What Botox Can Do

Botox has become one of the most common and popular forms of cosmetic procedures in the United States. However, despite its popularity and positive reviews, there are still many myths that surround Botox. One such myth states that people are being injected botulism, a bacterium that causes food poisoning. It’s information like this that drives away potential customers or leaves them conflicted on whether or not they should have it. We want our patients to be aware of the myths and the actualities of the Botox treatment.

The Backstory of Botox

Botox is the trademark name for the toxin that is produced by a bacteria known as Clostridium botulinum. Aside from Botox, this toxin is used for various medical purposes depending on the type. There are various types of this toxin ranging from type A to type G. With type A being the most potent, it’s labeled with the name Botox. There’s also another product that uses type A known as Dysport. Both of these cosmetic treatments have been certified by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) specifically for its ability to reduce facial wrinkles. Another version of this toxin is type B, which isn’t as potent as type A and is used for a product called Myobloc. Botox has become the term to describe all of these products, even those who prefer getting Myobloc or Dysport. New products like Xeomin and Jeaveau have recently entered the market. Regardless, all five of these cosmetic treatments are extremely similar, however, the results can vary. Dr. Mejia specializes in distinct differences to assure his patients get the best results.

How Botox Actually Works

Regardless of what some people may say, Botox doesn’t completely eliminate wrinkles. Instead of completely removing wrinkles, Botox temporarily prevents the muscles from working. In other words, it blocks the release of a chemical called acetylcholine in the nerves that tell the facial muscles to contract. Upon injection, the muscle stops working slowly over the next few days. This is why the term “frozen” Friday’s is used at Jupiter Dermatology since there is little to no dynamic wrinkling. But this does not mean that you will not have a natural expression. Dr. Ricardo Mejia has perfected techniques for all the different types of Botox injections. You will still be able to make natural facial expressions, but without creating more wrinkles. Of course, not every wrinkle is treated the same. As we get older, we start to lose elasticity in our skin. In some cases, a permanent crease may appear even if the muscle is relaxed. While Botox, Dysport, and Jeaveau cannot permanently eliminate creases, it can soften them up. Another thing to keep in mind is that Botox cannot be dissolved once it’s injected, so if you are unhappy with the result, you will have to wait until it wears off, which is between three to five months. In several cases, patients from other practices come to Dr. Mejia to correct suboptimal treatments that appear unnatural or irregular. That is why it is important to see a board-certified dermatologist who understands the facial anatomy to assure correct results.

When Will I See The Effects?

The effects of Botox usually take effect within two days and will be noticeable after at least five. However, the effects themselves last up to three to five months, which at that point will require you to get another injection. It’s also worth mentioning that anyone with wrinkles of the forehead or around the eyes and mouth are prime candidates for Botox injections. There are several off label treatments for Botox:
– necklines
– patients with TMJ or a boxy look
– raising the smile and corners of the mouth
– patients that have a gummy smile
– lip lines or smokers lines
– hyperhidrosis or overactive sweating
– migraines

Final Thoughts

Overall, most patients report satisfaction with their results from Botox injections. However, it’s important to have realistic expectations of what Botox can and cannot do. While it’s possible to see a dramatic improvement in lines and wrinkles, Botox cannot turn back the hands of time. However, At Jupiter Dermatology, multiple different services are available to assist in this goal. Botox has been used for cosmetic procedures for decades, as well as some other treatments such as excessive sweating. Botox is a great option for those who want a quick, minimally invasive procedure to give them a rejuvenated appearance.
In addition, improper injection of Botox can result in unnatural appearances. For this reason, in addition to overall safety and efficacy concerns, it’s important to only receive injections from a board-certified dermatologist, such as those at Jupiter Dermatology and Hair Restoration. To learn more about Botox and its uses contact the team at Jupiter Dermatology and Hair Restoration for a consultation.

Hyaluronic Acid – A Molecule That Gives Volume To The Face

Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occuring substance that occurs in our body, skin and joints and tissues. It functions like a lubricant for our joints. In our skin, it shows as the volume that we have. That is why many creams to find the fountain of youth to lessen wrinkles contain hyaluronic acid.


In this video Dr. Mejia explains the difference between injecting hyaluronic acid and creams that contain hyaluronic acid and why those creams may not necessarily work to reduce the amount of wrinkles. Of course, if you put any cream vs not any at all, your skin will look more hydrated. Hyaluronic acid is a water absorbing molecule and when you do put it on your skin, it provides moisturization to your skin to the top layer of your skin does give you a more youthful look. Continue reading “Hyaluronic Acid – A Molecule That Gives Volume To The Face”

Juvederm Voluma XC Demonstration – The Instant Cheek Filler

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Juvederm Voluma XC is a modified form of hyaluronic acid that is naturally in your body. It is an injectable targeted to the cheek area to enhance the areas of volume loss due to aging. Hyaluronic Acid (HA) is a substance that is common in many tissues of the body such as skin and cartilage. It keeps skin moisturized and soft.

