Even though you wear sunglasses, those long days spent by the pool reading and squinting in the sun have led to what used to be small lines in between your brows, to deepened wrinkles. You stare into the mirror and realize that you give off an angry, confused look that makes you feel older beyond your years. Before your winter getaway, you’ve decided it’s time to visit Beverly Hills for a little touch up. Recently, celebrity Olivia Colman 41, tells Time Magazine that she loves Botox, your girlfriends rave about it too. Botox works great in certain areas for you, but now you’re interested in combining the latest product to your aesthetic routine that specifically addresses your furrowed brow lines. Xeomin.
As we age, we are constantly moving our muscles, smiling, frowning or laughing. Skin is also damaged by the sun, causing loss of collagen production and diminished elasticity. The muscles deterioration over time lead deep forehead wrinkles to appear, individuals see themselves as looking older or frustrated. These lines known as number “11” lines are referred to as Glabellar Lines. People try everything from special facial pads that stretch wrinkles out while they sleep, face yoga, or simply rubbing ice and massaging oils on the unwanted lines. Patients who seek out more instant results now have more options similar to Botox injections, called Xeomin. This injectable is making waves in the medical and aesthetic industry. Like Botox, “Xeomin contains botulinum toxin A, a protein purified from the bacterium Clostridium botulinum” (www.xeomin.com). “Xeomin is a prescription medications that block the release of chemicals that cause these muscle contractions. So frown lines are softened” (www.xeominaesthetic.com). Now you can turn your frowns upside down.
Book a consult with our concierge at Leif Rogers, MD, FACS for your Xeomin treatment. Whether you are located on the east or west side of Los Angeles, there are two destinations to accommodate your needs. Leif Rogers, MD, FACS is located in Beverly Hills and Pasadena California. House calls can be arranged depending on your specific treatment. During your Xeomin injections, cold ice packs or topical numbing cream can be applied to ease any discomfort. There is little to no pain and anesthesia is not needed. The treatment is quick and will only take around 10-20 minutes allowing you to continue on with your daily routine. Xeomin clinical trials explain that effects will show within 3-4 days or within the first week. The injection can last up to 3 months or longer depending on each individual. “The maximum effect occurred at 30 days” (xeominaesthic.com). A highly skilled practitioner will evaluate your specific problem areas and may combine other noninvasive treatment plans in addition to Xeomin to reach your desired outcome.
Let Leif Rogers, MD, FACS answer any of your questions about Xeomin. Call our concierge for more information and to book your free consultation.
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The “Big C”, cancer, probably the most terrifying words anyone can ever hear. American’s are constantly being bombarded with endless information on what causes it or what keeps a person from getting it. One of the most common forms women is breast cancer. With increased awareness, survival rates have vastly improved, recovery support communities are available and women have the option to rebuild their breast through reconstruction surgery.
Cells in the body that begin to grow out of control and change are diagnosed as cancer. A lump or mass can form as with most types of cancers and that is identified as the tumor. Depending on where the tumor began to develop, determines the type or name of the cancer. The breast tissue made up of glands for milk production (lobules). The ducts that connect the nipple to the lobules is where the breast cancer starts. Fatty, connective and lymphatic tissue is what the remaining part of the breast is comprised of. Typically, the cancer is detected during routine screenings called mammograms or CBE (clinical breast exam) before the symptoms have even advanced. Fortunately, most masses or lumps found during exams turn out benign; meaning they have not grown, spread, are not cancerous or life threatening. About 12 percent of women in the general population will develop breast cancer sometime during their lives. (National Cancer Institute of National Institute of Health).
Women that have a history of breast cancer now have the option for genetic testing to determine whether or not they carry the BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutation that indicates possible future breast cancer. Women have the option of double mastectomy and breast reconstruction surgery. Recently, media attention has turned to numerous actresses and public figures that have undergone this procedure. These women are all advocating early detection and testing which can GREATLY reduce the chance of developing cancer.
Who are these women?
One of Hollywood’s most iconic actresses, winner of 3 Golden Globe awards, child activist and lets not forget the wife of Brad Pitt. Jolie opted for the genetic testing which uncovered that she did carry the gene. She underwent a double mastectomy with breast reconstruction reducing her chance of getting cancer from 90% down to less than 5%. Jolie is very outspoken about her decision and advocates to all women so they can be aware of their options.
