What is Botox?

Botox is a drug prepared from the toxin botulin. It is used medically to treat certain muscular conditions and cosmetically to remove wrinkles by temporarily paralyzing facial muscles. Botox blocks signals from the nerves to the muscles. The injected muscle can no longer contract, which causes the wrinkles to relax and soften.

Sounds scary. Is Botox safe?

Yes! Botox injections are safe when performed by an experienced doctor. The most common side effects are limited to swelling and bruising at the injection site which is common to any injection procedure.

What are the benefits of Botox?

Botox use may seem as simple as injecting the drug in a few set locations, but the creative, artistic use of Botox is much more complex than that. Skilled physicians visualize the muscles that they want to paralyze, and pepper the muscle with many small injections of the drug. The goal of Botox is not to “freeze” the forehead and eyebrows, but rather to preserve some motion while reducing objectionable wrinkles. A skilled doctor will tailor every Botox injection to get the best custom results for you.

Who is a good candidate for Botox?

Botox is most generally used on the forehead, outer corners of the eyes, and brow area. Those wishing to reduce wrinkles in those areas without undergoing invasive facial plastic surgery are good candidates for this procedure.

What is the actual procedure like?

When you come into the office, you will be reclined comfortably on the chair in the procedure room. You can then choose to have a numbing cream applied to help lessen the pin-prick of the injection. The doctor will briefly leave the room to allow you to numb up. Then, it is a simple injection into the predetermined areas, a little bit of blotting the injection site with a small medical sponge, and you are on your way. It is easy to squeeze a Botox treatment into your lunch hour or busy schedule. There is no preparation required and most people report going about their daily lives immediately afterward. The smoothing results will slowly emerge a few days after treatment and are fully realized after about a week. The first treatment usually lasts about three months, but subsequent treatments can yield longer-lasting results.

If you are interested in a quick solution to forehead, brow, and eye wrinkles, Botox may be the product for you. Call today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Amy Brewster, who has extensive Botox experience, to receive a dedicated, artistic approach to your Botox treatments.

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If you’re a mother, chances are you’ve probably heard some buzz about a new trend called the ‘mommy makeover.’

Pregnancy is an incredible, life-changing experience, but it can also change your body in ways that you didn’t expect. After pregnancy, particularly multiple pregnancies, twins or unusually large births, women find that it is very difficult to return their body to their pre-pregnancy shape.  They find that loose skin of the abdomen will not tighten and the breasts are smaller or have lost their shape.  Pregnancy can leave excess skin and fat deposits that don’t respond to even the strictest diet and exercise regimen. It is also common for the abdominal muscles to separate due to stretching in the belly area, making it virtually impossible for some new moms to achieve that tight tummy.  If you have tried your best and you are still unhappy with the results, a mommy makeover can assist you in feeling youthful, confident, and desirable again.

‘Mommy makeover’ is a term that describes a combination of surgical procedures designed to help reverse the changes that bearing children can cause in women.  Every mommy makeover is customized to the patient, but they frequently involve:

  • Breast surgery (augmentation, breast lift, or reduction)
  • Tummy Tuck (abdominoplasty)
  • Liposuction

If you feel that your body no longer reflects the beautiful, active mother that you are, a mommy makeover might be right for you.

Make the first step in getting back your pre-pregnancy body by calling today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Amy Brewster to find out if you are a good candidate for a mommy makeover.

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February 19, 2014

What is ear gauging?

Ear gauging is similar to piercing, except that the lobes are stretched to accommodate a wooden, metal, or plastic plug. This trend is somewhat common among teens and 20-somethings. The holes can be small or stretched quite large. Unfortunately, most teens don’t realize that this body modification is essentially permanent.  Depending on the size, sometimes the holes may shrink, but it is very unlikely that they will close up entirely. This can make it difficult for young adults who are trying to find a job and look professional.

How are gauges fixed?

Fixing gauged ears is a very simple process that is done in our office under local anesthesia in a calm soothing atmosphere. The procedure usually takes about 30 minutes per ear. The surgeon will reshape the ear by using a complex closure. Unlike some doctors who simply remove the stretched part of the ear, Dr. Brewster does her best to return the ear lobe to its most natural-looking appearance. The patient usually leaves the office with just a few stitches in the earlobe which stay in for about a week and instructions on how to take care of their newly closed earlobes.

How much does this procedure cost?

This surgery is performed in our office for $900. This includes the cost of the sterile equipment used and Dr. Amy’s expert construction of the ear to give it the best possible shape.

This procedure is a simple and quick surgery for anyone with gauges wishing to have their original ears back. Consider Dr. Amy Brewster if you are looking into surgery to fix your gauged earlobes!

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Women Who Want ‘Revenge on Cancer’ May Have Better Psychological Responses

Certain personality traits are linked to higher quality of life scores in breast cancer patients who undergo breast reconstruction after mastectomy, reports a study in the January issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).

Silvio Bellino, MD, and colleagues at the University of Turin, Italy, gave a battery of psychological tests to 57 women with breast cancer who underwent mastectomy and immediate breast reconstruction. The goal was to look at how various personality dimensions and patterns of interpersonal functioning affected quality of life after surgery.

Personalities Affect Women’s Outlook after Breast Loss and Reconstruction

After adjustment for other factors, two personality types were linked to higher quality of life scores. This included women with high scores for the temperamental characteristic of “harm avoidance” – a group that Dr. Bellino and coauthors characterize as “apprehensive and doubtful.” For these patients, they write, “Restoration of body image could help…to reduce social anxiety and insecurity.”

Patients rated as “vindictive/self-centered” on a scale of interpersonal problems also had higher quality of life scores. “Vindictive/self-centered patients are resentful and aggressive,” according to Dr. Bellino and colleagues. “Breast reconstruction could symbolize the conclusion of a reparative process and fulfill the desire of revenge on cancer.”

None of the other psychological or other factors evaluated – including the characteristics of the cancer and its treatment – were significantly related to quality of life scores. Overall, mastectomy followed by breast reconstruction yielded significant improvement in quality of life.

As survival rates improve, there is increased attention to the quality of life in breast cancer survivors. More women are undergoing breast reconstruction immediately after mastectomy, which seems to reduce the psychological impact of treatment. The new study is one of the first to look at how personality factors might affect patient satisfaction and quality of life after mastectomy and breast reconstruction.

The results suggest that some personality characteristics have an important impact on psychological recovery after breast cancer treatment. Based on their findings, “A preoperative personality assessment of patients requiring breast reconstruction will be useful to identify predictive factors of better subjective quality of life after surgery,” Dr. Bellino and colleagues believe. Such an assessment could help to identify women who could benefit from a brief course of psychotherapy during the period after reconstruction, with the goals of “preventing depressive symptoms and improving interpersonal relations.”

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