Plastic surgeon Dr. Michael McCracken says a new facial filler called Belotero may be combined with Restylane and Botox for subtle yet noticeable reshaping of a woman's face including cheeks, eyes, brows and mid-face.
These before and after photos show how Restylane is used to add volume and youthful contours to a woman's cheeks (top row) and in the bottom row, how the eyes and mid-face are rejuvenated. Note the more attractive contours of the patient's mouth in the "after" photo in the bottom row.
Online PR News – 06-March-2013 –Denver, CO - Botox is effective for much more than just treating wrinkles, says Dr. Michael McCracken. “Areas of the face like the upper eyelids, eyebrows and corners of the mouth can be subtly but noticeably re-contoured with strategically placed Botox injections. We can bring the brows up a bit or slightly elevate the corners of the mouth to accentuate a woman’s feminine facial features and reverse the signs of aging,” he says.
Adding to the list of non-surgical options for facial rejuvenation now available, Belotero is a new dermal filler recently approved by the FDA, says Dr. McCracken. "It can be injected very superficially without being felt or seen to provide a natural look, so it’s suitable for reducing fine lines, 'smoker's lines' around the mouth and “smile lines” in the nasolabial folds. Belotero is also a soft filler which is suitable for use around the eyes."
Botox can be used to relax muscles around the eyes to help create an overall "lift" in the eyebrows, says Dr. McCracken. There are muscles that hold the eyebrows down, especially the muscle surrounding the eyes. By careful placement of injections into these muscles, the eyebrows are released from this downward pull, and the forehead muscles will lift the eyebrows up, usually by a few millimeters. Restylane or another filler placed underneath the eyebrows provides support and elevates the eyebrows. This also helps to soften the appearance of the orbital rim around the eyebrows, creating a softer, more youthful appearance.
Cheek enhancement adds attractive contours.
"High, sculpted cheekbones are considered by many to be one of the most beautiful aspects of a female face," says Dr. McCracken. "Women may have injections of facial fillers to shape and plump their cheeks, which tend to diminish in volume with age. Younger women who aren’t blessed with high, full cheekbones often want to get the look they see displayed by models and actresses. High cheekbones give the face an inverted pyramid shape that's considered attractive," says Dr. McCracken. "It's a matter of accentuating certain proportions for the best look.”
As people age there also is a gradual loss of volume in the mid-face, with volume shifting into the lower cheeks and jowls. This change in facial contours results in deflated cheeks and a fuller-looking lower face. Non-surgical facial reshaping reduces these problems and may delay the need for surgical options. Dr. McCracken uses Restylane and other fillers to add fullness, restore attractive facial contours and to correct facial asymmetries.
Dr. McCracken says “Mouth rejuvenation” can improve the "mouth frown", which refers to the downward sloping lines that appear at the corners of the mouth. These lines are made more noticeable by tissue from the cheek area moving downward in the aging process which causes the areas near the corners of the mouth to crease. "A combination of Restylane, Botox, and now Belotero injections can be used to improve these areas of concern," he says.
For more information about McCracken Eye and Face Institute or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Michael McCracken, please call 720.851.6600 or visit www.mccrackenmd.com.
About Dr. McCracken:
Michael McCracken, M.D. is a board certified ophthalmologist with additional specialized training in oculoplastic surgery. Dr. McCracken is among a handful of members of the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, a highly selective society of specially trained surgeons who focus on the eyes and surrounding areas.
Dr. McCracken is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery. Dr. McCracken has lectured internationally and has also been chosen as a member of the BOTOX® and Juvéderm® National Education Faculty.