Americans are heading to the dermatologist and plastic surgeons more than ever for non-invasive cosmetic procedures. As of last year, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons reported a 200 percent increase in non-invasive cosmetic procedures since 2000. In 2015, ASPS reported that Botox® and dermal fillers accounted for 9 million procedures. So, what’s the hype all about? Let’s take a look at what each of these options are, what they can be used for and who is a good candidate for each.
What’s Botox® and How Is It Used?
Botox® is a safe injectable substance that has been FDA approved and widely available for decades. “Botox” is a brand name for Botulinum toxin. It’s derived from bacteria and when injected by licensed, skilled professionals like the Garcia Facial Plastic Surgery team, it prevents the underlying muscle from contracting and causing wrinkles or fine lines. When applied to existing wrinkles, the effect is a smoothing of the skin. Botox® works best for dynamic wrinkles caused by muscle contraction.
Due to the unique effects of Botox®, it also has alternative uses for the treatment of neck spasms, excessive sweat, overactive bladder, and lazy eye. In some patients, it also supports the reduction of chronic migraines. Learn about Botox® in greater detail and see examples of its results.
What are Dermal Fillers and How Are They Used?
“Dermal fillers”, also known as “soft tissue fillers”, are used to describe a variety of injectable serums that add volume to the areas treated, reducing the visible signs of aging. All fillers add volume to the treated area, but they work in different ways and leverage different chemical formulas to achieve results. Common types of fillers are calcium hydroxylapatite, hyaluronic acid, polyalkylimide, polylactic acid, and polymethyl-methacrylate microspheres (PMMA). Each type of filler works in a different way to create volume under the skin and restore smoothness, fullness and a youthful look.
Fillers can be used to plump lips, enhance shallow areas of the face, decrease shadows and wrinkles under the eyes, and fill or soften static wrinkles caused by excess or sagging skin. To learn more about fillers and see the results that can be achieved, watch our video.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Botox® and Fillers?
While both options are FDA approved, safe and appropriate for most individuals, the best candidates are in good health with no known allergies to the specific injectable used. Deciding which option is right for you, will depend on the specific results you wish to achieve. To find out if you’re a candidate, it is always best to speak to a board-certified surgeon.
Deciding Which Treatment is Right for You
The best way to decide which procedure is most appropriate for you is to consult a physician. Double board-certified surgeons like Dr. Phillip Garcia will be able to make the best recommendation to help you achieve the exact look you have in mind. To schedule your consultation, contact us today.