The wrinkle eliminating dermal injectables Botox® and Dysport® have gained droves of faithful injectors since their FDA approval less than a decade ago. The beauty of the products is their ability to, relatively painlessly; eliminate facial wrinkles and furrows like crow’s feet with a few quick injections. Despite the dramatic results many patients report, there are some rare side effects (and ways to avoid them) that Botox® and Dysport® users should be aware of.
Drooping eyelid(s) are a rare, but occasionally reported, side effect of dermal injections. Both Botox® and Dysport® work by relaxing the muscle to which they are injected through Botulinum Type A (a purified toxin.) The “relaxation” results in a decreased appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, but can also result in the over-relaxation of untargeted muscles: like those that control the opening and closing of the eyelid. The best way to avoid this type of complication is to only entrust the work of a properly certified injector.
A qualified professional will know the correct amount of product to use during the procedure. Because every patient’s anatomy is different, understanding exactly which muscles to treat and how much of the syringe-stored product to administer is key in avoiding over injection which could lead to eyelid drooping. Most of DAA’s certified, experienced physicians and providers perform an average of 1,000 Botox® and Dysport® injections annually.
Also important is the provider’s prescribed aftercare direction. Dermal injection patients should try to remain standing and active immediately following the procedures. Patients who lay down immediately after injection increase their chances of having the relaxing agent settling into surrounding muscle.
But patients should take heart, unlike more permanent methods of facial rejuvenation, (i.e.-eye lid surgery (blepharoplasty), chemical peel, or laser resurfacing) dermal injections must be repeated every 4-6 months as the products’ muscle relaxing active ingredient (Botulinum A) is eventually eliminated by the body. Therefore, in the rare event mild drooping does occur, the effects are temporary.
If you’re interested in learning more about facial rejuvenation or other cosmetic procedures available at Dermatology Associates of Atlanta contact our office, visit our website, or subscribe to our blog.
At one point in our lives, we have all been so frustrated by an acne outbreak that we wished we could just suck all the dirt and oil right off our face and be left with clear, blemish-free skin. With the introduction of the new acne treatment technology, Isolaz™, this might actually be a possibility for acne sufferers. Isolaz™ is the only acne therapy to combine a vacuum with laser light to penetrate and purify pores on a deeper level.
Isolaz™ works by using the vacuum to suction and extract deep oil and dirt to clean out and purify pores. Then it is the job of the accompaning acne light device to target and destroy acne causing bacteria within the pores. Results are visible within 2 days of treatment and include a reduction in blemish redness and smoother skin texture.
The Isolaz™ system boasts absolutely no downtime or pain during treatment and has added benefits like reduction of brown and red spots, sun damage, and rosacea. The Isolaz™ device also rids the treated area of unwanted facial hair.
Dermatology Associates of Atlanta is currently offering Isolaz™ treatments, so schedule a consultation with one of our laser specialists to see if it can help improve you, or your child’s, acne. Contact our office today for more information.
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Over the years, there have been many variations of liposuction systems looking to remove excess fat without subjecting the patient to invasive surgery. Cryolipolysis™ (Cryolipo),branded as CoolSculpting by its maker ZELTIQ™, is the latest FDA approved noninvasive liposuction treatment currently on the market.
Most noninvasive liposuction systems use various methods to destroy fat cells that the body then naturally disposes of. There was some question however, about the pace at which the liver had to work with previous system. Unlike previous methods though, Cryolipo gradually causes the body’s lymphatic system to dispose of the cells over a 2 to 4 month period post-procedure, a safer alternative.
The CoolSculpting device works by emitting cool, cryogenic energy, to the targeted area. Naturally, you body invokes its automatic inflammatory response to the rapid temperature change, damaging excess fat cells. These damaged fat cells are then disposed of naturally (as detailed above).
Cryolipolysis™ has become so popular since its launch that it was even featured on Good Morning America. But despite the hype surrounding it, it is important to remember that non-invasive liposuction techniques are only effective in removing very small amounts of fat. More dramatic results can be seen through traditional, surgical liposuction – also available at Dermatology Associates of Atlanta.
If you are interested in learning more about Cryolipolysis™, contact DAA to schedule a consultation.
As seen on AtlantaHealthandBeauty.com:
Zeltiq Coolsculpting is the newest technology in body sculpting that uses cryolyposis to literally “freeze your fat off.”
Dr. Edmond Griffin, a Zeltiq provider in the Atlanta area, has recently added the body contouring procedure which utilizes cryolipolysis to his list of services. One of the few practices in the U.S. that offers Zeltiq, Dr. Griffin is proud to be one of the first to offer this non-invasive fat reduction option in body contouring.
Zeltiq, while not recommended for those seeking to remove large amounts of fat, is ideal for patients that are in relative good health who want to remove stubborn spots or pockets of fat. The procedure isolates fat pockets and utilizes cooling technology to freeze fat cells, which then triggers a slow death of the fat cells over the next 3-4 months.
Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP) utilizes the healing power of isolated platelets from an individual’s own blood to aid in the rejuvenation of their body’s soft tissues and bones. This therapy is a part of a quickly emerging medical niche called Orthobiologics which studies ways in which the body is able to heal itself. According to a study published in the May issue of the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology, PRP therapy has proven itself effective in face and neck rejuvenation. This discovery makes dermatologists, like Dermatology Associates of Atlanta founder Dr. Edmond Griffin, especially hopeful about the potential benefits PRP therapy may bring to dermatology patients seeking cosmetic treatments.
The journal’s three month study followed 23 patients who were given monthly injections of their own centrifuge-obtained platelets into areas of depression or small wrinkles on their faces and/or necks. The results of the injections were carefully documented by a chronological series of photos using a dermoscope camera. This specialty device enabled study coordinators to pinpoint specific areas of visible skin rejuvenation. The participant’s results measured progress in several regions of the face, but showed the most improvement in improving skin texture and evening tone (33% increase) and reducing the amount of wrinkles around the eyes (30% reduction.)
The study’s results are not only of interest to like those at DAA, but are also promising to Cosmetic Surgeons who point to potential refinement in the facial fillers (like Botox® and Dysport®) and dermal injectables (like Restylane® and Juevederm®) that use the products to relax wrinkles and fill-in areas of the face that naturally lose volume with age. This emerging research field is changing daily so stay in the loop by reading DAA’s blog or visiting their websiteregularly.