What’s is a D.O.?
A D.O. is a highly trained physician or surgeon with specialized training beyond conventional medicine. Doctors of osteopathic medicine possess all the skill and expertise of a traditional M.D., but in addition to this we also have additional training in musculoskeletal medicine and manipulation techniques. However, the most important distinction isn’t based on training or a specific skill, it is in how we approach our patients. As osteopathic physicians we are taught a philosophy of practice that starts with the pursuit of purpose, compassion and understanding. We believe that physicians work with not on people. This means we partner with you to help improve the health of your mind, body and environment. The goal is to find balance, sometimes this is with medicine or surgery. This partnership creates a harmony that facilitates wellness and healing.
Neuromodulators like Jeuveau, Dysport, Xeomin and Botox are used to treat facial wrinkles but they can also be used in younger patients to delay the development of wrinkles.
According to the American Society for Plastic Surgeons, over 115,000 people in their 20’s underwent a neurotoxin treatment (including Botox, Dysport, or Xeomin) in the United States.
These medications are are an excellent option in many patients. When you start to notice those wrinkles that form with certain facial expressions it may be time to tighten things with a little neurotoxin. The wrinkles that form on facial expressions are called dynamic wrinkles and they are best treated by botox starting in your 20’s. Static or permanent wrinkles form when repetitive facial motions like deep frowning, smiling, squinting, and puckering of the lips occurs over years.
The best part is in our office a little prevention with a few units of Jeuveau or Botox will cost less than $200.
One well known study looked at the long-term effects of Botox on two identical twins. After 13 years, the twin who had been getting Botox 2-3 times a year had fewer fine lines on the forehead and around her eyes. She looked noticeably younger than her twin who hadn’t received any Botox. This highlights the old adage – an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Come by the office for a walk in treatment, your future you will thank you.
Dr. Tony Weaver is a Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon. He is board certified general surgeon & board eligible in Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery.