Have you ever looked in the mirror and wondered, “Who is that stranger staring back at me?” Time is a great thief and it can be quite unnerving to watch your face change as you age. Maybe the crinkles that form around your eyes whenever you smile are now permanently etched in place. Maybe the lines above your expressive brow are a bit deeper than you prefer. Whatever your aging concern, we’re here to help!
Two of the most popular treatment options for fine lines and wrinkles are Botox and facial fillers. But which is better? Both options prevent and eliminate signs of aging, but the one you choose depends on the type of wrinkle you’re hoping to eliminate.
Botox is the most popular cosmetic surgery treatment available today. It’s approved uses include the treatment of muscle spasms, severe underarm sweating, chronic migraine headaches, and of course, wrinkles. Botox work by reducing the activity of muscles in the face that overtime lead to fine lines and wrinkles. By blocking nerve signals to that cause muscles to contract, the injected muscle will relax and soften. This treatment option works best on dynamic wrinkles that appear when the face is in motion or making expression (like your eyebrows and forehead). On average, Botox effects will last anywhere from 2-5 months and doesn’t require any recovery time. You’ll achieve the best results if you continue with the injections.
Facial fillers, also referred to as dermal fillers, are a synthetic material injected into the skin to plump a desired area. Fillers work great for static wrinkles that are visible even when your face is relaxed. The facial fillers will fill those trouble areas with collagen and this helps to stimulate collagen growth, as well as plump and lift the skin to replace collagen loss. Depending on the type of facial filler, the effects can last anywhere from 6 months to 2 years. Both semi-permanent and permanent fillers can last up to 2 years. Your wrinkles will return as you continue to age or if you cause damage to the skin by not taking the proper skin care steps when going out into the sun.
We at the Dermatology Center of Indiana know that aging is a sensitive topic, but we’re here to make sure that you age gracefully and beautifully. If you’re unhappy with your fine lines and wrinkles, give us a call today!
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