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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.

Rhinoplasty: Breathing vs. Beauty

Whenever life gets a little too hard, we always tell ourselves the same thing: just breathe. It may sound like a simplistic statement, but it is profound in its importance. By regulating our breathing, we focus on our core needs. This is the central idea behind meditation. Breathing exercises can reduce anxiety, promote proper blood flow, and oxygenate our brain.

Once we are properly inhaling and exhaling, we can shift our perspective to broader, more complex pursuits, like aesthetics. 

Rhinoplasty (nose jobs) applies to all of the above endeavors. If you are having difficulty drawing air through your nostrils, it presents an urgent problem. Alternately, if you are dissatisfied with the look of your nose, it can create a deeper, more insidious dilemma. 

Whichever end of the spectrum encapsulates your situation, a skilled surgeon can realize your medical goals. Success in rhinoplasty yields happiness in your daily life. When you breathe clearly, you think clearly. Similarly, when you look good, you feel good.

Perhaps these reasons explain why nose jobs are consistently so popular.

Rhinoplasty: By the Numbers

Because of its applicability to both form and function, rhinoplasty is the third most common cosmetic procedure in the United States. Breast augmentations and liposuction are slightly more popular, but nose jobs still account for over 218,000 appointments per year in America.

The prevalence of rhinoplasty is a double-edged sword. Its widespread acceptance helps reduce stigma towards reconstructive surgery and raise education and awareness for medical practitioners for generations to come. However, when a procedure becomes more popular, it gets less scrutiny. Every invasive medical action requires the utmost care and precision. Be sure that you are asking the right questions and selecting the best surgeon possible before embarking upon your cosmetic journey.

The Functionality of Nose Jobs

The thin line of cartilage that runs down the center of your nose is called a septum. When it is “deviated”, that means the septum is misaligned and no longer promotes the optimal passage of air. A septum can deviate at birth or it could become damaged over time. If you have ever broken your nose or are recovering from substance abuse issues, your septum was invariably affected.

Rhinoplasty can correct a skewed septum, but it is also ideal for another breathing impediment: enlarged turbinates. There are shell-shaped structures in the human nose called turbinates that consist of blood vessels, bone, and fine tissue. These structures are very delicate, susceptible to subtle hormonal changes and allergic reactions. When turbinates become swollen and irritated, they can block the intake of oxygen through the nose. A successful rhinoplasty procedure removes tissue from the turbinates to allow air to pass through them once more.

Cosmetic Improvement, Life Improvement

Your nose is often the most prominent feature on your face. When you meet a new person, you may look into his or her eyes, but you subconsciously notice their nose. What first impression does your nose make?

Most people complain that their nose is “out of whack” or asymmetrical. If it curves to the left or right, it directs a viewer’s eye away from the center of your face. This may feel off-putting, adding to your insecurities and general dissatisfaction with your overall look. Our team can adjust the alignment of your nose, taking great care to rebuild your nose from inside out. If necessary, we will re-set the bones to assure a proper support structure. From there, we delicately straighten the septum and make sure the entire structure is harmonious and healthy. This will satisfy your basic yearning to breathe free while also creating a foundation of symmetry and balance. 

Another common complaint is that the nose is too bulbous or pointy. We can address this issue by simply removing excess cartilage from the “problem area” and smoothing out the remaining material to your specifications.

Speaking of your specifications, communication is the key to any successful surgery. Tell us about your hopes, fears, and long-term cosmetic goals during your initial visit to our welcoming facility. We can alleviate your worries, show you around, and discuss your needs in a practical, caring manner.

Satisfying All of Your Nose Needs

As mentioned earlier, almost a quarter of a million Americans get nose jobs every year. For such a widespread practice, you would think there would be a great number of dissatisfied customers. The truth, however, is quite the opposite.

According to an extensive survey of over 2,300 rhinoplasty patients, 83.6% of them were satisfied with the results of their procedure. The most common cause for complaint was a lingering bump on the dorsal portion of the nose. It’s also important to realize that being interviewed shortly after surgery may result in having residual swelling, which happens after any invasive procedure. 

