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Cosmetic Injectables Explained

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    “Hi I’m Dr. Corey Maas, a board certified facial plastic surgeon and associate clinical professor at the University of California San Francisco. I’m also the founder and director of the Maas Clinic, where we specialize in facial cosmetic and body cosmetic surgery. In particular today, I wanted to talk a little bit about the confusion that exist about the injectable cosmetic products.

    We use injectable cosmetics both here in the Maas Clinic and in our medi-spa, the Appearance Care Center, and these are areas where people have questions so I wanted to clarify a couple of them.

    One of them is that there's a big difference between Botox and Dysport, the two main products that are so-called neuromodulators and injectable filler products like Restylane and Juvederm and Radiesse and Sculptra.

    In general, the facial neuromodulators Botox and Dysport are used in the upper third of the face to relax the lines that are around the crow’s feet area, the frown lines between the eyebrows and the forehead line areas.

    Those medicines in particular are specifically made to relax the muscles and relax the expressions of hyper functional muscle activity. Frown lines, lines of stress, smile lines, as well, we can use those things in the lower face to relax some of the muscle bands in the neck for example to help to reduce the banding that we see often in the neck.

    In contrast, the soft tissue fillers are used to restore contour to the face in areas like the nasolabial fold or crease that's between the corner of the nose and mouth, to enhance or restore fullness to the lip area around here, to create or restore and improve little lines that we see in the face, or to improve contours to the cheek area or the tear trough hallows underneath the eyes.

    So in general the soft tissue fillers are used in the lower facial area. The Botox or Dysport products are used to relax the lines of hyper functional facial expression, the frown lines and worry lines that we see in the upper face, and together they can be use very effectively, in a non-invasive, same day sort of way to provide a lot of regenerative activities for any patient between age 30 and 90.

    We do this both in the Maas Clinic and the Appearance Care Center, so if you have more questions about this or you want more information please visit the website or call for a consultation and we can go over the potential advantages or benefits for you.”