The human skin is subject to a renewal process which slows down as we get older. Hormone status, loss of collagen and subcutaneous fatty tissue, solar radiation, habits such as smoking and overactive muscle movement contribute to the formation of wrinkles. Depending on the extent of the wrinkles and where the wrinkles are, several treatments can be considered. As well as face-lift operations and eyelid corrections, treatments using injections (Botulinum Toxin and dermal fillers) can also be used to smooth out wrinkles.
Both are very different in nature, but aim at rejuvenating the face without the need for surgery. Injections can correct and reduce wrinkles; however they cannot prevent the regeneration of wrinkles. Yet the treatment is definitely worth it. All non-surgical treatments make you look younger, without altering your facial expression and your personality.
The effect of botox is to reduce the pull of facial muscles on the skin and therefore smoothen wrinkles. Dermal fillers fill grooves and wrinkles.
Exact knowledge of the facial anatomy is essential to decide which treatment is the better solution, different problems require different solutions. In order to avoid pain, a local anaesthetic can be used. Dermal fillers are injected into the individual layers of skin and, if necessary, under the skin. Using the tunneling-technique the full length of the wrinkle is filled in.
Depending on which product is used, the product will be dispersed in the skin through massaging, giving a smooth appearance. Nerve impulses to the facial muscles are inhibited using the Botulinum Toxin treatment.
Consequently the contracting of muscles and mimic wrinkles are reduced. Movement can be strongly restricted, depending on the dosage of the injections. Only a small part of the musculature is affected, over dosage should be avoided since it can give patients the impression of “wearing a mask”.
This procedure is best used for the reduction of wrinkles on the forehead, the so-called frown lines and for crows feet. The results are not permanent, duration depending largely on type of treatment used (botox does generally not last as long as fillers), and individual predisposition.
How long the results last depends very much from individual factos.
You can talk to our surgeon about whether injections are the best solution for your problem, or whether another method would be more appropriate