CoolSculpting Recovery Time | Rancho Mirage Medical Spa | Palm DesertOne of the key factors that has made CoolSculpting one of the leading treatments for body contouring is that the procedure is completely non-surgical and technically does not involve any recovery.

It is based on a unique cooling process that is designed to freeze the fat off, resulting in its gradual elimination from the body. Dr. Q Medical Spa, led by board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Suzanne Quardt, provides CoolSculpting to patients in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and surrounding locations in this area of SoCal.

 

Post-Treatment Phase

Although no specific downtime is involved in CoolSculpting, the patient should be aware of some mild and temporary side effects that may still take place.

  • Stiffness in the treated areas may occur with temporary skin whitening immediately after the procedure.
  • Some patients may experience nausea or dizziness for a few minutes as the body warms up after the cooling process and sensation returns.
  • As the applicators are taken off, the treated tissue may appear red for some time, which is expected.
  • Minor swelling, tenderness, or bruising may be experienced by a few patients, which will mostly resolve in one to two weeks.
  • Some patients may report a minor cramping, tingling, or stinging sensation for a few hours after the treatment.
  • Temporary dulling of sensation may occur, which could last for a few hours to a few weeks.

These side effects are mostly tolerable, and will not restrict the patient from performing their regular activities. Most patients will be able to go back to their normal routine or join their workplace immediately after CoolSculpting. The patient will have no special restrictions on diet or exercise.

 

Weeks after CoolSculpting

Following a CoolSculpting treatment session, the early side effects will progressively improve over the first few hours to a few days. But if the patient continues to suffer from redness, swelling or pain beyond two weeks or the condition worsens, they should contact the surgeon’s office.

 

First Two Weeks

For up to two weeks, mild and transient side effects may linger on. In some cases, these may persist for a little longer. However, most patients will be free of side effects quickly after CoolSculpting. Bruising may last for two to four weeks in some cases. Dulling of sensation in the treated tissue or temporary numbness could last for two to eight weeks.

The patient will start experiencing actual reduction in the thickness of the fat layers in treated areas within the first two weeks. In about three to four months following the CoolSculpting procedure, patients will see noticeable and measurable fat reduction.

 

From the Third Week

In the third and fourth weeks, some numbness may still remain, but the patient will find their clothes becoming slight loose or fitting more easily. Some smoothness and size reduction in the fat bulges in the treated sites will appear.

Fat reduction will be more conspicuous from the second to fourth months, and a sculpted shape in the treated sites will emerge. By the fourth month, most patients will experience slimmer body contours as desired. The outstanding and poignant Dr. Q Medical Spa receives patients from Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and other suburbs and communities in this region of California for CoolSculpting.


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How Long Does Laser Hair Removal Last? | Rancho Mirage Medical SpaOne of the most effective and reliable techniques to eliminate unwanted hair from any part of the body is laser hair removal. Although a number of traditional hair removal techniques are available, but they typically create only short term results. Laser hair removal, on the other hand, creates aesthetically superior and longer lasting results.

At the time of initial consultation, the treatment provider will educate the patient about various aspects of laser hair removal procedure, including the estimated longevity of its results.

The remarkable and salient Dr. Q’s medical spa, led by board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) provides laser hair removal to patients in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and other cities and suburbs in The Golden State.

 

Permanent Hair Removal

While ‘permanent’ may not be an accurate description in case of laser hair removal treatment, the most sustainable hair removal outcomes can still be achieved only with lasers. Therefore, it is commonly recognized as ‘permanent’ hair removal.

The procedure of laser hair removal involves the use of focused beams of light energy that eliminate the hair follicles underneath the skin. As a result, the targeted hair gets removed from the deep roots.

But different hairs in an area are likely to be in different stages of their growth cycle. This means that some of the hair will not be damaged by the laser treatment and will continue to grow. As a result, most patients will need multiple laser treatment sessions to eliminate individual hairs during their growth cycles. Some hair may even then eventually grow back.

