Boise Image Enhancement Centre

Black Eagle Business Center

9382 West Overland Road ~ Boise, ID 83709

208 375-1221

After hours "urgent only" telephone number 208 866-0527

What is Skin Rejuvenation and Skin Resurfacing?

Sun, skin disorders, aging and even heredity can all contribute to skin irregularities on the face and elsewhere on the body. These include textural irregularities like wrinkles and acne scars, pigmentation changes like freckles and sunspots, or visible blood vessels.

In addition, skin may lose tone, feel less firm and certain areas of the body may develop cellulite conditions.

Conditions that can be treated with skin rejuvenation and resurfacing include:

  • Static wrinkles: These wrinkles are visible at all times and do not change in appearance with facial movements
  • Dynamic wrinkles: These are expression lines that may appear as folds when the skin is not moving, and deepen with facial movements or expressions
  • Pigmentation: Freckles, sun spots or other darkened patches of skin result mainly from sun exposure
  • Scars: As the result of acne or injury to the skin, scars may be rolling (a wavy appearance to the skin), pitted, discolored or have raised borders
  • Vascular conditions: Blood vessels visible on the surface of the skin, vascular lesions that appear as tiny blood-filled blisters or even a constant flush of facial redness
  • Loss of skin tone: Weakening of the supportive skin structures (collagen and elastin fibers) that result in a loss of skin firmness or the development of cellulite.

We offer a variety of methods of skin rejuvenation, depending upon each individual persons needs. We can use non-invasive lasers and Intense Pulsed Lights (IPL’s) to more aggressive (but still non-invasive) lasers and Radio Frequency devices to rejuvenate and/or resurface the skin. We are always updating our equipment and procedures as newer, safer and more effective products are FDA approved.

  • EpiLift RF
  • FotoFacial RF
  • SkinFinity
  • Trinity
  • Microneedling with or without PRP (Protein Rich Plasma)
  • Dot Matrix Radio Frequency
  • Continuously updated laser and IPL/BBL/VBL technologies as they continue to evolve
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Ultherapy

Ultherapy®

How it works:

The Ulthera is used to lift and tighten skin, as well as improve lines and wrinkles. The Ultherapy® procedure stimulates collagen production by delivering focused ultrasound energy to the skin’s foundational layer that are typically addressed in cosmetic surgery—without cutting or disrupting the surface of the skin. The Ulthera uses ultrasound to make small, hot spots which triggers a natural response under the skin, jump starting the regenerative process that produces fresh, new collagen. This causes the skin to contract and tighten and non-invasively lift the eyebrow, neck, jawline, and under the chin, as well as décolletage lines. And this is all accomplished with little to no downtime.

While Ultherapy won’t duplicate the results of a face lift, it is a clinically proven, non-invasive alternative for those not ready for surgery—and can even be an option for patients who wish to extend the effects of cosmetic surgery.

What is Botox® Cosmetic and Xeomin®?

These are a popular, nonsurgical injections that temporarily reduces or eliminates facial fine lines and wrinkles. The most commonly treated areas are frown lines, forehead creases, and crow's feet near the eyes. Several other areas may also be treated, such as thick bands in the neck, thick jaw muscles, lip lines, gummy smiles, and it will even help with the orange peel texture on the chin.

Botox® Cosmetic and Xeomin® are a purified substance that's derived from bacteria. Injections of these agents block the nerve signals to the muscle in which it was injected. Without a signal, the muscle is not able contract. The end result is a diminished appearance of unwanted facial wrinkles.

Botox® Cosmetic and Xeomin® can be used to:

  • Smooth crow's feet, forehead furrows, frown lines, lip lines and bunny lines
  • Diminish neck bands
  • Improve the appearance of skin dimpling of the chin
  • Lift the corners of the mouth
  • Soften a square jaw line
  • Correct a gummy smile
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What is Laser Hair Removal?

Laser hair removal is a noninvasive technique that uses highly concentrated light to penetrate hair follicles. The laser light is absorbed by the pigment in the hair shaft which is transmitted to the follicle and generates heat which damages the follicle and inhibits future hair growth. Therefore, plucking/waxing hair before treatment reduces the efficacy of the laser treatment as the target is absent. Because laser hair removal only affects actively growing hair follicles, it may take several laser hair removal treatments to provide significant hair reduction. Additionally, while laser hair removal effectively slows hair growth, it doesn't guarantee permanent hair removal. Periodic maintenance treatments may be needed.

