Non-Surgical Procedures Boston

Plastic surgery may not be right for you, or you may not be ready for a surgical solution for your face and body. Dr. Darrow and his practice offers injectables and fillers to help you restore the look and feel of your skin. Injectable fillers can plump thin lips, enhance shallow contours, soften facial creases and wrinkles, or improve the appearance of recessed scars without invasive surgery. The visible signs of facial aging occur over time as a result of sun exposure, heredity and life style.

Types of Injectables and Fillers:

Botox® is a non-surgical, physician-administered aesthetic treatment for moderate to severe frown lines between the brows. BOTOX Cosmetic is used with people ages 18 to 65 and works by reducing the contractions of the muscles that cause frown lines. As certain emotions are expressed, facial muscles contact and cause a pleating of the overlying skin. When the pleating occurs over a period of time, the lines become more permanent. Treatment with BOTOX® can visibly soften and smooth those frown lines. Improvement can be seen within days and last for up to four months. In clinical trials, nearly 90% of men and women surveyed rated the improvement of appearance of frown lines between their brows as moderate to better one month after treatment.

Collagen is a natural protein that supports the skin. Injectable collagen formulas derived from human dermis include Cosmoderm® or Cosmoplast®. Zyderm® and Zyplast® are forms of bovine collagen that, unlike human derived collagen, require prior allergy testing. The results may last 2 to 4 months.

Hyaluronic Acid (such as Restylane®) is a natural substance found in our bodies. It is well suited to plump thin lips and fill facial creases such as nasolabial folds. It may also be appropriate for some surface wrinkles and concave scars. The results may last 6 months or longer.

Human fat, harvested from your own body, can be reinjected to enhance facial fullness, fill deep creases and to build up shallow contours. Fat injection requires a more extensive procedure than other injectable fillers because it uses liposuction techniques to extract the fat prior to injection.