BOTOX®Cosmetic gets Tested!

Like many of you, I have always heard things like “Black doesn’t crack”; “Asian women don’t age”….etc. Well, at the tail end of 30 I was pretty pleased with how my skin looked—and most people think I am younger than I really am, but in the last year or so, I started noticing some lines on my forehead that I wasn’t happy with.

So enter the wonderful Dr. Janas, a Great Neck, NY-based dermatologist who not only had a truly pleasant bedside manner, but filled me in with his wealth of knowledge and experience with BOTOX®Cosmetic.

BOTOX®Cosmetic is considered an “injectable”, administered with a small needle into the skin. BOTOX®Cosmetic is a purified protein produced by the Clostridium botulinum bacterium, which reduces the activity of the muscles that cause those frown lines between the brows to form over time. BOTOX® Cosmetic is a non-surgical, physician-administered aesthetic treatment that can temporarily reduce the moderate to severe frown lines between your brows for up to 4 months.

What was truly amazing is how versatile BOTOX®Cosmetic is! Among other things, Dr. Janas informed me of Botox’s myriad uses: subtle nose alternations (who knew?), underarm and foot perspiration, -- even minor breast lifts (still in the testing stage).

After giving me a complete background in BOTOX®Cosmetic and his experience using it, we went to begin the treatment. He and his assistant applied a numbing cream to my forehead for about 15 min, and then Dr. Janas went on to show me the actual bottle of Botox with the official hologramed seal from the Allergan company that produces it (unopened) that he would be using. (This, he says, he a must for a patient to ask for from their doctor, as there are some unscrupulous people who use counterfeit Botox).

I don’t have a big needle fear, but in truth it’s not very big and his lovely assistant worked closely with him so that I didn’t really even notice it. He then began a series of small “pricks” (about 15 or so) with the needle all around my forehead and above my eye brows. He explained that the Botox would affect the areas around the forehead that are responsible for moving these muscles, but that later, after the Botox takes full effect (4-5 days later) my body would learn to actually utilize alternate muscles. (This is why I didn’t have any “frozen” feeling as I had feared might occur). We were done in under half an hour!

Right after the treatment, I did notice a slight softening of the lines, but otherwise I was still able to move my forehead as before and didn’t have any skin irritation at all. I felt fine and as if I hadn’t had anything done when I left the office.

As a matter of fact, it was only much later that day after lunch and meetings, that it dawned on me what I had had done!

A few days later I could really notice the difference -- my forehead was as smooth as a baby’s with not a line in sight and I had no soreness or irritation. I then felt some of the muscles were “stiffening” in my forehead area, but it wasn’t distracting or uncomfortable at all. Dr. Janas checked in with me via phone a few days later and I told me how pleased I was! It’s now been about 3 weeks and I am so happy with the results. It is true that I can’t actually “frown” the way I used to any more, but my face moves freely, I look great and I am hooked!

Dr. Janas assured me that the best was yet to come with the possibilities for utilizing BOTOX®Cosmetic in the future, and I, for one, plan or following where it goes closely to keep looking great no matter what age I am!

Tester: West Indian, (Trinidadian), late 30’s; with good skin tone.

Mesoboutique's physician Nodar Janas, M.D. recently contributed to an article entitled “Procedure Making Headlines” in the October 2006 issue of Les Nouvelles Esthétiques. Read an excerpt below, or the complete article in pdf format here.

'Titan it Up'

A promising new light-based technology for tightening lax skin, the Cutera Titan Procedure™ has been making headlines.

The Titan Procedure is a “virtually painless and cost-effective, nonsurgical treatment that safely and effectively delivers a more youthful appearance by tightening skin on the face, neck, abdomen, thighs and upper-arms.” According to the manufacturer, it delivers remarkable skin-tightening results without the downtime, scars or excessive costs associated with surgery.

“The Titan Procedure represents a real breakthrough because it’s riskfree and delivers excellent results. It is much more effective than radio frequency (RF)-based procedures because it is painless and avoids the associated fat necrosis and skin dimpling. I predict Titan is going to be the fastest-growing cosmetic procedure around,” says boardcertified physician Nodar Janas, M.D. The Titan Procedure is a useful tool for people in their 30s to 60s who want to improve their appearance with a noninvasive procedure that yields natural, but noticeable results. Appropriate candidates include a new mother whose tummy isn’t as tight as it used to be, or a patient who has experienced extreme weight loss and needs to tighten loose skin.

"New procedures for the toes can ‘slim’ toes and shorten them. An incision is made on the side of the toe for minimal scarring."

The Titan Procedure uses an infrared light source to safely apply heat to the dermis, causing collagen contractions that stimulate long-term collagen rebuilding.

Many patients see and feel results as soon as treatment is completed, because of collagen contraction, or coiling, but the long-lasting effects of the procedure develop as new collagen is produced, typically in three to six months. The best results may require a series of up to three treatments, spaced one month apart. The effects last anywhere from one to two years. Treatments take between 15 minutes to an hour, depending on size of the area being treated...(LNE)