Skinfinity

Skinfinity®

Skinfinity RF is an innovative new procedure that uses radiofrequency (RF) technology to target signs of aging in the skin. The result of the treatment is a revitalized, youthful appearance. The Skinfinity RF treats the skin by creating microscopic hot spots through the use of Directed Radio Frequency Ablation (DRFA). DFRA is a technology that uses a fractionated grid of radio frequency energy which only affects treatment areas while leaving the surrounding skin unaffected. Previous technologies used laser energy to burn off the entire top layer of skin which resulted in extended downtime and several weeks of healing which had much greater risks of complications. Now with the new Skinfinity advancements, we can deliver excellent outcomes without all the downside risk. This advancement in Radio Frequency Energy Delivery (DFRA) allows for rapid healing with dramatic results for patients of all skin types.

Skinfinity RF is safe for most skin types. This treatment can be used to combat the appearance of aging and damage to the skin. If you are looking for fresh, smooth and radiant skin, then you may be a good candidate for Skinfinity RF.

Immediate revitalization of the skin will be observed followed by improvement that progresses over the course of 6 months.

What are Spider Veins?

In some women and men, spider veins—those small clusters of red, blue or purple veins that appear on the thighs, calves and ankles—become noticeable at a young age. For others, the veins may not become obvious until much later.

Causes of spider veins

A number of factors may contribute to the development of spider veins in the legs, including:

  • Heredity
  • Hormonal shifts
  • Occupations or activities that require prolonged sitting or standing
  • Pregnancy
  • Weight fluctuation

There are effective, safe and relatively painless methods available for reducing spider veins.

Sclerotherapy.

Sclerotherapy is an actual injection into the vein. We do not use a saline (or salt) solution, which we find is not as effective and is much more painful with greater risks. We use the two newest FDA approved agents, Asclera and Sotradecol. These agents cause the vein to collapse and our body will then reabsorb it.

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What are dermal fillers?

Dermal fillers help to diminish facial lines and restore volume and fullness in the face.

As we age, our faces naturally lose subcutaneous fat. The facial muscles are then working closer to the skin surface, so smile lines and crow's feet become more apparent.

The facial skin also stretches a bit, adding to this loss of facial volume. Other factors that affect the facial skin include sun exposure, heredity and lifestyle.

We are pleased to offer Radiesse®, Belotero Balance®, Juvederm Ultra XC®, Juvederm Ultra Plus XC®, Juvederm Volbella®, Juvederm Vollure®, Juvederm Voluma, Restylane®, Restylane Lyft®, Restylane Silk® and Revanesse Versa®.

What dermal fillers can do:

  • Plump thin lips
  • Improve lines around mouth
  • Improve the downward tip of the lips
  • Enhance shallow contours
  • Soften facial creases and wrinkles
  • Improve the appearance of recessed scars
  • Decrease or remove the shadow of the lower lids (under the eye)
  • Restore volume to the mid face
  • Restore a youthful look to the hollows in the temple
  • Reduce the appearance of “jowls” along the jawline
  • Dermal fillers can be very helpful in those with early signs of aging

What dermal fillers can't do:

For some patients, surgery, such as a face lift, brow lift or eye lift, may be the best approach. Nonsurgical rejuvenation treatments, such as soft tissue fillers, cannot achieve the same results, but may help delay the time when consideration of a face lift becomes appropriate. It is important to remember that dermal fillers are temporary treatments for facial aging and that ongoing treatments will be needed for long-term results. Our medical professionals can guide you as to the best method for you.

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What is Laser Skin Resurfacing?

Laser skin resurfacing can reduce facial wrinkles, scars and blemishes. Newer laser technologies give your medical practitioner a new level of control in laser resurfacing, permitting extreme precision, especially in delicate areas. The newest types of equipment have minimal to no downtime.

