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When Should I Start Getting Botox?

BOTOX® can sometimes be a sensitive subject, particularly among the younger crowd. Most people associate BOTOX® with people 40 years and older, who are beginning to notice more wrinkles. But middle age is not the only time during which a person can receive BOTOX® treatment. Many doctors recommend that patients get BOTOX® at a younger age not only to remove wrinkles, but also to prevent them in the future.

There are benefits to getting BOTOX® done at any age, so what is the right age for you?

BOTOX® in your 20s: Having BOTOX® in your twenties doesn’t mean that you are full of wrinkles and facial lines already. Rather, it is done as a preventative measure. Doctors have begun recommending that people who are open to getting BOTOX® later in life should start in their mid to late 20s in order to prevent wrinkles from occurring in the future. This works by suspending movement of the muscles in the face that cause wrinkling. Consistent upkeep on your face will help lessen and decrease the likelihood of having significant wrinkles when you are older.

BOTOX® in your 30s: This decade is the time when wrinkles and facial lines can start becoming more noticeable on your face. Getting BOTOX® done on a regular basis throughout your thirties can have a significant improvement on the way your face looks and feels. It is critical to have BOTOX® done in your 30s in order to not only reduce the severity of future wrinkles, but to keep your face looking young and fresh.

BOTOX® in your 40s and on: Using BOTOX® regularly throughout your forties and beyond can definitely be beneficial to how your skin looks, but unfortunately you will not receive the same results as if you had started in your 30s. Starting BOTOX® at this stage in life can decrease the significance of your wrinkles, but it might take more facial work than just BOTOX® in order to get the results which you really want.

If you have any more questions about BOTOX® and what age is right for you to start getting treatments, feel free to contact us today!

Who doesn’t want full, sexy lips?

Lip augmentations have recently made a huge splash in the plastic surgery world. Full lips have always been a desired look among women, but the demand for lip injections has been on the rise. One of the most common procedures is the injection of Juvaderm. Juvaderm is Hyaluronic Acid (HA) which is the building block of collagen that your body naturally produces which provides support to various parts of your body including the skin, joints, and ligaments. We use injectable HA that is derived from synthetic sources.

During the initial consultation, we will review, in great detail, what your options are. You will be asked to describe your desired look and we will help you find your best treatment option. We will go over every step of the procedure you’re interested in and will make sure you are completely informed every step of the way. Any alternative procedures will also be discussed.

lipsThe procedure takes about 30 minutes and is done right in the clinic! Many patients often get this procedure done on their lunch break, due to the very light recovery. After you receive your injections, you may return to your normal activities, including working and wearing make-up!

You may notice some discomfort, stinging, or throbbing. Swelling or bruising may occur around the treatment area and can be present for a few days up to a few weeks, depending your skin type. Results may vary depending on your physical characteristics, lifestyle, and the area treated.

If you are interested in improving your pout, give us a call at San Antonio Office Phone Number 210-496-2639 and remember to always wear sunscreen whenever you’re showing off your sexy lips!

Plastic Surgery: Your Top Five Questions

plastic-surgery-your-top-five-questionsCan I have a breast lift and implant done at the same time?

It is best to do these operations separate. When a lift is performed, the skin is made tight, and wounds are closed under tension. Adding an implant adds even more force, which can add to larger, more noticeable scarring. The implant size you want may not be possible, since the lift makes it more difficult to close the wound. Usually the size of the lift has to be reduced or the implant size has to be reduced. It’s better to have two surgeries than to have one that yields less than stellar results due to compromises necessary to make it possible. Fewer risks to the health of your breast come into play when one surgery is handled at once. You will be happier with your results if you wait.

How long is the expected recovery from liposuction?
Recovery is typically one week of rest before returning to work. One month later, with the office’s approval, you should be able to start simple exercise. Final results become apparent 3-6 months later.

How do you choose the correct implant size?
You do! There is a methodology for choosing a size that fits your particular dimensions, but at the end of the day, if you look at the implant chart and are not satisfied with the suggestion you are offered, then you won’t be happy having that implant on your body. We use implant charts, photos, and sizers to give you the best idea we can, but it’s up to you to make the choice. Ultimately, you will be happier that way.

How long is the expected recovery from breast implant surgery?
In the first week, it is best to take a week off from work to rest and to not wear a bra. Bra’s add extra stress and pressure that is antithetical to the healing process. At the one month mark, we meet again and remove stitches. Strenuous activity is not recommended until later, but low impact cardio is encouraged at this point. At two months an underwire bra is allowed and physical activity is increased.

