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Anti-Aging Injectables

These days more than ever we're focused on our appearance and fighting the signs of aging. At Sullivan Dermatology, we offer a variety of safe and approved dermal fillers and neurotoxins that smooth the lines, creases, wrinkles, and folds. With expertly placed injectables, our patients are able to enjoy an appearance "refresh" without surgery or downtime. For your personal injectables treatment plan, we invite you to schedule a cosmetic consultation today.

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Injectables

ideal if you have:

Frown lines between the eyebrows that give the appearance of a permanent scowl, crow's feet around the eyes, a dimpled or cobblestoned chin, and (less commonly) Botox® and Dysport® can be used to correct “bunny lines” on the nose—the downward turning of the corner of the lips that comes with aging—and lines on the neck.

HOW IT WORKS:

Botox® and Dysport® are the most popular cosmetic procedures in the United States. They can be performed in just a few minutes, with results in 24 to 48 hours. The muscles of the face repeatedly contract and tighten over time, and this can cause wrinkles. Botox® and Dysport® work by blocking the signal from the nerve to the muscles, resulting in the reduction of muscle activity which in turn reduces the appearance of wrinkles and the formation of lines that form over time. As the muscles relax, skin becomes smoother and deep lines begin to fill in with repeated treatments.

Both Botox® and Dysport® are safe and FDA-approved. The best way to ensure you receive the results you are looking for is to only receive injections from a highly experienced provider, such as Dr. Sullivan. Dr. Sullivan will typically numb the area to be treated with an anesthetic cream prior to treatment to reduce any discomfort. You will be able to return to work within minutes after treatment. The differences between Botox® and Dysport® are subtle and the effects vary between treatment areas and among patients. Dr. Sullivan uses both products and will be happy to discuss the pros and cons of each product with a patient on an individual basis.

RESULTS INCLUDE:

Botox® and Dysport® offer rapid results with very little risk, and improvement is seen within days and can last anywhere from 3 to 5 months. As the product wears off, muscle action returns gradually. The previously treated lines and wrinkles may then begin to reappear and will need to be treated again. With repeated treatment, the lines and wrinkles often appear less severe than before. Most patients find that as they begin to do either Botox® or Dysport® on a regular basis.

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ideal if you have:

Excessive sweating of the underarms or hands that interferes in your daily life or causes stress and discomfort.

HOW IT WORKS:

This FDA-approved treatment blocks nerve impulses to the sweat glands in underarms and hands to stop the site from producing sweat. During this 10 to 15 minute procedure, Dr. Sullivan administers several injections to the affected area.

RESULTS INCLUDE:

While not a permanent solution to excessive sweating, most patients enjoy results for more than 6 months. In many cases, Botox® for Hyperhidrosis is covered by a patient’s health insurance.

IDEAL IF YOU HAVE:

Frown lines between the eyebrows that give the appearance of a permanent scowl. Also may be used to reduce the appearance of other facial lines, such as crow's feet around the eyes.

HOW IT WORKS:

Jeuveau™ is a modern-made neurotoxin that is safe and approved by the FDA to temporarily improve the appearance of frown lines. It is similar to Botox® and Dysport®, but Jeuveau™ is the first and only product of its kind dedicated exclusively to aesthetics, and it is the only new neurotoxin in almost a decade. The differences between Jeuveau™ and other neurotoxins such as Botox® and Dysport® are subtle, and the effects vary between treatment areas and among patients. Dr. Sullivan uses all three of these products, and will be happy to discuss the pros and cons of each product with a patient on an individual basis.

The muscles of the face repeatedly contract and tighten over time, and this can cause wrinkles. Jeuveau™ works by blocking the signal from the nerve to the muscles, resulting in the reduction of muscle activity, which in turn reduces the appearance of wrinkles and the formation of lines that form over time. As the muscles relax, skin becomes smoother and deep lines begin to fill in with repeated treatments.

When you arrive for your Jeuveau™ appointment, Dr. Sullivan will typically numb the area to be treated with an anesthetic cream prior to treatment to reduce any discomfort. The procedure can be performed in just a few minutes, with results within days. You will be able to return to work within minutes after treatment. 

RESULTS INCLUDE:

Jeuveau™ offers rapid results with very little risk. Improvement is seen within days, and can last anywhere from 3 to 5 months. As the product wears off, muscle action returns gradually. The previously treated lines and wrinkles may then begin to reappear and will need to be treated again. With repeated treatment, the lines and wrinkles often appear less severe than before.

 

ideal if you have:

Lines from the mouth to the chin, lines above the upper lip, frown lines (best combined with Botox® or Dysport®), loss of volume or definition in the lips and loss of volume under the eyes/tear troughs.

HOW IT WORKS:

Juvederm Volbella® XC is a very soft filler approved for use in the lips and to fill and plump the fine lines around the lips. It can also be used to restore lost volume in fine lines anywhere in the face for more a youthful, fresher appearance. Since it is a very soft filler, it can placed superficially to restore lines that were previously untreatable. Juvederm Volbella® XC is a gel-like substance composed of hyaluronic acid, a substance that naturally exists in the body. Within the human body, hyaluronic acid is found between the cells, where it provides skin with its suppleness and flexibility. As we age, our body’s own natural levels of hyaluronic acid decrease. This natural decrease in hyaluronic acid, combined with other factors, results in the appearance of wrinkles over time.

Treatment with Juvederm Volbella® XC replaces the lost hyaluronic acid, restoring the lost volume to smooth wrinkles and lines and adding fullness and/or volume. There are minimal risks associated with dermal fillers, most of which can be avoided by choosing an experienced injector, such as Dr. Sullivan.

