Do I Need a Rhytidectomy (Facelift)?

Are you thinking about getting face lift surgery (rhytidectomy)? Not everyone who wants to look younger needs a rhytidectomy to see results. For many patients, non-surgical treatments with a skilled dermatologic surgeon can provide anti-aging results. They can even delay the need for surgical interventions.

Postpone a Rhytidectomy (Facelift) With Non-Surgical Anti-Aging Treatments

Starting as young as possible, great skin care, sun protection, and professional treatments in a dermatologic surgeon’s office can help you prevent or postpone the need for facial plastic surgery. However, if you’re at the point where you’re thinking about a rhytidectomy, there are still options that can help you achieve a more youthful look.

BOTOX & Dermal Fillers

Cosmetic injectables help reduce visible aging in a variety of ways going beyond the smoothing of crow’s feet or lip enhancement. In the hands of a skilled dermatologic surgeon, injectables like Botox and dermal fillers can also correct facial volume loss and sagging.

  1. Correcting Sagging Jowls: We can lift and tighten jowls to smooth your jawline using Botox and facial fillers. Botox injections can be used to tighten the jawline muscles. Facial fillers injected into the cheek area can also lift the loose, sagging skin while also restoring lost facial volume. We often use Juvederm Voluma and Restylane Lyft for this job, but the appropriate filler varies from patient to patient. Sculptra is also a popular injectable to correct facial sagging, as it rebuilds collagen beneath the skin. This provides greater support for the skin. Many patients combine Sculptra with a hyaluronic acid filler like Juvederm or Restylane for even greater results.
  2. Eye Rejuvenation: If you have under-eye bags/dark circles or brows that droop, you may have considered an blepharoplasty (eye lift) or a brow lift as part of your rhytidectomy. However, injectables like Restylane under the eyes and Botox into the brow area can restore a more youthful, alert appearance. If you’re just noticing these signs, microneedling can also help for prevention and to reverse aging progression.

Microneedling and Laser Skin Rejuvenation

Whether or not you choose cosmetic injectables, you may also consider a series of laser or microneedling treatments to assist with facial rejuvenation and anti-aging. Microneedling and laser skin resurfacing treatments help in a variety of ways.

  1. Boosting Natural Collagen and Elastin Production: Collagen provides volume and support beneath the skin while elastin improves skin elasticity. Both also increase skin healing to reduce the signs of aging.
  2. Reducing Surface-Area Imperfections: Fine lines, wrinkles, sun damage, uneven skin tone and texture, and even scars make us look older. Microneedling and laser skin treatments help reduce the appearance of these surface imperfections.

While these treatments don’t provide dramatic results for patients who have more advanced signs of aging, they can be used to supplement other treatments and as a preventative measure.

Kybella and CoolSculpting’s CoolMini

Your face may be smooth and youthful, but what about your neck and chin? While Botox can tighten neck muscles for a smoother look, it does nothing for double chin fat. Liposuction can reduce submental fullness, but if you want to avoid surgery, both Kybella and CoolSculping are FDA-approved for double chin reduction.

  1. Kybella is an injectable treatment that melts fat beneath the chin. It was the first FDA-approved non-surgical treatment for submental fullness.
  2. CoolMini was developed as a specialized double chin applicator using CoolSculpting, the #1 non-surgical fat reduction procedure. With the CoolMini applicator, CoolSculpting double chin reduction was FDA-approved and works well to reduce submental fullness.

Non-Surgical Treatments to Improve Results Following Rhytidectomy

Many patients won’t see their desired results without a rhytidectomy. However, if you have facial plastic surgery, you can still benefit from non-surgical cosmetic enhancements and skin treatments.

While a rhytidectomy can tighten loose skin, it does not restore lost facial volume. Therefore, many patients still benefit from dermal filler treatments. Laser skin treatments are also incredibly popular following a rhytidectomy, as the surgery does not address skin care to correct sun damage and scars. Botox and Botox alternatives like Dysport and Xeomin are also popular with patients following facelift surgery for fine lines and maintenance.

