“Baby Boomers” are looking for a more youthful appearance without the downtime of surgery. This is accomplished in a plastic surgeon’s office with simple, affordable treatments to give a younger, more rested appearance in just a few minutes.
Botox and fillers are two of the most popular cosmetic treatments offered because it is non-invasive. A Botox treatment session is also relatively painless, can be done in less than 20 minutes in most cases, and it has no downtime for the patient.
Fillers are also a non-invasive option for plumping facial features such as lips and cheekbones, creating a youthful appearance in under a half hour in most cases. Filler treatments also carry no downtime for the patient.Schedule Your Consultation
|Pain Level After Surgery||Mild-moderate|
|Anesthesia||Topical anesthetic or ice for numbing|
|Duration of Surgery||15-30 minutes|
|Final Results||Immediately to 4 days depending on the injection used|
|Return to regular activity||Immediately|
|Resume Exercise||1 day later|
Botox® and Dysport® injections, the most popular physician-administered procedure in the US, are used to temporarily improve the appearance of wrinkles around the eyes, forehead, and between the brows. Its effect generally lasts four to six months. The physician can also inject Botox in the upper lip for a gummy smile reduction and under the arms to decrease severe sweating, with great results.
Botox is a brand name for a type of purified protein derived from the bacteria Clostridium botulinum. When injected into targeted muscles, it blocks the nerve signals that cause those muscles to contract, resulting in a temporary relaxation of the muscles and a reduction in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Botox is commonly used to treat frown lines, crow’s feet, and forehead wrinkles, and is also used for medical purposes, such as treating migraines and excessive sweating.
Dysport® is a cosmetic treatment that works similarly to Botox, but with some key differences. Both Dysport® and Botox contain botulinum toxin, which temporarily paralyzes the muscles that cause wrinkles. However, Dysport® is made from a smaller molecule than Botox, which means it spreads more easily and can be used to treat larger areas with fewer injections.
When injected into the muscles, Dysport® blocks the nerve signals that cause the muscles to contract, resulting in smoother, more youthful-looking skin. It is commonly used to treat wrinkles on the forehead, between the eyebrows, and around the eyes.
One of the key differences between Dysport® and Botox is the onset time. Dysport® may take effect more quickly than Botox, with results becoming visible within a day or two. Additionally, some people may find that Dysport® provides a more natural-looking result, as it allows for more natural movement of the muscles.
While Dysport® and Botox are similar treatments, there are some differences in how they are used and their effects on the skin. We’ll discuss cosmetic options with you thoroughly to help you decide on the best treatment course for your individual needs.
Fillers, on the other hand, are injectable substances used to plump up the skin and add volume to areas that have lost fullness due to aging or weight loss. The most common fillers are made from hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance in the body that helps to hydrate and plump the skin. Fillers can be used to enhance the lips, smooth out wrinkles and folds around the mouth and nose, and restore volume to the cheeks and temples. They are a popular alternative to invasive procedures like facelifts and are often used in combination with Botox for a more comprehensive anti-aging treatment.
Fillers, such as Restylane®, Restylane® Lyft, Juvéderm®, Juvéderm Voluma® XC and Radiesse® are used to smooth wrinkles by adding volume. Restylane and Juvéderm are gels, made from hyaluronic acid, a natural sugar that binds to water. Restylane Lyft is also a hyaluronic acid filler which can give more volume and lifting power than Restylane for moderate to severe facial folds and wrinkles. These fillers correct the hollowness under the eyes and plump the lips. Results last between six to 12 months.
Juvéderm Voluma XC is an injectable gel that is the first and only FDA-approved filler to instantly add volume to the cheek area. Radiesse, a thicker filler, is made from tiny calcium particles in a viscous solution and works well for the smile lines, cheeks and jowls, lasting up to 18 months. Radiesse is also used at our institute for a non-surgical rhinoplasty (nose-job) and chin augmentation.Schedule Your Consultation
While botox and fillers are generally considered safe, like any medical procedure, there are some potential risks and side effects that patients should be aware of. We will discuss these with you before undergoing treatment to ensure that you are fully informed and prepared. Overall, while there are some potential risks and side effects associated with Botox and fillers, they are generally safe and effective cosmetic treatments when administered by a qualified professional. Additionally, following proper aftercare instructions can assist in achieving a more youthful and refreshed appearance without significant risk.
The most common side effects of Botox and fillers are temporary bruising, swelling and redness at the injection site. These usually resolve within a few days and can be minimized with proper aftercare. In rare cases, patients may experience allergic reactions, infection, or asymmetry, which may require additional treatment.
It’s important to choose a qualified provider with extensive experience and training in administering injectables and fillers to minimize the risk of complications. The Bitar Cosmetic Surgery Institute is a leading provider of Medspa treatments. Additionally, patients should be honest with their providers about their medical history and any medications they are taking to avoid any potential interactions.
Preparing for injectable procedures like Botox and fillers is an important part of minimizing risks and side effects associated with cosmetic procedures. There are some activities patients should avoid before and after filler procedures.
Patients should speak with their healthcare provider to discuss medication management, as blood-thinning medications such as aspirin, ibuprofen, and fish oil should be avoided for at least one week prior to the procedure to minimize the risk of bruising. Patients should also avoid alcohol consumption at least 24 hours prior to the procedure and strenuous exercise or activity immediately before the procedure.
Patients should avoid some activities immediately after undergoing injectable procedures like Botox and fillers:
Following these guidelines can help minimize the risk of complications and ensure optimal results from your Botox or filler treatment. Your provider may also provide additional specific aftercare instructions based on your individual needs and the type of treatment received.
Call 703-206-0506 to schedule your consultation to discuss your options for non-surgical facial contouring to create a more youthful you.
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