Preventative Botox: Benefits of Botox in Your Mid-Twenties

Beautiful-Woman-Part-Of-The-FaMost people think that the time to consider Botox is at least after middle age. But recently, patients have started using Botox at a much younger age. While this may seem strange, Botox is a lot more beneficial when used as a preventative measure. Just as we should all exercise and eat healthy in order to prevent weight gain and disease, Botox can be used in a similar way to effectively slow the aging process. If you are close to the age of twenty-five, consider the following benefits if wrinkles are becoming a concern.

Using Botox Early Saves Money

From a purely practical perspective, using Botox in your mid-twenties saves thousands of dollars in the long-run. If wrinkles develop all over your face, the cost of counteracting the aging effect using thermage treatments could cost up to $3,500 for an entire face. Botox, meanwhile, can fix and prevent wrinkles from ever developing at prices starting at $280. If you plan to spend money on cosmetic treatments later on, consider changing your plans so you can save a lot of money.

If you were to use Botox three times yearly for three years at $280, you will have spent about $2,520, still $1,000 less than a thermage treatment.

The Process Is Quick and Painless

Expect a typical Botox administration to take up to fifteen minutes at the most. It involves wiping the area with alcohol, making a few facial expressions, and (if need be) marking your face with a pen (which is quickly wiped off afterward).

If you are afraid of injections, there isn’t much to fear. Every injection feels like a sharp pinch, but it only lasts for a second. Think of the process as getting your face pinched a few times, and the process is a lot easier to handle.

No Downtime

Botox does not take long to take effect: 2-4 days at most. In most cases, there are very few side effects following a Botox treatment. While some may experience swelling or redness, they typically disappear after only one to three hours. If bruising occurs, it is typically light and unnoticeable. Most of these areas may be covered by headwear, sunglasses, or even makeup.

Botox lasts a Long Time

Expect the Botox to last three months, or sometimes longer. This leaves you with plenty of time to earn a little more money and budget your finances in preparation for the next Botox treatment.

Botox Can Help Form Good Habits, Even After Wearing Off

Botox benefits you even after it wears off. For example, many people are used to scrunching their forehead, for various reasons. If Botox is injected into the forehead, it becomes impossible to do this. This allows you to break the habit, even after the Botox wears off.

Botox is Effective, Without Looking Unnatural

Many people worry that Botox will leave them looking dramatically different, so much so that they will have to warn their friends to avoid shocking them. Unless you go add a little too much Botox, this should not be a concern. A moderate amount of Botox will make you look slightly better, but not dramatically different.

If you think you will want cosmetic treatments in the future, why not start now? Contact Dr. Binder for a consultation on Botox treatment.

5 Reasons Why You Should Consider A Facelift

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People undergo plastic surgery for all types of reasons, from health, to self-esteem. Also known as a rhytidectomy, a facelift is one of several plastic surgery procedures that is designed to restore youth and vitality to your features. A facelift specifically targets the lines, wrinkles and aberrations on your face. There are many different kinds of facelifts, ranging from a deep-plane facelift to a mini-facelift.

All of these separate procedures target different areas of the face with varying degrees of intensity, and only a licensed medical professional will be able to determine which type of facelift is right for you. The decision is ultimately yours, but here are 5 popular reasons to consider getting a facelift procedure:

Loss of Muscle Tone and Skin Elasticity

This is a natural part of aging, and can sometimes occur as early as your thirties. While some medical professionals will recommend a regular regimen of facial exercise to tighten everything up, a facelift will have a more permanent effect. A mini-facelift would be the best option here, as this only requires a minimal amount of surgery.

Tired Appearance

Perhaps the most common motivator for seeking plastic surgery, a tired appearance can mean anything from droopy eyelids to dark circles under your eyes. A blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) is usually all that is needed to remedy this issue.

Deep Creases Around the Nose and Mouth

This issue is a bit trickier, and can cause serious health concerns down the line in addition to negatively impacted appearance. A deep-plane facelift may be the best option here, as it will mobilize and reposition facial features through the stimulation of facial nerves.

Deep Wrinkles of the Neck and Face

This is another issue that onsets with age, although it is not harmful in any way. The best procedure for this is a mid-facelift, which rejuvenates sagging and wrinkled skin, especially in the middle of the face around the cheeks.

Sagging Neck Skin

A neck contouring facelift, which targets a sagging neck by defining the jawline and chin, would be the recommended procedure here. Sagging neck skin is something that unfortunately comes with age, but it is easily fixable.

For more information, schedule a consultation today with a medical professional so that he can determine which facelift procedure would be best for you. Make sure to bring questions on what work you want done and what it would take to achieve the desired level of youth and vitality that you seek in your facial features.

How Long Will It Take My Face To Heal After A Chemical Peel?

5552681678_2First, let’s define the term Chemical Peel:

• A chemical peel is a procedure that can improve the skin’s appearance. There are many factors that can affect your skin. A chemical peel uses a chemical solution that is allowed to soak into the skin and will remove the damaged outer layer of your skin. This is one of the easiest, and most cost effective, ways to improve the appearance of your skin. The chemicals applied to the skin will make the skin blister, and eventually peel off, leaving behind a smooth and taut texture.

There are three degrees of chemical peels:

• Light chemical peels usually do not require any type of pain killers.

o A mild chemical peel, with Glycolic Acid of 30% to 40%, will typically have a short healing time and will have a very minimal downtime.
o Initially after the peel, the skin will likely be red, dry and slightly irritated.
o It usually takes about 4 to 7 days for the treated areas to develop new skin.
o Light and superficial peels typically yield good results after about 3 sessions. Patients will see excellent results after about 6 sessions.

• Medium chemical peels may or may not require pain killers. The doctor will likely give you the option.

o This type of chemical peel, usually, achieves excellent results. Expect skin peeling to start 3 days after the peel, and last about 1 week.
o Initially after the peel, the skin will likely be red, swollen, and tight.
o It usually takes about 5 to 7 days for the treated areas to develop new skin.
o Some patients experience redness on the skin for several months.
o A medium depth chemical peel will provide excellent results after only 1 session. However, patients are encouraged to adopt an in-home care program to maintain the results.

• Deep chemical peels typically require local anesthetic and a sedative.

o These deeper peels will result in a much more dramatic result but it does come with an increase in pain and a longer healing time.
o These procedures usually take up to 90 minutes.
o Patients will, likely, experience severe redness and swelling.
o It usually takes 14 days for the treated areas to develop new skin.
o Some patients will develop cysts and white spots, which may be present for 2 to 3 weeks. Expect the redness in the skin to last for several months.

Regardless of which chemical peel you choose, be sure to follow your doctors explicit instructions for cleaning and moisturizing the treated skin. Dr. William J. Binder, M.D., F.A.C.S. will answer all your questions and concerns during the consultation.