight.  Also, if you have a history of cold sores, it is important to notify us prior to any laser treatments as it can cause an outbreak.  If notified, Dr. Oakes can prescribe a prophylactic to prevent this from occurring.  Though it is not a contraindication, it is best if you are not taking NSAIDs (ie Advil, Aleve, Motrin, Ibuprofen and Aspirin) prior to any injectable procedures including BOTOX® and Juvéderm® as this may cause bruising.       

Call us today at 662.335.3357 to schedule your reservation or book online!

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Greenville, Mississippi  38703

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