BOTOX® and dermal fillers are an incredibly popular (and some say necessary) way to maintain a youthful appearance and tweak those imperfections that stare back at you from the mirror.
Convenient and Customizable
How do BOTOX and dermal fillers work to improve issues like wrinkles, sagging facial skin, and thin lips? All of these are convenient injectable treatments, but they all work differently. This means that your BOTOX and/or filler treatments can be fully customized to match your specific needs.
Benefits of Injectable Treatments
- Reduced wrinkles at the eyes, forehead, and mouth
- Lift for sunken and sagging facial skin
- Plumper, more contoured lips
- Smoothed vertical bands on the neck
- Stimulated natural collagen production
The Science of BOTOX
BOTOX is a household name, known for its effectiveness and convenience. It’s a neuromodulator that works with your body’s natural ability to move muscles, and produces a muscle-relaxing effect that reduces the lines and creases that age the face.
BOTOX paralyzes the smooth muscles that surround the muscle fibers, making them less forceful — which causes them to relax and contract less. This produces a subtle smoothing effect.
BOTOX often works synergistically with dermal fillers to create an overall more fresh, youthful appearance.
All About Dermal Fillers
When it comes to dermal fillers, there is a huge variety of options for choosing the best product for your unique areas of concern. Different dermal fillers target different issues, and they come in many various strengths, formulas, and active ingredients. Below are the four main kinds of dermal fillers:
Hyaluronic Acid Facial Fillers
Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a naturally occurring molecule found in the skin’s dermis. It plays a vital role in maintaining hydration, structure, and elasticity, which is why hyaluronic acid-based dermal fillers are a popular choice for those who want to trigger new collagen production in their skin. Hyaluronic acid-based fillers include Restylane®, Juvéderm®, and Belotero® products.
Poly-L-Lactic Acid Facial Fillers
Poly-l-lactic acid (PLLA) dermal fillers are better known as “collagen stimulators” due to their ability to kick-start the skin’s natural collagen production. Biodegradable and biocompatible, PLLA filler also delivers results more slowly than HA fillers. Instead of immediate results, the PLLA outcome is gradual and becomes visible over the span of a few months time. FDA-approved poly-l-lactic acid fillers include Sculptra®.
Calcium Hydroxylapatite Facial Fillers
Calcium hydroxylapatite (CaHA) dermal fillers are designed to address the aging process, as well as issues like facial volume loss, by helping prompt the body to rejuvenate itself naturally. This includes stimulating fibroblast activity, which is a key component in collagen production. CaHA fillers are made of a thicker consistency than HA fillers, which means that they last longer (about 12 months). FDA-approved CaHA fillers include Radiesse®.
Polymethyl Methacrylate Facial Fillers
Polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) is a synthetic, biocompatible substance that, when used as a dermal filler, presents as microspheres that are suspended within a collagen gel. As the collagen gel gradually disappears, your body’s own natural collagen replaces it. The microspheres remain, acting as an underlying structure for this new collagen. The result is a long-lasting lift and smoothness. FDA-approved PMMA dermal fillers include Bellafill®.
BOTOX and Dermal Fillers at Kelly Vision Center
If you’re interested to discover what BOTOX and dermal fillers can do for you, we welcome you to contact us to find out. At Kelly Vision Center, we offer a boutique experience where you are more than just a number. We look forward to meeting you.