Put on a New Face with Dermal Fillers and Botox Treatments
Discover the benefits of our Botox and Filler treatments. Our innovative, natural and synthetic treatments are designed to revitatize your skin and overall facial image to bring back a look of youth and regeneration. As with many changes in your physiology, facial aging is an ongoing process which can start early in your 20’s and can be accelerated by age, environmental factors, diseases, emotional stress, smoking, weight loss, exposure to extreme climates, prolonged exposure to the sun, or by facial behavior.
The procedure involved to do a Botox treatment is quite simple. A very small injection is made to inject the Botox into the wrinkle-producing muscles, such as in your forehead or in parts of your face. No anesthesia is required and the injections usually take only 10 to 15 minutes. There is no recovery time or down time though you may see some temporary redness or bruising at the injection site. On average, it takes three to five days to start to see an effect and up to 3 weeks to see the maximum results from Botox. Results usually last about three months.
Static wrinkles or lines are those that can be seen even at rest, such as the nasolabial fold that runs from the side of the nose to the corner of the mouth on each side or marionette lines.
Fillers are used to ‘fill’ these static lines and folds—for static wrinkles and to enhance volume. It is important to note that these static wrinkles have multiple causes: loss of volume of the face as we age or sagging due to gravity. Some static wrinkles are accentuated by muscle activity, such as when nasolabial folds deepen when smiling. Fillers can also be used to plump or augment the lips and treat lipstick bleed lines.
Filler injections usually require local or topical anesthesia and can take anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes or more depending on the area being filled. You should stop any NSAID pain relievers, including aspirin (Bayer, Excedrin), ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) and naproxen (Aleve), for at least one week before the procedure to minimize bruising and swelling and avoid scheduling any important social events for at least several days after the injections.
Fillers are temporary, lasting anywhere from six months to more than a year, and need to be repeated to maintain your results. It is not uncommon to see patients who have a combination of static and dynamic lines, so often Botox and filler treatments are used together in facial rejuvenation. Your doctor should be able to examine you for both dynamic and static wrinkles and give you an opinion on which agent to use where.
Commonly used fillers include:
- Collagen: A natural substance known as a protein and is the main component in cartilage, teeth and bones. Brand names include Cosmoderm and Cosmoplast.
- Hyaluronic acid: Also a natural substance found in your body; high concentrations are found in soft connective tissue and in the fluid surrounding your eyes as well as in some cartilage and joint fluids, as well as skin tissue. Brand names include Captique, Perlane, Restylane and Juvederm.
- Calcium hydroxyl apatite: found naturally in human bones. Brand names include Radiesse.
- Polylactic acid: A synthetic material that when injected, stimulates the body’s own production of collagen. Brand names include Sculptra.
What’s the difference between Botox and fillers? Botox and its newer competitor, Dysport, are made from the botulinum neurotoxin, which blocks the action of nerves on muscles. Both Botox and Dysport are used to treat dynamic wrinkles, which are the wrinkles caused by muscle activity.
Dynamic wrinkles are the wrinkles you see when you animate your facial muscles, such as the “11” between your eyebrows when you frown or the lines across your forehead when you look up or raise your eyebrows. The smile lines in the corner of your eyes, also known as crow’s feet, are another good example of dynamic wrinkles.