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derma filler botox crows feetDr. H.M. Seify is a dedicated plastic surgeon in Newport Beach, CA, having won several honors and awards for his contributions to the field of cosmetic surgery. He is a board certified plastic surgeon specializing in aesthetic as well as reconstructive surgeries. He won the prestigious Sherrell J. Aston Award from the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery in 2007. Patients in Newport Beach, CA and surrounding areas may consult him for plastic surgery as well as non-surgical procedures.

Botox’s FDA Approval

Patients in Newport Beach, CA, who are keen to reduce the signs of aging from their face without surgery, now have some good news. They can receive Botox treatment to reduce the appearance of crow’s feet as the treatment has now been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). FDA had approved Botox for cosmetic treatment of frown lines on the forehead in 2002.

Now finally in 2013, it has given approval to Botox for the treatment of crow’s feet as well. These approvals are apart from the approvals that FDA has given to Botox over the last several years for the treatment of various medical conditions. These include treatment for chronic headaches and migraines, excessive underarm sweating, and involuntary eyelid spasms. Botox treatment, whether cosmetic or medical, should ideally be received by a qualified cosmetic surgeon or another certified Botox provider.

Why Choose Botox?

Botox is produced from botulinum neurotoxin, which is a powerful biological substance discovered nearly a century ago. For several decades the toxin was tested by scientists to evaluate its medical and cosmetic benefits. Eventually it received approvals from FDA, and quickly became one of the most popular non-surgical anti-aging treatments in the world.

Botox is an excellent option for patients who are either unwilling or unable to choose full or partial facelift plastic surgery. The results with surgery are longer lasting, while Botox can only provide temporary benefits. But Botox has the following advantages that make it a popular treatment option:

  • Treatment is quick, safe and simple, involving no incisions.
  • Treatment does not involve general anesthesia or sedation.
  • An entire Botox session can be completed within 15 minutes to one hour, depending on the extent of treatment.
  • Botox treatment does not involve any downtime, and the patient may even go back to work immediately.
  • Results are visible almost instantly.
  • Treatment involves minimal or no pain and discomfort during or after the procedure.
  • Typical risks and complications associated with a surgery are avoided with Botox.
  • Treatment can be repeated for extended benefits.

Botox for Reduction of Crow’s Feet

Lateral canthal lines or crow’s feet are fine lines that radiate from the far outside corner of the eyes. These lines become more visible when a person smiles because the act of smiling makes the muscles in that area more active. As a result, the skin in that area develops a natural fold as the underlying muscle contracts. The more frequently a person smiles, the more frequently the skin fold occurs. The impact of crow’s feet increases with age because the skin loses its elasticity gradually with aging.

Crow’s feet can be removed or reduced with cosmetic surgery, but Botox is an equally effective non-surgical alternative, although its results will last only for about three to six months. Botox medication is injected directly into the targeted muscle that has become overactive and is causing the formation of wrinkles. The toxin works instantly to block the neural pathways and effectively prevents the muscle from contracting. As the muscle remains paralyzed even when the person is smiling, the skin appears smooth.

 Botox Testing for Crow’s Feet

Botox achieved the FDA approval for reduction of crow’s feet after several tests and trials, including an extensive study of Botox involving two large groups of adult participants. The study was conducted by Allergan, Inc., the drug’s Irvine, CA based manufacturer. One of the groups, comprising 833 adults, was randomly chosen to receive a placebo injection of Botox.

This group showed a marked reduction in the appearance of crow’s feet following treatment when compared to the other group that did not receive the treatment. Following FDA’s approval, patients in Newport Beach, CA may now receive Botox treatments for crow’s feet from a qualified plastic surgeon or a certified Botox provider to safe and effective outcomes.

 FDA Warning

Botox labels carry an FDA warning stating that the toxin’s effects can spread to other areas of the body from the area of injection, causing symptoms of botulism. However, the FDA also says that there has not been an occurrence of a confirmed serious case of this nature when Botox is administered in recommended doses by a qualified provider.

