BOTOX® is the most common non surgical facial cosmetic procedure. This product helps relax muscles to soften ones appearance and not allow dynamic (expression) wrinkles. The most common sights are the forehead, glabella (frown area between your eye brows), and the crows (the eye squint lines). The results are temporary, usually around 3-6 months. The risks are quite low and usually there is no ‘down time’. Currently there is only one FDA approved manufacturer of Botox® and this is the only product utilized at the center. Also see: www.botox.com
BOTOX® Cosmetic treatment is a revolutionary approach to reversing the affects of facial wrinkles. Crows feet, worry lines and laugh lines can all be a thing of the past. These are referred to as dynamic wrinkle lines and all are treatable with this procedure. Cosmetic denervation is the process of injecting botox into the tiny facial muscles that create the wrinkles.
To better understand your overall health, we will evaluate your medical history prior to surgery. In addition, a complete examination of your eyes is made in order to decide the most effective injection sites. All issues and concerns will be discussed.
The areas that will be treated are marked and digital photographs are taken in order to determine the amount of improvement after surgery.
THE BOTOX® COSMETIC PROCEDURE
BOTOX® Cosmetic injections are performed without anesthesia because they are virtually painless. Only a very small sting is felt when the injections are made. The effects are not permanent and may need to be repeated two to three times per year to retain the effects. Research has suggested, however, that long term use of the injections leads to a longer duration of each treatment’s effect. Patients over the age of 65 may not experience such dramatic results. BOTOX® Cosmetic is only useful in treating expression lines and cannot be used to repair sagging skin caused by aging.
After the operation patients may experience slight bruising around the area that quickly fades. Normal activities can be performed immediately. Possible side effects are temporary weakness of nearby muscles or in rare cases an eyelid may droop. BOTOX® Cosmetic is completely reversible so any side effect is only a temporary condition. The doctor will explain all risks associated at the time of your consultation.
Facial fillers are one of the most common and talked about minimally invasive facial cosmetic procedures. Filler encompass many products (Restylane, Perlane, Juvaderm, Cosmoderm, Cosmoplast, Radiesse, Sculptra) that can be temporary or semi permanent. The common temporary lasting products are collagen (Cosmoderm and Cosmoplast) and hyaluronic acid (Restylane, Perlane, Juvederm) and the semi permanent are hydroxyapetite (Radiesse) and poly L lactic acid (Sculptra). These products are intended to ‘plump’ wrinkles and add volume to the nasal lines, lips, and cheek regions. There is no to minimal ‘down time’ and the risks are quite low. Depending on the product(s) utilized, the results may last for 3-18 months. All of the above products are offered at Harborview Oral & Facial Surgery Center and are tailored to each individuals needs and desires. All products used at the center are FDA approved and only purchased from reputable USA distributors.