How Botox and Fillers Can Freshen Up Your Look without Surgery


 When those telltale signs of aging are making you feel self-conscious about your appearance, talk to us about Botox and fillers in Seattle that can freshen up your look with no downtime. Botox continues to be a popular injectable for targeting deep wrinkles along the forehead and fine lines around the eyes. We have a range of injectable fillers for patients that want to fill out facial lines and creases, and achieve a more youthful look without surgery. Dr. Jonov can put together a customized treatment plan to freshen up your looks without having to go under the knife. Continue Reading

Fake Botox Now Marketed Internationally

Scheduling your cosmetic procedures with a trusted and experienced provider has never been more important, due to a recent rise in fake Botox being sold in the US.

According to a recent Reuters report, the FDA has announced that this dangerous imitation is potentially “counterfeit, contaminated, improperly stored and transported, ineffective and unsafe.” For this reason, seeing an experienced cosmetic provider is of absolute importance, as these reputable locations will have long-term working relationships with their Botox suppliers, making them less likely to receive the fake Botox.

Botox Safe and Effective With Reputable Providers

As the most popular cosmetic procedure in the world, Botox has also been extremely helpful in treating a range of medical conditions, in addition to its cosmetic uses for facial lines and wrinkles. It is also used for headaches, overactive bladder and underarm sweating, with almost half of its use for cosmetic purposes and half of its use for medical reasons.

The cosmetic uses of Botox have made it the gold standard of anti-aging therapy, with millions of people relying on it worldwide. It is often used as a part of combination treatments with dermal fillers, skin treatments and even cosmetic surgery such as face lifts, neck lifts and eyebrow lifts.

The widespread use of this treatment makes the spread of counterfeit medication a particularly dangerous situation. The FDA believes that more than 350 providers may recently have received this and other counterfeit products. The fake Botox seems to be coming from a specific company that markets itself as “Online Botox Pharmacy,” “Onlinebotox.com” and “OnlineBotox.”

In addition, this report has led to legislative action in the United States, with more action likely internationally. Bills hoping to improve the tracking of Botox and other medications have been introduced in both the US House and Senate, with the possible goal of tracing each unit individually.

Photo by Guy with the camera on Flickr.

A Botox Procedure for Poker Face?

Cosmetic procedures for men been on the rise lately, so why not a Botox procedure aimed at the traditionally male-dominated world of poker? That seems to be the reasoning behind a New York doctor offering Pokertox to help poker players retain their solemn expressions during games. However, it seems that even the poker players themselves think that Pokertox is a lousy idea.

How would it work? It’s quite simple. With this procedure, the surgeon would use Botox and facial fillers (like Juvederm) to enhance a gambler’s poker face. To succeed in poker, it is important to be able to hide facial emotions, since unconscious signals known as tells can reveal information about the player’s hand. Botox is a cosmetic treatment that works by inhibiting targeted facial muscles.

While it is normally used to allow other muscles to stretch away the appearance of wrinkles, Dr. Jack Berdy believes that Botox can also be used to reduce the appearance of unconscious tics. Unfortunately for Dr. Berdy, the response from poker players has been less than positive. Josh Hale, who competed on the World Poker Tour, told the Huffington Post that the game has moved on from bluffs, and is more analytical these days. Players might look at physical tells, but they are relying more on betting patterns and bet sizing.

Besides the changing nature of the game, says expert player Jay Melancon, you also have to think of the costs versus returns. You’d have to play in very high-stakes games to make it worth it, and if you have a tell that is that obvious, you shouldn’t be playing in those games. As well, the ubiquitous hoodies and sunglasses at poker tournaments make these subtle tics often impossible to distinguish.

As a marketing gimmick, Pokertox is certainly attention-grabbing. However, as a cosmetic procedure, I wouldn’t bet my money on it.

Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons, Pokeravond

Botox or “Bro-tox” for Men is Here to Stay

Botox injections are no longer just for beauty-conscious women. More and more men are stopping by their local plastic surgeon’s office for a quick freshening up. In 2010 alone, more men choose Botox injections than any other cosmetic procedure. “Brotox” as it’s frequently called, saw a 258 percent increase between 2000 and 2010 according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).
Why are Botox injections so popular with men?
For some plastic surgeons, the recent influx is no surprise: “I think the stigma of it to men has dropped,” said Dr. Stephen B. Baker, an associate professor of plastic surgery at Georgetown University. “These days, you can get it done everywhere but a gas station, and maybe in some states even there.” According to Dr. John Sherman, a clinical assistant professor of surgery at the Weill Cornell Medical College, men are choosing Botox injections because it’s a fast and effective way to smooth out wrinkles between the eyebrows that may otherwise make them look angry. Many plastic surgeons agree that men are more interested in targeting specific facial regions, than a complete facial makeover. “Men want a little more subtlety than women,” Sherman said. “They want movement of the face, but they don’t want deep furrows in their forehead.” Men may also like Botox injections because are relatively cost effective (usually $200-300 per session) and the results are temporary so there’s no risk of permanent damage. Botox injections and other popular male plastic surgery procedures are here to stay. Learn more about male plastic surgery in Seattle. Source: Doctors Lounge

