Botox is a drug made from a toxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. It works by blocking signals from the nerves to the muscles. The injected muscle can’t contract, which makes the wrinkles relax and soften. Botox is most often used on forehead lines, crow’s feet (lines around the eye), and frown lines. Wrinkles caused by sun damage and gravity will not respond to Botox.
Dermal fillers are gel-like substances that are injected beneath the skin for the purpose of smoothing out lines around nose and mouth (a.k.a. marionette lines, smile lines, and parentheses), enhancing and restoring volume to sunken cheeks or temples, diminishing vertical lip lines, plumping and enhancing the lips, smoothing out a chin crease, improving symmetry among facial features, and more. We use hyaluronic acid fillers in our clinic for all our dermal filler procedures. Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a naturally occurring substance that is already found in your skin. It helps keep skin plump and hydrated. HA fillers are typically soft and gel-like. The results are temporary, lasting 6 to 12 months or longer before the body gradually and naturally absorbs the particles. Most HA fillers are infused with lidocaine to help minimize discomfort during and after treatment. We use products made by Juvéderm, Restylane, and Versa to achieve the best results, and can use other products as requested.
Botox and Xeomin are typically safe to use if you’re under 65 and generally healthy.
Don’t use Botox or Xeomin if you:
The dermal filler products we use are generally sage to use if you’re under 65 and generally healthy. During your consultation, your cosmetic surgeon will evaluate your area of concern and review your medical history. While the risks associated with dermal fillers are minimal, you need to fully disclose your medical history prior to treatment, as certain allergies, skin and neurological conditions, or medications can jeopardize your safety or results. For instance, you need to tell your cosmetic surgeon if you have been taking NSAIDs (e.g., aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen) or blood thinners, as these increase the likelihood of bruising.
All of our aesthetic injections are for cosmetic purposes only and are therefore not covered by insurance. Pricing will vary based on the number of units used. We run promotions periodically, so follow our Instagram and Facebook pages for specials!