Fine lines and wrinkles may be a normal part of aging…
but they don’t affect everyone equally.
If you feel that you have more than your fair share, schedule a consult to see if you’re a candidate for Botox or a dermal filler. These non-surgical treatments can help minimize signs of aging for men and women alike, with little or no downtime. Why allow fine lines and wrinkles to add years to your appearance. Boston ENT is pleased to offer our patients Botox, Juvederm and Voluma.
BOTOX® Cosmetic targets one of the underlying causes of frown lines and crow’s feet—the repeated muscle contractions from frowning and squinting over the years. Your specialist will inject these muscles with BOTOX® Cosmetic to temporarily reduce muscle activity. You will begin to notice a visible smoothing of your crow’s feet lines and frown lines between your brows.
Reasons to consider BOTOX®:
- Crow’s feet around the eyes
- Frown lines between the eyebrows
- Lines across the forehead
- Angry-looking eyebrows
- Wrinkles around the nose
- Wrinkles around the lips
- Pebbly or dimpled chin
- Excessive appearance of upper gums while smiling
- Excessive downward pointing of nose tip
- Excessive underarm sweating
- Bruxism (teeth clenching during sleep)
How safe is Botox?
Botox is very safe and well understood by medical experts. Botox has been thoroughly tested for safety, and studies indicate that there have been no long-term complications or hazards with its use. Its effects are reversible and temporary, so even if the results are not exactly what you had hoped for, they wear off over a few months. A treatment consists of a small fraction of a vial of of Botox, and it theoretically would have to take 35 complete vials injected into one person to have lethal consequences. As a precaution, I do not treat pregnant or nursing women with Botox.
How is the Botox procedure performed?
After talking with us, and having a thorough examination of the area, we will discuss if you would benefit from an injection of Botox, and if so, which sites would accomplish the result that you’re looking for. The procedure is generally performed with the patient sitting up in a chair, and the Botox is injected very superficially under the skin using very fine needles, and it is virtually painless. Botox prevents the appearance of wrinkles by relaxing the muscles used in certain facial expressions such as smiling, frowning, looking worried, or looking surprised. If the patient desires, a topical anesthetic can be applied prior to injection. Patients should not lie down for 3-4 hours after treatment, and should not rub the area of treatment during that time period. Other than that, patients can resume normal activity immediately.
Generally, the one-time treatment and visit will yield results lasting 3-5 months. You will see results anywhere from 24 hours to 14 days after the procedure. You may be asked to return for a 2-week follow up visit at no additional charge.
JUVÉDERM® Collection of Fillers
Over time, your face changes in many ways. This is part of the normal aging process, but genetics and environmental factors can also play a role. You may notice a change in the appearance of your skin, typically in the form of deepening parentheses lines and wrinkles. But what may be less obvious is age-related midface volume loss.
JUVÉDERM® is the #1 selling collection of hyaluronic acid fillers in the US. Each product in the JUVÉDERM® collection of fillers adds volume to a different area of the face to lift cheeks, smooth parentheses lines, or plump the lips. The results are natural looking and long lasting.
What is JUVÉDERM® made of?
The JUVÉDERM® collection of fillers is made from hyaluronic acid (HA). What’s interesting about HA is that it’s a natural substance in the skin that delivers nutrients, helps the skin retain moisture and softness, and adds volume. Each product in the JUVÉDERM® collection of fillers is made from a modified form of HA.
Our office is excited to offer KYBELLA®, the first and only FDA-approved injectable treatment to improve the appearance of moderate to severe fat beneath the chin by physically destroying fat cells in the treatment area.
Submental fullness can impact men and women, and can be influenced by several factors such as genetics, weight gain and aging, and can be resistant to diet and exercise. According to a 2015 survey by the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, nearly as many aesthetically-oriented consumers are bothered by submental fullness (67%) as by lines and wrinkles around the eyes (69%).
How Kybella® works
The active ingredient in KYBELLA® is synthetic deoxycholic acid. Deoxycholic acid is a naturally occurring molecule in the body that aids in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat. When injected into the fat beneath the chin, KYBELLA® destroys fat cells, resulting in a noticeable reduction in fullness under the chin. Once destroyed, these cells can no longer store or accumulate fat, so further treatment is not expected once you reach your desired aesthetic goal.
What to Expect
At each treatment, you will receive multiple small injections under your chin, and the injection process takes about 15 to 20 minutes. The exact number of injections will depend on the amount of fat you have under your chin and your desired profile. Since everyone’s chin profile is different, the number of treatments varies from patient to patient.
Facial Plastic Surgery
As specialists in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, we address the functional and aesthetic concerns involving the head and neck. We are careful to evaluate each person as an individual, taking the time to hear what you have to say. This is often a discussion, with back and forth, allowing us to learn from you, at that same time that you learn about the procedure.
Over the years, we have found that small refinements can go a long way towards restoring balance in the face. In addition, we pay careful attention to keep you looking like you. We address your areas of concern, while maintaining your natural look.
While all of our physicians have training in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, this is an area of particular interest to Dr. Innis. He performs a wide range of facial plastic procedures, including a focus on functional and aesthetic rhinoplasty.