Sometimes looking in the mirror at our signs of aging can be a discouraging and disheartening event. No matter how well you’ve taken care of your skin, it’s impossible to stave off the tell-tale signs the years can bring to your skin. You don’t have to live with those lines, wrinkles or hollow areas of lost volume. Talk to the experts at Rejuvene MD in El Paso, TX about what BOTOX and fillers, like the Juvederm® line, can do for you.
Addressing Common Signs of Aging with Fillers
A dermal filler like Juvederm® will reverse some of the major signs of aging, but what causes them in the first place? It’s the loss of collagen. Collagen is the most abundant protein in our bodies. It makes up our skin, ligaments, connective tissue and keeps the structure of our skin intact. As we age, our production of collagen slows down.
When we turn 18, our collagen production is at its peak. After that, it reduces by about 1% each year. As we lose collagen, we also lose elastin and hyaluronic acid. Elastin keeps our skin elastic and able to bounce back. Hyaluronic acid helps our skin attract and keep moisture for a supple and healthy glow.
When collagen production slows, the structure of our face changes shape. We begin to get hollow spots where these three powerhouses used to keep a solid foundation. When the structure creates voids, our skin falls to fill them in, creating deep lines and folds. It also highlights bony areas of our face, like our cheeks, making our faces look sunken. Luckily, innovative solutions like specific dermal fillers can reduce these signs of aging.
Juvederm®: A Popular Filler
Juvederm® is a line of dermal fillers created to address different areas of concern during the aging process. In general, dermal fillers are used to provide targeted increases in volume to areas like facial folds, fine lines, and hollow spaces. This family of fillers uses injectable hyaluronic acid in a smooth gel form to correct moderate to severe facial lines and folds and a host of different concerns. Each type in this line of dermal fillers is formulated to tackle different areas of the face. Only a qualified skincare expert can decide which type is right for you. During a consultation, you will have a facial examination and discuss your areas of concern and expectations of the outcome. Together, you will develop a treatment plan to achieve the kinds of results you want.
The Many Uses of Fillers
Dermal fillers are as versatile as they are popular. Because losing hyaluronic acid contributes to our faces sagging, forming wrinkles, highlighting facial folds and losing volume, a synthetic form of the naturally-occurring substance works to counteract those signs of aging.
Lower Face Rejuvenation
Our lower face can house many signs of aging—the smile lines, marionette lines, vertical lip lines or lines around the mouth from years of smoking. A professional can target these areas using this treatment to fill and smooth the appearance of these lines and folds. A plumper, more even surface of the skin can shave years off your appearance.
For patients not ready for surgical intervention, this treatment serves as an alternative to traditional plastic surgery options. It adds volume so it can shape and bring contour to the cheeks. When we’re younger, our cheeks are soft and well-defined. Clients can have their cheekbones defined by having the hollows in their cheek area filled in. When this area is filled out, cheekbones become more defined, and it restores a more youthful appearance. The sunken appearance of the face is filled in and healthy plumpness restored.
This treatment can fill in vertical lines around the mouth that come from aging or smoking. It can also help with a down-turned mouth that comes from that part of our faces sagging. When the corners of your mouth are down-turned, you may look unhappy and tired. As those corners are slightly upturned, the entire aesthetic of your face can look refreshed and content. Our lips can thin as we get older, losing the plumpness of our youth. A simple dermal filler treatment can help you achieve the fullness you used to have or that you’ve always wanted. It delivers a fuller look but keeps the lips soft and feeling natural.
Dark or Hollow Under-Eyes
There can be several contributing factors to the tired-looking dark circles under your eyes—fatigue, genetics, allergies and aging can all play a role. Talk to our provider about your options for adding volume to your under-eye area. Some people just have more hollowness under their eyes naturally and age only makes it appear more prominent. We may recommend a specific course of treatment to add immediate volume to this area. You can look refreshed, awake and more youthful as a result.
What is Sculptra®?
