Posts tagged: Botox

Dec 17 2013

The Botox backlash

The New York Post reports on the backlash against Botox and highlights some celebrities who are well known for an “overdone” look. Moderation is the key when considering cosmetic procedures, and Botox administered by the wrong hands can result in the famously frozen look. My years of experience as a plastic surgeon result in a natural looking result where the patient looks like him or herself, only better.

Is it possible to have cosmetic work and still not look “done”? The answer is yes! We can all recognize the hallmarks of the oft-nipped-and-tucked; the eyebrows arched in perpetual surprise, the pinched nose, the waxy skin, the taut neck, the wisps of hair carefully plastered in front of the earlobes to hide the telltale scars. This is a result of two things: an insistent patient with unrealistic dreams of youth, and a surgeon less interested in a natural-looking result. Of course we want to look better, but we also want to look like ourselves, not like a different person. Plastic surgery is an art and a science. As I discuss in my book, Change Your Looks, Change Your Life, Quick Fixes and Cosmetic Surgery Solutions for Looking Younger, Feeling Healthier, and Living Better, it is one thing to change an aspect of yourself that you don’t like, but it is another to look distorted from what is normal. A patient can come every year with a procedure in mind to improve their appearance, and that is OK. But if you are still never satisfied with what you look like  your results can completely change your look. When considering plastic surgery, the changes that you make to your face or body should still look natural, but give you that self-confidence boost. In short, you must know- realistically- what you are starting with, as well as what you want to look like when surgery is done.

Choosing a procedure to fix a long-term problem that has negatively affected how you feel about yourself and interact with the world- to my mind, that’s the definition of good mental health. There’s nothing “cosmetic” about that, or vain, or neurotic. It’s practical, constructive, forward-moving, pro-active, and self-affirming.

What you are is what you are; cosmetic surgery just improves on what nature has given you.

 

 

 

Botox losing face amid celeb backlash

 

Nov 05 2013

Botox® is the go-to for sweaty situations

We all sweat – but when heavy sweating causes embarrassment and changes the way you live your life, it may be time for action. Fortunately, this is a situation we can address with an office visit.

Some people produce much more perspiration than they need to keep their body cool. This condition is known as hyperhidrosis, which affects more than a million people in the US alone. My patients often suffer from difficulty in social situations and tell me that excessive sweating significantly interferes with their daily activities. But a treatment made famous for fighting wrinkles can also provide lasting relief for this uncomfortable condition – BOTOX®.  BOTOX® injections block the chemical signals sent from the nerves that control sweating, an essentially safe solution for excessive perspiration. The substance relaxes muscles associated with the sweat glands – a positive effect on a patient’s quality of life. The New York Post  recently posted an article on the many uses of Botox®.

Schedule a BOTOX® consultation  so I can help you be confident, sweat-free, and most importantly stress-free.

Jul 25 2013

Is Running A Fast Track To Wrinkles?

RUNNER’S FACE  And no, this is not referring to the “game face” an athlete makes. Runner’s face generally occurs in both men and women ages 40 + who exercise to improve their body, and in doing so, end up with a skeletal and bony face. When exercising, athletes burns off fat beneath the layers of their skin. The marked loss of fatty tissue results in a loss of volume, which leads to a prominent appearance of the bones, accelerated development of skin laxity and deepening of wrinkles. Though you may look like a 20-year-old from the neck down, your face will easily give away your age. If the skin has taken a beating from pounding the pavement, there are ways to chase those wrinkles away. Runners often have wrinkles for reasons other than running itself. Many runners spend long hours outdoors without proper sun protection, so the wrinkles are a result of sun exposure.

I recommend a good sun protector and basic skin care regimen to reverse the affects of sun damage.  Use Revitalizing Formula during the day to give skin a boost with antioxidants, and use Reparative Night Serum to help repair damage overnight.  Non-surgical in-office procedures like Botox and injectable fillers such as Juvederm and Radiesse, help smooth wrinkles and restore fullness to the face giving the “Runner’s face” the same vitality the rest of their body has. Botox treatments can target lines in the brows or around the mouth, with results  lasting about four months. Injectable fillers restore volume, and can now last up to a year and sometimes longer.