Postpone a Rhytidectomy at the Laser and Skin Surgery Center of Indiana

Considering surgical or non-surgical procedures for facial anti-aging? Come see us at the Laser and Skin Surgery Center of Indiana (LASSI) in Indianapolis for a non-surgical consultation first. Find out if non-surgical treatments are right for your facial anti-aging needs and goals. Our own Dr. C. William Hanke is a board-certified dermatologic surgeon with decades of experience in facial rejuvenation and has even led clinical trials for BOTOX, Kybella, and various laser treatments. Dr. Hanke can help you postpone the need for a rhytidectomy with a personalized treatment plan for your needs and goals. Contact us today for a consultation.

What to Look for in Botox Before and After Photos

Millions of men and women receive Botox Cosmetic treatments each year, and countless aesthetic medical practices offer this service. It’s difficult to determine which practices will give the best results, so it’s important to do your homework. This includes looking at the physicians’ board certifications, licensing, educational background, and experience. However, Botox before and after photos are probably the easiest and fastest way to determine if a physician can give you natural-looking, beautiful results.

What to Look for in Botox Before and After Photos

You’ve likely seen Botox before and after photos on the official Botox Cosmetic website. The question isn’t “Does Botox work?” Rather, the question is, “Can this doctor give me good results using Botox?”  The tool is only as good as the physician who uses it. You’ve seen great Botox results and horrible Botox results. How do you avoid the horrible Botox results? Choose a physician who is:

  • a board-certified dermatologic surgeon
  • has years of experience administering Botox to patients
  • has plenty of Botox before and after photos to show you during your consultation

When examining before and after photos, you want to be able to ask your dermatologic surgeon questions about the results. You should be able to see a visible reduction in lines and wrinkles, but the results should look totally natural.

What Can I Expect From My Botox Before and After Photos?

Botox results vary from person to person. There is no one-size-fits-all approach. Botox is a prescription product and a medical treatment. Botox isn’t for everyone and no two people will have identical results. That being said, your dermatologic surgeon can give you an idea of what kind of results you can expect to see based on your needs, expectations, and the amount of Botox used during treatment.

If you want to really see your results, we highly recommend consenting to taking before and after photos. Much of the time, as the results gradually appear over several days and up to 2 weeks, patients don’t notice their results as dramatically. Having before and after photos helps you see just how much of a difference the treatment made. It also prevents you from going too far with treatments or seeking out unrealistic expectations that lead to poor results.

Can I Trust Botox Before and After Photos I Find Online?

botox before and after photosIn the beauty industry, we have all gotten used to edited photos that are not a true representation of expected results. However, when you work with a board-certified dermatologic surgeon, the FDA and medical ethics ensure that you see and receive real, accurate depictions of results. If you’re working with a board-certified dermatologic surgeon in good standing who has an excellent reputation, you can rest assured that their Botox before and after photos depict real patient results.

If you don’t see a lot of Botox before and after photos on a provider’s website, don’t assume they don’t have the experience or results to show you. Many patients have approved their photos for use inside of the practice but haven’t given permission for publication in marketing materials. Your dermatologic surgeon likely has a large collection of Botox before and after photos to show you once you arrive for your consultation. While it would be nice to see more photos before that first appointment, feel comfortable and confident knowing that your doctor values patient privacy.

What About Dysport and Xeomin?

Botox isn’t the only wrinkle relaxer out there. Dysport is a popular Botox alternative that is also FDA-approved. While Dysport is similar to Botox in many ways, it has important differences that would make it a better treatment for some patients. Xeomin is another Botox alternative which operates a little differently than Dysport and Botox. None of these wrinkle relaxers is inherently better than the others; however, your dermatologic surgeon may find that one of these lesser known botulinum toxin wrinkle relaxers would be better for your unique needs.

Why Choose the LASSI for Botox in Indianapolis?

