Injected with a very small needle, botox immobilizes the muscles that cause wrinkles and creases on the face, creating a more relaxed, smooth appearance. The most common areas treated include forehead lines, frown lines between the eyebrows, and crow's feet on the temples. No anesthesia is required.
Soft tissue fillers such as collagen and hyalaronic acid replace areas of lost volume in the skin. After applying local or topical anesthesia, physicians slowly inject the fillers in the desired areas. The most popular areas are the lips and cheek folds. The effects last several months.
Alexandrite (pigment) laser targets sun spots, brown birthmarks, and tattoos. This laser effectively removes brown spots on the skin and fades or eliminates blue, green, and black tattoos.
The gold standard in face and neck treatment, laser skin resurfacing removes wrinkles, brown pigment, and sun damage. The procedure permanently improves skin and can take years off your appearance, giving you a fresh, less tired look.
Radiesse (formerly Radiance) is a biocompatible, non-toxic, non-allergenic filler that reduces the appearance of wrinkles and skin folds around the mouth and nose, and fills certain scars. Popular for its long-lasting results, Radiesse benefits should be evident for two years or more.
For smoothing wrinkles, sculpting lips, and improving other facial features, Restylane injections are a growing favorite. Approved by the FDA in December 2003, Restylane can produce positive results on facial wrinkles, particularly around the mouth and nose. Another benefit is the long-lasting results, as the effects of Restylane treatments can last six months or more.
The Sculptra injection has been used throughout Europe since 1999 to improve the appearance of aging skin folds, indented chin surfaces, hollowed cheeks, and sunken eyes. Sculptra was recently introduced in the United States and has been climbing in popularity. The Sculptra filler provides up to 80 percent improvement in the treated areas. It produces results that are fully evident in three to six treatment sessions and lasts up to two years.