Click on a topic below
to see our FAQs!
Yes! Each treatment will be customized to fit your unique body and facial anatomy. Since we do not treat patients as “one-size-fits-all”, our aesthetic provider will meet with you in person to go over your treatment plan. Even if you have had the treatment done in the past, a consultation is required.
There is a $100 non-refundable consultation fee collected at the time of your appointment. This fee can be put toward your treatment or product at our practice.
All consultations are in person so the provider can speak with you directly, examine and evaluate you closely to make a better diagnosis, and proceed with the treatment should you be the right candidate.
This is the most popular question we are asked and we understand how important it is to budget finances properly for a procedure. Given the complex nature of aesthetic procedures and the fact that each patients’ features are uniquely different, pricing and candidacy vary, and can only be determined upon an evaluation. Please contact our office to schedule a consultation.
Our consultations range anywhere from 15 to 45 minutes depending on the treatment type and degree of enhancement needed.
We are partnered with CareCredit to offer our patients a payment plan for dermatological, non-surgical, and minimally invasive cosmetic treatments and procedures.
All procedures in our office are elective, therefore insurance does not cover our services. However, you can check with your insurance prior to your appointment.
We accept all major credit cards, cash, and CareCredit as a method of payment. Check payments must be pre-paid a week in advance.
Yes! Our office staff will send you a reminder text two days prior to your appointment and the morning of your appointment. If you would like additional reminders, please let our staff know and they will be happy to accommodate you.
Botox & Dysport
Yes, a consultation is required so our provider can determine the best treatment plan for you. Our provider will begin by taking a full medical history and assessment of your facial features by asking you to exaggerate and animate your facial expressions with different views to determine the proper dosage for treatment.
Avoid rubbing or massaging the affected area and remain upright for at least 4 hours after treatment. We advise avoiding alcohol and participating in any strenuous activity for at least 24 hours. Avoid heavy sun exposure, facials, microdermabrasions, and exfoliating scrubs.
Botox is a great solution to your aging concerns. It can delay the aging process by reducing repetitive movements of the muscles, slowing down the formation of excess wrinkles, and improving the appearance of pores.
There is no age limit to seeing results from Botox. As long as the wrinkles are dynamic, the Botox will work to reduce their appearance.
The number of units you need for the frown lines, forehead, and crow’s feet, ranges from 15-35 units in each area. Every patient is unique and individual treatment plans vary.
Botox and Dysport are safe and effective muscle relaxants that provide a smoothing effect on moderate to severe dynamic wrinkles when injected into muscles.
The unit size of Dysport is smaller than the unit size of Botox, therefore 60 units of Dysport is about the same as 20 units of Botox.
You will begin to see results 2 to 3 days after treatment, with optimal results taking effect 2 weeks after treatment.
The effects of Botox & Dysport can last anywhere from 3 to 5 months, depending on the patient. The best way to maintain your results is to have a regular schedule for your treatment (every 3-5 months).
Off-label uses of Botox are not considered FDA-approved for human use. Some off-label uses of Botox include brow lifts, treatment of acne scarring, facial slimming, lip lift, reduction of a gummy smile and smoker’s lines, and bunny lines.
Yes! Botox can be used to treat migraines, TMJ, and excessive sweating of the hands and underarms.
Dermal fillers are made of hyaluronic acid or Poly-L-Lactic Acid and are used for static lines where volume has been lost through the aging process. They can also be used for lip augmentation, contouring the cheeks, and defining the jawline and chin. Fillers can also stimulate collagen production under the skin.
Essential Aesthetics uses Juvederm collection of fillers, Restylane family fillers, and Sculptra.
The number of fillers you need depends on the area being treated and your desired results.
Dermal fillers will essentially smooth fine lines and replenish lost volume for a more youthful appearance. Fillers can have many advantages such as plumping thin lips, enhancing and filling shallow areas of the face, decreasing shadows or wrinkles under the eyes, and filling in or softening recessed scars or static wrinkles.
