Botox and Dysport are made from the botulinum toxin and are designed to relax the tiny muscles in the face that allow you to furrow your brow, squint, and frown. Because you can no longer move those muscles to create the wrinkle, it keeps your skin in better condition over time. Dermal fillers such as Versa, Restylane, or Juvederm work by immediately volumizing the area that is injected.
Dermal fillers can be used at the corners of the mouth to treat a downturned smile, to fill nasolabial folds (smile lines), to smooth-out smokers lines around the lips, to reshape chin lines, to add more definition to cheeks, to fill in the tear troughs (for those who feel they have “sunken” eyes), to correct brow lines and plump and shape the lips! Dr. Shakov will discuss treatment options with you during your appointment.
Like all of our cosmetic treatments, a Dermal Filler treatment begins with an in-depth assessment of your skin’s current state. Dr. Shakov will assess the potential treatment areas and work with you to decide how to treat each area.
A topical anesthetic is placed on the injection site (a quick swipe of lidocaine cream) and Dr. Shakov will begin injecting the appropriate areas.
The actual time for injections is quite fast, but Dr. Shakov likes to ensure that each of their patients is given a thorough assessment before treatment begins.
There is a slight risk of allergic reaction. Most commonly, any side effects are mild, but they can include redness and itching at the injection site, slight bruising or small lumps (which are normally easy to massage out). Notify Dr. Shakov immediately if you suspect any reaction
No. Dermal Fillers are not to be used by patients with a history of allergic reaction to gram-positive bacterial proteins or anyone who has an active skin infection at the proposed injection site. It should also be avoided by patients who are on blood-thinning medications as that can increase bruising and bleeding
As the effects of most Dermal Fillers are temporary, it is recommended that our patients repeat the injections every 6-9 months, depending on their individual needs. The effects will wear off gradually and naturally, and repeated injections are completely voluntary.