The wrinkles caused by the everyday smile, laughing and frowning are the result of muscular contraction. The facial muscles have threads of attachments to the skin. When the muscles contract, the skin buckles, resulting in the mimetic wrinkles. The more you show your emotions, the deeper and more wrinkled you appear. We have been relatively unsuccessful treating these deeper mimetic wrinkles until now. The most recent advance is a procedure known as cosmetic denervation using BOTOX® Cosmetic. This is used to improve and soften the appearance of crow’s feet, frown lines, laugh lines, and other dynamic wrinkles.
The goal of aging gracefully just keeps getting easier to obtain. The development of neurotoxins and other injectables are now routinely used to fight the effects of gravity and aging. Jeuveau™ is a recent advancement that is sitting alongside Botox® as an option for facial rejuvenation.
The Jeuveau™ injectable is made using the same 900 kDa protein that is found in Botox®, classifying it as a neuromodulator. As such, the FDA-approved cosmetic drug smoothes lines and wrinkles by relaxing muscle contractions. Jeuveau™ can also be used preventatively to prevent new lines from developing.
DYSPORT® is an FDA-approved injection treatment that reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by relaxing facial muscles on the forehead. Similar to BOTOX® Cosmetic, DYSPORT® is injected directly into the site of wrinkles to prevent the underlying muscles from contracting. However, DYSPORT® can diffuse muscles one to three centimeters from the injection point, while Botox can only reach as far as one centimeter, allowing for results that reach further areas with just a single injection.
With age, most people notice that their face takes on “weight” at the lower region. A youthful face is more V-shaped, with structure and contours angling from wider to narrower as we look down the face. An aging face is shaped more like a square; its sharper angles along the jawline soften and sag and lines form around the nose and mouth.
The signs of aging can be dramatically reduced and even reversed through the strategic use of dermal fillers like Juvéderm.
Restylane is a long-lasting cosmetic filler that provides dramatic results for improving the appearance of facial lines, wrinkles and folds. This non-surgical solution restores volume and fullness to the skin, plumps up lips, and fills in Restylane® is a clear gel formulation of hyaluronic acid, a natural sugar found within the body that provides youthful volume and elasticity to the skin. As hyaluronic acid is lost during the natural aging process, facial volume is diminished and wrinkles begin to develop. Restylane® can help fight these signs of aging by restoring volume and fullness, while softening moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds. Restyalne® injected into the lips restores fullness. The cosmetic results are visibly immediate, bestowing you with a more youthful and invigorated look.
KYBELLA® is the first FDA-approved product that can safely melt away chin fat, also known as submental fat, or “double chin.” This procedure is a non-invasive treatment to fat removal below the chin.
KYBELLA® injections offer a safe alternative to other products used in the past to melt body fat, such as animal enzymes. Such products had severe complications and had to be taken off the market after a few months. KYBELLA ™ is a synthetic product made from deoxycholic acid, but it is very similar to the human gallbladder enzyme, which breaks down fat during digestion
In order to combat thinning lips, we use a Volbella injection that can provide the tissue within the lips the right amount of necessary hyaluronic acid (HA) to restore lost volume and enhance natural lip contours. Unlike many of the previously used dermal fillers for lip augmentation and enhancement, Volbella will last up to one full year. Volbella is a smooth gel that is injected directly into the lips, focusing on the lip border, to provide shape and fullness to lips that were always on the thinner side, or those that have lost their shape. Injections using Volbella are done by following the natural shape of the lips, starting in the top lip so that the bottom lip can be measured and shaped to proportion and match evenly to its partner.
Sculptra® Aesthetic injectable is used to reverse the signs of facial fat loss that occur with aging. By restoring collagen, which decreases as the body ages, it fills out shallow-to-deep wrinkles and folds that run from the sides of the nose to the corners of the mouth (nasolabial folds). It is not appropriate for use in the eye and lip areas.Sculptra Aesthetic’s main component is an alpha hydroxy acid called poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA), which is a safe and long-lasting synthetic (artificially created), biocompatible (can be used harmlessly in the body), biodegradable (able to be broken down by the body) substance. PLLA has been used for more than 20 years in many surgical products, including dissolvable sutures and soft-tissue implants.
Most of us would love to have full, shapely lips. Whether you’ve always been unhappy with your thin lips, or whether they’ve become thinner with the passing years, you’d love to exchange your lips for a fuller, more kissable pair. But you’re not interested in dermal filler injections every 6 months or so. There is a way to have fuller lips permanently. It’s a surgical procedure performed by Dr. Foster at our two locations called lip advancement.