Botox® Specialists Monmouth County, NJ

An Hour and Some Innovation Can Do a Lot For Your Skin

During this time of year, we can’t help but think about what’s to come. We also think about what has occurred in the previous months, and how the upcoming months will be different. After getting through a bustling holiday season, many people are ready for some pampering. What better way to do that than to visit your trusted dermatologist for a quick turnaround of your look?

Cosmetic Treatments for a Younger-Looking Face and Body

If you are interested in refreshing your look in some way but feel pressed for time (who doesn’t?), rest assured you only need about an hour or so to refresh, rejuvenate, and retain the beauty of your skin. You might be thinking, “I already know what Botox and dermal fillers can do and I’m not there yet.” Ok. We are aware that most people these days are well-informed about what injectables can do for their appearance, so we won’t go there. Here, we’ll focus on the lunchtime procedures that can make other types of impact on your look.

  • This beauty treatment is powerful because it can improve several concerns at once. From fine lines to laxity to acne scars, microneedling is an efficient corrective-measure. Treatment works by stimulating activity in the fibroblast cells, which are responsible for producing collagen and elastin. For about a week after a single treatment, the skin looks radiant and smooth. With a series of treatments, more significant concerns can be corrected.
  • Body-sculpting. Many people express an interest in either reducing waist circumference or getting rid of cellulite, sometimes both. With Velashape treatments, this is possible. During the brief appointment, patients lie comfortably beneath a radiofrequency applicator that delivers thermal energy deep into fatty tissue. The stimulation destroys fat cells and also tightens collagen fibers to improve both circumference and skin texture.
  • The skin needs periodic pick-me-ups to maintain a smooth, radiant appearance. Microdermabrasion is a comfortable, no-downtime treatment that is done to remove the dead and damaged cells that have accumulated on the epidermis.

There are many ways to support aging and sun-damaged skin. We can help. To schedule your visit to our Spring Lake dermatology office, call (732) 449-0167.

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Let’s Talk about Wrinkles

Wrinkles are expected. We all know that we’ll get them as we age. Because we commonly associate wrinkles with the natural aging process, we may overlook the fact that biological age is only one of several factors that contribute to the formation of lines and creases on the skin. Here we offer a few facts about wrinkles that may help you navigate their timing on your body.

  1. There are two kinds of wrinkles, dynamic and static. Dynamic wrinkles are the lines we see when we frown, squint, or laugh. When the face is at rest, dynamic wrinkles disappear. Static wrinkles are those that we see all the time. These creases become more visible over time due to the loss of collagen and elastin in the skin.
  2. One of the primary factors in premature aging is sun damage. It doesn’t matter how old you are, your skin can be well-supported by applying broad-spectrum sunscreen on a daily basis. Every time you go out unprotected, ultraviolet light in sunshine is breaking down the collagen your skin needs to remain firm and supple.
  3. Diet can help or harm the body, including the skin. In particular, studies show that glycation, the stiffening of protein fibers, can result from a high-sugar diet. On the other hand, supplements and foods rich in vitamin C and E can foster collagen production and tissue resilience.
  4. Smoking harms the body in several ways. On a cosmetic level, the nicotine in cigarettes leaches oxygen from dermal tissue. Without adequate oxygenation, tissue degrades. This makes it more susceptible to the other toxic chemicals in cigarette smoke. Kicking a cigarette habit offers more benefits than just looking better, but this is certainly not insignificant. To repair some of the damage done by smoking, one can use topical products with retinol, antioxidants, and vitamins C and E. Oral vitamin supplementation is also beneficial.

Managing the Signs of Aging

Today, we have numerous ways to promote graceful aging without surgery. Daily skin care using high-quality ingredients is a good place to start. Our team can help you determine which products may be best suited to your skin’s needs. To complement a skin care regimen, we may also suggest wrinkle-smoothing treatments such as Botox, dermal fillers, chemical peels, or photo facials.

Take control of your aging skin. Schedule a consultation in our Spring Lake office at (732) 449-0167.