Known for her outrageously sidesplitting personality, comedian-actress Wanda Sykes got serious when she went in for a cosmetic breast reduction that exposed the gene. Sykes appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and told her story about getting her double mastectomy and breast reconstruction. Then she jokes, “At least with the LGBT issues we get a parade, we get a float, it’s a party. [But] I was real hesitant about doing this, because I hate walking. I got a lot of [cancer] walks coming up.”
Wife of one of heavy metals most famous musicians Ozzy Osbourne, mother of three, and host of “The Talk” tested positive for the gene opting for a double mastectomy and breast reconstruction. Sharon tells “CBS This Morning” that “I didn’t want to take the pressure of every time I would feel a pain or anything, I would be ‘this is it, this is it!’ And when you have the gene, you have to have mammograms more, so it’s like, ‘No, I can’t take it’.” Osbourne has now dramatically lowered the chance of ever getting breast cancer.
No matter what your age, getting yearly screenings and mammograms are necessary. Do your research and ask questions when looking for the right Doctor. A great website to visit for information on mammograms and breast reconstruction options is http://www.realself.com. If you find yourself in need of breast reconstruction options you can learn more about Leif Rogers, MD FACS at http://leifrogersmd.com/about/ . Dr. Leif Rogers has received grants from institutions, his research is published in several medical journals and he specializes in breast reconstruction with a specific concentration on microsurgery a fundamental key for this type of operation.
If you have a history of breast cancer or considering breast reconstruction, please do not hesitate to call us with any questions, concerns and to book your consult with Dr. Leif Rogers and his trusted staff.
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November is right around the corner. You are looking forward to spending time with your friends and family around the holidays this season. Since you’ve been devoting so much time to your career, there’s been no time to visit all those family gatherings on the west coast. New York City is freezing and sunny Los Angeles, California is calling your name. You glance into the window as you exit your office and see an unrecognizable, grumpy, tired face in the reflection. Late nights on the laptop are really doing a number on you. The phone rings as you step into your cozy apartment. Your sister is calling to inform you she booked Oxygen Facials for the two of you in Beverly Hills at Leif Rogers, MD, FACS the day after you arrive. Botox is the next topic of conversation. You hang up the phone and ponder, if it can really work for you?
The History of Botox
The discovery of botox has been around for over 100 years, no wonder it’s the most talked about injection amongst beauty critics and magazines across the globe. The bacterium was discovered in 1895, and over time been used for health remedies and cosmetic purposes. Botulinum toxin A is used in Botox and Dysport. It’s is a protein derivative of the bacterium Clostridium Botulinum that has been purified to relax muscle contractions, helping crows feet, furrowed brows, lines on the forehead, neck or around the mouth. Botox is a prescription drug and should only be administered by highly trained professionals.
Here is a list of other remedies that botox has been used for (Allergan data on file; Global Literature & Information Services 2010)
• To treat increased muscle stiffness in elbow, wrist, and finger muscles with upper limb spasticity in people 18 years and older.
• To treat the abnormal head position and neck pain that happens with cervical dystonia (CD) in people 16 years and older.
• To treat certain types of eye muscle problems
(strabismus) or abnormal spasms of the eyelids (blepharospasm) in people 12 years and older.
The latest in Botox
Botox has recently been cited on October 20th, 2015 in Time Magazine by Alice Park. “Researchers report in the journal Circulation: Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology that shots of botox into the heart can keep its beating more regular and lower the risk of serious post- surgery complications like stroke, heart attack and kidney failure. Anywhere from 10% to 50% of patients who receive heart bypass surgery to circumvent blocked vessels in the hea
rt can develop abnormal heart rhythms.” Botox has been cited for treating excessive armpit perspiration, (primary axillary hyperhidrosis) depression and migraines. With all this research it’s safe to say visiting a certified Plastic Surgeon for a little help with lines is well worth it!
Botox at Leif Rogers, MD, FACS
You’ve landed in LA and spent your entire flight reviewing Botox and treatments. Since it’s October Halloween “bootox specials”, are all over the internet, and without choosing a properly trained practitioner it can be a bit scary! Luckily, your sister has brought you to the best, Leif Rogers, MD, FACS in Beverly Hills. Highly trained practitioners will give you a clinical evaluation to determine what best suits your needs. Feel free to relax and ask questions, the skilled team is there to ensure comfort and knowledge while administering treatments that will help turn that frown upside down. Whether you are in Beverly Hills or live closer to Pasadena book your consult today, get pampered and indulge in the luxury, Leif Rogers, MD, FACS experience.
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