Ask anyone their thoughts on Botox® Cosmetic and you’re bound to get as many opinions as people you ask! In addition to those responses you will most likely hear a few myths about this popular treatment that many people still hold true! With so many circulating thoughts about Botox® and its increasing exposure and popularity on reality shows and mainstream media, it’s important to be able to separate fact from fiction to make choices that are right for YOU!
Myth #1 “Botox® is a dangerous poison that is toxic to your body!”
Botox® Is a highly refined protein derived from the Botulinum Toxin. This toxin is a type of bacteria that thrives in poorly preserved foods and can lead to food poisoning. BUT! The concentration of Botox® actually used in a cosmetic injection is incredibly low and is administered, by your physician, with precise accuracy into a very specific muscle. As a result, it is virtually incapable of spreading to other areas of the body where it could pose a great threat.
Myth #2 “Botox® is super new to the market…buyer beware!”
BOTOX® Cosmetic has been used for over 17 years and is approved for medical use in over 78 countries. It is one of the most extensively studied medical aesthetic treatments on the market. The safety and efficacy of BOTOX® Cosmetic have been evaluated in both Allergan (the manufacturer of Botox®) sponsored clinical trials as well as in 417 peer-reviewed articles in scientific and medical journals.
Myth #3 “Botox® will leave you looking like a frozen, emotionless ZOMBIE!”
“You would have to specifically ask your provider to inject you this way if that’s the aesthetic you were going for, and even in that case, any responsible provider would discourage that sort of outcome,” shares Dr. Garrett Griffin of Midwest Facial Plastic Surgery. He goes on to say, “The whole point of Botox® is to prevent the future occurance of wrinkles and to make you look like a more refreshed, youthful version of yourself…NOT an entirely different person!”
Myth #4 “You should only start Botox® when you start to see lines.”
“The name of the game is PREVENTION,” advises Dr. Christopher Tolan, also a physician with Midwest Facial Plastic Surgery and a National Botox® Trainer for Allergan. “Waiting until lines are fully formed, visible and etched into the skin makes it more difficult to smooth their appearance again,” he continues.
Botox is most often used for lines and wrinkles which form from facial movements like scowling, squinting, frowning, and raising your eyebrows. By starting Botox preventatively, a patient (and their muscles) actually learn to not make certain faces and expressions over time that contribute to wrinkles. As a result, these wrinkles may never form and that patient may need less Botox or need it less often in the future.
Myth #5 “Botox is super expensive and costly to maintain.”
The average Botox® treatment is around $350. While this isn’t Inexpensive, it IS an investiment with reliable and visible results. If you’re tired of throwing your money away on skincare products and spa treatments that aren’t delivering results, Botox® can actually SAVE you money. In fact, many of us spend more on fancy Starbuck’s coffees each year than Botox would ever cost to maintain at 3-4 treatments per year!
Plus! Allergan, the manufacturer of Botox® has a patient rewards program called Brilliant Distinctions that allows patients to earn points with each treatment. These points are then applied as discounts to all subsequent treatments making your Botox®, dermal filler and Kybella treatments even more affordable!
Myth #6 “When Botox® wears off your wrinkles will look WORSE than before!”
Relax, (no pun intended) when your Botox® wears off after 3 to 4 months your appearance will simply return to what is was before. Your treatment stopped the clock on those wrinkles advancing and when your Botox® wore off, the second hand started ticking again.
Although repeated Botox® treatments will prevent your wrinkles from worsening, if you stop treatment you will slowly lose the relaxing effect of the treatment and will resume your normal facial movements and wrinkle development. Botox® will NOT make wrinkles worse.
Myth #7 “Botox® injections hurt!”
“I just had a first time Botox® patient the other day describe the feeling of the injection to that of a accupuncture needle, so NO…the injection is NOT painful,” shares Dr. Griffin. “There may be some mild discomfort at the injection site, but the majority of our patient find the injections completely tolerable, if felt at all,” he concludes.
Myth #8 “Botox® is addictive.”
“Sure! You may be addicted to the way you LOOK with Botox®, but NO, Botox® Cosmetic is NOT addictive,” smiles Dr. Tolan. “Botox® is safely eliminated from your body 3 to 6 months after your treatment. We advise most patients to return at 3 to 4 months for a subsequent treatment so their transition between treatments is smooth and their appearance is consistently youthful. This is NOT because your body wants or needs more of the product,” he explains.
Myth #9 “Botox® is just for Women.”
Ever hear of “BRO-TOX?” Botox® treatment among men is on the rise! For some, it’s just about looking as youthful as they feel, for others, it may be to soften the appearance of an angry or tired look. It’s a competitive job AND dating market out there and men want to look just as good as their female counterparts!
Myth #10 “Botox® is only used in the Cosmetic Industry.”
Botox has gone FAR BEYOND just cosmetic. When used therapeutically it can be used to treat migraine headaches by reducing muscle tension and creating less strain on the nervous system. It can also be used to temporarily block sweat glands (hyperhidrosis) to stop excessive sweating on the palms of your hands or underarms. Botox® is even being used to control overactive bladders and being studied to prevent feelings of hunger by relaxing stomach muscles!
Regardless of which of these myths YOU may have thought true, it is important to partner with a reputable provider to ensure your BEST BOTOX RESULTS! At Midwest Facial Plastic Surgery, our cosmetic injections are ONLY administered by our double board-certified Facial Plastic Surgeons.
Call (651)632-9700 to schedule your Botox® treatment and let our physicians debunk any myths you may still believe!
