In Boston, BOTOX® Cosmetic is a popular nonsurgical option, but many people are unaware of the potential for other nonsurgical treatments to serve as an alternative to surgical procedures. Understanding the abilities of each treatment to enhance a specific area of a person’s face is the first step in successfully combining procedures.
When a person comes in for a consultation, I enjoy taking time to understand a person’s exact cosmetic goals and needs. For women and men with fine lines and wrinkles, I usually recommend a combination of procedures, including a dermal filler such as Sculptra®, RADIESSE®or JUVÉDERM® after skin tightening with radiofrequency, such as EndyMed™. Boston residents often use these procedures as a complement to their daily skin care, and as an alternative to facelifts.
BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dermal Fillers
Women and men often group nonsurgical procedures in one category, sometimes misunderstanding the specific uses of each treatment. It is important to understand the difference between BOTOX Cosmetic, a muscle relaxing protein, and dermal fillers which are used to restore lost facial volume. After years of specialized training, a Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon, adept in the artistry of non-surgical facial rejuvenation, is able to assess a face and provide a customized, tailor-made recipe for each person, with regards to the proportions and locations of the various fillers and Botox dosages, according to each person’s needs. A true liquid facelift restores youthful facial contours and also maintains the full range of natural facial expressions.
BOTOX Cosmetic is an excellent solution for women and men with fine lines between their eyebrows (glabellar lines), crow’s feet, forehead furrows, and creases around the mouth. It can also be used for a subtle, nonsurgical brow lift and also to lift the sagging corners of the mouth. This prescription medicine relaxes the offending down-pulling muscles, and people typically see results, including a nice lift, starting about 4 to 7 days after the treatment. The results last about 4 months. In the hands of a specialist who masters the artistry of BOTOX, this FDA-approved purified protein helps people look naturally younger and fresher whilst maintaining a full range of facial expressions.
RADIESSE® Volumizing Filler
As a person’s natural collagen breaks down, skin begins to lose its youthful volume. RADIESSE Volumizing Filler restores facial volume through its unique formulation of calcium-based microspheres suspended in a gel carrier. This treatment is FDA-approved and stimulates the production of the body’s own natural collagen for immediate results that can last for over a year.
JUVÉDERM® helps Boston women and men smooth away smile and vertical lip lines, plump up lips, and restore youthful facial contours. It also helps alleviate the hollowness that develops around the eyes. Remember that this is a very advanced procedure that can only be successfully performed by someone very experienced in this area. This smooth gel filler replaces hyaluronic acid in a person’s skin to restore volume that has diminishedover time. JUVÉDERM can be used to restore multiple areas at once, and can be used for people with varying skin types. Results last up to a year.
Sculptra is comprised of poly-L-lactic acid, and is designed for use in the deeper tissues of the face to replace lost volume. It stimulates collagen production for gradual and long lasting results that emerge over 2 or 3 months and last for up to 2 years. I routinely use Sculptra as a part of a gradual liquid face lift that can take years off without surgery.
Once a person understands the abilities of nonsurgical treatments to achieve a desired result, she or he can combine procedures for a youthful appearance on the entire face. Qualified facial plastic surgeons are extremely important in this process, helping people find easy and effective ways to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and achieve youthful facial contours.
Liquid facelifts are customized to suit a person’s specific needs, and many people use BOTOX Cosmetic as the foundation for their procedure. Next, surgeons can recommend dermal fillers to fill in areas of the face that have lost volume, such as folds that appear around the nose and mouth, hollow eyes and flat cheeks. The combination of these procedures provides women and men with restored volume and a smoother skin for an enhanced, youthful appearance.
Surgeons often recommend liquid facelifts for people that don’t need surgery, and there are a number of benefits to this noninvasive alternative. Liquid facelifts are often performed within the comforts of a doctor’s office, and women and men typically return to their daily activities immediately after a treatment. Liquid facelifts are also an economical alternative, providing women and men with a straightforward and effective way to achieve their cosmetic goals and thus enjoy the restoration of their youth.