Botox and fillers are non-surgical methods used to reduce the signs of ageing.  These are injectables that are delivered into the skin to bring about immediate effects that can last from 4 months to as long as two years.  They can be used individually or together.  Combining Botox and fillers will give a completely rejuvenated appearance.

What are the signs of ageing that can be reduced through the use of Botox and fillers?

  • Frown lines between the eyebrows
  • Forehead lines and creases
  • Crow’s feet
  • Deep lines from the side of the nose to the corners of the mouth
  • Vertical lines on the mouth
  • Smile lines
  • Lines at the corner of the mouth
  • Acne scars
  • Neck bands

Can anyone undergo a Botox procedure?
Anyone who wishes to rejuvenate his or her skin and look young can undergo this procedure.  Exceptions include people

  • Pregnancy and breastfeeding
  • Infection on or near the injection site
  • Allergies to any formula ingredients
  • Neurological disorders such as ALS, Myasthenia Gravis or Lambert-Eaton syndrome 

What is Botox and what is the principle behind it?
Botox is a protein injection that prevents facial muscles from contracting and thereby relaxing and softening the wrinkles. It weakens the muscles that cause the creases, and as the muscles get weaker, you lose the habit of creasing and using those muscles, thereby preventing the progression and deepening of creases.

What is the principle behind fillers?
Fillers fill in the creases and lines thereby removing the wrinkles.

What are the common types of fillers used?

  • Collagen replacement therapy
    • Replaces the deteriorated collagen in the skin
    • Quickly erases lines, wrinkles, softens scarring and increases definition of the lips.
    • Injectable Zyderm/Zyplast, CosmoPlast, Cosmoderm® and Cosmoplast® are examples
    • A 30-minute treatment offers up to 6 months of lasting results
  • Hyaluronic Acid Fillers
    • Instantaneous and long-lasting natural enhancement
    • Restylane ,HylaformCaptique, and Juvederm treatment are examples
    • Results seen 2-3 days following treatment and last approximately 5-6 months.
  • Combination of collagen and Hyaluronic Acid Fillers
    • Optimal aesthetic results through temporary replacement of lost structure and volume
    • Smoothes away unwanted lines and wrinkles.
      • Fat injections 
        • Injected below the surface of the skin in the area of fat loss
        • Corrects the signs of facial fat loss by replacing lost volume
        • Provides a gradual and significant increase in skin thickness
        • Improves the appearance of folds and sunken areas
        • Example – Sculptra, typically used to fill in the hollowing of the cheeks
        • 2 – 3 treatments may be required
  • Calcium hydroxylapatite fillers
    • Example – Radiesse®
    • A synthetic filler, made from Calcium hydroxylapatite
    • Reduces the appearance of wrinkles and skin folds around the mouth and nose
    • Fills certain scars
    • Results can last up to two years

What are the other benefits of fillers?
Fillers improve or enhance facial structures by

  • Filling in acne scars
  • Enhancing cheek bones for proper definition
  • Enlarging lips for larger pout
  • Correcting lip deformities
  • Filling in dips and valleys in the nose bridge
  • Removing dark circles by filling in hollows under the eyes

How are Botox and fillers administered?

  • A local anaesthetic is applied
  • Tiny doses of Botox or fillers are injected into the treatment area
  • The duration of the procedure may vary from 10 to 60 minutes depending upon the amount of area to be treated

What should you expect following the procedure?

  • Results – At the end of 7 days you will able to see the full results of the procedure
  • Life period of results – The results of the procedure can last up to 4 – 6 months after which the wrinkles and creases begin to reappear.
  • Recovery – Since the procedure is literally painless, no recovery time is required
  • Common side effects
    • For Restylane – temporary redness or swelling at the site of injection lasting no longer than seven days
    • For Botox – temporary bruising or in very rare cases headaches that usually subside in one to two days

Re-treatment – After 4-6 months, when the effects of the treatment subside