Before and After Juvederm Voluma:



Voluma is a game changer when it comes to aesthetics. Instead of looking at your head on to do a consultation, Voluma is more of a three dimensional approach where the doctor looks at the volume loss in the cheeks. Many patients complain about the nasal labial fold  and the marionette lines(near the lips) as to what is bothering them,  but it is really the volume loss in the cheeks that is causing the issue.

In this video, Dr. Mejia demonstrates the procedure on a patient when we had an open house at the office. Topical numbing was placed on the area prior to the injection. Juvederm Voluma XC also contains a small quantity of local anesthetic.

Some key points about Juvederm Voluma XC:

  • It is the only hyaluronic acid that has a two year indication by the FDA.
  • It is the #1 filler in the world and it is the fastest growing aesthetic product in the history of aesthetics.
  • You can see a 32% reduction in nasal labial folds.
  • You can have a 56% reduction in tear trough(below the eyes) just by getting the volume in the cheeks.

The difference between Juvederm Voluma XC and Juvederm:

Voluma has an indication of the cheeks because of the way the product is made. It is a hyla molecular structure. So it is almost like a liquid implant and is specifically designed for the Doctor to inject deep into the bone. Juvederm on the other hand is also a hylarunoic acid, but it is more for soft tissue in the nasal labial folds and the marionette areas and the periorial lines(below the nose).[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]

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TNS Recovery Complex Benefits For Skin Procedures

TNS Recovery Complex is human growth factors or protein. Humans have growth factors when we are born and as we age, we lose them. They take a greater amount of time to heal. TNS Recovery Complex allows growth factors to produce more collagen which allows to lift, firm, tighten, and help to consistently plump new skin.  It is typically used for the face, neck, and chest.

Mainly used as an anti aging product but is also a must have after a laser or peal procedure because it helps greatly with the healing process. After one month of using this product, the texture in skin will improve as well as noticeable reduction in fine lines and deep lines of the skin.

After three months a sixty percent growth of collagen in the “grin zone” area of the face occurs. Clients mention that this product holds moisture and hydrates the skin the best.

For the full list of of Skin Medica products please visit this page: Skin Medica


Dysport vs Botox: What are the Similarities & Differences

One of the questions we had at an event was “Dysport vs Botox , which is better?” Dysport is an alternative to Botox and works very similar in many respects.  Botox is the original product that came out. In this video, Dr Mejia explains how Dysport and Botox can be compared to one’s preference between Coke and Pepsi.


At our office, they are used interchangeably. Dr Mejia advises to be aware that concerning cost Botox and Dysport are pretty much the same, but you would need two and a half to three times the amount of units of Dysport to equal Botox. Many advertisements for Dysport will say only X amount a unit, but you have to double or triple that number and it roughly comes out to the same prices as mentioned as Botox.


CO2 Fractional Laser Demonstration

CO2 Fractional Laser delivers high energy beam to smooth out lines, wrinkles and scars, and remove brown spots and other irregularities. CO2 laser  treats penetrates deep into the skin and stimulates the growth of new collagen.  In this video, Dr. Mejia demonstrates this laser resurfacing procedure on a male patient.

The laser machine used is the Lumenis.

Lumenis offers a longer, near infrared wavelength where light penetration into tissue reaches its maximum depth. The CO2 laser provides uniform clinical effect with minimal damage to surrounding healthy tissue. Its rapid, high-energy pulse makes it the coldest and cleanest ablative laser available today.




Sculptra Uplifting Event At Our Office

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We had a great turnout at our Sculptra “Uplifting” event at our office recently.  A Sculptra representative educated some of our patients of how Sculptra reduces fine lines and wrinkles.

Sculptra Aesthetic is a volumizing filler that gives you subtle results.  It will replace lost collagen as well as stimulate your own production of collagen. Sulptra will give you a more natural-looking appearance. A treatment of Sculptra Aesthetic is an average of three injection sessions over a few months, and can last more than two years.

Sculptra Aesthetic is a new type of facial injectable made from poly-L-lactic acid, which helps to replace lost collagen. It helps correct shallow to deep facial wrinkles, and folds, that appear with aging due to the loss of our bone structure, fat and muscle. The main ingredient is a biocompatible, biodegradable synthetic material that has been used by physicians for decades.

We are offering a free  filler or dysport when you purchase Sculptra. Call our office to schedule your appointment! 561-748-0510 or use our contact form and someone in our office will get back to you within one business day.

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Live Botox Demonstration – Botox Palm Beach

Are you Looking for Botox Palm Beach area? Dr. Mejia, a board certified dermatologist has many patients come from different neighboring areas to receive Botox treatments. He has special training and has been performing botox treatments for many years with excellent results.

Watch as Dr. Mejia places botox injections on a patient. He explains that there might be some swelling of the tissue as the Botox treatment settles down. Altough in this case, the Botox injections were applied without anesthesia, and the patient did not feel much discomfort, he does apply topical anesthesia if a patient wishes. Continue reading “Live Botox Demonstration – Botox Palm Beach”