This injectable treatment for wrinkles is made from the same neurotoxin (botulinum toxin type A) as Botox. Dysport (formally Reloxin) received the approval of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use as a wrinkle treatment in the spring of 2009, but it has been smoothing out facial folds and lines in Europe, South America, and elsewhere for several years. Like Botox, this injectable was originally developed in the 1990s to treat neuromuscular disorders. This is our Injectable of choice. Dysport is known to “kick in” faster and last a little longer for patients who have become “resistant” to Botox.
Restylane® is an injectable gel made from hyaluronic acid, a natural sugar that enables skin to retain its shape and volume. Hyaluronic acid is a hydrophilic substance, meaning it attracts water. Once injected into the skin, the hyaluronic acid molecules in Restylane bind to the body’s natural stores of water, gradually “plumping up” the skin – and giving it a smoother, more youthful appearance.
As we age and our faces lose volume, some of us begin to look for ways to regain more definition in our cheeks without surgery. Restylane Lyft, formerly known as Perlane-L®, is an injectable hyaluronic acid gel used to correct volume loss and treat wrinkles in the face. Restylane Lyft is the first and only FDA-approved filler indicated to provide lift to cheeks and add volume to correct and smooth smile lines (nasolabial folds).
What Does Sculptra Treat?
Sculptra helps correct wrinkles and folds, particularly the deep, dynamic ones that run from the nose to the lip (nasolabial lines), the lip to the chin (“marionette” lines), and vertically and horizontally across the forehead. The filler is also used to plump up skin depressions caused by scars, thus minimizing their appearance.
Sculptra is not recommended for lip enhancement (although it can help “lift” the corners of the mouth) or for use near the eyes. People with active skin infections or who scar easily should also not use it.
How Does It Work?
Sculptra stimulates the production of collagen, a protein that contributes to your skin’s volume and structure. Age and repeated exposure to the sun cause collagen to break down – a major factor in the formation of wrinkles and folds. Sculptra restores that collagen, thus giving your skin a more youthful-looking fullness and firmness.
Some people get the rejuvenating results they want with only one Sculptra treatment, but most skin issues respond best to two to three treatments, spaced four to six weeks apart.