The No. 1 reason you’re likely familiar with Botox® and dermal fillers? They enhance people's appearances, regenerating a youthful look. At Nevada Family Care & Wellness Center, Abraham Fakhouri, MD, and Kelly Rowe, FNP-BC, offer these wrinkle-reducing treatments to people in and around Anthem, Henderson, Nevada. To explore your options toward reclaiming a younger-looking appearance using Botox and/or dermal fillers, call Nevada Family Care & Wellness Center. You can also use the online scheduler to book an appointment.
Botox Cosmetic is the trade name for the Food and Drug Administration-approved drug that is injected into your skin in order to inhibit wrinkle-forming muscle movement. Botox, which is prepared from the bacterial toxin botulin, has medical uses, such as treating certain muscular conditions, as well as cosmetic uses.
Botox is an extremely popular means of restoring a youthful look, especially in your face. Botulinum toxin injections, known for their trade names like Botox and Dysport®, are medical treatments that aim to relax facial muscles or make them appear and feel tauter.
Botox can also treat a variety of medical conditions, including squinting eyes, migraines, excess sweating, and leaky bladders. Cosmetically, Botox injections make lines and wrinkles less obvious, temporarily altering your appearance without surgery.
Botox blocks the nerve signals to certain muscles, allowing the muscles to relax. When it’s used on your face, that means reducing the appearance of wrinkles and lines. More specifically, when the injected muscle can no longer contract, it can’t cause wrinkles.
Botox is most often used on forehead lines, in the areas around the eyes, and on frown lines. No anesthesia is required for Botox, which is injected into specific muscles with a very fine needle.
The Botox treatment brings only minor discomfort generally, and it’s usually finished very quickly — sometimes less than five minutes, depending on the size of the area being treated.
It typically takes 3-7 days to see the full effects of a Botox treatment. After that, Botox will last 4-6 months. When muscles that are tamed by Botox begin to reactivate, fine lines and wrinkles will start to return.
Dermal fillers are other FDA-approved injectable substances that can remove wrinkles, add volume to your facial skin, and minimize the appearance of scars. Fillers are generally categorized by the substance they’re made from.
Nevada Family Care & Wellness Center offers a variety of dermal fillers:
Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a naturally occurring substance already found in your skin, and when injected, it both plumps and hydrates. Typically soft and gel-like, HA provides results that typically last 6-12 months, though sometimes longer, as your body begins to absorb the injection.
Belotero Balance® is an HA filler option that comes in a soft gel. It adapts to your skin easily, quickly, and smoothly. Patients regularly return to their normal activities immediately after the procedure.
Another filler option, Radiesse®, differs from Belotero Balance in that it is made from calcium hydroxylapatite, another naturally occurring substance, this one found in your bones. Particles of calcium hydroxylapatite (CaHA) are microscopic and suspended in a smooth gel.
Typically thicker than other fillers, Radiesse also lasts longer, usually at least about 12 months. After receiving Radiesse, you’re encouraged to lie low (no massaging of the face, intense facial expressions, serious activity) for 24 hours.
Xeomin® is a botulinum toxin type A that is injected under the skin, hindering the production of neurotransmitters, blocking the transmission of signals from nerves to the muscles.
Thus, similarly to how Botox works, the muscle relaxes and appears smoother for a period of time. Xeomin takes effect within seven days of treatment, and its effects can last for up to three months, though the duration varies with the patient.
As with any medical procedure, getting Botox or receiving fillers carries risks, but they’re typically very low. Common side effects include bruising, redness, swelling, tenderness at the site of injection, itching, and possibly a rash.
These side effects usually disappear mostly if not fully 2-3 days after your treatment.
There are a great number of options for maintaining a youthful appearance, and Botox and dermal fillers are at the forefront. If you’re interested in getting Botox or fillers or learning more about either, call Nevada Family Care & Wellness Center. You can also use the online scheduler to book an appointment.