In this age of media over-exposure, Botox and Dermal Fillers unfortunately have acquired a ‘reputation’ to say the least. The first word that is associated commonly with these treatments is ‘plastic’. This of course is far from the truth.
Botox in reality was approved by the US FDA more than 30 years ago and is approved for use in many more serious medical conditions in addition to aesthetic treatments. Even dermal fillers are used for quality of life improvement for many patients who have suffered from serious illnesses.
So what are these?
BOTOX is the trade name for botulinum toxin, a purified protein which acts by blocking nerve impulses to the muscles, thereby weakening their contraction, thus reducing wrinkles and fine lines.
Dermal Fillers consist of Hyaluronic Acid (HA). HA is the most important substance in maintaining collagen and elasticity of skin and hydration. With age naturally occurring HA starts depleting, leading to loss of volume, drooping / sagging skin and deepening of facial lines. Dermal Fillers merely help restore the HA levels and bring about a fullness in the treated areas.
But I don’t want to Are they safe? Are there side effects? Is it for me?
These treatments are generally both safe and quite reliable in terms of results that can be expected. Having said that there is absolutely no medical drug or procedure which is a 100% safe, there are always potential side effects that are associated with each and every drug and hence you should always go to an experienced medical professional who will first get a detailed medical history and rule out possible problems and only then qualify you for a treatment.
The plastic look that you may have observed in media and is often a point of concern is in fact not the norm. Both these treatments are conducted very judiciously to correct or shape by small degrees. It is important to go to an aesthetic dermatologist who will understand your need and even adjust your expectations to reality.
Botox and Dermal Fillers are used to help a host of aesthetic conditions, some of these are listed below:
Botulinum Toxin (Botox) : Jaw Contouring (Shaping), Gummy Smile, Crow’s Feet, Frown Lines, Forehead Lines, Bunny Lines (on the nose)
Dermal Fillers : Laugh lines, Static lines, Deep Scars (Induced by Acne, Accident, Chicken Pox etc.), Under Eye Hollowness, Sagging or Droopy Face, Reduced Cheek Volume, Thin Lips
What to expect?
After a thorough consultation, qualified
medical professionals calculate the exact amount of injectable needed, the exact
methodology and the location for injection. A numbing cream is applied on the
treatment area and the injections are delivered. These are painless procedures
with no down time.
It is important to understand that this is a medical procedure and results will vary between individuals based on age, diet, lifestyle, person’s constitution and the exact condition in question.
For botox the results are seen within 4 to 5 days of treatment. As regards fillers, results are seen immediately and they improve over the next 3 weeks, as the filler mixes with water in the body and hydrates the skin further.
Results are expected to last from 4 to 15 months. To maintain the results the procedure is repeated after the results wear off. It is also important to note that if the treatment is discontinued there is no deterioration in the conditions which were treated.
I hope the above tips have helped you get some insight into the process and would have helped get rid of some of your fears. You can always reach me with any more queries on the subject @ firstname.lastname@example.org
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