What laser skin resurfacing can improve

  • Fine lines or wrinkles around or under your eyes, forehead or mouth
  • Scars from acne or chickenpox
  • Non-responsive skin after a face lift
  • Aged or sun-damaged skin
  • Dark spots
  • Improve your complexion, giving you a more even skin tone
  • Enlarged oil glands on the nose
  • Skin texture of the neck and body

How does laser skin resurfacing work?

It's all about using beams of light. Your medical practitioner uses the laser to send short, concentrated pulsating beams of light at irregular skin. This removes unwanted, damaged skin in a very precise manner one layer at a time.

Laser skin resurfacing's targeted approach means there are fewer problems with hypopigmentation, or a lightening of skin, for procedures such as laser acne scar removal.

The laser beam used in laser resurfacing will remove your outer layer of skin, called the epidermis. It simultaneously heats the underlying skin, called the dermis. This action works to stimulate growth of new collagen fibers. As the treated area heals, the new skin that forms is smoother and firmer.

The puzzle of skin care.
Our professionals at Boise Image Enhancement can put the pieces together for you

Skin Care Advice From Your Medical Practitioner At Boise Image Enhancement Centre.

Walk into any store or spa and you are immediately faced with a plethora of facial skin care products to address any concern you may have ever had about your skin. It is understandable to be overwhelmed by all of these lotions, oils and serums and to leave with more questions than you started with. What is the best option for my skin? Do I need this to maintain good skin health? Is there any science behind any of these ingredients? Will I see results?

The skin is the largest organ in the human body and is constantly damaged by the effects of sun and smoke. This results in skin that is dull and dry with sun spots or other discoloration. Additionally, aging and the repetitive movements on the face from the underlying muscles can result in lines and wrinkles. How then can we address these changes or, better yet, prevent them? The answer is easy. Two products are an essential part of a healthy skin care regimen: sunscreen (SPF 30+ with Zinc 5%+) and vitamin A (retinol) derivatives.

Broad-spectrum sunscreen can dramatically improve the appearance and health of skin. It is designed to protect your skin from ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) radiation, which can cause direct and indirect cell and DNA damage. This results in degradation of collagen, an increase in pigment and a decrease in cell turnover. Ultimately, this results in signs of facial photoaging, lines, pigment changes and an overall unhealthy appearance to your skin. Daily use of sunscreen can diminish these signs. Additionally, its use can prevent skin cancers. Sunscreen should be used daily and reapplied throughout the day, rain or shine!

Vitamin A (retinol) and its derivatives, are powerful anti-aging ingredients. They help increase collagen content in the skin to decrease fine lines and increase cell turnover. Additionally, they can be used to treat acne by decreasing cell debris that can block pores. Retinols can, however, result in skin irritation, peeling or flakiness and sun sensitivity so it is important to use these products with sunscreen and under the care of your medical practitioner at Boise Image Enhancement Centre, Inc.

While sunscreen and vitamin A products are the biggest bang for your buck, there are many additional acids and antioxidants on the market which may improve your skin health. It is important to consult with your practitioner at Boise Image Enhancement Centre, Inc. to find the right regimen for you. Together, your skin care concerns can effectively be addressed.

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What is a Chemical Peel?

A chemical peel uses a chemical solution to improve the texture and tone of your skin by removing the damaged outer layers.

Although chemical peels are used mostly on the face, they can also be used to improve the skin on your neck and hands. Sun exposure, acne or just getting older can leave your skin tone uneven, wrinkled, spotted or scarred.

A chemical peel is another method to improve the appearance of your skin. The potential result of the chemical peel depends on the type of chemical and technique used.

What a chemical peel can improve:

  • Acne or acne scars
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Irregular skin pigmentation
  • Rough skin and scaly patches
  • Certain scars
  • Sun-damaged skin

What a chemical peel can't do.

  • Treat deep facial lines or wrinkles
  • Significantly tighten loose or sagging skin
  • Remove deep scars
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Novathread® (PDO) Threads

Novathreads (polydioxanone) are resorbable threads used to lift and tighten skin without any cuts or incisions. They can be used in many parts of the upper body, such as the face, jaw, neck, décolletage areas, as well as the lower body, such as the abdomen, buttocks, and knees. While Botox and Xeomin are the preferred agents for the upper third of the face, and intradermal fillers in the middle third, the preferred procedure for the lower third of the face is Novathreads (PDO threads) because it provides the much-needed firmness and support without volumizing the area.

