Our Favorite “Glow up” Treatments


The New Year is symbolic of new beginnings, and there’s often a theme within peoples’ New Years resolutions: Bettering Themselves. If bettering yourself includes skincare and aesthetics, you came to the right place!

Better skincare can also happen all year round. So, no matter when YOU decide is best for a “glow-up”, we are honored to be a part of the process! 

In this article, we break down what a glow up even is as well as our favorite aesthetic treatments to get your glow on. 

What is a "glow up"?

A “glow-up” is simply the process of making a major positive transformation in your life, whether that be emotionally, physically, or spiritually. And it is not just for teens and 20 somethings on social media by the way. You can have a glow-up at ANY age. What do you want to change in your life to look and feel better, for YOU? 

So long as it’s for the right motivations (again, for you), aesthetics and skincare treatments can be a very helpful part of anyone’s glow-up journey. As the saying goes “when you look good, you feel good”. Apparently you can also make more money when you spend more time on your appearance, around 20% more according to this study

We know that looks are not always the most important, but feeling your best is! That’s why we love what we do! Our goal is always for people to feel better when they leave our office than when they came in, even if they choose to have NO treatments. 

Example: Many of us are familiar with Khole Kardashian’s glow up that has all the rave 

What aesthetic treatments give you a glow up?

Depending on your skin goals, the aesthetics industry has something for everyone. From non-invasive facials, peels and skincare to more aggressive lasers, injectables, and skin tightening treatments. 

For fast results check out services such as: dermal filler, botulinum toxin injections, and IPL.

 If you’re willing to be a bit more patient, check out: Collagen stimulating injections, lasers, microneedling, and Kybella

Overall, we offer many services here at Elite but in this article we want to share some of our favorites from personal experience. Keep reading to see what we have had done!

MB's favorite aesthetic treatment for an ultimate "glow up"

Mini Lip Plump

Elite’s signature Mini Lip Plump is the perfect addition for adding volume and symmetry to the lips! This treatment provides a total confidence boost for anyone who has thinner lips, or just wants a better pout! 

  • The Mini Lip Plump is Mary Beth’s favorite aesthetic treatment for a glow up, because a lot of people do not need a full syringe of filler in their lips to feel confident (a little plump, goes a long way 😉 ). This treatment also balances facial profiles and accentuates lip definition, all while looking and feeling incredibly natural when done by the right injector 

Below you can see MB’s before and after images of one mini lip plump by Ali, NP.

Does lip filler give you a glow up?

When done by the right injector, lip filler can definitely be a glow up treatment. The smile and lips are often a focal point of one’s face, and lip filler can accentuate the shape, volume, and fullness of the lips all while still looking natural. 

Lip filler can especially be a glow up for those with thinner lips or asymmetrical lips. At Elite, we pride ourselves on having injectors with artistic backgrounds that customize filler to each unique face, rather than just injecting filler the same into everyone. 

Talk with one of our providers about your lip goals below 👇 

Does lip filler make you prettier?

Lip filler making someone prettier is a relative question. Sure, some people are better candidates for lip filler than others, but this is where aesthetic treatments can fuel someone’s confidence without the judgement of others. If it makes YOU feel prettier, then YOU will attract more confident, beautiful, and powerful energy, thus making you even more beautiful!

Simone's favorite aesthetic treatment for an ultimate "glow up"

Kybella/Deoxycholic Acid

Kybella is hands-down 🙌  one of the most transformative treatments for anyone who is experiencing an unwanted “double chin” (submandibular fat) taking away chin/jawline definition.

  • Oftentimes a “double chin” concern can make someone look and feel heavier than they actually are, no matter their weight or health status. Simone has personally experienced a major difference in her confidence after just one Kybella/DA treatment. Kybella/DA by permanently decreasing the fat pad it creates contour to the chin and jawline area. Overall, Kybella/DA makes the facial profile even more beautiful and contoured than before…hello glow-up!

Below you can see Simone’s results from one Kybella/DA treatment. 

Please note it usually takes 3-6 treatments for most people and not everyone is a candidate. 

Does Kybella give you a glow up?

Ultimately, YES! Kybella/DA is a great treatments for a double chin for the right candidate, because it provides permanent slimming effects without having to undergo surgery or invasive procedures. Clients who might be good candidates for Kybella/DA are typically at a healthy body weight and have a “double chin” no matter what their weight is. 

Does Kybella make you look younger?

Yes, Kybella/DA has the effect of making someone look younger because it permanently dissolves unwanted fat, resulting in a more contoured jawline and chin. 

However, someone with already sagging neck skin may also need a surgical referral for a neck lift as removing the fat can increase loose skin in certain individuals. 

Does Kybella slim the face?

Yes, Kybella/DA can have a slimming effect for the entire face. Especially if it is injected off-label for jowls or mild buccal fat pad slimming.

Talk with one of our providers about your Kybella/DA questions

Ali's favorite aesthetic treatment for an ultimate "glow up"

IPL 3-in-1

Ali, NP’s favorite aesthetic treatment for an ultimate glow up (and one of her favorite treatments to recommend to clients) is an IPL 3-in-1 treatment. 

Why? 👇 

  • Evens out skin complexion from freckles, sun/age spots, redness, or acne
  • Reverses DNA damage from the sun, resulting in healthier skin
  • There’s no downtime or broken skin
  • Has a beneficial “tightening” effect to the skin’s tissue  
  • Almost everyone is a candidate

An IPL (Intense Pulse Light) 3-in-1 treatment uses light energy that is converted to heat energy into targeted cells, which then causes destruction of the damaged cells to regenerate healthy cells, all with no downtime! Below are pictures of Ali’s skin right after an IPL treatment, and 7 days after. To learn more about what to expect after an IPL treatment, click the button below.

We call it a 3-in-1 IPL treatment because at Elite we do a full pass for age spots/freckles then targeted passes for small vessels and another for stubborn spots. Clients have described getting the results from 1 treatment that they got in 3 at other clinics. 

Does IPL make your skin glow?

Yes, IPL 3-in-1 treatment results in healthy, glowing skin. IPL is one of Elite’s most loved aesthetic treatments, because it is effective in evening out the skin’s complexion, and requires no downtime! It is common for our providers to use this treatment to treat freckles, sun/age spots, redness, and acne, with a goal that our clients can feel confident in their skin (bye-bye makeup!). IPL addresses many concerns, and after a few short days post-treatment, glowing skin is revealed.

How long do IPL results last?

Essentially forever…if we never went outside again. However, as we continue to get sun exposure and age, sun/age spots and freckles will appear. It is best to do 3-6 IPL treatments, 4 weeks apart, and then complete maintenance sessions throughout the year, especially after summertime. This will ensure you are maintaining your results, and of course, keeping your skin healthy and glowing.

Does IPL make your skin look younger?

IPL is a great treatment option for those who want to address several signs of aging. Wether the concern is uneven skin tone, redness, dull skin, or hyperpigmentation; IPL works wonders at achieving even, more youthful appearing skin. 

Talk with one of our providers about your skin concerns and goals to get on a customized treatment plan!

Before and after images of Elite’s clients after just 1 IPL treatment to target hyperpigmentation and sun/age spots 👆 

Our all-time favorite aesthetic treatment for an ultimate "glow up"

Tox Injections

Tox injections (Botox, Xeomin, Dysport) provide clients with a glow up by smoothing lines and wrinkles that start to form as we age. Common areas that cause static (at rest) and dynamic (in-motion) wrinkles are the 11’s, forehead, and crows feet, with a few other off label areas as well.

 All three of us personally love Tox for many reasons 👇 

  • Reduces fine lines and wrinkles and smooths the skin 
  • With consistent injections, can help smooth static lines that are visible at rest
  • A quick, little-to-no-pain treatment that provides results within 2 weeks 
  • Little downtime, usually just a day of restrictions 
  • Perfect as a preventative treatment 

Tox injections not only help to smooth lines and wrinkles, but they can also give a more youthful appearance. Many of our clients at Elite report higher self-esteem after they receive their Tox, making it an ultimate glow up aesthetic treatment. 

Does botox give you a glow?

Yes, Botox or (Botox, Xeomin, Dysport) gives you a glow by smoothing lines and wrinkles and making the skin appear more glowy. Tox can be applied topically to the skin through a micro-needling device, also known as our Elite Diamond Facial. This improves the texture of the skin, making it much more smooth and tight, also providing a glowing complexion. 

Ps: we love Xeomin because it is a cleaner drug with fewer additives and provides lasting results! At Elite we specialize in a holistic approach to aesthetics, offering products that are more natural and just as effective 😘 

Does botox make you prettier?

Potentially yes, and here’s why 👇 

Tox injections help to smooth wrinkles and lines that can cause frowning or upset appearing faces, even at rest.

  • For example: someone constantly looks upset because the 11’s (glabella lines) are pronounced, even when they are happy or showing no emotion at all. The Tox injections smooth those lines and wrinkles, assisting in a happier appearance at rest and in motion.

But rest assured, when injected by the right provider, you will not be frozen or expressionless. Results provided will be natural and customized to your goals. Check out some before and after images of 11’s Tox below 👇 


Aesthetic treatments can be a great stepping stone for a glow up this year! There are a wide range of services that we offer to fit individual concerns and goals, but we hope this article named a few that may be of interest to you. 

