Plumping Your Pout With Lip Fillers

Plumping Your Pout With Lip Fillers

Lip fillers allow you to bring more focus to your lips. In addition to adding more fullness, lip fillers can be a simple way to even out asymmetry and reduce fine lines around the mouth.

Are you thinking about whether or not injections are right for you? Here’s what you need to know to be ready for your injection!

What Do Lip Fillers Do?

Lip fillers are typically made of hyaluronic acid, a water-loving substance that augments the shape and size of the lips for a soft, supple, plump look.

Different fillers can achieve different results. This is something your injector can help you decide on depending on what you want out of your injections.

For instance, Juvéderm can deliver a noticeable, voluminous appearance to the lips whereas Restylane injections may be more subtle.

This is all up to your personal preference!

There isn’t a long recovery period post-injection, either. Avoid pain medications that can thin the blood, and avoid straining the injection site – so don’t schedule any dental work for the week following your injection.

You may notice some bruising and swelling, but this should subside within a few days.

Do note that filler doesn’t last forever. While they do fade over time, your results can remain visible anywhere from six to twelve months.

Here's How To Prep

First, know what you want your end result to be. If you want a noticeable difference in the volume of your lips, let your specialist know! Your specialist, like Sarah Balladares, can help you to determine the perfect amount of filler to complement your facial features and give you the results you want.

Know the importance of not overfilling your lips. The old adage is the same in the world of lip fillers – it’s easier to add than to take away.

Avoid taking Aspirin or Aleve for at least a week before your appointment. These medicines can thin your blood and make bruises more prominent following your injection.

Read more here to know what to do and not do after your appointment.

Schedule Your Appointment With Sarah Today!

Injections are Sarah’s specialty. Whether you are looking to plump your lips, enhance out your facial features, or restore volume to hollow areas of the face, we can help you determine the perfect filler for your needs. 

At Smooth By Sarah, our services don’t end with dermal fillers. We also offer Botox injections, spider vein therapy, and IV Infusion therapy. Your full-body wellness is of utmost importance, and we can help you to feel better from the inside out.

Contact us today to schedule a consultation with Sarah to achieve your beauty and wellness goals!

Meet Sarah Balladares

Sarah Balladares is your expert in aesthetic medicine. She is trained in minimally-invasive anti-aging treatments and modern cosmetic medicine and is prepared to help you find your solutions for facial rejuvenation, spider vein therapy, IV therapy, and more.

Contact Sarah today to schedule a consultation and begin your own aesthetic journey.

The Fastest Signs of Aging

The Fastest Signs of Aging

When it comes to beauty and aesthetic wellness, slowing down the signs of aging is always one of our first concerns. Aging becomes visible in many areas and many forms, from wrinkles and under-eye circles to veins and sunspots on our hands.

Visible signs of aging are natural and inevitable – but staying aware of the first depictions of aging can help you to prepare your prevention plan!

These Are the Signs of Aging

It is natural for skin imperfections to appear as we age. This is greatly affected by our diet, our environment, or our natural genetics. However, there are a few factors that signal our aging more noticeably.

These are a few of the most common areas that allow visualization of facial aging:

  • Sagging Skin
    Sagging skin is not always caused by weight gain and loss – as we age, our skin naturally loses collagen and elastin, thus resulting in lower elasticity.

    Skin will become heavier and sag in areas of natural volume loss under the skin. Loss of collagen also allows skin to become less healthy and to sag.
  • Dull Complexion
    Without exfoliation to promote resurfacing and cell turnover, dead skin cells can build up on the surface of your skin.

    As they accumulate, you may notice that your complexion becomes more lackluster.

    The stem cells normally present in skin become less effective for replacing damaged skin too; this is a normal aging process.

    There are ways to improve the quality and quantity of these skin-based stem cells.
  • Facial Dryness
    As we age, it becomes more difficult for our skin to retain moisture.

    Sun exposure and cell damage can further exacerbate dryness, as well.

    The skin has natural barrier protection built-in, but aging diminishes this. There are ways to improve your ability to lock in moisture and maintain youthful skin turgor.
  • Sun Spots
    These surface-level imperfections are also called “Liver Spots.” They develop due to compounded sun exposure. You may notice these develop on your face, neck, chest, and hands by 40 years old, or earlier if your skin tone is fair.

    These are basically signs of radiation damage to the skin, and this is truly oxidative stress. There are ways to prevent this and to reduce the damage that is currently present.
  • Fine Lines and Wrinkles
    Lines and wrinkles can be caused by a combination of facial dryness, loss of elasticity, sun damage, overactive facial muscles and environmental exposure.

