Frequently Asked Questions

Where is this laser available? 
Dr. Baloh performs ProFractional treatment at Valley Eye Surgical Center in Bethlehem. A consultation is required prior to scheduling treatment.

What is the ProFractional procedure like? 
The procedure normally takes 15-20 minutes depending on the condition and the size of the area treated. Popular areas for treatment are the face, neck, chest and hands. ProFractional is typically done in a series of 1 to 4 treatments, at 3 to 6 week intervals, depending on your needs. Immediately following the procedure you may experience a mild redness, resembling a light sunburn sensation. Complete healing takes only about 1 to 3 days, with most patients resuming their work activities within 1 to 2 days of treatment.

What does ProFractional do?
ProFractional is a quick and comfortable laser procedure used for improving the overall appearance of the skin. It uses a laser microbeam to treat thousands of pinpoint areas of your skin. It is called “ProFractional” because only a fraction of the skin is directly treated with the laser, resulting in quicker healing time and minimal downtime.

Does Dr. Baloh offer laser treatment for skin resurfacing?
Yes, Dr. Baloh offers a unique laser technology, called ProFractional, that treats wrinkles, scars and sun-damaged skin.

Can people with different skin tones/colors be treated with JUVÉDERM™? 
Yes. In fact, Juvéderm™ injectable gel is the first FDA-approved hyaluronic acid dermal filler that has proven its safety and effectiveness in persons of color. Studies with Juvéderm™ showed no increased risk of hyperpigmentation or hypertrophic scarring in patients of color.

Does the correction last forever?
No. Correction is temporary; therefore, touch-up injections as well as repeat injections are usually needed to maintain optimal corrections. One treatment could smooth your lines and wrinkles for six months up to 1 year.

How long does treatment usually take? 
The injection process takes only about 15 minutes.

Is treatment with JUVÉDERM™ injectable gel painful?
Injections may cause some discomfort during and after the injection. The gel consistency of Juvéderm™ allows it to be administered easily and smoothly. Juvéderm™ is injected directly into the skin using a fine needle to reduce injection discomfort. You may choose to have an anesthetic cream applied to the treatment area to further minimize discomfort.

How is JUVÉDERM™ injectable gel used in treatment? 
Juvéderm™ injectable gel is eased into the skin using a fine needle to temporarily fill in and augment the treatment area and smooth moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds such as "smile lines" or "parentheses" (nasolabial folds) and "marionette lines" (oral commissures). Most patients need one treatment to achieve optimal wrinkle smoothing.

What does JUVÉDERM™ do? 
Juvéderm™ injectable gel temporarily adds volume to facial tissue and restores a smoother appearance to the face.

What is JUVÉDERM™?
Juvéderm™ is the only Hyaluronic acid filler with FDA approval to last up to one year for correction of moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds (such as nasolabial folds.) Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance found in all mammals that helps to hydrate and add volume to your skin. In addition to its use as an aesthetic treatment, hyaluronic acid has also been used for more than 20 years for injection into arthritic joints to aid movement as well as for eye surgeries and wound repair.

What will happen to the frown lines between my brows if I choose not to continue treatments? 
If you do not continue treatments, the moderate to severe frown lines between your brows will gradually look like they did before treatment.

Will my facial expressions continue to look natural?
Although the results are visible, a treatment with BOTOX® Cosmetic will not radically change your facial appearance or make you look as if you "had work done". The muscle activity that causes frown lines between the brows is simply reduced, so you can still frown or look surprised without the wrinkles and creases between your brows.

Is treatment with BOTOX® Cosmetic painful? 
Discomfort is usually minimal and brief. Prior to injecting, your physician may choose to numb the area with a cold pack or anesthetic cream. The entire procedure takes approximately 10 minutes. Many people are in and out of the office without downtime following treatment.

How long does BOTOX® Cosmetic last? 
Results from treatment with BOTOX® Cosmetic can last for up to 4 months. If you discontinue treatment, the frown lines between your brows gradually will look like they did before treatment.

When will I see results from a BOTOX® Cosmetic treatment?
Within days, you may see a marked improvement in the moderate to severe frown lines between your brows. Lines continue to improve for up to a month, and results can last for up to 4 months.

How does BOTOX® Cosmetic work? 
Those moderate to severe frown lines between your brows form over time as the result of muscle activity. BOTOX® Cosmetic is injected directly into the muscles between your brows. It works by blocking the transmission of nerve impulses to the injected muscles; this reduces the activity of the muscles that cause those persistent lines to form.

What exactly is BOTOX® Cosmetic? 
BOTOX® Cosmetic is a purified protein produced by the Clostridium botulinum bacterium. It is a nonsurgical, physician-administered treatment that can temporarily reduce moderate to severe frown lines between the brows in people 18 to 65 years of age. During treatment, very low doses of BOTOX® Cosmetic are administered via a few tiny injections directly into the muscles that cause those stubborn lines. The treatment is usually done in about 10 minutes, and no recovery time is needed. Within days, you may see an improvement that can last up to 4 months. Results may vary.

Regarding cosmetic surgery- How do I know if it's "bad" enough for surgery? 
There is no right answer, the decision to have cosmetic surgery is a very personal and private decision. Only you, the patient, knows when it is time to consider surgery. Take the time to look in the mirror and gently elevate your lid. This will give you an idea of what surgery can accomplish for you. Selecting a experienced, skilled surgeon is your most important decision. A competent Oculoplastic surgeon will only refresh your appearance, not provide you with a "deer in the headlight" result.

Is the surgery painful?
Eyelid or Blepharoplasty surgery is not painful. You will look like you should be in pain, but your discomfort will be mostly due to post-surgical swelling. For this reason, it is very important that you place cold packs (ice) on your lids for the first 48 hours after surgery.