Superficial lines and wrinkles are signs of aging, but aging also occurs beneath the skin in the fat-pads, muscles, and bones. Facial bone changes, soft tissues (like muscles) and fat-pads thin and fall with gravity, and skin sags and starts to droop. The goal of aesthetic treatment, like injectables, is to help temporarily restore facial volume and augment age-related patterns to create a more youthful and rejuvenated appearance. (Allergan, 2016).
What is Botox and how does it work? Botox is a minimally invasive, FDA-approved method to reduce visible signs of aging. Wrinkles develop over time as a result of repetitive muscle activity underneath the skin. When Botox is injected into targeted muscle groups in small amounts, it can temporarily relax facial muscles responsible for those repetitive contractions that form wrinkles. Notable results from injections are typically seen within 5-10 days, with the peak effect around 2 weeks following treatment. The duration of Botox can vary between clients due to many factors, but commonly lasts around 3-4 months.
What are dermal fillers and how do they work? Injectable facial fillers are used to smooth facial wrinkles, enhance specific facial features, and restore volume loss caused by aging. Dermal fillers are composed mainly of hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance that our body produces to volumize and hydrate the skin. Results start to appear immediately after treatment and will last for about 6 months to a year, but vary between every client.