WHY BOTOX IS THE #1 NON-SURGICAL COSMETIC TREATMENT

 

When we get older, our muscles naturally begin to weaken and the soft tissue surrounding our muscles fall. We all want to look our best, so many of us hit the gym harder to keep our bodies toned, but what about our faces? The gym cannot benefit aging facial features that make us look older, tired, or even angry, but Botox Cosmetic can. Men and woman worldwide trust Botox Cosmetic because it has been around for more than half a century. Botox is a registered trademark of the highly esteemed pharmaceutical company Allergan – known for doing abundant research and developing safe and effective products.

What is Botox Used For?

Botox is the #1 non-surgical cosmetic treatment to temporarily iron out wrinkles. When Botox is injected properly, it will induce temporary relaxation of specific muscles and soften moderate to severe lines. It is mostly used for the upper face to soften wrinkles on the forehead, eliminate furrowed brows and relax crow’s feet, but it can also be used to contour the jaw line, relax the masseter muscle and eliminate chin dimpling.  Another common use for Botox is to decrease over-active sweat glands in the armpit region, palms of hands, soles of the feet and hairline region. People commonly make the mistake of thinking that Botox is for the lips, but they are actually thinking of a filler, which is used for lip augmentation. Botox may sometimes be used for wrinkles above the upper lip, but it will never be used for the lips on their own.

Although Botox is most famously used for cosmetic reasons, it was originally used strictly for medical reasons such as, eye spasms, neck and shoulder spasms, migraine headaches, leaky blatters and even cerebral palsy in children.

How Does Botox Work?

Botox comes from purified non-animal protein manufactured naturally from the bacterium Clostridium Botulinum. When a small amount of Botox is injected near a selected muscle, it is absorbed into the nerve producing a localized blockade of muscle contraction function. Botox prevents the release of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine – what causes muscle cells to contract and shorten – and the results are temporary paralysis of the muscles. After several months the body breaks down the Botox and all muscle function comes back – as do the wrinkles and the sweating.

History of Botox

Botulinum toxin was first researched to be used as a biological weapon during WWII. Nothing ever came from that line of research, but it did open up the doors for Dr. Edward J Shantz and his colleagues. Shantz developed the purified botulinum toxin type A (what is used as Botox today) and began researching it’s more beneficial features. In the 1960’s Alan B. Scott started injecting botolinum toxin type A into monkeys, discovering its muscle relaxing effects. In 1978, human research trials began and in 1988, drug-maker Allergan acquired the rights to the purified botulinum, changing the name to “Botox” and a year later the FDA approved botulinum toxin type A for the treatment of a variety of medical issues. It was actually a Canadian eye-doctor by the name of Jean Carruthers, who discovered the wrinkle smoothing properties of Botox after using it to treat patients for eye spasms. The rest is history.

Who is a Candidate for Botox?

There are two schools of thought on who should get Botox, but it really depends on your specific goals.

The first school of thought is to use Botox injections to soften existing lines and lift areas of the face that have begun to fall. Every person ages at a different speed so there is no specific age that it is recommended. Individuals with dynamic and static expression lines are perfect candidates for Botox. Huge improvements will be seen after a single treatment. Some people are told they look up to 10 years younger!

The second school of thought is to use Botox injections as a preventative method for aging. Woman and men in their early to late 20’s can use tiny amounts of Botox to prevent resting lines from appearing in the future. If Botox is used before resting lines naturally appear, less treatments will be required and muscles will remain muted even after the Botox dissipates.

Helpful Guidance

Finding a medical expert that specializes in injections and has a portfolio of happy clientele should be your first step. A medical expert can be identified by their education, experience, and portfolio. Don’t be afraid to ask questions!

A medical expert will help develop a treatment plan that is suitable to your needs and will help you achieve your desired look. The procedure will take 30 minutes or less and will be relatively painless.

Always make sure you are receiving the Botox treatment and not a different product. You can verify this by asking to look at the bottle. Botox is packaged in a glass vial with a purple or orange lid labeled BOTOX. Look for the Allergan hologram on the side.

