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Month: February 2020

What is the difference between botox and xeomin?

What is the difference between botox and xeomin?

Botox is the original and most well-known wrinkle relaxer on the market, but there is an alternative known as xeomin that works exactly like botox, and is just as effective.   However, the products are not identical.  So what is the difference between botox and xeomin? 

Botox and Xeomin

Botox and xeomin are injectable neurotoxins that consist of botulinum toxin A, which is a toxin that is produced by the Clostridium botulinum bacteria.  Both products are FDA approved for treating dynamic wrinkles (frown lines, forehead lines, and crow’s feet), which are formed by repetitive muscle movement.   

Botox and xeomin work by temporarily blocking signals from the nerves that cause the facial muscles to contract.   When the facial muscles are relaxed, the related wrinkles soften and become less visible.  Patient results may vary, but the effects of botox and xeomin generally last 3-6 months.

What is the Difference between Botox and Xeomin?

Whereas botox is formulated with protective proteins, xeomin has no additives.  The presence of the protective proteins in botox can prompt the immune system to produce antibodies that could make some people resistant to the effects of botox.  Since xeomin only contains botulinum toxin A, there is less likelihood that patients will develop a resistance to it.  

Also, because botox contains additives, it must be refrigerated before use, but xeomin does not need to be refrigerated.

Botox and xeomin also have different timelines for onset of action.  Botox starts to take effect about 2 days after treatment, but xeomin can take up to 4 days to show results (learn more).

Are you interested in smoothing lines and wrinkles with botox or xeomin?  Search our directory to find a practice in your area.

If you are in the Kansas City, Leawood, or Overland Park, MO areas, Premier Vein & Body by Schwartz is our featured practice. 

You can reach them at www.premierveinandbody.com, or by calling (913) 303-8587.

Top 5 Methods for Fine Line and Wrinkle Reduction

Top 5 Methods for Fine Line and Wrinkle Reduction

Are you ready to smooth away those fine lines and wrinkles?  Getting rid of these telltale signs of aging can make you look years younger, but with so many treatments on the market, you may be wondering which method would be right for you. 

Top 5 Methods for Fine Line and Wrinkle Reduction

  1. Injectable fillers

Botox and dermal fillers are often used in combination to reduce fine lines and wrinkles.  Botox minimizes dynamic wrinkles in the upper third of the face i.e. forehead lines, frown lines, and crow’s feet, whereas dermal fillers are used to soften the appearance of wrinkles around the nose and mouth.

  • Facelift

Facelift surgery tightens sagging skin, and in the process improves fine lines and wrinkles. When the face is lifted back into a higher position, it reduces nasolabial folds and marionette lines around the nose and mouth. 

  • Brow lift

A brow lift or forehead lift elevates the brow, and is therefore ideal for minimizing forehead lines and frown lines.

  • Skin resurfacing treatments

There are variety of non-invasive skin resurfacing treatments on the market that can reduce fine lines and wrinkles.  ThermiSmooth is one of the most effective options.  ThermiSmooth uses radiofrequency energy to tighten and tone the skin, and diminish fine lines and wrinkles.

  • Microneedling

Microneedling is a skin resurfacing treatment that stimulates collagen and generates new skin cells.  This process firms and tightens the skin, and makes fine lines and wrinkles less visible.   

Would you like to learn more about these wrinkle reduction treatments?  Search our directory to find a practice in your area.

If you are in the Naperville Area & Western Suburbs of Chicago, The John Bull Center for Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Medispa is our featured practice.

You can reach them at www.dupageplastics.com, or by calling (630) 280-3913.

How much can liposuction cost

How much can liposuction cost

If you’re thinking about getting liposuction, cost is a critical consideration, because the procedure is not usually covered by health insurance.  It’s therefore essential to get an accurate cost estimate from a board certified plastic surgeon that specializes in body contouring surgery.

How much can liposuction cost

According to 2018 statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons the  average cost of liposuction is $3,518.  However, the actual cost can be a lot higher, because variables such as surgeon’s fees, anesthesia fees, and facility fees are not factored in.   

