What is Botox? How can I get this treatment?
Botox is a purified protein derived from botulism toxin and is a therapeutic muscle-relaxing agent that works at motor nerve endings (nerves that lead to muscles). It acts as a nerve impulse blocker; in other words it keeps muscles from contracting, which makes them appear relaxed or smooth.
Within several days to a week after the botulinum toxin is injected into the affected muscle(s), the spasms or contractions are reduced or eliminated altogether. The effects of botox are not permanent, reportedly lasting anywhere from three to eight months. By injecting the toxin directly into a certain muscle or muscle group, the risk of botox spreading to other areas of the body is greatly diminished.
The botox molecule is tagged to albumin to attach it to protein and prevent extensive spread.
When botox — botulinum toxin A — is injected into the muscles surrounding the eyes, for instance, those muscles can not “scrunch up” for a period of time. They are paralyzed. So the wrinkles in that area, often referred to as “crow’s-feet,” temporarily go away.
Botox shots are widely and successfully used to remove facial lines, especially frown lines, “crow’s feet,” and forehead lines.
This service is available to both regular patients and for patients on an occasional or one off basis.
You are of course assured of complete confidentiality and discretion. Treatment is completed using our entirely private and discrete waiting area and consultation room.
What can Restylane injections do?
Restylane is part of a family of treatments known as fillers. Essentially whereas botox prevents a muscle from contracting and causing a wrinkle in the skin, a filler is used to plump up the skin and fill out the wrinkle. This is useful for lines that are present all the time.
What about lip augmentation?
Restylane can also be used to augment the ridges of the lips and can fill depressed acne scars.
It is performed as an office visit and will need to be repeated at 3-6 month intervals to maintain its’ “anti-aging” effects.
We can also provide for permanent lip implants but would usually only do so once a client was happy with the appearance of a temporary augmentation using a filler.
When the nasolabial folds and jowls are properly treated, the individual regains a softer more youthful appearance to the face.