Nonsurgical and Injectables Treatments
Everyone tries to postpone lines and wrinkles from developing across their faces. Even with a diligent skin care routine, the signs of age will eventually appear. Natural tissue breakdown leads to the formation of these lines, and this process is expedited by sun damage, harsh environments, poor diet, tobacco use, and repeated facial movements.
Plastic surgery is available to target the wrinkles and volume loss brought on by the aging process; however, surgery is not right for everyone. Injectables and fillers offer a nonsurgical approach to the minimization of these concerns. These minimally invasive options involve no incisions, require minimal to no downtime, and provide immediate results.
BOTOX® CosmeticBOTOX® Cosmetic is a neurotoxin that minimizes expression lines like crow’s feet, frown lines, and forehead lines. This injectable treatment temporarily blocks chemical signals and immobilizes the muscles in the upper region of the face so that wrinkles cannot form. This treatment is a safe, effective, and stress-free way to smooth lines and wrinkles of the upper face. This treatment will only reduce dynamic lines—those caused by repeated muscle contractions. It will not address aging lines that are caused by the natural breakdown of tissues.
Jeuveau™This FDA-approved neuromodulator is similar to BOTOX® Cosmetic in its makeup and designated treatment areas. This treatment minimizes dynamic lines that form around the eyes and forehead. Jeuveau™ offers relief from severe frown lines and the restoration of a more rejuvenated appearance at a lesser cost than BOTOX® Cosmetic. Jeuveau™ is only designed for cosmetic use.
Injectable options include:
- JUVÉDERM® to treat moderate to severe facial lines like nasolabial folds
- JUVÉDERM® Ultra Plus to minimize severe nasolabial folds and marionette lines
- JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® XC to enhance cheek volume
- Restylane® to lessen moderate to severe wrinkles like smile lines
- Restylane® Silk to augment the lips and minimize lines around the lips
- Restylane® Lyft™ to correct volume loss in the face and hands
Injectable treatments are performed in-office in a matter of minutes.
A local anesthetic or topical numbing cream is applied to the skin around the injection sites to prevent any discomfort during the process. Many injectables also contain small traces of lidocaine to promote comfort even further.
A series of injections—using a fine needle—will be made depending on the size of your treatment area and the depth of your skin concern. Patients remain in the office for a few minutes before they can leave. Since this procedure is not performed under sedation or a strong anesthetic, patients can drive themselves to and from the treatment center.
Nonsurgical treatments require little to no downtime and minimal discomfort. Ice packs and cold compresses can be applied to the injection sites immediately following treatment to minimize redness and swelling.
Most patients return to their regular activities immediately following their treatment, but vigorous activity should be avoided for at least 24 hours to reduce the possibility of headaches.
Occasionally, slight bruising can occur at the injection sites. This is temporary and will fade in the following hours and days.
Dermal fillers restore volume and lessen deep creases immediately following injection. BOTOX® Cosmetic and Jeuveau™ treatments activate and smooth fine lines and wrinkles in the upper face within the first 24 to 36 hours.
The body eventually absorbs these products, and the results will diminish. BOTOX® Cosmetic and Jeuveau™ are known to last between three to four months, and dermal filler injections are estimated to last six months.
Every patient absorbs these injectables at their own rate. Therefore, it is difficult to estimate the exact length of your results.