Textural changes within the face result from aging and exposure to sunlight. The deep folds, wrinkles, and creases which develop over time are lessened using a variety of techniques including laser resurfacing, botulinum toxin, and fillers.
Botox® has been used by Dr. Rodgers for more than a decade. Manufactured by Allergan, Botox® Cosmetic is FDA approved for the treatment of frown lines in the forehead and wrinkles in the outer eyelids. Xeomin®, manufactured by Merz, is also FDA approved. Their primary action is to weaken muscles, the repetitive contracture of which results in dynamic and static wrinkles. Botox® and Xeomin® are also helpful in lessening crow's feet and raising a droopy eyebrow and lid. Both last approximately three to four months and side effects are rare.
Fillers are materials which replace soft tissue volume lost to aging. There are various fillers used to decrease the depth of facial lines. Restylane® and Lift® were FDA approved in 2005 and 2007, respectively. Both are hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring sugar-like material present in human skin, cartilage, and bone. Neither synthetically manufactured material requires skin testing. Their effects last 6—9 months, and there are minimal side effects (bruising and swelling).
Juvederm® and Juvederm Ultra® are another class of hyaluronic acid filler. Manufactured by Allergan and FDA approved in 2005, Juvederm® and Juvederm Ultra® are highly effective in restoring youthfulness and fullness to the eyelids, lips, and face. Belotero® is a filler which is a softer material used for fine lines and tear troughs. Eyelid hollows and dark circles are at times treated with fillers. Fillers soften the sunken area and often times restore a younger, more vibrant appearance. Radiesse®, a wonderful volumizer made of calcium hydroxyapatite, stimulates collagen formation.
Disclaimer The information contained in this website is presented as a general guide and is not to be interpreted as specific advice for an individual patient. For specific information, contact Dr. Rodgers' office for an appointment.