When you smile, laugh, frown, or squint at a device screen, you contract the muscles of your face. Over time, these contractions produce permanent furrows and deep wrinkles in the skin, especially around the eyes and mouth, between the eyebrows, and on the forehead. This is when Botox and Dysport can help.
BOTOX and DYSPORT reduce or eliminate facial lines and wrinkles, giving you a rested, approachable expression by softening the frown and, in some cases, raising the brows. The results last for up to 3-4 months with no downtime or surgery, and little to no discomfort. BOTOX® or DYSPORT® are also used to treat hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating of the underarms. The procedure is fast, safe, and effective.
Our BOTOX and DYSPORT® treatments produce a natural revitalized look that does not appear overdone. Our approach is proven to produce optimal, natural-appearing results.
Even those who are diligent about their skincare routine can’t avoid wrinkles, which are created by the motion of smiling and frowning. For those who would like to see an improvement of motion-related wrinkles of the forehead around the eyes, and in between the brows, injectables such as BOTOX® or DYSPORT® can help. Treatments take about 15 minutes when working with our knowledgeable experts.
Wrinkles contribute to an aged appearance, but they are not caused by age alone. Sun and exposure to the elements can contribute to the formation of lines and folds, as can stress, lack of sleep, inadequate nutrition, and more. All of this can cause people to look older than their actual years.
Smoothing out the wrinkles is a simple way to take years off of someone’s appearance, and there is more than one way to accomplish this. Facial surgeries are an option, but can include incisions, pulling skin tight to smooth it out, removing fat and tissue by suction, trimming away excess skin, and sutures, all of which is invasive and leaves scars.
An alternative option, BOTOX® or DYSPORT® involves only a few quick injections. Though its wrinkle-reducing effects are temporary, it can be reapplied as needed to keep patients looking younger for as long as they want.
BOTOX® is an extremely safe prescription medication first approved by the FDA almost 25 years ago. As one of the most popular injectables on the market, BOTOX® Cosmetic is a wonderful treatment option for those with frown lines or wrinkles of the upper face. It is particularly helpful in improving moderate to severe lines in between the eyebrows.
As a top nonsurgical treatment, BOTOX® Cosmetic helps improve what are known as “dynamic wrinkles” by decreasing the muscle activity that leads to frown lines. This treatment is quick and effective, and our BOTOX® Cosmetic patients can carry on with the day immediately after leaving our office. In about a week, patients will begin to see the results of a more youthful and smooth facial appearance.
Many of our patients experience results that last up to four months. After that, touch-up treatments can be performed to maintain your new look. While a treatment with BOTOX® Cosmetic does not provide permanent results, it does provide a quick and simple solution to an aging facial appearance.
Through targeted injections, BOTOX® Cosmetic works by temporarily relaxing the underlying muscles to prevent frown and forehead lines, crow’s feet, neck and other wrinkles and fine lines that tend to accumulate over time.
A BOTOX® Cosmetic treatment helps women and men address:
• Horizontal forehead creases
• Lines in between the eyebrows and above the bridge of the nose
• Crow’s feet, or lines at the corners of the eyes.
Sometimes BOTOX® Cosmetic can be used on lower facial muscles to improve wrinkles around the mouth.
Just about anyone who wants to treat their frown lines or crow’s feet with BOTOX® cosmetic, including women and men, is a candidate, though there are some limitations.
Manufacturer Allergan notes that when it comes to frown lines, BOTOX® is for adults who are younger than 65.
People who are allergic to any of the ingredients found in BOTOX® or other, similar products should avoid injections, as should anyone who has received a product containing the botulinum toxin within the four months prior to a new injection.
Pregnant or breastfeeding women – or women who plan to soon get pregnant – should alert the doctor to that fact before deciding on or receiving BOTOX® injections, as should anyone with a planned upcoming surgery, a urinary tract infection, or a history of bleeding problems. In fact, a patient’s medical history is important for the doctor to know before any procedure begins, which is why a consultation is such a key part of the process.
