When wanting to treat fine lines and wrinkles, Peninsula Plastic Surgery offers several options of neurotoxin or botulinum toxin A, catering to each individual patient’s preference. Botox® Cosmetic is the most well-known brand name for a type of botulinum toxin (type A), however equally effective in some patients are Dysport, Jeuveau and Xeomin. When injected in small doses into specific facial muscles, the neurotoxin acts as a muscle relaxant, thereby minimizing the appearance of certain facial wrinkles.
NEUROTOXIN IS SAFE
Since Botox is a purified toxin and contains no organism, it does not have the capacity to multiply and spread. Thus, its only known effect takes place where it is injected and where it is moved via massage. No anesthesia is required, however, numbing cream is available for patients if needed.
GOALS OF INJECTABLES
From a cosmetic standpoint, neurotoxin softens or completely erases facial lines or wrinkles, including vertical lines between the eyebrows, crow’s feet, forehead furrows and lines at the borders of the lips.
Botox has more recently been used for treatment of severe hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating of the underarms) for individuals unable to obtain relief using antiperspirants. It has been shown to result in an 82-87% decrease in sweating. Results are noticeable approximately 2 to 4 days after treatment with the full effects within 2 weeks. Dryness typically lasts 4 to 12 months. While sweating is an essential body function for temperature-control, the underarms are home to less than 2% of the body’s sweat glands. The temporary interruption of these sweat glands’ function, has little to do with regulating body temperature.
Our certified injectors use neurotoxin to actually move certain structures on the face. For example, these doctors can produce some eyebrow elevation by injecting the muscles that normally pull them downward. They can flatten some muscle bands on the neck by simply injecting them. Because plastic surgeons are without question the masters of facial anatomy, they are uniquely able to produce amazing improvements and avoid complications.
Results can be seen in as little as 3 days and usually last 3-5 months. Patients state that, after undergoing multiple sessions of neurotoxin, their results tend to last longer than 6 months.
Side effects are few, rare and minimal. Some patients experience mild bruising at the injection site. Unwanted muscle weakness, eyelid weakness and allergic reactions are all rare potential complications.
The staff at Peninsula Plastic Surgery is pleased to offer Juvederm and Restylane injections to correct facial lines and folds, add volume to the cheeks and lips, contour the jawline and restore volume to the hands. These products are composed of hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance in the skin.
We carry the following fillers from Juvederm & Restylane:
Juvederm Ultra - used to treat moderate/severe lines around the nose and mouth & plump the lips
Juvederm Ultra Plus - used to treat moderate/severe lines around the nose and mouth & plump the lips
Juvederm Volbella - used to treat lips, vertical lip lines & tear troughs
Juvederm Vollure - used to treat moderate/severe lines around the nose & mouth
Juvederm Voluma - used to treat the cheeks, chin & severe folds of the lower face
Juvederm Volux - used to contour & define the jawline
Kybella - used to destroy submental fat (double chin)
Restylane - used to treat lips, moderate to severe facial wrinkles & tear troughs
Restylane Refyne - used to treat moderate smile & laugh lines, peri-oral lines and lips
Restylane Defyne - used to treat moderate/deep smile and laugh lines and to enhance the chin
Restylane Silk - used to treat lines around the mouth and lips
Restylane Lyft - used to treat laugh line, cheeks and hands
Restylane Kysse - used to add volume to the lips and treat peri-oral lines
Restylane Contour - used to add volume and contour the cheeks
Our providers have been using dermal fillers for over 15 years and have performed these procedures safely on thousands of patients.
These procedures are done in the comfort of our office under local anesthesia. The most commonly treated areas include the nasolabial folds (the lines from the corners of the nose to the corners of the mouth), augmentation of thinning lips, and the fine lines around the mouth. Recovery time is minimal and side effects are few.
Results are immediate and can last up to one year.