After years of squinting, laughing, frowning, smoking, and worrying, the skin around the eyes and on the forehead will often develop deep lines and wrinkles called "expression lines." A frequent concern is that they often make you look older, tired, or stressed. By utilizing this FDA approved muscle-relaxing agent, expression lines can be significantly reduced.
Smile, laugh, frown, and make all the facial expressions you want and stop worrying about wrinkles!
How does BOTOX® Cosmetic work?
The contractions and movements of the facial muscles are controlled by signals from the brain. BOTOX® Cosmetic simply prevent the muscle from allowing responses to these messages. As a result, the muscle relaxes and the overlying skin remains unwrinkled and smooth.
What is treatment like?
With a very fine needle, BOTOX® Cosmetic is injected into the specific muscle that is contracting and causing the lines and wrinkles on the face. Once you are unable to make the expression that creates the wrinkle, the lines will diminish. Deep lines will not completely disappear but they will soften. Some patients with very deep lines may benefit from also havinga dermal filler. Treatment is effective, safe, and takes approximately 15 minutes. The pain is a minimal "pin prick" and no anesthetic is required.
How long does the treatment last?
The effects usually last three to four months, and fade away gradually. Following several treatments, the results may last four to eight months or longer.
Are there any possible side effects?
Side effects, if any, are usually mild and temporary. Temporary bruising is sometimes experienced, though this symptom resolves itself within two to three days. In rare cases, there can be a slight drooping of an eyelid or asymmetry of expression. If this should happen, please call our office.
What type of results will I see?
Typically, the effect of treatment is visible within three days. Maximum benefits are reached between 10 to 14 days. Once the muscle becomes dormant and the skin softens, you will have a more relaxed and youthful appearance.
Juvéderm® is a smooth consistency gel made of hyaluronic acid—a naturally occurring substance in your skin that helps to instantly restore your skin's volume and smooth away facial wrinkles and folds, like your “smile lines” or “parentheses” (nasolabial folds—the creases that run from the bottom of your nose to the corners of your mouth).
What can I Expect and How Long Will Treatment Last?
Because Juvéderm® injectable gel is a simple, nonsurgical wrinkle treatment, there is minimal recovery or downtime. So you can make an appointment for treatment —and get right back to your life.
Before you go: We recommend that you avoid any medications that can prolong bleeding, such as aspirin and non-steroidal anti-inflammatories for at least a week prior to treatment in order to reduce the risk of bruising and bleeding at the injection site.
We will examine the soft tissue of your face to assess the depth of wrinkles and folds to determine your treatment. Juvéderm® injectable gel is available in two formulations—Juvéderm® Ultra for versatility in contouring and volumizing facial wrinkles and folds, and Juvéderm® Ultra Plus, a robust formulation for volumizing and correcting deeper folds and wrinkles. This allows us to tailor treatment to your unique needs.
Although anesthesia is not required, topical or injectable anesthesia is available to numb the treatment area first. Juvéderm® is then injected under your skin to fill wrinkles and folds. Following the injection, your healthcare professional may gently massage the treated areas. The procedure is quick and easy. The injection itself usually takes only about 15 minutes. There is minimal recovery or downtime. You will see an immediate improvement in the treatment areas. Most individuals need one treatment to achieve optimal wrinkle smoothing.
And one treatment can smooth your lines and wrinkles for up to 1 year! Supplemental “touch up” treatments may be required to achieve and maintain optimal results.
Restylane® is long lasting cosmetic filler that provides dramatic results for improving the appearance of facial lines, wrinkles, and folds. This is a non-surgical solution to soften facial lines and wrinkles, restore volume and fullness to the skin, plump up lips, and fill in scars. Restylane® injected into the lips can give back fullness to lips that have receded. The cosmetic results are visible immediately, bestowing you with a more youthful and invigorated look.
What is the treatment like?
Restylane® is injected in small amounts under your skin to fill creases, lines, wrinkles, or folds. It is also injected around the lip area to create volume, resulting in a more youthful appearance. A skin test is not necessary prior to treatment, so treatment can be performed at any time. In order to optimize your comfort, the treatment area may be anesthetized with a topical cream or anesthetic block. Treatment results are immediately evident.
How long do the results last?
Depending on many factors, such as your lifestyle, age, and skin structure, your results may last as long as six months to a year or more. You may require a touch up treatment two to four weeks after the first treatment to achieve your desired result. Treatment to enhance the lips is reported to last much longer than treatment using standard collagen filler. When the effect of the treatment begins to diminish, you can replenish the area as needed.
What can I expect following treatment?
You can resume normal activities following treatment. The most commonly reported side effect has been redness and swelling at the injection site. These effects typically resolve within a few hours or, at most, a day or two. Results are immediately evident. Lines, wrinkles, and folds look softer and
your skin looks smooth.
Men and women of all ages are currently seeking better alternatives to maintaining healthy, youthful skin. Medical laser and intense pulsed light technology has evolved to provide non-invasive, "no down time" treatments for certain benign skin conditions. If you suffer from broken or raised capillaries/rosy cheeks, spider veins, birthmarks, port wine stains, Rosacea, or pigmented lesions such as age spots, sun spots and uneven pigmentation, laser skin treatments can provide a safe and effective alternative for you. Enjoy a more youthful appearance with skin rejuvenation!
What does treatment involve?
