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Myths About Botox

Botox is dangerous.
The kind of Botox which is used for cosmetic purposes is actually very safe and can be injected multiple times over the course of several years without harming your skin or organs. Being the most popular type of cosmetic procedure on the market today, Botox has been highly refined and is designed to be safe. Moreover, it has also been approved by the FDA. With that said, it is important to point out that Botox, like any other cosmetic procedure, must be administered by an experienced cosmetic dermatologist. Improper amount of Botox can produce harmful effects in the body. The toxin present in Botox is extremely dangerous to the body if injected in large amounts.

It is easy to get addicted to Botox.
Botox is not permanent and will usually last for about three to six months. Therefore, to maintain its effects over a long period of time, one will be required to have periodic treatments. Doctors do not consider one to three treatments a year as an addiction because this amount is generally needed to preserve the youthful look. However, Botox does produce very desirable results and this may lead some people to seek multiple treatments in a short span of time which is not recommended. Nevertheless, there isn’t any ingredient in Botox itself that can make one addicted to it.

Botox, Restylane, and Juvederm are all the same.
Botox has a very significant difference when compared to Restylane, Juvederm, Perlane, and other dermal fillers. While it is true that all of these have a similar function, the way they work is not the same. Botox, unlike dermal fillers, is a toxin which temporarily paralyzes muscle contraction. This prevents the muscles from forming wrinkles on the surface of the face. Dermal fillers, on the other hand, are substances which are injected to provide more volume and fullness to the facial features.

Botox requires a complex surgical procedure.
A Botox treatment can safely and effectively be administered in as little as fifteen to thirty minutes. Botox is a non-surgical procedure which is accomplished by injecting a substance with the use of a syringe in particular regions of the face. There are absolutely no incisions, profound bleeding, or severe swelling if administered correctly. Additionally, even though it may take up to a week for full results to become apparent, there is no real downtime after a Botox procedure. At most, one might experience some redness, small bruising, or discomfort at the injection area.

Botox can treat every kind of facial wrinkles and folds.
It is true that Botox produces great results. No doubt this has made it the most popular choice when it comes to cosmetic procedures and is a major reason why people keep coming back to it. However, Botox has its limitations and cannot achieve every form of facial rejuvenation. There are a lot of factors which come into play with regards to the type of results you will see from Botox and how long they will last. These include your age, amount of exposure to the sun, facial composition, and diet.

Filed in Botox®, Juvėderm™, Restylane®

Why You Should Choose a Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty

Every year, there are countless people who, for one reason or another, opt for nose reshaping surgery (otherwise known as rhinoplasty or nose job). In fact, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), nose reshaping was the second most popular cosmetic surgical procedure in 2014.

When it comes to rhinoplasties, there are two major options available for you to choose from. There is the traditional surgical rhinoplasty and then there are the non-surgical rhinoplasty procedures. Obviously, which one is the best for you depends on your individual circumstances, but some people are candidates for both of these types. And, when both options are open, then the better choice is to go for a non-surgical rhinoplasty.

Non-surgical rhinoplasty is a revolutionary method of straightening the nose, smoothing bumps, and filling gaps. It is done via the means of injecting liquid fillers directly into the treatment areas. This procedure is also sometimes known as liquid rhinoplasty.

We will briefly look at some of the benefits of a non-surgical rhinoplasty and what makes it superior in certain cases than the surgical rhinoplasty.

  • Firstly, the effects of a non-surgical rhinoplasty are temporary. Now, this may sound like a negative characteristic, but it is not. A temporary rhinoplasty gives you the ability to reverse it if you are not happy with the results. This is something that is not possible with most surgical rhinoplasties as many of them can actually change the physical structure of the nose and the bones underneath it.
  • Secondly, the results are noticeable immediately. While some non-surgical procedures do have recovery time, majority of the results can be seen almost immediately after the procedure is performed. In fact, in many cases, the doctor will give you a mirror to see how the nose is being reshaped during the procedure itself.
  • Non-surgical procedures are safe and effective because the dermal fillers used are tried and trusted. Some of the famous ones include Juvederm, Radiesse, and Restylane. Many of these are approved by the FDA, as well. Nevertheless, the procedure must be performed by an experienced surgeon.
  • There is little to no downtime associated with non-surgical rhinoplasties. Moreover, there are very small to almost unnoticeable bruises on the nose after the procedure. So, in many cases, you can continue your daily activities right after the surgery and be ready to go out in public.
  • The price is much more affordable on one’s pocket than the traditional rhinoplasty. So, if your budget is limited, then this may be the ideal option for you. On average, a well-performed non-surgical rhinoplasty will only cost you approximately $1,000 to $2,500. This is well below a normal surgical rhinoplasty.

