GUADALAJARA, MÉXICO

NON-SURGICAL PROCEDURES

Aesthetic plastic surgery can achieve impressive changes. If you desire a more subtle improvement, want to enhance your surgical results, or want to minimize your recovery time, consider the many safe and effective non-surgical procedures. While these treatments often do not require extensive training to perform, your choice of practitioner will directly affect your safety and the quality of your results. juan Gordillo M.D is dedicated to excellence in the field of aesthetic medicine. He offers proven treatments that are appropriate for the individual patient.

Non-surgical options include:

Botulinum Toxin

Smoothes out lines and wrinkles caused by facial muscle contractions.

Procedure

Botulinum toxin type A, better known as BOTOX®, is a product used in aesthetic surgery to correct annoying expression lines in the face. The correction occurs because botulinum toxin temporarily paralyzes the muscles responsible for these lines. This allows the skin to recover from years of squinting and frowning.
Since the early 1990s, botulinum toxin has been used to treat disorders such as exaggerated blinking, facial spasms, and muscle contractions affecting partly paralyzed patients.
These applications have provided sufficient experience to know the product well. It is perfectly safe so long as it is used properly. The aesthetic effects of botulinum toxin were discovered over a decade ago. Since then it has also been successfully used for this purpose.
There are several brands of botulinum toxin available* including BOTOX®, Dysport®, and Xeomin®. The best indications for treatment with botulinum toxin lie in the upper third of the face, for correction of vertical frown lines between the eyebrows, horizontal furrows on the forehead and crow’s feet. Other uses are less common, and are best performed by experienced practitioners. Light under-treatment is usually preferred. Over-treatment can result in a diminished expression in the face.

Length

Ten to twenty minutes.

Anesthesia

None or topical anesthetic cream.

Inpatient/Outpatient

Outpatient.

Possible Side Effects

Immediately after treatment only the small pinpricks are visible. Light bruising. Some patients experience a slight headache during the first week.

Risks

There are no permanent risks in healthy individuals. Myasthenia Gravis is a contraindication. Asymmetry. Drooping of the eyelid can occur in one to five percent ; it always recovers spontaneously within three to four weeks.

Recovery

The effect only arises after three to four days, and lasts for four to five months. When treatment is not repeated the original movement always comes back spontaneously.

Results

Correction of expression wrinkles, which improves with repetition of the treatment. More relaxed facial expression.

* Please do not use the internet as a substitute for medical advice by a qualified plastic surgeon.

Fillers

Replace volume under the skin to fill wrinkles or enhance facial features.

Procedure

Soft tissue fillers, also called dermal fillers, facial fillers, or simply «fillers», are used to fill up defects in the soft tissues, typically wrinkles, folds and dents in the face. Some fillers are intended to add volume, for example to the cheekbone or the chin and are often used for lip enhancement.
There are many products on the market. The most important distinction is between non-permanent fillers, which disappear spontaneously after a while, and the permanent fillers, which stay embedded in the tissues forever. Most non-permanent fillers are quite safe to use, but it is advisable to demand fillers that are generally accepted, or FDA approved, such the ones based on hyaluronic acid, collagen and calcium hydroxyapatite microspheres. Always demand to know which product your physician is going to use.
Fillers are injected directly into the area to be treated, often after application of a topical anesthetic cream. The effect is immediate, and lasts between twelve to fifteen months, depending on the type of product and the treated area.

Length

Ten to twenty minutes.

Anesthesia

Usually topical anesthetic cream, sometimes a local anesthetic injection.

Inpatient/Outpatient

Outpatient.

Possible Side Effects

Transient swelling (mainly when used in the lips), redness, tenderness, and bruising. Cold application after treatment can minimize these side effects.

Risks

There is widespread consensus that, although they may seem appealing, permanent fillers are not to be recommended lightly as they sometimes induce adverse reactions which are very difficult if not totally impossible to treat without surgery. For all fillers, risks include irregularities or lumpiness, over- or under-correction, asymmetry and infection. Permanently visible lumps or late reactions with some permanent fillers can result.

Recovery

If present, swelling and redness usually settles after 24 to 48 hours. Most patients can go back to their activities immediately with some make-up.

Results

Partial or complete correction of wrinkles and folds. Enhancement of facial features.

* Please do not use the internet as a substitute for medical advice by a qualified plastic surgeon.

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