Injectables and Dermal Fillers
At our plastic surgery practice, we offer a range of cosmetic surgery procedures and skin care treatments to help individuals improve their appearance. Though we are highly experienced in plastic surgery, many of our patients’ needs can be met with injectables and dermal fillers, and for that reason we are happy to offer BOTOX® Cosmetic and Restylane® treatments. Refreshing one’s appearance can require as little as smoothing out wrinkles and laugh lines, and injectables and dermal fillers help accomplish just that.
Popular for the treatment of crow’s feet, laugh lines, wrinkles, age lines, frown lines, and droopiness around the eyes, as well as excessive sweating and muscle spasms, BOTOX® Cosmetic is a safe and effective injectable that can be administered in minutes. The injectable – a Botilinum toxin – serves to inhibit the nerve impulses below the skin responsible for lines and skin creases. Because the treatment is administered non-invasively directly below the skin, normal muscle movement and control is unaffected, and there is no recovery time associated with the procedure.
By blocking nerve impulses to the superficial muscles directly beneath the skin, BOTOX® Cosmetic can reduce or eliminate the appearance of lines and wrinkles in the affected area for up to 6 months, at which point further treatment can be sought to maintain your appearance. More than 11 million people have undergone BOTOX® treatment, and it is approved by the FDA for the temporary treatment of glabellar lines on the face. If you want to rejuvenate your appearance and turn back the clock, BOTOX® Cosmetic may be for you.
Unlike BOTOX® treatment, which is an injectable neuro-toxin that temporarily paralyzes the muscles directly beneath the skin, Restylane® is dermal filler, and is designed to provide volume and fullness. Rather than contracting the muscles to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles, Restylane® fills in laugh lines, wrinkles, age lines, and hollow areas with filler material. Because of this, Restylane® if often a better option for individuals seeking a more plump or enhanced appearance.
Made from a non-animal hyaluronic acid (hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring element in the body), Restylane® is harmlessly absorbed into the body over a period of 3 to 6 months. Once the absorption process is complete, the patient may wish to once again undergo treatment to maintain his or her desired look. The areas of the face that Restylane® is most effective at treating include the skin immediately above the upper lip, the corners of the mouth, the lower part of the jaw, and the lower cheeks.
Wrinkles, age lines, a loss of skin elasticity, and tissue pockets are all caused by a breakdown in the body’s natural collagen. Radiesse® is a unique treatment option in that it promotes collagen production. As a result, the benefits of Radiesse® are long-term, often lasting up to a year or longer in some patients. Despite the fact that collagen production is stimulated over time, results are still visible immediately thanks to the effects of the dermal filler.* As the filler is harmlessly absorbed into the body, collagenesis begins to take place and provide natural results.*
Juvéderm® injectable dermal filler replaces the body’s natural hyaluronic acid. By binding and absorbing water molecules beneath the skin, Juvéderm® increases volume, thus resulting in a smoother skin complexion.* By filling in wrinkles, laugh lines, age lines, and creases around the mouth and nose, Juvéderm® can make an individual appear years younger.*
Juvéderm® is unique among HA fillers: the treatment is extremely comfortable, as the filler is infused with a natural anesthetic known as lidocaine for the benefit of the patient, and a unique manufacturing process utilizing Hylacross™ technology makes Juvéderm® the only smooth-consistency HA gel and filler to be approved by the FDA for treatment of up to one year.
Patients who wish to see cosmetic improvement of the face and neck, but aren’t quite ready to undergo surgery may consider Viora. Viora is a non-surgical treatment that uses radiofrequency energy to tighten the skin and reduce fat cells. Many patients opt for this procedure to tighten the skin around the cheeks and eyes, or to get rid of sagging, wrinkled skin on the neck.*
Laser Hair Removal
Shaving, plucking and waxing can all add up to a tedious, and uncomfortable, routine. Dr. Schuster is pleased to offer laser hair removal, using the advanced LightSheer DUET laser. The high-speed laser can achieve excellent results in just one treatment session and can be used on many parts of the body, including the underarms, back, legs and more. Read more about laser hair removal.
Learn More about Injectables and Dermal Fillers
We are advocates for injectables and dermal fillers at our Baltimore area practice, because they provide noticeable, immediate results, and offer a simple alternative to cosmetic surgery.* If you are interested in reducing the appearance of wrinkle lines on the face but are wary of undergoing cosmetic surgery, injectables or dermal fillers may be able to provide the look you are seeking. To schedule a consultation with our team, please feel free to contact our plastic surgery practice today.
*Individual results may vary