As our bodies age, so too does our facial appearance. Genetics, environmental factors, and lifestyle choices all play a role in the development of telltale facial aging signs, including fine lines, wrinkles, volume loss, and changes to skin texture.
While these unfortunate skin concerns can certainly make you look older than you feel, you are not without options. The One Agora Integrative Health team offers several facial rejuvenation procedures to help you achieve a more youthful appearance. To start looking and feeling your best, schedule an appointment at our convenient Bloomington location; call (952) 681-2157 or contact us online.
Wrinkle Treatment: BOTOX® & Dysport®
Fine lines and wrinkles set in around the mouth, eyes, and forehead due to a combination of factors related to skin elasticity, thickness and damage, as well as from repetitive facial muscle contractions, such as smiling or squinting.
To combat frown lines, crow’s feet, and other facial wrinkles, One Agora Integrative Health offers Botox® and Dysport® injections. Both injections are forms of botulinum toxin type A, neurological depressants which work to block nerve impulses that control facial muscles, temporarily paralyzing the muscles as a result. The reduced movement and increased muscle relaxation help treat moderate to severe lines between the eyebrows.
Despite their similarities, there are important differences between Botox and Dysport, most of which pertain to their dosage. Dysport is more diluted than Botox and tends to diffuse more quickly. It contains smaller molecules which means that it can treat larger muscle areas but may require more units than Botox. On the other hand, Botox’s low diffusion rate makes it very effective in treating smaller areas that require more precision.
The effects of both Botox and Dysport are temporary. It typically takes 2-14 days to see the results and results last 3-4 months. Downtime is minimal, and the most common side effects are temporary redness, swelling, bruising, and headaches.
Volume Restoration: Dermal Fillers
While Botox and Dysport work well to combat fine lines and wrinkles which affect the upper one-third of the face, facial aging is not contained to one area. To address facial aging related to volume loss in the skin, as well as fine lines and wrinkles around the mouth, One Agora Integrative Health offers several different dermal fillers, including Restylane® and Juvederm®. These hyaluronic fillers work to restore volume, reduce fine lines, and augment areas of the face, such as the lips and cheeks.
Restylane® products are hyaluronic acid formulations which are injected into the facial tissue to correct moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds. We provide several different types of Restylane injections to address different parts of the face, including:
- Restylane-L: For moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds
- Restylane Silk: To address lip thinning and mouth wrinkles
- Restylane Defyne & Refyne: To smooth and soften laugh lines (nasolabial folds and marionette lines)
Juvederm products are also a family of hyaluronic acid fillers which can be injected into the cheeks, lips, or areas with fine lines and wrinkles. One Agora Integrative Health provides several different types of Juvederm fillers, including:
- Juvederm Ultra & Ultra Plus: To add fullness to thin lips
- Juvederm Voluma: To add volume to the cheek area
- Juvederm Volbella: To add volume to the lips and soften the appearance of lip lines
Like botulinum toxin injections, dermal fillers are not permanent. Depending on which product is recommended, results will last 6-24 months. There can be some significant downtime depending on which area is treated. We recommend that you do not plan any special events 2-3 weeks after injection.
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP): Skin Rejuvenation, Hair Restoration & Scar Removal
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is an innovative, non-surgical treatment which uses your body’s growth factors, called platelets, to promote healing. The treatment requires a blood draw; blood is spun in a centrifuge to isolate and concentrate your platelets. The platelets are then injected into the treatment area to promote tissue regeneration and new collagen growth.
While PRP has several applications in cosmetic, orthopaedic, and sexual medicine, One Agora Integrative Health leverages the healing abilities of PRP to address several different concerns, including:
- Hair loss
- Volume loss
- Uneven skin tone or texture
PRP uses growth factors in platelets to stimulate cell replication, promote formation of new growth factors, and stimulate proliferation of cells.
PRP is completed in the comfort of our Bloomington office and requires 60-90 minutes (due to the blood draw). Some patients will require multiple treatments over the course of several weeks to achieve their desired results. Redness, swelling and heat at the injection site can occur but typically dissipate over the 24-48 hours following treatment. Platelet-rich plasma alone can help you achieve amazing results; many times, we combine the use of PRP with other treatments for optimal results.
Contact Our Facial Rejuvenation Clinic
Let your beauty radiate inside and out! Ashly, a member of the One Agora Integrative Health team, has over 9 years of injecting experience and looks forward to helping you accomplish your skin and aging goals.
Our mission is to connect your aesthetic goals with the health, wellness, and anti-aging programs we offer in our clinic. If you seek facial skin rejuvenation treatments in the Minneapolis or Bloomington area, our proven cosmetic treatments can help.