Today, women are turning to Botox and skin fillers to combat the facial wrinkles, lines and slight sags that accumulate as we age. Botox and fillers have become so popular that some people are touting them as “the new face lift” or “liquid face lifts”. Such claims or implications are misleading and can cause confusion among consumers who wish to improve their facial appearance, leading them to anticipate results that these cosmetic surgery products cannot deliver.
Common misunderstandings about cosmetic Botox and filler treatments and what they can and cannot do emphasize the necessity of consulting with an experienced board-certified cosmetic surgeon before undergoing any cosmetic procedure, even non-invasive Botox treatments. Depending on your facial appearance goals, an experienced cosmetic surgeon may recommend a surgical procedure (face lift, brow lift, eyelid lift, etc.) or nonsurgical Botox and filler treatment or a combination of procedures.
It is important to realize that facial lift and Botox or filler treatments are not interchangeable. Botox and Dysport are used to treat facial lines by relaxing underlying muscles so they cannot contract. Dermal fillers are used to add fullness to facial features and soften deep folds and creases by adding volume. Today, many women in their 30s and 40s use Botox and filler treatments to address lines and wrinkles early. While this can put off the need for a face lift, eventually loss of elasticity and the pull of gravity may make a face lift your best option.
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Men are tuning in to the benefits of Botox in such a big way that the media has tagged the male use of the wrinkle-removing cosmetic procedure “brotox”!
In 2011 more than 360,000 Botulinum Toxin Type A (Botox and Dysport) procedures were performed on men, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. While only 6% of the more than 5.6 million Botox/Dysport procedures performed last year, male Botox consumers have been increasing nearly twice as fast as their female counterparts. Between 2010 and 2011, Botox for men increased 8%, compared to 5% for women.
Since 2000, Botox procedures for men have increased 286%!
Male use of dermal cosmetic fillers to erase wrinkles and facial lines has also increased.
In 2011, nearly 87,000 U.S. men received tissue fillers such as Radiesse, Juvaderm and Restylane; an increase of 11% over the previous year and 73% since 2000. Many U.S. cosmetic surgeons say men now make up 10% to 30% of their Botox patients. Over the past few years, the number of men having surgical cosmetic procedures has also been rising. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the five most popular cosmetic surgical procedures for men last year were liposuction, rhinoplasty (nose reshaping), eyelid surgery, gynecomastia (male breast reduction), and face lifts.
With men working longer and often dating later in life, they are finding that cosmetic surgery gives them the competitive edge they need to compete successfully in an increasingly younger marketplace. To find out more about how cosmetic surgery can enhance your appearance and your life, click here to download our free Men’s Guide to Cosmetic Surgery.
The word “Botox” has become associated with a facial treatment designed to rid you of unsightly lines and provide a smoother, more youthful, appearance. But a Botox treatment from a Cleveland cosmetic surgeon may actually just be part one of the procedure. Often a combination treatment with both Botox or Dysport and cosmetic fillers will better achieve the results desired.
A more youthful you
For many women and men seeking to correct sun damage, reverse the appearance of aging, or simply enjoy a more vibrant look, the Botox/filler combination is one that, in some cases, can work better than either treatment by itself.
The positive effects of Botox and Dysport can last up to 6 months. Fillers vary, and can last from 6 months to a year or longer, after which you may consider follow-up treatments from your Cleveland cosmetic surgeon. But wherever and however often you have Botox/fillers, the treatment doesn’t affect the way you smile, speak or otherwise use your face. You’re still “you” – only more youthful-looking!
Botox/filler procedures may become part of your cosmetic regimen when you explore the financing options offered by a Cleveland cosmetic surgeon. You may find that the cost is less than your gym membership or your budget for latte's!
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Cosmetic surgery use is shifting from damage control to prevention. Women (and an increasing number of men) are embracing cosmetic procedures at younger ages to combat aging and prevent skin damage. It is becoming common for adults in their 20s and 30s to include regular non-invasive cosmetic treatments like Botox and fillers in their normal skin care regimens, although people between the ages of 35 and 50 still comprise the largest cosmetic surgery demographic in the U.S.
