Treatments to lessen the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles are increasingly popular. But, deciding which type of treatment is best for your situation can be confusing. It helps if you understand how the different treatments work.
Botulinum toxin type A
The active ingredient in the well-known product Botox® is Botulinum toxin type A. It’s a neurotoxin, which means it affects your nerves.
Botox has numerous benefits. It’s been in wide use for years, and is generally considered safe after having been thoroughly studied. It’s also used to treat several other issues, such as migraine headaches and excessive underarm sweating.
Botox is mainly used to treat dynamic wrinkles, or wrinkles that are caused by repeated facial expressions. They are usually around your eyes or mouth.
When Dr. Vu performs a Botox injection, the neurotoxin stops the nerves that signal certain muscles to contract. When those muscles can’t contract, the appearance of the wrinkles they cause is lessened.
Botox injections only take a few minutes, and you can see the results within a couple of weeks. The effect will last anywhere from three to six months. Generally, the more times you have Botox, the less it takes and the longer the result lasts.
Fillers are generally used to treat static wrinkles instead of dynamic wrinkles. Static wrinkles are caused by the loss of collagen and hyaluronic acid, both of which contribute to that smooth, youthful look you want.
As you age, your skin becomes thinner, gravity exerts its force, and wrinkles form. Static wrinkles are visible when your face is at rest. Laugh lines are often an example of static wrinkles that can be successfully diminished with fillers.
There are numerous fillers available, differing in their chemical makeup. Some are better for treating particular problems than others. Dr. Vu recommends the most appropriate product based your situation and needs.
In addition to smoothing lines and wrinkles, fillers can be used to add volume to your face, lips, or even your hands.
Dr. Vu may suggest using both Botox and a filler to correct some lines and wrinkles. The best approach to achieving your goals depends on what those goals are, your medical history, and many other factors.
If you’d like to learn more about your options, book an appointment online or by phone at Skinzone Medical. We’re happy to answer your questions, and suggest a treatment plan based on your unique circumstances.