Sculptra® is a dermal filler, but it works differently than the others. Results aren’t immediate but can last for a long time. Using a synthetic form of lactic acid, this filler causes your body to start its own skin regeneration and new cell formation by producing more collagen. After treatment, collagen slowly replaces the filler, and your skin is plumper and volume can be restored.
Originally approved by the FDA to restore volume loss because of serious illness, it was then approved to be used on healthy clients. Results appear naturally and gradually, so this isn’t for clients wanting an immediate result. Those results, however, last a long time. 80% of clients reported being completely satisfied with their results 25 months after their last treatment.
Some clients will only need one treatment to achieve their desired look while others may opt for a series of treatment sessions to maximize their results. There is no set downtime associated with Sculptra®, so you can go back to your normal routine immediately.
Addressing Dynamic Wrinkles with BOTOX
Dermal fillers may only be one part of your treatment plan. Other forms of injectables can round out the youthful appearance you’re hoping for. Neuromodulators like BOTOX are an injectable that addresses dynamic lines and wrinkles at their source—movement. Over the years, we make the same facial expressions repeatedly and our skin moves wherever our facial muscles do. Over time, our face can seem like a map for all those constant movements.
BOTOX works to diminish or block the nerve signals from reaching the muscles causing the lines. When the muscles are prevented from contracting, they relax. The skin on top smooths out, restoring a more youthful appearance. Results usually last for multiple months at a time, but with regular maintenance sessions, your results can be nearly continuous.
There are several neuromodulators on the market, and only a qualified provider can determine which is right for you and your areas of concern. BOTOX, Dysport®, Jeuveau™ and Xeomin® are all brand names that may be recommended. Depending on the type chosen, these injectables can address:
- Crow’s feet
- Forehead lines
- Frown lines
- Drooping eyebrows
What to Expect
Because this treatment is minimally-invasive, there is no real preparation necessary. The only instructions you may be given will be to stop taking certain medications. You may be asked to refrain from drinking alcohol for in the days before. On the day of your treatment, the provider will inject the targeted areas with the BOTOX solution until the desired results are achieved.
Like with fillers, there is no set downtime with this treatment, and most clients go back to their normal routines and activities immediately. You may be asked to refrain from alcohol, direct sunlight and strenuous activity for a set amount of time following the treatment. Our skincare expert will give you detailed instructions for any aftercare they deem necessary.
BOTOX and Fillers: The Results
The great thing about most dermal fillers is the immediacy of results. You don’t have to wait for cell regeneration the way you might with other treatments. You walk out of the office with the results you hoped for. Results last for a varied amount of time depending on the patient, filler used and other factors. Results can last from multiple months to a year or more. Our provider can give you a recommended schedule of follow-up or maintenance appointments to make your results continuous. The kind of filler you choose may only be part of your overall treatment plan depending on your areas of concern. This treatment may be used with other types of solutions to achieve the results you want. In fact, BOTOX and fillers are oftentimes used together for total facial rejuvenation. Unlike fillers, however, the results of BOTOX specials will take days to manifest.
Other Anti-Aging Treatments
Fine lines and wrinkles aren’t the only signs of aging that pop up as the years go by. Many of us experience uneven skin tone and texture, sun damage and age spots, dullness, large pores, acne scarring and other imperfections we’d like to address. There are a variety of solutions our comprehensive aesthetic practice can offer to target these common areas of concern. Talk to our experts about the options you have to even out your skin tone and texture.
Contact Us for a Consultation
The only way to start down the road to a more youthful, confident and self-assured you is to call the caring and expert professionals at Rejuvene MD in El Paso, TX for an initial consultation. They are passionate about helping their clients take control of their aging process and achieve the aesthetic goals most important to them. They are skilled in helping clients be the best versions of themselves and regain the look and confidence time may have taken away from them. A new, happier and more youthful you is just around the corner, and BOTOX® and fillers may be just what you’ve been looking for to get you there. Contact us today to book your appointment!