Wether you are looking for subtle changes in a skincare routine or a total transformation, our providers at Elite take a holistic and artistic approach to treatments that give our clients natural, beautifully enhanced results. 

If you are located in the Lone Tree, CO area, talk with one of our providers about your aesthetic goals. Elite is a premier med spa with an all RN and NP nursing staff. We prioritize safety and provide holistic, natural results.

How to Make the Most Out of Your Aesthetic Treatments


It takes time, money, and even some “downtime” to reach your aesthetic goals with various treatments…so of course, you want the results to last as long as possible! At Elite, we want to ensure you are well educated on ways that you can extend the longevity of your favorite treatments, too. 

Keep reading below for tips on how to:

  • Make your Tox last longer
  • Make your lip filler last longer
  • Make the results of your IPL treatment last longer
  • How overall health and wellness impacts your aesthetic treatments

How can I make my Botox last longer?

While we all wish that our Tox (Botox, Xeomin, Dysport) never wore off, there are a few things we recommend doing at Elite, to ensure you are getting the full 3-4 months of Tox results. Below are 3 tips from Nurse Practitioner injectors:

1. Take a Zinc supplement: a few studies have shown that taking a high-quality zinc supplement  may enhance the uptake of neurotoxins (Botox, Xeomin, Dysport) leading to longevity of the treatment

2. Make facial movements in the areas that were treated 1 hour after injections: post-treatment facial exercises (where treated with Tox) can be shown to speed up the wrinkle-reducing effects, and further activates the Tox medication 

3. Avoid vaccines 2-4 weeks before and after initial injections: this is best practice to ensure that your Tox treatment & results, do not interfere with your vaccine (and to avoid potential complications, overall)

As a bonus tip, be sure to listen to the recommendations of your injector on what dose you need to last a full 3-4 months. Under-dosing can lead to shorter duration of the medication. 

For more information about how to make your botox last longer, click on the button below.

Does applying retinol make your botox last longer?

Unfortunately, no. Topical application of retinol is a great addition to a healthy skincare routine to prevent signs of aging and turn over skin cells quicker, but it does not have any effect on the Tox medication or its longevity.

Does caffeine effect botox?

Caffeine does not effect botox directly, nor does it make it last longer/shorter. However we do recommend avoiding caffeine before initial Tox (Botox, Xeomin, Dysport) injections to prevent potential bruising

Learn more about how to prep for botox by clicking on the button below.

Does botox last longer if you use more?

Botulinum toxin results are dose dependent. Meaning that in the FDA trials that determined longevity, an average dose was determined for each area in order for it to last 3-months. These results were:

Forehead: 20 units

Glabella (11’s): 20 units

Crow’s feet: 24 units 

Treating with more than the above can increase longevity but at the risk of other side effects, such as droopy brows. These doses are also just averages and will not work for everyone; treatment should be individualized. It’s always best to talk to your provider about what is best for your personal aesthetic goals

Maintaining and committing to getting your injections every 3-4 months can give you longer lasting results than just getting injections every-so-often as well. 

How can I make my lip filler last longer?

There are a few recommendations to ensure lip filler lasts as long as it possibly can (without migration, too):

1. Do not bite down on your lips: this can potentially cause the lip filler to migrate

2. Do not use straws or purse your lips together: this is a great habit to practice in general, because constant “sucking of straw movement” or pursing lips together, leads to lip lines and wrinkles as well as potential migration

3. Avoid dental work 2-4 weeks before and after treatment: this is best to reduce potential risk of infections, filler migration, or any complications that may arise 

4. Avoid vaccines 2-4 weeks before and after treatment: again, this is best practice to ensure your immune system is not over-whelmed and cause complications for your filler

Added tip, go to an experienced artistic injector that will tell you “NO” if you’re not ready for more filler. 

Do different types of lip filler last longer?

There are some HA filler brands that claim longer results, such as Juvederm. However, in order to make a filler last longer they have to heavily cross link the hyaluronic acid (HA) with chemicals

The more chemicals that are added, the higher the risk for your immune system to recognize the HA as foreign and attack it. This can happen years later when the immune system is triggered by a seasonal illness, vaccine, or if someone develops auto-immune disease. 

At Elite, we ensure we are using products that are best suited for each individuals’ needs, instead of using one type of product or brand on everyone. We pride ourselves in taking the time to assess and analyze what treatments and products/brands will give our clients naturally beautiful results, SAFELY, because everyone is different!

Read more below about the best lip filler and different options that may be considered before lip injection treatments

Does your second round of lip fillers last longer?

This is dependent on when you decide to get the 2nd treatment done. If you are trying to build volume without migration, getting lips re-filled every 3-6 months can make the HA last a little longer, because there is more of it. However, the longevity of the lip filler’s HA is dependent on how fast your body metabolizes it, overall. Talking with a provider about what treatment plan is best for you, and what to expect, is recommended.

Below are some before and after images of lip filler treatments done at EMA!

How often should lip fillers be re-done?

At Elite, we recommend getting your lip filler re-done about every 12 months to maintain your results and build on to your desired lip shape and fullness. However, we also say, “if it looks good, leave it alone!“. There’s no exact time frame to get lip filler done for each person. 

Make sure you have an honest, and artistic injector, that will prioritize the harmony of your face over just doing filler whenever you come in to ask.

How can I make my IPL results last longer?

Below are some simple recommendations for long lasting results after an IPL treatment.

1. Avoid the sun, especially right after your treatment: your skin will be more photo-sensitive and you do not want to create more sun damage

2. Wear SPF 30 every day and re-apply liberally: protecting your skin from harmful UVA/UVB rays is the best thing to do to keep your skin healthy and even-toned (especially after treatments 😉 ). We like to recommend quality mineral SPF 30+ for daily use 

3. Complete 3 treatments in a row for optimal results, then get 2-3 IPL’s a year for maintenance 

Learn more about IPL treatments, and all of the skin benefits below!

How do you maintain IPL results?

Maintaining IPL results includes a customized skincare routine, protecting your skin from the sun, and your overall health/wellbeing. At Elite, we recommend using medical grade skincare that includes retinols and occasional AHA/BHA exfoliants. It is also important to focus on a healthy, balanced diet and hydration (inner beauty is just as important as outer beauty). Lastly, being diligent with SPF 30+ is crucial, not only for maintaining results, but for keeping your skin protected from harmful UVA/UVB rays.

How long do the benefits of IPL last?

The benefits of IPL last forever, essentially. But as we continue to age and spend time outdoors/in the sun, we accumulate more age spots, freckles, and pigmentation that will need future treatments to address. 

Check out some of our before and after images of real clients from IPL treatments below.

Do you have to continue doing IPL treatments forever?

Like mentioned above, to maintain optimal skin health and results, continuing IPL treatments is essential! Even though the benefits from each treatment are lasting, it is important to keep maintaining with IPL treatments, because we will continue aging and getting sun damage that leads to pigmentation/sun spots. 

Consistent IPL/BBL treatments can also increase collagen production in the skin and reverse DNA damage from the sun. This leads to more youthful appearing, healthy skin. 

Does your overall health effect how long your botox, filler, and facial treatments last?

Yes! While this often goes over-looked, it is important to focus on overall health to ensure your aesthetic treatments are long-lasting.

Some tips to consider:

  • Stress management 
  • Well-balanced diet: nourishing your skin from the inside out 
  • Hydration
  • Mental health 

Your overall health is also crucial for receiving and healing from treatments (if applicable). Potential swelling, bruising, and skin sensitivities are common when getting procedures done. Someone who is generally healthier, tends to heal faster and avoids the major risks/downtime associated with aesthetic treatments. 

Additionally, we love to incorporate wellness treatments such as IV Therapy to help support inner beauty health. Check out more on IV Therapy below.

If you are located in the Lone Tree, CO area, talk with one of our providers about aesthetic treatments best fit for you!

All About Under Eyes


Under eye concerns are a common topic of conversations here at EMA. Whether the concern is dark circles, puffiness, hollowing, or a blue-ish discoloration, this blog will guide you towards an aesthetic treatment(s) that are appropriate for each concern. 

For a quick 3 min explanation of the most common concerns, watch this video below:

Under Eye Hollowing:

What is under eye hollowing?

Under eye hollowing, often referred to as tear troughs, is simply the loss of volume/fat underneath the eye socket that may cause someone to look really tired, older than they are, or even sickly.

Photo credit: Reddit

What causes under eye hollowing?

There can be several factors the lead to or cause under eye hollowing, but some of the main causes include the following:

  • Genetics 
  • Natural aging process
  • Extreme weight loss
  • Dehydration
  • Lack of sleep/exhaustion 
  • Lack of proper nutrients

What treatments can I have done for under eye hollowing?

The best aesthetic treatment for under eye hollowing consists of dermal filler and cheek filler to give the under eye area support if there is a volume deficit. The type of dermal filler will be chosen by the provider/injector after a consultation and anatomy assessment, but some of the more popular filler products for this concern include: Belotero, Restylane, or  RHA.

This area is very tricky when it comes to injecting, and oftentimes the area is not treated properly, or is over-filled, leaving the under eyes looking puffy. Ensure you see a licensed, experienced injector before going through with this treatment if you are a good candidate. 

Below is a before and after image of under eye filler for a candidate that had hollowing, courtesy of Ali Wagstaff, NP.

To learn more about under eye filler, specifically, click the button below.

