Botox is probably the most famous of all non-surgical injectable cosmetic products.
The primary difference between Botox and other dermal fillers is the way Botox works. It causes the muscles at the injection site to relax. When these muscles contribute to frown lines, the frown line also begin to disappear. Facial fillers add volume which can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, but these products do not affect muscle activity.
For this reason, the best targets for Botox are “dynamic wrinkles”—those that appear as a result of a particular repetitive muscle motion. When it comes to Botox's primary targets, these are forehead wrinkles or wrinkles between the eyebrows known as the “11’s.”
Botox causes the muscle responsible for these wrinkles to relax. It lasts for about three months, after which time additional injections are needed to maintain results. However, some women report that the effects of Botox appear to last longer because they have now gotten out of the habit of using the muscles that contribute to dynamic wrinkles.
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There are a wide range of dermal fillers on the market recommended for a variety of different uses. Often, dermal fillers are used to address “static wrinkles.” These are the wrinkles that are visible on your face when it is at rest. They are not caused by muscle movement but are instead caused by aging, gravity, exposure to the elements, stress, etc.
But wrinkles aren’t the only signs of age that can be treated with facial fillers. As people age, they often lose volume in their faces and may feel their faces look more hollow. Facial fillers are often an excellent option for adding youthful volume to the cheeks, temples and under eye areas.
Dermal fillers are composed of several substances:
- hyaluronic acid, a substance comparable to natural substances found in the body
- collagen, developed from bovine or human cells
- fat, which is harvested from the patient, processed and then transferred to the site of the injection
Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance found in most living organisms. It is used to add volume and fullness in non-surgical cosmetic procedures. Juvederm and Restylane are popular facial fillers composed primarily of hyaluronic acid.
Collagen is a protein found in humans and animals that composes certain bodily structures and also acts as a connective tissue. Collagen fillers are produced from human or animal tissues, depending on the product. These fillers are used to smooth skin and create a youthful appearance.
Many dermal fillers can also help stimulate collagen production by the body itself. Ask Dr. Aminpour which dermal filler is right for you. We offer the following dermal fillers:
Tailored Procedure Plan
Dr. Aminpour consults with each of his patients to customize a non-surgical procedure plan that will address the issues they want corrected. For some, this may include both Botox and dermal fillers. The beauty of these non-surgical products and procedures is the level of customization available. Not all people have smile lines and so do not need injections in that area. Some patients may simply want to address forehead creases and crow’s feet. A plan can be tailored to get those results for you.
When performed by a board-certified facial plastic surgeon such as Dr. Aminpour, these procedures are extremely effective and safe. Your consultation with Dr. Aminpour will provide you the opportunity to ask all of your questions regarding non-surgical cosmetic treatment and which procedures are right for you.