Our founder and medical director Dr. C. William Hanke is a board-certified dermatologic surgeon who has been injecting Botox Cosmetic for over 15 years. Additionally, he has been an investigator in clinical trials for Botox and Xeomin. While other Botox clinics will delegate Botox injections to nurses, Dr. Hanke personally treats each Botox patient himself. That’s part of the LASSI difference.

Schedule Your Botox Consultation Today

Are you ready to see what Botox can do for you? Let us help you with your own Botox before and after! Schedule a consultation with the LASSI today. We look forward to helping you look more youthful.

Spring Open House

Join us for the Beauty in Bloom Spring Open House

April 20, 2017
4:00-8:00pm

Don’t miss The LASSI’s 2nd Annual Beauty In Bloom Spring Open House on Thursday, April 20, 2017, from 4PM to 8PM.

Featuring CoolSculpting & Hydrafacial demonstrations, treatment & product specials, the opportunity to win free gifts, wine, hors d’oeuvres, and more!

Please RSVP via e-mail to marketing@thelassi.com or phone at 317.660.4900.

Come spend the evening with us and enjoy:

  • wine and hors d’oeuvres
  • treatment and product specials
  • live CoolSculpting & Hydrafacial demonstrations
  • the opportunity to win free gifts

Botox and fillers will be available for purchase at promotional rates.

Interested in purchasing Botox/fillers AND getting treated at the open house?

Call 317.660.4900 to schedule your appointment as space is limited and treatments are by appointment only.

Please RSVP to marketing@thelassi.com, or by phone at 317.660.4900.

Popular Cosmetic Treatments for the New Year

Ring in the New Year with These Popular Cosmetic Treatments

Our Most Popular Cosmetic Treatments Help You Look Amazing for NYE

Many people wait until a new year arrives to make lifestyle changes, but you don’t have to wait for the holiday to start your resolutions. You still have time to look great before the ball drops with today’s popular cosmetic treatments.

Look Amazing in Your Cocktail Dress: CoolSculpting Non-Surgical Body Contouring

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Individual results may vary from person to person.

CoolSculpting is a popular cosmetic treatment that freezes away unwanted fat. While the procedure is not a weight loss solution for obesity, it will tone your physique. To be a good candidate for CoolSculpting, you need to have visible bulges on specific areas of your body – ones you’d like to unload.

Treatment Areas: The FDA has approved CoolSculpting for double chins, abdomens, thighs, and flanks. The treatment option is also effective for the fat bulges along your back and below your buttocks.

Downtime: With CoolSculpting, you’re unlikely to experience downtime. In fact, you can return to work the day of the procedure.

Results: You should start to see changes in your body as quickly as three weeks following your treatment. After about two months, you’ll see the procedure’s most dramatic results. For four to six months after a CoolSculpting procedure, your body will continue to flush out the treated fat cells.

Take a Better Selfie: Kybella and CoolMini Double Chin Reduction

popular cosmetic treatments include double chin reduction

Individual results may vary from person to person.

Kybella and Coolmini are the first and only non-surgical solutions for double chin reduction.

Treatment Areas: Kybella and CoolMini are treatment options for the area below your chin to reduce submental fullness. While Kybella is currently being tested body fat elsewhere on the body, it is only FDA-cleared for double chin reduction. CoolMini is simply a special CoolSculpting applicator specifically suited for the double chin.

Kybella Downtime and Results: With Kybella, you will likely experience bruising, swelling and numbness, so you may need to take some time to heal. Most people see visible results with two to four treatments of Kybella, but you can have as many as six treatment sessions. The results of Kybella are permanent once you reach the look that you desire. It can take up to 12 weeks to see the final results of the treatment.

CoolMini Downtime and Results: Because a CoolMini treatment is nonsurgical, you won’t experience downtime following the procedure. Patients begin to see results in just one to two visits, however, more treatments may be necessary depending on the patient.

Banish Lines and Wrinkles: Botox, Dysport and Xeomin

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Individual results may vary from person to person.

