In many cases, facial rejuvenation only requires subtle nuances to help you look and feel your best. Non-surgical aesthetic procedures are an excellent option to improve facial contours, skin texture and to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Alternatively, they can also be used in conjunction with surgical procedures to improve final outcomes.
Aging is a natural process and cannot be stopped. Non-surgical aesthetic procedures are an excellent option for reducing the signs of aging.
Improving facial contours and skin texture begins with the basics. A good skin care routine incorporates a daily regimen to cleanse, moisturize and protect. Fine lines and wrinkles, scarring, hyperpigmentation and the risk of certain skin cancers can be minimized, and in some cases prevented with a good daily regimen. Since genetic factors cannot be changed, it is important to create the best environment for your skin to thrive. Glowing healthy skin also helps maintain and improve surgical outcomes.
Botulinum toxin is produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. In the late 1970s, an ophthalmologist, Dr. Alan B. Scott, received FDA approval to study the effects of the drug on patients with crossed eyes. Approximately 10 years later botulinum toxin approved to treat abnormal facial movements. Since the 1980s, through additional research and trials, botulinum toxin has been identified as a safe and effective option for many therapeutic and cosmetic indications.
Around the eyes, botulinum toxin can minimize wrinkles temporarily for 4 to 6 months, however repeated injections are required for maintenance. There are many ways to incorporate botulinum injections into aesthetic rejuvenation. Injections may be an alternative to more invasive approaches for some or offered as an option to supplement surgical results.
Botulinum type A injections, which are better known by their brand names Botox (needs the raised R in a circle), Dysport(needs the raised R in a circle), or Xeomin (needs the raised R in a circle)continue to remain on the list of most popular cosmetic procedures.
Dermal fillers are another option for minimally invasive facial rejuvenation and offer very gratifying results. With age our faces lose subcutaneous fat, our muscles become closer to the skin and lines and wrinkles become more apparent.
Fillers are commonly injected around the mouth and midface to plump and smooth contours and restore fullness. Additionally, some fillers may stimulate collagen production. Early on the in the aging process, injectables (botulinum and fillers) are an excellent option. Injectables are also commonly used in conjunction with surgical rejuvenation to improve overall results.
Dermal filler selection is typically based on a number of factors including preference, location of injection and desired duration.