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Is Botox for Men?

Botox is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures being performed today. Many people assume that women, who are often most concerned about aging, are the ones seeking out Botox and fillers in order to turn back the clock. However, more and more it is men who are discovering the difference they can make.

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons reported that in 2014 over 400,000 U.S. men received Botox injections - a 337 percent increase in any market over a decade. While these men appreciate the results Botox (or “Brotox”) can give them, not all of them are forthcoming about how they’ve achieved them. Many of them fear that the stigma about plastic surgery and men still exists, and they’d prefer to avoid it.

That stigma is changing, however. Last month former professional football and baseball player Deion Sanders shared that he had recently tried Botox for the first time and was more than happy with his results. Sanders said he wasn’t afraid to be open about his experience because he’s open about so many other aspects of his life and has been first to do many things in his career. He shared with ETonline:

“It was definitely the first time I have ever done that, but I go by the model and the slogan that I used my whole career – if you look good, you feel good,” he explains. “I noticed frown lines and crow’s feet. I am like, ‘I have got to do something about this!’”

A desire to look young isn’t the only thing driving men to seek Botox. For many men, a youthful appearance can make the difference between being employed and unemployed. Older men are discriminated against in the job market and not just for jobs that we associate with good looks. Many older men have been hesitant to retire early in the post-recession economy, and they need to be able to compete with younger colleagues. A tighter job market means that men want to have any advantage they can, and Botox is an inexpensive cosmetic procedure, far less expensive than a facelift. It can be scheduled prior to an occasion as well - an interview, an important meeting, or a conference - for an added boost in confidence.

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Botox Is Now Approved for Forehead Lines

This month Allergan announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Botox (onabotulinumtoxinA) “for the temporary improvement in the appearance of moderate to severe forehead lines associated with frontalis muscle activity in adults.” Prior to this, Botox was only approved for the areas around the eyes and glabella, wrinkles commonly known as crow’s feet and “elevens.”

Forehead lines are a “top area of concern” for patients, said David Nicholson, Allergan’s chief research and development officer. This is because, like laugh lines, forehead wrinkles are very aging. Eliminating or modifying them can take years off a patient’s face as we are all well aware. People have been relying on Botox to look younger since 2002. In fact, more than seven million Americans get Botox injections every year, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

How Does Botox Work?

Botulinum toxin, or Botox, is derived from bacteria, but is a purified product. When it’s injected into an area, it serves to block the nerve signals to the muscles there, rendering them incapable of contracting. Since they cannot contract, they can’t form wrinkles.

Botox is a safe and pain-free procedure when performed by a professional. It’s also a quick one; it can be done during a lunch break and does not require anesthesia, so patients can continue with their daily schedules afterward. Botox is both temporary, typically lasting between three and four months, and affordable. All of these factors work to make it one of the most popular cosmetic procedures currently being performed.

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Why You Need a Skin-Care Routine

We often underestimate how important good skin is to a beautiful appearance. Lush, soft, blemish free skin is a sign of youth and good health and is the reason Botox is such a popular procedure these days. As we’ve said before, it’s not smart to make the investment of plastic surgery and not take good care of yourself in other ways.

Beyond the basics of not smoking, wearing sunscreen, and drinking plenty of water  We’ll go through each of these.

Cleansing - You expose your face to dirt, oil, bacteria, pollutants, and makeup everyday just by living, so removing all of that so that your skin can breathe and your pores will not get clogged is essential. Without a regular cleansing routine, your face will be more prone to acne, and if you do not remove your makeup at night, it will dry your skin. You should cleanse your face before you go to bed and again when you wake up in the morning as well as anytime it get dirty or sweaty.

Choose a gentle cleanser that supports your skin type - whether normal, oily, or dry - and will remove makeup as well as dirt. After you soak your face with warm water, apply the cleanser and gently massage it into your skin with circular movements for 30 to 60 seconds. Make sure to cleanse your neck and behind your ears as well. Then rinse with warm water and dry it with a clean, soft towel, patting gently instead of rubbing.

