Did you know that there are many non-surgical methods of managing the natural aging process? In this context, managing of course means promoting a more youthful appearance for as long as possible—it’s not always necessary to have surgery in order to do so. In most cases, this is accomplished through the use of dermal fillers such as Juvederm™ and Restylane®, or other treatments like Botox®.
If you have had previous facial plastic surgery, such as a facelift, brow lift, or eyelid surgery, it’s worth noting that ongoing maintenance therapy is recommended with dermal fillers or Botox® in order to protect your investment. Since a patient will of course continue to age even after having a facelift, these small “updates” to your appearance can prolong the benefits of a more comprehensive plastic surgery procedure.
How Can Botox® Slow Down Facial Aging?
Botox® is a neuromodulator that renders muscles weak. When injected into certain key muscles in the face, it can weaken the musculature that’s responsible for wrinkles, creases, and lines. The technical name for Botox® is botulinum toxin type A, but don’t let the “toxin” part put you off—this versatile drug has many incredibly beneficial medical applications aside from cosmetic enhancement, including relief for muscle spasms and the prevention of chronic migraines.
Since Botox® can weaken muscle contraction by stopping nerve signals, it allows for the skin around the muscle to remain as smooth as possible. The wrinkles that appear on the face are usually the result of a lifetime of continued, repeated movements—Botox® reduces these wrinkles. It is most commonly used for wrinkles in the forehead, frown lines, and “crow’s feet” around the eyes.
Botox® is commonly confused with dermal fillers as it offers similar benefits, but works through muscle relaxation and does not improve facial volume in any way.
How Can Dermal Fillers Help Ongoing Facial Aging Management?
Dermal fillers such as Juvederm™ and Restylane® are injectable gels made from hyaluronic acid, a biocompatible sugar molecule which is slowly absorbed by the body. These dermal fillers are used to enhance volume and soften moderate to heavy lines, wrinkles, and creases, which can still occur in the years following a facelift or other cosmetic surgeries. Depending on the dermal filler injected and the patient’s rate of metabolism of the filler, the results can be expected to last anywhere from 6 months to two years.
To have the most comprehensive understanding of the facial aging management options which will yield the most positive results for you and your unique anatomy, scheduling a consultation with a plastic surgeon —someone who is certified and experienced in administering Botox® or dermal filler treatments—will provide you with the opportunity to not only have your questions answered, but to receive the advice and suggestions of a medical professional.