Botox® is a botulinum toxin that is injected into the face to temporarily paralyze the muscles to prevent them from creating wrinkles and creases. It is used most often around the eyes and between the eyebrows to reduce the appearance of frown lines and crow’s feet. Some patients choose to have it injected near the mouth to eliminate laugh lines. The procedure takes about 10 minutes and is performed in the office. Most patients notice improvements in the appearance of their fine lines within a few days of treatment. The effects of Botox® last on average 3 to 6 months.
Injectable dermal fillers are a great choice for patients who are looking to add volume to the skin. Facial volume decreases along with collagen and elastin production, leave the skin sagging and prone to wrinkling and creasing. Other contributors to the aging process include prolonged sun exposure, a poor diet, and smoking. Dermal fillers last between 3 months to 1 year and provide an excellent nonsurgical alternative to the facelift surgery procedure. Dermal fillers are used most commonly to improve the appearance of wrinkles around the nose and mouth and are an excellent option for patients who want to improve the fullness of their lips. Dermal fillers that we offer include Restylane®, Hylaform®, Juvederm®, Radiesse®, Sculptra®.
Juvederm® and Restylane®
Juvederm® and Restylane® are hyaluronic acid-based dermal fillers used to replace lost volume in the face, specifically the lips and cheeks. Like collagen-based products, hyaluronic acid-based fillers do not pose an allergy risk and do not trigger reactions in patients. The results patients receive from hyaluronic acid-based dermal fillers last approximately 4 to 6 months.
Sculptra® Aesthetic is a dermal filler used in the treatment of shallow to deep nasolabial folds and other facial wrinkles. Sculptra® encourages the body to increase the production of collagen to improve skin quality and smooth out wrinkles and creases. Patients choosing Sculptra® must be in good health. The results of the procedure last up to two years.
Collagen-based dermal fillers have been used in cosmetic procedures for over 20 years. Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body and plays an important role in the skin’s ability to stretch and retract to its original shape. Collagen-based dermal fillers use human-derived collagen, which does not require allergy testing and does not cause reactions. Collagen-based dermal fillers do not last very long compared to other injectable fillers, and patients who choose these products should expect to have maintenance injections every few months. The alternative to collagen-based products are fillers based on hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is naturally found in the body and is critical for attracting water to the cells of the body to keep them hydrated and give them their shape.
Radiesse® is a water-based gel dermal filler approved for treating deep lines near the nose and mouth. Radiesse is made up of small calcium microspheres that boost collagen, a protein necessary for the skin’s ability to stretch and retract. Radiesse also improves skin quality, and skin is left feeling soft and supple. Results of Radiesse are very natural, and because it is water and calcium based, it rarely causes allergic reactions. Results of Radiesse are seen almost instantaneously and last between 9 to 12 months.