We understand that plastic surgery procedures are not the first choice for many people. Often, our patients are interested in addressing their cosmetic concerns using non-surgical treatments like injectables. It pleases us to offer a variety of options.
Neuromodulators: Relax Muscles to Smooth Wrinkles and Soften Skin
Neuromodulators are injectable wrinkle-reducers that have a particular function beneath the skin. The term neuromodulator is not commonly used, but chances are you have heard of a product that is classified as such. Botox, Xeomin, and Dysport are the neuromodulators that are widely available today.
What is a Neuromodulator?
These injectables work by altering nerve activity within a target area. In the body, a neuromodulator is a messenger involved in the transmission of signals between neurons. Signals between neurons are also delivered via neurotransmitters. Acetylcholine is an example of a neurotransmitter. It is a chemical released by neurons to activate muscle movement. When we frown or lift the eyebrows, the muscles in the upper region of the face are activated by this neurotransmitter. Over time, repeated facial expressions result in permanent lines between the eyebrows, at the corners of the eyes, or across the forehead. A neuromodulator can soften them.
Where the neurotransmitter acetylcholine sends messages for muscles to contract and move, a neuromodulator like Botox, Xeomin, or Dysport prevents this process. Injections of a neuromodulator into an often-used muscle prevents the release of acetylcholine, thus allowing the overlying skin to lie smoothly.
Fillers: Restore Volume, Contour, and Smooth Deeper Wrinkles
Dermal fillers work differently than neuromodulators, which is one reason why patients often combine the two types of treatment. These injectable products are known for quickly and effectively reducing the appearance of unwanted wrinkles. Fillers also add contours to areas such as the lips, cheeks, nose, and jawline to give the face a more youthful shape. We offer a number of dermal filler options in our Raleigh office, including Juvederm, Restylane, Belotero, Versa, Radiesse, and Sculptra.
The vast majority of dermal fillers used today contain hyaluronic acid. This naturally-occurring substance is already present in the skin, facilitating moisture retention and plumpness. Hyaluronic acid is also a shock-absorber for the joints. It works by binding to water molecules and holding them in place for a period of time. The way that dermal fillers work, then, is by boosting the amount of hyaluronic acid in a target area, such as in the creases around the nose and mouth. With more hyaluronic acid here, there is more water and, where there is more water, there is more plumpness in the skin.
Hyaluronic acid dermal fillers are non-animal based and tissue-friendly. The effects occur immediately, so our providers achieve beautiful, natural-looking results that patients enjoy right away.
Sculptra and Radiesse: Dermal Fillers with a Twist
Sculptra and Radiesse are exceptions to the rule when it comes to dermal fillers. These products are not based on hyaluronic acid but on alternative substances that both fill lines and stimulate collagen production for a more gradual rejuvenation process.
Kybella: Injectable for Double Chin Fat Reduction
Kybella is, so far, a one-of-a-kind injectable. This FDA-approved cosmetic drug, based on deoxycholic acid, was developed specifically for submental fullness. Yes, Kybella is the injectable solution for that stubborn double-chin. To achieve optimal results, patients typically undergo 2 to 4 sessions. Our experienced providers make each appointment comfortable and, after each, unwanted fat gradually melts away.
Benjamin C. Wood, MD, MBA, FACS
Dr. Benjamin Wood is a board-certified plastic surgeon with a particular interest in nonsurgical facial rejuvenation. Dr. Wood has served as the Medical Director of Clinical Science for Merz Aesthetics since August 2019. In this role, he has been directly involved with global leaders in the collaboration and development of innovative cosmetic treatments. Patients appreciate Dr. Wood’s friendly demeanor and thoroughness in explaining treatment options based on their unique needs.
Amanda is an experienced, certified physician assistant with extensive training in the administration of injectable treatments. Our patients appreciate Amanda’s knowledge regarding various injectable procedures and rely on her to make confident decisions about treatment based on clear, thorough information.
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