Dr. Binder prides himself on delivering real results and realistic expectations. When you contact his office, you should express exactly what you want, but this is just the first phase of our communication. If you expect a radically different nose than your facial structure can support, then we will find a compromise that better suits your needs.

We would never promise results that are unrealistic for your continued health. Your happiness is important to us, and we will discuss your case frankly, caringly, and comprehensively.

Whether you need help breathing or hope to enhance your look, Dr. Binder can guide you on your journey to cosmetic transcendence. After all, you’ve only got one nose; let’s show it some love, shall we?

The 3 Most Affordable Procedures You Can Gift This Holiday Season

‘Tis the season to look great! The holidays are full of photo opportunities and parties galore. When you step out in your Christmas sweater and matching cheer, you are giving the world the gift of your confidence.

But some people might need a little boost of self-esteem this giving season.

We all want to put our best face forward this Christmas, so consider presenting that special someone on your gift list with a cosmetic enhancement procedure. Spread the love of aesthetics by spreading your generosity of spirit. Many of the services we offer take very little time out of your loved one’s busy seasonal schedule and they are also surprisingly affordable. 

Feel free to forward the following list directly to Santa after you check it twice…

BOTOX

There’s a reason why Botulinum Toxin Type A (also known as Botox) is the most popular minimally invasive procedure in the United States. Americans enjoy the benefits of over 7.2 million Botox procedures every year. This statistic represents a 2% increase year over year, so the enhancement craze shows no sign of slowing down.

The word is out: Botox is in!

Botox is a neuromodulator, which means that it targets the troublesome muscles that cause wrinkles. By blocking the signals that emanate from your nerves, Botox disrupts contractions in your soft muscle tissue. When your facial muscles relax, they release the creases that cause crow’s feet, laugh lines, and other unwanted wrinkle formations. 

Botox has even proven effective in easing the stressed musculature that aggravates acne scars. If someone on your gift list is unhappy with the lines or lingering marks on their face, consider filling their stocking with Botox (or a gift certificate to Dr. Binder’s Beverly Hills clinic, to be more accurate)!

Not only can Botox benefit your facial features, but it is also a breakthrough treatment for migraine headaches. Let’s face it: the holidays can be stressful. Doesn’t your spouse or significant other deserves a release from the stress and strain of shopping, travel, and family drama?

Dr. Binder is a maverick in the application of Botox for migraine relief. Just as Botox can relax your facial muscles to reduce wrinkles, it can also ease the neural pathways that carry pain signals through your nervous system. In effect, Botox helps block a migraine in its tracks. 

Merry Christmas indeed!

DERMAL FILLERS

While Botox is great for relaxing the muscle contractions that contribute to wrinkles, that’s only half of the equation. As we age, we lose muscle mass. This leads to a loosening of the skin, leaving gaps beneath the surface. 

Dermal fillers help fill these gaps and plump the look of your skin. Restylane and Juvederm are perfect products for that hard to please person in your life. A facial filler injection only takes about 30 minutes, but its effects can last for months or even up to two years. That should cover your gift obligations for the next couple of Christmases!

Dermal injections promote the production of collagen under the skin. Collagen is the most prevalent protein in the human body, and it helps with the growth and maintenance of blood vessels, soft tissue, bones, and teeth. By stimulating collagen and its many benefits, dermal fillers add a youthful glow to your loved one’s face in the short term as well as long term.

For a deluxe gift that combines the benefits of both techniques described above, consider a Botox/filler pairing. These safe and complementary procedures work wonderfully together, addressing your special someone’s needs on two fronts at the same time. The Botox halts the damaging effects of facial muscular contractions while dermal fillers repair the existing damages done by time and the winter (wonderland) elements. This comprehensive cosmetic package truly is the gift that keeps on giving!

