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Botox creates a paradigm shift for facial aging

Botox has certainly become part of our lexicon since the new millennium. When I was in medical school at Penn in the early 1990s, botulinum toxin was only something to be memorized in pathophysiology class as the virulence factor for the Clostridium bacterium that caused botulism. Later on, in residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, it was used in the treatment of involuntary muscle contractions and eyelid spasms. At the beginning of my plastic surgery fellowship in 1998, Botox was just beginning to be explored as a novel approach to facial wrinkles. The literature and the applications were still in the infancy when I started practice in 2001.

Fast-forwarding to the present, what would women and yes, men, do without this little protein for facial rejuvenation and the prevention of early aging? What started out as a means to control our “elevens” or “mommy frowns” has now blossomed into a method to actually sculpt the face by applying the knowledge of muscle anatomy to deploy Botox in the right areas to balance opposing muscles of the forehead, mouth, jaw and neck, creating pleasing facial postures.

Having been part of the rise and current use of Botox, I can testify that using this neuromuscular-blocking agent can improve your current appearance with regular use and also prevent or postpone the aging process of your face. Today many clients, particularly women, look at it as yet another maintenance activity like getting your hair and nails done.

Botox can be used to selectively weaken the central brow area to reduce horizontal lines in the forehead. It can also be used on the circular superficial muscle surrounding the eyelids to minimize lateral fine lines around the eyes. Applied properly, Botox can preferentially reduce the lateral eyebrow depressor muscles to allow unopposed lift of the lateral brow by the forehead muscle, weakening the fine lines around the mouth, correcting asymmetries of the mouth, and reducing the banding appearance of a thin neck.

While the results are limited to around three months without reapplication, nothing else can achieve these desired effects as well as prevent the future etching of these lines deeper into your skin.

However, when something becomes commonplace, people begin to feel comfortable with the product to the point that they may oversimplify the treatment process. This comfort level can lead to the misconception that anyone can deliver Botox safely and reliably. For optimal safety and efficacy, Botox should only be purchased from Allergan, the owner and developer of the product. The company will only ship to licensed physician offices.

Some people try to purchase Botox online from out of the country in order to save money, which may or may not be safe or effective. The FDA recently reported that fraudulent Botox packaging was being sold on the Internet. There have been deaths or seriously neurologically impaired events when patients got a different kind of botulinum toxin which was a much stronger concentration and resulted in overdoses.

It’s my professional opinion that no one should receive Botox from an establishment that does not have a medical director who is intricately involved in the day-to-day practice of the office and has a firm command of the anatomy of the face and neck. I am baffled by the concept that dentists are now offering this service to patients as well. Having graduated magna cum laude from dental school prior to going on to medical school, I can emphatically state that dentists are not qualified to participate in these services. Botox is not inexpensive — why purchase it somewhere that might result in substandard results, not to mention nerve damage or death? The quality of the result is directly related to the skill level and knowledge of anatomy of the injector. Be good consumers and check the credentials of your provider. Caveat emptor.

Botox – A Sneaky-Smart Way to Tease ‘Father Time’

When considering injectable options, one of the first that comes to mind is Botox. It’s been around since 1990 and has only grown in popularity. From Real Housewives to neighborhood soccer moms, it’s probably the most acceptable and talked about procedure. In fact, “Botox banter” has become the vernacular in the office break room and is no longer a beauty secret whispered between gal pals.

So, why all the buzz about Botox?

  • Botox is an injection that helps eliminate the appearance of wrinkles by blocking the chemical that triggers muscle responses.
  • It’s a quick procedure that can be done on your lunch hour.
  • It helps smooth or “iron out” the vertical frown lines between eyebrows, the furrows in crow’s feet, and gives you a more youthful appearance.
  • It can help slim the face when injected around the jaw.
  • Botox’s effects last around 3 to 4 months, with easy upkeep based on your personal doctor’s recommendations.

Call us to learn more or schedule a consultation today at 865-218-6210.

Sculptra Injections Can Reduce Facial Contours

Years of smiling and laughing can be great for your heart and mind, but not so great for your face. Deep nasolabial fold contour defenciencies (aka smile lines) begin forming for many in their late 20s and early 30s. Sculptra Aesthetic is a new type of facial injectable made from poly-L-lactic acid to help replace lost collagen in that area of the face.

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Collagen is a key structural component that keeps skin looking youthful. As you age, your body’s collagen production decreases and shallow to deep facial wrinkles and folds will being to appear. These signs of aging can be reduced by Sculptra Aesthetic injections. The main ingredient is a biocompatible, biodegradable synthetic material that has been used by physicians for decades.

Dr. Lucas mainly uses Sculptra Aesthetic for patients who need volume replacement to zones of the face, not as a material to fill lines like the nasolabial fold or lips. Its advantage is the ability to add volume over time to enhance diminished or hollowed temples, to elevate and enhance the cheek area, to add shape and volume to the lower jaw line to reduce jowling, and to correct contour deformities from excessive fat loss.

Sculptra Aesthetic works to replace lost collagen in a series of treatments. On average, three injection sessions are needed over a period of a few months. However, this number varies by person.

If you have any questions about Sculptra injections, please contact The Lucas Center of Plastic Surgery at 865-218-6210 to set up a complimentary consultation.

Dr. Jay Lucas is a board-certified plastic surgeon located in Knoxville, TN. He has experience performing a variety of cosmetic surgeries and his unique educational background at some of the nation’s most prestigious medical centers allows him to perform cutting edge plastic surgery procedures.