Radiesse vs Perlane in Tampa and St. Petersburg

Anne Hermann, M.D.

Radiessse vs Perlane is often the question patients ask when deciding which dermal filler is the best choice for them.  The following information will compare the differences between Perlane vs Radiesse and indicate which areas of the face they are optimally used:

How do Perlane and Radiesse differ?

Dermal fillers are categorized by their “G prime factor”, meaning how well the filler holds its shape after injection.  Radiesse has the highest “G prime” factor which makes it a great choice for lifting the cheeks and filling in deep hollows.  It is not suited for the lip region or around the eyes because it is a firmer filler.  Perlane is a middle “G prime” filler and is also a good choice for cheeks as well as the lip area and jaw line.  It is also FDA approved to be used in the nasolabial folds.

How long do Perlane and Radiesse last?

Radiesse filler will last an average of 18 months.  It is made of hydroxyapatite making it a firmer filler which extends its longevity.  Perlane lasts 12 months and is made of hyaluronic acid.  Perlane can be dissolved with a solution to make any adjustments, if desired.

The providers of aesthetic medicine services in the offices of Anne Hermann, M.D., P.A. are the best in the entire Tampa Bay area. They combine to offer you over 25 years of experience with aesthetic medicine.  To schedule your appointment, call 813-902-9559

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Best Filler for Lips in Tampa and St. Petersburg

Anne Hermann, M.D.

The best filler for lips is Restylane which is the only dermal filler that has been FDA approved for lip augmentation.  The best filler for lips is one that does not create bumps and does not move over time.  Dermal fillers are categorized by their “G prime” which means how well the area keeps its shape after injection.  Restylane is a soft, hyaluronic acid based filler which provides the most natural-looking plump to the lip. Hyaluronic acid is a natural ingredient found in the skin and provides elasticity and fullness.  Restylane can be expertly injected in about 30 minutes with no downtime.

How long does Restylane last?

Restylane lasts on average 6-9 months.

If you are concerned about discomfort during your lip enhancement, ask for Restylane-L which includes lidocaine to minimize pain at the injection.

Dr. Hermann uses Restylane to give you the most natural feeling lip augmentation that moves naturally. For your non-invasive cosmetic injection appointment, call the offices of Anne Hermann, M.D. in Tampa and St. Petersburg at 813-902-9559.

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Perlane vs Juvederm Ultra Plus in Tampa and St. Petersburg

Dr. Anne Hermann’s patients often ask which is the better dermal filler for them, Perlane vs. Juvederm Ultra Plus.  Juvederm Ultra Plus and Perlane are dermal fillers made of hyaluronic acid and are FDA approved. Hyaluronic acid is a natural element found in the body, and like collagen, diminishes with age. Both products will instantly add volume to the problem areas and smooth wrinkles and folds.

What are the key differences between Perlane vs Juvederm Ultra Plus?

Chemically, they are very similar, but structurally, there are differences.  Fillers are categorized by their g prime, meaning the level that the product holds its shape. Perlane is a higher g prime filler, the filler with larger particles, which makes it the better choice for the areas of the face needing the most lift.  Juvederm Ultra Plus has a lower g prime and is manufactured as a smooth gel.  Both products are an excellent choice for the nasolabial folds and for deep lines.  Perlane provides slightly more product per syringe, so often the best choice is based on price point or if there is a current special on Perlane vs. Juvederm Ultra Plus.

To schedule your appointment with Dr. Anne Hermann, please call 813-902-9559.

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Juvederm Ultra vs Juvederm Ultra Plus in Tampa and St. Petersburg

Anne Hermann, M.D.

Juvederm and Juvederm Ultra Plus are dermal fillers made of hyaluronic acid and are FDA approved to correct nasolabial folds.  They are often used under the eyes, around the mouth and jaw line and in the cheeks.

What are the differences between Juvederm Ultra and Juvederm Ultra Plus?

