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Botox & Dermal Fillers – What are they, how do they work, and how are they different? #3

In our third and final post for “Botox & Dermal Fillers – What are they, how do they work, and how are they different?” we are going to look at two other types of dermal fillers, Calcium hydroxylapatite and poly-L-lactic-acid-based fillers.

Calcium hydroxylapatite (such as Radiesse) and poly-L-lactic-acid-based fillers (such as Sculptra) stimulate your own body to reproduce collagen to re-volumize your face.  Partial results from these types of fillers are visible right away, however what makes these fillers different than hyaluronic acid fillers is that they continue to work beneath the skin after you leave the office.  The creation of new collagen will continue over several weeks, and results are generally longer lasting, 1 year or more for Radiesse and 2 or more years for Sculptra.

These fillers can be used to treat a variety of concerns, from deeper lines around the mouth to volume loss in the cheeks and hollows in temples.  Results vary, depending on which filler is used to help you to reach your goal.

When you are ready to schedule a complimentary consult with one of our highly sklled and trained injection specialists, please call 952.435.6565.  They will answer all of your questions and help you customize a plan that you are comfortable with, no pressure, no questionable sales tactics, just open and honest conversation about you and your goals.

 

Botox & Dermal Fillers – What are they, how do they work, and how are they different? #2

There are several types of dermal fillers and each is used for different purposes.  In our second post on our series about Botox and dermal fillers, we are going to look at hyaluronic acid based fillers.

Hyaluronic acid fillers such as Juvederm and Restylane are made up of hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring sugar found naturally in your body.  These dermal fillers are injected into the skin in order to smooth out lines, to fill in creases, or to add volume giving you a softer, more youthful look. Results are instant and can last anywhere from 6 months to 1 year.

These types of fillers are extremely versatile.  They can be used to create volume in thin lips, minimize the appearance of fine lines and even deeper wrinkles around the lips and mouth, add volume to cheeks, help correct under eye hollows, and more.  In general, help create a more refreshed and youthful you!

While Botox relaxes over active muscles, dermal fillers soften lines and folds at rest and can add volume to areas that are get depleted as we age.  Although they provide different results, Botox and dermal fillers can be used alone or in conjunction with each other to enhance your natural beauty.

Interested in scheduling a personalized consultation with one of our skilled injection specialists? Call us at 952.435.6565. Jennifer Jeansson, RN, CANS and Angela Ciliberto, RN, DNC are excited to work with you to customize the plan that is right for you!

Results from hyaluronic acid fillers

Actual SkinSpeaks patients

Jaime Serbus 02.03.16 (1) BEFORE CROPPED

Jaime Serbus 05.10.16 (3) AFTER CROPPPED

 

Catherine Vandermyde 12.17.15 (2) BEFORE CROPPED

Catherine Vandermyde 01.14.16 (1) AFTER CROPPED

 

Angela lips B&A

Botox & Dermal Fillers – What are they, how do they work, and how are they different? #1

Unless you are well versed in the world of cosmetic injections, there can be a lot of confusion surrounding the use of the words Botox and dermal fillers. In this series of three blogs, we will look at the differences between the them and talk about the purposes of each.

Botox and dermal fillers are both popular, non-invasive cosmetic procedures that are performed in the office with little to no down time that can help men and women to look younger, more relaxed and refreshed.

Let’s look at Botox first, then we will get into dermal fillers in upcoming posts.

Botox is a purified protein called Botulinum Toxin Type A that temporarily relaxes over-active muscles.  It is carefully injected into specific muscles of the face and neck to temporarily block the communication between the nerve and muscle.  It does this by preventing the release of acetylcholine at the neuro-muscular junction.  Once the muscle is relaxed, the appearance of creases and wrinkles is greatly improved. Continued treatments can actually help prevent further creasing which gives a more youthful appearance.  Botox results last an average of 3-4 months giving you a more relaxed, refreshed look.

Botox most commonly treats surface lines and wrinkles around the eyes, forehead, brow, upper lip, chin and nose.

As always, if you have more questions about Botox or are interested in scheduling a personalized consultation with one of our skilled injection specialists, call us at 952.435.6565. Jennifer Jeansson, RN, CANS and Angela Ciliberto, RN, DNC would be happy to sit down with you and answer all your questions, as well as work with you to customize the plan that is right for you.

Examples of Botox treatment results- 

Actual SkinSpeaks patients

1.28.17 before b

1.28.17 after b

1.28.17a

BOTOX® Cosmetic or Fabulous Fillers?

