NEUROMODULATORS | DERMAL FILLERS
Treatment at a Glance:
Indications: Neuromodulators (Botulinum Toxins) are widely used as a non surgical maintenance to ward off deep wrinkles by weakening facial muscles to allow for a more youthful appearance. If muscle movement is diminished wrinkles can be prevented or decrease over time with routine maintenance. This treatment is very popular and effective around the eye area and forehead.
Procedure Type: Outpatient/Non Surgical- Injections only take about 15 minutes
Recovery Time: Minimal downtime and restrictions patients may experience mild bruising at injection site on occasion which usually resolves quickly. Specific post treatment instructions will be provided to the patient
Follow Up: Nueromodulators ( Botilinum Toxins) last on average 3 months and require repeat treatments long term for best results. The injected facial muscles will start to relax after injection, however full results will not be in effect for 14 days.
Treatment at a Glance:
Indications: For patients experiencing volume loss associated with aging. Dermal Fillers that we use in our office are hyaluronic acid based fillers that dissolve naturally over time. Dermal Fillers can be used to enhance a youthful appearance and are a great adjunct to surgical procedures. Popular injection sites include under eye (tear trough hollows), Cheeks, Nasal Labial Folds and Lips.
Anesthesia: No anesthesia needed, topical numbing is applied to skin at injection site
Procedure Type: Outpatient/Non-Surgical
Recovery Time: Minimal downtime with patients resuming normal activities quickly after procedure. Some mild swelling or bruising may occur, but usually resolves within a week. Specific post treatment instructions will be provided to the patient.
Follow up: Depending on the longevity of the dermal filler chosen they all have varying lengths of efficacy. Most hyaluronic acid dermal fillers typically last anywhere from 6 months to 2 years depending on the filler type and the site of injection.
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The benefits of BOTOX® are enormous. BOTOX® started out with use in strabismus- kids with crossed eyes. The cosmetic improvements around the eyes were quite apparent, and now it is used for the area between the brow, the crow's feet area and the forehead for both prevention and treatment. It has many other uses, and it is still being investigated. It can be used for hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), facial tics and Bell's Palsy, muscle spasms around the eye and even for cerebral palsy muscle spasms. It works by blocking the release of a neurotransmitter across a muscle junction. This weakens the muscle. Unfortunately, the results are short-lived, and the muscle returns to normal in 4-6 months. BOTOX® typically takes 2-7 days before any effect is seen, and continued improvements in wrinkles and fine lines may be apparent for the duration of its activity. It has received FDA approval for many uses, including cosmetic, and it is very safe in trained hands.
Botulinum toxin- sound scary? It should- it is the most potent toxin known to man! Even so, BOTOX® use has been increasing dramatically each year around the country. BOTOX® is purified Botulinum toxin- made in a lab and specially packaged. Each container of BOTOX® has a very specific amount, and the result is based on the amount injected. There is very little fluctuation from person to person with the recommended dosages. This makes it very safe and effective- and reproducible with each injection.
All injectables aside from Artefill are temporary and need to be repeated to maintain results. Longevity varies based on product selected. Swelling and bruising are possible; other possible complications are rare but will be reviewed at your appointment. TO MINIMIZE BRUISING: we strongly recommend discontinuing aspirin, Ibuprofen, Advil, Motrin and all over-the-counter pain medications aside from Tylenol for 2 weeks prior to injection. Ice may be gently applied post-injection. Avoid all herbal supplements for 2 weeks prior to injection as many, such as fish oil, glucosamine, chondroitin and many others will increase your risk of bruising. Bruising is possible with any injection, please plan appropriately!
Do I like BOTOX®? I love it! It is the best treatment for wrinkles around the eyes, forehead and glabella there is and there is no down-time. Injections are quick and painless and results start occurring in a couple of days. I do not like it around the mouth in most patients- I think that with a few exceptions, it will affect the mobility and expressiveness of the mouth that is noticeable (apparent that you have had "something done"). I personally recommend fillers (such as JUVÈDERM®) for most smile lines and puppet lines around the mouth.
The choice of filler depends on various factors, including the specific areas you want to address, the type of wrinkles or volume loss you're experiencing, and your desired longevity of results.
Facial fillers are versatile and can address various areas of the face to restore volume and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Common treatment areas include the nasolabial folds (smile lines), marionette lines, lips (for volume enhancement), cheeks, under-eye hollows, and jawline. Additionally, fillers can be used to contour the nose, improve the appearance of scars, and enhance overall facial symmetry. The specific filler chosen and the technique used will depend on your individual concerns and desired outcomes. Consulting with a skilled practitioner will help determine the most appropriate filler and treatment plan tailored to your unique facial anatomy and aesthetic goals.