Sculptra is a new and very distinct filler which works by restoring lost collagen in the skin. Collagen is a substance in the skin which gives it elasticity and thickness, the two critical qualities of a youthful skin. As we age, the collagen layer becomes thinner, leading to the appearance of facial folds and wrinkles. Sculptra forces the body to restore the collagen layer. It is not an overnight miracle, nor a quick fix, but it is long lasting. Even though different people respond to Sculptra differently, the results can last up to two years. Usually, two or three treatments are necessary six weeks apart for full effect to take place.
The cosmetic forms of botulinum toxin, often referred to by its product names Xeomin, Dysport or Botox® Cosmetic, are a popular non-surgical injection that temporarily reduces or eliminates frown lines, forehead creases, crows feet near the eyes and thick bands in the neck.
The toxin blocks the nerve impulses, temporarily paralyzing the muscles that cause wrinkles while giving the skin a smoother, more refreshed appearance. Studies have also suggested that Botox® Cosmetic and Xeomin is effective in relieving migraine headaches, excessive sweating and muscle spasms in the neck and eyes.
Recently, Botox and Xeomin have been used to reduce the pain in temporo-mandibular joint (TMJ) associated with nighttime teeth grinding (bruxism).
Taking a dietary supplement of organic zinc and the enzyme phytase four days before receiving botulinum toxin injections made the toxin more effective in 93 percent of patients tested in a recent study at The Methodist Hospital in Houston. This research has resulted in a patent-pending dietary supplement combining zinc and phytase (trademarked as ZYTAZE) to be available to patients as early as this month. Forty-one of the 44 patients who took the oral supplements prior to botulinum toxin injections (Botox®, Dysport®, or Myobloc®) showed improved results.
Juvederm, Radiesse and fat injections
As we age, our faces begin to show the effects of gravity, sun exposure and years of facial muscle movement, such as smiling, chewing and squinting. The underlying tissues that keep our skin looking youthful and plumped up begin to break down, often leaving laugh lines, smile lines, crow's feet or facial creases over the areas where this muscle movement occurs.
Soft-tissue fillers, such as Juvederm, Radiesse or your own fat, can help fill in these lines and creases, temporarily restoring a smoother, more youthful-looking appearance. When injected beneath the skin, these fillers plump up creased and sunken areas of the face. They can also add fullness to the lips and cheeks. Juvederm, Radiesse and fat may be used alone or in conjunction with a resurfacing procedure, such as a laser treatment, or a recontouring procedure, such as a facelift.
If you're considering a facial-rejuvenation treatment with Restylane, Juvederm, Radiesse or fat in Boston, your consultation will give you a basic understanding of the procedure - when injectables can help, how the procedure is performed, and what results you can expect. Please ask your doctor if there is anything about the procedure you don't understand.