COSMETIC

Cosmetic Dermatology

We Offer The highest level of medical expertise for cosmetic procedures at Rio Grande Dermatology

We admit that the doctors at Rio Grande Dermatology are a bit biased, but we feel that patients deserve the highest level of medical expertise for cosmetic treatments. Why trust the health and appearance of your skin to a minimally trained practitioner when you could have a board certified dermatologist, who has spent years of advanced training in the care of skin, administer your treatment?

Personalized skin care for Botox and filler treatments

Here at Rio Grande Dermatology, we are committed to the highest level of patient care. We also strive to form collaborative alliances with our patients, wherein we work together to achieve your cosmetic goals. Unlike some other skin care facilities, we distinctly do not have a “one-size-fits-all” approach to our Botox or filler treatments. Rather, our treatments are personalized with regard to patient preferences and the unique anatomy of each individual.

Top of the line skin care products

At Rio Grande, we carry many skin care products from Neocutis, Elta MD, BabyFoot Peels, Vanicream, including their signature product, Free & Clear, along with many other high quality skin care products.

Rio Grande Dermatology only offers treatments proven to be safe and effective

We are proud to offer cosmetic services that have been proven to be safe and effective. Rio Grande Dermatology does not offer services that have been shown in medical studies to carry what we feel to be an unacceptably high risk of complications or a low patient satisfaction rate.

We value the relationships we build with patients

We know that patients have many options when it comes to their cosmetic treatments and Rio Grande Dermatology strives to establish a relationship with our patients that makes them feel valued and appreciated. We enjoy the opportunity to have lasting relationships with our patients.

Finally, we understand that cosmetic services represent a discretionary expenditure of personal finances and we feel that patients deserve the highest quality results for their discretionary expenses. Therefore, all of the skin treatments provided at Rio Grande Dermatology are performed by the physicians themselves. No treatments are delegated to assistants.

For any questions about cosmetic dermatology or to schedule and appointment, please contact Rio Grande Dermatology.

latisse

What is Latisse eyelash treatment? What is prescription eyelash extension?

The long-awaited Latisse “eyelash drug” is now available at Rio Grande Dermatology! Latisse produces dramatically longer lashes, with results visible after 4 weeks and full effects clearly noticeable after just 16 weeks. This prescription eyelash treatment (bimatoprost ophthalmic solution) 0.03% makes eyelashes longer, thicker, and darker through simple nightly topical application. You apply it yourself like liquid eyeliner. The FDA has approved the use of Latisse as a treatment for hypotrichosis (inadequate or not enough eyelashes) to grow fuller eyelashes and increase eyelash length.

Unlike mascara or the use of eyelash curlers, Latisse actually grows new longer, stronger, thicker, darker eyelashes. Although you can still use mascara to complement your new, lengthened lashes, the “mascara effect” will now be evident when you first wake up, when you get out of the shower or the swimming pool, or at the end of a long day. No more flaking, no more struggling to remove waterproof mascara – contact lens wearers, we’re talking to you! False eyelashes can be a thing of the past.

Get Latisse delivered right to your home!

NOW you can order Latisse over the phone and have it shipped right to your doorstep!

For $150.00 plus tax and shipping, you can get 1 kit of Latisse*. Lasting up to 4 months with daily application. Order a 1-year supply* for $405 plus tax and shipping (price includes 10% discount) for a limited time. Please note that shipping and taxes are additional.

Please use our contact form to email us your name, number, email and what supply* of Latisse you would like. Be sure to put “Latisse” in your message and will contact shortly regarding your order.

Lash Solution is Easy to Apply

Patients apply Latisse solution themselves in the comfort of their own homes. Every night, after washing your face, simply place a drop of Latisse solution into the cap of the solution bottle.  Pleace an applicator into the solution and apply to the skin at the base of your upper eye lashes.  Some patients ue this product to help regrow reduced eyebrows as well.  Most patients are able to use one drop daily for application to both eyes with dramatic results.