Believe it or not, the Holidays may be the BEST time to schedule your surgery. Find out why!!
Let’s face it. Deciding to pursue facial plastic surgery is a deeply personal journey. It involves research, pouring over the before & after pictures on the internet, serious self-reflection, and countless consultations with board-certified surgeons. After deciding “YES,” to facial plastic surgery, the most common next question is “WHEN?”. Facial Plastic Surgery includes healing and downtime that needs to be planned for to ensure that you will look your best for any social obligations or special events on your future calendar. Believe it or not, some times of the year may be better to schedule your surgery than others. Here’s why!
“Scheduling a surgical procedure around the holidays is sometimes the LAST time of the year that a patient initially considers,” shares Dr. Garrett Griffin of Midwest Facial Plastic Surgery. “We traditionally think of the holidays as countless social and family obligations stacked up to the hilt, but there are several benefits to utilizing some of the downtime the holidays also facilitate, especially during Winter in the Midwest!” Dr. Griffin continues, “Plus! It allows you to start off the New Year with a fresh, rejuvenated appearance!”
Let’s take a closer look at why scheduling your surgery during the Winter Holidays may benefit you!
Midwest Winters Allow for Hiding Under Hats and Scarves!
Who’d have thought that the thing we most complain about during the Winter, the COLD, could serve us during our post-surgical downtime! Artfully crossed bulky scarves can disguise lower face bruising and stylish hats can cover large portions of the upper face and ears. Throw on a pair of fashionable sunglasses and you can feel confident about cruising the isles of your local grocery store and running into neighbors a few weeks post-surgery! Living in a climate that allows us to “layer up” provides many opportunities to disguise post-surgery incisions, swelling and bruising. Far more so than warmer climates.
Make Your Holiday “Paid Time Off” Work for YOU!
“Fear of missing work and having a lapse in monthly income due to surgical downtime is real concern of most of our patients,” says Dr. Christopher Tolan, a surgeon with Midwest Facial Plastic Surgery. “Our patients are real people with real jobs and families who may be pursuing their surgery on a very fixed income. Scheduling their surgery during the holidays when they have PTO is oftentimes, the smartest time for them to schedule” he advises.
Just because you’ve made the decision to have facial plastic surgery doesn’t mean that the bills won’t keep coming every month. (Unfortunately!) In addition, we are living in a job market in which many of us are scared of losing our jobs and see extended time off as risky to our job security. Planning your procedure to utilize already established Holiday PTO from your employer can be a logical solution. Savvy scheduling that bundles holiday dates that your office will be closed along with PTO can truly work out to your financial advantage. Plus, it allows you to oftentimes return to the office well advanced into your healing and simply looking relaxed and restful to co-workers!
“One of the things we like, as surgeons, about patients scheduling their procedures during the holidays, is that this usually means other members of their family will also have time off,” shares Dr. Tolan. “Although our office will be checking in with you often, it is important to have a support network at home after your procedure to help care for you! It also makes finding a designated driver after your procedure much easier,” he smiles.
What Better Gift to Yourself than Renewed Self-Confidence?!
Yes, the Holidays can be stressful and many of us get so “wrapped up” in doing everything we can to make the holidays great for OTHERS that we forget about honoring ourselves. With family and friends being home for the holidays, it can be the perfect time to simply ask for the gift of their time, love, and support during your recovery. In lieu of a gift, you may ask for a ride to your check-up appointment, or a grocery store run. Gifts come in all shapes, sizes, colors and intentions and the gift of someone’s time and support can prove to be priceless.
“Many patients I see have been considering, planning for, and saving for facial plastic surgery for years. I feel so honored to partner with them through this journey. Pursuing a surgical procedure that renews your self-confidence is, in my opinion, one of the best gifts you can give yourself – regardless of the season,” concludes Dr. Griffin.
The 411 on Scheduling Your Holiday Facelift Surgery
If your intention is looking great FOR the Holidays by getting a surgical Facelift, the time to schedule is NOW. It only takes a few weeks after a surgical facelift to return to your normal daily activities, but you will NOT be looking “headshot” or “selfie” ready a week after surgery. But, as long as your holiday plans don’t require a professional family portrait session or a solo appearance in a holiday musical, holidays can be a great time to schedule. Many patients can expect to take about 10 days off work and return to work feeling comfortable with their appearance. In addition, a holiday procedure means you’ll be looking your absolute best for the coming year’s Spring and Summer weddings, class reunions and special events!
Are you curious about scheduling a surgical procedure with Dr. Tolan or Dr. Griffin? Schedule your consultation to discuss your options now and learn about the benefits of scheduling your procedure over the holidays! (651) 632-9700
What they are, how they work and what they mean for your skin!
Whether you are paging through a magazine, scrolling through your Facebook feed, or watching a celebrity TV show, one thing is for certain – Stem Cells are a HOT TOPIC in skincare right now. But, many people who are interested in the science behind these ingredients are getting discouraged by all the hype and frankly, opportunist companies out there just trying to make a buck on the notoriety of the term, “Stem Cell.” Let’s cut through the celebrity gossip and sensational headlines and take a look at the REAL science behind Stem Cells and what they can do for YOUR skin!
Most of us are familiar with the discussion of and the controversy surrounding the use of HUMAN stem cells. These cells claim to hold the promise of treating disease, regenerating a host of different kinds of tissues and nerves, slow the aging process and even extend our life expectancy. Unfortunately, many companies have simply jumped on the bandwagon of using the buzz words, “stem cells,” and have irresponsibly launched product lines before the science, and its efficacy in the skin care world has truly been proven. This clouds the waters for the consumer to truly discern what product lines may have true merit and credible science backing them. A grasp on the true science of stem cells is thus required to make sound decisions in your purchasing.
