BOTOX® injections are the most commonly performed cosmetic procedure used to reduce or eliminate the appearance of facial wrinkles through minimally invasive injections. These injections are made from botulinum toxin A, a therapeutic muscle-relaxing agent approved by the FDA for several different uses. When injected into the skin, it can block the nerve muscles that are responsible for the repetitive actions that cause fine lines and wrinkles, smoothing them away for a younger and more refreshed appearance.
After treatment, the appearance of your wrinkles begins to improve within 24 hours, with full results developing gradually over the next five days. Most patients achieve their desired results after just one injection, although additional treatment sessions may be required in the future. The results of BOTOX® injections typically last up to four months.
Fat Grafting, also known as Autologous Fat Transfer or Structural Fat Grafting, is a surgical procedure that involves restoring lost volume in the face with the patient’s own fat, taken typically from the abdomen. This procedure is effective in treating sunken cheeks, facial lines, acne scars, and other areas of lost volume that have developed as a result of aging, sun damage and other conditions. Unlike temporary fillers consisting of synthetic materials, fat grafts are taken from the patient’s own body, and as a result cannot cause an allergic reaction. The fat is naturally accepted by the body. Autologous Fat Grafts typically largely survive permanently. Fat Grafting allows for 3-D facial sculpting in addition to the 2-D lifting of a Facelift. Most Facelift patient’s benefit from Fat Grafting, as well.
Fat Grafting Procedure
During the Fat Grafting procedure, fat is harvested from the donor area by inserting a cannula and suctioning out the fat, similar to liposuction. This is done under local anesthesia with IV sedation to minimize any patient discomfort. The harvested fat is then processed so that only the fat cells are grafted. Once the fat is ready to be placed, it is injected into the targeted area through a small blunt cannula until the desired appearance is achieved. This procedure is performed as an outpatient basis in your doctor’s office or at Northwest Florida Surgery Center. Actual treatment time tends to be brief.
Results and Recovery
Patients may experience mild swelling and bruising after the Fat Grafting procedure. Fat grafts tend to be permanent and are considered safe for patients since no foreign material is being injected into the body.
Risks Of Fat Grafting
While Fat Grafting is considered safe for most patients, under-correction or loss of volume with time is possible. Repeat grafting can be readily performed. These risks can be minimized by choosing an experienced doctor to perform your procedure, and following his instructions after surgery.
Dysport® is an FDA-approved injection used to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by relaxing facial muscles in the forehead. Similar to BOTOX® Cosmetic, Dysport® is injected directly into the site of wrinkles to prevent the underlying muscles from contracting. Dysport® injections are made from the bacterium Clostridium botulinum, the same protein used in BOTOX® injections.
JUVÉDERM® Injectable Gel is a safe, effective gel that restores volume to the skin and smoothes away moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds. JUVÉDERM® is the first FDA-approved dermal filler proven safe and effective for persons of color. The JUVÉDERM® gel is made of hyaluronic acid with a smooth consistency, allowing for easy injections and instant, natural-looking results. There is no pre-testing needed for this procedure.
Topical or injectable anesthesia may be used during this procedure to numb the treatment area and minimize any potential discomfort. The results of this procedure are available right away and can usually last for up to a year, the longest results available from any hyaluronic acid product.
Restylane® is an FDA-approved dermal filler made of hyaluronic acid that restores volume to the skin, lifting and smoothing out wrinkles and other fine lines. This procedure is most commonly used to treat the glabellar lines, between the forehead and the nasolabial folds. It can also be used to add volume and shape to the lips.
Since Restylane® is made from a natural substance found in the body, no pre-testing is required. Restylane produces results that last for several months through its unique ability to bind with water and remain in the skin. The results of this procedure are visible right away, and can last for several months, depending on the condition of the individual patient’s skin.
Radiesse® is a synthetic injectable filler that has been approved by the FDA to reduce moderate to severe wrinkles, folds and creases around the nose and mouth by stimulating the natural production of collagen in the skin. This product is made of microspheres composed of calcium hydroxylapatite within a water-based gel and is made from minerals similar to what makes up our bones. Radiesse® can be injected directly into the skin with no need for pre-testing.
Radiesse® is most effective in reducing the appearance of smile lines, nasolabial folds, marionette lines and other wrinkles around the nose and mouth. The results of this procedure are visible immediately after the injection and can last for up to a year or even longer.With continued treatment, patients will require fewer and fewer injections.
Juvéderm Voluma™ XC is the first and only FDA-approved filler to instantly add volume to the cheek area in people over the age of 21. It gives a subtle lift to the cheek area, helps restore contour for up to 2 years, nonsurgical, look up to 5 years younger, and contains a modified hyaluronic acid, derived from a naturally occurring complex sugar.
Juvéderm Voluma ™ XC is injected under the skin with a small needle. It works instantly to add volume and subtly lift the cheek area, temporarily reversing this sign of aging. Volume loss in the cheek is a major reason we lose that youthful profile over the years.