Botox, also known as botulinum toxin A, is a drug made from the micro-organism that causes botulism. Botulinum toxin blocks nerve activity in the muscles, which causes temporary reduction in muscle activity.
Cosmetically, Botox can remove facial wrinkles by temporarily paralyzing muscles. It is most often used on forehead lines, crow's feet and frown lines. It can also be used to treat severe underarm sweating.
In addition, Botox can be used medically to treat certain muscular conditions, like cervical dystonia (severe spasms in the neck), muscle spasms and migraines. Eye muscle conditions, overactive bladder and incontinence are other conditions Botox can be used to treat.
Botulinum toxin is administered by diluting the powder in saline (sodium chloride) and then the solution is injected with a fine needle into the muscle. It does not require anesthesia and generally takes only a few minutes. The effects of Botox will begin in 24-72 hours. You may notice the greatest improvements within a few weeks after injections.
The effects of Botox are temporary. Injections can last anywhere from 3-6 months, however, in some people, symptoms may return completely within 3 months after the injection. Repeating injections can lessen the time before your symptoms return, as your body develops antibodies to the toxin. Using this medication more often than prescribed will not make it more effective and may result in serious side effects.
Botox is an effective non-surgical wrinkle treatment that can give you a rejuvenated look with no downtime. There are also minimal side effects associated with Botox injections.
Botox is not covered by insurance when it is being used for cosmetic purposes.
Unlike Botox, which prevents the muscle movements that cause wrinkles, injectable dermal fillers fill in the lines, creases or other facial problem areas with one of several substances. This results in a smoother and more youthful-looking facial appearance.
Dermal fillers can reduce the appearance of facial folds, wrinkles, loss of volume in the face and sagging underlying tissues.
Dermal fillers can also be used for non-surgical treatments, including:
There are a number of different options for fillers. The most popular of these fillers is formulated with hyaluronic acid (e.g. Restylane, Juvederm). This is a clear gel that already exists within the human body. Hyaluronic acid is best used for treating facial lines, folds and wrinkles. Radiesse is another popular filler which delivers immediate, longer lasting results than hyaluronic acid. Radiesse is best for deep facial folds and can also be used for volume enhancement. One of the newest applications for fillers involves using Restylane to fill dark circles under the eyes. Another filler option is fat lipotransfer, which works by depositing small amounts of fat in the face, creating smooth, natural and long-lasting results. Lastly, Sculptra is a filler that can be used for patients who want to achieve subtle, long-lasting facial volume enhancement. It restores youthful fullness to the cheeks, temples and anywhere else in the face where there has been a considerable amount of volume loss.
Dermal fillers today can be categorized into several groups: superficial fillers, medium depth fillers, deep fillers and large volume fillers.
These fillers are for those fine lines that appear "etched" into the skin, requiring the thinnest fillers. These include:
Medium thickness fillers are used for actual folds in the skin and deeper lines, such as the nasolabial folds (laugh lines), which include:
These thicker fillers are used for volume enhancement for the face:
These fillers are used for facial volume restoration:
Dermal fillers can give you a more youthful look for a fraction of the cost of a traditional facelift. Patients can achieve transformational results without the risks or downtime of plastic surgery. In most cases, Dr. Soni can fill lines and wrinkles during one office visit that takes less than 30 minutes.
Dermal fillers are only a temporary solution, so patients should keep regular appointments to maintain the best results. Depending on the type of filler used, results can last from several months to over one year.
Dr. Prabhat Soni will personally evaluate your skin concerns and describe your treatment options. Because there are many different types of injectables/dermal fillers on the market, Dr. Soni will recommend a treatment plan that will produce the best results for you. Schedule an appointment today to get started.