Cosmetic injectables include neurotoxins such as Botox, Dysport and Xeomin and dermal fillers such as Restylane and Juvederm products.
The botulinum toxin family of neurotoxin products is most commonly referred to as “Botox.” Other similar products include Dysport and Xeomin- Dr. Leithauser personally prefers Botox. The products work on wrinkles called “dynamic rhytides,” a term meaning wrinkles that are present when facial muscles are moving/contracting but not present when those muscles are at rest. The mechanism of action is essentially the same for each product- the toxin permanently blocks nerve transmission in the area where it is injected, preventing nerve impulses from reaching muscle fibers, thus preventing contraction of the fiber and preventing a wrinkle from forming. Effects typically last for about 4-6 moths after treatment. Interestingly, the toxin does not “wear off”- the paralysis is permanent. Rather, the human body produces new nerve fibers with new synapses to allow the muscles to start moving again.
The vast majority of dermal fillers (and all fillers used by Dr. Leithauser) are composed of hyaluronic acid, a natural component of our skin. These fillers are injected to correct volume loss that naturally occurs over time. Fillers are gels of varying viscosity, which helps determine which filler is the right choice for correcting different areas of the face.
Microneedling and PRP
A treatment done with a dermaroller device that uses small needles to prick the skin. Topical numbing medication is applied first to make the process nearly pain-free. Microneedling is effective for acne scarring, fine lines and other complexion irregularities. The purpose of treatment is to generate new collagen and skin tissue for smoother, firmer, more toned skin.
Platelet-rich plasma or PRP is a portion of human blood that is separated from whole blood. It contains many growth factors and cytokines that stimulate the production of new collagen. It can be used in combination with microneedling to improve the complexion or on the scalp to treat hair loss. For inquiries about PRP for hair loss, please schedule with Dr. Van Vreede.
Dr. Leithauser has worked with a pharmaceutical compounding company to create a line of products she really believes in.
Her line of prescription-strength, medical grade products, Rx Skincare by Laurel Leithauser, MD, can be purchased at our office.
We also offer care packages to use after certain treatments such as laser or microneedling.
Dr. Leithauser performs all surgeries in the outpatient setting under local anesthesia. This is an especially safe and cost-effective method as the patient is awake and there is no need for an operating room or anesthesiologist. Patients are offered a calming medication if needed prior to surgery.
Blepharoplasty is the medical term for an eyelid lift. Often the upper eyelids begin to sag as we age, making a person look old before their time. Blepharoplasty is a simple, office-based procedure to correct this. Patients typically experience mild pain and possible bruising and swelling for a few days, but are soon able to return to normal activities.