Our practice offers a range of cosmetic procedures and skin care treatments to help individuals improve their appearance. While many patients seek us out for our depth of plastic surgery experience, we also specialize in less invasive treatments that deliver noticeable results. Many patients achieve the results they desire with injectables and dermal fillers. These quick treatments can help you refresh your appearance by smoothing out wrinkles and creating more fullness in your face.
What are BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport®?
BOTOX® Cosmetic is a safe and effective injectable that can be administered in minutes. The active ingredient – Botulinum toxin – serves to inhibit the nerve impulses below the skin. This reduces or eliminates lines and wrinkles in the treated area for up to six months, at which point maintenance treatments can extend your results.
This makes BOTOX® Cosmetic a popular treatment for:
- Crow’s feet
- Laugh and frown lines
- Age lines and wrinkles
- Droopiness around the eyes
BOTOX® can also effectively treat non-cosmetic concerns, including excessive sweating and muscle spasms.
Since its FDA approval in 2002, more than 11 million people have used this injectable to rejuvenate their appearance without the downtime typically associated with surgical procedures. BOTOX® Cosmetic has virtually no recovery time, and many patients return to work the same day. If you want to turn back the clock without pausing your busy life, BOTOX® Cosmetic may be for you.
Dysport® works similarly to BOTOX® Cosmetic, but is typically used to treat moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows.
What are Dermal Fillers?
Dermal fillers are used to address another common sign of aging. If you’re experiencing a loss of volume or facial contours, fillers can plump hollows of the face, add fullness to the lips, smooth lines, and soften creases. Most popular dermal fillers use hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance within the skin, to achieve a more youthful-looking complexion. Radiesse® is an exception and promotes collagen production for longer-lasting benefits.
During your consultation, our providers will help you choose the right dermal filler for your goal. You may benefit from some combination of the fillers we offer, which are:
Dermal fillers generally have very little downtime. Many patients return to their normal activities the following day. You might notice some bruising, which typically resolves in a day to a week.
How Do I Know Which Injectables are Right for Me?
Typically, patients who are concerned about dynamic lines and wrinkles will benefit most from BOTOX® Cosmetic or Dysport®. Those treating a loss of facial volume see better results with dermal fillers.
Many of our patients choose to combine injectables to achieve the look they want. Our team will make personalized recommendations during your consultation.
How Should I Prepare for My Injectable Treatment?
There’s very little you need to do to prepare for injectables. You should skip harsh exfoliants or irritating products like Retin-A in the week leading up to your treatment. If you’re prone to bruising, cutting out nonessential anti-inflammatory drugs might be recommended. Our practice is happy to answer any questions about products or medications that should be avoided.
Can Injectables Be Combined with Facial Plastic Surgery?
While many patients are satisfied with the effects of injectables alone, others go on to correct advanced signs of aging through surgical procedures. Rather than being mutually exclusive, injectables can extend the results of facial plastic surgery.
Learn More About Cosmetic Injectables in Baltimore
If you’re interested in reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles but are wary of undergoing cosmetic surgery, injectables or dermal fillers could be the solution. At our Baltimore area practice, board-certified surgeon Dr. Ronald Schuster has helped countless patients achieve noticeable, immediate results through these minimally invasive treatments. To schedule a consultation with our team, contact our plastic surgery practice by calling 410-902-9800.