Botox® is a relatively new procedure using Botulinum Toxin which was developed to treat the visual signs of aging by reducing or removing wrinkles. The procedure is considered a safe, effective way of treating aging skin. Common areas for Botox® injections include horizontal forehead furrows, vertical lines between the eyebrows and "crow's feet" around the eyes. Botox® has proven to be the best non-surgical form of facial rejuvenation and is capable of producing phenomenal improvements in your appearance.Reasons for Considering a Botox Treatment:Excessive facial wrinkles.Large wrinkles or furrows in your forehead.Small wrinkles or “crow’s feet” around your eyes.A vertical “frown line” between your eyebrows.General ProcedureThe procedure works by altering the facial muscles beneath the skin that are related to wrinkles. A cream with local anesthetic will be placed on your skin prior to treatment, and ice will be immediately applied upon completion of the Botox® treatment. Typically a small amount (1-2 cc’s) of Botox® is injected into the area of the wrinkle. Botox® works by blocking the impulses from the nerve to the facial muscles, thereby relaxing them. The result is the underlying facial muscles relax and the skin begins to smooth out. The effects of a Botox® treatment will last approximately three to six months after which the patient may choose to repeat the procedure.Recovery ProcessPatients generally return to their normal activities immediately after the procedure, however following the post-procedure guidelines will dramatically reduce the length and intensity of the recovery period. Patients should avoid engaging in heavy physical exercise, applying cosmetics, or laying down flat for a minimum of 4 hours after the injections. It is also advisable to avoid rubbing or massaging the injected area for at least 24 hours.
The Restylane family of products includes Restylane, Restylane-L®, Perlane®, and Perlane-L®. These products can be used individually to add volume and fullness to the skin to correct moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, such as the lines from your nose to the corners of your mouth (nasolabial folds). Restylane is also FDA approved for lip enhancement in patients over 21 years, and is uniquely formulated to give your lips fullness and definition. Restylane is the first and only FDA-approved dermal filler for lip enhancement in patients over 21 years. And that's great news—because who doesn't want beautiful lips? After all, lips play a central role in our sensual and emotional life—think attractive, youthful, kissable.So it's only natural with all this focus on lips, that lipstick is one of the most-purchased cosmetics. It's also natural to want to enhance the appearance of our lips if we feel that their shape or proportions are not well matched to our unique facial structure. Plus, as we age, our lips may lose volume. And using makeup to hide these flaws often has limited results. Restylane is one investment in beauty that you don't wash off your face every night—so lips look great 24/7 for up to six months. Restylane provides the fullness and definition you can't get with lipstick or other cosmetics. In fact, just one treatment gives you beautiful, natural-looking lips for as long as six months. This may be the right time to consider a professional treatment with Restylane—you'll get lips that say "you"—beautiful, natural looking, and just the way you want them. Ask your doctor if Restylane is right for you. After treatment, you might have some swelling, redness, pain, bruising, or tenderness. These are typically mild in severity and normally last less than14 days in lips. Swelling may be more likely in patients under 36 years, and bruising may be more likely in patients over 35 years.