The Blend Institute

Integrative Medicine Practice located in Bradenton, FL

There was a time when correcting the inevitable signs of aging — sagging skin, wrinkles and bags under your eyes — required painful, costly, and sometimes ineffective surgery. Not anymore. Dr. Timothy Blend and his wife, Kimberly Blend, ARNP, an advanced registered nurse practitioner at The Blend Institute (TBI) in Bradenton and Sarasota, Florida, offer a combination of various nonsurgical techniques to get you the look you desire. Let the couple guide you to choose what revitalizing treatment works best for your problem area and skin type. Call to schedule an appointment today.

Aesthetics Q & A

What is aesthetics?

Aesthetics is a branch of dermatology involved in protecting, maintaining and restoring skin health and appearance using nonsurgical medical treatments. The Blend Institute offers a range of evidence-based aesthetic services including Botox®, Juvéderm®, Xeomin®, Radiesse®, the Vampire Facelift® and Vampire Facial®, PRP therapy, and microneedling.


Botox Cosmetic is one of the most extensively researched and FDA-approved medical aesthetic treatments, used to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. This natural product contains a tiny amount of botulinum toxin protein derived from bacteria.

The toxin causes partial paralysis of muscles that create “frown lines” on your forehead and brow area, relaxing them to give a smoother appearance. Effects of a single injection last for 3-4 months, and if you get it done by experienced health care professionals like Dr. Blend and Kimberly Blend, you do not lose the ability to show expressions.


Xeomin is a uniquely purified choice for frown lines: it is the first clinically proven anti-wrinkle injection purified to remove unnecessary proteins. While other neurotoxins include the active component plus other proteins that aren’t necessary for smoothing frown lines, Xeomin isolates the active component, leaving only the uniquely purified neurotoxin.

Xeomin is a popular treatment, demonstrating over 90% patient satisfaction across time points in a 4-month study. It has almost 15 years of clinical and real-world experience.


Radiesse is composed of calcium hydroxylapatite (CaHA) microspheres suspended in an aqueous gel carrier. Once injected, it provides immediate volume and correction and continues to work by stimulating the body’s own natural production of collagen, for a long-lasting effect. Over time, the gel is absorbed and the body metabolizes the CaHA microspheres, leaving behind only your own natural collagen.

Radiesse can help in these areas: smile lines, corners of the mouth, marionette lines, pre-jowl folds, and chin wrinkles.


Juvéderm is a hyaluronic acid-based filler that is injected below the skin to add volume to selected areas of your face. Different types of Juvéderm fillers are used to lift cheeks, smooth the nasolabial folds, or get fuller lips. Hyaluronic acid is the natural substance in your skin that keeps it moist and adds volume.

Dr. Blend and Kimberly Blend carefully analyze your facial skin to select the Juvéderm fillers best suited for you. Some Juvéderm fillers labeled with “XC" contain a numbing agent. If not, they numb the injection site and carefully inject the gel. The whole procedure takes 15 to 60 minutes, depending on the facial area treated.   

There is no downtime with Juvéderm treatment, and the results last for many months after the injection.

Vampire Facelift and Vampire Facial

These Vampire treatments harness the healing power of growth factors and nutrients in your blood to rejuvenate and contour your face.

For the Vampire Facial, Dr. Blend and Kimberly Blend isolate the platelet-rich plasma (PRP) from your blood. They then use a microneedling device dipped in PRP to create multiple microscopic punctures in your face. These tiny wounds stimulate collagen regeneration and subsequent skin tightening. Finally, Dr. Blend and Kimberly Blend paint your face with PRP to further revitalize your skin.  

A Vampire Facelift combines the best of both, the dermal fillers and the Vampire Facial therapy. The dermal fillers immediately lift your face, while it takes a while for your body to produce collagen. The complementary treatments produce firm, glowing, and flawless skin that keeps on improving as the collagen matures in a few weeks.


Microneedling is a skin rejuvenation procedure that stimulates collagen production by creating tiny wounds in your skin. Dr. Blend uses the FDA-approved JUVEPEN, which produces microneedling results similar to a fractional laser.

The controlled injuries are either caused manually by a device or by using radiofrequency waves. Dr. Blend uses microneedling to treat sagging skin, hair loss, stretch marks, scars, and acne.  

Dr. Blend and Kimberly Blend are passionate about making people look and feel great. If you want to know more about the aesthetic skin services they offer, call or click to schedule an appointment today.