Researchers are now convinced that HPV causes most oropharyngeal cancers; the latest findings show that 3 out of 4 cases of the disease are HPV-positive. — Evan Kafka
You’ve purchased countless creams and serums that promised to de-puff your eyes, lighten circles, smooth your neck and décolletage, or erase evidence of acne scars. While these over-the-counter treatments might offer temporary or subtle relief, they haven’t made a lasting dent in your list of cosmetic woes.
Before you spend another dollar on beautifying products, know that their lack of long-term effectiveness is to be expected.
Social media, selfies and reality TV celebrities are among the influences driving millennials to the cosmetic surgeon’s office for neurotoxin injections and more, according to 2015 stats released earlier this year by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS).
But the experts we interviewed say treating younger patients with Botox (onabotulinumtoxinA, Allergan), Dysport (abobotulinumtoxinA, Ipsen) or Xeomin (incobotulinumtoxinA, Merz Aesthetics) isn’t necessarily the same as treating middle-aged and older patients.
Manolis G. Manolakakis, M.D., an oral/maxillofacial surgeon and fellowship trained facial cosmetic surgeon in Shrewsbury N.J., says he has noticed the upswing in demand for botulinum toxin treatments among patients 30 and younger. The surgeon says he has been treating younger patients with “subclinical” Botox, to give them a smooth — not frozen — look.
“By relaxing the resting state of the muscle, the skin will have smoother appearance,” he says. “Preventative Botox is something that has been sort of a controversy. My belief is that if done properly (conservatively) on younger patients, Botox can be utilized as an antiaging modality to prevent dynamic rhytids to turn into static rhytids, without creating a disuse atrophy.”
Washington, D.C.-based facial plastic surgeon Houtan Chaboki, M.D., says he commonly starts Botox for women and some men in their 20s.
“Generally, I will recommend starting with the basics: sun block/protection, hydration, gentle cleansing, no smoking, avoid excess salt. Next, some patients will start tretinoin topical ointment. Lastly, Botox for those who still want to maximize their appearance. Even young skin can benefit from Botox (or similar wrinkle relaxers such as Dysport),” he says.
Dr. Ashkan Monfared, Ear, Nose & Throat specialist, was quoted in the Washingtonian Magazine Top Dentists issue, discussing cochlear implants and how they are still the best option for people who are severely hard of hearing or completly deaf.
Dr. Thomas Troost, otolaryngologist, commented in a Washingtonian blog about the benefits of having a humidifier and his recommendations when buying one.
Dr. Nader Sadeghi, an Ear, Nose & Throat specialist, comments on stage 4 throat cancer on cnn.com.