Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! The beauty of Botox and fillers, of my! How do these two phrases compare? The first may cause you some fear and anxiety; the latter should only bring visions of rejuvenation and a more youthful glow.
Let's face it, Botox and fillers are the most popular cosmetic procedures in the U.S. today because they are easy, affordable, and produce amazing results.
Botox and fillers, simply stated, can help turn back the clock and provide a more youthful appearance. Fillers (injectable gels) such as Juvederm, Restylane, and Sculptra can reduce wrinkles and furrows and restore facial volume. They are effective in smoothing wrinkles at the mouth, nose, jaw line, brows, and forehead. They are also commonly used to plump thin lips. Overall, fillers work by providing elasticity and volume for a softer, more youthful look.
How do Botox and fillers work? During the course of life facial muscles are very active--laughing, smiling, worrying, and frowning--and these life events over time can cause deep facial wrinkles, particularly forehead creases, furrows between the eyebrows, and crow's feet. Botox is popular for its amazing ability to smooth the skin and reduce the signs of aging by diminishing these fine lines and wrinkles. It does this by helping to relax the muscles in the face, thereby decreasing the wrinkles.
Filler and Botox treatments are non-invasive and applied via thin needles. The procedures are quick and easy with no downtime. An entire treatment can take less than 15 minutes and can easily be completed on a lunch break. Some redness or swelling should be expected but is usually minor and patients can immediately return to daily activities.
Results are immediately evident within 5 to 7 days after treatment and last an average of three to five months, or more, depending on the treatment. Treatments can be repeated several times a year to maintain results.
Botox and fillers are the most popular non-surgical facial rejuvenation procedures used to temporarily reduce the signs of aging. They can provide an instant return to youth and beauty. The only down side is that no matter how amazing the results are, they are only temporary. Patients seeking more long-term results may want to consider more advanced skin rejuvenating treatments such as a medical grade chemical peel or laser skin resurfacing. For the most dramatic results, cosmetic surgery procedures such as a face lift or eyelid surgery are recommended.