Category Archives: Botox® and Fillers

The advantages of our MedSpa

Since their inception in the late 1990‘s, the medical spa hybrid, commonly referred to as a “MediSpa”, has become so popular throughout this country that they’re now the fastest growing segment of the $11 billion dollar spa business. It turns out that men and women like getting their non-surgical cosmetic treatments like Botox, fillers and chemical peels in a relaxed, comfortable, spa-like atmosphere. The downside of many of these MediSpas, though, is that the aestheticians and technicians do not always have the proper oversight of a medical professional.

Since many of the services offered at a MediSpa qualify as a medical procedure, they must be performed or supervised by a doctor. Flip open the phone book and you will find dozens of “MediSpa’s” doing these treatments, but you will not find a Doctor actually located there. RN’s, business people, and even aestheticians are the only ones on site, which is technically not in the best interest of the patient.

Beautologie Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center is 100% owned and operated by Medical Doctors who have the best interest of their patients and their own reputation on the line. We are much more than abiding by the laws; we exceed the guidelines set for Medical Spa’s. Our doctors are on site, ready to see patients daily!

Because we pride ourselves on always putting safety first and delivering the best possible care to our patients, Beautologie has a full time nursing staff and Doctor on site during all office hours. Dr. Milan Shah is a medical aesthetic specialist and the Director of our Medical Aesthetics Department. Not only does he bring his expertise in aesthetics and anti-aging medicine to every Medical Aesthetic patient, overseeing their charts and tracking their progress with his team, but also actually sees each and every patient at some point during his or her treatment. So whether you are visiting us for laser hair removal, Restylane, spider vein removal, Venus freeze, professional skin care products, laser skin resurfacing, Endermologie, Botox or a chemical peel, you can rest assured that you’re in the hands of a qualified team of professionals who are under the constant supervision of one of the most qualified medical aesthetic doctors in the state.

So, come on and treat yourself to a Medispa day…but one that is properly supervised by an MD on site. You deserve it.

Beautologie puts the MD in MeDispa!

Facelift or Fillers? How to Choose

More and more patients are considering facial fillers before they decide to get cosmetic surgery. Products like Juvederm™, Radiesse™ and Restylane™ have emerged as relatively inexpensive alternatives to face lift surgery. These treatments are ideal for people with busy lifestyles.

If you’ve already had treatment with injectable fillers, you may be considering a more long-term solution to the signs of aging. During a consultation, we can help you decide between facelift surgery or a minimally invasive alternative such as Juvederm™ or Radiesse™.

To help you choose, we’ll evaluate factors like:

  • Your appearance and how you have aged
  • How you feel about cosmetic surgery
  • Time you have for post surgical recovery
  • What you can afford

In some cases, if a patient has early signs of aging in the jowl area, a facial filler can be used to postpone surgery for several years. With a low treatment cost, this option can be very convenient. With each treatment, you’ll have the opportunity to build a rapport and trusting partnership with the doctor.

Part of the consultation process also helps you set realistic expectations. It’s important to know the limitations of both face lift surgery and injectable fillers, which vary. With fillers, you can usually expect a quick but subtle improvement that lasts 6-12 months. With a face lift, you can look 10 years younger, and the results typically endure for several years.

Upper Lip Plumping Procedure Uses Botox and Dermal Fillers

Sculpting the appearance of the upper lip is delicate business – and sometimes two procedures are better than one. A recent episode of ABC’s The Doctors showcases a new, two-part procedure that can enhance the appearance of the upper lip without the need for surgery. This technique uses a Botox injection to mask fine lines, followed by hyaluronic acid injections to add volume.

You can see the procedure and the results in the video below, but a word to the squeamish: the video shows a woman having her lips injected with dermal fillers. Although the procedure is painless, you may not want to watch it if you have a fear of needles.

“I’ve always had thin lips,” says Mary, the patient in the segment. “I’ve tried different kinds of lipsticks and liners and things that might allegedly plump your lips but it’s not really worked. I don’t do enough for myself and it would be really fun to have some girly lips.”

