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Everyday Habits Causing Wrinkles

everyday habits Getting old isn’t everyone’s favorite, especially when your skin starts to show your age and make you appear older. And while you may be doing whatever you can to prevent them from appearing (you wear your sunscreen and don’t smoke) here they are anyway across your face for everyone to see. But did you know that there are subtle, everyday habits that may be contributing to your wrinkles as well? Here are a few habits that allow wrinkles to sneak their way on to your face:

Excessive Face Scrubbing: When you are washing your face, be gentle with your skin. If you are scrubbing your skin too hard and using a harsh facewash with chemicals in it, the combination of both could result in wrinkles.

Applying Products and Makeup: When you are putting on makeup, try to use products that glide easily onto your skin. Tugging and pulling can be too hard on your skin.

Sipping on a Straw: If you have a daily straw habit, that repetitive movement could cause wrinkles. Over time, you will notice lines and wrinkles around your lips. Try to ditch the straw to ditch the habit.

Squinting: We all know that squinting is the main cause for crow’s feet. To avoid the feet and to protect that delicate fine skin around your eyes, wear sunglasses. Your skin and eyes will thank you for that.

Belly or Side Sleeping: When you are sleeping at night and your face has contact with your pillow, it is pulling and stretching your skin. If you could, try sleeping on your back to avoid the face to pillow contact.

Stress: We all know that stress can have multiple negative effects in your life. When you are stressed, you tend to wear that expression on your face. Try your best to let go of those stresses and things in your life that make you frown or furrow your brows. Your face (and your life) will notice the big change.

If you noticed that your skin is already forming wrinkles due to some of these reasons, we are here to help. We offer a variety of procedures to help you restore your skin to your youthful self. Call our office for more information and to schedule your appointment with us today at San Antonio Office Phone Number 210-496-2639!

Botox FAQ’s

botox faqs BOTOX® has quickly become the world’s most popular cosmetic treatment and it is easy to know why- minimal pain and quick healing with near instant results. If you are considering a BOTOX® treatment, read on for answers to frequently asked questions!

1. What is BOTOX® and how does it work?
BOTOX® is a safe and FDA approved treatment used to temporarily reduce the look of lines and wrinkles. BOTOX® is made from a purified botulinum toxin protein that is refined from the bacterium, Clostridium botulinum. BOTOX® is injected in small amounts into troubled areas, temporarily reducing muscle activity in the affected areas. This reduced muscle activity will reduce the look of lines.

2. How long does a treatment take?
Depending on the treatment you are receiving, the typical appointment time is 10-20 minutes.

3. Does BOTOX® hurt?
Some patients find that BOTOX® feels like a pinch while others feel little to no pain from the injection. If you are concerned about pain during the treatment, you can request that your specialist use a topical numbing cream on the area before treatment.

4. How quickly can I see results?
Many find that they start to see results after 24 hours though it will take a week to see full results. You can expect these results to last between 4 and 6 months.

5. Can men receive BOTOX®?
BOTOX® is for everyone! BOTOX® for men is no longer thought of as taboo, as it once was. The percentage of men receiving BOTOX® treatment has increased 337% since the year 2000. Many men look to BOTOX® for many reasons including restoring their youthful look.

If you are interested in receiving a BOTOX® treatment, contact our office for more information or to schedule a consultation today at San Antonio Office Phone Number 210-496-2639.

Breast Lift 101

Breast Lift

As we age, our bodies change. Certain parts of us don’t quite sit like they used to or begin to lose their shape. If this is the case, you may want to consider having a breast lift.

A Mastopexy, or a breast lift, will result in firmer and more youthful looking breasts by removing any excess skin surrounding the breasts and ultimately tightening the surrounding tissue.

What causes breast shape to change?

There are many factors that can contribute to a change in your breast shape and firmness. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Weight fluctuations
  • Aging
  • Pregnancy
  • Breast Feeding
  • Your genetic makeup
  • Ptosis (gravitational effects on the breasts)

When might you consider a breast lift?

You may consider getting a breast lift if:

  • One of your breasts falls lower than the other
  • When unsupported, your nipples fall below your breast creases
  • Your areolae have stretched out of proportion to your breasts
  • Your breasts have lost their volume and shape

How does a breast lift work?