If fine lines and wrinkles are making you feel less than celebratory this year, consider popular cosmetic treatments like Botox, Dysport or Xeomin. These products are injectable neuromodulators. They are formulated to modify the nerve impulses of your facial muscles. This decreases the look of wrinkles.

Treatment Areas: Botulinum toxin is FDA-approved for treatment of lines and wrinkles across the forehead, between the eyebrows (called the 11s), and crow’s feet. It’s also FDA-approved for the treatment of hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating).

Downtime: You’ll experience minimal downtime with cosmetic wrinkle relaxers. Swelling from injections typically subside within a couple of days.

Results: The results from Botox should be noticeable within 2-3 days, with full results appearing within 2-3 weeks. You will need to follow up on the treatment every four to six months.

 

Countdown to the New Year’s Kiss: Lip Enhancement with Restylane Silk and Juvederm Volbella

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Individual results may vary from person to person.

Restylane Silk and Juvederm Volbella are hyaluronic acid fillers formulated specifically for lip enhancement. The fillers are thinner than other HA fillers, giving patients a smoother, softer, natural-looking result.

Treatment Areas: Both Restylane Silk and Juvederm Volbella are formulated to treat thin lips, lip asymmetry, and lines around the lips.

Downtime: Patients report experiencing swelling and tenderness at the injection site. Dr. Hanke uses advanced cannula techniques which are painless. Results are usually always excellent. These side effects are mild and typically last for one or two days. We recommend patients avoid makeup for 12 hours following treatment, and sun/saunas for about two weeks.

Results: After the injection, you should see results immediately. According to the manufacturer, 59 percent of those who have the treatment continue to see an improvement after six months with Restylane Silk, and up to a year with Juvederm Volbella.

Laser Skin Treatments

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Individual results may vary from person to person.

While a laser skin treatment can be used to treat birthmarks and acne, the procedure also evens out skin tone, diminishes the signs of sun damage and reduces wrinkles.

Treatment Areas: Lasers can be used almost anywhere on the body, but patients typically have treatments on the face, neck, and hands.

Downtime: You can expect downtime in the form of pinkness that ranges from one to seven days, depending on the laser.

Results: You may need from one to four sessions to see noticeable results from a laser treatment. It can take up to four months for the procedure’s final results to appear.

Other Popular Cosmetic Treatments to Look Refreshed for the Ball Drop

To look refreshed for this year’s New Year’s Eve party, consider popular cosmetic treatments like chemical peels, facials, and microneedling.

Chemical Peels

Chemical peels are exactly as the name describes. A chemical formulation is applied to the skin to gently and gradually peel away the top layer of skin, revealing healthier, more youthful skin. Peels are great for patients with acne, blotchy red and brown spots, fine lines, and wrinkles.

Treatment Areas: Chemical peels are most often applied to the face, neck, decolletage, and backs of the hands.

Downtime and Results: Gentle peels generally don’t require downtime, but you may experience redness or swelling. Chemical peels will cause your skin to actually peel, so give your face enough time to heal if you have an event coming up. A light peel will last for a month or two, while deeper peels affect your appearance for a longer amount of time.

Facials

Facials are relaxing professional treatments that cleanse, moisturize, and massage the face, neck, and decolletage. Each facial uses different products specific for your skin type and anti-aging needs.

Treatment Areas: Facials, as the name suggests, are most often applied to the face. However, the best facials also include the neck and decolletage. Back facials are also available for patients who are prone to breakouts or dry skin.

Downtime and Results: You will not experience downtime from a facial. If you need blemish extractions, then it will take a few days for you to see the full results as your skin will need to heal. Many patients have a facial about once a month.

Microneedling

Microneedling is a non-surgical treatment that stimulates collagen production. Also called Collagen Induction Therapy, a series of treatments will reduce the appearance of scars, lines, wrinkles, and even stretch marks.

Treatment Areas: Collagen induction therapy is mostly applied to the face. However, some patients have benefitted from treatments elsewhere on the body to treat scars and stretch marks, such as the belly and thighs.