Factors that can impact the cost of liposuction

  1. Surgeon fees:  A surgeon that has more experience and greater expertise, is likely to charge more for liposuction than a less experienced surgeon.
  2. Liposuction technique:  When liposuction is performed using advanced technology, it typically costs more than surgery done using traditional liposuction techniques.  
  3. Areas being treated: Costs will be higher when liposuction is being done on larger areas that require more time, such as the abdomen or thighs. Liposuction will also be more expensive if multiple areas are being treated.
  4. Location: Liposuction generally costs more in large cities like New York and California that have a higher cost of living, than it does in smaller towns.  
  5. Facility: Liposuction performed at the surgeon’s office or surgical center, is usually less expensive than surgery performed at a hospital. 

When considering liposuction it’s never advisable to make a decision on price alone, the experience and reputation of the surgeon should be the most important consideration.

Would you like more information on liposuction costs?  Search our directory to find a practice in your area.

If you are in the Naperville Area & Western Suburbs of Chicago, The John Bull Center for Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Medispa is our featured practice.

You can reach them at www.dupageplastics.com or by calling (630) 280-3913.

What type of breast implant is right for me?

What type of breast implant is right for me?

If you’ve decided to have breast augmentation and found a board certified plastic surgeon you’re comfortable with, there are still some important decisions you have to make about surgery.  Specifically, you have to determine what type of breast implant would be right for you.

Types of breast implants

There are two main types of breast implants – saline and silicone implants.  Saline implants contain sterile salt water, and silicone implants contain silicone gel.  Breast implants are also available in different shapes and sizes.  Round implants and tear drop shaped implants are the most common shapes. 

What type of breast implant is right for me?

Selecting the breast implant that’s right for you is essential, because it can make all the difference to the final outcome of your breast enhancement surgery.

The ideal breast implant for you will depend on the look you want, and your specific body type.   

If prefer more natural looking breast augmentation results, tear drop shaped implants may be the right option for you, because they closely mimic the contour and shape of the natural breasts.   However, if you would like your breasts to be fuller at the top, round implants would be the better choice.

The most appropriate breast implant size for you will depend on your body type, and chest measurements.   If you have a small frame it’s not a good idea to choose overly large breast implants, unless you want to achieve an ultra-enhanced look.  Ideally, the breast implants you opt for should be proportionate to the shape and size of your body.

Would you like to learn more about breast implants

If you are in the Newport Beach or the greater Orange County, CA areas, contact board certified plastic surgeon Tenley K. Lawton M.D. for a consultation.

You can reach Dr. Lawton at www.lawtonmd.com, or by calling (949) 835-4597.

Lip Augmentation: What are my options?

Lip Augmentation: What are my options?

Are you thinking of having lip augmentation but unsure about your options?   There are several treatments available for achieving fuller, more luscious lips, including dermal fillers, fat grafting, and lip implants.  

Why lip augmentation?

Lips become thinner with age and lip augmentation increases the fullness of the lips, and gives them a more youthful appearance. The lips are one of the most outstanding facial features and that’s why fuller, shapelier lips enhance facial beauty.

Lip augmentation options

  • Dermal Fillers

Hyaluronic acid fillers such as Juvederm and Restylane are the fillers most often used to plump the lips.  The fillers are injected into specific parts of the lips, to add volume and definition.   Dermal fillers are a temporary lip enhancement treatment as they typically last 1 year.

  • Fat grafting

Lip augmentation fat grafting is a process in which fat is removed from one part of the body (such as the abdomen or hips), and transferred to the lips, after being purified.  The fat grafts are injected into the lips, to achieve the desired fullness and definition.  Since fat grafting uses the patient’s own tissue, there is little risk of an infection or allergic reaction.   The results of fat grafting can last up to 5 years.

  • Lip implants

Lip augmentation with implants is a procedure in which implants made of soft silicone or dermal tissue, are used to add volume to the lips.  The implants are inserted into the lips through small incisions made in the corners of the mouth.  Lip implants are a long-lasting option for lip enhancement.

Would you like to know which lip augmentation option would be right for you?  Search our directory to find a practice in your area.

If you are in the Greenbrae or Walnut Creek, CA areas, contact board certified plastic surgeon Robert Aycock, MD, for a consultation.

You can reach Dr. Aycock at www.aycockmd.com, or by calling (925) 854-4174 (Walnut Creek) or (415) 903-8463 (Greenbrae).

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