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New Study: Facial Surgical Scars No More

Botox Treatment After Facial Surgery?

If you are to undergo a reconstructive surgery of the face, it is not unusual to worry about possible facial scarring. If it happens, what are you to do? Comes now a welcome solution out of a clinical trial published in the issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). The study claims that with botox or botulinum toxin A (BTX-A), the compound known as an anti-wrinkle treatment, can help improve the appearance of facial surgical scars.

According to ASPS statistics, Botox treatment is the most common cosmetic procedure in the US with about 7 million such procedures performed in 2016 alone. This new study may very well add to BTX-A’s many clinical applications beyond its cosmetic use in treating facial lines and wrinkles. This study shows that early post-surgical botulinum toxin injections can produce better, narrower, and flatter facial surgical scars.

The study is quite small. Over a four-month duration, 16 patients underwent facial plastic and reconstructive surgery at the Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine. Patients averaged 12 years of age for surgery of some type of disfiguring facial birthmark, such as a melanocytic nevus or port wine stain. In each patient, half of the facial scar was randomly assigned to treatment with BTX-A or inactive saline (placebo) solution, injected immediately at the end of surgery.

What role did BTX-A play in the process of scar formation?

Botox induced temporary muscular paralysis that decrease movement and stress around a healing wound, it was speculated. In the absence of tension, facial scars did not widen, and prevented hypertrophy and hyperpigmentation. Previous studies also have suggested that BTX-A might inhibit fibroblast and mediators involved in scar formation. While it’s good news, this study has its limitation and needs further conclusive research.

The Go-To Place for Botox in Tacoma

Over at Botixue in Tacoma, we use the widely accepted and approved indications of Botox. However, it’s great that another beneficial indication is in the works.

Botox-Treated Scalp Trend

Botox Injections to the Scalp?

Don’t women want to work out in the gym and still have their alluring, blown-out hair style on? Or don’t women want to keep their salon-treated blow dry hair for longer at the office without worrying that they have to blow dry again and again? According to Us Weekly, there’s this beauty trend that will keep your style longer. What is just needed are Botox injections to the scalp.

It’s called ‘Blotox’, a procedure that requires about 200 Botox injections carefully placed under the hair follicles. It will prevent nerve endings from connecting to the eccrine glands, the glands responsible for sweat. Hence, if you will not sweat, you will not ruin your blow dry.

While Botox has been FDA-approved for treating crow’s feet, forehead and frown lines, dermatologists and beauty experts have been using it off-label for years in various application places. When performed by board certified specialists, these off-label applications can be safe and effective procedures. And as with all Botox treatments, the results wear off in about six months. Keeping your scalp free of sweat for some indeterminate amount of time, you’ve got to maintain the treatments.

This can be a busy body’s or a working woman’s dream come true. In spite of the grueling hours at the gym or an 8-hour office job and a date afterwards, people will have to worry less about sweat. With Botox-treated scalp, even kinky or curly hair that’s been blow-dried will remain straight longer.

Injecting the needle 200 times into your scalp may sound painful, or at least daunting, but the effort will only leave a tingling sensation in a 20 minute or so procedure.
Of course there are other less expensive and less daunting alternatives to Blotox – such as shampooing less frequently or using dry shampoos. But if you’re for Blotox, you are saving more time and effort, if not money, looking great all the time.

Lip Augmentation: Non-Surgical vs Surgical

Benefits of Lip Fillers Over Surgical Implants

Lip Augmentation is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures today. It restores volume to thin lips and reduces the appearance of lipstick lines by filling age-related creasing along the lip border. It restores the lips’ texture and smoothness.

What is a good candidate for lip augmentation? Most women are good candidates for the procedure. If you want fuller, luscious lips because of thin lips, or if you wish to make your lip creases less noticeable because of age or because of smoking you can opt for augmentation. This can be done through surgical means or if you would rather skip the surgery, fillers like Juvederm are a good choice. Some desire a more permanent lip augmentation solution to create their ideal look.

Injectable dermal fillers are a more popular choice over surgery for a variety of reasons. They carry a number of benefits that most patients find attractive.

Firstly, most injectable treatments are simple procedures, taking just an hour to complete, but permanent lip implant surgery may require several hours. The surgery will require anesthesia as small incisions will be made on the lips. Fillers may require a small amount of anesthetic, too, though incisions are not called for.

