If you want to smooth out fine lines on your face and turn back the hands of time, you should consider neurotoxin or dermal filler injections. These treatments are not medical; they are cosmetic. These injections help address a person’s concern about appearance and can smooth out fine lines and wrinkles that occur as a person ages. Injectables are popular treatments that have very little downtime and improve one’s appearance. For many, cosmetic injections are a great alternative for patients who are not quite ready for plastic surgery. Cosmetic injectables can be administered by Dr. Dayal, a skilled physician, who will effectively and safely enhance and rejuvenate your appearance.
Neurotoxin Injections :
What are Neurotoxin Injections?
Neurotoxin injections are most commonly known for their successful use in cosmetic therapies.
Initially, neurotoxin injections were approved to treat strabismus (crossed eyes), blepharospasm (spasm of the eyelids), and cervical dystonia (muscle contractions in the neck). The FDA approved it to be used for relaxing frown lines in the glabella area between the eyes on the forehead.
Neurotoxin injections reduce facial lines and wrinkles formed from the aging process and by hyper-functional muscles. They can also be used to treat excessive sweating.
One of the commonly used types of neurotoxins is a purified protein toxin produced by the Clostridium botulinum bacteria. Although it is a toxin, there have been no serious side effects reported. This is because the neurotoxins are used in extremely small amounts for medical treatments and do not spread throughout the body.
Procedure for Neurotoxin Injection
The area to be injected is cleaned thoroughly. A topical anesthetic cream is applied and the neurotoxin material is injected into the area with a fine needle.
When the neurotoxin is injected into a muscle, it blocks the conduction of nerve impulses to that area and as a result, the muscle weakens. As the muscle weakens, the skin overlying the muscle relaxes and the wrinkles in the skin gradually soften and often disappear.
The conditions which are contraindicated for the use of neurotoxin injections include:
- Pregnancy and breastfeeding
- Previous history of reaction to the toxin
- Neurological diseases ( myasthenia gravis, Eaton-Lambert syndrome, neuropathies)
- Age - below 12 years
- Infection or inflammation at the injection site
- Use of certain medications such as aminoglycoside antibiotics (may increase the effect of the neurotoxin), chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine (may reduce effect), and blood-thinning agents, warfarin or aspirin (may result in bruising)
Adverse Effects of Neurotoxin Injections
Although neurotoxin injections are well accepted, they are associated with certain adverse effects such as redness, bruising, infection, and pain at the injection site.
Dizziness, difficulty in swallowing, headache, and muscle weakness may also occur when these medications are injected into muscles. Double vision, drooping or swollen eyelid, dry eyes, reduced blinking, and increased sensitivity to light may also occur.
Dermal Fillers :
What is Dermal Filler Treatment?
Our skin is made up of three layers namely, the epidermis or the outermost layer, the dermis is the second layer and the hypodermis which is the deepest layer. As we age, the supportive components of our skin such as elastic fibers, collagen fibers, and hyaluronic acid, a substance that maintains the skin texture, get destroyed slowly. As a result, our skin becomes thinner, drier and less elastic and starts to sag. Wrinkles (fold or crease in the skin) begin to develop in the areas such as the forehead, and around the eyes and lips. The lips get thinner and lose their original beauty especially in the V-shaped area of the upper lip known as Cupid's bow.
Dermal filler injections are used to rejuvenate your aging skin and smooth away facial wrinkles and folds. Dermal fillers are used for lip enhancement and facial contouring. They are also indicated for restoring skin volume, smoothening nasolabial folds (the folds running from the sides of the bottom of the nose to the outer corners of the mouth) and to treat fine lines, crow's feet (little lines on the side of the eyes), frown lines, acne scars and forehead creases.
Procedure for Dermal Filler Treatment
Facial contouring is done to enhance the appearance of facial lines, wrinkles and folds. Facial contouring with dermal fillers softens the facial lines and wrinkles and helps restore the volume and fullness to the skin. The area to be treated will be marked and then the dermal filler will be injected. The results of the treatment are immediate, giving you a more youthful appearance.
In the first 24 hours following the injection, your doctor may recommend that you avoid excessive sun or heat exposure, any strenuous exercise, and alcoholic beverages in order to decrease the risk of developing temporary redness, swelling, and/or itching at the injection sites.
Risks of Dermal Filler Treatment
After the procedure, some patients may experience pain, redness, tenderness, swelling, bruising, or itching, lumps and bumps and discoloration. All of these adverse effects are usually mild and temporary, lasting less than seven days. There may also be a risk of infection, as seen with all skin injection procedures.