What makes stem cells so unique? They are literally the chameleons of the body! They are shape shifters that have the ability to differentiate into other types of cells such as muscle, bone and nerve cells. As a result, they are able to regenerate these tissues and restore functionality to damaged tissues.
While controversy surrounds the use of stem cells which originate from embryonic tissue, the use of human stem cells are sampled from a fully formed human who is not harmed in the process. For example, the practice of harvesting stem cells from human bone marrow transplants has been implemented for decades now and, in turn, has saved thousands of lives.
The key benefit that many of us are searching for in our skin care is the ability to reduce, if not REVERSE the signs and process of aging in our skin. Many scientists now agree that aging is actually a condition and the process of aging is really a series of accumulated and poorly healed wounds in the skin. Put this theory together with the ability of stem cells to effectively heal wounds and you have a potentially magic combination for truly effective skin care! The goal of skin care lines that contain true stem cell technology is to restore your skin’s natural ability to heal itself and, in turn, reset the aging process.
One skin care line has surfaced as a leader in this new frontier of stem cells in skin care. DefenAge® has developed a propriety peptide complex, Age-Repair Defensins that stimulates a specific stem cell in our hair follicles to produce more keratinocytes (skin cells). Defensins are a group of peptides that play an integral role in wound healing, so the ability of this peptide to shift our skin’s wound healing response into 5th is garnishing a lot of excitement in the medical community!
DefenAge® recently conducted a multi-center, placebo-controlled study whose results were presented at the Las Vegas Cosmetic Surgery Conference in June of this year. This study revealed that the treatment group noted the following improvements:
- Increased epidermis thickness
- Greater number of proliferating cells
- Reduction in pore size
- Reduced superficial wrinkles/fine lines
- Reduced deep wrinkles and folds
*6 week controlled study with use of all DefenAge® products
*Results based on histology, high-resolution ultrasound imaging, clinical photography and 3-D Skin Imaging
There is no doubt that this realm of skin care will continue to develop and advance. Midwest Facial Plastic Surgery and Face Cosmetic Skincare are excited to be one of the FIRST practices in Minnesota to offer our patients the entire DefenAge® Skincare Line.
Schedule your complimentary consultation with one of our Licensed Aestheticians to discuss adding the power of stem cells to your overall skincare regimen! 651-632-9700
Learn how your skin ages with each passing decade and what you can do about it!
Another school year is just around the corner. For some of us, that means back to the rigorous schedule and stress of academia. For others, it’s back to the juggling act of dropping kids off, picking them up, and transporting them to after school activities. And still for others, our school years are far behind us and we are left reflecting upon memories and, perhaps, laughing over all of those class photos. How has your face changed since those photos were taken? Your skin? You will quickly notice that wrinkles are not the ONLY sign of how our appearance changes throughout the chapters of our lives!
“Patients often correlate aging with wrinkles, sagging skin and nothing else,” says Dr. Griffin, Facial Plastic Surgeon with Midwest Facial Plastic Surgery. “But the reality is that several things contribute to the aging process through the years such as bone loss, facial fat and muscle loss, and collagen breakdown,” he continues. “As each decade passes, we may notice subtle or dramatic changes in our skin’s quality and our face shape. It’s important to understand what happens in each decade of life so we know how to prevent the things we can and become educated about solutions for the things we can’t,” shares Dr. Griffin.
Collagen and Elastin are the components of our skin that give it spring, bounce and firmness. These proteins are humming in our Twenties and, along with fat, act like the box spring to your mattress; in this case, the mattress being your skin. In our Twenties, our collagen and elastin fibers are still replicating and therefore, keep our skin supple, elastic and firm. At this age, there are minimal signs of aging on your skin unless you have actively abused tanning beds or spent excessive time tanning outdoors. UV damage breaks down collagen and elastin fibers, causes pigment damage, and accelerates aging.
Many men and women experience acne during this chapter of their lives. As a result, these can be formative years in regards to how we learn to care for our skin. Our choices and actions at this time can have a dramatic effect on how our skin will appear in the future. Especially when it comes to lifestyle behaviors such as sun avoidance, smoking and stress. How you care for your skin in your Twenties can truly dictate what kind of damage you may deal with in your Forties and beyond.
“Lines between the eyebrows and around the eyes, uneven skin tone, broken blood vessels and sun spots – these are the most common complaints I hear from my female patients in their Thirties,” says Dr. Christopher Tolan, also a Facial Plastic surgeon with Midwest Facial Plastic Surgery. “And, not getting carded when they buy alcohol anymore,” he laughs.
There is a saying that it’s in your Thirties when you begin to experience the skin you “deserve. Lifestyle behaviors of your Twenties will manifest in your Thirties. Sun damage may start to surface along with some loss of elasticity due to UV exposure and a dwindling collagen production. Hormone related pigmentation issues (melasma) may be present, especially post pregnancy. Fine lines around the eyes or, Crow’s Feet, may be more noticeable and the worry line between your eyebrows may appear to deepen.
It is in this chapter of our lives in which our collagen and elastin fibers virtually stop reproducing. In addition, our cellular turnover slows down and our skin may appear drier and duller. We may start to see the first evidence of fine lines, wrinkles and skin that that has some slight sagging.
“Your Thirties, and even earlier, are a great age to start treating with Botox® and dermal fillers, such as Juvederm®,” advised Dr. Griffin. “The objective of these treatments is to give subtle rejuvenation, so it is best to fine tune and tweak along the way to attain the most natural results. In addition, laser treatments such as IPL can help remove some of the sun damage that is surfacing.”
Treatments like chemical peels and the new HydraFacial MD®, along with medical skincare that contains retinol, can regulate your cellular turnover and encourage the growth of collagen and elastin and keep your complexion bright. Serums that contain hyaluronic acid can also restore a dewy and hydrated complexion to parched skin. To further encourage fresh, new collagen growth, Micro Needling by SkinPen®, is a revolutionary treatment that introduces microscopic injuries to the skin to encourage the healing process which produces more collagen!
At this point in your life, your face starts losing that subcutaneous fat you had so much of in your Twenties. Your face may appear more sharp and angular. In addition, this fat loss isn’t lost equally in all areas of the face.
“Although there are variations due to genetics, in general we lose the deep fat pads in the mid-face and those of the temples and the front of the ears first,” says Dr. Tolan. “Then we lose fat around the mouth and chin and along the jawline. It looks like the skin is falling, but actually, it’s more like our faces are deflating.”
“Volume loss and sagging skin are common concerns of our patients in this age category,” shares Dr. Tolan. “Our faces tend to thin out in our Forties due to fat loss or fat redistribution,” he continues, “this can cause the skin to look saggy and the under-eye area to look hallowed out and gaunt. This is the most common age group that I introduce long lasting and lifting dermal fillers like Voluma® to. Voluma® helps restore volume and lift to the cheek area and temples, while softer fillers can fill in hallows under the eyes and restore definition to your lips. The objective is to make a patient appear like they did 10 years ago…not alter their appearance all together,” he concludes.
Fifties & Beyond
Our Fifties and especially our Sixties, are when we start to see the aging that directly correlates with bone loss and accelerated facial fat loss. Our facial bone structure acts like the framework to our skin; it provides lift and height. When we experience bone loss through areas such as our cheekbones, brow, the bridge of the nose and our jawline, it can appear as though our face has ‘fallen’ or deflated.
“Depending on the severity of the bone loss, this may be the time to go beyond fillers and graduate to more permanent surgical solutions such as a Facelift, or cheek/chin implants to restore lost structure,” says Dr. Griffin. “A Facelift procedure can re-establish the youthful lift to sagging skin and dermal fillers and implants can replace lost volume, especially to the apples of the cheeks,” he continues. “Each patient’s aging process is unique due to their genetics and lifestyles, so the way we restore a more youthful appearance must be too!”
Regardless of what chapter of life you are in, all of us have the opportunity to control the environmental factors of aging such as sun exposure, free radical damage from smoking, and stress. In addition, we live in a day and age in which the cosmetic chemistry behind some of our skincare products can truly enhance the health and appearance of our skin. Combined with the state of the art services that are now offered through physicians and their extenders, such as chemical peels, laser treatments and injectable such as Botox®…we have more control of our how our skin ages now than in any other time in history.
Interested in partnering with our team to assess your skin and receive your customized anti-aging regimen? Call (651) 632.9700 to schedule a consultation with one of our Physicians or Licensed Aestheticians!
We know it when we see it… Gorgeous skin that absolutely radiates vitality and health. We may witness it on any age group, from the newborn with fresh unblemished skin, to a woman well into her 70’s who has been diligent about sun protection and her home care regimen throughout her life. Regardless of where its sighted, healthy skin has several common characteristics that fit together like a puzzle to form a truly beautiful complexion.
Let’s celebrate Back to School and learn the ABC’s of beautiful, healthy skin!
Acne & Congestion Free
Acne can affect people of all ages. Just when you think you have escaped your teenage acne, it rears its ugly head later in life due to stress or hormone imbalance. Regardless of its cause, it is important to seek products and treatment therapies to keep your skin clear of acne infections to avoid future scarring and pigment damage. In advanced cases, this may require a prescription from your dermatologist.
Congestive acne manifests itself as blackheads and whiteheads, especially along the t-zone of the face (forehead, nose, chin). This type of acne is often caused by using skincare and makeup products that have ingredients that irritate or clog our pores. In other cases, these blackheads form as a result of your skin not being able to effectively shed dead skin cells quickly enough. The result? These excess cells combine with facial oil and clog a pore.
Solutions: Check out physician grade skincare products with ingredients like salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide. These ingredients kill surface bacteria and help skin exfoliate. Explore treatments like chemical peels and Hydrafacial MD® to professionally exfoliate your skin and regulate your cellular turnover and keep you skin clear and blemish free!
Balanced & Bright
Does your skin feel like an oil slick by mid-day, or do you feel dull and as dehydrated as the Sahara regardless of the climate or season? No matter the extreme, this is your skin’s way of telling you that it needs to be balanced. Truly healthy skin has an ideal balance of surface oil and water hydration to maintain a slightly acidic pH to fight off bacteria. Remember, our skin is our first line of defense to our environment! Although usually stemming from hormonal imbalance, oily skin can be caused by using products that over strip/over dry our skin, such as products that contain alcohol. Skin that is dehydrated, or lacking water, will appear dull and tight.
