Since Botox gained FDA approval in 2002, our appreciation for injectable beauty treatments has continued to expand. Whereas the botulinum toxin on which Botox is based was initially used as a medical therapy, the wide range of injectables we use today revolve around making the face and hands look younger. In fact, we have become so familiar with the mechanics of injectables, how they work, that we are now using them to fight the signs of aging and also to prevent them.
Botox and Dermal Fillers: BFFs for your Face
As much as you may have heard the terms “dermal fillers,” “injectables,” and “Botox,” you may question why there are so many options and whether or not they all essentially do the same thing. They don’t, especially when we’re talking about Botox and dermal fillers. The beauty of these two major categories of injectables is that they are wonderfully complementary.
Botox is the injectable that is used when muscle movements have created a state of persistent contraction. A furrowed brow is a prime example of this type of problem. Because we use certain muscles frequently, they become overly tight. This can lead to lines between the brows. It is muscle contraction that also leads to a downturned mouth, crow’s feet, and sagging eyebrows. The protein in Botox attaches to the neuroreceptors in the muscle so they do not contract to the same degree they would otherwise. This results in smoother, younger looking facial features.
Dermal fillers have a completely different purpose than Botox. These products often made with hyaluronic acid, are intended to add volume. Fillers can add volume beneath a line or crease to move tissue up to the surface, eliminating the wrinkle. Fillers also add volume to the lips and cheeks and to certain types of scars. The way fillers do this is by attracting water molecules into the tissue and then holding them there for months.
Typically, injectables are used when a noticeable line or crease has developed. In recent years, younger patients are obtaining treatment to diminish the appearance of dynamic lines, too. Dynamic lines are those that are visible during facial movements, such as forehead creases when you raise your eyebrows. By injecting small amounts of Botox into these lines, it is believed it will take longer for them to become permanently etched on the face.
We are proud to serve the Austin area with surgical and non-surgical treatments that refresh the face and body. To learn more about injectables like Botox and Juvéderm, call (512) 450-1077.