FACIAL PEELS AND LASER SKIN TREATMENT

If your loved one has blemishes or uneven patches on their skin, then a chemical peel may be the perfect holiday gift. By coating the affected area with a safe, FDA-approved solution, this technique simultaneously targets damaged spots while rejuvenating the surrounding tissue. To paraphrase an old saying, many skin aberrations are only skin deep. Dr. Binder can peel them off cautiously and gently, allowing your gift recipient to enjoy their natural luster just beneath the surface.

A ton of chemical peels are performed annually in America, but the popularity of the procedure is quickly being rivaled by laser skin resurfacing. This method of cosmetic enhancement uses amplified light waves to excite a focused, precise stream of carbon dioxide to the unwanted blemish. The laser removes the discoloration from the top later of the skin while stimulating collagen to rapidly replace the affected tissue.

Laser resurfacing is perfect for pinpointing “problem areas” on the skin while facial peels provide an overall evenness and rejuvenation to a recipient’s expression.

We sincerely don’t want to complicate your gift-giving dilemma by presenting you with too many options. That being said, Dr. Binder offers both laser resurfacing and facial peel options. If you are unsure which to choose, then you can simply buy a gift certificate and let your loved one navigate his or her individual enhancement journey.

DR. BINDER IS YOUR ONE-STOP COSMETIC SHOP

You know your friends and family intimately. You care about their every wish, and you want to fulfill them lovingly. If you are stumped for gift ideas this holiday season, consider contacting Dr. Binder for help.

Picture your significant other’s face. It’s a great sight, indeed! But if your sweetheart is hesitant to smile or laugh due to insecurities about their looks, then an affordable cosmetic procedure can help.

Now picture your loved one’s face again, this time on Christmas morning or the first night of Hanukkah. Think about how their eyes will light up when they open their present from you. If we can help make your holiday dreams a reality, then that is the greatest gift of all. 

More Women Are Getting Botox to Remedy Their RBF

What is RBF? If you ask, you might get a healthy dose of it. RBF stands for Resting B*tch Face, and it is duly earned by many women who react to the absurdity and unfairness of life by expressing their dissatisfaction daily.

But what happens after prolonged exposure to RBF?

When you frown (or laugh) excessively, you develop lines on your face. These can become ingrained in your silhouette if you don’t tend to them, and one of the best tools we have in the cosmetic kit is Botox. This injected serum works by relaxing the muscles in a focused area of your face or body and allowing a more placid, serene expression to overcome. The lines smooth out and your overall demeanor grows less severe and more approachable.

So, what are the residual benefits of treating RBF? Get happy, get informed, and get on the same page…

WORKPLACE VS. SOCIAL LIFE

It’s one of the greatest struggles in the modern era: how do you juggle a demanding career while also making time for a rewarding extracurricular existence? After 10 hours in the office, it’s difficult to rally and hit the bars with friends who are ready to mingle all night.

And it becomes even more daunting when you have RBF.

Wearing a stern expression at work may have its benefits. You exude an air of seriousness and gravitas, but how does that facial fortress transition to the after-hours portion of your life? When you sidle up to the bar and flash your RBF, it may be involuntary, but it’s definitely noticeable. People can spot your disdain from across the room and they may actively avoid you for fear of getting lectured or scolded.

If you become alienated by your own RBF, you could feel increasingly lonely and bitter, this contributing to further RBF. It’s a downward spiral.

But you can break the cycle with a considerate strategy to embrace the face you want to project to the world. Contrary to popular myth, cosmetic procedures don’t necessarily change your look in a drastic way; rather, they enhance the features and qualities you choose to accentuate.

DON’T TELL ME TO SMILE!

Although we have come a long way since the sexist old days of yore, we still have a lot of progress to make. It is unfortunately a male delusion that women should appear happy and flirtatious all the time, but that needs to stop.

Like, now.

Women are fed up with being told to “smile more” – in fact, some empowered females have actually embarked upon a campaign to boycott public smiles altogether. It is nobody’s place to tell another human being how to feel or what to express.

