Botox is a cosmetic injection that blocks the nerve signals that cause muscles to contract. This effect relaxes and smoothes the look of lines and wrinkles caused by repetitive movements on the face, most commonly between the brows, around the eyes and across the forehead.
Over time, repetitive movements and expressions leave wrinkles and lines on your face and can make you look tired or angry. When you frown or concentrate, the muscles between your brows contract, causing your skin to furrow and fold. When you squint, the muscles around your eyes contract and cause crow’s feet. When you lift your eyebrows, the muscles in your forehead contract and cause lines across your forehead.
Botox is a quick, simple treatment of tiny injections that work beneath the skin’s surface and targets the underlying muscle activity that causes frown lines and crow’s feet.
By diminishing the nerve signals that cause muscles to contract, Botox reduces your ability to making these repetitive movements that caused the lines. The effects of Botox are very natural and will give you a refreshed and well-rested look that lasts for several months.
Botox is the most popular treatment of all non-surgical cosmetic procedures. Botox is also used cosmetically to balance facial asymmetry and relax tight neckbands. Medically, Botox is used to treat excessive sweating, migraine headaches and muscle spasticity.
Dermal fillers are a minimally invasive non-surgical procedure used to improve the contours of the face by adding volume. Synthetic dermal fillers can be used to soften facial creases and wrinkles, plump thin lips, enhance shallow contours and improve the appearance of recessed scars. Dermal fillers are among the most popular aesthetic procedures because they carry immediate results, very few risks and little recovery time.
When we are young, our skin is smooth and elastic with a healthy glow. As we age, our ability to maintain this smoothness and elasticity diminishes, causing our skin to become drier, thinner and less able to replenish itself. Our body’s natural matrix of supportive structures, mainly collagen and hyaluronic acid, decreases and our skin becomes more lax, causing wrinkles and creases which can make us appear older than we are. Also, as we age, our faces naturally lose subcutaneous fat. Dermal fillers can help restore volume and fullness in the face.
Juvederm and Voluma are dermal fillers made from hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is effective as a dermal filler because of its compatibility with the human body. When injected, hyaluronic acid acts like an inflated cushion to support facial structures and tissues that may have lost volume or elasticity due to normal aging. It also brings water to the surface of skin to keep it looking fresh and supple.
For some patients, surgery may be the best approach. Non-surgical rejuvenation treatments, such as dermal fillers, may help delay the time when consideration of surgery becomes appropriate.
Dr. Brown is a certified Allergan Juvederm Injection Trainer, qualifying him with the distinction of teaching proper Juvederm injection techniques.