BOTOX and other fillers and injectables are the popular skin rejuvenation cosmetic procedures especially designed and developed to reduce the signs of aging and provide younger look. Botox injections help to relax the facial muscle under a wrinkle, while injectable fillers help to fill the crease, line, or area by using a suitable filler material. Sometimes, for optimal results, a cosmetic surgeon can use both Botox and filler injected into facial lines and creases to get a smooth forehead.
The recent studies confirm that a combination treatment of both Botox and fillers works better than either treatment alone. Many different types of popular Botox and fillers methods are used nowadays, such as Perlane, Restylane, Radiesse, and Juvederm, each of them functions differently than each other. Where Botox typically paralyzes the underlying facial muscle, while fillers help to plump the skin and also smoothen the fine lines and wrinkles. Young people having only superficial lines may require Botox only. Botox does not help to clear deep forehead furrows or marionette lines; therefore, fillers are used along with.
Presently, the two main types of injectable substances are used to treat and reduce facial wrinkles and lines, known as- Botulinum Toxin type A (Botox) and Dermal Fillers.
- A cosmetic surgeon may sometimes decide to use both types of injectables to achieve the best result.
- Botox is usually given by intramuscular (IM) injection to weaken facial muscles and reducing the lines formed with facial expression. Botox relaxes the underlying muscle and makes the skin to flatten out.
- An extremely fine needle is used to inject the Botox into the marked facial muscles. It may cause minimal and brief discomfort to a patient like an ant-bite sting. The wrinkle-smoothing effects of Botox may last for up to six months.
Procedure for Dermal Fillers
- Dermal fillers are usually injected along wrinkles and lines to plump the skin. Commonly used dermal fillers include Bovine (cow) collagen and a human’s own body fat.
- An extremely fine needle is used to ‘fill’ the wrinkle, skin line or skin depression with the filler material. Usually, the most dermal fillers provide temporary wrinkle-smoothing effects and require regular treatments to prolong and maintain the effect.
- Bovine collagen is suitable for some scars and deep skin lines. Its effects last for about 4-6 months.
- Hyaluronic acid is used to treat thin surface lines that usually occur around the mouth and across the forehead. Its effects last for about 1 year.
- Hyaluronan (a type of hyaluronic acid) is the best suited for deep skin lines and acne scars. This material can be used as a suitable alternative for people who are allergic to collagen. Its effects last for about 6 months
- Polylactic acid is generally used for deep skin lines and depressions. This filler material hastens the treated skin to produce collagen.
- Polyacrylamide is suitable for deep skin lines. After injection, this product forms a soft and permanent implant.
- Fat Injections (micro-lipo Injection): A fat tissue is extracted by using a thin needle from other body areas of a patient. The extracted fat is sterilized and injected into the wrinkle or facial line. Its effects may be long lasting. Sometimes, touch-up injections may be required. This procedure is also known as ‘microlipoinjection’.
Normally, it may take less than 30 minutes to perform any one of the above procedures and the results can last from 4 months to more than a year.
At Mediclinic, our specialist physicians can help you to reverse the signs of aging to diminishing frown lines, forehead creases and other facial lines by utilizing advanced BOTOX and fillers procedures.