What causes wrinkles?
Facial wrinkles and creases begin to appear as the underlying collagen and elastin fibers begin to break down and wear out. While this breakdown is part of the natural aging process, it can also result from excessive squinting, frowning, smoking and smiling. Until recently, many patients thought their only hope was a facelift. Now, by combining two of the most popular, FDA approved wrinkle fighters, Botox and Restylane, we can offer a simple, non-surgical alternative to a facelift. We use Botox to prevent new wrinkles from appearing and Restylane to fill the ones that you already have.
What is Botox?
Botox is the latest advancement in botulinum toxin therapy. It is used to safely, simply and effectively improve the appearance of frown lines, forehead creases and "crow's feet". By relaxing these under-lying muscles, Botox reduces the wrinkles. Botox is a remarkable treatment for dynamic wrinkles resulting from repeated use of facial muscles. Botox injections are safe and have been approved by the FDA for use in neurological disorders for over 30 years.
How does Botox work?
Botox actually prevents wrinkles from appearing by relaxing the underlying muscles so they don't contract. Botox blocks impulses from the nerve to the tiny facial muscles that arc related to expression lines. After treatment, the overlying skin remains smooth and unwrinkled while the untreated facial muscles contract in a normal fashion, allowing your normal facial expression to be unaffected.
What can I expect after my Botox and Restylane Treatments?
Studies have shown that combining Botox with Restylane can prolong the results of your treatment. Following Botox and Restylane injections, normal activities can be resumed immediately. Discomfort is minimal. The treatment sires may have a little swelling, which may last a few hours. There may be some slight bruising. Depending on the area treated, correction usually lasts from three to six months, and sometimes longer. If the lips are treated, initial swelling and tenderness may occur within the first several days, but subsides after two or three days.
Will treatment affect the way I apply cosmetics?
No. In fact, many of our patients are amazed at how much easier it is to apply their lipstick. Following treatment of the lips the little wrinkles that cause lipstick to "bleed" are gone. If wrinkles make you look older than you are, a non-surgical facelift can smooth them out and give you a more youthful and pleasant appearance. Botox and Restylane injections can postpone the need for a facelift or brow lift.
If you would like to look younger and more relaxed but are not ready for surgery, please give our office a call and schedule your consultation.