Neuromuscular Blocking Agents
(Frown Line Reduction)
Botulinum toxin injections, originally brought to the United States by Alastair and Jean Carruthers, whom Dr. Burnett received instruction in their use, are primarily used to relax certain facial muscles, which cause frown lines, crows feet and other lines of dynamic facial expression. The predominant products used in our practice are Botox, Dysport and Xeomin, all with similar effect and mechanisms of action. They work by relaxing the underlying facial muscles which can form unwanted wrinkles, an effect that lasts three to six months. These products can also be used to improve necklines and to control excessive sweating.
Numerous natural and synthetic substances can be placed into the skin to augment the soft tissues and give the skin a smoother and more youthful appearance. Hyaluronic acid fillers, such as Restylane, Juvederm and Belotero, can be used to reduce the appearance of lines and fold around the mouth and nose, add contour and volume to the cheeks and cheekbones, to plump furrows and hollows, and to enhance definition of the lips. Certain scars and skin depressions also respond well to soft tissue fillers.
There are categories of fillers like direct volumizers and collagen stimulators. Juvederm, Restylane and Belotero are HA fillers that can be directly infused safely into a variety of lines and folds for an immediate effect, which can last up to a year in duration.
Radiesse is an example of a filler and collagen stimulator. This product is composed of calcium-based microspheres and are similar to minerals found naturally in your body so allergy testing is not required. When placed into the skin, Radiesse stimulates the body to form new collagen over a period of weeks to months. Overall volumization, recontouring, and an improvement in the texture of the overlying skin can last 1-2 years with this treatment.
Chemical peels are beneficial in the treatment of wrinkles around the eyes and mouth, skin discoloration and age spots, as well as dull skin texture and mild acne scars. The procedure involves the application of a combination of special chemical solutions to remove outer layers of aged, discolored and irregular skin. New skin is then generated, which is smoother, less wrinkled and more even in color. At Burnett Dermatology, a host of different agents are used to peel the skin. The type of product, strength of peel, and frequency of treatment is carefully tailored for each individual to work to deliver powerful results but without unexpected or unwanted downtime.
The Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) device effectively and painlessly rejuvenates the skin by safely emitting a broad wavelength of light that penetrates into the dermis to activate cellular machinery and increase collagen and elastin production. IPL is completely safe and pain free, delivering light-only skin rejuvenation. In addition, it also demonstrates effective treatment of superficial vascular and pigmentary lesions. IPL can also be used for mild to moderate acne and facial hair reduction.
This wavelength specific laser is used to effectively reduce red facial veins on your nose or cheeks, 'cherry' red moles, or dark freckles. DioLite generates an intense beam of light that's absorbed by the hemoglobin in these red veins as well as melanin pigment in your freckles. The majority of patients require no numbing cream and the treatment feels like a pinprick but it is needle-free. Unlike other lasers the DioLite will not cause any bruising or purple discoloration.