One half of Mary’s twofold procedure has been performed in advance. Since Botox takes 24 to 48 hours to take effect, the wrinkle-erasing treatment is already been injected into Mary’s upper lip to resolve the fine lines that appeared there. The second step, which is performed onstage, involves adding volume with dermal fillers along the border of the lip. This is where the lip has thinned as a result of the aging process.

“Typically, with the aging process, you see those lips thin, because we lose volume in the structures around the mouth,” says Dr. Ordon. He also notes that – because Botox and hyaluronic acid fillers will last around 3 to 6 months – patients can have both halves of the procedure renewed at the same time. With the dermal fillers in place, Mary can see her results instantly, with lips that have been completely transformed.

Pokertox: Less a Procedure, More a Punchline

Using Botox and dermal fillers to enhance a poker player’s ability to conceal their emotions? It sounds like the premise of an SNL sketch, but a doctor of aesthetic medicine in New York has been marketing the procedure, which he has dubbed “Pokertox.” But based on feedback from professional poker players interviewed by the Huffington Post, this might be one gamble that the doctor will come to regret.

In poker, the ability to hide facial emotions is extremely valuable, as other players are always on the lookout for clues about what type of hand you hold. These unconscious signals – known as “tells” – can change the course of a game. Dr. Jack Berdy is betting that many poker players might benefit from procedures that can minimize the appearance of such signals.

“Some people might get a card they like or don’t like and raise their eyebrows,” he told The Huffington Post. “If that’s the common reaction, we can put Botox in certain areas to minimize them… We can also put Botox in areas to make it look like the player has a ‘tell’ they really don’t have.”

So far, poker players and other surgeons haven’t been particularly impressed. “The game has moved on from bluffs, and is more analytical these days,” World Poker Tour competitor Josh Hale said in an interview. “Players might look at physical tells, but they are relying more on betting patterns and bet sizing.”

“Plastic surgery is expensive,” Jay Melancon, a long-time poker player, said. “You’d have to play in very high-stakes games to make it worth it, and if you have a ‘tell’ that is that obvious, you shouldn’t be playing in those games.”

But the real zinger goes to a cosmetic doctor from California: “My first thought is that it is sad an internist can’t earn enough that they have to resort to doing Botox and fillers with a gimmick.”

Image credit: Pokeravond, Wikimedia Commons

The Voice Lift: Is It Worth It?

Our voices naturally age as we get older – it’s an inevitable fact of life. Or is it? A recent post on RealSelf has highlighted an injectable procedure that can enhance vocal performance. The procedure, known popularly as the voice lift, is becoming more popular in the US and UK. However, many doctors argue that the procedure has too many risks and too few benefits.

What causes vocal aging? Our vocal cords thin over time, which makes the voice sound crackly and reedy. By plumping up certain points in the larynx, or voice box, plastic surgeons can restore the natural fullness of the voice.

Plastic surgeons have been using some of the same techniques that are often used to add volume and definition to the face. One of the most popular approaches is fat grafting. During a facial fat graft, unwanted fat is taken from elsewhere in the body, and used for the purposes of facial rejuvenation. During a voice lift, writes the Daily Mail, the fat is “grafted on to the vocal folds to plump them up and enhance voice performance.”

The alternative to fat grafting is injectable fillers, such as Juvederm and Restylane. Unlike fat grafting, injectable fillers do not require the removal of fat from elsewhere in the body. Injectable fillers tend not to last as long as fat grafts, and are naturally absorbed by the body after a few months.

But don’t imagine that fat grafting itself is a long-term solution. In fact, the body tends to reabsorb much of the injected fat over time as well. As a result, the voice lift is limited in its effectiveness, and only tends to improve the voice over the course of weeks or months.

Is there a surgical alternative to the voice lift? Not unless the larynx is seriously damaged or impaired. No responsible plastic surgeon would perform cosmetic voice enhancement, since the risk of complications is too great. Until minimally invasive techniques become more advanced, the voice lift is one procedure that most patients will want to decline.

Photo credit: Dinozauris, Wikimedia Commons