Enhanced Eyelash Growth After 4 Weeks; Dramatic Results After 16 Weeks

Effects start at 4 weeks with dramatic results apparent after 16 weeks. If you continue to apply the solution each night and follow all directions, your eyelashes will show real measurable growth. As the treatment progresses, you’ll begin to see changes in length, thickness and darkness gradually. After week 16, the full effects will be visible to you – and others! Results continue with continued use.

Eyelash Solution Has Minimal Side Effects

The most common side effects after using Latisse solution – an itching sensation in the eyes and/or eye redness – were reported in only approximately 4% of patients. Some users then found that these irritations went away once they became accustomed to the product or began applying it properly.

Latisse solution may cause other less common side effects, typically occuring either on the skin close to the application location or in the eyes. These include skin darkening (may be reversible with discontinuation of use), eye irritation, eye dryness, and redness of eyelids. Latisse is manufactured by Allergan, whose Ophthalmic Pharmaceuticals division has a long history as a global leader in the eyecare industry.

Lash Growth Treatment Requires a Doctor’s Prescription

Latisse is available by prescription only. Patients with some pre-existing conditions may require closer supervision to ensure safety. Rio Grande Dermatology’s longstanding familiarity with this and other Allergan products make our doctors a good choice for prescribing and monitoring the use of this treatment.

If you would like to be examined for a Latisse prescription, please contact us. Rio Grande Dermatology is a leading board certified dermatologist and cosmetic service with locations in Albuquerque and Rio Rancho, New Mexico.

restylane

Restylane is a “filler” that decreases the severity of various facial lines by adding volume beneath the line or crease, essentially “filling-in” the line from underneath.

Restylane can also be used for increasing the volume and definition of the lips and for augmentation of other portions of the face that have lost volume over time. Rio Grande Dermatology uses Restylane for lip augmentation and to fill medium depth lines.

Hyaluronic Acid Provides Volume

Restylane is a medication composed of hyaluronic acid (HA). HA is a substance that is naturally present in high quantities in human skin. HA and collagen are the two substances that provide the most volume and substance to the dermal layer of the skin.

There are a number of other HA filler products that we offer at Rio Grande Dermatology. During your consultation with the physician, we will mutually determine which product is best for your specific needs and tailor the treatment to you. In our experience, Rio Grande Dermatology feels that Restylane is a bit “bigger” and “stiffer” than Juvederm, which is desirable in cases of particularly deep lines or patients desiring full lips.

Quick Procedure

The 10 to 20 minute procedure requires a series of injections of the filler into the desired treatment areas. Prior to the injections, a topical anesthetic cream (numbing cream) is applied to the skin to diminish the discomfort of the injections.

Minimal Side Effects

Potential side effects, in addition to the moderate degree of discomfort at the time of the injection, include some additional dull pain at the treated areas after the treatment for 1 to 4 days. Bruising can sometimes occur, though this is unusual, and can last from 2 to 7 days. Swelling of the treated area is very common for a few days after the treatment. The lips, in particular, are an area in which the swelling can be most severe, sometimes resulting in an overly puffy appearance of the lips that can last for a few days.

Last for 6 to 12 Months

Ordinarily, once the filler has “settled-in,” which takes about a week, the product can be expected to last for a minimum of 6 months, but in many instances will last 9 to 12 months.

Please contact us if you are interested in Restylane or other fillers available at Rio Grande Dermatology.

botox

There is a very simple reason that Botox has become so amazingly popular—it works! In terms of cosmetic “bang for buck,” not much, if anything, can compare to Botox.

It is FDA approved and, contrary to popular myth, it is exceedingly safe. Rio Grande Dermatology has never had any cases of extreme or unexpected side effects from Botox.

How it works

The mechanism by which Botox diminishes unwanted facial lines is very simple. Botox weakens, or if desired, can completely paralyze unnecessary facial muscles. For example, the main reason that people have lines between their eyebrows is that the muscles in the region, when contracted, squeeze the skin into deep creases. Contracting these muscles is often done unconsciously or during intense concentration, but over time, can result in deeply ingrained lines that can create an outward appearance of anger. A few Botox injections into this area can cause a weakening of the muscles so that when a person concentrates, there is much less, if any, squeezing of the brow muscles. The result is a more approachable, friendly and relaxed appearance.

