Thursday, October 31, 2013

Revision Holiday Gift Sets

Revision Holiday Gift Set

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Sensitive Skin the Causes and Treatments

Sensitive skin reacts to the products, environment and stress with breakouts, itching, redness and inflammation as a result of an allergic reaction. Seeing a Dermatologist will help pinpoint what is causing the reaction to help mitigate the problem, but there are common things to avoid that you can rule out before seeing your doctor to help find an answer.

Products that Benefit Sensitive Skin

Products like fabric softner, detergent, shampoo and conditioner, cleaning products, perfumes, sprays, makeup and skin care products can make your skin irritated.  Find products for all aspects of your daily life that are dye free and fragrance free which is the main problem of product irritation.  For Skincare and makeup eliminate everything except for water ad then one by one ad your skincare and makeup back one week apart to find what is causing the problem.

Your skin care products should have ingredients that benefit your skin, not your other senses.  Many products ad fragrance and dyes to get the customer excited to buy it, but dermatologist grade products are free from fragrance and dyes for the sole purpose of only having beneficial ingredients to treat your skin optimally.

Sensitive Skin and the Environment

Sun exposure, dry or humid weather, seasonal plants blooming, wind or wet weather all play a factor to how your skin feels and reacts.  Sun burns are very damaging to the skin and cause premature aging, using Vitamin C Serums and Sunscreen help reduce the effects of sunburns.  Dry weather can cause skin to become scaly and itchy and require a moisturizer, while humid can make skin more oily and result in needing products to reduce excessive oil.  Seasonal weather can make skin itch and feel inflamed, a doctor can help prescribe medication that can help the body cope with the reaction to the environment. Wind Burn can cause a dry burning feeling where a moisturizer with soothing Vitamin E can help, while overexposure to water can cause the skin to crack and dry out.  Using a thick moisturizer with ingredients such as shea butter and beeswax to lock in moisture can help with over exposure to water.

Sensitive Skin Caused by Stress

Stress can make people get flush, break out in hives, itch and ad to abnormal sweating, chills and discomfort.  Reactions with the skin to stress should be consulted with your Dermatologist as they may be able to prescribe an oral medication to help mitigate the effects of stress.  Discovering ways to reduce stress like excessive, yoga, hypnosis and meditation can help to manage stressful situations.

Deep Pores, Prevention and Causes

Does your face feel like an astroid hit it? Smooth skin is the envy of all, and if your acne is screaming, time is of the essence to control to not result in having deep pores making your skin look like a mine field.

Skin Pores

 All people have skin pores and they have an important function. Hair originates from pores and is important of course for protection and appearance.  Sweat glands reside within the pore to cool the body when overheated.  Oil glands also an important function to flush out toxins and moisturize the skin.  Skin pores become a problem when they get clogged from dirt and oil buildup and can cause them to enlarge and make you age.

The Causes of Large Skin Pores

 Your genes, your sex, age and oily skin all play a factor in the size of your pores. Your genes heredity can play a big part, look at your family and relatives and see if they have large pored skin, and if so, you should be diligent on your skincare to minimize large pores.  Your sex can play a large part as well, men having larger pores by nature, and women can have changes hormonally during their monthly cycle to cause pores to enlarge or recede.  You can't stop the time from ticking, but aged skin is a result of years of neglect, if you wear sunscreen, use retinol every third night and Vitamin C serum every morning your skin can have a fighting chance to looking aged.  Wear hats and covers as well to mitigate sun damage.

Oily skin can be a major contributor to large pores, and one of the most correctable with the proper skin care.  Pores can become enlarged when clogged with excessive oil and dirt, taking measures to mitigate acne breakouts can be crucial to reducing large pores.

" You can reduce pore size by prevention, large pores can't be corrected so you must be diligent with your skincare."  Miss Violet

Acne Treatments start with a good cleanser to clean out the pores from dirt and oil.  A Clarisonic system can be a great measure to clearing the pores of excessive oil and dirt to ensure they aren't clogged.  Vitamin C and Niacinamide can clear fatty acids that can clog pores and improve circulation in the skin. Using a Retinol at night can reduce acne, promote collagen production and clear pores leaving the skin smooth and soft.

Reducing the Size of Large Pores

Once you have large pores, they don't disappear, making prevention pivotal.  Using Sunscreen and preventing oily skin and acne breakouts are crucial.  Sesame Oil can absorb deep into the pores and has an antibacterial property that cleans pores, but also helps the skin regenerate to tighten skin and keep the pores from enlarging.  Once the damage is done, using a foundation, like a tinted sunscreen will help reduce the appearance and prevent further enlargement.  



Benefits of Cleansers for the Face

Skincare Cleanser Products
 A bar of soap seems so simple, but in fact it can create havoc on your tender and delicate face. Cleansers are used to remove makeup, dirt and oils that can clog skin pores and create acne or other inflammations of the skin.  Cleansers are typically used in the morning to start the face with a clean surface to apply moisturizer, toner, makeup and sunscreen.  At night it is used to clean the face of products applied to the skin during the day as well as dirt and other pollutants.  Their are 3 main reasons to use a cleanser over a bar soap:

1. Bar soap PH is typically 9 or 10, while facial skin is around 4.7 PH.  Changing the PH balance can lead to overgrowth of bacteria which can result in acne.

2. Bar soap has thickeners to give the bar shape, which can clog pores and lead to acne.
3. Bar soap can remove natural oils, causing the oil glands to overproduce, leading to clogged pores and acne.

Tips for When and What to buy for a Cleanser

Cleansers are needed when makeup, dirt and oil invade our skin.  If your skin is clean though, for instance after a night of sleep after you cleansed before bed, their is no reason to cleanse again unless you feel oily and dirty.  Natural oils in your body are a good thing, they retain moisture, help skin functions and generally are made by your body for a reason!  However too much of a good thing can turn bad, so gauge yourself when it's time for a cleanse, not necessarily a strict routine.  

Cleansers are on your skin for a short time.  Choosing one that is expensive and claims of all kinds of posh ingredients are not needed, the short time it is on your face will not allow those beautiful ingredients to soak in.  A cleanser is supposed to be washed away, save your money for the next step after you cleanse, like Retinol, Vitamin C Serum, Eye Cream or Anti Aging products.  Using a Cleanser before applying your skincare will allow the product to penetrate and absorb better.  Using a Clarisonic brush with a cleanser will help penetrate your skincare products better by 61% studies show. 

