Botox very well may be the most recognizable cosmetic dermatology procedure. It’s practically a household name, which makes sense since over seven million botulinum toxin type A injections (which includes Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin) were performed in 2017, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. While there have been countless advancements in cosmetic procedures, Botox treatments remain in the top five minimally-invasive procedures performed in the U.S.
What is Botox?
Botox Cosmetic is the brand name for its formulation (onabotulinumtoxinA) of botulinum toxin. The botulinum toxin, created by Clostridium botulinum, is a paralyzing chemical that blocks nerve signals, or the neurotransmitter acetylcholine. It is naturally found in soil, water, and in animals’ intestines as an anaerobic bacterium. But when administered to humans, most commonly used on the face in very small doses, it relaxes muscles to improve and minimize crow’s feet, severe frown lines, forehead creases, and other facial wrinkles.
What are other uses of Botox?
Botox has also been proven to treat excessive underarm sweating, clinically categorized as axillary hyperhidrosis. There have also been studies around the use of botulinum toxin injections to prevent wrinkles. Many dermatologists are utilizing Botox treatments in conjunction with good skin care techniques for patients in their 20s and 30s to minimize future effects of deep lines on the face.
What does a Botox treatment look like?
Botox treatments are normally short, simple, and relatively painless. First, the dermatologist or plastic surgeon administering the treatment will talk with you about the areas you want to improve. They will ask you to move your face in different ways to see where you will best benefit from the injections. During the appointment, your cosmetic injector will inject you with the appropriate amount of Botox, or other brand of botulinum toxin. The number of injections depends on how overactive the muscles are and the size of the treatment area.
After the procedure, you may experience temporary tenderness and redness around the injection sites. The injections usually take 10 to 15 minutes, and you can return to normal activities soon afterward. You will notice relaxing of the muscles around the injection sites for a few days, and the overall effects usually last about three to four months, on average. Ongoing treatments are generally required to achieve long-term results.
Is Botox safe?
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the use of Botox for cosmetic procedures in 2002 for frown lines and again in 2013 specifically for crow’s feet. It has been deemed a safe procedure due to its minimally invasive nature and is trusted by doctors worldwide.
While Botox is generally safe, women who are breastfeeding or are pregnant should not receive botulinum toxin injections.
Botox | Bend Oregon | Deschutes Dermatology
If you are considering Botox or any cosmetic injectable, it is best to look for a board-certified dermatologist to administer the procedure. They are skilled professionals in facial anatomy and will make Botox injections look as natural as possible. Dr. Carter and her team at Deschutes Dermatology are experts in administering Botox treatments. Schedule a consultation for Botox in Bend Oregon today. You’ll be on your way toward younger, smoother, and more natural-looking skin.
The honest answer to that question is that it varies on the severity of your condition. That being said, there is a myriad of relief options available that we will go over here. In order to find the best psoriasis treatment specific to your condition, you will need to schedule a consultation with a dermatologist.
In the meantime, you can learn about your psoriasis.
The first step to begin to ease the problem is understanding what psoriasis is. Psoriasis is a skin condition characterized by scaly skin cell build-up that is often itchy, uncomfortable, and painful. While it isn’t completely understood, psoriasis is believed to be caused by an overactive immune system. What dermatologists do know is that psoriasis speeds up the life cycle of skin cells. This build-up causes an accumulation of cells that results in red, scaly patches. This condition is chronic, and flare-ups usually coincide with stressful situations or during habits like smoking or drinking alcohol.
Symptoms of psoriasis include:
Patchy, itchy skin
Silvery, scaly skin
Stiff or swollen joints
Different types each call for a different psoriasis treatment.
Finding the right psoriasis treatment will be individual for each person suffering from the condition, but treatments according to the Mayo Clinic include:
Vitamin D analogues
Narrow band UVB phototherapy
Psoralen plus ultraviolet A (PUVA)
Biologics (drugs that affect the immune system)
Thioguanine or hydroxyurea
Deschutes Dermatology | Psoriasis Treatment
The best and most effective way to find the psoriasis treatment right for you is to meet with a dermatologist. Dr. Carter at Deschutes Dermatology is well versed with the different options for psoriasis treatment. She has seen all types and can help you choose the right medication or procedure for your specific condition. Schedule a consultation today to get started in finding a reprieve to psoriasis.
Summer has faded and with it goes bathing suits, shorts, and sandals. Instead of mourning the warmer weather, you can look forward to cozy sweaters, winter activities, and laser hair removal. Oh, you hadn’t thought of that last part? It’s true; winter is the best time to receive laser hair removal treatments since you’ll have less exposure to the sun.
Wondering how laser hair removal works? You’ve come to the right place.
Laser hair removal involves a highly-concentrated laser light source that’s beamed into the hair follicles. The pigment in the follicles absorbs the light, which ultimately destroys the hair. The darker the hair pigment, the more significant the hair loss, which is why fall and winter months are the best times for the procedure.
Lasers provide precision and efficiency for hair removal. A single pulse can target many dark, coarse hairs at once, all within a fraction of a second. Advancements in laser technology make this procedure very safe. Modern lasers also don’t damage surrounding skin. It is one of the most commonly performed cosmetic procedures in the U.S.
The most common areas that can benefit from laser hair removal include the legs, underarms, bikini line, upper lip or face, small of the back, and more. Smaller areas like the upper lip only take a few minutes, while larger areas like the legs can take up to an hour. Depending on the client’s hair pigmentation, permanent hair loss can be achieved in less than ten sessions.
