BOTOX…..It’s not just for wrinkles anymore.

Botox has been around now for 15 years and has been a game changer in the world of wrinkle smoothing.  Basically it partially paralizes the muscles in the forehead and around the eyes giving marked relaxation to those muscles and an improvement or elimination to the wrinkles.  It has also been used in kids with cerebral palsey to relax the contractured muscles seen in that unfortunate condition to allow physical therapy to the affected muscles.  Next came a wonderful breakthrough in the treatment of migraine headaches where Botox can be injected in the “trigger” muscles in the scalp, back of the neck or other areas giving marked relief of the headaches in both severity and recurrance.  TMJ syndrome is also treated quite well with injection into the Masseter or chewing muscle which greatly reduces or eliminates the teeth grinding at night.  Tired of those pucker lines around the mouth or that bulging chin?  Botox injections properly placed can reduce those lines and also give your chin a more tapered normal look too.  Injeciton into the “neck bands” and neck wrinkles is showing promise for a more youthful neck.

Over the last several years more and more innovative uses for Botox have immerged that are proving once again to be game changers in medicine.  Many patients present with a wide face from a thickened Masseter muscle.  Injection into that muscle (the chewing muscle) tends to relax it and “thin” its profile so that the face has a slimmer profile without doing any surgery.  An amazing treatment we do at Genesis is injection of Botox to reduce excessive sweating known as HYPERHYDROSIS.  In this condition excessive sweating occurs even if you are in a cold room, giving you that ugly ring under the arm.  It also occurs in the palms of the hands and soles or the feet.  Injections of Botox into those areas relaxes the small muscles in the sweat glands so that less sweat is secreted.  Now no more embarassing sweat rings on your shirt or dripping wet hand shakes.  Best of all while most cosmetic Botox treatments wear off in 3-4 months, Botox for headaches and hyperhydrosis tends to last 5-8 months in most cases.

An article was written a couple years ago and new research this year has shown an association with Botox usage and an improvement in depression.  While not a cure for depression the newest research is promising for those with mild depression.

Botox can be combined with facial fillers such as Juvederm so the combination gives a more youthful “lifted'”face by working in synergy on the wrinkles and the volume loss in the face.

Botox…. It’s not just for facial wrinkles anymore.

Stay healthy…..and non wrinkled

Dr. ODell

Newest in lip enhancement using Juvederms’ VOLBELLA

Silky Sexy Lips

Are you tired of those really thin lips or those lips that seem out of proportion?

Genesis Cosmetic Laser Center is excited to announce the addition of VOLBELLA to our Juvederm line of cosmetic fillers. This wonderful addition to our lineup is designed exclusively for lips and the results are amazing. For years we have used the regular Juvederm facial filler for lip enhancement with great success. However, in some cases swelling could be present for a couple of days or longer. Unlike the other Juvederm products designed for the face and under the eyes, this product is thinner and made in such a way that it minimizes any water retention and swelling where injected. The texture is silky smooth, making the injection easier and the results more natural and soft. It can be used in both the upper and lower lip in order to achieve an ideal proportional balance to your lips. Because of the silkiness of the product, overfilling is rare due to how it interacts with the tissue. In addition, with Volbella, it is possible to take care of some of those “pucker lines” often seen in the upper lip. A simple numbing injection is done prior to the lip enhancement so that any discomfort is eliminated or minimized.  I have also used it reduce or eliminate those awful pucker lines in the upper lip and around the mouth with great success.  Patients with those “pencil thin lips” are also a good candidate for the Volbella filler.

 

Juvederm also makes thicker filler called VOLUMA that is designed especially for the volume loss under the eye. You know that look…. hollow and tired with the bags under the eyes. Voluma addresses that very well and lasts about 2 years in most patients. Other Juvederm products are designed for mid-facial and lower facial enhancement. Best of all, these products are derived from natural sources that closely match your own collagen.

With the advent of several thicknesses of the Juvederm line a “mixing” approach to facial and hand filling can be done to use the appropriate product in the appropriate place.  In addition using Botox to address other wrinkles used simultaneously  with filler can acheive a remarkable transformation in your looks.

 

Let this year be the time you finally address those thin lips or tired eyes that make you look years older. We can help you at Genesis. Silky sexy lips and a more youthful look are only a call away.

Look and be healthy.

