The sun, aging, pollution, genetics, and your lifestyle all affect how you age. Botox® and dermal fillers can reverse the wrinkles, lines, and hollowing that show your years.
These cosmetic injectables aren’t mutually exclusive though. Botox and dermal fillers provide complementary results as they work on different types of aging complaints. At Plastic Surgery Arts Center in Webster, Texas, Dr. Jan Garcia, Jr. provides expert application of these injectables to get you a facelift-like effect without surgery.
Here’s how Dr. Garcia can combine dermal fillers and Botox to get you beautiful results.
How does Botox work?
Botox contains a purified neurotoxin that temporarily halts muscle activity in treated areas. It therefore works on what is known as dynamic wrinkles – the lines that form when you smile, frown, squint, or grimace in worry.
These wrinkles most often form around the eyes (the crow’s feet), on the forehead, and between the brows. Botox injections last about 3-4 months and give you a smooth, relaxed expression.
What are dermal fillers?
Dermal fillers work differently. They literally fill in wrinkles, creases, and folds. Dermal fillers also add volume to sunken cheeks and thinning lips.
At our office, we provide Juvéderm®, Restylane®, and Radiesse® as well as other dermal filler options. Juvéderm and Restylane contain hyaluronic acid, a compound you naturally produce a lot of in your youth. Hyaluronic acid gives your skin its natural hydration and youthful plumpness.
Radiesse is a gel-like filler that contains calcium hydroxylapatite (CaHA). The CaHA spheres add immediate volume and wrinkle reduction, and they encourage the body to produce collagen, a skin-strengthening protein, around them. The microspheres disintegrate with time, but the added collagen gives you lasting results.
Dermal filler treatments are longer lasting than Botox, giving you a more youthful look for 6-18 months.
How can dermal fillers and Botox be combined?
Botox takes care of your dynamic wrinkles, while dermal fillers correct for static wrinkles, those wrinkles you see even when your face is at rest. Dermal fillers also help create the contours and definition that defines a youthful face.
Dermal fillers are generally applied to the middle and lower areas of the face, such as around the nose, cheeks, and lips. Botox, however, improves the look of the upper third of your face. Combining the different cosmetic injectables gives you a smooth look all over your face.
Dr. Garcia has an artful eye and places injections in just the right areas to get you beautiful results. He also chooses the types that are best for your skin and specific aging concerns.
You’ll notice changes in your face in just a few days without any need for healing time, blood loss, or sutures. After the injectables are placed, you can go about your normal daily activities.
Although this combination of fillers and Botox is often called a “liquid facelift,” you won’t look like you’ve had major work done. People may notice that you look rested and refreshed.
To find out more about dermal fillers and Botox or other facial rejuvenation treatments, contact Plastic Surgery Arts Center for an appointment. We can help you rejuvenate your look and boost your confidence. Call our office today or book online.