Cleansers for Acne

NeoStrata Antibacterial Facial Cleanser
Exuviance Clear and Smooth
PCA Skin BPO 5% Cleanser
Ilike Lemon Cleansing Milk

Cleansers for Humidity

 SkinCeuticals Simply Clean

Cleansers for Normal Skin

Revision Brightening Wash 
PCA Skin Facial Wash
NeoStrata Facial Cleanser 
NeoStrata Foaming Glycolic Wash 
Ilike Grape Stem Cell Cleansing Milk 

Monday, October 28, 2013

Vitamin C Benefits for Skin Care

Vitamin C Skin Care
Miss Violet Advises a Vitamin C Serum as one of the Top Skin Care Products to Have in Your Bathroom Drawer."

Natures goodness that comes from the sun also packs a punch on delivering your skin protection and repair against the sun.  Vitamin C tightens and brightens the skin. Vitamin C or L-Ascorbic Acid fights wrinkles,will combat harmful effects of the Sun and irradiates hyper pigmentation and hormonal melasma. It is a potent antioxidant and studies have shown that applying Vitamin C under sunscreen will render the sunscreen more effective.

A good stable C serum will give collagen an added activation resulting in a more youthful appearance by minimizing fine lines and wrinkles. Additionally it replaces ingredients that are caused by exposure to the environment stress and poor diet resulting in free radical damage. The aging process is slowed down by being a powerful anti-oxidant and preventing free radical damage.

Vitamin C prevents skin from producing melanin during UV exposure. Also as skin ages circulation diminishes and deprives skin cells of vitamin C. As a powerful anti-oxidant and with the prevention of melanin production Vitamin C effectively brightens the skin over time.

What to Look For When Purchasing Vitamin C Serum

When looking to a C Serum pay close attention to the concentration. Serums can be expensive due to the difficulty of stabilizing the vitamin C. There are many types of vitamin C, but L-Ascorbic is the most powerful and the most difficult to stabilize. Most C products range from 5-20%. Any higher percentage will not be properly absorbed. A not publicized fact is the optimal pH level , which should be at least 3.5. If the pH level is not listed check with the manufacturer.

Start with a 5%-10% serum and work towards a 20%. C Serum is absorbed immediately, even if you wash your face immediately afterwards. Initially there may be some redness and stinging. This irritation will subside as one acclimates to the product. If redness persists for longer than 3 days your skin basically does not like Vitamin C.

Store your product in cool , dark place. The serum should be packaged in a dark bottle or a metal tube. And of course my recommendation for a stable C Serum with a pH of 3.5 is the spaViolet "C Me Clearly " available at Other superb products are Revision Vitamin C 30% and 15% with one of the highest concentrations of Vitamin C on the market. Also SkinCeuticals gives a couple products with formulations of other antioxidants with Vitamin C to give a broad range of benefits and restorative properties. C E Ferulic and Phloretin C F are some of the best Vitamin C products on the market.

The Benefits of Vitamin A for your Skin

"Miss Violet has Retinol as one of the Top Picks of Skin Care that should be in your Bathroom Drawer."

Vitamin A has been FDA approved for use on skin for over 40 years, first administered for treating acne. Patients started seeing not only acne diminishing but also clarity of skin with smooth skin, even tone and a reduction of fine lines and wrinkles. Vitamin A, also known as a retinoid or Retinol shows visible results of leaving the skin clearer, brighter, softer and smoother while also aiding in collagen production. Rosacea sufferers can use retinol as a treatment to reduce the redness. UV rays reduce the effectiveness of retinol, and therefore primarily is sold as a night cream.

How to Use Vitamin A or Retinol

If used regularly, Vitamin A, or Retinol can show visible results within 3 months for over the counter, and one month with prescription strength (1%). Retinol should be used at night to achieve maximum results, as sun will degrade the effectiveness. Dryness, redness and flaking can occur when using Retinol so it should be first used once or twice a week until the skin gets used to the treatment. Using a soothing cream afterward with Vitamin E can help calm the skin. Once you have no adverse affects you can increase the treatment to every other night. If redness or irritation persists, stop using as their a few people with ultra sensitive skin that the discomfort outweighs the benefits.

Warnings about using a Retinol

Retinol is safe, but you should take precautions if you are pregnant or breastfeeding as studies have not been conducted on the safety with women during this period. If you have ultra sensitive skin and feel constant irritation you will want to stop using. Prior to waxing do not use a retinoid as more redness can occur when using before a wax. Some things decrease the effectiveness, so should not be used in conjunction such as Benzoyl Peroxide, Alpha Hydroxy Acid and Sunlight.

Where to find Retinol

Retinol can be found at our shop with the following products which are priced competitively. Make sure when you purchase that the product says “pure retinol” and the percentage amount or you may be getting a watered down product.  SkinCeuticals offers a .5% retinol, perfect for the first time users.  Since retinol can irritate the skin until it builds up a tolerance, starting out with a lower percentage will help ease into the benefits.

SkinCeuticals Retinol 0.5%

SkinCeuticals Retinol

NeoStrata Skin Care Products


NeoStrata SkinCare Products

Unless I have my favorite esthetician by my side, NeoStrata products all look the same to me, and it's hard to figure out which one is right for me.  Miss Violet gives you the differences of each NeoStrata product to help you decide. Neostrata products are world known for the best AHA skin care for personal use. NeoStrata has formulated their own acids that are gentler for sensitive and Rosacea prone skin. Each product is different to fit the needs of skin type, sensitivity, daytime or night, face or body and first time user or AHA skin veteran. Keeping skin clean to help blood flow and the skin functioning optimally helps reduce Rosacea effects and acne, promote cell renewal and reduce wrinkles.

Benefits of NeoStrata Products

NeoStrata Products, Which Ones is For YOU?
Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA) are acids that exfoliate your skin to leave it smoother and even texture while reducing fine lines and wrinkles. A peel effect the skin boosts collagen production and evens hyperpigmentation and reduce age spots to be a great anti aging regement for your skin. AHA are superb for cleaning skin pores and blackheads making it a leading ingredient for reducing acne.

Key Ingredients in NeoStrata Skin Care Products

Vitamin A

FDA approved for reducing acne, vitamin A reduces fine lines and wrinkles and can degrade in the sun, so used at night.

Vitamin B

Hydrates skin while repairing and soothing. Reduces Acne and Blemishes

Vitamin C

Antioxidant that helps reduce sunburns, fine lines and wrinkles while combating free radical damage from environmental effects.

