Non-Surgical Wrinkle Treatment in Tampa, FL
Do you wish you could turn back the hands of time and restore your face back to its youthful appearance? Well, with the power and precision of modern non-surgical techniques, now you can – all without ever going under the knife! Dr. Traci Temmen is highly skilled in a variety of non-surgical procedures designed to smooth wrinkles, erase fine lines, and even out skin tone to restore your face to that beautiful youthful glow. Furthermore, because these procedures are safe, fast, and non-surgical, there is practically zero downtime – letting you get back to your busy life while looking fabulous. All of the techniques discussed on this page can help reduce the signs of aging, but some patients may find that one procedure works better for them over another depending on the condition of their skin and specific goals. Dr. Traci Temmen sits down with each patient to talk through the benefits of each procedure and identify the one that will work best for that reaching that individual’s goals.
Are you bothered by frown lines and crows feet that just won’t disappear despite detailed skin care regimens and makeup routines? If so, Botox might be just the thing for you! Botox utilizes a powerful protein called derived from the Clostridium Botulinum microbe to relax the muscles of facial expression, smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles. In this procedure, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Traci Temmen gives precisely targeted Botox injections exactly where you need them to relax the troublesome muscles that create wrinkles and creases, restoring your face to its smooth, youthful appearance.
How Long is Treatment/ Downtime?
This procedure is so quick and easy, it can be often be performed over a lunch break – allowing you to get back to living your life right away. Furthermore, it is typically very well-tolerated by patients, with minimal pain or swelling at the injection site. Most patients will be able to see the results of Botox treatment within 3-5 days following injection, with results typically lasting for 4-6 months. At the end of this period, the injection effects will wear off as the facial muscles return to their former state. Since the effects of Botox are temporary, many patients like to schedule regular “maintenance” visits throughout the year, much like an appointment for a cut and color at the hair salon.
Another great option for reducing the effects of aging on the face are Dysport injections. The slightly less well-known cousin of Botox, Dysport acts in a similar way to smooth out wrinkles and fine lines by relaxing the underlying muscles. In fact, Botox and Dysport are both different types of botulinum toxin that act by the same mechanism to quiet contracted facial muscles.
Timeline of Effects
The effects of Dysport act on a similar timeline as Botox, with a couple of small, nuanced differences. Dysport’s onset of action is slightly quicker than Botox, taking effect about 2-3 days (versus 3-5 days) after injection. Also, the effects of Dypsort typically dissipate a little bit sooner than Botox, usually lasting for about 3-4 months (versus 4-6 months). In summary, both Botox and Dysport act within a similar timeframe, with the effects of Dysport typically starting and ending a little bit sooner than Botox. Dr. Traci Temmen thoroughly discusses the pros and cons of both options with her patients to ensure that they can make an informed decision together.
Another unique feature of Dysport is that it has a more significant “feathering” effect than Botox. This means that it spreads out more from the site of injection to impact other muscles, and that this effect dissipates the farther out you go from the injection site. This may be beneficial for patients who want to get a more natural look by relaxing the muscles surrounding the target site, “blurring the line” between injections. However, patients who may benefit from more potent and precise muscle targeting may be a better fit for Botox injections, since they tend to diffuse less from the injection site. Overall, Botox and Dysport injections are both very safe, quick, and effecrive ways of relaxing the muscles of the face to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Traci Temmen listens attentively to each patient’s goals, and works with them to choose the method that will work best to give them the results they want.
Restylane fillers are another great tool Dr. Traci Temmen has in her arsenal to help fight aging and give you the youthful look you desire! This procedure quite literally “fills in” stubborn lines and grooves on the face to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Restylane is an FDA-approved injectable filler that is composed of a synthetic form of hyaluronic acid – a protein that is found naturally in the body that helps keep connective tissues hydrated and supple. Dr. Traci Temmen precisely injects Restylane into a deep layer of the skin called the dermis in order to fill in deeper folds and wrinkles on the face. Common problem areas patients wish to target are the nasolabial folds (the folds that run from the nose to the corners of the mouth) and marionette lines (creases that run downwards from the corners of the mouth). Dr. Temmen is highly skilled at administering precise injections of Restylane to help make these signs of aging disappear!
Timeline of Effects
Restylane fillers combat the signs of aging in a different way from Botox and Dysport by carefully filling in lines rather than immobilizing the muscles that create them. This filler effect typically lasts for 6-12 months, a little longer on average than Botox or Dysport. Similarly to Botox and Dysport cosmetic procedures, patients often like to schedule periodic maintenance visits in order to preserve their results over time. This procedure is generally very well-tolerated by patients and can be done in the privacy and comfort of the boutique office setting quickly and safely with the use of light anesthesia to numb the face.
Fractional CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing
Another non-surgical cosmetic procedure offered by board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Traci Temmen is Fractional CO2 Laser treatment. This procedure utilizes state-of-the-art fractional CO2 laser technology to stimulate collagen production in the skin. This evens out skin tone and texture, restoring the skin to a smoother, tighter, and more youthful appearance. This procedure may be a good option for patients who wish to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, sun spots, acne scars, and other blemishes on the skin surface, by helping turn back the clock on the effects of aging and sun damage. This procedure typically lasts about an hour, with about thirty minutes of pre and post-procedure time on either side. Imagine completely transforming and renewing your face in part of an afternoon!
In the past, CO2 laser therapy was very harsh on the skin and required a long recovery time afterwards because it removed the entire top layer of skin. However, with the modern breakthrough of fractional CO2 laser technology, this procedure has been completely redefined! As opposed to traditional CO2 laser treatment that applies one broad beam of energy to the face, fractional CO2 laser therapy breaks up this beam into countless tiny beams with spaces in between. This allows for the preservation of columns of skin in between areas that are hit by a beam, minimizing patient discomfort and downtime. This method allows the skin to heal over the course of days rather than weeks without compromising results.
All of the procedures described on this page are non-surgical in nature, delivering powerful results with minimal pain, recovery, or downtime. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Traci Temmen is an expert at using these techniques to rejuvenate the face, and listens carefully to each patient to identify the option that best suits their individual anatomy and aesthetic desires. If you’re interested in learning more about any of these procedures or which one may be the best fit for you, call 813-771-6393 to book your consultation with Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon Traci Temmen, MD, today!