Dermal Fillers and Injectables Omaha
What is botox and what is it used for?
Botox, or botulinum toxin, is a medication that can be injected in small amounts to help with certain facial wrinkles, neck bands, and more. It works by decreasing the activity of the muscles injected, therefore alleviating the wrinkles or other negative traits those muslces are responsible for. Botulinum toxin can be used in a number of areas, but is most commonly used for:
- Frown lines between the eyes
- Forehead wrinkles
- Crow’s feet outside the eyes
- Neck bands
- Overdeveloped masseter muscles
- Chin dimpling (peau d’orange)
What can I expect?
This is done in the office, and there is virtually no down time or restrictions. Results will be noticeable in approximately 1 week. You can expect results to last for about 3 months on average, although duration varies on metabolism and genetics.
Botox, Dysport, Xeomin… What’s the difference?
There are several different botulinum toxins being used in the US today. Their mechanism of action and results (when used correctly) are very comparable. They differ in their molecular makeup, potency, and effective dose needed to treat any given area. Some patients report better responses to different products. The most important factor is that your physician is comfortable dosing the particular product to achieve the desired effect without looking too “frozen”.
Is Botox safe?
Like all medical procedures there are associated complications. It is for this reason that it is important to see an experienced, qualified injector to help achieve your results without running into problems. Complications can include ptosis (droopy) upper eyelids, asymmetries, peaked and unnatural eyebrows, difficulty swallowing, double vision, and more.
What are dermal fillers and what are they used for?
A dermal filler is an injectable material that is used to restore youthful volume, fill wrinkles, or a combination of both. While there are a variety on the market, most are made from natural substances found in our skin, such as hyaluronic acid.
Why are there so many and what is the difference?
When dermal fillers first came on the market, there were relatively few options, and the same product was being used for many areas. Over the last few years there has been a significant increase in the number and types of products available. There are now specialized products that perform better in distinct regions of the face. It is important to see an experience injector with a working knowledge of current fillers available to give you the desired result. Some examples of specialized fillers include:
- Voluma is a filler that is used to help restore volume, particularly the cheek bones where the fat pad has shrunken and descended with age.
- Volbella is a product that is desired for lip augmentation. This product can give a natural, fuller appearance to the lips as well as fill the wrinkles around the mouth.
- Belotero is a very fine filler used in areas with thin skin such as under the eyes. Use of thicker products in this are will result in an unnatural blue discoloration to the skin.
- Restylane Refyne is a product designed to help fill dynamic areas, such as the nasolabial folds, but with the flexible to move and bend with smiling. This produces a more appealing natural result.
What can I expect, and will I look overdone?
Filler injection is an office-based procedure that is generally quite well tolerated. There are certain areas that can be more sensitive, such as the lips and mouth, and an experience injector can help anesthetize the area to minimize discomfort. Downtime is minimal, but there can be mild bruising in some areas, and there are no significant restrictions.
When done well, the results are very natural and help to restore natural volume.
The results are almost immediate, but duration of results differs by filler and areas injected. Generally the results last around 1-2 years.