Vitamin E

Antixoidant that helps repair environmental damage and soothes skin.  Some people are alergic to Vitamin E so NeoStrata offers products with and without.

Vitamin K

Diminishes dark circles around the eyes and tightens skin.


Anti inflammatory and antiviral it creates a protective cover around your skin to hydrate with Vitamin A for anti aging benefits.

Glycolic Acid

Reduces fine lines and wrinkles while smoothing skin and evening hyperpigmentation. Great for an acne treatment to clean pores and blackheads, reduce blemishes and acne scars.

Gluconolactone Acid

Formulated by NeoStrata, it is more gentle than other AHA, is great for sensitive skin or rosacea treatments. Has antioxidants, antibacterial and a UV protectant.

Lactobionic Acid

Benefits like other AHA to reduce acne and fine lines and wrinkles, but unlike others is an antixoidant that firms skin and reduces puffiness and swelling.

Maltobionic Acid

A great humecant, is an antioxidant that reduces fine lines and wrinkles while also promoting collagen production.

Rosacea Symptoms, What Causes and Treatments

Rosacea Symptoms, What Causes and Treatments

Rosacea is a continual inflammatory skin condition that primarily affects the facial skin, but may also appear on one's neck, chest, scalp, ears, back and eyes. Approximately 1 in every 20 Americans are estimated to be affected with rosacia, most common among fair skinned people of Northern European decent. Though cases in Asia, the Middle East, South Asia, China and Mexico have been diagnosed, spurring the issue that lifestyle, not just skin color may be a factor.

Signs and Symptoms

The signs and symptoms of rosacea is flushing, facial hyper-activity (vessels dilate quite easily). Persistent redness due to dilation of tiny blood vessels near th surface of the facial skin at postules and popules (inflammatory or acne rosacea). Eighty one percent of rosacea suffers say that sun triggers the onset of rosacea the most. Other factors include hot foods and drinks, caffeine, spicy foods, dairy products, extreme changes in temperature, humidity, wind, stress, exercise, alcohol, coricusteroids, high blood pressure medicine, coughs, colds, fever, and some chronic medical conditions (ie. Hypertension).
Two important functions of the skin that when hindered can onset the rosacea effects. Tumor Necrosis Factor–alpha contributes to generating blood vessels and increasing blood-flow; therefore,when triggered by environmental insults it can lead to flushing and redness. Prostaglandin dilates blood vessels and modulates blood pressure; therefore, when overwhelmed with environmental insults it can lead to burning and discomfort. Therefore treatments that reduce environmental effects will help these two skin functions to regulate themselves better.

Treatment for Rosacea

Though there is no cure for rosacea, treatment is imperative or the signs will worsen. A combination of medications, skin care products and lifestyle will relieve the severity or rosacea. Topical medications such as trogel, metrocream, clintamycin, azelaic acid (Azelex and Finacea), Benzoyl Peroxide and Tretinoin (Retin-A) for hard to treat cases. Often oral medications such as anti-biotics ard Oraca are prescribed often in conjunction with topical medications. Clinical studies via the National Rosacea Society have shown significant imporvement in visible blood vessels (telangiectosia) and redness (erthena) after average of three treatments.
Recommended products for rosacea is an incredible find by Neostrata, a high performancs and price conscious brand. The poly Hydroxy (PHA), lactobionic products gently target and strengthen the vulnerable protective barrier of the skin. NeoStrata's Facial Cleanser, Ultra Moisturizing Face Cream, Bionic Face Serum and Cream and NeoStrata's Daytime Protection Cream SPF 15 is the perfect fit for rosacea sufferers. If plagued by Acne Rosacea substitute the PHA Cleanser with NeoStrata's Antibacterial Facial Cleanser 4 PHA and NeoStrata Renewal Cream with pro-retinol at night. Rosacea will worsen with time if left untreated.
SkinCeuticals CE Ferulic gives 8 times the protection against UV rays that cause burns, being an effective treatment for rosacea sufferers, especially since sun exposure is the single most onset of inflammation. CE Ferulic also protects from environmental factors, helping the skin function normally.

Creating the Perfect Luscious Lips

Since the Ancient Egyptians used liner to define their lips, our kind have desired lips that are luscious, youthfull and pouty. As we age our lips can get thinner, color blander and wrinkles creep in, eek! Below are some tips for juicy, beautiful lips. Also we will do a run down some information on lip augmentation and permanent makeup.


For smooth silky lips, apply a moisturizing lip balm cream in the morning and night. Keeping your lips juicy and lush is important with lip balms.

Lip Plumper Lip Gloss

What is Plumping Lip Gloss? Lip plumpers make the lip have a reaction making them swell to cause them to be fuller and add more vibrant color. You can get plumping lip gloss in a clear or a colored gloss. This ads a temporary effect of plumping without using pricy botox or fat injections. Their are different ways lip plumpers work. Using Pepperment or Cinnamon, these natural spices can cause a temporary inflamation reaction to your lips, making them swell. Some plumpers use microspheres, which draw water molecules to the surface of the skin making them plump. And lastly some lip plumpers use tri-peptide of amino acids known as palmetoiloligopeptide. These lip plumpers stimulate elastin and collagen production in the lips, but must be used daily for weeks to see a result.


A shimming highlighter product can do wonders to make your lips stand out. Add a dab to your Cupids Bow, which is your upper divet in your lip to make them look larger. Cream highlighters work best to blend rather than powders that can sit on the surface.


As we age, our muscles degenerate causing a thinner lip. Doing excersizes can maintain the muscles around the lips. One way is to smile for 5 seconds and follow that with a pucker. Another way is to move your mouth in a figure 8 to make the muscles strengthen. Promoting the muscles to be stronger also stimulates the production of collagen, which is a natural plumping agent.

Having Lip liner and color done can save you money on expensive lipsticks and time getting ready in the morning. Permanent Lips also benefits you from no more smearing or wondering if your lipstick is on your teeth! The procedure is two to three hours and a minimum of two procedures is necessary to getting the color to the right tint.

Temporary Lip Augmentation

Brand names such as Restylane, Perlane and Juvederm are all forms of hyaluronic acid, which has been shown to be a safe material. The results last 4-6 months and one syringe costs $600. Temporary Lip Augmentation is to add fullness to your lips giving them more volume.

Artificial Permanent Lip Augmentation

Permanent Fillers that are artificial should not be used. Often they harden making it a problem to the consumer. Many are noticeable because they protrude out over time and can be felt as unnatural. Many Artificial Permanent Lip Augmentation products have been pulled from the market with unsatisfied patients. Products such as silicone, Artefill, and saline filled tubes are types of Artificial Permanent Lips Augentation products.

