Botox & Dermal Fillers
There are mixed reviews about facial injections and some have strong opinions when it comes to sticking needles in their face. Anyone who knows me knows I am a fan of injections, but I also believe in moderation. A little bit goes a long way when using Botox and dermal fillers. I think they can significantly enhance and improve your appearance when injected properly. Everyone is always searching for the next anti-aging skin care miracle, and I totally get it. Who wants to get old and saggy-faced? Creams and certain treatments can help slow down the aging process, but overall, there are no skin-care products that work as well as Botox or dermal fillers. My philosophy has always been, if it’s going to make you happy, do it. I have also noticed that a lot of people are confused when it comes to injectables and what you can inject where, which led me to writing this post.
If you’re interested in getting injections I would definitely do some research first. Make sure to find a trusted doctor or nurse that you are comfortable with. I have seen some pretty horrific injection mishaps in the past, from droopy faces to allergic reactions to the overly injected, stretched out cat-lady faces. Do not let this happen to you.
Let’s begin with Botox….
What is Botox?
Botox is a neurotoxin, Botulinum toxin to be exact. Botulinum toxin is found in nature and is considered one of the most poisonous substances, but only the dosage makes this toxin lethal. Despite being toxic, it is in huge demand. This toxin has proven to be successful when dosed properly, and it used medically and esthetically to treat certain muscular conditions as well as treating and removing wrinkles by paralyzing muscles temporarily.
Botox can be injected in extremely small concentrations and it leaves your muscles without any instructions to contract, (such as frowning) therefore temporarily paralyzing them. In layman’s terms, Botox tells your muscles to stop contracting and to just relax.
The effects of Botox injections are temporary and only last about 3 months. It also takes about 5-7 days for you to notice any significant difference in your wrinkles so be patient.
Botox and dermal fillers are completely different, but they do compliment one another.
Where can you inject Botox?
Forehead (flatten horizontal forehead wrinkles)
Glabella (those annoying “11” lines between your eyes)
Outer eyebrow (gently elevates the outer eyebrow)
Crows feet (helps improve the smile lines by your eyes)
Bunny lines (diminishes appearance of horizontal nasal lines caused by smiling, frowning, or squinting)
Underarms (used to treat excessive sweating)
Other uncommon areas:
Around the lips (to get rid of smokers lines)
Chin (gets rid of chin dimples)
Platysma bands (helps flatten the straining cords of the neck)
Other botulinum toxins similar to Botox:
What are dermal fillers?
Fillers are basically just that- they “fill in” grooves, lines, and depressed areas of your face; they are used to contour, lift and to enhance volume. They can be used just about anywhere on the face but are most commonly used on the lower half. There are a bunch of different fillers on the market, ranging from thinner to thicker consistencies. Different fillers have different life spans, but most of them last anywhere between 6 months to a year, and some even longer. Fillers are great to add volume to areas such as your lips and unwanted laugh lines. You may also inject deep acne scars with filler to even out the texture of your skin. The results are immediate which is nice because you get a good idea of what you’ll like after the swelling goes down. You determine the type of filler that’s best suited for you with the doctor or nurse that is injecting you.
There are also two main types of fillers: natural and synthetic.
Natural Dermal Fillers: These are the most popular fillers. They are made from hyaluronic acid, something that your body already naturally produces. In addition to filling in wrinkles, hyaluronic acid also promotes new collagen growth. If you have sensitive skin or often experience allergic reactions, you may want to consider natural fillers.
Natural Dermal Fillers Include:
Juvederm (Ultra, Ultra Plus, Ultra XC, Ultra XC Plus, Voluma XC)
Synthetic Dermal Fillers: This is the smaller category of fillers. They typically last longer than natural dermal fillers and are considered semi-permanent. Although, they are longer lasting, these have more side effects associated with them than the hyaluronic fillers.
Synthetic Dermal Fillers Include:
Where can you inject fillers?
You can add filler just about anywhere on the face but it is most common in these areas.
Cheeks (adds volume to shallow cheeks)
Nasolabial folds (the lines around the nose and mouth)
Lips (and volume and plump lips)
Nose (shapes and contours parts of the nose)
Jaw line (helps define the jaw line)
Chin lines (adds depth and can get rid of dimples in the chin)
I hope this had shed some light on injections. Be smart and do your research before letting anyone touch your face! If you have any questions feel free to ask! 🙂