The first signs of aging often appear as tiny wrinkles around the eyes, forehead, cheeks, and lips. While normal, their presence can be distressing. When addressing questions about wrinkles, I separate them into two categories: wrinkles caused by aging and those by gravity.
BOTOX® and DYSPORT®
BOTOX® Cosmetic and DYSPORT® is used to treat dynamic facial wrinkling. It is a toxin extracted from the bacterium Clostridium botulinum, and is a safe and effective way to reduce facial wrinkling without surgery. Fine needle injections target the facial muscles that contract to cause dynamic wrinkles.
These muscles stop contracting when treated, significantly reducing the wrinkles of skin above the muscle. The effect may last 3-6 months, at which time the muscle regains movement and wrinkles will reappear.* BOTOX® and DYSPORT® Cosmetic administration is done at the Plastic Surgery Clinic of Eau Claire and is a 5-minute procedure.
Hyperhidrosis: (Excessive Sweating) Treatment Options
Description of Condition: thousands of people in America suffer from excessive sweating. Although sweating is a necessary and normal body function that helps to maintain a consistent body temperature, persons with hyperhidrosis sweat excessively 24/7 with no relevance to maintaining their normal body temperature range or in a response to emotional stress or excessive physical activity. The condition is caused by a over activity of the sweat glands which commonly affect the underarms, hands, feet and face.
Progression: in persons with this condition, excessive underarm sweating usually starts in their late teens, while palm and sole of foot sweating often begins around ages 13 to 15. This condition can stain clothing, reduce self-esteem and as with advancing age, place a strain on social and business interactions.
Treatment: some individuals can control sweating or make it more bearable with over the counter antiperspirants but in many individuals, with the more advanced form of this condition, this treatment option may not meet their expectations. Other common treatment options are:
- Prescription strength Antiperspirants containing Aluminum Chloride
- Anticholinergic Medications : Benadryl
- Broad Band Light Lasers: Sciton 1064
- Botox, Dysport
In our experience of approximately 200 cases we have found that the use of Botox or Dysport to treat axillary hyperhidrosis has caused a significant reduction in their condition and in most instances their results have lasted for 8 to 12 months. Because of these results we will be extending our hyperhidrosis treatment options to the treatment of the hands and feet.
Dermal Fillers were developed to help smooth out the wrinkles which occur during aging. Dermal fillers are commonly used to raise a depressed scar, enhance lips, and replace soft tissue loss. Results are accomplished by injection of the filler beneath the scar or introducing the appropriate volume to smooth the wrinkle.
*Individual results may vary. Read more.