Pacholec Center for Weight Loss & Anti-Aging Medicine is very excited to offer Plasma Pen Therapy to our practice! This amazing procedure tightens and smooths skin by utilizing plasma energy to target fibroblasts underneath the skin. Fibroblasts are cellular components of connective tissue which produce collagen proteins. The plasma energy is created when the probe of the pen gets near enough to the skin to cause an ionized energetic reaction, without ever actually touching the skin. A carbon crust then develops over the area "sparked" by the plasma pen, which begins the process of rejuvenation and collagen stimulation. The carbon crust is visible as small red dots, which look similar to tiny scabs that typically fall off within 3-4 days post treatment. Other than the crust that forms, there is minimal downtime and swelling may only occur for 24 hours post-treatment. See some before and after images below!
Plasma Pen Therapy not only tones, tightens and smooths the skin, but it also stimulates collagen production and reduces the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, stretch marks and cellulite as well. Blepharoplasty is one of the more popular treatments, but it can be used over the entire body to target specific areas of concern. Dr. Kristen Williams, MD performs this procedure in both the St Petersburg, FL and Lutz, FL locations at Pacholec Center for Weight Loss by appointment only. A consult prior to treatment is required to go over goals and target areas. Depending on a patient's skin type, age and lifestyle factors, 1-2 treatments may be all that is needed to correct areas of concern. Each treatment lasts between 45-60 minutes and patients can resume normal activity or work immediately after. As with most procedures, strenuous exercise is not recommended for at least 24 hours post-procedure. Results are usually visible within a few days or weeks, and will continue to improve as collagen is produced. This procedure works best in combination with some of our other holistic collagen-inducing procedures and products, such as Sculptra Aesthetic, MINT PDO thread lifts and Skinade supplement drinks.
Live demo information: 01/22/21 at 12:30Pm
To introduce this new service to Pacholec Center for Weight Loss & Anti-Aging Medicine, Dr. Williams will be performing a live demonstration over Zoom on 01/22/21 at 12:30PM on our other practitioners, Dr. Pacholec and Lauren DeNeve, ARNP. She will be discussing her technique and patients will be able to see exactly what to expect during and immediately post-procedure. Exclusive discounts will be available ONLY to demo attendees and there will be a raffle available to the first 10 people to sign up and attend the demo as well! The raffle prize is a Kenesko skincare kit valued at $200, which contains collagen inducing eye, face and décolleté masks as well as a quartz roller. RSVP for the event below and call either of our St Petersburg, FL or Lutz, FL offices for any additional questions.
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Fall is a season of change; the signs of aging are all around us. Another year speeds quickly towards its conclusion, but just because we can’t slow down time doesn’t mean we can’t slow down the aging process. Injections of Botox Cosmetic help to keep a youthful appearance and smooth out fine lines and wrinkles. Botox Cosmetic is the most popular neurotoxin used for cosmetic procedures in the United States and is FDA-approved for cosmetic use. Facial expression, stress, genetics and other factors may lead to unsightly wrinkles that can make you look and feel older. Do you often find yourself wishing you looked younger? Does your appearance lead to personal insecurities? While you may have to watch the leaves decay outside, you don’t have to watch your face suffer the same fate! Botox Cosmetic is a non-surgical way to reduce or eliminate unsightly wrinkles and lift the brow. Botox Cosmetic can also be used as a preventative by weakening facial muscles that cause wrinkles to appear. Interested in learning more about Botox Cosmetic? Read below for 7 of the most frequently answered questions.
(1) What is Botox Cosmetic?
Botox Cosmetic is a prescription medicine that is injected into muscles, specifically the facial muscles, to temporarily alleviate moderate to severe forehead lines, crow’s feet lines, and frown lines between the eyebrows in adults. Botox Cosmetic temporarily reduces the muscle activity in these areas of the face to visibly smooth these lines and wrinkles. It is the only FDA-approved treatment for smoothing wrinkles and fine lines and has many clinical studies to prove its effectiveness and safety in use. On average, the effects of Botox Cosmetic last 3-4 months, so you will need to continue treatment to see results.
(2) How is Botox Cosmetic administered?