Downtime and Results: There’s little downtime with microneedling. You may experience redness for as long as five days. Full results are seen over time after a series of monthly treatments.

Schedule Your Pre-New Year’s Consultation at the LASSI

To enhance your look for the new year, or to get a head start on your new year’s resolutions to look and feel better, schedule a consultation in our Indianapolis dermatology practice. We offer popular cosmetic treatments that range from facials to Botox and fillers. Our wide range of services makes it convenient for you to get the look that you’ve always wanted. Contact us for a consultation today.

Lower Facelift Without Surgery

How to Achieve a Subtle Lower Facelift Without Surgery

Your basset hound is adorable, but looking in the mirror and finding a resemblance in the jowl area isn’t something you ever wanted to see. How do you slow and reverse what time and gravity have done to your once smooth jawline? You may have considered a facelift surgery, but if surgery doesn’t appeal to you, there are non-surgical options available in our Indianapolis dermatology practice. Cosmetic treatments like Botox and certain dermal fillers can provide a subtle lower facelift without surgery, offering results lasting two years or more.

Get a Lower Facelift Without Surgery With Cosmetic Injectables

Botox to Tighten Jawline Muscles

Botox has been on the market as a cosmetic wrinkle relaxer since 2002. Following extensive clinical trials and research conducted by dermatologic surgeons nationwide, including in our accredited clinical trials facility, Botox was FDA approved as a temporary treatment to reduce the appearance of forehead lines, crow’s feet, and brow lines. However, Botox is also used as an off-label solution to tighten muscles that have become lax over time. This includes the jaw area in what is known as a masseter muscle. This helps patients reduce teeth grinding, provide a more feminine-looking jawline, and reduce the appearance of sagging jowls for a lower facelift without surgery.

Dermal Fillers to Lift the Lower Face

It isn’t just muscles that lose strength over time. As we age, our bodies produce less collagen, the scaffolding beneath the skin that provides youthful volume and plumpness, and elastin, the protein that gives skin the ability to “bounce back” after being stretched out. As both of these youthful building blocks break down, the face loses volume and the skin begins to hang below the jawline.

With dermal fillers, specifically the newer hyaluronic acid cheek fillers Juvederm Voluma and Restylane Lyft, your dermatologic surgeon can restore lost facial volume. This fills out the area while naturally lifting the sagging jowls. This provides patients with the results of a lower facelift without surgery while also restoring lost volume to the cheeks. The best part? Depending on the filler used, your results can be immediately noticeable and last for up to two years, all without a single incision.

Voluma and Lyft aren’t the only fillers that can achieve this effect. Radiesse also provides patients with facial and jawline rejuvenation. Used in a similar way to Juvederm Voluma or Restylane Lyft, Radiesse is injected by a dermatologic surgeon to restore lost facial volume. The difference with Radiesse is that your results improve over time as the filler triggers natural collagen production, restoring the scaffolding beneath the skin. The result is more youthful facial volume that pulls the loose skin back upward to reveal a smooth jawline.

Sculptra is yet another solution that provides patients with gradual results. The entire face looks more youthful while also providing the patient with that smooth jawline over time and after several injection appointments.

Cosmetic Injectables for Non-Surgical Facial Rejuvenation at the LASSI

At the Laser and Skin Surgery Center of Indiana, we carry a large selection of FDA approved cosmetic injectables for facial rejuvenation. Whether you want to reduce the appearance of crow’s feet or want the full liquid facelift without surgery experience, our dermatologic surgeon Dr. C. William Hanke can provide you with amazing aesthetic results with an emphasis on patient safety and wellbeing. In addition to offering these injectable treatments, Dr. Hanke has taken part in clinical studies for many of the anti-aging treatments we offer in our Indianapolis dermatology practice. You won’t find a more qualified injection specialist in Indiana to provide you with the youthful results you’re looking for.