BOTOX® COSMETIC Spring Lake, Monmouth County, NJ

Is Botox Still the Frontrunner in Cosmetic Dermatology?

Most people have heard of Botox, the wonder drug that changed the anti-aging scene forever. Botox is the injectable solution that millions of people turn to every year to take years off of their face. As cosmetic dermatology and surgery techniques have evolved, though, there have been murmurs of an upset in the anti-aging arena. Could Botox be outdone by alternatives that have been developed over the years? Let’s see.

What is Botox?

Botox Cosmetic is the most well-known botulinum toxin A product, and the first to use the neurotoxin for aesthetic purposes. Before Botox, botulinum toxin A was used only for therapeutic results. The way that this ingredient works is by attaching to receptors in muscle tissue that accept messages from nerve cells. For messages to transfer, they need a vehicle, and that is the chemical acetylcholine. When botulinum toxin A is injected into the muscle, acetylcholine production is temporarily disabled. As a result, the treated muscle does not contract as strongly.

Why Botox has been so Popular

It is no surprise that, even with early concerns related to the botulinum toxin, Botox has been a massive hit around the world. The ingredient in this product is not only purified, but it has been widely studied for therapeutic value. When the cosmetic benefits of botulinum toxin A were discovered, there was no looking back. Botox treatment takes only a short office visit every few months. Injections are administered with such a tiny needle that discomfort is kept to the bare minimum. After treatment, there is no downtime, and results appear gradually over about a week.

Alternatives are Making Waves

As advantageous and convenient as Botox is, there are a few alternatives that are getting attention lately.

  • Light and energy-based technologies, such as Sublime skin contouring, have become increasingly popular in the past few years. These treatments deliver controlled energy through the epidermis to the underlying tissue where collagen is produced. As collagen is remodeled with healthy new cells, skin looks smoother and younger.
  • This injectable treatment is also based on botulinum toxin A, but has no additional ingredients. They call Xeomin the “naked injectable” because it has no protective proteins to weigh down the neurotoxin. The benefit of this is that a patient is far less likely to develop antibody resistance against the wrinkle-reducer.

Can innovative new treatments de-throne Botox as the King of all injectables? Probably not. However, it is beneficial to know what your options are so you can choose the most appropriate way to keep your face looking fresh.

Schedule a consultation in our Spring Lake office at (732) 449-0167.

BOTOX® COSMETIC Spring Lake, Monmouth County, NJ

Summer is a Great Season for Botox

When summertime rolls around, warmer weather and tropical vacation plans turn a lot of people’s attention to the idea of body contouring. We shouldn’t limit ourselves! Summer is actually an excellent time for Botox. The increase in social activity during this time of year means we all want to feel great about our appearance. Feeling confident in social situations doesn’t always mean that we fit into a certain pants-size, bikini, or bra size. In many instances, it means we look fresh, youthful, and full of life. Here, we want to point out a few reasons why summertime Botox is beneficial.

It’s Not Just About Frown Lines

Two of the most common elements of summer are water and sunshine. This combination is incredible in a lot of ways but also presents us with countless reasons to squint. Squinting, as you may know, is a significant contributor to crow’s feet and other lines around the eyes. Bright sunlight also makes some people squint in a way that forms frown lines. Why allow your summer fun to put a damper on your youthful appearance? Visit our office in Spring Lake, NJ for a quick Botox treatment to prevent excessive squinting.

Quick and Virtually Painless

Most people we meet are quite busy throughout the summer months, leisurely making their way from one summer gathering to another. Between road trips, faraway vacations, and backyard barbeques, the summer flies by in a flurry of socializing. Fitting in time for a major cosmetic makeover may be out of the question. Botox, on the other hand, takes less than an hour (less than 30 minutes in many cases!) and does not keep you down for any length of time. It is possible to get Botox on your lunch hour or way to a dinner party because side effects like redness and swelling diminish quickly.