Toning - Apply facial toner to your face gently with a cotton pad, focusing on any oily areas, especially your forehead nose and chin. This step may not seem as obvious or important as either cleansing or moisturizing, but toner helps to eliminate any residues like chlorine in the water you use to cleanse and rinse your face. These can dry out your skin; toner helps to balance its pH level.

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Are You Taking Good Care of Your Skin?

Previously we’ve discussed avoiding certain behaviors like smoking and tanning if you want to avoid premature aging. The skin is the body’s largest organ, and it is continuously exposed to light, heat, water, wind, and pollution, all of which will cause damage. The older you get, the less your skin is able to regenerate and repair itself, which is why people get fine lines and wrinkles as well as blemishes and other skin imperfections as they age. What can you do to take better care of your skin and avoid getting that damage?

It’s starts with taking better general care of yourself. Skin doesn’t just appear, it’s made cell by cell, and it has to have the right building blocks to make high quality skin cells. That means enough of the right food, water, and sleep. Here’s what Bancroft Feldman recommends:

Drink enough water - This is hugely important because dehydration affects both performance and appearance. Dehydrated people look older. Their skin is the opposite of “dewy.” Also, all drinks are not equally hydrating, so no matter how much you love coffee or soda, it’s much better for your skin if you switch out some of your sweet or caffeinated beverages for water or green tea.

Eat the right foods - Eating plenty of vegetables, fruits, lean proteins and whole grains will give your body what it needs to heal and regenerate itself daily - which means you will look and feel better too. A poor diet can cause breakouts. Avoid eating processed foods, sugars, and unhealthy fats if you want a clearer complexion.  

Sleep - This is another important component of your health. Cell regeneration only takes place when your body is in the deeper stages of sleep, and you need to sleep an entire night to get enough to make that happen. Don’t skimp on sleep if you want to stay young looking.

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Sleep is Vital to Healing

Previously we’ve talked about the importance of following post-surgical instructions and what you can do to help your body heal after surgery. In this blog piece we will discuss why getting your rest is so vital to healing faster and better. People tend to discount sleep as being unimportant, especially when there are more entertaining things to do, but without sleep you will feel worse for longer after your surgery and even after you’ve healed you will not be at your best. Why is sleep so important?

We all know what we feel like when we’re tired: cranky and not at our best. If you are sleep deprived, you are slower to react, less able to focus or remember details, and more likely to fall or run into things. Sleep deprivation also affects your ability to control your emotions. You are more likely to experience frustration, irritability, mood swings, or depression if you are not getting enough sleep. Some of that is because your brain simply cannot perform as well. While you are asleep, your brain is working to create new neural pathways that will help you learn better and remember more information. Without that brain development many mental tasks will be harder to perform than they have to be.

Getting adequate sleep is also crucial for physical health. When your body is in deep sleep it produces many hormones, including the one that promotes cell growth, either for development or repair. That’s when your heart and your blood vessels heal and repair themselves and when, after surgery, the real work of healing happens. Naps are not enough. You have to sleep long enough to experience REM sleep, the final stage of a single sleep cycle. Over the course of 8 hours of sleep, a person will go through multiple sleep cycles, sleeping more lightly at first and more deeply later with longer periods of the restorative REM sleep. Experiments with rats have demonstrated that REM sleep and lifespan are interconnected.

If you’re concerned about maintaining your figure, you need to add more sleep to your schedule too. During sleep your body regulates other hormones, including leptin, ghrelin, and insulin. These control your hunger levels and your blood sugar. If you do not get enough sleep, you will feel hungrier, and your body will convert more of the food you’ve eaten into stored fat. You are setting your diet up to fail if you do not factor in your need to sleep enough at night, no matter how much resolution you have to lose weight or keep it off.

Bancroft Feldman wants you to succeed in the aesthetic goals your set for yourself, whether that means a better diet, more exercise, weight loss, or enhancements through plastic surgery. Getting enough sleep must be a part of the process for anyone who wants a better body and better health. We cannot recommend it enough. Are you getting your 8 hours of sleep every night?

