For treating signs and the appearance of aging, we have many options today. The traditional surgical facelift with its high price tag and painful recovery period is not the only option for dealing with wrinkles, fine lines and creases. Injectable treatments like Xeomin, Botox and dermal fillers can help fight the signs of aging without having to undergo surgery.
At Las Vegas Laser and Lipo, Dr. Edward Zimmerman and his staff are highly trained at injectable treatments. Depending on the areas and issues you are trying to treat, we can help you determine the most appropriate treatment options. To get your best look for 2015, contact Las Vegas Laser and Lipo today.
Xeomin is a neurotoxin very similar to Botox. It acts to block the nerve activity in muscles, which leads to a reduction in muscle activity. When injected into the face it reduces muscle activity that can cause wrinkles and creases. Xeomin is commonly used to treat frown lines, crow’s feet, creases around the mouth and forehead wrinkles. Its effect in smoothing out wrinkles is apparent within one week of application. It is not, however, permanent and needs to be re-applied every three to six months.
Dermal fillers – like Radiesse – are injected under wrinkles, creases or lines. They bulk up the tissue under the wrinkle, causing it to fade or even vanish. The effect of dermal fillers is apparent immediately. Depending on what filler is used, the effects may be permanent or the procedure may need to be repeated every few months to years.
A wide variety of different substances are used as dermal fillers. Hyaluronic acid is one of the most popular dermal fillers on the market. Its effects may last for up two years, and repeated use appears to stimulate the body to produce collagen that may make the effect permanent.
Collagen injections are also often used as dermal fillers. The results of collagen fillers don’t last as long as other fillers. They may start to break down as quickly as one month after application. If cow collagen is used, there is an increased risk of an allergic reaction.
Fat is sometimes used as a filler. Fat is surgically removed from some other part of the body and is injected. Its effects may be permanent. However, the need to surgically harvest fat and process it means that fat fillers are much more expensive than other dermal fillers.
Synthetic dermal fillers include silicone, Radiesse, and Sculptra. The effects of synthetic fillers tend to last much longer than the more natural fillers. Often, the effects are permanent. However, the risk of developing serious side effects from synthetic fillers are much higher than for natural products such as collagen and hyaluronic acid.
Risks and Side Effects
Dermal fillers have a higher risk of side effects than Xeomin. The fillers sometimes form permanent bumps under the skin. Occasionally, the skin will turn bluish over the filler. The most common side effects are temporary bruising and swelling at the injection site.
Side effects of Xeomin used to treat wrinkles are generally mild and include itching, bruising and infections. These side effects usually subside on their own over time following treatment.