Botox is a popular non-surgical option for diminishing unwanted facial lines and wrinkles. However, this cosmetic stalwart has more uses than eliminating those pesky expression lines. It has proven to be an effective treatment for other cosmetic and non-cosmetic procedures as well. Here are a few:

Acne Treatment

Yes, Botox has been used for treating Acne breakouts by reducing oil production to combat those unsightly pimples. But before resorting to Botox for Acne treatment, all other forms of acne treatments should have been implemented. The best facial area for Acne treatment is the forehead.

Gummy Smile

When a smile shows more than those pearly whites and exposes too much gum above the teeth, Botox can relax the upper lip allowing it to cover more of the exposed gum. Then your smile will focus more on your teeth creating a beautiful smile.

Bunny Lines

Those little lines on either side of the nose which scrunch up and become noticeable are known as bunny lines. Botox injections on each side of the nose will relax the muscles, and like magic, those funny wrinkles will go away.

Muscle Spasms

Whether your experiencing eye or neck spasms, Botox is effective in relaxing the muscle responsible for the spasm. This treatment will temporarily fix this issue which is troublesome to many patients.

Overactive Bladder

For many women over 40 who suffer from urinary incontinence, Botox can be a Godsend. Often prescribed medication does not help, and Botox injections can be the answer. It can be injected into the bladder wall providing relief for up to six months.

Excessive Sweating

When you don’t want ever to let them see you sweat, especially in the armpits, Botox may be an effective treatment. Excessive sweating is common with many women and men particularly during big events like a wedding or a presentation at work. Botox can effectively reduce sweating for up to two years.

Grinding Teeth

Because Botox can control involuntary muscle tension and spasms, it is effective in reducing the problem with grinding your teeth. It weakens the chewing muscles which are responsible for teeth grinding, without upsetting the ability to smile or chew. The results last up to four months.

Migraines

Migraine headaches can be debilitating. Recently, the FDA has approved Botox for Migraine treatment.  Injected into areas around the neck, forehead, and temples, Botox eases the pain and discomfort associated with this uncomfortable condition.

And More

While only a few of these treatments are approved by the FDA, others are off-label treatments. Research is experimenting with Botox for multiple treatments on multiple body parts. Early findings suggest Botox can be helpful in an array of solutions including hair loss and cerebral palsy patients. It can improve a patient’s quality of life in many ways, including those outside aesthetic medicine.

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The holidays are right around the corner! Can you believe it? From Halloween to Thanksgiving, followed by Christmas and New Year’s Eve, the next couple of months are going to be busy, spent in the company of family and friends. And though it’s the season of giving, don’t forget, you’re allowed to give to yourself a little bit, too.

So, whether you’re feeling overworked or over stressed, or just want to look refreshed for the holidays, Dreyfuss Plastic Surgery has a variety of non-invasive procedures that will help you feel your absolute best!

About Botox

You’ve heard about Botox, but what do you really know about this wildly popular treatment?

One of the most in-demand, anti-aging procedures, Botox is both safe and reliable, and can help with those undesired lines and wrinkles around your mouth and eyes. With just a few simple injections, years can be reduced from your face. Even better, no downtime is needed! That’s right, your Christmas shopping won’t be put on hold afterwards; you can resume your daily activities immediately!

A Botox treatment generally takes just ten minutes, but can last up to four months!

About Laster Hair Removal

Do you suffer from unwanted body hair? Luckily, there is a technique that can take care of this problem, and it doesn’t involve the hassle or inconvenience of shaving, waxing, or electrolysis. Laser hair removal can address area that include the bikini line, back, chin, underarms, legs, and even more!

The process is simple: a specific type of infrared light is applied to hair follicles in areas that are plagued by unwanted hair. The procedure can be tailored to provide the best possible results, depending on the patients individual wants and needs. Better yet, large areas can be treated rather quickly and sufficiently. And while you may experience some stinging, there are a variety of methods and cooling devices to help minimize your discomfort.

About Microdermabrasion

Unfortunately, many of us suffer from sun damages and wrinkles – it’s all part of getting older. Yet, we now have available and affordable options at our disposable to help us mask out age. Even better, many of these options are quick and non-invasive.