Permanent Lip Augmentation with Tissue

Since the artificial Permanent Lip Augmentation procedures look bad, tissue is the only permanent way to go. This procedure has many drawbacks, mostly in time and money. The procedure can be done with a couple small grafts, or one big graft. Each session needs to be done in a very sterile environment, have liposuction from a different area, and anethesia which makes each time around $4000. The fat dissolves into the surrounding tissue, so a couple small grafts need to be done to counteract the results going down. Doing one big graft can cause you to have very noticeable huge lips that will take a few weeks to a few months to absorb and look more normal. A material called hyaluronidase can be used to disolve the fat if in the end it was overdone and needs to be reduced.


Microdermabrasion or "Lunchtime Peel" is a gentle procedure that removes dead skin on the outermost layer of dead skin cells from the epidermis. The microdermabrasion machine uses an exfoliant machine that has crystals or diamond flakes to lightly remove the skin with a suction. The speed and suction pressure can be adjusted to ensure a painless, easy, non-invasive procedure to the person receiving the treatment. A treatment can last from 15 - 30 minutes typically and is preformed by nurses, estheticians, and medical assistants. Microdermabrasion is usually done to the face and neck, but also can be used on the back of hands. The average cost of microdermabrasion is $125 for a treatment. Microdermabrasion can be used with or replaced with other resurfacing procedures such as chemical peels, laser resurfacing, and dermabrasion.

Benefits of Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion rejuvinates the skin by taking the outermost dead skin cells from the epidermis. The treatment makes your skin feel vibrant and soft and smooth afterwards. Microdermabrasion can remove hyperpigmentation, blotchy skin, diminish fine lines, stretchmarks, wrinkles, acne, shallow acne scars or large pores. With the dead skin removed can allow skin products and medicine to penetrate the skin by 10-50%. Makeup and self-tanning products go on more smoothly after a microdermabrasion treatment. Like brushing your teeth, microdermabrasion removes the "plaque" of the skin of debri and old skin to leave smooth even toned skin. Microdermabrasion promotes new skin growth and therefore can be repeated once a week if desired.

Effects of Microdermabrasion

After a microdermabrasion treatment a person can return to their daily life afterwards. For one or two days after the treatment the skin may be sensitive and it is best to wear sunscreen and stay out of the sun. Since skin regenerates itself every 30 days, a microdermabrasion treatment is temporary and needs to be done every two to four weeks to achieve continued results, followed by once every one to three months to maintain the results.

What to Expect

Most reputable full service salons will offer microdermabrasion. The treatment starts with talking about what the desired result is and how the treatment will work. The clinician will also talk about care for your skin afterwards and asking about some medical question to make sure you are a good candidate for microdermabrasion. They will probably ask about diabetes, if you are known to have herpes, fever blisters or cold sores in the area, to limit smoking and aspirin and to avoid taking Accutane.

Since microdermabrasion is using crystal particles, the clinician may put a cover on their mouth and nose and goggles on. They will also put goggles on the person receiving the treatment. The skin is cleaned and then using a hand held device, the clinician sprays tiny crystals onto the skin and sucks them up with the loose skin through the device suction. This procedure can be done at varying intensity that you can work up to for a deeper effect or less for low pain tolerance.

Who Should Avoid Microdermabrasion

Some people should avoid microdermabrasion if they are taking sunburn, windburn, Retin A, Glycolic Acid or Lactic Acid peels as these cases might make the skin too sensitive. Microdermabrasion should be avoided for people with active keloids, smokers, lesions, recent herpes outbreaks, warts, active weeping acne, rosacea, unstable diabetes or auto-immune system disorders.


Dermaplaning, or "blading the skin" uses a surgical blade done by a clinitian to get rid of dead skin cells and rejuvinate the skin. Dermaplaning has many of the same benefits of Microdermabrasion, and can be done to people with sensitive skin, rosacea, or vasucular issues unlike microdermabrasion. Dermaplaning gets rid of all the "peach fuzz" hair as well leaving you with a smooth supple skin.

Benefits of Dermaplaning

Dermaplaning has no down time for recovery. Dermaplaning can help people with hyperpigmentation, rough and dry skin, fine lines, wrinkles or acne scarring. Dermaplaning may be used by estheticians to prepare the skin for a chemical peel or cleansing facial, allowing that treatment to penetrate the skin better. Many have concern that removing the vellus hair can make the hair grow back thicker, this is not true. The procedure may make the hair follical have a blunt edge, but it will not be thicker. Your body has vellus and terminal hair. Terminal hair when cut can grow back thicker, however the fine vellus blonde hair cannot grow back thicker. Vellus hair can trap debris and oils so it is good to remove it on a regular basis to achieve clean skin. Dermaplaning can get rid of the woman mustache, fine wrinkles on your crows feet and forehead as well as make your makeup go on smooth and flawless.

How the Dermaplaning Procedure Works

Dermaplaning should be done by a State Licensed Barber or Cosmetology Professional. Dermaplaning is a quick procedure with no adverse effects, however usually a sign of consent is required since any procedure using a blade can create nicks. Dermaplaning is typically done only on the face. The clinitian will first clean the face with mild keratolytic properties to loosen the dead skin. The skin needs to be dry and it is encouraged for the client to remain still to avoid nicks. A number 10 surgical blade is used at a 45 degree angle and stroked on the skin on the opposite of hair direction. Vellus hair and dead skin cells on the epidermous are removed. After the dermaplaning procedure a hydrating lotion and sunscreen is applied to protect the skin. Dermaplaning can be done every two weeks for optimal results.

Who Should Avoid Dermaplaning

People that are allergic to the metal of the blade (Nickel usually), lesions, or inflamed acne should avoid dermaplaning.

All About Permanent Makeup

Permanent makeup, can also be called cosmetic makeup, cosmetic tattoo or micro pigmentation. Permanent makeup can save money on makeup, time getting ready in the morning, and get the desired look all day long without smears. Typically permanent makeup can be used to enhance or restore eyebrows, eyeliner, or lips. Permanent makeup can be used to help people with problems putting on makeup or fixing an existing issue. Selecting the right professional cosmetic makeup technician should be an important decision since the effects are permanent, on your face, has cleanliness guidelines and does previous work that you like.

