Botox® Cosmetic & Facial Fillers
Performed at Southern Plastic Surgery in Duluth, GA (north of Atlanta).
At our parent practice, Southern Plastic Surgery, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. David Whiteman offers dermal injectables (i.e.- Botox®, Dysport®, and Restylane® treatments) to reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles and restore lost volume. No one likes to see wrinkles when they look in the mirror; unfortunately, years of sun exposure, repeated facial expressions, and the natural aging process inevitably lead to wrinkles if further action isn’t taken. There are two classes of injectables in the war on wrinkles: substances which relax the muscles causing the wrinkles, and those that fill the depressions created by the contracted muscles.
Botox® and Dysport® Wrinkle Treatments
Botox® and Dysport® are made with a purified form of botulinum toxin that temporarily relaxes the contracted muscles between and around the eyes that cause wrinkles. Most patients who receive Botox® or Dysport® injections see visible results for up to six months following the procedure. Wrinkle treatments with the injections typically take 10-15 minutes per injection area to be treated.
Wrinkle Reduction and Facial Filler Treatments with Restylane®, Restylane® Silk, Juvéderm®, Expression®, and Radiesse®
Like Botox® and Dysport®, facial fillers, like Restylane®, Juvéderm®, Expression®, and Radiesse® are all FDA approved for wrinkle reduction and increasing facial volume. However, unlike botulinum-based products, fillers are composed of different molecular versions of hyaluronic acid. Restylane® Silk is unique because it is formulated for lip enhancement. This naturally occurring substance is abundant in youthful skin, but diminishes with age. These hyaluronic products, also known as facial fillers, are safe and effective in removing wrinkles of the face and adding lost volume to thinned areas of the cheeks or lips. The smooth, large molecule composition of Juvederm® makes it the filler of choice to treat severe facial wrinkles and depressed areas. The effects of most facial fillers are visible for 6-12 months, but results are largely dependent upon the region of the face being treated.
Radiesse®, unlike the other injectables mentioned above, is comprised of calcium hydroxyapatite to correct moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds. Radiesse® provides long-lasting (up to 1 year) effects because the main ingredient stimulates the body’s own natural collagen production. Aside from filling in frown lines and naso-labial folds, Radiesse® can also add volume to lips and cheeks.
All of these procedures are minimally invasive with no downtime, so you can show off your results almost immediately! At Laser Lights, our Registered Nurse offers Restylane® injections, while our double board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. David Whiteman offers Restylane® Silk, Radiesse®, Expression®, and more at Southern Plastic Surgery in Duluth.
I’ve heard the results of dermal injectables are temporary, how long do Botox® results usually last?
Muscle relaxing dermal injectables and facial fillers are made with different substances; therefore, each product’s results will last a different amount of time. On average, the results of wrinkle relaxing injectables, like Botox® and Dysport®, made of purified botulinum last 3-4 months. The results of dermal fillers made of hyaluronic acid like Restylane®, Expression®, and Juvéderm® last up to six months.
What is facial rejuvenation?
Facial rejuvenation is the term used to describe any cosmetic skin procedure designed to make the face appear more youthful. Common facial rejuvenation procedures include: wrinkle treatments with dermal injections, facial filler injections, chemical peels, mircrodermabrasion, microneedling, and laser skin resurfacing.
How long do Dysport® injections take?
The treatment time for wrinkle-reducing Dysport® injections varies depending on the number of areas being treated. Most injection procedures take 10-15 minutes per area to eliminate facial wrinkles.
Can anything be done to erase the deep lines around my mouth?
Perioral wrinkles and marionette (smile lines) around the mouth can be treated with injections of facial filler like Juvederm® and Restylane® or laser skin resurfacing treatments. Products like Radiesse® can also be injected to enhance lips and make them appear fuller.
How do I determine which injectable is right for me?
There are several options to explore when it comes to dermal filling. During a consultation at Southern Plastic Surgery, Dr. David M. Whiteman will take the time to discuss all of your options and explain the differences in each product. After we listen to your specific concerns, we will help you determine a wrinkle treatment plan that will help you achieve your desired facial enhancement results.
Minimal recovery time is required after a facial fillers treatment. Patients can usually return to normal activities right after treatment, but we do recommend that they avoid strenuous exercise or activity and over-exposure to the heat or sun to minimize the risk of any side effects.
Please contact Southern Plastic Surgery in Duluth, just north of Atlanta, GA at (770) 622-9100 for more information. You can also email us at email@example.com.