Dermal filler results can last anywhere from 6 months to 2 years. It depends on the type of filler used, the location, and how quickly your body metabolizes. We recommend patients come every year to maintain their results.
Dermal fillers will not cause sagging. Dermal fillers are mainly used to replace lost volume as we age. Losing volume of dermal filler is similar to losing volume from aging or weight loss.
Common side effects include bruising, swelling, redness, and tenderness at the injection sites. These typically resolve after a few days to a week. We recommend avoiding blood thinners such as Advil and Motrin before and immediately after treatment to reduce the chance of bruising occurring.
& Laser Resurfacing
Both Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) and laser resurfacing treatments are non-ablative lasers used to rejuvenate the skin but in different ways. IPL technology targets pigmentation and vascular imperfections such as age and sun spots, freckles, birthmarks, rosacea, and broken capillaries.
Laser resurfacing treatments work by stimulating deep collagen regeneration to help with skin texture concerns such as fine lines and wrinkles, stretch marks, acne scarring, pores, and much more. You can also receive a combination of both treatments for the best outcome.
At the time of your consultation, Dr. Ellie will assess your skin concern(s) and determine which laser will give you the best results. In some patients, a combination treatment of both IPL and resurfacing is needed for the best outcome.
The number of treatments needed depends on the skin concern and type being treated. With pigmentation treatments, patients begin seeing results as early as 2 sessions. Resurfacing treatments can take anywhere from 4 to 10 treatments to see optimal results. Appointments are scheduled 4-6 weeks apart to allow the skin proper time to heal. After you are fully satisfied with your results, we recommend maintenance sessions twice a year.
Immediately after treatment, you may experience redness or swelling which typically go away within a few hours to a few days after the procedure. It is important to protect your skin from the sun for a few days following treatment by wearing protective clothing and using sunscreen frequently.
Brown spots that have been treated will typically get darker over the next 24 hours then slowly fade over the next 1-2 weeks. After an IPL rosacea treatment, you may experience redness, swelling, and bruising for 2-5 days after treatment.
We advise applying sunscreen daily and limiting your exposure to the sun for at least 2 weeks before and after treatment. Do not use retinol products or exfoliants one week before and after treatment. Use a gentle cleanser, avoid using an electric facial cleansing brush and extremely hot water.
There is very little risk of damaging the skin when receiving an IPL treatment in skin types I-III (very fair skin to fair skin). IPL treatments are not recommended in skin types V-VI (dark brown to black). It’s a non-invasive treatment that saturates the surface of the skin with light to target areas to reverse signs of aging and damage.
We will apply a topical numbing cream prior to treatment to help with any discomfort. You may feel a warm or prickling sensation during treatment. After treatment, your face will feel hot, but we will apply a cooling mask to help relieve this sensation.
IPL can improve lackluster skin for any age and skin type. It’s a non-invasive way to improve skin texture and reduce hyperpigmentation, tighten pores, and minimize redness. IPL treatment will also stimulate collagen growth by treating the deeper layer of skin to improve texture and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
IPL treatments are typically spaced out 4-8 weeks apart. We recommend coming in twice a year for maintenance after completing a series of 6-8 sessions.
We guarantee permanent hair reduction after completing your recommended number of sessions, but we cannot guarantee permanent hair removal. Depending on your hair and skin, you may need to purchase more than one package to achieve desired results.
It is required that you shave prior to your appointment and we recommend doing so the night before your appointment. If you come to your appointment unshaved, we charge an additional fee to shave the treatment area.
Depending on your hair type and skin tone, you may need anywhere from 6 to 12 treatments at 4 to 6 week intervals. Please note that even after completing a series of treatments, you may still need to come in for maintenance sessions.
Patients will experience minimal discomfort during and after the treatment. There’s little to no post-treatment downtime required. We advise avoiding tanning after treatment to reduce the risk of unwanted pigmentation.
