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The Needle is the New Knife

   Are you wanting to prevent an aging face but not ready to go under the knife? If so, then the use of neuromodulators and injectable fillers may be the answer. They are used to treat and prevent facial wrinkles. The distinction between neuromodulators and dermal fillers can sometimes become blurred. It is best to be well informed of treatment and how products can help you achieve age appropriate esthetically pleasing results.

   Lines of expression on the forehead and deep furrows between the eyebrows can often become a nuisance. They are results of repeated contraction of muscles that are used to make certain expressions. Neuromodulators are natural, purified proteins used to temporarily relax facial muscles that create the lines of expression. Once the muscles are injected, lines around the crow’s feet, between the eyes, and forehead are relaxed and smoothed within 24 to 48 hours for moderate to severe lines. The results can last up to 4 months!

   As we age, the skin loses its natural collagen and elastin. Hyaluronic acid is naturally present in the human body. HA is a major component of the skin and provides support to the tissue. Dermal fillers are comprised of HA and help replace what has naturally diminished over time leaving the skin less supported resulting in more visible lines and wrinkles. It is important to note that hyaluronic acid and Botox are not the same thing. Many patients new to non-surgical cosmetics are unaware of the differences. For more information on Botox see Lauren Aycock’s blog post regarding that injectable ( ). When a licensed and trained provider injects the dermal filler in appropriate locations patients should expect lifting, smoothing, and plumping of targeted folds and wrinkles adding subtle volume resulting in a fresher look.

   With a number of advanced fillers available to dermatologists the needle is now the new knife. In the past, patients would have to visit a plastic surgeon and undergo much more rigorous procedures in order to take care of minor cosmetic complaints/nuisances. Today, Pine Belt Dermatology providers can diminish most signs of aging that appear on the face. Areas & spots that we can help treat include:

   All patient outcomes vary since no two faces are alike. A proper cosmetic consultation prior to injection of dermal fillers and neuromodulators is highly important so patients will understand expectations of each product and possible side effects of each. The goal is to provide patients with aesthetically pleasing results with minimal down time. If you have additional questions please email or schedule a consult at any of our locations with our licensed and trained providers!



Kristen Richardson, PA-C Pine Belt Dermatology Physician Assistant

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