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Dr. Michelle Sieffert
If, like many of us at Donaldson Plastic Surgery & Aesthetic Solutions, you’ve taken this time of social distancing for self-improvement, then you’re probably also thinking, “Once I’m allowed back to some sense of normalcy, what can I do (that I couldn’t do at home) to continue what I started?”
I’m here to highlight just a few of the services we offer that I recommend when “coming out of quarantine” to help you on your journey to become the best, most confident version of you!
Neurotoxin injections (such as Botox, Xeomin, Dysport, Jeuveau, etc.) are used to treat wrinkles caused by muscle activity—most commonly in the forehead and around the eyes. They can also be used for prevention if you are only just starting to see wrinkles surface! The injections are relatively painless, only take a few moments to complete, and only need to be repeated roughly every 3-4 months (so you may be starting to see those fine lines and wrinkles return while on quarantine). My single rule for neurotoxin injections is simple: no exercise for 24 hours afterwards.
We offer complimentary make-up touch-ups after any injectable procedure, so you can get back to your life without anyone being the wiser!
Filler is a substance made of hyaluronic acid (HA), which is a naturally occurring substance in your skin. It is used to plump areas of the face and body that have experienced volume loss, or to shape areas of the face like the nose, chin, and jawline. Different fillers (Ultra and Ultra Plus, Voluma, Vollure, Volbella, Restylane, Radiesse, etc.) are designed with different measures of thickness and longevity; they can last anywhere from 1-2 years depending on the product used and the location injected. Some of my favorite locations for filler are the lips, cheeks, jawline, temples, and nasolabial folds. The treatment generally lasts 30 minutes (most of that time is spent discussing your needs and desires), and you can expect mild, but not unbearable, discomfort.
I suggest planning filler injections at least a week ahead of any major event, as swelling and bruising is a possibility with any filler injection. As mentioned above, we offer complimentary make-up touch ups after your injectable visit, so you can leave our office looking and feeling like you!
Perhaps you’ve been experimenting with making your own facials at home to keep your skin healthy and glowing, but need a little something extra to brighten or moisturize as you’re getting back to work. In my opinion, nobody performs a more relaxing and effective facial than our Lead Medical Aesthetician, Tatjana!
Tatjana offers 45 minute to 1 hour-long facials and peels, targeted to your specific skin type and individual skin concerns. Come in to see Tatjana to discuss any medspa skin service you might be interested in, including brightening your skin, controlling acne, hydrating dry skin, improving fine lines, and calming irritated and inflamed skin.
Everyone has that “one area” that, no matter how hard you exercise and diet, never seems to go away; this is where CoolSculpting is of benefit! The advanced CoolSculpting technology freezes localized areas of fat, causing damage and, ultimately, death, of the fat cell itself. Over the ensuing 2 to 3 months, the body removes the damaged fat cells from the area, causing a reduction of up to 25% of the fat present in the treatment area.
Each CoolSculpting treatment, or “cycle”, lasts 1 hour. You can expect mild discomfort and tingling as the treatment begins and ends (as the skin cools and re-warms), and an area of numbness that returns to normal between 2 days and 3 weeks afterwards. As with any minimally invasive body contouring technology, multiple treatments in the same area are required to get a great result.
CoolTone is the newest non-invasive body contouring tool at our practice, and one that I am personally pretty excited about! It uses electromagnetic stimulation to give your abdominal, gluteal, or thigh muscles (other treatment areas coming soon) a intense 30-minute workout, with the result being visible toning and strengthening. This is a perfect solution for anyone who wants firmer abs, tighter glutes, or more defined thighs!
CoolTone treatments begin with a series of four 30-minute “workouts” performed over a 2 week period, with subsequent maintenance treatments performed on a quarterly to monthly basis. I recommend that any necessary fat reduction be done prior to muscle toning, which is why I encourage pairing CoolSculpting with CoolTone for best results.
In my many years as a fitness competitor, I always had trouble with my abdominal region, and I can honestly say after my first series of four treatments I have never seen my midsection look better. I am a strong believer in CoolTone’s technology!
That wraps up my top 5 suggestions for coming out of quarantine! Wrinkle relaxers, fillers, facials & peels, CoolSculpting, and CoolTone are among our most popular services, and are here to help you continue your efforts to help you feel your best every day!
Call 614-442-7610 or submit a request on our website to schedule a consultation with one of our aesthetic professionals to find out if any of these treatments are right for you.
We can’t wait to help you become your very best version of you!
COLUMBUS, Ohio—The same person who fills your cavities also could be filling your wrinkles—with Botox.
Some dentists now are offering cosmetic procedures such as Botox.
Dr. Michael Firouzian started offering Botox and other dermal fillers after some of his patients asked about it.
“I found out that it’s something within our scope that we can do. I went down to Florida and did some training, and I had a plastic surgeon come in for a whole week and I trained with him,“ Firouzian said.
Plastic Surgeon Dr. Jeffrey Donaldson said that a week of training can’t compare to years of training required for board certification in plastic surgery.
He said patients should stick with plastic surgeons for any cosmetic procedure.
“From my end, a plastic surgeon has specific training in cosmetic services and reconstructive services. It’s the safest bet to have those procedures done,“ Donaldson said. “Materials like Botox injected into the wrong anatomical area can cause things like eyelids to drop and different facial expressions to disappear.“
Firouzian said he knows and understands the risks.
“As dentists, we are fully trained in knowing all the anatomy and knowing where all the nerves are. This is a service we offer to our own patients with a full understanding that there are certain guidelines we have to abide by,“ Firouzian said.
The Ohio State Dental Board has ruled that treatments, such as Botox, are within the scope of practice for dentists as long as they are limited to the facial areas.
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons said Botox falls squarely within the practice of medicine and should only be done by a board-certified plastic surgeon.
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!
There are many physical changes that come with age – most visibly, facial wrinkles. Commonly found around the eyes or on the forehead, these skin lines tend to form and deepen with time. For many plastic surgeons, Botox Cosmetic is the first-line treatment of choice.
Botox is a toxin derived from Clostridium Botulinum, and it works by relaxing the thin facial muscles that cause wrinkles in areas where it is injected. When the muscles relax, they can no longer contract to produce a line in the overlying skin. If you are considering Botox for the first time, here are a answers to some common questions.
How Long Before I See Results?
This is different for each patient; however, the average wait is three to four days. Some patients notice improvement within 24 hours of injection, and the full result is expected within 14 days.
How Long Will the Results Last?
Once again, each patient can expect variations in duration. The effects typically last for three to four months, but some patients notice slightly more or less.
There are many different factors that affect a person’s susceptibility to wrinkles, including age, genetics, tobacco exposure and sun exposure. As skin loses its elasticity, it becomes more prone to wrinkling. Fortunately, Botox can help!
*Earned by Dr. Donaldson