If you’re experiencing the early stages of aging and aren’t ready to undergo an extensive surgical procedure such as a facelift, injectables may be an excellent option for you. You can receive individualized treatment recommendations by speaking with our team of expert nurse injectors. Please call our office today to schedule a consultation. We serve patients in Newport Beach and throughout Orange County, California.

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Wrinkle Relaxers Vs. Dermal Fillers

Wrinkle relaxers, or neuromodulators, are designed to temporarily inhibit facial muscle contractions, resulting in wrinkles formed by these contractions. By targeting the muscles responsible for these wrinkles, wrinkle relaxers can help you achieve a smoother appearance on your forehead, around the eyes, and more. Typically, the effects of wrinkle relaxers last about three to six months.

Dermal fillers, on the other hand, focus on adding volume to your face. These injectables are ideal for softening wrinkles and restoring a more youthful appearance. Additionally, dermal fillers can plump up thin lips and add definition to facial features such as your cheeks or jawline.

Benefits of Injectable Treatments

The benefits of your treatment will vary based on whether you receive a wrinkle relaxer or a dermal filler. Some of the benefits associated with both options include the following:

  • Replenished volume to areas including the lips, cheeks, and chin
  • Softened wrinkles 
  • Reduced visible aging 
  • Minimal downtime
  • Facial rejuvenation with no incisions or anesthesia

A nurse injector on our team will evaluate your unique signs of facial aging to recommend the right option to achieve your aesthetic goals.

Wrinkle Relaxers at Richard H. Lee Plastic Surgery


BOTOX® is a popular neuromodulator that effectively reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Its primary active ingredient, botulinum toxin type A, temporarily blocks nerve signals that cause muscle contractions. As a result, treated muscles relax, and the skin appears smoother.

The specific treatment areas where BOTOX® is commonly used include:

  • Forehead lines
  • Crow's feet
  • Frown lines (also known as "11" lines between eyebrows)

The BOTOX® treatment process is quick, often taking just 15 to 30 minutes. Most patients see results within 3 to 7 days; the effects last approximately 3 to 6 months.


    Another wrinkle relaxer option offered at Richard H. Lee Plastic Surgery is Dysport®. Like BOTOX®, Dysport® uses botulinum toxin type A to temporarily block nerve signals that lead to muscle contractions, helping smooth out wrinkles and fine lines.

    Key treatment areas for Dysport® include:

    • Forehead lines
    • Crow's feet
    • Frown lines

    While the application of Dysport® and BOTOX® may be similar, some patients find that Dysport® offers a slightly faster onset of results (1 to 3 days, compared to BOTOX's 3 to 7 days). The duration of Dysport® effects is also comparable to BOTOX®, lasting around 3 to 6 months.

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      Dermal Fillers at Richard H. Lee Plastic Surgery

      Galderma Restylane®

      These fillers are designed to provide natural-looking results and revitalize your skin. Choose from various options tailored to meet your unique needs:

      • Lyft: Lift and add volume to your cheeks and hands.
      • Defyne: Smooth out, deep laugh lines and wrinkles.
      • Refyne: Soften moderate lines and wrinkles for a natural look.
      • Contour: Sculpt and define facial features for a more youthful appearance.
      • Kysse: Achieve natural-looking lip enhancement.
      • Restylane-L: Correct facial wrinkles and folds, including nasolabial folds.
      • Eyelight: Refresh and rejuvenate the delicate skin around the eyes.
      • Sculptra®: Stimulate collagen for gradual and natural facial volume restoration.


      This comprehensive range offers solutions for various cosmetic concerns, each designed to enhance your natural beauty:

      • Volux: Sculpt and redefine your jawline for a youthful profile.
      • Voluma: Lift and contour your cheeks to restore facial volume.
      • Vollure: Soften and smooth moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds.
      • Volbella: Achieve subtle and natural-looking lip enhancement and smoothing.
      • Ultra Plus: Address deeper lines and wrinkles for a rejuvenated look.
      • Skinvive: The first and only FDA-approved injectable moisturizer, hydrating and revitalizing your skin from within without adding volume.

      Revance RHA® Collection

      Experience the next level of dermal fillers with the Revance RHA® Collection, designed to adapt to your facial expressions for dynamic yet natural results. Choose from the following RHA® fillers for a personalized approach to facial rejuvenation:

      • RHA Redensity™: Address under-eye circles and fine lines with precision.
      • RHA® 1: Soften fine lines and wrinkles with a subtle touch.
      • RHA® 2 and 3: Restore volume and smooth moderate to severe wrinkles.
      • RHA® 4: Sculpt and contour for a lifted and youthful appearance.
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      SELPHYL PRFM Injectable Treatments

      The SELPHYL Platelet-Rich Fibrin Matrix (PRFM) is an advanced injectable treatment that harnesses your body's natural healing abilities to rejuvenate your skin and enhance its overall appearance. Utilizing the potent growth factors in your blood platelets can effectively address various cosmetic concerns such as volume loss, wrinkles, and scars.

      It begins with a small blood draw, which is then placed in a centrifuge to separate the platelets from other blood components. The extracted platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is combined with a specialized gel to create the PRFM. This matrix is skillfully injected into targeted areas, stimulating collagen production and initiating a natural healing response.

      There are several significant advantages to consider when contemplating SELPHYL PRFM injectable treatments:

      • It is a non-surgical procedure that involves only a small blood draw and injections, providing a great alternative to more invasive treatments and surgeries
      • Since SELPHYL PRFM is derived from your own blood, it is biocompatible and reduces the risk of allergic reactions or complications
      • Users often experience improvements in skin tone, texture, and volume, with results lasting up to 12 months or more
      • Most individuals can resume their daily activities shortly after treatment, with minimal side effects and downtime
      • Furthermore, PRFM effectively addresses hair loss by naturally stimulating the development of stem cells and prolonging the growth cycle
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      Dr. Richard H. Lee is a board-certified plastic surgeon who combines an artistic eye and attention to detail to deliver the best possible patient results. Is team can strategically place injectable treatments to help turn the clock back on aging and subtly enhance your natural features.

      In addition to selecting the right treatment for your goals, our staff will provide personalized aftercare instructions. This will help to ensure optimal results and a smooth healing process. Our support does not end after your appointment; we are always available to address any concerns or questions you may have.

      Please contact us today to schedule a consultation. We serve patients in Newport Beach, Irvine, Santa Ana, and throughout Orange County, California.

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