Botox Cosmetic is an injectible medicine, administered to the muscle surrounding the sides of the eyes for crow’s feet or the corrugator and the procerus muscles for frown lines. Botox procedures must be performed by a licensed medical professional. Results typically last 3-4 months, and usually results can be noticed right away with minimal side effects.
(3) What does Botox Treat?
Botox Cosmetic treats fine lines, wrinkles and crow’s feet in the face. This includes more specific areas like horizontal lines across the forehead, frown lines, lines on the sides of the nose, “lipstick lines” around the corners of the mouth and neck banding as well. Botox Cosmetic also has reported medicinal use, including migraine relief, sweating reduction, lifting the brow, and has been used to reduce eye squinting as well.
(4) What are some Benefits of Receiving Botox Cosmetic?
Botox Cosmetic can increase your self confidence by helping you look younger and combat the aging process. Botox has also been proven to aid in migraine reduction, excessive sweating and eye squinting, although it is only FDA-approved for cosmetic use. There have also been clinical studies performed on patients who receive Botox Cosmetic treatments and its link to human emotions. These studies used volunteers who regularly receive Botox treatments for the treatment group and volunteers who do not receive Botox treatments for the control group, and asked them to respond to a questionnaire of emotion-producing sentences with three answers, “angry”, “sad” or “happy”. When prompted with questions to encourage negative feelings, the participants took longer than the control group (no Botox) to read and understand it. The study was performed by researchers at the University of Wisconsin. Professor emeritus of psychology, Arthur Glenberg, said “normally, the brain would be sending signals to the periphery to frown and the extent of the frown would be sent back to the brain. But here, the loop is disrupted, and the intensity of the emotion and of our ability to understand it when embodied in language is disrupted.” Simply put, the angry and sad emotions did not compute as easily as before their frown and wrinkle lines were paralyzed. This research is part of an exciting field in psychology called, “embodied cognition” which theorizes that most of our cognitive capabilities are rooted in and reflected by the body. Do the results of this research prove that people who receive Botox are happier? Not necessarily, but the best way to find out is by scheduling your Botox consultation today!
(5) Is Botox Cosmetic Safe?
There are minimal side effects from Botox Comsetic reported for healthy individuals who do not suffer from chronic nervous system diseases such as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease. In clinical studies, 3% of patients experienced eyelid drooping in the frown lines and 1% experienced eyelid swelling for the crow’s feet treatment. Other possible side effects include discomfort or pain at the injection site, headache, eye problems, double vision, blurred vision, drooping eyelids and swelling of your eyelids. Make an appointment with our Nurse Practitioner, Lauren DeNeve, to find out if Botox Cosmetic is right for you!
(6) Why Choose Dr. Pacholec’s practice for Your Botox Consult?
Our Nurse Practitioner, Lauren DeNeve, is fully qualified to perform Botox injections and has been practicing for over 5 years. She thoroughly understands facial anatomy, especially the muscular network that underlies the skin. She is gentle, accurate and precise, making the Botox experience easy and comfortable for the patient. She truly enjoys performing Botox Cosmetic procedures and helping patients discover their vitality and recapture their youth!
(7) What other cosmetic procedures does Dr. Pacholec offer?
At Dr. Pacholec’s practice, Pacholec Center for Weight Loss, we strive to offer the best treatments for our patients. Our nurse practitioner, Lauren DeNeve, administers the Botox Cosmetic procedures and also offer facial filler injections, including Juvederm and Volbella. Juvederm treatments last between 9-12 months and are useful for people with moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, specifically the nasolabial folds, which run for the corners of the nose to the corners of the mouth. Volbella is the recommended treatment for lips, lines around the lips and fine lines and wrinkles. Volbella lasts for 12-18 months and is the longest lasting lip filler on the market. If you are interested in any of these cosmetic procedures, call the Lutz, FL office at 813-909-4430 to schedule your consultation with Lauren DeNeve!
Barbara Pacholec, MD
Dr Pacholec is Board Certified in Bariatric Medicine and Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine. She has run a successful practice specializing in medical weight loss, hormone replacement therapy and anti-aging/regenerative and functional medicine for the past 20 years in Lutz, FL in Tampa Bay. In January 2018, she opened a satellite practice in St Petersburg, FL which also specializes in medical weight loss, hormone replacement therapy, and anti-aging/regenerative and functional medicine.