Integrated Dermatology of North Raleigh
Dermatology located in Midtown, Raleigh, NC
Botox® and Derm Fillers Q & A
Botox is an FDA-approved non-invasive treatment that involves injecting botulinum toxin type A into muscles and glands. While it’s been cleared to fight wrinkles since 2002, regular users and beginners may still be somewhat uncertain about how this injectable neurotoxin produces its safe and effective results.
How Exactly Does Botox Work?
Wrinkles are caused by the constant movement of muscles under thinning skin. Initially, these lines only appear with facial expressions, such as squinting, frowning, or smiling.
However, over time, they can become etched into the skin and are evident even when the face is at rest.
Botox counteracts these effects by blocking the nerve signals that allow muscles to contract. Once these muscles have been deactivated, wrinkles and lines relax. The injectable neurotoxin is able to smooth existing wrinkles and prevent the formation of new lines.
Why You Might Consider Botox
Botox® is safe. Its effects are temporary, and anyone who is unhappy with results can simply let it wear off naturally. it’s also fast and easy. The procedure takes 15-30 minutes and has no downtime at all.
Anyone considering cosmetic treatment for the first time should look to Botox as one of their first candidates. Here’s everything you need to know:
As signs of aging creep onto the face, more and more people are looking to dermal fillers to mitigate the impact of volume loss. Lines around the eyes, nose, and mouth can be softened, lips can be made fuller, and an overall appearance of youthfulness can be achieved with cosmetic injectables.
Injectable fillers are cost effective, safe, less invasive, and offer immediately results.
If you’re considering a less invasive procedure to restore youthful glow to your face, dermal fillers may offer the results you’re looking for
We provide the following dermal fillers :
What Are Dermal Fillers and Which is Right for Me?
Dermal fillers are gel-like substances — some naturally occurring, some synthetic — that are placed under the skin with a hypodermic needle.
Hyaluronic Acid (HA)
These fillers work well in many areas of the face including the cheeks, marionette lines, under the eyes, nasolabial folds, vertical lip lines, and chin wrinkles.
Hyaluronic acid is a powerful substance that naturally occurs in the skin, and its gel-like structure works to keep your skin full and moisturized. This type of filler’s soft structure fills lines and wrinkles, lasting 6 to 12 months before your body naturally metabolizes it.
These fillers typically have lidocaine in them to promote a more comfortable injection.
Your doctor may recommend these common, FDA approved fillers: Juvéderm XC, VOLUMA, VOLBELLA, VOLLURE, Restylane, Restylane Silk, Restylane Lyft, Restylane Defyne, Restylane Defyne, and Belotero Balance.
Before you receive any injections, you will meet with your prospective cosmetic surgeon to determine if dermal fillers can help you achieve your aesthetic goals.
The Injectable Filler Procedure
First, your practitioner will clean the area of your face that is to be treated and he or she may apply a topical anesthetic in order to lessen discomfort.
Note** many injectables also contain lidocaine, a mild anesthetic, that works to keep your procedure comfortable.
Many patients can see results immediately, though this varies depending on which filler is used. Occasionally, there is a little bruising or swelling, but these effects should diminish completely within a few days.
You should absolutely be able to return to work and other normal activities immediately after treatment, but you will most likely need to avoid vigorous workouts or other strenuous activity for a day or two.
Generally, the results from hyaluronic fillers fade the quickest, from 6 to 18 months, but this can be helpful for first time fillers to gauge whether this treatment produces desired results.
Lip treatments tend to fade faster than other areas, and while some HA fillers are formulated to last longer, they may be restricted to certain areas of the face.
While synthetic fillers last longer, because they aren’t absorbed into the body, the results can last for several years, making them more appropriate for an experienced patient who is committed to the results for a number of years.
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