What is the Difference Between
BOTOX® Cosmetic and Fabulous Fillers?

Every day, we are bombarded by ads tempting us to try something new to fight the signs of aging: Want to look younger? Take 10 years off with our at home like-a-laser treatment! Turn back the clock and boost collagen with our new dream come true foundation, only $7.99!

Tempting us with images and empty promises, these advertisements often raise hope, only for hope to fade into disappointment.  

Why is it that aging tends to start with little changes (gradual changes, changes that we feel comfortable with), and then one day we wake up and wonder, “Where in the world did that line come from? Did it happen overnight?”

Aging is so much more than skin deep; changes in appearance, and perhaps the way we feel about our appearance, may come hand in hand with hard-earned wisdom. With the passage of time, not only are there changes in the structure, elasticity, and look of the skin, but there are also changes related to repetition of facial movements (SEE PREVIOUS BOTOX® COSMETIC BLOG) and facial volume loss. Think of a pillow case: When a pillow is pulled from its case, the case loses its shape.  When facial volume is lost, the canvas of our face (our skin) loses its support. Volume is lost not only from facial fat compartments and subtle muscular changes, but also from changes in the skeletal structure of the face and changes in our skin’s ability to retain water. In addition to volume loss, the lovely downward pull from gravity also plays a role in visible anatomy changes. In a nut shell, repetition of muscle movement, along with the combination of gradual changes due to volume loss and gravity are responsible for slowly and quietly creating “the line that showed up overnight.”  

The majority of us want the same thing, and it is simple: To be able to look and feel our best and also look age appropriate but NOT “over-done.” While there is no such thing as a miracle cream, fortunately, there are many options when it comes to stepping into spring (YES, SPRING!) with your best face forward.

Due to high rates of satisfaction and little to no down time, aesthetic injectable treatments have been steadily growing in popularity over the past few years. Of the many injectables on the market, BOTOX® Cosmetic has been a leading workhorse of available products. Because of its widespread use and longevity on the market, BOTOX® Cosmetic is well known and is frequently thought of as a “cure all” when it comes to injectable procedures. As wonderful as BOTOX® Cosmetic is, it is not the treatment for every facial wrinkle or fold. There are numerous injectable products available on the market, but for now, let’s focus on the difference between BOTOX® Cosmetic and dermal fillers (although we highly recommend you also visit our Scuptra® Aesthetic Blog!):

What does BOTOX® Cosmetic do?

BOTOX® Cosmetic is used either to treat lines that occur due to repetition of muscle movement or to relax muscle movement in targeted areas to promote change. FDA approved to improve the appearance of expression lines between the brows, it is used off-label to soften expression lines around the eyes and forehead. It can also be used to promote lifting of the corners of the mouth or eye brows, soften “bunny lines” on the nose, lessen the appearance of a squared jaw, plus treat multiple areas of the lower face and even the neck. While BOTOX® Cosmetic has many uses, it does not help with volume loss.

What is filler, and how does it treat volume loss?

Here’s a quick overview on skin anatomy: The outermost layer of our skin is called the epidermis. Essentially, the epidermis acts as a protector. The dermis (the layer of skin located below the epidermis) provides support. The majority of wrinkles and folds take place within the dermis. HA (hyaluronic acid) is a naturally occurring substance within the skin that binds and absorbs water (think of HA as a friend- it creates facial volume by attracting water). As we age, HA slowly diminishes. When the amount of HA in the skin lessens, the skin loses some of its ability to retain water (water=volume) which contributes to the formation of wrinkles and folds. 

HA Dermal Fillers are sugar-based substances that are FDA approved to treat wrinkles/folds (sometimes referred to as parentheses and marionette lines) around the mouth and nose. Unlike BOTOX® Cosmetic which treats expression lines by quieting muscle movement, HA dermal fillers (JUVEDERM® XC, Restylane®, and Perlane®) provide correction of lines by actually filling areas where volume loss has occurred.  HA fillers are very versatile; because of their incredible ability to attract water (promote facial volume) to precise locations, in addition to treating expression lines or folds around the mouth and nose (and other areas of the face, as well), they are also used to enhance lips, enhance cheeks, and multiple other areas of the face.

Want to learn more?  Call (763)231-8700 to set up a complimentary consultation with one of our highly trained cosmetic injection specialists. We look forward to meeting you!