Let’s face it: age and menopause are not topics women talk about enough. Like many women in my age group, I recently started going through pre-menopause. It seems unfair: my youngest child is only nine, and I feel like I just recovered from the changes associated with growing three children in my body. Now here I am in pre-menopause, having internal sauna moments; the heavy then light cycles, the fog, and oh my gosh, the shape change. The changes happen because female sex hormone levels naturally decrease as we get older.
Injectable toxins are among the most popular cosmetic procedures in the U.S. and with their super-effective wrinkle-reducing abilities and fairly affordable price tag, it’s understandably so. But while Botox (produced by aesthetic giants, Allergan) has become a household name over the years due to being the first to arrive on the scene, it’s worth knowing that it’s not the only kid on the neurotoxin block.
Not to be confused with fillers, neurotoxins temporarily reduce wrinkles by altering the nerve impulses of targeted muscles, which in effect ‘paralyzes’ them. And while we believe the experience and professionalism of your injector is far more critical than the injectable itself, it’s also smart to know the difference between what’s on offer.
After all, you wouldn’t just slap any old moisturizer on your skin simply because you’d ‘tried moisturizer’ before. Any skin-savvy woman worth her SPF would do a little homework first.
Lesser known, but equally as effective as Botox are Dysport and Xeomin, which many of our patients count as just as important in their anti-aging arsenal as the mighty Botox.
Using a slightly different formulation of the same substance – Clostridiumi botulinum or botulinum toxin A – Dysport and Xeomin both block nerve impulses and paralyze the muscles in the same way as Botox. They all involve needles, take around 20 minutes to perform, have a low rate of side effects and can be used to treat everything from wrinkles to migraines.
I have no financial or political interests in this discussion. My purpose is to share my heartfelt love for Lafayette and my deep connection to the Reservoir area, our own mini Yosemite.
I typically discuss issues pertaining to surgical procedures and maintaining good health. However, today I want to discuss a different type of wellbeing-- the importance of making sure our beautiful land, people, and wildlife look and feel their best for generations to come.