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What are Face Lines?

Facial movements and expressions, such as squinting or smiling, can lead to fine lines and wrinkles. Every time your facial muscles move a groove forms beneath the surface of the skin. And as one ages, the skin loses its elasticity and flexibility. As a result, it is no longer able to spring back into place the way younger skin can. Over time, these grooves then become permanent features on your face.

What is Botox?

Botox is the brand name of a toxin made by the bacteria Clostridium botulinum. Botox is the most commonly used term, as it was the first injectable botulinum toxin. Botox injections are used primarily for its ability to reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles. Apart from aesthetic uses, Botox has also been FDA approved for use in treating various health issues, including eyelid spasms, excessive sweating, some bladder disorders, and even migraines.

How does Botox work?

Botox injections work to block certain signals from the brain, particularly the ones that cause muscles to contract, an action that leads to the aforementioned grooves, fine lines, and wrinkles on the face skin. The injection prompts the facial muscles to temporarily relax, smoothening the look of fine lines and wrinkles. These injections are usually administered in a doctor’s office with a fine needle. Botox is injected into the skin or muscles, depending on the area that is being focused on.

Is Botox right for me?

Most people wait until signs of aging are apparent on their faces, but recently people aged 18 and above have been approved for the treatment –  called “Preventative Botox” – this procedure works the same way as regular Botox injections, but when undertaken at a young age it serves to significantly slow the aging process and prevent the physical signs from appearing on one’s face. Like with all medical decisions, you should always consult with your doctor before making a decision, to ensure your safety and the treatment’s success.

What are Dermal Fillers?

Similar to Botox, Dermal Fillers are a wider class of nonsurgical procedures that can be injectable in form and used for both aesthetic and medical purposes. There are many kinds of Dermal Fillers used for a variety of reasons, following are some of the most common brands and their types:

 

Radiesse: Derived from the naturally occurring Calcium hydroxylapatite which can be found in human bones, this filler is used to treat frown lines and marionette lines. This filler also has the longest history of medical use, starting in the dental industry and evolving into its cosmetic use today.

 

Hyaluronic Acid: Hyaluronic Acid is yet another naturally occurring substance in the body. Your skin gradually stops producing this acid over time and it leads to looser and saggier skin. It has gained a wave of popularity for its variety of uses including scar fading, moisturizing properties, joint recovery, and arthritic patients.

 

Aquamid: Known by its chemical name Polyalkylimide, this is a temporary dermal filler and is used for deeper wrinkles and folds. Since this compound reacts very minimally with human skin, a large amount can be injected in one session and can also be removed if necessary.

 

Sculptra: Polylactic acid is a synthetic dermal filler that when injected in the skin boosts your body’s natural production of collagen. This type of filler is called a stimulator, as it does not produce immediate results like the others on this list. Rather, it works over a period of time to stimulate your body’s own collagen producers for results.

 

Bellafil: Polymethyl-methacrylate microspheres (PMMA) is a semi-permanent filler and is used to treat medium wrinkles. This form is used when a more permanent and long-term solution is needed. The only potential downside is that this particular treatment can take up to 4 months to realize results.

Botox vs Dermal Fillers

Botox Dermal Fillers
Reduces wrinkles appearance by paralyzing the muscle. Reduces wrinkles appearance by filling in the skin under wrinkles. 
Results for 3 – 5 months Results for 8 – 12 months
Shows after 3 days, optimum after a week Shows results immediately

The Summary

Whenever you are considering cosmetic and aesthetic procedures that require medical expertise to carry out, also consult your doctor to find out if these procedures are suitable for you and your skin type. At Integrity Wellness, we establish and maintain the highest standards of service, and your satisfaction is our primary focus. Our doctors will work with you to customize a treatment regimen to help restore a natural, youthful look.

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