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Kim Kardashian had a severe allergic reaction to her Botox injection

I saw on TV last week that Kim Kardashian had a severe allergic reaction to her Botox injection. She was having lunch at a restaurant when all of the area around her eye started to become very swollen. It eventually turned black and blue. Do I run the risk of this happening to me? Are […]

How does Botox differ from other injectable fillers?

How does Botox differ from other injectable fillers? This is a very common question and one that is often misunderstood by many patients. Botox is for dynamic lines or lines caused by muscle movement. It is most commonly used in the upper one third of the face (i.e., forehead, glabella, crows feet) to relax the […]

What kind of anesthesia do you use for a facelift?

What kind of anesthesia do you use for a facelift? There are several different types of anesthesia available for a facelift. At , we use intravenous type (IV) of anesthesia. The anesthesiologist will be present during the entire course of the surgery to monitor the patient. The IV type of anesthesia allows us to keep […]

I have deep “marionette” lines in my face.

I have deep “marionette” lines in my face. Would receiving an injectable filler help to eliminate/reduce their appearance? What would be the best filler in this case? Injectable fillers such as Juvederm, Restylane, or Radiesse can be used to soften the depth of these facial lines and improve their overall appearance. There are subtle differences […]

I would like to have upper and lower blepharoplasty but I am concerned about scarring.

I am a 45-year-old African American woman. I would like to have upper and lower blepharoplasty but I am concerned about scarring. I have a keloid scar on my arms for an older injury, and I am wondering if I might run the risk of getting keloids on my face from the incisions. What are […]

I have very fine lines in my forehead

I have very fine lines in my forehead. My girlfriend recently told me about Botox and I was wondering how it differed in terms of results from a forehead lift. Your forehead is composed of several different muscle groups. Botox is used to relax these muscles. When Botox is injected with small needle into these […]

Post summer skin care

What can I do to improve the look of my skin after the summer? Despite daily use of sun screens, after a long summer your skin will have gone through some changes and visible signs of damage such as brown spots, broken capillaries and uneven skin tone and texture. There are few options to improve […]

Non surgical rhinoplasty (nose job)

Many patients who are interested in rhinoplasty (nose job surgery) are often anxious and scared. Some would like to change the shape of their nose without surgery. This can be sometimes achieved using fillers. Hyaluranic acid type fillers can be injected to mold and shape the nasal bridge and sidewalls without the surgery and the […]

Which filler is best for me?

With so many types of fillers on the market, how do I choose which one is the best fit for my face? There are different types of fillers for your facial lines and wrinkles. The most common type is a hyaluronic acid type (HA) filler. These include fillers such as Juvederm, Restylane, and Perlane. They […]

Three ways to pick the right surgeon for your surgery

A decision to have facial cosmetic surgery is deeply personal. Many patients have thought about having a procedure done for many months, if not years. Once the decision has been made patients often are daunted with the task of choosing the right surgeon. They may ask their friends, hair stylists, or go on the web […]