COMMON QUESTIONS

At Axon Medical & Aesthetics, it is our mission to clarify any questions and concerns you may have about our Medical and Aesthetic Treatments. We understand that the information found online can be rather clinical; we intend to answer common questions in a  manner that is relevant and easy to understand.

What is Botox and Dysport?

  • FDA approval for aesthetics in 2001.
  • They are naturally found purified proteins that limit the pain from muscle contractions, overuse of muscles innervated by the trigeminal and facial nerves of the jaw, limit the severity and frequency of chronic migraine symptoms, limit the excessive innervation by nerve fibres to sweat glands, and relax wrinkle forming muscles of the face and neck.
  • The effect is temporary, on average, lasting 4 months but can vary with each individual.
  • Generally, neuromodulators for aesthetics are used on the upper face, neck, mainly for wrinkles caused by muscle movements.
  • Medically these products can be used for axillary, inframammary, facial hyperhidrosis (excessive sweatiness), temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD)/Jaw Pain and Chronic Migraines.
  • Contraindications: pregnant, breastfeeding, active infection, presently on antibiotics, diagnosed with AML (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, myasthenia gravis, Lambert-Eaton syndrome, muscular dystrophy, or multiple sclerosis.
  • Common risks include: bruising, swelling, headache for 24 hrs post-injection
  • Initial effect noticed 2-5 days after injection, then full effect 14 days post-injection.
  • A follow-up touch-up appointment if necessary can be made 2-3 weeks post-procedure. Extra units of product if required at that time are charged per unit cost.
  • The duration varies but usually, 3-4 months for use in aesthetics, jaw pain, and chronic migraine, and duration is more lengthy though varies up to 18 months for treatment of hyperhidrosis (excessive sweatiness).

What is a Dermal Filler?

  • Wrinkles on the lower half of the face tend to be a result of volume loss more than from muscle overuse. They are injected superficially beneath the wrinkle, line or hollowed area. Most of the fillers used are made of HLA (hyaluronic acid), a substance that naturally occurs in the body.
  • Restylane Fillers from Galderma were the first HLA fillers to receive FDA approval in 2013.
  • A numbing cream may be used, expect to sit for 20 minutes while the topical cream takes effect prior to your procedure.
  • All individual anatomy and effects can vary; no two individuals are alike. We try to reach your personal goal discussed; however, patience is requested as final aesthetic goal is usually not reached until 7-14 days post-treatment.
  • Risks include: bruising, swelling, superficial hard nodules, vascular occlusion.
  • The duration of a filler varies up to 18 months with 1 touch-up.
  • Do not use fillers if you have an ALLERGY to MILK PROTEIN.

What is Microneedling/eDermaStamp?

  • eDermaStamp FDA approved in 2015, License # 96201.
  • Licensed by Health Canada (Class 11 Medical License), manufacturer: Dermaroller in Germany.
  • A minimally invasive skin rejuvenation procedure. The microneedles poke the skin to create microinjuries to stimulate collagen and elastin, and create channels to allow the direct infusion of hyaluronic acid serum deeply into the skin, to help smooth your natural skin appearance of fine lines. The plumping of the skin, filling of fine lines, scars, and improvement of discoloration are all achievable with microneedling.
  • This procedure leaves you with improved skin texture and firmness, as well as a reduction in scars, pore size, fades dilated blood vessels and fine wrinkles.
  • Risks include: minor pink or red skin for 24-48 hrs post-treatment much like a sunburn possibly with minor bleeding and or bruising. The skin may feel warm, tight and itchy for a short while. The elderly or patients with sensitive skin may recover slower.
  • A numbing cream is used prior to the procedure, expect to wait 20 min prior to your procedure while the numbing cream takes effect.
  • A cooling Hyaluronic Acid Mask is placed on the treated area after treatment, expect to wait 20 min after your procedure.
  • You can expect gradual improvement of the treated area over the course of several weeks, with the final results best seen after several months. The procedure can be repeated after 4-6 weeks of the first procedure.
  • For very minor fine lines you can use 1 treatment, for most patients 2-3 treatments (6 weeks apart) and for discoloration/acne 6-8 treatments (6 weeks apart).
  • Please do not book this procedure if you have an active acne break out, facial infection, are pregnant or breast-feeding as it is not safe.

What is the cost for Neuromodulators and Dermal fillers?

  • The price varies per patient individual treatment plan and areas treated and will be discussed in detail at the initial assessment.
  • Botox for Axillary Hyperhydrosis and Chronic Migraines may be covered by your health insurance company, note that the medical injection fee is not reimbursed. Injection fee $150.
  • Your family physician can be requested to write a Botox Prescription for Axillary Hyperhydrosis or Chronic Migraines.
  • Take your prescription to your nearest pharmacy in Saskatoon Sk OR your family physician can fax the prescription for you 5 business days prior to your injection appointment.
  • The pharmacy will prepare your prescription and deliver the product to our clinic for your appointment date.
  • Ensure the pharmacy has your prescription and our clinic name, Axon Medical & Aesthetics for proper and timely delivery.
  • You will pay the injection fee to Axon Medical & Aesthetics of $150, which is not reimbursable.
  • Your pharmacist will help you obtain your personal coverage eligibility for the prescription filled.

What is the cost of Microneedling (eDermaStamp) and Collagen Induction Therapy

  • The price varies per patient individual treatment plan and areas treated and will be discussed in detail at the initial assessment.
  • Savings with purchase of package. Ask at consultation.

What if I am not happy with the immediate result after my procedure OR have side effects?

  • We ask that you are patient, the body can react to the procedure with swelling, and bruising that will start to subside varying between 5-14 days post-procedure with the “goal”being reached around the 2 week mark.
  • You need to be aware that everyone responds differently to needle injections, and significant bruising can happen to anyone. Please don’t book an appointment for treatment for medical or aesthetic treatments of the face within 3 weeks of an important event, such as family photos, interviews or wedding.
  • All anatomy varies slightly between patients and from one side of your face compared to the other. Slight asymmetries can be seen within the 2 week period. We can attempt to correct small imperfections during a follow-up visit.
  • If your concerns remain at that time a follow-up appointment can address any concerns you may have.
  • If you notice immediate or delayed increasing pain, redness, rash, unusual swelling, duskiness or grey appearance to your skin after a filler injection, there may be vascular compression or occlusion a rare complication, and we have the medication to reverse the action of the filler injected though don’t delay, you need medical attention right away.
  • If you experience shortness of breath, swelling of your throat, and have anaphylactic type symptoms, please call 911.

Should you like additional information or have further questions please feel free to Contact

Dr. Heather Gordon at;

axonmed4u@gmail.com

Office 306-974-7300