Botox and Fillers
Your "quick fix"
Botulinum toxin injections are used in aesthetic surgical procedures to correct lines that have formed on different parts of the face through years of frowning, squinting, and other such movements that involve contraction of the facial muscles.
These lines are what one would normally find from the sides of the mouth to the chin, as in the case of marionette lines; or on the sides of the eyes, as in crow's feet; or on the forehead, as in frown lines. They gradually develop over the years and are commonly referred to as normal effects of aging.
The substance used in performing Botox injections is called Botulinum toxin type A, from which the popular term "Botox" has been derived. Besides its use in aesthetic procedures, it can also be deployed for therapeutic treatments, such as in reducing armpit and palm perspiration to more tolerable levels, as well as in providing relief from migraine and facial spasms. In fact, Botox was originally deployed for its therapeutic purposes before it gained steam within the field of plastic and cosmetic facial enhancement.
While non-surgical and minimally-invasive, Botox treatments are best administered by experienced physicians who understand facial anatomy very well and know exactly where to inject the toxin to correct a particular problem. Otherwise, one might end up being a victim of incorrectly administered injections or overdone treatments, which are the top culprits in unnatural looking Botox-treated faces that are characterized by their stiffness and diminished ability to form facial expressions.
Derma fillers are injected into the skin to enhance or revitalize one's appearance by filling up areas on the face that have lost or require more volume. It involves a minimally-invasive aesthetic procedure that requires the direct injection of the fillers into the desired treatment area/s.
For people suffering from facial manifestations of aging, these fillers can smooth out folds and wrinkles on their facial skin, allowing them to regain their more youthful profiles. Meanwhile, the fillers can also be injected into areas like the lip and chin, to give them a fuller and more enticing shape. One novel injection technique, the 8-point lift, can achieve the effect of a subtle facelift by filling up multiple specific points on a face that has started to sag.
In availing of any filler treatment, it is imperative to ask one's physician of the type of filler to be used, to ensure that the same is of high quality and certified safe to use. It is also best to entrust this procedure to an expert physician who understands the problem not only on the surface level, but also on the level of the face's internal composition, to guarantee that the injection is properly and effectively administered.
The first step is always to see your Doctor.
Can be done without anesthesia
Procedure lasts 10-20 minutes only
Amount to be used depends on the area that needs to be treated
Most normal activities can be resumed immediately after the treatment, but it is advisable to avoid putting on make-up for 2 to 3 days, or engaging in strenuous physical activities for 3 days.