How long does under eye filler last?

On average, under eye filler lasts about 12 months. This time frame can also be dependent on the type of filler used and the individual’s lifestyle, age, and severity of hollowing. We recommend talking with your provider to understand realistic expectations with your treatment.

Under Eye Bags:

What are under eye bags?

Under eye bags are usually associated with raised pockets underneath the eye area that are puffy and may be slightly swollen or tender to the touch.

Photo credit: Steele Dermatology 

What causes under eye bags?

The cause of under eye bags differ for each individual, but some common causes of under eye bags are listed below:

  • Natural aging process 
  • Weakening of muscle/tissue under the eye
  • Genetics
  • Fluid retention
  • Lifestyle and diet 

What are the best treatments for under eye bags?

The best aesthetic treatments for under eye bag concerns include: RF Microneedling, referral for Agnes RF, and surgical referral to a plastic surgeon. At Elite, we have successfully treated under eye bags using our RF Microneedling device. It works by reducing the fat pad and also creating collagen in the treated area which in turns thickens and strengthens the skin to lessen the appearance of the raised under eye bags. This treatment can take time and multiple sessions to see improvement.

  • Below is a before and after image of a client wanting to improve under eye bags. Treatment results courtesy of Ali Wagstaff, NP

To learn more about RF microneedling, specifically, click the button below.

Can I permanently get rid of under eye bags?

The best way to permanently get rid of under eye bags is surgical referral to a plastic surgeon. In most cases, they will suggest removing the excess skin and fat pad via a procedure called a blepharoplasty. We recommend seeing a licensed, well experienced plastic surgeon for this concern if you are not a good candidate for minimally invasive aesthetic treatments.

Under Eye Darkening:

What are dark under eye circles?

Dark under eye circles are usually associated with darkening color underneath the eye area that can look tan or gray-ish. Learn more about the causes of this below:

Photo credit: All About Vision

What causes dark under eye circles?

Dark circles usually appear from the following causes:

  • Genetics/a family history of dark under eye circles
  • Lifestyle- dehydration, lack of nutrients, allergies
  • Exhaustion or excessive stress

What are the best treatments for dark under eye circles?

The best aesthetic treatments for dark under eye circles include topical products like hyrdoquinone, laser treatments such as IPL or ResurFX, and sometimes a lightening chemical peel. 

  • Lightening topical products work well to even the skin tone and reduce the visibility of the darkness under the eyes, however this treatment can take time and consistency to see improvement.
  • Laser treatments like IPL and ResurFX work to lighten the area too, via light technology and resurfacing attributes. A series of laser treatments are usually needed to see improvement, but we recommend to consult with a provider to see which laser would be best for your concerns. 
  • Lastly, some chemical peels may be beneficial, as certain lightening acids can even out the skin tone (must proceed with caution around the eye area).

To learn more about IPL/lasers, specifically, click the button below.

Blue Discoloration:

What is blue discoloration under the eyes?

Blue discoloration is a type of dark under eye circle that can be classified as “A blue or purple hue to the under eye skin”.

Photo credit: Musely

What causes blue discoloration under the eyes?

Having a blue discoloration under the eye are can be a result of the following causes:

  • Fair skin that shows the blood vessels underneath 
  • Thin skin tissue in the area 
  • Poorly placed filler
  • Genetics
  • Exhaustion

What are the best treatments for blue discoloration under the eyes?

The best aesthetic treatments for this under eye concern is to dissolve old dermal filler if it is present. Then try treatments that thicken the under eye skin such as: PRP/PRF injectionsRF Microneedling and regular microneedling. Other than the above there is not a lot to be done about this since the blue color is coming from the (presumed healthy) blood vessels around the eyes. 

Can under eye circles be removed naturally?

The short answer on whether dark circles can be removed naturally depends on the underlying cause. If they are from lack of sleep or poor nutrition then some improvement may be seen with better sleep and nutrition.

If there is genetic hyperpigmentation (darkening) then usually medical grade products and procedures are needed for lasting effects. However, a small modest change may be seen with at home topicals like retinoids and vitamin C and of course using a concealer. 

Remember that whatever you buy over the counter is usually 1/2 the strength and only 70% pure whereas medical grade can be prescription strength and must be 99% pure

Overall, it is best to consult with a trusted provider to discuss your under eye concerns, and the best treatments that can help you achieve results. If you are located in the Lone Tree, CO area be sure to schedule a consultation below.

Summer Skin Guide


There is no doubt that summer months are often busier and sunnier, but your skincare routine doesn’t need to drastically change. Often times the media scares people into never doing any skin treatments during the summer months, because you are exposed to the sun more. While you may be outdoors more often, do not let your skin care routine fall off path, or else all of your “hard work” may have to start at ground zero again, or close to it 😉.

This blog will cover the recommended treatments for summertime, from our licensed professionals, to maintain a youthful, healthy complexion.

Best sunscreen for summer

truck driver sun exposure

Photo credit: NEJM

This is a 69yo man that had sun exposure on his left side from driving a truck for over 20-years. Notice how much more damage he has on the left side of his face from the sun.

First things first, SPF!!! If there is one simple product that you could use every day, and age gracefully, is sunscreen. At Elite Medical & Aesthetics we emphasize and educate every patient about the importance of wearing mineral based sunscreen 30+ every sing day, and to reapply! We are not saying you cannot ever go out in the sun, just protect when you do!

Sunscreen protection is for everyone, wether you are receiving aesthetic treatments or not, because the UVA/UVB harmful rays can cause pre-mature aging and skin cancer. However, this is especially important if you are receiving any type of laser, chemical peel, or using clinical grade skincare products. 

Some helpful tips:

  1. Choose a sunscreen that you will actually wear every day. This may be different for everyone depending on their skin type, but there are many options.
  2. Reapplying can be a hassle, so finding a loose powder like, Matte Green Tea SPF Powder, makes this step easy and gives a sheer coverage.
  3. Pair your sunscreen with a cute hat when out in the sun for extended periods of time.

Below are two of our favorite sunscreen options that provide adequate protection without harmful chemicals or a “greasy” feeling.

Elite Matte SPF50 Green Tea Powder
Elite Tinted SPF

Summer spray tans

Opting for a quality spray tan over laying out in the sun and tanning is always the better option. It is understandable that feeling tan and getting color gives a boost of confidence, especially in the summer months. Luckily, there are many great options for spray tans that provide a natural glow, without the risks of UVA/UVB damage to the skin. Just remember, tan skin may look sexy when you are younger, but not so much as you age! Tan skin does not equal healthy skin, and once the sun damage has been done, it takes commitment, money, and time to reverse even a fraction of it.

Photo Credit: Coco Ruby Skin

Botox and filler in the summer

Continuing your provider’s recommended injectable routine is safe and just as effective in the summer. There are no contraindications, or risks, in the summer versus any other time of the year to get Botox, Xeomin, or any filler. If you wait to get your Tox or filler treatment too far after your last treatment, just because it is summer time, you may end up having to pay more money to get the results you want because the neurotoxin and filler substance is completely metabolized. 

Learn more about the differences between Botox and filler, and what they’re best for, by watching the video below.

Summer laser hair removal

Not having to constantly shave or letting your hair grow out to wax in the summertime is always a plus. Permanently reduce any unwanted hair with EMA’s Laser hair removal! We have newly advanced technology that makes this treatment safe for all skin types, all year around. Gain a boost of confidence, time, and money (in the long run) with laser hair removal. Treatments are quick, comfortable, and usually 4-6 weeks apart for 3-6 sessions depending on your goals and history. 

To talk with a provider about this treatment, please book a consultation below.

Microneedling and laser in the summer

Microneedling treatments such as, normal microneedling and RF microneedling can be done on any skin-type year round. Some lasers such as ResurFX can also be done year round. Since these specific treatments don’t target pigment you can even be tan (though we don’t recommend ever being tan unless it’s a spray 🙂 ). 


Each of these works to increase collagen, fade scarring, and reverse fine lines and wrinkles, year round. We still recommend being cautious in the sun after to maintain your results. Follow your provider’s after care instructions and continue your treatment plan as decided.

IPL in the summer

IPL, or intense pulsed light, should be done every 4 months to keep pigmentation and wrinkles at bay. In this study about the effectiveness of IPL/BBL treatments every 4 months for anti-aging, it is to be concluded that candidates looked 10 years younger than their actual age with no other treatments done.

IPL can be continued in the summer months for those who are diligent about not tanning and wearing SPF 30 or above with a wide brim hat. In most cases, people would rather be diligent with sun protection and staying out of the sun, rather than getting more sun damage and compromising the results from their treatment plans. 

***Note: Do not neglect your neck and chest! Bringing your skincare and SPF down to your chest is important! Also, ask your provider to add your neck and chest at your next treatment appointment. Just remember, your face is everything from the boobs, up 😉 

Photo Credit: Grand Rapids Med Spa

Monthly routine facials in the summer

In the summer, you may need facials more than any other time of the year, because of the extra sweat and oils we naturally accumulate from warmer temperatures. Facials like dermaplane, microdermabrasion, OxyGeneo, and enzyme signature facials are crucial in your skincare routines to properly exfoliate, hydrate, and keep your pores unclogged. 

