Botox is a brand name for a type of botulinum toxin, a neurotoxin produced by the bacteria Clostridium botulinum. It is used in small doses to temporarily paralyze muscles and reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
Botox works by blocking the signals that nerves send to muscles, which causes the muscles to relax. When injected into the skin, Botox can smooth out wrinkles and fine lines.
Botox is commonly used on the forehead, between the eyebrows, and around the eyes to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. It can also be used to treat medical conditions such as migraines, excessive sweating, and muscle spasms.
The effects of Botox typically last for 3-6 months, after which the muscle activity gradually returns to normal and wrinkles and fine lines may become more visible again.
Botox is generally considered safe when administered by a trained and licensed medical professional. However, like any medical procedure, there are potential risks and side effects, such as bruising, swelling, and allergic reactions.
It typically takes 3-7 days to see the full effects of Botox, although some people may see results within 24-48 hours.
During a Botox treatment, a small amount of the solution is injected into the targeted areas using a fine needle. The procedure usually takes less than 15 minutes and requires no anesthesia. Some people may experience mild discomfort or a slight stinging sensation during the injection process.
Gurpreet is a certified Adult Geriatric Nurse Practitioner(AGNP-C) who graduated from Duke University with a MSN and was a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society. Outside of aesthetics, her experience includes work in the ICU and cardiac division. Her passion for aesthetics is innate, which she discovered in early childhood when she started drawing and painting. Her artistic skills and strong anatomical knowledge-base lets her mix medicine and aesthetic in perfect harmony to provide the most natural results. She believes in providing evidence-based and result-oriented treatments, tailored to each individual’s unique requirements. Her approach for treatment involves carefully listening to what patients want, recognizing each patient’s anatomical differences, working closely with the patient to develop a customized plan and treating the patient safely for the best possible results. She tailors individualized treatments using multiple modalities such as neurotoxins, fillers, lasers and personalized skin care regimens to help patients achieve their desired goals. She is trained extensively and is certified by Allerganin advanced dermal fillers and neuromodulators including Voluma, Vollure, Volbella and Juvéderm. She incorporates many advance techniques, such as cannulas for fillers to maximize patient comfort. She is proficient in sculpting the cheeks, chin, jawline and lips among many other areas. Gurpreet deeply enjoys and loves the instant gratification she gets after seeing her patients happy and satisfied from the results. Working as an Aesthetic NP has been a dream job, where she gets to do what she loves the most every single day. When not working, Gurpreet loves drawing, painting, photography, yoga and spending time with her two beautiful daughters.
Jenna has been working in the Aesthetics field since 2005 and has been trained by many highly successful, respected professionals in this industry. She is passionate about this ever-expanding, non-invasive, non-surgical specialty and helping her clients achieve great, natural results. While Jenna specializes in both neuromodulators and facial fillers, she also provides a variety of laser services for our clientele. Jenna is dedicated to helping patients achieve their aesthetic goals through her knowledge in both medical aesthetics and cosmetic surgery. With her background in both surgical and non-surgical procedures, she is able to provide a thorough consultation to help create an individualized plan of care for each of her patients. As a patient herself, Jenna really understands what clients are looking to achieve. Jenna is a Registered Nurse with an Associate Degree of Nursing in Science and also has a BS from North Carolina State University. She is CANS (Certified Aesthetic Nurse Specialist) certified. Jenna is very dedicated when it comes to improving patients overall appearance and strives to make people feel more confident.
Jessica is a North Carolina native and has been living in the Raleigh area with her husband and dog for the past four years. She attended Gardner-Webb University for nursing and has a strong background in emergency/trauma medicine. Jessica now enjoys working as an aesthetic nurse with experience in neuromodulators, dermal fillers, and skin rejuvenation laser treatments. She is EPIC Certified through Allergan for injectables and has extensive training and experience with Botox, Juvéderm products, and the newest Vycross technology fillers. Jessica is also CANS (Certified Aesthetics Nurse Specialist) certified. She has worked with an array of laser systems including light-therapy, Diode and Erbium lasers and holds a Sciton Joule certification—allowing her to give her clients customized laser treatments with BBL, Halo Pro and all other modalities of the Sciton system. Jessica truly cares for her clients and strives to gives them the best possible outcomes.
Catherine is a North Carolina native, attended Saint Mary’s School, UNC-Chapel Hill for bachelor degrees in psychology and chemistry then in nursing, and then Duke University for her master’s degree in nursing informatics. She has been a registered nurse for 18 years; first as a pediatric hematology and oncology nurse at Duke University Medical Center where she worked with amazing kids and their families while they journeyed through bone marrow transplant, and then supporting patients through cosmetic and reconstructive surgery and as an Allergan EPIC certified nurse injector helping patients achieve more youthful appearances in a local plastic surgery practice. She is trained in the Sciton JOULE system to provide hybrid fractional laser treatments including diVa and Halo Pro. With her master’s degree in utilizing technology to deliver safer and more efficient patient care, Catherine is dedicated to staying on the forefront of current aesthetic practices to provide her clients with safe and personalized treatment based on their goals and desires. She also works with Dr. Collins’ surgical team, is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgical Nurses, and is CANS (Certified Aesthetic Nurse Specialist) certified. At home, Catherine and her husband Chris are busy raising four children and chasing after their two Labrador retrievers.
“[My provider] was fantastic and did an amazing job with my fillers and Botox. An artist. Three people today asked… why I look different and glowing. Wow!”
– Alison H.
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