Each of these products contain Botulinum toxin, a purified protein that blocks muscle contraction. When injected into specific target muscles, botulinum toxin will temporarily smooth the appearance of wrinkles overlying those muscles. These treatments are specifically useful in the brow complex (glabella), forehead, and around the mouth, as well as for bunny lines on the nose, banding in the neck, and in some patients injections around the mouth can help lip position. Dr. Ridha also injects Botox in patients who suffer from hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), and those patients can often have near-complete resolution of their excessive sweating for up to 7 months. To find out more about these products, click here.
There are several different types of injectable fillers that are available to treat various signs of aging and/or areas of deformity, including wrinkles, deepened folds on the cheek and around the mouth, and areas of volume loss like the cheeks. Each of the fillers that Dr.Ridha uses is a naturally occurring substance, and so is broken down by natural mechanisms and has no allergic properties. The individual products that he has selected to offer to patients each have specific properties that make them ideal for treating certain areas. In general, products that are less cross-linked (Belotero, Restylane) can be injected more superficially and will treat finer lines, whereas more cross-linked products (Perlane, Juvederm Ultra, Juvederm Ultra Plus) are injected in the deeper part of the skin and provide more correction for deeper lines. For areas of volume loss and correction of deeper lines and tissue descent, products such as Radiesse and Voluma can be injected deep to the skin to provide an excellent restoration of contour and in many cases a “lift” of the tissues. To find out more about fillers in general, click here.