Novathreads are made of polydioxanone (PDO), a product previously used for biomedical applications, particularly in cardiothoracic surgery, that is fully absorbed within 4 to 6 months without any scar tissue. It stimulates collagen synthesis and the skin structure created will hold for another 12 to 15 months.

These threads produce a response in our body that causes it to create our own collagen which will help to keep the lift in place, even after the threads dissolve. They are inserted with a needle, similar to filler injections. Many times, the placement of the threads will be combined with filler injections for optimal results.

What is Microneedling?

The Microneedling procedure, sometimes called collagen induction therapy (CIT), uses a small tool with a varying number of microscopic needles, usually 15 to 25, with each needle smaller than the width of a human hair. The needle length adjusts, depending on the treatment area and thickness of the skin. When applied to the skin, it creates controlled, microscopic wounds that are invisible to the naked eye. The micro-injuries initiate the skin’s repair process, which includes naturally producing collagen to the affected area. Even when the procedure includes no topical treatment, the rush of collagen and elastin to heal these microscopic wounds improves the skin’s appearance and reduces signs of aging.

Microneedling with or without Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) addresses signs of aging, such as fine lines and wrinkles, as well as skin problems like acne scars, thinning or crepey skin, and stretch marks. Micro-needle therapy is minimally invasive, causing thousands of microscopic injuries across the treatment area. These injuries rapidly induce the body’s natural healing factors, sending collagen and elastin to repair and rejuvenate the skin. This thickens the collagen cushion of the skin and reduces signs of aging.

Applying a topical treatment after micro-needling allows the treatment to penetrate deeply into the skin, enhancing its efficacy and allowing for more even distribution of the product. We can use a plant derived growth factor or Platelet Rich Plasma, which is derived from your own blood. Platelet Rich Plasma, or PRP, contains several growth factors and cytokines that aid in cell communication and promote healing.

As a treatment for fine lines and wrinkles, both micro-needling and PRP work well. However, their true power is unleashed when used together, as benefits are amplified and healing time is reduced.

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) with Microneedling (Collagen Induction Therapy-CIT)

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is a biologically perfect beauty serum. Since the platelets are taken directly from each patient, the body immediately accepts them as a beneficial healing agent when they are topically applied. PRP becomes even more powerful when combined with microneedling, since the tiny pinholes allow the platelets to penetrate even deeper into the skin.

We obtain the PRP by drawing a small amount of blood from your arm into a sterile tube. This sample is centrifuged to separate your plasma from your red and white blood cells, which we can then use for the treatment. Plasma contains high concentration of platelets, stem cells and growth factors. Platelets help your tissue heal and grow new cells. PRP permits the body to take advantage of the normal healing pathways at a greatly accelerated rate.

Historically, PRP has been primarily used in orthopedic medicine, dentistry and reconstructive surgery to help speed recovery. Now cosmetic medicine also uses it to help damaged, aging skin grow new collagen and elastin for beautiful, youthful results.

What are the benefits of PRP with Microneedling?

When PRP is used with microneedling, it penetrates your skin through the tiny channels the microneedles create and supercharges the microneedling benefits. PRP also addresses under-eye puffiness and dark circles to give you a more youthful, well-rested appearance. Since PRP is derived from your own blood, the side effects are virtually eliminated.

What areas of the body can be treated with PRP and microneedling?

  • Face
  • Neck
  • Décolleté
  • Arms
  • Hands
  • Legs
  • Abdomen
  • Back

The Benefits of PRP with Microneedling

  • It improves the skin
  • It is non-invasive
  • It has a short recovery with minimal down time
  • Your body heals itself
  • It is very comfortable
  • The results are long lasting
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What is Microdermabrasion?

Microdermabrasion treatments use a minimally abrasive instrument to gently sand your skin, removing the thicker, uneven outer layer.

This type of skin rejuvenation is used to treat light scarring, discoloration, sun damage and stretch marks.