There will be less bruising, swelling and fewer side effects with lip fillers. On the other hand, lip implants can cause mild discomfort, or swelling following the procedure. There is a need to return to your doctor to remove the stitches. Patients are usually advised to use ice packs during the first 24 hours after the procedure.

Because lip fillers are minimally invasive procedures, there is less downtime for patients. They recover easily and return to normal routine without problems. Lip implants through surgery can expect to recover in a week’s time.

Lip augmentation via fillers offer a temporary solution to patients who are not yet ready to commit to a permanent solution, as lip implants. They may wish to experiment first before deciding on surgery. If you had fillers, which effects can last several months, follow-up visits are necessary to maintain the results.

Bringing Back the Youth of Lips in Tacoma

Lip fillers are a safe way to enhance the volume, contour, definition and overall shape of your lips for a fresh, exciting look. Consult with us at Botixue in Tacoma and have the lips you’ve always wanted.

Approved Indications of Botox You Didn’t Know About

The Botox Benefits for Medical Conditions

Did you know that Botox has several approved indications that cosmetic clinics and some TV makeover shows don’t find necessary to talk about? After all, it’s already the No. 1 non-surgical beauty treatment in the country. Let’s look at some of these indications.

Botox is used to treat overactive bladder symptoms such as a strong need to urinate with leaking or wetting accidents (urge urinary incontinence), a strong need to urinate right away (urgency), and urinating often (frequency) in adults 18 years and older when other drugs, as anticholinergics, do not work well or cannot be taken. It is also indicated for incontinence in adults 18 years and older with overactive bladder due to neurologic disease or who cannot tolerate the side effects of anticholinergic medication.

Botox is used to prevent headaches in adults with chronic migraine who have 15 or more days each month with headache lasting 4 or more hours each day in people 18 years or older.

Botox is used to treat increased muscle stiffness in elbow, wrist, and finger muscles in people 18 years and older with upper limb spasticity. However, it is not known whether botox is safe or effective to treat increased stiffness in upper-limb muscles other than those in the elbow, wrist, and fingers, or to treat increased stiffness in lower limb muscles.

Botox is used to treat the abnormal head position and neck pain that happens with cervical dystonia (CD) in people 16 years and older.

Botox is indicated to treat certain types of eye muscle problems (strabismus) or abnormal spasm of the eyelids (blepharospasm) in people 12 years and older.

BOTOX is also injected into the skin to treat the symptoms of severe underarm sweating (severe primary axillary hyperhidrosis) when medicines used on the skin (topical) do not work well enough in people 18 years and older. However, it is not known whether it is safe or effective for severe sweating anywhere other than your armpits.

Not Just a Beauty Treatment

Know more about the wonders of Botox at Tacoma’s Botixue. While our expertise is in the cosmetic benefit of Botox treatments, you can always ask us, or ask your physician about it’s other indications.

Botox Treatment: New Year, New You?

The Botox Attraction

It’s that time of year when people go for a ‘beauty fix’ and plastic surgeons and beauty experts have their schedules full to the brim. There may be four times as many as procedures going on, starting from late October through the end of the year in many places. People are simply anticipating the holiday rush.

Students take time off for nose jobs, while the 40- and 50-something men and women are going ahead with facelifts, liposuction and tummy tucks; getting their beauty jobs done while out of office, on vacation, and way ahead of the summer wedding season.It’s also a time to enjoy their recovery period at home.

It also comes down to defying the aging process. That said, Botox treatments in many places are also at their peak during this time. It comes as no surprise, but still a staggering figure. The US Botox market is leading Canada as the top non-surgical procedure.

Botox treatments are getting better, safer and in more experienced hands than ever. BOTOX injections are a quick and cost-effective way to improve your facial looks and boost your confidence. The results are truly gratifying, softening the appearance of common lines and wrinkles, such as, crow’s feet (around the eyes), glabellar lines and forehead lines (both vertical and horizontal lines and creases), and smile lines (on each side of your mouth).

Following Botox injections, you will note increased improvements in your face over the following days as the treatment reaches its full effect. The procedure requires only local anesthesia. Effectively blocking signals relayed between certain nerves and muscles, Botox will cause a temporary paralysis in specific facial muscles. You’ll still be able to make normal facial expressions. One treatment will generally lasts 4-6 months before it needs replenishment. Over time, you may be needing injections less often as your muscles will seem more accustomed to relaxation.

Transforming Into A New You in Tacoma

Surprise your family and friends with a new ‘you’. What’s not to like about Botox? It’s safe, non-invasive, affordable. Come see us for a consult during this happy season.