A patient can overall expect a significant reduction in the appearance of unwanted hair after six to eight treatment sessions. Thereafter, any minor hair re-growth can be managed with touch-up treatments every six months to a year. The treatments with laser can be performed in-office, and do not involve any serious discomfort or downtime.

Studies cited by the Mayo Clinic indicate that a good candidate for laser hair removal may achieve 20 to 90 percent reduction in hair counts over the course of treatment. Leading researchers call laser hair removal as a method of permanent hair reduction, and not a method of permanent hair removal.

 

Factors Affecting Longevity of Results

A patient’s specific skin and hair type will influence their longevity of laser hair removal results. The procedure is most effective when the laser beams can focus on a difference in pigment, such as dark hair erupting from light skin. The pigment absorbs the concentrated light, which means that people with light colored hair will not achieve the best results with laser.

The natural structure of an individual’s hair and natural growth rates of their hair will also impact on how long the results of laser hair removal may last. The length of time that a patient can maintain the treatment results will also vary. In some cases, the patient may require more than average number of treatment sessions, or the unwanted hair may only be treatable with a specific type of laser technology.

The noteworthy Dr. Q’s medical spa receives patients from Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and other neighborhoods and towns in this part of SoCal for laser hair removal.


For more information on Plastic Surgery and Non-Surgical Medical Spa Procedures and Treatments in the Rancho Mirage, Palm Springs, Palm Desert and surrounding areas please contact the offices of Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) by clicking here or calling 760-324-2620.

Top Plastic Surgery Procedures for Women and Men | Palm Springs Med SpaInnovations in cosmetic surgery have made the procedures safer and more affordable over the decades. It is not surprising that the popularity of these procedures for the breast, body and face has risen year after year.

While women continue to be the major beneficiaries of these procedures, now a growing number of men are also ready to experience the transformative power of these procedures.

Many people now combine both surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures to achieve more comprehensive results in a less invasive way. Board certified and prolific plastic surgeon Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) provides an extensive range of aesthetic procedures to patients in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and surrounding communities and suburbs in The Golden State.

 

Wide Acceptance  

Cosmetic and plastic surgery procedures, along with a variety of non-invasive treatments, are now recognized as safe and effective solutions to enhance an individual’s physical appearance as well as their self-esteem.

The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) has published its latest multi-specialty statistical report, which reveals that Americans spent over $15 billion on surgical and non-surgical procedures in 2016. This represents a year on year growth of 11 percent over the previous year.

Cosmetic surgery procedures constituted about 56 percent of these procedures, while the remaining 44 percent were non-surgical aesthetic procedures. The figure of $15 billion represents the largest amount spent on these treatments in one year ever since ASAPS started its annual Cosmetic Surgery National Data Bank Statistics survey about 20 years ago.

ASAPS says that people’s cosmetic aspirations are now changing, and more refined cosmetic procedures are now preferred by many individuals. A number of women, for instance, now want to choose fat transfer breast enhancement to accentuate their breast appearance instead of the relatively more obvious breast implants. Similarly, the popularity of breast lift is on the rise because it is a more subtle surgery compared to breast implants.

However, this does not imply that the demand for breast implants has gone down in absolute terms. More women still prefer breast augmentation with implants, and it continues to rank among the top procedures. Surgeries once considered niche, such as labiaplasty, are now becoming mainstream. Men’s procedures, ranging from neck lift to Botox, are also becoming popular.

 

Most Sought-After Procedures

The top five most sought after procedures in 2016, as per the ASAPS figures, for both women and men combined, include:

  • Liposuction – 414,335 procedures
  • Breast Augmentation – 310,444 procedures
  • Tummy Tuck – 181,540 procedures
  • Eyelid Surgery – 173,883 procedures
  • Breast Lift – 161,412 procedures

 

Liposuction

Liposuction body contouring surgery currently ranks as the number one cosmetic surgical procedure in the US.

 

Breast Augmentation

Both traditional breast implant surgery and fat transfer breast augmentation are chosen by more women than before.

 

Tummy Tuck

Tummy tuck is an abdominal contouring procedure, which is designed to create a flatter and more youthful abdomen.

