The Natural Plastic Surgeon Blog
Festival season is upon us! Preparing for Coachella brings with it a buzz of excitement and the perfect opportunity to give your skin some extra TLC. Fortunately, Barrett Plastic Surgery offers an extensive line of nonsurgical anti-aging procedures, including Botox and dermal fillers.
Which one is right for you? Keep reading to find out.
Botox vs. Dermal Fillers: What’s the Difference?
The main factor to consider when deciding what treatment is right for you is the type of wrinkles whose appearance you’d like to diminish.
Dynamic wrinkles are a specific type of facial crease that forms from repeatedly smiling, squinting or laughing. While at first, these lines are only noticeable when you make a facial expression, over time these lines may become permanently etched on your face. Dynamic wrinkles include horizontal forehead creases, frown lines between the eyebrows, and crow’s feet in the corners of the eyes.
The other type of change that our patients struggle with is the loss of skin elasticity and firmness due to collagen depletion. Levels of collagen and elastin–the two essential proteins that make skin look healthy and youthful–naturally decrease as we age. As a result, skin begins to thin and loosen and static wrinkles develop around the nose, mouth and jawline.
Botox was developed to deal with dynamic wrinkles, while dermal fillers help to remedy the appearance of static lines and volume loss, so most patients decide their treatment plan according to their specific needs. Of course, you can opt to have both types of injections in the same appointment, giving you a dramatic refreshment in just one session.
Botox is a purified, low-concentration form of botulinum toxin type A–a natural protein produced by bacteria. When injected in small doses, it can temporarily relax muscles by blocking the chemical signals that cause them to contract. Facial skin appears flatter and smoother as a result.
Benefits of Botox
For the right patient, Botox offers the following potential benefits:
- Quick treatment–no prep before and no downtime afterward
- Injections are relatively comfortable
- Preliminary improvement immediately after your procedure, with full results evident in about two weeks
- Enhancements last a few months before a touch-up is needed
Dermal Fillers Defined
Dermal fillers contain synthetic ingredients that mimic natural components of the body, such as hyaluronic acid–a substance in the body that supports the dermal structure and keeps skin hydrated. Using this ingredient and others, dermal fillers smooth facial lines and replenish lost volume, as well as correcting imperfections not necessarily associated with aging, such as shallow scarring and facial asymmetries. Dermal fillers can reduce early aging signs when used alone, or be combined with facial rejuvenation surgery to enhance results. Sessions usually require only a few minutes and enhancements can last for many months.
Benefits of Dermal Fillers
Dermal fillers can offer these benefits to the right patient:
- Lip volume
- Filling in shallow contours
- Softening facial creases and wrinkles
- Elevating recessed scars
- Correcting minor asymmetries
- Reversing hollowing in the midface
- Minimizing early jowl formation on the jawline
Barrett Plastic Surgery offers fillers from a variety of companies and product lines. With so many formulations to choose from, Dr. Barrett will tailor your procedure to your precise needs. Botox and dermal fillers are safe and effective on men and women with all skin types and tones. Although both procedures are fast, convenient and produce excellent results for many patients, they aren’t the right choice for everyone. Dr. Barrett will discuss your concerns and aesthetic goals in detail to determine which procedure will best meet your needs.
Are you interested in this procedure? Call us at (310) 398-2648 or fill out this virtual consultation form and we will reach out to you as soon as possible. We’re excited for you to take this next step!