Both products are gel fillers but the differences between the two products are based on their consistency.  Juvederm Ultra is a thinner product with a smaller molecule which makes it a better choice for fine lines, under the eyes and for the lips. Juvederm Ultra can also be used for the anti-aging of the hands and ear lobes.  Juvederm Ultra Plus is a thicker, more volumizing formula which makes it ideal for more severe wrinkles, deeper nasolabial folds and for more advanced facial volume loss.

Both products are offered with lidocaine to minimize the discomfort of the injection.

Call the offices of Dr. Anne Hermann in Tampa and St. Petersburg, FL at 813-902-9559 to schedule your complimentary Juvederm consultation.

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Acupuncture for Nausea and Vomiting in Tampa and St. Petersburg

Acupuncture has been used often to assuage nausea and vomiting in a variety of illnesses. The use of specific acupuncture points or a combination of points have been shown to prevent, minimize, or stop nausea and vomiting. The National Institutes of Health (1997) stated that “Promising results have emerged showing efficacy of acupuncture in adult post-operative patients as well as chemo-therapy related nausea and vomiting.” (The Cochrane Review, published in the Cochrane Library 2010, Issue 1)

The results of several randomized, blind studies were published in the Science Daily, April 6, 2009 showing that the use of one specific acupuncture point (P-6) could also be an effective, non-invasive treatment for morning sickness in early pregnancy. One of the doctors participating in the studies explained that stimulating just this one point signals the brain to release neurotransmitters such as serotonin, dopamine, and endorphins which block the other chemicals that cause the nausea and vomiting.

In Chinese Medicine, when a woman becomes pregnant, the vital substances of her body are collected together to form the new life. This change often causes a disruption of the blood and qi of the body, leading to “rebellious Stomach” causing nausea or vomiting.

Although many clinical studies have been done using only one point, in actual Chinese clinical practice, the acupuncturist will use multiple points according to the individual’s specific presentation of symptoms. The combination of points, are much more effective than a single point for each person since they are customized to the person’s needs.

The best advantage about using acupuncture for any of these purposes is that it can be used with anti-nausea medicines without interrupting their effects, thereby assisting in the management of these symptoms.

To schedule your acupuncture appointment in the offices of Anne Hermann, M.D.,PA. in Tampa, Clearwater or St. Petersburg, FL, call 813-902-9559.

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Perlane vs Restylane in Tampa and St Petersburg

Anne Hermann, MD

Perlane vs Restylane are similar products with two significant differences and are offered in the offices of Dr. Hermann in Tampa and St. Petersburg, FL.

Cosmetic fillers have what is called a “G prime” factor which means that they remain the same shape after injection.  Both Perlane and Restylane are considered middle “G prime” fillers.  The main difference between the two is that Perlane is more volumizing than Restylane which makes it the better choice for cheeks.  Both fillers are FDA approved and are made of Hyralonic acid. Both fillers can be dissolved with a solution to make them reversible, if necessary.

What areas of the face are Perlane and Restylane used?

Perlane and Restylane are FDA approved to correct nasolabial folds and are often used under the eyes, around the mouth and jaw line and in the cheeks.

How long do Perlane and Restylane fillers last?

Restylane last approximately 12 months whereas Perlane lasts around 18 months.

The providers of aesthetic medicine services in the offices of Anne Hermann, M.D., P.A. are the best in the entire Tampa Bay area. They combine to offer you over 25 years of experience with aesthetic medicine.  To schedule your appointment, call 813-902-9559.

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Acupuncture for Arthritis in Tampa and St. Petersburg

Is Acupuncture an Effective Treatment for Arthritis?

Acupuncture for arthritis has proven over time to be a successful method of finding relief from arthritis pain.   Research specifically in this area now shows that people who had been suffering from the pain and restrictions of both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are among the conditions treated with acupuncture.

As published in the U.S. News and World Report (1/03/05), researchers at the University of Maryland, School of Medicine took on a 4 year, large scale blind study to examine whether acupuncture could be helpful for arthritis sufferers.   Two months into the study, patients found that their ability to function had already improved noticeably.  At the end of the study, patients receiving acupuncture treatments rated their pain at 40% lower on a standardized scale than when they began.  They also clearly noted that their ability to function had increased by 40%.

