The Ever-Expanding World of Botox

Botox won its way into our hearts as an aesthetic treatment for fine lines and wrinkles in the face, especially in the forehead and between the eyes. It is the magical syringe that brings a brightness and ease to the facial features while allowing us to turn back the clock on some of the facial lines that may have snuck up in no time at all.

However, Botox is a great treatment for conditions beyond shallow wrinkles! There are so many other benefits to the popular injectable; it is now being used medically as well as aesthetically to treat common conditions for men and women.

Different Uses for Botox

Botox serves effectively as a relaxant for tense muscles, for example those in the face causing the “11” between your eyes. However, the formula works for relaxing muscles in other parts of the body as well. The latest, most popular alternative uses for Botox include:

Migraine Treatment: Just as Botox can relax muscles causing tension in the face, it can do the same to tension on a deeper level. The nerves causing migraines are located in the temples. By injecting Botox into the temples, migraines are essentially halted or frozen for several months, allowing the patient the opportunity to live migraine-free without overuse of over the counter or harmful prescription medication.

Excessive Sweating: Botox can also be used to relax the sweat glands in overactive regions, such as the underarms, palms or scalp. You now have the chance to relieve yourself of embarrassing summer sweat and make your hair’s blowout last an extra day or two without being ruined by perspiration.

Improvement of “Gummy Smile”: Many patients complain of a smile that features too much gum compared to the amount of tooth visible, known as a “gummy smile.” This condition can now be relieved using Botox, as the injection can be used to relax the upper lip and keep it from curling up too far and exposing excess gum. This procedure is not permanent, but can be effective.

Facial and Aesthetic Treatments

Of course, aesthetic uses for Botox are still far more popular than the listed medical treatments. This injectable is so effective and affordable in its cosmetic benefits, it is hard to deny that it is one of our favorite products. Its versatility and the ability to use Botox now in so many therapeutic ways makes it one of the best treatments that any clinic can provide.

By using Botox to relieve facial tension causing fine lines, you not only avoid signs of aging, you allow yourself to look calm, at ease and approachable rather than containing a resting face that looks sad, tired or old.

Am I a Candidate?

If you are interested in learning more about how Botox can help relieve some of your symptoms, we recommend you schedule a consultation with Dr. Schneider. He is a renowned surgeon in St. Paul, Minnesota who truly cares about each patient. Even in injectable consultations, you will have his undivided attention and receive only the best care. Call Riverview Facial Plastic Surgery today to schedule your appointment: 651-493-8501.

Bring Balance to Your Face

Rhinoplasty (casually known as a nose job) can help do more for you than fix a deviated septum or remove excess cartilage. A skillfully performed rhinoplasty can help bring symmetry, balance and appeal to the entire structure of your face.

A nose that tilts one way or has a mild hump may distract from the rest of your facial features, drawing attention to an insecurity that detracts from your natural beauty. By choosing to bring balance to your nose’s shape, you are able to highlight the rest of your features and give yourself a forever makeover that will help you shine with confidence!

How is a rhinoplasty performed?

Rhinoplasty is one of the most individualized surgeries, in that technique may vary greatly from patient to patient depending on the goal of the procedure. However, most rhinoplasty surgeries are performed on an outpatient basis and yield very minimal scarring, if any at all.

There are two main types of nose job. In an open rhinoplasty, an incision is made across the tissue connecting your nostril, causing some visible scarring which will fade significantly over time. A closed rhinoplasty requires incisions within the nasal cavity, so you will not ever see visible scars from the procedure.

What is recovery like from a rhinoplasty?

While you will wear a splint over your nose for several days after your surgery, rhinoplasty recovery is fairly mild. Most patients return to work within 2 weeks of their procedure, but full and complete results will not be visible until several months, when the nose is fully healed and swelling subsides completely. Bruising and discomfort can be managed with medication and ice during the days following the procedure. Keeping pain and swelling managed during healing is key to a quick and easy recovery.

How does a nose job balance the face?

Choosing to alter the shape or size of your nose in order to remove or modify features that make you insecure is typically more about aesthetic balance than a “problem” with an aspect of your nose. As each face is different, each nose is as well, and that particular part of your face lies directly in the center, essentially splitting your face in half. When your nose is crooked or carries distinguishable features, it is often difficult to focus on the beauty surrounding the nose.

Rhinoplasty can help you balance your nose to bring notice and aesthetic focus to the rest of your face. When the facial features are proportional and symmetrical, your natural beauty is truly able to shine.

Am I a good candidate?

You may be a good candidate for rhinoplasty if you experience discomfort or difficulty breathing due to a deviated septum or if you are unhappy with the balance of your facial features due to your nose. Dr. Schneider has performed many nose jobs and will be able to help you decide if this procedure is right for you, while showing you how it can be beneficial for your particular case.
If you are interested in scheduling a consultation near St. Paul, Minnesota, call Riverview Facial Plastic Surgery today: 651-493-8501.