By Jennifer Stanley

Conway CosMedic's medical director is Dr. Sharon Meador. Dr. Meador is originally from Jonesboro, Arkansas.  She attended Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee, and then graduated from the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences campus.  She performed an internship at St. Vincent Hospital in Little Rock and completed her residency at the Medical University of South Carolina.  Dr. Meador spent eight years as Medical Director at Maybelline before going into private practice in Conway.
We had the opportunity to ask Cosmetic Laser Solutions about their practice and a few of their services and learned the following:

Q What advice do you offer for potential first-time clients?
A Wanting to look refreshed and rested and having the technology to "turn back time" is a wonderful thing; however, trying to look 20 years younger is a bad idea. In other words, understanding what a "reasonable result" means is key. We can turn the clock back a little but we can't stop it all together. Correct what you can and be okay with what you can't. We want our patients to look refreshed and rested, but natural.

Q Why is it important that a laser and aesthetic clinic be medically supervised?
A Although these procedures are fairly quick to perform and do not require the down time that you have with surgical procedures such as facelifts, they are still medical procedures which come with a certain level of risk; therefore, these procedures must be handled with the same level of care.

Q Describe what Botox, Juvederm, and Radiesse are (and what they accomplish) in layman's terms.
A To get rid of wrinkles and folds or to improve the image of your lips, we recommend wrinkle treatments using dermal wrinkle fillers, such as Restylane, Juvederm, and Radiesse. Although all three of these dermal fillers can be used for filling lines and facial volumnizing, Radiesse can not be used in the lips. Restylane and Juvederm are the preferred products for those types of injections. They are based on non-animal Hyaluronic acid or calcium hydroxylapatite microspheres, which occur naturally in the body and dissolve naturally with time. The wrinkle treatments are performed by injecting the selected wrinkle filler (i.e. Restylane, Juvederm or Radiesse) into the skin or lips. On average, it takes approximately 30 minutes and the result is prompt.
Botox is a protein derived from botulism toxin that is injected under skin in order to minimize or smooth lines and wrinkles on the face which are caused from facial movement, such as expression. When low doses of Botox are used, it actually relaxes facial muscles, giving the recipient a clean, smooth facial appearance. Reactions are rare, but can occur. The procedure typically takes only a matter of minutes and results are not seen for 7 -10 days post injection.

Q How long do each of those injections last?
A Dermal fillers, depending on which is used, can last anywhere from 6 - 18 months.

Q What costs are associated with these injections?
A Dermal fillers range from $450 - $800 depending on the product chosen to best fit a patients needs.

Q What can people do to prevent sun damage? To correct sun damage?
A Sunscreen is key. It is not enough to apply once. If spending a large amount of time in the sun, it is important to re-apply several times a day. Also, when possible, wear a hat. Sun damage can not actually be "corrected"; however, the appearance of sun damage can be greatly improved with lasers and a good skin care regimen.