And that’s the beauty of Botox. It doesn’t force you to fake a smile, or contort your face in any other manner you don’t intend. In fact, the compound allows your face to relax for a change. No more cheesy grins, false happiness, or RBF. You can be you, and we’re here to help.

Own your destiny. Don’t be a prisoner of RBF.

CONTROL YOUR FACE, CONTROL YOUR FATE

Botox has become the go-to remedy for counteracting RBF. One clinic, in particular, has enjoyed a 100% increase in the simple, 20-minute procedure over the past year. The clientele visiting his establishment are setting aside their hostility and choosing the aesthetic that works best for their face.

And the results are astounding.

Resting B-face is essentially a defense mechanism. It tells pushy bystanders not to mess with you, and keeps the world at a distance. Sometimes, that’s a sad necessity, but women are finding themselves getting “locked in” with permanent frown lines and clenched musculatures. Now, let’s explore how Botox can free its recipients from staying in RBF mode when they would rather let go.

REAPING THE BENEFITS

Insecurities melt away when you smooth out the worrisome lines on your face. This leads to an increase in confidence, which improves your demeanor from within. This is the opposite of the downward spiral mentioned earlier.

Data supports this assertion, indicating that approximately 70% of patients who receive Botox injections do so to help improve their respective psychological statuses. Also, 59% of those surveyed said that they wanted to maintain a more professional look, seeking Botox to make them more approachable.

While RBF may have been a useful tool to fend off others in the past, we are evolving into a more enlightened age. That explains why Americans use Botox upwards of 1.5 million times per year, a figure that rose over 5% between 2017 and 2018.

We want to be happy. We want to be social. But we just don’t want to be told to “smile more.”

RISE ABOVE RBF

The modern world can be a collection of contradictions. Women are told to be ambitious yet soft, approachable yet strong. The mixed signals can be maddening, and the conflict can manifest itself on your facial features.

Vacillating wildly from overly chipper to harsh and withdrawn takes its toll on your skin. You can smooth out those reactionary lines with the help of Botox. If you find yourself jumping through hoops to meet life’s confounding demands, then you may be due for a consultation.

Our friendly and skilled team will listen to your enhancement goals, formulate a plan, and move forward with the right procedure to fit your face. Leave RBF in the rearview mirror and say hello to happy trails ahead.

How Plastic Surgery Improves Mental Health

Happiness is easy to define, but difficult to attain. We all want to be happy, but how do we achieve this demeanor in a healthy, sustainable way?

The answer will be different for every individual, but it’s a vital discussion worth having. By exploring the parameters of psychological wellness, we may arrive at some new and unconventional ways to promote it. For example, plastic surgery is often considered purely cosmetic, but the benefits that accompany these procedures go far deeper than skin level.

If you are considering an enhancement, think about why this decision is right for you. The answer might tap into a more fundamental truth about how you want to look, who you want to be, and how you want to live…

THE FOUNDATIONS OF MENTAL HEALTH

Wellness is a vast concept with many complex tenets. It encompasses your environment, your intellect, your fitness, your finances, and your social situation. If one of these elements is out of balance, the rest may soon suffer.

For instance, you might be strong and sound of mind, but if you lose your job, it assuredly weighs on you. You begin to worry about paying your bills, which negatively affects your mental health. Perhaps you spend all of your time job-hunting rather than exercising, which impacts your overall fitness. Hence, each spoke of the wellness wheel is interdependent. By ignoring your physical health, you invariably suffer mentally. 

THE BODY/MIND CONNECTION

The human brain and the physical self are inextricably bound. When you look in the mirror, you are performing an informal “check in” with yourself. You can practice what you project to the world around you by observing your reflection and defining your general persona.

It is this link between the physical and the mental that bolsters the argument for cosmetic surgery. 

Case in point: consider a cancer survivor who has lost her breasts to a life saving mastectomy. She is the same strong person she always was, but part of her is now gone. How she wants to proceed is ultimately her choice, but plastic surgery gives her so many more options. By restoring her bust to its former shape, she can reclaim the image she championed before her battles with cancer. 

