The UPMC Cosmetic Surgery and Skin Health Center offers BOTOX®, Dysport® and dermal filler injections. These procedures are nonsurgical techniques that can reduce fine lines and wrinkles on the face as well as enhance its overall appearance.
BOTOX® is a popular cosmetic procedure that temporarily inhibits muscle contraction under the skin to give it a smoother appearance while reducing or eliminating wrinkles.
BOTOX® is most commonly injected into the skin of the face or neck, and the results can be seen almost immediately and typically last three to four months. There are no special preparations for a BOTOX® injection and anesthesia usually is not necessary. Because there is no extensive recovery time following a procedure, BOTOX® is often referred to as the “lunch hour facelift.”
Dysport® was approved for use as a wrinkle treatment in early 2009 by the Food and Drug Administration. Like BOTOX®, Dysport® is made from Clostridium botulinim toxin type A, and temporarily reduces the appearance of wrinkles by restricting muscle actions that cause creasing and frown lines.
Dysport® also is administered via injection at the site of wrinkles and multiple treatments usually are recommended for maximum effect.
At the UPMC Cosmetic Surgery and Skin Health Center, both BOTOX® and Dysport® injections are administered and monitored by the physician.
Dermal fillers are injections that are made of natural or synthetic materials, and also are used to reduce facial wrinkles and fine lines by restoring lost facial volume. There are several dermal fillers on the market today and each has its advantages and disadvantages. The best option for you will depend upon your personal needs, goals and lifestyle. Physicians administer all treatments.