Botox and Fillers
Botox has many uses but most often it is used as a neuromodulator that weakens muscle. Since it weakens muscle, it effectively treats wrinkles or lines that occur when making certain facial expressions.
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.
A treatment generally takes 5-10 minutes to perform and requires a series of injections with a tiny needle.
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.
Botox can take up to 2 weeks to become fully effective but most often starts working after a day or two.
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.
Cost of Procedure
Botox and Fillers prices in Boston are estimates only. Dr. Lee will determine the price during your consultation and will be affected by the recommended surgical technique, patient anatomy, time, and implant type (If applicable). Click here for our pricing guide and additional information.
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