Botox and Injectable Fillers
Botox and Fillers have become a revolutionary non-surgical procedure in recent years; reversing the effects of facial wrinkles, sun exposure and the effects of facial movement and gravity over the years. Injectable fillers keep your skin looking youthful by keeping the skin plump where areas with the most muscle movement begin to break down. Whereas Botox may sound similar to the injectable fillers, it is a complete different procedure that consists of paralyzing the muscles to reverse and remove the effects of wrinkles. The main difference between Botox and injectable fillers is that Botox stops the muscles in your face from performing movements that cause wrinkles, whilst fillers plump the wrinkles, smooth out the wrinkles and create the effect of making the skin more youthful.
Botox is a temporary non-surgical procedure; Botox is a cosmetic injectable neurotoxin that is diluted to the form of Botulinum Toxin. The diluted format is used to relax and paralyze your muscles which consist of tiny injections typically injected on your forehead and around your eyes. Because the procedure is not entirely painless, topical anesthesia is available to mitigate the discomfort of small stings when injections are made into the skin. Botox is a non-permanent procedure and may need to be repeated up to 2-3 times per year to maintain the effects you received on your first treatment. Botox was approved by the FDA in 1989, and in 2002 for cosmetic procedures, it is a very common and highly-requested procedure, most commonly used for cosmetic concerns but also serves as a slew for other health concerns as well. To ensure the procedure will go safely and smoothly, take the time to do your research and be certain the procedure is only being performed by a board certified dermatologist or a plastic surgeon. You can never ask too many questions, as it is important to be comfortable with your medical professional before receiving the treatment.
In recent years, injectable fillers such as Restylane, Juvederm, Sculptra and fat transfers have become very popular. Fillers are small injections of gel that typically consist of hylauronic acid which fill in wrinkles and add volume to softer tissue, such as lips, cheeks, eyes and even your jaw line. Injectable fillers typically restore lost volume in the face and smooth out deep set lines. While it depends on how each individual reacts to the treatment, but expect the filler to last roughly between 6 and 18 months. To ensure there is minimal discomfort during the procedure, your medical professional will apply an anesthetic cream before the treatment begins. Your face has many underlying sensitive structures, such as nerves, vessels and veins that can be damaged if the treatment is not performed by a trained and experienced medical professional.
Fat transfers are another type of injectable filler, which is harvested by the patient’s own body fat and re-administered to enhance facial fullness, fill creases or build up shallow contours. Fat Transfers are a natural, safe and non-allergic treatment option to fill in sunken areas or recontour your facial features. Typical areas for the patients “donor-area” consist of the abdomen, thighs or buttocks; micro-liposuction is used to transfer the fat as a graft to the injectable areas. In most cases, about 50% of the fat injected will survive and will last for a lifetime, but in other cases multiple fat transfers can be needed to achieve the desired results.
If you’re interested in learning more about getting Injectable Fillers or any type of plastic surgery in Inland Empire, please give us a call at Terracina Surgical Arts in Redlands, CA. (909) 798-9950.