BOTOX® and Wrinkle Relaxers
Serving the Pittsburgh Area
Cosmetic Laser Center offers several injectable wrinkle fillers including: Restylane®and Juvéderm®. Each are a type of hyaluronic acid wrinkle fillers that draws fluid to the treated area, volumizing the area and reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles. Hyaluronic acid is a natural occurring substance found in the joints of your body. It has been successful at reducing the appearance of wrinkles and adding volume to different areas of the face such as the cheeks and lips. Dysport® is a wrinkle relaxer that is made up of clostridium botulinum toxin A that temporarily paralyzes the facial muscles, not allowing them to contract. Like Dysport®, BOTOX Cosmetic includes the same active ingredient which also temporarily paralyzes the facial muscles, but may be used differently than Dysport®.
Restylane® is a versatile hyaluronic acid based dermal filler that is popular due to its long lasting effect. Restylane® lasts approximately six to twelve months, which is longer than collagen based dermal fillers. Restylane® is gradually reabsorbed by the body which is why the treatment needs to be repeated. It is FDA approved for the treatment of deep wrinkles, as well as the filling of acne scars and lip plumping. Restylane® is injected with a fine needle. A local anesthetic is used to numb the injection areas for added comfort. While the injections are not very painful, there is the pain of the needle prick. Once the Restylane® is injected small bumps may appear under the surface of the skin. For many these bumps are not visible and go away completely in a few short weeks. Minor swelling and/or redness can result from this procedure, but lasts only a short time, typically a few hours to a few days.
Juvéderm® is similar to Restylane® as they are both hyaluronic acid based dermal fillers, but Juvéderm® is used to treat finer lines and wrinkles. This filler is perfect for those that have very fine lines and wrinkles. It will provide the same effect as Restylane® by volumizing the treated areas, but the result will be more subtle.
BOTOX® Cosmetic is commonly used alone to paralyze the muscles that cause lines and wrinkles. It is often used in conjunction with fillers that will fill the area where the lines and wrinkles exist. The areas around the mouth (marionette lines) and deeper wrinkles commonly found on the forehead are best treated with both a filler and BOTOX Cosmetic. Finer lines and wrinkles are treated with BOTOX® Cosmetic on its own and have been shown to be highly successful. BOTOX® Cosmetic remains one of the most sought after products used on the market for the reduction of the appearance of wrinkles.
Dysport® is also a widely popular wrinkle relaxer very similar to BOTOX Cosmetic. Both consist of clostridium botulinum toxin A, but have subtle differences. For some either BOTOX® Cosmetic or Dysport® may be the best option depending on their body’s reaction to it, as well as the results. Dysport® is known to treat larger areas such as frown and forehead lines due to its ability to spread over larger areas as compared to BOTOX Cosmetic. BOTOX® Cosmetic typically treats smaller areas such as wrinkles around the eyes and mouth. Some may build up a resistance to either injectable as well so one can be substituted for the other.