December 20, 2019
The world of cosmetic injectables is a very exciting one. With these short, simple procedures, many people have been able to revitalize their appearances. Without the risk of scarring, infection, or extended downtime. Botox and Fillers are capable of smoothing out dynamic fine lines and wrinkles, tightening loose and sagging skin, and filling in deep creases along the nasolabial folds. Although Botox is certainly a top name in cosmetic injectables, it’s important to note that it may not be the best product for every age-related, aesthetic concern. Learn about the advantages and disadvantages of Botox and fillers to see which is best for you.
Fillers are injectable gels that are largely comprised of a naturally occurring substance called hyaluronic acid (HA). HA is found throughout the human body in its joints, skin, and connective tissues. It has a local, hydrating effect due to its ability to attract and retain nearby water molecules. When HA-based injectables are inserted into the skin, they quickly plump loose, sagging areas up and replace lost volume with moisture. This makes them especially popular for use along the jawline, hollows in the cheeks, and the nasolabial folds. When patients are dealing with severe facial aging, HA-based fillers can even be used to reduce the appearance of marionette lines. These are deep creases that travel from the corners of the mouth to the outer edges of the chin.
More often than not, fillers are recommended treatments for anyone dealing with static facial wrinkling. Static facial wrinkles are advanced creases that remain visible whether the facial muscles are engaged or relaxed. They are frequently the result of age-related volume loss. A secondary benefit of using HA-based fillers to reduce static wrinkling is being able to hydrate the skin from the inside out. This leaves many patients with bright, youthful complexions.
Botox is a purified neurotoxin that’s been derived from the botulinum bacteria. When used in cosmetic applications, this injectable is designed to release dynamic wrinkles by temporarily paralyzing the muscles that are responsible for them. Unlike static wrinkles, dynamic wrinkles are only apparent when the expressive facial muscles are engaged. Years of using these muscles when frowning, laughing and smiling eventually create cracks in the smooth collagen that both defines and supports the facial skin.
Dynamic wrinkles are among some of the earliest signs of facial aging. Thus, many people start their ongoing anti-aging routines by using Botox. As they grow older and more severe facial wrinkling starts to appear, fillers may be recommended for restoring lost volume.
There are also times when Botox and fillers can be used together as part of simple, integrated treatments. These procedures are often referred to as liquid facelifts. With liquid facelifts, patients can erase both dynamic wrinkles and static creases at once, and without facing any additional risks or downtime.
If you are unsure if Botox or fillers are the best option for you, then come into Resplendence Med Spa for a consultation. Our specialists can go over your goals, concerns, and medical history to recommend the right treatment for you. To schedule a consultation, contact our office today.