Special Cases for Cosmetic Makeup

Dale Hall, owner of spaViolet in Solana Beach California tells us that there are many reasons clients come to her for permanent makeup. There are often life issues that make permanent makeup a good decision for helping people look and feel natural. Allergies, arthritis, Parkinson's or other dexterity problems that have trouble or forego putting on makeup choose permanent makeup as a choice so they don't have to struggle or can't put on daily makeup. Cancer suriviors can have areola \ nipple re-pigmentation to restore their look to breasts. The lip can be reshaped with cleft lip or other scars that cause the lip to look uneven. Alopecia, cancer and burn patients can get eyebrows, eyes and lips restored from hair loss or disfigurement. Undesired tattoos can be camouflaged with laser, but but also with flesh pigmentation applied to the tattoo it can disappear with cosmetic makeup. Scars and Virgilio can be covered up with flesh pigmentation as well to make a patient feel more confident with their appearance.

What to Expect With a Permanent Makeup Treatment

A permanent makeup treatment should start with a free consultation where you can see before and after photos and talk to the permanent makeup technician on what your desires are. Once you are comfortable that they will achieve your desires you will work on choosing the color. Before the treatment refrain from caffeine as it is a stimulant. Tell the clinician about any diabetes, hepatitis or heart problems. If you have a history of cold sores and doing a lip procedure, use Lysine which is over the counter one week prior to the treatment. A topical anesthetic is applied to the area of treatment. Sterilized disposable needles are used to implant the special FDA approved chosen pigment for permanent makeup that compliments your skin. Though each client is different, most say it feels like a vibrating feeling rather than pain.
After the procedure the color will look darker than usual, and will look more to the desired pigment after 5-6 days. Keep the area clean and do not apply makeup or go swimming or go to a steamroom while the area is healing. Tenderness and bruising may occur, but most people say they can return to work the next day. One to two follow up treatments need to occur generally to achieve the desired look. Make the appointment for touchups more than one month after the initial procedure to allow for healing, and allow the color to settle.

Choosing the Right Permanent Makeup Practitioner

When choosing someone to do permanent makeup, cost should not be the first decision. Your face is so important and personal, and deciding who is going to enhance it permanently should not be taken lightly. Here are the following things to consider when looking for the right permanent makeup practitioner for you:

- Board certified from the American Academy of Micropigmentation
They require a written, oral, and practical exam for certification.
- Reviews by other clients
- Ask someone that has a treatment done beautifully who did it

- Before and after pictures of the practitioners work

- A free consultation of color and look

- Communication skills to listen to what you desire

- Price (a low price may mean inexperience)

- Insurance

- Establishment is inspected by the local board of health

Is Permanent Makeup Safe?

Permanent makeup for the eyebrows, eyeliner or lips can be safe when it is done with an experienced proffesional. Zwerling, chairman of the American Academy of Micropigmentation (AAM) in Goldsboro, N.C. cautions against blush or eyeshadow done permanently, since the color can be unpredictable and an allergic reaction, although rare, to such a large area of the face can result in a large reconstructive face surgery. Iron - Oxide based pigment has been proven to be the safest pigment, while vegetable based natural pigments have shown the most adverse effects. Anyone can tattoo you, so make sure you take precautions. The business should be regularily inspected by the board of health. Make sure they open up a fresh needle from a package and a fresh bottle of ink.

Dale Hall

Loraine-Dale Hall has 20 years experience doing permanent makeup in San Diego.  If interested in cosmetic tattooing, she offers a free consultation to review your optimal results. Dale currently holds memberships in The American Association of Micropigmentation ( AAM ) , The Society of Permanent Makeup Professionals ( SPCP ) and The National Areola and Nipple Tattoo Registry ( NANTR ).
For more information please go to her Website.

What is Eyebrow and Eyelash Tinting?

Eyebrow and eyelash tinting is a way of dying your brows and lashes to make a bolder, more even and fuller look to your eyebrows and eyelashes. Many spas and salons offer this service and some prefer to do it at home but not recommended. Making sure you pick the right shade, leave it in for the right amount of time and not accidentally dye beyond the area that should be affected are reasons to allow a professional to do your tinting.

How to Tint Eyebrows and Eyelashes

Choose a color that is matches close to your hair color. Generally if you are a blonde choose a color two shades darker to have them stand out. If you are a brunette, choose two colors lighter to not have your eyebrows look too thick and heavy. Picking a color that doesn't match your hair will cause an unsettling look, so getting the right shade of blonde, brown, black or red is important. Your eyebrows and eyelashes should be clean and free of lotion, makeup and dirt. Leaving it on too long can cause the color to be darker than intended. Since this is dye, be careful to not get it on fabric, skin, or eyes, making it important to go to a spa or salon and get this done professionally by a specialist. Eyebrows and Eyelashes, just like your hair fall out and regenerate. Tinting lasts usually around a month to seven weeks. Eventually your real color will start to come back just as it does with dyed hair. This makes it important to not have the dye color be too off from the color of your hair. If you break out afterward then discontinue use as you can have an allergic reaction to the dye.

Reasons to do Eyebrow and Eyelash Tinting

Tinting is a semi-permanent way to accentuate your eyebrows and eyelashes and has many benefits and reasons to use. If you love to work out and sweat or use the pool, tinting will allow you to look your best and not worry about makeup running, smudging and the reapplying. Having tinting done can save you time with your makeup regiment as it is lasting. People with sensitive skin to makeup will find that you can get the results you want with tinting without makeup. Tinting can make people with grey or subtle hair get a bolder more enhanced look with their eyebrows and lashes. If you like the results of tinting, a great next step is to get permanent cosmetic tattooing done for eyeliner and eyebrows by a professional technician.

Shaping the Perfect Eyebrow

Your eyebrows are the most important facial feature for makeup. Eyebrows can lift the eyes and narrow or widen your face. Leaving eyebrows ungroomed makes someone look unkept and obtrusive. Overworking eyebrows can leave someone with a bald noticeable area that calls attention to itself. Perfect eyebrows should make someone look awake, young and vibrant and not call attention as unnatural.

Math Class for Eyebrows!?

The shape of the eyebrow should start with line A ( straight line from nostril ) and end at line B ( 45 degrees from nostril ). The bottom of the eyebrow should be at the same height from start to the end with line C. The peak of the eyebrow should be a straight line up from the outer side of the eyeball shown with line D.

Different Ways to Shape Your Eyebrow

1. Do It Yourself

Use a light makeup pencil to draw the shape you intend to make your eyebrow. Once you are happy with your shape, pluck away, and make sure you don't get overzealous since you can't get the hair back and thin eyebrows age you! Don't use stencils as this will make them look unnatural, your eyebrows don't need to be symmetrical.
For daily maintenance do a quick check for hair that is growing back where it is undesired and pluck it. Use an eyebow brush to work out the old hair and direct the hair. Eyebrow wax will hold the hair in place nicely. If some areas need to be filled in, use an eyebrow powder or a light shade pencil to add volume to thin areas.

2. Eyebrow Waxing

Waxing at a salon is a great way to get the shape of your eyebrows. A good salon should take you into a private room and ask you what shape of eyebrow you would like, thin, full, large arch or just cleaned up. Sometimes they start by using scissors, don't worry as it may feel like they are taking off too much, but they are just taking their time for perfection. They will clean, apply powder, apply the wax and then rip the wax strip off. It will hurt the first time, but get better each time. The technician will clean the excess wax off and tweaze any remaining hair that the wax did not get. If the work was done too thin, then you will have to fill it in with makeup till it grows back in. If it is too thick, as the technician to make it thinner, and if it is perfect, make a standing appointment with that technician to ensure you get it right everytime.

3. Threading

A fairly new technique in the states, but a very old technique in the Middle East or India, threading has become very popular. Threading can be done by a good technician in less than 5 minutes and simply put, it removes hair with a thread. The technique is not as painful and can be more precise than waxing, but also harder to master.

4. Permanent Cosmetic Eyebrows

Sometimes from medical conditions, heredity, color of eyebrow hair or over tweezing you can have eyebrows that need to be enhanced daily with makeup to make them look good. In these cases, permanent cosmetic eyebrows can be your answer so you have the same look daily of full eyebrows. Look for a good technician in your area to give you natural eyebrows that look like individual hair. Ask the technician to show pictures of their work to make sure they are the right fit for you.

Making Eyes Stand Out

Your eyes can look beautiful with some simple tips to follow. Creating young, awake, fresh eyes take both natural care and makeup to maintain stunning eyes. New products are also coming available to put you ahead of everyone else and make you look fabulous.

Natural Tips to Beautiful Eyes

- Sunscreen reduced crows feet and wrinkles
- Get 8 hours of sleep

- H2O keeps the bags away, drink up!

- It goes with drinking water, avoid salty foods to stay hydrated

- Exercise to increase your blood circulation

- Cucumbers, Tea bags, and cotton balls soaked in milk can tone your skin around the eyes

- Allergies can make your eyes red and puffy, so see your doc and try to minimize your sneezes

- If you wear glasses, change to contacts to show off your eyes

- Shape your eyebrows to make your eyes look more fresh and awake.

- Pull your hair so your hair doesn't hide your face.

- Your Genetics play a part, so you'll be working with some of the same issues your parents did.

- Retinol and Vitamin E Eye cream helps with wrinkles and puffiness.

Makeup Tips For Beautiful Eyes

- Use Foundation and concealer under the eyes reduces the bags under the eyes.
- Eyeliner starting thin in the inner corners and getting thicker as you move out will make your eyes pop.

- When putting on eyeshadow, use colors that will enhance your eye color to make them pop. For brown, use blue to purple hues. For blue, use brown tints. For a natural look use natural tints with shimmer, with a darker shade on the outer sides.

- Remember to curl your eyelashes and apply mascara, the thinner the better to not have globs.

- A product on the market called LiLash is a serum that can lengthen your eyelashes, read more here.

Permanent Makeup

Permanent Makeup can let you throw out your eyeliner and add a couple minutes of sleeping in for a lifetime. A Permanent Cosmetic Technician can give your eyes a perfectly done eyeliner that won't run when swimming or smudge ever.

Causes and Treatments for Dark Circles Under Eyes

tired eyes
Dark Circles Under Eyes

How to Correct Dark Circles

Tired of looking tired!  Dark under-eye circles and bags can be pesky and difficult to camouflage and can also make you look like a cast member of “True Blood”.  Miss Violet is able to recommend techniques non-invasive and invasive procedures to help eliminate puffy dark wrinkles and tired looking eyes. 

The Causes of Puffy Under-Eye Bags and the Solution

The thinnest skin is around our eyes and therefore is influenced by:
• Hay Fever
• Sinus Infections
• One's Sleeping Position
• Excessive Drinking
• Salt Intake
• Going to Sleep with Makeup On
• Crying

The easy fixes for hay fever are allergy meds & sinus infection is anti-biotics.  For sleeping, try sleeping on your back with an extra pillow.  As for drinking, makeup etc. stop with the nightly bottle of Chardonnay, wash you face, stop with the salt shaker and is he really that important to cry all night about !?

The Causes for Dark Circles or AKA Periorbital Dark Circles and How to Fix Them

Heredity is the most common cause, the more transparent the skin or deep set the eyes, when the blood passes through that thin, sensitive skin it takes on a bluish tint.  Other reasons are medications that dilate the blood vessels, anemia, fatigue, sun and good old aging all may be factors of periorbital dark circles. 

Solutions can be to not smoke, get plenty of sleep, use sunscreen or skin lighteners, such as Vitamin K, hydroquinone, retin-A, and Kojic Acid, all found in good eye creams.  More slightly invasive procedures include IPL (Intense Pulse Light), Fillers and even surgery.  A service of IPL treatments can destroy the under-eye pigmentation and smooth resurface the skin.  Fillers are a wonderful correction for the deep contours of the eye socket.  A plastic surgeon or dermatologist injects usually Juvederm or Restalyn deep under the muscle, make sure your doc is experienced with under-eye injections.  This procedure is not as crazy as it sounds.... shhh I can attest to the bountiful results.  There will be swelling and bruising and your Doc might want to also inject Botox to help erase crow's feet – your decision on how much or little you want.  A good trick to avoid bruising and (and the possibility of your husband finding out about your Botox) is to take Arnica 3-5 days before and after the procedure.

The most invasive is surgery or blepharoplasty.  Doctor's make incisions on the eyelid and then smooth the under-eye fat deposits of even add to it with fat grafts.  An antiquated option was to remove the fat pads, do not let them do this.  This will only add to the gaunt, hollow look.  Remember a youthful face will have volume.  Plan on a 10 day recovery with bruising and swelling. 

The best way to erase dark circles with makeup is to dot a luminous primer on the orbital bone, then create a V with a yellow concealer on the cheekbone and a peach concealer below the eye.  For supreme brightness cover the lower lash line and inner rim with white gel liner, blend and brush on mascara. 