Light safely passes through the outermost layers of skin in search of the targeted vascular or pigmented lesions. Without damaging the surrounding skin, the laser's intense light is absorbed by the targeted lesion. The light energy is then converted to heat and this initiates the process of eliminating the lesion. The treated lesion will gradually fade or diminish. In many cases, smaller vessels or pigmentation spots are eliminated in one to two treatments. Medium or larger vessels may take additional treatments.
Laser treatment can be utilized for small facial areas or for the entire face. Recently, full-face treatments have become increasingly popular. Many people suffer from larger broken capillaries on their nose and cheeks and will have medium and smaller vessels on other facial areas. A full-face treatment will improve the overall facial appearance by creating a more uniform skin color and by smoothing the texture of the skin.
The laser hand piece quickly advances across the skin delivering pulses to the treatment site. A full-face treatment typically lasts anywhere from 20 to 40 minutes. Smaller areas, such as the nose, can be treated in 15 minutes. In some cases, a topical anesthetic cream is first applied to numb the treatment area. For a short period of time following treatment, a cold compress may be applied to soothe the possible appearance of slight swelling or redness of the skin. Treatments on the face, chest, neck, hands, legs, and abdomen are all done safely and quickly with laser technology.
How many treatments are required?
During your consultation, your skin's condition will be evaluated and a customized treatment program will be suggested. In some cases, only one or two treatments are required. However, in many cases three to five or more treatments will be required to achieve premium results. The number of treatment sessions will depend on the type of lesion to be treated, the location of the lesion on the body, and its size and color. In many cases, it is recommended that treatments applied to the face be repeated at three to four week intervals. The time intervals of your treatments will be determined during the consultation where many of these issues and concerns may be addressed.
Are there any side effects?
Side effects are rare. Immediately following treatment, the skin may appear flushed, brown-pigmented spots may appear darker, and capillaries may be more visible, before improvement takes place.
Newer technology with the Silk Peel system allows you to have all the benefits of microdermabrasion without the crystals! By utilizing a diamond tip on the resurfacing device, the Silk Peel leaves skin fresh and youthful by precisely exfoliating the dry, rough, damaged outer layer of skin. Depending upon your individual needs, Silk Peel treatments can also be customized by infusing the skin with cosmeceuticals to moisturize your skin, treat acne, or treat hyperpigmentation.
What are the benefits of a SilkPeel?
SilkPeel can improve:
- Skin Texture
- Uneven Skin Color
- Dull or Dry Patches
- Acne and Acne Scarring
- Rough, Thick or Dry Skin
- Clogged Pores and Blackheads
- Large Pores
- Fine Lines
- Sun Spots
- Age Spots
Skin is restored to a more youthful appearance and best of all there is no "down time".
Chemical Peels and ViPeel
Men and women alike share a common desire to have healthy, youthful skin. Exposure to the sun and the elements in combination with adverse living habits contribute to the appearance of our skin. Chemical peels are increasingly popular with those who are unhappy about acne scarring, sun-damaged skin, age spots, freckles, fine lines, rough skin, and uneven pigmentation.
What is a Chemical Peel?
Chemical peels are topically applied acids that aid in the restoration and rejuvenation of the skin's surface. They create a uniform and controlled shedding of several layers of the skin. Depending on the nature and depth of the peel, a significant number of layers can be exfoliated allowing new growth to be exposed, creating a fresh vibrant appearance.
Who are candidates?
Your skin type and the results you are aspiring to achieve will determine if you are a candidate, as well as which class of peel is most appropriate for you.
What are the benefits of a Chemical Peel?
Chemical peels can enhance your appearance by reducing blotchy and uneven pigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles, freckling, age spots, sun-damaged skin, and acne scars in a relatively brief measure of time. Chemical peels accelerate the production of new cells. Enjoy fresh smooth skin immediately after your first treatment!
What are the side effects?
Chemical peels have become increasingly popular because of the array of advantages and relative lack of complications. Side effects are rare and usually temporary. Some side effects include uneven pigmentation, redness, and very infrequent scarring if the skin is not cared for appropriately. Sun protection is crucial to minimize the risk of side effects. A treatment program of individually suited products and sun protection will benefit your skin's ability to maintain the results of the peel. You can decrease the likelihood of side effects by carefully following the instructions from your dermatologist.
Types of Chemical Peels:
Chemical peels are classified as superficial, medium, and deep peels.
Superficial Peel- This peel is designed to help smooth coarse, dry skin, improve the texture of sun-damaged skin, and even out skin tone. The recovery is generally rapid and usually involves some minor flaking. A series of treatments is ordinarily recommended to obtain the desired result over a period of time. Typically, there is no down time and with appropriate sun protection, you can resume regular activities immediately.
Medium Peel- Medium peels contain a stronger potency of acids. Medium peels target the epidermis and upper dermis and cause the skin to slough within five to seven days. Immediately after treatment the skin has a red appearance and is occasionally accompanied by swelling. Within a day the skin turns brown in color, and after three or four days the skin initiates the peeling process.
Deep Peel- Deep peels produce the most dramatic results. This peel is recommended for treating wrinkles, scars, blemishes and, in some cases, precancerous skin lesions. A deep peel targets the dermis. In some cases, anesthesia is required during the procedure to reduce the warm to hot stinging sensation. After a deep peel, the skin is red and can result in some swelling and blistering. A crust may form and the skin will turn brown just prior to peeling. Many layers of the skin will peel over a period of one to two weeks. An ointment may be given to keep the area moist. Temporarily, the new skin will have the color and sensation of significant sunburn, which will gradually fade to your normal skin color.