As we age, we begin to get wrinkles in our face. Wrinkles can be caused by the muscle action of the many muscles under the skin of our faces, or they may be caused by permanent indentations in the skin. Wrinkles caused by the muscles in the face are amenable to Botox® or Dysport® treatment. Common wrinkles caused by the muscles in the face include those in the forehead, between the eyes (“11s”), and around the outside of the eyes (especially seen with smiling). Botox® and Dysport® can also be used to raise the eyebrows (non-surgical brow lift), raise the corners of the mouth, and give you a less “gummy” smile by reducing the amount of your gums showing. These injectable medications can also be used to dramatically decrease excessive under-arm sweating and excessive sweating from the hands.
Wrinkles caused by permanent indentations (present even when the muscle is not moving) are amenable to filler treatment. Common wrinkles amenable to filler treatment include fine wrinkles around the mouth and chin and to restore fullness thin lips. Fat loss due to aging can also be restored with filler, including plumping of the cheeks, eyelids, eyebrows, and chin. Filler can also be used to correct deformities of the nose in some patients. Non-surgical facelifts can also be performed using fillers (“liquid facelift”).
Botox®, Dysport®, and fillers are injectable medications. They are done in the office using very fine needles. You may feel the injections, but they are universally well-tolerated by patients. If necessary, your skin can be numbed using a topical cream prior to the injection.
You will need to apply ice to the treated areas right after the procedure for about 5-10 minutes. There are many different filler products available, including temporary, semi-permanent, and permanent fillers. You will discuss your concerns with your surgeon during the consultation and determine which filler is right for you.
Typically none, sometimes a topical anesthetic may be applied if necessary
Length of procedure
5 to 15 minutes