Curious about upping your anti-aging game but not sure where to start? This blog post covers the basics of non-invasive cosmetic procedures like Botox to take your beauty regime beyond the bottle.
I had the opportunity to chat with Registered Nurse and Advanced Cosmetic Nurse Injector Rochele Carpio on Instagram Live and the following are excerpts from our conversation.
Kyla: Who is an ideal candidate for non-invasive cosmetic procedures?
Rochele: They fall into one of three different categories: someone who wants to either prevent, enhance or decrease the signs of aging. The ideal candidate for these type of cosmetic procedures vary in age and are healthy and able to get the treatment(s).
Kyla: Let’s start with what is probably the most popular procedure: Botox. What is it and how does it work?
Rochele: Botox is a toxin that prevents muscle contraction. It’s used on the face on areas like frown lines between eyebrows wrinkles on the forehead and and crows feet by eyes. Botox treats dynamic lines, which are formed when you move your face, and prevents those lines from getting deeper. It’s important for age prevention and lasts about 3-4 months.
Kyla: Botox and Juvederm are both used to treat wrinkles but how are they different?
Rochele: While Botox treats dynamic lines, Juvederm treats static lines, which are lines that are already on your face without you moving the muscle. Juverderm is a filler for areas that require volume that’s been lost such as in the lips or cheeks. The elasticity in our skin as we age becomes crepey, loose and saggy so Juvederm restores hydration and plumpness. Depending on the area treated, results can last 8-12 months.
Kyla: Another service you offer is PRP. I understand there’s 2 different PRP procedures – one for your face and one for your hair, which I’ve had. So let’s start with PRP for your face.
Rochele: PRP stands for Platelet Rich Plasma. We centrifuge the plasma and use a microneedling pen to inject the plasma into the skin. PRP is used to stimulate collagen production which is what decreases as we age. It’s a natural way to improve the skin’s texture, improve the appearance of sun spots, acne scarring, and prevents fine lines from forming. Start with 3 treatments one month apart.
Kyla: What about PRP for your hair?
Rochele: PRP for the hair stimulates the hair follicles. More treatments are needed for PRP hair restoration than PRP for the face. I recommend starting with a minimum of 4 or 5 treatments spaced about a month apart and get that follicle stimulation and then assess.
Kyla: You also offer Belkyra. What is that for?
Rochele: Belkyra addressed the fat under the chin known as ‘the double chin.’ Simply put, Belkyra is a chemical that kills fat.
Kyla: For someone interested in any of these services, about how much would they be looking at?
Rochele: These are luxury treatments. Expect to spend a couple hundred to up to a thousand dollars. Remember, these are non-invasive medical procedures so there are risks so they should be administered by a medical health professional that is educated and who knows what to do if something were to happen. You only have one face you’ve got to take care of it. Botox is sold by the unit at about $8 to $12 per unit. Filler, such as Juvederm, is sold by the syringe at about $400 to $600, PRP is about $400 to $500 a treatment and Balkryra is about $800 to $1000 per treatment. Consider these treatments an investment in yourself. It’s OK to get these things done if it makes you feel good about yourself.
Kyla: What’s the best way to get in touch with you if anyone has any more questions or wants to book with you?
Rochele: Feel free to slip into my DMs on Instagram @rnrc.aethetics