Fillers and Botox in St. Charles IL
Botox and its competitor Dysport are both made from the botulism toxin, which inhibits nerve action on muscles. Both are used to treat wrinkles resulting from muscle activity (dynamic wrinkles), which are those you see when you use your facial muscles to frown, raise your eyebrows or look up. Botox and fillers are used to treat some of the same problems, but are completely different. Below, we will explain the differences between Botox and dermal fillers.
The Botox St. Charles IL treatment method is simple. A small needle is used to inject the medicine into the problem muscles; no anesthesia is needed and the entire procedure takes 15 minutes or less. There’s no downtime, even though some people report injection site bruising or redness. Most people take about five days to see results, with full results coming in about three weeks. The results of a Botox injection last for about three months.
A filler is a complementary procedure, and should not be held in the same regard as Botox. The latter is used in the treatment of dynamic wrinkles, and dermal fillers are used for volume enhancement and the treatment of static wrinkles. These are the lines which can be seen even when the facial muscles are at rest–such as “marionette lines” and nasolabial folds.
Static wrinkles have a variety of causes: facial volume loss due to aging, and gravity-related sagging. Some wrinkles are made worse by muscle activity; i.e. the deepening of nasolabial folds when smiling. A filler can be used to augment or plump the lips as well. Common fillers are:
Collagen: This protein is the main component in bones, cartilage and teeth.
Hyaluronic acid: Naturally found in the body’s connective tissues and in the eyes, brand names include Restylane and Juvederm.
Polylactic acid: This synthetic material stimulates the body’s own collagen production.
Calcium hydroxyl apatite: Found naturally in the bones.
The results from a filler or Botox St. Charles IL treatment are temporary, and can last up to a year (for fillers). Repeated applications are necessary to maintain the results, and many times, Botox and fillers are used concurrently. Fox River Periodontics will be able to determine which type of wrinkles you have, and give an educated opinion on which wrinkle-reducing agent will suit your needs.