The saying goes: You’re only as old as you feel. While that might be true on the inside, your face could be telling a different story. As you age, your skin becomes drier and thinner, and your collagen production decreases. These conditions cause your skin to lose volume and elasticity, leading to wrinkles and sagging skin. Fortunately, cosmetic injectables and dermal fillers provide a non-surgical, minimally invasive treatment option for smoothing out wrinkles, restoring volume, and retaining your youthful radiance.
Take a look below at the cosmetic injectables and dermal fillers we offer at Shumway Cosmetic Surgery in San Diego.
BOTOX® uses botulinum toxin type A to visibly smooth fine lines and wrinkles by relaxing the facial muscles that cause them. BOTOX® has been the number one minimally invasive cosmetic procedure since 2000, and for good reason. Botox® is an excellent non-surgical solution for temporarily:
BOTOX® treatment requires no downtime. Results are visible within 4-7 days and last up to 4 months. It’s important to note that Botox® works only on lines and wrinkles caused by facial expression and muscle contractions; it is not effective on those caused by sun damage. As with any cosmetic injectable, Botox® should only be administered by a skilled and experienced practitioner.
Dysport® is another great anti-aging cosmetic injectable that eliminates those pesky wrinkles caused by squinting and frowning. Like Botox®, Dysport® also contains botulinum toxin type A and renders the targeted facial muscles unable to contract. There are, however, some subtle differences between the two formulas. Dysport® molecules are smaller, which quickens the onset of results (2-5 days). The smaller molecules cause Dysport® to diffuse to a wider area of muscle than is likely with Botox®, making Dysport® well-suited for reducing the fine lines and wrinkles in:
It’s important to remember that because of the difference in molecular size and weight, the number of units required for Dysport® will not be the same as those required to treat the same area with Botox®.
Xeomin® has been clinically proven to reduce the appearance of the “elevens,” that unfortunate furrow between the eyes that’s caused by contraction of the brow muscle. Xeomin® is essentially is a highly purified version botulinum toxin type A, without the carrier proteins present in Botox® and Dysport®. It, too, blocks the nerve impulses that cause the muscle to contract and the folds and wrinkles to form. The absence of additives in Xeomin® means you can get the same great youthful look as with similar cosmetic injectables but with a lower likelihood of allergic reaction.
Restylane® uses hyaluronic acid to correct moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds. Hyaluronic acid is a substance that’s naturally produced by your body and found in great concentration in the skin, where it helps retain collagen and increase moisture. As you age, your body produces less hyaluronic acid. Restylane® products temporarily replenish it and enhances the contours of your face by hydrating your skin and restoring lost volume. Restylane® is a powerful anti-aging treatment that provides natural-looking results. It effectively reduces the appearance of:
Restylane® can also be used to plump the lips. Results are immediate but may take a couple of days to “settle.” Products in the Restylane® family provide youthful results that last between six to 18 months, depending on the product used and area treated.
Juvederm® also uses hyaluronic acid to soften fine lines and wrinkles and plump up the skin. In addition to diminishing the appearance of facial wrinkles, Juvederm® can be used to enhance the lips and decrease the appearance of acne scars. Juvederm® works best to:
Results with Juvederm® are immediate, but sometimes require a couple of days to “settle.” Juvederm® provides youthful results that last between 6 and 12 months.
Fine lines and wrinkles are not the only effects of aging. Loss of volume to the cheeks creates an undesirable hollowness and we wish to have the “plump, rosy cheeks” again. Some of us look far older than we are because of sunken, hollow cheeks. While cheek implants are one option to address this concern, not everyone is comfortable with the idea of surgery. That’s why we offer Voluma®, a non-surgical dermal filler that provides lift, volume, and contour to cheeks. The Voluma® formula contains hyaluronic acid that’s been enhanced by VYCROSS™ technology, making it both light and ultra smooth for gorgeous, natural-looking results. The results of Voluma® last up to 18 months!
Radiesse® treats deep lines and wrinkles around the mouth and nose and is now FDA-approved to add volume to the backs of the hands. The gel filler plumps up the skin and smoothens out marionette lines, smile lines, and nasolabial folds. But what’s really special about the Radiesse® gel formula is that it contains calcium hydroxylapatite microspheres, which actually stimulate your body’s own production of collagen. In the first months following your Radiesse® treatment, the gel filler does the work, and after that, your body does the rest. The youthful, radiant results you get from Radiesse® last up to two years!
At Shumway Cosmetic Surgery, we understand that not everyone is looking for a permanent surgical solution to their beauty concerns. The cosmetic injectables and dermal fillers we offer provide a safe, temporary alternative to surgery and give you gorgeous natural-looking results. If you’re not sure which treatment is best for you, let Dr. Shumway use his experience and expertise to guide you to back to your youthful radiance today.
For more information on our cosmetic and dermal fillers or any of our other services, procedures, or products, give us a call at (858) 587-2640.