To prepare for the session, refrain from waxing and plucking the treatment area to preserve the hairs’ roots. Avoid laying in the sun or visit a tanning booth as UV light will alter your hair follicle’s pigmentation. During the session, the technologist will use the laser equipment, which is adjusted according to your hair’s pigmentation and your skin color, to pulse the light source onto the treatment area. You will wear appropriate eye protection. Many patients describe the process as a rubber band being snapped on the skin. If your skin is sensitive after the procedure, you may be given ice packs or sent home with anti-inflammatory lotion. Your appointments will be six weeks apart but come next spring, you’ll have smooth legs and won’t even have to shave!
Deschutes Dermatology | Laser Hair Removal
Even though laser hair removal is a common treatment, it is still a medical procedure and must be performed by a certified doctor or technician. Here at Deschutes Dermatology, our trained staff is experienced with performing laser hair removal.
Schedule a consultation to find out how many sessions you need to achieve the desired effect. Now’s the best time for laser hair removal!
Want to know a tumor that you shouldn’t be scared of? Try the underappreciated lipoma. Lipomas are the most common tumor to form beneath your skin. About 1 out of every 1,000 people develops lipomas.
They’re not usually anything more than a soft rubbery bulge on your skin. While lipomas are harmless, occasionally it’s best to remove them.
What is a lipoma?
A lipoma is a collection of fat cells growing in the soft tissue of your body, under the skin but over the muscle. Lipomas don’t develop into cancer because they consist only of fat and sometimes connective tissue.
No one is sure why lipomas develop. They often appear after an injury, and middle-aged people tend to get them more. There also seems to be a genetic factor, as they tend to run in families.
What do they look like?
Lipomas usually appear as small, soft lumps. They’re usually less than 2 inches wide. When pressed on, a lipoma may feel doughy, and they will move easily with finger pressure. They don’t normally hurt, but can if they grow next to nerves or if blood vessels run through them.
Why would I need to remove a lipoma?
Most lipomas are harmless and can be left to their lumpy existence. But if the lipoma becomes tender or painful, acquires infections, becomes inflamed repeatedly, interferes with your movements, becomes enlarged, or has a foul-smelling discharge then you should have Dr. Carter remove it.
How are lipomas removed?
Dr. Carter will usually surgically remove your lipoma. In most cases, this can be done as an outpatient procedure with local anesthetic simply injected around the lipoma. Dr. Carter will then make an incision, remove the fat cells and any connective tissue, and close the incision with a few stitches.
If surgery isn’t an option, steroid injections can shrink the growth, but usually won’t eliminate it.
The lipoma can be aspirated with a needle and a large syringe. This method doesn’t leave a scar but isn’t as effective for larger lipomas.
Do you have a lipoma that you would like have removed? Call Dr. Carter at 541-330-0900 to make your appointment.
Some people think that if they never went outside that they wouldn’t age. Not so. Not only would you miss out on all the beauty around us here in Bend, but you’d still age. It’s called intrinsic aging, and it involves the yearly decrease of your body’s collagen production. By the time you’re 50, your body produces one third less of this structural skin support protein than when you were 20. Elastin, which keeps the skin supple and elastic, has a similar drop.
That’s why you’re wrinkling, and your skin is sagging. Sun damage and other environmental issues/choices play a role, too, but intrinsic aging is the real culprit.
To fight back against this loss of collagen and elastin, Dr. Carter offers Sculptra, a long-lasting injectable that stimulates the body to produce new collagen to counteract some of the effects of intrinsic aging.
Sculptra is different filler
Most dermal fillers get their name because they “fill” in wrinkles; they push them up. These fillers are injected beneath the wrinkle and push up the skin. Their results are immediate.
Sculptra addresses wrinkles in a different fashion. You’ll see improvement after your injections, as you would with other fillers, but your real improvement will come over time. This is because Sculptra is made from poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA), which works in the dermis layer of the skin to replace lost collagen. Sculptra is known as a bio-activator or “volumizer.” Because it slowly rebuilds collagen, Sculptra gives you subtle results that continue to improve over time. This makes for a natural-looking appearance that gradually improves your skin. It’s not the instant change that you see with other fillers. With Sculptra, your results will come gradually, so no one notices a sudden change. We recommend three injection sessions over a few months for the best results. These results can then last for over two years!
How does Sculptra work?
Sculptra is injected differently. Other fillers are injected at a relatively shallow level, just below the wrinkle that needs to be filled. Dr. Carter injects Sculptra more deeply, into the deep dermal layer of the skin. In the deep dermis, microparticles of PLLA work to rebuild lost collagen and provide structural skin support. As the PLLA is absorbed, a collagen framework is created. This reinforced collagen structure provides a foundation that gradually restores the look of fullness to shallow to deep wrinkles and folds.
Where does Sculptra work best?
Sculptra is effective for:
The lines framing your mouth (marionette lines)
Hollow areas of the temples, cheeks, chin, and under the eyes
Deep folds between the nose and mouth (nasolabial folds), also called smile lines
Interested in the long-term effects of Sculptra? Call us at Deschutes, 541-330-0900, to make an appointment.
Since you may be considering coming to see the team at Deschutes for a Botox session before your holiday party, it may interest you to know some other uses for this world-famous brand.
This all-star of the aesthetic world was first approved for the treatment of wrinkles in 2002, but it was used for the treatment of other medical conditions decades before that. Here are some additional facts about Botox:
The origins or Botox
Clostridium botulinum is the organism from which Botox is derived. It can be found in its inactive form all through the natural environment, including in cultivated soil and forest soil, and in the sediment of lakes, streams, coastal and untreated waters.
Botox has been used medicinally for decades. It all started after WW2. Scientists found that the botulinum toxin type A, when injected in very small amounts, could make muscles temporarily stop contracting it was tried in various capacities. It is now used for the following therapeutic applications:
Blepharospasm (involuntary eyelid spasms)
Idiopathic rotational cervical dystonia (severe neck and shoulder muscle spasms)
Chronic migraine headaches
Severe primary axillary hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating)