|Pain Level After Treatment
|Topical anesthetic or ice for numbing
|Duration of Treatment
|Immediately to 4 days depending on the injection used
|Return to regular activity
|1 day later
|Call for details
Although no one can argue with the superior results and permanency that surgery can afford a patient who seeks facial rejuvenation, surgery is not for everyone. Some people prefer not to have surgery for health reasons, apprehension towards surgery, inability to afford the downtime or the cost, or simply because they are not sure they want a permanent result. Botox®, Dysport®, and fillers offer these patients a great alternative to surgery.
When someone looks in the mirror and is unhappy with their face, there may be several factors causing them dissatisfaction. If a patient is unhappy with wrinkles around their forehead, eyes, and cheeks, or the shape of their cheeks, lips, and jowls, then they may be a good candidate for an injectable treatment. We offer Botox, Dysport, Restylane®, Restylane® Lyft, Juvéderm®, Juvéderm Voluma® XC, Bellafill® and Radiesse® as less expensive, quicker alternatives to patients who do not want – or do not need – a surgical procedure. Results can last six to 24 months depending on the injectable, the location, and the patient. Patients are usually very happy with this trade off for an immediate rejuvenated look.
Because of the massive amounts of fillers on the market people can get confused by the difference between each injectable. Botox and Dysport are proteins that temporarily stops the nerve from communicating with the muscle, thus preventing that muscle from creating a wrinkle. This effect takes four days to take place and lasts four to six months. Restylane, Restylane Lyft, and Juvéderm are all gels made from hyaluronic acid, a natural sugar that binds water and creates fullness that lasts six to 12 months. Radiesse, a more viscous filler, is made from tiny calcium particles in a solution, which also creates fullness that is less forgiving than the hyaluronic acid fillers, but can last one to two years. A non-surgical facelift can be performed on patients by utilizing the different fillers and Botox or Dysport as a temporary substitute for a surgical facelift.
An initial consultation is set-up where we discuss your options for non-surgical facial contouring, and whether you are a good candidate for the procedure. Since this is an in-office procedure, preparation is minimal. Since the face has excellent blood supply, patients are encouraged to stop medications that cause bleeding, such as aspirin, or aspirin products (Motrin or Ibuprofen), a week before this procedure. Mild to moderate pain is alleviated with local anesthesia or ice to numb the area that is injected.
Our office will provide you with a detailed post-operative instruction sheet that will be individualized to your needs.
For more information about this procedure, call our Fairfax office at 703-206-0506 or book an appointment online.
Information on this web site is for information only. Do not use the information to diagnose or treat your plastic surgery or cosmetic surgery problems. Please contact your plastic surgeon with all questions and concerns.