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BOTOX® Cosmetic is a simple, nonsurgical, physician-administered treatment that can temporarily smooth moderate to severe wrinkles on the face. Treatment consists of a number of tiny injections made through a very fine needle directly into the muscle. Effects of the injections begin to appear within a few days. The results generally last around four to six months, after which time, the injections must be repeated. Read more
RESTYLANE® is a cosmetic dermal filler made of non-animal based hyaluronic acid. It was FDA-approved in 2003 for the correction of moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, such as nasolabial folds (the lines between the nose and mouth). Upon being injected beneath the skin's surface, the gel adds natural volume and lift to smooth wrinkles and folds. Restylane integrates into dermal tissue, then attracts and binds to water molecules to help maintain volume. Restylane is gradually degraded by the body's own mechanism and disappears without any residue. Results can be seen immediately following treatment and last six months or longer. Read more
HYLAFORM® Hylaform is a hyaluronic acid-based product used in the temporary treatment of facial wrinkles. Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance present in all living cells throughout the body and helps maintain skin volume. Injected just below the surface of the skin, the product adds volume to the skin, smoothing unwanted lines and wrinkles. The body naturally absorbs Hylaform over time. No skin test is necessary before treatment and immediate results can be seen. Hylaform was FDA-approved in 2004 for injection into the mid to deep dermis for correction of moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds (such as nasolabial folds). Hylaform Plus, with its larger gel molecules, was FDA-approved for the correction of moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds. Read more
CosmoDerm® and CosmoPlast® - Approved by the FDA in March 2003, these revolutionary collagen-based dermal fillers restore skin structure, smoothing away unwanted lines and wrinkles by replenishing collagen lost with time, exposure to sunlight and other factors. Say goodbye to frown lines . CosmoDerm can fill in the worry lines on your forehead and the frown lines between your eyebrows. The eyes have it . Crow's feet and fine lines can be smoothed with CosmoDerm. Go ahead, smile . CosmoDerm and CosmoPlast can reduce the lines that appear between your nose and mouth when you smile. Kissable lips . CosmoPlast will add definition to your lip border and fill in those annoying vertical lip lines. Let's face it, lines and wrinkles happen. Why not get a little help in smoothing away the telltale signs of aging by replenishing your skin's lost collagen, restoring your skin's structure? As the first FDA-approved dermal fillers to not require a pre-treatment skin test, they deliver immediate results with no down time.
The shrinkage of facial muscles and loss of volume is one of the primary manifestations of the aging process. Aging, combined with diet and exercise, can cause many people to develop a thinner face. In some cases a severe “skeletonization” affect may occur. For these patients a lifting procedure may not be enough. Fat transfer, also called autologous fat transplantation or micro-lipoinjection, plumps up facial features with a patient's own fat, and is a popular alternative to other wrinkle treatments. Fat transfer to the face is a safe, natural non-allergenic procedure, designed to recontour your face, and it can provide definition to your cheeks and chin. It can also be used to correct facial deformitites. Since fat transfer uses your own fat cells, you can never have an allergic reaction, because it is from your own body.
The procedure is performed on an outpatient basis. Both the area from which the fat is harvested, and the treatment site are anesthesized with a local anesthetic. A small amount of fat is liposuctioned from a donor site where the fat is most tightly packed, such as the abdomen, thighs or buttocks. Once removed, the fat is processed to remove excess fluids, and then reinjected using another needle. The fat is placed under the skin or within the facial muscle (FAMI) method.
Historically many cultures consider fuller lips a sign of fertility. Today they are a symbol of sexual vitality, youth and health. In some people thinner lips can be a family trait. Also, most people with age develop thinner lips, and the corners of the mouth drop giving a sad appearance to the face. Lip augmentation creates fuller, plumper lips and reduces fine wrinkles around the mouth. There are a number of non-surgical and surgical options available to enhance the volume and shape of the lips.
• Temporary Fillers
Today the most common techniques for lip augmentation involve placement of fillers. Collagen products such as CosmoDerm and CosmoPlast, hyaluronic acid products like Restylane and Hylaform , and fat are some of the examples of temporary fillers. Filler techniques for lip augmentation are performed in the office under topical (ice or numbing cream) anesthesia or local anesthesia (small injections to numb the lips). The recovery is quite brief and, depending on the product used, the longevity of the results is typically 3 to 4 months.
• Surgical Implants
A more dramatic degree of lip augmentation can be achieved by surgically placing implants. These implants typically last longer than fillers. The most common lip implants are Alloderm and Gore-Tex (also known as Softform or Advanta) implants. The procedure is performed under local anesthesia or using IV sedation. Patients usually require a few days of recovery because there will be moderate amount of lip swelling for the first 2-3 days.
• Alloderm implant
Alloderm is made from human collagen, thus it has a soft and natural feel, making it a suitable implant for lips. It has been used as an implant on the face with great success for many years. The results are generally long-lasting, although some of the initial volume will be lost over the first 6 to 8 months.
• Gore-Tex implant
Gore-Tex (or ePTFE) is a synthetic implant that has been used in the face and body for many years. The main advantage is that it does not get absorbed over time and the results are permanent. Gore-Tex lip implants are also marketed as Softform or Advanta.