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Facial Facts: The Many Wonders of Botox

The human face is a treasure trove of experiences and emotions. Every gesture tells a story and every glimmer connects us to the ones we love and the world at large. But over time, facial expressions take their toll on the skin that conveys them.

Every smile, frown, and wink requires the contraction of muscles. These actions pull at the skin attached, creating fine lines. As the skin ages, wrinkles may become deep ridges. Your skin has a difficult time correcting creases along the lips, brow, and cheeks, especially in your later years.

But Botox gives you the boost you need to erase fine lines.

WHAT IS IN BOTOX?

Botox is an abbreviation for botulinum toxin. Some people fixate on the word “toxin” but there are no live toxins in this product. The chemical makeup of Botox is carefully formulated to work seamlessly with your body’s chemistry. There are seven types of botulinum toxins, but only strains A and B are FDA-approved for medical use. 

Botox is a neuromodulator, which means that it interferes with the repetitive muscular contractions that contribute to wrinkles. When your muscles twitch, they release a chemical called acetylcholine. When a skilled medical professional injects Botox directly to the site of a particularly tense muscle, the neuromodulator blocks the release of acetylcholine. When the neural dance between the muscles and the nerve endings is disrupted, your expression is allowed to maintain a placid, smooth appearance. 

BENEFITS OF BOTOX

The applications for Botox use are as varied as they are astounding. Because of the neuromodulator’s ability to manipulate unwanted muscular contractions, it has found its way into a wide array of studies and success stories.

Take, for example, the issue of excessive sweating. People who struggle with hyperhidrosis experience flop sweat, even when they are not particularly overheated or physically active. Botox has proven effective in reducing axillary hyperhidrosis. Doctors can inject Botox into the armpit to address the occurrence and persistence of excessive sweating.

AREAS TREATED BY BOTOX

Your aesthetic journey is unique to your image. The way you see yourself is more important than anyone else’s opinion. That is why your desired use of Botox will differ from everyone else’s. This miracle serum can smooth lines and ease tension in a plethora of facial features. The only limits are your imagination.

Botox for Ears – As we age, our ears may sag and wrinkle. Individuals who wear earrings to conceal their unsightly lines may actually be adding to the problem. The skin on the ears is sensitive, and added weight can exacerbate the aging process. You can repair your ears with a special blend called “eartox” that also plumps the sagging contours of your ear with hyaluronic acid. Your ears will perk up and ring in the youthful shape they once enjoyed!

Botox for Eyes – As they say: the eyes are the windows to the soul… and you want your soul to be open and accepting. Botox can eliminate the drooping, creased appearance that often plagues the skin around your peepers. When the bags under your eyes develop creases, no lotion or cream can accurately address the problem. A precise Botox treatment can brighten your perspective and give you a whole new outlook on the world.

Botox for the Forehead – The lines above your brow indicate surprise, elation, and worry. But you do not feel these emotions all the time, so why are those forehead wrinkles sticking around? With a strategic injection of Botox, the lines along your brow are erased. You can show emotion when you want to, not when your muscles decide to clench up.

Botox for Lips – The human mouth wears a lot of hats (metaphorically speaking). It gives us sustenance, it delivers vital communication, and it kisses our loved ones. Show your lips some love by turning back the clock! Minimize persistent lines that stand in the way of your natural attractiveness. Pucker up and consider the benefits of a younger, smoother lip-line. 

Botox for Cheeks – Nasolabial folds are the troublesome creases that appear beside your nose every time you smile. They are sometimes called “parentheses” or “laugh lines” but you may not find them very funny. Botox can bring balance back to your cheeks by ironing out those nasolabial folds, allowing your natural luster to shine through.

Botox for the Chin – The lower face is wildly dynamic. Wrinkles can appear in different places on different people and with dramatically different patterns. If years of expressive movements have altered your chin, consider a Botox treatment. Keep your chin up and fine lines down!

Botox for Wrinkles – With age comes wisdom, but the wisdom may weigh heavily upon you. As you explore the wonders of life, they may cause you to worry, smirk, or trigger a cascade of other expressions. Each of these gestures may add to the wrinkling of the skin. But you know enough to battle back those fine lines with Botox. Wisdom has its perks!

Botox for the Neck – The neck may show signs of aging even faster than the face. It also carries stress, strain, and spasms. All of the above can be address by a healing round of Botox. Neuromodulators can target aching neck muscles that cause aches and pains, relaxing their activity and ushering in a new day of serenity.

Botox for Migraines – A migraine can be devastating. It can cause hallucinations, nausea, and pain for several days at a time. But Dr. Binder is a pioneer in the alleviation of migraines with the help of Botox. During your comprehensive consultation with Dr. Binder, he will ask detailed questions about the nature of your headaches. Do they emanate from the neck, from the temples, or elsewhere? Using his diagnostic prowess, Dr. Binder can administer Botox to the nerve clusters that are most likely responsible for the occurrence and persistence of migraines.
Whether you seek pain mediation or aesthetic improvement, Dr. Binder can help. To reap the rewards of his decades of discovery and innovation, contact Dr. Binder at your earliest convenience.

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Unraveling the “Natural Body” Movement

The human body is both a work of art and a powerful machine. It performs a myriad of physical functions every day, and its contours shimmer and shine with perfection. 

Your physique evolves over time, growing more muscular, more mature, or more curvaceous as you age. Only you should determine the trajectory of these changes. So, it’s important to not listen to trends, peer pressure, or social media. Your body is your own, and it is magical.

In the spirit of supporting the individual’s sovereignty over her or his appearance, a movement called the “natural body” trend has emerged. On the surface, this craze is designed to celebrate your size and shape, but it is inherently flawed in its unanimity. By telling people they should not explore every option when it comes to self-improvement, the “natural body” crowd is can be another form of conformity.