Jul 02 2013

The heat wave is on!

Are you embarrassed by wet armpits, clammy hands and feet?  My patients often suffer from difficulty in social situations and tell me that excessive sweating significantly interferes with their daily activities. Hyperhidrosis,  a condition where you produce much more perspiration than you  need to keep your body cool, affects more than a million people in the US alone Yesterday Discovery Health spoke about ways to stop excessive underarm sweating.

We all sweat – but when heavy sweating causes embarrassment and changes the way you live your life, it may be time for action. A treatment made famous for fighting wrinkles can also provide relief for this uncomfortable condition – BOTOX®.  BOTOX® injections block the chemical signals sent from the nerves that control sweating, an essentially safe solution for excessive perspiration. The substance relaxes muscles associated with the sweat glands – a positive effect on a patient’s quality of life.

Feb 25 2013

How to get that red-carpet look

How do they look so great?  The secrets of celebrity plastic surgery are revealed by Dr. Michelle Copeland.

“I don’t envy celebs, they’re scrutinized so much. Fortunately, there are a variety of nonsurgical ‘quick fixes’ that have no downtime that I can choose from to make them look good. Celebrities have always been at the forefront of using these kinds of treatments, because of the pressure to constantly look good for public appearances,” Copeland tells AOL Stylist.

 

Ideally, patients come in a few weeks before the day to assess their concerns, and put together an action plan of what is often a variety of touch-up procedures to tighten skin and give it a glow. Yet with busy filming and travel schedules, it’s not uncommon for many celebs to wait until the last minute for their fix.

“They’re so busy, it slips their mind — and then suddenly, they look in the mirror a week before, and say, ‘I need to do something, now!’” Copeland says of her patients, some of whom have booked appointments just days before the Oscars.

So what kind of fixes are celebs clamoring for? Read on as we list the top most requested pick-me-ups.

Fat Shrinkage

When you’ve got to slip into a sexy body-baring gownSpanx can only work so many miracles. In addition to supportive undergarments, celebs turn to the Zerona laser to shave off a few more inches of fat.

“Zerona uses light energy to help shrink fat cells. It’s not surgical, and not painful. You sit in front of a light for 45 minutes every other day for six sessions. Most people lose between 3.5 to five inches,” explains Copeland.

Patients often combine the Zerona with their already aggressive pre-Oscars routine combination of a light diet and exercise for best results.

Copeland says the fat is truly burned off, as it would disappear if you had exercised or dieted it away. Naturally, if you overindulge again and gain weight, the fat cells can come back as they otherwise would.

Sessions vary in cost, but can run between $500 to $700 per visit, with six treatments within a two-week time frame suggested for the maximum return on your investment.

With cost being no restriction for the wealthy, Copeland reveals that she just had a patient who doubled up on sessions, for 12 altogether, and lost a staggering 14 inches of fat total — which is an uncommonly exceptional result, even for celebrities.

Skin Tightening

Strapless and low-cut gowns may look simply stunning on the red carpet, but they also put a laser focus on areas where many women feel self-conscious about the pull of gravity: their jowls, the back of the arms and décolleté.

Thermage uses radio frequency waves to stimulate the tightening of the tissues. You’ll see immediate results, but the tightening effects will continue for three to six months,” says Copeland of the laser.

Another new laser that is “hot off the press” right now is Ulthera, which works in much the same way as Thermage. With no downtime and instant gratification from both lasers, they’re often used just days before the Oscars for tightening.

A common area that is zapped by both genders is the under-eye area, which can get puffy and loose with age – and of which high definition video is becoming increasingly unforgiving.

The widespread use of these lasers right before big events can also be attributed to a relaxed comfort level, since results look believable. The heat simply stimulates the natural collagen found in your skin.

This type of laser can vary dramatically in cost, as people may treat anything from a small area like the jowls to a more expansive area like the chest and back of arms. A typical cost can range from $2,000 to upward of $6,000 per individual treatment.