Saline Implants or Silicone?
This is a choice that must be made after a fully comprehensive discussion with your doctor. Beyond aesthetic differences, rupture rate, density, safety, and cost are quite different. The feeling of either is also different, along with weight differences, approach of care and more. Let’s discuss this in our office at your next appointment.

Have any other questions? Call our office today at San Antonio Office Phone Number 210-496-2639!

Breasts on the Male Body

male-breasts-2What Exactly Are Male Breasts?
Gynecomastia is the medical term for the enlargement of the male breast tissue. Although this condition can be psychologically or socially uncomfortable, it is fairly common among men of all ages. Luckily, the enlargement of the breast tissue is benign, and there are treatment options.

How do male breasts form?
There are a few different ways in which men can form breasts. A very common cause of gynecomastia is when there is an imbalance of the body’s natural hormones. When male estrogen levels are too high, or if testosterone levels are too low, this can cause gynecomastia.

There are also a number of medications that can cause gynecomastia. These include:

  • Anti-adrogens, which are used to treat prostate cancer, prostate enlargement and some other prostate conditions.
  • Anabolic steroids.
  • Some anti-anxiety medications.

If you are at all concerned about the side effects of a current medication you are prescribed, or a future medication prescription, ask your prescribing doctor to review the side effects with you.

How am I evaluated for Gynecomastia?
During your consult, we will obtain your medical history and will explain in-depth the procedure you are interested in. The risks and benefits on surgery will be explained to you, as well as any alternative procedures.

The examination will consist of taking measurements of your breasts, including your breast width, height, and the position of your nipples.

What treatments are available?
There are two treatment options available in the case of gynecomastia. The first is excision. The glandular tissue is removed through a small incision in the lower border of the nipple.

The second option is liposuction. In this case, we may decide to take away excess fat and skin, and leave the gland tissue alone. However, if there is a possibility that the breasts will grow back over time, we may decide that removing the breast gland tissue is a better option.

What about recovery and results?
Liposuction is an outpatient procedure. You will be provided with antibiotics, pain medication, and vitamins to reduce your risk of infection, swelling, and bruising. Luckily, with male breast surgery, your incisions will be hidden so that you can be back to feeling more confident than ever!

If you have any questions about male breast surgery, we urge you to give us a call. We have handled more gynecomastia cases than you’d think! You’re not alone. Call us at San Antonio Office Phone Number 210-496-2639 to get your confidence back!

Winter BOTOX Benefits

Let’s face it: winter can be brutal for skin, and it is often your unprotected face that takes the brunt of Mother Nature’s force. Not only does your facial skin risk becoming dried out and weathered-looking during this cold, dry season, your facial muscles are very active this time of year – believe it or not, you squint just as much in winter as you do in the summer thanks to a bright, low sun. These combined conditions are often a recipe for disaster when it comes to aging and the face, but there is something you can do: BOTOX!

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BOTOX is a very common procedure that we often perform on a patient’s lunch hour! It works in two ways: 1) it temporarily prevents muscles from contracting which lessens the look of wrinkles and 2) it stops the progression of wrinkles in the skin by preventing the muscle contractions that will cause further damage down the road. Basically, BOTOX works to smooth things out for a more youthful look overall.

Wrinkles are a natural part of aging. Your skin is constantly being pushed and pulled by the muscles in your face. A BOTOX treatment, which lasts from 3-4 months, gives you a younger, tighter look by stopping those muscles from contracting. So, if you time it right, your skin can remain youthful throughout the winter months.

BOTOX is the single most popular cosmetic treatment for a reason. People love the way they look after a BOTOX treatment. If you don’t, that’s okay – it’s temporary. And if you don’t want it to be temporary, we can help you come up with a schedule to keep you looking fresh and young year-round.

So before you bundle up to face the gale, come on by the office so we can come up with a plan to keep you looking bright and healthy through the winter. Give us a call today at San Antonio Office Phone Number 210-496-2639 for a BOTOX consultation!

Underarm Flab: How to Get Rid of it

The area on the underside of the upper arms is a common place to gather excess fat, especially as we age. While you may be able to lose fat in this area, often times the process leaves behind excess skin which is permanent and causes some patients to feel self conscious when wearing short sleeves and tanks.

