December 2017

Are You New to Injectables? Here’s What You Need to Know!

Non-Surgical Facial Rejuvenation Cincinnati OH If you tune in to any television talk show, you may notice that injectables like Botox and dermal fillers are some of the most talked-about cosmetic treatments these days. Because products like Botox have been on the market for such a long time, it is only natural that a few myths have circulated about them. The problem with the abundance of information that exists about injectable cosmetic treatments is that it can create confusion. Where there is confusion, there will be feet-dragging.

We know you don’t want to live with cosmetic concerns that make you feel less-than-satisfied with your appearance, so we’re going to discuss a few details about injectables and what you need to know about them.

Injectables Have no Age Preference

Let’s go back to the beginning. When Botox was first approved by the FDA, it was limited in usage areas. Doctors could only treat the frown lines that stood out between the brows. This use paved the way for the perception that Botox and other wrinkle-reducers were anti-aging treatments relevant to adults of a certain age. This is not accurate. If you have avoided getting treatment for those lines that are bothering you, stop stalling. Injectables offer significant benefits to adults of all ages. Today, it is common for younger adults to seek treatment for prevention, a savvy approach to the aging process.

Results are Unique

One of the questions that patients have as they consider injectable treatments for their needs is how long their results will last. Of course, you want your investment to pay maximum dividends regarding prolonged beauty. Allergan, the maker of Botox and several other injectables, states that results of this original muscle-relaxing, wrinkle-easing treatment last 3 to 6 months. However, every person is different. A wrinkle filler or relaxer will last as long as the body lets it. We all have unique metabolism, and that affects the longevity of treatment. This is why the timelines given by manufacturers may be wider.

Safety and Efficacy

In addition to wanting great results, patients also want to know they are using products that have been clinically tested for safety and efficacy. FDA-approval for cosmetic injectables tells us that these products are safe and have minimal side effects. What is important to know about safety and efficacy is that the provider you choose matters. Good “deals” could mean that the product has been over-diluted, or that an injector has minimal experience.

Get personal care in Cincinnati. We’re happy to serve your cosmetic needs with cosmetic injectables and surgical facial and body treatments. Call 513-985-0850 for more information.

Waist Training: Try It or Trash It?

Body Procedures Cincinnati OH In the past several years, we’ve witnessed the development of some non-surgical facial and body treatments. We can easily find more beauty hacks than we could ever try with a few strokes of the keyboard (thanks, Google!). Because there are so many tips and tricks to try, we can benefit from questioning which ones are valuable and which ones we can skip. Here’s an example: waist trainers. This is a treatment that may give a lot more than we bargained for – and that doesn’t mean it’s a good thing.

Waist Trainers, a Modern-Day Corset

Many years ago, women endured tortuous corsets, boned garments that were manually cinched around their midsection. Corsets were uncomfortable and even led to fainting, but they allowed women to “enjoy” an hourglass figure. The waist trainer is pretty similar. This garment may also have to bone, but what it has is pressure. You know the comfy security you feel when your Spanx hold everything in its place? The waist trainer goes above and beyond. It may even take your breath away.  The process may not sound pleasant, but many women believe it’s worth it. The American Board of Cosmetic Surgery doesn’t necessarily agree.

The danger in waist training is that the body-shaping garment is worn for weeks or months on end. You could liken this process to the foot-binding that was common in China (and was made illegal a century ago). The intent is to reshape the midsection through intense pressure, but the midsection isn’t just fat and muscle. There are other important structures that reside beneath the waist trainer:

  • The lungs sit just beneath the top of a waist trainer, just like the corset of old. Remember that fainting we mentioned? It occurred because lung capacity diminishes 30 to 60% under the pressure of the garment. The waist trainer is not excluded from this statistic. Fainting is only one concern related to decreased lung capacity. When air is not adequately taken in, the lungs are not sufficiently filled, and fluid may build up. Without sufficient air intake, the brain and other organs do not receive the oxygen they need to function properly. Ultimately, the consequences could be severe.
  • Digestive organs. It is in the midsection where our digestive organs live. To squeeze the stomach itself may sound like a decent idea when you want to slim down. However, this can lead to a problem with acid reflux. It could also cause damage to the large or small intestine due to the long hours of constriction.
  • Vital organs. In addition to the stomach, the midsection is also home to the liver, kidneys, and other vital structures. None of these organs can function well when they are living in tight-quarters.

Do you want a better body? We can help you put the icing on the cake of your healthy lifestyle. Call our Cincinnati office at 513-985-0850 to learn more about safe, effective body contouring.

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