As we age, our faces begin to show the effects of gravity, exposure to the sun, and years of facial muscle movement, such as smiling and squinting. The underlying tissues that keep our skin looking youthful begin to break down, often leaving laugh lines, smile lines or facial creases over the areas where this muscle movement occurs. Injectable fillers 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.
Injectable fillers 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. Among the most popular are:
BOTOX® – BOTOX injections effectively and temporarily relax the facial muscles where expression lines deepen and become more noticeable. With less movement, the skin surface gradually smoothes out, and the moderate to severe frown lines begin to fade. This is particularly effective on the forehead, between the eyes and crow’s feet. The process takes only a few minutes and there is no recovery or down time.
Restylane®– a cosmetic dermal filler made of hyaluronic acid, a natural substance that already exists in the human body. It is very effective for filling in the nasolabial folds, also known as “marionette” lines and for plumping lips. Resylane lasts twice as long as collagen, so treatments are typically scheduled twice a year.
Juvéderm® Injectible Gel is the “next generation” of dermal fillers. It is created by Allergan – the manufacturer of Botox®. Juvéderm provides a smooth, long-lasting correction of moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds. Dermal fillers are used to restore volume and fullness to the skin, giving a healthy, youthful appearance. Juvéderm contains the highest concentration of non-animal, cross-linked hyaluronic acid of any dermal filler currently available. It is currently the only approved hyaluronic acid dermal filler that has demonstrated its safety and effectiveness in patients of color. It is optimal for mild, moderate, or severe nasolabial folds, marionette lines, and excellent for plumping the lips.
Dr. Hantes has years of experience working in the fields of gynecology and urogynecology. He attended medical school and completed his residency at the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth, where he also served as a professor for five years. Residents were able to work with underprivileged and high-risk patients, treating difficult and complex cases.
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