Schedule an Appointment for a Lower Facelift Without Surgery

Are you curious about what cosmetic injectables can do for you? Are you looking for a solution to sagging jowls and lost facial volume? Come see us before going to a plastic surgeon and committing to an invasive procedure that may result in serious complications. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Hanke in our Indianapolis dermatology practice. During your consultation, we’ll take a full health history and conduct a facial examination to determine which procedures are right for you. The goal is to provide you with a lower facelift without surgery using Botox, facial fillers, or a combination of treatments to suit your needs. We look forward to helping you restore your youthful look!

Holiday Beauty Tips

Top Holiday Beauty Tips and Treatments

This time of year, the Internet is full of holiday beauty tips and makeup tutorials for a beautiful holiday season. But that’s not what you’re going to find here! Forget about contouring with makeup, because our holiday beauty tips will give you lasting results in anti-aging and skin care that will leave you looking great long after the makeup wears off. Learn about wrinkle relaxing injectables, dermal fillers, and skin care treatments that will have you looking amazing at your next holiday party.

Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin Wrinkle Relaxers

Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin are injectables using the FDA-approved botulinum toxin for cosmetic anti-aging and chronic conditions such as hyperhidrosis and migraines. Before holiday parties, we recommend getting Botox treatments for:

  • forehead lines
  • crow’s feet
  • brow lines
  • non-surgical brow lift
  • non-surgical neck lift
  • hyperhidrosis (excessive underarm sweating)

Cosmetic Dermal Fillers

Facial anti-aging is more than tighter skin and smoothed lines; lost facial volume is responsible for hollow cheeks, thinning lips, and sagging jowls. Fast acting hyaluronic acid fillers restore lost volume, enhance facial features, and reduce the appearance of wrinkles and folds. Some of the most popular filler treatments include:

  1. Liquid Facelift: Often used in combination with Botox, a liquid facelift uses fillers to restore lost facial volume, including in the nasolabial folds, marionette lines, cheeks, lips, and even the temples and neck. Results last up to 4 months with Botox and 2 years with fillers. Get your treatments 3-4 weeks prior to a major event. Dr. Hanke utilizes painless cannula techniques for fillers. The results are outstanding and side-effects are infrequent.
  2. Lip Enhancement: Juvederm Volbella and Restylane Silk are specially formulated to provide fuller, more youthful, symmetrical lips with a soft, natural-looking appearance. Results last up to 3-4 months, and we recommend having your treatment 2-3 weeks prior to a big event.
  3. Cheek Augmentation: Some patients have always wanted fuller “apple” cheeks, while others have seen their cheeks “sink” over the years. This is a natural part of the aging process, but thanks to fillers like Juvederm Voluma and Restylane Lyft, you don’t have to live with it. Even better, results can last up to 2 years! Get your cheek fillers at least 2-3 weeks prior to any party or photo shoot.
  4. Under-Eye Rejuvenation: Whether it’s the stress and lack of sleep that comes with the holiday season, or you suffer from allergies, non-surgical under-eye rejuvenation with Restylane can help smooth away dark circles and bags under the eyes. Results last up to 3-4 months. For best results, get your under-eye treatment 3-4 weeks prior to a big event.

Holiday Beauty Tips for Injectable Treatments

If you’re considering Botox or fillers as a pre-holiday cosmetic treatment, follow these tips to recover from your treatments more quickly:

  1. Avoid aspirin and other blood-thinning medications before and after treatment to reduce bleeding and bruising.
  2. Apply ice after treatment to more quickly reduce swelling.
  3. Get your treatment 3-4 weeks prior to your holiday parties and portraits. This provides you with ample time to heal from your treatment and see full results.
  4. Don’t miss your follow-up appointment.
  5. Don’t get injectable treatments for the very first time prior to a major event or photo sitting. If you’ve never had Botox or fillers before, we recommend coming in for your first treatment about 6-7 months prior to ensure your results are as expected.
  6. Don’t drink alcohol for one week before and after your treatment, as alcohol increases bleeding.