Chemical peel agents resurface the skin by removing superficial layers of the skin to promote the growth of a new and healthy top skin layer. This helps to improve problems such as hyperpigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles, uneven texture and skin impurities.
Both chemical peels and laser treatments are skin resurfacing procedures that promote new skin growth and are commonly used to minimize acne scars and hyperpigmentation, correct sun damage issues, and reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Chemical peels use acid solutions to treat the outer layer of the skin whereas laser resurfacing uses beams of light to penetrate deeper layers in the skin to stimulate new collagen.
Patients with skin types I-IV who want to see improvement in skin texture, reduce fine lines, reverse the damage caused by sun exposure, reduce the appearance of mild scars, and treat certain types of acne.
Chemical peels can also be applied to other parts of the body such as the hand, chest, legs, back, buttocks to remove acne or acne scarring, keratosis pilaris, and more!
The number of chemical peels and how often you receive them depends on your skin concerns, skin type, and ultimate goal for your skin. They are typically spaced out every 2-6 weeks apart.
First, your skin will be prepped with a medical degreaser to ensure the area is free of any oils. The chemical agent is then applied to the skin. You may feel a mild stinging sensation which temporarily and usually subsides after a few minutes.
After treatment, your skin will feel tighter and maybe more red than usual. It may also feel tacky and have a yellowish-orange tinge. This will subside within a few hours. Our chemical peels are self-neutralizing, so you should wait at least 4 hours before washing your face with a gentle, non-abrasive cleanser.
You will notice peeling 48-72 hours after your treatment. This can last anywhere from 2-5 days. It is important not to pick the peeling skin, otherwise, you may have dry, cracked, raw skin that could develop into hyperpigmentation.
The amount of peeling you have may vary depending on the skin condition or the depth of the peel. The success of a chemical peel should not be judged by the amount of peeling, but the end result produced. Whether or not the skin visibly peels, it is still sloughing off at an accelerated rate and will improve skin imperfections.
Avoid waxing, electrolysis, deploritory creams, and laser hair treatment one week before and after treatment. Discontinue using prescription topicals such as Retin-A or Differin as well as any products containing retinol, alpha hydroxyl acids (AHAs), beta hydroxyl acids (BHAs), or benzoyl peroxide 3-5 days before and after treatment.
Dr. Ellie or Nurse Janice, our two CoolSculpting specialists, will perform your treatment.
At our clinic, we approach CoolSculpting with a “Fire and Ice” method. After the CoolSculpting procedure is done we follow up with an RF massage which helps tighten and contour the skin after treatment.
CoolSculpting permanently reduces fat cells but cannot prevent the formation of new ones. Ideal for patients who can commit to healthy habits to maintain results.
CoolSculpting is a non-invasive and non-surgical treatment that requires no recovery time.
CoolSculpting can eliminate up to 15-20 percent of fat cells in a given area.
You will begin seeing results as early as 4 weeks after treatment and with optimal results within three months.
The body’s lymphatic system will naturally and gradually dispose of fat cells and the skin will gradually return to normal.
Kybella is an FDA-approved injectable treatment that destroys fat cells under the chin to improve your profile. Kybella is identical to something in your body called deoxycholic acid which helps absorb fat.
The process should be repeated every 1-3 months with noticeable differences after 12 weeks or at least 3-5 sessions.
It’s commonly used for the double chin, but Kybella can also be used to treat stubborn fat in the armpits, jowls, and brat fat. Although these uses are not FDA approved, it is up to your aesthetic provider’s discretion.
Kybella kills fat cells so fat won’t come back in the treated area. Same with liposuction, if you normally gain weight it may come back in a new area.
Avoid alcohol, caffeine, niacin supplements, high sodium foods, high sugar foods, refined carbs, spicy foods, and cigarettes for at least 24-48 hours after treatment.
With a single treatment, patients can see a reduction in fat as much as 20-30 percent.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is an injectable treatment where a patient’s own blood is used. The blood is drawn into a tube and then put into a centrifuge, where its different components, one being PRP, are separated. PRP contains healing growth factors that give instruction to your tissues to regenerate and multiply.
