BOTOX® injections can improve the appearance of worry lines, frown lines, laugh lines, crow's feet and other dynamic wrinkles. Dynamic wrinkles are caused by contractions of the delicate underlying facial muscles every time you smile, laugh or frown. BOTOX Cosmetic is a purified protein produced by the Clostridium botulinum bacterium, which reduces the activity of the muscles that causes the lines to form over time.
Botox relaxes the muscles so they do not contract. After treatment, the overlying skin becomes smooth and unwrinkled, while the untreated facial muscles contract in a normal fashion, allowing normal facial expression to be unaffected.
One 10-minute treatment—a few tiny injections—and within days there can be a noticeable improvement in moderate to severe frown lines. The results can last up to 4 months but results do vary patient to patient.
To help reduce the line and wrinkles of the facial skin that come with aging, injectable fillers are used to “fill in” the areas of the face could benefit from a bit of plumping to achieve a more youthful appearance. Fillers are synthetic materials that are injected into the face to increase lip, cheek, or chin volume. Fillers can also be used to reduce the nasolabial fold and to fill in creases in the skin. These dermal filler injections typically cause a consistent subtle improvement in areas of the face that lie below the eyes. Results can be seen immediately after the injection, with little or no recovery time.
The application of any facial filler is as much an art as it is science. Our doctors have the skill and experience to make the results look natural and symmetric. The choice of filler also depends on the skin type and desired look of the patient.
The fillers we primarily offer include JUVEDERM®, RADIESSE®, and Restylane®. Drs. Martin and Cirillo are happy to discuss what you might achieve with the use of fillers and which one is best for your individual concerns. At Aspen Institute for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery only Drs. Martin and Cirillo administer dermal filler injections.
Hylaronic Acid Gel, such as Juvederm and Restylane, is injected as filler for attenuating deep skin folds and wrinkles, and for soft tissue augmentation such as lip plumping. Hylaronic acid is a naturally occurring substance that gives soft tissue its bulk and "feel". Restylane is a synthetic substance, with a very low risk of causing allergic reactions. Juvederm and Restylane are extracted and purified from biologic sources. Both materials are gradually reabsorbed, with a cosmetic result that can last up to a year.
Radiesse consists of tiny calcium-based microspheres that form a “scaffold” to support and stimulate the growth of your own collagen. Over time, the calcium-based microspheres gradually break down and are safely and naturally absorbed by your body. Radiesse rebuilds your skin’s foundation without the risks associated with a permanent implant. Results can last up to 18 months.