    Crow’s feet around the eyes and smile lines are some of the first to develop. Glabellar (forehead) lines are the most obvious sign of aging.

    These wrinkles are treatable, and it is very possible to enhance your youthfulness and eliminate wrinkles.

How Can I Prevent Skin Aging?

Again, aging is a normal part of life, but there are plenty of practices you can put in place to help postpone the signs of that aging as much as possible.

Here are some of the best practices for preventing signs of aging and skin imperfection:

  • Wear sunscreen!
  • Use a gentle facial cleanser.
  • Apply Moisturizer.
  • Reduce the appearance of wrinkles with Botox.
  • Plump hollow or sagging skin with dermal fillers.
  • Utilize biological improvement treatments like PRP or stem cells
  • Institute a comprehensive program of antioxidants and inflammation reduction

Unfortunately, we don’t always put the legwork in to take care of our skin before imperfections form, but don’t fear – Smooth By Sarah is here to help give your skin the TLC it needs.

Slow Down the Clock With Facial Rejuvenation

At Smooth By Sarah, we can help you to take the best care of your skin possible. From anti-aging treatments to overall wellness, we will provide your skin and body with the best care possible.

Sarah, the founder of Smooth By Sarah, is passionate about helping you achieve your aesthetic wellness goals. Sarah works closely with Dr. Warner who is equally as passionate about your overall health and wellness.

Call us today to schedule a consultation with Sarah to find just what you need to reverse signs of aging and put preventative measures in place!

Meet Sarah Balladares

Sarah Balladares is your expert in aesthetic medicine. She is trained in minimally-invasive anti-aging treatments and modern cosmetic medicine and is prepared to help you find your solutions for facial rejuvenation, spider vein therapy, IV therapy, and more.

Contact Sarah today to schedule a consultation and begin your own aesthetic journey.

The Topical Benefits of Platelet-Rich Plasma

The Topical Benefits of Platelet-Rich Plasma

Treating your skin with platelet-rich plasma is an advanced method of facial rejuvenation. This utilizes your body’s built-in methods of healing to promote healthier, more youthful-looking skin!

Let’s look at this treatment in more detail.

What Is PRP, & What Are Its Benefits

Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) is gathered from your own blood. Your blood is drawn and processed in a centrifuge where it is spun at very high speeds. This processing separates the white blood cell and plasma layers from the red blood cells.  

The useful portion for skin health is the portion with concentrated platelets. Platelets are the basic cell of healing.

These cells are nutrient-rich and packed with natural healing properties that have amazing benefits when applied topically or injected into the body!

 Platelet-rich-plasma has a long and safe history of use in orthopedic surgery and is now available to you for skin health and rejuvenation.  

PRP-facials, also called ‘Vampire Facials’, are a simple way to promote skin rejuvenation through regenerative healing.

This process involves microneedling the surface of the skin to promote faster, optimal absorption. This is a specific procedure that is highly effective in stimulating collagen growth.  

Sarah and her team will then apply a layer of your platelets to the area you wish to see results. Dr. Meredith Warner or Warner Orthopedics & Wellness prepares the platelet formulation that is best suited for this purpose. 

The PRP enters the skin and collagen by way of the millions of micropores created during the microneedling procedure. Sarah makes the entire procedure painless and comfortable, as well.   

When applied topically, you may notice these benefits from PRP usage:

  • Smoother skin with fewer wrinkles
  • A boost in collagen production
  • Firmer, brighter, more hydrated skin
  • Healthier skin with less inflammation

If you are looking to reduce the appearance of aging, hyperpigmentation, scarring, or uneven tone, PRP treatments may be the right choice for you!

The Aesthetic Benefits of PRP Injections

In addition to facial services, PRP can be used in a variety of other procedures for aesthetic wellness. Here are a few uses for PRP that you may not have known:

  • PRP can promote faster wound healing.
  • Injections can be used in breast augmentation treatments to increase size or enhance shape, tighten loose skin, or heighten sensitivity.
  • PRP injections in the scalp have been shown to stimulate hair growth.
  • These injections have also been used to help control urinary incontinence in women by regenerating healthy tissue.
  • Direct injections of PRP into problem areas of the face can increase volume and enhance fillers.

These are just a few uses of platelet-rich plasma, but this adequately illustrates the wide variety of applications and the great healing powers present within these cells.

Facial Rejuvenation With Well Theory's Custom PRP Cream

Smooth By Sarah has partnered with Warner Orthopedics to offer you the benefits of platelet-rich plasma for aesthetic wellness!