Botox for the forehead

In addition to the muscles that squeeze the brows together, there are a number of other regions on the face that can be treated with Botox. For instance, the forehead is an area that is particularly responsive to Botox. The horizontal lines that many people develop over time can be reduced or completely eradicated. If desired, Rio Grande Dermatology can create a slight arching and lifting of the brows when treating the forehead with Botox.

Botox and crow’s feet

Crow’s feet are also very successfully treated with Botox. These lines often develop over time from squinting or smiling. Small amounts of Botox injected into the muscles in this area allows an individual to continue to smile fully, but minimizes squinting and creasing of the skin adjacent to eyes.

There are a few other very specialized areas on the face that can be injected with Botox, including down-turned corners of the mouth to create an elevation in this region, and lower eyelids for excessively puffy skin.

Lasts 3 to 6 months

On average, the effects of a Botox treatment last 4 months. Some patients who receive lower doses or have more powerful facial muscles may only experience 3 months of improvement. On the other hand, Rio Grande Dermatology has many patients who experience the effects of their Botox treatments for up to 6 months. Botox takes up to a week to take effect after the treatment session, but most people start to see results as early as 2 or 3 days afterward.

Side effects extremely rare

Side effects of Botox are very, very rare. The most common complication is bruising at the site of the injection, though this is very uncommon. Rio Grande Dermatology is exceptionally careful when injecting the Botox to minimize the potential for bruising. We are almost always able to see and/or feel any small veins beneath the skin so that we do not inadvertently injure these small blood vessels when performing the injections. Other very rare complications include brow drooping or lid drooping.  Headache is also a very rare side effect, but has been shown NOT to be due to the Botox, but rather to the stress of being poked with a needle.

Botox at Rio Grande Dermatology

Rio Grande Dermatology uses ultra-fine needles

Speaking of needles, Rio Grande Dermatology’s technique places great emphasis on patient comfort. We use the smallest needle available (31 gauge). Additionally, though most facilities will utilize the same needle for many injections on a given patient, Rio Grande Dermatology prefers to use each needle for only one injection. These ultra-fine needles become dull after only one or two uses so we therefore use a fresh needle for each and every injection to minimize patient discomfort. Our needles are in fact so small and sharp that some patients don’t even realize that an injection has taken place.

Botox pricing at Rio Grande Dermatology

In terms of price, we charge by the unit. We do not charge “by the region,” because everyone’s face is created differently, patients have different goals, and therefore require dramatically different quantities of Botox. We tailor each patient’s treatment to accommodate their specific aesthetic desires and their discretionary finances.

Patient satisfaction

We are supremely committed to patient satisfaction. Rio Grande Dermatology knows that our patients are knowledgeable consumers and have many options in terms of where they obtain their cosmetic services. We are honored to be the choice of so many patients and we appreciate the favorable word of mouth referrals that have made us so successful.

Please contact us with questions about Botox, or to schedule an appointment.

juvederm

Juvederm is a “filler” made by the same company that makes Botox (Allergan).

Juvederm decreases the severity of various facial lines by adding volume beneath the line or crease, essentially “filling-in” the line from underneath. Fillers can also be used for increasing the volume and definition of the lips and for augmentation of other portions of the face that have lost volume over time.

Hyaluronic acid naturally present in skin

Juvederm is a medication composed of hyaluronic acid (HA). HA is a substance that is naturally present in high quantities in human skin. HA and collagen are the two substances that provide the most volume and substance to the dermal layer of the skin.

There are a number of other HA filler products that we offer at Rio Grande Dermatology, including Restylane and Perlane. During your consultation with the dermatologist, we will mutually determine which product is best for your specific needs and tailor the treatment to you. In our experience, we feel that Juvederm is a softer and more “natural looking” filler than Restylane or Perlane.