This transcends cosmetics; it gets to the heart of the woman’s very identity.

Life can be unfair, but modern medical science can help level the playing field. If you or someone you love was stricken by cancer or some other affliction that took a physical toll on the body, reconstruction is a wonderful option for restoring not only your appearance, but also all of the mental perks that go with it.

CONFIDENCE BUILDING

If you are unhappy with your appearance, this dissatisfaction could spill over into your mental wellbeing. Perhaps you shy away from gatherings for fear that others are judging you as harshly as you judge yourself. 

But studies show that enhancing your appearance can reverse this trend. Researchers surveyed 550 patients who opted for cosmetic procedures to determine how it affected their life outlook, and the results were quite uplifting. Respondents indicated higher levels of self-esteem, which also elevated their quantified rankings of satisfaction and elusive “enjoyment of life” scores.

But this wasn’t just a quick fix. The study followed these patients over the course of a year, checking in with them at three, six and twelve month intervals. On the whole, they were happier than a “control” group of individuals who had considered plastic surgery but hadn’t gone through with their plans. The cosmetic patients reported amplified feelings of attractiveness and lower incidents of anxiety.

They had taken their fate by the reigns and improved their mental wellness as a result.

EMPOWERMENT YIELDS ENLIGHTENMENT

Many of us spend the bulk of our days following instructions at work, living by others’ rules, and resigning ourselves to a life that is out of our control. A feeling of mental decay inevitably sets in. 

When you feel powerless to change your circumstances, you are vulnerable to episodes of depression or anxiety. It is a phenomenon known as learned helplessness. By avoiding the pitfalls of such a situation, you can reclaim control of your overall wellness. Crafting the look you want, maintaining the life you choose to live, and taking control of your overall aesthetic are ways for you to take charge and empower yourself.

WE ARE SOCIAL ANIMALS

It’s easy to say that you don’t care what others think, but it’s impossible to ignore their opinions. We are bombarded by perspectives and projections every day, and the situation has escalated since the advent of social media. Our feeds are flooded with ideals of physical perfection, accompanied by hypocritical advice to “just be yourself” or other such empty platitudes.

Being yourself doesn’t mean accepting the status quo. You can enhance your best qualities and embrace the social creature you choose to be.

Yearning to improve your look is healthy, both mentally and socially. One recent study showed that the benefits of cosmetic enhancement include decreased anxiety and depression as well as increased social satisfaction. However, one caveat is that these results are dependent on a healthy set of expectations; if you have unrealistic plastic surgery goals, you’re only setting yourself up for disappointment.

That’s why it’s important to have an open and honest discussion with a highly trained professional.

ACHIEVE YOUR BEST SELF TODAY

Knowing what you want is the first step. We respect you for who you are and we are ready to listen to your plans, your hesitations, and your desired outcomes. Together, we can make your cosmetic dreams a reality.

Schedule a consultation with us soon and let’s discuss how to pivot from aesthetic enhancement to mental mastery.

Can Botox Help with Acne Scars?

Growing up is hard enough without the added stress (and distress) of acne. Many of us endure this indignity during our teen years, but acne isn’t exclusive to adolescents… and the scarring from facial blemishes can last long after the initial bout of inflammation has dissipated.

While the skin care aisle is flooded with products to help consumers fend off oily skin and other agents that cause acne, what about its residual effects? How can you replenish your skin after it has been adversely affected by acne, either in your youth or beyond?

Doctor Binder has an answer that may surprise you.

After engineering, the use of Botox for groundbreaking uses such as migraine alleviation and the cessation of profuse sweating, Binder’s team is putting their skills to work helping those who are plagued by acne scars.

