James L. Pertsch, MD

 

Botox® Injections

 

There are individuals who would like to enhance their appearance, but do not want to undergo surgery and want as little downtime as possible. Many individuals have turned to Botox® injections, a quick, virtually painless procedure. Botox® is a form of botulinum toxin that, when injected, temporarily paralyzes muscles that cause wrinkles. This treatment reduces or eliminates frown lines, forehead creases, crow’s feet near the eyes and thick bands in the neck. Botox® treatments result in a youthful and more refreshed appearance.

 

Botox® injections take only a few minutes to an hour to be performed, depending on the size of the treatment area. Also with Botox® injections, there is little or no discomfort involved. Plus most patients are able to return to their normal activities immediately after receiving treatment. Generally, the effects of your Botox® injections should last about three to six months, and further treatments may be advised. There are very few known side effects involved with Botox®. These include temporary bruising, and mild muscle aches.

 

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Restylane

 

Restylane is a biodegradable gel based on hyaluronic acid, a substance which occurs naturally in the skin. Since Restylane is based on a non-animal, naturally occurring substance, it reduces the risk of any allergic reaction, transmitting disease, or other complications from occurring. No skin test is required. When injected, it can smooth wrinkles and folds, give volume to your lips or give shape to your facial contours. Restylane treatment sessions take less than 30 minutes and patients can return to their normal routine soon after. The results are instantaneous and last anywhere from six to 12 months. Since Restylane is biodegradable, when it breaks down, it turns into water and carbon dioxide, and disappears without a trace from your body.

 

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Collagen/Fat Injections

 

Collagen/fat injections can help restore youthfulness in one’s appearance without the incisions and the downtime. This procedure is especially helpful in adding fullness to the lips and cheeks. When injected, the filler plumps up the creased and sunken areas of the face. Collagen/fat injections can help reduced the appearance of laugh lines, smiles lines, crow’s feet and other facial creases. These injections result in improved skin texture and a more youthful appearance.

 

Now there is always a possibility of complications occurring in the procedure. With collagen, the risk involved is the possibility of an allergic reaction. A skin test is performed to help reduce this risk. Fat injections are not susceptible to allergic reaction since the fat is harvested from the individual’s body.

 

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Hylaform

 

Hylaform is a gel made from hyaluronan, a natural substance already found in your skin. No skin test is required, and the body biologically accepts the Hylaform gel, reducing any risk of allergic reaction or complications. When injected, the Hylaform gives support to the skin, and results in a smoother, softer look. This can help erase facial lines and wrinkles. Hylaform can also be used to lift and increase your lip border. The procedure usually takes about half an hour and patients are able to return to their everyday activities immediately after treatment. The results are immediate and last approximately six months.

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