How skin ages and wrinkles is a complex process and happens from a combination of many factors. As part of this aging process, your own natural collagen breaks down, diminishing facial volume. This loss of elasticity and volume results in wrinkles, facial lines and skin laxity that rob your skin of its youthful appearance.
Botox is an injectable made by Allergan that improves the appearance of frown and forehead lines, crow’s feet that result from age, stress and overactive muscles. This natural, purified protein, injected in very low doses, relaxes the overactive muscles that cause unwanted facial lines to form. Botox has been used for more than 11 years to treat one million patients worldwide. Botox has been proven as a safe and effective therapy and approved for cosmetic use by the FDA.
There are minimal side effects associated with Botox injections, however some patients might experience slight swelling of the treated area. Following a Botox treatment, the area usually takes about 5-10 days to soften and the results last between 3-5 months or longer if you follow recommendations for maintenance treatments. A repeat maintenance treatment should be performed after that time. Over time, patients require less frequent visits as they break the habit of contracting frown lines and other muscles of facial expression.
Dysport is an injectable form of botulinum toxin Type A approved to treat forehead wrinkles and frown lines in the U.S., and has been used to treat neurological disorders outside the United States for more than 15 years. Initial reports suggest that Dysport may act quicker than Botox. Botox takes three to five days to work, while Dysport seems to work within one to two days. In some cases, wrinkles begin to fade as soon as 24 hours after receiving Dysport treatment. This rapid response could be the deciding factor for anyone looking to improve their appearance before a big social event.
Bellafill is an FDA approved dermal filler made of sterile polymethlymethacrylate (PMMA) micospheres in a purified bovine collagen gel carrier. Bellafill is a dual-acting injectable dermal filler. The collagen provides immediate volume below pitted scars or nasolabial folds to lift them to the level of the surrounding skin. Results are immediate and long lasting.
Belotero is a dermal filler that improves superficial lines and moderate-to-severe facial wrinkles and folds. It is different from other hyaluronic acids because it is a soft cohesive gel that can be molded and shaped creating an even and smooth surface. This soft cohesive gel hyaluronic acid also enables treatment of vertical lip lines and superficial lines and wrinkles without the fear of nodules forming. Belotero is capable of reaching the gaps of the dermal matrix resulting in an airbrushed look. It is a safe and effective treatment approved for cosmetic use by the FDA.
Juvéderm is a hyaluronic acid in injectable form used to fill in facial lines and wrinkles. The hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance in the body that dissipates gradually with age. Juvéderm is the only hyaluronic acid dermal filler developed using an advanced manufacturing process resulting in a malleable gel that flows easily into the skin and creates a smooth, natural look and feel. All other hyaluronic acid dermal fillers currently on the market, including Restylane are granular consistency gels which are more likely to create lumps. Juvéderm is a replacement source that helps maintain the hydration of tissues.
Radiesse is an injectable that effectively reduces lines between the nose and the mouth, diminishes blemishes, renews fullness of the lips and restores natural cheek contours while filling in smile and frown lines. Radiesse is a synthetic compound comprised of microspheres of calcium hydroxylapatite, combined with a gel. The result is a creamy substance that feels like your natural facial features. Popular for its long-lasting results, Radiesse benefits should be evident for two years or more.
Restylane can add fullness and volume to the skin to correct moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds. Restylane contains lidocaine, which is a numbing medication to alleviate discomfort during treatment. Restylane is made with hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is naturally found in your body to help maintain a healthy youthful appearance. The dermal fillers are injected mid to deep within the dermis to correct moderate to severe facial wrinkles like nasolabial folds. Laugh lines (nasolabial folds) is the area that extends from the nose to the corners of the mouth. These lines are usually the first signs of aging. Laugh, marionette, and lipstick lines and corners of the mouth can be treated with Restylane.
Restylane Silk is the first and only FDA-approved product specifically designed for subtle lip enhancement and the smoothing of wrinkles and lines around the mouth. It is made of hyaluronic acid in a clear gel form to provide natural-looking results.
Restylane Lyft is part of the Restylane family of dermal fillers. Restylane Lyft can add fullness and volume to the skin to correct moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds. It offers larger particles in its formula to penetrate deep into the dermis and superficial subcutis. The gel particles are higher than in Restylane because the injection goes deeper into the dermis to combat wrinkles and folds. Results are immediate and can last up to 6 months.