For the treatment and prevention of wrinkles, most people are aware of one solution — Botox; Columbus, Ohio men and women are also beginning to recognize other benefits.

Recent studies have suggested that people who are unable to make certain facial expressions actually feel the associated emotion less. For example, if you can’t scowl, you may not feel as angry… If you can’t cringe, you may feel less embarrassed or disappointed… If you can’t frown, you may feel happier!

Botox has been used extensively to treat tension headaches caused by muscles of the neck, face, and forehead, and now it is increasingly linked to improvements in depression as well:

At Donaldson Plastic Surgery, Columbus, Ohio native Dr. Jeffrey Donaldson uses Botox in combination with other injectables such as Restylane and Juvéderm to provide customized, comprehensive facial rejuvenation. In addition to improvements in appearance, the research above suggests that these patients may notice improvements in mood as well!

Many men and women could enhance their appearance with fillers such as Restylane and Juvéderm; however, they shy away from these treatments because of the needle. At Donaldson Plastic Surgery in Columbus, Ohio this is less of a concern now because the latest generation of fillers has arrived!

Several weeks ago, the company Allergan launched a new and improved version of Juvéderm that contains lidocaine — a numbing medication similar to novocaine. Their studies have shown that 9 out of 10 patients are more comfortable with the lidocaine than without, and so far Dr. Donaldson’s patients agree. Procedures that might have otherwise required a nerve block (direct numbing of a facial nerve) can now be done safely and comfortably with the new filler alone.

In the last several days a competitor, Medicis, announced the availability of their latest products: Restylane-L and Perlane-L. These next-generation fillers also contain lidocaine for a more pleasant cosmetic experience. Dr. Donaldson is one of the first plastic surgeons in the country to have them available for his patients.

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Whether you have had Juvéderm or Restylane in the past or are curious to try one of them for the first time, you will most likely benefit from the addition of lidocaine to the filling material. Columbus, Ohio plastic surgeon Dr. Donaldson believes that increased comfort is a major advantage, and Juvéderm XC, Restylane-L and Perlane-L are important breakthroughs in cosmetic medicine.