ONLINE IMPRESSIONS

First, we must address the elephant in the chat room: the hypocrisy of the plastic surgery shaming phenomenon. Many of the social media influencers partaking of this bullying have a squadron of stylists, lighting technicians, and world-class photographers to make them look unnaturally beautiful. When people put down others who have gone through plastic surgery, they are ignoring all of the non-invasive enhancements they are currently sporting. It’s important to remember that some people aren’t open and honest about the work they’ve had done as well. Telling fans to “stay natural” while secretly enjoying the benefits of cosmetic procedures is the ultimate in hypocrisy.

Even if these celebrities have, indeed, never received cosmetic surgical enhancements this should have a minimal impact on the decisions you make for your body. Maybe they were born with perfect cheekbones, a high metabolism, or flawless skin. Genetic good fortune does not give anyone the right to shame others for wanting a little boost from a skilled medical professional.

Do not let anyone prevent you from looking and feeling the way you want. In addition to the obvious physical benefits afforded by cosmetic enhancement, there is also a psychological boost that you may enjoy.

An extensive study conducted in 2013 surveyed over 800 individuals, 544 of whom experienced plastic surgery while the remaining 264 did not. The results indicate that cosmetic procedures helped to increase people’s feelings of attractiveness, self-esteem, and overall quality of life. Meanwhile, indications of body dysmorphia, social phobia, anxiety, and depression all decreased. By attaining their true aesthetic self, patients aligned with their identity, confidence, and happiness. In short, looking better helped them feel better.

TAKE PRIDE IN YOUR AESTHETIC RIDE

You are unique. From your fingertips outward, nobody looks, behaves, and thinks exactly like you. That is why your individual journey should be respected. Just because someone online says that you must adhere to her “natural” beauty regimen, it does not mean you need to listen.

Take the fabulous nose, for example. If you are blessed with a button look, then you can snap selfies and preach about how nobody else should dare alter their nose, because look how perfect yours is! Seems unfair, right? 

Rhinoplasty is the great equalizer. A nose job procedure works with the contours of your face, highlights your innate attractiveness, and minimizes any imperfections you may perceive. But it also has a functional purpose. Rhinoplasty can open up your breathing passages, address any asymmetry issues, and help you sleep at night… literally. By fixing the septum that sometimes prevents a restful slumber, rhinoplasty can make your dreams come true.

People never know what others are struggling with, which is why it can be unfair to judge those who receive rhinoplasty surgery.

WE’RE NOT BUYING WHAT THEY’RE SELLING

Let’s face it: money makes the world go around. Many social media influencers try to be authentic and accessible, projecting the “girl/guy next door” vibe, but they are often compensated for their work. Instagram stars may get free clothes from fashion brands to show them off and generate “likes” by the thousands.

Fitness stars are similarly paid to promote a certain lifestyle. Gym selfies and workout blogs flood the Internet, but how applicable are they to your reality? If you exercise every day of the week, it can provide a host of wonderful health benefits, but it may not be effective in shaping your body the way you want.

Liposuction can be the perfect supplement to a healthy lifestyle. If endless hours on the treadmill are taking you nowhere fast, then consider the benefits of this procedure. These liposuction methods target unwanted fat deposits and vacuum them away gently and effectively.

The “natural body” folks may frown on liposuction, but it the most accurate way to sculpt your shape. The procedure employs a thin tube, called a cannula, to bathe fat stores with a tumescent liquid. This liquid loosens unwanted fat, making it easier to remove through the cannula.

People with bulges of fat that do not adhere to the “natural” look touted by online tastemakers can benefit from liposuction in various ways. The procedure can highlight the vibrant structures beneath excess fat. Liposuction helps level the playing field between those who are born with svelte figures and those who must work for them. 

WELCOME TO THE NEW YOU

To achieve the transformative benefits of cosmetic enhancement for yourself, contact our Beverly Hills office. It is natural to strive for excellence. It is natural to want the best for yourself. The only thing unnatural about aesthetics is forcing your opinions on others. Ignore the haters and love yourself!

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Why Are Facial Cosmetic Procedures on the Rise for Men?

Guys are often taught to “put on a brave face” and “keep their chin up,” but how can they accomplish these vague directives? The human face is expressive, but it can only do so much. To make meaningful, subtle, or truly transformational alterations to the face, men may need the help of a cosmetic surgeon.

Plastic surgery is stereotypically considered a female undertaking, but that label is limited and becoming more misguided every day. Men are increasingly benefitting from a nip here, a tuck there, and a general boost from medical science. 

To counteract the forces of Father Time, guys are exploring their options in the realm of aesthetic improvement. A carefully placed dermal filler injection, for example, can fill the gaps under the skin and smooth out the wrinkles above. This adds vigor and vitality to the face, exuding confidence in the face of aging. 

To get a more complete picture of the current landscape, let’s dive into the data.

MALE FACIAL ENHANCEMENTS: BY THE NUMBERS

Let’s face it: guys care about their looks too. To illustrate this trend, just take a look at the latest numbers from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Male patients are requesting the aforementioned dermal fillers, for example, at a rate of 5% higher than they did a year ago. There are now over 100,000 such procedures performed annually on men who want a fuller, firmer profile with which to face the world.

The same report indicates that liposuction for men is also up 5% from the previous year. This contouring procedure can remove unwanted fat pockets along the jowls, reduce the occurrence of double chins, and generally trim and slim the face overall. Men are left looking more rugged, svelte, and youthful as a result of facial liposuction.

One of the only metrics that actually saw a decline in male activity (year over year) was in the Botox arena. Men requested 3% fewer Botox injections than they did the year before, but it is important to look more closely at the big picture. Taking a long view of the male Botox trend, we see that the statistics have skyrocketed since the year 2000. In less than two decades, guys are getting Botox at a rate that is 381% higher than it was at the turn of the millennium. 

A wrinkle in time no more!

COSMETIC TWEAKMENT

Let’s continue with the Botox example, for now, to see how it can accentuate a man’s gym achievements. Guys spend countless hours lifting weights, sweating through cardio, and bulking up rep by rep. But how can they achieve that chiseled look where it counts most: the face? 

Botox can address many guys’ issues with the telltale signs of aging like crow’s feet and forehead creases. These lines are caused by the contraction of facial muscles that pull on the skin. Over time, the lines become more pronounced until the muscles simply cannot relax on their own.

The moral of the story: not all muscular activity makes you look young.

Botox gets to the root of wrinkles by disrupting repetitive facial contractions. A quick injection releases strained muscles and smooth out the surface of the skin. Guys can get Botox in conjunction with dermal fillers to plump up the gaps below the epidermis while simultaneously preserving a “devil may care” confidence to their expression.

These subtle enhancements are sometimes called “tweakments” and they are becoming more and more popular with men. Why waste time and money on fad diets and fitness contracts when you can rev up your look in a span of mere minutes?

Tweakments are not just cosmetic enhancements; they also offer peace of mind. Men of a certain age must compete for jobs with guys half their age. There is no room for doubt when it comes to looking your best, so a facial enhancement might be just what the doctor ordered.

KEEPING UP WITH THE MILLENNIALS 

To get a glimpse of the not-too-distant future, look no further than Silicon Valley. The tech industry has its finger on the pulse of innovation, and maintaining this trajectory requires vision and experience. Unfortunately, hiring managers are getting too little experience these days as they opt for more and more young blood.

Recent statistics reveal that Gen X workers are finding work in the tech industry at a rate that is 33% lower than they are being hired in general. Compare that to millennials, who are snagging tech jobs 50% more rapidly than they are finding work in other sectors.

The bottom line: Silicon Valley may be looking for a quick fix rather than a long-term fit. To compete with the rampant ageism in the tech sector, older men may have to look the part. By investing in minimally invasive cosmetic procedures, they may be securing a lucrative future in the industry where they truly belong.

PUT YOUR BEST FACE FORWARD

Whether you are striving for a dream job in a youth-dominated world or simply want to tune up your look, Doctor Binder can help. His precise approach to facial enhancement will honor your natural contours by highlighting your rugged appeal. You won’t look like you had a drastic procedure, but you will feel like a new man.

To take the brave first step toward improvement and empowerment, contact our Beverly Hills office. You have worked hard to get where you are and climbed the social/corporate ladder to impressive heights… now let us push you over the top and into a successful new reality.

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Everything You Need to Know About Revision Rhinoplasty

When you are unhappy with the shape or size of your nose, then your dissatisfaction is as clear as… well, the nose on your face. Your perception may lead to insecurities and you might even avoid social situations as a result.

The best way to alter your profile is with a rhinoplasty (nose job) procedure from a board-certified professional. This surgical approach contours the external lines and dimensions of the nose without compromising the vital structures of the nostrils within.

But not every surgery is a one-size-fits-all affair. Perhaps you have undergone rhinoplasty surgery already, but the outcome left you less than pleased. This is why pencils have erasers. Revision rhinoplasty is the art of correcting a nose job that did not provide the patient’s desired results. A skilled surgeon can improve your look and either build upon the limited success of your past procedure or counteract its failures.

And isn’t that what cosmetic enhancement is all about: improvement?

KNOW YOUR NOSE (AND YOUR DOCTOR)

We live in an age of rapid change. The Internet floods your consciousness with possibilities and information by the nanosecond. But we are often so focused on the deluge of what we can do that we forget what we should do.

Doctors are competing for attention in an already crowded field. They may boast lower rates and flashy new techniques, but there is no substitute for experience. If a low-cost nose job looks too good to be true, it probably is. Be sure to research your surgeon or else you will be back for a revision procedure as quick as you can wiggle your nose.

WHY IS RHINOPLASTY SO TRICKY?

Nose jobs must address two major factors in order to be considered a success: they must improve both functionality and aesthetics. Sure, you want your nose to look great, but you also need it to work perfectly. You breathe through it every second of every day. The nose demands respect! This is why rhinoplasty is so much more exacting than other cosmetic surgeries. A chin implant, for example, can reshape your face, but it doesn’t do much on a daily basis (other than keeping up appearances).

Nose jobs are under intense scrutiny, and the main critic should be you.

Only you can determine the final outcome of your rhinoplasty. It is not up to your friends, your romantic partner, or even your medical team (no matter how skilled they may be) to say what is right for your face. You are in control and you demand satisfaction.

THE STATE OF RHINOPLASTY REVISION, CIRCA 2020

According to 2020 estimates on the Real Self medical influencer site, between 5% and 15% of board-certified plastic surgeons have had to revise nose job procedures on their patients. 

And that’s the good news.

The bad news is that the national average is much higher when you take into account unlicensed and inexperienced doctors. One major reason they give for these numbers: patients’ impatience. Everyone wants a quick fix, and they may rush into revision surgery before the contours of the original procedure have even set.

Keep calm. Breathe. And read on…

THE PITFALLS OF LIQUID RHINOPLASTY

One of the most immediate ways to reshape your nose is through the non-surgical liquid rhinoplasty procedure. This is a method by which dermal fillers plump and mold the small imperfections on your nose by adding volume just below the skin. 

Liquid rhinoplasty is temporary, dissipating within months of injection. It may be a way to preview how a rhinoplasty procedure can transform your nose, but the treatment has a few downsides:

  • Dermal fillers can only add size to your nose; they can’t reduce its mass.
  • To be effective, the structure of your cartilage must be to your liking. Superficial injections will have no effect on the hard ridge on the bridge of your nose in any meaningful way.
  • The benefits of dermal fillers may be fleeting, especially in an area as finite as your nose. Doctors have much more success filling wrinkles and lines around your nose, but these pliable solutions are not designed to add permanent volume to the nose itself.

SKIP THE FADS, STICK WITH THE EXPERT

Expedience is great for online shopping, but your health and wellness deserve consideration. Do not rush forward with any medical procedure, especially one that will stare you in the face for the rest of your life.

Rhinoplasty is a delicate discipline. Every nanometer of skin, every minuscule curve, and every gradation along the nose add up to excellence. You want a surgeon who will study your medical past, listen to your future goals, and be present for every crucial detail of the consultation process and beyond.

In short: you need Dr. Binder.

He is more than just a leader in his field; he is a pioneer of cosmetic innovation. Dr. Binder has revolutionized the use of Botox, for example, elevating it from its role in beautification to apply it to migraine alleviation.

Dr. Binder thinks past the limitations of other surgeons and ponders the full range of possibilities presented by modern science. If you had a past nose job that fell short of expectations, you want to consult with someone who will aspire to perfection. “Good enough” is never enough for Dr. Binder, and you deserve to reap the rewards of his decades in medicine.

Whether you are seeking a do-over on the rhinoplasty results you received elsewhere or you are new to cosmetic enhancement, Dr. Binder is the ultimate resource for you. Contact his Beverly Hills office and add some know-how to your nose now!

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Here Comes the Sun: Protecting Yourself from Bright UV Rays in Los Angeles

Sorry Game of Thrones fans – winter is over. As the calendar fades into springtime, Los Angelenos take to the beaches, porches, and anywhere else where they can soak in the stunning SoCal weather.

Spring is basically summer in Beverly Hills. The sun beckons locals and tourists alike to bask in the warmth of our iconic landscape and legacy. But as the UV rays bathe Tinseltown in a golden glow, you should be aware and prepared for the more harmful effects of sun exposure.

CARCINOMA

As you frolic in the California surf, you may feel like nothing could rain on your proverbial parade. Unfortunately, an ominous cloud hangs over the sunny SoCal skies, and it is shaped like carcinoma.

Every year, over 3 million Americans receive skin cancer diagnoses. It is the most common form of cancer, but that doesn’t make it any less serious or scary. To better understand the ways in which we can prevent and treat skin cancer, let’s discuss the various types that affect us most.

Of that staggering 3 million cases of skin cancer mentioned above, approximately 80% are attributed to basal cell carcinoma (BCC). Epithelial tissue is a lining of cells that runs just below the surface of the skin. We also have epithelial matter in our blood vessels, organs, and digestive tract, so it is an expansive network indeed.

When a tumor develops in the epithelial tissue, this is called a carcinoma. Individuals over the age of 50 are particularly prone to developing carcinomas, so be sure to get checked regularly once you surpass the Big 5-0. Also, professional estimates indicate that 90% of carcinoma cases occur in white-skinned individuals. 

Basal cell carcinomas (BCC) lurk in the base of the epidermis, as the name suggests. BCCs are less likely to spread than other forms of carcinomas, but you should still refer the condition to a skilled healthcare professional for treatment. 

More serious is the squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). “Squamous” means scale-like; the term describes the flattened, overlying pattern of our top layer of skin. If the carcinoma is detected in the squamous layer, it is more likely to spread. Please do not hesitate to seek medical attention if you suspect the existence of SCCs.

The primary cause of skin cancer is exposure to UV rays. The radiation from the sun’s light can mutate cells along or even beneath the skin. Ultraviolet radiation accounts for approximately 99% of the non-melanoma cancers listed above. These same UV rays contribute to 95% of the more serious strains of skin cancer: melanomas. 

MELANOMA

The skin cancer of which you should be even more concerned is melanoma. Unlike carcinoma, melanoma has the ability to spread rapidly from the skin to other vital organs. 

Melanoma affects cells called melanocytes. These cells are responsible for giving our skin the pigment we project to the world. Melanocytes produce melanin, a process that is accelerated by exposure to UV rays. When exposure becomes overexposure, melanoma may occur.

Sunlight can mutate melanocytes, triggering uncontrolled cell growth. This can manifest itself in the forms of moles or splotches of discoloration on the surface of your skin. Some spots are harmless, but others may spell danger. Here is a helpful way of telling the difference: it’s as easy as A-B-C-D-E.

  • Asymmetry – If one side of a blemish grows beyond the confines of the other side, then you may be dealing with a problematic melanoma.
  • Border – Keep a close eye on the outline of your mole/mark. Look for ragged edges, blurry borders, or other irregularities.
  • Color – Check for inconsistencies in the hue of your discoloration. Different shades of black, brown, white, pink, and even blue may cloud the surface of a melanoma.
  • Diameter – Measure the width of your spot. Is it 6 millimeters (1/4 inch) or more? Some melanomas can be small, but if a mole is larger than the size of a pencil eraser, it could be worrisome. 
  • Evolution – Has a splotch changed color, shape, size, or made any other noticeable shifts over a short span of time? If so, please contact a specialist to have it checked out.

PREVENTING SKIN CANCER

The best treatment is prevention. To avoid developing the types of skin cancer detailed above, be sure to use proper protection from the Southern California sun. Apply sunscreen at least 30 minutes before direct exposure to UV rays, and make sure it is water-resistant if you are enjoying a beach day.

Use SPF 30 or greater and stay in the shade whenever possible (especially the peak hours of 10 am to 4 pm). If you have a tendency to nap on lazy vacation days, seek refuge! Don’t fall asleep in the sun or you may forget to reapply that sunblock every two hours, or more frequently if you swim.

TREATING SKIN CANCER

If you do happen to develop skin cancer, we are here to support you. Dr. Binder has perfected the art and science of removing cancerous lesions, and he can tailor his approach to your issue. These methods include freezing or excision when the incidence is small enough. For larger areas of skin cancer, Dr. Binder has pioneered grafting and flap techniques to alleviate your concerns and preserve your aesthetic beauty.

When a cancerous spot is removed, Dr. Binder will patch it up using healthy skin of your own. He can harvest skin from donor sites on your own body and select the incision site to hide it from everyday view. This healthy tissue is then integrated with the blood vessels on the area where the cancer was removed. As your body adopts the relocated skin, the healing process continues.

