What is Botox?
Botox injections are used for both cosmetic and medical purposes. Medically, Botox can be used to treat certain muscular conditions and cosmetically to remove wrinkles by temporarily paralyzing facial muscles. When used for medical purposes, Botox can treat problems including both headaches and excessive sweating.
What are Fillers?
Fillers help to diminish facial lines and restore volume and fullness in the face. Over time, faces naturally lose subcutaneous fat. Because of this, the facial muscles are closer to the skin’s surface making smile lines, wrinkles, and crow’s feet become more visible. The aging process also causes the skin to stretch a bit, aiding to this loss of facial volume. Other factors that affect the facial skin include sun exposure, genetics, and lifestyle.
Who is a Good Candidate?
- Thin lips
- Shallow contours present
- Chronic migraine sufferers
- Severe primary axillary hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating)
- Glabellar lines (frown lines between the eyebrows)
- Canthal lines (crow’s feet)
What are Fillers Made With?
There are a variety of FDA approved filler products that Dr. Sufyan will use to reach a patients goal. Each is uniquely formulated to have a specific texture and density, this is because certain fillers are meant for certain areas of treatment.
- Hyaluronic Acid (HA)
- Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance found in your body. HA fillers are a gel-like substance that help keep your skin plump.
- Calcium Hydroxylapatite (CaHA)
- This is also a naturally occurring material found predominantly in our bones. Microscopic calcium particles in fillers are suspended in a smooth gel to help stimulate natural collagen production.
Botox and Fillers FAQ:
What is the difference between Botox and Fillers?
Injections with Botox is a treatment that is used to treat wrinkles, mostly in the upper face and eye area. The procedure involves injecting botulinum toxin into specific muscles of the face, weakening these muscles so that they cannot pull on the underlying skin, thus no wrinkles.
Dermal Fillers are a group of gel substances which are used in facial aesthetics to contour or add volume to places where wrinkles and folds have appeared due to aging. Fillers may also be used to correct lines and wrinkles, but their primary purpose is to plump facial features such as lips, cheeks, chin, and other areas that have lost volume because of aging and other elements.
What is Botox?
Botox is designed for injection into specific muscles to temporarily reduce wrinkles. Botox relaxes the muscles that create unpleasant wrinkles and lines by blocking motor/neuron impulses. This leaves the face with a natural and attractive look. The medical use of Botox is extremely valuable for many disease processes that generate involuntary spasticity such as muscular dystrophy, crossed eyes, neck spasms, migraine headaches and more.
Are there side effects of Botox?
While side effects and adverse reactions do exist, they are very rare for the use of Botox. Possible side effects of Botox include: dry mouth, discomfort or pain at the injection site, tiredness, headache, neck pain, double vision, blurred vision, dry eyes, and allergic reactions. Botox is used with caution and carefully selected doses for aesthetic enhancement.
Are there side effects or risks with Fillers?
Short term side effects can include redness, swelling, pain, itching, bruising or tenderness at the injection site. These can usually be relieved with a cold compress. Because lips are more sensitive, swelling after lip fillers may last up to a few days.
A risk that is associated with fillers is the likelihood of a cold sore outbreak if you previously have a history of them. An anti-herpes treatment will be advised to decrease the chance of this happening. The risk of an allergic reaction or infection is possible, but this is extremely rare. To further reduce the chance of infection, it is absolutely crucial to follow the after-care instructions given to you.
Are there any medications that need to be avoided before these treatments?
Dr. Sufyan asks that you avoid blood thinners and NSAIDS such as Ibuprofen, Naproxen, Aleve, Advil, etc. at least four days prior to treatment. This is because these medications may have an effect on your blood’s ability to coagulate (clot) resulting is increased bruising. For your safety it is recommended to avoid herbal medicine and supplements one week before treatment. It’s also a good idea to avoid alcohol for at least 24 hours prior to treatment since alcohol thins the blood and increases the chance of bruising.
When will I be able to see results?
Results will be more noticeable after any swelling and bruising have subsided but are generally immediately detectable! However, because all individuals are unique, this time period does varies.
Who can have Botox and filler injections?
Botox can be used to treat both men and women, typically between the ages of 20-65 but this age range varies and is ultimately left up to Dr. Sufyan.
Who should not have Botox injections?
Pregnant or breast-feeding mothers should not have Botox. It is advised that people who have previously reacted badly to Botox injections should avoid Botox as well.
Who should not have filler treatment?
Pregnant or breast feeding mothers should not receive treatment. It is also advised that anyone with a previous allergic reaction to a filler or someone with an allergy to Lidocaine do not receive treatment.
What should I expect after treatment?
Following treatment, you can expect some local swelling and possible bruising, a cold compress will help. You should avoid rubbing or touching the injected areas to ensure that the treatment remains at the site of injection and to prevent any infection. Avoid saunas, vigorous exercise, alcohol, or sun exposure for 24-48hrs. All this information will be given to you in more detail at your consultation or during your treatment.
How long does Botox last?
The effects from Botox will typically last 3-6 months. As muscle action progressively returns, the lines and wrinkles begin to resurface and should be treated again. The wrinkles often appear less severe each time because the muscles shrink with lack of use.
How long do fillers last?
Fillers will typically last from 6-12 months, depending on treatment. How long the effects of filler treatment lasts varies widely depending on the product used, treatment area, as well as the patient. Characteristically, the denser the product used and the deeper it is injected, the longer it will last.
To maintain results, Dr. Sufyan will repeat treatment modifying the quantity and technique needed to ensure the best results.
Are the treatments painful for Botox and fillers?
There is some discomfort associated with treatment session. However, for most patients it is both brief and minimal the reason being that treatments usually only lasts about 10 minutes for Botox and about 20-30 minutes for fillers. For comfort purposes, the area can be numbed with either ice or a topical anesthetic prior to treatment. Some fillers containing Lidocaine improves patient satisfaction because of reduced discomfort without decreasing efficacy or duration.
How long will I be out of work?
Botox is commonly known as a ‘lunchtime procedure’. This is because patients are able to return to their daily activities, including work, immediately! There are no incisions, sutures, or bandages required. Because Botox and filler treatments are non-invasive they require virtually no recovery time.