 

Eyelid Surgery

Upper or lower eyelid surgery as well as a combined upper and lower eyelid lift can improve the appearance of the upper face.

 

Breast Lift

Breast lift is designed to tighten sagging breasts and is often performed in combination with breast implants.

Experienced and highly skilled cosmetic surgeon Dr. Q receives patients from Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and nearby areas for various procedures of the breast, body, and face.


For more information on Plastic Surgery and Non-Surgical Medical Spa Procedures and Treatments in the Rancho Mirage, Palm Springs, Palm Desert and surrounding areas please contact the offices of Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) by clicking here or calling 760-324-2620.

Precancer Skin Cell Treatments - Actinic Keratoses (AK)Actinic Keratosis (AK) is a common skin disorder that may occur due to prolonged and repeated exposure to sunlight.

The harmful UV rays can cause thickening of the outer, protective layer of the skin, resulting in brownish or pinkish lesions that are usually rough and scaly. Areas of the body that are commonly exposed to the sun, such as the face, ears, neck, forearms, backs of the hands, and chest are typically affected by AK.

People whose skin is easily vulnerable to sun burns, such as fair skinned and light haired individuals, are at a higher risk of developing AK. It also commonly affects people who spend a large part of their lives working outdoors. Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) is a board certified and prolific plastic surgeon providing both cosmetic surgery and non-surgical skin care solutions to patients in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and surrounding locations.

 

Treatments

It is important to choose an experienced plastic surgery and non-surgical skin care professional to address the problem of actinic keratosis because its lesions are pre-cancerous and may eventually cause skin malignancy.

One of the basic treatments for AK is the application of liquid nitrogen, which will freeze the lesions and separate them from the healthy skin underneath. Other treatment options include application of topical anti-malignancy medications, photodynamic therapy and chemical peels.

It is vitally important to protect the treated areas from sun exposure following the AK treatment. The patient should wear long sleeves and a brimmed hat when outdoors, and regularly use a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. The sunscreen should be applied 15 to 30 minutes before going out in the sun, and should be used regularly.

 

Topical Therapies

Topical therapies are more appropriate to treat larger surface areas, and will usually produce results after a long treatment. Significant skin reactions may occur if multiple lesions are involved. However, scarring is generally not a risk with this type of treatment. Common side effects include redness, oozing, and formation of crusts in the treated sites.

 

Cryotherapy

This unique technique involves application of liquid nitrogen to the affected areas, which will create a blister. The blister flakes offer within weeks to be replaced by renewed skin. It may take a few days for the blister to develop after application. Patients may experience mild redness for some time after the treatment.

 

Chemical Peels

A customized light, medium or strong chemical peel treatment will be used, depending on the extent of AK. The chemical solution will cause the top layer of the skin to peel off over a few days, and new skin will replace it. Redness and swelling may be the typical temporary side effects.

 

Photodynamic Therapy (PDT)

Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) involves a targeted application of a sensitizing chemical to the affected sites for a short period of time. Thereafter, the provider will expose the treated areas to a controlled blue light to active the chemical and eliminate AKS. Outstanding and percipient cosmetic surgeon Dr. Q receives patients from Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and other cities and neighborhoods in this part of Southern California for AK and various other procedures.

 

For more information on Plastic Surgery and Non-Surgical Medical Spa Procedures and Treatments in the Rancho Mirage, Palm Springs, Palm Desert and surrounding areas please contact the offices of Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) by clicking here or calling 760-324-2620.

Botox 

botox before and after photoBotox is one of the most sought after anti-aging injectable procedures for people who want to get rid of facial lines and minor wrinkles to restore a youthful look.

Although Botox does not need much introduction for even new patients, but the treatment provider will take the time to explain the pros and cons of Botox in comparison to other treatment options to help the patient make the best decision.

The patient should feel free to ask questions and clear any doubts and concerns about the Botox treatment or the provider’s office. A proactive approach to the consultation will allow the patient to have full clarity and feel more confident about their choice. Dr. Q medical spa, led by board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Suzanne Quardt, provides Botox injections to patients in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and surrounding communities and cities across the horizon.

