Before BOTOX® Cosmetic
After BOTOX® Cosmetic
Patients often seek treatments for facial aging that is not surgical and minimally invasive. In addition, patients who have had surgery seek methods to maintain their surgical result as long as possible while minimizing the effects of aging.
Although the media often likes to link the now house-hold terms of "Botox® and Restylane®" it is important to note that these treatments are not similar at all. Botox is designed for the elimination of dynamic lines and to soften static lines. Restylane® is designed to fill static lines and deep nasolabial folds, and augment the lips.
Static Lines: Static lines are facial wrinkles, or rhytids that appear at rest. This means that the lines are present when the patient is not smiling, frowning, etc. They occur as a result of the weakening (loss of elasticity of collagen links) and loss of plumpness (subdermal atrophy) of skin with age. They are best treated with dermal fillers (Restylane® or Perlane®) and skin resurfacing (Chemical Peels or Laser Skin Resurfacing) and/or the removal of excess skin with face-lifting (Rhytidectomy).
Dynamic Lines: Dynamic Lines are the result of the folding of skin static lines during facial animation (frowning, smiling, etc.). Dynamic lines can be softened with surgical and laser treatment, but never eliminated because they are a result of facial muscle movements. The only way to dramatically soften or eliminate dynamic lines is with Botox treatments at intervals of 3-4 months regularly. This is especially true of smile lines around the eyes.
BO®TOX® Cosmetic can be used to make a dramatic improvement in the lines of expression we see on our foreheads, between our eyebrows and around our eyes. BOTOX® is a purified protein administered in a simple non-surgical procedure that temporarily improves the appearance of moderate to severe "frown lines".
During treatment, very low doses of BOTOX® Cosmetic are administered via a few tiny injections. "Frown lines" are caused by overactive facial muscles. BOTOX® Cosmetic is injected intramuscularly, blocking the chemicals that cause facial muscles to contract, thereby relaxing them. You can expect to see results within days after treatment. The appearance of "frown lines" may continue to improve for up to a week. Visible results can last up to 4 months. Individual results may vary, be sure to talk to Dr. Lee about what you can expect.
BOTOX has been used therapeutically for over 75 years to treat a variety of medical conditions. Only licensed and trained healthcare professionals have the experience necessary to administer BOTOX® Cosmetic.
Restylane® / Perlane®
Restylane® / Perlane® is a safe and natural cosmetic dermal filler that restores volume and fullness to the skin to correct moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, such as nasolabial folds (folds from the nose to the corners of the mouth).
Restylane® / Perlane® is made of non-animal based hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance that already exists in the human body and is used to provide volume and fullness to the skin. Unlike rooster-derived hyaluronic acid-based products, Restylane® / Perlane® is free from animal proteins. This quality limits any risk of animal-based disease transmission or allergic reaction.
Restylane® / Perlane® requires no pre-testing and the effects generally last for about six months. Restylane®/Perlane® is injected directly into the skin in tiny amounts by an ultrafine needle, resulting in minimal discomfort. The procedure is simple and convenient, and the results are practically instantaneous.
Radiesse® is a safe dermal filler that lasts longer than the former leading filler and is used to treat and correct smile lines and moderate to severe nasolabial folds and wrinkles around the nose and mouth. Radiesse® cannot be used in the lips. Immediately upon injection, Radiesse® restores fullness to smooth out the signs of aging. Radiesse® not only smooths out the signs of aging, it keeps working with your body by stimulating your own natural collagen-giving you those longer lasting results.
Other Dermal Filler Options
We offer other dermal filler options such as Juvederm® and Prevelle Silk®.