What you should know about non-surgical facial rejuvenation: Botox, facial fillers (such as Juvederm and Restylane), and laser skin treatments.
All cosmetic surgeons agree upon the importance of patients being properly informed about these cutting-edge beauty treatments. Knowledge about the correct uses, potential risks, and recovery time for each new product is essential to making a good choice and achieving the best aesthetic outcome.
BOTOX® is a solution injected under the skin, in order to treat over-acting facial muscles that cause wrinkles. It can also be used to gently lift the eyebrows. BOTOX® should only be administered by trained medical professionals in a medical setting, because when used improperly, significant complications can occur, including double vision and facial muscle weakness.
Injectable Fillers include Restylane, Radiesse, Collagen, and Sculptra. The intent of each filler is to inflate areas beneath and within the skin, thereby stretching the skin and reducing lines and folds. Each filler must be injected in a series of sites, depending on the patient’s specific needs. While economical, some of the fillers require repeat treatments on a recurring basis.
Laser facial treatments are advertised under many different names. They all have the same objective: to heat up the skin, stimulate collagen production, and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
Thanks to advances with fractionated technology, it is now possible to more precisely treat facial wrinkles with laser and to obtain outstanding results. Both the effectiveness and safety of facial laser treatments have improved significantly in just the past few years.
Microdermabrasion is based on a machine that emits a stream of fine, sand-like particles. This flow of crystals is then applied against your skin in a controlled fashion, resulting in a gentle abrasion of the skin surface.
Dr. George Garcia is an Oculoplastic Surgeon and serves as Assistant Clinical Professor at the Jules Stein Eye Institute at the UCLA School of Medicine. He is one of the rare cosmetic surgeons in Orange County to have completed both an Ophthalmology residency and a 2-year Ophthalmic Plastic Surgery Fellowship.