Word to the Wise: Botox is measured by unit and it is mixed with a precise measurement of saline solution before being injected. Some clinics water down their product by using less of the active ingredient and more of the saline solution, making it far less effective. Do yourself a favour and visit a clinic with highly trained and honest medical professionals!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Foods to Avoid for Healthy Skin

As with most health benefits, healthy skin comes down to lifestyle, rather than how many creams and serums you decide to slap on everyday. While the regular use of sunscreens and anti-aging creams are continuously proven to help slow down the skin’s aging process, what goes inside our bodies also plays a significant role in maintaining a youthful glow. In general, the things you can do to beautify your skin are remarkably similar to what you can do to strengthen your heart, control your weight, lift your mood and improve your overall well-being: Regular exercise, enough sleep and a balanced diet.

Your intestines are made up of approximately 25 feet of spongy tissue, which absorb nutrients into the bloodstream and transfer them to essential organs to be used for nourishment and energy. Without proper nutrition your largest and most visible organ, the skin, does not receive the essential vitamins and minerals required to fight aging and prevent skin conditions such as acne. Eliminating foods that are difficult for the body to digest, process, and eliminate is crucial for maintaining and improving our complexions.

Listed below are some of the worst foods that are likely taking a toll on your skin:

Milk

Several studies have found that milk, regardless of the fat content, is associated with increased acne. 80%-90% of milk comes from pregnant cows, and research has found that naturally occurring growth hormones found in cow’s milk is responsible for the stimulation of acne. Milk is solely intended to build the skeletal structure during development and becomes unnecessary once your body has developed enough to absorb whole foods on its own. We are the only living beings in the animal kingdom that not only drink milk past infancy, but drink another living creature’s milk as well.

By now the majority of us know that Vitamin A is like gold for our skin. Vitamin A that is derived from a plant source (like carrots) is very beneficial to the skin, however, animal sources of Vitamin A (such as milk) are far more acidic and have been linked to skeletal deterioration. Your skin’s pH is naturally on the more acidic side (5.5). Oilier, more acne prone skins are further along the acidic side of the pH scale than their dryer counterparts, and this added acidity from animal sourced Vitamin A can wreak havoc on our sebaceous glands.

For more reasons to avoid milk, check out our post on Avoiding Milk for a Clear Complexion.

Shellfish

Non-fish seafood is loaded with high levels of toxic mercury. Shellfish like shrimp and lobsters can be contaminated with parasites and resistant viruses that may not even be killed with high heat. These creatures, considered scavenger animals, consume foods that are not only detrimental to your skin, but harmful to your overall heath as well.

Crustaceans like shrimp, crab, and lobster are naturally high in iodine, and having too much of this element can lead to acne. Omega-3 rich fish, such as salmon, trout, and halibut, actually improve skin conditions like acne, so consider eating more of these sources of fish rather than shellfish.

Sugar

Sugar has been shown to be just as addictive as stimulant drugs, like cocaine. It is impossible to 100% remove all sugar from diets, however, even the sugar found in fruit need to be eaten in moderation. Processed sugars such as high-fructose corn syrup, and sugar substitutes such as aspartame, should be eliminated altogether. Once its been metabolized, sugar leaves behind an acidic residue that lowers the body’s pH, which can be quite detrimental to the skin.

Research has shown that a diet high in sugars has a similar effect on the skin as a lifetime of lying in the sun. The particular process linking sugar and premature aging is called glycation, which is a chemical process that occurs when blood sugar levels spike. Sugar molecules circulate in the blood and bind to other components to form substances known as protein-sugar complexes – also called advanced glycation end-products, or AGEs. Molecules in your face that are meant to keep you looking young and taut are very vulnerable to sugar. Collagen and elastins are turned into AGEs, and their soft, supple fibres become rigid, leaving your skin saggy and wrinkled.

Salt

Salt (sodium) is a nutrient that is vital in order for your body to function normally, however, eating too much of it can lead to some pretty unpleasant side effects such as bloating and dehydration, which can be very detrimental to your skin. Salt makes us retain water, which leaves our faces looking bloated, puffy, and causes unsightly eye bags which make you look older and tired, even though you may not feel that way. Skin also becomes dry and cracked, and begins to produce overproduce sebum to make up for the lost moisture, which ultimately leads to breakouts and an uneven, blotchy complexion.