What microdermabrasion can do:

  • Improve age spots and black heads
  • Improve hyperpigmentation (patches of darkened skin)
  • Exfoliate your skin, resulting in a refreshed appearance
  • Lessen the appearance of stretch marks
  • Reduce fine lines and wrinkles
  • Reduce or eliminate enlarged pores
  • Treat acne and the scars left by acne

Microdermabrasion helps to thicken your collagen, which results in a younger looking complexion. Collagen is a protein in your skin that's abundant when you're a child and makes skin appear taut and smooth. Collagen production declines as we age, resulting in looser, uneven skin.

Microdermabrasions are NOT for everyone. Please let our medical professionals at Boise Image Enhancement Centre, Inc guide you in your treatment plan.

Kybella® - Injection Lipolysis

What is injection lipolysis?

Injection lipolysis chemically reduces the number of fat cells around the injection site. The chemical results in fat cell disruption and death. Currently, it is FDA-approved for treatment of the area underneath the chin to eliminate what is known as a "double chin." A commonly known type of injection lipolysis is Kybella.

Reasons patients want injection lipolysis

Nonsurgical candidates and patients interested in a nonsurgical approach to reducing the fat beneath the chin may be interested in injection lipolysis.

Who is not a candidate for injection lipolysis?

Patients with loose skin or poor tone may not be suitable candidates for the procedure.

Does injection lipolysis require anesthesia?

This procedure can be done using a topical anesthesia, which is applies to the treatment area beneath the chin.

Recovering from injection lipolysis

Patients may experience swelling, bruising, pain, redness and feel areas of hardness that typically soften with time. Fat reduction is typically visible by eight weeks.

What are the results of injection lipolysis?

Most patients have at least two treatments spaced 4 to 6 weeks apart, which is the typical duration of swelling. Patients can have up to six treatments to the area under the chin. Your medical practitioner at Boise Image Enhancement Centre, Inc can develop a plan that best suits your individual anatomy. During the period of swelling the area can look fuller than it did before treatment, but as the fat cells are disrupted and the inflammation subsides, most patients see results by 6 to 8 weeks after a treatment. Unless a patient were to gain weight, the results should be long-lasting.

  • Kybella is a non-human and non-animal version of the naturally occurring deoxycholic acid (a molecule found in your gastrointestinal track working to metabolize fat). Kybella permanently destroys fat and tightens the skin surrounding the treatment area.
  • Kybella was approved by the FDA in 2015 to destroy subcutaneous fat cells accumulating under the chin creating the appearance of a double chin.
  • Kybella is known to lift or tighten the skin as healing occurs. This happens because after Kybella works to destroy fat cells, neocollagenesis (the process of making more collagen) begins. This offers the patient a more aesthetically-pleasing, tighter and more youthful appearance.
  • Kybella works well to eliminate targeted areas of fat.

Hand Rejuvenation

Like the rest of our bodies, our hands show signs of aging that may include brown spots, thinning skin, wrinkles, and large veins. There are a few simple procedures that can make your hands match your new youthful appearance. A few minor non-invasive procedures can be done successfully with impressive results.

Brown spots on the hands can be treated topically with a daily application of hydroquinone cream. In addition, fine wrinkles and pigmentation may benefit from a laser skin treatment. One of the most effective and convenient procedures is the use of ELOS. This form of photo-rejuvenation will smooth color irregularities and evens skin tone. Daily use of a good hand cream containing glycolic acid, Vitamin C, Vitamin E and Beta-carotene is recommended. It is imperative to use Sunscreen on your hands, just as you do on your face and neck. We recommend SPF30+ with Zinc 5% or higher.

With age and sun damage, the skin of the hands may also begin to atrophy, leaving hands with a bony appearance. A treatment with an intradermal filler can soften wrinkles, cover prominent veins and tendons, and disguise enlarged joints on the hands. It restores the soft tissue that is lost with age or disease, and helps fill out grooves between the bones of the hand, as well as help improve the texture of the skin.

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The latest options for freezing away fat with CoolSculpting®

Unless you have been vacationing on a deserted island for the last year or two, odds are, you have heard the praises of 'freezing' away your fat with CoolSculpting. First approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2010, the science of Cryolipolysis has quickly become one of the most important techniques in aesthetic medicine. The ability to harness extremely cold temperatures to eliminate fatty tissue was first discovered by a group of Harvard scientists as they were conducting completely unrelated experiments with children and popsicles.

