Botox can be the best treatment for modern life

Botox® CosmeticThere’s been a lot of discussion in print, broadcast and online about the effects that social media has had on the growth of cosmetic procedures. It seems that since we’re taking (and sharing) a lot more photos, we are more aware of our appearance flaws. Plus, we’re smiling and making various facial expressions for photos more often than at any time in history, and we all know that using our facial muscles is part of what causes wrinkles.

Luckily, we are also hearing and reading about the many procedures available that can help us look better — in pics and person. But all that exposure to information can be stressful, and stress takes a toll on the skin, further driving up our interest in anti-aging treatments. And for those of us who are spending more time than ever accessing information on our phones, we may be squinting to read it, which contributes to lines around the eyes.

It might seem like a vicious cycle, but Botox can be a solution, custom made for times like these.

Botox to the rescue
For some people reading this, they might be realizing they’re overdue for their Botox treatments. Call for your appointment today: (415) 788-3800.

If you haven’t yet discovered the benefits of Botox, are you finding yourself clicking on more articles about it? If so, you aren’t alone. Online searches and inquiries about Botox are steadily climbing, according to reports from Google and other search engines. 

The steep growth in the use of Botox

It may have to do with the many additional ways the product is being employed to help us manage problems of modern life. More than just relaxing the lines and creases that form on the face, Botox has also been shown to have many other uses, including:

  • Helping to alleviate tension headaches and migraines
  • Reducing symptoms of over-active bladder
  • Halting sweat production in the armpits and palms
  • Treating nerve pain

More amazing news about Botox
New research suggests it may promote the production of elastin and collagen, which help make youthful skin tight, firm and flexible.

Giving your skin a more youthful appearance

botoxOur patients come to us for procedures and treatments because they want results, and we work hard to deliver. We know you’re also interested in results that come with little pain and minimal down time. That’s why non-surgical procedures continue to grow in popularity.

Lots of things hurt your skin. We can help

The skin is designed to protect you from sun, wind, cold and heat. But over time, the elements (and time itself) show up as wrinkles, lines, and spots. Damaged skin symptoms also create the appearance of aged skin, and you might even appear older than you are. But these days, we can repair many of the signs of skin aging.

Unlike surgical procedures, skin “treatments” are considered superficial, but they can provide noticeable results more quickly and require less pain and recovery time. Here are two of the most popular and effective non-surgical treatments that can virtually update your skin:

Injections

  • Botox

By paralyzing the muscle groups responsible for some of your facial expressions, Botox can smooth out many of the wrinkles in your face. Numbing the muscle allows your skin also to relax, which diminishes the appearance of the wrinkles in the effected areas. Done properly, the results look natural and last for several months. The Botox injection procedure typically takes just a few minutes and shouldn’t prevent you from immediately returning to your normal activities. You may experience some redness, swelling and bruising at the injection site, but that should resolve in a few days.

  • Fillers

As we age, our skin is affected by various factors, including gravity. Wrinkles and saggy skin appear because our skin no longer has the youthful elasticity that allows it to “bounce back.” Injectable fillers are designed to correct the appearance of loose, crinkly skin by adding volume in areas where it has been lost. Some of our most popular fillers brands are composed of hyaluronic acid, a substance found naturally in the body. Hyaluronic-based fillers, such as Juvederm and Restylane, can also stimulate your collagen production.

Make your appointment by calling (415) 788-3800.

 

 

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Botulinum toxin, take a bow!

BOTOXAccording to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, (ASAPS), Botox Cosmetic (and its sister products Dysport and Xeomin) is the number one nonsurgical cosmetic procedure, and has been for over 15 years now. Last year alone, some four million injections were performed.

Whether you’re a Botox beginner, a long-term user, or still just thinking about it, you may have some concerns related to the pros and cons of using this popular, effective treatment for wrinkles (and headaches, incontinence, excessive sweating and more).

The truth about a safe toxin
Botox has been used since the year 2000, and was approved by the FDA in 2002. It’s considered one of the safest treatments available. Simply put, Botox works by blocking the signal from the nerves to the muscles. This relaxing of the injected muscles is what cause wrinkles and furrows to smooth out. The neurotransmitter eventually recovers from the paralyzing effect of the treatment, so results are not permanent. And the product is ultimately eliminated from the body. There is no documented case of the effects of Botox NOT wearing off.