Brown Spots Begone

Pigmentation changes are one of the most common aging concerns, and celebs aren’t immune. Most say they’re especially self-conscious about spots on the face, cleavage and back of the hands while posing for their Oscar arrival photo.

Entirely eliminating brown spots takes multiple treatments or more invasive procedures like deep chemical peels that require downtime, and can’t be done merely days before a big event. Powerful lasers may zap problematic spots into oblivion, but they form a scab that must naturally flake off on its own, or else risk scarring.

However, a variety of noninvasive treatments like microdermabrasion and non-ablative lasers can be combined like a cocktail to significantly lighten spots in as little time as a week before the big day.

For maintenance, a regular patient may first go through the regimen of four to six sessions to undo sun damage on the skin, and then maintain with follow-up sessions once every season. Celebs, on the other hand, often book standing appointments every four to six weeks on regular rotation, so that their skin is always glowing.

“Celebrities don’t want highs and lows. They want to consistently look their best,” says Copeland.

The kind of non-ablative skin rejuvenations described above typically cost between $800 to $1,200 per individual treatment, with celebs stacking a few together for the fastest, most beautiful results right before an awards show.

Fillers and Botox

A mainstay on the red carpet for years now, Copeland says that fillers and Botox have unfairly been given a bad rap due to unskilled application and overuse.

“You can do it without ending up looking like Renee Zellweger or  Meg Ryan. But not everyone is a Rembrandt! There are very different ways of applying Botox and fillers. Some ways give you natural animation, others make you appear frozen. It all has to do with the amount you use and the placement of it,” says Copeland.

 

Botox is a cosmetic must-have for most celebs. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

“Some people actually prefer that artificial look and ask for it. People have different expectations for how tight and lifted they want their skin to look,” adds Copeland.

Fillers like Juvéderm and Restylane are most often shot into the lips for a fuller look, or to erase aging marionette lines. Radiesse is a firmer filler, and is often used in the cheeks for more support. While typical fillers last a few months, firmer versions like Radiesse can often stay in place for up to a year and a half.

Sold by the syringe, most patients require two syringes of filler for an area like deep laugh lines, or one syringe for the lips. Prices can vary dramatically depending on volume needed, and the part of the country the doctor practices. “It’s entirely possible to spend several thousand dollars on filler for the face,” says Copeland.

On the other hand, many surgeons sell Botox by the area of face treated — which is broken down into units — and can cost anywhere from a few hundred to a couple thousand dollars for a session.

But when it comes to Botox and fillers, celebrities have to be careful to treat themselves with at least a week to spare for healing, just in case they end up with surface bruising. Copeland says it’s difficult to anticipate whether or not a person will bruise.

“Sometimes people just bruise more than others. And they may be taking a blood thinner like Aspirin or Advil, and forget to stop them before coming in for an injection. That’ll make them bruise more. The good thing is, you can cover bruising with makeup,” says Copeland.

Ah, yes — that’s the magic of Hollywood.

Nov 20 2012

Don’t sweat the holidays! Using Botox to alleviate excessive perspiration

Another quick fix for the holidays can also help year-round. Excessive perspiration can be particularly bothersome at this time of year when we are bundled up for the outdoors, yet often find ourselves in overheated spaces indoors. It is possible to treat excessive underarm perspiration, and the clammy hands that can also become problematic, with BOTOX® injections. I’ve treated patients this way when topical medicines have not been effective.  BOTOX® neurotoxin treatment helps control severe underarm sweating by temporarily blocking the chemical signals from the nerves that stimulate the sweat glands. When the sweat glands don’t receive chemical signals, the severe sweating stops. One successful patient said, “sweating is not something that’s controlling my daily routine anymore. Now I can do things like standing up in front of a group of people at work without having to look down to see if I’m sweating under my arms.”  After just one office visit, patients are able to go about their lives with less stress and more confidence.

Jul 20 2011

The Heat Wave is On! Botox Can Help!