Microdermabrasion is a skin renewal procedure, which requires no recovery or downtime. During the process, collagen is boosted throughout the face, while a gentle stream of tiny particles exfoliates the outer layer of the skin, resulting in a fresh, glowing appearance. Yet, other areas can be treated, too, such as the chest, neck, back, arms, and hands. This holiday season, say “goodbye” to wrinkles!

About Latisse

Sometimes, we’re not born with everything that we want. Specifically, have you always yearned for longer eyelashes? If so, then Lastisse is for you!

Latisse is the first FDA-approved eyelash enhancement drug that allows patients to grow long, beautiful eyelashes. Formulated solely for cosmetic use, Latisse is developed from bimatoprost, an ingredient used to help treat glaucoma. The process is easy: you brush a solution along the lash line, and it maintains the growth phase of your eyelashes, all the while making your lashes thicker, longer, and even darker.

Latisse is available only by prescription, and requires patients to be both healthy, and have no associated allergies.

About Dermal Fillers

Looking for methods to reduce those wrinkles? Dermal fillers can help rejuvenate your skin, and are generally made from substances that can be naturally found in the body. Safe and reliable, dermal fillers are non-invasive, require no recovery or downtime once injected, and only take minutes to administer.

You can choose from a wide variety of options, including Restylane, Radiesse, and Juvederm. If you’re unsure which is best for you and your particular needs, the professionals at Dreyfuss Plastic Surgery can help you find the best suited treatment.

About Titan Skin Tightening

This non-invasive treatment device can successfully tighten your skin and improve its tone around the jawline, chin, neck, arms, thighs, and stomach. Ideal for those who have loose or hanging skin on their body, a special hand piece is used to administer infrared light energy, which selectively heats the dermis and collagen beneath the skin’s surface.

Are you experiencing any skin laxity due to childbirth, liposuction, or weight loss? If so, this procedure could work for you. Better yet, Titan doesn’t require any downtime. You can get treatment during your lunch hour, or while taking a break from holiday shopping, and then instantly resume your activities. Looking good has never been this convenient!

The holidays can be tiring and stressful, but that doesn’t mean your face and body need to take a hit. This season, don’t forget to take some time out for yourself. You’re worth it!

To learn more about non-invasive procedures, or to schedule a consultation at Dreyfuss Plastic Surgery, call 815-806-9400 today. 

 

 

Wrinkles aren’t just your grandma’s problem anymore: Stress, pollution, and increased exposure to the sun and tanning beds are causing many people to begin getting wrinkles in their 30s and 40s. Naturally, we all want to prevent this from happening… But we can’t live our lives in a bubble. Life is going to happen, and it’s going to expose us to all of the aforementioned risk factors for premature aging.

So, should we give up and resign ourselves to the tyranny of fine lines? Absolutely not, say the majority of cosmetic surgeons. An expanding body of evidence suggests that Botox may not just treat existing wrinkles—it might also prevent wrinkles from forming. The secret? Start early. Depending on your lifestyle, starting Botox treatments in your early 30s—or even your 20s—can help to stall the formation of wrinkles.

How Does Botox Slow The Signs Of Aging?

To understand how Botox can slow the development of wrinkles and fine lines, we first need to examine how it treats them. When Botox is injected into muscle tissue, it blocks nerve signals from reaching those muscles. This prevents the muscles from contracting, thereby smoothing the appearance of the skin above. Because wrinkles are caused by the compound effect of these contractions over a number of years (in conjunction with other factors that cause a loss of skin volume, like smoking and sun exposure), injecting Botox before any visible fine lines are present could delay wrinkle formation.

When Should I Start Botox Treatments?

There’s some debate between surgeons on when the best time to start Botox treatments is. While many consumers are choosing to try Botox in their early 20s, most cosmetic surgeons recommend that you start getting injections in your early-mid 30s. There are, however, notable exceptions to this rule: If you smoke, live in a very sunny climate (or enjoy tanning), have a stressful job, or have a family history of premature aging, starting Botox in your early-mid 20s may be a better choice.

