Aesthetics

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Meet Dawn Ferrer, Our Experienced Physician Assistant Specializing in Aesthetic Procedures

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Dawn Ferrer; PA-C, MSHS, MPH is a skilled physician assistant and the medical aesthetician for the clinic. In her role, she will perform such procedures as sclerotherapy on spider veins and administering BOTOX and facial dermal filler injections for wrinkle reduction and facial correction.

Dawn has more than 20 years of experience in cosmetic and plastic surgery and facial aesthetics. Her medical career began with a Bachelor of Science degree at Ohio Wesleyan University where she studied pre-medicine, zoology and environmental studies. She expanded her education at George Washington University where she earned two master’s degrees, a Master of Science in Health Sciences and a Master in Public Health program, and trained as a physician assistant.

Besides working with the medical staff at North Georgia Vein & Wellness, she is also a plastic surgery physician assistant for a medical practice in Gainesville, Georgia. Dawn is married and has three children. When she is not at work, she enjoys being with her family, spending time outdoors and playing with her dogs.

Sclerotherapy

Sclerotherapy

What is Sclerotherapy?

Sclerotherapy is the gold standard of treatment for uncomplicated spider veins.  Spider veins are the small superficial telangiectasia that effect the cosmetic appearance of our legs.  A solution called Asclera (Polidocanol) is injected into these vessels traumatizing the lining.  The lumen (opening) of the vessel closes off over time to the venous circulation and therefore their appearance fades.

Am I a candidate for Sclerotherapy?

  1. If you are suffering from leg pain, swelling, bulging varicose veins, restless legs, leg fatigue, exercise intolerance and/or skin changes to the legs, then you may NOT be a candidate for sclerotherapy at this time. Sclerotherapy will not improve these signs and symptoms of venous insufficiency.  Our ultrasound technician can provide a vein mapping of your legs and consult with our physician, Dr. Wrobel, for treatment of these larger diseased veins.  We accept most insurances to cover these procedures.
  2. Most patients experience 20-80% improvement in spider vein appearance per treatment. Individual results vary depending on severity, disease progression, skin tone and number of treatments.  There is no guarantee that Sclerotherapy will be effective in every case.  Approximately 10% of patients have fair to poor results.   Poor results indicates that the vein remains 12 weeks after injection.  In very rare instances, the veins may look worse after treatment.  Several sclerotherapy sessions may be necessary to achieve optimal results.
  3. If you have an allergy to Polidocanol, you are NOT a candidate for sclerotherapy at our office.
  4. If you are pregnant or breast feeding, you are NOT a candidate for sclerotherapy with Asclera.

Planning for my Sclerotherapy Treatment:

  1. To optimize treatment, we recommend wearing 20-30 mm Hg thigh high or full panty compression stockings for two weeks after treatment. Our office provides measurements to ensure correct sizing and quality stockings for purchase.
  2. Plan to avoid ultraviolet light (sun and tanning booth) to treated areas for two weeks. UV expose can cause hyperpigmentation (skin darkening) in treated areas.
  3. Plan to avoid strenuous exercise for 24 hours.
  4. Wear or bring a pair of shorts to your appointment.
  5. Avoid blood thinning products including aspirin and non-steroidal anti-inflammatories for one week prior to treatment to reduce risk of bleeding and bruising.
  6. Asclera injections may cause discomfort and pain. Other adverse reactions include injection site irritation and/or itching, bruising, hematoma/thrombosis, skin discoloration or neovascularization.
  7. Final result takes 10-12 weeks from injection. We recommend waiting this long between treatments to ensure complete healing time.

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BOTOX Cosmetic

BOTOX involves a series of small injections in order to temporarily weaken the chosen muscles to soften the appearance of facial wrinkles. It is primarily cosmetically used on the forehead, brow and around the eyes (crow’s feet). Weakening of the injected muscles begins to be apparent after 2-3 days with the peak effect after 7 days. Results last 3-6 months on average.

Although BOTOX injections are relatively safe, side effects are possible. Risks and potential complications related to BOTOX are uncommon but include the following:

  • Bleeding, bruising and pain at injection site(s) Infection at injection site(s)
  • Headache and flu-like symptoms
  • Drooping eyelids
  • Uneven eyebrows
  • Dry eyes / mouIth or itchy / watery eyes
  • Excessive tearing
  • Allergic reaction: rash, itching, difficulty swallowing, shortness of breath 

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JUVEDERM ULTRA XC

Tired of unwanted parentheses lines around your nose and mouth? We can use Juvederm XC to smooth away your facial wrinkles, correct moderate to severe facial lines, including nasolabial folds and marionette lines, and re-energize your skin. This #1 dermal filler in the U.S. is a gel injected to add volume to your skin and replace the hyaluronic acid (HA) lost over time. Plus, Juvederm is the only HA filler approved by the FDA to last up to one year with one treatment. 

VOLLURE

Vollure maintains correction and also allows easy movement in the treated area with a molecule weight mix specific for this area. This is a hyaluronic acid filler approved for laugh lines for up to 18 months. 

Voluma XC

Voluma is a deep injectable filler for the cheeks to correct volume loss, in addition to providing lift to the midface and jowls. 

VOLBELLA

Juvéderm® VOLBELLA® is developed specifically for lip augmentation and perioral lines. If you’ve lost the soft, sensual lips you used to have and want a subtle, more kissable look, then Volbella is exactly what you’ve been looking for for. A smooth gel that is injected using an ultra-fine needle, Volbella is the queen in assuring a soft, natural feel. The gel fills in lip lines and wrinkles while the hyaluronic acid within attracts and retains moisture for incredibly soft lips. 

Brilliant Distinctions

North Georgia Vein & Wellness’s Aesthetics participates with, The Brilliant Distinction Program(BD points), an Allergan rewards program, Earn points for each Botox, Latisse or Juvederm treatment you purchase at our office. When you come in for your treatment, we will deposit earned points for you and redeem them when you wish. It’s that easy!

Join today at www.brilliantdistinctionsprogram.com