First, you will have a consultation with your surgeon. This will give you the opportunity to discuss with your doctor what your concerns are and what results you’re looking for. You and your surgeon will be able to come up with a surgical plan that best fits your needs.

A mastopexy surgery typically takes between two to three hours to complete. After your anesthesia has been administered, your surgeon will begin to remove excess skin and then reshape and tighten the breast tissue.

What happens after a breast lift?

Antibiotics and pain medication will normally be prescribed immediately after surgery, or often times, the day before your procedure. These will help to ease and minimize your pain post-op as well as help to prevent any chance of infection.

A week following your procedure, you will return to the office for a follow-up appointment with your surgeon. We will remove any remaining sutures and bandages and will inform you when you will be able to return to normal life.

A breast lift certainly isn’t for everyone and the decision lies ultimately in your hands. If you’re looking to gain symmetry and a younger, tighter bosom, then you may want to consider a breast lift!

Rhinoplasty Recovery

Woman with rhinoplasty

Are you planning a rhinoplasty procedure and aren’t sure what to expect during the recovery process? Most people find that the recovery process after their rhinoplasty is not as bad as they anticipated. Below are a few tips to ensure that your rhinoplasty recovery goes as smoothly as possible.

Be Realistic

Your recovery period may take longer than you anticipated. You may think that you won’t need the full recovery time, but it is important to give your body the rest that it needs. Avoid physical and strenuous activities until you begin to feel better, then you can slowly resume your everyday activities.

Be Patient

After your surgery you will be excited to see your new nose. Once the bandages come off you may feel disappointed. Your nose will still be swollen for several weeks and the bruising around the eyes will also need time to heal. Full healing of your nose after a rhinoplasty surgery may take up to a year.

Plan Ahead

As mentioned earlier, you will need to give your body plenty of rest. Plan ahead for meals as you may not feel up to cooking your first few days after surgery. Plan nutritious meals to help aid your body in healing.

And lastly, be sure to listen to your doctor and follow their aftercare instructions. Your doctor will provide you with post-operative instructions that you should follow carefully. Be sure that you understand the directions and contact your doctor’s office if you have any questions.
A rhinoplasty can provide you with many benefits both physical and emotional. If you are interested in a rhinoplasty and would like more information, give our office a call at San Antonio Office Phone Number 210-496-2639 to schedule a consultation.

Botox- Investment or Indulgence?

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Plastic surgery has always carried an infamously pretentious price tag according to the media and the public. Many people assume that anything cosmetic will carry a giant price tag. However, can one truly put a price tag on confidence and self-esteem?

Gone are the days that only luxury A- list celebrities and socialites were able to afford cosmetic indulgences. We pride ourselves on offering top quality products on a competitive price scale that everyone can afford.

One affordable product we offer is an injectable called Botox. Botox is a simple, virtually pain-free, non –invasive solution for enhancing appearances and helping with our clients’ insecurities. Botox does most commonly target fine lines, crow’s feet, and wrinkles – a point of dismay for many women and men alike! Aside from the cosmetic benefits, Botox has been proven to help combat other factors that may affect your day-to-day life such as: excessive sweating, headaches, and areas of chronic pain.

Most injections take less than fifteen minutes and can be done on your lunch break! There is no need to prepare for the treatment or undergo anesthesia. The best results are usually visible a week after your treatment and can last a few months. Botox is offered not only by plastic surgeons, but often times dermatologists and dentists also!

Especially in today’s “selfie” society, we want you to put your most confident you forward. We will provide a customized cost for you dependent on your area of treatment, however we know that your happiness and satisfaction are truly priceless. Save your morning coffee fund or cancel that gym membership you do not use- this is an investment you will not regret!

All in all, Botox can improve your self-esteem in ways that you never imagined. Indulge yourself by investing in you!

Call us today at San Antonio Office Phone Number 210-496-2639 for more information and to see if you are a good candidate for Botox.

3 Reasons to Get Plastic Surgery

Stomach with marks There are many reasons why a person might consider having plastic surgery. Cosmetic enhancements have many benefits that go beyond just wanting to look good – they can also improve your quality of life! Have you been considering having something done but still aren’t quite sure?

