Cosmetic dermatology is a sub-specialty of dermatology that focuses on enhancing a person's appearance through various non-surgical and minimally invasive cosmetic treatments, such as Botox, dermal fillers, chemical peels, laser therapy, and more. The goal of cosmetic dermatology is to improve the appearance of skin, hair, and nails, and to address cosmetic concerns such as wrinkles, fine lines, uneven skin tone, acne scars, and more.
What is botulinum toxin (Botox, Xeomin)?
Botulinum toxin (Botox, Xeomin) is a neurotoxin protein produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. In dermatology, small, diluted doses of botulinum toxin are injected into specific muscles to temporarily relax them, resulting in the reduction or elimination of wrinkles and fine lines in the overlying skin. Botulinum toxin injections are commonly used for cosmetic purposes, such as to treat frown lines, forehead wrinkles, and crow's feet. They are also used for medical purposes, such as to treat excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis), migraines, and muscle spasms.
What is a dermal filler?
Dermal fillers are substances that are injected beneath the skin to add volume, smooth out wrinkles, and enhance facial contours. They are typically made of hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance in the body that helps to hydrate and plump the skin. Dermal fillers can be used to treat a variety of concerns, including wrinkles, fine lines, loss of volume, and asymmetry. The effects of dermal fillers can last from several months to a year or more, depending on the type of filler used and the area being treated. Common brand names of dermal fillers include Juvederm, Restylane, and Sculptra, all of which we carry here at Oakview Dermatology.