According to 2011 statistics released by the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, adults ages 35 to 50 accounted for 43% of all U.S. cosmetic procedures — more than 4 million – last year. The number of cosmetic procedures obtained by young adults ages 19 to 34 (20%) and adults between the ages of 51 and 64 (28%) showed no change from the previous year. Cosmetic surgeries for adults 65 and older decreased by 1% and increased only marginally for those ages 18 and younger.
In the decade since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Botox for cosmetic use, demand has skyrocketed it to the top spot as the most popular non-surgical cosmetic procedure in the U.S. Last year, 5,670,788 Botox and Dysport procedures and 1,874,322 dermal filler treatments were performed in the U.S., according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
The desire to work longer, stiff job competition that rewards youthful appearance, increasingly active post-50 lifestyles, and a noticeable increase in men and women dating later in life is driving the multi-generational interest in the use of Botox/Dysport and dermal fillers to fight the natural effects of aging.
Rather than waiting for winkles and crow’s feet to develop, many people are adding Botox and dermal fillers to their beauty regimens – and their monthly budgets.
Botox/Dysport and dermal fillers are typically charged by the unit, although some cosmetic surgeons price treatments by the area (forehead, eyes, lips, etc.). Multiple units are used in a single treatment and vary by product and patient. The total cost for treating a specific area can range from just $150 to around $500, depending on the amount of product used and the size of the area treated. When you meet with your board-certified Cleveland cosmetic surgeon, he will discuss recommended products and treatment cost.
It is not that difficult to find room in your budget for Botox and other injectable cosmetic treatments when you consider that a couple of trips to Starbucks or a single restaurant lunch are the equivalent of a unit of Botox. You can easily cover the cost of Botox/Dysport treatments by giving up one pair of designer shoes. Forgoing a new Coach handbag can pay for a year’s worth of Botox touch-ups. The cost of cosmetic injectables is on par with the cost of a gym membership. Shouldn’t you be willing to spend on your face what you spend on the rest of your body? Surely you’re worth it!
A modern-day Fountain of Youth, Botox, Dysport and dermal fillers like Restylane, Juvederm and Radiesse have the power to turn back the clock and make us look and feel years younger. Affordable and conveniently available from board-certified Cleveland cosmetic surgeons, these non-invasive injectable anti-wrinkle treatments are winning fans of all ages, both female and male.
Consumers often think Botox will fix all their problems, but cosmetic surgeons actually use a variety of injectable products to address aging issues.
- Botox and Dysport are both forms of botulinum toxin Type A which “freezes” underlying muscles, preventing them from contracting and wrinkling the skin. Used to treat frown lines between the brows and on the forehead, as well as crow’s feet, these products are most effective against dynamic wrinkles, those caused by facial movement. There is no down time, but it can take one to two weeks for muscles to fully relax and final results to be visible. Although results vary by individual, Botox typically last 4 to 5 months; Dysport, up to 6 months.
- Dermal fillers, including Restylane, Perlane, Juvederm, Radiesse and Sculptra, add volume to facial skin, “filling” and plumping facial lines and creases. These products are used to fill in the deep lines and creases that develop around the mouth, and plump deflated lips. There is no down time and the final effect is immediately visible. Depending on the product and patient, results can last from 6 months to a year or more.
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Protecting your skin from harmful ultraviolet rays requires year-round vigilance. As we noted in our previous post, the risk of sun damage is just as great during gray and cloudy winter months as it is during sunny summer months. Fully 80% of damaging UV rays penetrates cloud cover. Even on the cloudiest, grayest days of winter, Cleveland cosmetic surgeons recommend that you apply sunscreen to protect your face and neck from damage. Exposure to ultraviolet rays causes premature skin aging and increases your risk of developing skin cancer.
In selecting a sunscreen, the American Academy of Dermatology recommends choosing a broad spectrum sunscreen product that protects against both UVA and UVB rays, has an SPF of at least 30, and is water resistant. You can apply sunscreen as a base coat under makeup or use one of the combination moisturizer or makeup products that contain sunscreen. If you use a combination product, make sure it provides the same skin protection as a quality sunscreen.
Your choice of sunscreen product will depend not only on personal preference but also on the part of your body you want to protect. Use these recommendations from the American Academy of Dermatology as a guide to choosing sunscreen products:
- Creams are the best choice for the face and neck as they become invisible as they soak into the skin. Creams are also a good choice for dry skin areas as they add additional moisture to the skin.
- Use gels in hairy areas such as along part lines and the edges of the scalp. Gels are also a good choice for protecting hairy male chests.
- Sprays are an effective way to protect scalp areas, but a fairly heavy coat must be applied.
If you have neglected the use of sunscreen if the past and want to find out about facial rejuvenation for wrinkle treatment, you might consider downloading our free Patient Guide to Botox/Dysport & Fillers. Our guide explains more about what causes wrinkles and how wrinkles caused by past sun damage can be reduced with non-surgical injectable treatments. And don't miss out on our combination offer - click here to learn more.
The average person will spend 20,160 minutes or two full weeks of their lifetime kissing! Most people receive that very special “first kiss” from an early teen-aged crush. Kissing releases the same “feel-good” endorphins activated by intense exercise without the sweat and achy muscles.
A peck on the cheek uses just two muscles in your face, but a really good clench uses all of your facial muscles. In fact, the average one-minute kiss burns 26 calories, but a passionate kiss can melt off two or three times as many calories – and who stops at one? Kisses are like potato chips; you can never get enough. With so many benefits, it’s a wonder that a kissing diet hasn’t muscled Atkins and South Beach off the weight-loss best-seller list.
Of all the days of the year, Valentine’s Day is the kissingest. In America, more people trade kisses on Valentine’s Day than under the mistletoe on New Year’s Eve, No. 2 on the list of favorite days to steal a kiss. Nothing is more romantic than a Valentine’s Day kiss; but before you can capture a kiss, you have to create desire.
The perfect kiss starts with perfect lips. Full, luscious lips cry out to be kissed, but we’re not all blessed with plump, soft, kissable lips. If you were born with thin, scrawny lips; there’s no need to despair. Using an injectable skin filler, a skilled Cleveland cosmetic surgeon can to create the lush, generous lips you’ve always desired. Volumizing injections require no down time and are an affordable way to give your confidence a boost.
To make sure your lips gorgeously kissable on Valentine’s Day, schedule your lip enhancement treatment with Dr. Poblete now.
This season’s two hottest lip colors may be at opposite ends of the glamour spectrum, but they both cry out for full pouty lips to show them off to best effect. Rich sexy reds and demure barely-there nudes are this winter’s go-to lip colors for every occasion. Bold and dramatic, both lip colors demand lusciously full lips. If you weren’t born with Scarlett Johansson’s sexy kisser or Angelina Jolie’s famous pout, fillers treatments can help give you what Mother Nature missed. Filler treatments carefully administered by a board-certified Cleveland cosmetic surgeon can add volume to your lips and put them center stage.
Here’s how to dress your lips so you’re ready for whatever the day brings:
Barely-there nude lipstick is replacing pink gloss as the default lip color this season. To put the spotlight on your lips, choose a creamy lipstick with a slight gloss in a nude shade that is just a touch darker than your natural lip color. Test the color by comparing your lip color to your gums. Aim for a lip stain that looks neither too light nor too dark against your gums. Nude lipstick can carry you through the day from yoga to the office to a night of dancing at Cleveland’s hottest club. Tone down or glam up your look with layers of eye liner, shadow and mascara.
Sexy red lipstick creates drama and adds polish to your appearance. The trick is to choose a red that works with your skin tone. Choose brick reds for dark skin tones; true red for bronze complexions; orange reds for olive skin; and blue reds for fair skin. During the day, mute the drama with mascara and blush. In the evening, glam it up with black eyeliner and shimmery gold shadow.