Submitted by DrShahAdmin on Fri, 05/13/2011 - 09:55
Many of us are familiar with the expression "Take two aspirin and call me in the morning". With all of the latest applications of botox, that expression might be changed to "call me in a week after your Botox." Amazingly enough, Botox has been found to be an effective treatment for some types of headaches. In fact, Botox was recently approved by the FDA for the treatment of a migraines. Since the FDA is one of the strictest approval bodies in the entire world, this has been big news in the medical field. Some studies have shown improvement in these with botox placement in specific headache-inducing locations.
So, should you inject botox if you are having a headache? Routine headaches should be treated with conservative measures. Botox is typically used for headaches which are persistent or those that occur frequently. The use of botox for headaches can be explored only after other modalities have been proven ineffective. Prior to treatment, a thorough workup which can rule out any brain issue or sinus issue or other issue which may be responsible for a headache.
The big question, does it work? Dr. Shah has noticed improvement in select individuals who have explored other options first, prior to receiving Botox as a therapy. As headaches are very complex and multifactorial, there is not a panacea available, including Botox.
Is Botox covered by insurance?
Will I know right away if Botox is effective?
How does Dr. Shah inject Botox for migraines?
What is the pricing for Botox for migraines?
Will Botox work for me?
How long does it last?
Submitted by DrShahAdmin on Thu, 05/12/2011 - 18:15
Show Me The Money: Financing Do's and Don'ts-
Plastic surgery is more affordable than ever before, due to an increased number of financing options available. Financing can be a great option for patients who want to have a procedure, but do not have a lump sum of money. Here are some Do's and Don'ts to consider when financing plastic surgery
Do: Pay on Time- In order to ensure you receive the rate and plan that you enrolled in, you should pay the required monthly payment each month on time. Consider sending in payment a week or more before it is due to ensure it is received on time. Often, if payment is late, interest will be charged on the full amount
Don't: Miss Your Payments- It will effect your credit rating and missing payments can result in a high interest and added fees
Do: Pay More Than the Minimum- The quicker you are able to pay off your balance, the less interest you will accumulate. Check with your financing company to ensure that there is not a fee for paying off your balance ahead of schedule (Care Credit, which is accepted at Dr. Shah's office, has no such fee).
Don't: Spend More Than You Can: As with any credit card or financing, it is important to plan ahead and create a budget prior to making a large purchase.
Do: Use Your Doctor's Office as a Resource: a Patient Coordinator at Dr. Shah's office is your guide to financing. They have experience in plastic surgery financing and can help you decide what options are best for you.
Don't: Ignore Your Monthly Statement- Check to be sure all charges are accurate and reflect what you have purchased.
Do: Read the Fine Print- Know the terms of your financing and understand all rules and regulations such as interest rate, fees, payment schedule, etc. Financing is a 3rd party source not controlled by Dr. Shah's office, so understand all aspects of your plan.
Submitted by DrShahAdmin on Thu, 05/12/2011 - 17:35
My makeup always melts when it is hot? How can I keep it in place?
Summer is coming (we hope)! So, that means getting ready for heat, perspiration, and sun. Sweat is a natural part of summer, and now that we know how to deal with it under our arms we can now banish it from our face. Makeup can rub off both from sweat or with excessive amounts of oil. Dr. Shah suggests the use of oil control products, which keep the skin's natural moisture in balance.
OC Eight is a mattifying gel which controls oil by the use of micro-particles called Acrysorb, which traps oil on the skin surface. But does it clog pores? No! A study showed that patients actually had FEWER blackheads with OC Eight. First wash your face free with a gentle cleanser. Then use any Vitamin C, growth factors or other skin medications. Next apply sunscreen. Once your face is dry to the touch apply a thin layer of OC Eight Matifying Gel. Finally, apply oil-free makeup, if desired. Makeup was clinically shown to have that "just applied" look for up to 8 hours, hence the name.
OC eight is one of many recommended skin care products offered in Dr Shah's Michigan Avenue practice.
Submitted by DrShahAdmin on Mon, 05/09/2011 - 11:33
Spring is the season for many of us to get excited about the end of winter and start of warmer weather. However, for many of us, allergies can lead to significant discomfort. In fact, allergies affect between 20 to 40 million Americans per year. So what are allergies? Allergies are where the body reacts to little substances called allergens. The body believes these allergens are attacking the body and mounts an immune response, releasing histamine. The substance histamine causes the nasal passageway to swell up and secrete clear drainage, and makes eyes become red and itchy. This can cause the nose to feel stuffy, congested and make it difficult to breathe.
Treating allergies has been a long evolving science. Initially, the treatment of allergies involved oral medication, called antihistamines. The issue many of us have with pills is that your whole body must absorb the medication, even though only one part of it is affected. The first antihistamine pills, such as Benadryl, worked well, but caused patients to become sleepy or tired. For almost any patient, the pill was worse than the allergy symptoms themselves. Newer antihistamine pills work on a different mechanism, by having little circulation into the brain, which was supposed to cause little or no drowsiness. While this marked a significant improvement, many patients still complained of being less alert than ideal. Physicians, later tried to isolate the main source of allergy discomfort, which is nasal stuffiness, sneezing, and red itchy eyes by using nasal sprays and eye drops. Afrin nasal spray was one of the first sprays to be used for fighting allergies. These sprays worked right away and worked well, but had a serious drawback-- they were addictive and could lead to disruption of the lining of the nose.
More recently, nasal steroid sprays were utilized. These sprays deposit a small amount of steroid (an anti-swelling steroid, not the steroids made popular by beefed up athletes) which would counteract the allergic process. These sprays work by gradually decreasing swelling of the nose over a period of 2 to 6 weeks and can be used fairly safely for extended periods of time. The advantage of steroid sprays are that they do not cause drowsiness and can be used indefinitely. The disadvantage of steroid sprays are that they can cause irritation in some individuals and must be used properly to be effective.
Within the last several years, antihistamine sprays have become more popular. These sprays work to immediately decrease the allergic response and can be used safely over a long period of time. These sprays have the advantage of avoiding drowsiness and an excellent track record of safety.
What can patients do if they have year round allergies, or do not want to constantly take pills or use sprays? The best method is to find the allergic culprit by getting tested. This lets the patient know what to avoid. Avoidance is not possible for all allergies, such as dust, mold, etc. Allergy shots have been a mainstay of the allergy treatments for patients with severe allergies. Patients are given shots of a low dose of what they are allergic to over a period of weeks to months so that they no longer need any more medication. Sublingual therapy, which is the placement of an allergen in the mouth rather than via shots, has began to play an increasingly larger role.
Overall, allergies are a common way in which many of us react with the environment. However, identifying allergies and treating them in the least invasive fashion can make spring time a season to look forward to.