 

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The Internet is a vast marketplace these days. Few would argue that you can’t find anything you’re looking for if you look hard enough on the Internet. However, who would’ve ever thought you could get Botox online? Much less, who would’ve ever thought there’d be do it yourself Botox with instructions? The truth is there are” medical” websites that offer what they call  Botulinum toxin for sale over the Internet. While it of course is dangerous and potentially deadly there is a mass appeal for consumers who desperately want to look younger and have a perceived need to get the best deal to do so. Online marketers are cashing in on this desperation in what is an unregulated and illegal sale of Botox via the Internet. One of the supposedly medical sites allows consumers to purchase 100 IU vial of what they label is Botox complete with a set of instructions for $149. Of course Dr. Seify along with the rest of the legitimate medical community find this appalling and outrageous. This unscrupulous marketing of questionable at best grade of Botox to uneducated consumers is virtually unimaginable. One death has been reported so far as caused by the use of Botox purchased through the Internet. There are growing numbers of cases from people who through self injection of Botox ended up with muscles that were paralyzed or vocal cords that were paralyzed or even other serious results. Botox is approved by the US FDA to be used by cosmetic physicians for the removal of facial lines and wrinkles. Authentic medical grade Botox cannot be purchased without a prescription. Only a licensed medical physician is permitted to purchase authentic medical grade Botox and it is under the concept that the physician has the skill and knowledge and training for its proper use. Most doctors doubt that the Botox sold online is authentic or even that it has any Botox and it at all. What is most concerning is what it could contain as a substitute. Many wonder how this can even be allowed to happen. Due to the vast worldwide marketplace of the Internet the sale of illicit products is rampant. It is virtually impossible to regulate sense the FDA can only monitor and have jurisdiction over United States companies and businesses selling drugs. Dr. Seify warns patients about any products including Botox purchased through non-legitimate sources. Dr. Seify offers Botox and dermal fillers with occasional promotions throughout the year. Patients can save substantially and are encouraged to contact the office and make a reservation for our next Botox and filler special event for the best pricing.

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There’ve been many claims made about Botox and what it can do for patients. Most people are familiar with Botox treating frown lines and facial wrinkles. But, now the claim has been made that it can help ward off depression. According to recent article researchers at the Chevy Chase cosmetic Center in Maryland suggested that a recent annual meeting of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology that warding off depression should be added as a benefit of Botox. The medical director along with his colleagues presented a study that claim to prove treating frown lines and reducing the signs of aging could help patients who are depressed feel happier. The back end of the research is rooted in history. Charles Darwin is linked to the phrase ”grief muscles “which described the muscles that are used we frown. He suggested that when making an unhappy face it is intensely linked to true feelings of sadness. The lead researcher hypothesized that by freezing what are known as “grief muscles” with Botox and preventing people from frowning that it also could reduce the emotion of sadness. The researchers studied 84 people who suffered from severe depression lasting for an average of two years none of whom had success with antidepressant. Some of the participants were given Botox injections who others were injected with a placebo. They were then assessed between three and six weeks later. According to the news source at that particular time just over one fourth of those receiving Botox had researchers reported as a nearly complete remission of their depression. Only 7% of those who had received the placebo reported similar results. Until the study is further reviewed Botox could not be considered an official treatment of depression. Botox is the most popular cosmetic injectable and tends to be more affordable than other rejuvenation procedures including facelift although the results do not last as long. Dr. Seify performs Botox injections on numerous patients routinely. He cautions against patients believing that Botox can cure depression however patients who choose Botox for appearance related reasons are overwhelmingly happy with the results. Patients were considering Botox injections are encouraged to contact Dr. Seify and schedule a consultation.

There is been a lot of push lately for the supplementation of vitamin D.  The sun is considered an enemy to our health in many ways. Most Americans are advised to consider taking a vitamin D supplement. According to recent study highlighted in a online article, it can be difficult to determine whether your vitamin D supplement is actually worth the investment.

