Botox and Fillers
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Botox is an FDA-approved injectable drug that is designed to reduce common aesthetic facial flaws like wrinkles, fine lines, and folds. JL Plastic Surgery in Boston offer Botox treatments for patients interested in non-surgical facial rejuvenation.
Botox has many uses. It is FDA-approved to treat medical conditions like excessive underarm sweating (hyperhidrosis), and is an effective treatment for chronic migraines and headaches.
Botos is a neuromodulator that weakens muscle. Since it weakens muscle, Botox can be used to effectively treat wrinkles or lines that occur when making certain facial expressions.
WHAT AREAS OF THE FACE CAN BOTOX TREAT?
Botox can be safely used on multiple areas of the face. Ot is commonly used on the brow, forehead, around the eyes, around the mouth and lips, cheeks, chin, and neck. Botox cna used to treat:
- Crow’s feet
- Brow furrows
- Forehead wrinkles
- Smile lines
- Frown lines
- Chin wrinkles
- Neck banding
Botox can also be used to slim the jawline in patients with large masseter muscles. Typically, 20-25 units on each side can make a significant change and result in a slimmer, more feminine facial shape. Results are noticeable after 4-6 weeks.
THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF FACIAL WRINKLES
Facial wrinkles or lines are categorized into two types, dynamic and static. Dynamic lines are lines that occur only when making a certain facial expression such as frowning, smiling, or raising your eyebrows. With enough time, these lines can become etched into your skin and be present all the time. This is what is known as a static, or etched, line.
Botox is very effective in treating dynamic lines and preventing dynamic lines from turning into static lines. Once lines are etched into the skin, it is very difficult to remove them completely. In this scenario, Dr. Lee recommends regular Botox injections for at least 1 year to soften them as much as possible.
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM YOUR BOTOX TREATMENT
A treatment generally takes 5-10 minutes to perform and requires a series of injections with a tiny needle.
Botox can take up to 2 weeks to become fully effective but most often starts working after a day or two.
The cost of Botox injections depends on the amount of areas being treated and the amount of Botox needed to properly treat the aesthetic issues in those areas.
Recovery from a Botox injection is very easy. Dr. Lee just asks that you do not wear makeup and avoid strenuous activity for the rest of the day. You should also avoid taking aspirin, Motrin, ibuprofen, Advil, or any similar types of pain medications for 1 week before and 1 week after your injection.
In certain patients, Dr. Lee will recommend Dysport which is a similar type of neuromodulator instead of Botox. You may ask during your consultation which product is best suited for your face.
Fillers are a gel that is most commonly made of hyaluronic acid. This is a naturally occurring substance in your body and is broken down over time. Fillers can be used to both reverse some of the signs of aging or to augment certain parts of the face.
Although many companies make hyaluronic acid-based fillers, the most common brands are Juvederm and Restylane. Each of these fillers come in a variety of thicknesses and the best product to use depends on what part of your body/face the filler will be injected.
If you are interested in reversing signs of aging, Dr. Lee will perform a full facial analysis and recommend the best place to add filler. The most common areas for filler in this situation include the cheek area, mouth area, and the nasolabial folds.
In other circumstances, patients want to enhance their facial appearance. While every patient is different, the most commonly requested procedures are nonsurgical rhinoplasty, nonsurgical chin augmentation, and/or lip augmentation. Dr. Lee will perform a facial analysis and determine if you would be a good candidate for facial filler.
Facial filler typically takes 20-40 minutes depending on how much filler is being injected.Recover is relatively easy. Dr. Lee recommends avoiding makeup and strenuous activity for the rest of the day. Swelling and bruising can occur but typically subside in a few days.
SCHEDULE A CONSULTATION
Contact JL Plastic Surgery today to schedule a consultation for your Botox injections. Dr. Lee is a highly skilled plastic surgeon and focuses on providing all of our patients with personalized and natural-looking results.
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