No Hiding

Some cosmetic treatments are more appropriate for Fall and Winter, such as microdermabrasion and laser resurfacing. Botox, however, doesn’t react to UV exposure. This injectable solution absorbs into muscle tissue and attaches to neuroreceptors. While it is wise to wear sunscreen and a hat to prevent sun damage that degrades collagen, there is no need to hide from the sun to protect the results of Botox treatment.

Look radiant and refreshed all summer long. Call (732) 449-0167 to schedule Botox treatment in Spring Lake.

Botox and Xeomin Monmouth County, NJ

Is Xeomin Better than Botox?

The demand for non-surgical, minimally-invasive treatments to correct the signs of aging has been high for decades and seemed to have been met fully and completely with the development of BOTOX Cosmetic. While we offer BOTOX in our Spring Lake dermatology practice, we are also proud to provide wrinkle-reduction with Xeomin. Here, we want to discuss how the two products differ in an attempt to answer the question “is Xeomin better than Botox?”

Botox was first approved by the FDA in 2002, and only for the treatment of frown lines between the eyebrows. Oh, how times have changed! Today, we routinely use this and other neuromodulators for lines on the forehead and around the eyes, for migraine headaches and excessive sweating, and to restore a nice upward curve to the corners of the mouth. Xeomin is the “new kid on the block,” having gained FDA approval in 2010. It is important to note that, like many other cosmetic treatments, Xeomin was widely used in other countries as early as 2005.

Same neurotoxin, Different Protocols

One of the reasons that there may be a bit of confusion regarding BOTOX and Xeomin is that each product contains a purified form of botulinum toxin A. This means that, when injected into the muscles on the face, neck, or another area, the mechanism of action is the same. Both BOTOX and Xeomin inhibit the release of a chemical that enables nerve endings to receive neurotransmission. These products blunt the receptors in muscles so they do not contract as they normally would. This has huge therapeutic and cosmetic value. So, why would we have more than one product that does the same thing?

The primary difference between these two cosmetic prescription drugs is that Xeomin has been developed uniquely. Whereas BOTOX is purified and then compounded with preserving proteins, Xeomin is purified so extensively that no preservatives are needed. This is why Xeomin is described as the “naked BOTOX.” As a result of purification, Xeomin may work better in cases where the desired outcome was not achieved with another neuromodulator.

The Bottom Line

The good news about BOTOX and Xeomin is that it’s not an “either/or” thing. One is not better than the other. While Xeomin is more purified, there are cases for which BOTOX may be better suited. To determine which product is most appropriate for you, Dr. LoBuono performs a thorough consultation before treatment.

Call (732) 449-0167 to schedule your consultation to see how we can help you love the way you look.

Botox | Monmouth County, NJ

Dermal Fillers for the Newbie

It may have been a long time since you felt like the “new kid on the block.” In the realm of anti-aging treatments, we continue to meet men and women who have yet to jump into the pool of wrinkle-reduction with injectables. If you are new to the idea of dermal fillers, the vastness of available products is enough to make you hesitate. This is where we come in. As your cosmetic and medical dermatologist in Spring Lake, Dr. LoBuono provides details on treatment options that are suited to your needs and preferences. Let’s take a brief tour of dermal filler land to introduce you to what may be in store for you.

How do fillers work?

There are two common types of fillers. The first type is natural fillers that are formulated with hyaluronic acid. This compound is a sugar derivative that is present in the body’s joints, eyes, and skin. The function of hyaluronic acid is to bind water molecules into one location. So, when we inject a hyaluronic acid product beneath the skin, it will attract water to plump lines and creases.

Fillers may also be made synthetically. Radiesse is an example. This filler is made of tiny granules of calcium hydroxyapatite. The result is similar to a hyaluronic acid filler, but the mechanism is slightly different. When Radiesse is injected beneath superficial tissue, it creates a light scaffolding that lifts the skin temporarily. As granules are slowly metabolized, the body is at work rebuilding collagen in the treatment area. When the calcium particles have diminished, new collagen stores continue to support youthful looking skin.

