Free Botox for Life

Charles E. Crutchfield III, MD is on the verge of reaching the holy grail of aesthetic/cosmetic medicine: one million units of Botox administered. While it seems more fitting for Hollywood, where defying age is the culture, as a dermatology resident in 1994, Dr. Crutchfield learned looking and feeling good is just as important to Minnesotans.

Charles E. Crutchfield III, MD is on the verge of reaching the holy grail of aesthetic/cosmetic medicine: one million units of Botox administered. While it seems more fitting for Hollywood, where defying age is the culture, as a dermatology resident in 1994, Dr. Crutchfield learned looking and feeling good is just as important to Minnesotans.

“Everyone cares about their appearance,” Dr. Crutchfield explained. “Business professionals, stay-at-home moms, and retired folks all want to look their best. We also treat Minnesota’s celebrities, including pageant winners, professional athletes, and media personalities. Playing a role in a patient’s success and providing the confidence that comes with improved appearance is really special.”

Rumors have circulated that Crutchfield Dermatology and Allergan, which makes Botox, would do something big when Dr. Crutchfield hits a million. Monday he confirmed the rumors, announcing that the lucky patient scheduled for the millionth unit will receive “Free Botox for Life!” The clinic’s tracking the units but won’t disclose who is scheduled to receive it or when other than it’s in the coming weeks.

To reach a million Botox units takes an exceptional physician. Dr. Crutchfield credits personally administering all Botox treatments to his patients for over twenty-five years. One of the world’s most proficient Botox physicians, he was the first Minnesota physician to earn the coveted ‘Expert Injector’ designation. But successful Botox treatments aren’t just about experience, either. It’s about patient safety, too.

“Our clinic’s motto ‘experience counts and quality matters’ reflects our philosophy,” he said. “But it’s also about keeping patients safe when treating their most visible features. I’ve treated many patients after they experience horror stories from trying to save a few pennies.”

To address the danger of poorly-trained, non-medical personnel treating patients, Dr. Crutchfield joined physicians from across the country to establish Doctors for the Practice of Safe and Ethical Aesthetic Medicine. ( The group advises the public to ensure they are protected when seeking cosmetic treatments.

But the buzz this summer is about the patient who will have the good fortune of being there when Dr. Crutchfield hits a million. Allergan representatives have also expressed excitement and enthusiasm.

“Dr. Crutchfield is a leader in aesthetic medicine and dermatology, always in the top one percent of all physicians providing aesthetic treatments in the world,” said Barry Lycka, MD, Internationally recognized dermatologist and President of the Doctors for the Practice of Safe and Ethical Aesthetic Medicine. “Virtually unmatched in experience, anyone considering Botox can trust him for safety and great results.”

For nearly a million Botox units, the clinic has backed Dr. Crutchfield’s work with a guarantee that if a patient isn’t happy, Dr. Crutchfield provides another treatment without charge.

“From the first Botox unit I administered until today, I’ve wanted all my patient’s results to be perfect.”
As interest in “Free Botox for Life!” gains interest, the clinic has clarified that the winner will receive 100 units of Botox per year for twenty-five years, subject to other conditions. Since the announcement, Crutchfield Dermatology staff and their family have been pressed for information.

Dr. Crutchfield’s daughter told him a friend’s mother kept hinting about the Botox milestone, finally asking outright when she thought her dad would hit a million. His daughter replied, “Daddy doesn’t tell me that stuff, but my friends’ moms all look great!”

One of her friend’s moms might end up looking especially great for the next twenty-five years.