The Best Season for Plastic Surgery May Differ for Some

best season for plastic surgeryPatients often ask plastic surgeons, “When is the best season for plastic surgery?” While this can vary based on individual needs, some guidelines may help prospective patients.

In a recent article on the Huffington Post, NYC plastic surgeon and author Dr. Robert Tornambe discusses some of the ways that you can plan your procedure around the seasons.

Winter is a great time for undergoing cosmetic surgeries. You can wear bulkier clothing to conceal scars and swelling, more easily avoid direct sunlight, and combine your recovery period with winter vacations. It’s the season for just about everything: facelifts, liposuction, and breast surgeries.

Spring is the lead-up to bikini season and has some of the same advantages of winter. Body contouring and facial surgeries are excellent options during this time of year. If you’re considering breast augmentation or liposuction, be sure that your body has lots of time to recover before you hit the beaches!

Summer is usually the best time for minor procedures, such as Botox and facial fillers. Heat and sun are usually bad for post-operative swelling and can often produce discomfort. Immature or new scars should never be exposed to direct sunlight, since they will stay tanned and be more noticeable. However, some people may still wish to pursue surgeries during this time of year, especially if they have summer vacations. They should be prepared to stay indoors for 1-2 weeks.

Autumn is the time to consider your appearance for the holidays. Surgeries targeting the face, nose, breasts, and body can improve your look in time for winter festivities and New Year’s parties.

To learn more about your options for the best season for plastic surgery in Seattle, or to find out about our specials, like deals on Botox, please email Dr. Jonov.

Best Cosmetic Surgery Procedures, as Researched by Noted Surgeon

best cosmetic surgery proceduresAfter completing a review of nearly 100 clinical trials and research studies, one doctor has shared his findings of the best cosmetic surgery procedures, according to Northwestern University.

Though the term “best cosmetic surgery procedures” may seem subjective, hundreds, if not thousands, of research studies and trials are conducted each year on procedures and non-surgical treatments. Researchers are often on the lookout for treatments that provide optimal results, with minimal side effects for the patient. The better the results of the study, the more likely the product or treatment may be included among the best cosmetic surgery procedures.

In his review of 98 studies, Dr. Murad Alam of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and surgeon at Northwestern Memorial Hospital found the best cosmetic surgery procedures, based on his research.

Botox and other botulinum toxin-based injectables:

Dr. Alam said that based on the two decades of research and findings on Botox-like treatments, they are safe and effective for patients to use.

Tumescent Liposuction:

When tumescent liposuction is performed, special fluids that are used help the surgeon to safely remove fat cells. Dr. Alam added that tumescent liposuction minimizes the chance for excessive bleeding, improving the patient’s comfort and overall health and safety.

Dr. Alam looked into additional treatments, some of which are relatively new on the market. While he found that treatments that freeze fat or shrink it with laser light, and treatments that tighten skin are safe for use, he was not able to confirm the long-term benefits of each treatment.

To find the best cosmetic surgery procedures for you, Alam suggests talking it over with your surgeon and confirming what will best meet your needs.

For more about the best cosmetic surgery procedures in Seattle, please email Dr. Jonov.

VIDEO: Plastic Surgery Gifts Wanted by Many

Holiday shoppers may be buying injectables and other plastic surgery gifts this year, according to ABC News.

Though gadgets are often a hot ticket for holiday shopping, many plastic surgeons are noting an increased interest in plastic surgery gifts.

Two sisters, who note that they usually give clothing or personal items for presents, may be exchanging different items this year. Sister Tina’s #1 wish for a gift? Botox.

Though her sister feels she may not need the injectable, Tina is sure about her request for a plastic surgery gift. She says she began getting Botox treatments after a recent break-up and continues to see improvement in the appearance of crow’s feet.

While the 2011 Christmas season may see an uptick in the number of plastic surgery gifts, it’s nothing new for many consumers. In 2010 alone, patients spent more than $10 billion on cosmetic surgeries and treatments.

With the continued acceptance of injection treatments like Botox and Juvederm it may be increasingly common for people to give plastic surgery gifts, which one woman called “injectable youth.”