An “arm lift”, or brachioplasty, is a surgical procedure that removes the excess sagging skin and fat on the underarms. This relatively common procedure rids you of the localized pockets of fat in the upper arm region and tightens the underlying supportive tissues, thus defining the shape of the upper arm.

How does the drooping skin get there?
Fluctuations in weight, growing older, and heredity can cause your upper arms to have a drooping, sagging appearance. This drooping skin cannot be corrected through exercise or diet – it must be removed surgically.

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How do I know if I am a good candidate for an arm lift?
Arm lift surgery may be right for you if the underside of your upper arms are sagging or appear loose and full due to excess skin and fat. The best candidates for arm lift surgery are in good health, have no active diseases or serious, pre-existing medical conditions. A brachioplasty is usually performed for cosmetic reasons, however sometimes if the sagging arm skin becomes so severe, it can restrict motion and interfere with the use of the arm, thus requiring surgery for functional purposes.

What is the process like?
An initial consultation is needed in order for your health history to be reviewed and the procedure to be explained in great detail. We will show you before and after pictures of patients, and all of your questions will be answered. Next, an evaluation of your arm contours, excess skin, fatty deposits and muscular tone will be performed prior to scheduling your surgery.

What does the procedure entail?
In preparation for surgery, the skin will be marked to give you the optimal shape and contour. During the surgery, we will remove fat and skin to give you the shape you want. Some fat is typically left to cover and protect nerves and arteries. After the excess fat and skin are removed, the arm is sutured closed and a drain inserted (in most cases).

We encourage our patients to refrain from smoking before and after the procedure, as this can affect healing. Instructions on what to eat and drink post-surgery will be given prior to the initial treatment, so you will have plenty of time to prepare. It is highly recommended that transport is arranged prior to surgery, as well as having someone to assist in daily activities during the healing process at home.

What about the results?
The great thing about brachioplasty is that the surgical site is inconspicuous and thus visual scarring is minimal. Our patients are delighted with the results, and eager to back into their sleeveless wear again.

Call us today at 210-496-2639 to discuss arm lift surgery and other cosmetic options!

It’s Time to Schedule your Pre-Holiday Makeover

Have you heard? The holidays are just around the corner! With all of the holiday parties coming down the pike, it’s time to get your glitter, glam and game-face on, and luckily, it’s not too late even if you are just getting started for the first time.

Here is a list of “quick-fix” cosmetic procedures that will give you results in less than two weeks, just in time for Turkey Day and all of the other fun the season has to offer:

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Lip Augmentation for Sex Appeal
One of the sexiest procedures we perform on a daily basis in our office is lip augmentation. We offer several types of lip augmenta
tion in our office: one involves the injection of fat into the lips and the other offers a simpler (yet temporary) option: dermal fillers and collagen injections. The fat injection method yields longer-lasting results but is a more significant procedure, while the injection of lip fillers requires is simple but doesn’t last as long. Luckily, both procedures yield stunning results that will leave you pout-ready before the first holiday party appetizer trays roll out.

Turn Back the Clock in 2 weeks with Eyelid Surgery
It is said that the eyes are the windows to the soul. While yours may show that you are “young at heart” or an “old soul”, there is no need to give away your real age to everyone you meet. Unfortunately, our eyelids are a dead-giveaway when it comes to aging. The eye area is one of the things people look at most when they are talking to you, and believe it or not they are gauging your age during every encounter. Eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) combats age by removing the excess skin and fat that has built up over the years, giving you a saggy, tired look. More significant than, say, BOTOX®, as far as procedures go, blepharoplasty can still be done before Christmas with results starting to show in just 2 weeks.

BOTOX® and JUVÉDERM® – a Holiday Magic Duet
For a quick, easy, and pain-free boost to your looks, BOTOX® and JUVÉDERM® are waiting in the wings! BOTOX®, typically used on wrinkles on the upper half of the face, takes up to 10 years off the face, while JUVÉDERM® works on the lower half to give you a full, fresh and vbrant smile area. Both procedures can be done on your lunch break, and recovery time is minimal – you can start enjoying your new look in less than a week!

With a quick call to our scheduler at 210-496-2639, we can map out a plan to get you holiday party ready!

5 Botox Myths

Since its FDA approval in 2000, Botox™ has become one of the the safest, effective, and well-known procedures in the world. Despite its popularity however, Botox™ has many misconceptions. Here are 5 myths about Botox™ —busted.