Through trial and error I have found a few eye creams that deliver incredible results, and I am not talking hemorrhoid cream.  Teamine Eye Complex by Revision addresses not only dark circles, but smooths skin and firms, brightens and de-puffs.  Neostrata Bionic Eye Cream is formulated with Vitamin K and targets all 3 under eye plagues.  And last but not least, Eye to Eye by yours truly (Miss Violet) is an effective target treatment of dark, crepey and puffy eyes.

Different Types of Hair Removal

For the most part, you are the one of many that use razors to remove unwanted hair. Waxing, Electrolysis, and Laser offer ways of getting rid of unwanted hair for longer periods of time, or permanently.


Waxing can remove the roots of the hair and keep hair off the area from 2 to 8 weeks. Sensitive skin such as genitals and nipples should be done by a professional since you can damage the skin. Some drawbacks are ingrown hair in thick area, and shouldn't be done to people with diabetes or areas with vericose veins and low circulation.

Hot Wax

Known as the most effective waxing treatment, hot wax is made of natural resins and beeswax which heats at high temperatures and hardens when cooled. A cotton cloth is applied to the wax after it goes on the skin and when it hardens the technician pulls the cloth taking the wax off, pulling the hair with the roots. Hot wax is the best method for getting short hairs. Some salons don't use this method as it can be the most painful.

Cold Wax

Cold wax is the most effective for waxing large areas like the back, navel, or legs. Cold wax is made of paraffin wax and resin materials. Most cold wax applications come with the strips already attached to the wax. One drawback with cold wax is that it leaves a residue that must be scraped or rubbed off. The Definitions of waxing are the following:

Bikini Wax - Waxes any hair outside the panty line

Full Bikini Wax - Goes a little deeper than just the panty line

French Bikini Wax - leaves a landing strip in the front, but the rest off

Brazilian Wax - Takes all the hair off but might leave a small triangle at the front

Hollywood Wax - Takes all of the hair off


Body sugaring is a cold waxing technique made with sugars, syrups and honey making it a natural home method. The skin is dusted with talcum or baby powder to absorb the skin oils that may interfere with gripping. According to Pioneer Thinking repeated use of sugaring can reduce the growth of hair.

Electrolysis Hair Removal

With a 90% success rate, electrolysis is a popular and effective method of hair removal for small areas since it deals with each individual hair. A small metal probe (needle) is put into the hair follicle and an electric charge is put through the needle cauterizing the follicle. Each hair needs to be individually done so it is time consuming, but much cheaper than laser and is proven to be effective. Some disadvantages is that the hair needs to be done at the their growth phase, meaning all hair in that area may not be growing at the same time, leading to many visits to the electrolysis appointments. The skin after the treatment can be inflamed and sore, and may be susceptible to infection if improperly done.

Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal is the best option for large areas of permanent hair removal, but it can be expensive, sometimes not effective and take many treatments. Blonde, grey, red hair as well as dark skin tones do not seem to be as successful with this treatment. For some, laser hair removal doesn't take at all, and if done wrong can leave you with burns, lesions, skin discoloration, and patchy re-growth. The best case scenerio is a light skinned person with dark hair. Many times if treated and the hair comes back it grows back thinner and less thick.

Lasers send a pulses of high-energy light that effects the melanin pigment which is in the hair's shaft. The problem is that skin also has melanin, making it so that the technician will need to heat the hair enough, but not too much to damage the skin.

Different Kinds of Body Wraps

Body Wraps
"Oooh so deLovely and Delicious, the perfect way to pamper yourself while treating your skin right."

Body wraps are a great way to pamper yourself that helps you rejuvenate and relax at your local day spa. Primarily most body wraps focus on weight loss, reduce toxins, improve skin, help with fatigue, arthritis or immune system. Typically a person will be wrapped in fabric, plastic, or elastic bands to ad tension, heat or keep treatments on your body. Seaweed, clay, mud, herbs, milk and honey, coffee or lotions may be used as treatments to get desired results of the body wrap.

Body Butters

Body Butters like lotions can moisturize and hydrate the skin. Almond butter, cocoa butter, jojoba, mango butter, and shea butter are examples of body butters used in body wraps. Warm body butter is applied and then steamy warm towels are wrapped around the body to create a cocoon wrapping followed by wrapping with a blanket to keep in the heat. The body wrap helps infuse the moisture of the lotions into the skin.
Hemp Seed Oil can also be used with this procedure and is becoming increasingly popular. Along with infusing moisture into the skin, it has anti-inflammatory to help relieve pain for sore muscles, chronic pain such as fibromyalgia and arthritis.


Hot sheets soaked in coffee is a popular hot sheet body wrap. Coffee has the same PH as skin, which can help even skin tones. Coffee body wraps are known to decrease water retention and firm tissue. Using a high caffeine coffee bean has been known to reduce cellulite. Sometimes coffee beans are ground and used as an exfoliant before the wrap. Sometimes body butters are combined with the coffee for an emollient application.


Herbs can help detoxify as well as help with joint and muscle pain. Sheets are soaked in a solution of herbs that are dissolved like a tea and then a hot sheet wrap application to the body is applied to infuse the herbs into the body. Ecinacea, Ginger, Juniper, Lemon Peel and Rosemary can help with detoxification. Alfalfa, Bay Leaves, Burdock root, Chamomile, Cloves, Peppermint, and Pine Needles used as an herbal infusion help with joint and muscle pain.

Milk and Honey

Milk and Honey is a great body wrap for dry or mature skin. The aroma is pleasing and is typically applied as a hot sheet body wrap. Milk has proteins that can help with the skin collagen and honey is soothing with antibacterial properties. Milk has alpha-hydroxy acids to exfoliate, dissolve dead skin to leave your skin looking new. Milk draws moisture to the skin, making moisturizing more effective. Honey has B vitamins, vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, Iron, Phosphoros, Potassium, and Zinc to ad essential vitamins and minerals to the body.


Used as a hot sheet, cocoon or plastic wrap, seaweed body wraps can ad a lot of healing qualities. Seaweed applied topically can be decreases muscle pain, stimulates lymph flow and circulation, and because it contains iodine, can balance the endocrine system. Seaweed can also stimulate circulation and reduce toxins also tightening the skin to help with stretch marks.

Infared Body Wrap

Infared Body Wraps use heat to reduce weight, up to 1200 calories in one treatment! The heat increases blood flow, flushes out toxin, cleanses and tones, as well as improves the skin’s elasticity. Drink a lot of water before and after since you will sweat your way to a more rejuvenated body.

