Facial Fillers, Botox® Cosmetic, Laser Resurfacing and More
When your skin is smooth, and firm and radiant, it is easy to feel confident and attractive. At our Brookline practice, serving the Boston area, we offer facial rejuvenation treatments that include Dysport™, BOTOX® Cosmetic, fillers with hyaluronic acid, Radiesse®, laser resurfacing and more. For each patient, our goal is to plan a customized skin care regimen that will repair aged, sun-damaged skin and maintain a youthful appearance for years to come.
- Injectable Fillers
- Laser Skin Resurfacing
- Zo Skin Health
Neurotoxin Injections (BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport™)
If your brow and forehead have permanent lines and you look like you are frowning even when you are not, you may be giving the wrong impression to others around you. There are many options for improving forehead wrinkles, including a surgical brow lift. This invasive procedure, however, is not always necessary Dr. Doherty offers his Boston patients an alternative: Dysport™ and BOTOX® Cosmetic injections.
Both Dysport™ and BOTOX® are neurotoxins. The injection is a simple non-surgical procedure that smoothes the deep, persistent facial wrinkles caused by hyperactive muscles beneath the skin. Dysport™ and BOTOX® Cosmetic have been aaggressively tested and is approved by the FDA. Neurotoxin injections have no scarring and result in minimal downtime. Patients are able to receive treatment and return immediately to their everyday lives.
Dysport™ and BOTOX® are purified proteins produced by the Clostridium botulinum bacterium. Both Dysport™ and BOTOX® work by blocking transmission of nerve impulses to the muscles in the area. Dysport™ and BOTOX® effects are confined to the injection site and do not travel throughout the body.
Boston plastic surgeon Sean Doherty has found that Dysport™ and BOTOX® are popular among both male and female patients who have the following conditions:
- Frown lines between the eyebrows (glabellar area)
- Forehead creases (frontalis area)
- Crow’s feet near the eyes (orbicularis oculi muscles)
- Bands or cords in the neck (platysmal bands)
Skin is made up of two layers. The outer most layer of skin is called the epidermis. It is a protective layer that controls the loss of water from our bodies. Below the epidermis is the dermis which is made up of collagen—a protein. Collagen forms the network of support of our skin.
When skin is young, the collagen framework is strong, healthy and intact. This allows the skin to be moisturized and elastic. Young skin is strong and resilient. Lines that appear when smiling or frowning disappear after smiling. This is because the skin is elastic. Over time, the collagen framework weakens and skin tends to lose its elasticity. Older skin is less resilient, so the facial lines that appear with a smile or frown do not disappear when there is no smiling or frowning.
While surgery remains the best way to achieve long-lasting results, soft tissue skin fillers can create significant improvement in patients of most ages. Patients who come to our practice for facial fillers report improvement in the following areas:
- Wrinkle reduction
- Increase in tissue volume
- Skin contour improvement in areas of acne scarring
Soft tissue augmentation using fillers injected just below the skin’s surface may add volume to the face and smooth deep lines and crevices that no not respond to surface treatments. Hyaluronic acids and calcium hydroxylapatite produce an immediately visible difference in the skin’s appearance. Filler injections with eventually lose their form and wear down. Touch ups and repeat treatments are required to maintain the desired result over time.
Each of the fillers offered at our practice has certain advantages. In most cases, a combination therapy may result in the best effect. Dr. Doherty looks forward to discussing all of the possibilities of facial filler injections.
JUVEDERM® dermal filler is a hyaluronic acid dermal filler that contains a high concentration of cross-linked hyaluronic acid. This attribute provides optimal results with a single treatment of JUVEDERM® in the majority of patients and delivers sustained results for up to six months or longer.