Q: How does Botox® (botulinum toxin A) fight wrinkles? A: Originally used to treat muscular conditions, Botox, is now among the most well-known cosmetic injections. It works by temporarily weakening the muscles that contract to cause wrinkles. Q: Can Botox prevent wrinkles? A: Botox is sometimes used as a preventive measure to delay some lines from developing. Q: How do dermal fillers work? How are they different from Botox? A: As people get older, they tend to lose fat in their faces. Dermal fillers help restore the look of fullness that is common in youth. On the other hand, Botox prevents the movement of muscles that eventually cause wrinkling. This is why it makes sense to use it on the forehead and around the eyes. The lines in the lower part of the face, however, are not due to repeated muscle movement, but from a change in facial structure over time. Dermal fillers, such as Juvederm® and Restylane®, add volume to the depressions around the corners of the mouth and cheekbones. Sometimes, it’s best to get a combination of different fillers to get optimal correction. Together, Botox and dermal fillers can work together to rejuvenate the face. Q: How long do cosmetic injection results last? A: Most dermal fillers last anywhere from nine to 12 months, depending upon the patient and where we’re targeting the injections. Botox and other botulinum toxin A injections last for about four to six months. Q: Do cosmetic injections cause side effects? A: Any cosmetic injection treatment, including dermal fillers and Botox, has potential side effects. It’s best to talk with your doctor as side effects may vary depending on which injection(s) you receive. Q: Are patients typically satisfied with the results? A: Yes. It’s also important to understand that you aren’t going to get facelift results from a non-surgical treatment such as Botox or dermal fillers. It can’t replace surgery but it can improve your appearance. Be sure to have a thorough discussion with your doctor to understand what is realistic in terms of results
Azure Aesthetics is a facial aesthetics clinic based in Brighton and Hove, providing Botox®, Dermal Fillers and Lip Augmentation by medical professionals. If you would like more information on the treatments we offer please do get in touch, or you can book a consultation.