Prominent forehead creases, brow furrows or eye lines (crow’s feet) produced by specific facial expression muscles repeatedly creasing the skin may be effectively treated by reducing the function of specific facial muscles. Neurotoxins (BOTOX® Cosmetic) injected in small amounts into facial muscles bind to the nerve endings supplying the muscle and prevent nerve impulses from traveling to the muscle. When injected into a muscle, it weakens or paralyzes the muscle around the area injected for a typical period of several months. The resultant weakening or paralyzing effect on the facial muscle temporarily reduces or eliminates previous skin creasing and new skin creasing is avoided. Botox may take several days to have its effect, and the effect typically lasts 3 months, in most individuals, before full muscle movement returns. At that point the treatment may be repeated as desired.
“Babytox” is our exclusive method of delivering neurotoxins into the skin itself to shrink pore size. It is one of the few treatments that can effectively reduce pore size.
Injectable Fillers are substances that are used to replace lost volume in certain areas of your face. When used appropriately they can result in substantial and fairly long lasting improvement. They deeper creases and folds that are not due to muscle activity. The most popular fillers are the hyaluronic acids (JUVÉDERM®, JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® XC) which are composed of a gel like substance that is found in our bodies in between the cells and lost as we age. JUVÉDERM® can be used for the nasolabial folds, lip augmentation, and deep dermal lines. JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® XC is used to revolumize the face and restore the “apple to the cheek” re-creating youthful highlights that become hollows as we age. This gives a “lifting” effect to the face. Significant volumes of injectable fillers can be used to perform a “Liquid Facelift.”
The lips can be one of the most beautiful and expressive features of the human face. Augmentation of the shape or volume of the lips can significantly enhance facial appearance. Many people are scared of lip augmentation although they desire fuller, more shapely lips. We have all seen people who have obviously had their lips overfilled. This, however, does not have to be the case. Whether done with fillers or implants, the result can be subtle and beautiful. This is definitely one area where I believe “less can be more!”Beautiful Lift
A “Liquid Facelift” replaces volume lost in the face, particularly around the eyes, cheeks, and jawline that we lose as we age. Many women actually like the shape of their face better in their early 30s after losing a lot of their baby fat and starting to have more of a triangular heart shaped face. As one continues to age, however, volume loss inverts the triangle so that the base of the triangle is now at the bottom of the face. Conceptually, the goal of a Liquid Facelift is to invert the triangle so that the heart shaped face of youth returns. This can restore fullness to the “apples of our cheeks” and “lift” the cheek area without incisions or surgery. Volume restoration to the face also adds more light to the face, which in turn can make the skin look more radiant.
The Beautiful Lift is a customized noninvasive face and neck lift, combining multiple options including injectables, BOTOX® Cosmetic, and radiofrequency, ultrasound or laser skin tightening. Dr. Whitaker will customize the procedures chosen to create the Beautiful Lift specifically to maximize your own natural beauty.
(Deoxycholic acid) injection is the first and only FDA-approved nonsurgical treatment that contours and improves the appearance of submental fullness, sometimes referred to as “double chin”. The active ingredient in KYBELLA® is deoxycholic acid, a naturally-occurring molecule in the body that aids in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat. When injected into the fat beneath your chin, KYBELLA® causes the destruction of fat cells. Once destroyed, those cells cannot store or accumulate fat. We will design a customized treatment plan to help you improve your chin profile. Many patients experience visible contouring of their chin profile in two to four treatment sessions spaced at least one month apart. Up to six treatments may be administered.