Solutions: Meet with a licensed aesthetician to determine your skin’s condition and get a homecare regimen prescribed that will balance your skin’s unique properties. Regulate your skin’s behavior with professional treatments such as customized clinical facials, chemical peels and HydraFacial MD®
Calm & Clear
Tired of seeing red? Skin that is chronically red is indicative of underlying vascular issues. Excessive flushing, broken capillaries and “hot to the touch” skin may be a sign of rosacea or a truly sensitive skin type. Where there is red, there is inflammation. Inflammation perpetuates aging by breaking down collagen and elastin over time. It is very important to keep this type of skin calm, cool and collected with homecare products that are soothing and reparative.
Solutions: This skin needs TLC! Meet with a licensed aesthetician for a proper homecare regimen of calming products and customized facials that will tone down redness and repair your skin’s compromised barrier function. IPL, or Intense Pulsed Light treatments, are highly indicated for this skin condition as the technology closes the tiny vessels that are contributing to the overall redness.
Dewey & Hydrated
When a fresh new skin cell is born it is plump and full of water…like a juicy grape. By the time it reaches the surface of our skin, it is more like a raisin. This water loss can cause our skin to look dry, tight and crepey-exaggerating the appearance of fine lines. Lifestyle habits can make a huge impact on this water loss, especially if you are someone who doesn’t’ consume enough water throughout the day. What we topically apply to our skin can also have an impact on these levels of hydration, especially if we are using products that strip or dry our skin.
Solutions: Ask your licensed aesthetician to identify your skin type and condition and prescribe a moisturizer that is appropriate. In some cases, a serum containing hyaluronic acid can be highly beneficial. This ingredient binds water to our skin and is incredibly hydrating. Treatments like HydraFacial MD® are also very effective because they remove dead skin cells and infuse moisture and antioxidants into the skin!
Even & Smooth
Dark spots on the skin absorb light. Uneven skin texture refracts light. This results in the appearance of the complexion looking muddy, dark and dull. Dark spots (hyperpigmentation) may be caused by excessive sun exposure or hormone fluctuations. These usually present themselves as dark freckling or patches of dark pigmentation. Uneven skin texture may be caused by acne scarring or enlarged pores from oily skin. Lightening these dark spots and working to even the texture on the skin can have a dramatic impact on the over youthful appearance of a complexion! Many studies point to an uneven skin tone being a much better assessment of age than wrinkles! It’s time to get even!
Solutions: Ask your licensed aesthetician for product recommendations that contain lighteners like Kojic Acid, Licorice Extract, Hydroquinone and skin smoothers, such as retinols or alpha hydroxyl acids. IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) is the gold standard treatment in removing dark spots from the skin, and treatments like SkinPen® Micro Needling can help build skin up from the inside out and lend to a smoother appearance!
Firm & Full
Forget about the apple of your eye…how about the apple of your cheek! As we age, our skin loses volume. This is the result of bone loss, fat redistribution, and a slowing of the rate of how our skin produces collagen and elastin. Collagen and elastin are the proteins in our skin that give it fullness, spring and bounce. Around age 30, our rate of producing these fibers almost grinds to a halt. The result? Skin that starts to sag, hallows under our eyes, a gaunt appearance. Thankfully, there is much we can do!
Solutions: Dermal Fillers are one of the most effective options to restore lost volume to the skin. These products are commonly comprised of HA’s, or hyaluronic acid compounds which draw water to themselves. The result? Plump, lifted skin and enhanced, more youthful contours to your face. Increase your results by having a licensed aesthetician prescribe appropriate homecare products such as retinols, growth factors, or the newest products that contain 4th generation stem cells.
Meet with a Face Cosmetic Skincare Licensed Aesthetician to get started on your journey to truly healthy and beautiful skin!
Facial Plastic Surgery is not superfluous or vain, for many it can lead to a dramatically improved sense of self.
Let’s be honest. We live in a world of plastic and cosmetic surgery extremes. While some people are getting plastic surgery to look more like their favorite celebrity, the next patient is simply addressing a functional issue like a deviated septum to breathe more efficiently. For every Facebook and Instagram post filled with horror stories like the New York City “Cat Lady,” there is another that showcases a study that shows the improvement to self-esteem after a cosmetic procedure. In all of this sensationalism, the average plastic surgery patient can feel confused, under represented and lost. It’s time to realistically represent the world of facial plastic surgery, to dispel the common misconceptions, and to embrace the empowerment that comes from realizing that each one of us deserves to have the appearance we want.
Undesirable facial features and/or traits can severely impact your self-esteem and, in turn, your overall satisfaction with life. Many adult patients still experience insecurity and poor self-esteem due to teasing about a facial trait, such as enlarged ears, from their childhood. During consultations, many patients comment on how their dissatisfaction with their crooked nose, aging face or double chin instills negative feelings about themselves on a daily basis. After surgery, they will share that they feel like they are able to now focus on the more enjoyable and important aspects of their lives. In addition, due to their heightened self-esteem, they now focus on improving other aspects of their lives such as fitness, nutrition and their relationships with people they care about. All in all, their facial surgery lead to overall improvement in ALL areas of their lives. If this is the case, why is there still such a taboo surrounding facial plastic surgery?
Bring up the term “plastic surgery” at a dinner party and you will get just as many reactions and opinions as the number of party guests. While some are judgmental and site several examples of horrifying news headlines, others will argue that it is a personal and private decision of the patient and celebrate the power of choice and the journey of self-improvement. The topic can be as polarizing as politics and, unfortunately, many of the arguments against plastic surgery come from outdated, hypocritical and incorrect assumptions.
One common argument is that Facial Plastic Surgery is expensive, vain and superfluous. Critics will site that this money could be better spent on something philanthropic, making the pursuer of plastic surgery feel as if they are missing the mark on some moral high ground. But, to this point, one could than argue that anyone who buys an expensive home, car, or piece of artwork is guilty of the same crime. Who is anyone to dictate what another spends their earned income on? In addition, how can you put a price on how feeling good about your appearance can improve your life and how you live it?
Another common argument is that Facial Plastic Surgery is dangerous. Millions of cosmetic procedures are conducted each year in the United States by board-certified plastic surgeons and facial plastic surgeons. Do you think you are more apt to hear about the wonderful outcomes of these procedures, or the ONE procedure, performed by an unlicensed or unqualified practitioner, that turned out poorly? Unfortunately, great results get less TV ratings and responses on social media than your “Top 5 Plastic Surgery Gone Wrong” headlines. This sensationalism is not only detrimental to the thousands of surgeons practicing ethically with wonderful outcomes, it is damaging to the person who is considering a procedure, but is now filled with ungrounded fear. Case in point, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), the rate of serious complications from plastic surgery is LESS THAN HALF OF ONE PERCENT.
The decision to have Facial Plastic Surgery is deeply personal and the results can be life altering. Many experience a profound sense of empowerment through acknowledging the source of their discontent, seeking the guidance of a board-certified plastic surgeon, and taking control of their appearance. If that is not reason enough, year after year, studies prove that the benefits of these procedures extend far beyond what we see reflected back in the mirror. We have one life. We should not feel shame or judgement in our desire to move through it with our best face forward!
Dare to go bare and ditch your razor with Laser Hair Reduction
Imagine confidently going to the beach this Summer and not worrying about whether or not you had shaved that morning. Next, think about how much time you would save if you didn’t need to shave your legs in the shower or make monthly trips to an aesthetician to get your back waxed. Last, do the math on how much money you would save if you didn’t have to buy costly razor replacement cartridges each month. These reasons and MORE have caused hundreds of thousands of people to ditch their razors for Laser Hair Reduction and embrace smooth, soft skin that stays hair free for good!
According to the National Cosmetic Surgery Data Bank Statistics, over 1,035,783 laser hair reduction procedures were performed in 2016 alone. This makes it in the top 5 of all non-surgical cosmetic treatments for the past decade. Much of this is due to the fact that BOTH men and women can benefit from Laser Hair Reduction and it has continued to become more effective, safe, fast and comfortable.
- 80-90% hair reduction, if not complete removal in some cases
- soft, smooth skin year round
- reduction in ingrown hairs and razor burn
- control and maintenance of excessive hair growth from certain medical conditions
- improved self confidence
- time efficiency
- cost effectiveness
So how does this technology work? First, you must understand a little bit about how lasers work. A true laser is one congruent beam of light that, based on its wavelength, targets a specific thing, such as blood, water, or melanin in skin. In the case of Laser Hair Reduction, the wavelength of light targets the pigment in your hair follicle. Because the laser is attracted to pigment, the best candidates for Laser Hair Reduction are lighter skinned individuals with no active tan to their skin who have dark hair (no blonde, grey or translucent hair). Once a pulse of the laser is administered to a hair; the hair absorbs the energy and follicles are disabled from growing fully again. With each subsequent treatment, the ability of those follicles to regenerate new hair is disabled more and more.
Because our hair has several growth cycles and each is different, dependent on location on the body, multiple treatments are needed to catch each active growth cycle. This leads to up to 80% reduced hair growth, and sometimes, a reduction in the thickness and the texture of any returning hair. Many patients experience more reduction if not complete clearance of any existing hair, but this is dependent upon the individual’s response.
Patients often describe the sensation of the laser like a light rubber band snap gliding across the treatment area. Lasers vary in both action and sensation from brand to brand and it is important to inquire about the training and medical directorship of your laser hair reduction provider. It is common to have some redness and swelling after a treatment for up to 48 hours, but as the next two weeks progress, and the next growth cycle of hair begins to surface, any treated hairs will fall out or “shed.”
Treatments are often sold in packages and are spaced 4 to 6 weeks apart. Each time a patient returns for treatment they will notice less and less regrowth. On average, each laser treatment reduces active hair growth by 10-25%. Annual maintenance treatments are recommended to ensure soft, smooth and even skin all year round!
The most common areas for Laser Hair Reduction are:
- bikini area
Do you have questions about Laser Hair Reduction? Schedule a complimentary consultation with a Licensed Aesthetician at Face Cosmetic Skincare. She will also discuss how to save up to 40% on your treatments by joining our MRewards Program!
Celebrate a new caliber of patient care with our unparalleled comprehensive approach
Do you remember your last vacation at that all-inclusive resort? The airline tickets were bundled in, taking care of the hassle of haggling with your airline miles points. All meals were buffet style so you had a choice of what you felt like that evening at dinner. Your fancy blue cocktails were brought poolside without the need for stressing about tip percentages. There is a reason why people love the ease and simplicity of all-inclusive luxury. So, what if you could extend these privileges to your skin?
“We knew very early on that we wanted our approach to skin health to be different than any other practice in the area,” states Dr. Tolan of Midwest Facial Plastic Surgery. “As a surgeon, I was seeing the difference great skin care was making in my patients’ outcomes with surgery and recovery,” he continues. “Patients who were religiously meeting with an aesthetician to enhance the health and appearance of their skin were getting better surgical outcomes and maintaining the results of the treatments they had already received,” he shares.
The physicians at Midwest Facial Plastics knew that they were onto an approach that would greatly improve not only their surgical outcomes, but also patient satisfaction. Thus, they opened an entire aesthetic department (FACE Cosmetic Skincare) to their surgical practice, hired some of the best aestheticians in the area, and even started their own skincare line to care for their patients.
“We have a really comprehensive approach to taking care of the WHOLE patient,” says Sara Manulikow, an aesthetician with FACE Cosmetic Skincare. “Every patient starts with a thorough consultation to discuss the current state of their skin, their concerns and their goals,” she continues. “Gathering this information allows us to form a partnership with the patient and devise a strategy for them that fits their lifestyle, budget and overall goals” she advises. “Every treatment we do has our skincare line, FACE Rx, bundled into it to ensure that patients are properly caring for their skin before, during, and after their procedures,” says Sara.
As an extension of this high caliber of care, Midwest Facial Plastic Surgery has also introduced an annual skin membership. Costing less than $100 per month, this membership entitles the patient to savings of 40% on all aesthetic skincare services and 15% off on all skincare products. For many patients, this amounts to thousands of dollars in saving each year.
“Our MRewards Program takes all the guesswork out of getting your best skin ever,” says Sara excitingly! “Your aesthetician will literally act as your skin concierge and will tweak your monthly treatments and skincare regime to adjust to exactly what YOUR skin needs,” she continues. “Our surgical patients opt in to make sure they are protecting the investment of their surgery and our patients who are diligent with the program, should they opt to ever get a surgical procedure, tend to have much better outcomes because their skin is in such fantastic health,” she concludes.
This comprehensive approach is truly reflective of the exceptional care each patient receives at Midwest Facial Plastic Surgery and FACE Cosmetic Skincare. Each patient is unique! Therefore, their approach needs to be customized - down to the facial cleanser, to truly let their best skin shine through!
Curious about reaching your ultimate beauty potential? Call now to schedule a complimentary consultation with a FACE Cosmetic Skincare aesthetician or a Midwest Facial Plastic Surgery physician to get you on the fast track to your best self! 651.632.9700
The Top 4 Procedures Men are Requesting and Why!
The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASPS) revealed recently that Americans spent over $16 billion dollars in 2016 on plastic surgery and cosmetic treatments. They also noted that one sector of this population is on the increase…MEN. Since the ASPS began collecting data in 1997, there has been a marked 273 percent increase in documented procedures on men, with a 43 percent increase from 2014 alone! Why are men turning to both surgical and non-surgical procedures and which are the most requested?
“Men cite several reasons for requesting plastic surgery and other treatments in our practice,” shares Dr. Garrett Griffin, a double board certified Facial Plastic Surgeon with Midwest Facial Plastic Surgery. “For some, they simply want to look as young as they feel, or, perhaps their wives had a procedure with us and now they want to look as great as their spouse,” Dr. Griffin continues. “Men and women of the Baby Boomer generation are taking better care of themselves and they really want to look as good as they feel!”
Another explanation for this rise in male cosmetic surgery is the economy and the state of the business world, according to Business Insider publication. It is a more competitive job market and men see looking younger and more attractive as an asset to keep them viable and competitive with their more youthful counterparts. With countless studies citing data that potential employers consistently rate younger and more handsome applicants as smarter and more motivated, having a rejuvenated appearance can give men a leg up in the business world!
“In addition to seeing a rise in surgical procedures at our practice for men, we have also noticed an increase in men requesting non-surgical procedures such as Botox, Kybella and dermal fillers,” shared Dr. Christopher Tolan, also a double board certified Facial Plastic Surgeon at Midwest Facial Plastic Surgery. “Obviously being a man myself, I find it so refreshing that men are starting to see that these treatments don’t need to look obvious or overdone,” he continues, “they are truly about making men look like a more youthful, attractive version of themselves.”
Both Drs. Tolan and Griffin agree that the following surgical procedures are some of the most requested from their growing male patient base:
1. Blepharoplasty: Eyelid Rejuvenation
As we age, it is natural for both men and women to experience sagging, drooping and/or puffiness under and around the eyes. Loose hanging skin, heavy eyebrows that drape over the upper eyelids, and bulging fat pads below the eyes can make a man look as if he has lost his vitality. It can also result in friends and colleagues asking if he is tired or angry. Fortunately, blepharoplasty surgery can tighten upper and lower eyelid skin, remove bulging fat pads, and restore a more youthful and awake eye area.
2. Neck Lift
Although we often hear women complain about a “turkey neck,” this aging of neck skin affects men in much the same way! In fact, many men complain that it is difficult to wear a tie with a dress shirt anymore because they hate how their loose neck skin hangs over their collar. The sagging and drooping that occur on our neck skin and muscles as we age can also make a man look heavier than he actually is. Ideally, a strong jaw line and a defined chin-neck junction are considered attractive for the male face, so when everything starts to head south, a man can lose the features that make him look the most masculine. A surgical neck lift can restore a man’s youthfulness and vitality by tightening the neck skin and strengthening the jawline
3. Rhinoplasty (Nose Surgery)
When it comes to attractive facial features, proportion is everything. A nose that is too large can throw off the balance of your other features and even make your chin or jaw appear smaller, weak and less masculine. In fact, many surgeons will simultaneously perform a chin implant procedure with a rhinoplasty to further balance facial proportions. Nose surgery requires very advanced skill and many men seek out a physician like Drs. Griffin or Tolan, who are double board certified ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat) physician AND a Facial Plastic Surgeon for this procedure to ensure the best outcomes.
