Botox and Fillers
The Difference between Relaxants and Fillers
Fillers are used to soften creases that come from habits of expression and structural descent with the aging process. They can also, in skilled hands, be used to restore volume to areas of the face that have become hollow.
Under the direct guidance of Dr. John Q. Cook, the experienced clinical team maintains a leadership position in the field of injectable filler rejuvenation. We offer our patients a wide range of techniques and filler materials so that we can tailor a treatment plan that suits each patient’s needs and aesthetic preferences.
PRP, or Platelet Rich Plasma, has become a staple in aesthetic medicine. PRP has been utilized in other areas of medicine for years to speed healing, reduce inflammation and accelerate the body’s natural restorative mechanisms. We now utilize these same principles by including PRP in a variety of our anti-aging and regenerative treatments.
Hyaluronic Acid (HA) fillers are available in a wide range of consistencies, so that we can use different fillers for different purposes and different levels of the face. Our portfolio of HA fillers includes: Voluma®, Juvederm®, Juvederm Ultra®, Restylane®, Perlane®, and Belotero®.
3 Essentials for Success with Injectable Fillers & Relaxants
Injectable fillers and relaxants will not by themselves produce a beautiful result. A brief walk down Michigan Avenue or a look at various media personalities will reveal many examples of faces that have been altered in a strange way. Many potential patients are understandably concerned that their experience with injectable rejuvenation will lead in this direction. You can significantly diminish the likelihood of an unnatural result by searching for a clinician who has three characteristics.
Understanding of Facial Anatomy
The person who does the injection must have a detailed understanding of the details of facial anatomy, including the range of variations that can occur from person to person and how that anatomy can change with the aging process. That knowledge cannot come from a weekend course sponsored by one of the companies that sell the fillers.
Advanced Injection Techniques
The injector must have dexterity and in-depth experience with advanced injection techniques. This is particularly true if fillers are being used for restoring facial volume.
Internalized Understanding of Beauty
The injector must have an internalized sense of what makes a face beautiful. This is true both in terms of facial contour and facial motion. Some people have a natural “eye” for what is beautiful, but everyone can further his or her aesthetic sensibility in two ways. First it is important to study what the great artists have taught us about beauty. Second long-term observation of the work of a master injector can help develop a practical artistic sense of cause and effect, in other words an understanding of how to create beauty with these useful tools.
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