How can Botox reverse the blemishes that acne left behind? Let’s take a look under the microscope…

Acne: An All Too Common Occurrence

As our bodies change, our skin sometimes has trouble keeping up. During adolescence, hormones increase the production of natural oils and new outcroppings of facial and body hair. When follicles get clogged by any of the aforementioned materials, they form bumps and pimples. These are the foundations of acne.

This affliction befalls approximately 85% of all young people during the ages of 12 to 24 years. Over five million Americans per year have such bad incidents of acne that they seek medical attention. The price tag for these visits is staggering, accounting for an estimated 1.2 billion dollars in annual costs nationwide.

The Scars Left Behind

Acne itself is a difficult enough situation, by its ramifications can be even more upsetting. When a pimple or other blemish is treated, your skin naturally produces collagen to replace the damaged cells. This material has a different look and feel than the flesh around it, resulting in an unsightly pockmark.

Pockmarks can also occur after a patient heals from chickenpox or a staph infection. While the particular causes vary, pockmarks linger long after their inception, begging for a remedy that will restore your skin to its former luster.

How Botox Can Help

When you study an acne scar closely, you see that it appears to be stretched and tight. That’s because your muscles have contorted themselves to deliver healing collagen to the site of the scar, and your skin reflects this sense of strain and unease.

The way that Botox works is that it relaxes muscle tissue. That’s how it earned its reputation as a leading cosmetic compound; Botox gets under the flesh and finds the source of the strain. The chemical allows muscle tissue to release, which is why it is so effective in easing laugh lines, worry lines, and other facial markings almost immediately after being introduced to your system.

But the relaxation of muscle tissue is just the first step in the process of healing acne scars. The marks are still present, so extra attention must be paid to the site. That’s where fillers come into the equation.

The Added Need for Fillers

When a blackhead or other unwelcome skin impurity is eradicated (or “popped”), it leaves behind a divot in your skin. While Botox is instrumental in relaxing the taut perimeters of this divot, it can’t fill in the gap.

That’s why fillers are sometimes necessary to help finish the task of repairing the damage caused by acne scarring. Fillers help level the entire site where a scar once appeared, raising divots until they are flush with the plane of the rest of your epidermis.

And now that the acne scar has been treated, let’s get back to Botox to see how we can prevent this situation from reoccurring.

Botox for Skin Care

As previously established, Botox disrupts unwelcome facial deterioration. It smoothes lines and relaxes muscles, but its cosmetic benefits don’t end there. By introducing Botox into your tissue, it can slow the skin’s production of sebum and excess oil. These are the harmful agents that often block pores and trigger an acne outbreak, not to mention how they accelerate the aging process.

Therefore, Botox works on several levels simultaneously. It acts as a preventative to acne formation, it repairs the damage of previous acne scarring by releasing the strain of damaged musculature, and it fights against wrinkles where pores can get easily clogged if they aren’t properly maintained.

Is Botox Right for You?

Your face is as special as you are, and there is no uniform approach to beauty, healthcare, and overall aesthetics. You must express your individuality and style as you see fit; don’t let anyone tell you otherwise!

If you need guidance on your journey to self-actualization, we can help. Botox may not be right for everyone, but its applications are varied and surprisingly impactful. If you think it may be helpful to solve your specific cosmetic or skin maintenance goals, then contact one of our knowledgeable staff members today.

If you do, indeed, embark upon a course of Botox, you will want the best minds in the field to consult on your case. Doctor Binder has been a visionary in the usage of Botox since its early days. He pioneered its use as a treatment for chronic and debilitating migraines, and he knows how powerful and transformative this compound truly is. If you are curious to learn more, then we are eager to connect.

October 19th Is Evaluate Your Life Day

Are You Embracing Your Best Self?

We often mark time with birthdays, New Year celebrations, and anniversaries, but how often do we take time to reflect on whom we are and where we’re going? The seasons pass, aging becomes more inevitable, and we often fall into a rut of daily obligations and routine interactions.

But you can change all of that on October 19th.

