Non-Surgical Facial Enhancement Using Injectables
In the search for a more youthful complexion, injectables are at the forefront of the race because they provide people with the quick, dramatic results they desire. Injectables have opened the door to enhance the tone, texture, and overall appearance of facial skin without the need for surgical correction. However, a common misconception is that all injectables work the same, and many people try to choose a treatment based on price. The fact is that there are two major classes of injectables, neurotoxins such as BOTOX® Cosmetic and dermal fillers like JUVÉDERM®. Understanding the difference between the two will help you make a decision on which treatment is most suitable for you.
BOTOX® Cosmetic to Treat the Upper Face
BOTOX® Cosmetic is created from botulinum toxin A and is designed to treat wrinkles and fine lines that are caused by repetitive muscle movements in the face. The most dramatic effects are seen in the upper face with the reduction of crow’s feet, forehead wrinkles, and brow wrinkles.
An injection of BOTOX® Cosmetic causes your facial muscles to relax, releasing wrinkles to allow for a smoother facial appearance. The effects of BOTOX® Cosmetic are noticeable within a few days of treatment and provide consistent results that last four to six months. When performed by a qualified professional, BOTOX® Cosmetic results in a smoother, more youthful expression. Contrary to popular belief, BOTOX® Cosmetic treatments don’t completely “freeze” your facial expressions.
Dermal Fillers to Smooth the Lower Face
Wrinkles and fine lines in the lower face are typically the result of collagen loss and sun exposure. In some cases, patients will lack volume around their cheeks in addition to their facial wrinkles. Common problems many patients face are smile lines at the nasolabial folds, wrinkles around the mouth, and hollow patches under the eyes.
Various dermal fillers are available, from JUVÉDERM® to RADIESSE®. Most fillers are made of a hyaluronic acid solution that, once injected into the deep tissue layers of the face, stimulates the production of new collagen to plump the skin and fill wrinkles. Dermal fillers are gentle enough to be used under the eyes, around the cheeks, and along the mouth. Depending on the type of filler chosen for your treatment, your results will last anywhere between three months and a year.
If you are looking to erase years from your appearance without undergoing a lengthy surgical procedure, injectable treatments may be right for you. Schedule your consultation at Grotting & Cohn Plastic Surgery by calling 205.930.1600 or by contacting us online.Read More