Cosmetic Uses of Botox

Doctors have been using Botox for years to successfully treat wrinkles and facial creases. Botox is a brand name of a toxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. There are also other brand names, such as Dysport and Xeomin.

How Does Botox Work?
Botox blocks signals from the nerves to the muscles. The injected muscle can't contract. That makes the wrinkles relax and soften.
Botox is most often used on forehead lines, crow's feet, and frown lines. Wrinkles caused by sun damage and gravity will not respond to Botox. It can also be used for lip lines and for the chin and corner of the mouth and neck.

How Is a Botox Procedure Done?
Getting Botox takes only a few minutes and doesn't require anesthesia. Botox is injected with a fine needle into specific muscles with only minor discomfort. It generally takes three to seven days to take full effect, and it is best to avoid alcohol starting at least one week before the procedure. You should also stop taking aspirin and anti-inflammatory medications two weeks before treatment to reduce bruising.

How Long Does a Botox Injection Last?
The effects from Botox will last four to six months. As muscle action gradually returns, the lines and wrinkles begin to reappear and need to be treated again. The lines and wrinkles often appear less severe with time because the muscles are being trained to relax.

What Are the Side Effects of Botox?
Temporary bruising is the most common side effect of Botox. Headaches, which end in 24 to 48 hours, can happen, but this is rare. A small percentage of patients may develop eyelid drooping. This usually ends within three weeks. Drooping usually happens when the Botox moves around, so don't rub the treated area for 12 hours after injection or lie down for one hour after the procedure.

Who Should Not Receive Botox?
Patients who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or have a neurological disease should not use Botox. Since Botox doesn't work for all wrinkles, you should consult with a doctor first.

Will My Insurance Pay for Botox?
Botox is not generally covered by insurance when used for cosmetic purposes. Check with your health insurance provider for coverage details.

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Cosmetic Dermatology Las Vegas

Cosmetic Procedures

Thermage
IPL™ (Intense Pulsed Light)
Botox®
Collagen Placement
Facial Vein Treatments
Laser Hair Reduction-LightSheer™

Laser Acne Scar Remodeling - Cool Touch
Laser Tattoo Removal-VersaPulse®
Xtract Laser for Psoriasis and Vitiligo

Spider Vein Treatment, Sclerotherapy
Glycolic Acid Facials
Micro-Dermabrasion
Chemical Skin Peels
Obagi "Blue" Peels
Scar Revision

Wrinkle Therapy



 

 

Effectiveness of Juvederm

When he injects the Juvederm, Dr.Safko is literally filling in your wrinkles and creases with a gel. Some other hyaluronic acid dermal fillers are manufactured as small particles mixed into a gel-like substance Compared with these fillers; one advantage of Juvederm is that the gel is more likely to spread evenly beneath your skin.

Juvederm was not designed to last forever. Typical treatments, depending on the strength, dosage and your physical makeup, it lasts between six months to a year by that time, your body safely absorbs the Juvederm. Since it is made of components that are naturally present in your body, Juvederm is not an unwelcome substance, and its absorption shouldn't cause complication. Cosmetic medical procedures can be expensive and usually are not covered by health insurance providers. While dermal filler treatments may seem steep, they still cost far less than a face-lift -- and they're less invasive. With this procedure, you won't have to worry about missing out on your day-to-day life to get rid of wrinkles. Juvederm injections only take about half an hour.  They also require very little follow-up care.

 

Thermage is based on a simple premise: that restoring and stimulating new collagen growth will naturally make the skin look younger. You see, as we age, collagen fibers found beneath the outer layer of our skin -- the epidermis -- eventually loosen and droop. To compound matters, the body's ability to make collagen declines as years pass. Genetics, sun exposure and smoking also contribute to collagen's gradual loss of oomph. During a Thermage procedure, a physician uses a wand to apply radiofrequency energy to the designated areas. The energy from the Thermage wand heats collagen in the dermis, the skin's lower layers, which make the collagen fibers contract. This contraction tightens the epidermis and makes it look smoother. People can use Thermage on the face -- including lips and eyes -- as well as the neck, hands, abdomen, buttocks and knees. The treatment can also combat cellulite-dimpled skin -- the stubborn bane of many people’s existence:  A chance to skip the scalpel and avoid anesthesia -- and still repair aging skin -- might seem like a no-brainer. One "pro" for Thermage is that your convalescence will be minimal to nonexistent. You might be able to go for a Thermage treatment in the morning and be back in your office in the afternoon. At the very least, you'll be able to do anything you normally do -- even working out at the gym or outdoors (with sunscreen, of course).

 

 

 

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About Restylane and Perlane gels

Restylane adds volume and fullness to the skin to correct moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, such as the lines from your nose to the corners of your mouth (nasolabial folds).  Restylane can also add fullness and definition to lips, providing natural-looking and lasting results with just one treatment.
Perlane is just like Restylane; the difference is that Perlane is made up of larger particles of hyaluronic acid.  That makes Perlane a good choice for wrinkles that benefit from a deeper injection into the skin.
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