Either way, it’s important to remember that trying Botox is usually harmless at any age (its effects are temporary and will wear off within 3-6 months). If you want to try Botox just to see how it affects your “look,” you can therefore go ahead and do so without worry. And who knows? You might just free yourself from wrinkles for many years to come!

To book your Botox consultation, contact Dreyfuss Plastic Surgery today.

What do all brides have in common? They all want to look their best for their big day! If your wedding is looming on the horizon, you’ll, therefore, be happy to know there are a number of cosmetic treatments that can quickly and easily enhance your appearance… Regardless of your age. Curious to learn more about how cosmetic procedures can help give you that “wow” factor every bride wants? Read on to discover the five cosmetic procedures every bride should consider before her big day:

Botox

Even if you don’t have visible wrinkles, Botox can help prime your skin so that it’s flawlessly smooth in time for your wedding. Botox removes the forehead lines that even younger people tend to have, for instance, making it easier to apply makeup.

Lip injections

Lip fillers are an excellent choice for many brides to be: Not only do they give you fuller (and more kissable) lips, they can improve the appearance of your smile. If you have a “toothy” smile that tends to show your gums, for example, filling in your lips will change the shape of your smile so that this doesn’t happen… Even when you flash your biggest, brightest smile.

Dermal fillers

If you have visible wrinkles but aren’t ready to have a facelift yet, dermal fillers can be the perfect line-busting complement to Botox injections. Dermal fillers plump up the skin, filling in deep wrinkles and subtly changing the shape of the face so that it looks fuller and more youthful.

Microdermabrasion treatments or chemical peels

Both microdermabrasion treatments and chemical peels remove the top layer of the skin and therefore also remove fine lines, scars, age spots, and other minor imperfections. Peels force your skin to grow a fresh, glowing new surface layer that’s sure to dazzle in pictures.

Liposuction

Most brides diet and exercise religiously before their big day… Only to discover that all the healthy eating and cardio in the world won’t banish those last few patches of stubborn fat around their abdomen. Fortunately, if you’re losing an uphill battle against genetics, there’s a quick, easy alternative: Liposuction. Liposuction is the ideal solution for rapidly destroying stubborn fat deposits… And with proper maintenance, the results should last for the rest of your life.

Let us help you look and feel your best for your big day! Contact Dreyfuss Plastic Surgery for a consultation today.

Although facial implants offer an excellent long term solution to cheek hollowness, many patients desire a less invasive procedure.  For those patients we recommend a dermal filler.

The goal is to increase volume, and the best way to achieve that is with the patient’s own fat.  Autologous fat transfer involves the harvesting of fat through liposuction of the stomach or buttocks.  The fat is purified and then injected into the subcutaneous area of the cheek. The procedure may be performed in the office or under sedation in the OR.

If liposuction and fat transfer isn’t a desirable option for you, other good choices are wrinkle fillers like Radiesse or Juvederm.  With any of these options, it’s crucial to have a qualified practitioner do the injections.  These treatments seem simple, but a successful cosmetic result often depends on the skilled injection technique of a knowledgeable surgeon.

Researchers associated with the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) recently gathered information on 687 patients who had received Botox and/or dermal filler treatment. 

While a summary of the full results can be found in this document; some of the noteworthy findings include the following:

Most respondents described themselves as healthy individuals.  95 percent of patients said they incorporated exercise into their lives, and 78 percent cited healthy eating habits.

  • Nearly 70 percent of the respondents who had been treated with Botox also opted for dermal filler treatment.
  • 72 percent of the respondents chose Botox to treat glabellar lines – the vertical lines that appear between your eyebrows.  
  • 63 percent of the respondents chose dermal fillers to treat facial wrinkles and folds, mostly the nasolabial folds or ‘smile lines’ that travel from the nose to each side of the mouth. 
  • Within the respondents, the average or ‘typical’ patient was “a married, working mother between 41-55 years of age with a household income of under $100,000.”
  • 66 percent of the respondents said they received Botox treatment 2-3 times per year.
  • 87 percent reported that they discussed their treatments with others, and 70 percent said they received support from the people they told.