Uses of Dermal Fillers

Dermal fillers are all about smoothing and plumping. Some of the common concerns for which filler treatment is recommended include:

  • Under eye bags
  • Deflated or thin lips
  • Nasolabial folds and smile lines
  • Hollowness below the cheekbones or at the temples
  • Loss if midface volume
  • Scars

A Word about Botox

If you are a complete Newbie to injectable anti-aging treatments, you may wonder why you wouldn’t just get Botox instead of dermal fillers. The reason is that the two types of products work in different ways. Botox is intended as a slight, temporary muscle relaxer that reduces lines and creases on the top portion of the face, those caused by facial expressions. Patients need not choose Botox or dermal fillers, either; combining the two is a great way to get the best results!

Is it your time to address the signs of aging? Call (732) 449-0167.


Hear, Hear! It’s Time For “Brotox”

Botox…our women clients love it! Why? Because they love the way it makes them feel and look, and they love the compliments they get from friends and admirers. It’s not surprising, then, that the number of men – taking the cue from their women friends and partners – are opting for Botox injections as the perfect way to maintain a younger look. Botox remains the safe, easy and perfect way to get rid of wrinkles, especially those between the brows and around the eyes and mouth.

It has taken a bit longer for men to sing the praises of Botox, but over the last few years more and more men have become more open and proactive about their appearance. There also appears to be less of a stigma associated with cosmetic procedures for men. This injectable trend for men has been given the name “Brotox.”

So, why the man-shift to Botox? Men may feel pressured to maintain a more youthful look in the highly competitive job market. Youthful appearance has always been an asset, for both women and men. For those who are job hunting, looking less stressed and more youthful can give an applicant a definite edge. Botox provides men that edge and helps them feel better about themselves.

So, guys, if you decide to try a Botox treatment, discuss the results you want to achieve with Dr. LoBuono. He is experienced injecting male patients – who have unique muscle mass, fiber patterns and distribution of hair follicles. Exact Botox dosing requirements for men do not currently exist, but there is consensus that men require higher doses than their female counterparts. Most men are conservative about their injections and privacy is definitely a concern.

Call to schedule a consultation appointment with Dr. LoBuono, today, to learn more about “Brotox” treatments: (732) 449-0167.

Botox | Monmouth County, NJ

Eight Facts About Botox® Cosmetic

Of course you have heard of or may even have used Botox®, but you may not know much about it and how it works.
So…here are EIGHT facts about the most popular aesthetic cosmetic procedure in the world:


  1. The FDA approved Botox® for eye spasms in 1989, and approved it for wrinkles, creases and frown lines in 2002.
  2. Botox® is made from botulinum toxin type A, a neurotoxic protein produced by bacteria…the same bacteria that causes the disease botulis.
  3. Decades ago, scientists found that injecting tiny amounts of botulinum toxin type A into a muscle temporarily paralyzed that muscle. Why is this important for your face? Because muscles are the cause of wrinkles around the forehead and eyes.
    • Wrinkles form because you make repeated muscle contractions when you laugh, frown and squint. When injected into the muscle, Botox® blocks nerve signals to that muscle, stopping its contraction. Without the contraction, the wrinkle above the muscle either disappears or dramatically lessens.
  4. Botox® results are not immediate. Unlike fillers, Botox® takes about a week to fully relax the muscle. The full results last from four to six months, but many people have found that results last longer.
  5. The frown area between the eyes is the most common area to be treated and usually requires five small pokes with a fine needle. It is surprisingly easy.
  6. The degree of improvement depends on how deep the creases are when you begin treatment, but everyone will see improvement.
  7. Botox® does wear off. Most of our patients love it, however, and return for repeat injections. If you do happen to experience a very rare side effect, Botox® will wear off and everything will go back to normal.
  8. Why get Botox®?
    • PREVENTION: Botox® slows down the creation of lines and creases.
    • FACIAL RELAXATION:Botox® eases that “angry” look.
    • LIFT: Depending on which way certain muscles pull, Botox® can give a lift to your eyes and mouth corners helping you look more rested.

The Holidays are upon us! Call and schedule an appointment with Dr. Lobuono to discuss the benefits of Botox®: 732.449.0167.