Myths & Misconceptions about Botox Debunked

More than 6.3 million Botox injections were performed nationwide last year.

More than 6.3 million Botox injections were performed nationwide last year.

Statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons show that some 6.3 million Botox injections were administered to patients nationwide in 2013. This figure reflects a 700-percent increase since 2000. Despite the numbers that prove Botox a highly effective, safe and popular option for smoother, tighter, younger looking skin, a myriad of myths and misconceptions persists. Jacksonville’s Parkway Plastic Surgery sets the record straight on three of the most common:

  1. Botox freezes your face, rendering it expressionless: This arguably is the most persistent and least valid claim. To the contrary, Botox does not freeze your muscles. Rather, it simply relaxes them. To allow muscles to contract, your nerves release a neurotransmitter called acetylcholine at the junction where the nerve endings meet muscle cells. Acetylcholine attaches to muscle cell receptors, causing them to contract or shorten. Injected Botox works to hinder this chemical release, reducing abnormal contraction and allowing the muscle to remain relaxed and less stiff. You’re still able to express a full range of emotions, but the typical resulting crease is diminished.
  2. Botox is a dangerous toxin: Formally known as botulinum toxin type A, Botox is indeed toxic in large amounts. But the amount of purified and diluted Botox approved by the US Food and Drug Administration for use in cosmetic procedures is extremely minimal – not nearly enough to be problematic. In fact, Botox also is medically prescribed to treat a range of conditions from muscle spasms to chronic migraines.
  3. Botox is addictive: Botox has no chemically addictive qualities. Patients who love their Botox results return regularly. But once they stop, their skin and muscles return to their baseline condition. In fact, studies show that regular and responsible use of Botox actually enhances patients’ psychological well-being.

Don’t let baseless myths and misconceptions rob you of a younger, healthier and more vibrant look. Call Jacksonville’s Parkway Plastic Surgery at 904-396-1186 to schedule a consultation today.

Why More Men are Opting for Cosmetic Procedures

More men are opting for plastic surgery and other cosmetic procedures.

More men are opting for plastic surgery and other cosmetic procedures.

Those who undergo plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures primarily are women. And while they’re far behind in number, and likely always will be, men increasingly are opting for the same aesthetic and youth-preserving procedures that women undergo every day. In fact, statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons show that men account for 13 percent of the total number of surgical cosmetic procedures and eight percent of the minimally invasive cosmetic procedures performed in 2013.

The top five surgical and non-surgical aesthetic procedures among men last year were:

Plastic Surgery

  1. Rhinoplasty, 57,391
  2. Eyelid surgery, 30,398
  3. Liposuction, 23,558
  4. Breast reduction, 22,939
  5. Facelift, 12,699

Nonsurgical cosmetic procedures

  1. Botox, 385,358
  2. Laser hair removal, 190,546
  3. Microdermabrasion, 178,410
  4. Dermal fillers, 95,361
  5. Chemical peel, 94,625

So why are men flocking to plastic surgeons and aesthetic specialists nationwide? A top reason is recent economic troubles that have made competition for good jobs tougher. Mature men often feel at a disadvantage vying for positions and promotions against much younger competitors, particularly as older workers are putting off retirement. Cosmetic procedures that help shave years off their looks can help level the playing field for older men.

Another reason is that today’s Americans are far more health conscious and physically active than in generations before. As a result, not only are they living longer, but they’re feeling younger than their true age. Cosmetic procedures help both men and women to look as young and vibrant as they feel. Finally, changing attitudes have made undergoing cosmetic surgery and aesthetic procedures far more socially acceptable than in the past.

If you’re a male considering a cosmetic procedure, Jacksonville’s Parkway Plastic Surgery should be your next call. Contact us at 904-396-1186 to schedule a consultation.

Five Tips to Prepare Your Skin for Winter

The cool winter weather means you'll need to tweak your skincare routine.

The cool winter weather means you’ll need to tweak your skincare routine.

As the fall season heads into winter and the temperatures drop, your skin can change – and it ain’t pretty. Dry, flaky, even cracked or bleeding skin all are potential effects of the cold, dry and windy weather. That’s why when the seasons change, so too should your skincare routine.

Parkway Plastic Surgery offers these tips for beautiful and healthy wintertime skin…

  • Humidify: Cranking up the heater in your home or office will help nix the chill and create a bit of coziness. But it also can dry out your skin. Humidifiers help to return beneficial moisture to the air around you. Purchase several humidifiers and place them in the rooms where you spend the most time. .
  • Moisturize: A lot! Opt for a high-quality oil-based moisturizer, as they’re a bit heavier and more protective than the water-based products recommended for warm weather.
  • Wear sunscreen: Many make the mistake of believing that sunscreen is only necessary during the summertime. Not so. While your time in the sunshine may be limited, it only takes a short time for sun- exposure damage to start. And, if your winter travels take you to snowy regions, know that snow reflects 80 percent of the sun’s light right back onto your skin.
  • Hydrate: Drink plenty of water and other hydrating fluids, and eat oil-rich foods like salmon and avocado to help keep your body hydrated. Avoid sugary foods and drinks and limit your alcohol and caffeine intake.
  • Pamper yourself: Regular facials can help keep your skin smooth, supple and protected.

Parkway Plastic Surgery in Jacksonville offers a selection of top-shelf skincare products designed to keep your skin protected and looking radiant during the cool winter season. And if you’re looking for beauty boost just in time for all those holiday season celebrations, we offer a range of surgical and aesthetic procedures. Call 904-396-1186 to schedule a consultation today.