Botox And Injectable Fillers Specialist

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Artius Integrative Medicine

Integrative Medicine & Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine located in Great Falls, VA

Botox and Injectable Fillers Q & A

What is the difference between Botox and dermal fillers?

 

Botox and dermal fillers are cosmetic treatments given through injections which are minimally invasive, meaning they do not involve surgery. Botox contains purified bacteria that paralyzes muscles to help minimize the appearance of lines and wrinkles caused by repetitive facial expressions. Dermal fillers contain ingredients that add fullness to areas that have thinned due to aging, such as in the cheeks, lips, and around the mouth.

 

What is Botox?

Botox may help to correct dynamic wrinkles, such as crow's feet around the eyes and horizontal lines on the forehead.

Botox is a purified form of the botulinum toxin that is obtained from bacteria. Though it is deadly in larger amounts, the tiny, regulated amount of Botox given to correct wrinkles has been used safely for decades.What is the difference between Botox and dermal fillers?

What can Botox correct?

 

Botox only works on wrinkles that are caused by muscle movement. These are known as dynamic wrinkles, and are often called "expression lines."

 

The most common dynamic wrinkles that Botox can treat are lines on the upper face, such as the "11" between the brows, horizontal lines on the forehead, and crow's feet around the eyes. These lines are caused by smiling, frowning, squinting, and other facial expressions.

Botox will not work on fine lines and wrinkles caused by sagging or loss of plumpness in the face. These are known as static wrinkles. Static wrinkles include lines in the cheeks, neck, and jowl areas.

Botox is not a permanent treatment. Repeated treatments are necessary for continued wrinkle-reducing effects. Most people find that the muscle-relaxing effect of Botox lasts for 3 to 4 months.

 

Botox side effects and considerations

 

The ASPS considers Botox to be safe, and 6.7 million procedures were performed in 2015. As Botox wears off over time, most side effects are only temporary.

Possible side effects of Botox include:

 

  • drooping of the eyelid or brow if injected near the eye
  • weakness or paralysis of nearby muscles
  • hives, rashes, or itching
  • pain, bleeding, bruising, swelling, numbness, or redness
  • headache
  • dry mouth
  • flu-like symptoms
  • nausea
  • trouble swallowing, speaking, or breathing
  • gallbladder problems
  • blurry vision or vision problems

 

The treatment may also fail to work due to antibodies that fight the toxin. This happens in less than 1 percent of people who have repeated Botox treatments, however.

The ASPS advises people not to rub or massage the area of the injection after having Botox treatment. This could spread the toxin to surrounding skin, causing muscle drooping and other problems.

 

What are dermal fillers?

Dermal fillers may help to plump up thinning lips.

Dermal fillers, sometimes called soft tissue fillers, are substances designed to be injected beneath the surface of the skin to add volume and fullness.

 

Substances used in dermal fillers include:

 

  • Calcium hydroxylapatite, which is a mineral-like compound found in bones.
  • Hyaluronic acid, which is found in some fluids and tissues in the body that add plumpness to the skin.
  • Polyalkylimide, a transparent gel that is compatible with the body.
  • Polylactic acid, which stimulates the skin to make more collagen.
  • Polymethyl-methacrylate microspheres (PMMA), a semi-permanent filler

 

Each one of these is designed to treat different signs of aging or other cosmetic issues. The time they take to work, as well as how long they last, also vary. Some fillers last 6 months, while others last up to 2 years or longer. People should discuss their individual needs and expectations with their doctor to determine what filler would be the best choice for them.

 

What can dermal fillers correct?

 

Different types of dermal fillers are designed to treat varying signs of aging. Depending on the filler selected, they may:

 

  • plump up thinning lips
  • enhance or fill in shallow areas on the face
  • decrease or remove the shadow or wrinkle under the eyes caused by the lower eyelid
  • fill in or soften the look of recessed scars