Botox® Treatment Defined
Botox® Cosmetic is one of the most popular temporary wrinkle removal techniques available for anyone from 18-65 years of age. A Botox® Cosmetic procedure is actually the trade name of Botulinum Toxin Type A, a purified toxin produced by the bacterium clostridium botulinum. Though it doesn’t sound very pleasant, the procedure is a great way to soften or erase the wrinkles, expression lines (smile, frown), and fine lines that can accelerate the appearance of aging.
It works by relaxing the facial muscles that contract and cause wrinkles such as frown lines between the eyebrows and crows feet (fine wrinkles around the eyes). Over time these wrinkles will become permanent even when you are not frowning. You will be delighted to see how these wrinkles will smooth out over a few days and restore your face to a more youthful and relaxed look. Botox® will dramatically improve (and often remove) horizontal forehead creases, scowl lines between your eyebrows, crow’s feet, and vertical wrinkles of your upper lip.
Take a look at men and women who’ve had Botox® Cosmetic treatments, and see for yourself! One 10-minute treatment—a few tiny injections—and within days there’s a noticeable improvement in moderate to severe frown lines between the brows, which can last up to 6 months. Results may vary.
Botox and Wrinkles
Dynamic wrinkles, such as crow’s feet, frown lines, and forehead wrinkles, are due to repetitive facial expressions. Weakening the muscles responsible for these facial expressions can dramatically improve these wrinkles. With Botox®, these muscles can be weakened without detracting from your facial expressiveness.
Botox and Safety
Although it is technically a toxin, Botox® has been used safely by ophthalmologists for over 10 years and has been used for wrinkle therapy since the early 1990’s, with no serious side effects documented in the hands of competent physicians. We’ve never had a single complication with Botox. Rest assured that the professionalism you expect and safety you need.
Prospective patients that are looking to relieve sagging skin are strongly encouraged to consider Suture Suspension minimally-invasive lifting, as it will provide results better than botox that will last significantly longer.
DERMAPEN MICRO NEEDING / PRP
DermaPen Micro Needling / PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma)
At the Beauty & Wellness Center, we use a technique in which we isolate a portion of our patients’ own blood to enhance the effectiveness of our treatments. Top professional athletes rely upon this regenerative procedure to keep their bodies moving & effective and you can as well.
It works by our drawing a specimen of blood, we then put that through the centrifuge to isolate the blood plasma – a portion of whole blood that is rich in platelets and various non-cellular proteins known to be important in supporting wound healing and repair, such as growth factors and proteins important in stimulating cellular regeneration and in nourishing the tissues. This is known as “Platelet Rich Plasma” or, also called, “Autologous Conditioned Plasma.”
When we perform any invasive technique for rejuvenation, such as when we perform Dermapen® microneedling, or Viva® nano-fractional skin resurfacing, or when we perform autologous fat grafting or fat transfer, we can enhance the effectiveness of these treatments by also including Autologous Conditioned Platelets. The inclusion of PRP in our treatment requires only a very affordable additional fee of $400 to cover our cost for this service — we believe it to be well worth the additional cost. When we inject a joint with “cortisone” or bio-active filler, such as the soon-to-be-available Jaliren® product from RossPharma, we can also include PRP for enhanced effectiveness.
Facial Fillers Defined
Radiesse®, Xeomin® and Belotero® are three examples of the newest technology in wrinkle treatments and facial enhancement without surgery.
Radiesse® Volumizing Filler
Natural collagen is what gives skin a smooth supple, youthful appearance. As you age, natural collagen breaks down, resulting in wrinkles and loss of face volume. The FDA Approved Radiesse is a Volumizing filler and an ideal choice because in addition to providing immediate volume correction, it also stimulates production of your own collagen.
This calcium-based dermal filler can be injected into the laugh lines (naso-labial fold) that stretch from your nose to the side of your mouth. Filler can also be used in the Marionette lines, corners of the mouth, chin wrinkle, and pre-jowel, yielding a healthier and more vital appearance. One of the main benefits of a calcium based filler is its incredible lifting capacity. The immediate results can be expected to last a year in most patients.
Show your personality, not your age! Belotero Balance injectable gel is a hyaluronic acid (HA) filler that helps smooth moderate to severe etched in lines and wrinkles, for a natural finished look.
Only Belotero Balance is created using the cohesive polydensified matrix (CPM) process. With this proprietary technology, Belotero Balance injectable gel evenly and completely blends into your skin, providing a natural look while maintaining normal movement and facial expressions. Common areas for treatment include; nasolabial folds, vertical lip lines, corner lines, smile lines, chin wrinkle.
Xeomin® is a botulinum toxin which has a different and less immunogenic molecular structure from Botox® so it is less likely than Botox® to cause any type of allergic or irritation reaction. Otherwise it is functionally the same as Botox®. We use Xeomin® for our patients who prefer an injected neuromodulator for treatment of the frown lines and expression lines around the brow and eyes.
Facial Filler Risks
Unlike collagen injections, these second and third generation fillers are not based on animal extracts and have no risk of allergic reactions. Patients that are not candidates for fillers are those with recurrent herpes (cold sores), active herpes (cold sores), insulin-dependent (type 1), pregnancy,and many systemic diseases, as well as those that are on anti-coagulants.
Facial Filler Facts
- Hyaluronic acid-based soft tissue fillers were the fifth most popular non-surgical cosmetic procedure in the United States in 2004. Nearly 900,000 treatments were performed.
- The majority of patients receiving soft tissue fillers in 2004 were between the ages of 35 and 50.
- There were nearly 100,000 autologous fat transfer soft tissue operations performed in 2004.
- When combined, collagen and hyaluronic acid procedures amounted to 14% of all plastic surgery procedures in the United States in 2004.
- Calcium and volumizing fillers are on the rise.
Hormone Therapy: BHRT, Anti-Aging and Sexual Health
We are excited to be partnering with Red River Pharmacy in providing the latest and best hormone treatments for both men and women. We utilize custom formulations of FDA approved products in a scientifically based approach both male and female hormone deficiencies. We participate in national conferences and stay abreast of the latest scientific literature while utilizing the Red River Pharmacy’s excellent staff in analyzing the need for hormone replacement with balanced recommendations for treatment. We thoroughly cover the risk/benefit informed consent discussion with our patients and follow them carefully to assess effectiveness of treatment. We utilize topical, oral, injection, and pellet based therapy.
If you are interested in evaluation for hormone replacement therapy, you will see Dr. Whitten for an initial evaluation. He will refer you for a blood draw or for a saliva test with consultation by the Red River Pharmacy staff. After analyzing the results of blood and/or saliva testing, you will have a second consultation to discuss the results and to outline a plan for treatment.
As people are living longer and more productive lives, the natural decline in hormone function associated with ageing can interfere with a person’s sense of wellbeing in addition to impairing energy, appetite and sexual function. Instead of just giving in to the gradual diminution of energy, activity, mental, emotional and sexual function that goes along with increasing age, many of our patients experience the restoration and maintenance of these functions as part of our overall anti-ageing treatment plan which includes skin care products and nutritional supplements.
In partnership with RossPharma and Red River Pharmacy we also offer products and services designed to restore and improve male and female sexual health and appetite. As part of the ageing process, too many men and women suffer the loss of the excitement and fulfillment that these functions provided when they were younger.
In addition to hormonal treatments, we offer injectable, oral and topical treatments that specifically target areas of dysfunction from erectile dysfunction to loss of libido to loss of vaginal elasticity and function. Everyone should lead a balanced, beautiful life. Call today for your confidential consultation.
POST-OPERATIVE CARE & JOINT PAIN TREATMENT
Post Operative Care / Joint Pain Treatment / Cortisone Injections
One of the most aggravating and occasionally debilitating features of growing older is the gradual wearing out of the joints that support our weight. While there are many examples of inflammatory arthritis that require specific medical therapy, and while many exciting advances have been made in the treatment of these inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, gout, psoriatic arthritis, lupus, and other auto-immune disorders, almost everyone experiences what we like to call “wear-and-tear” arthritis or degenerative joint disease.
Over the years, our activities of daily living inevitably lead to the gradual wearing out of the lining of our most important weight bearing joints, especially our knees and hips. While this process is inevitable with advancing age, it occurs much earlier in individuals who carry a great deal of extra weight and/or who have been extraordinarily active in sports or have suffered specific injuries to these weight bearing joints. At the Beauty & Wellness Center, we offer multiple treatment options for people suffering from joint pains, including the smaller joints of the hands and elbows.
