For those of us who plan to undergo an aesthetic enhancement procedure, it is very easy to get overwhelmed with all the different aesthetic treatments available on the market: like a child in a candy store, it can be challenging to work out which one you really want that will work best.
All aesthetic treatments have one end goal: to minimize the wrinkles and other signs of aging. To achieve this goal, it is recommended to choose a complex treatment which combines different procedures such as, for example, laser re-surfacing and mesotherapy or botulinum toxin and dermal filler injections. It is very important though to make sure that the treatment and the products used are compatible with each other.
DOES BOTOX WORK LIKE A DERMAL FILLER?
The number of dermal fillers that help to reduce lines and add volume to your face is increasingly growing. Botulinum toxins and dermal fillers are similar in a way that both minimize the appearance of fine lines, moderate wrinkles and deep folds. For example, botox can be used to remove Crow’s Feet while dermal filler Juvederm Ultra 2 is also suitable for minimizing them. Most popularly, botulinum toxin is known as a muscle relaxant therefore its main purpose is relaxing the muscles, specifically those that are responsible for creating the frown lines between the eyebrows (also known as Glabella or 11 Lines), horizontal forehead lines and vertical neck muscle bands. This simple blocking of the muscle contraction mechanism has no real long-term side effects and is not permanent, but it certainly makes a difference for a number of months.
IMPROVING THE LONGEVITY OF DERMAL FILLERS
Dermal Fillers are used to fill out wrinkles and creases in the skin. They can also be used to increase the volume and definition of the lips, making them full, defined and sensuous. The injection of Hyaluronic Acid dermal fillers can be compared to pumping the air into a balloon: with every pump of this precious substance you skin is getting smoother while restoring its natural volume and texture.
Hyaluronic acid dermal fillers are most commonly used because they are natural, non-animal gel-based products that are highly compatible with the body. The downside of HA dermal filler is the fact it degrades pretty fast, regardless of manufacturer promises. This results in wrinkles reappearing a lot sooner than we expect. The longevity of treatment is affected by not only the properties of the filler, but also by forces applied during the contraction of the neighboring muscles. If muscles were to stay relaxed, then Hyaluronic Acid would surely last longer.
Taking into consideration all of the above and armed with several studies, proving this Chemodenervation procedure improves the clinical results of dermal filler injections, it is highly recommended to use injections of botulinum toxin in conjunction with dermal filler injections: with botox present, dermal fillers work to their maximum potential ensuring wrinkles don’t return for several months, allowing you to reap the benefits of this aesthetic procedure for much longer therefore ensuring you are getting a better value for money.
TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCES IN BOTOX APPLICATION
Allergan, the main player in aesthetic & anti-aging treatment industry and the manufacturer of Botox and Juvederm, has recently acquired Anterios, Inc. – a bio-pharmaceutical company developing a new delivery system for the application of Botox through the skin. The new procedure means applying a new formulation of Botox topically. This makes the aesthetic procedure more attractive for those who are afraid of needles and injections, so, hopefully, soon there will be no other option but apply botulinum toxin topically, without the need for the injections.