Here are three great reasons to consider having plastic surgery:

  • You’re looking for a source of greater confidence. Confidence has been shown to be a key factor in how we as people live our lives. It can improve how we feel about ourselves, bolster our careers and have a significant impact on how others view us. Plastic surgery is a great way to increase your confidence in areas where you might be in need of a boost.
    The Bottom Line: Cosmetic and plastic surgery is known to improve confidence in patients and improve their lives!
  • You want to reverse some of the signs of aging. Cosmetic procedures are very effective in reversing the signs of aging. Wrinkles and sagging are natural occurrences, which can trouble many different areas of the body, including the face, breasts and arms. Botox, fillers and facelifts are some of the best solutions for “de-ageing” your face, while a breast lift and brachioplasty (arm lift) can make your body look young again.
    The Bottom Line: Plastic surgery is a great option if you want to look and feel young again.
  • Lifestyle changes just aren’t doing the trick. Sometimes, no matter how much effort you put in to your body or how hard you work out, that belly fat just won’t budge. If you feel like you have exhausted all of your resources and have run out of options, then having liposuction or a tummy tuck is a great next step toward losing that stomach flab and regaining your confidence.
    The Bottom Line: When you have done everything you can on your own and are still frustrated, it’s time to call us for some help.

There are many reasons why a person might consider having plastic surgery, and they are all good ones! If you are ready for more information on how Dr. Gary Lawton can help you boost your confidence, please call us at San Antonio Office Phone Number 210-496-2639.

Procedure Spotlight: Breast Reduction

woman standing in bra About Breast Reduction Surgery

Breast reduction surgery, also known as “reduction mammoplasty”, is one of the less talked-about types of plastic surgery, despite its popularity. This life-enhancing procedure can be used to increase a patient’s quality of life in multiple ways!

The Procedure

During reduction mammoplasty, excess fat, tissue, and skin are removed from the breast, which can also be reshaped and resized to get the look you want. The areola is reduced in size and positioned higher to a more flattering position. The surgery typically takes 3 to 5 hours, and an overnight stay in the hospital is not usually required.

The Goals of Breast Reduction

  • Size: One of the main goals of breast reduction surgery is to reduce the size of the breasts so that they no longer cause the patient discomfort. Large, heavy breasts can cause pain in the back and neck and negatively impact a patient’s posture.
  • Activity: Another common goal of reduction mammoplasty is to increase activity and mobility in patients. Athletic patients with large breasts may be troubled by the limits that large breasts impose on their physical activity.
  • Asymmetry: Another reason we see women in our office for breast reduction surgery is due to asymmetry. It is very common for one breast to be larger than the other and we can help even them out.
  • Aesthetics: And finally, some people are simply unhappy with the size and look of their breasts. If this is the case, then the breasts can be reshaped and lifted at the same time so that they look better proportioned to the rest of your body.

Why You Should Consider It

Anyone with large breasts that has pain or discomfort as a result of the size of their breasts should consider reduction surgery. The procedure can bring great relief to the patient and increase her quality of life. There is no predetermined age range for a person to have breast reduction surgery. As long as you are healthy, you are probably a good candidate!

If you have questions about breast reduction surgery, or would like more information on any of the plastic surgery services we offer at Dr. Gary Lawton, please do not hesitate to give us a call at San Antonio Office Phone Number 210-496-2639 today!

BOTOX: Not Just for Wrinkles

woman thinking In our office, we use BOTOX® for aesthetic purposes – specifically to help our patients to turn back the hands of time by temporarily removing wrinkles. In just 5-10 minutes, we are able to give you a youthful look that will boost your self-confidence.

But many of our colleagues out there utilize BOTOX® for medical purposes as well! It may come as a surprise to you – but not too big of a surprise, hopefully, (we wouldn’t want to cause any extra wrinkles, after all!) – that BOTOX® has many uses besides just smoothing out lines.

Here is a fun look at what else BOTOX® is doing for patients these days:

Underarm Sweat

When your deodorant doesn’t do the job, BOTOX® might be able to help. BOTOX® can be used to reduce severe underarm sweat, also known as severe primary axillary hyperhidrosis. BOTOX® reduces sweat by blocking the nerves from reaching the sweat glands, therefore stopping the production of excessive sweat.