The heat wave is on! Are you embarrassed by wet armpits, clammy hands and feet?  My patients often suffer from difficulty in social situations and tell me that excessive sweating significantly interferes with their daily activities. Hyperhidrosis,  a condition where you produce much more perspiration than you  need to keep your body cool, affects more than a million people in the US alone Yesterday Discovery Health spoke about ways to stop excessive underarm sweating.

We all sweat – but when heavy sweating causes embarrassment and changes the way you live your life, it may be time for action. A treatment made famous for fighting wrinkles can also provide relief for this uncomfortable condition – BOTOX®.  BOTOX® injections block the chemical signals sent from the nerves that control sweating, an essentially safe solution for excessive perspiration. The substance relaxes muscles associated with the sweat glands – a positive effect on a patient’s quality of life.

excessive-sweating

Jan 25 2011

Dealing With Sweaty Situations

excessive-sweating

Are you embarrassed by wet armpits, clammy hands and feet?  Well you are not alone.  Hyperhidrosis,  a condition where you produce much more perspiration than you  need to keep your body cool, affects more than a million people in the US alone Yesterday Discovery Health spoke about ways to stop excessive underarm sweating. We all sweat – but when heavy sweating causes embarrassment and changes the way you live your life, it may be time for action. Fortunately, this is a situation we can now treat effectively with BOTOX®.

My patients often suffer from difficulty in social situations and tell me that excessive sweating significantly interferes with their daily activities. A treatment made famous for fighting wrinkles can also provide relief for this uncomfortable condition – BOTOX®.  BOTOX® injections block the chemical signals sent from the nerves that control sweating, an essentially safe solution for excessive perspiration. The substance relaxes muscles associated with the sweat glands – a positive effect on a patient’s quality of life.

Dec 13 2010

More Holiday Quick-Fixes!

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I promised more quick fixes for the holidays and here are some that require a trip to my office, but can be done in time to welcome the New Year with a refreshed and rejuvenated appearance. Botox injections, fillers, microdermabrasion and a variety of safe, quick and effective non-ablative laser sessions help smooth and tighten areas that are wrinkled or sagged. Thermage® (the “non-surgical” facelift that requires no downtime) or Threadlift to rid your face of sagging skin, are feasible even for those with heavy schedules. I perform these treatments many times a week for people who are in the public eye and have no downtime. These treatments can even be done during lunchtime! Of course, starting with the basic steps I outlined last week: staying hydrated, moisturizing and taking care of the eyes and lips, will give you a head start to looking fabulous for this  holiday season.

Nov 12 2010

Would You Get Surgery to Get the Job?

blog pictureBeauty is in the eye of the Beholder, and that means it may be in the eye of your potential boss. Today on Good Morning America, a story featured women who believe they need plastic surgery to improve their chances for a job. Age bias and the pressure to look good is often felt most intensely in the workplace, especially in our youth-obsessed culture. Studies show that traditionally good-looking people are perceived as smarter than others, make more money, and are even 5 times more likely to be hired. The continuing influx of women, recent recession, and corporate downsizing is making work environments more competitive than ever, increasing pressure to look polished and youthful. As the ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle once said, “Beauty is better than all letters of recommendation.” Like it or not, looks matter.

And while going under the knife won’t guarantee employment, it can dramatically improve your looks and self-esteem. The effect your appearance has on your self-confidence is more than skin-deep; it has an enormous impact on your health, the quality of your life, and your future outlook. Of course none of us can control our age, but we can control our confidence, which is essential when searching for a job. Any way you look at it, appearing fresher, looking sharper, and feeling healthier will give you a better shot at keeping a job or getting one.  As one of my patients told me, “I feel that appearing well put together, energetic, and youthful earns people’s respect and attention, and ultimately gives me greater credibility. I am convinced that looks make you money, so I think of surgery as an investment. Plastic surgery isn’t about beauty. It’s about power.” By making subtle but important changes to your looks, cosmetic surgery is a valuable, low-risk investment in your future health, happiness, and well-being. (From my best-selling book Change Your Looks, Change Your Life, Quick Fixes and Cosmetic Surgery Solutions for Looking Younger, Feeling Healthier, and Living Better.)

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