Following a PRP facial, we can use the extra platelets gathered from your appointment to create a custom facial cream to help promote healing and racial rejuvenation even after your appointment is over.  

This is a patent-pending formulation that harnesses natural phytochemicals with your powerful platelets to provide an ongoing treatment regimen for your facial rejuvenation.  

In a sterile, in-office setting, we will collect platelet-rich plasma from your blood.

We then mix these platelets into a luxurious, soothing PRP Collagen Complex (patent-pending) from Well Theory, formulated by Dr. Meredith Warner of Warner Orthopedics & Wellness.

Take this cream home and apply it daily, or as needed, to promote skin healing and collagen production!

If you have further questions about this product, give us a call today or schedule a consultation to learn if PRP facials and this custom complex are right for you!

Contact Us Today!

At Smooth By Sarah, we offer a wealth of services for facial rejuvenation and full-body wellness including:

  • Botox, Dysport, Xeomin
  • Dermal Fillers
  • Laser Vein Therapy
  • IV Infusion Therapeutic Treatments
  • PRP and stem cells
  • Adipose allograft fillers

Whether you are wanting to reduce the signs of aging, add structure to your facial features, or refresh your system with a specialty IV cocktail, Sarah and her team can help you to find the perfect treatment for your needs.

If you are ready to dive into the world of regenerative healing with PRP injections or want to learn more about our other wellness services, contact us at Smooth By Sarah today!

Meet Sarah Balladares

Sarah Balladares is your expert in aesthetic medicine. She is trained in minimally-invasive anti-aging treatments and modern cosmetic medicine and is prepared to help you find your solutions for facial rejuvenation, spider vein therapy, IV therapy, and more.

Contact Sarah today to schedule a consultation and begin your own aesthetic journey.

How Much Botox Do You Need?

How Much Botox Do You Need?

For many patients considering Botox injections, the first question asked is often ‘how many units do I need?’. This can be essential in gauging the price of their procedure.  After all, Botox is traditionally priced per unit used.  

Today, we’ll help you understand how the professionals measure Botox and help you know how much you may need.

Let's Look At Measurements

The best place to start is understanding the units of measurement for Botox injections.

Botox is available in “units” that are based on the strength needed to block neurotransmitters responsible for muscle contraction.

The amount of Botox you need is determined by the strength needed to relax the muscles in the area of injection. 

One vial of cosmetic Botox contains 100 units. These units can be split up to treat different facial areas during your appointment.

Determine Your Injection Area

The next step is to look at what goals you are wanting to reach by getting Botox injections. Here are several questions you may be asking yourself:

  • Are you dealing with muscle pain and spasms?
  • Are you wanting to relieve pain from migraines?
  • Do you want to reduce the appearance of wrinkles?
  • Where are the wrinkles that bother you?
  • Have you ever had Botox before?
  • How deep are the wrinkles?

As you can imagine, your professional must take a lot of factors into consideration when making a treatment plan. Your goals are the first concern for Sarah.  

If you are interested in how Botox can relieve migraine symptoms, you can read more in this blog. 

Botox has many medicinal uses, and this is just one of them.  

Once you have settled on the purpose and area you want to target with your injections, Sarah and her team can help you determine exactly how many units you will need. 

Here are some traditional amounts for common injection areas:

  • Forehead: 10 to 30 units
  • Bunny Lines (or the lines around your nose): 5 to 10 units
  • Crow’s Feet: 5 to 15 units per side
  • Neck: 25 to 50 units
  • Cheek Contour (also used for TMJ Relief): 15 to 50 units per side

These are just a few of the many possible injection areas.

If you know that you want to achieve a younger, smoother look but are unsure of what area you should target, Sarah can help you to determine the perfect placement of your injections.  

Sarah has a deep understanding of the physiology of this powerful tool and is an artist at the same time. She will be able to understand your personal goal and how to effectively achieve it.  

Schedule Your Appointment Today!

If you are interested in Botox injections for facial rejuvenation or to complete your quest for total and physical wellness, Smooth By Sarah is here to provide you with high-quality care and results!

Sarah and her team will help you to find the right amount of Botox to help you reach your goals.

 Contact us today to schedule your appointment.

Meet Sarah Balladares

Sarah Balladares is your expert in aesthetic medicine. She is trained in minimally-invasive anti-aging treatments and modern cosmetic medicine and is prepared to help you find your solutions for facial rejuvenation, spider vein therapy, IV therapy, and more.

Contact Sarah today to schedule a consultation and begin your own aesthetic journey.