Cosmetic Injectibles

Alethia Pantazis, MD -  - Neuro-Ophthalmologist

Vitality Medicine

Alethia Pantazis, MD

Neuro-Ophthalmologist & Anti-Aging located in Ocala, FL

You can’t stop the signs of facial aging, but you can turn back time with a variety of cosmetic injectables that diminish fine lines and moderate to deep wrinkles. Alethia Pantazis, MD, at Vitality Medicine has extensive experience restoring your youthful looks by injecting Botox (or other nearly identical medications eg. Dysport, Xeomin) as well as dermal fillers such as Restylane®. To learn more about the different injectables available and how they can improve your appearance, call the office in Ocala, Florida, or schedule an appointment online.

Botox/Cosmetic Injectibles Q & A

What is Botox?

Botox is a form of botulinum toxin that’s injected to treat facial wrinkles. After Dr. Pantazis injects Botox into a muscle, the medication blocks nerve signals that make muscles contract. As the muscles relax, the wrinkles they cause are diminished or eliminated.

What wrinkles can I treat with Botox?

Facial wrinkles may look the same to you, but you actually have two types. Static wrinkles are caused by natural, age-related changes in your skin, such as thinning and drying skin, and the loss of collagen and elastin.

Dynamic wrinkles, meanwhile, come from the repetitive muscle movements used to make facial expressions. Since Botox targets muscles, it treats moderate-to-severe dynamic wrinkles, including:

  • Crow’s feet (eye wrinkles)
  • Frown lines
  • Forehead furrows
  • Neck bands
  • frown lines between the eyebrows
  • strong horizontal wrinkles in the forehead
  • wrinkles around the mouth
  • muscular bands in the front of the neck
  • Lines on your neck and chest
  • Down-turned mouths
  • dimpled chins
  • Bunny lines (lines near the bridge of nose)

What else can Botox treat?

  • Thin some wide faces
  • rosacea, acne
  • to smooth skin on the decollate (your chest area).
  • Chronic Migraines
  • Blepharospasm
  • Smiles that show too much of the gum over the upper incisors (gummy smiles).

You can be confident that you’ll maintain a natural appearance because Dr. Pantazis injects only a few specific muscles. The rest of your facial muscles move freely and continue to show your emotions.

What should I expect during and after Botox treatment?

One session usually takes about 10 minutes, depending on the number of wrinkles being treated. It’s normal for the injection sites to be slightly red and swollen, but you can get back to your normal activities when your treatment is finished.

Results appear in 5-7 days, and your refreshed appearance lasts up to four months.* As your results gradually wear off, you can choose to get another Botox treatment. Many patients find that their results last longer with subsequent injections.

What is Restylane?

Restylane is the name of a group of products called dermal fillers. The Restylane products contain hyaluronic acid, a substance that’s naturally produced in your skin, where it binds with water and adds facial volume.

Although Restylane fillers are injected, they don’t target muscles. Instead, they’re injected just below the skin, where they plump up and diminish fine lines and wrinkles and restore the loss of volume.

Each Restylane product is produced with different-sized particles of hyaluronic acid so they target specific aesthetic problems. One formula smooths facial wrinkles and folds, another one enhances lips, and a third lifts and adds volume to cheeks.

If you’d like to learn more about the different injectable solutions offered at Vitality Medicine, call or book an appointment online.

*Individual results may vary.

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