The cosmetic form of botulinum toxin is a popular injectable that temporarily reduces or eliminates facial fine lines and wrinkles. The most commonly treated areas are frown lines, forehead creases, crow's feet near the eyes. Several other areas have been treated such as thick bands in the neck, thick jaw muscles, lip lines and gummy smiles.
Botulinum toxin is a purified substance that's derived from bacteria. Injections of botulinum toxin block the nerve signals to the muscle in which it was injected. Without a signal, the muscle is not able to contract. The end result is diminished unwanted facial wrinkles or appearance. Common types of botulinum toxin type A injections include Botox®, Dysport®, Xeomin® and Jeuveau®. Botulinum toxin can be used to:
The FDA has approved the use of Botox® for the frown lines and crow's feet, while Dysport® and Xeomin® are approved for frown lines only. All other uses are considered "off label."
Juvederm is a family of injectable hyaluronic acid dermal fillers used to provide 9 months to one year of correction for moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, such as nasolabial folds (lines from the nose to the corners of the mouth). It is also used for lip augmentation.
There may be some discomfort during and after the injection. Juvederm is injected directly into the skin with a fine needle. Juvederm products contain the local anesthetic lidocaine to help lessen discomfort during injection
The Restylane family of products includes Restylane®, Restylane-L®, Restylane® Lyft with Lidocaine, Restylane® Silk, Restylane® Refyne, and Restylane® Defyne.
The most commonly observed side effects are swelling, redness, pain, bruising, headache, tenderness, lump formation, itching at the injection site, and impaired hand function.
In-office, medium-depth facial chemical peel procedures performed by professionally trained specialists to help reveal younger, healthier-looking skin one layer at a time.
The Obagi Blue Peel is a chemically superior peel that achieves optimum skin resurfacing by using slow-acting TCA (trichloroacetic acid) to remove dead skin cells and stimulate the production of new ones. The Obagi Blue Peel, formulated by internationally renowned dermatologist and chemical peel expert Dr. Zein Obagi, can be used alone or in conjunction with CO2 laser treatment or dermabrasion.
Obagi Blue Peel recovery time is relatively painless and last just seven to 10 days. The recovery time is shorter than with most resurfacing treatments due to the fact that it is a well-tolerated procedure that rarely produces erythema or inflammation.
Photorejuvenation is a cosmetic treatment that utilizes intense pulsed light (IPL), lasers or photodynamic therapy to improve the appearance of the skin. It can transform red, blotchy, sun-damaged skin into an even, more radiant complexion. It helps reduce and treat common skin problems such as:
Photorejuvenation only lasts about an hour and causes minimal discomfort while delivering excellent results.