A new analysis of looking at an excess of 17,000 patients found no difference in mortality rates for people who had vitamin D levels that were between 20 and 40 ng/mL of blood .and this is the range the most people fall into. These recent findings from an Institute of Medicine committee which stated that vitamin D levels that were over 20 ng/mL of blood were enough for most people which contrasted the previous cutoff which was 30 ng/mL.

“A lot of people may not require vitamin D supplementation,” says Holly Kramer, MD, lead researcher on the study and associate professor at Loyola University.

According to Kramer’s analysis, nearly 80 million people would no longer be considered to have insufficient vitamin D levels. “I actually don’t supplement a lot of people anymore because most of my patients have a level between 20-30ng/ml,” says Dr. Kramer.

To make matters more confusing, there are a multitude of continuous studies that support the idea that elevating your vitamin D intake could raise your mortality by as much as 8 to 15% according to one professor of medicine at Boston University Medical Center. While extra vitamin D could be beneficial, there are no definitive studies to prove it.

In conclusion most believe that extra D especially during the winter months when most people do not get as much sunshine could have health benefits and for the majority of Americans will not pose serious health risk. The Endocrine Society recommends that most adults get 1,500-2,000 IU a day of vitamin D. Dr. Seify reminds patients that although vitamin D is absorbed into the body through sunshine, it is important to protect the skin from excessive sun exposure. Overexposure to the sun can also cause wrinkles, dry skin, and affect the overall texture of the skin. Dr. Seify offers medical grade skin care treatments within his practice through his on-site medical spa. Patients are able to take advantage of medically supervised skin care treatments with the advantage of stronger more effective ingredients which in turn allows patients to have better longer-lasting results. All injectable services including Botox and fillers such as Juvederm and Restylane are performed by Dr. Seify so the patients can benefit from his surgical expertise combined with years of experience performing noninvasive anti-aging treatments. Patients are encouraged to use medical grade skin care as well as medical grade sunscreen products available through Dr. Seify’s experienced aesthetician within his med spa. Patients are encouraged to contact Dr. Seify’s office and schedule a consultation to determine the best recommendations for the healthiest skin possible.

Women’s health topics are of interest.Television doctors have become very popular over the last six or seven years discussing women’s health issues. Although the disclaimer that the television shows are for entertainment purposes only- is inferred, according to recent Los Angeles Times article many of the television viewers take the  doctor’s women’s health advice personally. According to the article television is a great medium for sports, reality shows, and American Idol, but the article warns about getting women’s health information from television, and reports that patients may not be as well-informed or as healthy as they think they are. One concern, says Dr. Steven Woloshin, professor of medicine at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, is that doctors who are experts in their fields, and he cites Dr. Mehmet Oz as an example, is a cardiothoracic surgeon as well as a professor at Columbia University. He claims that Dr. Oz and other TV doctors often discuss topics and women’s health issues beyond their areas of expertise and or certification.

Women’s Health Issues Make” Great TV”

“Just because someone’s on TV, just because they’re wearing scrubs, doesn’t mean they’re an expert on nutrition,” Woloshin, a specialist in internal medicine, says. He goes on to warn that television viewers should look at televised women’s health reports with a commonsense approach and always check with their own personal physician before making any major changes. He adds that while your personal physician  may not have a face made for television or be famous, your personal care physician will be most likely to know your specific body and the women’s health concerns that should be addressed, based on your specific health history.

Women’s Health Concerns Are A Part of  Every Plastic Surgery Recommendation

Dr. Seify explains to his patients that although there are many plastic surgery procedures that are featured on television they too should approach the information gathered from that source with scrutiny. Some plastic surgery procedures marketed toward women’s health, especially laser treatment services, are highlighted on the news as well as doctor entertainment television programs. Recently, chin augmentation, and Botox were just some of the procedures that were part of the women’s health buzz on most health-related television shows and newscast. Dr. Seify advises patients that the information seen on a televised report is often general and does not necessarily prove that the procedure would be best for the patient. Dr. Seify reminds patients that specific recommendations for patients concerning the type of plastic surgery recommended, are best achieved in person during a personal consultation with the doctor.

