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Aging is a natural process. When it starts, younger-looking skin goes away. That is why many people want to delay aging as much as they can. The American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery says that advancements in cosmetic science have given birth to non-surgical skin treatments. Procedures like Botox® and dermal fillers are more popular now than cosmetic surgeries. They are quick, with little to no recovery time. If you want to rejuvenate your face with Botox and fillers, here’s what you should know.
Botox is a bacteria-based muscle relaxant that is also used for medical conditions, such as migraines and neurological ailments. The most common use of this medication is to treat dynamic wrinkles. Once Botox injections are administered to specific spots on your face, the muscles relax. This reaction reduces the appearance of your fine and deep lines. Your cosmetic surgeon will inject your facial muscles that help bring out your wrinkles. This process usually takes a few minutes. You will then start noticing the results in about a week.
Most patients get the results they want from Botox. The side effects that you may have are temporary and minimal. Under normal circumstances, the effects of Botox last for three to four months. To maintain your results, you must consider more treatments. If you have underlying medical conditions, the effects of this treatment may not be evident at all.
Like Botox, dermal fillers treat wrinkles. You can also get fillers if you want to remove your smile lines or make your lips and cheeks plumper. Some cases require dermal filler treatments for scars or hand rejuvenation. Here are some of the available FDA-approved dermal filler options:
Polymethylmethacrylate beads. This is a permanent dermal filler treatment.
Calcium hydroxylapatite (Radiesse). This only lasts for about 18 months.
Poly-L-lactic acid (Sculptra Aesthetic & Sculptra). This is a synthetic treatment that can last for two years.
Hyaluronic acid. The effects of this dermal filler last for 6-12 months.
Collagen. This can last for about four months.
The effects of dermal fillers are quicker and last longer than those you can get from Botox treatments. To maintain your results, you should go through some maintenance procedures.
Below are some points that set Botox and dermal fillers apart:
Botox decreases muscle movement by blocking nerves.
Fillers add volume to the skin.
Botox addresses specific areas (forehead lines, frown lines, crow’s feet, jawline, and lower face).
Fillers can treat the whole face.
Botox is for those who want a quick solution to wrinkles, usually before an event.
Fillers help people who are active, thin, and aging.
Botox and dermal fillers are quick and accessible. You should talk to your healthcare provider if you qualify for these treatments. At Implant Dentistry, Periodontics, & Facial Rejuvenation, we aim to provide safe cosmetic procedures that can help you meet your goals. Please visit our clinics in Tampa and Wesley Chapel, Florida, for a one-on-one consultation. You can also call us at 813-517-0100 (Tampa) or 813-973-7770 (Wesley Chapel) if you want to schedule an appointment or ask questions about our Botox and filler treatment packages.