Can Botox Stop Sweating?

Sweating is normal, especially after working out or in warmer weather. It is a necessary bodily function, but excessive sweating can be embarrassing in public settings. The medical term for excessive sweating is hyperhidrosis, and it can occur in your armpits and other areas of your body, including the palms of your hands and soles of your feet. The stains on your clothes and the odor can make you feel anxious and self-conscious, and they can put a real damper on your confidence and performance.

Antiperspirant use is a commonly used remedy. Over the long term it may not be healthy for you, because you are clogging your pores with aluminum! Not only that, if you stop using antiperspirant, your armpits could smell worse!

Summers in the DC area are hot. Are you ready?

Fortunately, there is a user-friendly remedy for excessive sweating. Can you get through the entire summer without having to worry about pit stains and going through loads of antiperspirant?

Simply put, yes! We know of Botox as a great treatment with many medical uses, but its primary cosmetic use is to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines of the face. Botox Cosmetic is FDA approved to treat the lines of the forehead, crows feet, and between the eyebrows. It is one of the most common treatments Dr. Kim performs at the office, and many patients are very happy with the results!

After treatment to relax the wrinkles, however, some people notice a secondary benefit. Their skin appears less oily, and there is decreased sweating in the treated areas! Looking back on it, it makes sense because the way your body sends signals to your muscles to contract is similar to the signals to your sweat glands to secrete sweat. If Botox can treat one process, it could treat the other!

Allergan, the company that manufactures Botox, recently obtained FDA approval to treat excessive underarm sweating. Since the effects of Botox last around three months, you can potentially go the entire summer without antiperspirant after just one treatment! Imagine not having to worry about pit stains and odors every time you raise your arms!

Botox is a highly effective way to treat excessive armpit sweating. The most common issue patients deal with is pain at the injection sites, but it goes away with ice and some Tylenol. It takes 3-5 days to start taking effect, and results generally last 3-4 months. The procedure requires little to no down time, which means that you can continue with normal activities almost immediately after the procedure. For more information or to schedule your appointment with Dr. Jae Kim, a fellowship trained facial plastic surgeon and great injector, please call (703) 705-2100 or email info@jaekimmd.com today!

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In accordance with the latest guidance from the Governor and consulting healthcare experts, I have decided to temporarily close our office. Your health and safety is our priority during this time and we are taking appropriate safety measures in our office.

We will remain available during regular business hours to answer calls and questions. You can also call to order skincare products and we are delighted to offer free delivery within 24 hours!

We will also be offering digital consultations moving forward. Please call us at (703) 705-2100 to schedule your digital consultation or you can schedule online by sending an email to info@jaekimmd.com.

 

Please take very good care and follow the Governor’s guidelines. This won’t last forever. When it’s over, I will be delighted to once again care for your facial beauty

With warmest regards,

Jae Kim, MD

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Caucasian vs Ethnic Rhinoplasty

Our nose takes up less than 10% of the area of our face, but why is there such a fascination with it? For one, it is at the very center. The first thing people see is our face, and with the nose at the center, it really defines our facial beauty. Additionally, every nose is unique, and a large part of the unique shape is related to our ethnic roots. Let’s break down some of the differences and what the implications are when it comes to rhinoplasty.

Aesthetic Differences

You might be thinking, a nose is a nose, right? It is worth a closer look. Non-Caucasian people tend to have wider and flatter noses. If you draw a straight line down from the inner corner of your eye, the nostril outline in Caucasians meets that line. However, in many non-Caucasians, the nostril outline extends outside this line, giving the appearance of a wider nose. Another feature is the tip of the nose, which is often more pointy and projects farther forward in Caucasian people compared to non-Caucasian people. While some non-Caucasian patients may desire rhinoplasty for a narrow or pointy nose, the shape of your nose should be consistent with your ethnicity and facial beauty when undergoing rhinoplasty.

Structural Differences

In Caucasians, the skin and soft tissue of the nose are thinner, and the underlying cartilage and bone are stronger. However, non-Caucasians have thicker nasal skin and soft tissue. Additionally, the underlying cartilage and bone are weaker, which may lead to drooping of the nasal tip and flattening with certain facial expressions.

Implications for Rhinoplasty

The general process of Caucasian rhinoplasty makes the nose smaller, which may involve bringing down a hump or narrowing the nasal bones. If structural work is necessary, the cartilage from within the nose is usually abundant and strong enough to do the job.

In non-Caucasian rhinoplasty, the goal is often to make the nose bigger or stronger. The structural work of making a nose bigger and stronger requires strong cartilage. Because the nasal cartilage and bone are weaker and less abundant, some non-Caucasian patients may require cartilage from other parts of the body, including the ear or rib. The new stronger nasal framework helps improve the definition for excellent long-lasting results.

Conclusion

Rhinoplasty is a very personal experience for patients. The goals of rhinoplasty must be in line with aesthetic norms that are consistent with your ethnicity and culture. Most importantly, the end result of rhinoplasty should complement your facial beauty and look like your nose. Trust your rhinoplasty surgery to a specialist who is aware of these differences and proficient in the different techniques. Call (703) 705-2100 for more information or to schedule your consultation with Dr. Jae Kim today!

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Surgical vs Injection Rhinoplasty

The nose is the most central feature of your face. A rhinoplasty, or nose job, is a procedure that changes the shape of the nose. At Jae Kim, MD Facial Plastic Surgery, Dr. Kim has performed many rhinoplasties. He specializes in Asian rhinoplasty and offers surgical and non-surgical options to help your nose look great and breathe well.

There are various reasons for considering rhinoplasty, but the primary goal of the procedure is to make the nose more beautiful and harmonious with your face. Features that can be changed include humps or bumps on the nasal bridge, asymmetry of the tip or nostrils, to deviated septums and crooked shape due to previous nasal trauma or surgery. Dr. Kim uses proven and safe techniques to achieve your goals.

Rhinoplasty Options

The most widely known procedure to accomplish this is surgical rhinoplasty. This procedure is usually performed under general anesthesia in a hospital or ambulatory surgical center. The nose is reshaped using various surgical techniques. Though it is an invasive procedure, the results of a surgical rhinoplasty are permanent.

Injection rhinoplasty has grown in popularity over the past few years. It is a less invasive procedure that can be done in the office. The nose is reshaped by injecting filler material, usually consisting of a more robust hyaluronic acid filler such as Juvederm Voluma or Restylane Lyft.

Major Differences

The primary difference between surgical and injection rhinoplasty is that surgery results in a permanent change. Injection rhinoplasty can last up to a few years but eventually melts away.

There is a limit to the types of changes that are possible with injection rhinoplasty. Because filler is being added, the nose can only become bigger. The main two changes are camouflaging a bump and refining the nasal tip. Other maneuvers are generally unproven or unsafe. Also, there is no proven method to correct poor nasal breathing with injection rhinoplasty. Surgery addresses all of the structural and functional aspects of the nose.

The procedural and downtime required for both treatments vary greatly. Injection rhinoplasty is done in 15-30 minutes with little to no recovery time. It is common for patients to feel swollen after the procedure, but this usually goes away after a day or two, and there is no interruption in daily activities. In contrast, surgical rhinoplasty can take a few hours, in addition to waiting before and waking up after surgery. In addition, it may take a few days or even up to two weeks to feel back to normal and resume normal activities.

Another major difference is the cost of procedure. Injection rhinoplasty does not require the use of anesthesia or an outside facility, both of which can be costly. In addition, surgical rhinoplasty is a more lengthy procedure that requires the knowledge, confidence, and precision of a qualified plastic surgeon, which are factored into the procedural fees.

Complications

Overall, complications of rhinoplasty are rare but can be serious. Even injection rhinoplasty, while it is less invasive, is not without risk. Complications of surgical rhinoplasty include bleeding or infection, poorer nasal breathing, and unsatisfactory appearance. Septal perforation, or a hole in the septum, can lead to crusting, foul odor, and dryness. Complications of injection rhinoplasty include skin necrosis, or skin death, and injection into blood vessels causing blindness. Even though these events are infrequent, you should always trust your face to a specialist to receive the safest and best care possible. Dr. Kim believes that rhinoplasty surgeons have the most extensive experience and knowledge of the surgical anatomy of the nose and are best fit to perform injection rhinoplasty.

Here at Jae Kim, MD Facial Plastic Surgery, we pride ourselves on delivering the best specialized care possible. Call (703) 705-2100 for more information or to schedule your rhinoplasty consultation today!