Summertime IV therapy

Summertime can be accompanied by dehydrating activities and hot, dry weather which can wreak havoc on your vitamin and mineral balance. IV therapy is a great option for optimal hydration, especially when it is added to any facial treatment. At Elite, we offer an array of “cocktails” that can be customized to your inner and outer beauty needs. For more information on our IV Therapy, click the pink button below.

What is a good skincare routine for the summer?

Like all skincare routines, summer routines should be kept simple yet effective. Using a foaming/exfoliating cleanser in the summer months are beneficial since we tend to get more sweaty from the heat. Including a balancing toner can be helpful after cleansing, too. Incorporating a lighter moisturizer can be smart for the skin, as heavier creams can sometimes be too much. Ensuring you are continuing to use a clinical grade vitamin c serum in the morning and a retinol in the evening is best. There is no need to stop using “active ingredients” such as acids, retinols, or vitamin c’s in the summer if you are committed to using a quality mineral based SPF (which should be worn every day of the year). Again, reapply your SPF and wear a wide brim hat when out in the sun for extended periods of time. 

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When to Consider Botox vs Dermal Filler


It is not uncommon for people to get confused when they go in for an injectable appointment thinking they need Botox, when really they might need dermal filler, or vice versa. Sometimes misinformation can be given from social media, the internet, or even other injectors. 

This blog will help you understand the differences between what Botox is intended for, and what filler is intended for. 

Watch our YouTube video below for a visual representation of information that this blog will cover, too.

How does Botox work?

Botox, or Botulinum Toxin, is a prescription medication used to treat fine lines and wrinkles. Botox, or other brands of neurotoxin like Xeomin and Dysport, work to stop muscles from creating a repetitive movement that lead to unwanted lines and wrinkles. Botox injections are also preventative, to keep lines from worsening. 

For more information about Botox injections read our blog “Botox for Dummies” below.

How does filler work?

Most dermal fillers are made of a gel-like substance called Hyaluronic Acid (HA) that are used to restore lost volume, fill lines and wrinkles, sculpt areas of the face, and plump. When filler is injected properly into the desired areas, it instantly plumps or fills the areas of volume depletion, giving you a refreshed, natural, and youthful appearance. 

If you are curious about filler injections, and want to learn more, be sure to click on the pink button!

What areas can I get Botox injections?

The most common areas for Botox injections, or Botulinum ToxinA, are the glabella (11’s), forehead, and crows feet. There are several other areas that are considered “off label” that can be treated with neurotoxin, too, such as:

  • Bunny lines: lines on either side of the nose when you scrunch
  • DAO’s: depressor anguli oris muscle (around the mouth)
  • Platysmal bands: neck bands
  • Masseter muscle: jaw muscle  
  • Lip Flips

What areas can I get filler injections?

The most common areas for filler injections are probably the lips and the cheeks but other areas include:

  • Under eyes
  • Jawline
  • Temples
  • Chin
  • Nasolabrial folds
  • Marionette lines
Certain types, like Radiesse, can also be used to help create collagen in the face, neck and body. 

Remember, filler is considered much more dangerous than Botulinum Toxin injections because the gel like substance is more like an implant (usually lasting around a year) and can also occlude vessels. Some areas are higher risk than others and you want to go to an injector that knows the risks and how to treat them. 

RN, Molly injecting neurotoxin in forehead

Does Botox or filler help forehead lines & wrinkles?

Botox helps with forehead lines and wrinkles, and is our recommendation here over filler due to to less risk (see below). When you inject neurotoxin into the forehead muscles, it stops the repetitive muscle movement that causes lines and gives a refreshed appearance. 

Forehead lines treated with neurotoxin

Can you inject filler in forehead lines?

We do not recommend injecting filler into deep forehead lines, because there is a risk for vascular occlusion (filler that gets into an artery) that can lead to blindness. 

Vascular occlusion can happen anytime filler is injected but in high risk areas such as the forehead, glabella, and nose blindness or even a stroke could occur. As far as we know there are no cases where the blindness was able to be reversed when it was caused by filler. 

Some clinicians will do these injections, and if you decide to have it done, make sure you ask about their experience doing it and what they would do in case of emergency. 

There are several other treatments that can help with forehead lines and wrinkles such as Botox, microneedling, laser treatments or a surgical referral. 

Does Botox or filler help with Glabella (11's) lines?

Botox is recommended for Glabella lines over filler. This is because  when you continually scowl or frown, the glabella muscles are activated to move, and over time those constant movements cause lines. Botulinum toxin injections, once injected into the muscle, stop the constant scowl or frowning and thus softens the lines and wrinkles.

11’s treated with neurotoxin

Can you inject filler in the Glabella (11's) lines?

Technically, you can inject filler in the 11’s, but we do not recommend it. Like mentioned above, injecting filler in this area has a high risk for vision complications. Safety is a priority when it comes to injectables. If you have deep 11’s lines that are there at rest, and Botulinum Toxin injections have not worked for you, book a consult to see what else can be done.

Can I get Botox injections for my smile lines?

No, you should not get Botox injections in your smile lines because it could cause your face to look distorted or drop your top lip. 

Specifically in the nasolabrial fold area, there is a muscle called the levator labii superioris alaeque nasi (LLSAN) that is injected intentionally for people with a “gummy smile” to drop the top lip. If you don’t have a gummy smile, you don’t want to inject this area or it can lengthen your philtrum column (more below). 

Getting Botox injections in your smile lines can cause a ducky lip.

As above, if you inject Botox into the smile lines, it’s possible to cause the philtrum column (the distance between the bottom of nose and mouth) to lengthen. A longer philtrum column can create a ducky upper lip appearance with or without lip filler. 

Ensure you are going to an experiened licensed injector so these types of side effects/risks are avoided. However, Botox is not permanent, so side effects will wear off in 3-4 months.

Can I get filler injections for my smile lines?

Yes, filler injections are an appropriate treatment for smile lines. Smile lines can become static and more defined as we age, and people tend to dislike these lines. Filler is the best option because we want to fill the lines and wrinkles with volume to restore a natural look in the area. 

Full face filler, including smile lines

Can I get Botox injections in my cheeks?

No, getting regular Botox injections in the cheek region can cause unwanted side effects. These side effects cause face distortion to your smile and talking movements. Sometimes microtox or “baby botox” can be used to smooth the skin but it can still cause unwanted side effects.

What happens if Botox is injected into cheeks?

If Botox was injected into the cheek muscles, there is a risk that your smile will look as if you had a stroke or Bell’s Palsy. This is because the muscles in the cheek connect to the corner of the mouth to lift it when you smile. If these muscles are disabled, you will not be able to lift the corner of your mouth.  

These risks should be discussed in a consultation with your provider, along with other treatment options intended for cheek wrinkles. Book Consultation Now!

To learn more about specific areas to avoid injecting Botox in, watch our YouTube Video here. Our NP injector, Ali, demonstrates a visual representation of what could happen if Botox is injected into unintended muscles.

Can I get filler injections in my cheeks?

Yes, it is very common to get filler injected into the cheek region. Filler can enhance the appearance of lost volume in the cheeks, contour the cheeks for definition, and add structure to the cheek for other areas of concern to be treated such as under eyes.

What does Botox treat that filler doesn't?

What if I don't know if I need Botox or filler?

Do not worry! Being unsure of what treatment may be best for you is not uncommon. In most cases, we recommend scheduling a consultation to talk with a trusted provider about your concerns and gather information about what treatments you are a candidate for. 

What can I expect in an aesthetic consultation?

The goal of a consultation is to provide you with as much information as possible for you to make an informed decision on which treatment you want to do. Areas of conversation may include:

  • Addressing concerns
  • Goals of the patient
  • Anatomy assessment
  • Risk factors with treatments
  • Are you a candidate for the desired treatment?
  • Pricing and packages
  • Any other questions you may have

For more information about what you can expect in an aesthetic consultation, read this article


If you are in the Lone Tree, CO area, be sure to stop by our office or schedule a consultation by clicking on the pink “book now” button below. Our trusted providers will ensure they are there for you every step of the way. If you are not located in the area, make sure to schedule a consultation with a licensed injector whom you trust. 

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Inside a Lip Filler Appointment

How to prepare for a lip filler appointment

If you’re considering lip filler know that it is normal to be nervous, but we hope that after reading this article you’ll be more excited instead! Most commonly, people are concerned about pain from the needles, looking over-done or having “duck lips”, or  maybe not knowing what to expect at all.

Rest assured that these appointments are very thorough, and should be comfortable when you go to a licensed injector who follows all safety precautions.

Before actually getting the injections, it is recommended that you consult with your provider about what your desired results are. They will assess, and ensure that you are a good candidate and go over  realistic expectations of lip filler and known risks. Continue reading this blog to answer all of your questions about what you can expect from a lip filler appointment. 

What is a lip filler consultation like?

First, your injector will talk to you about what you’re looking to achieve, what brought you in, and what questions you may have to better understand your goal with lip filler. Then they will assess your specific anatomy, and talk to you about the realistic expectations that can be achieved on you. Once you and the injector have agreed upon the treatment plan, they will go over benefits of the treatment, risks, and potential side effects (informed consent). 

Informed consent is crucial, and mandatory, for all medical procedures. This is where the provider goes into depth about risks, potential side effects, and even alternatives to the treatment. The goal here is to give you all of the information so you can make an informed decision if the treatment is right for you. Some people aren’t even a candidate for lip filler so it’s good to talk first!

