Over the many years that Botox has been used, this particular product has developed quite the celebrity fan base. As a result, Botox is recognized around the world as one of the best ways to smooth away fine lines and wrinkles. Also as a result of the enduring familiarity is the fact that many people may assume they need Botox, when a soft tissue filler may be more appropriate for their desired outcome. Here, we will examine how Botox and fillers differ, and how you can determine the treatment that you may need.
The usefulness of Botox was actually discovered by physicians and patients who were being treated with purified botulinum toxin for muscular disorders. After patients began seeing a reduction in certain signs of aging, research was conducted and, alas, we now have Botox. When the solution is injected into muscles on the upper part of the face, such as between the brows, they are no longer bombarded with neurotransmissions that force contraction. We do not use Botox with the intent of freezing muscles, but of relaxing them. The result of treatment can be a lifted brow, softer eyes, and a more youthful facial esthetic. The wrinkle-reducing effects of Botox occur over the week following injections, and they can last from 3 to 6 months.
Dermal fillers have a different effect on treated tissues. Patients who visit our La Mesa med-spa can address concerns such as marionette lines, nasolabial folds, loss of volume in the mid-face, loss of definition at the jaw line, and more. One of our most popular products is Juvederm, a hyaluronic acid filler that replaces volume to subcutaneous tissue while also encouraging increased collagen production. The hyaluronic acid integrates into tissues, where it attracts water molecules to fill out creases and lines. The results of filler treatments are immediate, and they can last up to 12 months.
Botox and dermal fillers are the new norm in anti-aging. We are happy to help you discover which treatment or combination can reveal your inner beauty. Contact our office to schedule a convenient consultation visit.