What is BOTOX® and is it safe?
BOTOX® is a purified protein derived from the bacterium Clostridium Botulinum. Using a tiny micro-needle, a very small amount of BOTOX® is injected, very precisely, into several locations on the face - typically the vertical lines between your eyebrows, forehead lines, and lines at the corners of your eyes (crow's feet). BOTOX® injections have been used safely and effectively for over ten years to treat many ophthalmologic and neurological disorders. In 2004, over two million people were injected with BOTOX®. Cosmetic Solutions Laser and Skin Care Center buys its BOTOX® directly from Allergan, the only FDA approved source in the U.S.
How long does the procedure take?
Following the consultation, the actual procedure takes less than 15 minutes. Since there is no downtime you can do it at lunchtime and no one would know you had it done!
How does BOTOX® work?
BOTOX® is injected into a targeted facial expression muscle, blocking impulses from the nerve to the muscle, thereby relaxing the muscle so it does not contract. This causes the overlying skin to become smoother, with fewer lines and wrinkles. After treatment, the skin remains smooth and unwrinkled, while the untreated facial muscles contract in a normal fashion, allowing normal facial expression and feeling to be unaffected.
How quickly will I see results?
BOTOX® usually starts relaxing the treated area within several days, but the full effect may not be realized for up to 14 days.
How long will BOTOX® last?
The effects last between three and four months on average, but everyone is a little bit different.
The application of any facial filler is as much art as it is science. Dr. Abernathy has the skill and experience to make the results look natural and symmetric. The choice of filler also depends on the areas needing improvement and the desired look of the patient. Hyaluronic Acid Gels, such as Restylane™ and Hylaform™ are injected as a filler for deep or superficial wrinkles, and for soft tissue augmentation such as lip plumping.
Because Juvederm™ and Restylene™ are non-animal-based and fully biocompatible, they do not require allergy testing prior to use. Restylane™ is a synthetic substance, with a very low risk of causing allergic reactions. Both materials are gradually reabsorbed, with cosmetic results that can last six to nine months for Restylene™ and up to a year for Juvederm™. Radiesse® dermal filler provides both immediate and long-lasting correction of wrinkles and folds. Radiesse® filler stimulates the body to produce new collagen and not only fills in wrinkles, but provides facial volume for a natural look that lasts a year or more.