BOTOX is known worldwide as one of the most effective anti-wrinkle treatments available. The vast majority of people who get BOTOX injections, though, want to minimize the appearance of lines and wrinkles already etched into their skin. But in the past few years, we started noticing younger patients come in for BOTOX injections at our Calgary practice to prevent wrinkles. It’s not a coincidence that the uptick of interest in preventive BOTOX corresponds with the use of social media and the popularity of selfies. Women and men in their 20s and early 30s are constantly posting photos to multiple social apps and want to put their best faces forward. The number of people in that age group getting BOTOX and dermal filler injections are undoubtedly increasing. In a recent survey, 64% of physicians who are members of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) reported seeing a dramatic increase in patients under the age of 30 requesting injectable treatments. Annual statistics from the ASPS confirm this trend, with BOTOX procedures increasing nearly 30% since 2010 among people ages 20 to 29. So, is BOTOX actually able to delay the onset of facial wrinkles and lines for someone in their 20s? How BOTOX Works BOTOX is a neuromodulator that selectively weakens certain facial muscles to reduce crow’s feet, frown lines (the “11s”), and horizontal forehead wrinkles. These are called dynamic wrinkles because they are gradually caused by changing facial expressions. Because BOTOX injections limit the movement of the muscles involved in making these expressions, it can also postpone their development. Your First BOTOX Treatment The BOTOX procedure is fairly straightforward. During a consultation, your provider will explain what to expect and discuss your expectations for the treatment. You’ll also learn about the potential side effects and complications of BOTOX injections. That said, BOTOX is regarded as one of the safest cosmetic treatments available. It is vital you choose a highly trained and experienced injector because the treatment requires precision. The procedure itself only lasts a few minutes and doesn’t involve any downtime. The results from BOTOX injections aren’t permanent, and they typically need to be repeated every 4 months or so to maintain the effects. Because the use of BOTOX to stave off wrinkles is a fairly new concept, it’s not yet known if patients will need less BOTOX in the future after wrinkles do begin emerging. At Macleod Trail Plastic Surgery, we have a Certified Nurse Injector in addition to 3 Royal College-certified plastic surgeons to provide safe and effective treatments. If you’ve been curious about getting preventive BOTOX, you can contact us using the online form to schedule a consultation or call us at (587) 317-9872 to schedule an appointment.
Once you’ve decided to get a breast augmentation at our Calgary plastic surgery practice, the excitement often builds as you think about getting new clothes tailored to highlight your shape. One of the perks of getting breast implants is buying bathing suits that flatter your new figure.
Since the introduction of CoolSculpting® at our Calgary practice, we’ve heard patients wonder why the same process of freezing away fat wouldn’t work at home. And it’s just not our office where people are asking this question. Online searches about do-it-yourself CoolSculpting are pretty common.
Celebrities on social media posting post-pregnancy photos showcasing trim and fit bodies can create the impression that all new moms should be able to quickly “bounce back” after having a baby.
Thinking about getting an Abdominoplasty? If so, you already know that the procedure improves the appearance of the abdomen by removing excess skin that can often remain after pregnancy or other significant weight loss.
If you have multiple concerns you’re hoping can be corrected with plastic surgery, combining procedures can be a great way to reduce recovery time, cost, and provide the results you want. This is one of the reasons mommy makeover surgery at our Calgary practice has become such a popular option for women in the Edmonton area.
CoolSculpting has become a widely popular approach for minimizing fat deposits without surgery. There’s no shortage of reasons men and women love CoolSculpting at our Calgary practice, from its versatility to its lack of downtime after the treatment.
At Macleod Trail Plastic Surgery, all 3 of our Royal College-certified plastic surgeons perform Abdominoplasty surgery. People from Edmonton and Calgary trust us to perform this significant surgery, which corrects loose or sagging skin and creates a firmer, flatter, slimmer midsection. It’s especially helpful after pregnancy or dramatic weight loss, which can cause stretching of the abdominal skin and separation of the abdominal muscles—a condition called diastasis recti.
It can be tough for women with children to go online and see photos of celebrities showing off their post-pregnancy bikini bodies. This is especially true for moms who exercise regularly and make healthy diet choices, but who still feel like their bodies will never be the same as they were before getting pregnant.
Aesthetic medicine and plastic surgery are dynamic fields in which innovative treatments and techniques consistently emerge. Our team of Royal College-certified plastic surgeons are at the forefront of these changes and know that the exciting technological advances can be overwhelming for plastic surgery patients in Calgary to digest as they sort through their options.