Whether you want to smooth out fine lines and wrinkles on your face or have an overall refreshed appearance? You can achieve a more youthful appearance with nonsurgical aesthetic procedures like Botox or soft tissue fillers, also known as injectables. PLUS you can even treat yourself and get right back into your day. No surgery preparations, no real downtime. Just lovely results, almost instantly.
Some of the most common nonsurgical procedures include:
- Botox & Dysport
- Soft tissue fillers
Botox & Dysport
Botox and Dysport are neuromuscular toxins, and are most appropriate for active lines or wrinkles associated with aging. The injection temporarily weakens the muscle causing the wrinkle to give the appearance of smoother skin.
Results last about 3 to 4 months and can generally be noticed within a few days, sometimes a week to see the full effect.
Soft Tissue Fillers
Dermal fillers, also known as soft tissue fillers are more useful for firmly established wrinkles or larger lines of facial aging. They restore volume and can add structure to the face. Depending on the type of filler and the depth it is injected, these fillers can smooth out fine lines on the surface of the skin, fill out deep lines, augment soft tissues (like the lips), or even effectively augment facial bone structure.
Some types of fillers include, Collagen, Hyaluronic acid (HA) and Radiesse.
The differences are generally governed by how long the effects last, as well as how the filler "feels".
- Collagen based fillers often last 3 to 6 months, and have a very natural feel.
- Hyaluronic acid fillers can last 3 months in high mobility areas (like your lips) up to a year in regions like the nasolabial folds, though most patients experience their desired effect for about 6 months. And the smaller the particle size, the softer and smoother the result.
- Radiesse fillers are broken down in the body in two phases which prolongs the degradation process, with results lasting 10 to 12 months.
Risks & Rewards
Risks of these nonsurgical procedures are minor. Fillers are placed by an injection, so there is the potential of bruising at the injection site, lumpiness, redness, product specific adverse reactions, and in rare cases local infections. For some collagen formulations, skin testing before injection is necessary to confirm that you will not have an allergic response to the filler. You should absolutely speak with your surgen when considering treatment to make sure it is right for you.
As you can see there are several options available and no "one best product" for any particular use. The best recommendation would be to consult with a doctor to discuss your specific areas of concern, hear the options suggested and make an informed decision. It is a reasonable practice to first try short acting agents to be certain that you enjoy the effects of the treatment before moving towards using longer acting effects.
Dozens of my clients have been coming to me for years now because they trust that I will help them choose the right procedures to meet their goals. I would be happy to help you as well.
- Dr. G
Good news, you don't have to figure it out alone. Book your consultation with Dr. Guiloff to help you choose the treatment regime that matches your ultimate desires. He is an expert injector and handles his own patient's treatment, which means you get the expertise and attention of a top-notch, board certified plastic surgeon in charge of your care. No matter if you are looking for Botox, Collagen, HA or Radiesse to fill in those pesky lines, you know you are in good hands.