Botox is used to treat facial wrinkles. The product is made from Clostridium botulinum, which has the ability to weaken or paralyze the muscles that it is injected into. By impeding a muscle's ability to contract fully, the Botox prevents that muscle from making the movement that is causing lines on the face. Patients who have Botox are still able to form facial expressions, but it takes a great deal more effort to do so.
Botox can be injected in several areas where wrinkles are common. It is most often used in the forehead, to alleviate horizontal lines. It is also frequently used between the brows, to eliminate the "11" lines that many people develop. The crow's feet, the lines grouped at the corners of the eyes, are also a common area for Botox treatment. Botox may be used in other areas, including the bands on the neck or the edges of the mouth (if they droop.)
Dermal fillers add volume to the face where it's needed. Fillers such as Juvederm and Restylane are made from hyaluronic acid, which is found naturally in the body. Fillers can be injected into areas like the nasolabial folds, the cheeks, and the lips. Dermal fillers can add the volume needed, add fullness to the lips, and fill in even deeper folds and wrinkles. In most cases, dermal fillers can last for 6 to 9 months or even longer.
Yes, in fact Botox and dermal fillers can combine particularly well. For many people, a combination of Botox and dermal fillers is the ideal solutions for wrinkles and lack of volume in the face. This type of combination treatment is simple, fast, and is a non-invasive way to get a more youthful look.
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