PRP can be used to treat hair loss, fine lines, and wrinkles, skin laxity, as well as skin texture and tone.
The platelets are a component of blood that is extracted into more concentrated platelets to inject into the targeted area to accelerate healing. When using PRP injections for your hair it can increase blood circulation to stimulate hair growth and increase the thickness of the hair shaft.
Patients can notice results after just 4 to 6 treatments. However, it may take up to a year to see the most optimal results. It is recommended to space out your treatments 1 month apart.
Results of PRP will vary depending on the patient’s condition and results of initial treatment. It is suggested to have maintenance injections every 3 to 6 months once hair loss is contained.
There are several ways PRP can be used to treat skin concerns. It can be massaged into the skin after an RF microneedling treatment to help expedite the healing process of tissues. RF microneedling with PRP also addresses uneven skin tone/texture, large pores, facial laxity, and fine lines and wrinkles.
PRP can also be injected into the skin with dermal fillers or by itself. When injected into the wrinkles, PRP stimulates the production of collagen
PiQo4 is a powerful system effective for a wide range of pigmentation issues by using four different wavelengths to destroy the targeted pigment. PiQo4 is the ideal option for tattoo removal, it allows the lasers to target and destroys every popular tattoo ink color on any skin tone. Once the pigments in the skin are destroyed, they are naturally removed by the body.
The number of treatments needed depends on how long you have had the tattoo, its location, size, and the pigments used. PiQo4 treatments may clear tattoos in about 8 to 12 treatments.
PiQo4 should be spaced out 6 to 8 weeks apart. The time in between treatments gives your skin time to properly heal and remove ink particles.
In most patients, tattoos are able to be completely removed. However, there is a slight chance a tiny amount of pigment can reside. Microneedling and fraxel treatments can improve results.
Even though a tattoo may look fully healed after 1-2 weeks, it can take up to 4 months for all the layers of broken skin to completely heal. It is recommended to wait at least 4-6 months after receiving a tattoo to have it removed. Removing a fresh tattoo can result in negative side effects such as excessive skin blistering, scarring, and skin discoloration.
Some patients compare the pain of tattoo removal to receiving the tattoo. However, pain tolerance varies from patient to patient. At Essential Aesthetics, we strive to make your experience as comfortable as possible. We apply a topical numbing cream for all patients, but patients have the option for an injectable anesthetic for an additional cost.
An RF lymphatic massage helps break down scar tissue post-liposuction or BBL and stimulates the body’s collagen to promote healing. It helps reduce swelling because it reduces fluid buildup, scarring, inflammation, and bruising.
It is recommended to wait at least 2 weeks before receiving an RF lymphatic massage.
RF lymphatic massages are usually comfortable and compared to a hot stone massage. Some areas may be more tender than others.
Also known as “chemical ablation”, sclerotherapy is when a sclerosis agent is injected directly into the veins. A sclerosis treatment is a chemical that triggers a series of biological reactions that target the given area. The solution causes the vein to scar, forcing the blood to reroute to healthier veins
Sclerotherapy injections provide a faster resolution for problem veins, typically with fewer treatment sessions than with lasers. Sclerotherapy is a minimally invasive way to treat spider and varicose veins and reticular veins smaller than 1mm. Laser vein treatment may be a better option for you if you have spider veins on the face.
Sclerotherapy injections can begin to work immediately. Spider veins can fade away as soon as they receive an injection.
Microneedling uses fine, sterile needles to penetrate the skin, causing micro-wounds that stimulate the wound healing process and collagen production. RF microneedling combines radiofrequency energy with microneedling to amplify collagen and elastin production by reaching deeper layers of the skin. RF microneedling can treat more problems than traditional microneedling such as fine lines and wrinkles, scarring, pigmentation, skin laxity, and much more. RF microneedling is also a more customizable treatment because the puncture depth and RF energy can be adjusted from patient to patient.
RF microneedling can treat a variety of skin concerns including lines and wrinkles, pigmentation, pores, acne scarring, keloid scarring, stretch marks, skin laxity, texture, and much more.
RF skin tightening can treat lax skin anywhere on the body, cellulite, and wrinkles.
The number of treatments needed depends on the severity of the condition being treated and your overall aesthetic goals. Typically, patients need anywhere from 6-8 treatments to see optimal results.
It is recommended to come in every 2 weeks for RF skin tightening treatments and every 6 weeks for RF microneedling treatments.
RF skin tightening treatments are painless and are often compared to a hot stone massage. During your treatment, you will experience a warm, soothing sensation.
RF microneedling treatments are slightly more uncomfortable than the skin tightening treatment, however, a topical numbing cream will be applied prior to treatment to help with any discomfort.
Vitamin B12 is an essential nutrient that is not produced in the body. It is mainly found in animal products such as fish, meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy. It is a water-soluble vitamin which means it is not stored in the body and must be replenished regularly.
B12 is an important vitamin for healthy nerve cells and can be used as a treatment for fatigue, insomnia, depression, chronic pain, herpes, anxiety, brain fog, and anemia. B Complex is a cocktail of different B Vitamins – B1, B2, B3, B5, and B6. It plays an important role in keeping our bodies running like a well-oiled machine by converting our food into fuel.
You may experience a small bruise or soreness at the injection site, which is normal and goes away within a few days. Pink or orange urine 1-2 days post treatment is normal. Although rare, you may experience an allergic reaction after treatment. These are typically easy to recognize and our medical providers are trained and prepared to treat any adverse reactions.
Everyone’s body responds differently after receiving a vitamin injection, but patients typically feel noticeable benefits within 24 hours.
The more depleted you are, the faster your body will go through the nutrients. Patients generally start by coming in twice a week, at the beginning of their treatment. After you begin to see an improvement in symptoms, it is recommended to come in weekly or twice a month.
Common signs to look out for Vitamin B deficiency include lethargy, headache, depression, irritability, weakness, fatigue, nerve pain, moodiness, cognitive decline, or tremors.
There are no contraindications with any medications.
Sculptra is an injectable that stimulates and replaces lost collagen, restores fullness and refines the appearance of folds and wrinkles.
Sculptra can be injected in the nasolabial folds (smile lines), temples, cheeks, marionette lines, chin, jowls, jawline, neck, and acne scars for facial rejuvenation. Sculptra can also be injected in other areas of the body including the arms, upper knees, decolletage, buttocks, hip divets, and areas of cellulite. In male patients, Sculptra can be used for augmenting calves, pecks, and biceps as well.
Patient results may vary since Sculptra uses your own body to stimulate collagen. Typically, patients may see results starting at 6 weeks.
We advise avoiding aspirin, garlic supplements, green tea, flax and fish oil, vitamins A and E, and essential fatty acids as they might increase the chances of bleeding and bruising.
We recommend that after Sculptra our patients massage the area for 5 minutes, 5 times a day for 5 days to help disperse the treatment and to avoid any collagen from clumping.
Sculptra adds volume by stimulating collagen production and does not affect fat metabolism.
In general, patients require about 3 treatment sessions to achieve desired results. They are spaced out 2 to 4 weeks apart. The number of treatment sessions you need depends on your skin condition and your desired outcome.
Our aesthetic professionals will determine the ideal number of treatments you will need to help you reach your goals.
Yes. Lumps are a normal side effect of Sculptra. It is important to follow the Rule of 5’s after your treatment to prevent lumps as much as possible: Massage the area for 5 minutes, 5 times a day, for 5 days. If lumps do occur, they can be removed with a steroid injection administered in the office.
The number of vials may vary depending on the area of the body that is being treated and the amount of correction desired. Dr. Ellie will create a customized treatment plan for you and it may require multiple vials to be injected a few weeks apart.
