Botox (Botulinum Toxin – Type A) is a highly popular and effective treatment for frown lines, forehead wrinkles, worry lines, and crow’s feet by providing skin with a soft, smoother, natural appearance. The procedure can be done quickly [i.e. during a lunch break] and a patient may return back to work with no downtime and minimal pain.
Dermal Fillers (Soft Tissue Fillers) are used to help to create a fuller and/or smoother appearance in the face, nasolabial folds, cheeks, and lips as well as increase the volume of the back of the hand. Due to the fact that they contain materials that are absorbed by the body over time, soft tissue fillers have a temporary effect, although FDA has approved a product made from a material that remains in the body without being absorbed.
How It Works
Depending on the treatment required, a needle containing the required substance is injected into the treatment area. Botox is generally administered in the upper part of the face, above the eyes, and Dermal Fillers are usually below the eyes. These Fillers may contain one or more of the following substances:
- Collagen: is a type of protein that is a major part of the skin and other tissues in the body, with effects of generally lasting for 3-4 months.
- Hyaluronic acid: a type of sugar (polysaccharide) that’s present in body tissues, like skin and cartilage. It is able to combine with water and swell when in gel form, resulting in a smoothing/filling effect. In many cases, the hyaluronic acid used in dermal fillers is chemically modified to make it last longer in the body. The effects of this filler last approximately 6 – 12 months.
- Calcium hydroxylapatite: a type of mineral commonly found in our teeth and bones. For wrinkle filling in the face or for the hand, calcium hydroxylapatite particles are suspended in a gel-like solution and then injected into the wrinkle in the face or under the skin in the back of the hand. The effects of this material last approximately 18 months.
- Poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA): a biodegradable, biocompatible man-made polymer. This material is widely used in absorbable stitches and bone screws. PLLA is a long-lasting filler material that is given in a series of injections over several months. The effects of PLLA generally become increasingly apparent over time (over a period of several weeks) with its effects lasting up to 2 years.
Who is it Best For?
Botox and Dermal Fillers are a quick, effective, and affordable treatment for anyone who wants to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in their face, hands or neck. This treatment is also a great facial enhancement solution for those who want fuller lips and more volume in their cheeks.
Complications & Possible Side Effects
Risks such as infection, nerve injuries and pain at the injection site are all possible but also mitigated by the high level of training our staff has received.
Botox: $10 per unit
Dermal Fillers: $650 – $800 per syringe.
A complementary consultation is required before moving forward with treatment.