Many patients will see almost instantaneous results from their BOTOX® injections. While the cosmetic will immediately begin to work on the targeted area by reducing muscle activity in as soon as 24 hours, optimal results take more time. The full effect should start to be visible in about 3-4 days, reaching its peak after about a week.
BOTOX® is a minimally invasive cosmetic, so patients receiving injections of it should experience little to no down time afterward. It is important to avoid applying pressure to the injection area for about 24 hours, which includes not massaging it, to help ensure that the cosmetic doesn’t migrate elsewhere.
Patients can also keep any slight bruising to a minimum by keeping their blood pressure low for several hours after the injections. This includes staying away from strenuous exercise, saunas or hot tubs, and tanning sessions.
As noted above, the typical results from an injection last for about three to four months. Muscle activity gradually diminishes and returns, so patients will not suddenly find themselves with wrinkles again after a certain amount of time. Instead, they will notice greater movement slowly being restored to their key forehead muscles or areas around the eyes. A follow-up treatment after four months can restore the desired effects of BOTOX®, and there are indications that repeated injections yield better results over time as the treated muscles “get used to” being relaxed and sitting at rest. This can lead to a longer-term reduction in the severity of wrinkles.
While BOTOX® is approved by the FDA for treating frown lines and crow’s feet, there is a risk of side effects, as with all treatments and procedures. Reported allergic reactions have included itching, redness, rashes, dizziness, and wheezing or asthma-like symptoms.
It is technically possible for the cosmetic’s effects to spread to other areas of the body, though there has never been a confirmed case of such a serious side effect in relation to the proper use of BOTOX® in treating frown lines and crow’s feet. Still, in the hours, days, and weeks following an injection, you should seek medical help if you develop difficulty swallowing, speaking, or breathing, or you experience overall muscle weakness, vision problems, voice changes, or loss of bladder control. Known mild side effects include dry mouth or eyes, injection-site discomfort or pain, headache, and drooping or swelling eyelids.
Though only trained professionals are allowed to administer BOTOX®, remember that being trained does not mean the same thing as having experience.
Do not settle for learning only who can legally provide BOTOX® injections, but ask about a medical professional’s credentials, history with the cosmetic, and approach to facial aesthetics. As an Allergan Diamond Level Practice, we are in the top 2% of the country!
Choosing an experienced provider means you will be working with a practitioner who understands recommended dosages, the importance of obtaining complete and accurate patient histories, and other factors that minimize risk of complications.
With noticeable results, no surgery and no recovery time, there are many reasons to get started today. Our staff is happy to answer questions about BOTOX® or go over any of the information presented here in more detail.
Since every person is different, a personal consultation is the best way to determine whether BOTOX® would be the most effective treatment, how it should be applied, and if there are other treatments that may complement the effects of BOTOX® to provide an overall balanced, natural, healthy-looking, and youthful appearance.
As we age, sun exposure, gravity and other factors can reduce the amount of hyaluronic acid and collagen in our skin. The loss of this soft tissue causes the skin to lose structure and volume, creating unwanted facial wrinkles and folds such as lines around the nose and mouth. This loss of volume also distorts the proportions and symmetry of our face changing our youthful heart shaped face to an upside-down V appearance. This is where dermal fillers can help.
Injectable fillers such as JUVEDERM®, Restylane®, and Sculptra® add volume to the face in precise locations. Common areas that need improvement in volume include the parenthesis and the sagging corners of the mouth. Other areas to treat include areas that have experienced loss of specific fat pads such as upper lateral cheeks, temples and directly in front of the ears. Fillers like JUVEDERM®, JUVEDERM VOLUMA™ XC, Restylane®, and Sculptra® help replace the volume your skin has lost, adding precise amounts of fillers to create symmetry and to smooth away facial wrinkles and folds. At your personal consultation, we assess exactly what treatments can improve your appearance.
JUVEDERM VOLUMA™ XC
Over time, cheeks lose volume and flatten, adding to the heaviness at the jawline. JUVEDERM VOLUMA™ XC restores this volume, giving patients a more youthful appearance. It instantly provides a smooth, natural looking lift for the mid-face and other areas of fat loss. JUVEDERM VOLUMA™ XC is the first dermal filler specifically developed, optimized and FDA-approved for treating mid-face volume loss associated with aging and in many cases lasts for up to 2 years. It is made with hyaluronic acid, which is a natural substance found in the body that works with collagen and elastin to provide volume and support to the skin. Our team will help determine which filler will help you achieve the best results.