Alcohol

Aside from robbing your body of the nutrients, vitamins and antioxidants that specifically help it to produce collagen and regenerate new skin cells, drinking too much alcohol also causes your facial blood vessels to dilate, causing uneven tone, rosacea and spider veins to appear. Because alcohol is a diuretic, it causes dehydration and limits your body’s supply of the oxygenated blood that keeps your skin glowing and moist. Drinking can affects hormone levels, which can stimulate excess oil secretion and make you break out more.

Alcohol can increase psoriasis flares, especially in women, and the dry skin patches associated with psoriasis worsen, due to alcohol’s dehydrating effect. Additionally, alcohol can reduce the effectiveness of certain psoriasis drugs.

White Bread

Certain carbohydrates, like the ones with no nutrients in white bread, can cause acne and break down collagen. These types of carbs can spike insulin levels, leading to inflammation. When sugar enters the bloodstream, it attaches to proteins and forms molecules called advanced glycation end products (or AGEs) which damage collagen and elastin and also deactivate protective antioxidants.

Some loaves marketed as “wheat bread” can be just as bad. Oftentimes products will say they’re made from wheat bread, but will contain enriched flour, which is loaded with sugar and not good for skin health. Stick to bread that is 100% whole wheat.

Skin Resurfacing with the Cutera™ Pearl Fractional

From wrinkles to stretch marks and everything in between, Pearl Fractional is the “one laser” to choose to renew the surface of the skin with instant and noticeable results after just one treatment. Fractional skin resurfacing uses micro-beams of laser energy to create areas of affected tissue that extend through the epidermis into the dermis. The body’s natural healing process creates new, healthy tissue to replace the areas of affected tissue, resulting in healthier, younger looking skin.

Pearl Fractional laser skin resurfacing can be used to treat a variety of skin concerns on different areas of the body, such as:

  • Aging skin
  • Crow’s feet
  • Stretch marks
  • Surgical scars
  • Enlarged pores
  • Moderate to severe acne scars
  • Fine lines
  • Moderate to deep wrinkles
  • Melasma
  • Sun damage
  • Skin laxity
  • Uneven pigmentation

When compared to traditional carbon dioxide (CO2) laser resurfacing, Pearl Fractional produces similar results with much less downtime and significant results after only a single treatment. A recent comparative study to other fractional devices demonstrated that Pearl Fractional was a more comfortable patient experience; further, the treatment is possible with only topical anesthetics.

Because of the intensity of skin resurfacing, we strongly advise patients to consider laser skin resurfacing during the winter months to avoid damage causing UV ray exposure from the sun on newly resurfaced, fresh skin.

Not sure if you’re a candidate for Pearl Fractional Laser Skin Resurfacing? Contact NewDermaMed today for a complimentary skin evaluation to determine the best skin care solution for you.

The Next Generation of Dermal Fillers

Anteis is a leading Swiss innovator in next-generation injectable biopolymers based on hyaluronic acid, with a strong global presence in aesthetic dermatology.

With Anteis fillers, your face will once again reflect your true nature, without your expression being “frozen,” and without your features losing any of their personality.

This new injectable gel is available in three different formulations; our highly trained NewDermaMed team will choose the one that’s right for you in order to give you the results you’re looking for.

Esthelis, Fortelis and Modelis are gels developed by the Swiss laboratory Anteis, using a unique and patented process. This unique technology confers these products with exceptional qualities for natural and really long-lasting results. Made from a component that is naturally present in the human body (hyaluronic acid), these perfectly biocompatible gel are one of the safest and most effective way to treat various concerns, including:

  • Smoothing all types of wrinkles
  • Restoring facial volumes (lip, cheekbones, cheeks, temples, jaw, chin, nose)
  • Enhance the out lines and contours of your face

Natural Product

Hyaluronic acid is a component that is naturally produced by the skin.

Anteis fillers contain hyaluronic acid, which is a naturally occurring component of the skin and is the key factor of young looking skin. Your skin will immediately integrate Anteis fillers since your body recognizes this naturally occurring component.

Long Lasting Results

Anteis cosmetic fillers offer you immediate and natural lifting effect. A subtle but noticeable restoration of youthful smoothness. You’ll still look like you, only perfected!

At the end of the session you are able to immediately return to your regular social and professional lives, and the results of an Esthelis, Fortelis and Modelis treatment last a long time (between 9 to 18 months).

Book your FREE consultation or learn more about cosmetic fillers. CONTACT NewDermaMed today!