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Botox and Fillers: Facial Rejuvenation
Facial rejuvenation consists of the use of products like neuromodulators (e.g. Botox) and soft-tissue fillers (e.g. Juvederm) to soften fine lines, wrinkles, and creases to produce a more youthful appearance. These Botox and filler treatments are relatively painless and offer a quick and effective way to improve your look while helping you avoid a more invasive surgical procedure.
Types of Injectables (Neuromodulators & Soft-Tissue Fillers)
There are a number of injectable products on the market. A smart consumer should research what is the right treatment for you and discuss these options with your dermatologist.
Botox, which is derived from botulinum toxin, is one of the most popular injectable treatments for improving the youthful look of your face. There is also a similar treatment, called Dysport, which provides results akin to what you’ll experience with Botox. Both of these products are injected by your dermatologist into the appropriate body part for treatment.
Botox and Dysport are useful in the treatment of dynamic wrinkles, including glabellar lines, horizontal forehead lines, and crow’s feet. These wrinkles develop as a result of facial muscles performing their usual activities like smiling or frowning.
The contractions your facial muscles make on a daily basis can lead to crow’s feet (periorbital wrinkles), frown lines (glabellar furrows), and horizontal forehead wrinkles. Botox and Dysport work to relax the underlying facial muscles, helping them to soften the overlying facial wrinkles.
Soft-tissue fillers are also quite popular and include Juvederm, Restylane, and Radiesse. They are useful in the treatment of residual dynamic wrinkles after neuromodulator treatment and are very versatile.
These injectable soft-tissue fillers are often used for wrinkles and furrows like the nasolabial folds (crease between the cheek and upper lip). As such, some of these involve injections that reach deeper into the tissues. In addition, soft-tissue fillers like Radiesse can be used for the treatment of atrophy or loss of some of the soft tissue in the cheeks, temples, or hands.
Juvederm and Restylane are hyaluronic-acid-based fillers. They add volume to the skin, helping to plump up the cheeks and lips, and also helps to fill fine lines. Non-hyaluronic-acid-based fillers include Radiesse, which is made of calcium hydroxylapatite microspheres in a gel solution. The microspheres form a grid beneath the skin to add support and volume. Radiesse may be useful where a great amount of volume is necessary.
What to Expect During Treatment
Injectable treatments typically take approximately 30 minutes per body part being injected. How long your treatment takes depends on factors such as the degree of your signs of aging and the amount of filler needed to achieve the desired result.
Most fillers now contain lidocaine but some practitioners may also use a topical anesthetic for additional numbing prior to the procedure. There is not a great deal of downtime associated with injectables, and with many, you can return to work right away.
A minor degree of temporary swelling, redness, or bruising around the treatment area is normal. Following the procedure, it will be a good idea to practice skin protection by wearing sunscreen or making use of a moisturizer that has a degree of SPF embedded into it, and making sure to avoid exposing yourself to the sun for a long period of time.
The results of an injectable treatment can last anywhere from a few months to a year or two, depending on the specific kind of injectable product used. Generally, wrinkle fillers (i.e. soft-tissue fillers) usually have effects that last longer than Botox or Dysport, but the key is to use the right product for the right situation and the key to that is to discuss it with your dermatologist.
About three to four days after a Botox treatment, you will begin to see results. The effects last about three to four months on average, but with repeated treatments, the results can last longer.
Filler results are usually immediate. Juvederm can last for up to 6-9 months, Radiesse up to one year or longer, and Restylane up to a year. Touch-up treatments and follow-up treatments may be available to maintain and preserve your results. The doctor can decide which filler is best for which indication. Some fillers are best for superficial lines or wrinkles, and some fillers work best for deeper lines or to replenish volume where of greater amounts of soft tissue.
Contact Our Office
Find out more about injectables and facial rejuvenation during a consultation with Dr. Kaufman or one of our doctors. Our team has over 20 years of experience helping patients achieve the best version of themselves with Botox and fillers. We’ll walk you through the entire process from beginning to end.