Real Talk about Skin and Aging Gracefully with Dr. Terrence Keaney from SkinDC | PART 3 – The Importance of Botox and Fillers as Preventative and Maintenance Treatments to Your Skincare Regimen
In my last two posts I have written two blog posts from my 3 part beauty and skincare series entitled The Importance of An Expert Dermatologist in Your Life and The Three Most Common and Obvious Signs of Aging that People Overlook and Ways to Prevent and Treat Them, from my 3-part blog series. Today, I am going to conclude the series by talking about the importance of incorporating Botox and fillers in your regular skincare routine as preventative and maintenance treatments and also by touching on some less known uses of Botox that have been life-changing for some less fortunate among us.
If you are following me on Instagram you most likely saw some of my posts about my dermatologist, Dr. Terrence Keaney and his team at SkinDC. He is extremely talented, knowledgeable and knows how to explain things to his patients in lay terms. He is also a published author, one of the top 20 master injectors who also regularly lectures in the US and abroad on various skin and dermatological issues, injecting techniques and other important issues in his medical field. He is also very witty and funny, an avid learner with a with an artistic eye and a precise hand who has earned the respect of his peers and everyone that works with him.
And yes, I entrust my face to him to keep it in good shape and to advise me on the best ways to maintain and prevent the signs of aging. Which brings me to today’s topic, why I believe that Botox and fillers have become today pretty much a golden standard of a great anti-aging skincare routine, besides good nutrition and hydration, a good skincare and regular microderms and laser treatments that I mentioned in my previous posts and social media.
Here are some of the things that I have learned from his lectures and directly from him about Botox:
Start your Botox treatments as soon as you started developing wrinkles. Each person is different, and so, for some, this may be in their mid-20s, and for some, later. If you are predisposed to premature wrinkles, have a very expressive face, start your Botox treatments as soon as you notice those lines become more prominent. Not only will the treatments smooth them out but will also prevent the formation of new ones if you keep your treatments regular.
Keep your Botox treatments regular, namely spaced every 3 or 4 months. That will ensure that your skin stays nice and smooth. Dr. Keaney has a lovely analogy about ironing a pillow case: if you only iron it once a year, it will take you a lot of effort and time. On the other hand, if you iron it regularly, say every 3-4 months, it will be smooth and easy to iron. Likewise, our works the same way: if you keep your Botox treatments regular, you will keep your skin smooth and prevent the formation of new wrinkles. In addition, if you make an effort to help your skin regenerate with some laser treatments to improve their texture and give your collagen a boost, you will definitely slow down the the aging process considerably.
Go to a dermatologist to ensure that they how and where to inject, how much product to inject for the most natural and aesthetically pleasing results, especially if you are also considering injecting fillers as well. In addition, if you are not yet familiar with the doctor you chose and have not developed a trusting relationship, Allergan advices to request the doctor to showcase the Botox vial. All authentic products should display the Allergan hologram. Another word of advice is to avoid “deals” on Groupon that are too good to be true as they probably are.
4. Understand that when it comes to your face, it pays to work with an expert injector as too much Botox in certain areas such as the eyes, the under eye or above the brow areas can create some unsightly side-effects such as the “lazy-eye” or the appearance of the “angry look”. While most such mistakes may be temporary and mainly unsightly, they will definitely also be costly to correct, not to mention that sometimes, like in the case of Botox, you may just need to wait a while for the effect to “wear off”.
That said, do your research and find an experienced doctor, preferably dermatologist with whom you can work long-term. In my case, as mentioned my previous posts, I have been working with Dr. Terence Keaney and his team at SkinDC, and I wholeheartedly recommend them for anything to do with your skin and hair, starting with a traditional skin regimen, to Botox and Juvederm injections, laser treatments and various other facial treatments. In addition, they also offer a lot of other services such as body contouring and hair restoration, among other things. To see their full range of services, check their procedures tab HERE.
I also wanted to mention that I recently attended a brunch where I met a lot of amazing women who also happen to be skincare experts that came to Washington DC to attend the 2019 American Academy of Dermatology Annual Meeting. Among them there were a lot of Allergan experts who were extremely witty and absolute rockstars when it came to the subject of Botox. Not only they were able to entertain some of my nerdier questions around Botox but I also ended up learning some lesser known facts that reminded me to always be open to new things and knowledge, to look beyond first impressions and to appreciate how much good work uncredited behind the scenes. Here are some that I thought were important to share simply because besides prolonging our beauty, Botox also has and is improving the lives of so many people with serious health conditions:
Botox has been used to treat children with cerebral palsy for over 20 years now. Children with cerebral palsy often have muscle tightness which makes it difficult for them to move and be positioned comfortably, and are at risk of developing orthopedic deformity. Injecting Botox into a muscle can relax the tightness for several months.
Botox injections have also been used to treat children with sialorrhea (drooling). The injections into their salivary glands help decrease the secretions for several months.
Botox has also been used to treat strabismus, a condition which in lay terms in known as crossed eyes.
Botox has been also used to treat chronic migraines, severe neck spams, excessive underarms sweating and overactive bladder.
Other current treatments for which Botox has not yet been FDA approved yet has proved to be successful are: abnormal heart are: depression, severely cold hands, cleft lip scars in babies etc
That’s it for now. I hope you stay forever young, in mind, soul and body and continue to enjoy my posts and reach out if you have questions or want me to help with your beauty or styling journey :-)
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