4. Chin Augmentation / Chin Implant
As discussed with Rhinoplasty, the chin and jawline are key features of masculinity on the male face. If the chin is receding, or out of proportion with other features, it can dramatically impact the appearance of the overall face. A chin augmentation involves enhancing the proportion, balance, and appearance of the chin by the use of an implant. In addition, liposuction along the jawline may be used to sharpen your features even more. Your surgeon may also recommend that you receive Kybella treatments, a series of injections that dissolve the fat under your chin to further enhance your outcome.
The world of plastic surgery is becoming less and less “taboo” for men. Since its creation after World War I, society’s perception of plastic surgery has continued to evolve from something seen as superfluous and selfish to something that is a tool for people to simply look as young as they feel. As we continue to live longer with a markedly better quality of life, it makes sense that we demand procedures that keep us looking and feeling our best, regardless of if we are man or woman!
Gentlemen! Are you curious about learning more about one of these procedures? If so, book a private surgical consult with either Dr. Griffin or Dr. Tolan at Midwest Facial Plastic Surgery by calling 651.632.9700.
The day and age of clear, glowing and healthy skin being an only female pursuit are long gone. Men are one of the fastest growing demographics in not only the skincare product industry ($121 billion sold in mens’ skincare in 2016!), but also the skin TREATMENT industry. In some cities, you’ll find just as many men in the waiting room of a medical spa as you will women. Men are starting to think proactively about aging and are scheduling monthly treatments with an aesthetician to both improve and maintain their skin’s health. There’s no need to be intimated though guys! The road to great skin health and appearance doesn’t have to be a bumpy one nor complex. Here’s 3 simple steps you can take to easily improve your skin’s health and appearance in less than one hour a month!
STEP 1 : Out with the Old & In with the New (Exfoliation)
The human skin sheds about 30,000 to 40,000 dead skin cells each MINUTE. The rate at which these dead cells detach from our skin slows with age. If we don’t do anything to help them along in saying “sayonara” they tend to stick around and leave our complexions muddy and dull. These excess cells can also lead to blackheads and skin congestion. Exfoliating products help to either “bump off” these dead cells or dissolve them through safe chemical reactions with our skin. The result? Smooth, bright and soft skin.
Many men prefer the feel of a gentle scrub to use 2 times a week as their exfoliating step. This is massaged into the skin for at least 30 seconds while you are showering. As a plus, do this stage before shaving to get an incredibly close shave! Exfoliation knocks off dead skin cells around your hair follicles and can discourage nicks during shaving and ingrown hairs! (pssst….if you suffer from ingrown hairs on your neckline, ask your Face Cosmetic Skincare Aesthetician about laser hair reduction for this area!)
Want to try an exfoliating cleanser from our Face Rx Skincare line? We recommend: Face Rx POLISHED Skin Cleanser
STEP 2 : Protect your Assets (Sun Protection & Hydration)
What’s the point of achieving healthy and strong skin if you don’t protect it? Two of your worst skin liabilities are the sun and dryness. We know, you hate the feeling of thick, tacky creams on your face when you’re outdoors during the Summer. But, it’s the 21st Century and sunscreens have come a LONG way. Plus, many of them are now multi-takers that double as your antioxidant and moisturizer!
The sun’s harmful rays break down the collagen and elastin in our skin. These are the components that keep our skin plump and wrinkle free. UV exposure can also lead to other conditions that lead men to age prematurely such as dark spots, broken blood vessels and deep cross-hatch wrinkling. In addition, the sun can also zap our skin of moisture, leaving us dry (lacking oil) and/or dehydrated (lacking water). Skin that is depleted of hydration will show more fine lines, wrinkles and lack vitality and youthfulness. A light moisturizer can help balance your skin and leave you looking hydrated, NOT greasy.
Looking for a sunscreen that dries quickly, isn’t greasy and won’t make your breakout? We recommend: Face Rx “SHEER ARMOR SPF 50” Physical Sunscreen
Think it’s time to try a lightweight moisturizer and get balanced? We recommend: Face Rx “NOURISH” Hydration Serum
STEP 3 : Get Multi-Tasking! (Hydrafacial MD®)
Do you like the idea of partnering with a professional who gets to know your skin and can coach you through your best options, but the idea of going to a spa and changing into a robe makes you cringe? Fret not! There are clinical treatments that are fast, treat multiple concerns, AND require NO COSTUME CHANGE!
Hydrafacial MD is quickly becoming a favorite treatment among men across the country. This 5-in-1 treatment takes little time to do, but yields huge results when done regularly. This 30-45-minute treatment includes a deep cleansing, a physical exfoliation, a gentle chemical exfoliation via chemical peel, extractions of blackheads and a deep moisture infusion. It’s literally like a one stop shop for your skin! Hydrafacial MD can also be customized to address any specific concerns you may have about your skin such as acne, sun damage or premature aging.
Like the idea of partnering with a Face Cosmetic Skincare Aesthetician? She'll meet with you monthly and adjust your treatment plan to suit your skin’s needs, your lifestyle AND your budget! Call 651.632.9700 to get started!
As the largest organ of our body and the only one we’ve got, or skin is worth investing in. We need to look after it and take care of it! Our skin mirrors who we are and acts like a canvas that tells the unique story of our lives. Whether our wrinkles reflect a lifetime of hardship or laughter, your skin impacts how others perceive you. Investing just a little time and effort into how your care for your skin will keep it healthy and strong for years to come!