A frequent concern I hear is, “Dr. Ronan, why do I look tired all the time even though I get plenty of sleep?”.
The answer is simple. During the normal aging process, our faces age in different ways, including: 1. Topical changes in skin tone (sun spots, freckles, rosacea, wrinkles, etc.) can make us look more aged, 2. Despite the fact that we seem to gain fat everywhere we don’t want it, we lose normal healthy fat in our faces (volume loss), and 3. increased skin laxity due to loss of elasticity. The combination of increased laxity along with volume loss further accentuates “dark circles” and is also responsible for the descent of the cheek and the appearance of jowls. The loss of elasticity and time plays a role in the appearance of frown lines, forehead furrow and crow’s feet.
All of these factors as well as time work together to give the appearance of fatigue and aging. Fortunately, there are several non-surgical options that can address these issues and help yield a more youthful appearance, including dermal fillers, injections of neurotoxins like Dysport, and other facial treatments and procedures.
Dermal fillers are a popular non-surgical facial rejuvenation treatment that are administered via injection to reduce lines, creases and areas that appear “sunken-in.” A family of fillers, such as Restylane, has several formulations of the same material (thick, thin, etc.). We choose the best type based on where it will be injected (thin and soft for lips, thick and bulky for cheekbones). The unifying theme of dermal fillers is that they “fill in” areas that have lost volume to create a smoother, more youthful, or more enhanced and defined appearance. In addition to filling in areas of volume loss where depressions and creases may be forming, dermal fillers can also be used to augment or enhance lips, cheekbones, or the chin. Dermal fillers, on average, create results that can last for about six months, although there is some variance between different types of fillers. Sometimes patients may opt to combine dermal fillers with Dysport or other procedures for a more comprehensive facial rejuvenation result.
Dysport is simple protein that is injected into a muscle creating weakness. Muscle action is what causes the wrinkles of frown lines, forehead furrow and crow’s feet (smile lines). Look in the mirror and make these expressions to see the muscles at work. By precisely (and temporarily) weakening these muscles, we can soften the expression and reduce or eliminate wrinkles.
Injections of Dysport and dermal fillers take just minutes to administer and don’t require any downtime afterwards for recovery which makes them easy to fit into just about anyone’s schedule. Most of our patients have memberships for injectables. The procedure and frequency are chosen by the patient in consultation with the doctor. Besides a discount, the payments are made monthly instead of all at once. Our members also get other perks and are first in line for new products and procedures.
If you are interested in learning more about how dermal fillers, Dysport and other injectables, can help improve your appearance, please call our office at 925.736.5757. We can either explain the various options and procedures over the phone, and/or schedule an in-person visit or virtual consultation from the comfort of your home.
By Dr. Stephen Ronan, MD FACS, Blackhawk Plastic Surgery & MedSpa