What makes up a good skin care program?
The five basic steps of a powerful skin rejuvenation program are:
- The correct cleansing regime for your particular skin type.
- An excellent topical exfoliant to unroof the (dead skin cells) stratum corneum (glycolic, lactic, azeleic acids)
- A dermal growth stimulator (tretinoin, retinoids, retinols).
- The correct nutrients and antioxidants to promote dermal growth (topical C, topical E).
- Photoprotection (Topical C, titanium dioxide) from the sun’s damaging UVA and UVB rays.
Pharmaceutical fillers are medical compounds or implants, not drugs, that work by replacing lost volume. Soft-tissue fillers are generally considered temporary, semipermanent or partially permanent since the results of treatment will diminish over time.
Your face is always changing as the result of aging and weight fluctuation, so while the notion of a permanent filler may seem attractive, it is often not desirable or appropriate for the long term.
What type of fillers are available?
There are five basic groups of dermal fillers: collagen-based, hyaluronic acid based, synthetic temporary fillers, semipermanent fillers and partially permanent fillers.
Collagen-based fillers are used to fill wrinkles, moderate creases and depressed scars. They are also effective for adding volume to the lips.
An anesthetic may be used to minimize pain. Fillers usually require overfilling or touching up at two weeks to achieve desired results (excess fluid is absorbed by the body over the first few days.) Results last several months.
Restylane is a hyaluronic acid, a natural compound found in human tissue that binds water. It can be used to decrease the appearance of fine lines, creases, depressed scars and is also effective for adding volume to the lips. It is equally effective in decreasing the appearance of frown lines, “smoker’s lines” and prominent nasolabial folds. Restylane is a non-animal hyaluronic acid.
A topical anesthetic or dental block may be used prior to injection.
What is Botox and what is it used for?
Botox is an FDA approved denervating agent is used to treat wrinkles, creases and furrows by temporarily paralyzing the offending muscles, restoring “balance” between the opposing muscle groups.
Botox is botulinum type A neurotoxin that generally requires three to eight pinpoint injections per region. It is used for smoothing out the forehead, crow’s feet, smile lines and other areas where muscle imbalance exists.
Botox treatments have no associated “down time”. Botox requires 5-10 days to achieve its full effect, and that effect can last up to four months.