BOTOX®, Skin & Dermal Fillers, Laser Skin Procedures, and Skin Care Products
There are a number of plastic surgical procedures that do not require surgical incisions to achieve a cosmetic benefit. Dr. Weeter may recommend several types of injectable wrinkle reducers, wrinkle fillers, fat grafting by injection, laser treatments for skin improvements, and skin care products.
The wrinkle reducer injections block the nerve impulses that cause the muscle contractions responsible for creating expression lines on the face. These anti-aging injectable medications can weaken those muscles of expression, which then reduce the lines of expressions that created some wrinkles, folds or furrows. There are currently two FDA approved Botulinum Type A medications which can relax these muscles that cause the expression lines responsible for some wrinkling. These injectables are BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport. Commonly injected sites include the mid- and lower face, and the glabella, which is the area between the eyebrows responsible for "frown lines". BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport are also commonly injected in the forehead region, at the outer corners of the eyes (crow's feet), on either side of the mid-chin (to treat a down-turned mouth), and in the neck (to treat neck bands or visible chords).
The wrinkle fillers are substances injected in the lower layer of the skin or just beneath the skin into underlying soft tissues. Their purpose is to fill out facial wrinkles, creases and depressed scars. They can also be used to fill out and enhance the facial contours for an improved aesthetic or cosmetic appearance-one usually associated with youth or beauty.
Some of the most commonly injected facial rejuvenation fillers are Restylane, Juvederm, and Radiesse. Commonly injected sites are around the mouth and cheeks, such as the naso-labial fold that extends from the nose toward the corner of the mouth. Other areas that may benefit from injectable fillers can smooth out creases and signs of aging in the middle to lower face as well as the chin and jawline. Radiesse has an additional indication to provide some volume and lift in the area of the cheekbones and cheeks which have diminished or settled with aging. More information about Radiesse, which explains how it works and shows real patient's results, can be seen at Radiesse.com
Fat grafting by injection can harvest small amounts of fat from elsewhere on the patient and implant it to augment areas that have lost a youthful contour.
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BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport injections are used to smooth out wrinkles caused by the activity of the muscles of facial expression. Wrinkles are caused by both the activity of the muscles of facial expression and by loose skin. Loosening of the skin is a consequence of the aging process, sun (and UV light in tanning beds), and cigarette smoking. As the skin loosens, muscle contraction causes wrinkles and furrows. When these are injected into specific muscles, they cause a temporary paralysis of these facial muscles so that they cannot contract and cause the wrinkles. Another use is to weaken the depressor muscles below the lateral eyebrow, which permits the muscles above the eyebrow give a lift that may last a number of months.
BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport treatments are becoming increasingly more popular for several reasons. The treatment is effective and lasts about 6 months. It is less costly than surgical procedures. There is little or no down time for healing or follow-up care, such as suture removal. Patients can return to work or face the public after treatment. Some candidates for removal of frown lines may wish to have a temporary correction with Botox prior to committing to a permanent improvement with a forehead/brow lift.
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OTHER USES OF BOTOX® COSMETIC & DYSPORT
The patient identifies the area to be treated. The patient contracts the muscle that causes the wrinkling to define the muscle to be treated. The BOTOX® Cosmetic or Dysport are injected into the muscle. The benefits of the treatment become evident over several days.
BOTOX® can be used prior to the need for other facial cosmetic procedures, such as facelift, blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery), forehead lift, laser resurfacing, or peels. The Obaji and Dermesse Skin Care Programs can be used for facial rejuvenation, too.
Laser Resurfacing and Chemical Resurfacing Peels
Laser rejuvenation of one's facial skin can improve the complexion of the skin's color, texture, and vascularity, as well as tighten it to decrease wrinkling. Chemical peels and modern laser resurfacing are useful procedures that do not require surgical incisions. Dr. Weeter uses several types of lasers or peels for specific types of improvement. The CO2 laser reduces wrinkles, tightens the skin, and helps re-establish a more uniform complexion. It may also remove some sun damaged, and possibly pre-malignant, skin conditions. A special laser for vascular conditions can diminish prominent blood vessels of areas such as the cheeks and around the nose. Other lasers can treat "sun spots."
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RECUPERATION AND HEALING
Wrinkles and Soft Tissue Fillers
Like BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport, the use of various wrinkle and soft tissue contour fillers is an office procedure.
There are a number of new injectable filler products that improve and reshape the contours of the face and the skin's wrinkling to help rejuvenate. They restore volume loss to improve contours or plump up areas that have lost their youthful shape. They can fill in and stretch out wrinkles as well. Some of the best know include Restylane, Radiesse, Juvaderm, and Captique. Doctor Weeter injects them as office procedures to restore volume loss from the aging process to temporarily smooth out facial lines and wrinkles. Examples of areas that can be treated include: frown lines between the eyebrows, prominent naso-labial folds between the cheek and lips, vertical lip lines, and the hollowed depression in front of the jowls.
Skin Care Products
Skin care products compliment the benefit of both the surgical procedures and the non-surgical (non-invasive) to achieve a more youthful skin. These physicians prescribed skin care products were developed to refine and restore the complexion of the skin at the cellular level. They can help correct sun damaged changes and help prevent further UV damage. Doctor Weeter recommends prescription strength ingredients that are not available over the counter. Some of the products available include the OBAGI Nu-Derm System, Dermesse products, Kinerase, and other fine products. The benefits found are a more healthy and youthful skin that is smoother with fewer fine lines and wrinkles, less roughness, firmer, and loss of age and sun-related brown spots.
NOTE: The specific risks and the suitability of this procedure for you may be determined only at the time of consultation. All surgical procedures have some degree of risk. All of this web site content, and any email responses to your inquiries are strictly for general informational and educational purposes. It is not medical advice and should not be taken as medical advice. It should not be used to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease. It is not meant to be a substitute for professional medical care.
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