Also known as dermal fillers and soft tissue fillers
Fillers are a type of minimally invasive aesthetic medicine used to add volume, alter the contours of the face, and fill in wrinkles. Common areas to inject fillers are in the face, neck, and hands, resulting in a fuller, smoother and more youthful appearance. Dermal fillers are among the most popular aesthetic procedures because they carry immediate results, very few risks and little recovery time.
When to Consider Fillers
If you have deep lines around the eyes, brow or mouth
If you would like to change the contours of your jaw or lips
If you are interested in a minimally invasive procedure
Filler injections are quick and only require a topical anesthetic at most
Results are immediate and there is little to no downtime
Fillers provide a subtle look that can be adjusted to meet your aesthetic needs
Fillers are temporary and require repeat injections to maintain your goal
Some people may be sensitive and experience bruising and swelling
Results are dependent on the experience and qualifications of your injector
These are the top three pros and cons to weigh when considering fillers. If you want to focus on those specifically unique to you, please consult with your aesthetic practitioner.
Also known as Botox or Botulinum Toxin Type A
Botulinum toxin (Type A) is a cosmetic injection that blocks the nerve signals that cause muscles to contract. This effect relaxes and smooths the look of lines and wrinkles caused by repetitive movements on the face—most commonly, between the brows, crows-feet around the eyes, and horizontal forehead creases. Botulinum toxin is also used cosmetically to balance facial asymmetry and relax tight neck bands, as well as medically to reduce perspiration and to treat migraine headaches and muscle spasticity.
When to Consider Botulinum Toxin
Deep lines between your eyes make you look tired, angry, sad, or upset.
Your facial expressions cause wrinkles in and around your eyes and forehead.
There is asymmetry in your eyebrows or face that can be corrected by relaxing a muscle.
Injections are relatively painless and carry a low risk, with little-to-no downtime.
Can help you appear less angry and more approachable
Make subtle changes that give you a refreshed or well-rested look
Effects of injections will only last three to six months
Risk of droopy eye or muscle if injected incorrectly
If area to be injected is sensitive, bruising may occur
These are the top three pros and cons to weigh when considering botulinum toxin. If you wish to focus on what is unique to you, please consult with your aesthetic surgeon.
Are you a good candidate for botulinum toxin injections?
You may consider botulinum toxin injections for cosmetic reasons if you are developing lines and wrinkles on your face due to common facial movements. Depending on genetics, lines can appear on the face as early as your late twenties to as late as your early forties. If you are prone to developing lines and to making facial expressions that lead to wrinkles, your surgeon may also recommend using botulinum toxin as a preventative measure.
If you are in good general health, have a positive attitude and realistic expectations, you are most likely a good candidate for this procedure.