BOTOX® is injected into the facial muscles to block the transmitters between the motor nerves that innervate the muscle allowing a disruption in the muscle contraction. When the muscle cannot contract, the dynamic movement that causes wrinkles in the skin will stop resulting in smoother skin. The effects of BOTOX® are seen after 5-14 days and the treatment lasts about 3-4 months.
The common areas for smoothing facial wrinkles are the forehead, between the eyes (glabellar), around the corners of the eyes (crow’s feet), and around the lips.
BOTOX® is also used to complement dental cosmetic cases to treat gummy smiles (high lip lines) and to give the illusion of a fuller lip (lip flip).
BOTOX® can help tremendously for those suffering from discomfort and pain caused by TMJ issues such as clenching and grinding. A small amount of BOTOX® is injected into the masseter and temporalis muscle to paralyze the muscle and give relief of tensions and headaches.
Fillers can volumize creases and folds in areas of the face that have lost fat and collagen as we age. Our bodies naturally lose about 1% of hyaluronic acid by the time we are 30. Decreases hyaluronic acid gives the appearance of lacking volume with deeper nasolabial folds, unaesthetic marionette lines, deeper mentalis fold, thin lips, and turning down of the corners of the lips. Hyaluronic acid fillers can be injected extraorally to replace the lost volume and rejuvenate the face. Dermal fillers can last from 6-18 months.