 

Women’s health and anti-aging go hand in hand. As the public searches for new ways to fight the effects of aging both in health and appearance new super foods for women’s health are getting a great deal of media attention. According to a recentonlinearticle ,avocados have been known to have many health benefits. A new study presented at the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology meeting in San Diego has highlighted that avocado oil could have anti-aging properties that could benefit women’s health much like those exhibited by olive oil.

Women’s Health and Avocado Oil

Women’s health and olive oil have long been linked to treating signs of aging and cancer. Now study authors in Mexico have discovered that avocado oil, which is much like the composition of olive oil, can also be used as a women’s health anti-aging agent.  Researchers discovered that avocado oil was successfully managing and combating the destructive effects of oxygen free radicals that play a significant role in developing signs of aging and women’s health. Researchers demonstrated that avocado oil was beneficial against mitochondrial free radicals which are for the most part not affected by the antioxidants derived from vegetables and fruits.

Women’s Health is Often Defined By Appearance

Women’s health and aging of the skin is one of the major battles. Dr. Seify encourages patientsto begin anti-aging treatment plans as soon as they begin to see the signs of aging. Patients can begin with minimally invasive cosmetic procedures including Botox, and fillers such as Restylane. Women’s health tips include a proactive approach to facial skin care.  For more dramatic and long-term solutions for facial rejuvenation patients may consider browlift, blepharoplasty, and or facelift. These facial rejuvenation procedures are meant to achieve long-term results. Through the years these surgical procedures have proven to be the one of the best investment values in women’s health. Longtermstudies have shown that patients maintain an appearance an average of 7 to 10 years younger than their stated age after having surgical facial rejuvenation procedures. Dr. Seify explains that it is important for patients to understand the type of facelift or other facial rejuvenation procedure that is being recommended. As an ASPS  board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Seify is able to utilize skills used in both facial reconstructive surgery as well as cosmetic facial surgery to achieve the best possible aesthetic results.

BotoxBotox has a birthday!Not much in cosmetic advancements has been more significant than the introduction of Botox cosmetic 10 years ago. According to an Allergan press release Botox cosmetic celebrates its 10 year anniversary April 15, 2012. According to their release BOTOX® secured its initial FDA approval more than 22 years ago as a treatment for two rare eye muscle conditions, which made it the first product of its kind approved globally.

Botox Hits The Market for Cosmetic Purposes

In 2002, the same formulation with adjusted dosing to treat frown lines was approved under the name BOTOX® Cosmetic. “When approved by the FDA in 2002, BOTOX® Cosmetic changed the way that physicians could treat patients who were interested in improving the appearance of their vertical frown lines between the brows,” said David E.I. Pyott, Chairman of the Board, President and CEO, Allergan, Inc. “BOTOX® Cosmetic has become the number-one neuromodulator in the United States and the number of patients considering talking to their doctor about treatment has more than quadrupled to 5.8 million since 2002.(1, 2”)

Botox in the Hands of Board Certified Plastic Surgeons

The introduction of Botox cosmetic has given plastic surgeons an added tool for achieving optimal results for facial rejuvenation patients. As an ASPS board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Seify has the training and experience to effectively treat the underlying muscle structure of facial muscles to achieve the maximum benefits of Botox injections. He is able to assess not only the limitations of each injection site but also consider the benefits of surgical intervention that will provide the most cost effective and aesthetically pleasing long-term results. Many patients can benefit by having a browlift and blepharoplasty in conjunction with Botox treatments. For some patients this is part of a facial rejuvenation treatment plan that allows the patient to have the most natural and aesthetically pleasing result at every stage of the aging process. Botox results are heavily dependent upon the skill and expertise of the injector. It is advised that patients are consistent in their treatment using Botox cosmetic, as well as utilizing the same injector each time Botox is administered. It is believed that this allows for the best long-term results as it eliminates the need to guess where previous Botox was injected. Botox popularity is expected to continue to increase as more patients discover its benefits. Dr. Seify welcomes patients to consult with him and discover if Botox cosmetic and related facial rejuvenation procedures are right for them.

