There are so many options for maintenance and treatment when it comes to anti-aging. One thing we know is that injectables seem to offer the best results compared to other forms of anti-aging treatments. Botox and filler are commonly used together to prolong the need of invasive treatments or cosmetic surgery. There are so many treatments and products out there that are supposed to diminish fine lines and wrinkles and plump the skin, but many of them do not do the job quite like Botox or filler.
Botox For Wrinkles
Let’s start with Botox. Botox is the most well-known neurotoxin product available today, but there are others such as Dysport and Jeuveau. Botox is injected into the muscle of the face that is being treated to keep it from contracting. Lesser amounts will allow for more movement to that muscle. Areas of the face that are commonly treated are the forehead, between the brows, and around the eyes known as “crow’s feet”. The movement in these areas is what leads to fine lines and wrinkles forming in the skin overtime. With Botox, we are temporarily (3-4 months) paralyzing those muscles which lessens contracting muscles and softens fine lines and wrinkles. Overtime with consistent Botox treatments, these lines often completely disappear. Botox is ideal to minimize the appearance of fine and wrinkles and if started early enough to never have deep wrinkles at all. More individuals especially millennials are starting Botox earlier to prevent rather than correct.
Dermal filler is different than Botox as it does not paralyze any muscles, but instead fills, plumps, and restores volume in specific areas of the face. Today there are many different fillers that are different densities to properly treat specific areas. The majority of fillers that we use at Utah Facial Plastics are made of hyaluronic acid (HA), which is naturally found in our skin that is lost with time and age. Most HA products last on average 6-12 months, with the exception of few that can last up to 24 months.
With age, it is common to notice volume loss in the mid-face, chin, under-eyes, cheeks, lips, and temples. There are fillers such as Voluma, Volux, and Restylane Lyft which are thicker HA formulations that are used for deeper structural areas of the face like the cheeks, mid-face, jaw, and chin. Thinner HA products are best when used to treat areas such as lips or superficial lines around the mouth.
Oftentimes, it is best for patients to be treated with a combination of Botox and dermal fillers for full facial balancing or often referred to as a “liquid facelift” or “non-surgical facelift”. The best part and what makes these treatments so popular is the fact that they involve little to no downtime and results can be seen in 10 days or less.
Injectables For Preventative Treatment
Once you begin to see static lines or wrinkles that are noticeable at rest, it could be time to start considering one of both non-invasive anti-aging treatments. Botox and/or filler can be started in individual’s as early as their 20’s or 30’s, just depending on anatomy, genetics and lifestyles. By starting with either of these effective treatments, you can prolong the need for more invasive intervention like surgery or treatments that require downtime. This is a great reason to consider injectables for slowing down signs of skin aging. It is best to come in for a consultation with an experienced injector to discuss your wants and goals. They will help determine if you are a candidate, which injectable product is right for you, and a plan to achieve those goals.
For more information about adding Botox and/or Filler to your anti-aging routine, please contact our Draper or Layton offices near Salt Lake City, Utah at (801)776-2220. Schedule a consultation with one of our experienced nurse injectors at Utah Facial Plastics.