New Patient Information
Welcome to Plaza Aesthetics & Wellness! We are excited to meet you on your first visit to the spa!
Patient education is very important to us. We want to make sure we have all of the information we need about you, and that you have all the information you need about us and the services we offer.
To get started, please print out and complete the New Patient Intake Form. This way, we can dive right into your treatment during your complimentary consultation with Dr. Botros!
After you’ve filled out your New Patient Intake Form, you might have some questions. Our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) will take care of some of the most common questions our patients ask. If you can’t find it there, write it down! We can talk about it on your first visit.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Will I swell or bruise post injection?
Every patient is different, so it’s hard to say. Some patients might experience both, but others experience neither. When the swelling or bruising presents varies too, but you will leave the office with post care instructions and how to manage both.
For patients new to injections, we suggest to avoid scheduling your treatment immediately prior to an important event where you’ll have your picture taken. It also helps to take anti-inflammatory before or after your treatment.
How many units of neuromodulator (BOTOX) will I need?
Since this product’s popularity has grown, some women in their 20’s start getting injections as a preventative anti-aging approach. They only need 20 units for a noticeable result. Women just starting neuromodulator at age 50 to 60-years-old could need 30-40 units. Dr. Botros discusses this in more detail during your initial consultation, which is always complimentary.
How often will I need to come in to maintain?
Dr. Botros takes a conservative approach with anyone new to injections. You can always add more but you can’t take away. To get a natural result, Dr. Botros starts with a minimal amount to see results within two weeks. If more is needed, she administers more at the follow up visit.
In general, nueromodulators (like Botox) are done every three to four months. Fillers, depending on the type you use, can last from four months to two years. As a rule, the more regular you are with your maintenance, the less units or vials you will need on each visit. Ask about discounts for a prepaid maintenance schedule.
How much filler should I plan to purchase?
The filler is purchased by the syringe and used amount depending on the area and patients age. For example, if you’re in you 20s, you might only need half of a vial for cheek fillers. In your 30s you might need a full vial, and if you’re in your 60s, three to four vials. Dr. Botros will discuss the area you want treated and approximately how many vials you might need at your initial complimentary consult.
What happens to my skin after a peel?
Usually on the third to fourth day after a peel, the dead outer layer of your skin will slough off in flakes. The amount of sloughing depends on the strength of the peel and your skin type.
What is the downtime for a chemical peel?
There is no downtime for a chemical peel, but the amount of redness or flaking that occurs after your peel depends on your individual skin type and the strength of the peel. The Vivier Peel is very gentle and perfect for a lunch-time touch up. Patients leave our office glowing after this peel. Patients usually only see a few minor flakes three to four days afterwards. The Perfect Derma Peel is more aggressive. Patients will feel sunburned after this peel and will see significant flaking and peeling three to four days after treatment. This can be covered with make-up.
I have very sensitive skin. Should I do a peel?
The products we use are safe for sensitive skin, but if you have concerns Dr. Botros can do a patch test at the time of your complimentary consultation.
How often should I do a chemical peel?
Depending on which type of peel you can have them once a month, every three to four months, or once a year.
Are there any pre-treatment things I should know about?
Dr. Botros will definitely talk more about this at the time of your complimentary consultation, but in general you want to avoid the sun, not use any topical or oral retinol, use any medicated scrubs or topicals, nor should you use any deep pore cleansing devices (Clarisonic) for two weeks before and after your treatment, regardless of the strength of peel you choose.
What results can I expect?
Halo is a complete skin rejuvenation treatment. You will see improvements in overall tone and texture in addition to significant removal of discoloration, reduction in fine lines*, reduced pore size, skin reflectivity and glow.
How many treatments do you need?
What’s great about Halo is that you can choose how many treatments you want! Discuss with your clinician your needs and you can choose to have one or two more aggressive treatments or have multiple treatments that are less aggressive and achieve a similar goal over a longer period of time.
What happens during the treatment?
