The word Botox seems to have become a catch-all for the many different kinds of injectables that are offered by cosmetic establishments. However, make no mistake, there are many different options when it comes to erasing frown lines, forehead wrinkles, crows feet, and the many other age-related markings our skin falls prey to over time (and gravity).
At Greenberg Cosmetic Surgery, we want to make sure we always understand what our client wants as a result and then work backwards from there. Consultation is very important to us so we can resolve common questions like if you should get Botox or dermal fillers. Being able to examine your face in detail and will always trump anything you can read online, we advise you to book an appointment with us today! That being said, lets cover some basic facts about each procedure so you can get a rough idea of what might be appropriate for your needs.
What is Botox?
The full name of Botox is botulinum toxin. It is produced by bacteria called clostridium botulinum which behave as a neurotoxin does in the body at higher dosages. Interestingly, despite high doses causing a type of food poisoning called botulism, it can treat a variety of disparate health conditions such as:
- Smoothing of facial wrinkles for aesthetic purposes
- Excessive underarm sweating
- Blepharoplasm (blinking uncontrollably)
- Issues with chronic migraines
- Overactive bladder
Who’d have thought? Of course, if you’re reading this the first list item: smoothing of facial wrinkles, probably interests you the most. Botox achieves this effect through the administration of small, precise doses by an experienced cosmetic professional. These tiny doses serve to weaken or paralyze nerve action in that localized area so that the end result is a lessening of wrinkles. This is due to the fact that once the nerve activity is relaxed in the areas of choice, the total skin tension in that spot is virtually non-existent. This is also why you hear horror stories about unskillful injection of botox or using too much and the end result is a completely stiff, expressionless quality.
That is why it is crucial that when seeking out a botox provider, you find someone who has professional credentials, good reputation, and most importantly—lots of experience. Fortunately, Greenberg Cosmetic Surgery satisfied all of those and more! Dr. Greenberg has performed hundreds of botox injections to great success.
It is not enough to know how to properly inject botox, it’s also critical that your cosmetic professional have a deep understanding of how the nerves in the face work in conjunction with facial expressions so that they know exactly what the impact of using botox in that area will be.
What are Dermal Fillers?
Dermal fillers are also a type of injectable similar to botox in that the goal of the injectable is to improve facial aesthetics and reverse age-related changes. There are many different fillers such as Juvederm, Radiessse, Sculptra, and many more that we provide at Greenberg Cosmetic Surgery.
Dermal fillers work differently than Botox does. While Botox aims at paralyzing specific nerve actions so that muscle tension on the skin can cease, dermal fillers do exactly as they say—they fill the skin in to lift and create volume in much needed areas. One of the most common and welcomed uses for dermal fillers is to ease the appearance of dark circles under the eyes. The skin under your eyes is already quite thin, and so it is very receptive to collagen loss and age related changes.
Are Botox/Dermal Fillers Safe?
Fillers are much like Botox in the sense that they are both safe and effective when administered by a professional. Both Botox and dermal fillers do not produce any common side effects other than the occasional tenderness at the injection site.
One of the great things about dermal fillers is that even in the event that you experience an undesirable side effect, a solution can be injected to dissolve the filler.
Which One Should I Choose?
While we recommend you contact us to book an appointment for a consultation to so we can make a customized, informed decision based on your unique circumstances, there are some basic guidelines you can consider.
Botox is better at dealing with wrinkles that are caused by expressions or when the face is moving since it’s chief purpose is to freeze the nerves responsible for the movement which “activates” those wrinkles so to speak. Dermal fillers have much more variety to choose from but the majority of them will work wonders work revitalizing your skin by making it appear plumper in a natural-looking way. As a result, dermal fillers are good for wrinkles that exist regardless of the expression on your face.
Facial Injectables Long Island
Visit Greenberg Cosmetic Surgery in Long Island or Boca Raton FL for all of your injectable needs. See our list of available fillers that we offer and book an appointment today! We are confident that whatever your needs are, we can meet those needs and exceed your expectations.
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