All About Botox

Botox and Benefits
"We all need a little help now and then, and nobody needs to know! ;) "

Botulinum toxin type A, or BOTOX®, is a cosmetic procedure that is both loved and hated in the cosmetic industry. BOTOX® is actually the most common form or botulism bacteria, which ads to the controversy on top of overuse making a persons face look "frozen". What started out to help muscles in the eye in 1977 and muscle spasms in 1989 has become most popular since 1996 for cosmetic reasons. It's the easiest way to get the fountain of youth as it gets rid of wrinkles for up to six months in the treated area.

Benefits of BOTOX®

Even though the treatment of BOTOX® will last for a half a year at best, some wrinkles will remain gone for quite some time. BOTOX® trains the muscle to not tense up and it can continue to not wrinkle in the same place after the treatment has run it's course. In some ways BOTOX® can be used as a preventative measure for wrinkles to set in.
Other than avoiding if your pregnant or breastfeeding, BOTOX® is very safe and has been approved by the FDA and has been used for 25 years. Go light on the BOTOX® even if you love the results and you will get a natural look, not a frozen look.

How the BOTOX® Procedure Works

The person receiving BOTOX® should refrain from alchohol one week prior to the procedure and aspirin and ibuprofen two weeks prior to reduce the risk of bruising. Minor discomfort is felt, but no anesthesia is necessary when it is injected into the specific muscle that is being treated. Afterwards patients are asked to not lie down, massage or rub the area for four hours to not allow the injected Botox to spread to other areas. Bruising may occur and saggy eyelids for a short time are some of the shortcomings with the treatment. A typical session to one area costs $400, and the most common area is in between the eyebrows.

Other Ways to Reduce Wrinkles and Fine Lines

While Botox works with immobilizing the muscle, their are Injectable Dermal Fillers that can achieve the goal of reducing fine lines and wrinkles while giving the skin a more plump look. Collagen that is a natural fiber in the skin that holds the skin together in a elastic way breaks down while we age. Many fillers stimulate collagen growth or replace the loss to maintain a youthful look. Read more on our page about fillers for the skin here.

How Much Botox Do I Need?

Botox comes in a powder form that is measured in units, and then is diluted to make the injectable.  For a first time user with Botox, the treatment is done in the area of the brows and costs usually between $200-$240 lasting 3-4 months depending on each individual.

Injectable Dermal Fillers

Injectable Dermal Fillers

Along the lines of Botox, Dermal Fillers offer the fountain of youth and has become ever increasingly popular. No anesthesia or downtime is required offering fillers as an easy alternative to major surgery to maintain a youthful look. Botox is different than fillers, as it is used to immobilize the muscle that it is injected into, making wrinkles not form from nonmovement. Fillers plump up areas where the firm underlying collagen tissue has gotten weakened by age. Some fillers are man made and some are naturally made by animals or humans, each having pros and cons.

Collagen Injectables

Collagen is the framework of fibers in your skin that hold your skin firm, keep it elastic and maintain moisture and keep your youthful appearence. As you get older the collagen breaks down in your skin leading to sagging, wrinkles and an aged appearance. Topical collagen moisturizers can treat only the surface of the skin which can help maintain moisture in the skin, but doesn't replace lost collagen lost.

Collagen fillers are injected to give back natural collagen in the skin. It can make your skin look younger and reduce fine lines and wrinkles. CosmoDerm, CosmoPlast, Autologen, Cymetra, and Fascian are all human based collagen fillers used. Zyderm and Zyplast are made from cow skin. To keep the lasting effect you may need two to four injections a year to keep the treatment lasting. Just like natural collagen, injected collagen breaks down as well.

Artefill or PMMA microspheres

Polymethylmethacrylate beads

Artefill or PMMA microspheres - Polymethylmethacrylate beads are small manmade polymers that are non-biodegradable, and compatible with the body, to pose a low risk of an allergic reaction. Artefill is injected with a collagen made from cows underneath the skin. It is mostly used for nasolabial folds and has been deemed by many in the medical field to be unsafe used in any other area. Since Arefill are tiny plastic spheres, they can only be removed surgically, but people asked after five years are 90% satisfied and it has maintained their natural look appearance.

Facial Injections

Facia is a thin but strong fiberous structure that covers muscle and is found just below the skin. If you have cut raw chicken for food prep, the whitish thin tissue covering the muscle is facia to give you an idea. Facia can be harvested from your own body or from a deceased doner and implanted surgically or injected. The drawback of fascia is that within a year the body will absorb the facia.

Fat Injections

Fat injections are popular since using your own body fat gives a security that their will not be any allergic reaction. The body naturally absorbs some of the fat once injected, up to 40-60%. Six months after the procedure will usually result in the amount that will stay from the treatment. Since the body absorbs the fat, more fat is injected than needed, but also can make the area look unnatural until the absorption occurs. This leads to numerous smaller injections to get to the desired result, and assuring a look that doesn't look abnormal from having too much.

Hyaluronic Acid Injections

Hyaluronic Acid Injections are popular products such as Juvederm, Perlane, Restylane that use a natural material made in the body to ad fullness to the skin. Their is a very slight risk of an allergic reaction and one of the most cost effective ways to get a filler. Hyaluronic Acid Injections can come in a thin gel like form that is thin and can flow more consistently into the area underneath the skin, or a thick jello like form that keeps it's structure to fill in certain specific area. Hyaluronic Acid binds with water to maintain the fuller plump look of skin. Juvederm, Perlane, Restylane treatments last about a year so need to be repeated to achieve the desired result.

Filler comes in a liquid measurement called a cc.  Usually you purchase filler by the half and full syringe.. The cost is higher than botox but the products function in two very different ways and the filler can last from 3 to 4 times longer than Botox, lasting 9-12 months, depending on each individual.

Poly-L-lactic acid ( Sculptra )

Poly-L-lactic acid or famously known as Sculptra, is used to replace lost facial fat. This product originally was used for dissolvable stitches and bone screws. Sclulptra is a synthetic polymer that lasts three to five years, longer than any other commercial filler. Sculptra from their website mentions that the treatment is four injection sessions 3 weeks apart.


Radiesse is a calcium hydroxyapatite that is suspended in a water based gel that is injected that stimulates your body to build collagen and soft tissue. Radiesse is mostly used to plump up sunken areas in cheeks, under eyes, and nasal labial folds. Radiesse is a paste like substance normally found in bones. The treatment lasts one to three years and can make you look better over time because of how it stimulates collagen and soft tissue.