After years of making the same expression thousands of times, creases or folds begin to appear. Botoxin is a serum that is injected directly into a muscle, causing wrinkles or "expression" lines to virtually disappear. The effect of Botox® is temporary, lasting between 4-6 months, and is effective for the forehead lines, "frown lines" between the eyes, and for "crow's feet" of the eyes. See: In-office surgery suite; this procedure is suitable for our in-office surgery suite.
Collagen is a natural protein that is found throughout the body-in skin, muscle tendon and bone. In the skin, collagen provides texture, resiliency and shape. Aging, disease and injury can all weaken the collagen fibers that give your skin its underlying strength. Purified injectible collagen can be used to treat deep lines and depressions in the skin. There are three steps to this process: a skin test, the treatment series and periodic touch-ups. Collagen treatments will ordinarily last 3 to 6 months between touch-ups. See: In-office surgery suite; this procedure is suitable for our in-office surgery suite.
Thinning or aging lips can be made fuller and more defined using a variety of techniques. Collagen injections are a good way to temporarily "plump up" either the bottom or top lip or both. These injections will generally last 3 to 9 months. A more permanent method of increasing the fullness is by the doctor inserting a then piece of the patients own scar tissue (harvested from an existing scar on the body)through minute incisions on the inside of the mouth.