To learn how Dr. Binder can address your concerns and amplify your skin health, please call (310) 858-6749. Relief and rejuvenation await.

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Facial Facts: Forehead Lifts Are Sure to Raise Some Eyebrows

If the eyes are the windows to the soul, then the forehead is its awning. Every emotion is amplified across your brow. When you worry, your frown lines tell the world. When you are surprised, the arch of your flesh alerts onlookers, and when you age, the skin along your forehead shows telltale signs in the form of sagging and drooping.

Collagen is the most prevalent protein in the human body. But just because collagen is abundant, that doesn’t mean it springs forth easily. In our younger years, cells regenerate more quickly than when we age. That explains why we require more time to heal from aches, pains, and injuries as we age. However, it also accounts for the proliferation of wrinkles.

Studies have shown how collagen production decreases in our advanced years. Not only does collagen not flow as freely in older individuals, but it also has more difficulty bonding with its surrounding cells. The effect of lowered collagen is essentially a breakdown in communication below the surface of our skin. The fine muscles and soft tissue that give our appearance the support it needs begin to falter.

Nowhere is this dynamic more apparent than on the face. Eyebrows do quite a bit of work, and their diligence is often rewarded with unsightly lines and wear. It is an unfortunate eventuality, but it does not need to persist.

HOW TO ADDRESS DROOPY FOREHEADS

If sagging skin and a generally loose complexion are inhibiting your looks, then a forehead lift may be just what the doctor ordered. By removing excess tissue and tightening the upper features of your face, your surgeon can truly transform your appearance from the top down.

Once the unwanted fat deposits and droopy skin are removed, the surgeon carefully and skillfully contours the forehead to a patient’s realistic and remarkable specifications. The incisions are sutured closed artfully to create an aesthetic masterpiece.

A LIFT TAILORED TO YOUR LOOK

Speaking of incisions, the placement of yours is key to the cosmetic success of a forehead lift. The surgeon will assess your hairline, listen to your aesthetic goals, and determine the best course of action for you. For example, if your coif is encroaching on your brow, then you may want your forehead to be extended upward. This creates a more alert appearance and reverses any issues you may have with a compact brow.

On the other hand, some patients complain of an oversized forehead. In these cases, the incision must respect the contours of the face and bring the hairline and the brow together harmoniously.

To get a detailed picture of your physiology, we may use an endoscopic approach to the brow lift procedure. By inserting a tiny camera through the gentle incision along your hairline, we can map out the tissue lining the upper face. This guides us forward, informing our surgical team where to focus our efforts to most effectively and beautifully lift your look.

HOW INVASIVE IS A FOREHEAD LIFT?

The benefits of a forehead lift are tremendous, but the process does not need to be as extensive as other cosmetic procedures. A full face and/or neck lift is ideal for patients seeking a holistic approach to the sagging effects of time. These procedures pull back sagging jowls, smoothes out the wrinkles around the temples, and generally perks up your appearance.

A forehead lift, however, is less invasive. It may be the perfect solution for younger patients who struggle with the drooping and sagging that are often localized along the brow. In fact, Dr. Binder has pioneered the “natural look” temporal lift technique. This targets the outer edges of the forehead, gently raising them so as not to hike the central brow higher in an obvious manner.

A temporal forehead lift from Dr. Binder prevents the unwanted “surprised” expression that bothers some patients. He wants you to enjoy the natural expressions that your face makes so brilliantly without getting in its way.

BROW LIFT RECOVERY TIME

In addition to providing his patients an aesthetic boost, Dr. Binder is dedicated to helping them get back to their daily lives. Recovery from forehead lift surgery is relatively speedy. Dr. Binder’s expert skills minimize bruising and swelling, so most patients can get back to work (and play) in about two or three days.

You will be invited back to our Beverly Hills office for a follow-up visit approximately ten days after your procedure. The doctor will remove your sutures and assess your progress.

COMPLEMENTARY/ALTERNATE PROCEDURES

Dr. Binder is passionate about aesthetics. He believes in unleashing your best self, and wants to work with you to define how that process should proceed. If a forehead lift is not the best remedy for your concerns, then Dr. Binder will let you know. Instead, there may be a number of alternative approaches that we can pursue to ignite your inner glow.

For example, there are two major forces of nature that contribute to the wrinkles on the upper face: gravity and deterioration. As collagen production decreases, the soft tissue below the skin gets less support. This creates gaps along the face. When the skin above these gaps interact with gravity, it sags and puckers.

Dr. Binder and his associates can fill those gaps with a dermal injection. Fillers like Restylane and Juvederm plump the skin and perk up your perspective! And if the muscles traversing your face have contracted to create frown lines and worry creases, then Dr. Binder can relax your face with the help of a Botox strategy customized to your look.

Regardless of which approach works best for you, Dr. Binder is the best copilot for your aesthetic journey. Contact his office and buckle up for a brighter tomorrow!

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Post Weight Loss Procedures: Cosmetic Facial Surgeries to Consider

Looking good and feeling good often go hand in hand. Diet and exercise are the twin triumphs of human wellness, and they work together to keep a body trim, slim, and strong.

But what about the most important physical asset of all: your face?

The treadmill is great for your physique, but it often fails to deliver the contouring results you desire above the neck. You can target various parts of your body at the gym day by day; blast your quads on Monday, bulk your biceps on Tuesday, rinse and repeat. But shedding unwanted fat and loose skin on your face requires additional precision and care.

Before we discuss how you can refresh your look, let’s take a deeper dive into the scourge of obesity that plagues our current healthcare climate.

FIGHTING OBESITY: THE BATTLE OF THE BULGE

Your weight is your own business. Some people carry a few extra pounds with no resulting health concerns while others can suffer complications like heart disease and liver distress. In fact, over 100 million Americans are living with pre-diabetes or diabetes.