Understanding the Patient’s Needs

The treatment provider will first seek to understand the reasons why the patient wants to have Botox injections, and what precisely about their facial appearance may be making them unhappy. The consultation process will enable the provider to determine the patient’s innate cosmetic needs and goals, and recommend the most appropriate solutions or a customized Botox injection plan.

Some patients may be looking to achieve a subtle lift to the sagging facial skin, or having a need to fill deeper creases in the face. In such cases, Botox may have to be combined with dermal filler injections to address the patient’s unique requirements. The provider will educate the patient about the sustainability of Botox results and describe the facial areas where it can be most effective.

Keeping Realistic Expectations

Botox is a completely non-surgical procedure with near-instant results and minimal discomfort and downtime. However, the downside is that the results are sustainable only for a temporary period of three to four months. Secondly, Botox can only be effective in treating wrinkles formed by dynamic facial muscles. It cannot volumize the thinning skin in the mid-face or other areas.

A dedicated Botox provider will use the consultation opportunity to explain the limitations of Botox and help the patient form realistic expectations. They may also present Botox before and after images during the consultation. Some providers may show testimonials of past patients to give more insights about Botox to the patient from the perspective of other patients.

Determining Candidacy

Botox injections are not for everyone. The provider will assess the patient’s candidacy by examining their degree of skin laxity in the face, droopiness around the eyelids, and weakness in the forehead muscles. If the patient has received injections of Botox or one of its variants in the last six months, the provider may advise them to wait for a certain period before going ahead with a repeat treatment.

Recovery Instructions

The patient will be advised to refrain from rubbing or massaging the injection site for at least 12 hours after Botox treatment. They should also avoid lying down for about four hours after the treatment. Dr. Q med spa receives patients from Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and nearby areas for Botox.


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Botox Risks and Safety | Palm Desert Medical Spa | Rancho MirageBotox is the world’s most popular anti-aging injectable procedure for the face. This FDA approved treatment can mitigate mild to moderate facial wrinkles and lines almost instantly, and restore a more youthful looking face. The procedure is considered very safe provided it is administered by a qualified Botox professional.

While the safety track record of Botox is very high, it is still advisable for a new patient to learn about its potential risks in order to make a well-informed choice. Botulinum toxin type A, which is the key ingredient in Botox, is a potent biological agent, which can cause severe side effects if it is administered wrongly or in wrong volumes. Dr. Q medical spa provides Botox injections to patients in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and surrounding locations.

 

Potential Risks

Some of the potential risks and side effects of Botox include redness, inflammation, swelling, bruising, bleeding, infection, and pain in the treated areas. The symptoms may sometimes indicate an allergic reaction. If the patient finds difficulty in breathing or feels dizzy, they should immediately seek medical help.

Some other potential side effects of Botox may include muscle spasms, twitching, droopy eyelids, headache, neck pain, dry mouth, fatigue, or numbness in the injection areas. Muscle immobility may lead to numbness in a few cases. Muscle spasms may occur in some patients, especially where the Botox injections have not been effective.

If Botox medication is administered wrongly or in wrong volumes, it may spread to other sites, causing an adverse result on the surrounding tissue. For instance, when Botox is administered close to the upper eyelids or between the eyebrows, it can sometimes cause the eyelids to droop for a short period.

 

Additional Complications

Some of the other potential complications arising out of Botox when it is administered incorrectly may include the following:

  • Twisted or crooked smile
  • Symptoms resembling a flu
  • Cockeyed brows
  • Unexplained tearing
  • Difficulties in vision
  • Muscle weakness in the injected sites
  • Obstruction in swallowing or speaking
  • Weak bladder control

Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Suzanne Quardt of Dr. Q Medical Spa receives patients from Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and other cities and suburbs in this part of Southern California for Botox treatment.

 

Who should Avoid Botox?