 

Who says you can’t get a new lease on life just by doing a little self-reflection? As we all know it’s often not how we look, but how we feel about ourselves that matters most in day-to-day life. If your 2012 is looking like the perfect time for new beginnings, take some of this time for yourself. Are there parts of your body where you’d love to see an improvement that you just can’t seem to get by following nature’s rules alone? Are you wondering what improvements are possible?

Small Changes, Giant Results

First, plastic surgery isn’t all about high stakes and drastic measures. It’s also not about hating the skin you’re in. Many people are perfectly happy with their appearance, but there’s that one wrinkle that plagues them every time they look in the mirror. Or perhaps you’ve slaved away since last New Year’s Day at the gym only to see that one trouble area persist. Some of the small procedures available today can yield enormous results without breaking your pocket book or forcing you to take time off work. These include:

  • Botox/Injectable Fillers
  • Cellulite/Fat Reduction
  • Skin Peels/Facials
  • Microdermabrasion
  • Laser Hair Removal
  • Laser Skin Resurfacing
  • Laser Vein Treatment

These treatments can take years off your age, improve your self-image as you step into your future, or simply get rid of something that’s been annoying you ever since your high school days.

Getting Around Genetics

Genetics also play an enormous role in the structural shape of your body. Oftentimes your trouble spots are entirely out of your control. Adjusting these areas of your body can do wonders for your self-confidence, socializing, and quality of life. As plastic surgery grows in popularity, the possibilities have exploded.

  • Blepharoplasty is one plastic surgery that may even be covered by your insurance. If your genetics have cursed you with baggy eyelids that obscure your field of vision, you may be eligible to shave off most of the cost to see clearly.
  • Otoplasty is designed to reduce the size of large ears and help them lie closer to the head.
  • Breast enhancements and breast lifts are some of the most popular plastic surgeries to date. These procedures can completely change a woman’s figure. If you’ve been yearning for a more feminine shape, this type of surgery can also open up an entirely new world of clothing options.
  • Gynecomastias can help a man pare down an ample chest and create a more masculine contour.

Aiding the Exercise Regimen

A big part of being the best version of yourself includes making sure that you practice a healthy lifestyle. Exercise and eating right are two non-surgical changes that can often make the most drastic difference. But if the exercise bike and the weights just aren’t cutting it, body sculpting can help take you that one last mile.

  • Liposuction can remove a stubborn chunk that just won’t budge. Maybe it’s on your thighs or your abdomen, or maybe your upper arms are feeling a little extra cushiony. Oftentimes our bodies store fat in one awkward area. Liposuction can remove fat cells from that specific area and improve your shape permanently.
  • Abdominoplasty is most popular with mothers. Child-bearing causes your body to undergo enormous changes. This procedure removes stretched out skin, allowing you to regain that pre-child bikini belly. An abdominoplasty is often performed in conjunction with a “Mommy Makeover” where a breast lift, liposuction, and breast augmentation can help you bounce back to your original figure.

Eliminating Insecurities

You don’t have to be shy or naturally self-conscious to be insecure about a part of your body. We all have our own standard of beauty, our own preferences, parts of our bodies that we love, and parts that could use a tweak or two. There’s nothing wrong with self-improvement. We all do it every day with how we work, how we run our lives, and how we manage our relationships. Being the best that we can be doesn’t have to stop at our personality. With today’s advancements, we can extend this to our bodies as well, and take a comprehensive approach to being the best of who we are.

Question: My face is aging faster now that I’ve turned 46. What are the best techniques, skin care products, or life style changes to maintain more youthful look? Is Botox simply inevitable?

Answer: Life style, skin care and maybe cosmetic surgery! Life style is every thing. Proper nutrition, rest, sunscreens, stress reduction etc. When minor issues starts to occur, botox, fillers and lasers could be used to treat minor facial aging signs. Surgery is the ultimate method for addressing anatomical deformity.

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