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Cosmetic Dermatology

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Cosmetic Dermatology

Cosmetic Dermatology

Why Botox and Fillers Are Different at True Dermatology

Expertise and Integrity

While the product “should” generally be the same wherever you go, there are too many places that may dilute the neurotoxins or engage in “bait and switch” tactics with non-regulated filler products. This practice, though hopefully rare, underscores the importance of choosing a provider with integrity. At True Dermatology, our dermatologists and associates ensure that only genuine, high-quality products are used, providing you with safe and effective treatments.

Personalized Approach and Philosophy

The major difference in Botox and filler treatments lies in the injectors themselves and their personal approach and philosophy toward cosmetics. Just as every individual is unique, so too is every injector. The approach to Botox and filler treatments at True Dermatology starts with facial balancing. This involves a detailed analysis of your facial structure to ensure a harmonious and natural-looking outcome.

For instance, if you look in the mirror, you may notice that one side of your face is naturally bigger and more dominant than the other. In the art of Botox application, the more dominant side will have stronger muscles that require more units than the less dominant side. Conversely, with fillers, the less dominant side will need more product to match the more dominant side. This is just one example of why the variability between injectors is significant and highlights the importance of selecting the right practitioner.

Enhancing vs. Restoring Filler Approach

Enhancing Filler Approach

The enhancing technique involves augmenting features such as the lips or cheeks to define and emphasize aspects of your face that you want to highlight. Many patients come in with specific features they want to enhance, and while some injectors might simply go along with this to make a sale, True Dermatology believes in discussing the broader implications. For example, enhancing the jawline may make your face appear more bottom-heavy, shifting attention away from other features like the forehead and eyes.

Restoring Filler Approach

On the other hand, True Dermatology’s restoring filler approach focuses on reversing the signs of aging. As we age, starting in our 20s, facial bones begin to reabsorb, leading to hollowing in areas such as the under-eye and temples, becoming more pronounced in our 30s and 40s. By the 50s, significant reabsorption occurs in the cheekbones and jawline. The restoring approach aims to fill in these areas of loss, achieving subtle and natural results. Patients often receive compliments on their refreshed appearance without anyone realizing they had fillers.

Sclerotherapy for Varicose and Spider Veins

Sclerotherapy is an effective treatment for varicose and spider veins, improving both cosmetic appearance and associated symptoms such as aching, swelling, and night cramps. This procedure involves injecting a sclerosing solution into the veins, causing them to collapse and fade over time. At True Dermatology, we use advanced techniques to ensure safe and effective results, helping you achieve smoother, clearer skin.

Acne Scar Treatment

Subcision and Microneedling

Acne scars can be effectively treated with a combination of subcision, microneedling, and chemical peels. Subcision involves breaking up fibrous tissue under the skin to release depressed scars, while microneedling stimulates collagen production to improve skin texture. Chemical peels can further enhance results by exfoliating the top layers of skin and promoting new skin growth.

Filler Injections

For more severe acne scars, filler injections can provide immediate improvement by lifting depressed scars and creating a smoother skin surface. True Dermatology carefully selects and injects the appropriate fillers to ensure natural-looking results.

Chemical Peels for Anti-Aging

Chemical peels are a versatile treatment for improving skin texture, tone, and overall appearance. By applying a chemical solution to the skin, we can exfoliate dead skin cells and stimulate new cell growth. This process helps reduce fine lines, wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation, revealing fresher, more youthful skin. At True Dermatology, we offer a range of peels tailored to your specific skin needs.

Mesotherapy

Mesotherapy involves injecting a customized blend of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients into the middle layer of the skin. This treatment can improve skin hydration, elasticity, and overall radiance. It is an excellent option for those looking to rejuvenate their skin without invasive procedures. Mesotherapy can be used for both facial rejuvenation and body contouring.

Anti-Aging Microneedling

Microneedling is a powerful anti-aging treatment that uses fine needles to create micro-injuries in the skin, stimulating the body’s natural healing process. This promotes collagen and elastin production, improving skin texture, firmness, and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. At True Dermatology, we offer advanced microneedling treatments to help you achieve a youthful, radiant complexion.

Why Choose a Dermatologist for Botox and Fillers?

Understanding how to properly perform Botox and filler injections requires an in-depth appreciation of facial anatomy, which is gained through years of surgical practice. Confidence alone is not enough; proper training and skill are essential. Many weekend “Botox and filler certificate courses” offer shortcuts for providers from various backgrounds to start injecting, often labeling themselves as “experts.” It is crucial to thoroughly research and choose a provider with the appropriate training and expertise.

Why True Dermatology Over Medspas?

True Dermatology is not a medspa. We do not sell any special lines of products that can often be found online for cheaper or replaced with prescription versions that actually work. Dermatologists are expert medical doctors who have completed additional four years of residency training in all medical, surgical, and cosmetic aspects of the skin. At True Dermatology, we provide a level of expertise and care that ensures safe, effective, and high-quality treatments tailored to your unique needs.

Cosmetic Treatments and Insurance Coverage

Cosmetic treatments, including Botox, fillers, chemical peels, and other aesthetic procedures, are generally not covered under medical insurance. These treatments are considered elective and primarily performed to enhance appearance rather than address medical conditions. As a result, patients seeking cosmetic enhancements should be prepared for out-of-pocket expenses. At True Dermatology, we strive to provide transparent pricing and offer various payment options to make our services accessible. Our team is dedicated to delivering exceptional care and achieving the best possible outcomes for your cosmetic needs.

Contact us now at one of our locations to schedule your consultation:

Newport Beach, Orange County: 714-712-0438

Arcadia, Los Angeles: 626-878-8080

Monterey Park, Los Angeles: 626-635-1688

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Customer success stories

Angela Z

TLDR: gentle clinician, expert knowledge of facial anatomy / muscles, good beauty aesthetic for natural look - highly recommend!

Dr. Sung fixed my facial asymmetry with just botox! My left side has always drooped a bit since I sleep on my left, and that has bothered me for the last few years. I've asked other providers to do this and they either said it couldn't be fixed or would do it and I'd see no results. I told this to Dr. Sung and 2 weeks after my appointment I noticed my left brow and outer eye corner were significantly lifted, and now it is finally symmetric with the right side of my face!

Dr. Sung did a thorough consultation, addressing both my medical and aesthetic concerns (jaw clenching, asymmetry, fine lines) with a gentle approach. He has the patient's best interests at heart, and cautioned against doing too much all at once even though this would be be more efficient / financially rewarding for him. Dr. Sung informed me of each decision to achieve the most natural look, and I feel like I had a say in my treatment plan that was balanced with his medical expertise. He also used small needles and a quick precise technique that I barely felt the injections!

Thank you again so much Dr. Sung!

Gina A

Dr sung is the absolute best!!!

His skill of accentuating facial features while balancing out dominant points of contour to lips, cheeks, neck, and overall face is a true gift!!! I highly recommend true dermatology for any service or treatment you may be in need of.