To smooth skin, plump lips, lessen wrinkles, raise scar depressions, and augment the facial soft tissues, dermatologists commonly apply facial fillers. These cosmetic products, including Juvederm® and Restylane®, are constructed from chemicals such as calcium hydroxylapatite, hyaluronic acid, and collagen.
Depending on the product, the area used, and your metabolism, results from these fillers last anywhere from six to 18 months. These products literally “fill in” creases and wrinkles in the face, which have lost fat and collagen over time.
Juvederm is a family of injectable dermal fillers that include Juvederm Voluma® and Juvederm Ultra XC® to add volume to sagging cheeks, improve skin elasticity around the mouth and nose, and enhance the plumpness of your lips. Juvederm uses hyaluronic acid, a natural compound that plumps your connective tissue. As you age, your production of hyaluronic acid naturally decreases; replacing it with Juvederm recreates a more youthful, lifted look.
Restylane is also a hyaluronic acid filler and acts much in the same way as Juvederm products. Restylane is slightly more cohesive, so it can reshape your face in some ways that are superior to Juvederm. Which product the providers at Pine Belt Dermatology & Skin Cancer Center recommend depends on your aesthetic goals and their analysis of your skin.
Botox is a cosmetic treatment created to assist with lessening the appearance of frown lines and wrinkles, especially those between the brows and near the eyes known as crow’s feet. The repeated use of muscles, which control how our faces squint and frown, causes the skin to wrinkle and fold. Botox cosmetic injections will temporarily reduce muscle activity. Your doctor may also inject Botox beneath the skin’s surface to target these muscles that make the skin crease. Botox is one of the few cosmetic treatments for wrinkle treatment that has been studied extensively by medical experts.
Normally, the facial filler and Botox injection procedures will take about 10 to 20 minutes. The exact time needed will vary depending on your skin, the depth of the crease(s), and how many areas are being addressed. If you’re seeing only a few number of wrinkles or imperfections, the time frame will be shortened. Your doctor will make a number of injections under your skin’s surface during the treatment. Your doctor will determine which type of filler to use and how many injections are necessary based on the issue you’d like addressed and the size of the wrinkle or imperfection.