Dr. ODell

 

 

Botox and/or fillers….what’s the difference

Patients often ask me which they should get on their face… Botox or Juvederm filler.  My answer is….both if you need it.  However, they are usually mutually exclusive as Botox is used to reduce forhead, glabella, and crow’s feet wrinkles by muscle paralysis and Juvederm products are used to fill in spaces on the face where there is lost volume. A recent article in Cosmetic Surgery Times discusses that overlaping the Botox with the filler can slow down the absorption of the filler, which usually happens over about a years time period.  They found that decreasing the activity of the muscles in the face does tend to slow the metabolic absorption of the filler.  Unfortunately, fillers should be used with extreme caution in the Glabella region (the area of the forehead  between the eyes) because over usage there can potentially cause some blood vessel occlusion and tissue death.  That area is a great place for the Botox as it softens the muscle that causes those hideous”11’s” that make you  look angry all the time.  By the same token filler looks great to plump the lips but if you use Botox in the lips then your mouth may look weird due to the paralysis of the muscle around the mouth (Obicularis Oris).

Now I can inject Botox and Juvederm at the same visit in their needed places.  Where I think that using both in the same area is good is on that patient with deep crows feet that may only have a partial response to the Botox.  This indicates to me that despite paralyzing the muscle under the crows feet, the skin is loose from sun damage and volume loss.  A carefully placed small amount of Juvederm filler on top of the Botox will help tremendously to smooth and fill the area while the Botox will help slow down the absorption of the Juvederm.   Overlap of Botox and filler in very deep forehead wrinkles has also done well especially if depressed scars are present from previous injury.  Overall, we can make your face look years younger with our Botox and Juvederm filler injections.

Genesis is the leading provider of Botox and Juvederm fillers in the Pee Dee and Grand Strand area.

Thought of the day:  Live well, Love much, Laugh often.  Good advice to live by.

Dr. ODell

Never too young for BOTOX and Fillers

 

The question always comes up….When should I start using Botox or Juvederm type filler products to keep my youthful appearance. A recent article in Cosmetic Surgery Times addresses that question.  I have patients in their 20’s who are already showing the forehead wrinkles or the “11’s” (those angry looking lines between your brows) as well as patients well into their 40’s who are just beginning to show changes.  So much of when those skin changes start is determined by genetic factors, lifestyle, sun exposure, hydration, and smoking history.  The answer to the question is…You are never too young to start.  There is no minimum age beginning in young adulthood that is too young or too old.  I really admire the patients who I see with barely notable wrinkling who want to get started early as a preventative treatment to slow the process and keep that more youthful appearance into later life.  By starting early you also avoid the difficult situation where a deeply wrinkled area just doesn’t respond as well as a less wrinkled one.  Most of my patients who start early end up needing fewer Botox injections over time because the muscle tends to stay “softer” resulting in getting treated every 5-7 months instead of the usual every 3-4 months that is typical of Botox.  Likewise, the use of fillers such as Juvederm or Voluma for volume loss in the face when done earlier results a much slower progression toward the aging sunken face.  Click on the link provided for this informative article and I think you will agree.

http://dermatologytimes.modernmedicine.com/dermatology-times/news/what-age-too-old-cosmetic-procedures

It’s never too early or too late to get a new look and to get ahead of the aging process.

Call us today to get started.  Botox is on special for January.  Buy one site, get one site free.

To a more youthful you’

Dr. O

 

 

 

BOTOX ….Look ma no wrinkles….or headache

Let’s get those wrinkles under control in 2016 and Botox is a great way to do it.  Today we are going to talk about the many uses and successes of Botox.  Botox has been around now for well over 10 years.   Its use has grown from treating those wrinkles on your face and that always angry look between your eyes to multiple medical uses.  Botox works uniquely to partially paralyze the muscles in which it is injected.  Contrary to urban legend, in cosmetic doses it does not migrate elsewhere and render you paralyzed.  I promise.  Botox is manufactured under strict controls and when used as directed is extremely safe and effective.  Other products are on the market including Dysport and Xeomin but I have not found them to be as reliable or long lasting as Botox.  Therefore, I am sticking with Botox.  As I stated the cosmetic use in the forhead and around the eyes has been here for well over 10 years.  Now the FDA has approved the use of Botox to treat headaches.  I have several patients in which injection in the back of the neck, the temporal area on the side of the head, and the area above the hairline have given them marked relief from tension and migraine type headaches.  We have also treated TMJ syndrome with it injected at the bottom of the chewing muscle on the jaw.  One patient went from 20+ headaches a month to one with forhead and hairline injections.

One recent article now has shown that patients with depression have shown improvement with Botox treatments.  The mechanism of its success is being investigated but reapeat studies have confirmed this finding.

Make 2016 a year to get wrinkle free, headache free, less depressed.  We can help you.  Hoping to see you soon.

Remember an old Chinese proverb…The hardest part of a thousand mile journey is the first step.

Dr. O’Dell