Category: Botox

Why the square face?

Have a square face? Not having a tapered or more oval shaped face can take away from one’s attractiveness. In years past, it often took major surgical procedures in order to improve this issue. Luckily, we now have many good non-surgical options that allow us to make very nice changes in the shape of a patient’s face.

As a surgeon and experienced injectables physician, I’m able to fully assess and consider the wide range of options for a patient to consider when deciding how to make an improvement in his or her appearance. The variety and number of products continues to grow, and the advances in this area of non-surgical treatment are rapidly changing how we approach problems in facial appearance.

If you are interested in seeing how we can help you address any issues that you may be experiencing with your appearance, facial or otherwise, please contact our office via email (myconsult@brzowski.com) or phone us at 801-479-5722.

By: Brian Brzowski Categories:Botox, Face, Injectibles, Juvaderm, Voluma

Beyond the Needle And The Knife

As a plastic surgeon who has spent more than a decade learning to care for surgical patients, sometimes I marvel about how devoted I am to the aesthetic concerns of patients beyond what I can achieve with a knife, or a needle for that matter. Patients who come to our office because of issues caused by sun damage, aging, or a combination of both, are often uncertain about the best approach to improving these problems. Because we have a “whole person” approach, our tool box is full and contains more than just sharp things.

Growing a philosophy of addressing the entire breadth of factors that leads a patient to complain about their appearance takes, time, study and a tremendous amount of interest. The multiple components involved in creating a tired and aged appearance are not easily diagnosed in a hurried and inattentive fashion. Our approach reflects our fascination with these set of problems and we work hard to help patients see beyond the needle and the knife.

It is a routine event in my office to have a patient come in whose only desire to have me inject Botox or a filler of some sort into the problem area. If they are instead a candidate for a surgical procedure instead, sometimes they take a little convincing that they need a more “aggressive” approach. I expect this reluctance and, thankfully, we’re able to work through this decision process by creating a trusting relationship. What does frequently surprise me is how many patients only consider treatments that are “skin deep.”

Through the use of Botox and fillers, we can do amazing things to the harsh appearance of the tissue of [...]

By: William Borghetti Categories:Botox, Face

Look Happy, Feel Happy: Botox Boosts Mood

We’ve all heard the advice, “Fake it til you make it” — the belief, confirmed by science, that by simply forcing ourselves to smile, we feel happier.

 

At the same time, researchers are finding that suppressing the ability to frown can significantly boost mood.

 

The most-recent study, reported in the Journal of Psychiatric Research, showed Botox injections disabling patients’ frowning muscles provided effective relief of clinical depression.

 

The double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial looked at 85 subjects with DSM-IV major depression, who were initially rated during screening, then at three and six weeks after their treatment, using the Montgomery-Asberg Depression Rating Scale.

 

Six weeks after treatment, 52 percent of the patients who received Botox showed a decrease of at least 50 percent in their depression score, compared with just 15 percent of those injected with the placebo. Clinical remission was achieved by 27 percent of the Botox group versus 7 percent of the placebo group.

 

“A single treatment [with Botox] appears to induce a significant and sustained antidepressant effect in patients with major depression,” the report concludes.

 

The investigators identified several potential advantages of using Botox to treat depression, including improved compliance, cost effective, few drug interactions and well-documented safety.

 

This study bolsters a 30-patient German trial, published in 2012, that also observed the ability of Botox to relieve depression.

 

Other earlier research also found that of 25 females, the half whose ability to frown was comp¬romised using Botox reported feeling happier and less anxious in general. Interestingly, they did not report feeling any more attractive, which suggests that the emotional effects of the injections were not related to a potential psychological boost from the treatment’s cosmetic nature.
 
In Salt Lake City and South Ogden, Utah, Brzowski Plastic Surgery is pleased to [...]

By: Brian Brzowski Categories:Botox