Medical Spa FAQ
Dr. Evan Sorokin offers a wide variety of medical spa treatments in New Jersey such as chemical peels, laser treatments, and BOTOX® Cosmetic injections. Because he understands that you want to learn more about your options, he has provided answers to the most frequently asked questions that he hears.
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- Can I combine BOTOX® Cosmetic with fillers?
- How do microdermabrasion and laser skin resurfacing differ?
- Does tattoo removal completely remove a tattoo?
- Is it true that LATISSE® can change your eye color?
- How much time is needed after treatment with a chemical peels?
- Can I use fillers and BOTOX Cosmetic as alternatives to face lift surgery?
- What's the best way to choose the right skin treatment?
- Does laser hair removal work for all types of skin colors and hair types?
- I have a mole that I would like removed. Will my insurance pay for this?
Can I combine BOTOX® Cosmetic with fillers?
Yes. Many patients decide to combine BOTOX Cosmetic treatments with injectable fillers like JUVÉDERM® or Restylane®. Since injectable fillers and BOTOX Cosmetic treat different types of wrinkles, combining them can provide for a more comprehensive rejuvenation.
How do microdermabrasion and laser skin resurfacing differ?
Laser skin resurfacing and microdermabrasion treat similar conditions but are performed using two very distinct methods. Microdermabrasion is similar to (but more powerful than) an over-the-counter facial scrub, which polishes the skin using tiny crystals that remove dead skin cells from the surface of the skin. Microdermabrasion can treat fine lines and can treat blackheads, enlarged pores, and acne scars. It also encourages new collagen growth in the skin. Laser skin resurfacing uses lasers to remove the outer-most layers of skin and has the ability to treat deeper lines and scars on the face than microdermabrasion. Laser resurfacing requires more downtime than microdermabrasion, but is more effective at treating more pronounced skin concerns.
Does tattoo removal completely remove a tattoo?
Yes. Depending on the size and color of the tattoo, it may take multiple treatments to completely remove a tattoo, but it is possible. There are many factors that will determine whether or not a tattoo can be completely removed, which Dr. Sorokin can discuss with you during your consultation.
Is it true that LATISSE® can change your eye color?
There is no evidence to suggest that LATISSE® can change the color of your irises. The only instance of this occurring was when the ingredients in LATISEE® were used as eye drops to treat glaucoma. It is therefore considered a risk, but a very small risk. When used for eyelash enhancement, LATISSE is applied to the base of the lashes, and should not enter the eye in significant amounts.
How much time is needed after treatment with a chemical peels?
After a chemical peel, the skin often peels for a few days, depending on the strength of the peel. Some peels require no downtime, others may require a week or more. During this time, you are still able to be active around the house, but you should avoid sunlight. Dr. Sorokin will discuss your options with you and help you decide the right peel to fit your schedule and your goals for cosmetic enhancement.
Can I use fillers and BOTOX Cosmetic as alternatives to face lift surgery?
For younger patients with fewer signs of aging, fillers and BOTOX Cosmetic may be able to treat milder signs of aging. However, for more severe signs of aging, where patients have sagging skin along the jaw or under the neck, Dr. Sorokin usually recommends a facelift in New Jersey.
What's the best way to choose the right skin treatment?
Dr. Sorokin recommends that patients familiarize themselves with their skin care options before coming in for a consultation. When you do come in for a consultation, Dr. Sorokin will discuss your options and make recommendations based on your goals for enhancement and you individual skin care needs. To help him pinpoint you unique skin concerns, Dr. Sorokin uses the innovative VISIA™ Skin Care Analysis System which uses multi-spectrum imaging to map out several common skin concerns on your face. In some cases, skin treatments may not be as effective surgical options.
Does laser hair removal work for all types of skin colors and hair types?
In the past, laser hair removal could not treat all types of hair and skin color. However, with the Alexandrite laser and Nd:Yag laser, Dr. Sorokin is able to treat virtually all skin colors and hair types.
I have a mole that I would like removed. Will my insurance pay for this?
The answer to this question depends on whether or not the skin lesion is cancerous or has cancerous traits. Many age spots and moles that have been present for years are benign (not cancerous) and will not be paid for by insurance. Furthermore every insurance company varies on whether or not they cover these lesions. Medicare does not cover benign lesion excision.
Any lesion considered cosmetic by the physician needs to be paid for prior to the procedure as any other cosmetic procedure. A suspicious lesion may be submitted to insurance for reimbursement but this will be a medical, not a financial, decision. Any and all skin lesions excised will be sent to a pathologist for microscopic examination.
Keep in mind that Dr. Sorokin does not participate in most insurance plans and that the cost of skin lesion excision usually will not be covered by insurance.