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Facial Fillers and Injectables

​Botox and Xeomin are two brand names of the botulinum neurotoxin injection.  (Botulinum neurotoxin will be referred to as "Botox" for the duration of this article.) When injected, Botox paralyzes a particular muscle by blocking chemical signals with the skin that trigger contractions. This minimizes the appearance of wrinkles. The final result is similar to how a wrinkle looks when you are asleep and the muscle is completely relaxed.

Anti-wrinkle injections like Botox often last for three to four months, sometimes five to six, depending on your metabolism or other procedures you've had with your treatment.

While Botox is considered a cosmetic procedure, it can also be used for medical issues:

  • Hyperhidrosis: excessive sweating
  • Blepharospasms: involuntary spasms around the eye, resulting in uncontrolled blinking, narrowing or closing of the eyelid
  • Cervical dystonia: uncontrollable muscle tightening or spams in the neck that may cause your head to turn unusually or be forced into awkward, uncomfortable positions
  • Chronic migraines
  • Strabismus: visual defect that leads to eyes not aligning properly, with one eye looking upward, downward, inward or outward as the other looks straight ahead

Dermal Fillers

Dermal fillers help diminish lines while restoring fullness and volume to the face. During the aging process, the face naturally loses subcutaneous fat. This causes muscles to work closer to the surface, which makes crow lines and smiles lines to become more visible. Skin also stretches due to other factors, such as sun exposure, lifestyle and genetics.

Dermal fillers can be used to:

  • Plump up thin lips
  • Soften creases and wrinkles
  • Enhance shallow contours
  • Improve recessed scar appearance

The length of the procedure can vary from 15 minutes to one hour, depending on the number of areas that are treated.

Dr. Harbison offers three types of dermal injections:

  • Juvéderm: used for lips, lines and wrinkles
  • Belotero: nasolabial folds (wrinkles from the side of the nose to the corners of the mouth
  • Voluma: contouring and lifting of cheeks