Evaluate Your Life Day is a chance to take stock of your hopes, dreams, goals and ambitions. Take a long look in the mirror and ask yourself if this is the person you want to be. How would you change yourself? What decisions can you make to improve your future? Who are you, and what do you want to present to the world as your ideal self?

THE POWER OF SELF EVALUATION

Taking the time to assess one’s self isn’t an act of selfishness; on the contrary, it’s a cathartic exploration of how you can be the best version of you. By asking basic questions about your values, your likes as well as dislikes, you can bolster your happiness and spread that sense of positivity to those around you.

Some simple items that you can add to your internal checklist include:

  • What do I want to accomplish today?
  • How does my schedule reflect my greater goals?
  • What can I achieve before lunch? Before dinner? Before bedtime?
  • How can I make better connections with my loved ones?
  • What image am I presenting to the world?
  • How can I improve that image?
  • Am I happy?
  • If not, what power do I have to change that?
  • If so, how can I help others achieve joy?

But these check-in moments don’t just improve your momentary feelings of accomplishment or awareness; they can also amplify your cognition on the whole. One breakthrough psychological study indicates that self-awareness helps sharpen one’s cognition. Simply put: flexing your mind muscles when it comes to your own internal evaluations makes you more able to think and problem-solve in general.

When we give ourselves realistic goals, we are able to process them against the parameters of how we think and what our limitations and strengths are. Evaluating your life gives you the keys to knowing what you can do, admitting to what you can’t do, and mapping out a plan for conquering each hour, each day, and each year of your life.

But it goes far beyond the self. People who regularly evaluate their lives have shown far greater success at work, in relationships, and when it comes to achieving their long-term life goals.

THE SOCIAL BENEFITS OF CONFIDENCE

Now that you have taken account of the ways in which you can ask yourself the vital questions that may improve your everyday life, think about how that sense of positivity ripples through your family, community, and society writ large.

Self-evaluation correlates to workplace success, as documented by a fascinating study of 155 members of the U.S. Navy. Various officers were asked to evaluate their own job performance. Their superiors and subordinates were also surveyed to get a full picture of how those officers really behaved on duty.

On one end of the spectrum, the officers who exaggerated their performances received low marks from their contemporaries, but those who were most self-aware ranked as the most accomplished officers in the group.

By regularly evaluating your values, goals, and abilities, you can harness the power to enact real change in your life. If you aren’t performing at the level at which you want to be, then it’s time to take an even closer look in the mirror.

PERCEPTION IS REALITY

It may be a cliché, but the old adage smile and the world smiles with you actually rings true for many individuals. Making yourself happy is a cyclical phenomenon; when you feel happier, you embrace positivity, which in turn makes you even more joyful and energetic, thus exacerbating the trend.

The statistics back up this assertion. According to one clinical trial of 362 cosmetic surgery patients, 61 of them were regularly taking antidepressants before their respective procedures. This number plunged to 42 after their successful plastic surgery. That’s a drop of over 30%.

And a whopping 98% of this same group expressed an uptick in their self-esteem thanks to the procedure. In this case study, people who proactively took steps to improve their appearances experienced life-changing benefits that elevated their opinion of themselves. They were evaluating their lives, identifying how they could improve, and taking steps to bring about positive change.

Re-evaluate, re-asses, repeat as necessary.

CHANGE FOR THE BETTER

This October 19th, you can begin a journey of self-discovery that may help you embrace the ideal version of yourself. Love more, laugh more, and live more fully. We applaud you in advance!

But this quest to be the best doesn’t need to end on October 20th. It’s never too late to become the YOU that you’ve always wanted to be, and you should never allow a setback to deter your progress. Go back to that mirror, tell yourself what you want, and make it happen!

If that improvement plan happens to include cosmetic enhancement, then we want to guide you along your path to self-realization. Ask us the tough questions you’ve been asking yourself in your newfound voyage to enlightenment and evaluation. Is this course of action right for you? What are your cosmetic goals? And how can we be your copilots on this trip to a triumphant tomorrow? Contact us now and let’s start making plans to go there together.

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