Last week, the Food & Drug Administration granted clearance to Medicis Pharmaceutical for their new wrinkle reducer, Dysport. Plastic surgeons and dermatologists may have the drug available for cosmetic use in just 30 – 60 days.

Dysport will compete with Botox, as both drugs perform the same basic function – neuromuscular blocking to relax and prevent wrinkles. Dysport however, is said to be more diluted than Botox and thus more cost effective for providers. The recent FDA approval of dysport also came with a unique warning label describing the risks associated with the botulinum toxin.

Rather than rebranding the drug ‘Reloxin’ as planned, Medicis decided to retain its original European name, Dysport

The April 30th announcement coincided with a 3 percent drop in Allergan’s (maker of Botox) shares, and a 14 percent increase of Medicis’ shares. Analysts and industry professionals expect Dysport to carry a slightly lower price tag than Botox, and say it could capture as much as 30 percent of the current market.

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Botox injection can work to smooth out facial wrinkles; that’s been firmly established. But that isn’t the extent of its current useage.  If you do a little research, you’ll discover that physicians use Botox for many other interesting purposes.

As reported in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, researchers from Allergan Inc. conducted surveys about sweating, revealing that almost 3 percent of the U.S. population (7.8 million people) believe their sweating to be excessive. At the time of the survey (in 2004), less than half of the respondents had sought medical help for the problem. Botox blocks the localized release of a specific chemical that stimulates sweating, and so the FDA approved it for this use years ago.

Many doctors use Botox to treat headaches, and their basic procedures are hardly different than those of wrinkle treatment. It isn’t entirely clear how the Botulinum toxin provides relief; it may work to inhibit certain pain-transmitting nerves. But evidently, many people suffer from fewer headaches after being treated with Botox.

Last March, the New York Times published a story on the off-label use of Botox to help those who have suffered a stroke and have trouble relaxing certain muscles. According to the experts, “only about 5 percent of the stroke patients who could benefit from its use ever get it.”

Patients with even more obscure conditions have found success using Botox. In Feb 2008, USA Today reported that radio personality Diane Rehm (of National Public Radio) had received routine off-label treatments of Botox for a vocal disorder called spasmodic dysphonia.

Besides these therapeutic uses, surgeons and dermatologists are finding even more cosmetic uses for Botox. Dr. Lawrence Reed recently told an ABC news affiliate that “we’re at the tip of the iceberg where Botox is going to be used.” Reed has apparently been pioneering some interesting new cosmetic applications.

For acne, Dr. Reed injects Botox just below the skin: “It decreases the muscle pump and blocks the production of oils, so we use it for acne,” he claims. Other patients of Dr. Reed found success using Botox to relax certain muscles and actually make their eyes appear larger, and to supplement laser skin resurfacing.

A few words of caution: If you’re considering Botox for any off-label use, make sure you choose a qualified physician. Despite the optimism surrounding Botox as a ‘wonder drug’, there have been complications and side effects associated with off-label use and inexperienced providers

A medical study on the safety of the wrinkle relaxer ‘Reloxin’ was just published in the March-April issue of Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery.  The drug was evaluated for use on moderate to severe forehead wrinkles (or glabeller lines), and the results sound optimistic.

The FDA has not yet given its approval for Reloxin to be sold in the U.S., but spokespersons from Medicis Pharmaceutical say clearance is expected late this year.  Reloxin has the potential to become a real competitor for Botox in the U.S. cosmetic surgery market – a market which allowed Allergan Inc. to net $1.3 billion in revenue last year with Botox.

One California dermatologist who participated in the study commented to Bloomberg news, saying “the side effects are the same as Botox” and “many of our patients liked it even better.”

The composition of both Reloxin and Botox is very similar; they each contain a particular ‘botulinum toxin’ that has been proven to relax the muscles that cause wrinkles in the face.

Reloxin has actually been sold overseas under the name ‘Dysport’ for about 15 years, but Botox has still managed to claim over 80 percent of the worldwide market for the neurotoxin.  One market analyst speculates that “Reloxin may be priced 15 percent lower than Botox” which could allow it to take a significant share of that market.