If you are in the Lone Tree, CO area and are interested in booking a consultation to see if lip filler is a good treatment option for you, click here.

If you’re not local, here are some good sample questions to ask when you go in for a consult:

  • What are your credentials? I.e. RN, PA, NP, Physician
  • What kind of training did you do to learn these kinds of injections?
  • Do you have photos of your work?
  • What are the risks and how would you treat them?
  • What are the side effects of the procedure?
  • What product will you be using and why? Is it FDA approved in the U.S.?
  • Can the product you’re using be dissolved?
  • How can I reach you or your office on a Saturday in case of emergency?
NP Ali, assessing lip anatomy during consultation

How do I prepare for lip filler?

Once all of your questions and concerns are answered, the injector will start the numbing process. This is to ensure you are as comfortable as possible during the treatment. There are two option with numbing specifically for lip filler. You and your injector should discuss which option would be best for you, but read below for a description of both.

2 Types of Numbing Options

1. Topical Numbing Agent 

This is a topical medication that is compounded to combine local anesthetics such as lidocaine and tetracaine. Once this is placed on the lips, it starts working by blocking nerve signals in the body to reduce discomfort from initial injections.

2. Dental Block

A dental block refers to injecting an anesthetic agent, such as lidocaine, (typically) into the infraorbital nerve and mental nerve through the mouth. This provides the client with complete numbness of the lips prior to injection. 

How long does it take to become numb for lip filler?

For topical numbing, it usually takes 5-30 minutes for the effects of the numbness to work (depending on the compound). The area continues to remain numb for 30 minutes to 1 hour after removal. Dental Blocks immediately start numbing the lips and the effects of this numbing process may remain for several hours hours post injections.

Pro's & Con's of numbing medications for lip filler:

Pro's of topical numbing

This works quickly, allows patient to move their lips easier during injections (for better assessment), and wears off quicker for patient to go about their day

Con's of topical numbing

Patient is not 100% numb, some formulations can cause blanching (whitening) of the lips making the assessment difficult for the provider

Pro's of dental block

Complete numbing for overall patient comfort

Con's of dental block

Initial dental injections go deep into gums and are painful. This can also make assessment difficult when moving mouth, because patient can be too numb. Numbness lasts for hours after treatment.

RN Molly applying topical numbing cream to clients lips

What is lip filler treatment set-up like?

While the desired numbing agent is working, the provider will start to set up for the treatment using industry standards. This includes washing hands, placing sterile drape onto tray, using gloves, properly preparing the filler products, and cleaning the injection site(s) on the client. This step is especially important because lip filler injections are a medical treatment that needs to be administered safely. Going to licensed providers that have a clean and sterile environment is crucial to lower any potential risk, and ultimately to keep you safe.

How long do lip filler injections take?

This is the quickest part of the appointment. The actual lip injections only take 10-15 minutes. You can expect that your injector ensures you are comfortable throughout the injecting process, giving you breaks where needed. From here they will start to inject the filler by building the lips to fit the patient’s specific features. Overall, the goal should be to harmonize the lips and create balance to the face by subtly enhancing the lips. You should not feel anxious or worried about getting “duck lips” from this filler procedure. With the right injector, you will gain a boost of confidence, instead. 

For more on how to avoid “duck lips” with lip filler read this!

Will I swell after lip injections?

Swelling and bruising is normal, and your injector should disclose this part of the treatment with you at the consultation and assessment step, that way you are aware and can plan for social down-time. For initial downtime, the first 24 hours is the worst, then swelling subsides day by day and can be covered by makeup.

It is also recommended to not plan this appointment on (or too close to) any important social gatherings, pictures, or work presentations. 

Generally we tell people not to “love them or hate them for 2-weeks” but give them 30 days to fully settle. Ultimately, the treatment should be done at least 4-6 weeks before any big event

Click on the pink “read this” button to learn how you can reduce swelling and bruising post lip injections. 

Photos of Before & Immediately After injections

Before Injections

Immediately after injections

From these photos, you can see there is initial swelling right after the injections. Keep in mind, this is normal and to be expected. Do not be surprised either, if swelling gradually increases throughout the day into the night. 

What do providers put on lips after injections?

Once the provider is finished with injecting, they will finish the procedure with these steps:

1. Massaging the filler to ensure it is even and smooth

2. Applying post-injection cream to prevent biofilm

3. Apply medical grade anti-bacterial ointment on top to prevent infection

These 3 simple steps make a big difference in treatment outcomes! As mentioned earlier, it is crucial to get dermal filler from a licensed provider who is well-educated and takes all necessary precautions to keep you safe. 


What is lip injection aftercare like?

After the injections, your provider will recap what to expect following the appointment, and any precautions to take. This is to ensure you are confident in what to expect with the healing process after the appointment and avoid any risks. At Elite Medical & Aesthetics we often tell patients:

  • No tongues on their lips for 24 hours (theirs, their significant other, children or pets)
  • No touching for 24 hrs
  • No make-up on the injection area for 24 hours
  • Avoid straws for 72 hours, or forever 🙂 !!!
  • Avoid alcohol and any medications that can increase bruising
  • Only ice for short periods as needed and wash ice pack between use
  • Avoid any harsh or irritating products
  • Contact us with any questions or concerns!

Be sure to talk to your injector to know what they recommend post treatment if you’re not an Elite Client. We also remind people that the first 24 hours of swelling can look crazy! It will get better quickly. 

Click on the pink “read here” button to learn about the lip filler roller coaster for emotional reassurance!

" I always make sure my patients have my contact information in case of questions or concerns, especially if going into a weekend"
Ali Wagstaff
Nurse Practitioner


Even though it can be intimidating getting lip filler (especially if it is your first time) be reassured that at Elite Medical & Aesthetics we will be with you every step of the way! 

Regardless of where you go, we cannot emphasize enough the importance of going to a licensed medical provider that you trust and knows how to keep you safe, while also giving great results.This is a medical procedure and needs to be treated as one.

If you are in the Lone Tree, CO area come see us for a free consult so we can decide together if lip filler is right for you. Ali Wagstaff is a double board certified Nurse Practitioner with a fellowship in aesthetic medicine. She is also an artist and takes a holistic approach to patient care. Click the pink “book now” button below to book.

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Skin Wedding Prep

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Wedding Prep Timeline

You might be surprised by how many beautiful, and naturally  appearing brides, have had Botox, fillers, laser treatments, Kybella and more before the big day! That, on top of social media filters and edited photos, there can be a lot of pressure to look a certain way before your event

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When it comes to aesthetics, most brides have a lot of questions regarding skincare, injectables, lasers, and additional services that help a bride look and feel picture perfect on her wedding day. We want to assure you that there is no correct way to look for your wedding and generally comparing is the quickest way to feel like s*** about yourself. So don’t do that!

However, if you are thinking of doing something to enhance your already beautiful appearance, (without the worry of being overdone or not looking like yourself), keep reading to learn about the different options.

Can I get Botox the day of my wedding?

Technically, yes you can get botox the day of your wedding, but we certainly don’t recommend it! You would be wasting your money, simply because it takes a full 7-14 days to kick in and best results are usually 4-6 weeks post injections. Also, while there isn’t any serious downtimes in regard to getting Botox, there are always potential risks for bruising and other unwanted side effects.

What is Botox?

Botox, Xeomin, Dysport, and Jeveau are all brand names of Botulinum Toxin A. This medication is a type of neuromodulator that when injected, works by blocking the communication between the nerve and the muscle. By blocking this movement, the skin does not crease as much which softens lines and wrinkles. Most common areas to treat are frown lines between the brows (glabella), crow’s feet, and the forehead.

Photo Credit: Bloom Health

Considering getting Botulinum Toxin injections? Learn more about how to prepare for this appointment Here!

When should you get botox before your wedding?

Again, Botox, or other neuromodulators, need about 7-14 days to fully kick in, and 4-6 weeks to reveal best results. We highly recommend getting your Botox injections 4-6 weeks before your wedding, because we want to ensure your treatment is at its best result on your wedding day. This time frame also allows for scheduling a follow-up appointment with your provider, because occasionally after the 14 day time frame a touch-up is needed. Getting Botox injections from a provider that encourages follow-ups, like our providers Ali , Molly, & Simone is very important! 

Below are before and after images of Botox injections 2 weeks apart

When should you get filler before your wedding?

To put it simply, you want to get dermal fillers about 2 months before your wedding, but a minimum of 4 weeks at least! Initial filler injections can cause swelling and bruising. So before your final results are revealed, there is a 2 week healing period. Once the swelling has subsided, you and your provider can assess if any other alterations are needed with your filler injections. 

What are dermal fillers?

Dermal fillers are gel-like substances that help restore volume, correct wrinkles, and contour the face. Common areas treated include cheeks, lips, chin, and jawline. They can also help smooth superficial lines. When done correctly, they create a beautiful, natural result that balances the face without being obvious that anything was done.

Photo Credit: Aesthetica Skin Health & Wellness

Read more about filler Here!

Should you get pre-wedding lip fillers?

Lip injections before your wedding day can be a wonderful glow-up if you are a good candidate and go to the right injector. In general, the goal is to enhance the lips without making it obvious one has lip filler. That is very much art!

Furthermore, if you do decide you are interested in getting filler before your wedding day, it is best to get lip injections 6-8 weeks prior to the date. This is because there is initial swelling and bruising from the injections for up to 2 weeks. for tips on reducing lip filler bruising and swelling read this.

