I Want to Look Great for Valentine’s Day!

Raise your hand if you wait until the last minute to take care of tasks. Yep, we are guilty too. With the internet, overnight shipping and instant gratification at every corner, the idea of planning ahead really has lost its appeal.

There are still a few things in life that we need to plan ahead of time.  Prepping for a surgery, for example, can take months including the recovery time.  So what about this coming Valentine’s Day? Do you still have time for a quick treatment or two?  It is probably too late to schedule surgery now and be recovered in time for the romantic holiday, but facial injections or laser treatments are still a great idea. Here are your options:

Botox/Dysport: Relax the wrinkles between your eyebrows, on your forehead and around those pesky crow’s feet. On average your results will take 4-5 days to appear and will last 3-4 months. But don’t wait until the last minute, come see us by February 7th.

Juvederm, Restylane: Erase those smile lines and give a sexy plump to your lips at least 2 weeks before the big day. Your final result will be evident within 5-7 days of treatment and will last 6-9 months. We can stretch this one to February 2nd.

Skin Rejuvenation: Even out skin tone; erase light acne scars and brown spots; improve your skin’s texture and reduce the appearance of fine lines with a laser treatment. Our laser treatments (in order to get great results) do require a bit of downtime (3-4 days), but if you’re willing to commit you’re going to be very happy with your results. See us by February 2nd to be ready for your valentine.

 

Dr. Franckle sees patients on Tuesday afternoons and all day Thursdays.

Only a couple days left before Valentine’s Day – be ready with an appointment!

 

Get Rid of Wrinkles AND Your Migraine??

We would venture to bet that anyone who suffers from migraines is willing to explore just about any treatment to obtain relief from the pain.  The symptoms of migraine (pain, photosensitivity, and nausea) are keeping 30 million Americans miserable for up to a day or even more.  Medication is still considered the only effective solution to conquer these debilitating symptoms, but a plastic surgery procedure has recently been publicized as a revolutionary way to treat migraines.  How?   Supporters are claiming that the glabellar muscles (muscles between the eyebrows) and related nerves which are surgically removed during a browlift are removing a trigger point which can cause migraines.

It has followed that the non-surgical procedures using the botulinum toxins such as Botox Cosmetic, Dysport, and Xeomin, have also made similar claims in being effective in the treatment of migraines.  These popular treatments work to block those same nerves resulting in paralysis of the glabellar muscles.  It was only a matter of time before some doctors starting connecting the two.

All of these claims came about by circumstance; patients receiving a browlift or botulinum toxin treatment that had previously suffered from migraines were claiming that their migraines were cured.  These patients turned to their doctors for answers as to why this happened.  Thus, the connection was made. So far, however, these claims have not stood the test of extensive medical analysis.

So where is allthis buzz coming from? NewBeauty.com performed their own study with 49 migraine sufferers.  The patients underwent a Botox Cosmetic treatment followed by a brow lift procedure and found that 57% had their headache symptoms completely eliminated.

That study may have encouraging numbers but this is not in-depth research!  It would be wonderful if botulinum toxin treatment is eventually proven to be an effective treatment for migraine sufferers.   It is a simple, safe, non-surgical treatment and would likely be well-tolerated by migraine patients.  Until then, it is considered experimental and will not likely be covered by insurance.   My opinion is to watch and wait.  This is currently under investigation by many reputable scientific groups.  Until then, we may just have to call the patients in NewBeauty’s study lucky.

 

NewBeauty.com Article: http://www.newbeauty.com/dailybeauty/entry.aspx?id=2468

 

In the News: Botox for an 8 Year Old Child?

It has been an emotional trigger to many across the country, especially parents; a video first seen on Good Morning America of a mother, Kerry, treating her 8 year old daughter, Britney, with Botox Cosmetic to reduce wrinkles she has on her face. Something that Kerry claims many pageant mothers are doing.  

Botox Cosmetic has been approved to treat glabella lines in adults since 2002. Botox is not FDA approved for use in children for cosmetic purposes.  Botox is also a drug that cannot be dispensed without a prescription and cannot be used in the state of California without physician supervision.   

Laws aside, what is causing the most outrage is the question of child abuse. Like any other product on the market there are certain risks associated with Botox and that is something that needs to be considered by a patient before moving forward with the treatment.  A child would not understand the risks and side effects of this treatment, even if time were spent explaining them.  The public worries that as a child, Britney is putting all her trust in her mother and her mother should be making informed, responsible decisions for her. Kerry defends her actions, saying it is want Britney wants and she understands not everyone will agree with her. To the SFGate, Kerry explains,

“I’m sure people reading this will think I am being irresponsible…” And that is exactly what people are saying.  She continues saying, “but I ensure you that I test the Botox and fillers I buy online on myself first.” That brings us to our next concern, purchasing Botox online. When you purchase anything online, let alone medically used substances, you cannot be sure you are getting exactly what you are promised. There are hundreds of articles explaining the dangers of purchasing Botox online. That is a concern for the child some are overlooking. 

See the Good Morning America video here: http://abcnews.go.com/Health/mom-year-daughter-botox-young-young/story?id=13580804

Read the SFGate article here: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/sfmoms/detail?entry_id=85855

 

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Must Have Skin Treatments Before Your Wedding

It’s all about the bride on her wedding day. Everything from the dress, to her hair, to her jewelry, to her skin must look flawless; and that takes a lot of preparation.  There are ways to be sure you are looking your best when you walk down that aisle and we can help!

Laser Skin Resurfacing

On your wedding day you will be in more pictures than any other day in your life! Most brides will schedule a makeup artist for the wedding day, but even more important is preparing your skin ahead of time. Foundation and concealer can only cover so much and many times freckles, brown spots, red spots, enlarged pores and acne scars can peak through that makeup as the day goes on. When you get a kiss from a relative, you don’t want to worry that your carefully placed makeup has disappeared revealing skin imperfections. Planning laser skin resurfacing treatments before your big day can erase those imperfections and even out tone so the last thing you are worrying about is your skin!

Botox

A younger bride may not think of Botox in preparation for her wedding day, but Botox can be very beneficial. Botox reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles around the crow’s feet, on the forehead and in between the eyebrows.  But can you benefit from it? Picture your wedding day on a beautiful sunny day.  You are posing with your new husband for some outside scenic pictures.  The sun is shining bright creating a beautiful setting but also forcing you to squint as the picture is taken. You may not realize it then, but that squinting has caused wrinkles to form in between your eyebrows.  A quick trip to my office a week or two before your wedding day will prevent those wrinkles from appearing so that the picture will come out beautifully!

Everyone knows that the most important person on a wedding day is the bride – that day is your day to feel the most beautiful you have ever felt before.

 

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