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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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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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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.

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.

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.