Determining the candidacy is crucial to ensure safe and predictable results with Botox injections. The provider may advise individuals with one or more of the following conditions to avoid Botox:

  • Known allergy to an ingredient of Botox
  • Suffered previously from the side effects of Botox or a variant
  • Suffering from an untreated skin infection in the injection area
  • Suffering from ALS, myasthenia gravis, Lambert-Eaton syndrome, or another disease that affects muscles or nerves
  • Having asthma or chronic breathing troubles
  • Bleeding issues
  • Recently received a facial surgery procedure
  • Planning to receive a facial surgery
  • Weak forehead muscles
  • Unable to stop the use of NSAIDs and blood thinning medication for a short period before treatment

According to Allergan, the manufacturer of Botox, pregnant and breastfeeding women should also avoid Botox treatment.


For more information on Plastic Surgery and Non-Surgical Medical Spa Procedures and Treatments in the Rancho Mirage, Palm Springs, Palm Desert and surrounding areas please contact the offices of Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) by clicking here or calling 760-324-2620.

Botulinum Toxin Procedure Steps | Rancho Mirage | Palm SpringsBotox ranks as the number one anti-aging non-surgical cosmetic procedure for the face in the US today. The injectable procedure is designed to reduce mild to moderate wrinkles and fine lines from the face. At the time of Botox consultation, the provider will discuss the steps involved in the procedure.

It will typically take less than 20 minutes to perform Botox injections. The patients can usually resume their normal activities immediately after the treatment. Dr. Q medical spa, led by board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Suzanne Quardt, provides Botox injections to patients in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and other cities in this area.

 

Select a Provider

When the patient has acquired a basic understanding of what the Botox injections can or cannot do for them and has made up their mind to receive the treatment, they should select a med spa that is equipped to provide Botox injections in a safe and effective way. The med spa should ideally be supervised by a board certified plastic surgeon who will follow the best medical practices and quality standards along with the latest safety protocols.  

 

Disclosure of Information

During the Botox consultation, the patient should be prepared to share pertinent information with the treatment provider. They must clearly inform if they have undergone Botox injections in the past six months, or if they are currently taking any muscle relaxants, sleeping pills or allergy medications.

If the patient has been taking blood thinning medications such as aspirin, they will be asked to avoid them for a certain time period prior to the Botox injections. The patient will also be required to avoid smoking for a few days as per the treatment provider’s instruction.

 

Botox Appointment

An experienced Botox injection provider will normally complete the administering of Botox injections in just a few minutes. They will first locate and mark the targeted areas in the face that need to be treated with Botox. A mild cleansing agent will be used to disinfect the sites. Anesthesia may not be necessary, but the provider may apply a topical numbing cream in the targeted areas for better patient comfort.

The provider will use a narrow gauge micro needle to inject Botox directly into the specific facial muscles that are causing the formation of wrinkles. Forehead lines, area between the brows and outer eye areas are commonly treated with Botox. An individual muscle may be treated with one to three injections, depending on the extent of correction needed.

 

Post-Treatment Care

When the treatment is completed, the provider will give some simple tips to the patient to ensure that they achieve safe and sustainable results. The patient should not lie down for about three to four hours after the treatment. They should avoid massaging the injection sites for at least 12 hours, and not lie down for about four hours after the injections.

This will help to ensure the Botox medication does not spread to unintended locations. Dr. Q medical spa receives patients from Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and various other communities across this part of the nation for Botox injections and various other non-surgical cosmetic procedures.


For more information on Plastic Surgery and Non-Surgical Medical Spa Procedures and Treatments in the Rancho Mirage, Palm Springs, Palm Desert and surrounding areas please contact the offices of Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) by clicking here or calling 760-324-2620.

Botulinum Toxin (Botox) Recovery | Palm Desert Medical SpaIndividuals with busy work schedules or having a lifestyle that keeps them fully occupied may find it difficult to choose cosmetic surgery procedures because of the prospect of a long recovery. Botox injectable treatment to rejuvenate certain areas of the face can be a viable option for such people because it practically involves no recovery period.

The typical risks and complications that are associated with any surgical procedure are entirely avoided with Botox, as long as the procedure is performed by a qualified provider. Patients in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and surrounding locations have an opportunity to receive Botox injections from board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q).

