Muscle Relaxers to Reduce Wrinkles
We use BOTOX and DYSPORT to reduce the muscle over-activity that causes frown lines between the eyes, forehead wrinkles, and crow’s feet. These extracts of the toxin that causes botulism are injected in tiny, safe amounts. They work by blocking the message the nerves send to muscles telling them to contract. The result is a more relaxed appearance and softening of the wrinkles. Injections last 3-4 months and with regular treatment, the wrinkles will gradually fade away as the muscles get weaker with less use.
COSMETIC FACIAL FILLERS
We use a variety of these products to achieve the desired results for each patient. SCULPTRA (poly-L-lactic acid) is a igorous stimulator of collagen which lasts up to 2 years. It is used both in the deeper areas of the face to restore volume and give lift, as well as more shallowly in the skin to smooth wrinkles caused by sun damage or acne scarring. RADIESSE (Calcium Hydroxyapatite) also stimulates collagen and is used in similar fashion. The rest of the filler: VOLUMA, JUVEDERM, BELETERO and RESTYLANE line of products are all made from hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance in the skin. They vary by thickness and other properties which help us to decide which products are right for you.
Thinner products are used for lip plumping and fine wrinkles; thicker ones for deeper wrinkles and revolumizing. Results depend on many factors including the patient’s age, health and nutrition as well as the severity of wrinkling and sun-damage. Results generally last 6 months to 2 years. Many patients need treatments every 2 months at first to get the best results and restore their natural appearance. Most patients get maintenance treatments about every 6 months.