What are some of the most popular services you offer?
We offer non-surgical cosmetic injectables – Botox Cosmetic (onabotulinumtoxin type A), Juvéderm Ultra XC, Juvéderm Ultra Plus XC, Juvéderm Volbella XC, and Kybella.
Common misconceptions about anti-aging products?
A common misconception is that anti-aging products such as Botox and dermal fillers are miracle drugs. They are not, but, in the hands of a skilled provider, these products can improve upon the signs of aging, reduce fine lines and forehead wrinkles, and provide lifting and hydrating effects for a natural, beautiful look. Another misconception is that after Botox, you will look “frozen”. I am very conservative with my injections and I always treat my patients with the philosophy that I can always add more, but I can never take back.
Who should consider Botox injections?
Anyone who is bothered by forehead lines, crow’s feet, and lines between their brows (the 11 sign, or furrow between the brows) may want to consider Botox treatment. Botox also provides a “lifting effect” for those who feel as though gravity has taken over, or their eyebrows have fallen over the years. Also, if patients feel as though they “look tired”, Botox injections can help with this as well. Patients in their mid-20s, and early 30s have been considering Botox treatment before you see lines as a preventative strategy as well as for cosmetic purposes.
What are the benefits of non-surgical procedures?
It is cost-effective as opposed to jumping right into surgical procedures i.e. facelift, liposuction, etc. It improves fine lines and forehead wrinkles, and provides lifting and hydrating effects. Also, there is no postoperative recovery with non-surgical procedures. You leave the office that day and go about your daily routine after you’ve had your cosmetic injections.
How long do the effects of the procedures last?
Botox Cosmetic lasts between 2 to 4 months on-label. Dermal fillers such as Juvéderm Ultra and Ultra Plus XC last anywhere from 6 to 12 months; Juvéderm Volbella XC for peri-oral rejuvenation, lasts up to one year.
Kybella,once injected, lasts indefinitely.
Do you offer any seasonal deals/products?
Yes. We usually offer specials around Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, etc. Our promotions will involve Botox or Juvéderm, or both. Like us on Facebook at LMG Cosmetics at Lackawanna Medical Group to find out about upcoming promotions.
How has the cosmetics field changed over the past few years?
The cosmetic world has evolved rapidly over the past 2 to 3 years with social media playing a pivotal role. Everyone from famous beauty bloggers, physicians, and other providers advertise cosmetic procedures, make-up, skincare, etc. on social media which has greatly expanded the market for aesthetics.
Every day skin care tips:
Drink plenty of water daily. I would recommend at least 3 liters of water daily unless you have other medical problems that would contraindicate increased hydration, in which case, consult your family physician first. Healthy eating is important as well. Certain foods such as kiwi is good for your skin, and gogi berries are great for anti-aging.
What every day beauty products do you recommend?
I always start my day with a good facial cleanser, followed by a toner mist, facial serum, hydrating eye cream, then a moisturizer prior to applying my make-up. I follow the same regimen at night adding retinol 3x’s weekly. I also use a lip treatment at night to keep my lips smooth and hydrated.
Title and responsibilities at LMG:
Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner (CRNP) at Lackawanna Medical Group PC specializing in Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine and, of course, Non-surgical cosmetic procedures.