There is one question that I hear all the time in my office : How can I look younger without having plastic surgery. ‘Non-evasive’ is a new trend in medical care and in the field of dermatology there are a growing number of options that provide dramatic results without the risks associated with surgery.
Surgical procedures are effective but come with a lot of risk and often require a long recovery time. Surgical procedures can also sometimes change your image too drastically, leaving you unsatisfied with the results.
My philosophy is to renew you, not make a new you. Simply put, I aim to refresh and update your features with non-surgical methods. There are a variety of non-surgical options depending on the area and specific request. Many of these can be completed during an office visit and require minimal recovery time. Maintenance is easy with repeated office visits throughout the year.
The first area of options are collagen simulation fillers which are used to restore the volume that is lost as an effect of aging.
RADIESSE® : Best for smoothing moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds (such as nasolabial folds, the creases that extend from the corner of your nose to the corner of your mouth), this is a dermal filler which will plump the skin. RADIESSE is injected through a small needle and placed under the skin and will work immediately to add volume under the skin. Over time, the benefits continue by naturally stimulating your body’s own natural collagen. The results are proven to be immediate and long lasting – shown to last a year or more in many patients.
Juvederm Voluma : A deep injection in the cheek area to correct age-related volume loss, Jevederm offers an instant, natural-looking result that can last up to 2 years.
Sculptra Aesthetic : Injected into shallow to deep facial wrinkles, this filler is suitable for nasolabial folds, the lines framing your mouth and chin wrinkles. A full treatment of Sculptra Aesthetic (an average of three injections over a few months) can last over two years.
The second options are neuromodulators, which are used to reduce or even eliminate the lines on the forehead, between the eyebrows and around the eyes, by relaxing the muscles responsible for the development of lines and wrinkles. The muscles will gradually become relaxed allowing the skin to appear smooth and unwrinkled. Two common neuromodulators are:
Botox : Injected into muscles and used to temporarily improve the look of both moderate to severe crow’s feet lines and frown lines between the eyebrows. Results will be noticed in 24 to 48 hours and last up to 4 months.
Dysport: Smooths the appearance of moderate to severe frown lines without changing the look or movement of the rest of your face. In one 10-20 minute injection, Dysport has been prove to last up to 4 months.
With all of these products, no sedation or anesthesia is required and discomfort is usually minimal. Your Board Certified Dermatologist will discuss all available treatment options with you to help determine which is most appropriate for your needs.
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