Quick-Fix Aesthetic Treatments and Holiday Beauty Tips for Flawless Skin

Need a deep exfoliation or a quick treatment to clear up acne? Looking for holiday beauty tips for better home skin care products? We also provide skin care services in our LASSI Skin aesthetics clinic. Some great treatments to get one week prior to a holiday event include:

  • Dermaplaning: This deep exfoliating treatment uses a specialized blade in the hands of a licensed aesthetic specialist to “shave” away fine facial hair and dead skin cells, leaving behind a smooth, fresh canvas.
  • Blemish Injections: Potent cortisone injections are placed directly into blemishes to blast them away quickly and effectively.
  • Hydrafacial: Also known as hydra-dermabrasion, this deep cleansing facial also delivers potent nutrients to the skin to address common skin concerns.
  • Chemical Peel: Peel away dead skin and diminish the appearance of fine lines, scars, brown spots, and facial redness.

Get More Holiday Beauty Tips at the LASSI

Are you ready to take advantage of our holiday cosmetic treatments? Are you looking for more holiday beauty tips for a more beautiful and youthful holiday season? Schedule a consultation at the Laser and Skin Surgery Center of Indiana, your premier dermatology destination in Indianapolis for cosmetic injectables and aesthetic services. Our board-certified dermatologic surgeon Dr. C. William Hanke and our licensed aesthetician Maura Holland are here to help you look more beautiful and youthful for your holiday parties and portraits, and we all look forward to wishing you a very happy holiday season.

Which Wrinkle Relaxer is Right For Me?

Botox, Dysport or Xeomin: Which Wrinkle Relaxer is Right For Me?

You take great care of your skin, see your dermatologist regularly, and even get facials four times each year. However, you looked in the mirror recently and noticed something was different: fine lines. Fine lines in the forehead, between the eyebrows, and around the eyes, to be exact. Horrified, you Googled “Botox,” and learned that it’s not the only solution for fine lines in the upper face. There are several wrinkle relaxer injectable treatments comprised of the active ingredient found in Botox known as botulinum toxin.

How do you know which wrinkle relaxer to choose? Meticulously studied FDA approved options include BOTOX,  (the first and most well-known) Dysport, and XEOMIN. To know which one is right for you, it’s best to have a consultation with Indianapolis dermatologic surgeon Dr. C. William Hanke. However, until you can come in for an appointment, here’s a quick primer on these effective wrinkle relaxer treatments so you can get an overview of your options.

How Does Botulinum Toxin Work as a Wrinkle Relaxer?

Fine lines form because the underlying facial muscles endure years of repetitive movements. Combined with reduced skin elasticity and decreased cellular regeneration, these movements begin to leave permanent lines in the skin. Botulinum toxin decreases the look of facial lines by blocking the body’s release of acetylcholine, a chemical-based messenger in your body that directs your muscles to contract, at the neuromuscular intersection. In layman’s terms: Botulinum toxin works as a localized muscle relaxer that will temporarily decrease muscle activity in the upper face, smoothing out the appearance of forehead lines, frown lines, and crow’s feet.

Most Popular FDA Approved Wrinkle Relaxer Injectables

BOTOX: The Reigning Champion of Botulinum Toxin

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Individual results may vary from person to person.

BOTOX earned its reputation as the reigning champion of botulinum toxin due to its longevity in the market. The name is familiar, which will undoubtedly make you feel more comfortable using it. BOTOX has long treated the facial lines that form because of repeated muscle movement. Not only does BOTOX diminish the appearance of these lines, it also slows the formation of new ones and helps prevent existing ones from becoming more pronounced.

Dermatologic surgeons usually inject a wrinkle relaxer between your eyebrows, into the forehead and into the outer section of the eyes where crow’s feet form. Less common uses for Botox include around the mouth, in the neck area, and in the underarms to prevent excessive sweating called hyperhidrosis.

Dysport: The #1 BOTOX Alternative Treatment

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Individual results may vary from person to person.

dysport before and after photos

Individual results may vary from person to person.