Despite this benign origin, the theory of using concentrated chilly temperatures to freeze-off fat cells has quickly become the hottest method for sculpting the body without surgery. Even better, as the science of Cryolipolysis evolves, CoolSculpting is continuing their quest for optimal fat reduction with new applicators for more exceptional results.

CoolSculpting Basics

CoolSculpting utilizes several uniquely contoured applicators placed along the area of the targeted fatty tissue. Once the fat has been gently vacuumed between the applicators, they rapidly cool to a freezing temperature. With traditional CoolSculpting, in 35 minutes the area of fat cells are damaged, while healthy tissues remain safely untouched. Then, as the body metabolizes the unneeded fat cells over three to four months, patients will see up to a 30% reduction in fatty tissue, noting dramatically improved physical contours. Because a variety of applicators are available, CoolSculpting can be tailored for almost any area on a range of different body types. Without the need for incisions or sutures, there is little chance for complications following a CoolSculpting treatment. For those patients needing additional fat reduction, repeat sessions are safe and effective.

CoolSculpting's Latest Applicators

Boise Image Enhancement Centre, Inc was one of the first to invest in the newest applicators available for the CoolSculpt equipment. There are multiple benefits to CoolSculpting's latest CoolAdvantage Applicators. First, treatment time has been reduced from 60 minutes to only 35 minutes, meaning patients get their expected results faster than before. More important than speed is comfort and consistency. The new CoolAdvantage interchangeable handpiece has been redesigned to better hug physical contours. With better skin contact, the CoolAdvantage provides more consistent results over a larger treatment area. Finally, the close skin contact allows the CoolSculpting applicator to get to an even lower temperature, further contributing to the ideal results in only one to two sessions.

CoolFit Advantage™

  • Designed for oddly shaped, vertical areas of fat
  • Perfect for treating the inner thigh or under arms
  • Comfortably works on 'hard to pinch' fat

CoolCore Advantage™

  • Designed to reach large, contoured areas
  • Offers excellent results for the abdomen
  • Flattens and smooths stomach

CoolCurve+ Advantage™

  • Designed for curved areas
  • Unmatched results for the flanks or 'love handles'
  • Contours hips and belt line

CoolSculpting

  • CoolSculpting is an FDA-cleared freezing technology that causes fat cells to crystallize, thus permanently removing unwanted fat cells.
  • CoolSculpting is a great option for people interested in targeting areas of fat that have not been eliminated with diet and exercise alone.
  • After freezing and destroying the targeted fat cells your body naturally excretes them, offering you a slimmer and more aesthetically pleasing physique.

One should work to maintain a healthy lifestyle before and after any treatment. Diet, exercise, and metabolism can contribute to one's outcome and maintenance of fat loss. Each patient is unique; therefore, each person should receive a personalized treatment plan from their practitioner at Boise Image Enhancement Centre, Inc. A noninvasive treatment may not be right for you. When we understand your desires and expectations, we can then formulate an individualized plan for you so you may obtain achievable results.

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What a Man Wants

Men are taking a greater interest in their own appearance for a variety of reasons. Culture is shifting, meaning men are no longer expected to look rugged and weathered. Instead, a man’s softer and smoother skin is considered a plus. Additionally, the challenging job market can give men a reason to consider an elective procedure, ensuring they keep a competitive edge. Finally, as more men are becoming single later in life, non-surgical treatments can provide added confidence when reentering the dating market. No matter the reason, many guys are finding it easier to admit they would like to improve what they see reflected in the mirror.

Men are becoming less tolerant of the spider veins they see on their nose and cheeks. We specialize in treating them by either laser treatments or sclerotherapy.

CoolSculpting is becoming very popular putting an end to ‘love handles’ or the beer belly.

Noninvasive procedures are growing in popularity for both men and women, as well. Injectables like Botox Cosmetic, Xeomin, dermal fillers, skin rejuvenation, hair removal and sclerotherapy have the excellent ability to erase wrinkles, restore lost facial volume and improve the spider veins without a lengthy recovery and remove unwanted body hair. Nonsurgical techniques have little downtime and can even be completed during a lunch break, giving men the chance for self-improvement without anyone knowing they had a procedure performed.