Thirty minutes to an hour before the treatment your clinician may place a topical anesthetic on your skin to reduce the sensation during the procedure. The area will be measured with motion tracking technology to ensure the area is treated evenly. The clinician will treat each measured section by uniformly rolling the Halo handpiece over the skin until the system recognizes the treatment is complete.
What does Halo feel like?
With a topical anesthetic and integrated cooling technology, most patients experience very little discomfort. Most patients describe the treatment as a feeling of heat with occasional prickling sensations, but are generally comfortable. After the treatment, most patients will continue to feel warm for an additional 15 to 30 minutes, or a bit longer with deeper treatment levels.
How soon after my treatment can I return to normal activities?
For the first 24 hours you should keep your skin protected according to your clinician’s instructions, but after that you should be able to go about your normal activities. After the first 24 hours your skin will begin to peel, but you will be able to put on makeup. For a facial treatment, you will see very little change on the first day. After two to three days you will develop a light bronzing appearance. By day three or four your skin will peel, revealing your new skin beneath.
When will I see results?
You will see initial results between two and five days after your Halo treatment, but your skin will continue to improve over time. Most patients see the greatest pigmentary improvement in the first two to three weeks. This is followed by a dermal regeneration phase that continues to improve for months.
How long will my results last?
Our Halo results will last for years to come, but you should continue to keep your skin protected at all times using UV sunscreen to protect your new, healthy skin. Each additional Halo treatment you get will only improve the results, giving you even better looking skin.
How much does a Halo treatment cost?
Every Halo treatment is customized for your skin, and your lifestyle. Depending on your needs, your provider may recommend a single treatment, or a series of treatments. In order to find out which is the best option for you, please visit a provider near you for a consultation.
What type of skin conditions can be treated?
The Forever Young BBL® laser can treat a wide variety of conditions including: age spots, freckles, redness, small vessels, acne and can also reduce unwanted hair.
What will happen during the procedure?
First, a cool gel is applied to the treatment area. Second, a chilled applicator is placed on the skin to deliver the light therapy.
Is there downtime associated with Forever Young BBL?
No. In most cases, you can apply makeup immediately and return to your normal routine.
How are these products different than what I buy at the drug store or mall counter?
If your goal is to reduce scarring, wrinkles or even out pigmentation, you will only see significant results with pharmaceutical grade products. The difference is, these products contain active pharmaceutical grade ingredients that will change the texture and tone of your skin. Plaza Aesthetics & Wellness exclusively uses VivierPharma®, a skincare line that is governed by the FDA. Dr. Botros and staff can recommend a skincare regimen that will address your needs with your budget in mind. Pharmaceutical grade products are an investment in your skin.
How much weight can I lose?
This depends on your current weight and how committed you are to your program. Dr. Botros can administer any plan safely, whether it’s a restricted, low calorie diet, or a normal diet with better food choices. During your complimentary consultation, Dr. Botros will get a better idea of your goals and will help you get there.
Laser Hair Removal
Does it hurt?
The old laser procedures did hurt, but the modern equipment we use at Plaza Aesthetics & Wellness, called a diode laser, is really almost painless. It hurts more to get a bikini wax. The diode laser cools the skin while it kills the hair follicle underneath. We don’t need to use numbing creams, but offer ice to patients with sensitivity to pain.
Will I have swelling?
Usually we don’t see swelling in most of our patients, but if you are worried you can take an anti-inflammatory before your visit.
How many treatments do I need?
That depends on the area but we see great results in six to eight treatments.
I have dark skin. Am I a good candidate?
We can treat all skin types with this new laser.
Is there anything I should know about before my treatment?
Dr. Botros will discuss this in more detail during your complimentary consultation, but in general you want to avoid the sun for two to three weeks before each treatment and after. If you’ve had recent surgery in the area you want treatment or have been sunburned, it’s best to wait until the area is not inflamed to undergo laser hair removal treatments.
Hormone replacement therapy
What should I bring to my complimentary consultation for HRT?
Good question. We can get more done if you bring in anything you have, including recent blood test results. If you don’t have these, Dr. Botros can order them.