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Is There a Difference Between Botox© and Facial Fillers?

Facial Plastic Surgery Web ChatOne of the most frequently asked questions I receive from my patients is, “is there a difference between Botox© and fillers?” This is a very reasonable question since they are both used to treat facial lines and wrinkles, but there is in fact a difference between them.

In general, injectables known as “neuromodulators”or “neurotoxins,” including Botox©, Dysport© and Xeomin©, are used for lines caused by repetitive motion. These lines occur most frequently in the upper region of the face including the forehead, between the eyebrows and around the eyes (“crows feet”). They can also be seen in the area around the lips (“lipstick lines”) or on the sides of the nose (“bunny lines”). When used in small amounts, neuromodulators reduce the activity of muscle contraction, thereby reducing the appearance of lines and softening wrinkles. By reducing muscle contraction, neuromodulators prevent the deepening of lines over time. The effect of these injections usually lasts between 3-4 months.

In comparison to neuromodulators such as Botox©, fillers are used to increase the volume of tissue underneath lines and folds. Usually administered to the lower half of the face, fillers are commonly used on the creases that run from the nose to the mouth (nasolabial folds). They can also be used to enhance cheekbones, lips and the area under the eyes. Fillers are used to treat lines that develop in tissues that are normally at rest, versus those treated by the neuromodulators as a result of overuse. Results typically last between 4-12 months depending on the severity of the crease, the type of filler used and area of injection.

It’s important to understand that in some cases a facial plastic surgeon may recommend a patient receive both an neuromodulator and filler. For instance, if I see a patient with facial creases that are visible at rest but also deepen with facial expressions, I typically recommend the patient receive both. It’s important to talk through your options with your facial plastic surgeon and ask him or her to walk-through their treatment plan with you.

If you have additional questions on neuromodulators, fillers or anything else related to facial plastic surgery, please join me as I host a live web chat on June 28, 2012. There I will answer any questions about facial plastic surgery from skincare advice to surgical procedures.

About Dr. Anita Sethna
Anita Sethna, MD, is an Assistant Professor of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery within the Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery. She holds clinic at the Emory Facial Center located in Perimeter. Dr. Sethna’s professional goals are to provide her patients with the highest level of care for facial reconstructive as well as cosmetic procedures, maintaining natural and subtle results using surgical and non-surgical interventions. She joined Emory Healthcare in 2010.

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A New Way to Counteract Loss of Collagen & an Aging Face?

Sculptra Collagen Stimulator Have you ever looked in the mirror and wondered where all the youthful volume went? It’s not uncommon to hear our patients complain their faces “fell flat” over the years! And to some extent, it can be true.

As we age, we lose volume in our face such that the plump, bouncy skin of youth turns into something less than ideal. Apple-cheeks become deeper folds as the cheek descends in a down-and inward fashion; a heart- or v-shaped face turns boxy as the soft tissue falls along the jawline, but do not despair, because there is something that can counteract the loss of collagen that starts us down the path of the aging face.

For years, facial plastic surgeons have been using Sculptra (poly-L-lactic acid) to counteract the loss of collagen women and men suffer from as they age. Sculptra is an FDA-approved collagen stimulator made of the same material we have used for sutures and implants for years. By injecting this material in the deeper areas of the cheeks or jawline, we are able to promote the patients’ own collagen production, giving subtle and natural results that can last upto 2 years!

Sculptra is not necessarily a “new” product, but you may just be hearing about it more these days. It’s been around for about 10 years now—long enough to know that in the right hands and with the right patients, it can have phenomenal results.

Sculptra is not intended as a “filler” in the traditional sense—a full treatment usually consists of three vials, with 1 vial injected every 6 weeks over the course of months. Results are gradual (because it involves your body producing it’s own collagen), but much longer lasting than traditional fillers.

Sculptra is not intended for everyone, but at the Emory Facial Center, we have had such consistently impressive results. It’s certainly something we’re excited to share with our patients who are looking for subtle, natural-looking and long-term impact!

As is true with all cosmetic services, it’s important that you discuss with us honestly what your true goals are—at the end of the day, you’ll be happiest when your concerns (not ours) are addressed!

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Not Your Standard Facelift

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I’m often asked what makes my facelifts different. Why choose the Emory Facial Center for facial rejuvenation? Our focus is on making patients look naturally more beautiful. We enhance your natural beauty, taking years off your face so that you’re noticeably refreshed and more attractive. What we don’t do is make you look unnaturally “lifted” or stretched—something you see all too often in facelifts.

At Emory, we’re constantly advancing the possibilities of medicine—innovating, learning, teaching new methods as well as perfecting tried-and true-techniques. To achieve a naturally beautiful facelift, a surgeon has to have artistic vision as well as technique. I look at a face and see what could be, and I carefully apply an artist’s touch to every facelift procedure I perform. It’s that artistry, in addition to skill and experience, that truly sets the Emory Facial Center apart.

A youthful face is shaped like an egg. There’s more volume at the top and middle, tapering down to the chin and neck. As women age, the egg flips. The muscles and skin sag, dragging down the jaw line and neck. During facial rejuvenation, I flip the egg, reestablishing a youthful, heart-shaped face. Often, subtle changes can produce spectacular results.

These days, you hear a lot about “mini lifts” and other quick fixes. If you have small problems, perhaps you’re still in your early 40s, a mini lift may be just what you need. If you’re in your mid 50s and you see a sagging, heavy neck when you look in the mirror, a full lift may be the answer. A well-done facelift will take years off your face, leaving you looking and feeling brighter, fresher, and more attractive. I don’t want to make you look like a different person. I want you to restore the most beautiful you.

If you’re thinking about having a facelift and you’d like to learn more, or if you’ve had a lift, we’d love to hear from you. Please share your questions or thoughts in the comments section below.

About the Author:

Seth A. Yellin, MD, a board-certified facial plastic surgeon, is the Director of the Emory Facial Center. Dr. Yellin is a nationally recognized expert on creating a “natural look” when performing facial rejuvenation procedures and has appeared on NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, and Fox Television News.

Recipes for Wellness: Watermelon-Mango Salsa

In this episode of Recipes For Wellness, Dr. Yellin of the Emory Facial Center and registered dietician Carolyn O’Neil share a delicious Watermelon-Mango salsa recipe: