Botox & Facial Fillers
These options can be used to treat fine lines in the forehead, wrinkles between the eyes, on the cheeks and at the corners of the mouth. This treatment also improves the vertical or “Smoker’s Lines” along the edges of the lip. See below:
Botox is a naturally occurring drug that is used for multiple cosmetic procedures. Normally Botox is injected into the body causing muscles to relax around the injection site. This relaxation of muscles can last up to four months and results in the diminished look of wrinkles and other wrinkle-type skin imperfections. Botox Cosmetic is a prescription medicine that is injected into muscles and used to temporarily improve the look of moderate to severe forehead lines, crow’s feet (lines around the eyes) and frown lines in people 18 to 65 years of age. BOTOX® Cosmetic is administered by a healthcare professional as a simple, nonsurgical treatment that is injected directly into the muscles between the brows. Botox blocks signals from the nerves to the muscles. The injected muscle can no longer contract, which causes the wrinkles to relax and soften.
Getting Botox takes only a few minutes and no anesthesia is required. Botox is injected with a fine needle into specific muscles with minimal discomfort. It generally takes three to seven days to take full effect. Face Rejuvenation is a procedure to gain a more youthful appearance by transferring fat from any area of the body to the face, reducing the appearance of wrinkles and adding a fuller look to the face, giving a more youthful appearance.
Facial fillers, a liquid that can be injected into the skin to help fill out excessive skin giving a fuller look, are another option for the diminishing of wrinkles. Fillers are a great alternative to surgery but only show temporary results just like Botox. Some people are under the impression that facial fillers and Botox are one in the same but they differ in TWO major ways:
- Botox does not fill in lines or wrinkles, it simply relaxes muscles. Facial fillers actually fill in the lines and wrinkles.
- Both Botox and facial fillers help different types of wrinkles. Botox is more for wrinkles that form when you make certain facial expressions (i.e. those caused by muscle movement). Facial fillers are for permanent wrinkles and lines that are present all the time.
For the reasons above, some choose to combine Botox and facial fillers. Facial fillers, also known as dermal fillers, are gaining popularity due partly to their longer, lasting effects (in some cases up to a year) but Botox is still the number one choice for most.