Wrinkle Reduction with Botulinum Toxin (Botox)
Botulinum Toxin (Botox) injection is a quick, nonsurgical cosmetic procedure that smoothes the creases and lines between your brows, forehead, and crow feet that develop over time as you age. A few injections will relax the lines for up to four months, with results seen in a few days. Botulinum Toxin is a natural, purified protein, and very low doses are injected into the facial expression muscles that cause lines to form. Unlike the fillers, which add volume in order to smooth wrinkles, Botulinum Toxin injections relax the muscles that cause wrinkles.
During the procedure, which takes about 10 minutes, the medicine is injected under the skin using a fine needle. Discomfort is minimal, and patients most likely will not develop significant side effects, although slight temporary bruising may occur at the injection site. The treatment typically involve little or no downtime, and patients are able to immediately resume their normal activities.
Blunt Tip Needle (Microcannula) for Filler Injection
Filler injection is among the most common non-surgical facial rejuvenation procedures in Minnesota. Traditionally, the procedure requires the use of sharp beveled hypodermal needle. It is typically painful while injecting in the facial skin, especially when a large volume of filler is used or when used in sensitive areas such as the lips because it is cutting through the skin and tissue. It also could potentially cut through small blood vessels which can cause bruising.
With the introduction of a blunt tip needle, also called a microcannula, it is possible to have a near painless and bruise-free procedure. Blunt tip needles for filler injections are similar to regular needles, but they are longer and more flexible, and they have blunt tips and ports on the sides allowing the filler to be distributed more evenly.
There are many advantages of a blunt tip needle for filler injections.
- Less pain: traditional filler injections need numerous needle sticks, but blunt tip needles need only two entry points for a typical filler injection. A longer, more flexible needle with a blunt tip is able to reach much larger areas.
- Bruise-free: The beauty of the blunt tip is it allows the needle to easily steer its way around blood vessels instead of cutting through them with traditional needles.
- More skin rejuvenation: Mechanical stimulation caused by the needle’s back-and-forth movement induces micro-trauma in local tissue, which stimulates fibroblast to produce new collagen and stimulates platelets to release growth factors.
Juvéderm is an injectable gel dermal filler, similar to Botox, that instantly smoothes out wrinkles and lines on the face. This simple procedure provides a natural, smooth look and only requires about 15 minutes to perform. Juvéderm is available in two formulations—Juvéderm Ultra and Juvéderm Ultra Plus. Juvéderm Ultra offers versatility in enhancing the usual wrinkles and folds. Juvéderm Ultra Plus is usually used to correct deeper folds and wrinkles.
During the procedure, Juvéderm is injected under the skin using a needle. The filler temporarily adds volume to the skin, which can last up to one year. There is very little downtime. Mild redness, swelling, and tenderness may occur at the injection site after the procedure, but these effects are temporary and typically heal within a few days.