Botox®, Dermal Fillers, and Kybella®
Many patients notice fine lines and wrinkles throughout their face caused by sun damage, smoking, and heredity. These changes can start as early as our 20’s and 30’s. Most young patients are not candidates for, nor do they want invasive procedures. However, non-surgical injectable treatments such as Botox® and dermal fillers are very effective at minimizing and in some cases preventing fine lines and wrinkles. Kybella® is very effective in removing stubborn fat from beneath the chin without surgery.
What is Botox® Cosmetic
and how does it work?
Normal facial movements such as smiling, blinking, talking, and raising our eyebrows cause skin winkles with each movement. Over time, these wrinkles become deeper and more prominent. Botox® works by temporarily paralyzing these muscles and eliminating the active lines, and in many cases the resting lines as well.
Benefits of Botox® include the following:
- Decreased horizontal forehead furrows or creases
- Decreased frown lines or “parenthesis lines” between the eyebrows
- Diminished crow’s feet around the eyes
- Minimal treatment time and downtime
During your first injection with Dr. Steele, he will explain that it is better to use too little Botox® Cosmetic if there is any question about how much to inject. This avoids complications such as an eyebrow that drops, a droopy eyelid, or frozen appearance. After 10-14 days, he will revisit with you to see if any “touch up” injections are needed for optimal improvement.
Time to see results from Botox® varies somewhat between patients but is usually between 3-7 days. By 10-14 days, you should notice full effect and can decide if a touch up appointment is needed. Botox will last around 3-4 months in most patients.
To see Botox® Cosmetic before and after photos click here.
What Are the Types of Fillers
and How Do They Work?
Dr. Steele offers the following injectable dermal fillers:
Click here to see Juvéderm® before and after photos.
Juvéderm® Voluma XC
To learn more about the Restylane® family click here.
Click here to see Sculptra® before and after photos.
- Smoothing deep facial wrinkles
- Plumping and sculpting lips
- Replacing volume lost in the cheeks and temples
- Reducing superficial scars
- Reducing fine lines around the lips and other locations
- Can be used to camouflage early jowling and peri-oral aging
- Provide immediate results with minimal treatment and downtime
Dermal Filler Injection
After your treatment, an ice pack will be provided and should be used for 24-48 hours to help with bruising and swelling. You should avoid strenuous activity for at least 24 hours after your injection. Occasional bruising does occur and can be camouflaged with makeup.