About Charles E. Crutchfield III, MD:
Charles E. Crutchfield III, M.D. is a graduate of the Mayo Clinic Medical School and a Clinical Professor of Dermatology at the University of Minnesota Medical School. He currently is the Medical Director of Crutchfield Dermatology in Eagan, (serving the greater Minneapolis-St. Paul area), Minnesota. Dr. Crutchfield is an annual selection of the “Top Doctors” issue of Mpls. St. Paul magazine and the “Top Doctors for Women” issues of Minnesota Monthly Magazine. Dr. Crutchfield is the co-author of a children’s book on sun protection and dermatology textbook. He is a member of the AΩA National Medical Honor Society, an expert consultant for WebMD and CNN, and a recipient of the Karis Humanitarian Award from the Mayo Clinic School of Medicine. Dr. Crutchfield was also given “First a Physician” award, Healthcare Hero, 100 Most Influential Physicians in Minnesota, and one of the Top 100 Newsmakers in the United States by TheGrio, an affiliate of NBC News.

Dr. Crutchfield resides in Mendota Heights, MN with his wife and three children.

Customers Unhappy With Botox From Uptown Clinic

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Customers say a deal on botox at a Twin Cities skin care clinic left them with less than flattering results.

The experience also left the women with a lot of questions.

WCCO explains what to ask before going under the needle and the possible wrinkle in regulations. Continue reading Customers Unhappy With Botox From Uptown Clinic

Leading Dermatologist, Charles E. Crutchfield III, MD Refuses to Offer Dental Treatments

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Eagan, MN – In a statement issued early Friday afternoon to his staff and colleagues, Eagan, Minnesota-based, board-certified dermatologist, and Clinical Professor of Dermatology, Charles E. Crutchfield III, MD announced that his medical practice would not be conducting dental examinations, filling cavities, or otherwise engaging in dentistry of any kind. He stated the decision was irrevocable and would be effective immediately.

Recently, Dr. Crutchfield has had several patients tell him, in horror, that their dentist has offered them Botox injections administered by a dental assistant while still in the dental chair. “The allure of practicing in an area that a professional, or the professional’s staff, have no training or experience can be tempting to make a quick buck, but I believe we owe it to our patients and our professions to perform procedures for which we are competent,” Crutchfield explained. “Society’s limitation of practicing medicine to licensed professionals, like doctors and dentists, is based on the belief that a license equates to training in that area. Even as more professionals, like, say, dentists – or worse yet, their assistants – perform medical treatments like Botox that are well outside their training and licensure, real professionals will suppress any greed reflex and focus their practice on areas they know.” Continue reading Leading Dermatologist, Charles E. Crutchfield III, MD Refuses to Offer Dental Treatments

Botox During A Pregnancy? Or While Nursing A Baby?

Did you know that the only group of people that are strongly advised against using any kind of Botox injection, are pregnant women and lactating mothers?

The relation between Botox during a pregnancy has not been explicitly studied and researched. So there is no data on whether/how using Botox to treat wrinkles in your skin may cause harm to your unborn child. Still doctors and medical practitioners are unanimous in their stance that pregnant mother’s and mom’s that are breast-feeding should not get any Botox injections. Another reason that Botox during pregnancy is not needed; your skin automatically becomes smoother during this period removing the reason for using Botox to begin with.

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How Long Does A Botox Treatment Last?

Woman face evaluated by dermatologistYou’d have to be born out in the wilderness with no internet or pop-culture of any kind to have missed hearing about Botox in some way, shape, or form.

It seems like just about every major celebrity has had Botox injected at some point to “soften” their wrinkles. But just how often is a Botox injection needed in your face to keep those pesky fine lines and wrinkles away? Continue reading How Long Does A Botox Treatment Last?

Crows Feet Treatment

Before and After pictures of Botox Cosmetic treatment around the eyes to reduce the appearance of crow’s feet wrinkles.
Botox crows feetbefore and after botoxbotox treatment around eyes

Where Can BOTOX® Cosmetic Be Injected?

The most common areas for the use of BOTOX® Cosmetic are frown lines between the eyebrows, the horizontal forehead lines, and the crow’s feet. On occasion, some other areas may be treated as well.

