A modern-day Fountain of Youth, Botox, Dysport and dermal fillers like Restylane, Juvederm and Radiesse have the power to turn back the clock and make us look and feel years younger. Affordable and conveniently available from board-certified Cleveland cosmetic surgeons, these non-invasive injectable anti-wrinkle treatments are winning fans of all ages, both female and male.
Consumers often think Botox will fix all their problems, but cosmetic surgeons actually use a variety of injectable products to address aging issues.
- Botox and Dysport are both forms of botulinum toxin Type A which “freezes” underlying muscles, preventing them from contracting and wrinkling the skin. Used to treat frown lines between the brows and on the forehead, as well as crow’s feet, these products are most effective against dynamic wrinkles, those caused by facial movement. There is no down time, but it can take one to two weeks for muscles to fully relax and final results to be visible. Although results vary by individual, Botox typically last 4 to 5 months; Dysport, up to 6 months.
- Dermal fillers, including Restylane, Perlane, Juvederm, Radiesse and Sculptra, add volume to facial skin, “filling” and plumping facial lines and creases. These products are used to fill in the deep lines and creases that develop around the mouth, and plump deflated lips. There is no down time and the final effect is immediately visible. Depending on the product and patient, results can last from 6 months to a year or more.
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People often lump Botox and Dysport into the same category as Restylane, Juvederm, Radiesse and other dermal fillers, considering all of these non-surgical wrinkle-reducing treatments to be dermal fillers and frequently confusing their use.
When Angelina Jolie’s full, pouty lips were all the rage, people who wanted to emulate the actress’ sensuous look visited their Cleveland cosmetic surgeons asking for Botox treatments. Had their cosmetic surgeon taken them at their word, those patients would have been incredibly disappointed. Botox actually works to flatten and smooth wrinkles in the skin. Cosmetic surgeons use dermal fillers or volumizers such as Restylane and Radiesse to plump and add volume to the skin.
Botox/Dysport and dermal fillers are all injectable non-surgical cosmetic treatments used to smooth away facial wrinkles and lines, but there are significant differences in the way these different products work.
As we explained in an earlier post, Botox and Dysport are not dermal fillers. These products relax your facial muscles so that your skin cannot scrunch up and form wrinkles. It takes a few days for these products to reach full effectiveness. Some dermal filler treatments, on the other hand, can produce an immediate effect. Dermal fillers including Restylane, Juvederm, Radiesse, and Sculptra are injected under the skin to fill in and plump up deep facial lines and folds.
Even among dermal fillers there are differences in the way different products affect the skin. To learn more about what causes wrinkles and the various injectable non-surgical treatments available to reduce them, download our free Patient Guide to Botox/Dysport & Fillers. We are currently offering $100 off combination treatments of cosmetic injectables. Click the link for complete information!