When you consult with Dr. Whitten, he may recommend Cortisone Injections, with or without Platelet Rich Plasma. He may also recommend Jaliren® injections (available soon) or topical therapy utilizing essential oils or prescription formulations of FDA approved medications. Dr. Whitten is an expert in performing joint injections and we offer these services at a very affordable cost.
For patients who are post-operative knee replacement or arthroscopic surgery we also offer the Venus Freeze® treatment. We see much more rapid healing and recovery of a pain free post-operative state in our Venus Freeze® patients.
Weight Control: The BWC Transformation Program
Most everyone desires to lose weight but how do you start and where? The medical team at The Beauty and Wellness Center is ready to help you with that. Our Transformation Program is not a diet, but rather a principal based program utilizing science and other disciplines to enable patients to make better choices and take control of their lives. Our program is customized for each patient and gets proven results.
In the beginning of our practice, we simply referred to this program as Weight Loss but we were seeing so many patients lives transformed with the amount of weight that they were able to lose that we now refer to it as the Transformation Program! We literally have burned 25,000 pounds of FAT in the Texarkana area in the last two years! We focus on burning fat and not simply counting calories. Utilizing accountability, basic science, and a weight loss formula – the only thing you have to lose is weight!
Our Transformation goals are designed around our patients needs and medical profiles to help them achieve the quality of life, mental and physical well-being they want. As you lose weight, your attitude changes, your body and overall happiness will improve too.
Ironically, as most patients lose weight, they gain control over their lives & the choices they make. A world where your mind is clear and you wake up with energy and excitement is within reach. What’s more, Transformation Program can reduce the appearance of age and associated conditions. Our program can aid in reducing blood-pressure and lowering your risk for diabetes, cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease and a number of other conditions.
At The Beauty and Wellness Center, you will partner with our medical experts for a period of time and then your partners just stay available. There is no contract, no special food to purchase, and no calorie counting.
- Body Composition Evaluation
- Evaluation for Resting Metabolic Rate
- Nutritional assessment and Dietary recommendations
- One on One treatment visits
- Natural and Prescription Medication for Weight Management
“Trust me when I say if we can do it, you can do it. It’s never too late to change your life. It’s never too late to start on the new you.”
Brian and his wife, Hannah, lost a combined 211 pounds and without surgery. What’s more impressiv is that Hannah began the program first and has maintained her weight loss this past year. Call for your consultation today.
To learn more about weight control and your options at BWC, please give our office a call today. Today can be the first day on the road to a better, healthier, happier tomorrow.
As always, all patients should have realistic goals and expectations regarding results of treatment. This program works with or with our customized medication.
VARICOSE & SPIDER VEIN REMOVAL
One of the many cosmetic challenges women (and some men) face as summer approaches, is what to do about unattractive and abnormal veins in the legs. Varicose and spider veins are common, especially in fair skinned individuals who spend a lot of time on their feet in their job or recreational activities. Most of these highly visible and undesirable abnormal veins can be dealt with in a nonsurgical, painless approach that offers our patients a chance to showcase their otherwise beautiful legs at the beach or swimming pool.
If you have had to decline invitations to a pool party or feel as if you must wear pants in the summertime, if you have given up wearing dresses for fear of revealing your lower legs made unsightly by varicose or spider veins, we offer relief with a series of injections guaranteed to provide a more pleasing appearance.
To learn more about varicose and spider veins and your options at The Beauty & Wellness Center, please give our office a call today. Today can be the first day on the road to a better, healthier, happier tomorrow.
As always, all patients should have realistic goals and expectations regarding results of treatment.
VENUS FREEZE &
VENUS LEGACY BODY CONTOURING
Venus Freeze is a non-invasive treatment that combines Radio Frequency (RF) and Magnetic Pulse into a technology call (MP)2. This unique combination has the ability access deeply, comfortably and safely into the skin in order to achieve optimum results. Venus Freeze Treatments are effective in circumference reduction, improving cellulite, skin tightening and reducing the appearance of wrinkles.
Our promise is to provide you with a safe, pleasant, pain free experience in treatments for the body and face including arms, abdomen, thighs, buttocks, neck, face, and hands. The Venus Freeze treatments are for anyone who feels that their appearance could be improved by skin tightening. It works exceptionally well for mothers looking to eradicate saggy skin post-pregnancy. It also is amazing for post op patients in reducing inflammation and accelerating heal time after surgery (knees, back, shoulder, etc).