The aging process of skin can be accelerated by factors such as excessive sun exposure and smoking. This may result in the loss of elasticity, thinning of the deeper layers of the skin, pigmentation changes, and the propagation of both pre-malignant and malignant lesions of the skin. Often such early changes in elasticity and thinning are seen with fine lines around the eyes and mouth, drooping of skin around the jowls, accentuation to the cheek folds, and thinning of the lips. In some individuals, drooping of the forehead and excessive activation of the forehead muscles can also result in deep furrows of the brow reqion.
Dr. Lucas' philosophy incorporates early intervention with a maintenance home skin care program which is non-invasive and can provide a healthier appearance of the skin.
If fine lines around the eyes and brows are the focus of attention, then a non-invasive treatment such as Botox can be easily performed in the office with little or no downtime and without anesthesia. Botox works through a process of injecting a dilute toxin into the muscles just under the skin to paralyze the activity resulting in the loss of the fine wrinkle. To maximize the benefit of this treatment a keen understanding of the anatomy and balancing forces of opposing muscles is necessary. Therefore, Dr. Lucas feels strongly that he should personally administer Botox to his patients and that this should not be done by his ancillary staff, a common practice in other offices.
With respect to the lips, with age there is thinning of the deeper layers further accentuating furrows of the skin. Also, it is common for the aging process to effect the lip volume, resulting in thin lips that lack definition. Traditional filling agents include natutal fat grafts of dermis grafts transported from another site of the body to enhance deficiencies. This can result in a satisfying result but requires a donor site. For patinets who wish to have little discomfort and no down time, collagen injections can be a good filler source. This can be done in the office quite easily, but the results last only for three to four months then need to be repeated.
Newer filler agents such as Radiessee, Restylene, and Juvederm offer similar benefits of collagen but last longer. The results of Radiesse may last up to several years and have little or no adverse reactions.
We offer the following injectable treatments:
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