Skin Deep: Everything You Need To Know To Age Gracefully

An interview with nationally recognized cosmetic dermatologist Charels E. Crutchfield III, M.D
Cosmetic dermatologists use a number of innovative techniques to treat stubborn fine lines and wrinkles, effectively turning back the clock. Best of all, the procedures can be performed without surgery and in a single afternoon, often allowing patients to return to work the next day. For these reasons, non-surgical cosmetic procedures are increasing in popularity. The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) reported a 51 percent increase in non-surgical cosmetic procedures in 2004, compared to 2003. Among the most-requested non-surgical cosmetic procedures are Botox, fillers such as collagen, and chemical peels.
Our facial muscles age us
The facial muscles used for smiling, frowning, squinting, and laughing eventually leave creases where they expand and contract. As we age, these lines become more noticeable. Cosmetic dermatologists use a compound called botulinum toxin— commonly referred to by its brand name, Botox—to treat these wrinkles.
Doctors discovered the cosmetic benefits of Botox in the early 1990s. At first, patients were concerned about the product’s safety, because the botulinum toxin is related to botulin—a toxin that can sometimes induce fatal food poisoning. “People used to be afraid, but they realize now that it’s very safe,” says Dr. Charles Crutchfield III, from Crutchfield Dermatology in Eagan, Minnesota. “There has never been one adverse event or fatality.”
Cosmetic dermatologists ensure patients’ safety by using a diluted concentration of the toxin for procedures. “With the amount that’s in one vile of what we use to treat patients, you would need 300 viles to cause any problems,” Crutchfield says.
The substance is injected directly into the muscles that cause wrinkles in order to relax them, softening frown lines, furrows, and crow’s feet. The procedure is performed in one office visit, and patients can immediately return to work.
However, the results are temporary. Patients need to return to their doctor every four to six months to maintain their younger-looking appearance. “Once you achieve the look you want, then you maintain it,” Crutchfield says. “Some patients say, ‘I have to redo this every six months?’ Well how often do you have your hair color touched up or your nails redone?” Compared to a surgical facelift—which may cost thousands of dollars and require significant healing time—Botox is relatively convenient and inexpensive. For example, treating a single area, such as the forehead, costs $300 to $400.
Because of its ease and effectiveness, Botox is becoming increasingly popular. According to the ASAPS, more than 2.8 million Botox injection procedures were performed in the United States in 2004. “The operative phrase is ‘less is more,’ ”Crutchfield says. “Botox is probably the number one non-surgical procedure in the United States today.”
Search for the perfect filler Cosmetic dermatologists use other treatments to repair aged or damaged skin on the rest of the face. One method is to make the skin plumper by injecting materials, such as collagen, underneath the surface.
Collagen is a natural substance that is already present in the skin and promotes elasticity. Another natural substance called “hyaluronic acid” is also a crucial component of human skin.
As we age, the body produces less collagen and hyaluronic acid, causing the skin to become wrinkled. Replacing these substances restores the skin’s volume, thus smoothing out wrinkles.
The collagen used for cosmetic procedures is usually derived from cows, and has been in use since the 1970s. The results from bovine collagen are short-lived, because the body naturally dissolves the foreign substance in only a few months.
Many patients also develop allergic reactions to bovine collagen.
In search of a better alternative, many dermatologists are switching to human bioengineered collagen, or they’re using hyaluronic acid to safely replace the other component found in skin.
Recently approved by the FDA, hyaluronic acid works by connecting the natural collagen and another compound in the skin called elastin to create a framework under the skin. This framework then absorbs water and builds volume, which fills in the wrinkles. The effects of hyaluronic acid last longer than collagen, without posing the risk of an allergic reaction.
However, hyaluronic acid gel does not contain any anesthetic to numb the pain of the injections. As with collagen, there is usually temporary inflammation following the injection. Hyaluronic injections cost $500 to $1,000. Collagen tends to cost a bit less, starting at $400. Other fillers are awaiting FDA approval, such as polymethylmethacrylate, which is a mixture of miniature plastic spheres and bovine collagen. Once injected into the skin, the collagen holds the synthetic spheres in place. The collagen

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