If you’re looking to clear away the lines and wrinkles criss-crossing your face and giving away your age, you have more options than ever. Not long ago, your only choice was a surgical facelift. And that procedure still does wonders for severe facial issues, but not everyone wants or needs to take that extreme step.
At Robert A. Guida, MD, we offer a full line of anti-aging treatments that address every type of skin complaint for women and men of every age. Two of our most popular treatments — Botox® and dermal fillers — complement one another well and offer more than the sum of their individual benefits when used in tandem. Here’s how they work better together.
As you age, your body produces less of the two proteins essential for keeping your skin tight, smooth, strong, and plump — namely collagen and elastin. Thinner, looser skin equals wrinkles. The passage of time also etches lines into your face where your skin folds when you laugh and where your brows furrow when you frown.
Botox addresses those expression lines like a champ, but it doesn’t do a thing for the wrinkles you see at rest. On the other hand, dermal fillers can smooth out your crepey skin, but can’t solve your laugh lines. Combining the two treatments takes care of both types of wrinkles at once.
In general, think of Botox as a treatment for the upper part of your face and dermal fillers as an enhancement for the lower part.
Botox specializes in those vertical lines that form between your eyebrows, the horizontal lines across your forehead, and the crow’s feet at the corners of your eyes. It uses a purified and safe amount of a toxin that temporarily relaxes the muscles that come into play when you express yourself facially. During the time Botox is at work, your skin gets a break from the constant creasing, and the lines fade away.
Dermal fillers like Juvéderm® and Restylane®, on the other hand, work best on your lip line and those parentheses-shaped lines around your mouth. The wrinkles you see when your face is at rest can all benefit from dermal fillers that add volume to your skin and smooth out the crepey crinkles.
While dermal fillers are a great way to add youthful volume and plumpness to your face, your body eventually absorbs the hyaluronic acid that makes up the majority of the injection. This process speeds up the more you move your face. Botox’s effect of relaxing and calming the muscular activity in your face allows the dermal fillers to last much longer.
To find out if a combo of dermal fillers and Botox is the answer to your combo of dynamic and static wrinkles, call us at either of our locations in Staten Island or New York, New York, or use our online booking tool today.