Our clinic offers different vaginal rejuvenation procedures depending on the concern. We offer labial rejuvenation, G-shot amplification, and labial augmentation.
The upkeep varies for every patient. For labia augmentation, we recommend coming once a year and for patients who receive a G-shot amplification, it is recommended to come every 4-6 months.
Before the procedure, we apply a topical numbing cream for best comfort. However, there is little to no discomfort during or after the procedure.
There is very little downtime needed after vaginal rejuvenation. Patients are recommended to prepare to wear a tampon and refrain from any sexual activity for at least 4 hours after a G-shot treatment. Otherwise, patients are able to resume daily activities.
We advise patients to avoid drinking alcohol, strenuous activity, and sexual activity before or after the procedure.
& Acne Scarring
At Essential Aesthetics, we treat both inflammatory and non-inflammatory acne. Inflammatory acne is blackheads or whiteheads. Non-inflammatory acne is pimples or skin blemishes.
Our clinic offers IPL treatment to target acne and helps reduce their appearance.
IPL is a gentle treatment that addresses both types of p.acne bacteria, while also helping to reduce pigmentation, redness, and overall texture of your skin. The light penetrates through various skin layers, killing acne bacteria and reducing the production of sebum (skin oil) that characterizes acne.
To ensure utmost comfort, we apply a topical numbing gel prior to your treatment. A cool coupling gel is also applied to the skin during treatment.
The three different types of acne scars are:
- Boxcar scars – shallow to deep in depth with well-defined edges
- Rolling scars – undulations on the skin, shallow, measuring a few millimeters wide.
- Icepick scars – deep, severe, V-shaped scars that are narrow in length.
We treat all three types of acne scars. For patients with mild and shallow scars, we use non-ablative treatment options such as laser resurfacing or PicoFractional. Patients with deeper scars benefit from an ablative treatment such as RF microneedling.
Depending on the severity of your acne or acne scarring, you may need anywhere from 3 to 8 treatments for optimal results. Maintenance sessions twice a year are recommended after you have completed your treatment plan.
Dermal fillers can be used to treat depressed acne scars by helping raise the indentations and volume loss caused by acne.
PDO thread lifting uses sutures made of Polydioxanone (PDO), a complex sugar, to approximate and fixate sagging tissues. PDO has been used as a safe suture material in orthopedic and cardiovascular surgeries for over 30 years.
The ideal candidate for a PDO thread lift usually has sagging, crepey skin that they would like to improve the appearance of. People with heavy jowls or hollow cheeks are also good candidates.
Patient results may vary but common treatments for PDO threading include higher cheekbone contour, cat eye contour, defined jawline, softer eyebrows and smile lines, and smoother necklines.
PDO thread lift treatment is long-lasting, has little risk of adverse reaction, does not require any incision, treats several areas of the face and body, and has little to no downtime.
You will notice subtle improvements to your skin immediately after the treatment. Your results will continue to improve over time, with optimal results showing after 6 to 12 weeks.
Results typically last up to a full year.
PDO threads can be used in adjunct with other treatments such as dermal fillers, Botox, and lasers to help maximize the effects of each treatment.
Dr. Ellie will begin by assessing your areas of concern to determine which PDO thread is best for you. This typically takes 15-30 minutes. The treatment itself can take anywhere from 45 minutes to 1.5 hours.
Before treatment, avoiding smoking and consuming alcohol for at least 24 hours. Avoid consuming omega fish oils, vitamin E, chili ginseng, garlic, krill, and other such supplements at least two days prior to treatment. Avoid Aspirin-based medications 1 week prior to treatment.
After your PDO treatment, avoid smoking and drinking for 1 week to help with the healing process. Avoid aggressive or prolonged chewing, wide yawns, and big smiles for up to 1 month after treatment. Avoid laying down in either prone or side position for 4 hours after treatment. We recommend sleeping on your back to decrease the possibility of movement of the threads. Avoid dental procedures for at least 2 weeks after treatment.