How did we get here? According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive & Kidney Diseases, the answer is as clear as the number on your bathroom scale. Their 2013-2014 statistics indicate that two out of three individuals in our country are either currently obese or overweight. 

This is a staggering state of affairs, but Americans aren’t taking it sitting down. From 2013 to 2016, an estimated 49.1% of adults attempted to lose weight. The diet industry is worth a whopping 72 billion dollars, and the fitness world rakes in another 30 billion

People are obviously serious about slimming down, but sometimes they need a little help.

It is exceedingly easy to snap your fingers and suggest weight loss on demand, but many of us struggle with the extra pounds. When exercise and eating right fall short of expectations, cosmetic enhancements are a great option. Liposuction is the second most popular aesthetic procedure in the United States, totaling almost a quarter of a million sessions per year.

PUT YOUR BEST FACE FORWARD

The majority of liposuction techniques focus on body contouring. Scores of patients seek help reducing unwanted fat deposits in their thighs, buttocks, and belly areas. Unfortunately, the feature that often gets overlooked is ironically the most visible part of your being: your beautiful, wonderful face.

Liposuction can benefit your appearance by carefully and lovingly shaping your jawline, chin, and neck. Your skilled surgeon can create a small incision, through which he or she will insert a thin tube called a cannula. This tube bathes the unwanted fat deposits around your face and neck with tumescent liquid. 

Once the fluid has sufficiently and gently loosened the fat cells you want to be removed, the cannula uses reverse pressure to vacuum unsightly bulges from your jowls and/or jaw. The result is a slimmer, sleeker profile that reflects the confident person you wish to project to the world.

LIFT YOUR LOOK

Even after you have done the hard work to lose bothersome weight, you may encounter a secondary issue: excess skin and sagging. As we age, we lose elasticity due to a decrease in collagen production. Collagen is the most prevalent protein in the human body, but when it dwindles over time, our skin pays the price.

If you are dissatisfied with the way your face and neck are responding to weight loss or age, then a lift may be on the healthcare horizon. Your doctor can assess your facial features, create a strategy for aesthetic progress, and raise your perspective! A neck and/or facelift sculpt your contours to celebrate your shape. Your youthful, lustrous features are peering out from behind a façade, just waiting to reemerge. Dr. Binder can unlock your ideal self and unleash your full potential!

BOTOX WITH BINDER

For a less invasive option, consider the myriad benefits of Botox. Every time you frown, laugh, or wink, your facial muscles contract. Each contraction creates fine lines and wrinkles that deepen over time.

As we age, it becomes more difficult to erase the creases that form on our faces. That’s why Botox is such an important breakthrough. Botox is a neuromodulator, which means that it disrupts the chemical signals being sent from your nerves to your muscles. By immobilizing certain muscles, Botox adds serenity and smoothness to your appearance.

Dr. Binder is a pioneer in the vanguard and varied applications of Botox. He discovered the link between Botox injections and the alleviation of migraine headaches, earning him a place in the healthcare hall of fame. Indeed, Dr. Binder’s commitment to wellness has spanned decades of time and thousands of satisfied patients.

Many have compared Dr. Binder to a wizard, and Botox is his wand of choice. He can use it to erase the laugh lines that make you cry; he can make those crow’s feet fly away; and he can even perk up your ears with a targeted dose of Botox.

If you are curious about the benefits of Botox, then set a course for our Beverly Hills office. Dr. Binder can also discuss his face and neck lift expertise, his precise approach to liposuction, and his overall commitment to facial rejuvenation.

Dr. Binder’s holistic approach to beauty will put a smile on your newly replenished face. If you have recently lost weight, Dr. Binder will match your diligence with dedication. He can reflect the healthy, happy you with a facial enhancement that complements your slim, strong physiology. 

For an aesthetic treatment that is head and shoulders above the competition, contact Dr. Binder today!

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Facial Facts: A Deep Dive into Otoplasty (Earlobe Surgery)

Commonly known as plastic surgery of the ear, otoplasty can remedy damaged, sagging, or stretched earlobes. Time can be unkind to the ears. Aging robs soft tissue of its elasticity and environmental factors introduce abrasion and irritation to the mix. It all adds up to a pair of ears that show the weariness and wear of life lived at full volume.

If you want to turn down the noise and crank up the healing, you should consider an otoplasty procedure. Earlobes often go neglected or abused, but otoplasty can perk up your ears and lend a boost of youth and vitality to your overall look.

Before we dive into the ways in which otoplasty can benefit battered earlobes, let’s examine the root reasons for outer ear distress.

COMMON CAUSES OF DAMAGED EARLOBES

The most common factor that contributes to ear scarring and stress is having piercings. The art of adorning earlobes with jewelry dates back as far as ancient Egypt when bodies were mummified with earrings dangling from their aural protrusions. 

While piercings can provide an edgy, stylish appearance, they can also leave a trail of tearing behind. Every time you get a new piercing, it can result in swelling, bleeding, and possible infection. The earlobe may require up to two weeks to recover from a piercing, but every individual reacts differently to the introduction of foreign objects to their system.

The damage done by a piercing is multiplied when the width of the item being thrust through the lobe increases. Earlobe stretching has become fashionable over the past few decades, but if the size of the opening is a 2-gauge or greater, it may not heal of its own accord. The stretched lobe might require surgical assistance to return to its former glory.

In addition to the sheer magnitude of a puncture wound, another factor that damages earlobes is the material of the jewelry. Nickel-plated earrings can cause a condition called contact dermatitis. This is an allergic reaction that the sensitive skin on the ears may have to certain metals.

Perfumes and skincare products can also elicit adverse reactions along the tender exterior of an earlobe. Over time, the more you irritate the skin, the harder it is for that skin to bounce back. Our bodies produce less collagen as we age, and collagen is the building block of tissue reparation and maintenance. Even if you could heal from a bad piercing with ease in your teenage years, that process becomes more harrowing in your 30s, 40s and beyond.

