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Masseter muscle reduction with botox
Introduction to Botox Treatment of Masseter Muscles The masseter muscles on each side of the face, the muscles used in chewing, are attached to the zygomatic arch and the mandible. Positioned as they are on the face, they play a role in a person’s appearance. With hypertrophy or cosmetic alterations, this can lead to a square front-on appearance of the jawline instead of a more youthful appearing V-shape from the chin. Botox®, known to inhibit transmission between peripheral nerves and muscle, has been proven safe and effective in aesthetic concerns visibly intensified by the muscle contractions of the masseters1. Is it an approved or off-label use? Currently, Botox is off-label for cosmetic jaw sculpting via masseter injections. However, Botox is used extensively for its labeled cosmetic and medical indications as well as for its off-label indications. When and where was the procedure first used? In 1992, the first report2 on using botulinum toxin for cosmetic indicatio [Read more]
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A chemical peel is a cosmetic procedure that can help with a variety of skin issues and imperfections. It works by exfoliating and peeling the top layer of skin to remove the dead and damaged cells. Once these cells are removed, the younger cells beneath are revealed, producing a more even, radiant overall appearance in the skin that has received the treatment. Chemical peels are typically made of a few common ingredients. These ingredients include: Glycolic acid: This is an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) that is a common ingredient in many over-the-counter cosmeceuticals. It helps to reduce the appearance of scarring, discoloration, fine lines, and wrinkles. By reducing these skin imperfections, it helps to promote a brighter appearance overall. Salicylic acid: This is a beta hydroxy acid (BHA) and a type of phenolic acid that is one of the most popular ingredients in acne-fighting skincare products. This is a primary function it serves when included in a chemical peel solution, in add [Read more]
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Can weight loss cause wrinkles?   Signs of aging, such as wrinkles, fine lines, and crow’s feet, typically start to appear in someone’s mid-30s. However, there are certain situations that can cause not-so-noticeable wrinkles to become noticeable very quickly. The most common of these situations is weight loss. Weight loss can cause wrinkles or sagging skin because the skin that was once stretched loses the volume that once supported it. When a person loses a lot of weight, the skin loses its elasticity and turns sallow, dehydrated, and wrinkled. The more weight that is lost, the older the skin may look. This generally happens when you don’t take care of your skin. Factors such as dehydrated skin, lifestyle choices such as smoking and poor diet, and how quickly you lose weight can all contribute to how your skin reacts.   Treating wrinkles after weight loss   Treatment for wrinkles caused by weight loss depends on how much weight was lost. Those [Read more]
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Dermal filler technology explained The introduction of Hyaluronic acid (HA) has revolutionized the world of dermal fillers. In the United States, HA has become the mainstay for facial rejuvenation and contouring. Dermal fillers differ in longevity, source, depth of injection, and cost. Advancements in technology have made the availability of safer and longer-lasting dermal fillers possible. NASHA stands for non-animal stabilized hyaluronic acid. Restylane is an example of a dermal filler made with NASHA particles. Homogenized products have more consistent injection properties, but their particles are less consistent in size. Juvederm is an example of a homogenized dermal filler. Cohesive Polydensified Matrix improves the lifting ability of the filler. It is used in Belotero dermal fillers. Cross-linking is an important process in stabilizing HA for dermal injection. To prevent rapid degradation of the dermal filler gel, manufacturers mix cross-linking agents into the HA preparati [Read more]
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The liquid facelift is the latest trend in non-surgical aesthetic medicine. Simply put, it is a combination of advanced dermal fillers, such as Restylane, Pluryal, Juvederm, and Radiesse, and neurotoxins, such as botulinum toxin A in Botox or Dysport. It is also possible to have a liquid facelift procedure done without the neurotoxin component.   The term “liquid facelift” is somewhat of a misnomer because it is not really a facelift. However, when a liquid facelift is done correctly and skillfully, it is possible to achieve an extremely satisfying outcome, albeit not of the same caliber as a surgical facelift. A liquid facelift is often recommended to patients who are anxious of undergoing surgical treatments, or who are simply not good candidates for surgery.   The liquid facelift technique can significantly improve a patient’s appearance. It is effective in reducing the appearance of wrinkles and folds, contouring the face, and giving an overall youth [Read more]
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What are soft-tissue fillers or dermal fillers? Soft-tissue fillers, also known as wrinkle fillers, are gel-like substances made of natural or synthetic materials that are injected beneath the skin to reduce the appearance of lines, wrinkles, and folds, soften creases, restore lost volume, and enhance facial contours. How do dermal fillers work? As we get older, our faces naturally lose subcutaneous fat. Natural hydrators, such as hyaluronic acid (HA), and skin-plumping substances like collagen and elastin are also depleted. Our skin sags due to loss of facial volume. In addition, repeated movements and a lack of moisture combine to create wrinkles and furrows. Dermal fillers are biocompatible. When injected into the dermis or subcutaneous tissue, the dermal filler readily integrates into the surrounding tissues. This increases the amount of HA in the skin, and skin hydration is immediately increased. By binding to a large amount of water molecules, the dermal filler is able to cre [Read more]
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Dermal Filler Technology The market is currently brimming with a wide variety of dermal filler types and brands. In contrast to botulinum toxin, dermal fillers are used to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles that are present at rest and to fill depressed scars and lip lines. Throughout the years, substances such as paraffin, silicone, and collagen, have been utilized as dermal fillers to treat soft-tissue imperfections. However, the use of these substances has since been terminated due to the high occurrence of adverse reactions and serious complications, including swelling, lymphadenopathy, granuloma formation, and ulceration. Today, the following dermal filler technology is used: NASHA Technology: NASHA is Galderma’s non-animal stabilized hyaluronic acid. It is used in Restylane Refyne and Restylane Defyne. Vycross Technology: Vycross is Allergan’s innovative combination of low and high molecular weight hyaluronic acid. It is used in Juvederm V [Read more]
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While Botox injections have become a normal way to treat aging skin, it is important for patients to know what they are getting into. Patients should always consult their doctor and do their research before any medical procedure. The below list of 20 common questions patients have regarding Botox and their answers is a good place to start. 1. What is Botox used for? Botox is used to reduce lines and wrinkles on the face by relaxing the facial muscles. Wrinkles and lines are often caused by repetitive facial expressions. Relaxing the facial muscles prevents these expressions and results in fewer wrinkles and lines on the face. 2. Where does it work best? Botox works best on the horizontal surprise lines on the forehead, frown lines (vertical lines between the eyebrows), crow’s feet (fan-shaped lines extending from the outer corner of each eye), smile lines (lines that extend from the nose to the corners of the mouth), and smoker’s lines (vertical lines around the l [Read more]
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