Myth #1: The best time to get Botox™ is when wrinkles and lines appear.

Fact: Actually, Botox™ is being used more and more frequently as a preventative treatment. It’s much more difficult to smooth lines that have been etched into the skin.

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Myth #2: If you stop getting Botox™, your wrinkles will get worse.

Fact: Actually, they’ll just go back to the way they were before. Botox can prevent your lines from worsening, and when you decide to stop Botox, you will just resume the normal development and deepening of wrinkles.

Myth #3: You are never too young for Botox™.

Fact: There is some truth to this.  Botox™ should definitely be used as a preventative method for people of most ages, starting in their 20s–but if you’re a teenager, you’re probably not quite ready for cosmetic procedures.

Myth #4:  Botox™ is only for wrinkles.

Fact: Actually, Botox™ has many other uses!  Botox™ injections can treat migraines by reducing muscle tension, can treat excessive sweating by temporarily blocking sweat glands, and even shrink swollen prostate glands!  Botox™ is not just cosmetic.

Myth #5: Botox is only for women.

Fact: Now that’s just plain wrong– Botox™ is for everyone! At any age, with any gender, you should be able to look the way you want to. Although Botox™ is traditionally seen as a product for women, more and more men are turning to Botox™ as a non-invasive, simple, and effective way to rejuvenate a youthful appearance.

BOTOX Cosmetic: “The Lunchtime Procedure”

BOTOX injection time is quick; most visits only require about 10 minutes. You can schedule it during your lunch hour.

The process of aging and repeated contractions from frowning and squinting causes changes in the face, smile and even muscle movement. Skin is also affected by the elements of weather and lifestyle and sun damage plays a major role in the aging process. These processes create unwanted lines and creases in the skin.

By temporarily blocking the nerve impulses to the muscle, BOTOX injections will relax the muscles. That reduces muscle activity, temporarily smoothing out those unwanted lines.

Where can BOTOX help?

  • Erase those pesky frown lines between your eyebrows with injections of BOTOX into the forehead; years will be removed off your appearance.
  • To correct crow’s feet, injections are placed in the muscle around the eye causing a reduction in activity and lessening the appearance of the fine lines.

Precisely placed injections by a physician with medical expertise in facial anatomy like Dr. Lawton will ensure full ability to smile normally and still show emotional expressions.

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What to expect after being treated with BOTOX injections:

  • Recovery is minimal and you can resume your day once treatment is finished.
  • Noticeable results may been seen within 24-48 hours after being treated on frown lines, even the moderate to severe cases of frown lines. In general, most results are apparent by the 5th day.
  • You will be able to wear sunscreen and makeup after your appointment.
  • It is recommended to stay out of the sun for a few days, allowing the treated areas to heal.
  • Results typically last 3-4 months and in some cases even up to 6 months, depending on area treated, physical characteristics and style of living.
  • If you discontinue treatment, the treated areas will ultimately return to the way they were before treatment was started.

Call Dr. Gary Lawton at San Antonio Office Phone Number 210-496-2639 to find out if BOTOX is right for you!

What to Consider: The S’s of Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation has been in practiced in the US for over 50 years, and has remained one of the United States’ most popular cosmetic surgical procedures. As the number of procedures performed, and the demand for breast augmentations continues to grow, the technology and surgical techniques for breast augmentation continues to advance. For potential-patients considering breast augmentation, here are two ‘S’s’ to ponder.

Surgical Incisions

A large majority of patients prefer to keep their breast augmentation private. With this, it’s important to consider the size and location of incisions. With advancements in technique and produces, the appearance of scars has been significantly improved. Most incisions will be inframmamry (under the breast fold), peri-areolar (around the areolar), or transaxillary (under the armpit).

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Size & Selection

Everyone is different anatomically, that being said, it’s very important for patients to choose a size that fits them perfectly. Taking measurements and creating a method for visualization (i.e. filling stockings with rice to create a mock implant) are both great ways to understand what size implant is appropriate for the patient’s anatomy and desired results.

After pondering surgical incisions, and size and selection, patients should feel most importantly: supported, self-confident, and satisfied. Regardless of a patient’s breast augmentation decisions, the final goal is to make sure that the patient receives their desired results in the smoothest manner possible.

If you’re considering breast augmentation, call Lawton Plastic Surgery today at 210-496-2639 and schedule a consult.