Once swelling has subsided, we recommend you pop back in for a follow up appointment with your provider to ensure you’re happy with final results.

"Something I always tell clients is not to overly chase symmetry"
Ali Wagstaff
Np Injector

When should you get Kybella before your wedding?

We recommend getting Kybella done about 1 year prior to your wedding date. Before considering Kybella as a treatment for you, we want to be transparent that it is a commitment as it usually takes 3-6 sessions 1 month apart. Additionally, final results from a single treatment take anywhere from 1-3 months to be revealed with a 2 week healing time frame in between sessions.

What is Kybella?

Kybella is made from deoxycholic acid. This substance found in the human body that is responsible for breaking down fat. When injected directly into a fat pad, such as under the chin for a “double chin”, it causes the fat to break down in the area. The result is technically permanent (if weight remains stable) but it takes several treatments (3-6). It can also be used off-label for jowls and around the body for stubborn areas, too.

Photo Credit: Allergan

For further information regarding Kybella injections, be sure to read This

When should you get laser skin treatments before your wedding?

There are several different types of laser treatments on the market and it can be very confusing deciding which one is best suitable for you and your skin type. The best advice moving forward is that most treatments need to be done in a series of 3, 1 month apart for realistic skin improvements. You will want to complete your last treatment series 1 month before the wedding day for your skin to be at its best result and to allow for enough revoery time. Starting the series of treatments about 4-6 months before the wedding would be appropriate. Continue reading for an explanation of the benefits of IPL, ResurFX, and RF Microneedling, all offered at Elite Medical & Aesthetics.

How would an IPL benefit my skin before my wedding?

IPL, or intense pule light, targets skin discoloration such as age spots, hyperpigmentation, freckles, broken capillaries, and red spots. 

Specifically, this procedure works by using light energy that is converted into heat energy to target red/brown pigment in the skin cells

This causes destruction of unhealthy cells, for new cell regeneration. These light beams also heat up water in the skin creating a tightening effect. Even out your skin tone & gain rejuvenation

How would ResurFX benefit my skin before my wedding?

ResurFX treats skin concerns such as hyperpigmentation, stretch marks, wrinkles, sun damage, loose skin, and scarring. However, it will take multiple treatments to get the desired results. A non-ablative fractional laser such as ResurFX does not damage the top layer of skin, making it safe for all skin types with minimal downtimes. It shoots laser beams just below the top layer of skin, coagulating sections of the deeper tissue. A healing cascade is signaled and the old skin is removed by the body leaving room for new healthy tissue. This creates a tightening effect and more even complexion. To learn more specifically about this treatment…

How would RF Microneedling benefit my skin before my wedding?

RF Microneedling combines the power of microneedling and radiofrequency into a combined treatment. Microneedling is used to stimulate new collagen growth by puncturing controlled micro-channels into the skin to create a healing cascade. While radiofrequency heats the tissue up to tighten & shrink. This treatment works well to tighten loose, crepey skin, target fine lines and wrinkles, as well as reduce the appearance of scarring from acne or trauma.

RF Microneedling before and after photo:

For those interested in regular microneedling, we do offer SkinPen as an option. This does not include the radiofrequency, but does offer all the benefits of microneedling 

Ali Wagstaff

When should you get a facial before your wedding?

It is best to get a facial 1-2 months prior to your wedding. Some facials require no downtime at all, and others are more invasive and require minimal social downtime. More invasive facials that have downtime include intense chemical peels, such as the VI Peel, and deep cleansing facials with extractions. Usually there is 5-7 days of healing involved with these facials, so it is best to get these treatments 4-6 weeks in advanced. Other options of facials that do not have downtime include; dermaplaning, microdermabrasion, OxyGeneo, enzyme exfoliation, and a signature facial. These more gentle facials incorporate customized exfoliation and hydration which allows the skin to look refreshed and vibrant before an event.

Should I be on a skincare routine before my wedding?

Yes, it is always best to consult with your aesthetician to ensure you are on an appropriate skincare treatment plan and routine, well ahead of your wedding (and every day). Skin preparation is important before jumping into new facial treatments, that way there is no shock to the skin from using clinical grade products.  

Many times, using proper at-home skincare will enhance the results from facial treatments. It takes time for skincare ingredients to start working efficiently, so we recommend starting your skincare routine 6 months prior the your wedding. 

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On another note, scheduling routine facials can also be a great way to incorporate self care and relaxation from stressful wedding planning.

What type of facial is best before my wedding?

We always recommend getting guidance from your aesthetician on what facial would be best for your skin type. However, more universal facials that are usually safe and effective for most skin types include, dermaplaning, Oxygeneo, and our signature facials. These treatments tend to focus on exfoliation and hydration to reveal fresh, rejuvenated skin. 

What skin treatment is best for brides?

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Every bride is unique and beautiful in different ways, there is no one-size-fits-all. What is best for you is different for another bride, so it is crucial to schedule a consultation with and esthetic provider you trust. Sooner rather than later!

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Learn more about your skin concerns and which treatments would be best fit for you before your big day!

How to boost confidence before my wedding?

Being a bride can be nerve wracking, but feeling beautiful in your own skin shouldn’t be. What we can recommend is pursuing treatments and injectables that will enhance your confidence and make you glow from the inside out.

For when the time comes, getting married is a special and intimate occasion that should be cherished. We understand that planning a wedding is chaotic, but rest assured that we are here to help you in the aesthetic department. Leave your questions and concerns with skincare treatments and injectables in our hands, and watch your confidence flourish. You deserve to feel you best every day of the year, but we understand this one day is even more important. 

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Filler and Botox gone wrong? Can you fix it!

Let’s face it, there is nothing worse than getting poor results with injections. One will do anything to fix it ASAP! Check out our “how to fix it” guide below for all queries related to injectables and unwanted outcomes.

How to prevent bad filler and Botox

Having complete trust in a licensed injector is crucial. Receiving aesthetic injectables can be very nerve-wracking for people. Doing thorough research on the treatment itself, and the injector’s work is a must! Also, going in for a consultation is recommended before jumping in with two feet. That way, you’d have time to talk about all outcomes, including the bad ones and what can be done, before having your treatment.

In general, when administered correctly, most people do not want their dermal fillers or Botox to wear off quickly, at all! These types of treatments are used to enhance natural beauty, and can be done in a way to make one look better without attracting notice that something is different. They’re not usually used to try to recreate a whole new face. Remember that when considering treatments to be kind to yourself, and keep in mind that less is more when you are first starting. 

BAD BOTOX: What are my options?:

Can you make botox "wear off faster"?

Botox, or Xeomin and Dysport, unfortunately cannot be reversed. Once this medication is injected into the intended muscle to relax wrinkles and soften existing lines, it limits or completely stops the muscle from moving. On a positive note, this is not a permanent treatment. Results gradually wear off and dissipate after two to three months. Usually the unwanted results wear off faster 

Is there anything that can help with bad Botox?

Without actual scientific data that provides information about controlling how fast this medication wears off, we cannot promise anything. However, here are some potential tips and tricks that may help your body metabolize the medication faster:

High Stress

When there is an increase in stress hormone, we have seen in practice, that Botox may metabolize quicker. We certainly don’t encourage that you try to create stress as it can cause havoc on the body in other ways. Rather, consider controlled stress like exercise. (see below)

Lack of Zinc

A few studies have shown that if there is a diet lacking in zinc, the Botulinum Toxin medications cannot bind to the receptors correctly. So if you are nervous for a first time treatment, consider skipping the Zinc until you see your results.

Extraneous Exercise

Workouts that increase metabolism such as running, HIIT training, and hot yoga lead to higher metabolism rates. It’s possible that a higher metabolism could make results wear off faster 


There are no direct studies on this but we have seen anecdotal evidence in our office that when people are getting acupuncture their results often wear off faster. This is especially when needles are inserted near the treatment area (i.e. forehead)

Can you temporarily fix bad Botox?

Since there are no scientific studies that prove we can make Botox wear off faster, there are a few ways to fix, or alter, the undesired results. Less noticeable mistakes are always a plus! Consult with your injector to see what your options are.

Possible Botox techniques to alter a case of "bad Botox"

Droopy Eyelid– it is very rare to have a droopy eyelid caused by Botox alone, if it happens- this is called lid ptosis. Immediately see your injector and they will assess if prescribed eyedrops are needed to help prop the eyelid up. Sometimes counter injections of Botox on the actual eyelid can help as well. The good news is that this side effect typically wears off within a few weeks to a few months and it is not permanent. 

Heavy Eyebrows– here are two potential causes of the feeling of heavy eyebrows:

1. the injector over-treated the forehead. If the injector properly treated the glabellar area, then, unfortunately, you have to wait for this to loosen up over a few weeks or months.

2. the injector did not treat the glabella area enough or not at all. This is an easy fix with additional Botox to the glabella to stop the pulling down of the brows. 

One Raised Eyebrow– this is usually an easy fix, the injector needs to add more Botox to the eyebrow that is having more movement and causing you to have uneven eyebrows.

Once I start Botox, can I stop?

Yes! There is no reason you cannot stop doing Botox at any point in time. However, when injected properly, most people are addicted to “aging gracefully”

Read more about reversing bad Botox and Fillers HERE 

BAD FILLER: what are my options?

Again, the best way to prevent “bad filler” is to go to an experienced injector whose work you have seen. These are medical procedures that are just as much art as they are science. Both are crucial to good results. Trying to save money here, will usually cost more in the long-run if you have to have your filler dissolved and re-done. 

Can you reverse dermal filler?

The good news is, yes, you can reverse many types of dermal filler! Most dermal filler injections are made from a substance called Hyaluronic Acid (HA), and there is an enzyme called Hyaluronidase, that dissolves HA. This is a prescribed medication that has to be administered by a medical professional only.

Can Hyaluronidase fix bad filler ASAP?

Yes it can. Once the enzyme is injected in the desired area, it immediately starts working over the next 24 hours. However, additional treatments may be needed if the filler used was a thicker product. 

What fillers are HA?

Most FDA approved filler brands including: Juvederm, Restylane, Versa, and RHA products are made from HA. Again, emphasizing the importance of doing your research and consulting with your injector beforehand so you are aware of the types of products and potential risks.

Is there any scientific proof of dissolving filler?

This study, published in JAMA Network, displays the effectiveness, over a 4 week period, of injecting hyaluronidase into HA fillers; Restylane and Juvederm. The data determines that at a 4-week follow up from initial dissolving, hyaluronidase at low doses was effective at dissolving HA filler. 

Are there fillers that can't be dissolved?

Yes, there are several types of filler that cannot be dissolved. These include PMMA fillers like Bellafill, PLLA like Sculptra (a collagen stimulator), Calcium Hydroxyapatite (Radiesse), as well as silicone and fat transfer

As an aside, though Radiesse cannot technically be dissolved, it can be “dispersed” allowing the body to break it down faster

For more on reversing your filler read THIS article

Is it expensive to dissolve filler?

It is recommended to schedule a follow up appointment with your injecting provider to discuss your options. If your desired results are not achieved, or you experienced a bad reaction, some injectors may reverse the filler at no cost. If however, you want to go to a different injector or get a second opinion, costs vary from the amount of hyaluronidase the provider needs to use. 

More about our injectable pricing HERE

Side note: it is very important to discuss with your provider what they use to dissolve the filler they are injecting with incase of emergency or high risk. With any injectable treatment there are risks that should be known.

Does dissolving filler hurt?

There are always initial pokes at the insertion site. The medication can be reconstituted with other drugs to make it more comfortable, but when injected alone it can sting quite a bit! Ask your injecting provider what to expect during your treatment, as each office is different. At Elite, we use Lidocaine and Sodium Bicarbonate to make dissolving more comfortable. 

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Wrap it up!

When administered safely, with a goal of natural results, to enhance your personal features, dermal fillers and Botox are a true confidence boost! Trusting your licensed injector and being aware of risk factors, are highly advised before getting injectables. Luckily there are some ways to alter or fix these mistakes you may encounter. 

With all of that being said, keep in mind that even if you go to the most experienced and credentialed injector, side effects and poor outcomes are always possible. They could do everything 100% right and you may just have strange anatomy or a strange response to treatment.

The most important thing here is that you are seeing someone that knows how to handle adverse effects and will continue to work with you for every step of the process to take care of you. 

If you are located in the Lone Tree, CO area and have any lingering questions about aesthetic injectables, book a consultation below:

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Chin Filler 101

before and after chin filler


When most people think of dermal fillers, chin filler is probably not on their minds. But for many clients, precisely injected chin filler gives them the opportunity to enhance the shape and proportions of their chin. 

In this article we’ll break down:

  •  What chin filler is
  •  What the procedure is like
  •  How much chin filler costs
  • Other commonly asked questions

If you are new to filler injections, in general, read our Filler 101 Guide for more commonly asked filler questions

What is chin filler?

Chin fillers are dermal fillers injected into the chin with the goal of enhancing the shape, size, or proportion of the chin. It can be done as a single treatment or as a series of injections spaced 2-4 weeks apart, depending how much the chin needs to be built up. 

It is a nonsurgical procedure that is not permanent but can last several years. Many clients getting chin fillers hope that the procedure will give them a stronger, more balanced chin.

How much does chin filler cost?

Chin filler cost is mainly dependent on the type of filler used, the amount of filler needed, and where you have the procedure done. For most procedures chin filler will cost between $500-$1500. This is the point where we have to remind you that the most expensive type of filler is the kind you have to have twice. Make sure you pick the right injector, not just the cheapest.

What is chin filler treatment like?

A chin filler treatment is a very quick outpatient procedure that should take an hour or less. The injection portion of the procedure may only be a few minutes. When you get to the office the injector will walk you through the procedure and assess the structure of your face.

After going through any questions you may have, they will carefully select where to place their injections using a needle and syringe or in some cases a cannula. The injections will be done quickly and without much discomfort and after some brief aftercare instructions, you will be on your way to resume your day.

 For more insight on what filler appointments are like, read THIS!

Is chin filler painful?

The chin filler procedure can be mildly uncomfortable but tolerable. The mentalis muscle (chin muscle) can be a bit tender, especially afterward because we move the chin so much to talk and eat. The quick pricks with a needle will feel mildly uncomfortable in some areas and sharper in others. Most fillers used for the chin have small amounts of lidocaine to help reduce the discomfort of the injections.

After your procedure, your chin may feel a bit sore and possibly heavier than it usually feels which may make things uncomfortable temporarily while it heals.

What types of filler are used for chin filler?

In general, injectors use a thicker filler for the jaw and chin area to add volume. In most cases, injectors will use a Hyaluronic Acid (HA) filler or a calcium hydroxylapatite (Radiesse) filler “off label” for the procedure. Some of the commonly used fillers are:

To learn more about these fillers, check out our guide on filler.

How long does chin filler last?

Depending on the type of filler injected, and how much was injected, chin filler can last quite a long time, between 10-24 months. At that point, patients will often have the procedure redone to maintain results. They may also come in at regular intervals for touch-ups to maintain the treatment.

What should you do to prepare for chin filler?

Talk to your injecting provider for a complete list of pre-care instructions and things to avoid. In general, it will likely be recommended that you:

  • Avoid over the counter blood-thinning medications and supplements like ibuprofen, fish oil, and aspirin (unless these are prescribed for a health condition). 
  • Read this article on tips to avoid filler bruising and swelling HERE
  • Eat pineapple in the week leading up to your treatment if you are nervous about swelling. You can also take Bromelain tablets in the 24 hours before treatment to help reduce pain and swelling.
  • Consider taking arnica which will help limit bruising at the injection site.
  •  Avoid drinking alcohol prior to your treatment. You’ll be unable to consent to the procedure and it may also make your recovery slower by increasing bleeding and bruising.
  • Consider limiting the amount of sodium you consume prior to your appointment. Sodium can cause your body to retain more water which will increase your swelling.
  • Talk to your injecting provider about any medical conditions or concerns that you may have. 
  • Show up with a clean, makeup-free face.

What is chin filler aftercare like?

You’ll want to talk to your injector about specific aftercare instructions that may be specially geared to your situation. Most likely, you’ll be able to return to mild activity immediately following your procedure. In general, it will be recommended that you:

  • Consider applying an ice pack to the area injected to reduce swelling for the first 24 hours.
  • Avoid touching or massaging the area treated.
  • Take acetaminophen as directed to alleviate any pain or discomfort. Ibuprofen can delay the healing of bruises or make them worse if present.
  • Avoid any heat with the area (places like saunas and hot showers, as well as hot wax) unless instructed to use warm compresses for bruising after the first 24 hrs.
  • Consider taking arnica to help reduce any bruising or discomfort
  • Avoid alcohol or exercise for 24 hours afterward to keep down the potential bruising.

If you’re worried about bruising and swelling from filler injections, read our article to learn about ways to reduce this side effect from filler injections, in general.

Is chin filler safe?

Dermal fillers like chin filler are generally very safe when injected by an experienced professional like Ali. Make sure you do your research and read reviews of different injectors before having your procedure done. That being said, any aesthetic procedure comes with inherent risks, talk to your injector about any concerns you may have. 

What are the side effects of chin filler?

In the days following your procedure you may experience the following mild side effects from your chin filler injections:

  • Redness
  • Itchiness at the injection site
  • Mild bruising
  • Swelling in the area treated
  • Soreness
  • Possible bone resorption (see below)

If you’ve experienced previous chin filler, or any filler, that you are unhappy with, read how you can fix unwanted filler and start fresh here.

Can chin filler move?

Filler migration in the chin area is rare, but possible. Some injectors will massage filler after injecting it to prevent lumps and make sure that it has accurately treated the area. After your treatment, your injector will most likely advise that you do not touch the area treated and avoid certain activities that may cause it to migrate. Talk to your injecting provider about all possible side effects.  

Can chin filler cause bone loss?

A recent study of 80 patients in Asia showed unexpected bone loss of the chin after injections of hyaluronic acid fillers. It was correlated with the amount of filler used. The more filler used, the more bone loss there was. However, there was no change in the aesthetic effect of the chin despite this side effect. 

This phenomenon is not seen in other areas of the face like the cheeks or jawline, even when the filler is also injected directly on the bone. There are many theories on why this may happen. Talk to your injecting provider about his risk and all risks associated with aesthetic procedures. It is always best to have an initial consultation, with a provider like Ali, to learn/understand all of the risks and benefits.