Vigorous activities can also damage the earlobes over time. Boxers experience a phenomenon known as “cauliflower” ears due to the repeated strikes they take to the side of their heads. The ears swell up and resemble the cauliflower after which this condition is named. Even seemingly gentler endeavors like swimming can interfere with ear health. Otitis externa, or swimmer’s ear, occurs when water gets trapped in the inner canal and flourishes into an infection. This infection can swell up and damage the tissue on the exterior of the earlobe. 

OTOPLASTY: MUSIC TO THE EARS

In order to remedy the various assaults on the earlobe outlined above, a skilled surgeon can rectify the situation and contour the ears back to health. The procedure begins with a small incision hidden behind the ear. This allows your doctor to access the cartilage that forms the blueprint of your ear that lives just beneath the skin.

By reshaping the underlying cartilage, your surgeon creates a foundation of strength and solidity upon which your rejuvenated ear will triumph. Once the cartilage is repaired, the doctor works outward. Any excess or damaged skin can be removed to fit your taut, smooth new earlobe. 

The epidermis is then sutured closed with a sense of precision and grace. You may be administered a local anesthetic or you may request general anesthesia to maximize your comfort level. The ultimate decision will be made in coordination between you and your physician, so please feel free to communicate your concerns during the consultation period.

The entire otoplasty procedure may only last one or two hours, but the results will shimmer for a lifetime. Your doctor will schedule a follow-up appointment to monitor your progress and remove any remaining sutures approximately one week after your surgery.

RECOVERY AND RESTORATION

Please arrange for a loved one to transport you to and from the clinic on the day of your procedure. No matter which level of anesthesia you require for your individual otoplasty treatment, you may not operate a vehicle for several hours following surgery.

When you depart the clinic after your otoplasty procedure, you will require a few days of downtime. Do not rush your recovery; your body will tell you when it is ready to resume your normal routine. If you have any questions, please contact your support staff and heed their advice.

After about a week, you may be able to resume light activity. In two weeks’ time, you should be able to get a more complete picture of how your new earlobes are taking shape. The swelling will continue to diminish as your vibrant new appearance emerges.
We spend far too much time overloading our senses in an attempt to flood our brains with stimuli. Loud music, brusque activity, and garnish piercings may seem cool during adolescence, but they can leave your earlobes singing the blues. To reclaim the youthful appearance that your ears once enjoyed, consider booking an appointment with Dr. Binder at your earliest convenience.

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Injectables Can Boost Both Your Lips and Your Confidence

Our lips speak volumes, even when they don’t say a word. From the way a mouth pouts to the curve of a smile to the quiver of a near-cry, the lips are marvelously expressive.

Over time, however, lips lose their luster and grow thin with age. In its advanced years, the human body produces less collagen. This is the protein responsible for the maintenance and regeneration of skin, blood vessels, teeth, and bones. When collagen is depleted, it leaves the connective tissue below the surface of the lips unsupported and diminished. Lackluster lips can affect one’s confidence and cause them to retreat from social situations as the issue persists.

Dr. Binder can restore youth and vigor to your pucker. Every face is unique, so your aesthetic journey will be as individualized as you are. The following options are guidelines for your perusal, but feel free to contact our Beverly Hills office to schedule a personalized consultation.

DERMAL FILLERS

When lips get thinner, they begin to develop creases and wrinkles where the plumpness once was. Dermal fillers such as Restylane and Juvederm literally do what their name suggests: they fill in the gaps left by age. When the tissue below the surface is plumped, the lines above straighten out.

Another great benefit of fillers is their ability to stimulate collagen production. When your lips are creating their own building blocks of vitality and vibrancy, the benefits of lip enhancements extend well beyond the date of your filler treatment. Hence, you will enjoy the immediate results of wrinkle reduction as well as prolonged beauty from the newly stimulated collagen in your lips.

In addition to collagen, most dermal fillers contain Hyaluronic Acid (HA). This is another compound that the body naturally generates. HA is a marvel of biology; it can hold 1,000 times its weight in moisture! When your lips are sufficiently supplied with Hyaluronic Acid, they retain their hydration for months or even years to come. 

BOTOX FOR LIPS

Filling the lips is a great first step in providing a firm, full appearance. However, there may be deeper reasons for the crinkling dynamics you see on or around your mouth. Whenever your muscles contract, they pull the skin with them. Each of these contractions causes fine lines to appear, and these creases get more pronounced over the years and decades of our lives.

Botox disrupts the repetitive contraction of muscles by targeting them directly. When Botox is injected into a specific area, it relaxes that finite region, easing the tension that contributes to wrinkles. In the case of lip injections, Botox can help erase laugh lines, plump thin lips, and reverse the “gummy smile” phenomenon caused by strained mouth contractions. 

If you struggle with “marionette lines” or downturns around the corners of your lips, then Botox may be the perfect solution for you. 

STAR-STUDDED SUCCESS STORIES

When it comes to cosmetic enhancements, many celebrities remain tight-lipped (pun intended) about their respective procedures. There is an unfair stigma attached to getting “work done” because actors want to exude the impression that they simply inhabit their role without help from a team of stylists, artists, and yes, plastic surgeons.

But we know better.

Oscar winners like Renee Zellweger and Nicole Kidman have thrilled audiences for a generation. They stroll red carpets around the globe, facing the bright lights of acclaim and recognition. Both actors have transformed themselves on screen in movies like Bombshell and Judy, but they have clearly enjoyed the benefits of cosmetic enhancements in real life as well. Kidman and Zellweger are known for their expressive lips, and their allure has endured the test of time… most likely due to some help from dermal fillers and/or Botox.

Kylie Jenner is perhaps the most outspoken proponent of minimally invasive cosmetic procedures. On an episode of her wildly successful reality show, Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Kylie declared, “I have temporary lip fillers. It’s just an insecurity of mine, and it’s what I wanted to do.”

