Botox, Latisse & Fillers

Botox and Fillers- The Dynamic Duo in Cosmetic Improvement

For many years, doctors have used Botox to relieve blepharospasm, an involuntary twitching of the eyelid. More recently, injection of Botox Cosmetic to temporarily relieve unwanted facial wrinkles has become one of the most popular procedures in the history of cosmetic surgery.

Wrinkles are the result of tonically contracted facial muscles. As the overlying skin loses elasticity over time, the wrinkles become more prominent. Botox weakens the injected muscle, creating a more relaxed and youthful appearance. Not every kind of wrinkle can be erased with Botox, however. The wrinkles that form when you frown, smile, squint, stare, or use other muscles of facial expressions can be treated. Examples are:
  • Glabellar lines between eyebrows when frowning, giving an angry look.
  • Crow’s feet (radiating from the corners of the eyes, below the temples), often more obvious when smiling.
  • Forehead wrinkles, also called worry lines.
  • Nasolabial lines (a deep wrinkle from the side of the nose to the side of the mouth).
  • Other lines around the mouth.
Botox injections will smooth out some wrinkles that are present even when the facial muscles are not consciously used. Injections are done with very small needle, like getting a small bee sting. Most patients tolerate the procedure extremely well.

Improvements are generally visible within a week. The effect of the injection wears off gradually. Therefore, repeated injections are necessary, usually every 4 to 6 months. After a few injections, the wrinkles sometimes do not return as quickly, so the interval between treatments may get a little longer. Of course, this varies from person to person.

For wrinkles that are due to significant loss of soft tissue volume under the skin, fillers may improve the appearance of the aging face. Two popular fillers are Juvederm and Juvederm Voluma. Juvederm can be applied to many different areas of the face to reduce wrinkles and age-related volume deficit, while Juvederm Voluma is primarily used in the midface for cheek augmentation. Both fillers can have a lasting effect for months to years.

Latisse is the first and only FDA approved medication used to help eyelashes grow longer, thicker and darker. Most patients start to notice an effect after two months of daily use. In order to maintain the effect, Latisse needs to be continued on a daily basis. While it is generally very safe, Latisse is available by prescription only.

Botox, fillers, and Latisse all may have a synergistic effect in facial rejuvenation. Call today to schedule a consultation to see if you are a candidate for these exciting non-surgical cosmetic enhancements.

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