In and Out: Procedures For When You're in a Hurry

You like the idea of turning back the clock when it comes to your appearance, but you don't like the idea of spending a week or two recovering after a facial plastic surgery. The idea of spending a few hours in a procedure doesn't appeal to you either.

Luckily, there are several non-surgical procedures that provide results quickly, but don't take very long to perform at all. You won't get the same results from these non-surgical options as you would from surgery, but they might be ideal for you at this stage in your life.

Botox

Plenty of people consider Botox when they think about non-surgical procedures to fight the earliest signs of aging. That could be because Botox is well-known enough to be a household name, but it also has to do with the overall convenience of the treatment.

Typically, it can take as little as 10 minutes for a plastic surgeon to administer a Botox injection. Depending on the situation, you could be in and out of the practice within 30 minutes, making Botox a treatment you can schedule over your lunch break.

Although the procedure itself is pretty quick, it's worth pointing out that the results can take a few days to become visible. Botox works by preventing certain nerves from signaling certain muscles. Those muscles are responsible for the movements that lead to the development of frown lines and crow's feet.

It usually takes a few days for the skin in the area to relax enough that the lines are no longer visible. After that, results can last for about three months. If you're happy with the treatment, you can schedule a repeat every few months to maintain the results.

Dermal Fillers

Like Botox, dermal fillers, such as Juvederm, take just a few minutes to perform. There are a few key differences between the two types of injections, though. For one thing, the results from a Juvederm treatment are visible right away. The injectable works by adding volume to certain lines and wrinkles, so you can see how it's working immediately.

The other big difference between the two injectables is the type of wrinkles they treat. Botox works on the lines created by movements. Juvederm and other fillers work on wrinkles that have formed as a result of collagen and volume loss.

Microdermabrasion

While injections help to correct lines and wrinkles, microdermabrasion is a quick, non-surgical procedure that helps to improve a range of other skin concerns, from dull, uneven texture to acne marks.

Microdermabrasion is in many ways the kinder, gentler sibling of dermabrasion. Dermabrasion is a type of surgery that involves removing layers of skin to help correct irregularities. The treatment is very deep and often requires the use of anesthesia to ensure a patient is comfortable. After dermabrasion, recovery can take a few weeks.

Meanwhile, microdermabrasion has no recovery time and doesn't require anesthesia. It's an in-office procedure and many people after able to go home and go about their regular day immediately afterward.

The trade-off between dermabrasion and microdermabrasion is that you get considerably more dramatic results from dermabrasion. But if you're just looking to give your skin a boost and don't have the time to dedicate to recovery, microdermabrasion can be the better pick.

Sclerotherapy

If you have unsightly spider veins or varicose veins, sclerotherapy is often the recommended treatment. It's considerably less invasive than vein surgery and provides good results when the veins aren't too large. Sclerotherapy also doesn't take very long, since all it is is a series of injections into the problem veins. Many people are able to go back to their regular life right after the treatment.

One thing worth knowing about sclerotherapy is that you might need second or even third treatment to get the results you want. Even so, it's still a pretty quick and simple procedure that can vastly improve the appearance of and the way you feel about your legs.

Schedule a Quick, Non-Surgical Procedure Today

Dr. Haitham Masri and Dr. Fatina Masri each have more than two decades of experience performing plastic surgery and non-surgical procedures. They offer a range of facial and body procedures that will have you in and out of the office in no time. They can help you decide on the treatment option that will best meet your goals and reduce the signs of aging. To schedule your free patient consultation at The Masri Clinic for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery, call (866) 487-3223 today.

 

Botox and SweatingYou’ve almost certainly heard of Botox, the injectable treatment that can smooth facial wrinkles temporarily for a more youthful appearance. But what you may not know is that Botox has been used for other purposes many times over during its long history. Originally used to treat spasms of the eye, Botox has a wide range of uses these days. Many people are surprised to find that Botox could be the key to feeling more comfortable in social situations—by curbing excess sweating. For people who sweat too much in stressful situations or warm rooms, the problem can be crippling to self-confidence and first impressions. Botox can help reduce excessive sweating on a temporary basis and provide relief from this problem. So how does it work?

The Science

Hyperhidrosis describes the medical condition of excessive sweating. For some people, even clinical-strength antiperspirants are not enough to keep extreme sweating at bay. When topical medications fail, Botox can help by binding to the nerve endings and blocking the neurotransmitters that cause sweating. While the treatment does not stop sweating altogether, Botox can keep the sweat glands from overproducing. Botox is made from a safe form of botulinum toxin that has been used for medical purposes for decades.

The Method

The most common areas of treatment are the underarms and the palms of the hands. Botox is only officially approved for treating sweating of the underarms, but has been used off-label in other areas safely for years. Botox is injected into several points (typically up to 20 or so) in the area to be treated, in order to block as many sweat glands as possible. The needle used for this process is very small and fine.  Because the procedure can be a bit uncomfortable, there are options for topical anesthesia and other solutions to make the procedure less painful.

The Results

Most patients report a significant reduction (often between 60-80%) in sweat production in the treated areas for several months after the treatment. Most people need to seek re-treatment after about 4-6 months, in order to continue blocking the sweat glands and maintain the results. Reducing sweat output can positively impact confidence and self-esteem, making social situations much more comfortable and easy to navigate.

Are You a Candidate?

If you suffer from excess sweating in the underarms or palms of the hands, then chances are you are eligible for Botox treatments. However, only a qualified doctor can assess individual candidacy and ensure you have no disqualifying conditions. Botox is suitable for most patients, and if you are a healthy adult with significant sweat production, you should be able to give the treatment a try.

Is Botox Safe?

Botox is a tried-and-true product for both cosmetic and medical purposes. Its original purpose was treating eye spasms, but the product is now used to treat a variety of conditions, including sweating. Botox’s most popular use is for temporarily easing facial wrinkles, a treatment that millions of Americans choose each year. Botox has proven to be a safe and effective treatment that serves many different purposes and involves few complications.

Talk to an Expert

While many providers offer Botox injections, not all have the skill to help you achieve good results with hyperhidrosis treatments. It is important to research prospective providers carefully, and only consult with expert, board certified plastic surgeons, like our team at Masri Clinic for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery. Our doctors each have decades of experience and the dedication to help you achieve the results you want. If you would like to schedule a complimentary consultation to discuss your needs for Botox treatments, call our offices in Birmingham or Dearborn, Michigan offices today at 866-487-3223.

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