When you make a stop at any local pharmacy, it is hard not to notice the shelves filled with anti-aging lotions and potions touting their ability to turn back the clock and eliminate fine lines and wrinkles. While there may be an abundance of highly available over-the-counter wrinkle treatments, people are turning to trusted physicians for longer-lasting, more reliable options. Noninvasive options such as dermal fillers and BOTOX are popular choices which are injected into areas of the face to make the skin appear smoother, rejuvenated, and more youthful looking. For men and women who do not want to resort to a more invasive option, like a facelift, the combination of these injectables are designed to lessen the appearance of crow’s feet, frown lines, and other wrinkles that accompany the natural aging process.
Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jules Walters of Walters Plastic Surgery in New Orleans, LA, explains how the powerful blend of BOTOX and dermal fillers can rejuvenate your face without surgery. Before enlisting any cosmetic rejuvenation technique, it is essential you choose a plastic surgeon who is highly qualified and trained in the use of injectables and FDA-approved dermal fillers. To fully understand how BOTOX and dermal fillers work, read below for a detailed explanation of each by Dr. Walters and what happens when they are combined.
What is BOTOX?
BOTOX is a muscle relaxer made by the purified strain of type A botulinum toxin. While BOTOX is not new to the market, it is still a favorite among New Orleans patients to treat dynamic wrinkles, which are formed after years of repetitive movement. BOTOX is most often used to eliminate naturally occurring forehead wrinkles, fine lines around the lips and eyes, and corners of the mouth, and crow’s feet, while also reducing the appearance of skin bands on the neck.
Once injected, BOTOX blocks nerve signals to the muscles, causing them to be temporarily paralyzed and unable to contract or tighten as forcefully as they previously could. As a result, wrinkles become relaxed are less visible. When injected by a highly skilled plastic surgeon like Dr. Walters, BOTOX should not cause the face to appear frozen or expressionless but smooth and natural in appearance.
What is a dermal filler?
Dermal fillers are made from hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring, gel-like substance produced by the body's skin cells which aid in softness and hydration. With age, collagen and elastin decrease resulting in thinner, sagging skin, wrinkles, and fine lines.
Under the guise of brand names like Juvéderm, Restylane, and Sculptra, dermal fillers are injected into the soft tissues of the face to restore plumpness as well as to smooth out wrinkles. Often patients choose to add fillers to their cheeks and lips to create a fuller look while eliminating thin lines that outline the lips. Laugh lines, or the nasal labial folds that run from the nose to the corners of the mouth, can be filled in along with "marionette lines" that form between the mouth and the chin. Injectable dermal fillers pack an extra punch in that they may actually stimulate the skin to produce highly coveted collagen.
Forces unite into a liquid facelift
A liquid facelift is the blend of dermal fillers along with BOTOX to help relax, rejuvenate, and soften the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and add plumpness back into the face. Many patients enjoy this very popular, noninvasive cosmetic procedure as a viable and cost-effective alternative to a facelift. Make no mistake, BOTOX and dermal fillers each are worthy of their own highly effective results; however, when these forces combine together, the results can be outstanding and longer-lasting. When dermal fillers have been used to fill in expression lines, combining them with BOTOX can prolong the effects as the fillers begin to breakdown over time. This noninvasive facelift is capable of addressing unattractive sagging facial skin or jowls as well as reshaping nose lines. Complete in about one hour, it is ideal for patients who wish to improve several areas of the face simultaneously without the recovery time and expense of facial cosmetic surgery.
How long does a liquid facelift last?
In most cases, a liquid facelift can last anywhere from one to two years. While one dose of both BOTOX and dermal filler along with maintenance throughout the course of the year is recommended, you can spread out your treatments for a longer lasting effect. Keep in mind that not all dermal fillers carry the same shelf life -- some may last longer or shorter than others. Dr. Jules Walters will discuss which dermal fillers are the right fit for men and women in New Orleans for both longevity and the desired results you wish to achieve.
The perfect blend of BOTOX and injectable dermal fillers, also known as a liquid facelift, is an amazing option for addressing the signs of aging without having to undergo invasive surgery. Men and women in New Orleans can feel confident knowing there are options available when it comes to turning back the clock on those telltale lines and wrinkles. To learn more about these different options and which would be the best fit for your specific aesthetic goals, contact Walters Plastic Surgery in New Orleans, LA and schedule an appointment with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jules Walters today.