Dr. Edward D. Buckingham and Dr. Erin Smith know that the effects of aging can be difficult to accept for men and women alike. Lines, wrinkles, and volume loss can all change the way a person looks and feels about themselves. Fortunately, advanced injectable treatments from Revance Aesthetics can help.
Buckingham Center in Austin, TX, offers a series of non-invasive procedures to help patients put their best faces forward and feel better in middle age and beyond, without resorting to surgery. Dr. Buckingham works closely with Revance Aesthetics to offer their newest and most advanced dermal fillers and neuromodulators.
What Happens to Your Face as You Age?
Over time, your skin and hair undergo age-related changes. Gravity, sun damage, pollution, and time all factor into facial and skin aging. Shifts in hormones can cause hair loss and decreased elasticity and collagen in your skin. Both lack of sleep and stress cause wrinkles to form, and eyelids to droop. Furthermore, as we age, we lose both bone and fat volume in our faces, which worsens the appearance of surface wrinkles.
If your skin is looking tired and wrinkled, dermal fillers or neuromodulators might be able to help. Revance Aesthetics has created a line of products for your face that will make you look alert, refreshed, alive, and youthful again. Buckingham Center providers carry these products in Austin so that patients can have the best non-surgical rejuvenation options available to them.
RHA Dermal Fillers
Wrinkles make you look old and tired, regardless of your actual age. If you are still a relatively young person, then the last thing you want is to look ten years older than you really are. RHA dermal fillers are a Swiss treatment that is used to temporarily fill in unwanted wrinkles. RHA doesn’t move and bunch up like other fillers, and it stays in place so that your wrinkles can’t make a reappearance for months after you have had them injected.
RHA fillers are comprised of hyaluronic acid, a biochemical found naturally in the skin. The fillers’ chemical makeup is able to follow the natural facial movements of your skin without frequent follow-up treatments. You will still need to return to have maintenance treatments from time to time, as is the case with any dermal filler, but RHA ensures that those return visits are not for corrective reasons or to boost very recent filler procedures.
After you have had RHA fillers, no one will guess that you are as old as you really are. Since they are intense deep tissue fillers, even older women and men will look significantly younger and more alert. Dr. Buckingham, Dr. Smith, or one of the other experienced nurse injectors at the Buckingham Center will advise you on which level of RHA fillers you should get for maximum results.
There are three levels of RHA fillers:
- RHA 2
- RHA 3
- RHA 4
RHA 2 and 3 products are for mid-to-deep folds and wrinkles in the face. They are most often used to plump and temporarily “erase” the nasolabial folds, those lines that run from your nostrils downward toward your chin and mouth. RHA 4 is a deeper tissue injection for the really deep and most difficult of all wrinkles and fold lines. When RHA 2 and 3 do not seem to be as effective as desired or do not produce the kinds of results you and your provider are looking for, RHA 4 may be used to achieve those desired results.
Discomfort with RHA products is typically minor because the formula RHA includes its own local anesthetic. You may feel a pinprick from the injection needle, but then the anesthetic in the product goes to work and you should not feel anything after just a few minutes. There may be a little swelling and some slight tenderness after the anesthetic wears off, but these side effects should go away after a day or two.
You don’t have to be a constant frowner to get frown lines. A lack of sleep, dehydration, a decrease in collagen, shifts in hormones, and even a lack of adequate vitamins and minerals in a good nutritious diet can contribute to frown lines. In short, your current stage in life can produce frown lines without you even realizing you’ve developed them!
Revance offers a new neuromodulator option for smoothing away deep frown lines called DaxibotulinumA. A neuromodulator is any substance that changes how a nerve responds or how certain neurotransmitters are released. Neuromodulators are assistive products that help the nerves in your face function differently and better.
WhenDaxibotulinumAis injected into the facial muscles responsible for your frown lines, the nerves perk up and suddenly activate the muscles responsible for the frown lines. The muscles lift and stiffen just a little, and the result is a reduction in frown lines. The results are temporary, but the injections are one of the most popular non-invasive, non-surgical options for the treatment of frown lines.
While this is also considered an “injectable”, it is a very different product with very different results from the RHA line. It is still somewhat experimental but is considered safe for use with most patients. Results have shown that it lasts longer than other neuromodulators, and you may only need one to two treatments a year. It can be used for other dynamic wrinkles as well, making it the ideal total face wrinkle “remover.”
Compare and contrast this treatment with the RHA gel filler. In both cases, the material injected will eventually be absorbed by your body and removed through the usual processes of biological elimination. The biggest difference to consider is that RHA is a more natural filler for just the nasolabial folds while DaxibotulinumA is a neuromodulator for use with dynamic wrinkles.
Frequently Asked Questions
Side effects of injectables should be mild, and no downtime is required. There may be some reddening or bruising of the skin, but these symptoms should go away after a few days to a week. This is quite common with dermal fillers, and you typically should not experience any additional discomfort or post-procedural complications because the process is sterile and safe.
That depends on the age of the patient, existing collagen levels in the skin, and the depth of the wrinkles or creases in the facial skin. It also depends on how fast your body processes the fillers or DaxibotulinumtoxinA and removes it from your body. For patients receiving fillers or neuromodulators for the first time ever, follow-up appointments are necessary to determine how often you will need maintenance injections.
You can pick and choose, although Dr. Buckingham or Dr. Smith will recommend certain procedures that will help you reach your unique goals.
Out of all the cosmetic procedures and aesthetic procedures you could buy, fillers are some of the least expensive. You can expect to pay between several hundred and a few thousand dollars for treatments, depending on the product used and the number of injections required per visit to get the desired results.
Several payment options exist to make your treatments more affordable and less stressful. Ask our office staff about them when you book your consultation. We want to make your cosmetic improvements as convenient and affordable as possible.
Before you can schedule your first injectable filler appointment, you’ll need to book a consultation to discuss your aesthetic goals and health history. The doctor will discuss which of these procedures and fillers are most recommended for the youthful restoration of your face.
Schedule Your Consultation with Dr. Buckingham or Dr. Smith Today
If you are ready to refresh your look and learn more about the Revance products available at Buckingham Center in Austin, TX, call our office at 512.401.2500 to schedule a consultation. The consultation can be conducted in person, or if you prefer, virtually.