 

Ideal for Working People

Botox is popularly known as a lunch hour procedure because it can actually be performed during lunch time from work. The treatment session will be over in about 15 to 20 minutes, and the patient can simply return to their workplace after a lunch hour appointment. No advance preparation will be necessary for Botox injections, and the patient will not have to spend any time for post-treatment care either.

However, the important part in Botox treatments is to choose a reliable provider who can administer the injections in the right manner and the right quantities. The FDA has approved Botox with the warning that severe side effects may occur unless the injections are administered correctly by a qualified provider.

The patient will be required to follow a simple precaution of not lying down for about four hours after the Botox treatment. This will enable the Botox liquid to spread evenly in the injection sites. The patient should also avoid massaging the injection areas or performing any strenuous activities or visiting the gym for about 24 hours after the treatment.

 

Temporary Side Effects

While Botox does not entail any significant side effects as long as it is administered correctly by an expert, some temporary side effects may occur. Mild swelling, bruising, and redness may occur in the injection areas, and some patients may experience a minor headache.

It will take about a day or two for the side effects to resolve, and no special treatment may be necessary. The patient can apply makeup from the second day to hide the post-treatment effects of the injections. Outdoor sports activities and vigorous exercises should be avoided for one or two days after the treatment.

The treatment provider will instruct the patient to avoid using blood thinning medications such as ibuprofen and aspirin for about two to three days after Botox. Dedicated cosmetic surgeon Dr. Q receives patients from Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and other cities across the region for Botox injections.

Results

Noticeable improvement in the treated areas can be seen almost immediately after the Botox injections. As the bruising and swelling subsides over the course of the next week, the results will be seen more clearly. Most patients will be able to experience the benefits for Botox for about three to four months following the injectable procedure.


For more information on Plastic Surgery and Non-Surgical Medical Spa Procedures and Treatments in the Rancho Mirage, Palm Springs, Palm Desert and surrounding areas please contact the offices of Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) by clicking here or calling 760-324-2620.

Botulinum Toxin (Botox) Candidates | Palm Springs Medical SpaBotulinum toxin type A, commonly known as Botox, is a clean and proven treatment to mitigate signs of aging from specific areas of the face. Botox med spa injections may be appropriate for healthy people above the age of 18 who are bothered by the appearance of facial wrinkles and fine lines due to aging effects, heredity factors, disease, or repetitive facial movement.

Individuals with mild to moderate wrinkles and lines on the face are more suited for Botox because botulinum neurotoxin can work to relax the wrinkle forming muscle and soften the wrinkle on the skin surface. The candidate should be aware that the results with Botox are temporary and the treatment may have to be repeated in future for extended benefits. Dr. Q medical spa provides Botox to patients in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and surrounding locations.

 

Candidacy Requirements

Ideal candidates for Botox will usually be between the ages of 18 and 65, and having good general health with no history of neuromuscular diseases. If the patient has fairly thick natural skin, or suffers from deep facial scars, asymmetry of the face, or ptosis which causes droopy eyelids, they may benefit from alternatives such as cosmetic filler injections rather than Botox.

Botox med spa treatment will work successfully where overactive underlying facial muscles are causing wrinkle formation. But if the wrinkles are caused due to sinking or weakening of the soft facial tissue, or due to loss of facial volume, Botox may not be effective. For instance, deep nasolabial folds extending from the sides of the nose to the corners of the mouth are best treated with dermal fillers or grafting rather than Botox.  

 

Reasonable Expectations

Patients with realistic and reasonable expectations will typically make good candidates for Botox injections. They will be required to share their health records, and inform the treatment provider about any habits such as smoking. They will also have to provide information about all types of medications, including herbal supplements and vitamins that they may be currently using. Instructions of the provider in such cases must be carefully followed.

The candidate should have a clear idea beforehand that the results with Botox can vary between two patients. Some patients will have a better response, especially if they have received Botox treatments in the past. In exceptional cases, the improvement with Botox may be insignificant, and an alternative treatment may be required. The candidate should freely discuss their expectations with the provider and choose Botox only if they are ready for it.

 

Who is not a Candidate?

Patients with one or more of the following conditions may not be suitable candidates for Botox:

  • Allergy to one of the Botox ingredients
  • Suffered from side effects of Botox or a variant previously
  • Suffering from an untreated skin infection in the injection site
  • Having asthma or bleeding problems
  • Having recently been through facial surgery

Pregnant or nursing women should also avoid Botox injections. Dr. Q medical spa receives patients from Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and nearby areas for Botox.


For more information on Plastic Surgery and Non-Surgical Medical Spa Procedures and Treatments in the Rancho Mirage, Palm Springs, Palm Desert and surrounding areas please contact the offices of Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) by clicking here or calling 760-324-2620.

Laser Skin Resurfacing Treatments | Palm Desert Medical Spa | Rancho MirageLaser skin resurfacing is an advanced non-surgical way to rejuvenate the skin and eliminate certain skin imperfections. A laser treatment expert can perform the procedure with high precision to achieve targeted results in a safe and gentle manner. Dr. Q Medical Spa provides cutting edge laser skin resurfacing treatments to patients in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and surrounding communities.

Advanced Laser Technology

Laser based skin resurfacing procedures have grown in popularity in recent years. A number of proven and advanced laser technologies are available today. Dr. Q recognizes the need to use the next-generation laser technologies in order to deliver the best outcomes to her patients. Dr. Q medical spa is equipped with the Artisan Aesthetic System.  

This system includes a 1540 nm or 1440 nm non-ablative fractional laser as well as a 2940 nm ablative fractional laser for skin resurfacing. It additionally includes a MaxG optimized light hand-piece for the treatment of pigmented and vascular lesions. The manufacturer Palomar has received FDA clearance to use both ablative and non-ablative fractional lasers during the same treatment session for synergistic impact.

This unique combination of skin resurfacing and photofacial technologies allows Dr. Q and her team to customize the skin rejuvenation regimen according to the individual needs of a patient. The flexibility between ablative and non-ablative techniques ensures that optimal results are obtained while safeguarding the health and well-being of a patient.

Key Treatments

Advanced laser skin resurfacing treatments at Dr. Q med spa include the following:

Deep Aging Lines

Deep wrinkles and creases in the facial area as well as significant irregularities of the skin texture can be improved with 2940 ablative fractional laser treatment. This is a powerful laser treatment to correct major aging lines.

Mild to Moderate Aging Signs

Mild to moderate facial wrinkles and fine lines can be treated with 1540 non-ablative fractional laser technique. This is a gentler alternative to ablative lasers, and causes no harm to the surrounding healthy tissue while rejuvenating the targeted areas of the skin.

Lesions and Pigmentation

Vascular and pigmented lesions and patches of darkened skin or abnormally lightened skin can be treated with MaxG Optimized Light Hand-piece. Patients suffering from hyper or hypo pigmentation can benefit from this treatment.

Sun Damaged Skin

The multi wavelength platform of the Artisan laser targets sun damaged skin by focusing on the damaged tissue. The laser beam will penetrate into the deeper layers to eliminate the damaged skin cells and trigger the body’s natural healing response. This will help in the formation of new collagen and renewal of healthy skin cells.

Common Skin Concerns Treated

The state of the art laser technologies used at Dr. Q’s med spa have the ability to target and correct a wide range of skin concerns. These include:

  • Stretch marks (Striae)
  • Lax, loose, or sagging skin
  • Scars (surgical, injury, or acne-related)
  • Pigmented lesions and photo-aged skin
  • Aging signs (fine lines and wrinkles)
  • Uneven skin tone
  • Rough, dry, scaly skin texture
  • Acne and clogged/enlarged oil glands and pores

Dr. Q receives patients from Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and nearby areas for laser skin resurfacing procedures.

For more information on Plastic Surgery and Non-Surgical Medical Spa Procedures and Treatments in the Rancho Mirage, Palm Springs, Palm Desert and surrounding areas please contact the offices of Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) by clicking here or calling 760-324-2620.

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