Botox and Fillers
Botox is a cosmetic treatment imparted with the help of injections by certified plastic surgeons. Botox or Botulinum is a purified toxin that relaxes underlying muscles to remove wrinkles on the skin surface. It cannot correct all types of wrinkles so prior consultation is necessary to plan the procedure.
- Wrinkles are caused by movements of fine muscles.
- Botox works by blocking nerve signals in the muscles where it is injected.
- When those nerve signals are interrupted, the affected muscles are temporarily frozen or unable to move.
- Without movement in those muscles, surrounding wrinkles are softened, reduced or even disappear.
- Botox can be used to minimize or remove any dynamic wrinkles commonly called expression lines.
- It can be used to treat lines caused by smiling, frowning, squinting and other facial expressions.
- Common wrinkles for which botox is used include “11” between the brows, horizontal lines on the forehead and crow’s feet around the eyes.
Botox is not a permanent treatment. Effects of botox can remain for 3 to 4 months. Repeated treatments are necessary for continued wrinkle-reducing effects.
Fillers are a cosmetic treatment that uses injections to put substances into the skin to add volume and fullness. Substances used in filler treatments include calcium hydroxylapatite, hyaluronic acid, polyalkylimide, polylactic acid and polymethyl-methacrylate microspheres (PMMA). Each one of these works differently and is designed to treat different signs of aging or other cosmetic issues.
- Fillers are used for correction of moderate to severe facial wrinkles and skin folds, which are the wrinkles on the sides of the mouth that extend towards the nose, often referred to as “smile lines.”
- They are also used to treat acne scars in adult patients.
- Several absorbable dermal fillers are used for lip and cheek augmentation.
- Common indications for fillers include plump up thinning lips, enhance or fill in shallow areas on the face or recessed scars, decrease or remove the ‘dark shadow’ under the lower eyelid, static wrinkles on the lower face.
Successful results will depend on the health of the skin, the skill of the doctor and the amount & type of filler used.There aren’t any significant side effects as most of the substances used are very skin friendly.
Common side effects of Botox and Fillers
- A very rare chance that the treatment might not work.