Headaches

BOTOX® can be used to treat chronic migraines. While BOTOX® doesn’t fully lessen the effects of a migraine, it has been shown to lessen the intensity as well as reduce the frequency with which migraines occur. The effects from injections helping headaches typically lasts for three months.

Overactive Bladder

An overactive bladder and BOTOX® are probably the last two things you would have thought to put together, but BOTOX® has been shown to be beneficial to people that have an overactive bladder. BOTOX® works on the bladder by stabilizing spontaneous retracting and releasing, which leads to less frequent trips to the bathroom!

Overall, BOTOX® comes in handy for issues such as chronic headaches, overactive bladders and excessive underarm sweat. Who would have known that BOTOX® does more than prevent wrinkles?

If you are ready to tackle your age lines and wrinkles, give Dr. Gary Lawton a call for more information about BOTOX® – we are your BOTOX® experts!

What to Expect When You Get BOTOX for the First Time

woman with clear skinHave you started to notice frown lines and crow’s feet around your eyes and are eager to do something about it? Maybe you are are thinking about BOTOX, but you aren’t sure what to expect.

It is very common to have questions before undergoing any procedure. We want you to know that we are always here to help, let’s start by clearing up some of those questions you might have.

What is Botox?

Botox is the only approved treatment to temporarily improve the appearance of both moderate and severe facial lines in adults. It works beneath the skin and is injected into your muscles to temporarily reduce muscle activity. You will begin to see results within 24 to 48 hours and it lasts up to 4 months.

Does Botox hurt?

Many people say the injection feels like a pinch. We may desensitize the treatment area with ice or a numbing cream for your comfort.

How long does the injection process take?

Botox is quick – typical injections take just about 10 minutes. But it largely depends on the areas you want treated, among other factors. We will discuss this with you during your initial consultation.

Will I look different after Botox treatment?

Initially, you may not notice any difference, but give it 24-48 hours, and you will begin to notice the crow’s feet and frown lines disappear. You will still look like yourself, but without the heavy wrinkling. Even better, you will feel like your youthful self again.

What is the recovery process?

This treatment is called a “lunchtime procedure” because it doesn’t require a lot of downtime and you are able to go about your day to day routine right after you leave the doctor’s office. In fact, many people go right back to work to finish out their day.

If you are interested in Botox and have more questions you would like to ask, Call San Antonio Office Phone Number 210-496-2639 and schedule a consultation!

The Tummy Tuck

woman standing with large breastsAre you thinking about giving Abdominoplasty a try? More commonly referred to as a “Tummy-tuck” procedure, Abdominoplasty is necessary when a patient’s weight fluctuates significantly, leaving behind excess skin. Your skin is very elastic, but being stretched out for extended periods due to heavy weight gain sometimes results in a surplus of loose skin that hangs from the body after the weight is lost either through physical activity and diet or surgically.

Initial recovery from Abdominoplasty can be expected to take one to four weeks during which time heavy lifting and work should be avoided. Full recovery can be expected to take between three and six months, although the scarring will take somewhere between nine months to a year to fade (dependent on many factors).

All surgical procedures have benefits and drawbacks, and it is important to do your research in order to find out if you are a good candidate for a specific procedure. Below we have listed out the pro’s and con’s of the Abdominoplasty procedure to make the decision easier for you.

Pros:

  • Restores tummy section back to a flat state
  • Contours your body to provide a more flattering silhouette
  • Results are permanent, unless the weight is gained again

Cons:

  • Leaves scarring in the bikini region
  • Only suggested for women who do not plan on getting pregnant in the future as subsequent pregnancies may affect surgical results
  • Substantial weight gain post operation can negate surgical results
  • There may be a longer recovery time than with liposuction

Oftentimes, patients may even find that both liposuction and abdominoplasty are both required to achieve their desired look. And sometimes, additional work in the thigh and buttocks is necessary to remove the excess skin. Whatever you have in mind for your body, it’s best to get a professional opinion. Give us a call today to schedule your consultation and you’ll be on your way to feeling lighter and brighter this summer!