Can You Get Botox in a Facial?

Turns out you can now get Botox in a facial!

Botox. It’s that deep expression line on your forehead’s worst enemy, and for some, it’s the end of sweat stains on their tailored white shirts. And as it turns out, it’s also the star ingredient for a new facial (yes, facial) developed by board-certified and New York City-based plastic surgeon, Dr. Norman Rowe.

This might come as confusing, especially because the ingredient is usually injected into a muscle using a needle to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, or to prevent them from sticking around in the first place. In fact, according to the Botox site, that’s the only approved use for it currently.

Dr. Rowe, however, had other ideas. He created a virtually painless microneedling-like machine with cannulated needles that penetrate a fraction of a millimeter into the skin to deliver a bespoke cocktail of medications and ingredients, including Botox. At the same time they’re getting microneedling, they’re also getting an injection of different ingredients that can treat a plethora of different issues.

Unlike a traditional Botox injection for wrinkles that goes deep into the skin to hit the muscle, this injection of the ingredient is at the surface. “The microinjections we are giving inject a fraction of a millimeter,” explains Dr. Rowe. “All I’m doing is treating the skin and no deeper, whereas Botox fillers you inject much deeper than the level of the skin.”

Some other common ingredients used for the cocktails include hyaluronic acid and green tea extract derivatives for plumpness, and vitamin C to boost glow and radiance. “As you do the treatment with the cannulated needles, you make the holes in the skin—the medications go through the holes and in where they are needed.”

He adds, “I’m not using Botox for wrinkle sake; I’m using Botox for improving your skin look sake.”

So what is the Botox for if not for stopping lines from forming? Pore size and even oil production. After doing the treatment, he explains he’s had patients mention that their skin has become less oily, or some have even claimed their acne has cleared up. “One of the reasons we think that happens is, in our skin, our oil glands that are like little urns have an opening in them—there’s a muscle around that urn,” he explains. “When you need to sweat, that muscle contracts and squeezes the urn, as an analogy, out comes the oil as sweat. So if I diminish that squeezing, it will diminish the amount of oil secretion.”

Then, that opening becomes even smaller. Dr. Rowe says he’s decreasing “the body’s ability to squeeze that urn.” As he does that, he also decreased the amount of oil coming out of the pore, therefore making it smaller.

It’s a 20-minute treatment, and because the formula is individualized, it’s really ideal for anyone. And it’s not just for your face, either. “I’ve had women come in—they want to use it on their face, on their neck, on the décolletage, on hands,” says Dr. Rowe. Like a regular facial, it’s recommended about once a month.

After its given, the skin might look like you have a mild windburn, so moisturizing and sun protection are recommended. “Other than that, I’ve had women come in here on their lunch and they don’t mind going back to the office.”

As you can imagine, it doesn’t come cheap. Prices can range from $ 750 to a whopping $ 1,200! Ah, the price we pay to get the grease to go away. InStyle

Film Producer Phillip B. Goldfine Dishes On Working With Hilary Swank, Jack Black and More

Starstruck! Hollywood Media Bridge Founder Phillip B. Goldfine has been lucky enough to work with some of the biggest names in Hollywood including Hilary Swank, Jack Black and Katherine Heigl.

With over 60 film credits, five television series, an Emmy award and more, it’s no surprise that Goldfine’s talent resonated with the skilled actors.

“Have you ever heard the saying, ‘You either have it or your don’t?’ Well, these actors all have it,” he explains exclusively to Us Weekly. “Hilary is one the sweetest, kindest, most professional and amazingly focused actress I have ever met, even back at the beginning.”

Hilary Swank attends the opening ceremony of the Tokyo International Film Festival 2015 at Roppongi Hills on October 22, 2015 in Tokyo, Japan.
Hilary Swank attends the opening ceremony of the Tokyo International Film Festival 2015 at Roppongi Hills on October 22, 2015 in Tokyo, Japan. Koki Nagahama/Getty Images

As for Mr. Black? He dishes, “Jack was a kid when I first met him and even then he had everyone on the floor laughing. You just knew he was going to be something special.”

Goldfine worked with both Black for his role in Crossworlds in and Swank in Sometimes They Come Back… Again in 1996. He also executive produced Home Sweet Hell starring Heigl in 2015.

“Katherine was very nice and the crew loved her. I’d work with her again in a second,” he adds.

Film Producer Phillip B. Goldfine
Film Producer Phillip B. Goldfine Giuseppe DeMasi

 

While Goldfine has had plenty of success already, he has no plans to slow down now. He explains, “I try to work on at least one new documentary a year and our current project is called Living With Dignity.” If that’s not enough, he is also developing a TV series Green Acres and working on four films including, Once Upon a Christmas, The Santa Files, Nation’s Fire and Bleed. (He is best known for his work on The Lady in 6 and Damascus Cover.)

Goldfine plans to share his wealth of knowledge by starting HollywoodInsiderClub.com to help others learn the basics of breaking into the film industry. In his personal life, the producer hopes to break a swimming world record sharing, “I truly believe you attract what you think about. You just need to know what you want.”

 

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