Saturday, March 14, 2020

Can Botox make you happy?

YouTube Lecture to Las Vegas Cosmetic Surgery Conference 2014 by Dr. Patrick Treacy regarding the effect of Botox on emotions, including both happiness and…

Friday, February 28, 2020

Lip Augmentation

Lip augmentation creates fuller, plumper lips and reduces fine wrinkles around the mouth. Lips may be injected with collagen or with fat transferred from another site in the patient's body. Both liquid collagen and fat are absorbed and repeat treatments are necessary to maintain results. Newer, longer-lasting options include implantable materials like AlloDerm and SoftForm.


A natural or synthetic biocompatible material, or the patient's own fat, is injected or implanted in the lips. One injection is usually sufficient to produce the desired result, which may be temporary, depending on the material used. Injections may need to be repeated periodically. Proper placement of the injected material is important. AlloDerm, a natural collagen sheet made from donated skin, is inserted through tiny incisions inside the corners of the mouth. Once the AlloDerm implant is in place, it eventually becomes integrated with the natural tissues. Gore-Tex, SoftForm and soft ePTFE are other synthetic implant options.

Further options include:

  • Autologen - injectable dermal implant material made from the patient's own skin.
  • Dermalogen - injectable Human Tissue Matrix (HTM) procured from donor tissue.
  • Fascia - injectable donor tissue made from the dense white connective tissue that supports body structure. Can also be done as a surgical implant.
  • HylaForm - a crystal-clear injectable gel; the hyaluronic acid in Hylaform is similar to that naturally found in the body.
  • Radiance - calcium hydroxylapatite
  • Restylane - crystal-clear injectable gel; the hyaluronic acid in Restylane is very close to that naturally found in the body.
Another augmentation choice is laser lip rejuvenation, which tightens the natural collagen and elastic tissue beneath the lips.

Friday, February 21, 2020

The science of rejuvenation....

The science of rejuvenation

What is aesthetic medicine?

No longer willing to accept the visible signs of aging, an increasing number of women and men are seeking treatments to help them look as vibrant as they feel.
Thanks to aesthetic medicine, millions of people around the world can now look and feel younger for longer. A fast-growing field, aesthetic medicine is the art of rejuvenating skin and enhancing facial beauty through safe, physician-administered treatments based on breakthrough science.

About fillers and botulinum toxin Type A.

Most popular aesthetic treatments are fillers and Botulinum toxins, which are well-tolerated, injectable treatments that help, smooth the appearance of wrinkles or compensate volume deficits creating a beautiful appearance.
Botulinum toxins are purified substances that relax the facial muscles stop them from contracting and smooth the skin. The degree of muscle contraction impairment can be varied to soften the lines while maintaining the ability to elevate your eyebrows.

Botulinum toxin Type A is very well tolerated and safe for longer-term use.

Fillers plump up wrinkles by replacing lost volume in the skin creating a more youthful appearance. There are many types of wrinkle fillers; some of them are based on hyaluronic acid or collagens which are known for their safety and lifting capacity.

Source:  Merz Aesthetics

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Wrinkle Injections - Methods

As far as the treatment process is concerned, wrinkle correction via injection is similar to wrinkle correction procedures with botulinum toxin, e.g. botox®. Only the active mechanism is different, which is why different substances are also injected. Whereas treatment using botulinum toxin, e.g. botox®, involves inhibiting the contraction of the muscles in order to smooth wrinkles, wrinkle injection using tissue filler achieves the smoothing of wrinkles by filling slackened parts of the skin, providing support for the tissue, or increasing the amount of moisture and elasticity in the skin through the injected material.

Possible tissue fillers used for this procedure are natural substances known as bio-implants, synthetic preparations, or one's own body fat. The described substances are injected under the wrinkles using fine needles under local anaesthesia; autologous fat (fat from one's own body) is removed from a separate spot on the body in advance via suction. Among the most commonly used bio-implants are collagen and hyaluronan; synthetic polylactic acid is also often inserted.

Collagen is a natural protein taken from animal skin that is cleansed and prepared for injection using a special process. Once it is injected under the wrinkles, it binds itself to the body's own collagen, fills up slackened skin parts, and forms a natural protective framework for the surrounding tissue. Swelling after the procedure generally goes down within 24 hours. Hyaluranon is what is called a natural polysaccharyl, which is responsible for the lubrication and elasticity of the skin. With increasing age, hyaluranon content in the skin decreases; this can be compensated through the injection of colorless gel in some cases, thus raising sunken skin tissue.

Crystalline polylactic acid likewise effects an increase in the volume of collagen fibres and stimulates the formation of new fibres, which ultimately leads to a soft buildup of tissue and resulting mitigation of wrinkles.
In order to obtain the most complete results, it may be necessary, depending on the characteristics of the wrinkles, to repeat the treatment involving the above-mentioned filling substances at intervals of 1-2 weeks. For injections of polylactic acid, there should be at least four weeks between treatments.

"Frown lines" (glabellar wrinkles) on the forehead as well as folds between the nose and mouth (nasolabial folds) can also typically be treated via the injection of autologous fat. The fat previously removed from another spot on the body under local anaesthesia is injected, thus achieving increased volume and tautening of the skin.

Friday, January 17, 2020

Wrinkle injections for around the mouth

Wrinkle injections are becoming increasingly available for people who want to wipe a few years from their face.  Injections come in different varieties and use different methods to remove wrinkles.  These methods range from using toxins to paralyze face nerves to using gels and filler acids to “fill in” the wrinkles.  While none of these injections are miracle fixes, and some of them have side effects, many happy customers return to their doctors for repeat injections.

Collagen wrinkle injections provide a temporary solution  for scar and wrinkle reduction or lip enhancement.  A natural protein derived  from cattle, collagen injections can cause allergic reactions in some people.   For this reason, an allergy test is usually performed a month before treatment.   Results typically last between six months and a year.  However, some people  absorb collagen into their skin rapidly, making the results less effective.
One of the newest wrinkle injections on the market is Juvederm.  Juvederm, an injectable gel, has nearly identical results to Restylane.  It removes crow's feet, laugh lines, frown lines and under eye hollows.  It is also frequently used as a lip plumper and can be used to fill in scars on the face.  Juvederm is popular with users and physicians.  It is a more pleasant experience for the user and physicians find it easiest to use.  Juvederm injections can be done every 6 - 9 months.
A very fine needle is used to administer wrinkle injections to select muscles of the face.   As these muscles become immobilized, the facial skin begins to smooth and fine  lines and wrinkles start to soften.  A treatment typically takes 30 minutes.  It  may take four to seven days, however, for the full results of the wrinkle injections to  become apparent.

Muscle relaxing injections serve best to smoothen out the face wrinkles.  They work by blocking the function of muscle that cause wrinkles.  Different types of injections are available and it is our choice to choose the best among them.

Wrinkles around mouth  is an issue of which lots of folks experience particularly ladies.   Majority of these facial lines could appear anywhere on your face although it seems that the most noticeable part is whenever it forms lines from the bottom of your nose all the way down to the edges of your mouth.

The presence of wrinkles around mouth affects your self-esteem.  They customarily appear on the area from the base of your nose down to your mouth.  The worse thing is that its location makes them so obvious.  That is why when you see them in the mirror you want them to be removed straight away.

It has long been suspected that wrinkles around mouth has been more of a problem for women than for men.  Those wrinkles are called perioral wrinkles, and a recent study indicates that biology may be the culprit in terms of women being more prone to them than men.
There are many factors that cause wrinkles around mouth.   The most typical is the excessive facial movements and expressions like when you're frowning, thinking too hard, smiling or annoyed.   Environmental components such as too much sun exposure and pollution can result into early aging that will be the reason behind your wrinkles.

People want to get rid of wrinkles around mouth as it can make a positive change to their entire appearance.  And one can adopt a lot of ways to get rid of wrinkles around mouth.  Since unhealthy skin can also be one the culprits, you can get rid of wrinkles around mouth, by making some substantial changes to your diet.  Usually a diet which constitutes of vitamin E filled fruits and vegetables can help you to combat wrinkles, and in certain cases, the development of wrinkles can get delayed as well.

One of the first sign of aging is the wrinkles around the mouth which are called the smile lines.  As the production of collagen slows down with aging, the skin's elasticity breaks down, resulting in those wrinkles.  It is further hastened by smoking and sun exposure without proper care.  But the good news is, there are many professional skin care products that will help you to reduce wrinkles around mouth.  There are some natural home remedies as well.
The most expensive skin care is not necessarily the best one either.  On the contrary, an inexpensive product may show tremendous results on your skin simply because it may contain more effective natural ingredients.  It is highly recommended that when choosing an anti-wrinkle product, select one with ingredients that are safe and natural, especially when using on wrinkles around mouth.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Can Botox wash away your blues?

Can Botox wash away your blues?

You've probably heard Botox can treat frown lines - those pesky facial wrinkles that appear around the corners of the mouth. But could the injectable medicine also help ward off depression? That's what researchers at the Chevy Chase Cosmetic Center in Maryland suggested at the recent annual meeting of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, reports Time magazine.  
The medical director of the center and his colleagues presented a study that suggested treating frown lines and reducing the signs of aging could help those suffering from depression feel happier. The background of the research has its roots in history - Charles Darwin coined the term "grief muscles" to describe the muscles we use to frown, and he suggested making an unhappy face was intensely connected to true feelings of sadness.
"We feel sorry because we cry. We feel angry because we strike [out], and not vice versa," explained the lead researcher during the meeting. According to Time, he hypothesized that freezing the "grief muscles" with Botox could prevent individuals from frowning, thus breaking or weakening the connection the facial expression has with the emotion of sadness.
Researchers looked at 84 individuals who had severe depression lasting for an average of two years, none of whom had responded to antidepressants. Some of the participants were given Botox injections while others were injected with a placebo. They were then assessed three to six weeks later. According to the news source, at that time just over a quarter of those receiving Botox had a "nearly complete remission of their depression," while only 7 percent of those who had received the placebo reported the same turnaround.
Until this study undergoes further vetting, Botox shouldn't be considered an official treatment of depression. However, the medicine does carry other benefits, according to the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). The injectable cosmetic can reduce the appearance of wrinkling around the mouth, forehead and eyes, giving patients an overall younger appearance.
What's more, Botox is more affordable than other rejuvenation procedures like facelifts, though the results don't last as long. Side-effects are also minimal - patients can expect mild swelling or bruising and a temporary redness. Botox is a good "first-time procedure," because patients' appearance will return to normal if they decide it's not the right look for them. 

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Friday, January 10, 2020

Types of wrinkles

There are two types of wrinkles: dynamic wrinkles and very fine lines and wrinkles.
Dynamic wrinkles are caused by facial muscles that move when you smile, laugh, and squint. These are often around the lips, on the forehead and between the eyebrows. They are also the “crows’ feet” at the corner of your eyelids. Everyone is born with dynamic wrinkles. As you age, these wrinkles get deeper and easier to see. Botulinum toxin can be used to make these dynamic wrinkles less noticeable.

Very fine lines and wrinkles are formed when collagen in the skin starts to thin. Collagen is protein just beneath and within deep skin layers. Aging and sun damage cause collagen thinning. It makes the skin on your face stretch and sag, creating fine wrinkles. Botulinum toxin does not erase fine lines and wrinkles. However, there are other ways to reduce their appearance.