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Are You Getting Enough Vitamin B12?

Bancroft Feldman has good news for your overall health and wellness: We are now offering vitamin B12 injections in the office. Our RN, provides them to our patients. If you think you might be Vitamin B12 deficient, please ask about this service the next time you are in the office.

What is vitamin B12?

Vitamin B12, or cobalamin, is a water-soluble vitamin. Because of this, you cannot take too much because your body will excrete anything it doesn’t need. That also means you need to be constantly replenishing your supply of it because it’s not stored in the body’s fat reserves. B12 is one of eight B vitamins, and it is the largest and most complicated of them.  

What does Vitamin B12 do?

Vitamin B12 is responsible for the proper functioning and health of red blood cells, nerve tissue, and brain function. Without enough B12, red blood cells cannot multiply they way they should. Vitamin B12 is needed in the metabolism of every cell in your body. It helps to absorb folic acid, and in this way affects how much energy the body releases. It’s vital that you get enough of this vitamin because if you do not, your body will not produce enough red blood cells, and you will eventually get anemia.

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The Bancroft Feldman Model of the Month Experience

During your Bancroft Feldman consultation, Drs. Bancroft and Feldman will discuss with you what exactly is involved in a breast augmentation, a tummy tuck, or liposuction. They will talk about what to expect in terms of the surgery itself and the results so that you can make an informed and careful decision about exactly what you want for your body...
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How Will My Tummy Tuck Look?

People get tummy tucks for a number of reasons, but mostly because they don't like the way their stomachs look as they age and life experiences happen. The skin is loose and flabby from pregnancy or other weight gain and loss, and they want it to look tighter, younger, and more fit again. However, men and women often have questions about what the r...
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Botox before a Wedding

Summer is a time when important things happen - things like weddings, graduations, class reunions, and family reunions. Most people want to look good on a regular day, but when it comes to a big event like a wedding or a class reunion, it's even more important to make a good impression. With Botox, it's possible to roll back the clock to achieve a ...
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Help Your Body Heal after Surgery

Many of Bancroft Feldman's patients ask if there's anything they can do to speed up their healing process. There are no magic answers or "rapid recovery" techniques, no matter what you hear elsewhere. Any good surgeon will want to lessen his patients' pain and ensure a healthy healing process, but there aren't any shortcuts: the body takes its time...
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Giving a Gift for Success

May and June are months for new beginnings. Brides walk down the aisle every year in June, the most popular month for weddings. Students finish school and graduate from high school and college. People start new jobs or interview for new opportunities. All of this planning and striving towards future goals of personal and financial success requires ...
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Why Is Botox So Popular?

Botox has exploded in popularity over the past decade and a half. The FDA approved Botox for cosmetic use in 2002, and it took off nearly overnight with exponential growth over time. Most recently Millennials have taken interest in this cosmetic treatment. It's estimated that in 2018 Botox will have a $4.7 billion global market, with half of that i...
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Allergan’s new Inspira Soft Touch Implants

This last January, Allergan announced a new breast implant option in their NATRELLE® line of breast implants: the Inspira Soft Touch implant: "Now, the INSPIRA® line of breast implants helps physicians to better meet diverse, patient-specific needs based on available breast tissue and desired outcomes." This line of implants was very popular with d...
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Dr. Evan Feldman Receives RealSelf Top 100 Award for Work in 2016

Are you familiar with RealSelf, the largest and most used cosmetic health website dedicated to connecting doctors with people seeking answers about the cosmetic treatments they are considering? If so you are among a group of more than 82 million people who did the same in 2016. Every year RealSelf honors "the top rated and most engaged board-certif...
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The Spectrum of Breast Sizes and Shapes

Breasts come in all shapes and sizes. That's something that women can easily forget because of the focus the media and magazines have on highlighting beautiful women with one or two types of "ideal" breasts. If you are thinking about getting breast augmentation, you need to realize that the structure and size of the breasts that you have now will a...
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What Are Tuberous Breasts?