LIP FILLERS FOR MILLENNIALS 

Kylie serves as an empowering example of living life on your own terms and in your own style. The attitude has made Ms. Jenner a billionaire, which explains why millions of millennials are emulating her penchant for pouty lips.

The 20- and 30-something generation is the first to grow up in the age of social media. Every millennial selfie is posted, shared, liked and studied by their peer group, adding to the overall desire to look exactly how you want to look and broadcast your aesthetic to the world. 

In the past decade, the popularity of injectables has skyrocketed amongst millennials. Since 2010, Botox procedures have witnessed a 28% increase in the 20-29-year-old demographic and dermal fillers have plumped up by 32% in that same age group. Young people are not waiting until their golden years to contour their looks; they live for the moment, and they want that moment to be Insta-worthy.

FILL IN THE BLANKS

Whether you are a millennial, a celebrity, or an as yet undiscovered star, your lips should reflect who you are. When you look in the mirror, we want you to recognize the strong, smart individual that others see. If thin lips or facial creases are obscuring your self-confidence, Dr. Binder can help.

Contact our office soon and let us know how we can unleash your fuller, firmer facial profile. Your lips will thank you!

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Facial Facts: A Look Inside the Blepharoplasty (Eyelid) Procedure

As the old saying goes, the eyes are the windows to the soul. When we are wide-eyed, anything is possible. But when time and toil weigh down upon us, our eyes show the ravages of age and neglect. We may appear sad or tired, even when the opposite is true. 

To open your perspective to new experiences, new visions, and a new outlook on life, consider the benefits of blepharoplasty. Eyelid surgery can remedy sagging, droopy lids or erase wrinkles and puffiness around the eyes. In short: Dr. William Binder can help you recapture a youthful appearance and see the world anew.

WHAT DOES BLEPHAROPLASTY COST?

Blepharoplasty means many things to many clients. Some individuals struggle with ptosis, meaning that the fine muscles in their upper eyelids are not strong enough to lift the lids out of their field of vision. This condition may get more pronounced with age as the levator muscles become weaker and the excess skin becomes more pronounced.

Other blepharoplasty candidates have a buildup of fluid in their lower lids. Dr. Binder can perform a simple “pinch technique” to alleviate the heavy lids. This procedure begins with a small incision, removes excess skin under the eyes, and sutures the area back together seamlessly.

Due to the fact that blepharoplasty methods are as varied as our clientele, every procedure must be priced individually. The helpful team at our Beverly Hills office can discuss costs, payment plans, and other important details prior to your blepharoplasty appointment.

IS BLEPHAROPLASTY PAINFUL?

Your comfort is our utmost concern. Even before you arrive for your blepharoplasty procedure, you will be assessed according to your aesthetic goals and your general health. During this consultation period, Dr. Binder or one of his helpful associates will explain what to expect on the day of your treatment.

You will receive the appropriate anesthetic to ensure that your surgery goes smoothly and gently. This may consist of a local numbing agent, sedation, or general anesthesia, depending on the extent of the blepharoplasty procedure you will be undergoing. 

WHAT IS THE RECOVERY TIME?

Blepharoplasty surgery is incredibly focused. The incisions are small, the affected area is finite, and the recovery time is much shorter than the healing required for other cosmetic enhancements. 

You may experience minor swelling or discomfort for the first few days following eyelid surgery. Dr. Binder will also schedule a follow-up visit to remove any sutures that have not dissolved naturally after the first week of your recovery. In the case of transconjunctival eye surgery, your lower eyelids will absorb the sutures delicately and innocuously, so no invasive procedure is required to address them further.

Dr. Binder may encourage you to apply gentle ice packs to the area to reduce swelling and promote optimal circulation. Please follow his instructions carefully to enjoy a happy, healthy recovery. You may be advised to avoid wearing makeup for about 10 days following eyelid surgery. On the bright side: you won’t need makeup to showcase your beautiful new lids!

HOW LONG DOES BLEPHAROPLASTY LAST?

While every case is unique, eyelid surgery is designed to be a long-lasting solution to issues with droopy or wrinkled eyelids. Estimates indicate that upper blepharoplasty results may dazzle your appearance for up to seven years. Lower eyelid surgery has an even better track record. Its benefits are so carefully crafted that they rarely require a follow-up procedure. 

To enjoy the mental and physical boost that blepharoplasty surgery can provide you, visit Dr. Binder. He is a genius when it comes to eyelid enhancement and general wellness. In fact, Dr. Binder is a pioneer in the field of Botox applications. If you want to smooth the creases around your face, eradicate the dreaded “crow’s feet” effect, and recapture your timeless vigor, consider a minimally invasive Botox session soon!

HOW DOES ONE PREPARE FOR BLEPHAROPLASTY?

Your aesthetic journey is a one-person ride. There is no “one-size-fits-all” approach to healthcare, so your preparation for blepharoplasty must be tailored to your specific case. Dr. Binder will advise you on which medications to stop taking in the weeks leading up to any cosmetic surgery procedure.

Please do not wear makeup on the date of your eyelid surgery. You will be given dietary and prescriptive directions to prepare you for your blepharoplasty prior to your appointment.

During the consultation period, we will assess your vision, skin elasticity, and other factors related to your eye health. Dr. Binder will ask to take “before” pictures of your face. He can use these pictures to discuss your aesthetic goals; you can literally point out any “problem areas” that you want to improve and help Dr. Binder strategize the best course of action.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF BLEPHAROPLASTY?

Eyelid surgery replenishes your look and rejuvenates your face. It is truly a transformative procedure. The statistics are almost as impressive as the aesthetics: a staggering 94% of patients who experienced blepharoplasty are satisfied with the results they received. 

But numbers and data can never accurately reflect the true benefits of eyelid surgery. Your health and happiness are Dr. Binder’s main priorities. If you are dissatisfied with the look of your lids, or if your eyes cause you discomfort or blurred vision, then please contact us. Blepharoplasty may be the eye-opening experience you need to envision a brighter tomorrow.

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