Botox and Fillers and Bears…Oh My!

February 11, 2015

What cosmetic treatments do I need?

Have you ever caught yourself looking grumpy or angry in a mirror on a day you were perfectly happy? Are you noticing fine lines around the eyes, lips or deep wrinkles on the forehead or around the mouth? Have you heard of treatments such as Botox, Dysport and Juvederm that can fix these problems but have no idea which one you would use and where? If so, then keep reading!

Fine lines, wrinkles and furrows start showing up on the face often starting in our 30’s but become more noticeable with each passing year. These frustrating lines are caused by many factors such as frequent muscle movement (frowning, squinting, lip puckering), sun damage, aging, smoking, and environment to name a few. While it’s very important to change our evil ways and lead a healthy lifestyle, often the damage is already done.

In the past 10 years there’s been an explosion of products and treatments to help men and women with aging concerns. While this is an exciting time for cosmetic dermatology, knowing what type of treatments or products would be best can be very difficult. Working with a patient, knowledgeable skin care specialist is the most important first step in your skin rejuvenation process but knowing a little about ‘injectables’ can make your consultation a bit less daunting.

Botox vs. Dysport

Image Source: Botox®

Image Source: Botox® Cosmetic

Botox and Dysport both use the same basic principle of relaxing muscle contraction in the face that causes lines and wrinkles. Botox and Dysport are both made of a purified protein called onabotulinumtoxinA and small amounts are injected into the skin with a very fine needle. Precise injections into overactive muscles such as in the forehead, between the eyebrows or around the eyes leave the skin with a smooth looking finish. An expert injector will also leave some natural movement to the area so that you’re not left looking frozen.

When asked ‘What’s the difference between Botox and Dysport?’ the answer is not much. They’re both muscle relaxers, made by two different companies, used in the same areas with similar costs. I often compare the two products to apples. One may be a Macintosh and the other a Cortland so there may be some subtle differences but they’re both apples. While Botox and Dysport work very well at relaxing wrinkles for about 3-6 months, some people may report that one product works better for them or another kicks in faster. These are very small clinical differences that can be discussed with your provider.

Botox vs. Dermal Fillers

Unlike Botox or Dysport which are purified proteins used in specific muscles, dermal fillers are made up of different ingredients that are safe for the skin and fill in areas of wrinkles, lines and volume loss. Dermal fillers generally feel gel-like, last 1-3 years and leave the face smooth and refreshed without actually feeling the product underneath. Dermal fillers are injected with fine needles after topical numbing and/or ice has been applied to the skin. The treatments are simple, quick and relatively pain-free. Most people have very little downtime such as swelling or bruising and find that they’re able to enjoy their rejuvenation immediately.

Image Source:  JUVÉDERM®

Image Source: JUVÉDERM®

There are a number of different dermal fillers on the market approved for specific areas of the face. You may have heard of products such as Juvederm, Restylane, Voluma, and Sculptra which are all used, oftentimes in combinations, to achieve a more youthful look. It’s not necessary to be the expert in all dermal fillers especially since new products are hitting the market every year. It IS important to find a reputable medical clinic and a skillfully trained, knowledgeable clinician who can recommend the right product for the right area, answer all of your questions and provide you with the best results possible.

The Choice Is Yours

Jerry Image

 

 

 

 

 

 

At Rejuvenation Clinic of Sauk Prairie you’ll not only find all the FDA-approved injectables such as Botox, Dysport and a variety of dermal fillers, you’ll work with caring and committed cosmetic dermatology providers. Healthy, natural-looking skin is our passion and we believe it’s a privilege to take care of you. The initial consultation with one of our expert clinicians is complimentary. We will always take as much time as you need to feel comfortable with your skin care plan and find the best product for you!