As you age, the effects of gravity, sun exposure, and repeated facial muscle movements result in laugh lines, crow’s feet, and other facial wrinkles. The soft tissue of your face that provides that youthful volume and contour can descend and get smaller with time. These issues can leave you feeling self-conscious, uncomfortable, and dissatisfied with your appearance. At Hill Country Plastic Surgery, we offer a number of non-surgical options like wrinkle-smoothing fillers and neuromodulators such as BOTOX®. Dr. Farber or Dr. Shah will work closely with you to restore a youthful appearance to your face while still maintaining your ability to make natural facial expressions.
Neuromodulators (BOTOX®, Dysport®, Xeomin®) are used to treat dynamic wrinkles of the face. These types of wrinkles are caused by facial muscles that are continually moving during smiling, frowning, laughing, and talking. Neuromodulators can help to smooth out these dynamic wrinkles, giving you a more youthful and refreshed appearance.
Dermal fillers are very popular non-surgical cosmetic treatments for facial rejuvenation and restoration of lost facial volume. From softening fine lines and wrinkles, to improving fullness and filling in scars, these products can help you achieve a more youthful look.
How Do Neuromodulators Work?
Neuromodulators (i.e. BOTOX®) work by weakening the muscles of expression in the face by preventing the action of neurotransmitters on the muscle. By doing this, it prevents or limits the muscle from contracting and creating a wrinkle. Neuromodulators are temporary and usually last anywhere from three to five months. It typically takes three to five days to see the full effects of your injections.
What Are Fillers?
As we age, loss of collagen, elastin, and the soft tissues in your face leads to skin sagging and hollowing which are signs of aging. Selecting the right amount and type of dermal filler can help rejuvenate your appearance in a natural way without looking overdone, only refreshed and refined.
Soft tissue fillers are also known as dermal fillers. The main goal of fillers is to restore volume and smooth out wrinkles of the face. Most dermal fillers are made out of a substance called hyaluronic acid or HA, which occurs naturally in the body. HA bonds to water in the skin to provide hydration and volume. As we age, the soft tissues of the face atrophy (goes away), which contributes to the hollowed out look associated with aging. When hyaluronic acid is injected into the soft tissue of the face or hands, volume can be restored and you will leave with a refreshed and refined appearance.
Types of Dermal Filler:
How long will it take for my injectable procedure?
Depending on how many areas you want treated (injected), it can take anywhere from 10-30 minutes.
What can I do to prepare for my injectable procedure?
To minimize bruising, avoid aspirin, ibuprofen or similar products as well as fish oil, Vitamin E, and ginkgo biloba for two weeks prior to your treatment.
How long will my results last?
Most fillers last up to a year, however some can last longer than that. The duration depends on what filler is used, and how fast your body metabolizes it (which can be different person to person).
How many syringes will I need? What will be the cost?
Depending on your goals and the areas of the face to be treated, the number of syringes needed and the cost will vary. During your initial consultation, Dr. Farber or Dr. Shah will provide you with the best treatment plan that is customized to you in order to provide you with the natural looking results that you desire.
What can I expect after I get fillers?
After the injection, ice packs can be placed over the areas to reduce swelling and bruising for 10 minutes on, 10 minutes off 2-3 times a day as needed for swelling for the first 1-2 days. You should not massage the face and should avoid compression (including headbands and hats) to the areas injected. You also should not lie down and avoid strenuous activities which increase heart rate or blood pressure for a few hours after injection to decrease chances of bruising.