Breasts come in all different shapes and sizes in nature. Women with small breasts, large breasts, and any size in between fall on the spectrum of normal development. However, a number of breast deformities do exist. One of these is Tuberous Breast Deformity (TBD), more commonly referred to as tuberous breasts. This is a congenital condition that women and some men are born with that becomes apparent when their breast tissue does not develop normally. It is not certain what causes this abnormality, but the results of one study of breast tissue specimens in 2011 suggest that it is genetic involving a disorder of collagen deposition.

Women with this condition do not merely have small breasts; tuberous breasts are structurally different from normally developed breasts in that the have an elongated, tubular shape. Characteristics of tuberous breasts include: “enlarged, puffy areola, unusually wide spacing between the breasts, minimal breast tissue, sagging, higher than normal breast fold, and narrow base at the chest wall.” However, tuberous breasts exist along a spectrum, with mild cases having just a slightly shorter than ideal fold to nipple distance and extreme cases having all the above mentioned deformities, so not all tuberous breasts look alike.

Tuberous breasts develop abnormally. The breast tissue that does grow herniates into the nipple. This is not a health concern, but some women with tuberous breasts cannot breastfeed their babies because their milk glands are too underdeveloped to produce milk.

How many women have tuberous breasts?

It’s difficult to say. It’s estimated that between 1 and 5% of breast augmentations done are due to TBD, but many women suffer unhappily with this condition and never try to get any kind of treatment. Some of them become so ashamed of their breasts that they hide them from everyone. They report that having TBD negatively impacts their sense of self, making them feel worthless or less than desirable or womanly. It can have a bad effect on their romantic relationships as well.

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What Factors Affect the Cost of Plastic Surgery?

Women and men who seek out plastic surgery to improve their appearance need to know a number of things. They’re concerned about the types of outcomes they can expect, how safe certain procedures and plastic surgery facilities are, and they want to know the cost of various types of plastic surgeries.

Unfortunately, pricing plastic surgery isn’t like pricing athletic gear at the store; it’s more complicated. Many people will go online and search for typical costs. One resource many people use is the website of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). If you search the ASPS’s site for costs, one of the pages that comes up is the tummy tuck cost page which states that the average cost of a tummy tuck is $5,502, according to 2015 statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

This $5,502 figure, however, only covers the surgeon’s fee. It does not cover anesthesia, operating room facilities, prescription medications, or other related expenses. When you consult a plastic surgeon in Houston Texas about the cost of a tummy tuck, the cost quoted to you will include any services provided, so it will likely be higher than the cost quoted on the ASPS website. Please keep that in mind.

Additionally, this $5,502 is the national average for that procedure. Price will vary based on geographical location as well. The cost of operating a business is different in California than in Kansas or Texas, as will the number of surgeons practicing in a given area and their level of training and skill. Many patients will travel long distances to ensure access to the best surgeons and medical care because a permanent surgical alteration is not something that can be taken back to the store and exchanged. It’s something you need a trusted professional to do right the first time. Great doctors are in high demand because surgeons with their training, skill level, experience are relatively rare.

Similarly, the surgery length or difficulty will also affect the cost of any procedure. Not every type of plastic surgery requires the same technology, skill, or resources. A mini-tummy tuck will not be as expensive as a full tummy tuck, and a breast augmentation is a more straightforward procedure than a breast lift or a combination of breast augmentation and lift.

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One Plastic Surgery Trend for 2017: Dimples

Have you ever admired someone’s dimples or thought about what you would look like with them? Dimples are showing up as a trend in plastic surgery circles, but not every trend is one that Bancroft Feldman recommends our patients explore. We don’t do dimple surgery, and we’ll discuss the reasons here.

Dimples, or indentations in the skin, are somewhat rare in the population. Only about 20 percent of people are born with cheek dimples, and these show prominently only when they are smiling, so we tend to associate dimples with happiness. What causes these happy dents? People who have dimples in their cheeks have a shorter zygomaticus major muscle than average. Because it is shorter, the muscle pulls on the skin when they smile, creating an indentation.