 

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How to Reduce Bruising

After facial procedures, including peels, lasers, injectables, or surgery, you want to minimize downtime and return to the normal rhythm of life as soon as possible. Depending on the nature of the procedure, the swelling and discoloration can last for days, sometimes over a week. It may be hard to look presentable if your face has some bruising that you might not want other people to see. Keep reading to learn some tips and tricks to get back to your routine sooner. If you are looking for a facial plastic surgeon in the Virginia, Maryland, or the District of Columbia, visit Dr. Jae Kim for a consultation!

Foods/Meds to Avoid

There are many foods, medications, and supplements that can worsen bruising, and they are largely the same ones that increase bleeding. These include, but are not limited to: aspirin, Advil, Coumadin, Warfarin, Xarelto, Eliquis, Vitamin E, fish oils, ginger, gingko biloba, salty and/or spicy foods. Blood thinning medications should be paused only with the approval of your primary doctor or cardiologist.

Arnica

Arnica is a natural herb that has been used to lessen the bruising and swelling after trauma to the human body for hundreds of years. Known as “leopard’s bane” and “wolf’s bane,” Arnica has been used as a European herbal remedy to shorten the recovery period for patients. This natural herb is now available in pill form for easier consumption. Though it’s available in many health food stores and vitamin websites, the dosage required to treat surgical patients is usually not available to the general public. At Jae Kim, MD Facial Plastic Surgery, we regularly give our patients Arnica from Sine-ech™ as part of the post-procedural regimen to help them recover and resume their daily schedule as soon as possible.

Pineapple (Bromelain)

Believe it or not, pineapple can help reduce the duration and severity of bruising. It contains an enzyme called Bromelain, which is found in the juice and stem of the fruit. The anti-inflammatory properties of Bromelain help reduce bruising and swelling. Here at Jae Kim, MD Facial Plastic Surgery, we encourage our patients to eat pineapples or drink pure pineapple juice to help reduce downtime. Do note that raw pineapple also contains many beneficial vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin C that can help boost your immune system and speed up healing as well. Try to steer away from canned or bottled pineapple juice, which may contain other artificial ingredients that can interfere with the healing properties of Bromelain.

Call our office at (703) 705-2100 for more information and tips for how to reduce bruising after surgery. If you are looking for a facial plastic surgeon in the DMV, come visit our office in Fairfax, VA for a consultation with Dr. Jae Kim!

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Is Retinol Right for Me?

What is Retinol?

Retinol is an anti-aging vitamin A-based ingredient widely used in topical skincare products. It works by reducing collagen breakdown in the skin and promoting cell turnover. As a result, it leaves skin plump and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Clinically prescribed to treat acne, products with retinol have been shown to reduce hyperpigmentation and to accelerate the renewal of superficial skin cells.

Retinol can be a vital component to a skincare regimen because not only does it promote the regeneration of smooth, healthy skin, but it also thickens the skin and evens skin tone.

What to Expect

Upon first use, most people experience irritation, but this is to be expected. It may be tough at first, so work your way up from 2-3 nights a week to nightly. It’s also important to wear SPF 30+ sunscreen and avoid unnecessary sun exposure. Retinol makes your skin more sensitive, so it’s necessary to take extra precaution to protect it for maximum comfort. With daily use, it takes 2-6 months to notice a difference in your skin health.

How to Add Retinol to your Regimen

To perfect your skincare regimen, apply your retinol along with your other night time serums after cleanser and toner. Follow it up with a good moisturizer, and don’t forget to wear sunscreen the following morning!

At Jae Kim, MD Facial Plastic Surgery, we offer various medical-grade retinol products to give you maximum anti-aging benefits. The PCA Skincare Retinol Brightening treatment and PCA Skincare Retinol Sensitive treatment are our patient favorites! The Brightening treatment works to create an even, bright and radiant complexion, and the sensitive treatment is specifically formulated for sensitive skin and is ideal for patients who are new to retinol. These nightly treatments boast significant age-defying properties such as reduction of discoloration and are a great addition to your skincare regimen!

We also carry the Alastin Renewal Retinol. This retinol product is safe for nightly use, and diminishes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and smooths skin texture and helps improve skin tone. It also uses potent hydrators to protect against dry skin.

Call our office at (703) 705-2100 for more information about retinol, sunscreen, and other services to look and feel your very best!

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