Fillers for Facial Contouring
Fillers and Botox can do some seriously amazing things for your appearance. When these cosmetic injections are performed by an expert injector at Schweiger Dermatology Group, you can contour, correct and even change the shape and look of your face. Here, some of the cosmetic upgrades you can achieve with fillers and Botox.
The Liquid Facelift
Dermal fillers are used as non-invasive ways for patients to soften and even get rid of unwanted wrinkles, face creases and age lines. In addition to BOTOX, other injectables used include Juvederm, Radiesse and Restylane that will help contour the face shape to the patient’s preference. The key ingredient in these fillers is hyaluronic acid, a substance already naturally-occurring in the body that helps add volume and hydration to the skin. As a person ages, their skin gets thinner and more elastic, and with the aid of these fillers, the sagging skin will be plumped up, making the face and other body parts look fuller and more youthful.
Non-Surgical Nose Job
Think you can only fix that bump on your nose with a traditional rhinoplasty? Think again. A syringe of filler can help improve the look of your nose and even make it appear smaller. “Filler on the nose helps to even out small nasal bridge bumps and gives a straight profile, which will give the impression of a smaller nose,” explains Julie Gessin, PA-C of Schweiger Dermatology Group’s Penthouse location.
Treat a Gummy Smile with Botox
For people who might feel self-conscious about their gummy smiles (showing too much of their top gums while smiling), Botox injections can be used to reduce the visibility of gums when you grin. Smiling should be an expression of happiness, but for those with too much gum showing, it’s often an act full of self-consciousness —especially in this time of all selfies, all the time. Botox injections can decrease the amount of gums showing when you mug for the camera. Botox in this instance by paralyzing the hyperactive muscles in the upper lip, reducing its elevation and ultimately reducing your gummy smile in a matter of minutes. Botox will be injected into the muscles of the upper lip, and by weakening those muscles it will lower the elevation of the top lip, and reduce the amount of gums visible when smiling.
Turning Your Frown Upside Down with Botox
Do you constantly have a frown? Botox can be injected into the muscle that is pulling the corners of your lips to relax that muscle and stop the pulling downward movement.
Botox to Soften the Jawline
Patients who want to have a more narrow jaw or whose jaw has widened and increased in size over time due to clenching of the masseter muscle in the side areas of the jaw, can have it “softened” or reduced with Botox treatment. Botox will be injected via needle into the masseter muscle under the cheekbones by a dermatologist, it will then weaken those muscles within minutes. The size of the jaw will decrease over time. Like all Botox procedures, the results will last 3-4 months, though with continued injections, the muscle will begin to atrophy over time due to lack of use, and the jaw will stay narrower. “Regular treatments over time will even lead to muscle hypertrophy, meaning that the muscle loses strength and volume as it is used less and less over time,” Dr. Eric Schweiger explains.
Sculptra filler is a dermal filler that is placed below the skin to add volume and fill in deep folds of the face. It is unique because it not only fills in folds, such as the nasolabial folds (smile lines), but it stimulates your body’s own collagen production; this process results is longer lasting results and more dramatic improvement of volume depletion. In fact, Sculptra was originally used to treat lipoatrophy (loss of fat) associated with long term use of certain medications. We continue to use it to treat those people who can benefit from Sculptra due to the side effects of medications, but now also use it to add volume for both men and women who have experienced the normal volume loss that comes with aging.