Quick Procedure

At Rio Grande Dermatology, the 10 to 20 minute procedure requires a series of injections of the filler into the desired treatment areas. Prior to the injections, a topical anesthetic lotion (numbing cream) is applied to the skin to diminish the discomfort of the injections.

Minimal Side Effects

Potential side effects, in addition to the moderate degree of discomfort at the time of the injection, include some additional dull pain at the treated areas after the procedure for 1 to 4 days. Bruising can sometimes occur, though this is unusual, and can last from 2 to 7 days. Swelling of the treated area is very common for a few days after the treatment. The lips, in particular, are an area in which the swelling is likely to be most severe, sometimes resulting in an overly puffy appearance of the lips that can last for a few days.

Ordinarily, once the filler has “settled-in,” which takes about a week, the product can be expected to last for a minimum of 6 months, but in many instances the treatment lasts up to 9 to 12 months.

Rio Grande Dermatology is one of the few clinics certified by Allergan – the manufacturer of Juvederm and Botox.

Belotero decreases the severity of various facial lines by adding volume beneath the line or crease, essentially “filling-in” the line from underneath. Fillers can also be used for increasing the volume and definition of the lips and for augmentation of other portions of the face that have lost volume over time.

Hyaluronic acid naturally present in skin

Belotero is a medication composed of hyaluronic acid (HA). HA is a substance that is naturally present in high quantities in human skin. HA and collagen are the two substances that provide the most volume and substance to the dermal layer of the skin.
There are a number of other HA filler products that we offer at Rio Grande Dermatology, including Belotero. During your consultation with the dermatologist, we will mutually determine which product is best for your specific needs and tailor the treatment to you.

Quick Procedure

At Rio Grande Dermatology, the 10 to 20 minute procedure requires a series of injections of the filler into the desired treatment areas. Prior to the injections, a topical anesthetic lotion (numbing cream) is applied to the skin to diminish the discomfort of the injections.

Minimal Side Effects

Potential side effects, in addition to the moderate degree of discomfort at the time of the injection, include some additional dull pain at the treated areas after the procedure for 1 to 4 days. Bruising can sometimes occur, though this is unusual, and can last from 2 to 7 days. Swelling of the treated area is very common for a few days after the treatment. The lips, in particular, are an area in which the swelling is likely to be most severe, sometimes resulting in an overly puffy appearance of the lips that can last for a few days.
Ordinarily, once the filler has “settled-in,” which takes about a week, the product can be expected to last for a minimum of 6 months, but in many instances the treatment lasts up to 9 to 12 months.
Please contact us if you are interested in Belotero or other fillers available at Rio Grande Dermatology.”
In the Latisse tab remove “Get Latisse delivered right to your home!
NOW you can order Latisse over the phone and have it shipped right to your doorstep!
For $150.00 plus tax and shipping, you can get 1 kit of Latisse*. Lasting up to 4 months with daily application. Order a 1-year supply* for $405 plus tax and shipping (price includes 10% discount) for a limited time. Please note that shipping and taxes are additional.
Please use our contact form to email us your name, number, email and what supply* of Latisse you would like. Be sure to put “Latisse” in your message and will contact shortly regarding your order.”
In the Botox tab replace the title to just say “Botox”
Under the Botox pricing at Rio Grande Dermatology remove “And, at a mere $13.50 per unit, Rio Grande Dermatology is among the least expensive in the Albuquerque area.”
Remove “Platinum Plus provider
Rio Grande Dermatology is able to offer such low rates because we are recognized as a Platinum Plus provider for Botox. This prestigious classification is due to the fact that we administer much more Botox than other providers in the region and are recognized for our proficiency by Allergan, the manufacturer of Botox. Our board certified dermatologists perform all cosmetic injections and are trained experts in these procedures.”
Under the Patient Satisfaction section remove “If a patient is ever less than fully satisfied with his or her treatment, every effort will be made to amend the situation. Touch-ups are almost always free.