It is important to note that non-surgical methods can only fill and smoothen the nose; they cannot be used for nasal reductions or any major changes which require the alteration of nasal structure. So, if your nose needs to be adjusted and made physically smaller, your only option would be the surgical rhinoplasty.

Regardless, whether you feel you are a candidate for either of these procedures, you should first consult with Dr. Paul Jarrod Frank to see which particular method would be ideal for you. Please book your consultation today by contacting the office. We look forward to hearing from you!

Filed in Juvėderm™, Radiesse®, Restylane®

Fillers vs Neuromodulators

There comes a time in a person’s life when their skin begins to show their age with wrinkles, crow’s feet, and frown lines becoming permanently etched on their face. But are they really all that permanent? Thankfully, not anymore. Ever since the advancements in cosmetic surgery, not only are these signs of aging reversible, but now you even have a choice as to which method you would like to use to treat them. Two of the most common treatments available today are fillers and Neuromodulators.

So, what are fillers? Fillers are substances that are injected directly into the affected area of the skin, thereby filling the lines, spots, and creases to make one’s face look “full” and plump once again. They are quick-acting and the effects last anywhere from four months to one year depending on the type of filler used. These fillers are eventually absorbed by the body. Thus, they require refilling once the creases and wrinkles have started to return.

Care should be taken to ensure that these injections are only given by trained professionals because, if done incorrectly, they can result in serious complications. These fillers carry the risk of allergic reactions ranging from bumps under the skin (which can become permanent) to bluish discoloration of the skin. When it comes to fillers, there are various types. Some of the most commonly used fillers are:

  • Juvederm/Restylane: These are popular hyaluronic acid based products and are used to soften the folds on the face and enhance the lips. Moreover, it is also used to remove nasolabial folds (also known as smile lines) which run from the sides of the mouth to the nose.
  • Radiesse: This consists of calcium hydroxylapatite (CaHa) which is injected into the face. Not only does it fill the region, but it also causes the body’s own natural regenerating abilities to kick in, thereby producing the collagen required to keep the face more smooth and flexible.
  • Sculptra: The active ingredient in this filler is poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA). This product is mainly used to fight facial lipoatrophy which is the loss of fat tissues on a person’s face.

Now, let’s move on to the other treatment method – neuromodulators. Much like their counterpart, neuromodulators are also injected directly into the face. The difference between neuromodulators and fillers is that neuromodulators affect wrinkles by relaxing the muscle of the injection site which causes the wrinkle. The neuromodulator will soften and relax the muscle in the particular area that is contracting and causing a wrinkle to appear.

Unlike fillers, these neuromodulators may take a few days and require multiple injections in order to treat stubborn muscles before you see any results. If any negative side effects, such as swelling or redness, become apparent, they will soon disappear. The effects of the treatments can last up to four months. Lastly, just like fillers, neuromodulators also carry very dangerous side effects if administered incorrectly. So, please see a certified cosmetic dermatologic surgeon before you proceed.

Below you will find some common neuromodulators used by cosmetic dermatologists:

  • Botox: This is by far the most popular of them all. Its active ingredient is onabotulinumtoxinA and is used to treat crow’s feet as well as frown lines.
  • Dysport: The active ingredient of Dysport is abobotulinumtoxin (from the same botulinum family which Botox belongs to).
  • Xeomin: IncobotulinumtoxinA is its active ingredient and it too is used for wrinkles on the face. All three of these products are from the same botulinum source. Therefore, they all hold the same risks and side effects.

This is a basic outline of these products. Please consult Dr. Frank to get an expert opinion on which treatment will best meet your needs.

Filed in Botox®, Dysport, Radiesse®, Restylane®, Sculptra™, Wrinkle Fillers, Xeomin Treatment