Some of the most popular cosmetic procedures today are injectables with little downtime and noticeable results. The two most common types of these procedures are Botox injections and dermal fillers. Here are some facts to help determine if these procedures could be right for you.
Key Botox Facts:
• BOTOX® Cosmetic (onabotulinumtoxinA) is a prescription medicine that is injected into muscles and used to temporarily improve the look of facial lines created by repeated muscle contraction.
• Botox is most commonly injected to temporarily reduce or eliminate frown lines between the eyebrows, forehead lines, and crow’s feet.
• Results from Botox injections are evident 3-14 days after the procedure, and last on average 3-4 months. The procedure itself usually takes about 10-15 minutes. The injections are given with a small needle with minimal discomfort.
• The most common side effects of Botox are mild bruising and swelling at the injection sites, although there are uncommon side effects such as temporary eyelid drooping.
• People who should not have Botox injections are those who are pregnant or nursing, are allergic to human albumin (egg white), or suffer from a neuromuscular disease (such as multiple sclerosis, myasthenia gravis, or ALS/Lou Gehrig’s disease).
• For the best results, Botox should be injected by an experienced health care provider in a medical setting. It is important that the right amount is injected into the right areas.
Key Dermal Filler Facts:
• Dermal fillers are materials injected into the skin to soften wrinkles from natural aging and sun damage. They are most commonly used for wrinkles on the mid and lower face.
• Fillers can restore fullness to cheeks, minimize creases around the mouth (nasolabial folds and marionette lines), and improve hollows under the eyes.
• There are different types of fillers, including those consisting of hyaluronic acid gel (Juvederm, Voluma, and Belotero), and calcium hydroxylapatite (Radiesse). Specific fillers are chosen based on the location and depth of the wrinkle.
• Typically, the procedure lasts 15-30 minutes, and you may have a topical anesthetic or nerve block before the procedure to minimize any discomfort.
• The duration of improvement is dependent on the type of filler used and the location of the injections. Hyaluronic acid fillers typically last 4-12 months, and calcium hydroxylapatite fillers last 6-12 months.
• The most common side effects are temporary redness, swelling, tenderness and possible bruising. Other side effects can occur less commonly, but can be minimized by having your injections performed by an experienced injector in a medical setting.
Now you know the basics of Botox and dermal fillers. The physicians at Dermatology Associates in Perrysburg would be happy to consult with you on the best treatments for you.