|In this Issue . . .|
|E-Botox Alternative – Relaxed Expressions|
Relaxed Expressions is one of the newest, minimally invasive, non-toxic tools in our ongoing quest to find the most effective methods for treating facial wrinkles, and reversing the signs of aging.
I recently became one of only 30 physicians in the U.S. involved as part of a physician advisory council to help with the development of best practices in the use of Bioform Medical’s Relaxed Expressions (also known as REX, GFX, or No-Tox) system. Perhaps the best way to think of REX is as a high-tech alternative to Botox.
Instead of using a low dose of Botulinum Toxin like Botox, Relaxed Expressions targets the muscles that cause frown lines and wrinkles in our foreheads with Radio Frequency (RF) energy. These RF energy waves minimize the muscle’s ability to make you frown, thus removing the wrinkles in the target area.
While Botox is still a great treatment, Relaxed Expressions overcomes two of Botox’s shortcomings; it may last for as long as . . .
|Can I Have Multiple Procedures at the Same Time?|
I’ve received several questions from patients lately on whether or not they can have multiple procedures done during the same visit.
The short answer is yes, you can. However, the real limiter is the type of anesthesia selected.
Take liposuction for example. We often do smaller areas of liposuction under a local anesthesia with oral sedation. This method allows us a smaller window of time, so larger procedures aren’t possible. However, we can do larger areas under a general anesthesia. This also allows us to do combinations of surgeries.
A recent patient wanted to have liposuction and breast augmentation done at the same time as part of a “Mommy Makeover.” While we only did those two surgeries for that patient, I’ve had patients choose to have liposuction, breast augmentation with a breast lift, and a lower lid blepharoplasty. So there are fewer limitations under general anesthesia.
Having multiple procedures done at the same time is actually a smart choice for most of us. There is usually a shorter overall recovery time, a lower overall cost, and in many cases, we’re finding that combination treatments actually provide better results.
|Wrinkle Fillers and TotalFX|
I’m constantly impressed with the advancement and constant learning that we have in the field of anti- aging.
One of the things that we’re discovering is that a combination of treatments is best for treating the changes that occur with aging. For instance, we can combine a surgical procedure like a mini-facelift to re- define the jawline and soften the effects of aging on the face and neck with a non-surgical procedure like a TotalFX treatment (using the Lumenis laser).
The mini-facelift corrects more advanced cases of sagging skin than the TotalFX treatment does, but it does nothing for problems such as brown spots, and . . .