You can look younger by reducing lines and wrinkles with Botox injections or fillers. BOTOX® injections relax muscles that cause lines and wrinkles. Other substances actually fill in or plump up an area to make it smoother. This “filling in” procedure can involve the use of fatty tissue taken from your thigh or abdomen, the human or animal protein known as collagen, or the longer lasting hyaluronic acid (brand names Restylane®, Hylaform®, Captique™, Juvederm and others) , Radiesse™ or the FDA approved permanent filler – Artefill.
Is designed to smooth wrinkles, sculpt lips and shape facial contours. It is a clear gel composed of hyaluronic acid, a natural substance that is found throughout your body. The most common areas for treatment are the nasolabial folds (from the root of the nose to the angle of your mouth), the lips as well as glabellar lines (between the eyebrows). With its unique ability to bind with water, Restylane€™s effects can last for many months.
Is one of the newest hyaluronic acid fillers in the U.S. Although it has had a long and safe track record in Europe and Canada, it was not available in the U.S. until recently. Distributed by Allergan / Inamed, the makers of Botox and Collagen, this filler is very smooth and is ideal for use in the lips for reduction of wrinkles as well as for lip augmentation, and for use in the tear troughs to reduce one of the causes of the dark circles under the eyes.
Formerly known as Radience, Radiesse is a synthetic injectable filler that reduces wrinkles, creases and scars by augmenting the body’s natural collagen supply. Composed of microspheres in a biocompatible gel, Radiesse is made from the same minerals found in our bones, so it carries almost no risk of allergic reaction. Radiesse can be used on many areas of the body, but the most effective areas treated are the nasolabial folds. Results are visible immediately after the injection and can last for months or years, although the procedure can be repeated as often as you wish.
Reducing “age-spots” and wrinkles can lead to a smoother, more youthful skin appearance. “Resurfacing” involves removal of the damaged top layer of skin in order to stimulate and reveal new healthy skin. This can be done using LASERs, chemicals (chemical peels) or mechanical means (dermabrasion). Resurfacing can reduce the signs of damage done by years of sun exposure, tobacco use or genetic predisposition.
What do you see when you notice a beautiful face? Perhaps the eyes? The beautiful skin? Maybe the lustrous hair, but always the mouth. The mouth and lips contribute a considerable component to the overall beauty of a face. Lips that are plump, while sensuous, are a sign of youth and vitality. Many of us are lucky enough to have full, curvaceous lips that look even better with artfully applied lipstick. But as we age, our lips thin and they no longer have that youthful appeal. Some of us have never had the advantage of shapely lips and wish to improve the mouth. Our lips may be small, asymmetrical, or wrinkled and the problems become more pronounced over time.
Perlane is commonly used to treat Nasolabial Fold (between the nose and mouth), smooth fine lip lines, and improve the appearance of scars. The molecular makeup of Perlane’s Hyaluronic Acid allows the injectable to effectively replace lost facial volume under the eyes and along the cheeks, as well a plump the lips. Perlane is an excellent choice for a wide variety of patients. Both men and women can benefit from the injections.
Juvederm Voluma XC
Juvederm Voluma XC is the first dermal filler approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to restore lost facial volume in the cheeks and along the jawline. When strategically placed along the cheekbones, Voluma XC can restore healthy, proportionate facial contours. It is currently the only FDA approved, noninvasive alternative to cheek implants. Anyone beginning to see the early signs of aging, such as a loss of skin elasticity or facial creases, may potentially benefit from Juvederm Voluma XC.
Sculptra is a unique dermal filler, specifically designed to correct the shallow to deep facial wrinkles and creases resulting from diminishing facial volume. Unlike other products on the market today, Sculptra is made from Poly-L-Lactic Acid. The injectable will plump the targeted area by replacing lost Collagen, a vital substance providing structure to the skin. Poly-L-Lactic Acid is a biocompatible material, so it is safely absorbed and eliminated by the body. Fully approved by the FDA in 2009, Sculptra can treat a wide variety of cosmetic issues.
The Nasojugal Groove, also known as the Tear Trough, is the inner portion of the lower eyelid; a place most people give very little thought to. However, as we age, there is a natural decrease of fatty tissue under the lower eyelid and upper cheek area. The skin and muscles of the lower lid slowly lose elasticity and no longer remain tightly tethered in place. These changes can eventually cause the Tear Trough depression to become puffy or bulge away from the face (pseudo herniation of the infraorbital fat pads).
Belotero is used to treat the fine lines that appear around the mouth. The injectable also provide excellent correction for Crow’s Feet (lines at the corner of the eye) and Marionette Lines (creases from the nose to the lips), as well as mild to moderate lines and creases around the face. Unlike some dermal fillers, Belotero has a thin consistency, making it excellent for delicate areas such as underneath the eyes and around the mouth.