JUVEDERM ULTRA PLUS XC
®JUVEDERM®, injectable gel gently smooths wrinkles and folds around the mouth and nose and restores a youthful volume to the face. Made with hyaluronic acid, a natural substance found in the body that works with collagen and elastin to provide volume and support to the skin, JUVÉDERM™ is especially effective on smile lines and “parentheses” (nasolabial folds) that run from the bottom of the nose to the sides of the mouth. Treatment takes only 30 minutes with immediate results and no downtime. Results typically last about 9 months to a year.
JUVEDERM VOLBELLA®XC is tailored to add subtle volume to the lips and smooth the appearance of vertical lip lines. Treatment takes only 30 minutes with immediate results and no downtime. Results typically last about 9 months to a year.
JUVÉDERM® VOLLURE™ XC is injected into the areas of facial tissue where moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds occur, including the "parentheses lines" around the nose and mouth. JUVÉDERM®VOLLURE™ XC is designed to temporarily correct facial wrinkles for a smoother appearance to the face for adults over the age of 21.
JUVÉDERM VOLUX XC is a gel implant or dermal filler that is injected in specific areas of facial tissue to add definition or reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles.
Restylane-L®, Restylane Silk®, Restylane-Lyft®
Restylane-L®, Restylane® Silk, and Restylane-Lyft® are all members of the Restylane family of products. Each is a clear gel formulation of hyaluronic acid that is specifically formulated to act like your body’s own naturally produced hyaluronic acid, helping to instantly, visibly reduce moderate to severe facial wrinkles. Restylane-L® helps women and men improve their appearance by using hyaluronic acid to add volume and fullness to the skin. Through small injections, Restylane-L® smooths wrinkles, shapes lips, and forms facial contours, and can result in a more youthful appearance.
Sculptra® is an FDA-approved injectable that helps gradually stimulate collagen production to deliver natural looking results and is most commonly injected to reduce the appearance of smile lines, marionette lines, and wrinkles around the chin. Sculptra® is naturally absorbed by the body and helps to rebuild lost collagen- the most common protein in the body that is used to form a framework to support cells and tissue- through a series of treatments administered by one of our trained specialists.
Sculptra® is a poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA) collagen stimulator that helps revitalize collagen production and restore the deep, underlying structure and volume of the skin and diminish the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Sculptra® Face does more than simply "fill" face because it stimulates collagen production, which helps the skin naturally renew itself, giving your face a much more youthful appearance.
Unlike other fillers such as collagen or fat, Sculptra® can be injected selectively into deep lines around the mouth and nose to create a more natural look, and you can use this filler in combination with other injectable treatments such as Botox or Juvederm. We will work with you to find the best treatment to match your aesthetic goals and the condition of your skin.
PRF, the evolution of blood concentrate therapy, is a fibrin matrix comprised of platelet cytokines, cells, and growth factors and is used to help promote hair growth, skin rejuvenation, and wound healing.
PRF utilizes our own blood to get white blood cells, platelets, and fibrin for various aesthetic indications and uses the latest technologies to maximize natural body response without damaging its environment.
PRF works by isolating your own regenerative cells through as low and short centrifugation process, and the cells are then used for skin improvement purposes like facial rejuvenation and hair restoration.
The biggest reason why PRF is that much more effective than PRP is that it gives patients the same benefits as PRP, while also releasing more growth factors overtime, which means that it continues working for you even after the procedure is done.
Sculptra is an FDA-approved injectable that helps gradually stimulate collagen production to deliver natural looking results. Sculptra is naturally absorbed by the body and helps to rebuild lost collagen- the most common protein in the body that is used to form a framework to support cells and tissue- through a series of treatments administered by one of our trained specialists. Sculptra is a poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA) collagen stimulator that helps revitalize collagen production and restore the deep, underlying structure and volume of the skin to diminish facial wrinkles.