How does it work?  Since there are a variety of complex conditions that can cause the onset of arthritis, Chinese medicine takes the approach of finding the source of each individual’s symptoms.  The common factor involved in all cases is inflammation caused by a lack of smooth circulation of the Qi – our body’s innate energy, and blood circulating in the affected area.  Acupuncturists address the interconnection between the two as a first step in relieving pain. It is important that both are in optimal strength and motion to keep ourselves healthy and active. In addition, with arthritis there is an obstruction causing the interruption of the collective flow of energy and blood.  This obstruction can be any condition which aggravates the joints, such as too much exposure cold, damp, or over use.  After assessing the condition, a combination of acupuncture points is chosen specifically for each person in order to increase circulation, reduce inflammation, and relieve pain.

Acupuncture also helps regulate the body’s nervous system.  Western studies have shown that stimulating acupoints can cause multiple biologic reactions, for example, stimulating the release of endorphins, our natural pain managers.

When treating osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis an acupuncturist will use acu-points in the affected joint along with points away from the pain which is related to the problem.  This is because the science of acupuncture works with the interconnected flow of “qi” throughout the entire body. In this way endorphins are released to relax the body at a deep level, restore the tendons and muscles to their natural, flexible state, and relieve multiple pain sites.

Currently a variety of studies have been conducted to measure the effectiveness of Acupuncture treatments for managing arthritis, each with positive results.  Patients demonstrated consistently lower pain levels and improved quality of life.

To schedule your acupuncture appointment in the offices of Anne Hermann, M.D., P.A., call 813-902-9559.

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Dr. Hermann’s February Specials

The medical offices of Dr. Anne Hermann in Tampa and St. Petersburg, FL offer some of their lowest prices in their monthly specials.  Prices on cosmetic treatments such as Botox, Radiesse, Belotero Balance and Accent skin tightening are a few of the specials that are currently offered.  Each month, Dr. Hermann presents a new list of specials, which offer some of the most competitive pricing in the area.  The following are Dr. Hermann’s specials for February, 2013:

  • DYSPORT $4.50 per unit
  • Liquid facelift special 2 syringes RADIESSE for $795
  • BELOTERO for fine lines $550
  • New pricing on Accent RF Skin tightening $190 per session or $399 for package of three
  • $50 BOTOX Instant Rebate  (while supplies last)

 

Located in Tampa and St. Petersburg, Anne Hermann MD, P.A. is a full-service integrative medical office offering acupuncture, massage, nutrition, natural hormone balancing and anti-aging cosmetic treatments including Botox, Juvederm, Radiesse, Restylane, Perlane, facials, peels, microdermabrasion, radiofrequency skin tightening and laser treatments for cellulite reduction.  To schedule your appointment, call 813-902-9559.

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DermaPen for Stretch Marks in Tampa and St Petersburg

DermaPen treatments by Dr. Anne Hermann in Tampa and St. Petersburg impressively treat stretch marks.  In 2012, DermaPen won the award for the best skin rejuvenation device on the medical market.  DermaPen treatments for stretch marks effectively diminish stretch marks at a fraction of the price of other treatments and for a much shorter down-time.

How does the  DermaPen treat stretch marks?

Stretch marks are caused by the tearing of the dermis.  The DermaPen addresses stretch marks by stimulating new collagen growth through Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT).  The needles of the Dermapen are able to perfectly target the stretch marks which stimulates growth hormones.  This results in fading the stretch marks and creating smooth and healthy, pigmented skin.

How many Dermapen treatments are needed?

Most patients will see improvement in the skin in just one treatment.  In most cases, 5-6 treatments are needed to fully counteract the white and textured appearance of the stretch marks.  Four weeks between treatments is recommended in order for the skin to complete a full skin cycle.  Dr. Hermann will personalize your Dermapen treatments at your first consultation with her. To schedule your appointment 813-902-9559.

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