The truth and fiction about cosmetic surgery
Excess sun exposure, stress and genetics can all play a role in how our faces change as we age. There are many cosmetic procedures now available to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and sagging skin, but many people have questions and concerns surrounding these treatments. We asked Cohasset resident Richard W. Strecker, MD, a board-certified ophthalmologist with over 30 years of experience specializing in premium cataract, LASIK and cosmetic eyelid surgery to shed some light on this topic and help separate facts from fiction.
Is Botox risky?
NO: Botox has been used on children with cerebral palsy, in quantities that are much larger than typical cosmetic patients would ever need. Eye Surgeons (ophthalmologists) were the first doctors to discover the medical and cosmetic uses of Botox and are great doctors to see for cosmetic procedures, especially around the eyes, as they have an extensive knowledge of the eye muscles and movements as well as those around the entire face.
Is Botox only for people who want to appear younger?
NO: Botox can be used medically to treat eyelid tic, spasms, migraine headaches or cosmetically to erase fine lines and wrinkles.
Will Botox can make me look “fake”?
NO: Our cosmetic patients maintain their natural expressions after receiving Botox because we do not over treat. In fact, due to everyone reacting slightly differently to the product, Dr. Strecker treats a new cosmetic patient conservatively and sets up a no cost 1 month follow up where he will inject more units if necessary in order to record that patient’s ideal treatment moving forward. When using Botox or any other cosmetic treatment, it is important to achieve a natural look where the patient appears “rested,” “youthful” and “glowing.”
After Botox treatments wear off, will my wrinkles look worse?
NO: Initially Botox lasts for 3 months, but if you get continue to get it on a regular basis some people can eventually go 6 months before needing another treatment.
Is Botox used on certain types of wrinkles?
YES: I use Botox to treat wrinkles on the forehead and around the eyes, and frown lines around the nose and mouth.
Who should not receive Botox?
Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding and patients with neuromuscular disorders such as ALS, myasthenia gravis, or Lambert-Eaton syndrome should not receive Botox.
Are cosmetic procedures only for women?
NO: Both men and women are treated for wrinkles and facial spasms.
What is the Cryo Correct Pen and is the treatment painful?
NO: The Cryo Correct Pen is a CO2 freezing device that is not painful unlike liquid nitrogen, which treats deeper and is colder and much more uncomfortable. The Cryo Correct Pen targets and eliminates sun and age spots in as little as one treatment with no downtime.
Are eyelid lifts considered medical or elective procedures?
It Depends: Eyelid surgery can be both medical to help restore peripheral vision and cosmetic to eliminate excess bags and skin. Upper Lid surgery can be considered medical if the eyelids are heavy enough to impair the vision. Lower Lid surgery is always considered cosmetic.
Are cosmetic procedures expensive?
It Depends: Cosmetic procedures can be expensive. We offer various discounts to help make them more affordable.
What sets you apart from other doctors?
I’m a solo practitioner and really care about the wellbeing of all of my patients. I personally see each and every one of his patients. I’ve had extensive training and over 30 years of experience as an ophthalmologist and eye surgeon specializing in treatments in and around the eyes, including but not limited to cataract surgery, LASIK, Eyelid surgeries, Botox and dermal fillers.