What to Expect from your Nurse Injector

What makes a good nurse injector? A good nurse injector is someone with a solid understanding of facial anatomy; a good sense of aesthetics; someone who puts safety first; and of course, the more experience the better.

The most important consideration for any Botox or Filler treatment is not the cost but the expertise of the nurse doing the injection. At SWL, we pride ourselves on the extensive experience and skill set possessed by all of our Nurse Injectors. Collectively, they have invaluable years of experience dedicated to non-surgical aesthetics. Each of our Injectors spent years working collaboratively with industry leaders and educators to remain current in cutting edge techniques.

Here are some things you should expect from your Nurse Injector:

  • Your nurse injector will review your health history: including any surgical procedures that have been performed, any allergies, medications, herbs, supplements, or over the counter medications you may be taking.
  • Your nurse injector will evaluate your face, your facial movement, and strength of your facial muscles.
  • Your nurse injector will explain to you how the Botox or Filler will work, what you can expect, and when you can expect to see results.
  • Your nurse injector will take photos for your confidential chart so that you can see the before and after images.
  • Your nurse injector will thoroughly cleanse your face with alcohol prior to any treatment.
  • Your nurse injector will review your post procedure instructions with you and schedule a follow up appointment if needed.

At Southwest our nurses strive to exceed your expectations as they focus on sophisticated procedures that help accentuate your natural beauty, conceal any imperfections, and restore youthfulness.




Summer Skin Care

imagesYou change your wardrobe come summer; it only makes sense to do the same with your skin care!  As our body acclimates to the climate change, it may be necessary to alter our skin care regiment to adjust to humidity, sun, and heat. Even the smallest switch-ups in your routine can make a difference with how your skin looks and feels.

CLEANSE.  For the face, try NeoStrata Foaming Cleanser, it gently exfoliates and removes all makeup and excess oils.  For the body, we recommend Green Envee Body Wash.  While some cleansers dry out the skin, this one actually  prevents dryness and flaking , enhances skin flexibility and  prevents premature aging.

TONE. If you’re starting to see  breakouts on your face and chest (typically a result of warmer weather), treat affected areas with either Neostrata Oil Control Gel or Image Clarifying Tonic.  Both will balance and clarify the skin by removing any excess oils/dirt.

EXFOLIATE.  For bright/smooth/soft skin, exfoliate the body  1-3 times a week. For the face we recommend trying Glo Brightening Polish, this gently removes any dead skin cells that have accumulated over time.   For the body, use Green Envee Body Scrub to polish the skin’s surface without disrupting its delicate balance.

MOISTURIZE. Sun exposure and temperature extremes (sweltering outdoors, then air conditioning once you’re inside) can leave skin tight and dry. Your usual lotion may feel a little too rich and heavy in the heat, so exchange it for a lighter formula. Try Image Hydrating Serum for the face and Green Envee’s Body Lotion for the body.  Both are non-greasy, lightweight, and absorbs easily into the skin.

SPF. You hear it time and time again for good reason!  Sunscreen will slow down the development of wrinkled, premature aging skin and protect against discoloration of the skin.  Our recommendation is to use Elta MD UV Clear SPF 46 for the face and Elta MD UV SPF 45 Aero Spray for the body.

GET A SUNLESS TAN.  Instead of exposing yourself to damaging UV rays, get a spray tan!  We use top of the line Norvell products and our staff has advanced training, ensuring that you will leave with a flawless tan.  We also carry Norvell sunless tanning products for at home use to maintain your spray tan!

INDULGE. Come in once a month for a custom facial, or try a Microderm or (my favorite )Ultrasonic Facial.  We also recommend doing  a full body scrub with hydrating massage!   These are great ways to enhance all the work you’ve put into your new skin care regiment at home.  You can also check out our monthly specials throughout the summer.. we always customize our specials to the changing seasons!

Botox Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is Botox?

Botox is a purified form of Botulinum Toxin Type A. This is a neurotoxin that causes a temporary paralysis of the muscles being treated.

2. How does Botox works?

Botox blocks acetylcholine from binding with its receptor. This prevents the nerve impulse from signaling a muscle to contract. When the muscle can’t contract, it prevents lines from forming on the skin.

3. What is the difference between Botox and dermal fillers?

Botox is a neurotoxin; its target is a muscle. The ending result is the relaxation of a muscle, preventing it from contracting. Dermal fillers are used to fill areas that lack volume. There are several FDA approved dermal fillers in the U.S. Depending on the area to be treated, dermal fillers can help fill fine lines, moderate to deep folds in the skin, and even mid face cheek volume.

4. How long does Botox last?

Botox typically last 3-4 months. Some clients report a 2 month duration where some feel the effects last closer to 6 months.

5. Are Botox injections painful?

Botox is injected with a very fine and very short needle. Most practices use an insulin needle. It is not painless, but many would report very little discomfort.

6. What areas on my face can I get Botox injected?

Botox is FDA approved for glabellar lines and crow’s feet lines. There are several off label uses for Botox in the face. You can treat horizontal forehead lines, vertical lip lines, gummy smile, overactive DAO and mentalis muscles.

7. How long until I can see the final results after my first treatment?

Most patients start to see results in 3-5 days after treatment. It takes a full 2 weeks for the Botox product to be fully effective. If the lines being treated are deep, it can take several weeks for the lines to smooth completely even if there isn’t a muscle contraction causing the lines to crease.

8. Will I still be able to make facial expressions?

Absolutely! There is a natural way to treat with Botox. Some patients like the frozen look, but if you desire some movement of the muscles being treated it is possible.

9. Can facial muscles become weaker after Botox?

Overtime, the muscles being treated by Botox can atrophy. This means if you aren’t contracting or using the muscle, naturally it will weaken.

10. Can I have an allergic reaction to Botox?

There have been cases of allergic reaction to Botox. If you have several and/or severe allergies, it is important to compare your allergy list with the ingredients used to make Botox. Some reported cases have included symptoms such as itching, rash, red itchy welts, wheezing, asthma symptoms, or dizziness or feeling faint. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you are wheezing or have asthma symptoms, or if you become dizzy or faint.

11. What are the risks and side effects?

Botox may cause serious side effects that can be life threatening. Problems swallowing, speaking, or breathing, due to weakening of associated muscles, can be severe and result in loss of life. You are at the highest risk if these problems are pre-existing before injection. Swallowing problems may last for several months. The effect of botulinum toxin may affect areas away from the injection site and cause serious symptoms including: loss of strength and all-over muscle weakness, double vision, blurred vision and drooping eyelids, hoarseness or change or loss of voice (dysphonia), trouble saying words clearly (dysarthria), loss of bladder control, trouble breathing, trouble swallowing. If this happens, do not drive a car, operate machinery, or do other dangerous activities. If you have nerve or muscle conditions, you may be at increased risk for these side effects.

12. How often will I need Botox treatment?

Most patients repeat their treatment about every 3-4 months. As often as you need to keep up your desired result.

13. How is the recovery time?

You may have small raised red bumps on the skin immediately following injection. These bumps look like little mosquito bites. This typically goes away within 10-15 minutes post injection. Some patients experience a small bruise at the site of injection. This may take several days to heal.

14. Can I have Botox along with other skin care cosmetic treatments?

Yes. If you are getting a facial or other cosmetic treatment on the same day, you should have your facial/massage first and Botox last.

15. How do I know whether Botox or a dermal filler is right for me?

Gathering information online is a great start to your search, but you should meet with a medical professional that administers the treatments so they can assess your face and recommend appropriate treatments for you. This is also an opportunity for you to ask questions or voice concerns that you may have.