Botox and Dermal Fillers
Our skin ages over time. Smoking, hereditary factors and excessive exposure to sunlight can cause damage to our skin.
Our skin ages over time. Smoking, hereditary factors and excessive exposure to sunlight can cause damage to our skin. (e.g. wrinkles, dryness, sagging, etc.) Botox® Cosmetic injections and injectable dermal fillers can be used to correct or reduce signs of aging.
Botox® Cosmetic Injections
Botox® Cosmetic (Botulinum Toxin Type A) is a protein complex produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum, which contains the same toxin that causes food poisoning (botulism). Botox injections are used for the treatment of various neurological disorders and Botox® Cosmetic is used for cosmetic purposes. In cosmetic use, small injected doses block the ability of underlying facial muscles to contract; this is designed to reduce existing wrinkles on the face. The effects of Botox® Cosmetic treatments generally last anywhere from three to four months.
Injectable Dermal Fillers
There are four basic materials used in dermal fillers: autologous fat injections, collagen products, hyaluronic acid products and injections of a carrier material containing microspheres of another biocompatible material (e.g., polymethylmethacrylate or PMMA for short). Be sure to talk to your health care provider when deciding what the most appropriate options are for your situation.
Hyaluronic acid (HA) products are the most commonly used dermal fillers. The effects of HA dermal fillers can last from six months to a year or more, though they are dependent on factors such as:
• the age of the skin
• the severity of the facial defect or the size of the area requiring corrective measures
• the specific type of cosmetic dermal filler being used
The cost of botox or dermal filler treatment varies because treatment is customized for each patient. Factors to consider when determining cost include age of patient, gender of patient, treatment area, depth of wrinkles, strength of facial muscles and the quantity of botox or dermal filler used.