RESULTS INCLUDE:

Juvederm Volbella® XC fillers last about one year depending on the patient’s metabolism.

ideal if you have:

Lines from the nose to the mouth (the nasolabial fold), lines from the mouth to the chin, loss of volume in the cheekbones or cheeks, loss of volume under the eyes/tear troughs, and/or loss of volume or veins in the back of your hands.

HOW IT WORKS:

Juvederm Voluma® XC is an FDA-approved hyaluronic acid filler that lifts and contours the cheek and mid face. It can also be used to plump the lips and restore lost volume in places like the cheeks and temples for a more youthful appearance. Juvederm Voluma® XC is a gel-like substance composed of hyaluronic acid, a substance that naturally exists in the body. Within the human body, hyaluronic acid is found between the cells, where it provides skin with its suppleness and flexibility. As we age our body’s own natural levels of hyaluronic acid decrease. This natural decrease in hyaluronic acid as we age, combined with other factors, results in the appearance of wrinkles and smile lines over time.

What makes Juvederm Voluma® XC different from other hyaluronic acid fillers is that it contains larger particles of hyaluronic, making it thicker than Juvederm® and thus a better choice for more severe facial wrinkles and/or deeper contouring.

RESULTS INCLUDE:

Juvederm Voluma® XC fillers last up to two years, depending on the product used and the patient’s metabolism.

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ideal if you have:

A stubborn double chin but are not interested in surgery. Over a series of injections, Kybella®
will correct moderate to severe fat beneath the chin and neck area that you’d like removed, without the necessity of surgery. 

HOW IT WORKS:

Kybella® is the first and only FDA-approved injectable treatment to remove the appearance of a “double chin.” Its active ingredient is deoxycholic acid, a naturally-occurring molecule produced by the body that physically destroys fat cells. Once they are destroyed they are then unable to store or accumulate fat. Kybella® is administered as a series of injections to the desired treatment area every 4-6 weeks until the desired effect is achieved. Most patients do well after 3-6 treatments.

RESULTS INCLUDE:

With fat cells under the chin destroyed, patients notice a dramatic reduction in the area’s fullness, making for a leaner, thinner-looking profile.

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ideal if you have:

Smile lines (also called the nasolabial folds, which run from the corners of the nose to the corners of the mouth), marionette lines running downward from the corners of the mouth, pre-jowl, or loss of facial volume on either side of the chin, chin wrinkles, and oral commissure lines along the mouth that give the appearance of frowning.

HOW IT WORKS:

Radiesse® is an injectable filler made of tiny calcium-based microspheres that works via two mechanisms. Once injected, not only does it immediately add volume but also over time, the microspheres are absorbed by the body’s natural mechanisms. The calcium microspheres are similar to minerals that are found naturally in the body. Over time, the body absorbs both the microspheres and gel, leaving behind only natural collagen. This process makes Radiesse® unique in that it acts as a scaffold under the skin, providing structure and stimulating your own natural collagen to grow. There are minimal risks associated with dermal fillers, most of which can be avoided by choosing an experienced injector, such as Dr. Sullivan.

RESULTS INCLUDE:

The production of natural collagen continues for several months beyond the initial effect of initial injection, and lasts one to two years in most patients.

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ideal if you have:

Facial wrinkles like the nasolabial lines (the lines from your nose to the corners of your mouth,) as well as loss of volume in places like your lips, cheeks and temples.

HOW IT WORKS:

Restylane® Lyft is a gel-like substance composed of hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a substance that naturally exists in the body. Within the human body, hyaluronic acid is found between the cells, where it provides skin with its suppleness and flexibility. As we age, our body’s own natural levels of hyaluronic acid decrease. This natural decrease in hyaluronic acid, combined with other factors, results in the appearance of wrinkles and smile lines over time. Treatment with Restylane® Lyft replaces the lost hyaluronic acid, restoring the lost volume to smooth wrinkles and lines or and adding fullness and/or volume. There are minimal risks associated with dermal fillers, most of which can be avoided by choosing an experienced injector, such as Dr. Sullivan. 

RESULTS INCLUDE:

Restylane® Lyft lasts from 6 to 9 months depending on the patient’s metabolism.

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ideal if you have:

Deep wrinkles and loss in facial volume due to aging, and would like to restore skin’s structure and firmness for a more youthful appearance.

HOW IT WORKS:

Sculptra® is an injectable liquid containing micro-beads of poly-L-lactic acid, the same material that some absorbable sutures are made of. When these micro-beads of poly-L-lactic acid are injected into the skin they are slowly absorbed and result in the formation of new collagen by the body. Once injected, Sculptra® works deep within the skin to stimulate your skin’s own collagen production to increase overall facial volume. Generally, Sculptra® is administered as a series of three sets of injections over a 3 to 4 month period and results in a gradual restoration of dermal fullness. Sculptra® is used to add natural-looking volume to areas of the face. It is best for adding volume to hollow cheeks, softening cheekbones, filling nasolabial folds, hollow chins, undefined jawlines, hollow temples, and some body sites. 

Sculptra® is different from Juvederm®/Restylane® in that it adds volume to the face and fills grooves and hollows. It is generally more lifting and better for the aging face that has wrinkles created by loss of volume. Juvederm® and Restylane® fill specific wrinkles and lines. Filler choice depends on a number of factors such as the location and depth of the wrinkle and/or defect, the desired degree of correction, and the age of the patient. Cost is also an important consideration, and Dr. Sullivan welcomes patients to come in for a free consultation to discuss which options fulfills their needs.

RESULTS INCLUDE:

Fuller looking, firmer skin. With increased collagen production, skin looks visibly younger and deep wrinkles are diminished. Results can last up to two years.

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