Botox shouldn’t cause you to appear expressionless or frozen
Today’s Botox user wants to look naturally rested and relaxed, and we are skilled in using the product to help you achieve your aesthetic goals. Most patients want the outcome to go practically unnoticed. You can look like yourself, only better. An unwanted and telltale sign of overdoing Botox injections is eyebrows that don’t move when you talk, which isn’t normal. When injections are administered with skill and experience, most people won’t even know you’ve had treatment.

How much is enough?
Everyone is different, so to be on the safe side, get a small dose the first time around. The results won’t last as long, but it’s good to test your tolerance and any changes to your appearance.

Timing is everything
In about three to seven days, you should see results that can last three to four months. Downtime can be the result of light bruising, which can last a week to 10 days. So plan your injections accordingly. Make an appointment today by calling: (415) 788-3800.

Are you the right age for Botox?

BotoxMore than half a million women between the ages of 19 and 34 had Botox (or Dysport of Xeomin) injections last year, according to a recent report issued by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). That means a lot of women who aren’t even old enough to drink are already treating their wrinkles.

Millennials are opting for anti-aging treatments

Most providers of cosmetic skin treatments have witnessed the growth of both women and men between the ages of 21 and 29 requesting Botox injections. They see having Botox injected in the brow and between the eyes as a smart preventive measure when it comes to curbing deep wrinkles in the future.

Preventing wrinkles actually can be better than treating them later

Anyone interested in Botox treatments will likely see results from preventing their facial muscles from creating the deepest furrows and lines in their faces. But sometimes after decades of squinting or scowling, Botox won’t completely erase the lines. So it can make sense to make use of the treatment in our 20s, before those deep lines have had a chance to etch the face.

An ounce of prevention….

You know the rest. And as it turns out, in the case of Botox, the old adage is true: it’s easier to prevent our wrinkles than to try and “treat” them after they’ve formed permanently. By using Botox, we’re reducing the muscle contractions that over time, create frown lines between the brows, on the forehead and around the eyes, making  us appear tired and aged beyond our years.

So what’s the perfect age?

Botox continues to be one of the simplest and most effective non-surgical procedures for smoothing the skin and reducing the appearance of wrinkles, for adults of all ages. As long as you understand the risks and are realistic about your expectations, Botox could provide noticeable improvement within days, and it can last for months.

Men and women between 18 and 80 can be candidates

Make your free consultation appointment today to find out if Botox is the right treatment for you. Call now: (415) 788-3800.

Think you know everything there is to know about Botox? Think again

botox cosmeticsIf you’ve been living under a rock for the last decade or so, you might not have heard of Botox. But for the rest of us, it’s probably one of the best-known brands and most familiar words in our vocabulary, whether we’ve used it or not.

For those of us who have had Botox injections, we’re pretty sure we know what this neurotoxin can do to help smooth the lines on our faces. You might also have seen some of the TV ads touting Botox as a method to help control everything from migraine headaches to over-active bladders. What an amazing product!

But there are some new developments in the use of Botox, some of them being used in the place of, or to help postpone, the need for invasive plastic surgery. You might be perfectly happy with all the ways you’ve been able to use Botox to improve the look of your wrinkles and give you a more youthful appearance. But the many new uses for Botox are just getting started. Here are a few that might sound too good, or too weird, to be true:

Is your nose crooked?
Botox has been used to lift the tip of the nose for some or slope the nose downward for others.

Are your eyes too narrow?
Botox has been used to create a wider appearing eye.

Does your smile show too much of your gums?
Botox can be keep your upper lip from lifting as high when you smile, keeping those upper gums more attractively covered.

Still fighting skin breakouts?
Botox is being used to paralyze your oil glands and shrink the appearance of pores.

Wish Botox did even more for your appearance?
Botox studies are reporting that its use increases the elasticity of your skin and encourages the production of your own new elastin and collagen.

The specialists at Aura Skin Spa can tell you more about what you can expect from Botox, and any of our other refreshing and enhancing treatments.
Call today for a consultation appointment, (415) 788-3800.