The demand for no-downtime cosmetic treatments that yield youthful results has given rise to the increasing popularity of injectables. In general, cosmetic injectables fall into two basic categories: neurotoxins (or neuromodulators) and dermal fillers.
Both are minimally invasive, office-based procedures that offer the patient no downtime. They are alternatives to surgical procedures and often may delay or prevent the need for traditional surgeries such as a facelift or blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery). And their results can be extremely natural looking when done properly and by a highly trained, experienced physician.
Often, the most pleasing results are achieved with the combination of a neurotoxin and a filler. Since anti-aging is a three-dimensional problem (volume loss, fine lines and wrinkles), the combination of a neurotoxin to relax muscles and a dermal filler to replace lost volume works best to address the aging face.
Botulinum toxin type A is a purified neurotoxin that’s derived from bacteria. Injectable neurotoxins (or neuromodulators) work to smooth fine lines and wrinkles by temporarily blocking nerve signals and relaxing muscles that are responsible for creating these fine lines and wrinkles. Without signals, these muscles are not able to contract. The end result is diminished unwanted facial wrinkles or appearance. It is important to note that these neurotoxins work predominantly on dynamic wrinkles — the wrinkles that show when you use your facial muscles to create expression. Neurotoxins do not do much for static wrinkles, which are those wrinkles that are seen even at rest.
Commonly known types of botulinum toxin type A injections include Botox®, Dysport®, Xeomin®, and Jeuveau®.
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Dermal fillers help to diminish facial lines and restore volume and fullness in the face. They can be used to lift cheeks, eliminate under-eye bags and dark circles, erase smile lines, enhance the lips and get rid of vertical lip lines (smoker’s lines, lipstick lines). Since most people start losing volume in their mid 30s to 40s, almost every adult is a candidate for some volume replacement.
Cosmetic fillers cannot achieve the same results as surgery but may help delay the time when a facelift becomes appropriate. For some patients, surgery such as a facelift, brow lift, or eye lift may be the best approach. It is important to remember that dermal fillers are temporary treatments for facial aging and that ongoing treatments will be needed for long-term results.
Commonly known types of dermal fillers include Juvederm®, Voluma®, Belotero®, Restylane®, Perlane®, Radiesse®, and Sculptra®.
Cole Facial Clinic
204 East Layfair Drive
Flowood, MS 39232
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Monday–Thursday 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
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Monday–Thursday 8 a.m.–1 p.m.
(Last appointment is scheduled at 12:30 p.m.)