BOTOX® Cosmetic is a protein that weakens muscles that wrinkle the skin. It is injected under the skin into areas surrounding the eyes and forehead to reduce “worry lines”, “crow’s feet” and “frown lines”. The procedure is quick and performed in the office with minimal pain and no downtime. Most patients say it’s much easier than going to the dentist! We use topical anesthetics such as Topicaine to numb the skin. Botox can also be usedfor a myriad of treatments, some ‘off-label.’ Botox can be used to decrease sweating in the armpits, to reduce the width of the jaw, and even to improve migraine symptoms!
The newest competitor to Botox cosmetic, Dysport is also a Botulinum toxin Type A, and works very similarly to Botox. It is effective in temporarily reducing facial wrinkles, and the treatments are nearly identical to Botox treatments. One added benefit is that Dysport injections are less expensive than Botox. If you’ve been getting good results with Botox, then Dysport may be a way to achieve your results and save a little money!
These are temporary “filler products” used to add fullness to areas of the face such as the lips, cheeks and wrinkles. They are fast, effective ways to smooth facial lines and define the lip border. In addition, they can be used to fill in deep and shallow wrinkles that cannot be treated by BOTOX®. The results are immediate but temporary. Perlane lasts longer than Restylane, but is a bit more expensive and is not used in the lips. We use topical anesthetics as well as dental blocks (in selected patients) to numb the skin. Downtime and discomfort are very minimal. These are the four most popular fillers, but others include Radiesse and Hydrelle.
Sculptra Aesthetic is one of the newest FDA approved injectables to improve wrinkles and facial volume. This long-term facial plumper has been shown to last 2 years or longer, and usually consist of 3 treatments spaced 6-8 weeks apart. The results are gradual, but they add a softness and volume to the face which can create a nice, youthful rejuvenation. Plastic surgeons perform this procedure under topical anesthetics in the comfort of the office.