Wrinkle Reduction & Line Fillers
At SCRUGGS Family Dentistry, your aesthetic treatment could include various top brand products, such as Botox and Xeomin to relax wrinkles as well as temporary and permanent fillers such as Juvederm and Restalane. We specialize in the safe, effective application of these products, designed to reduce and remove lines and wrinkles or the face and neck.
What are my options?
We offer two different types of botulinum toxin’s to relax those wrinkles: Botox and Xeomin. The differences between the three neuromodulators are minimal and the results are indistinct from one another. All two are a great options and proven to work!
What Botox and Xeomin Treat
Wrinkle relaxers can be used to treat very specific and targeted areas of aging on the face. It is a localized treatment that works to minimize lines and wrinkles in the area where it is injected.
Some of the most common areas of the face that we treat with Botox and Xeomin are:
- Vertical lines/frown lines between the eyebrows
- Forehead or worry lines
- Crow’s feet around the eyes
- Bunny lines on the nose
- Smoker’s lines (vertical lines around the lips)
- Around the eyebrows to provide a gentle lift
How Botox and Xeomin Works
Botox and Xeomin are purified proteins that comes from the Clostridium botulinum bacterium. When it is injected into a muscle, it stops the nerve impulse from reaching the muscle, thus preventing it from contracting as strongly. This causes the muscle to weaken and relax, allowing the overlying skin to soften and causing wrinkles in the area to disappear. Botox has been in use for many years and is approved by the FDA for the treatment of areas such as the glabellar wrinkles (frown lines) and crow’s feet. Xeomin is also FDA approved for treatment of frown-line wrinkles.
What to Expect During a Botox Treatment Session
Before injecting Botox, your provider will give you the option of having a topical anesthetic if you wish. Many people, however, do not find this initial step necessary, as they are able to tolerate the injection discomfort quite well. Your provider will then use a tiny fine needle to inject small amounts of wrinkle relaxer into your skin and/or muscles. The number of injections she administers will depend upon the size of the area being treated and the exact complaint being addressed. It usually takes about 10 minutes to administer Botox injections. These are quick and you can be in and out of your appointment.
After the procedure, you can resume normal activities immediately. You should avoid rubbing the treated area as this may cause the product to move into another part of the face. Some patients experience minor redness or bruising at the injection site, which can be covered with makeup with minimal problems.
The results of Botox and Xeomin are typically seen within 5 to 7 days. You can expect the results to be maintained for about 3 to 4 months before you need a touch up. Some patients who have been receiving Botox or Xeomin for several years report that the results last longer and find they are able to extend the interval between injections up to 5 months at times.
Over time our body looses collagen, elastin, fat, and hyaluronic acid causing our skin to sag. Due to the above changes we begin to lose that youthful appearance in our skin. Dermal fillers from Allergan (Voluma, Juvéderm®, Vollure, Volbella) are used to correct the above changes in areas such as your laugh lines to help restore that youthful appearance.
Dermal Fillers are made of Hyaluronic Acid (HA) which is a naturally occurring, hydrating substance found in your skin. As you age, you start to lose HA, which causes the skin to lose structure and volume. Good news is that we can help correct these!
What Areas are Typically Treated with Dermal Fillers?
Smile/Laugh lines – these are lines around the nose also know as the nasolabial folds. As we grow, we lose fat, crucial connective tissue components such as collagen/elastin and hyaluronic acid in this area which results in these deep folds and a more aged appearance. Dermal fillers such as Juvederm effectively reduce the appearance of these folds and give you a more natural appearance.
Marionette Lines – hollowness in the angles of the mouth and these lines are corrected along with the above nasolabial folds. This can be achieved with a number of different fillers such as Juvederm Vollure.
Lips– Dermal fillers are used to give lips more definition and plumpness. We will help you select the appropriate filler for the lip goal you are trying to achieve.
Minor Lip Enhancement – Should you find yourself seeking a minor enhancement to your lips, Volbella is an excellent option. The finer molecules provide a silkiness that works best for a natural appearing lip enhancement.
Superficial wrinkles – If you have mild to moderate facial wrinkles (e.g. between the eyebrows/frown lines, forehead, midface, or chin) then Juvéderm® Ultra or Volbella is the option as it has a thinner consistency for rapid correction of these superficial issues. For fine lines around the mouth, our latest filler, Volbella the ideal choice.
Scar Correction – The thinner consistency of Juvéderm® Ultra is equipped at correcting the appearance of scars.
Loss of Facial Shape/Volume – Voluma is injected into the deeper layers of the skin, which is ideal for facial shaping. Eg. providing a more defined jawline and reduced jowling for men and women.
Nasal asymmetry or misalignment – Juvéderm® Ultra Plus XC can be used to achieve a 5-minute nose job for individuals looking to stay away from invasive facial plastic surgery.
During your consultation, our treatment provider will help you decide which type of dermal filler is best suited for your treatment. We will talk through the entire procedural overview, including the areas of injection and steps we take to ensure you are comfortable and safe.
Many of our patients choose dermal fillers with Allergan (Voluma, Juvéderm®, Vollure, Volbella) treatment because they offer an immediate improvement with minimal downtime required post-treatment. These filler treatments take just minutes to administer and is custom tailored to fit your own personal needs, with more or less of the product added to achieve the aesthetic goals of the patient. The treatment is compatible with all skin types to restore the natural Hyaluronic Acid which has been lost. Both products are biosynthetic and of non-animal origin.
Find yourself seeking total facial rejuvenation, but do not want the risks associated with surgery? We offer optimal dermal filler treatments with Allergan (Voluma, Juvéderm®, Vollure, Volbella) for prospective patients over the age of 21 who would like to treat minimal to severe nasolabial folds, marionette lines, thinning lips and facial volume loss.
Patients with severe allergies to hyaluronic based fillers or lidocaine mixed in the filler, a history of anaphylaxis, an active infection near the site of injection and women who are currently pregnant and/or breastfeeding should not receive dermal filler injections. We will review your medical history to determine if the treatment will be suitable for you.