Though non-surgical options are the most cost-effective way of giving plastic surgery gifts this year, some gift givers may choose to help out with cosmetic surgeries, too. Popular procedures include facial rejuvenation, body contouring and breast surgeries.

To learn more about plastic surgery gifts and specials on Botox in Seattle, please email cosmetic surgeon Dr. Jonov.

Does Botox Affect Our Ability to Empathize?

does Botox affect our ability to empathize?While a new study finds that Botox injections may inhibit your ability to read othersâ?? facial emotions, the researcher did admit that it’s a fairly subtle effect.

Published in Social Psychological and Personality Science, the study found that people who had Botox injections were significantly less accurate at reading othersâ?? emotions in photos compared to those who had Restylane injections.

Study researcher David R. Neal, PhD, a psychology professor at the University of Southern California, said, If you have a poker face because your facial muscles are paralyzed, you can’t read others emotions as well. But he also pointed out that â??People are not becoming automatons. Itâ??s just a matter of weighing whether the aesthetic and self-esteem boost outweighs any subtle impact on your ability to perceive others emotions.â?

In the study, women who had their facial folds treated with Restylane were able to read others’ emotional states with about 77% accuracy, while those who had Botox had 70% accuracy.

Why would Botox have this effect and not other fillers? According to Neal, evidence suggests that people use mimicry to register and label the emotional states of others, so something that limits one’s ability to reproduce another person’s expression of emotions, such as Botox which has a paralyzing effect on facial muscles in the immediate vicinity of the injection site â?? would likely impair oneâ??s ability to register or label those emotions.

Andrew Jacono, MD, a facial plastic surgeon in New York City who reviewed the study, said that the findings likely only apply to those who use excessive amounts of Botox.

When Botox is overdone, it doesnâ??t look right and people arenâ??t perceived in the right way, Jacono said. â??The goal is to try to make sure when you get Botox, it is done in a subtle way so you can look better and maintain your ability to emote and read others.

New Uses for Botox on the Horizon

Images via Botox's before and after toolBotox and Dysport are famous as wrinkle fillers, but research for other uses for these injectables is also underway.

CBS Interactive Business Network reports that Medicis, maker of Dysport, is working with a company called Revance to create a wipe-on, wipe-off version of botulinum toxin to treat facial wrinkles and excessive sweating.

Meanwhile Botox’s maker Allergan is researching the drug for use as a painkiller and as a treatment for juvenile cerebral palsy and enlarged prostate.

Allergan also continues to focus on Botoxâ??s success as a wrinkle filler with a new website that allows users to upload their own photos and then create photos of what they might look like after Botox (images in this post are from the before and after tool). The injectable was also approved as a preventive treatment for chronic migraine in October 2010.

The CBS report says sales of Allerganâ??s Botox began recovering last year after declining during the recession, and recent statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons showed that non-surgical cosmetic procedures were up 5 percent in 2010 from 2009.

Dysport, which was released by Medicis in 2009, has also seen sales success. The company’s non-acne skin products were up 31 percent in 2010, and most of that increase is attributed to Dysport.

Learn more about Botox at Seattle Plastic Surgery.

Botox Improves Quality of Life, Self-Esteem, Study Finds

woman smilingBotox is effective for smoothing facial wrinkles and helping patients look their best. But are its affects more than skin deep? According to a new study published in Dermatologic Surgery journal, Botox may also improve quality of life and self-esteem.

Plastic surgeon Dr. Steven H. Dayan conducted the study that had 100 participant treated with either Botox or a saline placebo for facial wrinkles between the eyebrows, on the forehead and around the eyes.

Participants were surveyed on their quality of life before the injections and two weeks and three months after the injections.

Findings showed that Botox injections result in improvements in quality of life and self-esteem. Those treated with Botox showed statistically significant improvements in answers to quality of life questions pertaining to many aspects, including:

  • Physical health
  • Mood
  • Overall life satisfaction
  • Body satisfaction
  • Self-worth
  • Appearance
  • Attractiveness
  • Sense of well-being

Increases in overall self-esteem and appearance-, social- and performance-related self-esteem were also observed in those treated with Botox.

The study also found that patients who received Botox for the first time demonstrated a greater improvement in quality of life and self-esteem when compared to participants who had previously received Botox.

“The findings in this study ask us to think much differently about Botox treatments,” says Dr. Dayan. “We have long known the physically enhancing benefits of Botox treatments, but to now have data that indicates Botox also improves one psyche, self-esteem and quality of life is very significant. The question now has to be asked is if getting Botox makes people feel better about themselves, could this translate into them being more productive in their professional lives and happier in their personal lives?”

Learn more about Botox at Seattle Plastic Surgery Center.

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