Another kind of dimple is the chin dimple. This rugged type of facial architecture is more coveted by men than women and is actually an underlying cleft in the bone of the chin - a malformation of the skull, if you will. Both chin and cheek dimples are arranged around the mouth and call further attention to it. This placement and the relative rarity of dimples is why many people think they add an element of attractiveness to a face.

Some clinics are now advertising dimple creation surgery; however, artificially created cheek dimples are always present and not created by muscle animation. In other words, they will show all of the time and not just when you smile. This is because a surgeon cannot shorten the zygomaticus major in your facial musculature, but must make an incision in the skin of the cheek. These ever present dents will look odd to people who associate smiling with dimples.

A third type of dimple that’s getting popular is the venus dimple. These are the little dimples at the base of the spine where the backbone meets the hip. Some women who do not come by them naturally are seeking out a type of procedure, a complication of liposuction called contour irregularity, to create them. During this procedure excess fat is sucked out via cannula in order to make those shallow indentations in the curve of the back. Our surgeons do not recommend this type of procedure either, and Bancroft Feldman doesn’t perform it.

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How Will Having Breast Implants Affect My Ability to Breastfeed?

Many women make the choice to get breast implants - almost 300,000 of them every year. Most women at some point in their lives will also make the choice to have children. Does having breast implants affect the ability of these women to breastfeed their children? Women want to know if they can still breastfeed if they have their breasts surgically altered.

First, it’s important to acknowledge that any kind of breast surgery could potentially cause damage to the milk ducts in the breast. This is why Dr. Feldman recommends to all of his patients that they wait three to six months after completely stopping breastfeeding before getting breast implants.

However, many young women want to make improvements to their bodies before they know if they will want to have children or before they meet the men they’ll want to have children with. Most women do not know how many children they will want to have before they’ve had one or more. It’s hard to know the answers to these questions before you’ve been a parent.

The good news is, the odds are in your favor in terms of breastfeeding, even if you do get breast implants. If you were able to breastfeed prior to having breast augmentation surgery, you should be able to breastfeed after. If you’ve never been pregnant, tell your doctor up front in your initial consultation. Dr. Feldman will not offer incisions through the areola for women who desire children as this cuts through the breast ducts and has the highest chance of interfering with breastfeeding. This is another reason why submuscular breast implant placement is important. Placing implants under the breast, and under the muscle, will likely not affect your ability to breastfeed.

Some women decide to have breast augmentation because of malformations of the breast that can be more complex to fix. These would include women with insufficient glandular tissue and those with widely spaced, tubular, or asymmetrical breasts. However, for young women with normal breasts who seek to have them enlarged, the surgery is straightforward and unlikely to cause difficulties with breastfeeding later on.

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Why Will I Have Swelling after Surgery?

One of the post-surgical expectations Drs. Bancroft and Feldman counsel their patients about is swelling - how to cope with it, how long it will last, and how not to prolong it or make it worse. Have you ever wondered why people experience swelling after an injury or a surgery? Learning what swelling is and why it’s part and parcel of the healing process will help you be more mindful of your body after surgery so you can provide it what it needs to heal swiftly and without further complications.

What is swelling?

Swelling is the abnormal enlargement of an area of the body, and it is usually caused by inflammation (of the bones, tissues, or muscles) or fluid retention. When the body experiences an injury or a surgical incision, it responds predictably. Pain tells the brain that something is wrong, and blood flows to the injured body part. The increased blood flow is the reason for the heat, the redness, and the swelling. Fluid and white blood cells travel to the location of the injury to start the healing process. Both the pain and the swelling signal to the injured person: Do not use this body part!

This first stage of swelling - occurring within the first 24 hours, is called acute swelling. Chronic swelling is swelling that lasts longer but may not be as detectable. Prolonged swelling can lead to tissues becoming more rigid and less pliable and therefore damaged, perhaps permanently. This is what you want to avoid.

Traditional strategies for dealing with swelling include rest, ice, compression, and elevation. The ice is used to control bleeding, pain, and edema, compression supports the area, minimizes motion, and controls swelling, and elevation encourages the blood to flow away from the area of injury.

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