How do injectables work?
BOTOX® is a formulary made by a small amount of bacterium Clostridium botulinum, that works by interrupting the nerve signals that travel between the brain and the facial muscles. These signals cause muscles to contract and tighten, as a result of facial expressions. As the muscles contract, they tug on the skin and form lines (also called dynamic wrinkles). Over time, these lines can become very deep and noticeable. By interrupting these nerve signals, muscles become relaxed and deep lines and creases become far less noticeable.
Restylane® is a type of hyaluronic acid, which is a substance found naturally in your body. Hyaluronic acid attracts moisture, leaving your skin smoother and more elastic. Because Restylane® works with hyaluronic acid already found in your body, many patients start seeing results right away, with continued improvement over the days following treatment.
Where are injectables used on the body?
BOTOX® and Restylane® can be used to treat crow’s feet at the corners of the eyes, forehead lines, and frown lines -- those pesky, deep wrinkles that form between the brows. They are also beneficial for lifting and smoothing your cheeks and lines around your mouth. Many patients find these treatments are especially effective in reducing the signs of aging and restoring a more youthful appearance.
What happens during a treatment?
Prior to injection, a careful evaluation of the facial anatomy will determine the best needle placement for optimal results. Most treatments use several carefully placed injections to ensure the BOTOX® or Restylane® is spread consistently throughout the treatment area. The needles used are very fine, and most patients experience little to no discomfort. A mild numbing cream or an ice pack may be applied to the skin prior to treatment to reduce any discomfort that may occur. Once the injections are complete, there may be some minor bruising that can be covered with makeup. Injectable treatments are performed right in the office in about 10 minutes and there’s no minimal time, so patients can return to most of their regular activities immediately afterward.
When can I expect results?
Initial results usually are visible within a few days to a week, and results last up to 4-6 months. With touch-up treatments, results can persist indefinitely, and some patients find repeated injections soften the lines and creases, enabling them to wait a little longer between treatments.
Can BOTOX® be used along with Restylane®?
Probably yes -- it just depends on the area. Some patients opt to have both BOTOX® and Restylane® injections to treat wrinkles and lines, providing many of the same effects as a facelift but without the pain, risks, prolonged recovery time and high cost of surgery. Usually this combination is most beneficial for your lip and mouth area.