Can chin filler fix a weak chin?

Yes, chin filler can be injected in a way that adds definition to the chin and makes it appear stronger. This procedure can help patients that have a small, weak, or receding chins achieve more balance and harmony of their facial profile. 

Can filler get rid of a double chin?

Though chin filler will not remove tissue, sometimes the appearance of a double chin may come from the shape and structure of the chin. In these cases filler can be used to reshape the jawline and chin to give it a stronger look. 

If there is significant submental fat (fat below the chin) causing the appearance of a “double” chin, then Kybella is a great treatment to do in combination with chin and jawline filler to reduce the extra tissue. See other alternatives below. 

Client's before and after chin filler

before and after chin filler
chin filler before and after

What other procedures are an alternative to chin filler?

Chin implant

What is a chin implant: a chin implant is a surgical procedure where an implant of the desired shape and size is placed in the chin area to enhance this feature. 

Cost: $3000-5000

Benefits: This is a permanent procedure where the exact shape and size of the chin can be determined.

Negatives: This procedure requires surgery which always comes with risks and is more expensive than other options.

As above, when an enhanced chin profile is desired it may also be necessary to slim and contour the jawline for best results. This can be accomplished in many different ways but a few treatments often done with chin filler include:

Is chin filler worth it?

Whether something is “worth it” or not is highly subjective, but we have had immensely positive feedback from all of our chin filler clients. It is one of those areas that is subtle but quite noticeable and can really enhance someone’s look while ensuring they still look like themselves. 

If you live near Lone Tree, CO consider coming in for a consultation at Elite Medical & Aesthetics, link below. For more FAQ and Contact information about our practice, read more here.

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All about under eye filler

Introduction: All about under-eye filler

Have you gotten tired of trying under-eye creams hoping that they would help you get rid of the dark sunken look under your eyes? For many clients this area is extremely frustrating, but the good news is that there is a solution. Under-eye (tear trough) filler can give the area under your eyes increased volume and reduce the appearance of dark hollows. In this article we’ll dive into what types of fillers are used, what the procedure is like, and what under-eye fillers cost.

For visual learners, watch this YouTube video that features NP, Ali Wagstaff, and her take on under-eye concerns and treatments to help. 

What is under-eye filler?

Tear trough filler (aka under-eye filler) is a treatment where hyaluronic acid (HA) dermal fillers are injected using a needle or cannula into and around the dark hollows under the eyes. It can be done alone or in conjunction with cheek filler. 

Why is under-eye filler sometimes done with cheek filler?

It’s important to address the whole face when treating this area for a natural and balanced look. Oftentimes under eye hollows can be from loss of volume in the cheeks. Always determine the underlying cause of the deficit before treating.

Also, it is crucial to go to an experienced provider, as this area can not only be dangerous to inject, but also difficult to inject in the correct plane (or level).

Below is a before and after photo of a patient who needed cheek support along with under eye correction. The two go hand-in-hand.

What types of filler can be used in the under-eye region?

Most of the softer, thinner HA (hyaluronic acid) fillers can be used in the under-eye area. Sometimes firmer HA’s can be used in severe cases, or when they are diluted. It is not advised to use non-HA fillers in this thin, sensitive area. 

The most commonly used hyaluronic acid fillers for under-eyes are:

Other fillers such as collagen, Sculptra and Radiesse are NOT recommended in this area due to risk of overfilling, pain, reaction and nodules. This is a high movement area that needs a soft and gentle HA filler for best results.  

For more information on fillers, check out our filler guide.

What does tear trough filler treat?

Our bodies naturally lose volume in our tear trough as we age. We also have separation of the fat pads under the eyes and the cheeks. This leaves an indentation, or dark hollowing, under the eye which can be softened with dermal fillers for a more refreshed “awake” appearance. Below are some before and after photos that help visualize tear trough filler.

Who is a good candidate for under-eye filler?

A good candidate is someone who:

  • Has always had dark under eye hollows genetically 
  • Developed dark under eye hollows with aging 
  • Has good skin quality & cheek support

A poor candidate is someone who:

  • Has large under eye bags rather than hollows
  • Has extremely thin or fragile skin that appears to be “see-through”
  • Has full face hollowing and requires full-face intervention prior to under eye filler

If you previously had a poor under eye filler treatment, and don’t know what to do, be sure to schedule a free consultation! In the mean time, read how you can reverse “bad” filler.

Are tear trough fillers safe?

Yes, under-eye fillers done by experienced medical providers can be done safely. It’s important to consult with your injecting provider, like our Nurse Practitioner Ali, to discuss the risks and benefits of any procedure. See below for risks

Are there risks involved with under eye filler?

All medical and aesthetic procedures come with risks. Some of these risks involved in tear trough filler include:

  1. A poor result, usually over-filling with a puffy appearance
  2. Prolonged swelling from poor product selection or placement
  3. A blue tinge under the eyes (tyndall effect) from too much filler, filler placed too superficially or filler placed on a poor candidate
  4. A vascular occlusion where dermal filler gets into the artery (angular artery) which can lead to severe complications

Below is a photo of the facial anatomy to demonstrate how important it is to go to a trusted/licensed provider for under-eye procedures.

Vascular system for under eye fillers
Image Courtesy of Plastic and Aesthetic Research

What are the benefits of tear trough filler?

  • Tear trough filler can add volume to lessen the “hollowness” under the eyes
  • It can give you a more rested and youthful appearance 
  • Filler will diminish under-eye bags (in certain cases) 
  • It will eliminate or lessen dark circles under the eyes

How much does under-eye filler cost?

Under-eye filler varies in cost based on the type that you receive, where you have the procedure done, and who is performing the procedure. Below is a breakdown of the cost, on average.

  • Hyaluronic Acid Fillers like Juvederm, Belotero, and Restylane generally cost between $600-$1200 per treatment. This does not include any other filler that may be recommended. When combined with other facial fillers the cost for the under-eye portion may be lower. 

How do you prepare for under-eye filler?

Talk to your injecting provider for a complete list of instructions, but in general, it will likely be recommended to:

  • Avoid over the counter medications that may thin your blood like aspirin, ibuprofen, fish oil  (unless prescribed)
  • Do not consume alcohol 24-48 hours before your procedure
  • Come to your appointment with a clean face and no make-up (if possible) 

Some additional recommendations to help you prepare:

Taking arnica tablets help to prevent bruising/swelling, too (as with any supplement, talk to your provider before you take OTC medications or supplements)

Consider icing the under eyes for 10-20 minutes prior fo your procedure to decrease the risk of swelling/bruising

What is an under-eye filler treatment like?

Under-eye filler appointments are generally about 30-60 minutes. The actual procedure itself may only take about 5-minutes per side, but the preparation and discussions prior to the appointment will take up extra time. Your injector may also recommend injecting other areas first, such as the cheeks and mid-face, to support the tear trough area and for a better result which takes additional time. 

If you are curious about what our filler appointments generally look like, read our blog here. The more you know, the more comfortable you can be (:

What is under-eye filler aftercare like?

Every injector will have their own specific aftercare instructions. Below are some of the general recommendations for under eye filler aftercare:

  • Try to avoid using concealer or other eye makeup for the first 24 hours.
  • Do not rub the treated area for at least 24-48 hours after your injections. 
  • Avoid intense physical activity for 24-48 hours, if possible, as exercise may increase swelling to the area treated
  • Consider avoiding alcohol for 48 hours after your treatment. Drinking could increase the swelling and bruising.
  • Use an ice pack to ice the area for 5-10 minutes off and on for the first 48 hours. This will help you reduce  swelling quicker. It’s also a great reason to sit on the couch and relax.

For more tips and tricks on how to avoid swelling from filler, in general, read this

When will I see results from tear trough filler?

Immediately after the procedure you will be able to see your results! For many people, there will also be some swelling immediately post-procedure. The swelling will start to go down in about 48 hours. You will be able to see the final results in 7 to 14 days in most cases but in rare cases, it may take longer, especially during allergy season.

How long do under-eye fillers last?

Over the years we have discovered that filler tends to last much longer in this area than in other high movement areas. Lasting even longer than the lips. The same filler brand that may only last 6-8 months in the lips may last 1-2 years under the eyes.  More cross-linked fillers, such as the Juvederm family, can last 2-3 years, but this does come with an increased risk of reactions and late-onset nodules. Talk to your injecting provider about what dermal filler is best for you. Schedule a consultation HERE.

What is the best under-eye filler?

Hyaluronic acid fillers are the best fillers for under-eye treatments and we have tried almost all of the available brands on the U.S. market. Our favorites have been Belotero Balance and Restylane-L for most cases. 

We also use other, firmer HA fillers or Radiesse in the cheeks prior to doing under-eye fillers to support the area and also give a more natural look. 

For a full list on fillers and what areas they’re best for, READ THIS!

Is tear trough filler worth it?

Yes, tear trough filler is worth it. This is one of the procedures that we get excellent feedback on. It’s a subtle result that makes a huge impact for clients that feel like they constantly look tired. It also has minimal downtime and is not obvious to others that it was done. 

Under eye filler before and after


If you are located in the Lone Tree, CO area, be sure to schedule a consultation with us, simply click the pink “book now” button below. Our licensed/trusted providers will ensure they are there for you, every step of the way! For more information on our company’s FAQs, read this!

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