Alexa is a Certified Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner, receiving her Bachelor’s in Nursing from USF and her Master’s of Science in Nursing from South University. She is a Tampa native, and enjoys spending quality time with her friends and family. Alexa has 7 years of cosmetic surgery experience with some of Tampa’s top plastic surgeons. She is passionate about the aesthetic industry, and is becoming known for her Botox and dermal filler injections, as well as laser/light based services such as laser hair removal, lasergenesis, sclerotherapy, and treatment of skin discoloration and sun damage. She is well known for her excellent patient care and amazing results. Alexa loves the aesthetic field and always enjoys educating her patients on the latest anti-aging techniques and treatments, and couldn’t be more excited about joining the Anthony Loren Team!
At Anthony Loren SkinCenter we endeavor to stay up-to-date on the latest available treatments. One example is Xeomin (incobotulinumtoxinA). This injectable medication is an alternative to Botox injections that offers several benefits to our patients.
Like Botox and Dysport, Xeomin is a form of botulinum toxin. Unlike Botox, however, Xeomin does not have additives - it is truly a "naked" toxin. While allergic reactions to Botox are highly unlikely, the risk for reactions is reduced with Xeomin because the body should not develop antibodies to the additives present in the injectable. In addition to this benefit, Xeomin does not require refrigeration. This makes it easier to transport and can be used in different settings.
One category of Injectables are called neurotoxins. These are commonly used in areas of facial expression – crow’s feet, lines between our brows and forehead lines. Neurotoxins work by inhibiting the contraction of your muscle in and around those “problem areas.” Neurotoxins are great for not only smoothing and diminishing lines but also for preventing the increased intensity of those lines as we age. At Anthony Loren SkinCenter we offer all three FDA-Approved neurotoxin options: Botox, Dysport and Xeomin.
MYTH: The best time to schedule a neurotoxin appointment is when your expression lines appear.
FACT: If you can get ahead of the formation of those expression lines, it may help you in the long run. We are seeing an increase in the use of neurotoxins by people who are trying to prevent fine lines and wrinkles. Waiting until those expression lines become etched into your skin means it is more difficult to smooth their appearance again. By starting neurotoxins preventatively, your muscles can actually learn to not make certain expressions that can contribute to the worsening of your fine lines and wrinkles. Preventative measures may actually cause you to need less neurotoxin or need it less often.
MYTH: If I stop having neurotoxin injections, it will make my wrinkles worse.
FACT: Eventually, if you discontinue the use of a neurotoxin, your wrinkles will just return to the way they were before. Neurotoxins will prevent your wrinkles from worsening if you keep up with your treatments. Once you stop, however, you will slowly lose the relaxing effect of the neurotoxin and will resume the normal development of wrinkles.
MYTH: Neurotoxins are only for women.
FACT: We are seeing an increase in men who are asking for neurotoxin treatment as early as in their 30s. Wrinkles can sometimes make men appear angry, not to mention older. Getting a neurotoxin treatment can help to soften up this look and help give men a more approachable appearance, which can help in relationships and business matters. Read more about neurotoxins for men on my upcoming blog (Alexa Knows!).