FDA approved and formulated to treat fine facial lines, Dysport is the number one alternative treatment to BOTOX. Dysport is a botulinum toxin that hinders sweating and relaxes your facial muscles. The maker of Dysport modified the substance to feature fewer antibodies than BOTOX. This means that the product is designed to last longer than other botulinum toxin wrinkle relaxer injectables.

Dysport spreads out more when injected. As a result, you may require fewer injections. Additionally, the protein in the Dysport is somewhat smaller than in BOTOX. This may make it work more quickly.

XEOMIN: The Underestimated Wrinkle Relaxer

Xeomin before and after

Individual results may vary from person to person.

Like BOTOX and Dysport, XEOMIN is a botulinum toxin that temporarily diminishes moderate to severe frown lines that have developed between your eyebrows.

XEOMIN doesn’t receive the fanfare that BOTOX does, but it would seem that people are just unfamiliar with this product due to its more recent appearance on the market. Many people who have used it noted positive results. It’s also proven effective in clinical studies, some of which were conducted right here by Dr. Hanke at the Laser and Skin Surgery Center of Indiana!

Why Choose the LASSI for Botulinum Toxin Treatments in Indianapolis?

By choosing the LASSI cosmetic treatment facility in Indianapolis, you are entrusting your health, safety, and aesthetic results to a first-class dermatologic treatment center. Dr. C. William Hanke, MD, FACP also participated in the clinical trials for BOTOX and XEOMIN wrinkle relaxer injectables in our accredited facility. Allergan, the maker of BOTOX, even asked Dr. Hanke and the experienced LASSI team to oversee clinical trials prior to its FDA approval. It’s safe to say that Dr. Hanke and our team at the Laser and Skin Surgery Center of Indiana are among the most qualified in the state to provide you with facial rejuvenation treatments like BOTOX and other injectables.

Ready to Get Started With Wrinkle Relaxer Injectables?

Wrinkle relaxer injectables made from botulinum toxin have been used for years to help people look younger. The FDA has investigated these products thoroughly to ensure their safety and effectiveness, so you can feel comfortable embracing modern-day cosmetic treatments. Dr. Hanke and our Indianapolis dermatology team will give you the information that you need to decide between BOTOX, Dysport, and XEOMIN. If you’re ready to reclaim your youthful appearance by getting started with wrinkle relaxing injectables, contact us today for an appointment.

How Botox Can Make You Look Younger

Find out how your dermatologist could give you more youthful skin in only a matter of minutes.
What is Botox?

Botox involves injecting a form of botulinum toxin to relax the muscles of the face thereby reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

What cosmetic issues can Botox treat?

Botox is used to treat a variety of cosmetic issues, but it’s particularly effective against crow’s feet, frown lines and forehead wrinkles. However, Botox has also been used to treat other problems like headaches, muscle spasms, lazy eye, drooping eyelids, and even excessive sweating.

What should I expect from my Botox treatment at the Laser and Skin Surgery Center of Indiana?

Botox treatment takes only a few short minutes. Based on the look you are hoping to achieve, we will precisely pinpoint the areas to be treated. You may experience slight redness and swelling near the treatment sites immediately afterward; however, these side effects should be minor and will resolve within a few hours.

When will I see results from Botox? How long will my results last?

While many patients may notice some subtle improvement in their lines and wrinkles within two to four days after treatment, it usually takes about 2 weeks to see the full results of your Botox. Results can last anywhere from four to six months as the effect of the treatment begins to wear off and muscle contractions begin to return.

Is Botox painful?

One of the biggest benefits of Botox is that you can achieve younger-looking skin without invasive cosmetic procedures. While Botox is non-invasive and is not considered painful, some patients experience a slight pinch during the injection. Our main goal is to make sure you are comfortable during treatment. We are happy to apply a topical numbing cream to your skin before treatment.

Can I get more than one Botox treatment?

If you want to retain a more youthful appearance, you may want to opt for follow-up Botox treatments. Most patients will get subsequent treatments two to three times per year to maintain their results.

If you want to revamp your look and revive the health of your skin, then it might be time to consider Botox treatments here at the Laser and Skin Surgery Center of Indiana.