There is a distinct difference in how these injectables work and how long they last. Dr. Hochman will assist you in making the decision about which ones are right for you and your aspirations.
Botox and its newer competitors, Xeomin and Dysport, are made from the botulinum neurotoxin, which blocks the action of nerves on muscles. All are used to treat the wrinkles caused by muscle activity. Botox is the only FDA-approved product that temporarily improves both moderate to severe crow’s feet and frown lines between the brows in adults.
Expressive wrinkles are the ones you see when you animate your facial muscles, such as the “11” between your eyebrows when you frown or the lines across your forehead when raise your eyebrows. The smile lines in the corner of your eyes, also known as crow’s feet, are another good example. In some cases these injectables can be used to relax neck muscles or tendons to enhance the neckline.
There is no recovery time or down time though you may see some temporary redness or bruising at the injection site. On average, it takes three to five days to start to see an effect and up to 3 weeks to see the maximum results from all of the above products. Results usually last about three months, although if used over time, less frequent injections are needed to maintain results.
Fillers are complementary procedures used for stationary wrinkles and to enhance volume.
Natural aging and a lifetime of involuntary facial muscle actions contribute to the formation of wrinkles, creases and lines that can make you look angry, tired or older than you feel. Although aging may be inevitable, We have an unprecedented arsenal of gentle, non-surgical treatments that combat the most noticeable and frustrating facial imperfections. BOTOX® has become the most commonly performed non-surgical treatments to address these types of issues.
Static wrinkles or lines are those that can be seen even at rest, such as the nasolabial fold that runs from the side of the nose to the corner of the mouth on each side or marionette lines.
Soft tissue fillers are used to ‘fill’ these lines and folds. It is important to note that these static wrinkles have multiple causes: loss of volume of the face as we age or sagging due to gravity. Some wrinkles are accentuated by muscle activity, such as when nasolabial folds deepen when smiling. Fillers can also be used to plump or augment the lips and treat lipstick bleed lines. They give you a fuller face and plumper lips, while improving shallow contours or softening facial creases and wrinkles. However, they cannot help with excess sagging skin, and the results of fillers last for only a few months to a year.
Filler injections usually require some form of anesthesia, PRO-NOX which is a patient-controlled gas, local or topical anesthesia (some come with lidocaine in the filler) and can take anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes or more depending on the area being filled. You should stop any NSAID pain relievers, including aspirin, Motrin, ibuprofen and Aleve, or fish oil supplements for at least one week before the procedure to minimize bruising and swelling and avoid scheduling any important social events for at least several days after the injections.
Although injections are generally safe, you should only consult an experienced physician to ensure the best results and fewest side effects. Botox if injected improperly can impact the wrong facial muscles. Some fillers can cause lumps and asymmetrical volume if done by someone without Dr. Hochman’s eye for facial symmetry and years of experience. Dr. Hochman will determine which products will best suit your needs during your Consultation.
Is the latest generation wrinkles relaxer, used for the treatment of wrinkles, lines, and the aging face. Xeomin® is a highly purified Botulinum toxin type A, precisely injected to relax the muscles and eliminate wrinkles. It works by blocking nerve impulses from nerve endings to the injected muscles, suppressing muscle activity and thus reducing the formation of wrinkles on the face. This relaxation generally lasts for 3-4 months, and then the treated muscles gradually return to their original condition.
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