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Fillers or Botox: Making the Right Choice

It’s no wonder injectable treatments have become the go-to option for patients looking to quickly turn back the clock on their appearance. These innovative formulations smooth away wrinkles, restore youthful plumpness and even add definition to the facial profile. There are many injectables to choose from today, but the vast variety can make it difficult to know which product will work the best for you. To help you in achieving your anti-aging goals quickly and efficiently, we have the lowdown on Botox and fillers including when and where to use them and the benefits they provide.

Relaxing Wrinkles Away with Botox

Botox is known as the wrinkle relaxer because it works by relaxing the facial muscles that cause wrinkles to form. We all have certain expressions we make regularly – a certain smile, frown or pondering look when we are deep in thought. Those expressions lead to the formation of wrinkles as we squint the eyes or wrinkle the nose. Over time, the lines that appear when the expressions are made become permanent etches in our skin, making us look much older than we feel inside.

Botox is a prescription medication that partially paralyzes the facial muscles, eliminating the wrinkles without interfering with your ability to make natural expressions. The treatment is recommended for the following areas of the face:

  • Across the forehead where horizontal lines form
  • Between the eyebrows where parallel vertical lines, known as the 11s, develop
  • In the outer corners of the eyes, where fine lines called crow’s feet appear

Botox injections are nearly painless and can be done in a few minutes in our office. You may see some early results immediately following your treatment, but your full outcome will develop within a few days. Your more youthful look should last three to six months before another treatment is needed to maintain your smoother, wrinkle-free appearance.

Going Smooth with Dermal Fillers

Dermal fillers are another method of age reversal that can be done in a matter of minutes. These solutions work in a different way than Botox, as they are administered deeper into the dermal structure to add support and smooth out wrinkles from the inside out. Dermal fillers contain key ingredients like hyaluronic acid, calcium microspheres and poly-L-lactic acid that work with the natural tissue to smooth and plump the outer dermis.

Common dermal fillers used at New York Group for Plastic Surgery include:

  • Hyaluronic acid fillers like Juvederm and Restylane
  • Radiesse, which contains calcium hydroxylapatite microspheres
  • Sculptra, which features poly-L-lactic acid

All the ingredients in these formulations mimic natural substances found in the body for a safe and effective treatment. Each offers its own pros and cons, depending on the area you want to treat and the results you want to achieve. These treatments typically work on the following fine lines and wrinkles:

  • Nasolabial folds extending from the nose to the mouth
  • Smile lines, small vertical lines in the outer corners of the mouth
  • Marionette lines that work from the mouth vertically to the chin
  • Chin wrinkles

We administer injections of dermal fillers at strategic locations along the wrinkle to produce even, natural results. Injections do not take long and you will see the wrinkles smooth away almost immediately. Your refreshed appearance will likely last for many months before a subsequent procedure is necessary to keep your new look intact.

Plumping Up with Fillers

In addition to smoothing out wrinkles, dermal fillers are an effective solution for restoring volume to areas of the face where hollowing and mild skin laxity can occur over time. Formulations like Juvederm Voluma and Restylane Lyft are precisely designed for this purpose, offering natural, long-lasting results. Some of the popular areas for volumizing include:

  • Underneath the eyes to counter hollowing in the tear trough
  • Along the cheekbone and midface to add lift and definition
  • Across the jawline to reverse early signs of jowl formation
  • In thinning lips to create a more sensuous, youthful pout

Smaller areas like under the eyes and the lips may require a smoother formulation than what is recommended for the cheeks and jawline. At New York Group for Plastic Surgery, we offer a wide range of filler options so we can address each of your needs with customizable solutions.

Taking the Combo Approach

One of the greatest benefits of injectable treatments is that while one is good, multiple formulations might be even better. You can combine injectables in a single treatment session to smooth away multiple facial lines and add volume at the same time. Our expert injectors will help you tailor your “liquid facelift” to provide you with all the benefits you are looking for, minus incisions, anesthesia and downtime.

Injectable procedures are a quick and easy way to enhance your appearance before a big event or to give you your best look every day and during every season. To learn more about these treatments, contact New York Group for Plastic Surgery at one of our four locations: New York City at 855-337-3063, Tarrytown at 914-366-6139.

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