Botox & Fillers: What Are Your Options For Fighting Wrinkles?

Woman after having botox in NYC

While aging is a part of life, most of us do our best to grow old gracefully.  As you get older you will start noticing the beginning stages of the aging process on your face first, and most prominently. While you may notice wrinkles and lines along creases of your face, this is not the only thing that causes our face to look older.  To understand and combat the signs of aging, it is important to understand what happens as your face ages.

  • Areas used for facial expression, such as your eyes and sides of your mouth, begin to develop lines or deeper wrinkles
  • Skin will begin to lose its elasticity, causing the skin to sag. It will have a hard time returning to its firm position
  • The sun and other elements begin to cause discoloration and spots on the skin from overexposure
  • You begin to lose muscle tone in your facial muscles, which cause sagging and lines to become more pronounced
  • You will begin to lose fat under your skin.  This can cause eyes to look more sunken in, your skin to appear loose, and your features to sag

When you begin to experience early signs of aging, one of the simplest ways to restore a youthful appearance to the face is through the use of Botox or dermal fillers.  Both help to not only create a more youthful appearance but also to help reverse the signs of aging that have already begun to show.

Botox

Botox is a form of Botulinum Toxin Type A that is used for the treatment of fine lines and wrinkles.  Botox is injected in varying dosages to different parts of your face that begin to show signs of aging.

How Does Botox Work?

24 to 72 hours after being injected into your facial muscles, Botox will have stopped the communication between your nerves and muscles.  This causes the muscles in the area to become unable to contract, which, in turn, will help them relax.  This relaxation will begin to soften the lines and wrinkles in your forehead, cheeks, and eyes.  This disruption in communication typically lasts for three months, at which time you will want to repeat treatment to maintain a youthful appearance and continue to minimize facial wrinkles. Botox is most often used by those who need to reduce wrinkles and lines around the eyes and forehead without a surgical procedure.

Fillers

Fillers are used to enhance contours, plump lips, improve scars, and reduce fine lines and wrinkles by adding volume back to your face to replace the fat that is naturally lost through the aging process.  Fillers are injections in various areas of the face and are a non-surgical option to reduce the early signs of aging.

How Do Fillers Fix Wrinkles?

Unlike Botox, fillers work by filling out the areas under the sign and increasing volume in the face.  This causes the skin to fill in the areas that were stretched to create a smooth surface.  Fillers also can add contour to the face and add fullness to the eyes where there may have been loss of fat due to age or significant weight loss.  Most fillers are semi-permanent, lasting six months to two years, or permanent, which last up to five years or longer.  Therefore, fillers are more appropriate for patients who need to address fat loss under the skin and who may want longer lasting results.

How to Get Botox and Fillers?

It is important to seek out a licensed practitioner to administer your Botox or filler injections.  While it may seem like a simple procedure, it is important to have not only the correct dosage but also a practitioner who knows what areas need to be addressed and the best ways to achieve the desired goal.

Dr. Katayoun Motlagh is a family physician that specializes in these and other cosmetic treatments to help patients who want to reduce the signs of aging or suffer from sun damaged skin.  She is a board-licensed physician who not only specializes in cosmetic services, but also dermatology, weight loss, women's health, family medicine, and urgent care. She believes that part of staying healthy includes appearing healthy.

If you are interested in learning more about Botox or dermal fillers, contact Dr. Motlagh's office today to schedule a consultation and begin your journey to a more youthful you.

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