Posts for: April, 2017
They say that with age comes wisdom; unfortunately, it also comes with some unpleasant wrinkles. While we certainly don’t mind the wisdom part it’s the lined and weathered appearance that we do mind. Fortunately, our Winston-Salem and Clemmons, NC, facial plastic surgeons Dr. Jordan L. Wallin and Dr. Brian W. Downs at Wake Forest Baptist Health Facial Plastic Surgery have a simple, non-surgical way to refresh your appearance. They can determine if you are a good candidate for Botox.
What is Botox?
Botox is an FDA-approved injectable treatment that temporarily reduces the appearances of fine line and wrinkles in adults. This cosmetic procedure uses small injections delivered into the surface of the skin to temporarily paralyze muscles in the face that cause dynamic wrinkles (wrinkles that appear when you make facial expressions). Botox is able to treat wrinkles such as crow’s feet, laugh lines and lines around the forehead and brows. Wrinkles caused by sun damage will not respond to Botox treatment.
How is Botox different from dermal fillers?
Most people hear the word “Botox” and assume it’s just another dermal filler. While both require small injections in the skin, dermal fillers work to increase collagen production and improve skin’s firmness and elasticity while also reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles. Botox, on the other hand, is designed to stop muscle contractions to smooth out wrinkles that are caused by smiling, laughing or frowning.
How is Botox administered?
Getting Botox in Winston-Salem and Clemmons, NC, is surprisingly fast, easy and relatively painless. It only takes a couple minutes to administer the series of small injections. Of course, patients who may be a bit nervous or squeamish may choose to have a topical numbing gel placed over the skin prior to getting these injections.
How long will my results last?
Results will begin to take effect within a few days after your treat (results will reach full effect within seven days) and will stay for about 3-4 months. If you are happy with your results and want to keep your youthful appearance longer, then all you have to do is come in for maintenance treatments. It’s that simple.
Whether you have questions about Botox or you are ready to find out if you are an ideal candidate for treatment, turn to Wake Forest Baptist Health in Winston-Salem and Clemmons, NC, for all of your cosmetic needs. We would be happy to help you figure out what cosmetic service will best match your goals.
Rosacea Awareness Month – April
by Robin Inabinet, RN
Rosacea (Pronounced “roh-ZAY-sha”)
Red cheeks are usually considered a sign of health and beauty, as attested by the many dollars spent on blush to give the cheeks a flushed glow. However, persistent red cheeks and easy blushing in the adult population are often the first signs of rosacea, which is an unpleasant, incurable skin disorder. In addition to the redness of the cheeks, rosacea can appear on the nose, chin and forehead. It can cause dry, rough, and sensitive skin, as well as, papules, telangiectasia (tiny blood vessels), eye irritation, and enlargement of the nose.
What is Rosacea?
Rosacea is a chronic skin condition that affects the face and appears as a flush or redness, which can make you look as though you are blushing all the time. Rosacea is a result of the enlargement of the small blood vessels (capillaries) on the face. The first sign of this skin condition is a blush of redness around the cheeks and on the nose. Some individuals develop acne-like bumps on the skin around the chin, cheeks and forehead. It can sometimes be mistaken for eczema, acne or sometimes a skin allergy. The severity of the condition differs with each individual. If left untreated, the redness of the face becomes constant. Burning or stinging sensations may occur as well.
What are the Signs and Symptoms?
The appearance of rosacea will vary among individuals; however rosacea always includes one of the primary signs and symptoms. Secondary signs and symptoms may develop as the Rosacea progresses.
Primary signs and symptoms include:
Bumps and Pimples
Visible Blood Vessels
Other Potential Signs and Symptoms:
Eye Irritation – eyes may be irritated and appear watery or bloodshot, a condition known as ocular Rosacea. Eyelids may become red and swollen.
Burning and Stinging – sensations of burning and stinging often occur on the face.
Dry Appearance – The facial skin may be rough and appear to be very dry.
Plaques – raised red patches may develop.
Skin Thickening – skin may thicken and enlarge from excess tissue, most commonly on the nose. This condition, known as rhinophyma affects more men than women.
What Triggers Rosacea?
Rosacea flare-ups can be triggered by a variety of things and triggers for an individual may change over time. Additionally, each rosacea sufferer may have differing triggers. Some of the factors that can trigger a flare-up or worsen symptoms may include: emotional stress, caffeine, sun exposure, overheating, wind, strenuous exercise, alcohol consumption, hot baths, cold weather, spicy foods, humidity, skin care products, and heated beverages.
Rosacea is an extremely complex skin disorder with many individual characteristics. This chronic condition can be managed with lifestyle changes and therapeutic practices. The key to management of rosacea is education, and proper skin care treatment. The most important thing to remember about the management of Rosacea is to avoid the triggers that make the skin condition worse. Triggers can cause a flare-up of the skin, both exposures and situations such as sun exposure (always use sunscreen and wear hats), alcohol consumption and spicy foods. Facial cleansers, lotions and some cosmetics can aggravate the skin causing a flare as well. It is important to learn your triggers and keep exposure to a minimum.
See a health care professional to learn about prevention, medications, information regarding trigger avoidance and appropriate skin care regimens. Our esthetician has numerous treatments and skin care products to aid in improving the signs of rosacea. We are happy to help you put your best face forward.
For an appointment call (336) 716-4000 (option #1).
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