BOTOX®, Facial Fillers and PRP
As we age, our skin changes. Over time, the natural volume of youthful skin begins to diminish as wrinkles and folds form. We offer our patients several facial fillers that can be injected to fill in deep creases or scars, improve facial contours and give body and definition to your lips. These fillers provide a fresh new look without surgery and include:
BOTOX® & Facial Fillers
BOTOX® Cosmetic injection is a wrinkle reduction procedure that can reduce or eliminate wrinkles in the face, including forehead lines, frown lines between the eyebrows and crow’s feet around the eyes. It is not surgery and there is no chance of scarring. It is safe, and you can resume all your activities immediately after treatment.
The number of injections depends on the amount of area being treated. Repeat injections may be recommended every three to four months during the first year to keep the muscles blocked and allow the skin to smooth out. The injection process takes only about 15 minutes and results are evident in 3 to 5 days. Plus, there’s minimal recovery or downtime. So you can step into our office for treatment and step right back into your life.
Xeomin® injections are used to block the release of chemicals that cause frown lines. Frown lines are formed when facial expressions are made as the muscle under the skin contracts. Over time, as your skin ages, these repeated expressions cause lasting frown lines.
Juvedérm Voluma® XC adds volume to correct age-related volume loss in the cheeks to help create a more youthful appearance. Wrinkles and lines aren’t the only signs of aging. Over time, the cheeks flatten, and the skin may begin to sag. This is caused by a natural loss of volume in the cheek area, or what the experts call age-related midface volume loss. Juvedérm Voluma® XC is designed to add volume beneath the skin’s surface to life and contour the cheek area.
Juvedérm Volbella® XC adds subtle volume to lips and softens the appearance of vertical lip lines with less swelling and is proven to last up to 1 year. Some people simply have naturally thin lips and just want to achieve a fuller appearance. Other people have noticed their lips thinning over time and may also have vertical lip lines become more noticeable. Whatever your unique needs are when it comes to your lips, Frantz Cosmetic Center can help you.
Juvedérm Ultra® XC is used to reduce the appearance of fine lines, increase volume in lips and soften the appearance of the nasolabial folds.
Nonsurgical Facelift, Facial Enhancement & Treatment for Wrinkles
There are many options for those patients who want a softened and refreshed appearance without undergoing surgery. Appropriate, careful and artistic use of BOTOX®, Xeomin® and/or Juvedérm Voluma® XC, can get rid of unsightly wrinkles and folds, fill in areas of tissue loss and can be used for lip enhancement. Fat is also a wonderful filler. Dr. Ehrlich will be happy to discuss which solution is right for you. The aging neck can also be a challenging area, but with our expert use of injection treatments, you can have the tight skin you deserve.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
Autologous PRP (platelet-rich plasma) can be used for skin rejuvenation on the face, neck, hands or other parts of the body. As it is prepared from your own tissue and contains no synthetic products or ingredients, it can be used in virtually any area of your body.
PRP injection contains high concentrations of your own biologic, nutrient-rich cells. Your blood contains life-giving, fundamental protein growth factors that are designed to restore and strengthen your body. When applied on, in, or under your skin, PRP releases these natural building blocks, promoting skin health by stimulating and rebuilding your underlying skin integrity. After several treatments, the skin shows smooth, very natural plumping of the tissues under the skin and underlying tissues.
This is an office procedure and does not require anesthesia or sedation. Topical and/or local anesthesia is sometimes used. After your blood is drawn, your own PRP is safely and quickly prepared in our office, then used for your treatment, all within the same office visit.
How does PRP injection work?
Think of PRP as a regenerative medicine that causes aesthetic improvement when introduced into or under your skin. Your own concentration of healing cells works within your body to naturally promote a “structure and signals” process for new tissue and collagen growth.
When will I see results?
After the treatment(s), patients often notice fine lines and wrinkles have softened and deeper wrinkled areas (such as nasolabial folds) may look more plump and smoother. The main goal of treatment is to stimulate fibroblasts and develop long-term collagen formation in the dermis. Plumping in the treated areas may slowly be integrated into the dermis, creating a platform for stronger skin and a more healthy appearance. Overall, results are gradual and will vary from person to person, based on health, age, and genetic make-up. Most patients enjoy quantifiable improvements in skin complexion, texture, and tone, usually within three to five weeks. Subtle improvements can continue for up to one year, particularly with multiple treatments.
What areas can be treated with platelet-rich plasma?
PRP is completely your own tissue and contains no synthetic products or ingredients. Therefore, virtually any area of the body can be treated, such as the face, neck, chest, hands, scars, etc. PRP is sometimes applied topically (after skin treatments, either with needles or lasers). Injected beneath the skin, PRP may act as both a volume enhancer and agent of skin rejuvenation.
What does “autologous” mean?
When your own tissue is grafted in you or given back to you, it is called an autologous graft, by far the safest and longest lasting-type of tissue graft. Placing your own fat on the face, breasts, or hands is autologous grafting. You may think of it as a graft from “me to me.”
When will I be able to return to work?
There is some swelling and redness for several hours after the treatment. You should be able to return to work the next day.
How many treatments will I need?
The basic strategy for a PRP injection program can range from one to four treatments spaced at least four to six weeks apart. Yet, once you discuss the primary priorities of your skin needs with your physicians, the number of treatments may vary.
Are there any side effects?
Because all of the components in PRP are from you and you alone (autologous in origin) there is virtually no risk of an allergic reaction or intolerance. Nevertheless (before the treatment) you need to disclose all medications you are taking (including herbs) to your doctor.
How will I take care of my skin after the treatment?
In order to enjoy a maximum response to your PRP injection treatment, you should eat right, drink lots of water and incorporate the facial skin care recommended by your physician.