Botox & other neuromodulators like Dysport or Xeomin
What is Botox?
Botox®is used to treat permanent furrows and deep wrinkles in the skin that are formed by the continual contraction of facial muscles. Manufactured by several different companies under the names listed above, it contains a purified and safe form of a neurotoxin (produced by the microbe that causes botulism.) The injections temporarily prohibit muscles from making expressions that leave dramatic lines and wrinkles. In addition to treating lines and wrinkles, it is used to treat a number of medical problems, including blepharospasms, excessive sweating, overactive bladder, neck spasms, crossed eyes, chronic back and jaw pain, and migraines.
What Can Be Treated With Botox?
Although originally approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of eye and muscle spasms, products like Botox were quickly recognized for there cosmetic value. Properly placed injections of Botox block nerve impulses sent to muscles, weakening them to the point where they cannot contract, and temporarily eliminating moderately severe furrows and lines. Botox is used to treat the following:
- Forehead lines
- Glabellar lines
- Crow’s feet at the outer corners of the eyes
- Skin bands on the neck
Botox Procedure And Results
Botox injections should only be given by qualified medical professionals. Using a very fine-gauged needle, it is injected directly into facial muscles that are causing the lines and wrinkles. Botox requires no anesthetic, but Dr. Pfeiffer uses a sensory distractor near the area being treated to make it more comfortable for you. Results can usually be seen within a few days of treatment, and typically last up to four months. Patients may retain results longer on areas that are treated regularly.
Botox Side Effects
The good news is that normal activities may be resumed immediately after receiving injections. Injection-site side effects of Botox are usually mild and temporary, and include the following:
As we age, not only do we develop wrinkles, but we begin to lose volume in areas of the face leaving a tired appearance. Dr. Pfeiffer and the Key-Whitman Cosmetic Center use several different products to treat hallowing around the mouth, lips, areas of the face. They include JUVÉDERM®, Volbella, Vollure, Radiesse, Restylane, and Voluma.
Facial Filler Treatment Process
Injections are administered in the office and take just a few minutes. Fillers are injected in the targeted areas to add volume or fill in wrinkles and folds. Dr. Pfeiffer may use topical and local anesthetic around the area to be treated before giving the injection and she uses a sensory distractor to reduce any discomfort during the treatment. Afterword, she may gently massage the treated area(s) to make it more comfortable for you.
Injectable Fillers Results
Results are visible immediately after injection; any swelling and bruising should subside during the few days after treatment. Ice can be applied to reduce swelling. Results from injectable fillers vary. Often, correction lasts from 6 to 9 months. It may last much longer, depending on the area being treated and the type of filler used. Dose adjustments may be required to achieve and obtain the best reduction of wrinkles and folds.
What are the side effects of facial fillers?
It’s important to have a qualified medical professional give injectable fillers because there are some serious risks. These include possible pain, bruising, vision loss, ischemia, and infections. Dr. Pfeiffer has extensive knowledge of anatomy and is very cautious in her approach to cosmetic fillers.