Botaniko Lip Balm is the Best!

October 25, 2016

Botaniko Lip Balm

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Lightening Cream Cleanser and Papaya Enzyme Mask

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Botaniko's Space in Downtown Birmingham

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Jennifer Hagler Photography

By Buffy York

Sorry I have been MIA from the blog lately, but I’ve been busy.  I just finished up my training to become a Pilates instructor which was a beast, to put it mildly.  I teach at Club Pilates in Cahaba Heights on Monday mornings, Thursday afternoons and every other Sunday.  Come see me.

I have several blog posts planned for the coming months.  Later this week I’ll be posting 5 Fashion Must Haves for the Fall. I’ve also been working as the GC on our master bathroom remodel and it ever gets finished I’ll be posting a blog on it.  Not that I am recommending myself to be anyone’s general contractor. I also got Fraxel on my face, neck and chest from Seiler Skin yesterday and we shot a video of the entire procedure and talked about and amazing new product line called Alastin.  I should have that up in the next month, and Jennifer and I have several shoots planned for recipes and product reviews so stay tuned.

Today’s post has been a long time in the making.  Last winter Deborah Stone reached out to me about her new skincare line Botaniko (read the original post here) and gave me a pot of her lip balm.  I was in love with it and every time I wore it people commented and asked me what type of lipgloss I was wearing.  My hairdresser became obsessed with it and claims it to be the best lip balm ever!  I talked to a couple of my friends who were also ambassadors for Botaniko and everyone was in agreement.  Deborah’s lip balm was the best!  I find it superior to every lip balm I have blogged about in the past including Jo Malone’s Vitamin E Lip Conditioner, Dior’s Crème de Rose Lip Balm and Beauty Counter’s Peppermint Conditioner.  The reason I have waited this long to tell you about it is because for several months Botaniko could not obtain the medical grade lanolin that made the lip balm so awesome.  But now they are back in business with the original formula and you should try it for yourself.  It is all natural and free of any of the junk (i.e. parabens, fragrance etc.) that you find in other lip balms out there.  And while you’re at it, you should totally check out her Lightening Cream Cleanser and Papaya Enzyme Mask.  Two of my favorites!

Botaniko Lip Balm call to order 205-568-7277
Botaniko Lightening Cream Cleanser
Botaniko Papaya Enzyme Mask



By Warren B. Seiler III, M.D., Medical Director at Seiler Skin Cosmetic Laser & Aesthetics Center

September 7, 2016

After Two Kybella Treatments

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By Buffy York

Conquer Your “Chinsecurity” with Kybella®

By Warren B. Seiler III, M.D., Medical Director at Seiler Skin Cosmetic Laser & Aesthetics Center

Believe it or not, unwanted chin and neck fat is as great of a concern for my patients as fine lines and wrinkles around and under their eyes. The reason is neither profound nor elusive, but rather simplistic—a beautifully sculpted jawline gives you the appearance of youth, beauty and vitality. The unfortunate reality is a double chin can cause many patients to feel insecure – or “chinsecure.”

Excess chin fat is caused by a localized collection of fatty tissue under the chin on top of the neck muscles, and can be brought on by a number of factors, many of which are out of our control. Genetics play a huge role, as some genepools retain water or store fat in that area. Aging is also a factor, as we tend to lose musculature under the chin and skin grows loose over time. While excess body fat and weight gain are certainly factors, prominence in fat under the chin is extremely common for people with normal body weight. To put it simply, some carry fat on the chin more easily than anywhere else, and it can be nearly impossible to get rid of naturally.

There are do-it-yourself exercises, such as jaw jutting, neck rolling, etc., that claim to help you evict your “chin-panion,” but this area is not typically responsive to these methods. There are also extreme and invasive options, like surgery or liposuction, that can sometimes (I repeat, sometimes) be effective, but does anyone really want to go under the knife to get rid of their double chin? Probably not, especially because there exists a non-surgical, double-chin savior!

Say hello to Kybella®, a new, non-invasive procedure that produces surgical results without the unpleasant side effects, scars, complications, or recovery time. Created by Allergan, the long-trusted manufacturer of Botox® and Juvederm®, Kybella® is the first and only FDA-approved prescription drug designed to destroy chin and neck fat—permanently. In fact, the results from Kybella® are as good if not better than submental liposuction. Not only can you actually see the skin tightening from this procedure, but you will not be left with a visible scar and run next to zero risk of experiencing healing complications, leaving you feeling confident with your beautifully sculpted chin – without a trace of evidence that you’ve had a procedure.

So, how exactly does it work? The active ingredient in Kybella® is deoxycholic acid, a naturally occurring molecule in the body that aids in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat. After I inject Kybella® painlessly through the skin underneath the chin, the active ingredient targets and destroys the “bad” fat cells through a process called lysis. Once these cells are lysed, or ruptured and disintegrated, they can no longer store or accumulate fat. The entire treatment may take 15 to 20 minutes, and, depending on the severity of your double chin, a series of two to four treatments may be required. The number of treatments required varies from patient to patient. If this concerns you, remember—a full series of Kybella® treatments is equivalent to the cost of liposuction from a good surgeon!

Once the treatment is over, you should expect to experience 10 to 15 minutes of a heat sensation and feeling of fullness underneath the chin. We will, as needed, apply cold packs or a local anesthetic to help ease any discomfort; however, my patients typically report that discomfort is quite minimal. While you can resume your normal activities immediately following the procedure, most patients will experience some swelling and fullness for three to seven days following the treatment, so it is important to consider upcoming commitments when scheduling your treatment.

If you are considering Kybella®, it is of utmost importance that you choose an expert injector and certified provider to perform the procedure, like myself. Kybella® is a great, effective drug, but can be very dangerous in the wrong hands. Searching online for the cheapest place to receive this treatment can have serious, long-lasting consequences. Kybella® is not right for everyone, which is why my consultation process is such a critical step. You should expect any Kybella® provider to determine whether you are a good candidate prior to being offered the treatment.

That said, the benefits of Kybella® are undoubtedly remarkable—it’s non-invasive, quick and easy and the results are permanent. In my professional opinion, the five more important takeaways are:

·       Non-surgical: Kybella® is the only non-invasive, FDA-approved prescription drug that destroys unwanted fat under your chin without the risk of complications from surgery.

·       Saves Time: The entire procedure consists of two easy steps: the application of a medical-grade numbing cream, and a series of quick, painless injections underneath the chin.

·       Minimal Discomfort: My patients report a mild heat sensation or feeling of fullness for 10-15 minutes following the treatment, whereas other popular fat-reduction procedures can cause persistent pain for weeks.

·       Tighter Skin: In addition to removing unwanted fat underneath the chin, Kybella® can also help tighten the skin along your jawline by stimulating the production of collagen.

·       Permanent Results: Kybella® has been clinically proven to permanently remove the fat under your chin. My before and after photos speak for themselves.

If you are one of the millions of people who are concerned about the appearance of your jawline or have unwanted fat underneath your chin, I encourage you to contact an experienced and certified expert injector to learn more. The only thing you have to lose is your “chinsecurity!”

Seiler Skin Cosmetic Laser & Aesthetics Center

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